Hollywood Alaska

The formerly "Everybody Loves Whales," - now called "Big Miracle," the first major, modern movie filmed entirely in Alaska is about to hit theaters. The tale of serial killer Robert Hansen, starring John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, filmed in Anchorage this fall. Other major-studio films are considering an Alaska shoot, even as an army of reality TV camera crews continues to prowl the state. Producers credit the state’s fledgling tax incentive program – one of the most generous such public subsidies in the country – with enticing movie-makers to the Last Frontier. How long will the gold rush last? Is the state getting a big enough return on its investment? Welcome to Hollywood, Alaska.

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Casting: New reality show seeks quirky Alaskans

Hank Stepleton speaks with people at Wild West Guns in Anchorage about the pilot episode of a television show that he's producing in the state. Stepleton says he's creating a reality show about guns and hunting in Alaska that will debut later this year. A casting call for the series will be held at the gun shop all day Saturday. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)Hank Stepleton speaks with people at Wild West Guns in Anchorage about the pilot episode of a television show that he's producing in the state. Stepleton says he's creating a reality show about guns and hunting in Alaska that will debut later this year. A casting call for the series will be held at the gun shop all day Saturday. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

The producers of yet another new Alaska-based reality show will hold a casting call all day Saturday at Wild West Guns in Anchorage. Their hope: Discovering people with big personalities and quirky characters to showcase on the series.

The casting call is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the gun shop, 71 Homer Drive. People who can’t make it can email their photo and a description of themselves to alaskacasting2012@gmail.com.

The production company behind the show, Jupiter Entertainment, also produced “Sons of Guns” for Discovery Channel, said co-executive producer Hank Stepleton.

The Alaska show is a “docu-series” centered around Wild West Guns but will feature a variety of Alaska-based activities and locations. Expect a mix of hunting, gold-mining, fishing.

“I would love a crusty gold miner,” he said. “I would love an Alaskan couple who is going to get married this summer that would like to have their wedding featured.”

A middle school or high school girl who plans to go hunting with her father as a rite of passage would also work, Stepleton said. “I would love a female lumberjack.”

The show is expected to air in November on a "major cable network," Stepleton said. He refused to say which one.

The series title is also under wraps. “It will be something with 'Alaska' in it. It will be something with 'guns' in it, but right now it’s untitled," the producer said.

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