‘How and Why’ and is a no go with FX.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Kaufman’s How & Why has been passed over at FX, however, not all hope is lost.  The producers are now shopping the comedy starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes to other outlets.  FX CEO John Landgraf said that although the pilot turned out well, he did’t feel like it was a good fit with the FX audience.  The production, if picked up, was supposed to begin production in January.  Now we will wait and see what happens ans where they will shoot it.

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Tim Guinee talks FX’s How and Why, One Armed Man and the NC Film Incentives

timguineeI just got on the phone with Actor/Director Tim Guinee, who we know in Wilmywood from NBC’s Revolution.  We chat about FX’s How and Why, his award winning short film One Armed Man & the NC Film Incentives.  Great conversation!  Tim is one of my favorite actors to speak with.  Even though I call them such, I don’t do interviews, I do conversations.

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See ONE ARMED MAN this Saturday!
Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Browncoat Theatre @ 1pm
111 Grace St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone:(910) 341-0001

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Wilmywood Pilot Updates

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 – 04/16/2014 – Isaiah Washington & C. Thomas Howell coming to Wilmywood, Under the Dome, Charlie Kaufman, and more.

Isaiah-WashingtonOverflow Entertainment’s The Sin Seer is confirming their casting choices.  Can we give a HUGE congrats to some of the cast that have been named. Grey’s Anatomy‘s Isaiah Washington for one.  FIND OUT WHO ELSE WAS CAST NOW! Under the Dome will be in the Brooklyn Arts District today on N. 4th Street.  Looks like they will be having some fun today as well as explosions are planned!  Woo Hoo! Fun day! We get the chance to see our awesome Aisha Hinds today.  I don’t think I have seen her since last season!  What a woman! tscc3 We do have a star returning to Wilmington for one of the productions and it is killing me to not be able to tell you.  If said person calls me this morning, I will let said person tell you! Sorry! Charlie-KaufmanAs FX’s How and Why preps for their first production day, The Wilmywood Daily would like to welcome the brilliant writer director Charlie Kaufman into town!  Yay!  Yesterday they were out scouting locations.  Did you see him around town? ncfilmThis week for the Community section of Entertainment Weekly, I will be changing it up and I am very excited about it.  My article/ interview with Jason Mott is being pushed towards the season finale of the show (Sorry Jason!).  HOWEVER, I was asked to write basically my DREAM article.  After a group discussion I was asked to write a bit of a tourism piece on Wilmington that includes, locations from the show, where the stars hang out and how the residents feel about the film industry having a prominent role in our city.  I was like, ‘Are you kidding me!!?  OF COURSE I will write it!’  I am so proud to be able to share with a worldwide audience the awesomeness that is WIlmington!  So PLEASE SHARE it when it is published!!  BEG! PLEAD!  I will post it on FB, Twitter, Tumblr and anywhere else and I can!  I think It will help us in our fight trying to save our industry and of course increase tourism in our town, which leads to more $$ in our small businesses’ pockets!  It should come out tomorrow.

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; 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 – 04/09/2014 Search continues for Shannon Rippy, another Sparks flick, Lifetime, How and Why, HGTV, Dinner with the Stars

Happy Hump Day my Wilmywood peeps!  Oh boy, as if last week wasn’t enough info to keep us 5 crews deep for the year, we got more intel coming in about new projects and some fun tidbits of those that are here.

RumorslogoFirst off, Under the Dome is shooting in Burgaw today. Have a great shoot my film peeps!

Now, let’s get right to it, my favorite thing to write about.  It’s time for Rumors from the Lot!!

choiceNow, having one Nicholas Sparks flick in Wilmywood is pretty awesome, but what if there were two?  Well, there might just be.  According to my sources, Nicholas Sparks is looking for a triple play, but not in book order.  The Best of Me (2010 Novel, shooting in New Orleans now), The Longest Ride (2013 Novel, pre-production in Wilmington now) and now the latest rumors from the lot say he is jumping back a good 7 years to bring The Choice (2007 Novel, currently in development) to the big screen.  And word has it, Wilmywood is high on their list when it comes to a production home.

Sparks however isn’t the only one sniffing around.  My sources are telling me that Lifetime has been giving Wilmywood a wink and a nod as a possible hub for one of their projects.  Which one?  Well, I can speculate, however, I’d rather not jump the gun on that quite yet.

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Charlie-KaufmanAs we gear for the highly anticipated pilot, How and Why from FX, get ready for quite a cast.  So far we know John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Julia Sarah Stone, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener have signed on.  But we can expect to hear more casting news. From what I hear, it’s going to be quite a large cast.  Oh and FYI, we will be welcoming into town the one and only Charlie Kauffman next week!

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Bolden! is set to open offices in Rocky Point on April 21st.  I am hearing Atlanta as well as Wilmywood again.  Though I don’t yet know which city they will be filming first.  As far as who will replace Anthony Mackie is yet to be made public.

DINNER WITH THE STARS!  Saturday May 3rd @ CFCC Union Station. Have dinner with the stars and send a cop to college!  Let’s help out our awesome Wilmington Police Department during this AWESOME charity event including dinner, a raffle, and some rockin good time with the stars including Sleepy Hollow‘s Orlando Jones and Lyndie Greenwood, Sydney Penny, Peter Jurasik, Justin Barnhill, Nina Repeta and more!! GET DETAILS NOW

HGTVHGTV’s House Hunters is coming to Wilmywood this weekend!  They will be filming around town during the Azalea Festival Garden tour.  They will be on Clairidge Rd. and Magnolia Dr., and all over town for one of their episodes.  BL_FrontOfLine

REMINDER: The Biggest Loser Season 16 is holding auditions this Saturday in Charlotte and we are giving away FRONT OF THE LINE passes. Just email me:sheila@1045sunnyfm.com and give me your story.  Short, sweet and to the point and we will pick the front of the line winners THIS Thursday.  Put “The Biggest Loser” in the subject line.  Casting Director Erica Landon joined me yesterday. She gives you the inside scoop on the audition process, what you can expect and some tips for a great audition. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW WITH Casting Director Erica Landon  Click on The Biggest Loser pic for all the audition details!

shannonRippyThe search for film industry friend Shannon Rippy continues. They searched all day yesterday, knocking on doors and posting flyers.  If you can help, their last facebook post stated, “There are flyers and a sign-in sheet at Delphino Dos (5 Water St. Harper’s Rest.) Please get flyers at your convenience and continue to spread the word. If anyone has any pertinent information, please call the Wilmington Police Dept. @ 910-343-3600. Talk with employers and employees of the downtown establishments and also the people walking in the downtown area.”

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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!

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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!!

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/02/2014, HUGE Rumors From the Lot, Loomis Fargo, Secrets & Lies, Age of Miracles, Impact Study

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Good God!  An explosive amount of news came out yesterday!  I don’t know where to even begin!  Hmmm, let’s start with the fun stuff!  AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR [INSERT BILLOWING ECHO-Y VOICE] RUUUUMMOOOORS FROM THE LOT!

RumorslogoIf you remember back in the blog for Marth 17th, I reported that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was here scouting,  but I had no idea which of the 5 projects in development she was working on next.  Well, I did some more digging and put my ear to the ground.  It looks as though she was here for AGE OF MIRACLES.  The film is based on the Karen Thompson Walker best-Catherine-hardwickeselling novel of the same name. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has adapted the screenplay. River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad will produce. According to a press release announcing Catherine’s attachment to the project (over a year ago mind you) Age of Miracles is set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation mysteriously slows. It’s a suspenseful and romantic snapshot of one young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama, and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that define what it is to be human in a world that might just be ending.  As for details, well my sources tell me that it is indeed coming and they are looking at a June start.  That would mean offices would open fairly soon.  With all that being said, I am still going to keep this in the rumor section for now.  But if you are a fan of reading a book before you see the movie, I highly reccomend you pick up a copy.

Zach GalifianakisMore details are coming out about LOOMIS FARGO starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.  Not long ago rumors were flying about this comedy caper heading to Winston-Salem.  However, my other sources are saying otherwise.  The latest scoop is that the name has reverted back to ARMORED CAR and that it will indeed be shot here in Wilmywood.  When?  Well, my sources say that they plan on opening offices in May with a production start in July.

secretsLiesWhat you think I am done?  Honey, I’ve been workin’ like a fiend trying to get you all the scoop.  Let’s move on to recently wrapped SECRETS & LIES. Some said S&L was moving to Charlotte.  Others said no, they are staying here.  They are both correct.  The latest Intel is that S&L would shoot here in Wilmywood to complete their 10 episode commitment, which means they could be back this summer.  Then, after those ten or if they have a season two, they would move to Charlotte.  They said have fully established locations they cannot leave behind within those first 10 episodes.

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michael-cera-john-hawkesHoly Chiptole, I’ve actually got more scoop, but I am saving that for tomorrow!  So what else is going on?  Yesterday we announced FX’s HOW AND WHY has officially opened up offices at EUE/ScreenGems Studios. The pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes is now accepting crew resumes. Please send resumes to howandwhypilot@gmail.com with your position in the subject line.

ncfilmEven though all that cool stuff is happening perhaps the BIGGEST news was the Impact Study that was FINALLY released yesterday!  This is HUGE!!!  The finding were exactly what we knew to be true, that Film=Jobs and NC gains from the industry being here.

“For every dollar of credit issued, the industry generated $9.11 in direct spending and contributed $1.52 in tax revenue back to North Carolina.”

$164M in business revenue to more than 1,000 small businesses across the State.”

“The incentive has allowed North Carolina to maintain a permanent crew base, providing 4,259 jobs at an average wage of $66,000, which is over a third higher than the national average for private industry ($41,750).”

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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 from 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.  Please one sticker per person please.  They will run out fast!  Thanks!

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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!!

 

CREW CALL: FX’S HOW AND WHY

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FX’s HOW AND WHY has officially opened up offices at EUE/ScreenGems Studios.

The pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes is now accepting crew resumes. Please send resumes to howandwhypilot@gmail.com with your position in the subject line.

ABOUT FX’S HOW AND WHY:

STATUS: Pre-Production. Production begins at the end of April.
PRODUCER: Anthony Bregman, Charlie Kaufman
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Charlie Kaufman
UPM: David Brightbill
CAST: John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Julia Sarah Stone, Sally Hawkins, Catherine Keener

After his children’s science show is canceled, Goodman Hesselman tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market – also a portal to the supernatural world.

Hawkins joins Hawkes in FX’s How and Why

by April Vickery

sally hawkinsThe FX pilot HOW & WHY has just confirmed a recently Oscar nominated cast member! Sally Hawkins of BLUE JASMINE (2013) and GODZILLA (2014) will be joining John Hawkes and Michael Cera in Wilmywood. Sally is a winner of a Golden Globe for her performance in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and also spokesperson for Oxfam’s East Africa Appeal. http://www.eastafricaappeal.com/ and is credited as a writer in the comedy ‘THE EVERGLADES’ (2007).

Welcome to Wilmywood, Sally!

ABOUT HOW AND WHY:
HOW & WHY (Pilot) – FX
STATUS: Pre-Production. Offices open March 24th. Production begins at the end of April.
PRODUCER: Anthony Bregman, Charlie Kaufman
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Charlie Kaufman
CAST: John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Julia Sarah Stone

Goodman Hesselman (John Hawkes) is a long-lasting minor TV celebrity, the host of a science show for children entitled “How And Why.” He’s been explaining the wonders of the known universe to kids for the last 25 years — and he’s visibly bored with his job and his life; a guy in a rut. A skeptical rationalist who thinks the supernatural is a big load of hooey, Goodman loses his gig, gets dropped to a ratty little market in the middle of nowhere, and tries to start all over again, doing a TV show and working for a much younger boss (Michael Cera). And that’s when the supernatural world has its dark vengeance on Goodman, catching him when he’s at the lowest point in his life, and forcing his grasp of reality to curl and fray and twist and shred — first at the edges, then working in towards the bones.

Julia Sarah Stone joins FX’s How & Why Cast

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Julia Sarah Stone, who is known for Vampire Dog (2012) and the most recent, The Killing (AMC), will join Michael Cera and John Hawkes in our Wilmywood FX pilot How and Why.  She won The Young Artist Award for Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performer for The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011).  More details to come!

ABOUT HOW AND WHY:

STATUS: Pre-Production.  Offices open March 24th.  Production begins at the end of April (28th).
PRODUCER: Anthony Bregman
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Charlie Kaufman
CAST: John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Julia Sarah Stone

Goodman Hesselman (John Hawkes) is a long-lasting minor TV celebrity, the host of a science show for children entitled “How And Why.” He’s been explaining the wonders of the known universe to kids for the last 25 years — and he’s visibly bored with his job and his life; a guy in a rut. A skeptical rationalist who thinks the supernatural is a big load of hooey, Goodman loses his gig, gets dropped to a ratty little market in the middle of nowhere, and tries to start all over again, doing a TV show and working for a much younger boss (Michael Cera).  And that’s when the supernatural world has its dark vengeance on Goodman, catching him when he’s at the lowest point in his life, and forcing his grasp of reality to curl and fray and twist and shred — first at the edges, then working in towards the bones.  

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/12/2014 Untitled Pilot is Named, Production Dates Set, Tammy Trailer and more.

Howdy Howdy!  Happy Wilmywood Wednesday to ya!  Man, things are really heating up here in Wilmywood.  I love seeing all my film friends working again.

Nikki ToscanoWe got a little more news that came in yesterday.  The Untitled Nikki Tuscano Project is called The Red Zone.  They have opened up offices this week at Screen Gems and production will begin either March 10th or 17th, depending on who you ask.  Ha!  And congratulations to Chris Bromley.  He is the UPM on this NBC made for CBS project.  Confused?  Well Bill Vassar explained it in an interview from yesterday’s blog.  LISTEN NOW

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michael-cera-john-hawkesNow moving on to Charlie Kaufman‘s FX pilot.  How & Why will be opening offices at Screen Gems Studios around March 24th.  Their tentative shoot schedule will be nine days and they begin at the end of April. I am sure we are all looking forward to having Michael Cera and John Hawkes in town for a while!

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tammy_wilmywoodI am proud to tell you that The Wilmywood Daily is hosting its first event.   We are joining forces with Giant Culture/Post 1200 to bring you a special sneak peek of the Wilmywood shot, Tammy.  The Melissa McCarthy comedy was shot here last summer and the cast and crew were bigguns.  Over 100 crew members and they used over 2200 background actors.  We will be screening the OFFICIALTRAILER for the movie and having a good time with some of the crew members.  Wanna go? GET DETAILS NOW

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I am tracking down those running for office to check on their stance for the NC Film incentives.  This morning I got up with our good friend Ricky Meeks who is running for New Hanover County Commissioner!  What’s his take on NC Film?

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TV FOR 600, ALEX!!! Do you know the question to this Jeopardy answer?  Thanks to Deb and all the Sleepy Hollow Fans for this.  THANKS TO: @emollysmom @SleepyHollowFan  @TomMisonFans @cerulean_ronin  @SHollowSource

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Sleepy Hollow Jeopardy

THANKS TO GEORGE for finding this Variety article:

John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen/The Flash in the 1990s TV series, has joined the cast of The CW and Warner Bros. Television’s pilot THE FLASH. Shipp will guest star in the pilot in a mystery role, with the part intended to be a recurring guest star in series.”

With all that being said we know him from a different show, don’t we?

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REMINDER: WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY

Tim Ross – Audition Techniques

Saturday February 15th 1-5pm – Veteran Coach & Actor Tim Ross teaches you insiders tips & tricks for what to do once you get an audition. From open casting calls to cold reads, Tim knows what works to land the role.  PRICE: $100. INFO AND SIGN UPS

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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.  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!!