THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 11/06/2013 – Sequel for Bad Grandpa, The PCAs, Sleepy Hollow, Oprah and more.

Bad_Grandpa_USA sequel is already in the works for North Carolina shot, Bad Grandpa! In fact it was already shot. The film’s lead star Johnny Knoxville has confirmed that an unofficial sequel is already being cut together. Just like the Jackass films before the old geezer flick, there is always a plethora of footage that hits the cutting room floor.  So, what do they do with all that footage? Release an unofficial sequel (dubbed “.5″) on DVD! But this time it will be slightly different as the new film will feature two Oscar-nominees cut out of the theatrical cut: Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener.  As for a full Bad Grandpa 2? Knoxville says he’s up for both. Bad Grandpa 1.5 will be released simultaneously with the theatrical release on DVD and Blu-ray.

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39th Annual People's Choice Awards - ShowYesterday, I released a special blog post about the People’s Choice Awards.  They released their 2014 list of nominees and I got the list of all our NC Film productions that made it!  Sleepy Hollow was one of our NC shows to make that list. CHECK OUT ALL THE NC FILM NOMS NOW!  Sleepy Hollow is back downtown today shooting at St. James Church, 25 S. 3rd St. How did The Sin Eater did in the ratings?  FIND OUT NOW!

oprahshoesThe bidding ends today for those fabulous Christian Louboutin shoes signed by Oprah Winfrey, who donated them to The Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw’s annual fundraiser. The organization supports the continued growth of physical, economical and social aspects of the Waccamaw Siouan People and surrounding communities.

Obin and Amariah Olson

Obin and Amariah Olson

If you missed the Wilmywood Daily Exclusive this morning, there is a production company in town that you absolutely MUST KNOW. They are not only some of the most talented filmmakers in our area, but they are by far the most brilliant filmmakers I have ever known.  These Emmy award winners just completed their first feature.  SEE THE TRAILER AND READ THE ARTICLE NOW!

20% OFF SALE in the Wilmywood Store!!  Going on now thru November 12th!  Use Coupon Code: EARLY20

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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 .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

WILMYWOOD DAILY EXCLUSIVE: A first look at Unknown Caller

Obin and Amariah Olson

Obin and Amariah Olson

I personally have been waiting for this for a very long time!  The Olsons of local production company The Forgery, are what I call hidden gems in Wilmington.  With their strengths in outstanding cinematography and visual effects, they are the trifecta of brilliance. The Daytime Emmy nominated trio Obin, Amariah and their father Larry Olson have completed their first action/thriller titled, Unknown Caller, their first feature film. These Wilmington filmmakers can match the quality of Hollywood studio films in every department: cinematography, sound, visual effects, score, editing.  They got it down to a science.  And to set them apart, they have their own signature look and feel. When you see a Tony Scott flick, for example, you know it’s Tony Scott just by looking at it.   The Olson’s signature is unique and all their own. They were able to encapsulate their style into this action/thriller making it look absolutely stunning.

Unknown Caller is about a psychopath who uses a family’s high tech security system with a ticking time bomb to terrorize them demanding an answer to his question; ‘WHO AM I?’

Unknown Caller’s 24 day shoot was filmed in Birmingham, Alabama.  Sounds weird, being from Wilmington, our beloved film town, but there were a couple of reasons.  One, the script, written by Jupiter Makins, was based in Birmingham and the southern city has undeniable landmarks that were a part of the story.

Jason Graves

Jason Graves

Secondly, the Olsons did not know how long it would take to finish the film, and with Alabama enacting a tax credit without a sunset, it just fit with what they were doing.  But no worries, they still brought the film back to North Carolina to be scored by an NC legend.  BAFTA award winner, Jason Graves of Raleigh, NC composed an amazing score for the film that takes you on a journey with a desperate father and a clever tormentor.

When asked about the state of the NC tax incentive and how it affects a decision to shoot here, the Olson’s all agreed. “We would absolutely love to shoot at home [Wilmington] but in the risky business of film making you need as much financial stability as you can get.  And sadly right now that’s not in NC.”    When the vote takes place in May 2014 and if we can finally get rid of “sunset,” the Olsons would definitely consider shooting in their own hometown, and hire NC Film crew.  Are you PAYING ATTENTION politicians!??

The thriller stars David Chisum, Louise Griffiths, and Assaf Cohen. Brothers Olson (Obin and Amariah) directed the film with their dad Larry producing.  After 8 long months of post-production and 250 vfx shots later, the brothers are currently going back and forth to Hollywood to setup distribution for this picture and many more to come.  So far, the sales companies are responding favorably to the film.

In the meantime, they are looking into a Wilmington screening soon.  Stay up to date with this flick by following UNKNOWN CALLER ON FACEBOOK

[Stills courtesy of The Forgery]