Some hope for two NC Films: Galifianakis / Beckinsale flicks

Bloomberg Business is releasing some news tht could give us a little ray of hope for two NC Films that were produced last year.  If you remember, both Masterminds (Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis) and The Disappointments Room (Kate Beckinsale) were put on hold indefinitely due to Relativity Media LLC’s bankruptcy filing.  However, it is now being reported that Relativity Media’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh  has found a way to “keep control of his bankrupt movie studio and possibly allow stalled films to make their way into theaters.”

Relativity went to court on Monday to seek approval of a plan that will help its TV unit exit bankruptcy as early as October 20th and allow Kavanaugh to keep the rest company.  Another hearing is today regarding the TV unit, however, we will still be waiting for the film side of the business to see it’s fate. It’s currently in TBD mode.

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Relativity Bankruptcy Plan Lets Kavanaugh Keep `Masterminds’

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

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.

 

Guess who’s back for Loomis Fargo!

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Guess who’s coming back!  After coming off the HUGE Wilmywood smash hit comedy, We’re the Millers, Jason Sudeikis is in talks to join our North Carolina boy, Zach Galafianakis, along with Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig for the comedy Loomis Fargo or as they are calling it now, “Untitled Armored Car Project.”

Jason will play a hit man this time around.  I will keep you posted!

UNTITLED ARMORED CAR PROJECT (aka LOOMIS FARGO) – RELATIVITY MEDIA
STATUS:  Pre-Prod: NOW / Production: July 7th
LOCATIONS: Asheville, Wilmington
PRODUCERS: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey
DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
LP: D. Scott Lumpkin
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig

Based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo warehouse robbery in Charlotte, North Carolina. A night guard at an armored car company organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

NC Shot ‘Are You Here’ Trailer is…well here!

When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Amy Poehler), in the hilarious big-screen directorial debut from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.

 

Release Date: August 22, 2014
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Director: Matthew Weiner
Screenwriter: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler
Genre: Comedy, Romance

ASHEVILLE, NC – Zach Galifianakis feature now accepting crew resumes

UNTITLED ARMORED CAR PROJECT (aka LOOMIS FARGO) has officially opened up offices in Asheville, NC. The comedy caper starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig is now accepting crew resumes. Please send resumes to  uacresumes@gmail.com with your position in the subject line.

The will be shooting most of the film in the Asheville area with a couple of weeks in Wilmington as well.

ABOUT UNTITLED ARMORED CAR PROJECT (aka LOOMIS FARGO) – RELATIVITY MEDIA
STATUS:  Pre-Prod: May 5th / Production: July 7, 2014
PRODUCERS: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey
DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
LP: D. Scott Lumpkin
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig

Based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo warehouse robbery in Charlotte, North Carolina. A night guard at an armored car company organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/03/2014 – Age of Miracles, The Heart, Sleepy Hollow, Loomis Fargo, Bolden and Way More!

Happy Thursday my loves!  What a whirlwind yesterday, huh?  Well, guess what?  Here comes some more! AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR [INSERT BILLOWING ECHO-Y VOICE] RUUUUMMOOOORS FROM THE LOT!

sleepy-hollow1SLEEPY HOLLOW will be bringing more monsters, IchAbbie and perhaps Yolanda to the fans.  Rumor has it there will be more episodes this season, as many as 18.  I will be speaking with Orlando soon, and hopefully he will get us some more deets.

BoldenMore news about BOLDEN!  Looks like the indie flick will be opening offices again very soon.  THEY MEAN IT THIS TIME! Though they do not have an official schedule yet,  I heard they will resume production at the end of the summer/early fall.  AND I heard there offices are all the way out in Rocky Point.  Crazy, right?  No word yet who will be replacing Anthony Mackie for the lead role.  And who knows, maybe he will come back to the project…we will find out soon enough.

Kristen WiigThe indie flick, THE HEART from Indian Paintbrush Productions is coming to North Carolina.  Now, I know they have been checking us out here in Wilmywood, but I cannot confirm they will be filming here…yet!  Regardless, North Carolina will see a great cast!  Kristen Wiig, Sam Rockwell and we would welcome back Allison Janney! Wiig will star as a cash-strapped woman who agrees to transport black market organs with a man she just met, to be played by Rockwell. They want to get started ASAP, so we should know the rest of the details and exact location VERY soon!  Producing is Steven Rales, Mark Roybal, Kevin J. Walsh and Nora Skinner.  Nat Faxon & Jim Rash are writing and directing.

Zach GalifianakisUNTITLED ARMORED CAR PROJECT (aka LOOMIS FARGO) has named their Line Producer. It’s our LP from SAFE HAVEND. Scott Lumpkin.  He will be heading our way after he finishes up on THE BEST OF ME in Louisiana. And I am not sure who I am more excited about  coming back to North Carolina, Owen and Zach or Producer Lorne Michaels!  North Carolina is a greenlight, waiting for final confirmation about Wilmington, but my multiple sources insist it will be here.

Catherine-hardwickeLast night, one of my rumors from yesterday morning got a confirmation.  AGE OF MIRACLES will be indeed shooting in North Carolina, now I am waiting for a Wilmywood confirmation. I do know Wilmington was in the finals for them.  Hopefully, I will have that by the end of the day.  We shall see!

sofia-vergaraFor about a month now I’ve heard from three different sources the mention of BIG SEXY, but no one knew much about it.  Seriously, they would say ‘I am hearing Big Sexy’ and I was like, ‘what about it?’ and they were like, ‘I dunno.’  Well, I found out yesterday that it’s a feature from Red Granite Pictures and it stars Sofia Vergara and Pierce Brosnan. I have no idea if this will shoot here, but keep your ears peeled cuz that name keeps popping up.  If you hear anything, lemme know!

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Now moving on to what’s shooting.  Both UNDER THE DOME and RED ZONE are shooting on the sound stages today.  But this will be RED ZONE‘s final fun day as tonight they will cry out, “That’s a wrap!”

JewishFilmFestREMINDER: The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival takes the stage tonight, and then again on Saturday and Sunday.   Four films by Israeli, French and Czech filmmakers will be shown at Thailian Hall on the main stage.

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After Thursday’s and Saturday’s showings there will be a dessert reception catered by Angie’s Catering. Sunday’s festivities will include a full reception between shows. Sunday shows begin at 3:30pm. Wilmywood film goers are encouraged to arrive as early on Sunday to enjoy the food and fun. The event will be one full of crowd pleasing and heartfelt films by very talented artists.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Thalian Hall Box Office at (910) 632-2285. For the line-up of titles check out the Facebook Event Page HERE.

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

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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 – 04/02/2014, HUGE Rumors From the Lot, Loomis Fargo, Secrets & Lies, Age of Miracles, Impact Study

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Good God!  An explosive amount of news came out yesterday!  I don’t know where to even begin!  Hmmm, let’s start with the fun stuff!  AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR [INSERT BILLOWING ECHO-Y VOICE] RUUUUMMOOOORS FROM THE LOT!

RumorslogoIf you remember back in the blog for Marth 17th, I reported that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was here scouting,  but I had no idea which of the 5 projects in development she was working on next.  Well, I did some more digging and put my ear to the ground.  It looks as though she was here for AGE OF MIRACLES.  The film is based on the Karen Thompson Walker best-Catherine-hardwickeselling novel of the same name. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has adapted the screenplay. River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad will produce. According to a press release announcing Catherine’s attachment to the project (over a year ago mind you) Age of Miracles is set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation mysteriously slows. It’s a suspenseful and romantic snapshot of one young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama, and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that define what it is to be human in a world that might just be ending.  As for details, well my sources tell me that it is indeed coming and they are looking at a June start.  That would mean offices would open fairly soon.  With all that being said, I am still going to keep this in the rumor section for now.  But if you are a fan of reading a book before you see the movie, I highly reccomend you pick up a copy.

Zach GalifianakisMore details are coming out about LOOMIS FARGO starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.  Not long ago rumors were flying about this comedy caper heading to Winston-Salem.  However, my other sources are saying otherwise.  The latest scoop is that the name has reverted back to ARMORED CAR and that it will indeed be shot here in Wilmywood.  When?  Well, my sources say that they plan on opening offices in May with a production start in July.

secretsLiesWhat you think I am done?  Honey, I’ve been workin’ like a fiend trying to get you all the scoop.  Let’s move on to recently wrapped SECRETS & LIES. Some said S&L was moving to Charlotte.  Others said no, they are staying here.  They are both correct.  The latest Intel is that S&L would shoot here in Wilmywood to complete their 10 episode commitment, which means they could be back this summer.  Then, after those ten or if they have a season two, they would move to Charlotte.  They said have fully established locations they cannot leave behind within those first 10 episodes.

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michael-cera-john-hawkesHoly Chiptole, I’ve actually got more scoop, but I am saving that for tomorrow!  So what else is going on?  Yesterday we announced FX’s HOW AND WHY has officially opened up offices at EUE/ScreenGems Studios. The pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes is now accepting crew resumes. Please send resumes to howandwhypilot@gmail.com with your position in the subject line.

ncfilmEven though all that cool stuff is happening perhaps the BIGGEST news was the Impact Study that was FINALLY released yesterday!  This is HUGE!!!  The finding were exactly what we knew to be true, that Film=Jobs and NC gains from the industry being here.

“For every dollar of credit issued, the industry generated $9.11 in direct spending and contributed $1.52 in tax revenue back to North Carolina.”

$164M in business revenue to more than 1,000 small businesses across the State.”

“The incentive has allowed North Carolina to maintain a permanent crew base, providing 4,259 jobs at an average wage of $66,000, which is over a third higher than the national average for private industry ($41,750).”

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

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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!!