THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/14/2014 NC Film Incentives, Last Seen Alive, The Heart, Secrets and Lies and more.

Well we got some ups and downs this morning.  Where oh where do we begin?  Let’s start off with some good news.

Investigation Discovery’s new series Last Seen Alive kicks off in North Carolina and it follows one important local lady we all know and love.  Cue Center for Missing Persons founder, Monica Caison.  

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Monica will be showing the world her skills on Last Seen Alive in the premiere episode on Sunday, June 1st at 9pm which will feature Scarlett DeLoach’s case.  In this episode, Monica gets the job done and nobody does it better! A true hero! Tune in at 9pm EST.  VIEW PROMO NOW 

Kristen WiigNow, we finally got some intel on the Kristin Wiig comedy, The Heart and I have to say the prognosis (or is it diagnosis), either way you say it, it’s not good.  My sources are telling me, Indian Paintbrush, the production company who was having some financials woes trying to get this project off the ground, is not moving forward with production.  I’ve been told, however, it wasn’t a money thing.   But whatever it is, I just don’t know.  Boo!  I know we were all excited about this one, however, that is show biz for ya.  Things change every minute.

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However, you know North Carolina still has Loomis Fargo, but whether it will be primarily shot in Asheville or Wilmington, is something we are still pondering.

SecretsLies_PromoThe Upfronts for ABC were yesterday.  The network had much to say about our newbie show Secrets and Lies starring Ryan Phillippe, Juliet Lewis and Natalie Martinez.  They shot the pilot here back in February.  Even though from the get go it was reported that the show had a 10 episode commitment, no one knew for sure if they would continue here in Wilmington.  Well we found out the fab news that they will be opening offices next month and will shoot the remaining nine episodes here starting in July. Secrets and Lies will have a mid-season premiere in March 2015 with a 10pm time slot. As ABC’s youtube channel say, Secrets and Lies revolves around family man Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) who is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) based on the original Australian series of the same name.  ICYMI, here’s the promo!  Love that the first thing you hear is our very own Sarah Hopkins from WWAY as the news reporter! Woo Hoo!

“Secrets and Lies” stars Ryan Phillippe as Ben, KaDee Strickland as Christy, Natalie Martinez as Jess, Clifton Collins, Jr as Dave, Indiana Evans as Natalie, Belle Shouse as Abby and Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell.

Today CBS is holding their Upfronts.  Not too much more to tell, but perhaps we might get a new promo out of it, or hell, they could surprise us with something juicy!

Now as for productions rolling today? Under the Dome is on N Front St and Chestnut today.  Max Steel is back on Middlesound Loop Road.  Sleepy Hollow is back to production today on the sound stages.   The Sin Seer has wrapped.

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 LISTEN TO SHORT SESSION LIVE STREAM

Some details about the film incentives in regards to the short session will come out today.  As soon as I am able to give you all the details, I will let you know.  However, I can say this to you. The legislative short session will be long.  It will not be voted on in one day and from what people are telling me, we might not know until July what the fate of the incentives will be.  There will be short term good news and bad news.  Expect it.  But have faith that those who are indeed fighting for us will go force and won’t let the incentive just fade away. It is during this session that we stay positive and not bash anyone.  Our job is to educate folks and show them the truth and the pure value the incentives have on our state and most importantly our families.

Wanna thank Star News 47 for the interview.  We talk film incentives.  WATCH IT NOW!

NCFIlmPendantPerry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

Please send a message or phone call to our governor Pat McCrory as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to please HELP us!  Ask them to keep the film incentives at 25% because if they try to drop it, we are dead in the water!  Here’s their deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

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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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  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!!

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/12/2014 The Upfronts, Sleepy Hollow, The Heart, Secrets and Lies, Max Steel

Goood Monday morning!  Wow, so much has been announced since Friday and lots of action from the big networks begin today.

UPFRONTSYep, it’s all about the Upfronts!  Now, they already let a few cats out of the bag as they do from time to time before their big presentations.

According to Nellie over at Deadline, Red Zone is reportedly not getting picked up by CBS.  We will know more this week, possibly today.  If you remember, the Nikki Toscano pilot was shot for CBS by NBC/Universal, so they still have the opportunity to shop it elsewhere.   Whether they do or not, is yet to be known.

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And speaking of upfronts our Sleepyheads are in New York as we speak because today is the day for Fox as well as NBC.  Orlando Jones, Katie Winter, John Noble, Lyndie Greenwood, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie are all in attendance.  This we already know: On Monday nights, the new Batman prequel Gotham will take over the 8pm time slot, followed by the second season of Sleepy Hollow at 9pm. Now we wait on the premiere date in September.  We do know that there will be 18 episodes of monster fun this season. Now how about a date please 🙂   Here’s the schedule:

May 12 , 2014
NBC 11am – Javits Center
Fox 4pm – Beacon Theatre

May 13, 2014
ABC – 4pm  -Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center

May 14, 2014
CBS 4pm –  Carnegie Hall

SecretsLies_CastAnd even though ABC’s Upfronts aren’t until tomorrow, the network made the announcement that Secrets and Lies has been picked up.   And Hunter over at the Star News got the scoop, they are indeed coming back to Wilmington.  So, get ready!  Offices will reopen in just a few weeks.  They begin production in July.  Months ago they said they were looking at an October premiere, now we find out if they will stick to that plan!

In sad news, it’s R.I.P. to Revolution.  After moving to Austin, TX for season 2, they got the boot.  The power will not be restored.

Kristen WiigWe’ve been waiting patiently for news to come out about The Heart starring Kristen Wiig.  If you remember they had a deadline over a week ago to lower the budget or pick up some more financiers in order to make the comedy happen.  Indian Paintbrush Pictures should be telling us something this week.   I will keep you posted.

MaxSteel050314_0218Congrats to Mattel and Dolphin Films! It looks like their sales group, IM Global has gotten Max Steel pre-sales all over most of Europe and Southeast Asia.  In fact they are so popular, I’ve heard the casting department has gotten calls from Taiwan begging to be in the movie, saying they would fly in and work for free.  Isn’t that crazy!

Under the Dome is at Greenfield Lake Park (main playground area) Union Station and N 4th.  Max Steel is off today.  Sleepy Hollow is off due to the Upfronts.

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Martha De Laurentiis spent her weekend in Wrightsville Beach this weekend.  It was so nice to know she still loves this town considering what she helped build here with Dino.  I know she still has a house here, now if we can get this lovely lady to bring us Hannibal, everything will be just fine 🙂

NCFIlmPendantPerry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

There is so much more to do before the short session begins on Wednesday, May 14th as they decide the NC Film Incentive’s fate.  However, don’t let the name fool you.  This could take 4 weeks or more for them to come to a decision!  Yuck! Please send a message or phone call to our governor Pat McCrory as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to please HELP us!  Here’s their deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  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 – 05/09/2014 The Upfronts, Firestarter, The Crow, Locations today and more.

We made it to the weekend! Woo Hoo!!  First, let me remind you of the excitement that is to come next week.  The Upfronts!  In case you don’t know, the Upfronts are scheduled presentations from all the networks.  Normally, it is during this time (8 weeks), we find out about shows that will get picked up, special sneak peeks of shows currently in production and they also give out premiere dates.

UPFRONTS The major networks will be presenting next week.  What will we find out?  Well, probably the fate of ABC’s Secrets and Lies (READ DEADLINE’S TAKE ON ABC PILOTS) that shot here back in February as well as Red Zone, now called Field of Play (although I heard they will probably head back to LA if it gets picked up).  We are also waiting on a premiere date for Sleepy Hollow.  So get ready!  It’s gonna be fun!  We won’t know anything about How and Why for at least another month, but it looks very promising!

I wanted to thank Edward Martin for writing an incredible article in Business NC Magazine!  He fairly wrote about both sides of the issue of NC Film Incentives and it was beautifully written.  If you find a copy, pick up a few!

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Now, where will our productions be shooting around town today?

Under the Dome will be playing around at Greenfield Lake Park and on Wellesley Place and Max Steel will be off Middle Sound Loop Rd. Sleepy Hollow will be shooting later today in Castle Hayne again and The Sin Seer is at an undisclosed location.

Max-SteelMax Steel stole the hearts of many and closed some pre-sales throughout most of Europe as well as Asia! We’re talkin’ Germany, France, Italy, Russia and all over Southeast Asia, they all want some of the Steel action!  Congrats already to the Wilmywood folks working so hard on this fun superhero flick!

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Oh and guess what I heard!  Our awesome Brett Cullen who was here last year for Riverguard, is back in town!  Now rumor has it he will be making an appearance on Under the Dome!  We will see if the trades pick that up or if I can do some some digging, I will tell more as soon as I know! If this is true, I can’t wait to hug him!  LOVE this guy!

TWEETS OF NOTE THIS WEEK:

Never fear, Sleepyheads- whatever’s ahead, @NikkieBehari says Lt. Mills is ready to fight in Season 2:

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That one hurts! Courtesy of make up genius “Pretty” Ricky Pour!


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imageSunday is a very special day in Wilmywood movie history. On May 11, 1984 a very important film was released. That movie was Stephen King’s Firestarter. The film starred a young Drew Barrymore, David Keith and Heather Locklear. It’s a story of a young couple who undergo testing as part of a paid medical experiment. The experiment leaves the couple with telekinetic powers and the child the convince together is born with a “pyro kinetic” ability meaning the child can start fires with her mind. With that power, the government seeks her out and her family helps to keep her safe as she learns that fear and anger control the environment around her.

This movie is monumental in Wilmywood’s history as it is often referred to as the movie that “put us on the map” as a studio town 30 years ago. It all started with Frank Capra, Jr. spotting Orton Plantation on the cover of Southern Accents Magazine while he was searching for the ultimate location for the horror flick.  So, we happened to luck out because where ever that home was, that’s where they were gonna shoot it.  Crew members actually built a replica of the exterior of the plantation about one mile down the road.  Why?  So they could set it on fire and blow it up, of course. Other locations include the Pender County Courthouse, Isabel Holmes Bridge,  and Wilmington’s 1st Presbyterian Church.  This movie was when Wilmywood fell in love with Mr. Stephen King and (seemingly) he with us.

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We also have another NC film which is reaching its 20 year mark.. The same day only ten years after Firestarter was released, The Crow was released as well. The Crow made it’s way from the sound stages of LA to NC and stars Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. The film is a story of a man who returns from death to seek revenge for the death of his would-be bride and himself. Some of the film’s most memorable scenes were done at the I deal Cement plant (where Max Steel and Under the Dome is shooting now) as well as downtown Wilmington.  But most of it was filmed at Carolco Studios, which we know now to be EUE/Screen Gems.  Sadly, we lost Brandon during the course of filming, but we in Wilmywood are forever grateful for the art he brought into out town twenty years ago.

Happy anniversary to two Wilmywood movies that mean very much to out film community.

 

NCFIlmPendantPerry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Perfect for Mother’s Day all you film moms! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

There is so much more to do before the short session May 14th as they decide the NC Film Incentive’s fate.  Please send a message or phone call to our governor Pat McCrory as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to please HELP us!  Here’s their deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you Monday 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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  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!!

Wilmywood Pilot Updates

Upfronts

by April Vickery

Well, here we go folks! The moment of truth is coming. Upfronts are two weeks away and the fate of some network shows are no longer in the hands of the execs. It’s all in the hands of the people now.

The recently renamed pilot Field of Play (REDZONE) is currently being viewed by test audiences. Now, it looks as though CBS may not pick up more than 3 or 4 drama pilots this season. At least two of these shows will be a spin offs. Field of Play is one of the shows vying for one of those coveted spots! Have no fear though, if CBS does NOT pick up the Nikki Toscano pilot, another network can swoop in and nab it for themselves.  Time will tell.

Another Wilmywood pilot is going to be tested NEXT week:  ABC’s Secrets and Lies. Originally, the show had a 10 episode commitment, but sources say that commitment went to the way side, so it’s just as vulnerable as the other pilots in the mix. Sources say however, it’s a “strong contender for pick-up.”

As for How and Why, FX’s upfronts already  came and went (April 9th).  The show which is currently in production, won’t be complete until the end of May.  We should hear something about our Charlie Kaufman comedy by mid June at the earliest.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/22/2014 Max Steel, Screen Gems Tours, The Crow, Red Zone, Under the Dome and more.

Hello and Howdy!  Happy Earth Day to ya!  And if you see fellow Wilmington crew member Shaun O’Rourke, make sure to tell him Happy Birthday!

UTD_DVDLooks like our Domies will be filming in two locations today.  The Burgaw Courthouse as well as in Currie. Now, we were chatting about this on Facebook yesterday as some more fun deets came out about season 2 of Under the Dome. Two things of note.  I asked about this last season! Stephen King is known for having a cameo in every movie he has done.  Sometimes it’s like Where’s Waldo, and sometimes he has a one liner.  So, I kept an eye out for him last season, but to no avail.

Well, FINALLY this season, King will do his staple thang! He will be a townsfolk in the  season premiere which airs June 30th!   And secondly, here it is again:  The Six Degrees of Wilmywood! Under the Dome‘s premiere episode is titled ‘Heads will Roll’ Coincidence? I think not!  Speaking of Sleepy Hollow, production begins on its sophomore season in just 13 days!

anthony-lapaglia copyThe upfronts are just around the corner.  That’s when we normally find out a lot of intel about our favorite Wilmywood shot shows and especially our new ones!  Like ABC’s Secrets and Lies and  Red Zone, which has been renamed Field of Play.  All of our shows have a ton of competition, however, so we will be eagerly waiting on which WIlmywood shows make the cut!  Check out the enitre fall pilot list from my homies over at EW.com

MAXSTEEL_CASTWoo Hoo!  Our leading man for Max Steel, Ben Winchell arrived in Wilmywood over the weekend, and today his female counter part joins us here, too!  A big Wilmywood welcome to Ana Villafane.  But back to Mr. Ben.  Marty has a specialty photo double need for Max Steel that will audition today or tomorrow! Here is Marty’s Post:

We are in search of a specialty PHOTO DOUBLE. If you look similar to Ben Winchell and are an EXPERT MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDER, please email your photo/contact info/bike riding experience.  Contact Marty Siu Casting  A.S.A.P. at: maxsteelextras@gmail.com with the heading BIKE RIDING PHOTO DOUBLE. The photo double rate is $150/10, and there will be a bump for bike riding. Must be available to audition with your bike tonight or tomorrow, and will work 2 days in our show, during the month of May.  For more casting for Max Steel, visit Mary Siu’s Casting Facebook Page

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So, I think I have most of your weekend planned for you!  Ready for a fun exciting Wilmywood Weekend!??

Wilm Sign (1) (1)Just announced EUE/Screen Gems Studios will begin their tours again and it all starts THIS WEEKEND!  Very inexpensive, one hour long and it will be all things Dome.  Okay more than just Under the Dome, however, you will get to visit the sound stages!  Woo hoo!  GET INFO NOW!

Crow_GiantWe are nearing  the 20th Anniversary of The Crow and Giant is holding a screening with a Q&A from crew members who worked on the flick.  The event is this Friday night at 7pm.  There will be wine & beer specials and it is absolutely open to the public.  The event will benefit the UNCW Film Program & Cape Fear Indie Film Fest with the help of Fanboy Comics.   GIANT is located at 1200 N 23rd St – Suite 209.  Call 910-200-9511 for more details or go to the FACEBOOK INVITE

Then get ready on Saturday night to dress in your 1960s best and head on down to The Eclectic Etc for a early evening fabulous party.  Hang out with some great filmmakers, crew and some of the potential legislators who are pro-film!  The 1960’s Cocktail Party  begins at 6:00pm this Saturday.

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LOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens). Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  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!!