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For the past seven years North Carolina has been aggressively trying to lure movie and television shows to film in the state. Their bait? Tax dollars.

Since the program began it has been hugely successful. But the film incentive program is controversial. In Raleigh there is a movement to change the program or let it sunset at the end of this year.

This week, we take a closer look at the incentives program and proposals to change it. This report looks at how the system works and how much money just one TV show spends in the state.

Summer Movie Season

Jun 11, 2014
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It's that time of year again: The kids are out of school, the weather is heating up and we're all heading to the movie theater for the biggest blockbusters of the year. This season's crop has big action flicks and big larger-than-life characters like Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That also means big profits at the box office. But are they worth the hefty admission price? Our trio of movie critics will fill us in on what to catch and what to skip this summer movie season.

Oscars Talk With Local Film Critics

Feb 28, 2014

It's that time of year again where all the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood gather on the red carpet and hope to catch a glimpse of a small, bald, gold man. We're talking about Oscar of course, the supreme prize for film actors, directors, screenwriters, make-up artists and more. Best Picture contenders American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are frontrunners. Ahead of the 86th Academy Awards this weekend, we'll gather our trio of local movie critics to hear their picks and predictions for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director and more.

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

Aug 28, 2013

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.

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.

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.


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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The nominees have been announced, the red carpet is being unrolled and it's almost time for that annual movie love-fest known as the Academy Awards. We've tracked our intrepid film critics down, dragged them out of dark cinemas and into the studio to discuss their Oscar predictions. We'll talk about who's in, who's out and what they expect to see when Oscar makes his appearance. Join us for an award winning edition on Charlotte Talks.

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.