Last week we reported that New York-based Hyde Park Entertainment had chosen South Carolina as the filming location for its upcoming project, Death Sentence, starring Kevin Bacon, with filming set to begin this week. Apparently, Hyde Park's developed a taste for grits and Southern gals. This fall, the company will be also filming a second project here, in York County. Currently casting in Los Angeles, Asylum will begin shooting in late September.
A little research reveals that director David R. Ellis, though not a household name, has a fat Hollywood resume that stretches back to 1975. He's been the stunt coordinator for nearly 70 movies, and he cut his teeth as second unit director on nearly 40 films, ranging from Fatal Attraction to The Matrix Reloaded and Master and Commander. In the director's chair, he's got 2003's Final Destination 2 to his name as well as last year's Cellular. But what we love the most — call us Philistines, we can't help it — is that's he's the mind behind the deliciously lowbrow cult-hit-before-it's-even-been-released Snakes On a Plane, which crawls into theatres Aug. 18 — just in time for Ellis' September visit. Bets that he'll take in Edisto Beach's Serpentarium while he's here? —Patrick Sharbaugh
Next April, hundreds of bikers will roar into Charleston for the fifth annual Heritage Motorcycle Rally. A highlight of the nine-day event, as always, will be the bike build-off finale, when the 15 teams of competitive customizers who've spent the winter getting creative on choppers in garages across the U.S. and Canada learn who's built the biggest, baddest, and most eye-catching ride.
In recent years, the grand prize of "the Superbowl of bike build-offs" has been a not-insignificant $100,000. But perhaps thanks to the rising price of gas and tattoo ink, a hundred grand doesn't go as far as it used to. Therefore, officials have upped the prize money next year to a whopping $1 million. The competition will also be the subject of a 13-episode reality TV series. Filming in participating garages between now and April, the show will follow the teams' efforts throughout the building process, with Episode 1 airing April 9 on ESPN2. That's a heckuva lot of attention for a hog. —Steven Zimmerman