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Archive for April, 2012

Casting director says excitement high for ‘Iron Man 3’ casting call

Friday, April 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Stark Industries is flying into the Port City this weekend as “Iron Man 3” holds an open casting call. Casting coordinators hope Wilmington is as excited as Raleigh was last week.

“We’re really excited about this one, and we hope we have a great turn out, because I think Wilmington’s very excited about the project,” said Tona Dahlquist, extras casting coordinator for the film official known by the code name “Caged Heat,” but that movie insiders say is “Iron Man 3.”

Independence Mall might look a little bit like a Stark Expo Saturday. Dahlquist, who was also a casting coordinator for “The Hunger Games,” says a casting call at a Raleigh mall last week for “Iron Man 3” was bigger than a few of “The Hunger Games” calls combined.

“Everybody was very excited,” Dahlquist said. “They had to wait in line, but they were still in high spirits when they got to us, which is really important if you want to be an extra, because it is a lot of waiting around. We found a lot of great looks, and we’re hoping to do the same here in Wilmington.”

This casting call could bring potential actors and actresses from Independence Mall to Screen Gems Studios, where the shooting of “Iron Man 3” is scheduled to begin this summer.

“It’s a project that people will be glad they were a part of, so I hope they’ll get behind it and come out and try to get their minute of camera time,” Dahlquist said.

Dahlquist says the more people who show up tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. the better. They want you to bring a snapshot of yourself as they look for more 1,000 extras for “Iron Man 3.”

Both Dahlquist and mall officials are expecting more than 1,000 people to show up for the event.

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UNCW chancellor officially installed

Friday, April 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a day of celebration at UNC Wilmington, as the school officially installed its new chancellor. Gary Miller says he’s ready for the challenge, with a focus on preparing students for future careers.

“Change is good,” student Brooke Keller said. “Change makes the university better.”

He’s been on the job since July, but Friday marked Miller’s official installation as the university’s chancellor.

“To affirm the importance of this university of higher education and our role in the future of North Carolina has been a rare and wonderful opportunity,” Miller said during the event.

The theme of the event, “Dare to Soar”, is a charge for the university and its students to adapt to a culture of innovation.

“To prepare students to thrive in this information age is our most important obligation and that we must hold ourselves accountable,” Miller said.

Many students made a point to attend the event. They say they are ready to embrace miller’s leadership.

“I’ve met him. He’s really nice,” Tara Hardy said. He’s really fun and easy to talk to.”

Keller said, “I’m very excited. I’ve gone to a few events for his installation, and it’s led up to the big day, so I’m excited it’s finally here.”

More than 40 events are planned throughout the month in celebration of Miller’s installation as chancellor.

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Body pulled from river is missing Marine

Friday, April 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A body found in the Cape Fear River today is a missing Marine. LCpl. John J. Pruitt, 24, of Fontana, CA, was stationed at Camp Lejeune. He went missing late Sunday night.

Wilmington Fire Department spokesman David Hines says crews recovered the body on the Brunswick County side of the river about half way between the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the state port.

A WFD boat crew found the body while patrolling after someone reported seeing some clothing in the area.

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Perdue’s plane makes emergency landing

Friday, April 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A state plane with Gov. Bev Perdue on board made an emergency landing Friday afternoon at Raleigh Durham International Airport, according to WTVD-TV in Raleigh. No one was hurt in the incident.

WTVD reports according to radio traffic to the control tower, there was a problem with the aircraft’s landing gear.

Perdue’s press secretary Chris Mackey said Perdue was on her way to make a jobs announcement in Davie County when the plane experienced unusual vibrations as the landing gear was retracted after takeoff. A warning light also came on.

The plane, shown above in a stock photo, returned to the airport and landed without incident. It was being inspected by maintenance personnel.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Three suspended Leland cops fired, another resigns

Friday, April 20th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — All five officers suspended last week are now gone from the Leland Police Department. The town fired three of the officers today, and one more quit. A fifth officer quit earlier this week.

The town fired Lt. Rick Dellapia, Lt. Bill Kozak and Ofc. John Blasingame for cause. A news release from Town Manager David Hollis said the details of the dismissals will not be released until each man goes through an appeals process.

Ofc. Michael Landen quit today, joining former Deputy Chief Karl Smith, who quit Tuesday.

“The internal investigation regarding these individuals has concluded, and a summary of the details was delivered this morning,” Interim Police Chief Mike James said in a statement. “We received the resignation letter from Michael Landen this morning prior to being briefed on the findings of the investigation. We will allow the process of appeal outlined in the personnel handbook to run its course before any further information of the investigation is released.”

Earlier this month Chief James asked the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to help conduct an internal review of every member of the Leland Police Department. The results of that investigation have not been made public.

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