Yes, 2012 was quite entertaining for Wilmington, North Carolina, and the surrounding area. From "Iron Man 3" and "We're the Millers" to "Safe Haven" and "Revolution," it's been a busy year for Hollywood East.
Entertainment Weekly recognized the area's success in its new double issue on the best and worst of 2012. They listed the year's top 10 moments in style and design, including a section titled "The Apocalypse Cometh" as number 8. Here's what EW wrote, with a mention of Wilmington:
"Doomsday theorists had plenty of postapocalyptic TV shows and movies to keep them entertained this year. And the fall of civilization has never looked so good. No matter which end-of-the-world story you fund most plausible — our money's on the zombies — the eerie dystopian worlds created for The Walking Dead, Revolution, Cloud Atlas, and The Hunger Games all seemed real, courtesy of some very imaginative production and set designers. A special shout-out to Wilmington, N.C., the quaint coastal town (dubbed 'Hollywood East') that, having previously served as the backdrop for Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, and Weekend at Bernie's, now plays the role of the postelectric America in Revolution."
It's nice to see Wilmington recognized — and nearby Southport, N.C., should be getting more recognition pretty soon, since "Safe Haven" will open on Valentine's Day 2013. Later, "We're the Millers" and "Iron Man" will be released, making 2013 another big year for Hollywood East. The hits just keep on coming!