Yesterday, I had the honor of attending the press junket for CBS’s Under the Dome at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina. A press junket is just a fancy term for a bunch of media coming together and interviewing all the cool cast members, producers and directors about a particular show or movie, usually right before a premiere. Representing Under the Dome yesterday were EP/director Jack Bender and cast members Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford and Mackenzie Lintz — as well as this season’s newest cast members, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox and Karla Crome.Read More
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The chill has definitely left the air and in Wilmington (aka Wilmywood), it is hotter than ever. Not because of the 85-degree heat, but because of the stars flying in like a breeze in the night. With the Nicholas Sparks flick The Longest Ride, gearing up for the summer and two of our sophomore shows (Under the Dome and Sleepy Hollow) in full force, the celebrity power in North Carolina is exploding.Read More
Last week, Under the Dome show reps answered one burning question (among others) about the series’ upcoming sophomore season: What is up with Barbie’s family? Well, Wilmywood fans, Barbie has a history — and a daddy. But this announcement creates another long list of questions — primarily, just who do you think you are, Don Barbara? Seriously. Who are you?
This is not a rhetorical question. Maybe we should just ask the man who plays him, Brett Cullen. The Texas-born actor has been insanely busy over the past few years, but has made his way back to Wilmington, North Carolina, to shoot Under the Dome season 2. I knew he couldn’t stay away.
“I shot a Matlock episode [in Wilmington] years ago and shot a TV movie called Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” he said. “My house in Under the Dome is the same house we shot some of Something Borrowed at. The first AC [assistant camera on Under the Dome] reminded me of that, since we had done that together.”
Cullen was also here last summer, filming the indie film River Guard, which will be released in the near future: “I love Wilmington and shooting in North Carolina. It is such a great location. Even though it has become quite a bustling city these days, it retains its beach-town feel — and being a surfer, I love that.”Read More
On Monday, CBS hosted its Under the Dome Summer Press Day, and now I know why the network didn’t share all of this juicy intel at its upfront presentation last week. There is just way too much goodness, and it would have been totally lost in the shuffle of multi-show madness. Wilmington, North Carolina (aka Wilmywood), is proud that Under the Dome has chosen us to be Chester’s Mill, and there’s nothing better than being able to write about what’s in your own backyard. That said, here’s what we learned about the next season of Under the Dome.
Stephen King will do his classic “King thing”
This season will put us beyond the book, but don’t worry. As I reported a month ago, Stephen King penned the premiere episode and will continue his book-to-movie tradition of a cameo. He left us scratching our heads last season, looking for him frame by frame, but he’s definitely making an appearance in season 2. Look for him as a restaurant patron. (I’ll bet he’s a big tipper.)Read More
This week’s upfronts brought us some delicious surprises. We’ve waited patiently throughout this long winter for premiere dates and sneak peeks of newly minted television shows, and the networks did not disappoint. (I mean, with the exception of open-toed footwear, upfronts are the beacon of spring — in my mind, anyway.) Although the upfront parties raged in New York and Los Angeles (the main goal is to get advertising dollars, after all), let’s take a moment to reflect upon the TV magic that is happening here in Wilmington, North Carolina — or, as I like to call it, Wilmywood!
The Fox upfronts were Monday, and their second annual Fox FanFront event exploded on Twitter (note to networks: if you want to create a social-media frenzy, invite your fans). What we learned: Sleepy Hollow has been renewed and is giving us five more episodes than last season, which I alluded to in April. Yep, 18 episodes of pure monster madness for season 2! Production began on May 5, and producer Ken Olin directed the premiere episode, titled “Hellfire.” Yes, I used past tense, as the Sleepyheads are currently working on episode 2×02, “The Kindred,” here in Wilmywood, featuring Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin. Our founding father has a recurring role.Read More
Under the Dome‘s Peter King performs Hollywood-size stunts in Wilmington, North Carolina
It’s not every day you get to hang out with a stunt performer (and by “hang out,” I mean blow up buildings, flip cars, the usual), unless you work in the industry. It’s definitely one of the coolest jobs in film. Everyone wants to talk to that guy or girl. You want to hear the stories and live vicariously through his or her adventures. Growing up, I admit I was a stunt junkie, always doing something dangerous. I’m surprised my mother is still alive to tell the tales of raising me. Yup, mothers of stuntmen and stuntwomen should definitely get an award for raising “our kind.”Read More
As the blogger behind The Wilmywood Daily, I meet new people in social media circles every day who have just discovered that Wilmington, N.C., has a large film industry presence. I mention Dawson’s Creek or One Tree Hill, and their virtual eyes light up. Then I drop the Sleepy Hollow or Under the Dome bomb, and it’s over. I get the OMGs and the AHHHHs. Finally I have to explain that Wilmington — or, as I like to call it, Wilmywood — has been a heavy hitter in the industry since Stephen King’s Firestarter in the mid-1980s. You can imagine that when I mention Iron Man 3, they just pass out. Yes, Marvel was here. This small town is home to some big productions. I guess that is why the stars love it. They can be themselves, let their hair down with the locals and not worry about the paparazzi harassing them. This is definitely not Los Angeles.
Just as L.A. gets its share of TV and movie fans who want to see where the magic happens, so does Wilmington. International tourists still flock to Wilmington because Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were both filmed here. We’re talkin’ Australia, Japan, England — you name it — they all come. With our new shows entering their sophomore seasons, it’s happening all over again. Wilmington has been transformed into both Sleepy Hollow and Chester’s Mill (Under the Dome), so people are coming in droves to scout those locations or get a glimpse of The Conjuring. Yeah, that was filmed here too.Read More
There are so many things to look forward to this June, but thousands of fans from all over the world are eager for one thing: season 2 of Under the Dome, which premieres June 30 on CBS. This show became a monster and a business model for other productions to follow. And what better man is there to talk to when you want to know all things Dome than executive producer/director Jack Bender? I caught up with him here in Wilmington, NC, on my radio show on Sunny 104.5. In case you didn’t know, Wilmington, NC, is the official home of Chester’s Mill. Jack paid a visit not long after he directed the season 2 premiere episode, written by the one and only Stephen King. Here’s how it all went down:Read More
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