‘Max’ Adds Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez to Cast

MGM Studios, Sunswept Entertainment and Picture 8 Productions is bringing a new family movie inspired by true events to Charlotte, North Carolina, with Max set to begin filming this spring, with director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, Uptown Girls, Safe) set to helm the drama.

Jay Hernandez and Thomas Hayden Church will join 'Max' in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jay Hernandez and Thomas Hayden Church will join ‘Max’ in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Today it was revealed that Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3) and Jay Hernandez (Hostel, Grindhouse) are in negotiations to join the film, via The Hollywood Reporter.

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‘Banshee’ Promotes Geno Segers and Afton Williamson to Series Regulars

Two of our favorite actors featured on Cinemax’s record-breaking smash hit Banshee have been promoted to series regulars for the upcoming Season 3, which has just begun production Charlotte, North Carolina.

Geno Segers is Chayton Littlestone on 'Banshee', filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Geno Segers is Chayton Littlestone on ‘Banshee’, filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Geno Segers, introduced in Season 2 as the terrifyingly awesome Native American gang leader Chayton Littlestone, and Afton Williamson, who has been icy cool as District Attorney Alison Medding. have both been elevated to series regulars for the upcoming third season, according to TV Line.

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Boaz Yakin to Direct ‘Max’ in Charlotte, NC in May

MGM Studios, Sunswept Entertainment and Picture 8 Productions is bringing a new family movie inspired by true events to Charlotte, North Carolina, with Max set to begin filming this spring, with director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, Uptown Girls, Safe) set to helm the drama.

'Max' begins filming in Charlotte, North Carolina in May.

‘Max’ begins filming in Charlotte, North Carolina in May.

Yakin also wrote the script along with Sheldon Lettich (Rambo III, Lionheart, Double Impact).

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NC Actress Candace Blanchard Breaks Her ‘Curfew’ [Interview]

Curfew is the latest independent feature film from The INDEE, based in Gastonia, North Carolina. Filmed in Gastonia, it is the story of a woman who learns the hard way that no one should ever stay out past their curfew.

Candace Blanchard stars in 'Curfew', filmed in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Candace Blanchard stars in ‘Curfew’, filmed in Gastonia, North Carolina.

We recently caught up with Curfew lead actress and North Carolina native Candace Blanchard to discuss making the film, the ongoing crowd funding campaign to help secure distribution, and the physical and emotional demands of her role.

Read on for our full interview with Charlotte, North Carolina actress Candace Blanchard!

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Kristen Wiig to Film ‘The Heart’ in Wilmington in May

Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) was recently confirmed to star in The Heart with Sam Rockwell (Moon) and Allison Janney (Tammy), and we  now know that the comedy drama will begin shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina in May.

'The Heart' is bringing Kristen Wiig to Wilmington, North Carolina.

‘The Heart’ is bringing Kristen Wiig to Wilmington, North Carolina.

To be written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, pre-production on The Heart will begin next month in Wilmington, according to The Wilmywood Daily.

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John Elvis on Living a Dream ‘Under the Dome’ [Interview]

John Elvis gets all the best lines on Under the Dome, as the show’s lovable wisecracking skater Ben Drake, the loyal best friend of the hit CBS series’ protagonist, who can’t help but lighten the mood in an otherwise dark town that finds itself cut off from the rest of the world.

Fayetteville, North Carolina native John Elvis stars on 'Under the Dome', filmed in Wilmington.

Fayetteville, North Carolina native John Elvis stars on ‘Under the Dome’, filmed in Wilmington.

“The writers actually told me I’m one of their favorite characters to write for, because I get the cool line, the funny line,” Elvis told us. “It’s such a serious show, I feel like I bring a goofy part that wasn’t there before. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out and how things are going.”

We recently caught up with the Fayetteville, North Carolina native to talk about getting Under the Dome, living a dream in Wilmington, and what’s ahead for Ben in Season 2

Read on for our full interview with John Elvis!

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‘Homeland’ Leaving Charlotte for South Africa

After three award winning seasons filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, Homeland will relocate production to Cape Town, South Africa for the upcoming Season 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Homeland

 “We’ve been so lucky to work with one of the best crews in the business for the last three seasons in Charlotte,” said Homeland showrunner and executive producer Alex Gansa.“We knew going into season four that we would need to move the production overseas to tell the story of Carrie returning to the Middle East as chief of station.”

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New Trailer and Poster Preview ‘A Short History of Decay’

Filmed in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and starring Wilmington, NC resident Linda Lavin, a new trailer for the independent comedy drama A Short History of Decay has been released online along with the official poster.

'A Short History of Decay' stars Benjamin J. King, Linda Lavin, and Bryan Greenberg.

‘A Short History of Decay’ stars Benjamin J. King, Linda Lavin, and Bryan Greenberg.

You can watch the new trailer in the player below, and then scroll down to view the poster!

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Study Says NC Film Incentives Provide 4,000 Jobs, Positive Economic Growth

We were hesitant to publish this today for fear it may get lost amid the many fake April Fools Day stories, but this is no joke and it’s too serious to wait, as the much anticipated study by NC State University regarding the real impact of North Carolina’s film incentive program was released today, finding that allowing the incentives to expire at the end of this year could cost the state approximately 4,000 jobs. 

North Carolina cities where filming has occurred.

The study also finds that for every dollar of the film incentive credit that the state issues, the film industry in turn spends $9.11 within North Carolina, providing a significant return on investment.

You can read the full press release from the North Carolina Production Alliance below, and then click here to read the complete study, and be sure to sound off in the comments!

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‘Max’ Casts Josh Wiggins in Lead Role

MGM Studios, Sunswept Entertainment and Picture 8 Productions is bringing a new family movie inspired by true events to North Carolina, with Max set to begin filming in Charlotte this spring, and this week it was announced that 15-year-old newcomer Josh Wiggins will lead the cast.

Josh Wiggins will star in 'Max', to be filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Josh Wiggins will star in ‘Max’, to be filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 Inspired by true events, Max tells the story of a Belgian Shepherd working in Afghanistan alongside Marines. When his handler is killed, the man’s devastated family adopts the dog — erratic and still suffering from the traumas of war — who ends up bonding with and helping their troubled 14-year-old son, Justin (Wiggins), according to EW. Read the rest of this entry

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