Kono Productions and Creative Control will host a private screening of King of New Orleans at The Prytania Theatre on Thursday, February 5. An after party will follow the screening at Le Bon Temps Roulé.

King of New Orleans, a project written and shot in New Orleans, tells the story of the father and son relationship of a cabbie and his son, a Harvard drop out. The movie shows the deterioration of a man and his son’s failed attempts at success. King of New Orleans is directed by Coodie & Chike and written by Brian R. Friedman. David Jensen stars as the cab driver and Richard Brien plays his son.

Director Chike Ozah is a New Orleans native and the director of Benji, the highly acclaimed 30 for 30 ESPN series. Writer Brian R. Friedman also resides in New Orleans and has been friends with Chike for quite some time. Friedman has covered Chike in the past for NolaVie as Chike’s Benji was a huge success at the Tribeca Film Fest in 2012. The film’s star, Jensen, is currently in Louisiana filming Geostorm.

In the trailer, we see the tense relationship of father and son parallel the night life of New Orleans. “There’s no place like home” seems to be a major theme. The dialogue and cinematography reinforce this theme and also showcases the beauty of the Big Easy.

The trailer shows the cab driver engaging in jovial conversations with his patrons. Each passenger seems to reveal more than they would normally due to the effects of New Orleans’ beverages. The film’s look is similar to the documentary style that was used in the 30 for 30 series.

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PHOTOS: ‘Fantastic Four’

by Jordan McGuire on January 28, 2015

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With the incredible buzz lingering from Guardians of the Galaxy and the new hype regarding Ant-Man it seems that Fantastic Four will fit the mold of the next big summer movie. The Fantastic Four trailer shows glimpses of Interstellar-like cornfield settings and has similarities to the Godzilla trailer. Fox has done their job of creating a dark environment the Four will inhabit.

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The superhero team will reform their origins and powers will collide. The voiceover within the trailer is similar to Michael Douglas’ in the trailer for Ant-Man. The lulling sounds of Reg E. Cathey’s voice oddly brings intensity immediately and we must “be ready for what’s coming.” There’s more!

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SUNDANCE: 2015 Short Film Awards

by Arthur Vandelay on January 28, 2015

World of tomorrow shortThe Sundance Institute has announced the 2015 jury prizes in short filmmaking. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah, where the festival takes place every year. You can watch a full video of the ceremony at youtube.com/sff.

This year’s short film program is comprised of sixty short films selected from 8,061 submissions, a number that grows every year. The short film jurors are K.K. Barrett, Alia Shawkat and Autumn de Wilde. Short film award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s feature film awards ceremony, hosted by Tig Notaro, on Saturday, January 31 at 7pm MT and live-streamed at sundance.org.

The Short Film Grand Jury Prize was awarded to:

World of Tomorrow / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt) — A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.

The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction was presented to:
SMILF / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw) — A young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a head during one particular nap-time when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.

The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction was presented to:
Oh Lucy! / Japan, Singapore, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Atsuko Hirayanagi) — Setsuko, a 55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her young unconventional English-language teacher. “Lucy” awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.

The Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction was presented to:
The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul / Australia (Director: Kitty Green) — Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.

The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was presented to:
Storm hits jacket / France (Director and screenwriter: Paul Cabon) — A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension, and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.

A Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting was presented to:
Back Alley / France (Director and screenwriter: Cécile Ducrocq) — Suzanne, a prostitute for 15 years, has her turf, her regular johns, and her freedom. One day, however, young African prostitutes settle nearby, and she is threatened.

A Short Film Special Jury Award for Visual Poetry was presented to:
Object / Poland (Director: Paulina Skibińska) — A creative image of an underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds — ice desert and under water — told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.

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TEASER: Baton Rouge-Shot ‘Fantastic Four’

by Arthur Vandelay on January 27, 2015


Many have been wondering where our first look at Fox’s super reboot of Fantastic Four has been hiding. Wonder no more. The teaser is here, it looks great and really has us excited for the final product.

The new film stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), House of Cards star Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing). Toby Kebbell, who did an outstanding job voicing Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, will again play the villain, Victor Domachev. If you want to see him in human form, I suggest checking out the excellent British tv series Black Mirror.

Chronicle director Josh Trank led the band of four through filming in Baton Rouge, most of which took place at Celtic Studios. Rumor has it they are back for reshoots in early 2015. Although, this trailer looks so good, that’s no cause for concern.

The Fantastic Four is set for a late summer release on August 7.

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David-Oyelowo-Ava-DuVernayThe powerful filmmaking team behind the civil rights drama Selma will be headed to New Orleans in the near future. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo will be reteaming on a new drama set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. The deal for the new film came together at the Sundance Film Festival. The narrative feature is described as a sweeping love story and murder mystery.

Selma was widely expected to receive Academy Awards considerations but DuVernay and Oyelowo did not receive nominations when they were announced last week. The omissions are considered two of the biggest snubs of the 2015 Oscars. Selma, which chronicles the three Selma to Montgomery, Alabama marches in 1965, currently boasts an incredibly rare Rotten Tomatoes score of 99% Fresh.

Oyelowo portrays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film. The Katrina project will bring him back to Louisiana, where he previously shot The Butler and The Paperboy. Both of those films were directed by Lee Daniels.

Several Hurricane Katrina-related films have been in development, and a few have made their way to very limited distribution deals, but there has not yet been a commercially or critically successful film to incorporate the disaster in any major way. The closest Hollywood has come was David Fincher’s film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which used Katrina to narratively frame the film.

Because of the intense media coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and the resulting political discussion, something known as “Katrina fatigue” emerged to describe a general disaffection with the topic. That’s probably what has kept the film industry from bringing a Katrina pic to the big screen. But as time passes, audiences will hopefully be more eager to reflect on one of the greatest natural (and some say, man-made) disasters in United States history.

DuVernay and Oyelowo might be the first to do so successfully.

Source: Deadline

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Anthony Davis Named a Starter for NBA All Star Game

by Jordan McGuire

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IN THEATERS: New Orleans-shot ‘The Loft’, ‘Cake’, ‘Mortdecai’

by Jordan McGuire

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Tonight, Startup Theater Indywood Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary with the Greatest Movie of Our Time

by Micah Haley

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Singer Sky Ferreira Joins ‘Elvis & Nixon’ in New Orleans

by Jordan McGuire

Sony’s Elvis & Nixon just gained another player to their already impressive cast. Singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira joins the likes of Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer and one of my first ever role models, Johnny Knoxville. With the new cast in full force, shooting will begin in January. Boardwalk Empire star Michael Shannon will play […]