New TV Spots Preview ‘The Longest Ride’ Opening Friday

'The Longest Ride', filmed in Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Jacksonville, North Carolina

The latest movie adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride, filmed in and around Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Jacksonville, North Carolina, arrives in theaters this Friday, and we have some new TV spots to get you ready. Starring Charlotte, North Carolina native Britt Robertson (Under the Dome), Scott Eastwood (Texas Chainsaw 3D), Alan Alda (MASH), and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), you can watch the latest trailer and TV spots below, and then be sure to give us your thoughts in the comments!

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Kristen Wiig to Pull NC Heist in Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson Comedy

Kristen Wiig stars in an untitled heist comedy (formerly 'Loomis Fargo'), filmed in Asheville, North Carolina.

Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) has signed on to star in the true story of a real-life armored car heist that happened in Charlotte, North Carolina, joining Wilksboro, NC native Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, You Are Here) in the confirmed cast, with filming set to begin in July in North Carolina. Formerly titled Loomis Fargo the film tells the story of a real life robbery that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina  in 1997, when David Scott Ghantt, the driver of a Loomis Fargo & Company armored car…

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Britt Robertson To Take ‘The Longest Ride’ with Nicholas Sparks

Charlotte, North Carolina native and Under the Dome star Britt Robertson will star in the next movie adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, as The Longest Ride prepares to begin filming in Wilmington, North Carolina. Robertson will play Sophia Danko, a college student who falls for a young cowboy in Sparks’ dual-romance saga, according to Deadline. Scott Eastwood (Texas Chainsaw 3D) was announced last week as the male lead, playing the role of the cowboy, Luke Collins, opposite Robertson.

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

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

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

John Elvis returns as Ben Drake in Season 2 of 'Under the Dome'.

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. “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…

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‘A Long Way Off’ Reveals New Trailer

Filmed in Wake Forest, North Carolina in 2013, the drama A Long Way Off has revealed a new official trailer online this week. Starring Robert Davi (The Goonies, Die Hard), Jason Burkey (October Baby), John Diel (Jurrasic Park III), Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Charlotte, NC actress Johanna Jowett (Destiny Road), and Chapel Hill, NC native Zoe Myers (Dance of the Dead, ATL), the film is a modern retelling of the prodigal son story. You can read the full synopsis below, and then scroll down to watch the official trailer for A Long…

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NC Natives Zach Galifianakis and Julianne Moore are ‘Freeheld’

Fayetteville, North Carolina native Julianne Moore (Carrie) and Wilksboro, North Carolina’s own Zach Galifiankis (The Hangover, You Are Here) will team up for the first time in the indie drama Freeheld, co-starring Ellen Page (Juno, Inception). Moore will play Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police detective whose world was shattered when she became terminally ill and government officials prevented her from assigning her pension benefits to her domestic partner, mechanic Stacie Andree (Page).

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North Carolina Film Industry Forms New Advocacy Group

NC Production Alliance

The North Carolina Production Alliance (NCPA), the newly formed statewide coalition of skilled technicians, crew, filmmakers, producers, studio owners, small businesses, hospitality professionals, and local governments has launched their official website in advance of the 2014 legislative session. The group will provide verifiable information to the media, legislature and the public about the size, scope and economic impact of the film industry in North Carolina. 

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Angie Harmon Makes City Council Plea for Charlotte Film Studio

Angie Harmon spoke to Charlotte City Council urging them to approve the proposed plan to build a new production studio at the Eastland Mall site. (photo: WSOC)

Actress Angie Harmon (Law & Order) spoke to the Charlotte City Council today, making a passionate plea urging the council to approve plans for the proposed “Studio Charlotte” and the former Eastland Mall site. During an economic development meeting earlier today, Harmon told council members that she is raising her three daughters in Charlotte because she loves the city, but she does not like having to spend many months away from them in Los Angeles filming her TNT series Rizzoli & Isles. She said her current plan is to retire…

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