Welcome Peter Weller to Wilmywood!

Peter Weller has made his way to Wrightsville Beach.  The man who is so good at being bad in such movies as Robocop, Star Trek: Into Darkness and most recently Sons of Anarchy is spending some time at our beautiful beaches and was spotted enjoying at fabulous lunch in Lumina Station.  Not only is he a talented actor, Peter_wellerbut he is also a director.  I started sniffing around and I found out he was not here for Sleepy Hollow or Max Steel. After digging a little further, I did indeed find out that he will be directing episode 9 of Under the Dome. So, it’s good to know he will be here and have at least a little down time during Memorial Day weekend before he preps for the upcoming episode. Looks like we will see him in action, behind the camera, next week!  Welcome to Wilmywood Peter!

Governor McCrory’s Updated Proposed Budget

Under Senate Bill 842, the updated budget proposal has been released.  The Film incentives begins on the bottom of page 70.

It begins with:

REFORM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT WITH A NEW TAX CREDIT PROPORTIONAL TO TAXES PAID BY PRODUCTION COMPANIES ON QUALIFYING EXPENDITURES SECTION 12.8.(a) Chapter 105 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read: “Article 47.  “Motion Picture Production Tax Credit.”

There is a lot to sort out as it is in legalese and nothing is set in stone at this time.  Remember that as you read. Let’s stay strong and keep up the positive push to keep the film incentives, end the sunset and keep productions coming!  READ NEW BUDGET PROPOSAL NOW

So, far I can tell you, in the proposed budget, productions need to spend at least one million dollars to qualify (it’s at $250,000 now)and the max they can receive back is $6,000,000 (it’s at $20M now).  They cannot exceed the amount of taxes a production pays in North Carolina.

What this seems to be saying is nothing flat and cut and dry like as it stands now we have like how we now have a 25% rebate and Georgia has a 30% tax credit.   The budget is based on categories. 4% here, 5% there and waiving certain taxes such as the gas tax. It also seems to put the pressure on the local counties, rather than the state.

WWAY reports that the new proposal is offering:

-5.3 percent of money spent on payroll
-4 percent of money spent on goods and services from non North Carolina-based companies
-5 percent of money spent on goods and serves from North Carolina-based companies

They are also leaving a sunset in place in which the film incentives would expire, yet again, on January 1, 2018. More to come.

Kevin Wuzzardo at WWAY has more on the story.  READ NOW

FYI: These are the folks in the NC Senate that are sponsoring this proposal.  Remember their names too: Harry Brown(Jones, Onslow);  Kathy Harrington(Gaston);  Neal Hunt(Wake);  (Primary)  Brent Jackson(Duplin, Johnston, Sampson)

Meanwhile, the North Carolina Production Alliance responded to the budget proposal with a clear, cool head.  “We recognize that the General Assembly now has a role in responding and crafting the final legislation. We look forward to collaborating with all parties to keep our industry competitive at the Tier 1 level.”

So, remember, our legislature writes the final legislation. We are early in the process. All we can do is keep calm and keep filming NC.

RELATED ARTICLES
Governor’s budget bill proposes big changes for NC film incentives [WWAY]
McCrory’s budget proposal makes big changes to film incentives [Star News]
Governor’s proposed budget includes major changes to film incentives program [WECT]

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/21/2014 Asheville native WINS American Idol, Sleepy Hollow, The Perfect Summer, NC Film Incentives

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First off let’s congratulate Asheville, NC native Caleb Johnson who took it home last night and was deemed the season 13 winner of American Idol.  Woo Hoo!  Congrats Caleb!

PerfectSummerVia Director Gary Wheeler, some good news came out about the TV movie, The Perfect Summer.   The Christian Bookstore DVD release will be on June 3rd and Target and Walmart will be on August 5th.  Plus UPtv will be re-premiering the flick in June and it is already selling in the foreign market.  Great job cast and crew!!

Neil The Headless Horseman will be back. British actor Neil Jackson, who guest starred in Episode 7 of the first season of the drama Sleepy Hollow, is set to heavily recur on the Fox series in Season 2. He will reprise his role as Abraham Von Brunt aka the Headless Horseman. 

Susi HamiltonYesterday, we made another tiny step towards keeping our NC film incentives.  Rep. Susi Hamilton’s bill to eliminate the end of North Carolina’s film incentives (the sunset) overcame its first hurdle in the General Assembly today. HB 1142 passed its first reading as the House of Representatives referred it to the Finance Committee. The next step will be for the Finance Committee to consider the proposal, which has support from members of both parties.  Read HB 1142 NOW

Under the Dome is shooting on the sound stages today as well as PPD.  Lucky folks over there!  Max Steel is back at Ideal Cement.

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NCFIlmPendant

Perry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

 

BABY STEPS: HB 1142 (film incentives) passes first reading in NC House.

Today was another tiny step towards keeping our NC film incentives.  Rep. Susi Hamilton’s bill to eliminate the end of North Carolina’s film incentives (the sunset) overcame its first hurdle in the General Assembly today. HB 1142 passed its first reading as the House of Representatives referred it to the Finance Committee.

The next step will be for the Finance Committee to consider the proposal, which has support from members of both parties, including Republicans Ted Davis of New Hanover County and Frank Iler of Brunswick County, who signed on as sponsors to HB 1142. House Finance Committee chair Rep. Julia Howard, a Republican from Mocksville, has already said that that the state’s current incentives for film projects, which are set to run out at the end of the year, are unacceptable.

In addition to doing away with the sunset provision of the film incentives, Hamilton’s bill would also require productions to spend at least $300,000 before qualifying for a 25-percent tax rebate. That’s up from the current threshold of $250,000.

“It’s a start in the debate,” WWAY NewsChannel 3 Political Editor Kevin Wuzzardo said. “The key is support from both sides of the aisle. The question is whether Ted Davis and Frank Iler can convince enough Republicans to go along with them, and that’s a big if. So far they have two more Republicans to sign on as sponsors , but one of them (Rep. Robert Brawley) was kicked out of the House Republican Caucus today.”

More sponsors have been added to HB 1142. The primary sponsors include Hamilton Iler Davis, and  R. Moore.  Today, they have added: R. Brawley;  Cotham;  Cunningham;  Fisher;  Glazier;  Hanes;  SaineWaddell;  Wray. Again, remember these names as those who support the NC Film incentives. AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

There’s no word yet when or if the House Finance Committee will debate the bill. We will keep you posted! More details to come!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/21/2014 Mike Doyle joins Max Steel, Loomis Fargo, Ashby, HB 1142 and more.

Happy Hump Day loves!!  Finally got some confirmations this week.  Let’s go!

My sources are telling me that the feature film, Ashby, starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman will be shot in Charlotte, NC  They should be rolling by mid-June.

Zach GalifianakisI got a confirmation from Relativity Media that they are taking the Untitled Armor Car Project aka Loomis Fargo to Asheville and will set up offices in that western part of the state as well.  Don’t fret!  Zach Galifianakis,  Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig will be headed our way to shoot a couple weeks in Wilmington as well.  They go into production in July.

mike_doyleThe trades finally announced that Mike Doyle has joined the cast of Max Steel. He is best known for his roles in Laws of Attraction, Green Lantern and P.S. I Love You, however he will make his next appearance on screen with Clint Eastwood’s big screen adaptation of Jersey Boys.  Rumor has it he will be playing Max’s dad, but I cannot confirm that at this time.

HB1142Yesterday, we found out Reps Susi Hamilton, Frank Iler, Ted Davis and Becky Carney (a blend of Rep and Dems) got together and filed HB 1142 in the NC House. This house bill would keep the state’s tax incentives for film projects from ending or as we call it “sunsetting.”  It was also raise the minimum to qualify for the incentives from $250,000 to $300,000.  Read HB 1142 NOW

Remember however, there will be short term wins and losses over the next few weeks.  So, don’t get too excited, but it is a great first step to get the ball rolling.

Now, we have done all we can do, letting Gov. Pat McCrory know that we need his help.  It’s time to move on to phase two.  Kinda going back to where we started.  But now more than ever it is very important we reach out to our own legislators and tell them that we support our film incentives and want them to stay!  Don’t know who represents you?  No problem!  (See Below)  It is crucial that you only reach out to those in your district!  Hate to say it this way, but honestly, if you are not a voter in another legislator’s district they could not care less about what you have to say. Make sure in your calls or email to your own representatives you stay positive and let them know how film impacts your life.

WHO REPRESENTS ME IN THE NC HOUSE & NC SENATE? FIND OUT YOUR DISTRICT NOW

REGISTER NOW:  FILM INDUSTRY DAY @ THE NC LEGISLATURE  ATTENTION: Small Businesses and vendors!

IMG_8745_newIf you want to be an active participant in the film industry day at the NC Legislature on June 4, 2014 from 9am to 1pm REGISTER NOW!

The most important people that need to attend are the small businesses. These are the folks we need to put on a bus and send up to Raleigh. So whatever businesses you are friends with please reach out to them and pass this message along. Its so imperative that they come. More important than the crew more important than the background extras because when they see businesses it will really hit home.

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REMINDER TONIGHT: Tonight’s the last night to enjoy the locally shot  A Short History of Decay at Thalian Hall.

A Short History of DecayIt’s getting excellent reviews!  It’s about a failed writer (Bryan Greenberg) discovers unexpected beauty and richness in the marriage of his ailing parents (Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin) after he moves to Florida to take care of them.  Of course,  our fabulous Wrightsville beach served as the beaches on the Gulf Coast.

A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY

‎1hr 34min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Comedy‎
Showing: Wednesday, May 21st.
Director: Michael Maren – Cast: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Bryan Greenberg, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Harris Yulin, Linda Lavin

NCFIlmPendant

Perry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

 

HB 1142 filed to prevent ‘Sunset’ on NC Film Incentives.

Remember these names!   Susi Hamilton, Frank Iler, Ted Davis and Becky Carney (Mecklenburg County). These folks just got together and filed HB 1142 in the NC House. Take note they are a mix of Republicans and Democrats.  This house bill would keep the state’s tax incentives for film projects from ending or as we call it “sunsetting.”  Read HB 1142 NOW

Remember however, there will be short term wins and losses over the next few weeks.  So, don’t get too excited, but it’s definitely worth smiling over.HB1142

READ MORE NOW AT WWAY

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/20/2014 – What’s going down ‘Under the Dome’, Film Incentives, Locations today

Morning Wilmywood peeps!  It’s was CBS’s big press day yesterday and here’s what we learned about for the upcoming season two of Under the Dome.

UTD_Dean NorrisA more Gentle Big Jim?
Big Jim will have a “come to God or come to dome moment where he believes maybe his purpose in life should be that he shouldn’t be so nasty,” Norris says. “A different kind of Big Jim is required to survive under the dome.” Neal Baer adds, “It’s the season of transformation. This is the year where we will find out what they’re truly made of.” Just like the cocoon?

Max EhrichPeople get out? People get in?
“Maybe someone might possibly get out and maybe some might possibly get in,” Neal says. Max Ehrich plays Hunter who comes into the dome in episode 3. “but only digitally,” says Neal. “There’s a break in the dome that comes through where Internet messages can get through. In episode 3, Norrie and Joe start to get messages from this young man and we will actually meet him in Episode 8.” That is the episode they are working on now!

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The Dome has a magnetic personality. 
The Dome becomes magnetic, sending all the town’s metal appliances, vehicles, to the walls of the Dome. Won’t do well for anything living. Someone’s bound to receive death by toaster.

Eriq-La-SalleAn ER reunion?
Yep, don’t forget that Neal Baer was EP and writer of that 15 season show!   Sherry Stringfield (Big Jim’s late wife, Pauline) who was also on the medical drama is back for episode 10. ER alum Eriq La Salle will direct that upcoming episode.  She was filming here earlier in the season.  We will be glad to have her back!

Where’s everyone shooting today?

  • Under the Dome – Sunnyvale Dr.
  • Sleepy Hollow – Cotton Exchange – an overnight shoot
  • Max Steel – N. 5th St.

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Now, we have done all we can do, letting Gov. Pat McCrory know that we need his help.  It’s time to move on to phase two.  Kinda going back to where we started.  But now more than ever it is very important we reach out to our own legislators and tell them that we support our film incentives and want them to stay!  Don’t know who represents you?  No problem!  (See Below)  It is crucial that you only reach out to those in your district!  Hate to say it this way, but honestly, if you are not a voter in another legislator’s district they could not care less about what you have to say. Make sure in your calls or email to your own representatives you stay positive and let them know how film impacts your life.

WHO REPRESENTS ME IN THE NC HOUSE & NC SENATE? FIND OUT YOUR DISTRICT NOW

REGISTER NOW:  FILM INDUSTRY DAY @ THE NC LEGISLATURE  ATTENTION: Small Businesses and vendors!

IMG_8745_newIf you want to be an active participant in the film industry day at the NC Legislature on June 4, 2014 from 9am to 1pm REGISTER NOW!

The most important people that need to attend are the small businesses. These are the folks we need to put on a bus and send up to Raleigh. So whatever businesses you are friends with please reach out to them and pass this message along. Its so imperative that they come. More important than the crew more important than the background extras because when they see businesses it will really hit home.

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REMINDER: You have today and tomorrow to go enjoy the locally shot  A Short History of Decay at Thalian Hall.

A Short History of DecayIt’s getting excellent reviews!  It’s about a failed writer (Bryan Greenberg) discovers unexpected beauty and richness in the marriage of his ailing parents (Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin) after he moves to Florida to take care of them.  Of course,  our fabulous Wrightsville beach served as the beaches on the Gulf Coast.

A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY

‎1hr 34min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Comedy‎
Showing: Monday, May 19th – Wednesday, May 21st.
Director: Michael Maren – Cast: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Bryan Greenberg, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Harris Yulin, Linda Lavin

NCFIlmPendant

Perry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

Brett Cullen added to Under the Dome Cast

Brett-CullenWell they finally made it official!  Remember when I told you Brett Cullen was back in town for Under the Dome? SEE BLOG  Well, the big dogs FINALLY released the story!  Ha!

“Dale ‘Barbie’ Barbara is getting a father on Under the Dome,” EW reports.  Our buddy Brett Cullen who is playing the Barbie’s papa bear, Don, was here about ten days ago and he will be back and forth over the season for three more episodes.  He arrives back in town tomorrow.   Yay! READ MORE NOW

Brett was here last year for the indie flick, River Guard.  Welcome back, Brett!  We love ya!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/19/2014 Short History of Decay, Kristen Wiig, Legislative Day in Raleigh

Happy Monday Wilmywood!  I hope you enjoyed the wonder weather and fun this weekend. Let’s do this!

A Short History of DecayHere’s your chance to see the locally shot comedy, A Short History of Decay.  It’s getting excellent reviews!  It’s about a failed writer (Bryan Greenberg) discovers unexpected beauty and richness in the marriage of his ailing parents (Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin) after he moves to Florida to take care of them.  Of course,  our fabulous Wrightsville beach served as the beaches on the Gulf Coast.

A Short History of Decay

‎1hr 34min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Comedy‎
Showing: Monday, May 19th – Wednesday, May 21st.
Director: Michael Maren – Cast: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Bryan Greenberg, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Harris Yulin, Linda Lavin

Max Steel is off except for a minor driving scene they will be shooting today.  Under the Dome shooting off Sunnyvale Dr. and Sleepy Hollow is on the soundstages today.

Kristen WiigICYMI: We were so bummed that Kristen Wiig wouldn’t be here because the feature film The Heart fizzled out, however, it was a pleasant surprise to see she has been cast in what we still call Loomis Fargo to star opposite Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson.  Relativity has already set a release date for the untitled armored car project. It is  Aug. 14, 2015.

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If you haven’t seen this, Robert Conley and the crew did a phenomenal job! Keep It Rolling is an 11minute  short documentary about the North Carolina Film Tax Incentive.  WATCH IT NOW!

FILM INDUSTRY DAY @ THE NC LEGISLATURE  ATTENTION: Small Businesses and vendors!

IMG_8745_newIf you want to be an active participant in the film industry day at the NC Legislature on June 4, 2014 from 9am to 1pm please email NCFilmDay@gmail.com

The most important people that need to attend are the small businesses. These are the folks we need to put on a bus and send up to Raleigh. So whatever businesses you are friends with please reach out to them and pass this message along. Its so imperative that they come. More important than the crew more important than the background extras because when they see businesses it will really hit home.

NCFIlmPendant

Perry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

shirts_frontback

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

Loomis Fargo adds Kristen Wiig to cast!

Kristen WiigWe were so bummed that Kristen Wiig wouldn’t be here because the feature film The Heart fizzled out, however, it was a pleasant surprise to see she has been cast in what we still call Loomis Fargo to star opposite Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson.  Relativity has already set a release date for the untitled armored car project. It is  Aug. 14, 2015.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kristen will play the workplace crush of Galifianakis, “an unhappy armored car driver. Using her feminine wiles, she gets him to join her and her accomplices in their plan to rob a bank vault, but has no plans to link up with him once the deed is done.” (THR)

UNTITLED ARMORED CAR PROJECT (aka LOOMIS FARGO) – RELATIVITY MEDIA
STATUS:  Pre-Prod: May 5th / Production: July 2014
LOCATION: Asheville/Wilmington
PRODUCERS: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey
DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
LP: D. Scott Lumpkin
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig