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

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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 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 WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/08/2014 The Remaining afterglow, Kevin Smith’s Tusk, Johnny Depp, The Devil’s Hand, and more.

We had a great time on Friday as more than 50 Wilmywood folks headed to Regal Cinemas Mayfaire for the premiere of The Remaining which was shot here last year.  We got most of the peeps in the pic!  Man, this was PURE Wilmington!  It was so great to see so many locations!

We got a double dose of North Carolina.  Before the show, it was cool to see the trailer for NC shot Kevin Smith flick, Tusk on the big screen before the movie. The movie was shot in Charlotte and stars Haley Joel Osment, Justin Long and yes, even Johnny Depp is in it, but no he didn’t shoot his scenes in North Carolina 🙂 His daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp is also in the flick playing the character Colleen. The first review just came out.  Check it out.  And if you haven’t seen the trailer…

Now, where is everyone today?

As the shooting continues for episode 10, characters come home from school and get a rude awakening on Sleepy Hollow today on N. 15th Street…weather permitting. of course. (Two more Mondays until the premiere! Woo Hoo!!)

Secrets and Lies is in hiding today, but they will venture out tomorrow on N. 4th St.

TONIGHT on Under the Dome! When temperatures begin to plunge, Sam and Rebecca spring into action to try to save the residents of Chester’s Mill. Meanwhile, Barbie risks his own life in order to save Julia after a terrible accident on Under The Dome.  10pm on CBS.


Happy2 – Dog Days (, a  new video set to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” featuring humanized dogs on vacation at Wrightsville Beach, will be released today.  Be on the look out for it on their web site or their Facebook Page. Guest appearances by Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson.

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

FlierNow, remember that casting call for a major network that I put out a couple of weeks ago, about divorce couples that can compete together to win a 6 figure trust fund for their kids? Well, I can now tell you the show will be for NBC. GET DETAILS NOW

DevilsHandOneSheetICYMI: Lionsgate passed along the official one-sheet, or poster if you will for the Wilmywood shot The Devils Hand.  The feature film will be released on VOD, EST, DVD and other TV platforms on October 10th, almost exactly one year later after it’s original release date. The movie stars Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell and “Dexter” fav Jennifer Carpenter.

RELATED STORY: NC Film crew talks about the making of The Devil’s Hand (The Occult) w/ trailer released. 

ICYMI:  Here is a great op-ed piece regarding NC Film. ‘The true value of film tax credits for North Carolinians’ READ 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:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!


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.

The Sleepy Hollow countdown, Tammy DVD/Blu-Ray release date, and more.

Howdy!  Hope you had a great Labor Day! A nice three day weekend even for the productions.

It feels like a ghost town, I know, but Sleepy Hollow and Secrets and Lies will both be shooting around the downtown area again later this week as well as next week. Now that it is finally September we are counting it down!

  • 20 days until Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow
  • 14 days until the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Sleepy Hollow, Season One.

If you missed one minute of Season one, HULU has got your back!  Watch the Entire First Season With Hulu Plus! WATCH NOW

Tammy_BluPOOM baby!  Guess who else has a DVD/Blu-Ray release date! Tammy is coming in hot on November 11th.  The best part of course is all the bonus features.

The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack features both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film.  It includes:

  • Tammy’s Road Trip Checklist
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Fun Extras

If you buy just he DVD, however, it only includes the theatrical release.

ICYMI: Scott Eastwood was on the Today show this morning. Here’s the link to the story and video WATCH NOW

The psychological thriller, The Harrow, keeps popping up on the NC Film radar. First back in July and now last week. It supposed to be shooting in Charlotte and New York. I believe it is an indie flick. The projected start date is October 13th. Don’t know much else. I will keep you posted.


Last night on Under the Dome, Big Jim finally learned the shocking truth about what really happened to his wife, Pauline, when they were reunited. Meanwhile, climate change posed a new threat to Chester’s Mill.  After the Emmy’s took all the viewers last week, we expect to see much better ratings this week!  I will posted them later today!

In the meantime, here’s a clip for next week’s episode! Junior finally sees his mom again but it doesn’t go well.

Today is the last day to get 15% off all t-shirts.  I got some new ones in, so get the discount while you can!


ICYMI:  A crew call is officially out for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Choice. The Nicholas Sparks feature, The Choice, is now accepting crew resumes.thechoice-680x1020  Production is slated to begin October 13th and will have a 30 day run.  This project will shoot in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. The Choice is about two neighbors, Travis  Parker and Gabby Holland, become more than just friends in a small coastal town in North Carolina. GET 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 WILMYWOOD DAILY 06/02/2014 – Jack Huston joins The Longest Ride, Under the Dome and more.

Jack Huston

Good Morning!  Well over the weekend we said goodbye to our super hero action folks as Max Steel wrapped this weekend.  However, like they say, one door closes, and two more open!  So, who is walking right on through?

The gorgeous Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire, Kill Your Darlings), has been cast as co-lead in the The Longest Ride.  As two stories collide in this romance, it looks like Jack will be playing the younger version of the elderly man who is trapped in a car following a crash.  As he awaits a rescue his life flashes before his eyes, and his mind is flooded with memories of his deceased wife.  Oona Chaplin will play his wife when she was young.

eastwoodScottAnd with all that being said, the dashing Scott Eastwood has made it into town.  Scott stars as the bull rider and those exciting scene will be shot in Winston-Salem, so I hear anyway!   Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) will be following shortly!  Production begins in just a couple of weeks.

Eriq-La-SalleOver the weekend, our handsome actor/director/author Eriq LaSalle rolled into town as well.  He will be directing episode 10 of Under the Dome. Over the weekend, he spent some time with Peter Weller who is directing episode 9.


Under the Dome will be out and about today, plus they are running a 2nd unit as well.  You might spot them on Sunnyvale Dr. and Chestnut St. today.

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! 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!

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.

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!