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Archive for May, 2012

Expect more delays on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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FIRST ON 3: Jon Favreau coming to Wilmington for ‘Iron Man 3’

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (SCREENRANT.COM) — Former franchise helmer Jon Favreau confirmed on Twitter that – while he won’t be directing the threequel – he will be returning to the franchise as Tony Stark’s bodyguard, Happy Hogan.

Also, with big names like Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale and Rebecca Hall joining returning series veterans Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle, Iron Man 3 is shaping up to be a promising new entry in the popular film series.

By comparison, it seems almost trivial that obscure actor Ashley Hamilton is apparently in talks to play equally obscure Iron Man villain, Firepower.

Then again, it’s unclear how, exactly, this character fits into the larger story line based on the Iron Man “Extremis” storyline, leaving open the possibility that Firepower will, in fact, play a pivotal role.

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STORMTRACK 3: Offshore storm could become Tropical Storm (with VIDEO UPDATE)

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An area of low pressure offshore is quickly tracking northward, and could strengthen into Tropical Storm Beryl this weekend. Right now, the system is weak and disorganized but is expected to gain some strength as it heads toward the Carolinas tonight. 

For Saturday, the storm system will be off the coast, but close enough that we will see some impacts. Right now, it looks like some clouds will move over land with a few showers possible along the coast from time to time. There will also be some gusty winds up to 25-30 mph at times, but below Tropical Storm force. We want to note that this does not look like a washout whatsoever. 

Perhaps the biggest impact from the storm will be the high risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches both Saturday and Sunday. With the crowded beaches, this is a big concern. Make sure you heed warnings of lifeguards at all times. 

Just to recap our forecast:

  • Today – Partly cloudy with just a popup storm. Still a good beach day, with highs in the mid 80s. 
  • Tonight – Clouds increasing with a shower possible.
  • Saturday – More clouds than sun with a shower from time to time at the coast. Inland areas will be dry — with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs in the mid 80s inland, near 80 at the coast.
  • Sunday – Partly cloudy with some thunderstorms popping up during the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. 

Stay tuned to WWAY for updates, and head to Hurricanes 101

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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Wilmington trails only Charlotte in adding jobs in April

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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New J.J. Abrams TV show ‘Revolution’ to film in Wilmington

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. is proud to announce that NBC’s new Warner Bros. Television series Revolution will be produced in the Wilmington region beginning this summer. Premiering this fall on NBC, Revolution’s production team will employ approximately 125 people full time, hundreds of extras part time, and spend millions of dollars in the regional economy.

“Obviously, this is exciting news for the movie and television industry in Wilmington and NC,” said Johnny Griffin, Director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. “This region has always been identified with having the crew, talent, equipment, and facilities to economically produce film and television product as demonstrated by Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Revolution now joins the list of
productions which have chosen Wilmington as their place to live and work.”

After considering a number of cities, it was decided that the series will be lensed in the Wilmington area due to its suitable locations, experienced local crew and vendors, and the state’s dependable film incentive.

Warner Bros. previously shot “One Tree Hill” in the region.

Produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and
Warner Bros. Television, Revolution is executive produced by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), J.J. Abrams
(Lost, Fringe) and Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe).

“We are excited to have a television series back in Wilmington that will create hundreds of jobs,” said
Aaron Syrett, Director of the North Carolina Film Office. “The North Carolina film credit continues to
create high-quality, well-paying jobs for North Carolinian professionals who have the skills and capabilities to handle the sophisticated level of production that an epic series like Revolution demands.”

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