THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/02/2014 Max Steel, ABC Pilot, and More

Hey there!  Happy Thursday and Happy New Year!  Well, the good thing about putting out the “Rumors from the Lot,” is that it sure gets people talkin’!  Got some much better news than on Tuesday!

Max-SteelFirst let’s start with Max Steel.  Now I cannot completely confirm this, but it seems like a pretty strong bet that the Mattel animation turned live-action will be shooting in Connecticut BUT also here in Wilmywood.  In fact after I shared the latest rumors, I was told that while they might have pulled a contract with one group, another local here has been hired for the flick – the two are unrelated, different departments.

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ABCNow remember on Tuesday I told you that we had some Prod Cos sniffin’ around.  I was told that  an ABC pilot was coming with offices opening in February and production in March. Also, that Barbara D’Alessandro would be heading that up.  I was also told that Sleepy Hollow‘s UPM, David Hartley, is in talks to work on the pilot as well.  (I heard it’s a done deal).  The show is called Secrets & Lies.  A perfect gig for Hartley in between Sleepy Hollow seasons 1 and 2.  It would also be nice to have Barbara back as well.  She’s been off working on Army Wives the past few years. She’s worked on a ton of WIlmywood projects since 1990.  I cannot completely confirm this info, but it seems to be about 80% strong.  I will keep you posted.

Secrets & Lies is an adaptation of the Australian crime mystery drama. It’s described as:

“a nerve racking plunge behind the curtains of suburbia following the story of Ben, an everyday family man who finds the body of a four-year-old boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect.”

Last I heard, former Private Practice executive producer Barbie Kligman will serve as writer/executive producer/showrunner.  The show has a 10-episode commitment and is already exploring casting choices. If the rumors are true and they do shoot here, let’s hope they stay in Wilmywood!

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TVBestOf2Today is the FINAL day to vote in TV.com’s Best of 2013.  We have just about every NC shot TV show on the list: Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastbound and Down.  VOTE NOW!

UPComing events:

  • JAN 8 – The People’s Choice Awards are Wednesday, 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 13 – Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” is that Monday, 9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Encore Magazine’s Best of 2013: Voting ends that Wednesday VOTE NOW. (And it’s my birthday, too!)

FYI: The Production Weekly listed Louisiana with 10 NEW projects this week.  TEN!! Seriously, we’ve got to do more to solicit more projects here!

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!!

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BREAKING: Nicolas Sparks Flick Heads to the Crescent City

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After all the waiting and checking in with department heads, it looks like DiNovi Pictures along with Nicolas Sparks is taking “The Best of Me” to New Orleans.  No word about the possibility of any footage being shot here at all.  The Production Weekly states they begin production in March.   If anything changes, I will let you know.

Nothing has been said as to why this film is heading to the deep South, but I can think of a few reasons.  If you are thinking film incentives, let me shed some light on what Louisiana has to offer.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lousisiana  has a 30 percent transferable credit for qualified applicants for total in-state expenditures related to the production of a motion picture.  An additional 5 percent labor tax credit can be earned on the payroll of Louisiana residents who are employed by a state-certified motion picture production. The tax credits are fully transferable and the state has no limit to the amount of tax credits that can be earned by a single production.

A sad day for North Carolina indeed.

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 07/25/2013 Bolden!, Sleepy Hollow and More

More is coming out about Bolden!  Yesterday, I reported that Anthony Mackie is out and Buddy Bolden will be recast.  This of course will call for re-shoots.  Now my sources are telling me it will be way beyond re-shoots.  It’s looking like the entire film will be re-shot. That means going back to Louisiana to shoot some parts of the film as well.  Millions more will be spent to complete this film, but apparently it hasn’t stopped them from spending even when they are in a holding pattern.   While they have been waiting, their stuff has been in storage.  A source tells me it is costing them about $10,000 a month to store everything.   They also haven’t decided if the next go around will be shot on film or digital.

Wilmington, NC is the top 3 cities who have the chance for an early screening of Sleepy Hollow, but we need about 100 more votes today to secure our spot!  You can vote once a day, so please do it, it takes about 60 seconds!! DEMAND an early screening of the locally filmed Sleepy Hollow in Wilmington NOW

Another round of casting calls for the New Bern area for the modern day parts of Sleepy Hollow for Monday, July 29th.  Find out all the details now!

The Eastbound and Down folks return to Tabor Lane today.  The folks who reside Under The Dome head to Southport.  They will head to the 100 block of East Bay Street midday, then they will be at Trinity United Methodist Church on East Nash Street for the rest of the day.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning 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!

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