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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The third film picks up after the events of Quarter Quell. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is in District 13 leading a rebellion against the Capitol, while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is trapped with President Snow (Donald Sutherland). 125 min. Rated PG-13.

V/H/S: Viral

Everyone wants to be the next internet sensation. A group of teens set out to accomplish this, but soon find themselves stars of the next video that puts them face to face with their own death. 97 min. Rated R.

The Mule

A first-time drug mule is caught by law enforcement. Stars Hugo Weaving and Angus Sampson, who attempt to get the drug mule to “release” what’s inside of him. It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts. 103 min. NR.

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Before we get to the game, let’s talk about this: Will Ferrell dressed in his finest Anthony Davis outfit with Pelicans’ GM Dell Demps. The Anchorman star is currently in New Orleans filming Daddy’s Home, which reunites him with his The Other Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg. The funny man is obviously now a Pelicans’ fan, while also channelling his inner Jackie Moon.

On Tuesday, the Pelicans erased a nine-point halftime deficit and outscored the Kings thirty-one to fifteen in the third quarter. The Pelicans scored sixty-one points in the second half alone to outlast the Kings in Sacramento 106-100. A solid team win for the Pelicans squad that only committed six turnovers throughout the entire game.

Next, the Pelicans will travel to Denver to face an athletic Nuggets unit fresh off a victory against the fiercely depleted Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nugget’s starters combined to score a total of seventy-four out of their 107 points, 69% of their final offensive output.

Ty Lawson had himself a game with fifteen points to go along with fifteen assists. Anthony Davis’ Team USA teammate, Kenneth Faried, was held to only eight points and brought in ten rebounds. A good sign for the Pelicans is the performance by the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka. The Spaniard logged thirty-seven minutes and scored twenty-two points while grabbing thirteen rebounds.

This will be the third of four road games for the irrepressible Pelicans. Hopefully they can get substantial minutes from Omer Asik who has missed the past two games with an ailing back injury. Asik valuably contributes on both ends of the court as his season averages are near double-double worthy with nine points per game and ten rebounds per game. The Turkish-born big man also adds a little over a block a game which will help defend interior players, Faried and Timofey Mozgov.

Another question that desperately needs to be answered is the play of Pelican Eric Gordon. He ended with season-high seventeen points in the win against the Kings and shot 50% from beyond the arc, going three of six. He was a bright spot for the Pels on Tuesday night and will hopefully remain consistent as the year progresses.

Once again, Ryan Anderson downed four three pointers en route to his twenty-two points. His energy, IQ and his ability to find open areas on the court is much appreciated for a recently unselfish Pelicans squad. He provides floor spacing and dead-eye accuracy from distance. Anderson has all the capability of winning his second 6th Man of the Year award.

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We will see a possible Faried matchup with Anderson when the Pelicans play with their small lineup. This could be a major factor if AD is able to isolate Mozgov in the mid post. AD’s quick first step is almost unstoppable and Brian Shaw may have to go to Shaqtin’ A Fool’s frontman JaVale McGee instead of Mozgov.

If Asik can shell out costly minutes, the Pelicans can win the interior game both offensively and defensively. Can the perimeter defense of Tyreke, Jrue and Eric Gordon contain the quick Lawson, along with perimeter scorers Wilson Chandler and Aaron Afflalo? Can the Pelicans hold on to a lead on the road in the fourth quarter for the second straight game? Will the Mile High City’s thin air effect the Pelicans’ fatigue? We will see come 8:00pm CST on Friday, November 21.

My Prediction: Pelicans 103 – Nuggets 99

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Foo Fighters Live at The House of Blues Friday November 21

by Jordan McGuire on November 19, 2014

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Foo Fighters are back! After a pleasantly ear shattering performance at The Voodoo Experience, the smiling rockers return to New Orleans. Dave Grohl will reappear at the House of Blues this Friday, November 21. Tickets were available for purchase at noon today, but were sold out within seconds.

This will be the Foo Fighters’ third performance in New Orleans in the past seven months. While filming the HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, the WWII UFOs played a surprise concert at Preservation Hall that featured New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Dave Grohl continued their collective jam when they played “This is A Call” at the 2014 Voodoo Experience on November 2. The duet ended with a ‘bromantic’ bear hug between the two.

This Friday will be yet another stop on the band’s promotional tour for their new album/new documentary series Sonic Highways. They have played everywhere from large venues to small clubs returning to several locations where their documentary series was shot.

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Jurassic World Spares No Expense, Launches Two New Websites

by Jordan McGuire on November 18, 2014

A little over nine days and twelve hours to go until the highly anticipated trailer of Jurassic World is released into the wild. With budding superstars Chris Pratt and Jake Johnson leading the way, Jurassic World has seemingly been sixty-five million years in the making. Now, after seeing only a few stills while the movie was filming in New Orleans, the publicity team is loose. Someone should have put locking mechanisms on the vehicle doors!

The launch of Jurassic World’s new viral marketing site masraniglobal.com reveals photos of the park, corporate branding images, notes on new park innovations and our first look at Dr. Henry Wu, played by the returning, and apparently ageless, BD Wong. There’s also lots of other signs of prehistoric life.

Jurassic WorldThe movie has also launched its official website at jurassicworld.com. With one click of a button, you can add the trailer launch date and much more to your personal calendar. The ‘Latest News’ updates in the top right corner of the webpage, revealing new features of the park, including dinosaur facts and a new golf course. It reads, “Fore! Tee off on eighteen beautiful holes lined with lush Jurassic flora.”

With the launch of this interactive website, readers can catch a glimpse of Isla Nublar and dive into the depths of it’s history and the creative process of how it was conceived. Masrani chief executive officer Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) will guide you on a tour of The Greatest Theme Park in the World.

Website creators have even gone to great lengths ‘Protecting Nublar.’ This is seen at the bottom of the ‘About’ section in the header of the webpage. ‘Protecting Nublar’ includes columns about the origins of the park, wildlife preservation and the sustainability of the environment.

Add Jurassic World’s trailer launch to your calendar and check it out with us on Thanksgiving Day!

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BEFORE THE SCENE with Travis Aaron Wade

by Arthur Vandelay on November 14, 2014

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Travis Aaron Wade is an actor from Los Angeles. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Wade’s career as an actor was taking off when he was cast in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, but he broke his nose on the set of The Fix with Robert Patrick the same year. Now after rebuilding his career from the ground up, Wade can next be seen in the CW’s long-running hit show Supernatural, The Forger with John Travolta and Christopher Plummer, and in Criminal Activities with John Travolta, Dan Stevens and Jackie Earle Haley.

What made you want to become an actor?

I was twenty-two and I had gotten out of the Marine Corps. I didn’t really know how to get back into the civilian world. I have the utmost respect for the Marine Corps, but what they have you training to do is inhumane and you have to react a certain way. They have to strip you of all of your emotions. When I got into the military, I didn’t expect those things to happen to me, and when they did, I kinda came out lost. I was in college studying and I was working. I was going through the motions. I was doing everything I was supposed to do, but I just felt null and void. My sister passed away giving birth to her second child. The funeral was very hard on a lot of us, but I was very cold and I didn’t have any emotion. I remember going to my mom and I said “I don’t feel, I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” And she said, ‘What is it that makes you feel?” And the only time I can remember feeling was watching movies. She said, “Why don’t you work in the movie business?”

A friend who was an actress said, “Take an acting class and network. Meet some people in the business and maybe you can do some grip work.” Walking into acting class, the first people I saw were Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Biel, Claire Danes, Danny and Chris Masterson. These kids were not famous: they were just TV stars at the time. They were putting up this work on stage that was mind blowing. I was just in awe of what they did. At some point, the teacher said, “Stop auditing and get up there and do it.”

I finally tried to put up a scene with people watching. The minute I tried to perform, I had a nervous breakdown. I started crying. I just went blank. The next thing I know, I got a phone call from the teacher. She said, “You just left! You need to come back to class.” I said, “I don’t know what happened. I wasn’t suppose to cry in the scene. I just lost it and I had a nervous breakdown.” It was the first time I had cried and let all these emotions out that were suppressed for many years. She said, “The class was being audited by Judy Savage. She’s an agent. She wants to sign you.”

What was your biggest fear?

Being thirty-nine years old, not married, no children and wondering how I’m paying rent. The fear was where I’m at today. I’m kinda living it! With the success I had early on doing films like War of the Worlds and being closely connected to Jarhead, I didn’t think that I’d be where I’m at today: hoping that my next job comes. When acting does take over, you are in Vancouver shooting a television series, and it’s very difficult to do anything else. Then, that job is over. The fear is not living it. It’s where I’m at today. It’s not so scary now, because there is light at the end of the tunnel. That was the unknown. But, I’m here at this age and it’s not that bad. If you get into acting thinking it’s a five year or ten year gig, you’re gonna be sorely disappointed. It’s a lifelong journey.

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New Orleans-Shot Thriller ‘The Lookalike’ Premieres

by Arthur Vandelay

The New Orleans-shot thriller The Lookalike premieres tonight at the Prytania Theatre. The independent film features an impressive cast that includes Justin Long, Gillian Jacobs, John Corbett, Jerry O’Connell, Scottie Thompson, Gina Gershon, Luis Guzman, Steven Bauer and John Savage. The Lookalike was directed by Richard Gray. Although the premiere tonight is by invitation only, the film will screen […]

Here’s My $2 Kickstarter: Watch the Video

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EDITOR’S LETTER: Help Keep The Film & Entertainment Industry Rolling by Backing a Kickstarter

by Arthur Vandelay

Louisiana is this amazing place that will fill your senses to the brim. We have some of the best music, the best food, the best people and the best stories in the world. Anyone who has ever visited knows this to be true. And as people who live here, we know it to be gospel! […]

IN THEATERS: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, The Theory of Everything

by Jordan McGuire

Interstellar Matthew McConaughey heads out on an interstellar voyage in Christopher Nolan’s mysterious new film. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy and Topher Grace also star. 169 min. Rated PG-13. Big Hero 6 Disney and Marvel come together for an animated superhero film that follows a young boy, Hiro Hamada, and […]