Iron Man 3 – one of the most expensive films to ever come out of North Carolina – hit theaters Friday. It received $20 million in state incentives and lawmakers are now debating a bill that would remove the state's film tax credit – the same credit that brought the Iron Man 3 production to the state.

Interest Brewing For Vacant Eastland Mall

Jan 30, 2013
Julie Rose

Charlotte taxpayers may not know it, but they own a mall.  The city bought Eastland Mall  back in August for $13 million.  When it opened in 1975, it was the largest mall in North Carolina. Then came a decade of steady decline. By 2010 it was completely vacant. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on the latest effort to bring Eastland Mall back to life.

The holidays are a time for parties, feasts and gift giving but entertainment is also big this time of year. Hollywood studios release December films they hope will bring Oscar nominations under their tree and there is always a new Christmas tale or two. This holiday season may be one of the biggest ever with blockbusters, often reserved for summer, like the latest James Bond film, the last Twilight movie, a new beginning for Lord of the Rings and the musical event of the year with Les Miserables. We look at the current slate of holiday films from before Thanksgiving to Christmas day when Charlotte Talks.

Part One: Charlotte Film Society 30th Anniversary. Charlotte is a growing, changing city and in the last few decades, Charlotte residents have experienced a growth in their appetite for culture. The demand for different kinds of culture is one that the Charlotte Film Society has tried to fill over the years. During their 30th anniversary this year, they’re celebrating the films they’ve brought to Charlotte audiences over the years that wouldn’t have been seen here, had it not been for their work. We’ll take a look at some of the different kinds of films and the many series and conversations the Charlotte Film Society brings here and how the organization has evolved and grown as the city of Charlotte has grown.