The Wilmywood Daily – 07/14/2015 Blue Mountain State, Under the Dome, The Longest Ride

We’ve been waiting for it and after this tweet, I guess we will have to wait some more. But hey, at least we know Blue Mountain State is done! Now, who’s gonna make that call to Lionsgate?

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Under the Dome shoots at the sound stages today.  Weather permitting, our Domies will be also heading to the Carolinian Motel on Market.  We get a taste of what’s to come for the rest of the season as a few cast members and producers chimed in during their panel at the 2015 Comic Con. Episode 5 – “Alaska” airs this Thursday at 10pm EST on CBS.

The Longest Ride Comes out on DVD today!  It’s just like owning a lil piece of North Carolina, isn’t it? BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON!

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DOR releases their report for 2014 direct film spending in NC.

The Department of Revenue released their report for direct spending. Productions spent $241,372,169 in North Carolina on goods, supplies, wages and employee benefits in 2014, receiving $60,343,039 (25%) in rebates.

Just a quick clarification from the NC Film Office: the numbers released by the NCDOR reflect what productions SUBMITTED on their required forms–which they can file at any time the production is ready– and does not necessarily mean that is what was spent or jobs created that specific year. For example, the NCDOR report does not have the full season of “Secrets and Lies” and its “Sleepy Hollow” numbers are for a previous year (not 2014’s S2); thus the total number is not ALL of what was spent in 2014. There are also productions listed that filmed prior to 2014, like “Well Wishes” and “Los Jets.”

Now, that being said, taking the top spot was who we expected. Sleepy Hollow spent a hefty $43,648,743. The Fox production also took the top spot when it comes to hires. Sleepy Hollow employed 1593 folks (Season One).

Our CBS show, Under the Dome spent $35,158,244 and employed 500.

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The Cinemax series Banshee brought us $35,051,297. (no employment # listed)

Homeland was not far behind, spending $31,029,540. (no employment # listed) Submitted from 2013.

Other productions of note include The Longest Ride which spent $23,345,745 and hired close to 600 people. Another big job giver was the family film Max which hits theaters in July.  They spent $18,630,757 and employed 1082 people.

Further breaking down the report, productions spent $136 million in New Hanover County and just over $95 million in Mecklenberg County.

In total, $241,372,169 was spent in North Carolina by film and TV productions last year with 8381 jobs created. Check out the links below to see what’s film has spent in North Carolina over the last 9 years.

Spending in NC from 2005-2014

 

North Carolina Film Releases for 2015 and 2016

NC Film Cast & Crew!  You worked hard as hell!  It’s time you go see the movie magic you created.  Here’s a look at the film/TV schedule for 2015/2016 that was proudly made right here in North Carolina.

BansheeChayton-Littlestone BANSHEE SEASON 3 –  Premiered January 9, 2015

The Banshee production team enjoyed shooting in the Charlotte area until the NCGA did away with the NC Film incentives. Sadly, they moved to PA for season 4.

one-and-two-berlin-sxswONE AND TWO – Hit Berlin & SXSW,  theatrical release TBA.

Filming took place in Piedmont Triad Region. And although it hasn’t hit theaters yet, it has made it’s way to the film fest circuit and has already received kudos.

Two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.

Berlin International Film Festival -Nominated for Crystal Bear “Generation 14plus – Best Film” (Andrew Droz Palermo)

Director: Andrew Droz Palermo
Producers: Matthew Perniciaro | Kim Sherman | Michael Sherman | Patrick M. Wood
Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Timothée Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser, Grant Bowler, Kyle Bell

SNL_RyanJulietteSECRETS AND LIES – Premiered March 1, 2015

The 2 hour premiere of the Wilmywood shot Secrets and Lies on ABC (WWAY) was on March 1st. Although critics speculate a second season pick-up, it is unlikely they will return to NC due to the lack of film incentives.

“The Trail; The Father” kicked off with Ben out for his morning jog when he stumble upon the corpse of a young boy, Ton Murphy.  Ben’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a murder suspect.  However, Tom’s mother suspects her estranged husband might be the killer.

PRODUCER: Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
WRITER/PRODUCER: Barbie Kligman
DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Belle Shouse, Dan Fogler, Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand, Kate Ashfield.

LongestrideTHE LONGEST RIDE – in theaters April 10, 2015

This lovely picture was shot all throughout NC.  They started in Wilmington, then headed up to Jacksonville, then headed West to the Yadkin area.

The lives of a young couple intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love.

PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Bob Teitel
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr
CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Alan Alda

Make poster from thisTHE SQUEEZE – available via Groupon  and in limited theaters nationwide April 17, 2015.

The Squeeze which was shot right here in Wilmywood in the fall of 2013. The feature stars Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Sumpter, Jillian Murray and Michael Nouri, along with some of our local actors including Michael Rosander, David Andrews, and Logan Siu to name a few. The Squeeze is a true story about a young man from a small southern town who gets caught in between two notorious gamblers, until the stakes become a matter of life or death. The film has been submitted to the Toronto Film Festival in September.

AshbyASHBY- Premiered at Tribecca Film Fest April 19, 2015. TBA when it hits US theaters.

” Ashby is able to maintain a consistently humorous and light tone. Ed and Ashby’s worldview is more than a bit skewed, but so is the film’s, and it works well enough to keep the film entertaining and bouncy.” – IndieWire

Starring  Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman. It was shot in the Charlotte area.

under-the-dome-cbsUNDER THE DOME SEASON 3 – Thursday, June 25, 2015 -2 hour premiere 9pm-11pm (CBS)

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other. 

WRITER: Stephen King, Neal Baer
CAST: Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle LeFevre, Mike Vogel, Mackenzie Lintz, Eddie Cahill

MaxMAX – in theaters June 26, 2015

Max, the war dog movie which was shot in Charlotte and the surrounding areas last year, has given us the gift of a trailer!  The family adventure film was directed by Boaz Yakin. This story was inspired by true events.

papertownsPaper Towns – in theaters July 24, 2015.

ABOUT PAPER TOWNS: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew. ~GoodReads

Masterminds-2015MASTERMINDS – in theaters August 14, 2015.

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Jody Hill
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig

Max Steel Movie rfilme2015MAX STEEL – in theaters August 28, 2015

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.

PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello

bmsGIRLSBLUE MOUNTAIN STATE – THE RISE OF THADLAND – in theaters September 2015

No exact date pinned down as of yet.  Hopefully more info will come out soon! The original was a TV comedy series that premiered on Spike back in 2010.

PRODUCERS: Eric Falconer | Eric Fischer | Warren Ostergard | Alan Ritchson |
DIRECTOR: Lev L. Spiro
WRITER: Eric Falconer | Alan Ritchson | Chris Romano

Three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.

 

disappointmentsroomTHE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM – in theaters September 25, 2015

A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

DIRECTOR: D.J. Caruso
WRITER: Wentworth Miller (screenplay)
CAST: Kate Beckinsale, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin

RiverGuardRIVER GUARD – 2015 – still waiting for actual release date

TheChoiceTHE CHOICE – February 5, 2016

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: Ross Katz
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Mark Garner
CAST: Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker, Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario

 

No word yet on The Sin Seer.

The Wilmywood Daily – 04/20/2015 Max Steel gets release date, Local actor in Fantastic 4 and more.

Under the Dome heads back to the sound stages today, but you can spot them in Burgaw tomorrow.

MaxSteel050314_0218Now, we have been waiting FOREVER for a release date for Max Steel which stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath along with Ana Villafane, Andy Garcia and Maria Bello. Well, now I can tell you get ready to enjoy this super hero flick later this summer on Friday, August 28th Woo hoo!

The Longest Ride is doing decent at the box office. So far, they’ve earned $23,511,000  plus $6 million more internationally.

And did you spot what they wrote at the end of the credits? Thanks for posting this Ben Yemba! They were here during our big battle with our legislators and they felt our pain considering how much they loved filming here. I know director George Tillman, Jr. definitely knew! He really paid attention to what was going on around town and across the state. So, on behalf on the NC Film Crew, thank you Longest Ride Team!

And we gotta give major kudos to local actor Anthony Reynolds! He always gets in on the coolest movies! This time, you can spot him in the latest trailer for Fantastic 4! Congrats buddy!

Also HUGE DOUBLE congratulations going out to Jonathan Landau and the gang!  First, their short film Pushing Buttons won Best Dark Comedy Short at Worldfest Houston this weekend! It stars Devin McGee and Meredith Jackson to name a couple.11156351_1157654247584143_6450778751639465909_n

Secondly, 14 years ago Landau made a 35mm feature film called The Last Summer. He says that over 1,000 local people worked on this film (including Britt Robertson, Muse Watson, Nick Searcy, and David Andrews). It is now available via Vimeo On Demand! It’s only $1.99 to check it out!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/13/2015 Box office results, new releases, indie projects from NC filmmakers

Under the Dome continues filming episode 3 at the sound stages today and tomorrow. Nothing to see here!

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Our Wilmywood shot flick, The Longest Ride, hit theaters this weekend, and here are the box office numbers.
1. “Furious 7,” $60.6 million ($195 million international).
2. “Home,” $19 million
3. “The Longest Ride,” $13.5 million
4. “Get Hard,” $8.6 million
5. “Cinderella,” $7.2 million
6. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” $6.9 million
7. “Woman in Gold,” $5.9 million.
8. “It Follows,” $2 million.
9. “Danny Collins,” $1.6 million.
10. “While We’re Young,” $1.4 million.

Toonstone_wildmessTomorrow is the big day for our local production company, Hank and Jed Movie Pictures. Their first animated feature film, Toonstone, will be released via iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Google Play, and Video on Demand. In case you didn’t know, Hank and Jed have become You Tube stars thanks to their hugely popular series, Battlefield Friends.

WECT reports UNCW got the green light to start a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking degree during a meeting of the UNC Board of Governors Friday. It’s a 3 year program and you can sign your name on the dotted line for that in the fall of 2016. READ MORE NOW

Two Indiegogo campaigns worth donating to by North Carolina Filmmakers. Show some love for NC Film and give a few clams!

REPLAN IT

Peanut_fullbellyA New Documentary Series Building Sustainability through Open Source Innovation. This groundbreaking documentary series features a group of rogue, low-tech engineers called the Full Belly Project, crossing the globe developing simple, sustainable solutions that change lives.  Led by CNN Hero and Purpose Prize-winner Jock Brandis (one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of sustainable technology), RePlan It and the Full Belly Project will inspire audiences as they improve the lives of people around the world.
Seriously, we have people right here in Wilmington that are literally changing the world and improving lives globally! How cool is that? There’s 15 days left to donate to Replan it! DONATE NOW

GHOST TREK: CONFEDERATE GHOULS

GhostTrek3It’s a supernatural-horror-comedy project  If you love paranormal reality shows (or hate them), 80’s horror, ghoulish evil zombies back from the grave, metal, mixed-martial-arts, political satire, gore, dope and bro-humor… AND the occasional naked hotty running for her life, the film Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is tailor-made for you!  If this flick gets its proper funding, they will be shooting it here in North Carolina! DONATE NOW

 

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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THE LONGEST RIDE 
THE WILMYWOOD PREMIERE
WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
WHERE: REGAL CINEMAS MAYFAIRE
TIME: 8PM
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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 WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/05/2015 Sleepy Hollow, The Razzies and More.

Courtesy of FOX

Welcome to the 1st Monday of the New Year! Woo Hoo!

First a big shout out to Beth Dawson (along with her peeps), who has been working her tail off getting together a resolution from the New Hanover County commissioners in support of the state’s film industry. They will be talking about that today at the 4pm meeting.  There are 9 days until the long session begins in the General Assembly.

Sleepy Hollow resumes filming today. They will be downtown. AND FINALLY a new Sleepy Hollow tonight at 9pm on FOX!

The Bolden office folks are back. Fittings resume tomorrow and shooting picks back up on Wednesday

Almost here! Under the Dome‘s office peeps will be making a comeback in a few weeks. Looking forward a great season 3!

Golden_Raspberry_AwardThe nominations for The Razzies, honoring the worst in film, have been announced. And OUCH!  We kinda knew this was coming though, no matter how much fun you had making the film, Tammy! Up for WORST ACTRESS is Melissa McCarthy.  The nomination for WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS goes to Susan Sarandon.

Nicholas Sparks is doing a book signing for The Longest Ride signing at Sams Club in Gastonia, NC on Saturday, Jan 10th at noon!  Road Trip! AND ICYMI, here’s the trailer for The Longest Ride.