Wilmywood celebrates ‘Empire Records’ – 20 years strong today!

Twenty years ago today, Empire Records hit theaters and although it wasn’t a big hit, it became a cult classic.  In fact, they probably made more money in rentals than they did at the box office.

“I’m surprised by this film’s popularity.” said Key Makeup Artist Jeff Goodwin. “Out of all the films I have done spanning more than three decades now, films including Blue Velvet, Rambo III, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Last of the Mohicans to name a few! People love Empire Records!”

Some other great NC Film Crew members like Rick Pour, Robbie Beck, John Copeman, Beth Giles, Andy Krish, and Matt Sullivan (just to name a few) worked on this one, so ask ’em some some good stories if you see them.

In this day and age, if you said “record store,” kids would scratch their heads wondering just what the hell this so-called “record” is, much less having a store for it. But we remember, so let’s take a moment to reminiscence with Liv Tyler, Anthony LaPaglia, Renée Zellweger and friends shall we…

Oh yeah, it was hip, it was trendy and it was shot right here in Wilmywood. The interior of the record store was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, but you can get a glance of the exterior on South Front Street. Scenes from the back of the store were filmed right at the Cape Fear River.


The exterior where Gina picks Corey up for work is at a private residence in Forest Hills.

People Magazine is also celebrating this picture with: Empire Records, 20 Years Later: Where Is the Cast Now?
We are proud to be the home of this classic flick. Go ahead, break out your LPs and cassettes and celebrate! WATCH MOVIE NOW!

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/10/2014 – Hank and Jed head to Boston, The Heart, Rick Catlin, Wilmywood B-days, Biggest Loser Winners.

by Sheila Brothers and April Vickery

Happy Thursday my loves!  Boy, what another great week.  Today our Domies will be back in New Hanover County. You will spot them on Kenwood Ave. as well as Castle St.  We had some local boys that got some good roles this week on Under the Dome.  Don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it yet, so I will just say congrats!  You know who you are!!


Yesterday, the big news came out about The Heart. They are coming to Wilmywood! And it looks like they will be in pre-production beginning in May.

Kristen WiigIndian Paintbrush Productions is making this comedy and it will star Kristen Wiig, Sam Rockwell as well as Allison Janney (who was just here for Tammy).   Kristen will star as a cash-strapped woman who agrees to transport black market organs with a man she just met, to be played by Sam.  The writer/director Nat Faxon is no stranger to Wilmington as he has family here.


ncfilmCan we please give a standing ovation to Betsy Jordan who is running AGAINST Rep. Rick Catlin (R-District 20) who is not our film friend.  Betsy had much to say after she reviewed his review for the impact study that was released last week.  I got 3 words for Betsy: YOU GO GIRL!    READ NOW


(L to R)Tony Schnur, Nate Panning, Jon Etheridge, Brent Triplett, Bryan Mahoney

Our local boys Hank and Jed Movie Pictures are on their way to Boston for PAXEast, one of the largest gaming conventions on the East coast.  The convention sold out in four hours!  They were invited by Plantronics Gaming to be the stars of their booth for the weekend.  Their animated comedy series, Battlefield Friends, which derived from the characters in the game Battlefield 3, is the top show on Machinima’s sub-channel, Happy Hour. The Hank and Jed team announced that the premiere of Season 4 of Battlefield Friends will be on April 41st.  Go figure! I will be following them around all weekend, so I will keep an eye out for the fun on the Battlefield Friends FB page, which has already cleared 121,000 fans!



Today let’s celebrate some Wilmington film crew members for their entrepreneurship and some cast members’ birthdays!

dukeBBQLet’s talk about something very important here in the south. BBQ! You like BBQ? Well, Wilmywood has the place for you! Duke’s Old South BBQ in Leland on Village Rd.! Duke’s secret recipes that have been in the south for generations. If you get a chance to stop in at Duke’s please have the pit cooked pulled pork and be sure to say hello to husband-and-wife team David and Bo McCall.  David is lending his architectural skills to the set design team of the upcoming FX pilot How and Why .

wonderSpeaking of local and delicious! It’s Wilmington Film Crew Member, Andy Krish!  Haha! And let’s not forget about his amazing rub, 8th Wonder Spice Blend! 8th Wonder combines 17 natural ingredients, including cocoa and coffee to create a unique, full-bodied seasoning that compliments all foods. All natural! 8th Wonder Spice originated in Wilmington, NC and is sold in grocery and specialty stores throughout southeastern, NC!

WUIW_longThe Biggest Loser Season 16 auditions are this Saturday in Charlotte and the show graciously gave us five front of the line passes to give away!  We had A LOT of entries, so after a random drawing here are the winners who get to skip the wait!

Erin Kidwell
Tarron “Bamm Bamm” Coalson
Nikki Muncy
Krystal Wilson
Sheila Alston

He was once known simply as the “wild eyed guy” on MADtv and the 7-Up “Up Yours” guy but these days, Orlando Jones is a household name. A name I’m sure many people will be tagging Twitter posts today to say “Happy Birthday” to Sleepy Hollow‘s own “Captain Frank Irving.”  Did you know that not only has Orlando been in over 30 films in his career, that he is also credited s_rg_fsborlando0910_with some video game voiceover action as well? He is a father, a husband and a producer, writer and director. Don’t wait until Sleepy Hollow returns to Wilmywood in May,  follow Orlando on Twitter  and tell him today! Happy birthday from the Sleepyhead HQ!!  P.S. FREE FRANK!

dean-norris-64th-annual-primetime-emmy-awards-02Big shout out to Wilmywood domie, Dean Norris who turns 51 today! We all know Mr. Norris as “Big Jim” the power loving local crazy man of Chester’s Mill and if you follow him on Twitter, you can see that he’s quite the larger than life man outside of the dome too!

This SAG award winner and Harvard grad with the charismatic smile has been in over 30 films and too many TV shows to count! (I don’t have enough fingers and toes!) Wilmywood has gotten to know Mr. Norris over the course of the UTD series and couldn’t be happier to know that he’s here to celebrate his birthday with us. I’m SURE the Twitter feed on this birthday celebration will be something we won’t want to miss.  “Hey, Dean!  F*** You, Buddy!  Happy Birthday!”

shannonRippyStill no sign of film industry friend Shannon Rippy. They searched all day again yesterday, knocking on doors and posting flyers.  If you can help, please visit this FB page Search Team for Shannon Rippy (Van Newkirk)


LOOKING 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 Studios too!


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!!