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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More projects for North Carolina? Here’s the scoop!

Happy Monday my NC Film peeps. A few things of note today and you know how it goes…things change in the biz every 5 seconds. But, here’s what stands at the moment.

LoganLermanThis one, I am not too sure about. PW is putting a feature film in North Carolina. No city is listed. It’s a drama thriller titled Rothchild.  It’s about a young man who hatches a murderous plot to inherit his family’s wealth. The LP is Frank Hildebrand. The film stars the 24 year old little hottie Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, Noah) who’s been here before for Stuck In Love.  Someone mentioned to me it’s a possible SAG-indie, but I cannot confirm it. That is all I know about the flick. No confirmations to go on as of yet. It’s PW, so ya know, not the most reliable source.

SanaaLathanA couple of weeks ago we thought FOX was bringing us 24:Legacy, but they opted for LA. However, it looks like we might be getting a FOX show after all. Fox is reportedly bringing us the series for Shots Fired.  Charlotte, NC is listed as the location. This could be a great one as Brian Grazer is the producer behind it. It’s been hard to search for as 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. The story revolves around the blend of racial tension and police brutality. It’s supposed to be up and running in late March. Again, no confirmations as of yet.

And finally heading South of the border, the ABC pilot that Barbara D’Alessandro is line producing, The Death of Eva Sophia Valdez, was first thought to be shooting in Charleston, SC. However, I can now tell you they are filming in Myrtle Beach – much closer to home for those NC peeps working on the show! They start up March 11.

We shall see if any of these shows get confirmation! As soon as I know, I will keep you posted!

In the meantime, here’s some other links of interest from the local media.

Michael Strahan donates to local animal shelters
Local film crew train with gun safety ahead of filming

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How is 2016 shaping up for NC Film?

The Longest Ride. Image credit: David Pascua

It sure has been a while since I last blogged. Hell, there’s not a damn thing happening at the moment, so maybe we should look into the approaching new year. Here’s what I’ve been hearing. A LOT of conflicting information. One day I hear a production is definitely coming, people got interviewed, then the next day, it’s all up in the air. So lemme just give you a glimpse of what MIGHT happen. It’s the best I can do!

  1. Good Behavior – TV Series (TNT) – They shot the pilot here a couple of months ago. Will they return? Lord knows. From what I’ve heard, it is a traveling show, so it wouldn’t be necessary to stay in our area to shoot it.  So, mark this one a maybe. And, for the record, they have not announced a pick up yet, so, we might have to wait a bit longer.
  2. Untitled – TV series (CBS) – Back and Forth conflicting reports. A show that until about 2 months ago was a definite Wilmington pick up, now, I hear Toronto might be a possibility.
  3. Six – TV Series (History Channel) – A Weinstein Production that is sniffing around. If they do make Wilmington their home, it looks like a February start.
  4. Dirty Dancing – Telefilm (ABC) – Yes, you read that right. They are looking at Asheville. Again.  Hopefully it will be a go this time around. April is what I am seeing for things to get underway IF all things work out swimmingly. Abigail Breslin will play ‘Baby.’

None of these are set in stone at all. In fact, we might get one or two. That’s it. But I figured I would keep you in the loop. Now you know what I know thus far. I will keep you posted when I hear more.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/14/2014 NC Film Incentives, Last Seen Alive, The Heart, Secrets and Lies and more.

Well we got some ups and downs this morning.  Where oh where do we begin?  Let’s start off with some good news.

Investigation Discovery’s new series Last Seen Alive kicks off in North Carolina and it follows one important local lady we all know and love.  Cue Center for Missing Persons founder, Monica Caison.  

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Monica will be showing the world her skills on Last Seen Alive in the premiere episode on Sunday, June 1st at 9pm which will feature Scarlett DeLoach’s case.  In this episode, Monica gets the job done and nobody does it better! A true hero! Tune in at 9pm EST.  VIEW PROMO NOW 

Kristen WiigNow, we finally got some intel on the Kristin Wiig comedy, The Heart and I have to say the prognosis (or is it diagnosis), either way you say it, it’s not good.  My sources are telling me, Indian Paintbrush, the production company who was having some financials woes trying to get this project off the ground, is not moving forward with production.  I’ve been told, however, it wasn’t a money thing.   But whatever it is, I just don’t know.  Boo!  I know we were all excited about this one, however, that is show biz for ya.  Things change every minute.

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However, you know North Carolina still has Loomis Fargo, but whether it will be primarily shot in Asheville or Wilmington, is something we are still pondering.

SecretsLies_PromoThe Upfronts for ABC were yesterday.  The network had much to say about our newbie show Secrets and Lies starring Ryan Phillippe, Juliet Lewis and Natalie Martinez.  They shot the pilot here back in February.  Even though from the get go it was reported that the show had a 10 episode commitment, no one knew for sure if they would continue here in Wilmington.  Well we found out the fab news that they will be opening offices next month and will shoot the remaining nine episodes here starting in July. Secrets and Lies will have a mid-season premiere in March 2015 with a 10pm time slot. As ABC’s youtube channel say, Secrets and Lies revolves around family man Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) who is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) based on the original Australian series of the same name.  ICYMI, here’s the promo!  Love that the first thing you hear is our very own Sarah Hopkins from WWAY as the news reporter! Woo Hoo!

“Secrets and Lies” stars Ryan Phillippe as Ben, KaDee Strickland as Christy, Natalie Martinez as Jess, Clifton Collins, Jr as Dave, Indiana Evans as Natalie, Belle Shouse as Abby and Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell.

Today CBS is holding their Upfronts.  Not too much more to tell, but perhaps we might get a new promo out of it, or hell, they could surprise us with something juicy!

Now as for productions rolling today? Under the Dome is on N Front St and Chestnut today.  Max Steel is back on Middlesound Loop Road.  Sleepy Hollow is back to production today on the sound stages.   The Sin Seer has wrapped.

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 LISTEN TO SHORT SESSION LIVE STREAM

Some details about the film incentives in regards to the short session will come out today.  As soon as I am able to give you all the details, I will let you know.  However, I can say this to you. The legislative short session will be long.  It will not be voted on in one day and from what people are telling me, we might not know until July what the fate of the incentives will be.  There will be short term good news and bad news.  Expect it.  But have faith that those who are indeed fighting for us will go force and won’t let the incentive just fade away. It is during this session that we stay positive and not bash anyone.  Our job is to educate folks and show them the truth and the pure value the incentives have on our state and most importantly our families.

Wanna thank Star News 47 for the interview.  We talk film incentives.  WATCH IT NOW!

NCFIlmPendantPerry’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!

Please send a message or phone call to our governor Pat McCrory as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to please HELP us!  Ask them to keep the film incentives at 25% because if they try to drop it, we are dead in the water!  Here’s their deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

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!!

ABC’s Secrets and Lies is coming back to Wilmywood!

secretsLiesWell yes!  We got the first part out of the way.  Well, we really knew this all along, however, it is nice to get a confirmation of it in the trades.

“The network has picked up the last drama pilot that had remained in contention after the mass pickups last night — mystery Secrets & Lies, from producer Aaron Kaplan and director Charles McDougall. ” [DEADLINE]

UPDATE:  Hunter over at the Star News cornered Kaplan!  They are indeed coming back to Wilmywood!  READ NOW  Woo Hoo!  Thanks Hunter!

We will see the folks back in their offices in a few short weeks!

SECRETS & LIES  – ABC

STATUS: Pre-production
PRODUCER: Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
WRITER/PRODUCER: Barbie Kligman
LP: Barbara D’Alessandro, David Hartley
DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Belle Shouse, Clifton Collins, Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand, Kate Ashfield

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Upfronts

by April Vickery

Well, here we go folks! The moment of truth is coming. Upfronts are two weeks away and the fate of some network shows are no longer in the hands of the execs. It’s all in the hands of the people now.

The recently renamed pilot Field of Play (REDZONE) is currently being viewed by test audiences. Now, it looks as though CBS may not pick up more than 3 or 4 drama pilots this season. At least two of these shows will be a spin offs. Field of Play is one of the shows vying for one of those coveted spots! Have no fear though, if CBS does NOT pick up the Nikki Toscano pilot, another network can swoop in and nab it for themselves.  Time will tell.

Another Wilmywood pilot is going to be tested NEXT week:  ABC’s Secrets and Lies. Originally, the show had a 10 episode commitment, but sources say that commitment went to the way side, so it’s just as vulnerable as the other pilots in the mix. Sources say however, it’s a “strong contender for pick-up.”

As for How and Why, FX’s upfronts already  came and went (April 9th).  The show which is currently in production, won’t be complete until the end of May.  We should hear something about our Charlie Kaufman comedy by mid June at the earliest.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/18/2014 Mike Vogel Goes Hallmark, Max Steel, The Longest Ride, Shannon Rippy and more.

Hippety-Hoppety damn good mornin’ to ya! Under the Dome is off today as it is Good Friday, and a good Friday it is indeed.  However that doesn’t stop us from seeing stars, one in particular.

InMyDreamsFilmPosterOur homie Domie Mike Vogel comes out of the Dome for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, In My Dreams this Sunday night on ABC at 9pm EST. (I know the video claims it’s on tonight, but it is on this Sunday) Nick (Mike Vogel) and Natalie (Katharine McPhee) are the perfect couple, only they have never actually met. After tossing coins in Haywood Fountain, the two start dreaming about each other. According to fountain mythology, they have exactly seven days to turn their dreams into a reality. Now doesn’t that sound as sweet as all get out! Don’t miss it!

MAXSTEEL_CASTMax Steel‘s Ben Winchell who plays the lead Max McGrath makes his way into town this weekend and his counterpart Ana Villafane will make it into town early next week!  Yay! Producer Julia Pistor as well as writer Christopher Yost was here as well, they are headed out, but will be coming back shortly as things will start getting super fun soon enough!

Looks like Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride has pushed their start date to mid June. I will keep you posted on any other details that come out.

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It has been 13 days since anyone has seen our film friend 53-year-old Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk.  Investigators with the Wilmington Police Department now believe there may be foul play surrounding Shannon’s disappearance. Apparently new information has come out that are turning the police’s minds towards the negative. They cannot say what that information is, but they are confident that foul play is at hand. At the vigil held last night on the steps of the federal building, the negative news that foul play is in the mix, it hit home for many. Thankfully in addition to the police on the case is the Cue Center for Missing Persons. There is no search team in the country better than the Cue Center. “Someone out there knows something and that’s why we have to spread the word. Someone may have seen something, someone may have heard something,” said Seidman to WECT.

WWAY,  however, has the latest on the vigil from last night. READ NOW

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Now if you live in a cave, I still think you saw this!  I was quite pumped about my article that was published yesterday on EW.com  All about Wilmington baby!  So thanks for the shares and comments.  Feel free to continue that behavior!  Ha! READ IT NOW!

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Earlier this week, we let you know that the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider was planning to continue production. Once the news broke on the internet, a Facebook page called, “I REFUSE to work on Midnight Rider” was created.

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Sarah Jones was killed on February 20, 2014 in Wayne County, GA while filming. Seven crew members were injured when a train collided with the set which called for the crew to be on a bridge. One member who was injured, Joyce Gilliard, is part of our Wilmywood Film Community. Help trend:  #BoycottMidnightRider on Twitter.

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab you 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!

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That just about does it for me; Have a great Easter weekend and be safe! I will have more Wilmywood updates for you Monday 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!!