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Exclusive North Carolina entertainment news and stories by NCHollywood.com

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

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.

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

Candace Blanchard stars in ‘Curfew’, filmed in Gastonia, North Carolina.

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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Mad Monster Convention Invades Charlotte [Photo Gallery]

The annual Mad Monster Party horror convention returned to Charlotte, North Carolina for its third incarnation this past weekend, featuring over 30 celebrity guests, including William Shatner (Star Trek, The Twilight Zone), Corey Feldman (Dream a Little Dream, The Goonies), Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Scream), and Elvira (Mistress of the Dark), in addition to three days of film screenings, Q&A panels, and more.

Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 21-23, 2014-0204

The horror comedy Smothered, written and directed by John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard), had its world premiere screening Friday night, while pro wrestlers Hulk Hogan and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper reminisced about their classic feud from the ’80s during a special panel moderated by “Mean” Gene Okerlund on Sunday.

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Remembering When ‘Evil Dead II’ Possessed North Carolina

Evil is alive in theaters this weekend, with the reimagined ultra-gory Evil Dead currently the number one movie at the box office, and to mark the occasion we’re looking back at the second of three cult classics that preceded this latest incarnation of “deadites”, filmed in North Carolina over 25 years ago.

Bruce Campbell is Ash in 'Evil Dead II', filmed in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

Bruce Campbell is Ash in ‘Evil Dead II’, filmed in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

Released on March 13, 1987 in only 310 theaters, Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn is the film that became a legend, made a franchise, and created a new icon for horror fans to embrace in its unique hero Ashley “Ash” Williams, played by Bruce Campbell, and it all started with a few cameras in the woods in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

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Remembering ‘The Crow’ and Death of Brandon Lee on the NC Set

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of actor Brandon Lee on the Wilmington, NC set of what would of been the breakthrough film for the charismatic son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

The Crow

The origin of The Crow itself is a tale about finding hope and redemption even after unimaginable tragedy.

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NC Actress Kayli Tolleson Talks ‘Homeland’ and ‘Banshee’ [Interview]

While most kids her age were at the beach or a theme park, up and coming North Carolina actress Kayli Tolleson spent much of her summer vacation working on the sets of some of the most high profile pojects produced in the state this year, including Showtime’s Emmy winning Homeland and Cinemax’s new series Banshee.

North Carolina native Kayli Tolleson worked as an extra on 'Homeland', 'Banshee', and 'Iron Man 3' this summer.

North Carolina native Kayli Tolleson worked as an extra on ‘Homeland’, ‘Banshee’, and ‘Iron Man 3’ this summer.

We caught up with the busy 13-year-old Charlotte, NC native recently to get the scoop on her experiences on these productions and more, which you can read about in our exclusive interview below!

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‘Halloween’ is Home at The Myers House NC

The ultimate Halloween party is happening this weekend in Hillsborough, North Carolina at the world’s only life-size replica of the home of the holiday’s most infamous cinematic icon.

The Myers House NC owner Kenny Caperton and Michael Myers (OBXentertainment.com Editor in Chief Matt Artz) enjoy the view from atop a life size replica of Michael Myers' house from John Carpenter's 'Halloween'. (photo: Artz Music & Photography)

Built to almost identical specs of the actual house in South Pasadena, CA where masked killer Michael Myers lived in director John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece Halloween, The Myers House NC is more than a tribute to the classic horror film, but a love letter to the entire franchise it started (including seven sequels, a remake, and a sequel to the remake) and a celebration of the spookiest day of the year itself.

And it’s also where Kenny Caperton and his girlfriend Emily Currier live.

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NC Actress Maria Howell Talks About ‘Revolution’ [Interview]

When the lights go out and Revolution begins this Monday, keep an eye on Gastonia, North Carolina native actress Maria Howell, who promises of her character, “Grace has a secret”.

Maria Howell plays "Grace" in NBC's 'Revolution'.

Maria Howell plays “Grace” in NBC’s ‘Revolution’.

Howell (The Color Purple, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is currently filming the new NBC series Revolution in Wilmington, and we recently caught up with the accomplished actress and singer to get the scoop on what brought her to this highly anticipated project and what viewers can expect from her character, “Grace”.

Click here to read Part One of our exclusive interview with Maria Howell and then scroll down to check out Part Two below!

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From ‘Color Purple’ to ‘Revolution’ NC Native Maria Howell Brings Grace [Interview]

Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Maria Howell always knew she that she wanted to sing and act, but no one could have predicted that the unique opportunity to do both alongside Oprah Winfrey in a Steven Spielberg movie would mark her unforgettable film debut.

Gastonia, NC native Maria Howell

Gastonia, NC native Maria Howell

Howell is currently filming the new NBC series Revolution in Wilmington, NC and about to start shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Atlanta, GA, and we talked to her at length recently to get the scoop on both of these highly anticipated projects and on making it as a professional actress and singer in North Carolina.

Read on for Part One of our exclusive interview with Maria Howell! 

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NC’s Maria Howell Catches Fire in ‘The Hunger Games’ Sequel

Lionsgate Studios announced today that Gastonia, North Carolina native Maria Howell (NBC’s Revolution, The Blind Side, The Color Purple) has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as “Seeder”, a former victor of the games, in the big budget sequel due in theaters next year.

UPDATED 8/15/12: NCHollywood.com talked to Maria just hours after the official announcement about her role in the anticipated sequel, but we have been asked by Lionsgate to keep that portion of our chat under wraps for the time being.

NC native Maria Howell plays "Seeder" in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.

NC native Maria Howell plays “Seeder” in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.

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Michael Roark Teases His “Hostile” ‘Banshee’ Character [Exclusive]

Currently filming in Charlotte, North Carolina, the new Cinemax original series Banshee recently added Michael Roark to the cast, and we caught up with the actor earlier today to get some exclusive scoop on his character, known as “Billy B.”

Michael Roark

Michael Roark

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