NC General Assembly pass repeal of HB2.

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The NC House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal House Bill 2 otherwise known as the “bathroom bill.” It was a 70-48 vote.

The NC Senate passed the bill earlier in the day. Now it will go to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.

It’s certainly isn’t perfect as Cooper stated, but it would begin to repair the state’s reputation.

WECT reported that the deal reached between Cooper and Moore would repeal HB2, re-set bathroom access to pre-HB2 standards and also include a moratorium preventing local governments from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances through at least December 1, 2020, the NC General Assembly says.

As far as film is concerned, I have been told there are many productions that still want to be here, however, they would not come to North Carolina until HB2 was repealed. We shall see how Hollywood reacts to the repeal with the moratorium in place.

NC Republican lawmakers & Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper resolve a standoff on HB2.

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NC Republican lawmakers & Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper resolve a standoff on HB2.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper say they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state’s “bathroom bill.” GOP leaders announced late Wednesday the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday, but it was unclear whether there were enough votes to pass it. Cooper said it’s not a perfect deal but would begin to repair the state’s reputation. The replacement measure still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

WBTV reports that the news comes in just hours before the NCAA’s deadline that required our state leaders to repeal HB2 or lose the chance to host any college championships for the next five years.  The NCAA will announce basketball championship sites today.

 

 

 

Gov. Cooper goes to bat for NC Film

As promised Governor Roy Cooper is going to bat for the film industry. He wants to bring back the good old incentive days. And we should be celebrating.

While I absolutely love his intentions, I don’t think we should jump up and down and break out the champagne quite yet. If you follow the NCGA when it comes to film religiously, you know there will be some major push back, to say the least.

I suppose that’s why I didn’t drum up an immediate blog when I saw the budget proposal. But at the same time, I know I should at least let everyone know what the heck is going on.

This week, Gov. Cooper added a Film and Entertainment Tax Incentive (the dreaded word) as part of the budget proposal. If we wanna get anywhere with the NCGA, we need to call it what it is: a rebate.

It would provide up to $9 million for a television series, $12 million for a feature film and $250,000 for commercials. AND the best part it would have no annual cap. You know, like the incentive, err, rebate, we had before the whole grant mess.

This Utopian plan if agreed upon by the House and the Senate would go into effect January 2018. When the grant runs out this July, they would add $15 million to it to tide us over until the end of the year.

Now Cooper made another promise which I know he is doing his best to accomplish. Getting rid of HB2. That’s going to need to happen in order for our film industry to blossom again.

From what I have been told, production companies call frequently asking the same question: Is it (HB2) gone yet?

We all know how much the NCGA just adores the old incentive (yes, that was sarcasm). And how much they just can’t wait to get rid of the “Bathroom Bill.” (yes, again)

So, I am not holding my breathe. Neither should you.

All we can do is hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Wow, so doom and gloom, right?  Damn. Have I become that jaded with NC politics?

On a happier note, it looks like TNT’s Good Behavior is getting back to work on Season 2 this month and we should know soon if SIX will return to Wilmington within the next couple weeks.

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SIX gets a Second Season!

On March 8th, the Season finale on SIX will air, so it’s great news that we now know History/A&E has ordered a 10-episode second season before the season one sign off! That’s 2 more episodes than the previous 8-episode order for season one. Now the question we all want answered: Will production return to Wilmington for Season 2?  Well, they haven’t cleared their storage units, so that’s got to be a good sign, but I cannot tell you it’s a 100% done deal. We should know something by or before mid-March!  If they do return to Wilmywood, we can look forward to production this summer. We could certainly use the work!

ABOUT SIX:

Six follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. In the first season, former SEAL Team Six troop leader, Richard ‘Rip’ Taggart (Walton Goggins), is captured by Boko Haram and it’s up to his former SEAL Team Six brothers – led by Joe Graves (Barry Sloane), Alex Caulder (Kyle Schmid) and Ricky “Buddha” Ortiz (Juan Pablo Raba) – to put their differences aside to locate and rescue their former troop leader. Edwin Hodge, Dominic Adams, Brianne Davis, Nadine Velazquez, Jaylen Moore, Donny Boaz, and Nondumiso Tembe also star.(deadline)

TNT’s Good Behavior: Crew Call

NOTE: THIS IS FOR CREW ONLY.

Good Behavior, is back for Season 2. Written by Blake Crouch and Chad Hodge and starring Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, the TNT series is NOW accepting NC film crew resumes.

THIS IS FOR CREW ONLY. NOT FOR EXTRAS.  No official statement has been made in regards to who will be doing the Extras Casting yet, so hold on there background actors.

Shooting will take place in the Wilmington area. Production begins in April (possibly late March).

ABOUT:

GOOD BEHAVIOR (Season 2) – TNT
STATUS: Pre-Production
WRITERS, PRODUCERS: Chad Hodge, Blake Crouch
UPM: Dale Williams
CREW RESUMES: goodbehavioroffice@gmail.com

A thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat, but when she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, putting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship.

‘Good Behavior’ back in Wilmywood for Season 2

Finally! The NC Film Office has released the news to the public!  TNT’s Good Behavior got approved for 9 million from the film grant.

Now we can breathe at least a ‘lil sigh of relief! It will be great to see our film trucks lining the streets once again!

I will be posting more next week regarding crew calls and extras casting! So stay tuned!

Shooting will take place in the Wilmington area. Production begins in April. Randy Sutter and Dale Williams return and LP and UPM.

“Good Behavior” brought its first season to a close with Javier (Juan Diego Botto) realizing he belongs with Letty (Michelle Dockery) despite her betrayal and the two of them setting off for a whirlwind adventure … of running from the feds with a 10-year-old passenger in the form of Letty’s son Jacob (Nyles Julian Steele).

Showrunner Chad Hodge agrees with Screener that that may not have been the most responsible choice Letty and Javier have ever made, but it’s all part of the Season 2 plan. (ScreenTV.com)

 

NC-Filmed ‘The Disappointments Room’ in theaters September 9th

The supernatural thriller, The Disappointments Room, which filmed in the Greensboro area in the fall of 2014 is hitting theaters next week.

It’s about a mother who moves her family out to the country. The poor mother’s sanity begins slipping as she learns about the house’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl.

The film stars Kate Beckinsale.