‘Max Steel’ Trailer is Here! New Release Date!

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It’s been almost 18 months since Dolphin and Open Road Films swam on into Wilmywood to begin production on Max Steel and we’ve been like, “Where is this movie?” Yes, we’ve been hearing nothing but crickets!  The movie stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath along with Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia and Maria Bello. But finally we have our selves a trailer!!!  It’s the Spanish trailer, but in English. If you remember, Mattel’s Max Steel franchise has a HUGE following especially in South America. So, I guess that makes sense. Anyone else SUPER pumped?! The new release date is Friday, October 21, 2016.

MAX STEEL – MATTEL/DOLPHIN/OPEN ROAD 
STATUS: Production began April 29, 2015
PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
LP: David Grace
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello

16 year old Max McGrath is discovering that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starting to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

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North Carolina Film Releases for 2015 and 2016

NC Film Cast & Crew!  You worked hard as hell!  It’s time you go see the movie magic you created.  Here’s a look at the film/TV schedule for 2015/2016 that was proudly made right here in North Carolina.

BansheeChayton-Littlestone BANSHEE SEASON 3 –  Premiered January 9, 2015

The Banshee production team enjoyed shooting in the Charlotte area until the NCGA did away with the NC Film incentives. Sadly, they moved to PA for season 4.

one-and-two-berlin-sxswONE AND TWO – Hit Berlin & SXSW,  theatrical release TBA.

Filming took place in Piedmont Triad Region. And although it hasn’t hit theaters yet, it has made it’s way to the film fest circuit and has already received kudos.

Two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.

Berlin International Film Festival -Nominated for Crystal Bear “Generation 14plus – Best Film” (Andrew Droz Palermo)

Director: Andrew Droz Palermo
Producers: Matthew Perniciaro | Kim Sherman | Michael Sherman | Patrick M. Wood
Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Timothée Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser, Grant Bowler, Kyle Bell

SNL_RyanJulietteSECRETS AND LIES – Premiered March 1, 2015

The 2 hour premiere of the Wilmywood shot Secrets and Lies on ABC (WWAY) was on March 1st. Although critics speculate a second season pick-up, it is unlikely they will return to NC due to the lack of film incentives.

“The Trail; The Father” kicked off with Ben out for his morning jog when he stumble upon the corpse of a young boy, Ton Murphy.  Ben’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a murder suspect.  However, Tom’s mother suspects her estranged husband might be the killer.

PRODUCER: Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
WRITER/PRODUCER: Barbie Kligman
DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Belle Shouse, Dan Fogler, Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand, Kate Ashfield.

LongestrideTHE LONGEST RIDE – in theaters April 10, 2015

This lovely picture was shot all throughout NC.  They started in Wilmington, then headed up to Jacksonville, then headed West to the Yadkin area.

The lives of a young couple intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love.

PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Bob Teitel
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr
CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Alan Alda

Make poster from thisTHE SQUEEZE – available via Groupon  and in limited theaters nationwide April 17, 2015.

The Squeeze which was shot right here in Wilmywood in the fall of 2013. The feature stars Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Sumpter, Jillian Murray and Michael Nouri, along with some of our local actors including Michael Rosander, David Andrews, and Logan Siu to name a few. The Squeeze is a true story about a young man from a small southern town who gets caught in between two notorious gamblers, until the stakes become a matter of life or death. The film has been submitted to the Toronto Film Festival in September.

AshbyASHBY- Premiered at Tribecca Film Fest April 19, 2015. TBA when it hits US theaters.

” Ashby is able to maintain a consistently humorous and light tone. Ed and Ashby’s worldview is more than a bit skewed, but so is the film’s, and it works well enough to keep the film entertaining and bouncy.” – IndieWire

Starring  Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman. It was shot in the Charlotte area.

under-the-dome-cbsUNDER THE DOME SEASON 3 – Thursday, June 25, 2015 -2 hour premiere 9pm-11pm (CBS)

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other. 

WRITER: Stephen King, Neal Baer
CAST: Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle LeFevre, Mike Vogel, Mackenzie Lintz, Eddie Cahill

MaxMAX – in theaters June 26, 2015

Max, the war dog movie which was shot in Charlotte and the surrounding areas last year, has given us the gift of a trailer!  The family adventure film was directed by Boaz Yakin. This story was inspired by true events.

papertownsPaper Towns – in theaters July 24, 2015.

ABOUT PAPER TOWNS: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew. ~GoodReads

Masterminds-2015MASTERMINDS – in theaters August 14, 2015.

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Jody Hill
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig

Max Steel Movie rfilme2015MAX STEEL – in theaters August 28, 2015

16 year old Max McGrath is discovering that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starting to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello

bmsGIRLSBLUE MOUNTAIN STATE – THE RISE OF THADLAND – in theaters September 2015

No exact date pinned down as of yet.  Hopefully more info will come out soon! The original was a TV comedy series that premiered on Spike back in 2010.

PRODUCERS: Eric Falconer | Eric Fischer | Warren Ostergard | Alan Ritchson |
DIRECTOR: Lev L. Spiro
WRITER: Eric Falconer | Alan Ritchson | Chris Romano

Three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.

 

disappointmentsroomTHE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM – in theaters September 25, 2015

A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

DIRECTOR: D.J. Caruso
WRITER: Wentworth Miller (screenplay)
CAST: Kate Beckinsale, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin

RiverGuardRIVER GUARD – 2015 – still waiting for actual release date

TheChoiceTHE CHOICE – February 5, 2016

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: Ross Katz
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Mark Garner
CAST: Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker, Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario

 

No word yet on The Sin Seer.

The Wilmywood Daily – 04/20/2015 Max Steel gets release date, Local actor in Fantastic 4 and more.

Under the Dome heads back to the sound stages today, but you can spot them in Burgaw tomorrow.

MaxSteel050314_0218Now, we have been waiting FOREVER for a release date for Max Steel which stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath along with Ana Villafane, Andy Garcia and Maria Bello. Well, now I can tell you get ready to enjoy this super hero flick later this summer on Friday, August 28th Woo hoo!

The Longest Ride is doing decent at the box office. So far, they’ve earned $23,511,000  plus $6 million more internationally.

And did you spot what they wrote at the end of the credits? Thanks for posting this Ben Yemba! They were here during our big battle with our legislators and they felt our pain considering how much they loved filming here. I know director George Tillman, Jr. definitely knew! He really paid attention to what was going on around town and across the state. So, on behalf on the NC Film Crew, thank you Longest Ride Team!

And we gotta give major kudos to local actor Anthony Reynolds! He always gets in on the coolest movies! This time, you can spot him in the latest trailer for Fantastic 4! Congrats buddy!

Also HUGE DOUBLE congratulations going out to Jonathan Landau and the gang!  First, their short film Pushing Buttons won Best Dark Comedy Short at Worldfest Houston this weekend! It stars Devin McGee and Meredith Jackson to name a couple.11156351_1157654247584143_6450778751639465909_n

Secondly, 14 years ago Landau made a 35mm feature film called The Last Summer. He says that over 1,000 local people worked on this film (including Britt Robertson, Muse Watson, Nick Searcy, and David Andrews). It is now available via Vimeo On Demand! It’s only $1.99 to check it out!

Tonight’s premiere and NC Film release dates to come

SECRETS AND LIES – TONIGHT!

It’s a 2 hour premiere of the Wilmywood shot Secrets and Lies on ABC (WWAY). “The Trail; The Father” kick off with Ben out for his morning jog when he stumble upon the corpse of a young boy, Ton Murphy.  Ben’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a murder suspect.  However, Tom’s mother suspects her estranges husband might be the killer.

PRODUCER: Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
WRITER/PRODUCER: Barbie Kligman
DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Belle Shouse, Dan Fogler, Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand, Kate Ashfield.

RELATED ARTICLES: Wilmington-shot ‘Secrets and Lies’ not typical murder mystery

Longestride

THE LONGEST RIDE – in theaters April 10, 2015

The lives of a young couple intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love.

PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Bob Teitel
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr
CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Alan Alda

under-the-dome-cbs

UNDER THE DOME SEASON 3 – Thursday, June 25, 2015 -2 hour premiere 9pm-11pm (CBS)

Production begins on season 3 of Under the Dome next week.

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other. 

WRITER: Stephen King, Neal Baer
CAST: Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle LeFevre, Mike Vogel, Mackenzie Lintz, Eddie Cahill
CREW RESUMES TO: UTDproduction@gmail.com

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MASTERMINDS – in theaters August 14, 2015.
A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Jody Hill
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig

disappointmentsroom

THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM – in theaters September 25, 2015
A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

DIRECTOR: D.J. Caruso
WRITER: Wentworth Miller (screenplay)
CAST: Kate Beckinsale, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin

TheChoiceTHE CHOICE – February 5, 2016
Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: Ross Katz
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Mark Garner
CAST: Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker, Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario

 

STILL NO WORD ON MAX STEEL OR THE SIN SEER

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 11/03/2014 Max Steel in your Happy Meal, Cullen Moss among the Walking Dead, and more

Good Mornin’ my peeps! Okay let’s rip Monday a new one, shall we!

The Choice is back on private property today. No Tom Welling on set today, but he still has a few more shoot days ahead of him before he wraps! We will see Tom Wilkinson, Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer, however. Yes!

secretsLiesAlthough Secrets and Lies had their wrap party at Goodfellas downtown this weekend, they still have another week to go before they officially wrap (November 12th). And might I add a big thank you to the ABC show for the local spending! Pine Valley Market catered the event. YUM!! Two great local businesses doing business with the NC Film Industry! There, I said it. They head to their hood in Porter’s Neck today.

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While we gear up for another Sleepy night (9pm on Fox) Sleepy Hollow is headed downtown as they work on episode 13 with director John Leonetti!  Yep!  He’s back!

Max-SteelWhen was the last time you got a Happy Meal? Well, go get you one! Eating it is optional, but the toy hoarding is a must!! Max Steel is taking over and DAMMIT I want every toy! Happy Meals will carry the Mattel toys through around the end of the month!

bms3Blue Mountain State is only 2 weeks away from production. They begin on November 17th and will shoot until December 15th. So glad folks will have some money in their pockets during the holidays!

cullenmossICYMI: My buddy Quentin shares this sweet piece of news. If you were among the millions watching TheWalking Dead last night, you caught one of our favorite local actors, Cullen Moss. He had “a nice meaty role as “Gorman” and his performance was delicious!” Woo Hoo! Go Cullen!

Evan Kidd will release his short film Displacement Welcomed today online. The film stars one of our local actress’ April Vickery – so proud! You go girl! Visit their FB now!

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Now , TOMORROW is Election Day!  Your FINAL day to vote!  Please make sure you are at your exact precinct, or they will turn you away!  Double check! My precinct changed from the last time I voted!  FIND MY PRECINCT. This election is vital, so please no apathy please!

Heads up! WWAY will have commercial free coverage during the election results! Tune it at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday for a special Your Voice Your Vote 2014 edition of WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 11 brought to you commercial free by Perry’s Emporium. “The 40-minute newscast will feature results, reaction and expert analysis of all the big races across North Carolina. It caps off a night full of election coverage that includes updates throughout the evening on-air on WWAY and online.” READ MORE NOW 

LIST OF WHO VOTED FOR AND AGAINST FILM: NCGA_FilmmakersVotingGuide_2014

This is an FYI list for you in regards to which candidates fully support our film industry. That being said, you should NEVER vote for a candidate based on one issue. I can’t tell you where they stand on every issue, but I can tell you where they stand on film.

I can’t speak for every single candidate, but these are the folks that I know are pro-film:
NHC Commissioner – Rob Zapple
NHC Sheriff – Ed McMahon
NHC Board of Education – Emma Saunders
NHC Board of Education – Chris Meek
NHC Board of Education – Tom Gale
NC House (14) George Cleveland
NC House (15) Philip Shepard
NC House (16) Steve Unger
NC House (17) Frank Iler
NC House (18) Susi Hamilton
NC House (19) Ted Davis
NC House (20) Betsy Jordan
NC Senate (6) Harry Brown
NC Senate (8) Ernie Ward
NC Senate (9) Michael Lee
NC Senate (9) Elizabeth Redenbaugh
Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson
U.S. Representative (District 7) Jonathan Barfield
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan

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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!!

Wilmywood’s #SDCC afterglow.

Another amazing Comic Con has come and gone and we have the clips to prove it.

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-The best of the panel discussion in 2 minutes.

EW’s got a bit of footage from an upcoming episode at Comic-Con from Friday afternoon. WATCH NOW

 

UNDER THE DOME

Hosted by Kevin Frasier (The Insider) once again.  Kevin introduces the characters and asks some great questions.  I have Part one posted and links and descriptions for Part 2-6.  Each clip is about 5 minutes long.

Part I (above)  – Kevin introduces, characters getting killed off, no one is safe.. How hard is it to lose your cast mates?  Can people come back from heaven?

Part II  People get out of the Dome. Eddie Cahill talks about Wilmington, What’s in that locker?  Who killed Angie?  Will Junior and Big Jim ever get along?

Part III   Blooming love triangle w/ Julia Barbie and Sam, Barbie kills Julia’s husband, yet Julia loves Barbie, Joe’s struggle with so much death around him as a kid, Hounds of Diana, hilarious product placement from cast.

Part IV Talks about Wilmington, Colin Ford talks about Wilmington crew, where to take future seasons, Stephen King on set, three to five seasons worth of material, Rachelle compares herself to Julia.

Part V    Hint of something that will make our jaws drop, Barbie’s father. Reasons behind Sam’s actions?  How are people reacting to all of this outside of the Dome? Q&A from fans.

Part VI   More Q&A from fans, Stephen King questions, Will Joe go for Norrie or Melanie,  Julia asked to do line from Twilight as Victoria.

MAX STEEL

– Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane had a blast, talking to fans of Max Steel, signing autographs, and hanging out with folks from EW, ET, XBox and more.  Here’s a few highlights via Twitter.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/25/2014 A little bit of everything.

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Also attending this year’s comic con is NC shot Tusk from Kevin Smith as well as Banshee.  Our comic book writer Scott Lope is also hanging with all the talented comic book artists and finally, we got one more piece of Wilmywood fun on the West Coast.

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Dan Burke moments before departure from Wilmington NC to San Diego, CA

Wilmington based, Dan Burke is loving this!  His British Taxis have been hired to represent the new show Gotham (Fox). They have dressed the vehicles up as Gotham PD cars! They have four of them giving free rides to fans.  It’s been causing quite a stir on instagram!  What? A local Wilmington business is getting money from Hollywood? Now, that’s a Hollywood Handout!

jasonmottBig Wilmywood birthday wishes to go out today! First off, happy birthday to North Carolina boy Jason Mott! You know Jason! He’s the guy who writes books when he isn’t writing poetry or racing cars. He wrote a little novel called The Returned and then it was turned into a TV show called Resurrection and it’s returning this fall to ABC. Mr. Mott has a new novel ready for pre-order called The Wonder Of All Things. Happy Birthday Jason!

Tom Mison BirthdayAnd of the horror, how did we forget to say “Cheers” to this guy on Wednesday! Our other Wilmywood birthday shout out goes to the one and only Tom Mison. In case you didn’t know, Tom plays Ichabod Crane on the FOX series Sleepy Hollow. (but you knew that didn’t you??) The Wilmywood Daily will be sure to send Tom some belated birthday donuts from Britt’s!! Happy Birthday, Tom!

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FILM INCENTIVES UPDATE:  Still nothing is coming out of the General Assembly.  And although they said yet again they wanted to wrap up the longest short session ever, by today, they will continue the Battle of the Bills next week.

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REMINDER: NC shot The Ultimate Life will premiere on television next weekend, Saturday, August 2 at 9 p.m. EDT. Best of all, it will be preceded by The Ultimate Gift, also filmed in North Carolina, beginning at 7 p.m. EDT on The Hallmark Movie Channel!

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REMINDER: Giant Culture/Post 1200 is celebrating Wilmywood movies every Friday night.  Tonight, it’s Iron Man 3.  Show time is at 7pm. For all events, head to their Facebook page. 

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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.  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!!