PHOTOS: ‘Fantastic Four’

by Jordan McGuire on February 26, 2015

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The new Fantastic Four reboot will stray far away from the cartoonish films that precedes it. Chronicle director Josh Trank says that his new film will own the tone of a “dark Amblin movie.” Both Trank and writer/ producer Simon Kinberg say that they want to take the silliness out of the narrative and contextualize everything in a real world.

Trank and his team have done a good job of slowly but surely releasing small tidbits of the new film. We have learned about the cast a while ago. We saw their matching uniforms. We saw the trailer. And now, Empire has provided us with four new awesome stills.

These four stills don’t reveal too much, which is exactly what we want. The new four are young, seemingly naive, attractive and have so much to prove. Let’s see if they can succeed in a world where their powers aren’t necessarily overwhelming and completely dominant. No photos of the villain Victor Domachev yet, but I sense there are some on the horizon. Fantastic Four opens August 7, 2015.

Source: /Film

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Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch)

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Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)

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Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman)

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Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing)

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7th New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Plans Unveiled

by Jordan McGuire on February 26, 2015

Cropped-NOEW-webNew Orleans Entrepreneur Week returns to New Orleans March 20-27. Here’s the press release:

Local leaders revealed plans for the 7th New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by Iberia Bank, to the New Orleans entrepreneurial community at Il Mercato. Scheduled to take place March 20-27, 2015, on Fulton Street in downtown New Orleans, NOEW is produced by The Idea Village.

NOEW is the annual festival celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and advanced thinking. This year, 10,000+ attendees, consisting of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, nonprofits, students, and professionals, are expected to engage through over seventy unique events designed to foster discussion, debate, education, competition, and celebration to support new ideas and elevate entrepreneurial thinking in New Orleans. Launched in 2009, NOEW has evolved into one of the most authentic entrepreneurship festivals in the country.

“New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is becoming part of New Orleans’ annual rhythms and rituals alongside Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and Saints Season,” said Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village. “NOEW is the platform for the entrepreneurial community to connect, as over thirty partners will have their own “stage” to showcase over seventy-five new ventures across strategic initiatives in water, energy, arts, healthcare, education, food, women in business, and youth entrepreneurship. This year, we are also excited to invite other communities to join us at NOEW to learn how we do things differently in New Orleans.”

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu added, “New Orleans has become a leading entrepreneurial city and we are only going to maintain that status by continuing to scale locally, by continuing to support local entrepreneurs and innovators, and by making New Orleans Entrepreneur Week something we attend each year.”

“Iberia Bank sees great value in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week because it has become a powerful platform for the larger entrepreneurial community,” said Daryl G. Byrd, President and CEO of Iberia Bank Corporation. “We are proud to be the title sponsor of this impactful event and look forward to working together to nurture our thriving business community over the next three years leading up to 2018, New Orleans’ tri-centennial.”

small-NOEW-web“The NOEW platform has something for everyone,” said Victoria Adams, Director of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. “The 2015 schedule was created for the expanding entrepreneurial community and incorporates local assets alongside national trends so that the entire community can participate in the entrepreneurial movement.”

Additional information, including the 2015 event headliners, will be released on an ongoing basis via @helloNOEW leading up to NOEW. The full schedule will be released on Monday, February 23rd, when registration opens via www.NOEW.org.

ABOUT NEW ORLEANS ENTREPRENEUR WEEK: 
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, is the annual festival celebrating business, innovation, and advanced thinking in New Orleans. Produced by The Idea Village, NOEW engages a dynamic global to support growing companies and elevate entrepreneurial successes through eight days of discussion, debate, education, competition, and celebration. This year, NOEW 2015 will take place March 20-27, 2015 and 10,000+ are expected to engage through over 70 events. www.NOEW.org. There’s more!

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Lady Gaga to Star in ‘American Horror Story’

by Jordan McGuire on February 26, 2015

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One of the major bright spots of the 87th Oscars was the impressive “Sound of Music” performance by the one-and-only Lady Gaga. Many thought this would catapult Gaga onto Broadway. They were wrong. The weirdly sensational pop star will have a role on FX’s hit television anthology series, American Horror Story: Hotel.

FX announced Wednesday that Lady Gaga would star in the fifth installment of American Horror Story. This role is certainly fitting as she refers to her fans as little monsters, and being the baddest of them all, calls herself Mother Monster.

The timing of this announcement couldn’t have been better as Gaga is coming off of one of her best live performances of her career. She has taken a break from the pop spotlight and worked on a Grammy-winning album with legend Tony Bennett. Gaga needed Bennett more than Bennett needed her on the album, Cheek to Cheek, but the album has flung the unlikely duo back into relevance. They’ll be performing in New Orleans at Jazz Fest in only a few months.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Murphy nab a pop sensation for his horrific hit show. In the second season of American Horror Story, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine landed a recurring role. Murphy has shown his true appreciation for Gaga in a tribute episode in the first season of Glee. Murphy also rekindled his love affair in the fifth season of Glee with a Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga episode.

Lady Gaga’s role on the show is expected to be as big as Jessica Lange’s roles, which have anchored the show for the first four season. We don’t know much about the fifth season, other than the show’s title and Gaga’s commitment. It’s a great move on FX’s part to usher in viewers from all of the Little Monsters out there.

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The summer blockbuster Terminator: Genisys hasn’t even come out yet and Arnold Schwarzenegger has already said “I’ll be back” for the film’s sequel in 2016. This will also be the eleven millionth time that phrase has been used regarding the Terminator franchise.

Since the release of the first trailer, the idea of a new trilogy has been an afterthought for fans, who are just generally excited to watch this year’s film. The star studded cast has gotten some gravitas since the 87th Oscars. JK Simmons won an Oscar for his performance in Whiplash. In Genisys, he’ll be joined by Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke.

/Film has made observations regarding Schwarzenegger’s possible death in the new film. If he dies, and is to return for a sequel, the sixty-seven year old must’ve dodged death again. That, or the sequel will again go back in time. We learned the news of Arnold’s return while the Governor of California was in Budapest. TheArnoldFans asked Schwarzenegger if he would return for the sixth Terminator movie, Arnold answered, “Yes, of course. Next year.”

Terminator: Genisys part two and three are already scheduled to be released in May 2017 and June 2018 respectively. Visit the official website and watch the trailer below.

Source: /Film

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Clue Carré Wants to Lock You Up

by Jordan McGuire on February 24, 2015

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The Scene team took a mid-day field trip to 337 Barrone St. to participate in the addictively fun Clue Carré Escape Game. After little instruction, we entered into the “Voodoo Room” and were immediately locked in. It was our job to hunt down clues inside of the room, and to eventually find the key that would essentially set us free. Of course, the Scene team worked together, conquered the room with only a few ticks of the clock left, and walked away with the swagger of champions. This escape game is centrally focused towards team building, revealing leadership qualities and, ultimately, the thrill of escaping cleverly crafted rooms.

Clue Carré has seen promising success within the first month. Because of their growing popularity, they are already in the process of adding a third room to their facility. We got the chance to sit down with Clue Carré owner, Megan Mouton, to ask her some questions about her imaginative escape game.

Where did you experience similar businesses that inspired you to open Clue Carre?
My husband and I were planning a family vacation to London and found that one of the top things to do in all of London was an escape game. I was intrigued by the concept and started to really research how many there were in the world and how many had opened in the United States. At that point there were under five in the US, but almost every other major city in the world had some type of escape game. Being in Special Events, I knew there was a need in New Orleans for a new and different type of activity. It’s nice to have something in Nola that is not focused around drinking as well. At its heart, escape games are a teambuilding exercise that allow friends, family, students, or coworkers the opportunity to work together and communicate to achieve the common of goal of a successful escape.

How did you develop the puzzle rooms? Did you come up with the themes and puzzles yourselves? Or did you employ experts who do this professionally?
We worked with a fabulous team of Hungarian game designers to create the initial puzzles and games. We then built and themed each game to fit our New Orleans market. We had about a month of testing prior to opening. During that time, we added and tweaked each room on our own as we saw how different teams reacted to different elements. Some areas we made easier and others we stepped up the difficulty level.

You’ve been open a month and it’s turning into a sensation. What funny stories have you got from the first four weeks?
Well, we can’t really reveal too much of the hilarity that ensues when teams are locked up for an hour, but it is interesting to hear and see what people come up with little to no instruction. What sets our escape game apart from others that we have experienced, is that our Game Masters are playing right there along with the teams. They will interact and mess with the teams to make sure they aren’t just using their brains, but laughing and having a great time along the way.

You and your game masters observe guests during their hour in the puzzle rooms. What have you learned about human behavior?
We have learned that no two teams do the rooms exactly the same. There is a psychology behind the development of the games. It is interesting to see what people gravitate towards and what people may over look. People tend to fall into roles very quickly. For example: leader, follower, quiet thinker, outspoken, director, etc.

What percentage of your clients to date have been local? What percentage have been tourists?
At this point I would say it has been about 90% Nola and the surrounding areas and 10% tourists in this first month.

What is your favorite movie and why is it the 1985 film CLUE?
I am huge movie fan, so I don’t think I could possibly pick one all time favorite. Although, I do love Clue and used to watch it constantly when I was growing up. I was always a fan of Tim Curry’s Wadsworth character.

You can visit Clue Carré’s official website here www.cluecarre.com.

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Hollywood Trucks and Second Line Stages Announce Exclusive Eco-Friendly Transportation Partnership

by Jordan McGuire

HOLLYWOOD SOUTH GOES GREEN: The Nation’s First Green Independent Film Studio Partners with Hollywood Trucks for Eco-Friendly Transportation Services Hollywood Trucks to provide state-of-the-art fleet to New Orleans’ Second Line Stages FEBRUARY 23, 2015, NEW ORLEANS—Hollywood Trucks, the nation’s fastest growing entertainment transportation provider, has signed an exclusive five-year deal to provide production transportation vehicles […]

TONIGHT: Tulane Film & Arts Festival Kicks Off

by Jordan McGuire

Tulane University’s Film & Arts Festival kicks off tonight, February 20. Admission is free to everyone and the festival will utilize multiple screening locations. Shameless star William H. Macy’s directorial debut Rudderless will be screened at 7:00pm in the Freeman Auditorium. The beautiful auditorium can seat upwards of 250 people, but to ensure a spot, arrive early because seats will […]

IN THEATERS: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′, ‘The DUFF’, ‘McFarland, USA’

by Jordan McGuire

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 With the most joyously ludicrous premise ever, this comedy promises to descend into absolute anarchy. Shot in New Orleans. 93 min. Rated R. The DUFF The Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Every high school clique has one, at least according to this new comedy. Runtime TBA. Rated PG-13. McFarland, USA Kevin Costner stars […]

Ryan Murphy Teases New TV Show ‘Scream Queens’

by Jordan McGuire

American Horror Story and Glee scribe Ryan Murphy teases Scream Queens for Fox. This new horror comedy appropriately released a teaser on Friday the 13th. In the teaser, a blonde teen chews gum and blows an childishly large bubble. As she pulls her best Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson eyebrow raise, a knife thrashes through the frame exploding her happy-go-lucky bubble and blood […]