What will happen to the NC Filmed Masterminds & Disappointments Room now?

Masterminds

Earlier this week the news broke about  Relativity being…well broke! Relativity Media has filed for Chapter 11 in what many are calling one of the biggest bankruptcies in Hollywood history. And that puts two North Carolina shot films in jeopardy: The NC-Filmed comedy shot in the western part of the state Masterminds (Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson) and the thriller shot in the Greensboro area The Disappointments Room (Kate Beckinsale). Both releases have been postponed “indefinitely.”

Today, Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter writes, “RKA Film Financing, the firm that put up $115 million to fund Relativity Media’s advertising on upcoming films including Masterminds, Somnia, Disappointments Room and Kidnap, is now seeking to seize those films and sell them off to another studio for distribution.”  READ STORY NOW

More to come on this story. Eriq Gardner says, “The Hollywood Reporter will provide updates on this motion.” We will be ready and waiting.

 

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FILM=JOBS – NC FILM RALLY AFTERGLOW

Major kudos to the Wilmington Regional Film Commission and the politicians who believe that the film industry needs to remain strong now more than ever.  For me personally, 90% of my friends either work directly in the film industry or are affected by it in a positive way.  The restaurant owners, the store owners.  And it trickles down to the people they hire.  It was a wonderful thing to see and show my son how when people band together, they can do great things.

Also, I wanted to personally thank the hundreds of people who turned out to show their support.  I caught up with Rachelle LeFevre who is currently cast in CBS’s Under The Dome.  She and her handsome man joined our industry folks at the rally and I thanked her for being there.  She smiled and said, “I absolutely had to come.  We love filming here.”  Well, we love having you here, you lovely lady!  On a side note, she loves to hang out at many of the local restaurants including, Manna and Catch.  She knows how important film is to our local economy.

On a final note, a flyer was handed out on Saturday urging you to THANK the North Carolina Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis for his leadership and support of our industry.  It said to be brief, and speak/write clearly.  Make sure to leave your name. address and phone number:

Thom Tillis – Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives

NC House of Representatives, 16 W Jones St. Room 2304, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919.733.3451, Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net

The Hollywood Reporter: 1,000-Plus Protest Bill Targeting North Carolina’s Movie, TV Tax Breaks

The Star News: Film community rallies against bill that would undercut incentives

That just about does it. View more pictures from the rally here. Tomorrow, I go back to the airwaves with the live version of this blog with news of yet more films coming to the Port City.  “What’s Up In Wilmywood” airs Monday-Friday 8:30am on Sunny 104.5.