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Archive for April, 2012

News & Notes – Earth Day; food safety class; career prep day

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

An Earth Day celebration will be held 3-4 p.m. April 22.

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Thousands turn out for casting call

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Agent Tona Dahlquist called the turnout “exceptional.”

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Wilmington Pride protests Amendment One

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Dozens turn out to urge voters to defeat marriage-defining amendment

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Seahawks play in the ooze for student ambassadors

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Plain old volleyball may be fun, but hundreds of UNCW students took it up a notch this weekend for the 19th Annual Oozeball Tournament.

Oozeball is volleyball in the mud. The Wilmington Fire Department helps by spraying down the courts and getting them good and muddy. 140 teams slopped, slid and spiked their way through the ooze. The tournament is a fundraiser for UNCW’s Student Ambassadors.

“Definitely it’s a good way to come out here and enjoy the weather and to play in the mud a little bit,” said Whitney Belk, a student ambassador who also competed with her team, the Honey Boo-Boos. “The students really enjoy it, and we give out t-shirts as a part of the price to play. People just really enjoy it. Everyone wants to win Oozeball while they’re at UNCW.”

Belk said all the money raised goes back to the university through the programs the ambassadors put on for past, present and future Seahawks.

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‘Caged Heat’ casting call brings thousands to the mall

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hollywood East is buzzing as ‘Iron Man 3’ is set to fly in soon. Casting directors held an open casting call Saturday for project ‘Caged Heat.’

Hopefuls of every size, shape, age and ethnicity snaked around Independence Mall for the ‘Caged Heat’ casting call. Movie insiders say that’s the code name for ‘Iron Man 3,’ and extra hopefuls could not be more excited.

“My favorite is when he fights because he is just an awesome guy,” little David Manzer said.

“This film is one I really, really want to be even close to,” Gloria Maggio said. “I love the ‘Iron Man’ franchise, and I thought it would be fun to come here. Especially to Wilmington because everything is booming here with the movie business, so it’s so exciting.”

“I just thought it would be a lot of fun, and I heard from a friend that they are looking for people of Chinese descent, and I am one-half Chinese,” Chris Lewis said. “I figured, what the heck? I’ll give it a shot.”

Some see extra work as just something, well, extra to do, but some make a living out of it. Extra experts say it’s all about being yourself.

“Personality, facial expressions, I don’t know,” Polly Giles said. “But if it works, I’m not going to break it.”

Some haven’t quite honed in on their best assets yet.

“Do you think you have any special skills?” I asked.

“No,” Manzer said.

“What do you think makes you a good candidate for this movie?”

“My love of being in action movies and stuff,” Manzer responded.

Mall officials say more than 2,000 people showed up for the casting call. ‘Iron man 3’ is set to begin filming this summer.

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