THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/08/2014 – Rick Catlin’s Counter against Impact Study, The Biggest Loser Front of Line Passes, Under the Dome and More.

ncfilmWell, the minute the Impact study from Dr. Robert Handfield came out, we knew the backlash would come. And so it begins. A report came out yesterday requested by Rick Catlin, a New Hanover County Republican. According to WWAY, The General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division (FRD) concludes that Dr. Robert Handfield’s report that the Film Product Credit’s net contribution to the state is positive “is based on a series of misunderstandings of the state’s tax laws, invalid or overstated assumptions, and errors in accounting.” Dr. Handfield however is standing by his study. I have not fully examined the counter against the impact study. As soon as a I do, I will give you my consensus. READ STORY NOW

VIEW Dr. Handfield’s Impact Study – “A Supply Chain Study of the Economic Impact of the North Carolina Motion Picture & Television Industry.” 

VIEW Review of General Assembly’s Counter Against Handfield Film Study – Rep Catlin 

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Do you got what it takes to be The Biggest Loser?  Get ready North Carolina because we can get you to the very front of the line for your audition for season 16 in Charlotte!  How?  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 today. 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!

StefScott_ItunesOur Red Zone girl, Stefanie Scott who was just here in Wilmywood playing the character “Caroline” has been tweeting like mad for weeks now as her song, “I Don’t Wanna Let You Go” was on the top of the Disney charts. Well now her song is officially out on iTunes.  Get it NOW!

ICYMI: My first interview for Entertainment Weekly‘s Community Section went live yesterday.  It was the latest interview with EP of Under the Dome, Jack Bender who reveals something quite cryptic about the second season. Check it out NOW!

Our Domies are shooting at Screen Gems Studios today, but they will be back running around Wilmywood the rest of the week.

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Did you see the promo for Under the Dome during the UConn/Kentucky game last night?  Let’s just go ahead a geek out about whats to come! Brian K. Vaughan and Neal Baer talk season 2.  

johnschneiderHappy birthday to John Schneider! The NY born actor celebrates his 54th birthday today. John has been working in the film industry since the age of 8! He was in NC last year to play the role of “Paul Sharpe” in the 2014 film, Adrenaline.

AdrenalineAdrenaline was filmed in Wilmington, Jacksonville, Wallace, Rockingham and Supply and was directed by Joseph Quinn Simpkins, and produced by Del Baron. Adrenaline is a story of a drag racer’s life and recovery after a crash that almost kills him! John is best known for his work in the hit TV show Dukes of Hazard as “Bo Duke” and Smallville as “Jonathan Kent.”  Happy Birthday from Wilmywood, John!

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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 – 04/07/2014 – Another flick for North Carolina, Under the Dome, Hollywood loses a legend.

Today, it feels like the quiet before the storm. Since Red Zone wrapped on Thursday last week, we have only one production running.  Our next double action will be when Max Steel begins April 29th.  Our Domies will be back on Chestnut St. today.

Sunny1045_sheilaJackAnd speaking of all things Under the Dome, my first article for Entertainment Weekly’s “Community” section is out NOW!  I am officially a content contributor! They are having me write about strictly North Carolina film. I am so proud to be able to highlight Wilmington, North Carolina to the 1000s of readers! Check it out! http://bit.ly/1h80q0V.  Please show some love when I post it by simply reading it! It’s the Jack Bender interview you haven’t read or heard yet. Pretty juicy if you are a fan of the show!

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twitterLogo_daydreamWe’ve got another feature film for North Carolina.  Our NC production company THE iNDEE, the parent company of  New Daydream Films, has been obnoxiously busy.  Over the past 22 months they completed six features and 100 episodes of television AND they are releasing five features this year, and producing another four. “We’ve really found our groove,” says producer Richard Clark, Jr.  Seriously? I would say that is the understatement of the year!   The next feature to come is When the Dust Settles which will shoot in Gastonia, NC late summer.  So congrats to Richard and company!

mickey rooneyA Hollywood legend that has graced the streets of Wilmington has passed away.   Mickey Rooney was one of the biggest and brightest Hollywood stars in the 1930s and 1940s.  But his acting confederatecareer went on for decades.  He was in Wilmington a few years back shooting the award winning film, The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005).  It was a  true love story of the conflict between Capt. Robert Adams’ dedication to the south and his love for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the north. IMDb marks it as “Produced, written and directed by the descendants of Robert and Eveline, this American Civil War tale is an explosive, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, honor and the will to risk all that’s precious for love or country.”  Mickey played the character  

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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!!

 

 

 

How Film Affects Our Community – Graham’s Barber Shop (Under the Dome)

GrahamsBarberShopIn 2013, April Vickery was working as a security guard on set at 5th St. for Sleepy Hollow. The catering truck and crew parking were in the lots on either side of Graham’s Barber Shop at 5th & Castle. April was on foot patrol covering both areas so she passed the shop numerous times during the day. The owner of the shop, Mr. William Graham,  came out and made conversation with her. At the time he had returned from a trip from Nashville. He visited Graceland with his family and commented on how smart he felt that Elvis’ widow had been to invest in properties around the original home to make Graceland happen. He commented about the amount of work that Graceland brought into the town and how it helped improve the community not only with work but a sense of pride that they were all part of something so big.

He also spoke about Wilmington very fondly and has been here for many years (52 years in business). He said he hoped that more productions would come to town and he hoped that people realize how good it was for us to embrace the changes productions make for us.

Meanwhile, during this same time period, the executive producer of Under the Dome, Jack Bender, spotted that very barber shop.

CAM00011~2“Since our first year on Under the Dome,” Jack remembers, “when I saw this small barber shop in town I went, ‘We have to have a town barber who has to be a character.’ So I was talking to Neal (Baer)and Brian (K. Vaughn) about it and they went, ‘Yeah yeah… Big Jim (Dean Norris) goes there. Could be his confidante.’  So finally, Dwight Yoakam wanted to do the show and they said, ‘We’ll make him the barber.’ So we went to this gentleman’s barber shop, but he had a bright red floor with red walls and I said, ‘We can’t have a red floor. The floor is too red. It’s too bloody.  See if he’ll let us do a black and white check classic barber shop floor.'”

But they didn’t stop there.  They basically did a soft remodel. New floors, new sinks, repainted the cabinets, the walls. Everything!

I asked a Wilmington Crew Member who is currently working on the show about the redo.

“The other day when we (film crew) were working at the barber shop, I talked to the owner and the owner was thrilled that he got the new floor. The crew offered to change it back to red when the show was over, but some customers came in and saw the checkered floor all shiny and waxed and said, ‘Don’t you dare let them take that floor up! You need to keep that floor!’ So, he decided that since his patrons are absolutely in love with the new remodeled floor, he is going to keep it. The soft remodel of his entire barber shop was at no cost to him. He is elated and he even had a couple of politicians that come in to get their haircut that told him, ‘You need to write your senators and local representatives and tell them your story.’ Mr. Graham said that he was going to be on the phone calling them later that day.  It’s nice to see a small business not only get a paycheck (for location use) and a beautiful redo for free, but his barber shop will be immortalized on a Stephen King project and people will come there just to get their hair cut at the barbershop that Lyle (Dwight Yoakam) worked at in Chester’s Mill.”

This is just one of many stories to come how NC Film affects our NC communities.  Got a story to share? Let us know!  Email: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com

 

Jack Bender’s Art Show w/ Under the Dome Cast

We’ve talked about it all week, and IMPO it was better than expected.  And that’s saying a lot. Robbie McKeithan did a PHENOMENAL job putting it all together! A beautiful art show last night at The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery (200 Hanover St.) in downtown Wilmington. EP/Director/Artist Jack Bender just needs a simple title.  Creative.  Whether its imagining for film or canvas, he is a brilliant man.  A great crowd  assembled and mingled throughout the evening – a lot of NC Film crew members and many of the cast members of Under the Dome:   Mackenzie Lintz, Colin Ford, Alex Koch, John Elvis, Nicholas Strong as well as  newcomers Karla Chrome and Grace Victoria Cox paid a visit as well.  Here’s some fun photos from the event!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/21/2014 – Kevin Sizemore, Jack Bender, Red Zone, Canines for Service and More

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Happy Friday and 1st full day of Spring!  Now THIS is more like it!

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Our FAVORITE Domie who is now on the hit ABC show, Resurrection, Kevin Sizemore joined me this morning on The Sunny Morning Show on Sunny 104.5.  Are phone lines were on crack, so we couldn’t take calls. BUT it was still a great interview!  LISTEN NOW!

UNDER THE DOME is back on the sound stages today and if you are lucky enough to be there, you’ll get to hang with Eddie Cahill, Rachelle LeFevre and Grace Victoria Cox to name a few.  The folks will kick things off in Southport next week.

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Don’t forget tomorrow night from 6pm-9pm join EP/Director Jack Bender for a special night at The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery (200 Hanover St.) in downtown Wilmington. They are showcasing his art. Three of his pieces will be from Season One  of UNDER THE DOME, some that will be in Season two  and we will  see a piece from LOST as well.  It’s TOMORROW, Saturday, March 22nd from 6pm-9pm. CHECK OUT THE FB EVENT PAGE . If you missed his interview on the Sunny Morning Show on Wednesday, LISTEN NOW.

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RED ZONE had a LOOOONG night at Ashley High School, wrapping when most were on their morning commute.  And guess what?  They are doing it again tonight.  It’s Day 5!  I love when they use locations such as schools, because that really put some much needed dollars in the school system.  So, thank you RED ZONE.

The construction crew on MAX STEEL is working feverishly some cool set pieces. Can’t tell ya what, but you are gonna definitely wanna work on this flick! For extras casting, hit up Marty Siu Casting  REGISTER NOW.  She will be gearing up in about two weeks!

DoggieREMINDER: Come on out Saturday, March 22, to support Canines for Service and get great photos of your dogs. Star News photographer Mike Spencer will be taking dog photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the StarNews, 1003 S. 17th St., as a fundraiser for the Canines for Service Walk and Dog Dash. The cost is $25 per dog (cash or check to CFS only). Up to six digital photos of each dog will be delivered via email. The CFS Walk and Dog Dash will be held March 29 at Hugh MacRae Park. Canines for Service, a nonprofit organization, trains service dogs and provides them free of charge to people with mobility issues. Among CFS programs are Canines for Veterans and Canines for Therapy.  GET MORE DE-TAILS NOW! (See what I did there?)

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

And if you haven’t seen it, here’s the promo for my new television segment “What Up In Wilmywood”  Hope you like it!

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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  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

Sheila Brothers Chats with Under the Dome’s Jack Bender

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Howdy and Happy Hump Day!  This morning was super fun as Executive Producer/Director of UNDER THE DOME Jack Bender paid our studios a visit at Sunny 104.5.  We chatted about all things Dome and his Art Show that is coming up this Saturday. Click on the link to listen to the interview!  And give some mad love to David Pascua for the photo shoot!!

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The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery (200 Hanover St.) is  showcasing Under the Dome’s Jack Bender’s art NOW through the 29th of this month.  Three of his pieces will be from Season One  of Under the Dome.  Think Pink Stars!  We will also get a sneak peek at some of the beautiful pieces for the upcoming season. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm.  However, a special night is reserved for you to mingle with the artist that is Jack Bender this Saturday, March 22nd from 6pm-9pm.