The Choice names their extras casting director.

The final Nicholas Sparks film of the year, The Choice, is set to begin production on October 13th and will continue shooting until the end of November. So that means it’s time to name that extras casting director!  So, who was their choice? (Ya see what I did there?)

MartySiuCongratulations to Marty Siu of Marty Siu Casting! Marty has just come off the longest ride ever!  No seriously, The Longest Ride, which of course is the other Nicholas Sparks movie that was here this summer.  Before that she did the extras casting for Max Steel and the pilot Red Zone.

If you would like to be an extra on The Choice more details will be given in the next 2 weeks.  Make sure you like her casting facebook page for more announcements.

The production will be shooting in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Congrats Marty!  Woo Hoo!

THE CHOICE – Lionsgate/Safran Company
STATUS: Pre-production
LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: Ross Katz
CAST: TBA
CREW RESUMES TO: TheChoiceProduction@mail.com

Two neighbors, Travis  Parker and Gabby Holland, become more than just friends in a small coastal town in North Carolina.

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Matt Barr returns to Wilmywood; Sakina Jaffrey joins Sleepy Hollow PD

TV Line is reporting that our One Tree Hill alum Matt Barr will return to Wilmywood for Sleepy Hollow as the bounty hunter Nick Hawley, who just happens to be quite dashing.  He will be aiding  Ichabbie on a supernatural case for season 2.  Now, reportedly Nikki Bahaie’s character might see some romance come her way this time around, but although many of us want Abbie to be with Ichabod, could we see her eyeing up this handsome fellow?  After all, TV Line does say he has a “sense of humor and a bit of swagger. ”  Welcome back to Wilmywood, Matt!

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Today, also revealed another reoccurring character that will be making her way to Sleepy Hollow.  While the sleepy fans wish to FREE FRANK IRVING, a new sheriff comes to town.  Sakina Jaffrey who will play Leena Reyes is coming in to replace Irving at the SHPD who we last saw was on his way upstate.  Her character is described as being “smart, forceful, highly trained and commanding” with a warm maternal side.

So, the question for us all to ponder… Will she make Abbie and Ichabod’s life a living heaven or hell?

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A Wilmywood Glance at Mattel’s Max Steel

(Image Credits: David Pascua)

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – PARKING LOT – DAY

Sophia drives her blue, rag-top wagon through the packed lot as the sun barrels down.  Suddenly, Max races across her path on his bike.  She slams the brakes and watches him go flying through the bushes.  Sophia jumps out of her vehicle and runs to…

THE SIDE OF PARKING LOT

Sophia sees Max on the ground next to a tree.  She leans over him, her necklace dangling,  sparkling in the sunlight.

MAX’S POV –

Someone leans over him.  His vision blurred.

SOPHIA

“Oh my God!  Oh my God!  Are you okay?”

Still a daze, his eyes begin to focus.  It’s a girl.  A beautiful girl.

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Ana Villafane is that beautiful girl starring as Sophia in the upcoming super-hero flick Max Steel.  But this isn’t your typical super-hero movie.  Our hero Max McGrath played by Ben Winchell isn’t coming from a dark past.  He doesn’t right wrongs based on vengeance.  He is unknowingly a superhero from birth and he is out to save his family rather than the world. Max Steel, has been an animated television series for some time now, however this will be the first time we see it come to life in live action on the big screen.

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The story revolves around 16 year old Max McGrath who discovers he has a strange electric energy that radiates from him whenever his emotions get the best of him and now it’s getting out of hand. He can’t control them.  This doesn’t help as he is trying to fit in at another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the beautiful and unconventional Sofia (Ana Villafane) and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Dr. Miles Edwards (Andy Garcia).  Perhaps Miles can tell him what his mother Molly (Maria Bello) is unwilling to talk about– what really happened in the accident that killed his dad. As if that is not enough to have on a teenager’s shoulders, Max is most startled by 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.

MaxSteel050314_0076Producer Julia Pistor explains what made her choose Max Steel.

“I was drawn to the Max Steel story. I love super hero stories and I was really compelled by the story of Max and his father. He never knew his father and our film tells the origin of Max and how he connects with him. Not only does he (Max) learns that his father is an alien, but he really connects with him like a father and son. I’m drawn to stories that are family unification stories. I think that’s really important.”

MaxSteel050314_0235That she is.  Julia has a long history with family movies like The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte’s Web and Lemony Snicket to name a few.

Producer Bill Dowd of Dolphin Films is also a fan of super hero movies and he wanted to make sure when Max’s story was told, it would be a film that the whole family would enjoy.

“I’ve been long time friends with Bill, so I know that he’s looking to make films that are a little more character driven and inspirational.” Julia says. “We loved the idea of making a movie that was a little bit outside of the system and a little more homegrown.”

Max Steel also isn’t the typical $100+ million action flick, either.  There will be more of an organic feel to this one which is quite refreshing.  And smart. They have already done quite well gaining pre-sales all over Europe and Southeast Asia, so it seems it should eliminate any financial fear and could possibly pave the way for a Max Steel 2 and who knows perhaps a Max Steel 3. That’s my own personal take on it however, nothing in confirmed along those lines.  The feature is penned by super-hero writer Christopher Yost (Thor: The MaxSteel050314_0218Dark World), directed by Stewart Hendler (H+) and the cast is top-notch. The two leads, Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane are both extremely talented up and coming young actors.  Even though they just met earlier this year, they already have an amazing connection with each other and it shows on screen.

“Ben and I actually met for the first time at the chemistry read. I guess we had chemistry, because here we are!” laughs Ana Villafane. “He is great. There is no wall that needed to break down. He is authentic and hasn’t been tainted. There was no facade or pretending to be ‘cool.’ He was himself from the beginning and we hit it off right away.”

andy_garciaBen Winchell mirrors those exact thoughts about Ana.  She too is the real deal.  The couple will be playing along side two of the most talented and prolific actors we know today.  Andy Garcia being one of them .

“Andy is perfect,” says Julia, “because he can play the warmest, most handsome father figure character, but as we all know from Ocean’s Eleven and The Godfather, he can play a cold and ruthless character. There are not a lot of actors with that range. We (the creative team) are huge Andy Garcia fans. We are excited to get him.”

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Maria Bello is another. Her range is just as exceptional. From comedy to drama, she can do whatever comes her way.  This time, she plays off her motherly instincts as Max’s mom, Molly.

The film is being shot in Wilmington, NC which is a perfect fit as a location for their needs for such an organic, homegrown feature.

“We were planning production and all producers are drawn to places with tax incentives. We were going on a scout. We were going to go all over: Africa, Canada, Louisiana and Wilmington. Wilmington is the first place we went to on our scout. We got off the plane and went to the (Ideal) cement plant, we looked at houses for Max and we called LA and said, ‘We’re shooting it here.’ We didn’t evaluate any other place. Of course the tax incentives are fantastic! It’s so gorgeous here. The weather and the people are great. The locations are so diverse. The crew is so strong and experienced and so kind. It was just done.”

IdealCementThe Ideal Cement plant (also called the Roanoke Cement plant) has been transformed into Max Steel Headquarters and they expect a 17 day shoot for this location.  If you follow director Stewart Hendler (@stewarthendler) on Twitter, you have already seen what an incredible job the construction crew and set designers have done.  The plant closed many years ago, but it continues to be a favorite and prime location for many feature films and television shows including Iron Man 3Revolution, Under the Dome, as well as The Crow and even Super Mario Bros.

“My husband and I call each other nicknames from Mario Bros., Julia laughs.  “When I heard that Mario Bros was shot there, I thought, ‘This is fantastic!’ I tease him and call him Goomba. I feel like we should come here for our anniversary!”

Other locations include Hoggard High School, Downtown Wilmington and some private houses in Wilmington as well.

MaxSteel050314_0328Ana is definitely glad they chose Wilmington as the location and she actually fell in love with the town and she didn’t even know it. “I’ve seen Natalie Martinez’s (Under The Dome/ Secrets and Lies) photos on social media and she is paddle boarding and going to great little cafe’s. I figured she was sharing vacation photos from Puerto Rico or something. I get here and realize she was in Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach!”  There is so much space and it’s all lush and green. There is a very laid back feeling, but between the beach and the downtown nightlife it’s not boring. I’m really excited to explore.”

Expect to see Mattel’s first super hero flick in theaters in January, 2015.

Tim Guinee talks FX’s How and Why, One Armed Man and the NC Film Incentives

timguineeI just got on the phone with Actor/Director Tim Guinee, who we know in Wilmywood from NBC’s Revolution.  We chat about FX’s How and Why, his award winning short film One Armed Man & the NC Film Incentives.  Great conversation!  Tim is one of my favorite actors to speak with.  Even though I call them such, I don’t do interviews, I do conversations.

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See ONE ARMED MAN this Saturday!
Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Browncoat Theatre @ 1pm
111 Grace St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone:(910) 341-0001

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Andy Garcia joins Max Steel cast

andy_garciaAndy Garcia is back in Wilmywood! ( He was here in 2013 for Christmas In Conway.) He has signed on to play the role of “Miles” who is a friend of Max’s mother “Molly.”  Currently, Andy can be heard and not seen in the animated picture, Rio 2 as the voice of “Eduardo.” Rumor has it that Mr. Garcia has had some Wilmywood ties in the past couple of months. The Emmy award nominated actor was one of the leading men in the running for the lead role in the recently wrapped pilot, Field of Play. (We know it as REDZONE).

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MAX STEEL – MATTEL/DOLPHIN/OPEN ROAD 
STATUS: Production begins April 29th
PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
LP: David Grace
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe
CREW RESUMES TO:  maxsteelresumes@gmail.com

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.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/28/2014 Four production units running this week, CFIFF, Sean Webb and more.

Image Credit: David Pascua. Courtesy of EUE/ Screen Gems Studios

Image Credit: David Pascua. Courtesy of EUE/ Screen Gems Studios

Over the weekend EUE/Screen Gems held their tours for the first time in over 3 years.  Major success!  Thank you to all the media outlets getting the word out.  I have been getting more and more emails and messages from people who read the blog that are from out of state who love Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow and of course the staple, Dawson’s Creek.  They are heading to Wilmington this summer to see the sights and seek out the locations and pray they get a glimpse of our sophomore shows filming.   TOURISM=$$$ Just sayin’.  WANT TOUR DETAILS – GO NOW!

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Under the Dome will be shooting on Chestnut St as well as Creacy Ave today.  They head over to Burgaw tomorrow weather permitting.

Today we add The Sin Seer as well as FX’s How and Why to the mix. The Sin Seer will be on Shandy Lane today and our FX pilot is shooting on the sound stages today.  Our handsome Revolution guy, Tim Guinee, shoots today, but he will already be leaving us.  But he will leave something behind.  One Armed Man is a short film that has graced SXSW and was very well received.  And now it comes to us via the CFIFF and you can see it, Saturday, May 3rd at the Browncoat Theatre.  The short film is directed by  Tim and will be included in the 1pm film block.  GET TICKETS NOW.

Want the complete schedule of films?  GO HERE NOW

Max Steel was quite busy over the weekend.  From costume fittings to publicity shoots and the final arrival of producers, they begin shooting tomorrow!  Yay!

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The NC Film Rally is just 7 days away.  I cannot express how important it is that you show up AND bring everyone and yo mama!  If you haven’t already, please CLICK join on the FB invite!!  It will be Sunday, May 4th at 5pm on the Riverwalk at Market/Water.

Webb_FamilyOur friend and comedian Sean Webb passed away yesterday morning from cancer. Sean was a family man who brought joy to others through his life and through comedy.  He was a huge part of Nutt St Comedy and he will be missed.  There is an online fundraiser which was originally set up for all the medical bills for his treatment, now however, the family could really use your help. The fundraising site say, “Sean’s main focus throughout was to make sure his wife Christy and boys Nick and Christian, were taken care of. We would like to continue to fulfill that in memory of a great person.”  DONATE NOW

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RIGHT NOW GET 15% OFF ALL WOMEN’S APPAREL NOW THRU APRIL 29TH! USE COUPON CODE: HEYMAMA  IN OUR WILMYWOOD SPREADSHIRT STORE!

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!!

 

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/25/2014 Under the Dome, Jessabelle, Film Rally, Max Steel and More

Woo Hoo!  We made it to Friday peeps! Let’s dive right in!  Under the Dome will be on the sound stages today. They will be back shooting on location in Wilmington on Monday.  We are moving from one production to 4 by Tuesday.  The Sin Seer and FX’s How and Why kick off Monday and Max Steel joins the group on Tuesday.  Max Steel writer Christopher Yost has just one thing on his mind.

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The Jessebelle trailer has FINALLY been released! Shot back in 2012, the supernatural flick is about a young woman recuperating at her father’s run-down home after a tragic accident.  No sooner than she arrives, Jessabelle encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother. It stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter and of course our local favorite David Andrews.  They shot the flick off 421 on the Cape Fear River.  Most of it was shot in Town Creek at a house on River Road back.   WATCH TRAILER NOW

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The countdown is on! 9 days until the NC Film Rally in Wilmington. So what is my role in all of this? Well, I’ve been typecasted again!  I will be your Emcee for the day along with Bill Vassar from Screen Gems.  I am also in charge of rallying the troops and getting certain members of the film community and a few celebs to speak at the event.

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We have some serious work to do. Things to check off your list for the rally:

1) Click JOIN on the Facebook Invite.
2) Tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW by using the INVITE FRIENDS tab on the Facebook Invite!
3) Make sure you represent! Wear your NC Film Pride!
4) Make your posters to show your support!
5) SHOW UP with 10 friends!

Thanks Wilmywood, I know you won’t let anyone down when it comes to NC film!

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NHCCourthouseWork has begun to restore the clock tower on top of the Sleepy Hollow Police Headquarters, I mean, New Hanover County Courthouse. The $110,000 project is expected to take up to 4 months to complete. The clock tower was built in 1892.

WILMYWOOD WEEKEND REMINDERS:

Wilm Sign (1) (1)SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: EUE/Screen Gems Studios will begin their tours again 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!

Also on Saturday, while you are in tour mode, check out the Downtown Lifestyle Tour from 11am to 4pm. WWAY reports that Ten cool homes will be open for the tour including the former residence of actor Dennis Hopper, a studio once operated by actress Linda Lavin, two above the shop apartments and two newly constructed homes.  READ MORE NOW

Crow_GiantFRIDAY NIGHT: We 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 TOMORROW 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

EclecticSATURDAY NIGHT: Dress in your 1960s best and head on down to The Eclectic Etc (831 South Kerr Avenue) 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. GET INFO NOW!

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RIGHT NOW GET 15% OFF ALL WOMEN’S APPAREL NOW THRU APRIL 29TH! USE COUPON CODE: HEYMAMA  IN OUR WILMYWOOD SPREADSHIRT STORE!

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 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!!