HB2: We. Are. Not. This.

First, please let me apologize for taking so long to blog about this. I’ve tried to wrap my head around this whole HB2 thing. People have been flying off the handle about this. Some with facts and some with fiction. Trying to decipher which is which has been a bitch.

There are so many thoughts running through my head. First off, if you don’t know me, I am an unaffiliated female who believes in equality for all.  So, with that being said, I am sure you know how I feel about HB2. So instead of explaining it piece by piece (my brain would explode), let’s look at the effects it has had on our state so far.

Just when things start rolling again, our legislators and governor had go and throw away not only $42,000 for an emergency session but also more job creation here in North Carolina.

As an ambassador to the City of Wilmington,  it is become very difficult to welcome visitors here when folks are asking if it’s safe to be here. Seriously, lemme quote the last conversation I got about visiting North Carolina.

KATE: In light of the recent news story about NC, my wife and I will be visiting. We’re lesbian couple, will we have an issue with discrimination? Just Wondering

ME: No! There will not be any issues. Our legislators in North Carolina do NOT reflect the citizens who live here.

KATE: Thank you! That’s what I thought, but ya know I still has to check for peace of mind.

To those of us who live here, it seems like a ridiculous question because we live here and WE KNOW how welcoming this city is, but thanks to those who “represent us” we look like a bunch of haters and backward individuals.

So how is HB2 working out for us so far?

Let’s see, PayPal, Dow Chemical, the NBA, BioGen, American Airlines, Citi, Lowe’s, Wells Fargo, Apple, the NCAA, Google (just to name a few) are VERY disappointed in our leadership’s decision.

This week, large corporations like Bank of America, Cisco, Miramax and Uber signed onto a letter protesting the new law and demanding its repeal. Small businesses are also taking HB2 to task. [SOURCE]

Just today more than 15 large companies ie Reddit, eBay, Starbucks…joined the fight against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law. [SOURCE]

HB2 is also creating uncertainty with companies as well.

Leaders from across the country have banned non-essential travel to North Carolina. San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, West Palm Beach, and New York, with more pending.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state of North Carolina, and bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. [SOURCE]

As far as film is concerned in our state, we have a little backlash, but what we don’t know is how is will affect our future.

The Hulu/Lionsgate production Crushed had one casting call the day before the emergency session took place. Rumor has it, based on a couple of crew members who were hired for the production…HB2 was the reason they packed their bags. I cannot confirm that however.

My sources in Western NC have told me that Dirty Dancing ONLY stayed because they were already too vested with locations and talent timelines and had made a commitment to film there. Otherwise they would have hit the road as well. Again, however, I cannot confirm it.

As you probably have seen Producer/Director Rob Reiner stated immediately after HB2 passed, he will never bring a production to North Carolina as long as this bill is in place. He encouraged his peers in the film industry to do the same. [SOURCE]

Meanwhile not all in the General Assembly are backing the bill. Senator Jeff Jackson has taken to social media.

And our favorite red head Rep. Susi Hamilton is just as upset about the outcome of HB2.

And this…good Lord:  “The people of North Carolina want to talk about roads and economic development and jobs and that’s where I’m going to focus my attention, not on ridiculous restroom and locker room policies that some people are trying to force onto the private sector,” McCrory said. [SOURCE]

I can’t help but think of a school yard taunt: “Quit talking about yourself!” Hate to tell you this, McCrory, but the people of North Carolina are just getting started.  The Gov’na certainly made his bed, but he doesn’t want to lie in it any longer…

And it is also apparent, McCrory has no idea what’s in the bill they passed in a 12 hour period.

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running against McCrory, is asking all those who are ashamed of HB2 to sign a petition on ShameonMcCrory.com

Every hour, there are more companies, cities and states standing up against HB2.

In conclusion, I cannot stress to those who don’t live here that we in North Carolina want you to know our legislators DO NOT reflect who we are as citizens of North Carolina. We are welcoming. We are warm.  We. Are. Not. This.

Thanks for giving us all the headlines leaders of North Carolina…

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY: Inside the lives of SIX this week!

Mornin’ Wilmywood! Hope all is well! Today, our SIX peeps are headed to the beach, but sorry, they’ll be on private property, so no stalking for you today 🙂

But hey…you can stalk them online all you want. In fact, I thought I would put together some great shots and tweets from the cast from the past week in Wilmington! Smile on!

The legendary Bill Broyles demanding that I stick to the script. #SIX #Sixonhistory #caulderisms #legendary

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Come on boy, we got work to do. Me hace muy feliz que este caballero me acompañe al set. Para el ya empezó el verano.

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Me and the lads playing #BeerPong. Awesome time this weekend. #SIXonHistory @history

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Hey hey… Look at us! #Sixonhistory #SIX @thebriannedavis

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Un poco frio aún para nadar. Esta playa se deja rodar. A little cold to swim still, nice beach to ride.

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This is exactly how I am feeling at the moment. Photo cred: @iamkyleschmid #sixonhistory #SIX #TheHusk

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A great first day 🎥 in #Wilmington. So excited for the journey we will take you on… #Sixonhistory

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How did I get stuck with the baby?!? Just because I can't trampoline from past bday ankle twist… @markgantt

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Madly in love with this cast and crew… God bless… #SIX #SixOnHistory especially for the fabulous @leslilinka

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This was my day. #sixonhistory #ItsASealThingBaby

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What an awesome morning! #NavySeals #Six #SixOnHistory @history #lovemyjob #easyday #SEALFIT #repost

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We so fly @juanpabloraba ✈️

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I've worked in worse places, like much worse places…😜 #Sixonhistory

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/21/2016: SIX, Good Behavior, FOX’s Shots Fired and more!

Morning peeps! Hope you had a great weekend! There were so many things to see and do this weekend.  I headed to Mayfaire to join the folks race for the cure with Susan G Komen. Great turnout!

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Okay, now on to Wilmywood…first things first. Leo is NOT moving to Wilmington. I repeat Leonardo DiCaprio is NOT Buying Home in Wilmington. I can’t believe so many people actually fell for this one. If you missed this one Leonardo-DiCaprio-777x437over the weekend, THIS was posted just about everywhere via Facebook.  It only takes a moment to go to their ABOUT US section to know that “MBY News is a fantasy news site.  All news articles on mbynews.com are satire or pure fantasy.” So, now you know, sorry to disappoint.

While we may not have Leo, we do have the fabulous cast of SIX, that should make you feel a whole lot better 🙂 So where are these fabulous cast members?

Our office for this beautiful Monday morning. #Wilmington #Sixonhistory #SIX #beachdays #sunrise

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History Channel’s Six will be shooting at the beach then on One Tree Hill Way today and TNT’s Good Behavior is filming at Carolina Fish Fry on Market St. as well as the 6th St Bridge.

Scooching over to Charlotte, great casting news for FOX’s Shots Fired!  Check out who is rounding out the cast! TV Line has reported Oscar winners Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and True Blood vet Stephen Moyer have joined the drama! READ MORE NOW

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Finally let’s give our Longest Ride star Scott Eastwood HUGE birthday shout outs! He turns 30 today!!

Harrelson/Rockwell join cast of Three Billboards.

Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell are joining Frances McDormand for Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

In a interview last year with The Guardian, McDonagh spoke about the storyline. “It’s about a 50-year-old woman whose daughter is murdered and she goes to war with the police in her home town…because she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice.” Although the film is of the crime genre, I’ve heard there is a dark comedy element to it as well.

Production begins next month in the Western part of NC.

SOURCE: Deadline

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/14/2016 Six, Good Behavior, Voting

@LeslilinkaG "How lucky am I to be working with this extraordinary cast...@SixHistory

Ahhhh! The day has come!  It’s back to work for some more Wilmington film crew members. Today is day one of production for the History Channel series Six. That makes two productions running. It’s like we’re ALMOST back to normal.

The fact that we can run 5 crews deep means that a lot of our crew members are still working out of state or will be in Western NC. But hey, it does feel great to report on two productions rolling at once.

FOX’s Shots Fired will start production in Charlotte in about 2-3 weeks. April will also bring us Dirty Dancing and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri further west in the Asheville area.

You’ll spot the lighting and grip trucks downtown today as they shoot on the steps of the Post Office on Front Street and Union Station on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.

TNT’s Good Behavior will be shooting around Screen Gems today.

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE: The early voting period is over.  Your last chance to vote in the North Carolina Primaries will be tomorrow.  ICYMI: Why NC Film supporters in NHC must vote in the Primaries.

WHERE DO I VOTE? CLICK BELOW!

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The cast of SIX has arrived in Wilmywood.

Now, we’ve been going on and on about the boys, but let’s not forget the ladies of SIX! Please welcome the beautiful and talented Nadine Velazquez and Brianne Davis to the Port City!

Nadine Velazquez (Ride Along 2) and Brianne Davis (True Blood, Jarhead) have been cast in our eight-episode military action/drama series.

Nadine_VelazquezNadine Velazquez will play Ricky’s wife Jackie. She is a strong military wife who is excited about the possibility that her husband is going to retire from the SEAL Team Six, but he really wants to go on that one last mission. Jackie is used to him leaving at a moment’s notice, but this time, she feels he is neglecting his family.

BrianneDavisBrianne Davis will play Lena Graves, the wife of John ‘Bear’ Graves who is a hard-working teacher. She is happy to be here in Wrightsville Beach and is so ready for her role!

Okay, now back to the boys!  Oh dear Lord help every single woman in Wilmington! And some cheeky married ones too! The boys of SIX are arriving in Wilmington this week…hence the climate change! Let’s check in ans see what they’ve been up to!

Filming on History’s SIX begins next week! Woo Hoo! Go NC Film!

Extras Casting Director ready for ‘Dirty Dancing’ and FOX’s ‘Shots Fired’

A lot of people have been hounding me (in a loving way) about who is doing extras casting outside of Wilmington. Well, congrats to Tona Dahlquist of Tona B. Dahlquist Casting. She will be heading up not one, but two productions West of Wilmywood.

ABC’s 3 hour event, Dirty Dancing and FOX’s new series, Shots Fired.

Dirty Dancing is an adaption of the beloved 1987 hit romantic drama which was shot in part in North Carolina. Produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Production, the TV event—starring Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Colt Prattes, and Sarah Hyland  The production will take place in the state’s western region, including Jackson and Buncombe Counties among other locations next month.

SanaaLathanShots Fired is a series from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television that will base out of Charlotte. This could be a great one as Brian Grazer is the producer behind it. It has gone by multiple names such as Indictment and the most recent Untitled Gina Prince-Bythewood Project. She is the writer/director on this project. The LP is Howard Griffith who has been here before. Sanaa Lathan is set to star as an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice, to seek justice before the divided town erupts.

Stay tuned to Tona’s Casting Page on Facebook for all the details! GO THERE NOW!

Congrats Tona! Well deserved!

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