Eriq LaSalle returns to Under the Dome for Season 3

First time around, the fabulous Eriq La Salle came to Wilmywood with his director’s cap on for episode 2.9 of Under the Dome. He got right into the local scene.  Eriq joined me on the Sunny Morning Show and even had a book signing at our Mayfaire Barnes & Noble.  This time he is back as a cast member!  He will play the ruthless Hektor Martin, the CEO of the energy company run by Barbie’s father played by Brett Cullen.  He will also return to direct this season.  Again the 9th episode.  Does he have a thing for the number nine?  Inquiring minds want to know!eriq-and-sheila-e1401983201400

We are SO proud and excited to have Eriq back. While you wait, you might as well pick up his book series ( Laws of Innocence, Laws of Depravity, Laws of Wrath) and give ’em a read!  He’s a fantastic writer!  Is there anything this man cannot do?

Welcome back Eriq!  We love you to pieces!

Under the Dome returns for its third season on Thursday, June 25 with a two-hour premiere 9pm EST on CBS.


North Carolina Film Releases for 2015 and 2016

NC Film Cast & Crew!  You worked hard as hell!  It’s time you go see the movie magic you created.  Here’s a look at the film/TV schedule for 2015/2016 that was proudly made right here in North Carolina.

BansheeChayton-Littlestone BANSHEE SEASON 3 –  Premiered January 9, 2015

The Banshee production team enjoyed shooting in the Charlotte area until the NCGA did away with the NC Film incentives. Sadly, they moved to PA for season 4.

one-and-two-berlin-sxswONE AND TWO – Hit Berlin & SXSW,  theatrical release TBA.

Filming took place in Piedmont Triad Region. And although it hasn’t hit theaters yet, it has made it’s way to the film fest circuit and has already received kudos.

Two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.

Berlin International Film Festival -Nominated for Crystal Bear “Generation 14plus – Best Film” (Andrew Droz Palermo)

Director: Andrew Droz Palermo
Producers: Matthew Perniciaro | Kim Sherman | Michael Sherman | Patrick M. Wood
Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Timothée Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser, Grant Bowler, Kyle Bell

SNL_RyanJulietteSECRETS AND LIES – Premiered March 1, 2015

The 2 hour premiere of the Wilmywood shot Secrets and Lies on ABC (WWAY) was on March 1st. Although critics speculate a second season pick-up, it is unlikely they will return to NC due to the lack of film incentives.

“The Trail; The Father” kicked off with Ben out for his morning jog when he stumble upon the corpse of a young boy, Ton Murphy.  Ben’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a murder suspect.  However, Tom’s mother suspects her estranged husband might be the killer.

PRODUCER: Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Belle Shouse, Dan Fogler, Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand, Kate Ashfield.

LongestrideTHE LONGEST RIDE – in theaters April 10, 2015

This lovely picture was shot all throughout NC.  They started in Wilmington, then headed up to Jacksonville, then headed West to the Yadkin area.

The lives of a young couple intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love.

PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Bob Teitel
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr
CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Alan Alda

Make poster from thisTHE SQUEEZE – available via Groupon  and in limited theaters nationwide April 17, 2015.

The Squeeze which was shot right here in Wilmywood in the fall of 2013. The feature stars Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Sumpter, Jillian Murray and Michael Nouri, along with some of our local actors including Michael Rosander, David Andrews, and Logan Siu to name a few. The Squeeze is a true story about a young man from a small southern town who gets caught in between two notorious gamblers, until the stakes become a matter of life or death. The film has been submitted to the Toronto Film Festival in September.

AshbyASHBY- Premiered at Tribecca Film Fest April 19, 2015. TBA when it hits US theaters.

” Ashby is able to maintain a consistently humorous and light tone. Ed and Ashby’s worldview is more than a bit skewed, but so is the film’s, and it works well enough to keep the film entertaining and bouncy.” – IndieWire

Starring  Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman. It was shot in the Charlotte area.

under-the-dome-cbsUNDER THE DOME SEASON 3 – Thursday, June 25, 2015 -2 hour premiere 9pm-11pm (CBS)

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other. 

WRITER: Stephen King, Neal Baer
CAST: Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle LeFevre, Mike Vogel, Mackenzie Lintz, Eddie Cahill

MaxMAX – in theaters June 26, 2015

Max, the war dog movie which was shot in Charlotte and the surrounding areas last year, has given us the gift of a trailer!  The family adventure film was directed by Boaz Yakin. This story was inspired by true events.

papertownsPaper Towns – in theaters July 24, 2015.

ABOUT PAPER TOWNS: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew. ~GoodReads

Masterminds-2015MASTERMINDS – in theaters August 14, 2015.

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Jody Hill
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig

Max Steel Movie rfilme2015MAX STEEL – in theaters August 28, 2015

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.

PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello


No exact date pinned down as of yet.  Hopefully more info will come out soon! The original was a TV comedy series that premiered on Spike back in 2010.

PRODUCERS: Eric Falconer | Eric Fischer | Warren Ostergard | Alan Ritchson |
DIRECTOR: Lev L. Spiro
WRITER: Eric Falconer | Alan Ritchson | Chris Romano

Three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.


disappointmentsroomTHE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM – in theaters September 25, 2015

A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

WRITER: Wentworth Miller (screenplay)
CAST: Kate Beckinsale, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin

RiverGuardRIVER GUARD – 2015 – still waiting for actual release date

TheChoiceTHE CHOICE – February 5, 2016

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)
CAST: Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker, Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario


No word yet on The Sin Seer.

ROCK HILL, SC: Cinemax’s Outcast accepting crew resumes

The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman is bringing South Carolina a series for Cinemax.  Outcast. They shot the pilot in Rock Hill, SC back in December.

The projected start date is July 20th and should run through November for a 10 episode run and they head back to their original shooting grounds.

No word yet on UPM or LP.

Outcast is based on a comic by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta which follows Kyle Barnes (Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

So all you Banshee folks and the rest of the Charlotte film peeps, send your CREW ONLY resumes to: You’re gonna have to cross state lines to find work!

Actors and Background actors, this is NOT a call for you.  That will come later 🙂


STATUS: Pre-Prod: NOW / Production: July 20, 2015-November
PRODUCERS: David Alpert, Sue Naegle, Chris Black
WRITER/PRODUCER: Robert Kirkman, Meg LeFauve
DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard
CAST: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Gabriel Bateman, Reg E. Cathey (St. Vincent), Julia Crockett (The Absence), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan)
Crew resumes to:


Watch the Wilmywood shot THE SQUEEZE now!

The golf caper that was shot here in Wilmywood  in 2013 is now available on demand through Groupon. The Squeeze stars Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Sumpter, Jillian Murray and Michael Nouri, along with some of our local actors including Michael Rosander, David Andrews, and Logan Siu to name a few.

The Squeeze is a true story about a young man from a small southern town who gets caught in between two notorious gamblers, until the stakes become a matter of life or death. 

Watch it now!

The Wilmywood Daily – 04/20/2015 Max Steel gets release date, Local actor in Fantastic 4 and more.

Under the Dome heads back to the sound stages today, but you can spot them in Burgaw tomorrow.

MaxSteel050314_0218Now, we have been waiting FOREVER for a release date for Max Steel which stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath along with Ana Villafane, Andy Garcia and Maria Bello. Well, now I can tell you get ready to enjoy this super hero flick later this summer on Friday, August 28th Woo hoo!

The Longest Ride is doing decent at the box office. So far, they’ve earned $23,511,000  plus $6 million more internationally.

And did you spot what they wrote at the end of the credits? Thanks for posting this Ben Yemba! They were here during our big battle with our legislators and they felt our pain considering how much they loved filming here. I know director George Tillman, Jr. definitely knew! He really paid attention to what was going on around town and across the state. So, on behalf on the NC Film Crew, thank you Longest Ride Team!

And we gotta give major kudos to local actor Anthony Reynolds! He always gets in on the coolest movies! This time, you can spot him in the latest trailer for Fantastic 4! Congrats buddy!

Also HUGE DOUBLE congratulations going out to Jonathan Landau and the gang!  First, their short film Pushing Buttons won Best Dark Comedy Short at Worldfest Houston this weekend! It stars Devin McGee and Meredith Jackson to name a couple.11156351_1157654247584143_6450778751639465909_n

Secondly, 14 years ago Landau made a 35mm feature film called The Last Summer. He says that over 1,000 local people worked on this film (including Britt Robertson, Muse Watson, Nick Searcy, and David Andrews). It is now available via Vimeo On Demand! It’s only $1.99 to check it out!

RePlan It Documentary Series Pilot Screening Sunday, April 26th

RePlan It Documentary Series Pilot Screening Sunday, April 26th

A new documentary series building sustainability through open source innovation!

Wilmington, North Carolina: From documentary filmmaker Rob Hill and CNN Hero Jock Brandis , REPLAN IT is a ground-breaking new documentary series that follows a team of inventors to underprivileged, remote villages as they install sustainable solutions and help improve lives across the globe! The pilot episode of REPLAN IT will be screened at Jengo’s Playhouse at 815 Princess Street in downtown Wilmington on Sunday April 26th at 7PM.

In the pilot episode of REPLAN IT, Jock’s life experiences lead to the invention of a simple machine to shell peanuts and create a micro-enterprise that directly helps impoverished farmers around the world. Viewers will be moved as they watch how a simple technology can provide both nutrition and economic opportunities.


This pioneering documentary series features a group of rogue, low-tech engineers called the Full Belly Project, crossing the globe developing simple, sustainable solutions that change lives. Led by CNN Hero and Purpose Prize-winner Jock Brandis (one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of sustainable technology), REPLAN IT and the Full Belly Project will inspire audiences as they improve the lives of people around the world.

On Sunday April, 26th at 7PM the filmmaking team will be hosting the event to raise awareness for their efforts to build sustainability world-wide. Jock Brandis and the Full Belly Project will be demonstrating some of their breakthrough technologies and a Q & A session will follow the screening. Admission is free to the public with a suggested donations to RePlan It’s crowdfunding campaign.


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/13/2015 Box office results, new releases, indie projects from NC filmmakers

Under the Dome continues filming episode 3 at the sound stages today and tomorrow. Nothing to see here!

Our Wilmywood shot flick, The Longest Ride, hit theaters this weekend, and here are the box office numbers.
1. “Furious 7,” $60.6 million ($195 million international).
2. “Home,” $19 million
3. “The Longest Ride,” $13.5 million
4. “Get Hard,” $8.6 million
5. “Cinderella,” $7.2 million
6. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” $6.9 million
7. “Woman in Gold,” $5.9 million.
8. “It Follows,” $2 million.
9. “Danny Collins,” $1.6 million.
10. “While We’re Young,” $1.4 million.

Toonstone_wildmessTomorrow is the big day for our local production company, Hank and Jed Movie Pictures. Their first animated feature film, Toonstone, will be released via iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Google Play, and Video on Demand. In case you didn’t know, Hank and Jed have become You Tube stars thanks to their hugely popular series, Battlefield Friends.

WECT reports UNCW got the green light to start a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking degree during a meeting of the UNC Board of Governors Friday. It’s a 3 year program and you can sign your name on the dotted line for that in the fall of 2016. READ MORE NOW

Two Indiegogo campaigns worth donating to by North Carolina Filmmakers. Show some love for NC Film and give a few clams!


Peanut_fullbellyA New Documentary Series Building Sustainability through Open Source Innovation. This groundbreaking documentary series features a group of rogue, low-tech engineers called the Full Belly Project, crossing the globe developing simple, sustainable solutions that change lives.  Led by CNN Hero and Purpose Prize-winner Jock Brandis (one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of sustainable technology), RePlan It and the Full Belly Project will inspire audiences as they improve the lives of people around the world.
Seriously, we have people right here in Wilmington that are literally changing the world and improving lives globally! How cool is that? There’s 15 days left to donate to Replan it! DONATE NOW


GhostTrek3It’s a supernatural-horror-comedy project  If you love paranormal reality shows (or hate them), 80’s horror, ghoulish evil zombies back from the grave, metal, mixed-martial-arts, political satire, gore, dope and bro-humor… AND the occasional naked hotty running for her life, the film Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is tailor-made for you!  If this flick gets its proper funding, they will be shooting it here in North Carolina! DONATE NOW


Rumors from the Lot: Sleepy Hollow

Now it’s time for Rumors from the Lot! Many folks have been hanging on for some chance in hell that Sleepy Hollow will find a way to stay in Wilmington and not make the move to Atlanta. If you are one of the many, you are not gonna like what I have to tell you.

Rumor has it, starting next week, the 18-wheelers will be rolling on in. Starting with Stage 10 at EUE/Screen Gems, they are breaking down the sets as they prepare for season 3 in Atlanta.

The only bit of good news, bittersweet really, is that from what I heard they are hiring some of the original crew to do the tear down and set up in Atlanta. I also heard that they might be asking some of the crew members to move to Atlanta and continue working on the show. Especially those in set dec.

So, while folks will be working, it will be short lived for some, and a move away from their families for others should they choose to do so.

Can I confirm this? Not yet. Are my sources strong. Yes. Guess we will know for sure next week.

It’s a sad day for Wilmywood.

Tragedy Strikes NC Film Make-Up Artist at his home.

David Wayne is a well-respected and phenomenally creative make-up artist and sculptor in film production, and great-nephew of the famous Costume Designer for Gone With the Wind and many other films, Walter Plunkett. Because of his own work in feature films, David Wayne is an active member in good standing of IATSE Local 798 representing Make Up Artists and Hair Stylists and word is going out nationally to his union Brothers and Sisters.

On Friday, April 3, 2015, at his home in Rock Hill, SC, David Wayne Plunkett was gravely injured when a propane gas container exploded.

Chelsea, his wife and the mother of their 14-month old daughter, Catherine, had been in the kitchen when David had gone outside, saying he was about to mow the lawn. She was feeding Catherine when “there was a big, white flash and then, huge ‘BOOM!!’, and the den windows blew in.” Chelsea ran outside as David Wayne staggered toward her, and said “My arms. My arms.” and then he collapsed. Neighbors rushed over and were able to apply tourniquets to his arms, which were disastrously damaged. Within a relatively few minutes he was heli evac-ed to the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, twenty miles away, and to the ER/Trauma facility there.

Devastatingly, David Wayne lost his right arm, which was severed six inches above the elbow from the explosion. His left arm was not destroyed but shattered, and doctors are operating again, today, trying to save it. His eyesight is hoped to be saved, and an MRI showed no life-threatening internal damage. His condition has been stabilized.

Chelsea, who is strong and calm as best she can be, has told us, “Thank God, he is alive” and “We will get through this.” And “thank everyone for their love and prayers.”

There will, of course, be more expenses which will not be covered by their insurance and we are are establishing the David Wayne Plunkett Fund to help in this tragic, life-changing situation.

Thank you for your prayers and concern and support for David Wayne, Chelsea and their little daughter, Catherine, in this crisis.

Sincerely yours,
John F. Davis and June Bateman
(Uncle and Aunt)


NC FILM: The 2015 Grant Recipients.

Raleigh, N.C.- North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced three productions will receive funds from the newly established North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant.

The three productions altogether are expected to have direct in-state spending of about $61 million across North Carolina this year with the grant program. Remember, just 6 months into 2014, the North Carolina Film Office reported an estimated $268 million in direct in-state spending when we had our previous 25% film incentives.

According to the NCFO, the film and entertainment grant recipients include:

Under The Dome (Season 3) shooting again in Wilmington. The television series uses the cities of Burgaw, Southport and Wilmington to create its fictitious town of Chester’s Mill. The eligible grant amount is $5 million.

An Untitled Lionsgate Television Project will also receive funding and is expected to shoot in Western North Carolina. The eligible grant amount is $4 million. (I believe this is Dirty Dancing, but don’t quote me on it)

Late in the Season is a story of a 31-year old Seattle stockbroker with a mysterious past who walks on to a small North Carolina college basketball team and inspires his struggling teammates’ lives with hope as they reach for a championship. The production will use the picturesque Davidson campus as its main location and will base in the greater Charlotte area. The eligible grant amount is $1 million.

In 2014, they boasted about nearly 19,000 job opportunities for North Carolinians. No mention yet how many job opportunities they are as of 2015.

During the past six years, productions have had a direct in-state spend of more than $1.3 billion.


New film grants support three productions (WRAL)
Film and Entertainment Grant Recipients Announced (NC Film Office)