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9:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 1: How They Work

A chair on set of CBS's "Under The Dome"
Credit Courtesy of EUE/Screen Gems

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.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Summer Movie Season

Godzilla
Credit Warner Bros / Facebook

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.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscars Talk With Local Film Critics

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.

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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
Thu July 25, 2013

Actor And Screenwriter Jim Rash

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton in NBC's Community
NBC

You may know Jim Rash as the spastic, outlandish and often costume-clad Dean Pelton from NBC's Community, where he plays the dean of a community college. What you may not know is that Jim Rash is also a screenwriter who won an Oscar (along with writing partners Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon) in 2012 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants starring George Clooney. Jim Rash is also a Charlotte native who attended Charlotte Latin School. His new film is The Way Way Back, an independent coming-of-age comedy which is now playing in limited release in Charlotte. We'll talk with Jim Rash about his writing and acting career and his transition from Charlotte to Los Angeles, when Charlotte Talks. This show was pre-recorded. 

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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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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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Academy Awards

Sean O'Connell, Matt Brunson and Ann Marie Oliva joined us to talk about their picks for the Academy Awards.
Wendy Herkey

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.

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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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