Astronaut John Glenn and his wife Annie During His First Press Conference in 1962
ABC’s midseason addition The Astronaut Wives Club will film its first ten episodes in New Orleans. The primetime soap was picked up straight to series, rather than taking the traditional television route of filming a pilot first. The series will be based at Quixote Studios New Orleans.
Set during the space race of the 1960s, the soap takes the spotlight from the scientists-turned-superstars and focuses instead on their spouses. The drama comes from writers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, the co-creators of The CW’s long-running hit Gossip Girl. It is based on the novel by Lily Koppel. The cast includes Zoe Boyle, Azure Parsons, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Desmond Harrington, Erin Cummings and Dominique McElligott.
Director Nick Cassavetes was slated to make his television debut directing the first episode. But Cassavetes dropped out after the series pushed from a spring shoot to this fall, making room for Danish filmmaker Lon Sherfig to step in. Sherfig previously directed the critically lauded indie An Education, which starred Carey Mulligan.
The Astronaut Wives Club has begun prepping at Quixote New Orleans. The soundstage facility, which boasts on-site grip and electric and an expendables store, is located just outside of New Orleans near the New Orleans International Airport. Shooting is scheduled to begin circa October 6 and continue through February 2015.
Mark September 16 on your calendar. The Louisiana Film & Entertainment (LFEA) sent out a save-the-date email yesterday to stakeholders in the film industry, promising a special announcement. While details are sparse for now, a few clues can be gleaned from the email. Under the new blue LFEA logo is the familiar hashtag #KeepUsRollin, which was widely adopted by supporters of the Louisiana entertainment industry during the 2013 fiscal session of the Louisiana Legislature, suggesting the announcement will be somehow related to a campaign for the 2015 fiscal session.
The header image prominently displays a new logo that says “Here’s My $2.” And the email introduces the new web address, heresmytwobucks.com, although right now clicking on it just redirects to the LFEA website.
LFEA, which represents many of the major stakeholders in the Louisiana film industry, has set up a signup form for those interested in hearing the announcement on September 16:
Interested in developing a music industry business? Then head on over to Baton Rouge on Tuesday, September 9. The Tipitina’s Foundation is putting on a month-long series of workshops for music industry professionals at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.
The four-part workshop series is called Making Business of Your Band. The goal is to help Louisiana residents already using music as a form of income to transform their music into a business that can realize its full potential.
The four sessions will educate participants on multiple facets of having a successful music business. The first session, entitled “Getting Into Business,” will teach the why’s and how’s of entrepreneurship. The second session,”Making It Legal,” will cover producing and protecting intellectual property. The third session, “Managing Revenue Streams,” will focus on small business accounting, crowdfunding and diversification. The fourth session, called “Taking it to Another Level,” and will teach industry trends, strategy and discovering markets.
Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op members can attend the workshop for free and all other community members can attend for a $10 per-session fee. For more information or to pre-register, contact Jim O’Donnell at batonrouge@tipitina’s.com or 225-389-0133.
The sci-fi adventure feature Geostorm may be adding four new people to the cast. Jim Sturgess, Abby Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia are in talks to star alongside Gerard Butler in the upcoming Warner Bros film. Directed by Dean Devlin, Geostorm is eyeing an October start in New Orleans.
Butler stars as a charming yet stubborn satellite designer. When the world’s climate-controlling satellites fail, Butler’s character must work with his estranged brother (Sturgess) in order to save the world from a horrific storm. Cornish will star as a Secret Service agent who is Sturgess’ character’s girlfriend. Harris will play the Secretary of State to Garcia’s character, who is the President of the United States.
The New Orleans Film Society has announced that Kevin Costner’s new film Black & White will open the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival, which will take place October 16-23. The New Orleans-shot drama will open Thursday, October 16 at the Civic Theatre. 12 Years a Slave, which opened the festival last year at the Civic, went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The festival will close with the premiere of the Joe Lauro directed documentary The Big Beat.
“Both opening and closing night selections have a special resonance for our city,” says New Orleans Film Society Executive Director Jolene Pinder. “Black and White is a testament to the thriving film industry in Louisiana and the meaningful stories being filmed here while The Big Beat honors the singular contributions New Orleans artists have made to our country’s musical history.”
Black and White stars Academy Award winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The film is about the story of a widowed grandfather (Costner) who is left to raise his bi-racial granddaughter. Spencer stars as the girl’s paternal grandmother was battles for custody of the girl. The fight leads to a serious conversation about life, death and America’s racial divide. New Orleans native Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Bur and Andrew Holland also star. Mike Binder directed the film.
“New Orleans, as well as the state of Louisiana, has come to my rescue more than once as a filmmaker,” says Costner. “It was the difference between me making my movie and not. The group of filmmakers that exists here made it possible, and nothing feels better than bringing it back for them to see the vision that united us all in work.”
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