All for the KARMIN

by Catie Ragusa on April 7, 2014

acapella_single_image-webTwo small town students once met by chance while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. They began to date in their sophomore year. After graduation, the lovers realized that they had yet to begin chasing their dreams of becoming professional musicians, and decided that it was time to put their hard-earned degrees to use. Dreaming of a successful career in music, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan chose a name for their two-man band, created a YouTube account and began posting videos of their covers of chart-topping songs. One video in particular caught their subscribers’ attention, and like magic, Amy and Nick’s fairytale life together began.

“Karmin” comes from a combination of two words that are important to Amy and Nick. “We were looking for a really simple band name,” says Amy, the duo’s lead vocalist. “We wanted something that was really easy to say and to spell that was only a couple of syllables.” “Carmen” is Latin for “song,” which seemed a good fit for their musical mission. “We believe that the song is beyond the artist,” says Amy. Then they added a hint of karma, which is why they decided to spell their name with a “K.” Set with a catchy name and undeniable talent, Karmin set out to show the world, both on and off of the computer screen. The couple had to learn to play a number of new instruments and Nick, normally a trombone player, learned to sing and play guitar, along with many other instruments.

Six months after they started posting cover songs online, they recorded a video performance of Chris Brown’s hip-hop track “Look At Me Now.” Amy sports a suicide roll and dressed in classy black, she flawlessly rapping the warp-speed ballad in its entirety, showcasing flow only Busta Rhymes himself could rival. It’s an impressive feat.

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by Arthur Vandelay on April 4, 2014

UPDATE: Because of the large response to this casting call, the venue has been moved! The new location is at 415 North 15th Street, Baton Rouge, LA, with parking located on the corner of N. 15th Street and Laurel Street, next to Renaissance Park. The time remains the same: from 11am to 6pm. All those auditioning will be asked to dance to #ThatPower by Justin Bieber and Lollipop by Mika.

The ultimate squad of aca-awesome singers are looking for acolytes. The sequel to the surprise smash hit Pitch Perfect is holding a casting call this Saturday, April 5. The first film shot under the radar in Baton Rouge a few years ago, heavily relying on locals to fill out the cast of perfectly pitched singers. Elizabeth Banks, who’s making her directorial debut, is back in Baton Rouge to cast the sequel.

An open casting call for dancers will be held on Saturday, April 5 at Rick Seelings Dance Club, located at 10776 North Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. On site parking is available at the Reeves Shopping Center.

Dancers should come ready to dance in appropriate dance attire and footwear from 11am to 6pm. Dancers of all styles are welcome to audition.

For more information, email Caballero Casting at or visit

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Makeup continuity photos of actor Marlon Brando on the set of The Godfather have surfaced. I’m blown away at the quality of the work done by the hair and makeup team. I recently re-watched The Godfather trilogy on Blu-ray and even under the microscope of HD, the makeups hold up. Tremendous work on a tremendous actor.


DSC01204-webThe Advocate has a piece in today’s paper interviewing Scene Magazine‘s publisher, Andre Champagne. The author, Bill Lodge, does a solid job of telling his story of moving back to Louisiana and starting several companies, including Hollywood Trucks and Scene Magazine.

The article rightly points out how the State of Louisiana’s infrastructure tax credit program assisted in the development of Hollywood Trucks. However, it is vague about how Scene Magazine has benefited.

The success story of Scene is a powerful proof of the success of the film industry tax credits. Movies such as Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club spend millions in the state before receiving tax credits back. Companies like Hollywood Trucks, who participated in the now-sunset film infrastructure tax credit program, have also spent millions in Louisiana before receiving tax credits back.

But Scene Magazine has never received any tax credits. Or any other state subsidy. We’re a company that the economists don’t count. The number crunchers miss us completely because the State doesn’t give us money and neither do films. But Scene Magazine wouldn’t exist without the entertainment industry.

It was Champagne, along with several other investors including God’s Not Dead producer Jarred Coates and Justified actor AJ Buckley, who invested their personal income from working in the film industry and decided to invest in a media company.

We have benefited indirectly from the tax credits. And we continue to benefit. Film industry support companies that were opened to support the film industry directly advertise in Scene Magazine. And Scene, in turn, hire locals and purchase local goods.

Scene is just one such company that escapes the eye of economists everywhere. When a new report comes out purporting to give authoritative data on the benefits and costs of the State’s film tax credit program, we’re left out, along with restaurants, hotels, music festivals and scores of other entities that benefit indirectly.

Entertainment is a billion dollar industry in Louisiana. One that did not exist a decade ago. Let your local legislators know you want to keep it here.

Click here to read Lodge’s full story at


Bonnie McKee to open for Karmin at the Civic Theatre

by Wyatt Gassen on March 26, 2014


The “American Girl” singer, Bonnie McKee, is coming to New Orleans to open for the fabulous pop duo Karmin! The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is steadily becoming a pop icon, with her blonde hair, dyed flaming red, and her star-spangled, heart-shaped sunglasses showcased in the music video of her hit single. This American beauty will be gracing the stage at the Civic Theatre on April 9 as she opens for Karmin, who became popular after lead vocalist Amy Heidemann showcased her sick rap skills on the band’s Youtube channel. For more information in regards to either band, tickets or showtimes, visit


VIDEO: Royal Teeth on ‘American Idol’

by Catie Ragusa on March 25, 2014

New Orleans band Royal Teeth performed their hit song “Wild” last week on American Idol. We expect to see more of Royal Teeth in the near future!



Though the low-budget Christian film God’s Not Dead was only released in 782 theaters nationwide, it earned $8.2 million during its opening weekend. Shot in Baton Rouge and produced by Red Entertainment’s Jarred Coates, a partner in Scene MagazineGod’s Not Dead is about a college freshman who sets out to prove God’s existence, even though faith has been immediately challenged on his first day of school. Starring Shane Harper, David AR White and Kevin Sorbo, with special appearances by Duck Dynasty‘s Willie and Korie Robertson, God’s Not Dead is directed by Harold Cronk. Catch it in select theaters now.


‘American Horror Story: FREAK SHOW’

by Catie Ragusa on March 25, 2014


The first three seasons of American Horror Story have all been a little freaky, but AHS fans can really get excited about the upcoming fourth season. More strange, frighting and downright disturbing characters enter the world of horror in the next season, which has finally been given the title of American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Season Four is bringing back the spectacular regulars. So far Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy have been confirmed as cast members in Freak Show, while Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are rumored to be returning. Set in Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s, American Horror Story: Freak Show begins production in New Orleans this summer.


Omar Sy joins ‘Jurassic World’

by Catie Ragusa on March 24, 2014


The Intouchables star Omar Sy is bravely entering Jurassic World. Sy joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Ty Simpkins and recently cast BD Wong in Universal’s Jurassic Park reboot. Shooting in New Orleans and directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. The drama is set to be released June 12, 2015. Sy can also soon be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hits theaters May 23.