THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/04/2016 -More Cast Revealed for SIX, Premiere Party tonight, and more.


THE CHOICE premiers everywhere this Friday, however many of the Wilmington peeps who worked on the flick are going to see it tonight at 7pm at Mayfaire’s Regal Cinemas!  And yes, you are invited to join in on the fun!


As you know TNT’s Good Behavior and History Channel’s SIX will both film in Wilmywood, but how much of the grant did they get? Together, the NC Film Office says they are expected to have direct in-state spending of more than $57 million while creating approximately 2,900 job opportunities in the state.

Good Behavior is eligible for a grant amount of up to $6,603,003.
SIX is eligible for a grant amount of up to $7,215,671.


Barry SloaneDeadline reports Revenge alum Barry Sloane landed the role of John “Bear” Graves, the recently appointed leader of Seal Team Six, a group of elite soldiers who take on the most high-risk military special ops missions in the world. This Brit will be making his way from across the pond later this month.

EdwinHodgeAlso cast in SIX is Edwin Hodge. You might’ve seen him in Chicago Fire or perhaps The Purge. Hodge will take on the role of Robert Chase III, one of the seals-in-training being considered for Ortiz’s replacement. He completes challenges quickly but makes a few rookie mistakes.

These two handsome gentlemen joins previously cast Dominic Adams and Juan Pablo Raba.


HGTV is bringing Hunting Vintage Television Series to Wilmywood for a couple of weeks.  You might spot them in the downtown area, on Wrightsville Ave. and on Country Club Road beginning on Febraury 8th.

Hunting Vintage

UNCW Alum Jordan Sasser made it through another round on American Idol last night.


The extremely loved local stunt woman Tina Wanner is battling cancer. A very rare type of ureter and renal cancer. So rare, in fact, that her doctor is calling it the “Tina Wanner Cancer.”


There is a Tina Wanner Benefit Concert coming up on Saturday, March 5th.  If you can’t make, you can still donate. SEE DETAILS NOW: FACEBOOK INVITE

THE LONGEST RIDE: Wilmywood Premiere – You are so invited!

The Wilmywood shot Nicholas Sparks movie, The Longest Ride​ is almost here! Get ready to see it THIS Thursday at Regal Cinemas Mayfaire!  BUY TICKETS NOW for the 8pm show! GET TICKET NOW

Facebook Invite (click here to let us know you are going!)


Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel comes to the big screen in this romantic drama from director George Tillman Jr.. The plot centers on the star-crossed love affair between a retired bull rider who wants to get back in the saddle, and an art student preparing to seek her fortune in New York City. As their relationship is put to the ultimate test, the wisdom of an aging man who recalls his own lost love serves as a source of great inspiration. Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Benoist, Jack Huston, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 10/29/2014 Holy Crow! Too much for one title!

Happy Hump Day Wilmywood!  Lots to chat about, so let’s dig right in!  First up: LOCATION ALERT

ncfilmtrioSecrets & Lies is back in Porter’s Neck. They only have a few more weeks until they wrap!

It’s lucky day 13 for The Choice and the folks are back on private property today.  At Travis’ house to be exact.  I can tell you the fun will kick off tomorrow as they head to the fair! At the fair, all your friends are there!  Doh!  That song will never get out of my head now!  Anyway, it should be a great carnival time for a couple of days. Oh, and by the way the rumors were true, Nicholas Sparks was indeed on set yesterday!  Yay! Welcome back to Wilmywood Mr. Sparks!

Sleepy Hollow will be at the Cape Fear Club on Chestnut St. Lots of cast members in this scene today!

Sleepy Hollow’s Ichabod Crane aka Tom Mison was on Letterman last night.  Check him out on the Today show this morning! WATCH TOM ON LETTERMAN


Lot’s of great news came out yesterday, so let’s recap!

SpookiestBellevueICYMI: Thanks to our Fox show, Wilmywood is getting more recognition.  Last week, we found out that Wilmington was deemed Best American Riverfront thanks to your vote in USA Today.  Now Fox News has put out the top 10 list of Spookiest Cemeteries in the US. READ MORE NOW

ScreenGemslettersICYMI: EUE/ Screen Gems is getting a little mini-facelift this weekend, some new paint and a new sign, so there will be NO tours this weekend while they complete all their work.  Look forward to the little makeover to be completed by Monday morning!

bms3ICYMI:  CREW CALL – The biggest news to come out yesterday was that Wilmywood gets one more feature film before the film incentives expire at the end of the year.  I know that will be a big relief to a lot of crew members and background extras getting a paycheck during the holidays!  Blue Mountain State: The Movie will be opening up offices this week in Wilmington, NC.  The comedy starring Alan Ritchson (Hunger Games) and Denise Richards (Wild Things) is now accepting crew resumes. Shooting will take place in the Wilmington area. Production should run about 4 weeks. Production begins November 18th. GET MORE DETAILS NOW


The Bring Back Film party is tonight at 1900, a film friendly and favorite restaurant and lounge in Lumina Station!  Please come out tonight!  The event kicks off at 7pm.  GO HERE: FACEBOOK INVITE


Now, where are our “Thank You” billboards from the local film crew to the community?  Local crew member Chris Courter has the update!

billboard1Money is still coming in for our billboard campaign! We have just been able to add a 3rd location!!! Now, for every $35 (special daily rate we just secured) we receive, the third billboard will be up and running for another day! Help keep the message going!!! This is on going, so please feel free to donate at any time! DONATE NOW!

BILLBOARD #1: (10/14/2014 until 11/04/2014)
LOCATION: 4100 Oleander Dr.
(Next to Dragonflies and across from Pizzettas Pizza)

BILLBOARD #2: (11/03/2014 until 11/24/2014)
LOCATION: 706 S. College Rd.
(Next to McAllister’s Deli)

BILLBOARD #3: (11/25/2014 – UNTIL ???)
LOCATION: 5625 Market St.
(Next to MLK and Market St.)

REMEMBER TO VOTE!  You only have between today and Saturday to get your early vote in! If you wait until election day, Tuesday, November 4th you MUST vote at your precise precinct or your vote will not count!  Early voting gives you a variety of places to vote in your county! GO TO LIST OF POLLING LOCATIONS NOW



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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 10/13/2014 Day One for The Choice, Sleepy Hollow, More Protest Coverage

Ahhhhh!!! It’s day one for our 2nd Nicholas Sparks flick, The Choice! They are filming at Dockside today. No Tom Welling on set today, but you can probably spot the handsome Benjamin Walker. Also Maggie Grace and our local boy, Jesse Boyd! Jesse got a nice fat role, playing the character Matt. He lives in LA now, but he was born and bred in good ol’ Whiteville! Congrats buddy! Jesse

You might have seen Jesse in three episodes of the CW show The Originals playing Cary, Klaus’ werewolf relative.

scottparksOh and speaking of which, our local boy, Scott Parks,who has already been on The Vampire Diaries, has a small part on The Originals tonight. Way to go Scott!  We love ya! Scott has also been on Homeland and Drop Dead Diva.  I LOVE how much talent we have in this town!


Sleepy Hollow is at the sound stages today, but they head back to Water St. tomorrow, apparently dodging plummeting hail. Nice! Of course it is another Sleepy Monday and here’s what we can expect tonight…

Secrets & Lies starts off in Castle Hayne today, then I believe they head over to the Battleship. That should be fun!


Last week, we covered and attended two protests here in Wilmywood.

The first protest was for Governor Pat McCrory, as he was a keynote speaker during the Energy Summit.  The second protest was right outside WECT for the Hagan/Tillis debate.  We have a little more detailed conversation than the rest of the media (Because we can) . Charles Rourk was on the scene.  A lot of you got some good face time 🙂 Check it out below!

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ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL: Absentee voting runs through October 28, 2014

EARLY VOTING (ONE STOP) PERIOD: October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014


Still looking for MORE volunteers at the polls!  We are looking for folks who are pro-NC Film to work in 2 hour shifts at the one stop early voting (October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014) locations and on Election day (November 4, 2014) in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County locations.GET MORE DETAILS NOW


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!!

‘The Longest Ride’ star “Rango” passes away.

Rango [PBR]

Earlier this week, the Professional Bull Riders announced that Rango, one of the stars of not just the elite Built Ford Tough Series, but also the Nicholas Sparks movie, The Longest Ride, passed away on Sunday morning. According to PBR, the 7-year-old bovine athlete was admitted to the hospital for intestinal issues and passed away after experiencing heart troubles while receiving treatment.

Rango was owned by four-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year Jeff Robinson. He said, “I have had several hundred bulls compete at the Built Ford Tough Series level and he was my second-best bull ever. He wasn’t my second favorite bull – no, he was No. 1(a). He meant a lot to me. There is no way he will ever be replaced.” [PBR}

One of the crew members who worked on the project in Winston-Salem, NC was also taken aback by the news. “He was a big deal in that movie, he was written into the script and everything.” Rango was a cast member.  “He even had his own doubles,” the crew member said. Other bulls had a little make-up done to create  his likeness. “It was great working with Rango. The Humane Society was there watching him like a hawk. We enjoyed working with them, too.”  Rango had a majestic way about him and he had 1,000s of fans. “He was probably the most athletic bull in the stable and a lot of crew members grew attached to him. It’s funny because these bulls, they look violent when they are out doing their thing, but when they are in their pens, well, I can’t speak for all of them, but Rango was very kind. And he was very well taken cared for, you could tell.”

Without spoiling the movie for ya, and if you haven’t read the book, let’s just say that Rango and Scott Eastwood’s character share an exciting moment together towards the end.

Rango is set to have his own credit in The Longest Ride which will hits theaters on April 10, 2015.  In the meantime, PBR reports they will conduct a special tribute to Rango during the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-26 at the Thomas & Mack Center.




One of the more popular bovine athletes on the PBR’s BFTS roster, Rango was a bull that riders were excited to face. A qualified 8-second ride on the 1,500-pound bull often meant a winning score. Rango last bucked on Sept. 6 at the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee, facing two-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. The two teamed up for a score of 92.25 points which was enough to not only win the round, but also propel Alves to a second-place finish at the event. It is the second-highest score recorded this year, and was the most-watched video highlight on the PBR’s digital channels last week.

Appearing on the BFTS scene in 2011, Rango bucked off 63 of the 75 riders he faced in his four-year PBR career for a buckoff rate of 84 percent. He challenged many World Champions, including J.B. Mauney (2013), Alves (2012, 2011), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004). His average ride score was 90 points – with the highest being the 92.25 points Alves received just one week ago; it was matched by Marco Eguchi in Albuquerque, New Mexico, earlier this year.

The upcoming film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks best-seller, “The Longest Ride,” which is centered on a fictitious PBR bull rider, also featured Rango. Fans will be able to see Rango in action in the film, which hits theaters on April 10, 2015.

The PBR will conduct a special tribute to Rango during the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-26 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“He will definitely be missed; he was just like one of the family,” said Robinson.

The Choice names their extras casting director.

The final Nicholas Sparks film of the year, The Choice, is set to begin production on October 13th and will continue shooting until the end of November. So that means it’s time to name that extras casting director!  So, who was their choice? (Ya see what I did there?)

MartySiuCongratulations to Marty Siu of Marty Siu Casting! Marty has just come off the longest ride ever!  No seriously, The Longest Ride, which of course is the other Nicholas Sparks movie that was here this summer.  Before that she did the extras casting for Max Steel and the pilot Red Zone.

If you would like to be an extra on The Choice more details will be given in the next 2 weeks.  Make sure you like her casting facebook page for more announcements.

The production will be shooting in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Congrats Marty!  Woo Hoo!

THE CHOICE – Lionsgate/Safran Company
STATUS: Pre-production
LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)

Two neighbors, Travis  Parker and Gabby Holland, become more than just friends in a small coastal town in North Carolina.


WILMINGTON, NC: Crew Call for ‘The Choice’

Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood get ‘Happy’ for Service Dogs on September 8th.

New ‘Happy’ Video Featuring Humanized Dogs to Debut 9/ 8 .

‘Happy2 – Dog Days’ to Support Nonprofit Providing Service Dogs for People with Disabilities 

A press release has just been issued and we can’t wait until Monday!  Happy2 – Dog Days (, a  new video set to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” featuring humanized dogs on vacation at Wrightsville Beach, will be released on September 8th.


Two local photographers/videographers, Ned Leary and Will Page, aim to support Canines for Service, an Wilmington-based organization committed to providing service dogs for people with disabilities nationwide.  They are releasing the fun on September 8th.  Here’s a teaser of what’s to come.


According to the press release, the video includes four main dogs and an appearance by a Vietnamese pot bellied pig.  After winning a trip to Wrightsville Beach, the video tracks the dogs as they visit the beach, go to bars, fish and kayak, activities that highlight the unique lifestyle there.


image by Rick Ricozzi

Happy2 – Dog Days also includes guest appearances by Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood, who were just here for Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. They filmed their fun scenes at the local favorite Buddy’s Crab Shack and Oyster Bar in Wrightsville Beach.

In the first local Happy  video, Leary and Page filmed local residents as they danced around Wrightsville Beach. Now they decided to do a sequel. They wanted to create something even bigger that included more dancing. After filming  some furry friends for one scene of the new video, the pair decided the entire film needed to be about dogs.

Director Ned Leary decided to kick it up a notch and use the fun to support our local non-profit, Canines for Service.

  The filming duo completed the video in six weeks, without any financial backing and all on their own time. Leary, Page and the dogs’ owners/handlers were all previously unknown to one another before filming and include a waitress, a doctor, a premature infant ICU nurse and a Coast Guard instructor.

  “Once we decided to shoot the entire video around the idea of dogs visiting Wrightsville Beach, we knew we wanted to highlight the work of a great service dog organization,” Leary said. “Canines for Service does such wonderful work for people with disabilities in the state, and we hope Happy2 – Dog Days will introduce people to the powerful work they do in helping people with disabilities live with greater independence.”

For nearly 20 years, Canines for Service has helped people with disabilities live with greater independence. The organization helps select and train dogs for service.