‘Banshee’ Call to Action for NC Film

We are the season 3 shooting crew from Banshee.  We are North Carolina locals, NC tax payers and NC voters. We don’t want to lose out jobs here in North Carolina. Thom Tillis you still have the power to help us.  Put the NC Film Incentives in the budget. Let’s keep the film incentive here in North Carolina.

Sincerely,

Banshee Crew Members
Banshee has filmed in these counties: Mecklenberg, Iredell, Lincoln and Union.

This video was shot earlier in the week before the vote yesterday morning by the finance committee. The vote went down with 20 nays and 16 yays for this amendment.  It has failed.  Please call your legislators and make sure you tell them to please, please, please, support film and be sure to mention that the film incentives creates and maintains jobs. Put it in the budget. Losing the incentives means losing jobs.

Again, DO NOT threaten or name call!  Spread the word, call and email NOW before it’s too late.  Here’s the list – GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONTACTS

Please call Speaker ThomTillis and tell him to keep the film incentives in the budget.  Phone: 919-733-3451  

Also, in case you haven’t seen it: There is a Petition to the North Carolina State Senate, “Leave the North Carolina Film Incentive alone.”  Sign it today.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/17/2014 – Sleepy Hollow, How and Why, Max Steel, Under the Dome and more.

Happy Thursday my awesome peeps!  Let’s get right to it!

My article for Entertainment Weekly’s “The Community” section is out and like I said on Facebook recently, it is my dream article. It’s all about Wilmington, so begging and pleading with you to share it!  I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to bring awareness to the Wilmington film scene and share it with the world!  SHARE NOW: http://bit.ly/RsiY2N I am totally counting on you!  Thank you in advance my fabulous peeps!  Send me a message and let me know you have shared it!

tscc3

Mattel’s Max Steel is two weeks away from going into production and they are prepping like mad. My sources tell me that Max McGrath himself, Ben Winchell could be arriving as soon as this weekend in Wilmywood! His counterpart Ana Villafane who plays Sydney Gardner should be arriving soon after.

sleepy hollow 2A surprising turn of events came out yesterday regarding FOX’s Sleepy Hollow. It looks as though the massive production will be going in a different direction when it comes to background talent.  A new extras casting director was named for season two.  Ashli Bogart will be taking on the monster that is Sleepy Hollow.  READ MORE.

timguinee And speaking of flying in, Wilmywood welcomes writer/director Charlie Kaufman into town. He’s gearing up for FX’s How and Why which begins production at the end of the month. And guess who is making a return! Just as Revolution’s Graham Rogers came back for Red Zone, we welcome another Revolution alum back for our FX pilot. Tim Guinee, who played Danny’s father on Rev, is returning for the comedy pilot. As I was checking in with the handsome devil as I do from time to time, I got the exciting news confirmed yesterday. “I’m really excited to come back to Wilmington,”  Tim said. “It’s like coming home.”  Although Tim has been all over the place filming TV shows and features, he’s been in NC quite a lot for our Charlotte show, Homeland.  Welcome back,  Tim! We love you!

And since it is Throwback Thursday, he’s a hilarious memory from 2012! NBC’s Revolution star David Lyons donated money to inflict pain on his cast members during our radiothon – Sorry Tim Guinee, but it’s flu shot time!

WUIW_long

Under the Dome is headed back to the Brooklyn Arts District again so get ready for some road closures and some snap, crackle, booms and pops.  Yes, they get to play with loud toys again.  They will be off tomorrow for Good Friday and will resume shooting Monday in Wilmington.

Heading over to Charlotte for a spell, the feature film Max which starts production in a few weeks has announced more cast members for their “war dog”  flick.  Joining Josh Wiggins are Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez.

And congrats to Banshee‘s Geno Segers and Afton Williamson. They were just upgraded to series regulars! Woop Woop! Congrats!

Make sure to check out the CW’s Primetime News at 10pm tonight as I will bring you all the Wilmywood news for the week via boob tube with “What’s Up In Wilmywood.”

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 too!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

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!!

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/03/2014 Superbowl Commercial shot in NC, Ex-Oscar Nom fires back, and more.

Happy Monday!  Are you still recovering or revving to go? Well, whether you are into football or not, common ground is found when it comes to the commercials.  They had a handful of great ads, and one of them was shot right here in North Carolina.

4 Perf Productions

4 Perf Productions

Some of our NC Film Crew worked on this funny one! The Diet Dew Dale Call.  The fabulous Patrick Borowiak, Sean Yaple, John McIntyre, and Kane Pearson were all in the Camera Dept. from Wilmington.  I was told the rest of the crew was mainly from Charlotte.

Check out the remote head they used from 4 Perf Productions for the commercial and find out what other productions they’ve used this bad boy on.  Find 4 Perf on Facebook.

On the local commercial front, give it up for our local boy Michael Rosander!  Seriously, how great was it to see Michael doing that O’Brien Heating and Air Commercial! Awesome dance moves, Rosander!  Awesome dance moves!

tscc3

bansheeNow if you missed it on Friday there are two things for you to know.  First, congrats to out NC shot show, Banshee, although they didn’t say if they would continue to film in NC, Cinemax announced a Season 3 pick up.  Hopefully it is implied.

Also, Moviemaker not only gave Wilmington some love as they put us at #2  on the list of top small cities that is the best place to live and work as a movie maker, but Asheville came in at #1 as the best town!  Go NC Film go!

oscarrevokedThursday, we told you about the big Oscar revoke for our 3rd nomination for a  NC shot film.  Well guess what?  Bruce Broughton is hitting back. According to Deadline, the composer, whose title song from NC shot Alone Yet Not Alone fired back just hours after the Academy issued its latest statement on the matter — Broughton’s PR guy Ray Costa made it an open letter.  READ THE OPEN LETTER NOW

1016242_434988879942442_1440392906_n

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.  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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/10/2014 C.D. Jackie Burch Moving to Atlanta, More Noms for Sleepy Hollow and more.

Good Morning and Happy Friday!  Now before I get to some fun news, if you are in the film community, especially if you are an actor, this is some breaking news.

Yesterday, Jackie Burch one of our most talented industry people here in Wilmington, announced that effective March 1st, she is moving to Atlanta, GA.  This is a woman we have been so honored to have in our film community as she has an incredible resume that dates back to the Brat Pack.  Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science.  Add at least 50 more titles til we get to the most recent Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Arthur Newman, 42, and let alone the films that have not been released yet: Tammy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One and Two.

Robert Downey JrDid you know that Jackie was the one who gave Robert Downey Jr. his big break casting him in Weird Science?  And it came full circle when she cast IM3.  When Jackie relocated from Los Angeles to Wilmington, NC in 2008, we were so excited to have her here and officially call her our own.  But now, with 4 productions coming here and over 20 going to Georgia, well…

I caught up with her last night and here is what we talked about.

SHEILA:  So tell me, is it true?  Are you really moving to Atlanta?

JACKIE: Yes, however, I am still keeping an office here because I still want to work in Wilmington, but with the film incentives up in the air like they are, there is no work here for me right now.  I already have some projects that are in Atlanta at the moment. And with Pinewood Studios coming. I cannot just sit here waiting around.  I need to go where the work is available.

SHEILA: So you are not completely leaving us.  That’s at least some good news.  Just so you know, Jackie, people love you here, especially the actors in town.  You are responsible for so many of them getting the part!

JACKIE:  Oh, please tell them, I will not forget them. I always consider North Carolina talent for anything that I am casting in Georgia.  We have a lot of talented actors here.  And like I said, I will be available for any project that shoots in North Carolina, even if I am residing in Georgia.  I do that now, even though I currently live in Wilmington, I am casting projects in Atlanta.

SHEILA:  You know you are breaking  my heart right now, right?

JACKIE: (laughs) It’s so sad that I have to make this move.  I am hoping when they vote again this time,  they will do the right thing.  This incentive affects so many people, and not just the crew, but the small businesses, so many of them rely on the film industry to pay the bills.  I hope that they not only extend the incentives, but they get rid of  the expiration.  They need to make the incentives permanent.

I spoke with Jackie this morning and she asked for me to take the picture down, I laughed, cuz she never puts up a pic of herself up anywhere.  Lord, I love this woman!  But while we were chatting, she added:

I am really going to miss the theater in Wilmington.  I’ve cast many of actors right from theater, always trying to discover new talent.  I am very proud of the work they do here.

Jackie will be having a final workshop coming up before she heads out to Georgia.  It will be the weekend of February 8th.  I will keep you posted about all the details.

filmjobsBut back to the conversation.  That is the key, isn’t it? Ending the sunset. Politicians continue to make one HUGE mistake that they just simply cannot process how damaging it is.  They think it’s a good idea to just keep extending the incentive instead of permanently end the sunset once and for all!  And if you are in the industry then you know how BAD that is.  Not as bad a losing it, but, you know, production companies don’t know what to think of us.  Is there an incentive this year?  Well, I am planning my production two years from now, and NC’s incentives are up in the air.  No thank you, I will go to Georgia or Louisiana. The month of May cannot come soon enough. Look, extending the incentives is better than nothing, I agree, but it only puts a band-aid on an open wound.  Unless you stitch it up, it will never heal!  We will be back in crisis mode when we are 24 months away from “renewal” time.  So, let’s get this sunset outta here!  The sooner we do that, the more productions will make plans to film here and we can break the cycle of hesitation from production companies when they think of North Carolina.  We cannot afford to lose more amazing people in the film industry that call North Carolina their home!

tscc3

Nicole-Beharie45th NAACP Image Awards have released their nominees, and we have some of our own to congratulate!   Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie nabbed two and the adorable Chitra was nominated for her mad writing skills!  See the category and who they are competing with:

Outstanding actress in a motion picture
Angela Bassett – “Black Nativity” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Mavin Pictures/Wonderful Films)
Halle Berry – “The Call” (TriStar Pictures)
Jennifer Hudson – “Winnie Mandela” (Ma-Afrika Films [PTY] LTD and Equinoxe Films Inc.)
Kerry Washington – “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples” (Lionsgate)
Nicole Beharie – “42” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)

Outstanding actress in a drama series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox)
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)

Outstanding writing in a dramatic series
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas – “SouthLAnd” – Babel (TNT)
Chitra Elizabeth Sampath, Damian Kindler – “Sleepy Hollow” – Sanctuary (Fox)
Janine Sherman Barrois – “Criminal Minds” – Strange Fruit (CBS)
Karin Gist – “Revenge” – Mercy (ABC)
Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – Blood Donut (Netflix)

SEE COMPLETE LIST NOW!

bansheeNC Shot Banshee is gearing up for Season 2 tonight on Cinemax!  Thanks to Darla for finding this video!

“Ivana Milicevic chats with Access about creating Vine videos to promote “Banshee” Season 2. Also, she talks about Lucas Hood’s troubles in the upcoming season. Plus, Ivana tells Access why her character, Carrie, will have a “horrible” time in the new season.” WATCH IT NOW!

 

1016242_434988879942442_1440392906_n

McDuffy_LetterREMINDER:  McDuffy: The Urban Eagle  screening is tomorrow night.  Tickets are only $5 and THEY WILL SELL OUT for the screening Saturday night, 7pm, so BUY THEM NOW!  The screening also coincides with the grand opening of GIANT Coffeehouse, which is connected to Post 1200 on N 23rd St., right across from Screen Gems.

OTHER REMINDERS:

  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends Wednesday for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/09/2014 Sleepy Hollow, The PCAs, PaleyFest and More

SH4Days

Yep, only 4 more more days until, Vessel! Episode 11 – “The War between good and evil has resumed,” Ichabod says as dark times lay before him.  Here’s the promo that was released yesterday from FOX as well as the synopsis from DreadCentral.com

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 1.11 – “Vessel”  
When Capt. Iriving’s daughter, Macy, becomes the target of evil forces, he makes a desperate plea to Crane and Mills for help and seeks answers that lie within Washington’s Bible. Meanwhile, a frightening chapter of Jenny’s past is revealed.

What, you think that’s all I got?  Oh no, my friends!  There’s more!  Here’s the scoop on the epic 2 hour Season finale which airs Monday, January 20th at 8pm EST.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episodes 1.12/1.13 – “The Indispensable Man and Bad Blood” Season Finale Combo! 
Ichabod and Abbie discover a dark secret buried within the pages of George Washington’s Bible and unearth the shocking true nature of the founding father’s death. Meanwhile, Capt. Irving makes a near-impossible decision for the sake of his beloved family that drastically changes his future. Then, the battle between good and evil comes to an explosive head.  Sacrifices must be made, worlds collide, loyalties are tested, and the town of Sleepy Hollow will never be the same.

paley-fest-2014

The full PaleyFest 2014 slate has been revealed, and Sleepy Hollow has got a panel/event.  On an unrelated Wilmywood note, if you are a Lost fan, a reunion marking the 10th anniversary has got everyone talkin’!  What is Paley Fest?  It’s pretty much a 2 week celebration of TV, but see for yourself.  Watch this:

The two-week celebration of TV, takes place at the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) in Hollywood.  The festival kicks off March 13th and goes until the March 28th.  Sleepy Hollow’s event will take place Wednesday, March 19 at 7 pm.  And if Lost is your thing, the 10th Anniversary Reunion it’s coming up Sunday, March 16 at 7pm. Wanna go?  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Jan. 19. Head to PaleyFest.org for details.

RDJ_PCA

Robert Downey Jr. accepts the People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Awards were live on CBS last night it look 90 minutes to get our first NC Film winner.  Robert Downey Jr. won for Favorite Action Movie Star and Iron Man 3 took the award for Favorite Action Movie.  Downey stole everyone’s attention with his lovable self.  He asked for some reverb, a spotlight, then some triumphant music.  With all three wishes granted, he proclaimed in a deep voice, “I am Iron Man.” He then raised his award and shouted, “and this is for the people!”  Awesome! Also, it wasn’t included in the live award show, but we can tell you Homeland nabbed a PCA for Favorite Premium Cable TV Show.

IM3Before the PCA’s on Wednesday, the BAFTA nominations came out.  Although ‘Gravity’ leads the British nominations with 11, NC Film is getting a little love from across the pond.  Iron Man 3 was nominated for Best Special Visual Effects.  Here is Stark’s competition:

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“Gravity” — Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” — Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick 
“Pacific Rim” — Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner
“Star Trek Into Darkness” — Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

The awards ceremony will be February 16th at the Royal Opera House in London.

tscc3

Dean Norris will accept the award for Under the Dome today at Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards.  It’s being held during the 2014  International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas.

McDuffy_LetterFinally, the boys from McDuffy will be in the Sunny studios this morning around 8:15am.  I can safely say we haven’t had this much press for a short film in years.  But hey we love ’em!  Tickets are only $5 and THEY WILL SELL OUT for the screening Saturday night, 7pm, so BUY THEM NOW!  The screening also coincides with the grand opening of GIANT Coffeehouse, which is connected to Post 1200 on N 23rd St., right across from Screen Gems.

OTHER REMINDERS:

  • JAN 10 – Friday: Banshee Season Two premieres on Cinemax
  • JAN 11 – McDuffy: The Urban Eagle will screen at the fabulous Post 1200. Tix are $5, buy them now before they sell out!
  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends Wednesday for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.

1016242_434988879942442_1440392906_n

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/07/2014 – Casting Directors named for Max Steel, Dawson’s Creek Reunion? and more

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you are surviving the Polar Vortex!  Got a few tidbits for ya.  Starting with Max Steel.

Max-SteelLooks like Max Steel is pushing their schedule just a bit, so offices are going to open a little later than initially planned.  I did get a confirmation this morning, so I gotta give a huge congratulations to Tara and Chase over at Feldstein|Paris Casting for getting the principal casting gig for Mattel’s live-action feature.  I was told there will be some nice day player roles for our local and regional actors.  With that being said, no casting calls have been lined up yet,  so DON’T pester them about roles, just tell your agent to be ready!  No word yet on Extras Casting.  I will keep you posted!

Max Steel tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and alien companion Steel who can combine special turbo-energy powers to generate sensational superhero Max Steel. The storyline centers on bringing a positive and relatable hero to kids, drawing upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship.

MovieWeb.com’s got some detailed info about one of the writers as well as the director:

Max Steel writer Christopher Yost most recently rewrote and did the production work on Thor: The Dark World for Marvel and director Alan Taylor. He also wrote the superhero adventure Secret Headquarters for Paramount and Stuber Pictures. Previously, Yost was a member of Marvel’s Writers Program, where he worked on the first ThorMax Steel director Stewart Hendler recently directed and executive produced H+, a digital series for Dolphin Entertainment and Warner Brothers Entertainment, winning a Best Director award and sharing in a Best Sci-Fi or Action Series award at The 2013 Streamy Awards. Hendler also recently completed work on the award-winning digital series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Between them, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and H+ have garnered 24 industry nominations, thus far. He also manages an active feature film career, having directed the studio features Whisper and Sorority Row, as well as developing several large-scale studio projects.

tscc3

david_billyLove that local media is putting our local actor David Andrews in the spotlight.   He’s got a four episode gig on the new NBC show, Crisis. Congrats David!  Before this project he had a little fun on Brad Pitt’s  World War Z.

DawsonAccording to Ok! Magazine, Katie Holmes is interested in taking part in a reunion of our teen drama, Dawson’s Creek.  If you remember earlier last year Michelle Williams was itching to do one as well. As of now there is nothing scheduled or scripted, but if something does indeed brew, I will let you know.  READ ARTICLE NOW

SophiaAnd speaking of Wilmywood shows of the past, set your sights on Wednesday nights.  Look out for One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush on Chicago PD premiering tomorrow at 10pm EST after Law and Order SVU.

McDuffy_LetterDon’t forget this Saturday McDuffy: The Urban Eagle will screen at the fabulous Post 1200 followed by Q & A with the filmmakers! Tickets are only $5, so buy them now for you and some friends.  There is limited seating and it will sell out!  The event begins at 7pm. You can do it online, or stop by Post 1200, they are right across from Screen Gems.  It is rated R so keep in mind, it is ages 17 and up! It stars Matt McHughShane Callahan, Madison Moss, Zeeko Zaki, Patrick Bryant Hayden, Nate Panning, and Jim Mahorney.

1016242_434988879942442_1440392906_n

OTHER REMINDERS:

  • JAN 8 – Wednesday: The People’s Choice Awards 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 9 – Thursday: Variety’s upcoming Breakthrough of the Year Awards, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Dean Norris will be on hand to accept the award for Under the Dome.
  • JAN 10 – Friday: Banshee Season Two premieres on Cinemax
  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 10/18/2013 Danny McBride, Rachelle LeFevre, Banshee, Sleepy Hollow and more

Happy Friday!  Yesterday on the blog, I gave you a blip from Danny McBride on Jimmy Kimmel.  Well, we got some more in.  Raise your hand if you were in the skating scene at Jellybeans!  Here’s Danny as he explains what happened, including the clip from the shoot that day!


OrlandoOn the Sleepy Hollow front, Some more details are coming out about Captain Irving!  According to E! Online, it looks like Orlando’s character has not only an ex-wife named Cynthia, but a teenage daughter named Mae.  We will meet the two ladies after the baseball break and you can count on seeing them in multiple episodes.   Regardless of their failed marriage, they seem to have a good relationship, however Cynthia is concerned about Irving’s relationship with his daughter. Expect to see them stick around for a few episodes.

The rain has put a major damper on Sleepy Hollow’s schedule and now they are working even more crazy hours than usual to catch up.  They head to Brunswick County, one location will be the Brunswick Town Museum in Winnabow.  Ichabod and Abbie continue shooting throughout the weekend as they will pull an all-nighter.  First at the 2nd St. parking deck, then at the NHC Courthouse on N. 3rd St.  Man, they are working INSANE hours!  Kudos to the cast and NC film crew for pulling this off!

The North Carolina shot Banshee‘s second season has a premiere date.  The 10-episode season will kick off Friday, January 10th at 10 PM. The Cinemax show nabbed a Special Visual Effects Emmy and shares a similar success story as Sleepy Hollow, picking up a second season just after the 3rd episode aired. It also gave Cinemax the largest audience ever for an original series finale. Cast members include Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Rus Blackwell, Gordon Hopewell, Ryann Shane, Ben Cross and Anthony Ruivivar.  Good news!  They will all be back in January!

Today is the first day of production for The Squeeze.  They have a few company moves, kicking off the day in downtown Burgaw.  They then head to the railroad bridge in Castle Hayne and finish the day at the 6th St Bridge near downtown Wilmington.  Yeah, this is not your typical golf movie.

The UNCW Film Studies group is shooting a flick called “Late Friendship”  they will also be downtown Saturday afternoon on the 200 block of N. Front St. in the Vance Alleyway.

Under the Dome’s Rachelle LeFevre wants you to save your wallet and the planet with her, “Don’t be an Idler” campaign.

Success continues for Under the Dome as CBS Studios International announced yesterday afternoon an exclusive multi-year licensing deal in Germany. According to the press release,  they will “stream the ground-breaking series UNDER THE DOME on the Watchever subscription video on demand service (SVOD) service starting in January 2014. The agreement will cover seasons one and two of the show, and will run after its initial presentation by the ProSiebensat.1 Group, where it has recently completed its first season and generated top ratings.”

Melissa-McCarthy-ElleOur Tammy star Melissa McCarthy appears on the cover for Elle‘s Women in Hollywood issue — and critics are slamming the magazine for covering up the full-figured actress’s body.

While her fellow cover models Reese WitherspoonShailene Woodleyand Marion Cotillard showed plenty of skin, Melissa sported an oversized coat. Several websites blasted Elle for the cover-up. Slate called her the magazine’s “token plus-size cover girl,” whose coat is “so huge…she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath. Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy’s curves.”

Elle responded to the backlash in a statement, saying, “On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover. We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year.”   What do you think?  Post your comments below!

Movies_NCAre you looking for some of the best movies to come out of Wilmywood?  How about a Wilmywood Thriller/Horror Marathon just in time for Halloween?  Check out what’s available in the Wilmywood Shop powered by Amazon.com

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  Or just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD – 09/16/2013 Thom Tillis, NC Film Emmy Winners, tonight’s BIG night and more.

ThomTillisNorth Carolina State Rep Thom Tillis spoke at a picnic for Republicans over the weekend and weighed in on the film incentives. WECT has him quoted saying:

“I believe the film industry is critical to Wilmington, it’s critical in Charlotte, it’s growing in Ashville.  We’ve got to figure out a way to make sure that North Carolina’s competitive.  I think there’s a way to continue to move forward with tax reform but make absolutely certain that North Carolina is the go-to place for the film industry for productions and all the other good jobs that come with it,”

Comments??  Weigh in using the comment blocks below!

READ ENTIRE STORY: http://www.wect.com/story/23433654/thom-tillis-speaks-at-gop-picnic-comments-on-film-incentives

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards isn’t until next week, but there were nearly 80 awards presented at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony yesterday (Sept. 15) at the Nokia Theatre in LA. A two-hour, edited version will air Saturday, September 21st on FXX.  We have some NC Film winners!

IMDb: Jeff Wolfe

IMDb: Jeff Wolfe

First, for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role – Give it up for Banshee!  2013: Armen V. Kevorkian, Visual Effects Supervisor; Mark E. Skowronski, VFX Producer; Jane Sharvina, 2D Supervisor; Rick Ramirez, 3D Artist; Jeremy Jozwik, 3D Artist; Mike Oakley, 3D Artist; Nick Sinnott, VFX Artist; Gevork Babityan, Compositing Artist; Andranik Taranyan, Compositing Artist.

Second how about some mad kudos to our man Jeff Wolfe for Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie – Our Stunt Coordinator killed it for “Revolution!”

Episode 3 of NBC‘s powerless show was remembered by these crazy two over the weekend.  I have to say I laughed when I saw these shots on Facebook this weekend.  We lost a location as Sticky Fingers is no more and apparently members of the Militia had to express there feelings about it!

The ‘rebel hideout’ where the Monroe Militia first captured Miles Matheson has been reduced to rubble…

revdavid“Rest in pieces, Sticky Fingers, aka ‘Revolution’ Episode 3 Rebel Hideout…”  ~ David Pascua

revglen“You really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! Awe damn you! God damn you all to hell!” ~ Glenn Blackwood

Awesome!  Good job boys!  Finally tonight is the BIG night for Wilmington!!!  The night where Sleepy Hollow begins and Under the Dome ends.  You know where the party is and it will be a PACKED house tonight.  Hell’s Kitchen, downtown Wilmington.  The action begins at 9pm.  Get there early for a good seat!

UTD4I had the honor of speaking with Jolene Purdy who plays Dodee on Under the Dome over the weekend.  I will have the complete interview posted in a separate blog which should be up by lunch time.  SPOILER ALERT!  If you haven’t seen episode 12, don’t listen!  It does reveal a big plot point that you wanna see before you listen to the interview!

UTD_ScriptThe auction is underway for those great autographed items from some awesome Wilmington Productions including:  Tammy, The Conjuring, Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome and even a Screen Gems Experience with a 2 Night Hotel stay!  All proceeds go to this year’s Sunny 104.5 Caring for Kids at NHRMC Radiothon!  BID NOW!

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  Or just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 05/20/2013 – Eastbound and Down, Tammy, Under The Dome, Perfect Summer and More

LISTEN TO PODCAST

Wilmywood’s Film Peeps of the Day!

Nate Panning & John Skoglund - Sound Department

Nate Panning & John Skoglund – Sound Department

It’s the last day of Swirl Films’ The Perfect Summer today.  They will be in Carolina Beach on Lake Park Blvd.  Everyone really enjoyed Eric Roberts being here for the past few weeks.  And just a little FYI, Eric has been a very busy man.  He’s is involved in over 42 projects due to come out this year and some in 2014, plus he is acting in 7 other projects that are currently in development.  Very busy man indeed!  Go here for updated picture gallery of The Perfect Summer

 

On a side note, I think it’s kinda cool and interesting that most of the premium cable channels are shooting in North Carolina.  Eastbound and Down, Season 4 begins next week, right here in Wilmington.  Outside of the Wilmington area, Cinemax’s Banshee continues in Mooresville, while Showtime’s Homeland is just about under way and is casting their stand-ins and photo doubles in the Charlotte area as well.

Iron Man 3 box office update: This weekend IM3 pulled in $35.2 million domestically.  The domestic total is $337 million.  Worldwide, it has cleared ONE BILLION, making it #9 on the list of all time worldwide box office gross.

The Tammy folks went down to Spring Lake Park in Boiling Springs Lake early this morning and will stay there tomorrow as well.  With 203 extras on hand and Melissa McCarthy on a Sea Doo, how can this not be a fun scene to shoot! The fabulous Susan Sarandon is on set today as well.  They are on a rain delay but expecting to shoot as some point.  Here’s a couple of pics from this morning:

553058_10152732374530117_498634129_nUnder The Dome will be shooting on Chestnut St.  this morning then they make their company move to the lot later in the day.  You can catch a glimpse of Rachelle LeFevre, Mike Vogel, Natalie Martinez, and Dean Norris if you are out that way.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  Until then, that’s a wrap!