‘Max Steel’ Trailer is Here! New Release Date!

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It’s been almost 18 months since Dolphin and Open Road Films swam on into Wilmywood to begin production on Max Steel and we’ve been like, “Where is this movie?” Yes, we’ve been hearing nothing but crickets!  The movie stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath along with Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia and Maria Bello. But finally we have our selves a trailer!!!  It’s the Spanish trailer, but in English. If you remember, Mattel’s Max Steel franchise has a HUGE following especially in South America. So, I guess that makes sense. Anyone else SUPER pumped?! The new release date is Friday, October 21, 2016.

MAX STEEL – MATTEL/DOLPHIN/OPEN ROAD 
STATUS: Production began April 29, 2015
PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
LP: David Grace
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello

16 year old Max McGrath is discovering that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starting to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/24/2014 Max Steel, Under the Dome, Red Zone

Hey Hey and Happy Monday Wilmywood!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I was great to see so many of you at Jack Bender‘s Art Show. SEE PHOTOS NOW

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So last week, I hinted at some really cool construction going on for MAX STEEL.  Well, my sources are telling me Ideal Cement is gonna be the Max Steel Headquarters.  It feels like TMNT all over again! And it looks like director Stewart Hendler is confirming the location.

I chatted via twitter with Ana Villafane over the weekend and she is pumped about playing Sydney.  Ben Winchell, who will be playing Max McGrath is gonna have one hell of a wardrobe, one piece in particular.

MAXSTEEL_CASTWriter Christopher Yost was doin’ a little bragging last week, saying “Know what else is ridiculously awesome? The suit for the Max Steel movie.”  Okay, seriously, I am starting to geek out about this flick.  Ahhhh! Let’s go into production already!

Under the Dome is headed to Southport today for a little church scene.   A lot of cast member on set today including Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, Rachelle LeFevre, and Eddie Cahill to name a few.

AshleyMarchingBandAnd now we always walk about Film=Jobs, but more importantly we need to discuss what film does for a community.  There are a ton of stories that you never hear, so I am gonna make sure to bring them all to light!

Jenny called The Sunny Morning Show on Sunny 104.5, and she told her story of how a television production (RED ZONE) has helped the Ashley High School Marching Band. READ STORY NOW

RED ZONE is back at Ashley High School today.  I am so glad for the sake of the cast and crew today is not an overnight shoot!  Good Gravy!

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Get ready to dash with your dog!  Or walk!  The 2014 Walk & Dog Dash is THIS Saturday!   Come join us as we raise money and awareness for the programs and services of Canines for Service.  It is a family and pet friendly event including a walk, dog dash, pet photographs, vendors and more.  The Walk is approximately 2 miles around beautiful Hugh MacRae Park beginning between Shelters #5 and #6.  The Dog Dash is an approximate 1.5 mile run with your best canine friend.   Kids 12 and under FREE.  Teens are $15 and adults are $35.   If you register in the next 24 hours, get $10 bucks off (Adult)

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS 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!

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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.  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!!

Feature and Pilot coming to NC, Max Steel hires LP, Sleepy Hollow 2, Full Belly Project.

Happy Monday Wilmywood!  Lots of great news this morning!

Max_DoggieWell, it looks like not only will North Carolina see Max Steel, but we will also see, Max! Get ready dog lovers, here comes a family adventure from MGM Studios, Sunswept Entertainment and Picture 8 Productions.  This family adventure film is inspired by true events.

A Belgian Shepard Malinois military working dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. Erratic and dangerous, Max is adopted by the bereaved family and bonds with the marine’s troubled 14-year old brother. Together they unravel the secret behind his brother’s death and pull a family together again.

BoazYakinAlthough we cannot confirm if it will shoot in Wilmington, we can say it will be NC proud.  Production begins May 5th and will wrap around June 20th.  Release date is set for 2015. Producing is Karen Rosenfelt (Percy Jackson / Twilight).  Writer/Director/EP is Boaz Yakin. This  is Yakin’s first family film since Remember The Titans. He most recently wrote Now You See Me, which our Sleepy Hollow buddies Kurtzman and Orci produced.

Do we have them to thank for bragging about North Carolina and bringing Max here? If that is the case, Now You See Me 2 begins production in September and we can all hope that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci bring that production here, too.

SEASON2And speaking our buddies, it looks like we can expect to branch out when it comes to the small town of Wilmington, aka Sleepy Hollow.  TV Guide reports that  the producers are ready to get Ichabod Crane out of his comfort  zone in season 2; not that he has been completely comfortable with new technology and Starbucks on every block.  “He’s been in this town the whole time and he’s adapted very well, but I’d like to see his reaction the first time he gets on an airplane,” Orci says. “We were joking that he thinks, ‘Oh, are we driving all the way there in this thing?’ And then the plane takes off. Imagine seeing the White House and all the stuff that he never got to see that are the fruit of his labor and his sacrifice. Things like that will blow his mind.” READ ARTICLE NOW

Continuing with ties and undecided locations, George Parra is working on the feature film Risk that is going to begin production this summer.  It would be nice to see him come back a third time as he produced two films here: A Good Old Fashion Orgy and The Squeeze.

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Max-SteelNow onto Max Steel, congrats to David Grace, he has been named Line Producer for Mattel’s flick, produced by Bill O’Dowd and Julia Pistor (Spiderwick Chronicles).  Writer is Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) Director: Stewart Hendler.

The story revolves around 16 year old Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) who discovers that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starts to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney (Ana Villafane) and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

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Moving on to another TV pilot.  CBS is bringing another pilot to North Carolina. Currently it is a Untitled Nikki Toscano Project written (and produced) by yes, Nikki Toscano (Revenge). They are currently set to begin production March 17th. Producer will be Kerry Ehrin.  The drama centers on a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred.  No word yet on whether this production will be in Wilmington.

REMINDER: “Hollywood East” panel, hosted by the New Hanover County Public Library is tonight at 6pm Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road.

The panel includesg Bill Vassar (EUE ScreenGems), Johnny Griffin (Wilmington Film Commish),  Vanessa Neimeyer (NCasting),  and Terry Linehan (UNCW).  They will be talkin’ a little about everything.  This is not a rally for the incentives, but it will be a nice chance to chat with everyone.

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Plus, our friends from Basecamp Luxe will be on hand with one of the three Vintage Airstream trailers that are available for rent for TV/Film productions.  If you haven’t seen them, here’s your opportunity!  They are AWESOME!

post cardEnjoy a night of international cuisine inspired by the countries in which we work, the world beats of Axiom, and a wide array of both live and silent auction items from all over the world.  See our award-winning inventions, and learn more about our expanding mission to benefit rural communities around the world.

WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:00-10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Coastline Conference & Event Center, 501 Nutt St., Wilmington NC

ADMISSION: $50 in advance from http://www.thefullbellyproject.org or 910-452-0975

MORE: The Full Belly Project empowers rural communities by designing and distributing income-generating agricultural devices to improve life. We want to share our efforts in developing local businesses, increasing household incomes, combating hunger, and benefiting the environment.

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/06/2014 – GOOD LAWD! Max Steel, Secrets Lies, Under the Dome, Steven Fiore and more!

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: 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 – 01/07/2014 – Casting Directors named for Max Steel, Dawson’s Creek Reunion? and more

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you are surviving the Polar Vortex!  Got a few tidbits for ya.  Starting with Max Steel.

Max-SteelLooks like Max Steel is pushing their schedule just a bit, so offices are going to open a little later than initially planned.  I did get a confirmation this morning, so I gotta give a huge congratulations to Tara and Chase over at Feldstein|Paris Casting for getting the principal casting gig for Mattel’s live-action feature.  I was told there will be some nice day player roles for our local and regional actors.  With that being said, no casting calls have been lined up yet,  so DON’T pester them about roles, just tell your agent to be ready!  No word yet on Extras Casting.  I will keep you posted!

Max Steel tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and alien companion Steel who can combine special turbo-energy powers to generate sensational superhero Max Steel. The storyline centers on bringing a positive and relatable hero to kids, drawing upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship.

MovieWeb.com’s got some detailed info about one of the writers as well as the director:

Max Steel writer Christopher Yost most recently rewrote and did the production work on Thor: The Dark World for Marvel and director Alan Taylor. He also wrote the superhero adventure Secret Headquarters for Paramount and Stuber Pictures. Previously, Yost was a member of Marvel’s Writers Program, where he worked on the first ThorMax Steel director Stewart Hendler recently directed and executive produced H+, a digital series for Dolphin Entertainment and Warner Brothers Entertainment, winning a Best Director award and sharing in a Best Sci-Fi or Action Series award at The 2013 Streamy Awards. Hendler also recently completed work on the award-winning digital series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Between them, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and H+ have garnered 24 industry nominations, thus far. He also manages an active feature film career, having directed the studio features Whisper and Sorority Row, as well as developing several large-scale studio projects.

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david_billyLove that local media is putting our local actor David Andrews in the spotlight.   He’s got a four episode gig on the new NBC show, Crisis. Congrats David!  Before this project he had a little fun on Brad Pitt’s  World War Z.

DawsonAccording to Ok! Magazine, Katie Holmes is interested in taking part in a reunion of our teen drama, Dawson’s Creek.  If you remember earlier last year Michelle Williams was itching to do one as well. As of now there is nothing scheduled or scripted, but if something does indeed brew, I will let you know.  READ ARTICLE NOW

SophiaAnd speaking of Wilmywood shows of the past, set your sights on Wednesday nights.  Look out for One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush on Chicago PD premiering tomorrow at 10pm EST after Law and Order SVU.

McDuffy_LetterDon’t forget this Saturday McDuffy: The Urban Eagle will screen at the fabulous Post 1200 followed by Q & A with the filmmakers! Tickets are only $5, so buy them now for you and some friends.  There is limited seating and it will sell out!  The event begins at 7pm. You can do it online, or stop by Post 1200, they are right across from Screen Gems.  It is rated R so keep in mind, it is ages 17 and up! It stars Matt McHughShane Callahan, Madison Moss, Zeeko Zaki, Patrick Bryant Hayden, Nate Panning, and Jim Mahorney.

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OTHER REMINDERS:

  • JAN 8 – Wednesday: The People’s Choice Awards 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 9 – Thursday: Variety’s upcoming Breakthrough of the Year Awards, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Dean Norris will be on hand to accept the award for Under the Dome.
  • JAN 10 – Friday: Banshee Season Two premieres on Cinemax
  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends 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.

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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/02/2014 Max Steel, ABC Pilot, and More

Hey there!  Happy Thursday and Happy New Year!  Well, the good thing about putting out the “Rumors from the Lot,” is that it sure gets people talkin’!  Got some much better news than on Tuesday!

Max-SteelFirst let’s start with Max Steel.  Now I cannot completely confirm this, but it seems like a pretty strong bet that the Mattel animation turned live-action will be shooting in Connecticut BUT also here in Wilmywood.  In fact after I shared the latest rumors, I was told that while they might have pulled a contract with one group, another local here has been hired for the flick – the two are unrelated, different departments.

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ABCNow remember on Tuesday I told you that we had some Prod Cos sniffin’ around.  I was told that  an ABC pilot was coming with offices opening in February and production in March. Also, that Barbara D’Alessandro would be heading that up.  I was also told that Sleepy Hollow‘s UPM, David Hartley, is in talks to work on the pilot as well.  (I heard it’s a done deal).  The show is called Secrets & Lies.  A perfect gig for Hartley in between Sleepy Hollow seasons 1 and 2.  It would also be nice to have Barbara back as well.  She’s been off working on Army Wives the past few years. She’s worked on a ton of WIlmywood projects since 1990.  I cannot completely confirm this info, but it seems to be about 80% strong.  I will keep you posted.

Secrets & Lies is an adaptation of the Australian crime mystery drama. It’s described as:

“a nerve racking plunge behind the curtains of suburbia following the story of Ben, an everyday family man who finds the body of a four-year-old boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect.”

Last I heard, former Private Practice executive producer Barbie Kligman will serve as writer/executive producer/showrunner.  The show has a 10-episode commitment and is already exploring casting choices. If the rumors are true and they do shoot here, let’s hope they stay in Wilmywood!

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TVBestOf2Today is the FINAL day to vote in TV.com’s Best of 2013.  We have just about every NC shot TV show on the list: Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastbound and Down.  VOTE NOW!

UPComing events:

  • JAN 8 – The People’s Choice Awards are Wednesday, 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 13 – Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” is that Monday, 9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Encore Magazine’s Best of 2013: Voting ends that Wednesday VOTE NOW. (And it’s my birthday, too!)

FYI: The Production Weekly listed Louisiana with 10 NEW projects this week.  TEN!! Seriously, we’ve got to do more to solicit more projects here!

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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 11/21/2013 – Max Steel, Sleepy Hollow, and more.

Max-SteelHappy Thursday beautiful peeps!  I hope you are more rested than me!  Ha!  Let’s start with more details about Max Steel.  My sources have told me that the powers that be from Mattel Entertainment along with Open Road Films and Dolphin Films have been interviewing department-heads for this live action version of the Action SciFi TV series.    It’s looking like the budget will not exceed 20 million, more likely 10-15M.  Stewart Hendler will direct.  One of the two producers really caught my eye!  Julia Pistor.  JuliaPistorShe is a perfect fit for this find of flick as she has produced films such as The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlott’s Web, Jimmy Neutron and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, just to name a few!  I REALLY want to meet her!  They are slated to open offices in the next 40-60 days.  We should be hearing an announcement very soon! The feature revolves around teenager Maxwell McGrath and alien companion Steel who can combine special turbo-energy powers to generate superhero, Max Steel.

SH_necromancerSleepy Hollow has been going back and forth trying to figure out when indeed they will be coming back to Wilmywood for Season 2.  At one point they were discussing a start as early as January, but now they are looking at April/May.

BCLuxeThe company BaseCamp Luxe is holding their ribbon cutting ceremony TODAY at Screen Gems.    Media will receive special viewing of the stylish and luxurious vintage airstream trailers for use on film and television production sets. Congrats to Anne Wilson and Marybeth Bankson on their business. They look gorgeous!

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REMINDER:  Voting in The People’s Choice Awards is still happening!  Make sure to vote, vote, and vote again for your NC FILM favorites. Finalist voting ends on Thursday, December 5th!  Check out the list of NC Nominees NOW!

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From November 19th – 24th Get 15% off everything in the Wilmywood Store when you use coupon code: WITHLOVE.  Let the gift shopping season commence!! SHOP NOW

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weremillersWe’re the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis is now available on DVD & Blu Ray.  BUY IT NOW from The Wilmywood Daily’s A-Store, powered by Amazon.com

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: 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!!