THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 11/29/2013 Listening Tour, Savage Wolverine, Christmas in Conway, Starring NC!

Happy Friday Wilmywood!  Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving.  There wasn’t a lot of Sleepy Hollow action on location this week, but coming up next week they will be all over the place, mostly downtown.

Secretary-Sharon-DeckerHave a few reminders today!  The 2013 Listening Tour is Monday, December 2, BUT YOU MUST REGISTER BY TODAY.    The state secretary of commerce Sharon Decker will be in Wilmington to hear your stories, concerns and ideas.  She welcomes all economic development professionals, business leaders, community officials and other stakeholders in the Southeast Prosperity Zone to voice their ideas, concerns, recommendations and barriers to economic growth in their counties, including the film industry. She wants to take those stories back with her Raleigh.  Joining her will be senior advisor Tony Almeida. Aaron Syrett from the NC Film Office will be in the audience. It will take place 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Windell Daniels Hall (fifth floor) at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station, 502 N. Front St. So, ALL NC  CREW, VENDORS and SUPPORTERS, come out and tell Sharon THANK YOU for her support of NC film and share why the incentive is important to you.  REGISTER NOW!  Email ListeningTours@nccommerce.com by Friday with “Southeast” in the subject line.tscc3

WolverineSavageTOMORROW: Our local boy, Scott Lope, animal advocate and OFFICIALLY comic book writer, will be signing copies of Savage Wolverine Issue#12 at 1pm at Memory Lane Comics‘ new location, 5214 Market St., in Market Station.  It’s the perfect day to get your copy as it is Small Business Saturday!   Scott was the 2009 Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year as well as star of Discovery Channel’s Wild Animal Repo.  READ THE ENTIRE STORY.  

Christmas in Conway hits the small screen on Sunday on ABC (locally WWAY) at 9pm EST. The movie stars Mary-Louise Parker, Andy Garcia and Mandy Moore.

It’s a beautiful story of a man so in love with his wife that he will do anything to make her happy — even building a Ferris wheel in their back yard. But the next-door neighbor isn’t exactly thrilled. She’s determined to win Conway’s best-decorated-yard contest, and she has the law on her side — her brother just happens to be the town sheriff! Tears and laughter — an entertaining mix in this new Hallmark Hall of Fame production.

There are only 17 hours left for The North Carolina Museum of History‘s Indiegogo Campaign.  They are planning a yearlong celebration of filmmaking in the state.  Named  Starring North Carolina!  the celebration will feature:  the first major exhibit about the Tar Heel State’s role in filmmaking, activities that reveal North Carolina stars, filming locations, and references, a film festival and a film series, and more! The celebration is slated to start November  2014.  If you have a couple of bucks to spare, please donate to their crowdfunder!  DONATE NOW!

keepncMake sure you are a part of the movement, you are a voter, you have a voice.  Help end the “sunset” permanently, keep the film incentives indefinitely! Visit KEEPNCFILM.org NOW and LIKE their Facebook page

39th Annual People's Choice Awards - ShowREMINDER:  Voting in The People’s Choice Awards is still happening!  Make sure to vote, vote, and vote again for your NC FILM favorites. Finalist voting ends on Thursday, December 5th!  Check out the list of NC Nominees NOW!

Tis the season!  Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday!  Make sure to shop at one of your local stores!  Oh, did I mention ours?From now until Monday, when you shop the Wilmywood T-shirt Shop, you will get FREE Standard Shipping on minimum order of 2 items. Enter Promo Code: 2FREESHIP during checkout.  Get it before Christmas!  Deadline for orders to arrive before Christmas is set for December 13. SHOP NOW!

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That just about does it for me; 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.  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 10/21/2013 Hunger Games’ Rue comes to Wilmywood, The Squeeze, NC Film Incentives and more.

Remember when I reported on Friday that we will get to know Captain Irving and his ex-wife and daughter?  Well I can officially tell you that the North Carolina shot Hunger Games‘ is bringing our beloved Rue back from the dead placing herAmandaSternberg in Sleepy Hollow.  Amandla Stenberg will be playing Macey or Mae for short.  She begins her Sleepy Hollow journey on November 25′s episode.  Which also means she will be coming into town soon.

More incredible ratings for Sleepy Hollow.   Week 3 of the show jumped +70% to 5.1 rating after 7 days.

One of our local kids choirs will opening and closing the movie, The Squeeze.  We know that Kathy Snow is ecstatic.  Snow’s Gospel Singers will shoot their scene at Airlie Gardens this afternoon.

JillianMurrayOther local actors to congratulate, getting parts in this flick are Michael Rosander, David Andrews, and Logan Siu to name a few.

Jillian Murray who is starring in The Squeeze joined me this morning on The Sunny Morning Show – can I just say how FABULOUS she is!  One of my absolute favorite interviews.  LISTEN NOW!

Dean_GeyerIf you are a fan of Glee, Jillian’s friend Dean Geyer is in town visiting her.  He will be here for a couple of days hanging out enjoying all that is Wilmington.

The NC Film Incentives are still on the minds of many.  Here is a glimpse of an article from the Star News.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said she supports tools to grow the film industry in North Carolina, but added that top state officials are “evaluating what our options are and looking freshly at it (the film incentive).”   Decker has generally been a supporter of the state’s film incentive but is working behind the scenes to build a consensus with state officials and film industry leaders. “We are looking under every rock and at all the options,” Decker told the Star News. “The big question on the table is, ‘How do we continue to help this industry grow in the state?’ I think it’s very clear when you look at it financially that there will have to be some changes in what we might continue to do.”  READ THE ARTICLE NOW! 

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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 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!!

 

The Johnny Depp Effect

JohnnyDeppYou say one name in this town and people simply go INSANE! And that name is Johnny Depp.

Well, this certainly isn’t the first time people have cried “Wolf!” or “Johnny!” in our case. Last year, someone said they spotted him at a Port City Java, and within minutes the whole town was saying he was filming here. Well, we can thank the Star News’ Fran Norton for the most recent one and WWAY for reporting Fran’s story without doing their own homework. It was very short lived, so if you weren’t on FB or Twitter Friday morning, you probably missed it. But it really got me very aggravated. Why? Well, let me tell you how it all started.

craigslist_01-300x225It began with a CraigsList post: “Feature Film with Johnny Depp (Wilmington)”

“Feature Film with Johnny Depp currently casting for principal, supporting, and extra roles! Pay is up to $842.00 per day depending on role and experience!! Good Luck!”

Hmmmm.  Time to do some digging.  Now, anyone should know, a casting company for a A-list attached feature film does not use CraigsList. That is a red flag right there. But then the other two sources that were used to create this news story were from Facebook and AxcessTalent.com.

Clint, from Axcess Talent says they got it from EastCoastAuditions.net. Normally, the listings he gets are legit, so this bothered him as much as it bothered me. Since I spoke to Clint, very nice guy by the way, East Coast Talent still has not taken down the post, which was a replica of the CraigsList post. Clint no longer has Wilmington attached to the casting call.

As far as using the Facebook page as a “news source”, The Wilmington Casting Call page had the same verbage, it was from CraigsList. After I spoke to the admin, he agreed with me and removed the post as well.

I can hear Yoda right now: Long winded is she. Okay, getting to the point. Why was I so aggravated? Multiple reasons, so let me list them.

1) How many people sent their personal information to this CraigsList person because of our Wilmington “news” reporting? THAT IS HARMFUL.  I cannot stress that enough.  HARMFUL!

2) The Star News is not a rumor magazine. It is a news source we are “supposed” to trust! Do your homework!

3) Same goes for our TV news, they didn’t bother checking if the Star News did their homework. Again, we are supposed to trust you!

4) Facebook and CraigsList are not reliable sources for a big story!

5) Did I mention that Johnny Depp was the breaking news story Friday morning, with a huge picture of him on the home page of  Starnewsonline.com.  Argh!

With all that being said, I absolutely adore so many of the reporters here in our town. Jeff, Cassie, Ashley…no one can touch them, they are incredible.  And yes, we all make mistakes.  I certainly do all the time.   But it seems as though the news lately, locally as well as nationally, doesn’t bother to check their sources, they just run with it and hopefully, it’s right.  It felt like all they cared about was web views and it was a “lemme get this out there so we can be first” mindset.  It would be one thing if there were TMZ, The Sun, or some entertainment magazine, but they are not.  We count on them for reliable and accurate information.

So will the real Johnny Depp Movie please stand up! Please stand up!

Untitled-3I received a voicemail from the Staff Production Coordinator, Micaela Brown, who is currently on the Johnny Depp flick, Transcendence and she said, “I got your message and I am calling to confirm that you are correct in that Transcendence is NOT filming in North Carolina.”  Depp’s other flick, Boston Mass, is already underway in South Boston.

I can tell you Transcendence will be filming a small piece of it in New Mexico this summer. That I know because I spoke with a casting company there who is currently casting day players and extras. It co-stars Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, and more.

Johnny Depp does have 20 other projects in development, so who knows, maybe one will come our way, next month, or next year.  And after me going on and on about this, maybe I am missing something.  Maybe he is coming.  Hell, if that’s the case, PLEASE let me be wrong!