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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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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mitch Landrieu to Stephen Colbert: Thought about relocating to New Orleans?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Talk show host Stephen Colbert during a visit to Iraq in 2009. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DVIDSHUB
  • Talk show host Stephen Colbert during a visit to Iraq in 2009.

File under long shots: Mayor Mitch Landrieu has written to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves, asking the network to consider moving The Late Show to New Orleans when Stephen Colbert takes the reins from David Letterman in 2015.

"Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and The Late Show or its successor would be a great fit," Landrieu wrote. "New Orleans is a brand unto itself and is particularly attractive for the demographic you are trying to reach."

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Cajun Boy talks to True Detective's "Reggie Ledoux," Charles Halford

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Charles Halford as Reggie Ledoux in True Detective.
  • Charles Halford as Reggie Ledoux in True Detective.

 editor-in-chief (and sometime Gambit contributor) The Cajun Boy has a very entertaining interview with actor Charles Halford, who plays Reggie Ledoux in HBO's Louisiana-set crime drama True Detective.

In it, Halford talks about not smoking weed with stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, not being allowed to drink while he was in New Orleans — and, most entertainingly, hitting the town with New Orleans native Richard Simmons after running into Simmons on the plane (they went to Drago's):
He was super nice. But he can’t not be noticed. Like every third person that came on the plane, he would be like, “Oh and you’re just a magnificent little so-and-so” and “you’re just a big lumberjack who loves his mother.” And then I fell asleep during the flight and I woke up and he was like, “Were you dreaming? What kind of dreams were you having?” He was right in my ear. I’m like, I can’t believe this is happening to me. I’ve never flown first class. I’ve never been to New Orleans and now I got Richard Simmons in my ear, you know asking me about my dreams and trying to give me some psych read or something.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Extras needed for Cat Run 2 Monday, Jan. 27 morning

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Extras are needed for Cat Run 2 filming starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at the Old U.S. Mint. It's a gala scene, so actors (adults only) must dress in their best cocktail attire. Actors can partake in a catered meal and party refreshments, and will be entered in a raffle for an iPad. To participate, contact Kat Sotelo at (732) 763-3848 or at catrunextras@gmail.com, making sure to mention JPAS.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

48 Hour Film Project's Filmapalooza comes to New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Every year the 48 Hour Film Project hosts competitions in more than 100 cities around the world, from Cape Town, South Africa to Seoul, South Korea. Teams draw a genre, line of dialogue and prop and have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film of four to seven minutes length. New Orleans holds its contest every summer. The Wand (above) won best film honors in 2013.

Each city's top film goes on to compete at Filmapalooza for top honors. Local 48 Hour Film Project organizer Alexander Garcia announced that Filmapalooza 2014 will be held in New Orleans March 6-9. Screenings will be held at The Joy Theater, and the weekend also includes panel discussions, parties and more.

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