WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD – 04/24/2013 – BREAKING Casting News, Kitchen Nightmares, and more!

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Okay let’s get right to it! The lovely extras casting director, Marty Siu, is out of town today and has asked me to make the announcement! The Melissa McCarthy comedy, Tammy is now casting extras! Hundreds will be cast, so get your info in!
To be an extra in Tammy please email a recent photo (headshot and full body shot as well), and the following information:  Full Name, Phone number, Age, Height/Weight, Sizes/Measurements, what kind of car you drive (include color),  and your location.  Send it to Tammyextras@gmail.com
HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES:

1) No VISIBLE tattoos allowed in this film.

2) Must be local to the Wilmington area and available to work approximately 12 hours a day.

3) Some scenes will require that you work several consecutive days.

4) Filming takes place in and around Wilmington in May and June.

5) PAY RATE: $58.00 for up to 8 hours of work. Time and a half after that.

Actors in the movie Tammy include Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, and more!

There will be more info on the Marty Siu Casting Facebook Page this evening.

IF YOU CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT…

Well, there’s has got to be multiple restaurants that could use some professional help in this town, as we are like the “restaurant capital!”  So if you are a restaurant owner or know of one that could benefit from some tough love, check out this casting call.  FOX TV’s hit show Kitchen Nightmares starring Chef Gordon Ramsey is casting immediately for Season 6, anywhere in the US! Download the application or apply online. The guidelines: Restaurant must have been open at least one year, not be a franchise or chain and have at least 35 seats.

It’s a beautiful day to be shooting in Southport today for Under the Dome. They will stay there for the remainder of the day, mainly on Bay St., but will be shooting for a bit on East Moore St as well.

Tomorrow I will tell you more about yet another project coming here that’s going to be creating A LOT of jobs and will definitely be putting money in our local vendors’ pockets.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Got scoop?  email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Until then, that’s a wrap!

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WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD – 04/23/2013 Another Mega-Star headed to ILM?

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It’s a brief segment today.  Under the Dome will be back in Burgaw.  On a side note, I wonder if Dean Norris who is in UTD will reunite with one of his fellow cast members from Little Miss Sunshine, Toni Collette.  She will be here filming Tammy.  I also wonder if he even knows she will be in town?  I sent him a tweet so we’ll see if there will be a reunion.

Now, speaking of this big budget flick, we could see another mega star in the Port City, but he won’t be showing off his acting skills.  Will Farrell has signed on as producer of the comedy.  A cameo is possible, but he is focusing more on his producer role and he takes that seriously.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Got scoop?  email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Until then, that’s a wrap!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD – 04/22/2013 – Perfect Summer, Tammy, Vampire Diaries, Revolution

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***BREAKING FILM NEWS:

Commissioners unanimously approve the resolution in support of the film and television industry.

Read the full report from the Star News’ Ashley Withers

Sydney PennyThe local boys of Swirl Films are bringing yet another movie to ILM. “The Perfect Summer” heads to the beaches of Wilmington.  So far, they have casted Jason Castro (American Idol’s Season 7’s top five contestant) and Sydney PennyDaytime Emmy-nominated actress best known for the roles on the soap operas All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful..  The casting is not yet complete for supporting roles, but they will be making a decision rather quickly as production begins in two weeks.

If you would like to be a part of this project and you’ve got surfing skills, they would love to see you. NCasting is look for ages 16-25 for the upcoming TV movie.  SURFERS ONLY head to the Swirl Film offices this Wednesday from 12pm-5pm located at 411 Landmark Drive in Wilmington.  Other opportunities to be part of this production will open up shortly.  I will let you know when I get the details in.

Toni Collette(United States of Tara/The Sixth Sense) joins the star-studded cast of Tammy.  Marty Siu Casting is looking to hire her stand-in.  She is 5’8. If you are an experienced stand-in, similar in look, & local to the Wilmington area, please email asap at: Tammyextras@gmail.com with the subject title “Toni Stand-in”. Pay rate is $125.00/10.

There are still positions for stand-ins for Susan Sarandon(5’7)  and Kathy Bates(5’3) was well.

In other Tammy news (excellent news for folks right here in Wilmington), First off, Melissa McCarthy is already in town, so be on the lookout for this fabulous lady! Second, the big budget film was originally scheduled to shoot 7 wks in Wilmington and 1 wk in Charlotte.  Well, it looks like Wilmington has everything they need, so they will stay right here in the Wilmington and the surrounding areas for the entire 8 weeks!   We can thank the location scouts for that!  We love you!

We are going to have to wait another week when when it’s time for the season finale of Revolution.   According to Nellie Andreeva of DeadlineTV, NBC has opted not to “double pump Revolution following the pre-emption of last week’s episode for a news special on the Boston bombings. Since the series had been slated for an originals-only run, the second-season finale, previously scheduled for May 27, will now air a week later, on Monday, June 3rd.”

And lastly, a big congratulations to local boy, Raymond Scott Parks, who was cast in Vampire Diaries.  He plays the evil Silas!  You can catch him in Season 4, Episode 19 as he makes his entrance in the very last scene of the episode, “Pictures of You.”  And that is only the beginning, Scott will be in many more episodes to come!  Woo Hoo!  Great job Scott!  Here’s a clip from Celebified that talks about his role! 

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Got scoop?  Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Until then, that’s a wrap!

FILM=JOBS – NC FILM RALLY AFTERGLOW

Major kudos to the Wilmington Regional Film Commission and the politicians who believe that the film industry needs to remain strong now more than ever.  For me personally, 90% of my friends either work directly in the film industry or are affected by it in a positive way.  The restaurant owners, the store owners.  And it trickles down to the people they hire.  It was a wonderful thing to see and show my son how when people band together, they can do great things.

Also, I wanted to personally thank the hundreds of people who turned out to show their support.  I caught up with Rachelle LeFevre who is currently cast in CBS’s Under The Dome.  She and her handsome man joined our industry folks at the rally and I thanked her for being there.  She smiled and said, “I absolutely had to come.  We love filming here.”  Well, we love having you here, you lovely lady!  On a side note, she loves to hang out at many of the local restaurants including, Manna and Catch.  She knows how important film is to our local economy.

On a final note, a flyer was handed out on Saturday urging you to THANK the North Carolina Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis for his leadership and support of our industry.  It said to be brief, and speak/write clearly.  Make sure to leave your name. address and phone number:

Thom Tillis – Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives

NC House of Representatives, 16 W Jones St. Room 2304, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919.733.3451, Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net

The Hollywood Reporter: 1,000-Plus Protest Bill Targeting North Carolina’s Movie, TV Tax Breaks

The Star News: Film community rallies against bill that would undercut incentives

That just about does it. View more pictures from the rally here. Tomorrow, I go back to the airwaves with the live version of this blog with news of yet more films coming to the Port City.  “What’s Up In Wilmywood” airs Monday-Friday 8:30am on Sunny 104.5.

 

FILM INCENTIVES EMERGENCY

**UPDATE** I spoke with Carey Jones, Vice Chair of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission this morning on the air about Bill H994 and the Rally.  Here’s what she had to say: LISTEN NOW

Remember the great press release that sang praises for the first quarter of this year due to the film industry boom in NC?  Let me refresh your memory:

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“As the first quarter of 2013 comes to an end, the North Carolina Film Office (NCFO) continues to see record-breaking numbers for the state’s film industry.  Over 20 productions have indicated they intend to film, or have already begun filming, in North Carolina, with a total direct in-state spend in excess of $138 million while creating more than 13,000 job opportunities, including 2,100 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals.”

With the reminder being put in place, an unsettling panic from every branch of the film industry has spread across the state as a bill is being introduced by our “representatives” of North Carolina.

This reminded me of another article in the Star News that came out just before Azalea Festival.  If you remember there was a little talk with completely skewed low numbers coming out of some of the General Assemblies’ mouths.  Billy Saffo was outraged by their comments.  After I read it, I sure as hell wanted to slap somebody.  But I thought, wow, they’re ignorant, and shook my head because they was no way anyone could take them seriously…Was I wrong?

State Reps, Rick Catlin and Chris Millis and (along with others) have submitted the first draft of what many are calling a JOB KILLER BILL, H994.

So, what is all this mess about?  From what I understand, the intent of this bill is to repeal the cash rebate and replace it with a tax credit.  And they want it retro to January 2013.  I can’t imagine CBS, Warner Brothers, and NBC being okay with that.  I believe that is called breach of contract.   We all can conclude, however, if this did happen and the filming well went dry, as many think it would, how long would it take to get things back the way they are now?  It took, what, 6 years to get the 25% tax incentive in the first place..

Last year, productions spent over $376 million in North Carolina and created more than 4,100 well-paying crew positions and nearly 20,000 job opportunities.  So, the question is would North Carolina like to have 75% of $376 million or nothing at all?  Again, let me remind you, this year alone the film industry has already spent “$138 million while creating more than 13,000 job opportunities, including 2,100 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals.”

But it not only affects the thousands of people hired for each film, but it will have a major impact on the vendors as well i.e. hotels, local mom n pop shops, lumber, paint stores, restaurants, tourism.  The list goes on and on.  The productions spend the money where we need the money to go.

The media picked up on this ire from the film industry quickly.   Star News’ Cassie Foss jumped right on it: Local film leaders say bill would end N.C. film industry.   Kudos to our Mayor to continue the support.  Julian March posted this WATCHDOG ARTICLE today.

So what can you do?

1) JOIN THE RALLY!  Filmmakers, Actors, Set Dressers, fans of the film industry, YOU, all of you, are invited to attend a rally!

Saturday, April 20th – Riverfront Park (Market Street and Water) – 1:45pm.   

The Facebook invite says: “Bring your family, call your co-workers, reach out to your vendors, invite your neighbors, make sure your friends that work as extras are are aware. Contact your DGA friends, make sure the Teamsters and their families are aware. This bill is designed to end the film industry in NC. It is up to all of us to change the course.”

Here’s another link from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission urging you to attend the rally.

2) SIGN THE PETITON – I am sure it will get signatures, dunno if we can get 100,000 but I like to be optimistic.

3) WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVEYep, the tried and true method, let them hear from you.  Especially the vendors I mentioned above.  You need to let your voice be heard if you would like to keep what we have.

Bill H994 is only a first draft, so no need to panic, but I can certainly understand it.  Let’s hope it ends up on the cutting room floor.

Lemme know your thoughts, and if I understand everything correctly.  If not, lemme know.  School me and the rest of NC.  Everyone needs to know. Post your comments below or email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 04/18/2013 – Hillary Swank, Rachelle LeFevre and more.

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Not too much going on in Wilmywood today.  Under the Dome is shooting in Southport today.

They are also looking for a stand-in for Rachelle LeFevre.  Casting details are as follows: Need a permanent Caucasian female red headed stand-in between 5ft 6- 5ft 8. You must be available to work almost everyday till July. I need someone with the color red that matches the actress below… You are guaranteed to make at least $125 for up to 10 hrs and time and a half after that.  Visit Vanessa Ncasting‘s Facebook page for all the details.

Last summer we had the honor of having the lovely Hillary Swank visit Wilmington for the HBO movie, Mary and Martha.  And now, we finally get to see it.   Mary and Martha premieres on HBO this Saturday, 8pm.

View the trailer now

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Got Scoop?  Dish it at: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com  Until then, that’s a wrap!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 04/17/2013 – Sid Haig, Sam Shepard and more.

Under the Dome is all over Southport today.  Locations include the riverfront as well  as a clinic on Fondale Rd.

SidHaig Local, brilliant filmmaker Craig Thieman’s independent film, Love Letter has added Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects to the cast.  He arrived yesterday in Wilmington.  Other cast members of the Comedy / Horror include Wil Daniels, Sara Tomko, Nate Panning, Julia Lehman and Simon Crist.  Love Letter is based on the short film of the same name that Thieman shot many years ago for a local film festival.  What’s it about?  Well, this about sums it up:  “Garrett’s got a case of writer’s block. It turns out writing the perfect suicide note is not as easy as you might think. And it’s even harder when you’re writing it for an ex-girlfriend you’ve got tied up in your garage who, even though she totally deserves what she’s getting, unfairly refuses to sign the letter. Things get more awkward when people start showing up and stubbornly refuse to die. It sucks, but Garrett may just have to kill everyone.”

The short film was hilarious, plus Craig Thieman is an amazing filmmaker, so I expect nothing less than awesome when all is said and done.  Inspire Productions was able to fund the film through Kickstarter.

MV5BMjEzMjIxNzkwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODM5NzIzNw@@._V1._SX640_SY427_Another movie coming to Wilmington?  I do believe!  Folks from the low budget movie, Riverguard, have been doing some preliminary location scouting.  The flick is a courtroom drama, based on a true story.  The production team is reaching out to Sam Shepard for the lead.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Got scoop?  Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Until then, that’s a wrap!