Film

Local News
6:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Paying For Film, Part 1: What We're Getting

Hunger Games was the biggest blockbuster to film in the Charlotte region. It claimed a film credit of $13.7M from the state.

In the last few years, two major television series have made Charlotte their home and the Hunger Games was the biggest blockbuster ever to set up in the region. All that has heightened interest in the debate over whether to extend North Carolina's film incentives. They expire at the end of next year. 

But neither side is spinning the full story of these incentives, so WFAE begins a two-part series to explain. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

NC Film Industry And Incentives

Showtime's Homeland was filmed partially in Charlotte. This scene was shot at Freedom Park
Credit homelandincharlottenc.com

Several years ago North Carolina lawmakers introduced a large tax incentive package that they hoped would lure the movie industry back to the state. By any anecdotal measure the incentive is a huge hit. Charlotte is home to several national shows and the region and state have seen some of the largest films in Hollywood come here for production. Millions and millions are spent in the state but critics say the numbers are not what they seem. So is the booming film industry in our state worth the incentive? We'll examine that question and look at a rapidly growing independent film industry in our state, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Summer Blockbusters And Special Effects

Man of Steel is the next blockbuster to hit the screens this weekend.

It's summer movie time, which means big stars, big thrills and big box office blockbusters - at least the studios hope so. This time every year, we invite local film critics Matt Brunson and Sean O'Connell to talk about the summer's biggest movies - which ones to catch and which ones to avoid. Whether you're looking for superheroes in Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, fast cars in Fast & Furious or some throwback SciFi in Star Trek, we'll cover them all. And you can't talk blockbusters without talking about those larger-than-life action sequences - so we've invited the visual effects supervisor for Iron Man 3 to explain how these effects work and the history of special effects in film, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Eastland Mall To Be Demolished, Redevelopment Plans Coming This Week

The Charlotte City Council is considering spending $871,000 to demolish Eastland Mall so a private developer can breathe new life into the site.
Julie Rose

Charlotte taxpayers spent $13 million last summer to buy the deserted Eastland Mall. The city council will vote Tuesday night on spending another $800,000 to tear the mall down. City leaders are hopeful the demolition will make way for new life on the blighted block.


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Entertainment
8:27 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Incentives That Landed Iron Man 3 Production Under Legislative Review

Iron Man 3 opened in theaters last week internationally and has already grossed $200 million. The movie was filmed in Wilmington.
Credit Marvel

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.


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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Interest Brewing For Vacant Eastland Mall

An informational meeting for potential buyers and developers of Eastland Mall was held Wednesday morning in a former women's clothing store at the vacant shopping mall.
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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Holiday Movie Season

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Charlotte Film Society And Arts Journalism

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.

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