THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/31/2014 KCAs, LMGAs, Max, Under the Dome, Red Zone

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by Sheila Brothers and April Vickery

Happy Monday my loves!  Hope everyone had a great weekend, regardless of the surprisingly crappy weather we had on Sunday.  Yuck!

robert-downey-jr-KCA2014The bright and colorful and of course slimy Kids Choice Awards were held over the weekend, and we had a Wilmywood contender. Though the Stark man couldn’t beat a girl with a bow for Favorite Movie or funny man Adam Sandler for Favorite Movie Actor, our Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr. did nab the win for Best Male Buttkicker.  

RDJ wasn’t the only Wilmywood star to head to the KCAs.  RED ZONE star Stefanie Scott also made a stunning appearance.

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You can check out the complete list of winners NOW 

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The KCA’s weren’t the only ones handing out awards. The LMGA Awards were held over the weekend as well.  Congratulations to Ilt Jones for winning the: Outstanding Achievement by a Location Professional – Feature Film for IRON MAN 3. IM3 had a more than a few shots done here in scenic Wilmywood, most memorably, the people of Wilmywood recall the stunt that required a crane and team of stunt professionals dangling out over the Cape Fear River to make the “escape from the airplane scene” happen.  Many of our local talent and beloved EUE/Screen Gems crew worked on this feature and have nothing but the best to say about all the creative crew involved.

Location Managers and Scouts are extremely important members of the creative crew in film, television, commercials, music videos and print advertising. Theses team members find the settings that best represent the Producer, Director and Production Designer.

The locations managers are also responsible for the everyday management of the locations and often work long hours. These folks are the heart and soul of all the “little things” that can really add up very easily to A LOT of things. Permits, legalities, working with transportation and local law enforcement. These guys do it all!

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“I’m wearing this for Sarah Jones, with honor.” ~ Criminal Minds Co-EP Harry Bring

Harry Bring took a moment before the awards were handed out to pay tribute to Sarah.   READ STORY NOW

For more information, check out the LMGA NOW

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So what locations are being used today?  Looks like UNDER THE DOME will be on the side of Screen Gems today on One Tree Hill Way.  RED ZONE will be within the gates of the lot today!

JoshWigginsOver the weekend we got the scoop that Josh Wiggins landed the lead role in MAX, the war dog movie which begins shooting in Charlotte in May.  Congrats! If you remember we chatted about this flick a couple of months back, the family adventure film is being directed by Boaz Yakin. READ STORY NOW

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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 – 01/10/2014 C.D. Jackie Burch Moving to Atlanta, More Noms for Sleepy Hollow and more.

Good Morning and Happy Friday!  Now before I get to some fun news, if you are in the film community, especially if you are an actor, this is some breaking news.

Yesterday, Jackie Burch one of our most talented industry people here in Wilmington, announced that effective March 1st, she is moving to Atlanta, GA.  This is a woman we have been so honored to have in our film community as she has an incredible resume that dates back to the Brat Pack.  Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science.  Add at least 50 more titles til we get to the most recent Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Arthur Newman, 42, and let alone the films that have not been released yet: Tammy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One and Two.

Robert Downey JrDid you know that Jackie was the one who gave Robert Downey Jr. his big break casting him in Weird Science?  And it came full circle when she cast IM3.  When Jackie relocated from Los Angeles to Wilmington, NC in 2008, we were so excited to have her here and officially call her our own.  But now, with 4 productions coming here and over 20 going to Georgia, well…

I caught up with her last night and here is what we talked about.

SHEILA:  So tell me, is it true?  Are you really moving to Atlanta?

JACKIE: Yes, however, I am still keeping an office here because I still want to work in Wilmington, but with the film incentives up in the air like they are, there is no work here for me right now.  I already have some projects that are in Atlanta at the moment. And with Pinewood Studios coming. I cannot just sit here waiting around.  I need to go where the work is available.

SHEILA: So you are not completely leaving us.  That’s at least some good news.  Just so you know, Jackie, people love you here, especially the actors in town.  You are responsible for so many of them getting the part!

JACKIE:  Oh, please tell them, I will not forget them. I always consider North Carolina talent for anything that I am casting in Georgia.  We have a lot of talented actors here.  And like I said, I will be available for any project that shoots in North Carolina, even if I am residing in Georgia.  I do that now, even though I currently live in Wilmington, I am casting projects in Atlanta.

SHEILA:  You know you are breaking  my heart right now, right?

JACKIE: (laughs) It’s so sad that I have to make this move.  I am hoping when they vote again this time,  they will do the right thing.  This incentive affects so many people, and not just the crew, but the small businesses, so many of them rely on the film industry to pay the bills.  I hope that they not only extend the incentives, but they get rid of  the expiration.  They need to make the incentives permanent.

I spoke with Jackie this morning and she asked for me to take the picture down, I laughed, cuz she never puts up a pic of herself up anywhere.  Lord, I love this woman!  But while we were chatting, she added:

I am really going to miss the theater in Wilmington.  I’ve cast many of actors right from theater, always trying to discover new talent.  I am very proud of the work they do here.

Jackie will be having a final workshop coming up before she heads out to Georgia.  It will be the weekend of February 8th.  I will keep you posted about all the details.

filmjobsBut back to the conversation.  That is the key, isn’t it? Ending the sunset. Politicians continue to make one HUGE mistake that they just simply cannot process how damaging it is.  They think it’s a good idea to just keep extending the incentive instead of permanently end the sunset once and for all!  And if you are in the industry then you know how BAD that is.  Not as bad a losing it, but, you know, production companies don’t know what to think of us.  Is there an incentive this year?  Well, I am planning my production two years from now, and NC’s incentives are up in the air.  No thank you, I will go to Georgia or Louisiana. The month of May cannot come soon enough. Look, extending the incentives is better than nothing, I agree, but it only puts a band-aid on an open wound.  Unless you stitch it up, it will never heal!  We will be back in crisis mode when we are 24 months away from “renewal” time.  So, let’s get this sunset outta here!  The sooner we do that, the more productions will make plans to film here and we can break the cycle of hesitation from production companies when they think of North Carolina.  We cannot afford to lose more amazing people in the film industry that call North Carolina their home!

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Nicole-Beharie45th NAACP Image Awards have released their nominees, and we have some of our own to congratulate!   Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie nabbed two and the adorable Chitra was nominated for her mad writing skills!  See the category and who they are competing with:

Outstanding actress in a motion picture
Angela Bassett – “Black Nativity” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Mavin Pictures/Wonderful Films)
Halle Berry – “The Call” (TriStar Pictures)
Jennifer Hudson – “Winnie Mandela” (Ma-Afrika Films [PTY] LTD and Equinoxe Films Inc.)
Kerry Washington – “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples” (Lionsgate)
Nicole Beharie – “42” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)

Outstanding actress in a drama series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox)
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)

Outstanding writing in a dramatic series
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas – “SouthLAnd” – Babel (TNT)
Chitra Elizabeth Sampath, Damian Kindler – “Sleepy Hollow” – Sanctuary (Fox)
Janine Sherman Barrois – “Criminal Minds” – Strange Fruit (CBS)
Karin Gist – “Revenge” – Mercy (ABC)
Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – Blood Donut (Netflix)

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bansheeNC Shot Banshee is gearing up for Season 2 tonight on Cinemax!  Thanks to Darla for finding this video!

“Ivana Milicevic chats with Access about creating Vine videos to promote “Banshee” Season 2. Also, she talks about Lucas Hood’s troubles in the upcoming season. Plus, Ivana tells Access why her character, Carrie, will have a “horrible” time in the new season.” WATCH IT NOW!

 

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McDuffy_LetterREMINDER:  McDuffy: The Urban Eagle  screening is tomorrow night.  Tickets are only $5 and THEY WILL SELL OUT for the screening Saturday night, 7pm, so BUY THEM NOW!  The screening also coincides with the grand opening of GIANT Coffeehouse, which is connected to Post 1200 on N 23rd St., right across from Screen Gems.

OTHER REMINDERS:

  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends Wednesday for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/09/2014 Sleepy Hollow, The PCAs, PaleyFest and More

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Yep, only 4 more more days until, Vessel! Episode 11 – “The War between good and evil has resumed,” Ichabod says as dark times lay before him.  Here’s the promo that was released yesterday from FOX as well as the synopsis from DreadCentral.com

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 1.11 – “Vessel”  
When Capt. Iriving’s daughter, Macy, becomes the target of evil forces, he makes a desperate plea to Crane and Mills for help and seeks answers that lie within Washington’s Bible. Meanwhile, a frightening chapter of Jenny’s past is revealed.

What, you think that’s all I got?  Oh no, my friends!  There’s more!  Here’s the scoop on the epic 2 hour Season finale which airs Monday, January 20th at 8pm EST.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episodes 1.12/1.13 – “The Indispensable Man and Bad Blood” Season Finale Combo! 
Ichabod and Abbie discover a dark secret buried within the pages of George Washington’s Bible and unearth the shocking true nature of the founding father’s death. Meanwhile, Capt. Irving makes a near-impossible decision for the sake of his beloved family that drastically changes his future. Then, the battle between good and evil comes to an explosive head.  Sacrifices must be made, worlds collide, loyalties are tested, and the town of Sleepy Hollow will never be the same.

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The full PaleyFest 2014 slate has been revealed, and Sleepy Hollow has got a panel/event.  On an unrelated Wilmywood note, if you are a Lost fan, a reunion marking the 10th anniversary has got everyone talkin’!  What is Paley Fest?  It’s pretty much a 2 week celebration of TV, but see for yourself.  Watch this:

The two-week celebration of TV, takes place at the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) in Hollywood.  The festival kicks off March 13th and goes until the March 28th.  Sleepy Hollow’s event will take place Wednesday, March 19 at 7 pm.  And if Lost is your thing, the 10th Anniversary Reunion it’s coming up Sunday, March 16 at 7pm. Wanna go?  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Jan. 19. Head to PaleyFest.org for details.

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Robert Downey Jr. accepts the People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Awards were live on CBS last night it look 90 minutes to get our first NC Film winner.  Robert Downey Jr. won for Favorite Action Movie Star and Iron Man 3 took the award for Favorite Action Movie.  Downey stole everyone’s attention with his lovable self.  He asked for some reverb, a spotlight, then some triumphant music.  With all three wishes granted, he proclaimed in a deep voice, “I am Iron Man.” He then raised his award and shouted, “and this is for the people!”  Awesome! Also, it wasn’t included in the live award show, but we can tell you Homeland nabbed a PCA for Favorite Premium Cable TV Show.

IM3Before the PCA’s on Wednesday, the BAFTA nominations came out.  Although ‘Gravity’ leads the British nominations with 11, NC Film is getting a little love from across the pond.  Iron Man 3 was nominated for Best Special Visual Effects.  Here is Stark’s competition:

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“Gravity” — Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” — Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick 
“Pacific Rim” — Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner
“Star Trek Into Darkness” — Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

The awards ceremony will be February 16th at the Royal Opera House in London.

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Dean Norris will accept the award for Under the Dome today at Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards.  It’s being held during the 2014  International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas.

McDuffy_LetterFinally, the boys from McDuffy will be in the Sunny studios this morning around 8:15am.  I can safely say we haven’t had this much press for a short film in years.  But hey we love ’em!  Tickets are only $5 and THEY WILL SELL OUT for the screening Saturday night, 7pm, so BUY THEM NOW!  The screening also coincides with the grand opening of GIANT Coffeehouse, which is connected to Post 1200 on N 23rd St., right across from Screen Gems.

OTHER REMINDERS:

  • JAN 10 – Friday: Banshee Season Two premieres on Cinemax
  • JAN 11 – McDuffy: The Urban Eagle will screen at the fabulous Post 1200. Tix are $5, buy them now before they sell out!
  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends Wednesday for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.

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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!!

 

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 05/01/2013 – Rachelle LeFevre, Robert Downey Jr, win VIP passes and more

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Good morning ILM!  Just a few tidbits this morning.  Under the Dome will be filming near downtown for the next few days.  And speaking of which, it looks like I am going to have to add another restaurant to my blog post,  “Where Does Hollywood Dine in Wilmington?” UTD star Rachelle LeFevre raved about Genki Sushi (4724 New Centre Dr).  She said, “Yummy gyoza, fresh sushi & homemade caramels! Can’t believe it’s not packed every night.”

People are gearing up and packin’ a bag as excitement is in the air for a lot of ILM peeps as they get ready to audition for The Biggest Loser in Charleston.  I will be giving away 10 VIP passes to jump right to the front of the line.  I caught up with Biggest Loser casting director, Holland Weathers.   Listen now!

The local cast and crew in ILM weren’t the only ones treated with a sneak peak of IM3 on Monday.  Hurricane Sandy volunteers got the chance to preview this monster of a movie as well. Robert Downey Jr stunned them by making a surprise appearance.  He said, “I just want to say thank you… Police Athletic League and all of you folks. I know you’re all here because you’ve been doing something special in the five boroughs, for this great city. You’re the future of the nation. I guarantee if you keep doing the right thing, you’re going to be running the joint in a minute.”

Don’t forget Port City Pop Con will be May 10th & 11th at the Wilmington Convention Center.  I am giving away VIP passes.  ENTER NOW

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am live on Sunny 104.5.  Until then, that’s a wrap!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 04/30/2013 – Upfronts, Tammy, Under the Dome, VIP Passes to Port City Pop Con and more

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Happy Tuesday! Well,  NBC must be whistlin’ Dixie, and maybe a little of “We are the Champions”.  Kudos just keep coming for our Revolution!  Not only did they pick up a hefty 22 episode, season two, but TV Guide has now deemed the show a “Season MVP: This year’s Best.”

Revolution’s Giancarlo Esposito will be making a guest appearance this Thursday at the Country Club of Landfall for the annual fundraising luncheon for Coastal Horizons Center.  He will be getting personal, speaking about the things that have personally affected his life and family members.  This is a luncheon that should NOT be missed.  Tickets are still available by contacting Farah Boyce 910-790-0187 or fboyce@coastalhorizons.org.  They are asking for a donation of $50 or more to attend the event.

FYI: In case you wanted to know, Lesley over at the Hollywood Reporter has been keeping a close eye on the Upfronts.  Here’s her up-to-date list of all the shows for network TV.

Tammy begins shooting this Friday and they are employing A LOT of people!  And when I say a lot…good Lord!  During the next 8 weeks, they will be hiring 2000+ Extras for this film alone.  And it’s all local!  So thank you Melissa & Ben!  Marty Siu Casting will be quite busy. You can visit her Facebook page for all casting opportunities.

Marty wanted to give a big shout out to the many who worked on Iron Man 3 including Jackie Burch and Tona Dahlquist for the Casting & Extras Casting along with all the local actors who got some screen time including  James Rackley, Anthony Reynolds and many more.

Iron Man 3 isn’t doing too shabby either and it won’t even hit theaters here in the USA until tomorrow.  IM3 has grossed a total of almost $200 million over seas so far.  In its Italian debut last weekend., it is officially the most successful April opening in Italy grossing $11.3 million!  Robert Downey Jr. will be on the Kelly & Michael this morning as well as the Daily Show tonight.

Under the Dome will be on location today.  They kick things off at 15th/Rankin this morning then make a short company move to Chestnut St.  There are a lot of extras casting opportunities for the show.  Visit Vanessa NCasting’s Facebook Page for all the details.

Finally, Port City Pop Con is just around the corner and I would just LOVE to give VIP tickets away!  Soooo, here we go.  ENTER TO WIN NOW!

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 Tomorrow I will give you complete details about a local screening for the Colin Firth flick, Arthur Newman, coming up soon!!

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Until then, that’s a wrap!