Wilmywood Stars Celebrate This Weekend

By: April Vickery
Contributor for The Wilmywood Daily

Happy birthday this weekend to not one but TWO Wilmywood Stars!

James Van der BeekTomorrow, March 8, James Van Der Beek turns 37. You might remember him from a little show called, Dawson’s Creek. James played our beloved title character “Dawson Leery” and from 1998-2003, us lucky little Wilmingtonians had chances to catch James working on the show in and around the area. Dawson’s Creek utilized our local EUE/Screen Gems lot and crew, UNCW’s Randall Library and Alderman Hall, and many local businesses in Southport and Wilmington including the famously nicknamed “Dawson’s Bridge.” After Dawson ended, James returned to Wilmywood for a part on the show One Tree Hill. He played the director who wanted to turn Lucas’ novel into a movie.

These days James is a husband, daddy and apparently non-aging meme sensation with his silly site, jamesvandermeme.tumblr.comwhere he shares his “Vanderfeelings” in .gif form with the world. Follow James on Twitter (@Vanderjames) and help us in Wilmywood wish him a happy birthday.

freddie-prinze-jr-freddie-prinze-jr-5425601-1024-768Feliz Cumpleanos to latino heartbreaker, Freddie Prinze Jr.! Not only does he share the title of 50 Most Beautiful People in The World with Mr. Van Der Beek, but he apparently can’t get enough of Wilmywood either!

Freddie filmed in and around the areas of Southport and Burgaw for the horror flick, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) with another actor who has recently returned for ABC‘s Secrets and Lies, Ryan Phillipe. This was also the set that Freddie met his beautiful wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Freddie then returned to Wilmywood 4 years later for the film Summer Catch (2001), a baseball movie that was set in Cape Cod, but some scenes were filmed in the town of Southport.

These days, Mr. Prinze is husband, daddy and business man. He is a producer and director with the WWE. (That’s right, wrastlin’!) He’s also known for his voiceover work in Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect Paragon Lost and Star Wars Rebels. Perhaps we should entice the Wilmywood-based show Battlefield Friends to help us in wishing Freddie Prinze Jr. a very happy birthday!

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LOCATIONS: CBS’s Under the Dome

Under the Dome is shot in three different counties: New Hanover (Wilmington), Brunswick (Southport) and Pender (Burgaw and Currie).

– The scene where Mike Vogel (Barbie) crashed in the pilot and where the dome came down on him and Colin Ford (Joe) was shot in Currie, NC

– Big Jim’s Car Lot took over Southport Motorcars on North Howe Street in Southport.

– Chester’s Mill Clinic is actually The Ocean Trail Convalescent Center also in Southport.

– Big Jim’s house is actually in two different counties.  His porch is in Southport on E. Bay St, but the inside of his house is near downtown Wilmington on Chestnut St.

6thstbridge– The location used for the kids partying after the dome comes down with John Elvis (Ben) and Colin Ford (Joe) is called the 6th St Bridge (aka Harry Forden Truss Bridge) which is just past Downtown Wilmington.

– The location used for the gas station where Mackenzie Lintz(Norrie), Aisha Hinds(Carolyn) and Samantha Mathis(Alice) stops before the dome comes down is in downtown Burgaw at a defunct gas station at the corner of E. Wilmington/N. Wright St.UTDset062013_0454
– The exterior radio station is in Southport, but the interior is on Sound Stage 7 at EUE/Screen Gems studios in Wilmington.

– Other interiors at EUE/Screen Gems includes the bunker where Alexander Koch (Junior) holds Britt Robertson (Angie) captive.  This is also on Stage 7.UTDSet062013_0306

– On Stage 8, you will find the Sweetbriar Rose, the cafe run by Beth Broderick (Rose).

Anymore location questions? Have something to add? Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB . 

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 06/30/2013 SPECIAL EDITION: Under the Dome: Ratings and Locations revealed!

AlexHappy Sunday!  I see that Buzzfeed liked my interview with Alexander Koch, based on this animated gif they made.  Click on it and watch Alex come to life.  Ha!  Plenty more for Junior fans on their site. Thanks, Lauren Yapalater!

Tomorrow is officially another Dome Day!  Ready for Episode two for Under the Dome? If you missed the pilot, an encore presentation is tonight at 9pm EST.  Don’t forget 232323232%7Ffp437(6)nu=4 );79)233)WSNRCG=36 3 3(4 ;324nu0mrjHell’s Kitchen is where it’s at -the official viewing headquarters for Under the Dome Monday nights @10pm.  And again some LIVE tweeting from the cast and fans!  #UnderTheDome.  Over the weekend, we got some final numbers for the ratings of #UndertheDome and their ratings rose again thanks to DVR! After they pulled the DVR records, the CBS series rose from 13.5 to 16.69 million viewers!!  I will be waiting anxiously on Tuesday for Episode 2’s numbers!  I will post them as soon as I find out!

Wanna know where some of the scenes were shot in Under the Dome? I got an email from Owen in Connecticut:

I watched the Under the Dome premiere, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I have a strange question I’m hoping you can answer.  In the episode, Barbie (Mike Vogel), in an effort to avoid cows in the middle of the street, crashes through a fence and onto a farm where Angie (Britt Robertson) and Joe (Colin Ford) live. Shortly after Barbie crashes his car, the titular dome comes crashing down on Chester’s Mill … splitting an unlucky cow in the process! I know the majority of the pilot episode was filmed in Southport, Burgaw and Wilmington, but I’m guessing this farm is not in any of those three places. I’m not a local, however (I live in Connecticut), so I was wondering if you might happen to know where this series-setting scene was filmed. Any help would be terrific.

Thanks for writing Owen, and here’s your answer along with some other locations.

Under the Dome is shot in three different counties: New Hanover (Wilmington), Brunswick (Southport) and Pender (Burgaw and Currie).


– The scene where Mike Vogel (Barbie) crashed in the pilot and where the dome came down on him and Colin Ford (Joe) was shot in Currie, NC


– Big Jim’s Car Lot took over Southport Motorcars on North Howe Street in Southport.


– Chester’s Mill Clinic is actually The Ocean Trail Convalescent Center also in Southport.


– Big Jim’s house is actually in two different counties.  His back porch is in Southport on E. Bay St, but the inside of his house is near downtown Wilmington on Chestnut St.


– The location used for the kids partying after the dome comes down with John Elvis (Ben) and Colin Ford (Joe) is called the 6th St Bridge (aka Harry Forden Truss Bridge) which is just past Downtown Wilmington.


– The location used for the gas station where Mackenzie Lintz(Norrie), Aisha Hinds(Carolyn) and Samantha Mathis(Alice) stops before the dome comes down is in downtown Burgaw at a defunct gas station at the corner of E. Wilmington/N. Wright St.UTDset062013_0454


– The exterior radio station is in Southport, but the interior is on Sound Stage 7 at EUE/Screen Gems studios in Wilmington.

– Other interiors at EUE/Screen Gems includes the bunker where Alexander Koch (Junior) holds Britt Robertson (Angie) captive.  This is also on Stage 7.


– On Stage 8, you will find the Sweetbriar Rose, the cafe run by Beth Broderick (Rose).UTDSet062013_0306


Anymore location questions? Post ’em below!

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SUNDAY, JULY 21 (2:15 PM – 3:15 PM):  UNDER THE DOME IS HEADED TO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON

The dome has descended upon Chester’s Mill and there is no way in or no way out! Get a sneak peek of what’s in store for the town and its residents as they become sealed off from the rest of the world in this summer’s critically acclaimed series based on the bestselling book by Stephen King, from Amblin Television. Stars Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Bates Motel) and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) will be joined by executive producers Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) and Neal Baer (Law & Order: SVU).  Norris, Vogel and Lefevre will participate in an exclusive autograph signing following the panel at the CBS Interactive Booth at 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM on the convention floor.

I’ll catch you tomorrow night Under the Dome on CBS-10WILM at 10pm! Don’t miss tomorrow’s blog, some more movies coming into town, plus…well I will wait until tomorrow.  Don’t want anyone stealing my stories!  Happens all the time!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD – 04/24/2013 – BREAKING Casting News, Kitchen Nightmares, and more!

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Okay let’s get right to it! The lovely extras casting director, Marty Siu, is out of town today and has asked me to make the announcement! The Melissa McCarthy comedy, Tammy is now casting extras! Hundreds will be cast, so get your info in!
To be an extra in Tammy please email a recent photo (headshot and full body shot as well), and the following information:  Full Name, Phone number, Age, Height/Weight, Sizes/Measurements, what kind of car you drive (include color),  and your location.  Send it to Tammyextras@gmail.com
HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES:

1) No VISIBLE tattoos allowed in this film.

2) Must be local to the Wilmington area and available to work approximately 12 hours a day.

3) Some scenes will require that you work several consecutive days.

4) Filming takes place in and around Wilmington in May and June.

5) PAY RATE: $58.00 for up to 8 hours of work. Time and a half after that.

Actors in the movie Tammy include Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, and more!

There will be more info on the Marty Siu Casting Facebook Page this evening.

IF YOU CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT…

Well, there’s has got to be multiple restaurants that could use some professional help in this town, as we are like the “restaurant capital!”  So if you are a restaurant owner or know of one that could benefit from some tough love, check out this casting call.  FOX TV’s hit show Kitchen Nightmares starring Chef Gordon Ramsey is casting immediately for Season 6, anywhere in the US! Download the application or apply online. The guidelines: Restaurant must have been open at least one year, not be a franchise or chain and have at least 35 seats.

It’s a beautiful day to be shooting in Southport today for Under the Dome. They will stay there for the remainder of the day, mainly on Bay St., but will be shooting for a bit on East Moore St as well.

Tomorrow I will tell you more about yet another project coming here that’s going to be creating A LOT of jobs and will definitely be putting money in our local vendors’ pockets.

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.  Got scoop?  email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Until then, that’s a wrap!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 04/18/2013 – Hillary Swank, Rachelle LeFevre and more.

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Not too much going on in Wilmywood today.  Under the Dome is shooting in Southport today.

They are also looking for a stand-in for Rachelle LeFevre.  Casting details are as follows: Need a permanent Caucasian female red headed stand-in between 5ft 6- 5ft 8. You must be available to work almost everyday till July. I need someone with the color red that matches the actress below… You are guaranteed to make at least $125 for up to 10 hrs and time and a half after that.  Visit Vanessa Ncasting‘s Facebook page for all the details.

Last summer we had the honor of having the lovely Hillary Swank visit Wilmington for the HBO movie, Mary and Martha.  And now, we finally get to see it.   Mary and Martha premieres on HBO this Saturday, 8pm.

View the trailer 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.  Got Scoop?  Dish it at: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com  Until then, that’s a wrap!