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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson talk about the making of Deepwater Horizon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Dylan O'Brien, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, which was filmed in New Orleans and opens here Sept. 30.
  • Dylan O'Brien, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, which was filmed in New Orleans and opens here Sept. 30.

"Make sure you get it right."

Sporting a simple black T-shirt, with waves of long brown hair cascading from his Wahlburgers-branded baseball cap, actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, fresh from his 6:30 a.m. tee time, recounts his local golf buddies' initial reaction to Deepwater Horizon: A certain skepticism, born of their belief in the story's importance.

The film, opening in theaters Friday, is a tense, often terrifying depiction of the blowout, explosion, and subsequent fire aboard the offshore oil-drilling rig on April 20, 2010, killing 11, injuring 17, and leading to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. It's Deepwater Horizon's focus on "the human tragedy" that motivated Wahlberg, who plays the rig's chief electronics technician, Mike Williams, to bring the project to fruition.

"When I realized that 11 people lost their lives, I was a bit surprised that there wasn't enough attention put on that," Wahlberg says, echoing co-stars Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. In their recollections, it was the potential ecological consequences of the BP oil discharge, and not the disaster that started it, which broke through to the national consciousness in the spring and summer of 2010.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gleason makes its New Orleans premiere at the Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 11:54 PM

Steve Gleason and Leah Chase at the New Orleans premiere of Gleason, which was held at the Orpheum Theater June 14. - MATT BRENNAN
  • Steve Gleason and Leah Chase at the New Orleans premiere of Gleason, which was held at the Orpheum Theater June 14.

Five years after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason still can crack wise.

"I hope you enjoyed our film," he quipped from the Orpheum Theater stage Tuesday night, following the New Orleans premiere of his video diary-turned-feature-length-documentary, Gleason. "I need some tequila."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Report: Fox to stage live Last Supper rock musical in New Orleans on Palm Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM

Forget The Wiz: According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Fox TV is going to broadcast a live event from the streets of New Orleans on Palm Sunday — and it's a rock musical based on the Last Supper.

It’s called “The Passion,” and Dick Clark Productions is putting it together.

The two hour musical extravaganza will be a live (yes, LIVE) restaging of the Last Supper set to modern rock songs. It will air on Palm Sunday, produced by Adam Anders, whose credits include “Glee” and “American Horror Story” as music supervisor. ...

I’m told that hundreds of New Orleans extras will take part in a processional walking a huge illuminated cross from the Superdome to a park on the river. What’s not clear is if they go through with the crucifixion and resurrection, or if it stops there and turns into Mardi Gras. 


This sounds like a cross between two ill-fated New Orleans productions — last year's all-star Jesus Christ Superstar (which was canceled, literally, in mid-rehearsal) and Saturday Night Live: Live From Mardi Gras, a disastrous 1977 special that Gambit recalled in a 2002 story by David Lee Simmons

It's official. We live on a backlot now.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project screens films July 30-31 at National World War II Museum

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM


New Orleans is one of more than 130 cities around the world with a 48 Hour Film Project competition. Last weekend, 53 teams set out to write, shoot and edit a seven-minute film in less than 48 hours. Thirty-eight teams completed the challenge. The films screen at 7:30 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, July 30-31, at the Solomon Victory Theatre at the National World War II Museum.

The winning films will be screened again Aug. 6 at the New Orleans Jazz Market, and awards will be presented for best editing, writing, directing and other categories. The best overall film will go to Filmapalooza, where top films from participating cities compete for the grand prize. The top 10 films at Filmapalooza will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. (Last year's local winner after the jump).

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Don’t kill film tax credits

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Humpty Dumpty tries to get Morris Lessmore interested in reading in Moonbot Studios’ THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE. Louisiana’s film tax credit program helped grow Shreveport-based Moonbot from a small startup into an Oscar- and Emmy-winning animation studio.
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  • Humpty Dumpty tries to get Morris Lessmore interested in reading in Moonbot Studios’ THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE. Louisiana’s film tax credit program helped grow Shreveport-based Moonbot from a small startup into an Oscar- and Emmy-winning animation studio.

State lawmakers should reform, not abandon, the state’s much-maligned film tax credit program. While there have been abuses in the past, there are many more cases of the credits growing Louisiana’s film industry.

Lawmakers last week advanced a series of bills that would make the film tax credit program significantly stronger, more focused on homegrown talent, and less expensive. The state spent $226 million on film tax credits last year.

Louisiana has surpassed Hollywood as America’s film capital, but the state’s $1.6 billion budget hole and the credits’ soaring costs have made them a target for potential cuts. Supporters of the credits point to the exponential growth in Louisiana-based films and film-related companies. Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, for example, has won an Oscar and four Emmys — two of them just last month — for its animated short films.

Last week, a handful of bills revamping the credits began moving through the House and Senate. House Bill 829 by state Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, would cap the state’s costs and refocus the credits on Louisiana residents and companies. On May 7, the House passed HB 829 by a vote of 101-2. That same day, the Senate passed several tax credit reform bills by state Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, who said his bills would “clean up” the program.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Politico: James Carville was almost the next Judge Judy

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 11:53 AM


Score one for yesterday's Wikileaks hack: Out of that document dump came the news that New Orleans-based professor and political consultant James Carville shot a pilot last October called Carville's Court, which would have put Carville behind the faux-bench of a faux-courtroom in a New Orleans-shot faux-judge show. Politico's "On Media" column broke the story:

The reality show featured the former Bill Cinton campaign strategist presiding over small claims cases in New Orleans and issuing both legal rulings and moral advice. In a pilot episode, Judge Carville rules that a man owed $3,800 to a woman for failing to adequately decal her car in Betty-Boop paraphernalia. In another case, Carville denies a woman's request for $1,000 from injuries sustained while she and her future sister-in-law were drunk on a rafting trip.

And now you can watch the pilot and dream of what might have been — the Ragin' Cajun faux-adjudicating over neighbors suing noisy French Quarter bars, Brennans vs. Brennans, and all manner of small-claims cases ginned up for Hollywood South. But Sony Television passed, and the crown of Judge Judy Sheindlin seems safe for now.

CARVILLE'S COURT CC Master V3 110114 h264 from BLP on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ron White added to Krewe of Orpheus celebrity riders

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Ron White joins the list of celebrity riders for Orpheus 2015. - RONWHITE.COM
  • Ron White joins the list of celebrity riders for Orpheus 2015.

The Krewe of Orpheus is known for its celebrity riders, and this year's lineup ranges from a country star to the cast of NCIS: New Orleans to a Real Housewife. To that mix is now added Blue Collar Comedy star Ron White, who is described in the krewe's press release as a "Multi-Platinum Award-Winning, Scotch-Drinking, Cigar-Smoking, Top-Selling Touring Comedian."

White will ride on the Captain's float with Orpheus captain Sonny Borey. Other riders include country singer Dierks Bentley (who will perform at the krewe's Orpheuscapade), NCIS: New Orleans cast members Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder with show creator Gary Glasberg; Real Housewives of Beverly Hills performer Lisa Vanderpump; and the most recent winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, New Orleans' own Bianca del Rio.

Orpheus rolls on Lundi Gras (Feb. 16) on the Uptown route, and while you're waiting on the neutral ground with your cooler and your iPad you can read Gambit's 2009 interview with Ron White here — and a 2014 cover story about Bianca Del Rio as well.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top stories and blog posts of 2014: What you really were interested in reading

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM


We know, we know — you want hard-hitting investigative stories, breaking news, City Hall probes, political scandals and all that.

And you got some of that this year, including Jeanie Riess' look at Uber in New Orleans, an omnibus issue about pot ("Louweedziana"), Clancy DuBos' reasons "Why Bobby Jindal Will Never, Ever Be President," our second installment of The New New Orleans (actually, you clicked on that a lot), Jules Bentley's polarizing first-person essay "Sober in New Orleans," Henrick Karoliszyn's look at the danger of black-market silicone implants, Kari Dequine Harden's followup on Honduran refugee children in New Orleans and Matt Brennan's two-part series on Louisiana film tax credits.

But what were the most clicked-on stories on Blog of New Orleans and Best of New Orleans?

Here's what you really were searching for and reading ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A brilliant True Detective bootleg DVD cover

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

If you've ever been to some of the sketchy video stores in New Orleans East (or — um — investigated the contents of open car trunks in their parking lots), you've probably run across a few DVD titles priced too good to be true. Such as this particularly remarkable one of a certain critically acclaimed miniseries shot in Louisiana, recently posted to Reddit:


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Friday, April 25, 2014

"One Day In NOLA" film project happening April 26

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

We mentioned this back in March and now we're just over eight hours away from the beginning of the "One Day in NOLA" video project put on by the makers of "One Day On Earth."

To participate, go to the One Day in New Orleans website and sign up. Surely many people will be submitting footage from Jazz Fest, but, as we mentioned before, the makers of this film hope to get much more.

On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of New Orleans as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

Show us what you got, New Orleans.

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