NC Film ‘Ashby’ to hit theaters September 25, 2015

Starring Nat Wolff, Mickey Rourke, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman, the feature film Ashby is making its way to select theaters on September 25th.  It will also be up on iTunes on the same day. The film had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on April 19th. Ashby was filmed in the Charlotte, NC area last summer. The NC Film Office reports that production lasted a little more than 80 days in the state.

Awkward Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) moves to a new town with his single mom (Sarah Silverman) and needs help fitting in. Brainier than his peers, Ed figures playing high school football might be good way to make more friends, but his only new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) thinks it’s odd. When Ed gets an assignment to write an essay about someone from an older generation, he introduces himself to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) and the two embark on an unlikely, immediate friendship. Ashby’s style of tough love takes some getting used to but, over time, Ed learns a lot from Ashby, including how to be courageous… which is very much needed when he learns his new best friend is a former CIA assassin.


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 06/03/2015 Paper Towns, Secrets and Lies and more

 ANOTHER new trailer for Paper Towns is out! Shot in the Charlotte area, the new sneak peek offers some more on the mystery surrounding the missing Margo. Paper Towns follows a high school boy (Nat Wolff) and his friends’ quest to find the missing girl next door. The flick premieres July 24th.

If you are an avid reader of this here blog you already knew this like forever ago, but is was just made official. Secrets and Lies is shooting season 2 in California.  In fact it was the California Film Commission who made the announcement.  ABC is moving the show there to take advantages of the uh ::::CLEARS THROAT:::: film credits.


So, while we are pulling our hair out, we are sitting and waiting for the Senate to decide our fate.  As it stands now, the House has the film grant with $40M each year for the next 2 fiscal years.  We should find out what cards the Senate will play later this month.

Wilmington, NC (June 03, 2015) EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC announced today that popular local food trucks will sell food on the lot for Saturday studio tours during June and July.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/22/2014 Battlecreek, Paper Towns, Sleepy Hollow, Yellow Footprints and more

We might have just one more production to hit Wilmywood before our current film incentives ends.  Rumor has it, the feature film, Battlecreek, is coming to Wilmington.  If this is indeed true, we would be hosting the gorgeous Hayden Christiansen who is taking the lead as well as the Oscar winning actress, Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Prisoners).  They came into Wilmington to scout the area last week. Now there are mixed rumors going around.  Some say it will be in just Wilmington, others say it will be filming in Jackson, MS and Wilmington.  But there is the possibility that they just shoot in Mississippi.  They are looking at a start date of October 20th. Offices would open the first week of October if they do come here.  We shall see!

Battlecreek is the story of a gifted young painter (Hayden Christiansen) with a rare skin disorder who lives in an economically depressed Southern American town. Due to his affliction, he must live his life at night. When a young woman being chased by her own demons stumbles into town, their blossoming romance compels him to challenge his provocative, overbearing mother (Melissa Leo) and break free of the lies that have bound them together for years. Battlecreek is about reconciling the past and finding your future.

Producing is Connie Hoy.  Directing is Alison Eastwood, which I believe is Clint Eastwood’s neice?  Hopefully it is more than just a rumor.  More details to come soon.


As  @SHollowSource puts it, #SleepyHolla!! Sleepy Hollow / Under the Dome viewing party is tonight at the Browncoat at 111 Grace St Downtown, Wilmington.

Sleepy premieres at 9pm on FOX and Dome’s finale is at 10pm on CBS.

LyndieGreenwoodSleepy Hollow star Lyndie Greenwood sits down with HuffPost Live at 3:30pm to talk about season two of the hit fantasy drama, which returns September 22 on Fox.  HERE’S THE LINK


Yellow Footprints is to begin production here in Wilmington. Local lady Casey Mako will direct this coming of age female military film, about a young woman who strives to be a Marine and fight on the front lines in a position traditionally held only by men.

TarynTaryn Terrell (WWE, The Campaign, Old Boy), has signed on to play the role of Sarah, a girl with a heart of gold who has suffered unimaginable loss, and finds a physical and mental strength to move on in her own life and inspire the will of others to believe they can do whatever they set their minds to.

The cast will be predominantly female and will feature Christy Berlane, (New Comic Day), and young new comer Hayley Heffernan, (30 Rock, Vera, 846).

Produced and co-written by Nick Dash and co-written by Monica Bellais, production is expected to begin in early October. Dash is a former Marine, is inspired to honor and tell a positive story regarding female Marines, ripped straight from the headlines, now that legislation has been approved for females to fight equally on the front lines with their male counterparts. Dash plans to employ homeless veterans in various extra roles in this film to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness and our beloved veterans.

Cara_DCara Delevingne has been added to the cast of Paper Towns which shoots in Charlotte, NC this fall.  She will take on the role of Margo Roth Spiegelman opposite of Nat Wolff. Paper Towns is expected to begin production in November with offices projected to open at the end of September.


Tusk was shot in the Charlotte area and stars Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, and Genesis Rodriguez.  It’s NOW in 640 theaters. The movie follows Wallace (Justin Long), a journalist on a mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

ICYMI: Kevin Smith discusses  the crazy dark comedy and talks about shooting in NC.


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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:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

CHARLOTTE, NC: One more film before the end of the year?

TheLongestRide071014_0152Rumor has it, Producer Marty Bowen is bringing Temple Hill Entertainment back to North Carolina yet again this year.  And if the rumors are true, it looks like he will be heading to Charlotte, NC with his partner in crime Wyck Godfrey. Both, of course, were just here in Wilmington this summer producing the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride.

????????????This fall,  Paper Towns just might be heading to Charlotte.  This is a story of friendship, come and gone and has a very Stand by Me feel to it (without the dead body).  Taking on the lead role, is Nat Wolff who will be returning to North Carolina for the 3rd time in his career, the second this year alone.  Nat was just here a few months ago in NC for the Mickey Rourke flick, Ashby.   Nat and Marty have already worked together on The Fault in our Stars. Directing is the award winning Jake Schreier.

If these rumors are true, this will a huge relief to the Charlotte area filmmakers and will get them through the holidays with their families.  This of course is especially needed after Cinemax (or HBO) decided to move Banshee to Louisiana for the next two seasons due to the film incentives expiring at the end of the year. (See related article)

While working on The Longest Ride here in Wilmington, Marty did mention Paper Towns, but he did not reveal the location.   Marty was already seasoned to the area as he was also the producer for Sparks’ Safe Haven and Dear John.  He absolutely loves North Carolina and has a strong bond with our state.  In fact, his son was born here in Wilmywood! Besides already having a connection to our state, he also has a strong tie to our North Carolina Film Crew.  I caught up with him a few months back and asked if he could explain exactly why our NC Film crew is world class and what it actually means.  LISTEN NOW

Paper Towns is expected to begin production in November with offices projected to open at the end of September. More details to come and let all the rumors be true! 🙂

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


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 10/09/2013 – UTD Bonus Features, Sleepy Hollow heads to Comic Con and more.

Sleepy-Hollow-TitleThe ratings came out yesterday and although the numbers dipped slightly for Sleepy Hollow, they were still strong. The show was #1 in it’s time slot again, keeping 7.8 million viewers on the edge of their seats and falling off of it from laughter. Yolanda!!  Wanna see Fox’s Sleepy Hollow from the beginning?  WATCH THE FIRST 4 EPISODES NOW!

The Sleepyheads will be shooting downtown at The Graystone Inn this morning on S. 3rd St. The scene revolves around a break-in at a store and our heroes investigate.

nyccThis Sunday Sleepy Hollow heads to the New York Comic Con. Their Panel is from 2:45-3:45 PM on the Empire Stage 1-E

Who’s goin’? SLEEPY HOLLOW co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, director/co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman, co-creator/supervising producer Phillip Iscove, executive producer Heather Kadin and series stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones and Katia Winter for a special exclusive sneak peek at an upcoming episode and Q&A panel discussion.  There will also be an autograph signing at 4pm.

UTD_DVDGetting excited about the upcoming release?  CBS’s Under the Dome, shot of course right here in Wilmywood, is available for pre-order and comes out November 5th on both DVD and Blu-Ray.  Blu-Ray has more bonus features, but DVD is more affordable.  What are those special features?  According to Paramount Home Entertainment’s press site, it’s got more than I thought it would, check out the list.


  • Additional Scenes: Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette: Under The Dome: Filming the Pilot
  • Featurette: CBS Launch Promos
  • Featurette: Stephen King and “Under The Dome”
  • Featurette: “Under The Dome”: From Novel to Series”
  • Featurette: The World of “Under The Dome”
  • Featurette: “Under The Dome”: The First Season
  • Other: Joe’s Blog
  • Bloopers: Gag Reel

Blu-ray Disc:

  • Featurette: Stephen King Visits Big Jim’s Car Dealership
  • Featurette: Under The Dome: Filming the Pilot
  • Additional Scenes: Deleted Scene
  • Featurette: The Visual Effects of “Under The Dome”
  • Featurette: CBS Launch Promos
  • Featurette: Stephen King and “Under The Dome”
  • Featurette: “Under The Dome”: From Novel to Series”
  • Featurette: “Under The Dome”: Executing the Finale
  • Featurette: The Wilmington Pilot Premiere
  • Featurette: The World of “Under The Dome”
  • Featurette: “Under The Dome”: The First Season
  • Other: Joe’s Blog
  • Bloopers: Gag Reel

UTDPremiere062013_0362Yep Blu-ray has our premiere!!! says it includes the interviews with cast members and creators, Mayor Saffo’s declaring June 24th “Dome Day,” and reactions to the gigantic success of the network premiere.

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:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  Or just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!