The Longest Ride receives big welcome from Elkin, NC.

We all know that small businesses benefit in a huge way when any film production rolls into a location.  And the town of Elkin, NC was armed and ready.

Elkin rests on the Yadkin River in Surry and Wilkes counties.  The population is around 4,000 and is 6.2 square miles. It has been deemed one of the coolest town’s in America. Seriously, look how adorable this town is: http://www.downtownelkin.com/

As the cast and crew of The Longest Ride headed 40 miles to the west of Winston-Salam, they had no idea just how charming the people were as well.  When they arrived at their hotel, they got quite a warm welcome.

The hotel greeted the production with a catered reception provided by a local eatery – they had a buffet, with hors d’oeuvres, wine and other snacks.

TotebagI was told the owners were so excited about them coming to town and choosing their hotel, that they wanted everything to be perfect for their week and a half stay.

The hotel had replaced all of the in-room furniture just for them, and upon arrival the cast and crew were handed totebags with goodies and info about the local attractions and businesses.

One of the crew members said, “Everyone in town has been so welcoming, and we’re very excited to spend our free time, and per diem, at many of the local businesses.”

The cast and crew are in multiple hotels and are enjoying the beginning of their stay.

NC Film – everyone benefits.

 

 

World class film crew: What does that really mean?

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We hear it all the time.  North Carolina has a world class film crew.  You hear it from producers and directors on every project that comes here.  But what does TheLongestRide071014_0152that really mean?  Sure, we know we have the best, but why?  I caught up with producer, Marty Bowen.  Besides already having a connection to our crew with Safe Haven, Marty has worked with film crews all over the country with projects such as the Twilight Saga, Dear John and the latest The Fault in our Stars.  Now he is here for The Longest Ride.   He explains why our NC Film crew is world class and what it actually means.

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY 06/24/2014 HQR talks Film Incentives today, Nicholas Sparks, Melissa McCarthy, Sleepy Hollow and more.

HQRToday on WHQR’s new show, “Coastline,” host Rachel Lewis Hilburn will be discussing the film incentives at 2pm. I highly recommend you listen and call in. Their studio line is: 910-343-1138. You can also tweet them questions and comments during the show @coastlineHQR.

In the meantime, we cannot tire, folks! That’s exactly what they want us to do. Please continue to call Speaker Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory‘s office. Today, I want you to tell them your story, let them know what would happen if the film incentives went away. Make it personal. Let them see just how many people if affects and how.

Contact these folks today :

Speaker Thom Tillis
PHONE: 919-733-3451
EMAIL: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
TWITTER: @ThomTillis

Gov. Pat McCrory
PHONE: 919-814-2000
EMAIL: Pat.McCrory@NC.gov
TWITTER: @PatMcCroryNC

HERE’S THE CONTACT LIST FOR ALL NC HOUSE MEMBERS, CONTACT THOSE IN YOUR DISTRICThttp://keepncfilm.org/contact-nc-representatives/

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Who’s on TV today?

It’s a double Wilmywood Wow on David Letterman! We get to see not only Melissa McCarthy but our Domie Rachelle Lefevre as well!

Meanwhile some more Tammy love will be on Kelly & Michael as Susan Sarandon joins that crazy duo. I wonder if Miss Penny (Susan’s pup) will be there in style?

So, how did Melissa rise to the top as the most fabulous leading lady?

The wait is finally over, Wilmywood! Get ready to see TAMMY one day early! Almost 3000 folks from Wilmington worked hard on this movie, and we think you deserve to catch it BEFORE the release date!

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Join us at Regal Cinemas in Mayfaire Town Center on Tuesday July 1st at 8pm! Come early as we will have Tammy’s 1986 Car and jet ski on display in front of Regal Cinemas – Yes the vehicles used in the movie!
We got tickets to give away and just maybe some special prizes too! Listen to Sunny 104.5 for all the details! See you there!! CLICK HERE FOR FB INVITE!

THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT! BUY TICKETS NOW! 

MaxEhrichNow, back to Under the Dome. Happy birthday day to two Domies today! First up is Max Ehrich who is new to the show,. He plays Hunter, the boy who gets into the Dome. Also, big Robo-birthday wishes to Peter Weller who was just here directing episode 10 of Under the Dome.

comics-boom-studios-sleepy-hollowWithout warning or further details, Boom! Studios sent out this Sleepy Hollow comic cover and it’s gone totally viral in the Twittersphere!  Talk about a tease coming out of nowhere! BOOM! has already produced comic adaptations for Planet of the Apes, Die Hard and 28 Days Later via licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox, so why not, right? I’d buy it!

In case you didn’t believe me months ago, Nicholas Sparks was here, but not for his movie he is currently shooting, The Longest Ride. Nope, it’s the one they are shooting in September, The Choice. He went scouting with his producing buddies. Sure hope he stopped by The Longest Ride set at least to say, “Yo, what’s up? Thanks for making my book into a movie again Wilmington!”

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab 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. WE GOT MORE!

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 Longest Ride Names New Extras Casting Director

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: The Longest Ride has named Marty Siu as Extras Casting Director.  There is a brand new and specific web site for you to register to work on this Nicholas Sparks film.  They will be adding all the details of the film within the next 24 hours on the web site, however, it is ready to take your submissions now. So, even though you registered on Marty’s main web site, you MUST register at  MakeScenes.com to work as background, photo double, or stand-in on this project. Marty will be giving more details in the following days to come on the Marty Siu Casting Facebook Page. Production begins on June 16th.

 

 REGISTER NOW: MakeScenes.com

 

THE LONGEST RIDE – Temple Hill Productions

STATUS: Production begins June 16th
LOCATION: Wilmington and Winston-Salem
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Bob Teitel
UPM: Leigh Shanta
LP: Michele Imperato Stabile
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr
CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin
CREW RESUMES TO: TheLongestRide2014@gmail.com

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

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/08/2014 Chat with Nicholas Sparks, Stuntman Peter King, Today’s Locations and more.

Good morning!  Happy Thursday.  Let’s kick it off with the Entertainment Weekly Community article that highlighted our AWESOME stunt coordinator, Peter King:

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Today we have a couple of productions that will be out and about today.

  • Max Steel – Our super hero team heads to Brookwood Ave today.
  • Under the Dome – Our Domes venture away from the sound stages to Kenwood as well as Creecy Ave.
  • Sleepy Hollow – Our Sleepyheads will be in Castle Hayne for the day.

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A HUGE thank you to one of our favorite UPMs here in Wilmington.  We’ve asked you to write a letter to the governor asking for his help and Dale did just that:
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Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Dear Governor McCrory:

My name is Dale Williams and I am a twenty-five year employee of the North Carolina film and television industry.  I am currently employed as a Production Manager on a major network television series in the Wilmington region.

Today, there are seven productions in the Wilmington area: two television series, one television pilot, and four feature films.  Additionally, other projects are shooting in the Charlotte region while more are scouting locations in other parts of the State as well.  The film and television industry in North Carolina is doing well.  However, with the film incentive set to expire in eight months, all of these current clients will not consider additional business in our State beyond December 31.  As you might imagine, this is of great concern to approximately four thousand residents of our State who are full time workers in this industry.

On behalf of the film workers in the Wilmington region, I am respectfully requesting an opportunity for the workers to meet with you in Wilmington or Raleigh to discuss their future in our State.  I look forward to your response.

Dale Williams
Unit Production Manager

Dale, you are so loved in this town!  Thank you for leading the way!  tscc3Also, I posted an article earlier this morning from a station owner in Greensboro who attended the rally.

“I was totally amazed at the outpouring of community support at the Wilmington Film Rally. I have covered rallies for over 20 years and never seen the togetherness of the film workers and the local government leaders at any event.”  READ MORE NOW

TONIGHT: The premiere screening of Keep It Rolling on May 8, 2014 at Satellite Bar and Lounge in Wilmington, NC. Starting at around 7:00pm, they will kick off the evening with a few animations made by their UNCW classmates Whitney Polk and James Cobb, followed by Keep It Rolling and A Brewing Community, directed by Zach Boylston. Please come and see this incredible documentary!  Here’s the trailer: 

NCFIlmPendantPerry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Perfect for Mother’s Day all you film moms! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

There is so much more to do before the short session May 14th as they decide the NC Film Incentive’s fate.  Please send a message or phone call to our governor Pat McCrory as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to please HELP us!  Here’s the deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

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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, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

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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 – 04/18/2014 Mike Vogel Goes Hallmark, Max Steel, The Longest Ride, Shannon Rippy and more.

Hippety-Hoppety damn good mornin’ to ya! Under the Dome is off today as it is Good Friday, and a good Friday it is indeed.  However that doesn’t stop us from seeing stars, one in particular.

InMyDreamsFilmPosterOur homie Domie Mike Vogel comes out of the Dome for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, In My Dreams this Sunday night on ABC at 9pm EST. (I know the video claims it’s on tonight, but it is on this Sunday) Nick (Mike Vogel) and Natalie (Katharine McPhee) are the perfect couple, only they have never actually met. After tossing coins in Haywood Fountain, the two start dreaming about each other. According to fountain mythology, they have exactly seven days to turn their dreams into a reality. Now doesn’t that sound as sweet as all get out! Don’t miss it!

MAXSTEEL_CASTMax Steel‘s Ben Winchell who plays the lead Max McGrath makes his way into town this weekend and his counterpart Ana Villafane will make it into town early next week!  Yay! Producer Julia Pistor as well as writer Christopher Yost was here as well, they are headed out, but will be coming back shortly as things will start getting super fun soon enough!

Looks like Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride has pushed their start date to mid June. I will keep you posted on any other details that come out.

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It has been 13 days since anyone has seen our film friend 53-year-old Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk.  Investigators with the Wilmington Police Department now believe there may be foul play surrounding Shannon’s disappearance. Apparently new information has come out that are turning the police’s minds towards the negative. They cannot say what that information is, but they are confident that foul play is at hand. At the vigil held last night on the steps of the federal building, the negative news that foul play is in the mix, it hit home for many. Thankfully in addition to the police on the case is the Cue Center for Missing Persons. There is no search team in the country better than the Cue Center. “Someone out there knows something and that’s why we have to spread the word. Someone may have seen something, someone may have heard something,” said Seidman to WECT.

WWAY,  however, has the latest on the vigil from last night. READ NOW

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Now if you live in a cave, I still think you saw this!  I was quite pumped about my article that was published yesterday on EW.com  All about Wilmington baby!  So thanks for the shares and comments.  Feel free to continue that behavior!  Ha! READ IT NOW!

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Earlier this week, we let you know that the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider was planning to continue production. Once the news broke on the internet, a Facebook page called, “I REFUSE to work on Midnight Rider” was created.

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Sarah Jones was killed on February 20, 2014 in Wayne County, GA while filming. Seven crew members were injured when a train collided with the set which called for the crew to be on a bridge. One member who was injured, Joyce Gilliard, is part of our Wilmywood Film Community. Help trend:  #BoycottMidnightRider on Twitter.

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 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 too!

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That just about does it for me; Have a great Easter weekend and be safe! 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!!

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/09/2014 Search continues for Shannon Rippy, another Sparks flick, Lifetime, How and Why, HGTV, Dinner with the Stars

Happy Hump Day my Wilmywood peeps!  Oh boy, as if last week wasn’t enough info to keep us 5 crews deep for the year, we got more intel coming in about new projects and some fun tidbits of those that are here.

RumorslogoFirst off, Under the Dome is shooting in Burgaw today. Have a great shoot my film peeps!

Now, let’s get right to it, my favorite thing to write about.  It’s time for Rumors from the Lot!!

choiceNow, having one Nicholas Sparks flick in Wilmywood is pretty awesome, but what if there were two?  Well, there might just be.  According to my sources, Nicholas Sparks is looking for a triple play, but not in book order.  The Best of Me (2010 Novel, shooting in New Orleans now), The Longest Ride (2013 Novel, pre-production in Wilmington now) and now the latest rumors from the lot say he is jumping back a good 7 years to bring The Choice (2007 Novel, currently in development) to the big screen.  And word has it, Wilmywood is high on their list when it comes to a production home.

Sparks however isn’t the only one sniffing around.  My sources are telling me that Lifetime has been giving Wilmywood a wink and a nod as a possible hub for one of their projects.  Which one?  Well, I can speculate, however, I’d rather not jump the gun on that quite yet.

VIEW POTENTIAL 2014 WILMYWOOD FILM SLATE

Charlie-KaufmanAs we gear for the highly anticipated pilot, How and Why from FX, get ready for quite a cast.  So far we know John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Julia Sarah Stone, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener have signed on.  But we can expect to hear more casting news. From what I hear, it’s going to be quite a large cast.  Oh and FYI, we will be welcoming into town the one and only Charlie Kauffman next week!

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Bolden! is set to open offices in Rocky Point on April 21st.  I am hearing Atlanta as well as Wilmywood again.  Though I don’t yet know which city they will be filming first.  As far as who will replace Anthony Mackie is yet to be made public.

DINNER WITH THE STARS!  Saturday May 3rd @ CFCC Union Station. Have dinner with the stars and send a cop to college!  Let’s help out our awesome Wilmington Police Department during this AWESOME charity event including dinner, a raffle, and some rockin good time with the stars including Sleepy Hollow‘s Orlando Jones and Lyndie Greenwood, Sydney Penny, Peter Jurasik, Justin Barnhill, Nina Repeta and more!! GET DETAILS NOW

HGTVHGTV’s House Hunters is coming to Wilmywood this weekend!  They will be filming around town during the Azalea Festival Garden tour.  They will be on Clairidge Rd. and Magnolia Dr., and all over town for one of their episodes.  BL_FrontOfLine

REMINDER: The Biggest Loser Season 16 is holding auditions this Saturday in Charlotte and we are giving away FRONT OF THE LINE passes. 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 yesterday. 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!

shannonRippyThe search for film industry friend Shannon Rippy continues. They searched all day yesterday, knocking on doors and posting flyers.  If you can help, their last facebook post stated, “There are flyers and a sign-in sheet at Delphino Dos (5 Water St. Harper’s Rest.) Please get flyers at your convenience and continue to spread the word. If anyone has any pertinent information, please call the Wilmington Police Dept. @ 910-343-3600. Talk with employers and employees of the downtown establishments and also the people walking in the downtown area.”

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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 – 03/27/2014 Red Zone, The Longest Ride, Jason Mott, Under the Dome

WUIWYo!  Morning Wilmywood!  Happy Thursday! Let’s get right to it!

Where is everyone today?  Well, let’s see… RED ZONE  will be at Screen Gems as well as Blueberry Rd and UNDER THE DOME heads to the Battleship before they make their company move back to Screen Gems.

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Yesterday morning we announced the Nicholas Sparks flick THE LONGEST RIDE began accepting crew resumes. So, send your resumes toTheLongestRide2014@gmail.com  with your position in the subject line.  Production start date is tentatively set for May 29th.  Also, not new news if you’ve already been hired, but congrats to Leigh Shanta who will be the UPM on this love story.

Jason_ReturnedOur Bolton, NC boy, Jason Mott will making his short commute to Wilmywood this Saturday on a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Mayfaire.  They’ve released the paperback version of The Returned (which was transformed into the hit ABC show RESURRECTION).  The fun begins at 1pm

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And congrats to a few local actors landed some pretty great roles on some TV show and feature films:

Devious Maids- Anna Sharma
Captive- Scott Parks, Elle Graham
Secret & Lies Webisode- Chris Dousharm
Rectify- Karen Reynolds
Red Zone- Meredith Jackson
Adrenaline- Carol Anne Watts,Samantha Katelyn, Michael Rosander, Adam Poole, Mike Holmes
A Year and Change- Drew Shugart

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VOTING ENDS TODAY: The battle for the best Southern town is on! In the spirit of March Madness, Garden & Guns has set up a bracket featuring 32 great Southern towns going head-to-head for the championship. And your votes will determine which towns advance.  VOTE FOR WILMINGTON NOW

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REMINDER: Get ready to dash with your dog!  Or walk!  The 2014 Walk & Dog Dash is THIS Saturday!   Come join us as we raise money and awareness for the programs and services of Canines for Service.  It is a family and pet friendly event including a walk, dog dash, pet photographs, vendors and more.  The Walk is approximately 2 miles around beautiful Hugh MacRae Park beginning between Shelters #5 and #6.  The Dog Dash is an approximate 1.5 mile run with your best canine friend.   Kids 12 and under FREE.  Teens are $15 and adults are $35.

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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!!

CREW CALL: The Longest Ride

Crew Call:  Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride is now accepting crew resumes. Send your resumes to TheLongestRide2014@gmail.com  with your position in the subject line.

THE LONGEST RIDE – Temple Hill Productions
STATUS: Pre-Production
LOCATION: Wilmington and Winston-Salem
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr

ABOUT THE LONGEST RIDE:

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/19/2014 – Director for The Longest Ride Named, UPM for FX, Under the Dome, Red Zone, Actor’s Arsenal

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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. The interview is NOW posted.

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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.

The Under the Dome folks started out smoothly on Chestnut St, but soon had to evacuate due to a gas leak.  One crew member said, “The gas smell is so bad, you can smell it all the way to Castle Street.”  But as they say, the show must go on, so the crew is quickly rearranging their shoot day.  Missing a day of filming is something that simply just can’t happen!  Good luck, kids!

MartySiuCongratulations are in order for a few peeps!  Yesterday we spilled the beans and let the world know our beautiful Marty Siu landed the extras casting gig for MAX STEEL. IF you would like to work on that feature film, READ MORE NOW  The Red Zone folks are shooting at Indepedence Mall and weather permitting they will be shooting at Maides Park tonight!

tillmanNicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride has named their director.  Congrats to George Tillman, Jr.! Tillman, best known for ‘SOUL FOOD’ (1997) with Vanessa Williams and Vivica Fox as well as ‘MEN OF HONOR’ (2000) with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding Jr. This time around, George will be bringing the love story of “Sophia” and “Luke” to life.  George also spent 3 years ensuring the film INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE written by Michael Starrbury would be  made. It’s debut was at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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michael-cera-john-hawkesAnd finally, congrats and welcome home David Brightbill!  FX’s How & Why just nabbed him from the Charlotte area.  He’s been working on Homeland for the last couple of seasons, but he coming back home to Wilmywood.  He’s been a 1st and 2nd AD on some of shows as far back as One Tree Hill, but he quickly moved up to be a production manager as well as a co-producer.  FX’s How and Why has deemed him UPM for the pilot.  Woo Hoo!  So glad you are back David!

kevin-sizemoreThis Friday, our favorite Domie, Kevin Sizemore will join us on The Sunny Morning Show.   He will be on ABC’s Resurrection this Sunday and guess who else is popping up?  Well, when asked, he said “I think it’s this Sunday.”  LOL.  Remember Reverend Lester Coggins of Under the Dome?  It’s Ned Bellamy.  So we got some Wilmywood love on the Georgia shot show, based on the book The Returned by our Bolton, North Carolina boy Jason Mott.

Wilmywood would like to give a special anniversary shout out to a family owned business that has helps our local talent prepare for film and TV auditions. ACTORS ARSENAL was founded in 2013 by married actor couple Ron and Allie who left L.A. for the opportunities offered here in Wilmington. Ron and Allie are the owners and instructors at Actor’s Arsenal.
538215_334057263377935_963966031_nEvery actor knows that branding yourself and constantly working on craft is important and Actor’s Arsenal is a full service school to help with just that. They offer group classes for beginner and advanced students, audition taping, website design and private coaching. Both Ron and Allie have worked in the entertainment business for many years and with many well known names. All classes are affordable and can fit into anyone’s schedule! For more information about classes and scheduling go to http://actorsarsenal.com/   Happy one year anniversary to Actor’s Arsenal! Wilmywood talent is very fortunate to have you here.

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!

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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.  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!!