The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Peter Jackson continues the journey to the middle of the earth as JRR Tolkien’s story comes to life. Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen star. 144 min. Rated PG-13.


Louisiana native Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie in the new reboot of the classic musical. The film with a new urban twist also stars Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Will Gluck directed the film. 118 min. Rated PG.

Night At The Museum: Secret of The Tomb

Late night adventures in a museum are always a good time. This time around Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and his pack of historic heroes head to work at a British museum in order to investigate the disintegrating tablet of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh. 97 min. Rated PG.


BUKU Music + Art Project: 2015 Lineup

by Arthur Vandelay on December 17, 2014

The BUKU Music + Art project has announced the first artists that will grace the stage of the 2015 festival. In only a few short years, BUKU has established itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals in the country, attracting enthusiasts from all over the world to the city of New Orleans.

To kick off the lineup release, BUKU has released a beautifully shot (and pretty much Not Safe For Work) promo video announcing their headliners. Take a look up top.

The two-day fest takes place at Mardi Gras World, an urban venue located in the heart of New Orleans. Close to hotels, some of the best food on the planet and the international city’s year-round selection of world-class local music, BUKU is the perfect weekend getaway. Held on March 13-14, 2015, it’s a spring break without the hassles of the beach.

The 2015 festival will welcome EDM mainstay Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, the uplifting indie pop band Passion Pit, and the new wave of electronic music duo Empire of the Sun, who return to New Orleans after their performance at newly restored Civic Theatre. The South African rap group Die Antwoord will also be returning to New Orleans, having previously played the Voodoo Music Experience.

Also performing are TV on the Radio, Porter Robinson and the electro-rock group STS9. The Chicago-based trap duo Flosstradamus will spin live, along with G-Eazy, Swedish pop star Tove Lo, the always boss Borgore and Alaskan rock band Portugal. The Man. Others include Run the Jewels, Zomboy, Gramatik, Odesza, Jamie Jones, Bobby Shmurda, Thomas Jack, Yung Lean & Sad Boys, Mr. Carmack, Raury, Bob Moses, In the Valley Below and The Range.

Lil’ Boosie, who was released from prison early this year after serving time for a drug-related charge and probation violation (and beating a murder rap), will perform under his new artist alias Boosie Badazz. He’ll be flanked by fellow Louisiana-based artists Big Freedia, Pell, Suicidyear and DJs Musa, Carneyval, Klutch and ChrissCross.

The music is complemented by visual art installations, pop-up street performers and enough local food and drink to fuel the festival activities of thousands. All of that combined with great March weather make BUKU pretty close to the spring equivalent of the Voodoo Experience. If you think that’s high praise, it is.

There will be more artists announced before BUKU so stay frosty. More information on the BUKU Music + Art Project can be found on the festival’s official website at



Watch actor Dave Davis in his hilarious video about the jolliest time of year. The Bare Handed Bear Handlers are responsible for “Oh Bitch It’s Christmas” and they will have you rethinking your Naughty and Nice list.

The former Lusher and Ben Franklin student chatted with Scene about his life after Katrina and his career path here.

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TRAILER: James Marsden and Karl Urban in ‘The Loft’

by Jordan McGuire on December 16, 2014

Five friends share a newly purchased loft, one that will secretly serve as a safe haven from their married lives. The five friends fall into a pit of lust and adventure until one morning they make a shocking discovery. The body of a dead young woman is found in the loft and the men begin to question each other’s loyalty.

The Loft was partially shot in New Orleans. The film stars James Marsden, Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller, Rachael Taylor and Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet.

James Marsden leads the way in this intense thriller. Marsden has been filming a lot in Louisiana recently with roles in The Loft, D-Train, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 2 Guns, Straw Dogs and The Best of Me, which required him to transform his physique. Scene Health and Fitness columnist Aaron Williamson trained Marsden for that film and talked about the experience here. Williamson also has more of his experiences with Marsden on his official website at

The film is directed by Erik Van Looy who also directed the original film Loft in Belgium in 2008. The Loft is set to be released January 23, 2015.



image_cropThe beautiful and badass Gina Carano, the ‘Face of Women’s MMA’, has been cast in the New Orleans-shot actioner Kickboxer. The Haywire alum will play a fight promoter. She joins Jean-Claude Van Damme in a remake of the 1989 film that helped establish him as a household name.

Kickboxer wrapped its New Orleans unit on Saturday, December 13, but still has filming to do in Thailand.

Carano will join the physically fit cast that includes Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista, UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and the man who started it all, Jean-Claude Van Damme. The gorgeous Thai-English model/actress Sara Malakul Lane has also been cast and will play the love interest in the film. Malakul appeared recently in Jailbait and Syfy’s Sharktopus.

Kickboxer follows X-Men: Days of Future Past stunt performer-turned-actor Alain Moussi on his quest for vengeance. Moussi will play Kurt Sloane. His main objective? Find and fight Tong Po (Bautista), the man responsible for killing Sloane’s brother. Dave Bautista has been red hot lately, starring in Guardians of the Galaxy, and has recently been cast to play a Bond villain in Sam Mendes’ Spectre.

Dimitri Logothetis and Jim McGrath penned the script and Top Gun‘s John Stockwell will direct.



Lineup Announced for Hogs for the Cause

by Jordan McGuire

Founded in 2008 by Becker Hall and Rene Louapre, Hogs for the Cause is a non-profit organization that puts on a grand music and BBQ festival.The two wanted to bring back the traditional southern pig roasts and BBQs and put the proceeds to a great cause. The festival now raises money for pediatric brain cancer […]

Listen: “Summer 78″ by Yann Tiersen

by Micah Haley

One of my favorite songs from the brilliant French composer Yann Tiersen. Wistful and uplifting at once. The song is from the film Good Bye Lenin! which stars Daniel Bruhl.

Trailer: New Orleans-shot ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

by Jordan McGuire

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 returns with internet mogul Lou (Rob Corddry) getting shot. In an uncomfortable place. The gang must track down the shooter. Obviously the only solution is to take the plunge into the Hot Tub. They travel across various decades of time in order to find Lou’s shooter. The New Orleans-shot comedy Hot […]

IN THEATERS: ‘Inherent Vice’, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

by Jordan McGuire

Inherent Vice Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, this crime-filled comedy is about Larry “Doc” Sportello, a private investigator researching the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. Joaquin Phoenix stars for director Paul Thomas Anderson. 148 min. Rated R. Exodus: Gods and Kings Ridley Scott directs this biblical epic. Moses rises against the Pharaoh to lead […]