Wilmywood Salutes the Birth of the Bad Boy!

by April Vickery

Happy Birthday to two timeless bad boys: Johnny Knoxville and Ron Jeremy

Johnny is celebrating his 43rd birthday today! Mr. Knoxville is linked to our beautiful state by the film Bad Grandpa. In this film Johnny’s character, 86 year old Irving and his grandson, Billy go on a road trip from Nebraska to North Carolina. The good people of Charlotte and Garner will never be the same I’m sure!

Knoxville & Irving

Recently the Dickhouse (owned by Mr. Knoxville) and MTV production nabbed an award nomination at the Oscars for Stephen Prouty’s makeup effects. The movie is also nominated along other Wilmywood productions for several MTV Movie Awards including “Best #WTF moment” for the Beauty Pageant scene. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you anyway.

ronjeremyA BIG birthday shout out goes to Ron Jeremy who made local headlines in 2013 by choosing to be a part of the Wilmington production of Dale Archdale written by our local boys Shane Thompson and Matt Warzel. Ron, who turns 61 tomorrow, played the father figure to our title character, Dale played by Matt Warzel. Matt can be heard and not seen in an episode of the Wilmington based show, Battlefield Friends as well as the upcoming Hank and Jed animated feature, Toonstone.  The film was shot entirely in Wilmington and produced by Cleveland Clowns Films. A release date has not been set.

Follow Ron and Johnny on Twitter: (Ron) @RealRonJeremy (Johnny) @realjknoxville

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 09/25/2013 New Movie Coming in, VIP Screening and More.

a-good-old-fashioned-orgy02Looks like another movie is coming to Wilmywood!  After speaking with three different sources, the golf themed movie is called The Squeeze and bringing it here is the Executive Producer of Silver Linings Playbook, George Parra.  You might remember him last time he was here as the line producer of Good Old Fashion Orgy.  This flick however will be made for a broader audience.  Attached to the family film is a first time director who will be left unnamed for now, but multiple sources are telling me they could open up offices as early as next week.  We will find out in the coming days if this intel is solid.

crackerjackWe didn’t make it, but they want us to see it!  Wilmywood has been selected for a private VIP screening as a premiere stop on the “Crackerjack Road Less Graveled Movie Tour.”  Crackerjack (Art Within Productions/Modest) is a heartwarming Southern comedy of one man’s journey down a road less graveled. The film opens at the Regal Mayfaire 16 on October 11th, with an invitation-only V.I.P. screening on October 10th.  The PG-13 rated film stars Wes Murphy and Bethany Anne Lind and narrated by Jeff Foxworthy.  The film was shot in Savannah, GA.

So why Wilmington?  According to the press release, Wilmington has a special place in director Bryan Coley’s heart.  It is where his parents met and fell in love over 40 years ago, and hence he grew up vacationing here.  “What’s neat is my kids now love Wilmington the way I have my whole life, and they are excited that they will get to see my film open up here.”

“This film reflects everything I love about the South,” Bryan continues,  “From boiled peanut signs to Pedro’s South of the Border to church league softball — and our narrator, Jeff Foxworthy — that’s not a bad recipe for good-time entertainment.

The filmmakers call it a nice blend of  “Raising Arizona,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” and “The Blind Side.” This Southern tale, told by executive producer, Jeff Foxworthy follows the comical missteps of a lovable loser, Bill “Crackerjack” Bailey IV (CJ). He’s a home run king…of men’s slow pitch softball, and he has been “sort-of” engaged to his girlfriend, Sherry, since 5th grade. However, when Sherry learns she’s pregnant and moves out to nudge CJ into action, the real root of CJ’s artful dodging comes into play: a curse that leads Bailey men to become absent as soon as a baby becomes present. Faced with losing his true love or confronting the curse and his impending fatherhood, CJ does what most men would do. He plays ball!

dalearchMy buddy Matt Warzel is doing another FUNdraiser for his flick Dale Archdale this Saturday to help with getting his movie in the film festival circuit. The event is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Goat-n-Compass, 710 N. 4th St. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Good Shepherd Center. Yes, this movie was the reason Ron Jeremy was in town a while back.

Reshoots for The Remaining begin today.  They will be downtown at Grace United Methodist Church for day one.  Sleepy Hollow heads back to New Bern today.

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: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  Or just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!