THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/13/2014 Nicholas Sparks, Under The Dome, Red Zone, Sleepy Hollow and More

Such wonderful breaking news came out yesterday and we expect more today! Lots to chat about, so let’s get started!
NicholasSparksNicholas Sparks is ready to return to Wilmywood.  The latest Sparks novel will be adapted (like all his other books) and shot right here in North Carolina.  It is The Longest Ride,which is about [insert sultry voice] the lives of a young couple that intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love. A few department heads have already been contacted and some already hired. It looks like we will be sharing the love with Winston-Salem on this one.  Offices could open as soon as this month!  The movie will be released April 3, 2015.  READ MORE NOW

Stage8Under the Dome is gearing up for day one of episode two this morning.  They are still on the lot, stage 8 I believe, but they will be heading out to their other locations tomorrow and next week in Currie and Burgaw.

It’s day one for Red Zone! Wellkinda.  They will be doing some test shoots downtown this evening.  Their big official day one is on Monday.  Poor cast and crew, it’s gonna be a cold one tonight!  We are still waiting on their choice for the leading man, “Holden.” I’m thinking today is the day.  It better be, whoever lands the role will kinda need to know his lines.  Can you imagine?  “Hey, fly in that cue card!” Ha!

RED ZONE STILL NEED MORE STUDENT FOOTBALL FANS to work on Thurs & Friday, March 20 & 21, WHO HAVE NOT YET SUBMITTED. These extras MUST be at least 16 yrs old. Ages 16-25 please. MUST LOOK LIKE YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL. This will be a night shoot (possibly 6pm-6am).  GET MORE DETAILS NOW


Some more local love from the stars!  Yeah, Shanley missed us!  She’s been away for too long!  Okay, well since The Conjuring, but that’s entirely too long!  We got her hooked on PCJ!  Remember, Miss Caswell is working on the Red Zone.  She is playing Holden’s daughter, a “cute but slightly awkward teenager with a lively interest in world affairs.”

Secrets & Lies is back in Porter’s Neck today. So get ready for more  hotness on set.  Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez and of course our favorite fun guy producer Aaron Kaplan.

Auditions are underway for Overflow Entertainment’s The Sin Seer.  Good luck to those auditioning today! They are hiring as many local actor and crew as they can!  Love it!

NEW_FILM_FEST_2014_FLYER_FRONTThe 13th annual North Carolina Black Film Festival will be held in Wilmington this weekend! (March 13-16) The event is sponsored by The Black Art Alliance. The Black Art Alliance is a volunteer run organization that offers support and encouragement of art in all genres from emerging artists to seasoned artists alike and has some incredible films lined up for the weekend.


MCM_ComicCon_Birmingham_h1And if you think the Sleepy Hollow cast is just sitting on their tails or vacationing, nope!  They are busy cuz ya know it’s all about promotion, promotion, promotion! Of course, we reported this months ago, but they will be headed to Paley Fest in LA with a special Sleepy Hollow screening.  They will also be going across the pond for some Con fun.  Check it out!

REMINDER: Memory Lane Comics and Front Street Brewery are teaming up with two amazing men to put the “Fun” in Fundraiser Saturday the 15th! Join comic book artist,  Phil Jimenez and comic book writer/animal advocate Scott Lope!  READ MORE NOW!

REMINDER: Cuz Fest this weekend!  The Celebration of Kevin “Cuz” Davis will be at Hugh Macrae Park on Sunday, March 16th from 2:00- 6:00pm.  It’s picnic style so bring your goodies.  There will be some great music and some good times, just as Kevin wanted. Join Cuz’s Tribute page on Facebook.

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOB 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!


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

Comic Books, Cold Beer and Saving Animals

by April Vickery

Memory Lane Comics and Front Street Brewery are teaming up with two amazing men to put the “Fun” in Fundraiser Saturday the 15th!

PhilAt 1:00pm, Jake’s Memory Lane Comics (5214 Market St. 105, Wilmington) will be hosting a signing during their grand opening with non other than Phil Jimenez and Scott Lope!

Phil is best known for his work as an artist and writer for my hero, DC’s Wonder Woman! (2000-2003) His work spans throughout other titles and characters such as Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles, New X-Men and Astonishing X-Men and of course Savage Wolverine.

Scott is an animal advocate who was voted 2009’s Animal Planet Hero of the Year and the star of Discovery Channel’s Wild Animal Repo. He has dedicated his life to animals great and small.


100% of the proceeds from the sale of Savage Wolverine #12 & #13, written by Lope, will go to the incredible non-profit organization, Animal Warriors. So, head on out to Memory Lane on Saturday afternoon, pick up some comics and help a great cause.

WolverineSavageSATURDAY NIGHT: The fun won’t end there though! Later that evening, Front Street Brewery and Memory Lane Comics will be hosting a post-party in the “Rafter Room.” There will be a Q & A session with Phil and Scott as well as a few other surprises!!

Saving animals, reading comics and drinking local brews–How could anyone resist that? I know where I’ll be, but if you can’t make the signing and after party, please go to and find out how you can help too.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/17/2014 Sleepy Hollow, NC Oscar Noms, Studio Charlotte, Chunky and more.

Holy Hounddog, it’s Friday!  Can I get a woop woop!?  Let’s start off with our Wilmywood shot Sleepy Hollow.  They are hot today on TV.  First Orlando Jones kicks off the morning on Rachel Ray this morning at 9am on CBS-10 WILM!  He’ll be taking us behind the scenes of  Sleepy Hollow with a set tour just in time for the big finale!


Then tonight get ready for Nicole Beharie on Arsenio Hall tonight!!  Thanks to @Donnarie2 for the scoop!


Steve_ProutyYesterday, we watched the Oscar Nominees roll in and two North Carolina got recognized. We expected Iron Man 3 to get a nom, and it did for Visual Effects. But our jaws dropped when we saw the next one. After all, when do you ever see a comedy EVER get a nomination at the Oscars? It’s a rare occurrence. But hey, we’ll take it! So HUGE congratulations to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa! The Hair and Makeup department got the nomination! Very well deserved! Johnny Knoxville looked amazing! Makeup artist Steve Prouty said in a statement:

“I’m very proud of having been a part of this film,” Prouty said. “We worked very hard each day to help bring Irving Zisman to life and are eternally grateful to have worked with someone like Johnny Knoxville. He is a true talent.”

AngieNow let’s head to Charlotte, NC for a spell.  Actress Angie Harmon ( Law & Order, Rizzoli & Isles)  was appointed to the Studio Charlotte board. She gave her plea to Charlotte City Council members yesterday to approve Studio Charlotte. The developer has until the spring to convince city leaders to OK the plan to remake the Eastland Mall site.   READ STORY NOW

Also on the Charlotte front, in the latest issue of Production Weekly, they report Charlotte will get the feature film, The Sharp Files later this year.  This suspenseful flick is about a professional psychiatrist, Laura Sharp, who struggles with her own mental state after the death of her husband and two children. She must work to find out what is real as she deals with four mysterious and dangerous patients.  M.J. Alhabeeb Jr. will direct.


If you didn’t see it yesterday, WWAY’s Daniel Seamans did a cute little blurb about a man we all know and love in the film industry – Chunky!  Check it out now: Extraordinary People: The grip who was sponsored by the Terminator


Come out to Jake’s Memory Lane Comics TOMORROW and meet Superstar Comic Artist Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis, Wonder Woman, New X-Men) and new comic writer/ animal advocate Scott Lope.
MLC is teaming up with Jimenez, Lope and, of course, the Savage Wolverine to fight Rhino poaching. 100 percent of the proceeds of Savage Wolverine 12 and 13 from our store will be donated to Animal Warriors to help take the fight to the poachers. This is a great family friendly event. We have plenty of copies to get signed by the Marvel Comics creators. The signing starts at 1pm.  In addition to the signing, they’ll have some crazy good specials, including a fifty cent comic sale!


Finally, I hope you join me tonight as my birthday week comes to an end with a bash at Ziggy’s by the Sea downtown Wilmington with one of the most incredible bands, Cowboy Mouth.  So please come and join in on the celebration Wilmywood!

I will have The Wilmywood Week in Review for you tomorrow, so check the blog sometime this weekend.  It’s a video wrap up of a week of Wilmywood Film News.  HERE’S LAST WEEK’S “WEEK IN REVIEW”

That just about does it for me; 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.  Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

WILMYWOOD DAILY EXCLUSIVE: Marvel’s Savage Wolverine



scott lopeI am so excited to get the exclusive on this story.  Our boy, Scott Lope, the founder of Animal Warriors based right here in Wilmington, is now officially a comic book writer!  Who is Scott Lope?  For those who don’t know, Scott is a major animal advocate and was deemed Animal Planet’s Hero of the WARepoYear just a couple of years ago for the work that he did with lions and tigers.  You may have spotted him on the Discovery Channel as the star of Wild Animal Repo (First two episodes are available on Netflix).

Scott is always looking for new avenues to raise awareness about the plight of wild animals.  One medium that has rarely touched on this subject is super hero comic books.  He was able to take his passion to pen and as a lifetime comic geek, found the perfect place to tell the story.  He was hired by Marvel to write a kick ass Wolverine story with superstar artist Phil Jimenez.  The result is Savage Wolverine issues 12 and 13.

“In telling this awesome Wolverine story, we found the perfect place to really make people understand the severity of the poaching epidemic on rhinos and elephants,” Scott said.  “This is truly an extinction event that most people have no idea is happening as we speak.”  He really turned the light on in my brain when he said,  “an elephant is killed for its ivory tusks every 15 minutes.”

elephantWhat?  So, lemme get this straight, while I am watching Sleepy Hollow, there are four elephants killed.  That’s four elephants that are never coming back.  That blows my mind.

The first part of the story (Savage Wolverine issue 12) goes on sale Wednesday, November 27th.  It will be available at all comic book stores nationwide as well as a digital download on

elephantsThe best part (and why I truly LOVE this guy) is that a big portion of any money he personally receives from this project will go to SanWild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa to protect the animals he so dearly loves!

If you want to help Scott and his Animal Warriors or get involved in any way, contact Scott directly through his facebook page!