Wilmington Casting Director heads to Georgia for next production.

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With no jobs in sight in North Carolina for any film crew members, it was been a mass exodus to California and Georgia.  Most are leaving permanently, but a few are commuting for now.

Marty Siu of Marty Siu Casting is one of those commuters. She has been named extras casting director for season two of WGN’s Underground. Season one was shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, however since the state totally reworked their film incentives, the production left the state for Savannah, Georgia.

Production for the 10 episode season begins August 29th and will film through December 1st.

North Carolina background actors who are looking for work and can work as a local in Savannah, please visit Marty Siu Casting‘s Facebook page tomorrow for details.

Just four short years ago, North Carolina was one of the most sought after states to film on the East Coast. During that time,  the North Carolina General Assembly along with Governor Pat McCrory made many changes to state law and state budgets.  Currently, there are no productions lined up for North Carolina.

‘Max Steel’ Trailer is Here! New Release Date!

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(Photo Credit: David Pascua)
It’s been almost 18 months since Dolphin and Open Road Films swam on into Wilmywood to begin production on Max Steel and we’ve been like, “Where is this movie?” Yes, we’ve been hearing nothing but crickets!  The movie stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath along with Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia and Maria Bello. But finally we have our selves a trailer!!!  It’s the Spanish trailer, but in English. If you remember, Mattel’s Max Steel franchise has a HUGE following especially in South America. So, I guess that makes sense. Anyone else SUPER pumped?! The new release date is Friday, October 21, 2016.

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STATUS: Production began April 29, 2015
PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
LP: David Grace
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello

16 year old Max McGrath is discovering that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starting to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

Your complete list of One Tree Hill events THIS weekend!

This is gonna be one helluva One Tree Hill Weekend!  Not just at the Wilson Center at CFCC, but there are quite a few events where you can go hang out with cast members from One Tree Hill with or without an event pass.

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Of course, the best event is Inside OTH, hands down! Tons of Q & As, Meet N Greets, Autographs, photo ops, even a dinner with the cast. AND if you remember locals get a 20% discount to the event! (Call or stop by the box office for the discount). But let’s take a walk out of the event center and see what else is in store!

THURSDAY:

TREE HILL Scavenger Hunt – w/ Special Guest Antwon Tanner aka Skills. (SOLD OUT)
While the hunt is sold out, they are still looking for volunteers. They just need you to hand out clues to fans at assigned locations. You could involve you whole family! Still sounds like fun, being a volunteer. Contact ASAP if you can help! Email: othmerch@gmail.com or Call Debi at 480-295-9033

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FRIDAY:

Bethany Joy Lenz & her Fire Pit Band (SOLD OUT)
Bourgie Nights @ Manna Ave.
127 Princess St, Wilmington NC 28401

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The Tree Hill Experience with Hilarie Burton and Antwon Tanner (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Come Karaoke with Peyton and Skills
Ziggy by the Sea
208 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 769-4096
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SATURDAY:

Insider Tour of Tree Hill  (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Take a one-hour trolley ride and see some of your favorite locations from the show. To make this a real Insider experience, your guide will be either Colin Fickes (“Jimmy Edwards”), Cullen Moss (“Junk”), or Vaughan Wilson (“Fergie”).

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Michael May (AKA Jamie’s friend Chuck) with special guest Will King. (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Browncoat Theatre
111 Grace St, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 341-0001
Show from 8pm-10pm (doors open at 7:30).

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SUNDAY:

Insider Tour of Tree Hill (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Take a one-hour trolley ride and see some of your favorite locations from the show. To make this a real Insider experience, your guide will be either Colin Fickes (“Jimmy Edwards”), Cullen Moss (“Junk”), or Vaughan Wilson (“Fergie”).

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Michael May (AKA Jamie’s friend Chuck) with special guest Will King.  (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
The Reel Cafe
100 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC
Doors: 5:30 PM
Show: 7:00 PM (ends at 10:00 PM)

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Dare Night!
Hosted By Michael Copon (Felix Taggaro, Season 2) & OTHmerch! (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Yep, relive Season 2 of One Tree Hill with Felix!!  Michael will also be hanging out all weekend long in Wilmington. Make sure you get his  photo and autographs.

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Shantel’s Surprise Party hosted by Hilarie Burton and Robert Buckley
(TICKETS AVAILABLE )
Dead Crow Comedy Room
265 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-399-1492
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What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Colin Fickes

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The countdown continues! 9 days until Inside OTH: A cast and crew reunion and convention put on by some members of the producing team of our beloved show, One Tree Hill.

As another one of the original River Court boys, Jimmy Edwards played by Colin Fickes, had it good. He was quiet and shy, but was happy, so it seemed,  with just him and his boys: Skills, Lucas Junk, Fergie and Mouth hanging out, playing basketball on a Saturday night avoiding the popular kids and never having a care in the world.

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But things changed when Lucas joined the basketball team and Mouth following along continuing his play by play.  They drifted apart from Jimmy, and they had no idea how much that crushed him. But after his time capsule was released, Jimmy brought a gun to school in Season 3, and emotions and  blood were shed.

It was one of the most powerful episodes in One Tree Hill‘s nine-season run. Now, if you wanna know what it was like to play a character like Jimmy, you’re going to have to ask him yourself at Inside OTH. But I can tell you what he is up to now.

Unlike many of his peers, he went in a different direction.  He kept acting for a few more years, but being a business owner is where his passion fled.

colinphoto“I’m currently, living in New York City. I started a cold pressed juice company in Raleigh, NC back in 2012. We were Raleigh’s first organic, raw, cold-pressed juice company.”

He’s talking about Humdinger Juice. And it’s pretty awesome! They deliver, as well as sell from several retail outlets in the area. Their hub in Raleigh is open Sunday-Friday! Check it out at www.humdingerjuice.com

So what does Colin miss most about Wilmington?  “The people and the places. The trees, the water, ALL OF IT!” Yep, sounds about right!

Come meet Colin and the rest of the One Tree Hill gang at Inside OTH!

GET TICKETS NOW:
Inside OTH
July 22 & 23, 2016
CFCC’s Wilson Center
701 North 3rd Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401
Box Office: 910-362-7999

Hours:
Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Don’t forget, those who live in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Onslow Counties get a 20% discount on event passes for the convention July 23rd & 24th. Please call the box office or stop by to get the discount!

Don’t have a pass? No worries! You can still take a one-hour trolley ride and see some of your favorite locations from the show without an Inside OTH event pass. To make this a real Insider experience, your guide will be either Colin Fickes, Cullen Moss (“Junk”), or Vaughan Wilson (“Fergie”). While you enjoy the ride and get Insider stories from your guide you will also be able to get one selflie with, and one autograph from, your guide. Just head to the bottom of this page –> GET TICKETS FOR TROLLEY TOUR NOW

RELATED ARTICLES:

What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Barbara Alyn Woods
What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Lee Norris
What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Cullen Moss

What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Cullen Moss

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The countdown continues! 10 days until Inside OTH: A cast and crew reunion and convention put on by some members of the producing team of our beloved show, One Tree Hill.

As one of the original Rivercourt boys, Wilmington, NC based actor Cullen Moss played Junk, the friend who through the years stuck around the Scott family through Nathan and Lucas’ bad times, and later on in life as a sometimes questionable babysitter for Nathan and Haley’s son, Jamie. Not that he was bad at the job per say, but more like he was always out-smarted by the young lad.

So, what is Cullen Moss up to now?

“I’m raising my three boys with my beautiful, talented wife, Madison. I continue to work as an actor. I recently worked for four weeks on Hidden Figures with Taraji Henson, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, and Kimberly Quinn, that will have a limited release in theaters around December, and then will get wide release around January. I’ve also been shooting episodes on the new Fox television drama, Shots Fired. It’s very timely (about an investigation of possible police misconduct in a small, southern town).  I play the lawyer to Richard Dreyfus’s character.”

You will also get the chance to see Cullen in a couple films that will be released this fall, The Birth of a Nation and Keeping up With the Joneses.

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I would normally ask the cast what they missed the most about Wilmington, however, Cullen has been a resident about 20 years. So, my question to Cullen is WHY?  Why do you love living here in Wilmington?

“Its thriving arts community. That’s part of what drew me here. I’ve cultivated some beautiful friendships (many of those friends are in the theatre and film community). I started my family here. There’s a natural beauty to Wilmington that’s hard to beat… the Cape Fear, running through downtown; all the surrounding marshes and wetlands; Greenfield Lake; Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches. Ultimately, it’s the people here, the friendships, the vibrant theatre community, and the strong core of filmmakers- writers, technicians, actors, who (despite Pat McCrory and the destructive efforts of the NCGA) want to continue to call Wilmington home.”

Yeah, in case you didn’t know, the struggle to keep NC Film alive is real. It’s been a tough battle with our lawmakers. But we will survive and hopefully thrive once again. Inside OTH is a STRONG supporter of NC Film.  That’s why a portion of proceeds for this event is benefiting the local film community in Wilmington — a scholarship fund is at the Cape Fear Community College for the Film Tech program.

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Come meet Cullen aka Junk and the rest of the One Tree Hill gang at Inside OTH!

GET TICKETS NOW:
Inside OTH
July 22 & 23, 2016
CFCC’s Wilson Center
701 North 3rd Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401
Box Office: 910-362-7999

Hours:
Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Don’t forget, those who live in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Onslow Counties get a 20% discount on event passes for the convention July 23rd & 24th. Please call the box office or stop by to get the discount!

Don’t have a pass? No worries! You can still take a one-hour trolley ride and see some of your favorite locations from the show without an Inside OTH event pass. To make this a real Insider experience, your guide will be either Colin Fickes (“Jimmy Edwards”), Cullen Moss (“Junk”), or Vaughan Wilson (“Fergie”). While you enjoy the ride and get Insider stories from your guide you will also be able to get one selflie with, and one autograph from, your guide. Just head to the bottom of this page –> GET TICKETS FOR TROLLEY TOUR NOW

RELATED ARTICLES:

What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Barbara Alyn Woods
What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Lee Norris

What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Lee Norris

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The countdown continues!  11  days until Inside OTH: A cast and crew reunion and convention put on by some members of the producing team of our beloved show, One Tree Hill.

Lee Norris, as you know, played the adorable Marvin “Mouth” McFadden on One Tree Hill.  He was always the guy who wanted to do the right thing at all times, but there were some circumstances as the seasons went on that clouded his judgement.  That being said, his heart was always in the right place.  He was a friend that you could count on.  How many times did you hear Brooke or Nathan or Haley say, “You’re a good friend Mouth.” And true to his character, he pretty much is that guy in real life.  We are definitely proud to take ownership of this North Carolina native!

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So what is he doing now?

“Since OTH ended I’ve been pursuing more acting roles,” says Lee. “I’m also exploring some new behind-the-scenes opportunities. I had a blast shooting a cameo in Gone Girl and most recently have been recurring in Girl Meets World as Stuart Minkus (aka Farkle’s dad).

Yep! Lee Norris was already famous to the tween world before One Tree Hill aired as he played the quirky and annoying Know-it-all, Stuart Minkus on Boy Meets World. But we loved him any way.  And who knew his character would make a comeback years later!

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As far as being away from Wilmington, he does miss it!

“I miss everything about Wilmington — the amazing people first and foremost, but also the food! I have constant food cravings for Brasserie, Caprice, Tower 7, PT’s, and too many others to name. In fact, some of my very good friends from Wilmington recently surprised me by shipping some Tower 7 salsa all the way to LA, packaged in dry ice. It was awesome!!”

Wow! That’s true friendship right there!

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Come meet Lee Norris and the rest of the One Tree Hill gang at Inside OTH!

GET TICKETS NOW:
Inside OTH
July 22 & 23, 2016
CFCC’s Wilson Center
701 North 3rd Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401
Box Office: 910-362-7999

Hours:
Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Don’t forget, those who live in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Onslow Counties get a 20% discount on event passes for the convention July 23rd & 24th. Please call the box office or stop by to get the discount!

RELATED ARTICLES:

What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Barbara Alyn Woods

What are they up to now? One Tree Hill: Barbara Alyn Woods

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We are 12 days away from Inside OTH: A cast and crew reunion and convention put on by some members of the producing team of our beloved show, One Tree Hill.

Many of the cast were members of our community for 9 years. They were our neighbors, our friends. So what have they been up to since the show went off the air in 2012?  Let’s find out.

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Barbara Alyn Woods played Deb Scott, the mother of Nathan Scott and wife of the dubious Dan Scott. Later in the series she became known as Nanny Deb to Nathan and Haley’s son Jamie, because God forbid you call her Grandma!

So what is she up to now?  What is she not up to!  “I am multi-tasking everyday,” says Barbara.  She’s still in the acting scene, but not just for herself. Both of her daughters also caught the acting bug. You may have seen her daughter Alyvia in the Sandler, Barrymore flick Blended or in Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors playing young Dolly Parton.

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“I am juggling my career with my daughters’ full- time careers,” says Barbara. “I’m currently jumping from Atlanta to Puerto Rico to New York…Never a dull day.”

Quite a different lifestyle then when she was on One Tree Hill, having the luxury of staying in one place for a bit. So, what does Barbara miss most about Wilmington?

“What do I miss most about Wilmy? What don’t I miss? I miss the white beaches, the warm water, the days my family spent in Wrightsville Beach were absolutely the best ever. I miss MY FRIENDS!!!”

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You would think that would be enough, but oh no! Wait, there’s more!

“I miss the people in general. Landfall (a community near Wrightsville Beach), Halloweens. Nobody does it better.  The studio (EUE/Screen Gems), the boat parade (Flotilla), Azalea Festival!”Wilmington_Azalea_Festival-wm

And of course she names One Tree Hill. She says the memories will be in her heart forever.

Barbara Alyn Woods won’t have to wait much longer, and neither will you! Inside OTH is less than two weeks away!

GET TICKETS NOW:
Inside OTH
July 22 & 23, 2016
CFCC’s Wilson Center
701 North 3rd Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401
Box Office: 910-362-7999

Hours:
Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Don’t forget, those who live in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Onslow Counties a 20% discount on event passes for the convention July 23rd & 24th. Please call the box office or stop by to get the discount!