MazeRunner-web A group of Gladers led by Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) photo by Ben Rothstein

The Maze Runner

Shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Wes Ball’s film adaptation of the best selling novel follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) as he finds himself trapped in a maze with no memory. He must team up with the other runners and try to escape. 113 min. Rated PG-13.

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TONIGHT: Darius Rucker at Champions Square | Bold Sphere Music

by Michelle Preau on September 19, 2014

darius-rucker-true-believers-countrymusicrocks-net_webThe Hootie man himself is coming to New Orleans. Darius Rucker is performing tonight at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square. Originally lead singer of the rock group Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker transitioned to country several years ago and he is thriving. Some of his popular songs include “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “Alright,” and his recent remake of the Old Crow Medicine Show song “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker is in the Big Easy as part of his True Believers tour.

Don’t miss Darius Rucker along with Sam Hunt and Chase Rice Downtown tonight! Doors open at 7.

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anthony-mackie-empire-exclusive-photo-webNew Orleans native Anthony Mackie heads back to his home town to join Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy in Our Brand is Crisis. The political dramedy is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name. The story concentrates on the American political campaign strategies used in South America.

Mackie has been very busy, including co-starring with Chris Evans in two projects. His most recent role was as Falcon in Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and he also stars alongside Evans in the upcoming rom-com Playing It Cool. There’s also the possibility that Mackie might step behind the shield as Captain America himself sometime after Avengers 2.

Mackie is currently filming Untitled Christmas Eve Movie with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and will soon start on Our Brand is Crisis.

David Gordon Green is directing Our Brand is Crisis with George Clooney and Grant Heslov as producers and Bullock as executive producer. Production begins in New Orleans this fall.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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LFEA Announces ‘Here’s My Two Bucks’ Campaign

by Arthur Vandelay on September 18, 2014

IMG_8127-webThe Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association has announced a new campaign, dubbed “Here’s My Two Bucks.” The film industry organization made the announcement via email to members of the film industry. “We know that the film industry has a positive impact on Louisiana’s economy. A billion dollar impact every year. Now, we need to prove it,” the email said.

The first phase of the campaign involves fundraising through Kickstarter. The popular crowdfunding site will be used to fund and raise awareness for a “landmark study” that the email says LFEA “anticipates will show how much the film & entertainment industry benefits Louisiana.” The Kickstarter will go live on September 29.

With the fiscal session of the Louisiana legislature still more than eight months away, the timing of the campaign indicates the increased organization and growing influence of the film industry in Louisiana. The industry, which was almost nonexistent ten years ago, now has circa one billion dollars of direct economic impact on the Bayou State each year. That direct impact from the film productions themselves to the local economy is well documented by State-mandated audits. It looks like the new landmark study referenced in LFEA’s email aims to examine the ancillary benefits to Louisiana’s economy, the indirect impact that is not currently accounted for by the State, but that would not exist without the entertainment industry.

Rather than simply asking for donations for a cause or project, Kickstarters offer prizes in exchange for donations, creating a direct value proposition for supporters. Not only will backers be supporting a cause, but they will receive some benefit in return. Common Kickstarter prizes include both physical items like shirts and experience-based prizes, where the backer is offered access to an experience that may otherwise be out of their reach. The “Here’s My $2″ prizes have yet to be announced, but the email also mentions prizes will be announced on the campaign’s Facebook page at facebook.com/heresmytwobucks. The campaign’s domain, heresmytwobucks.com, redirects to the Facebook page now.

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“This campaign seeks to highlight not only the benefits to our growing industry, but many of the other businesses and residents it positively affects worldwide,” the email says. The email features a photo of a family with the city of New Orleans in the background, along with a photo of background actress Susie Labry, a long time vocal supporter of Louisiana film who has been active in the industry for a decade.

The rallying call #keepusrollin is also present in the email. The familiar social hashtag was widely adopted across Louisiana during the entertainment industry’s last legislative push.

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POSTER: Matthew McConaughey in ‘Interstellar’

by Michelle Preau on September 18, 2014

There has been a lot of talk about Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Interstellar. People are still looking for clues about the movie’s plot, so the newly released poster may give some indication as to what is going on. The poster shows lead star Matthew McConaughey in a space suit wandering around mountains in the snow. The tagline on the poster reads, “The End of Earth Will Not Be the End of Us.” What could this mean? Another thing we know is Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine also star.

Nolan is certainly doing a good job at keeping secrets under wraps. Thankfully, the wait isn’t too much longer. Find out what Interstellar is all about when it hits theaters November 7.interstellar-poster-web
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Meghan Trainor Stays Atop the Hot 100 for 2nd Week

by Arthur Vandelay

Meghan Trainor is all about that number one spot. Her debut hit “All About That Bass” came in at number one for the second week in a row on Billboard’s Hot 100. Behind Trainor is Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” at number two and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” at number three. The females dominated the charts […]

Limo Livery Continues to Redefine Luxury

by Arthur Vandelay

This article originally ran in the 2014 September/October issue of Scene Magazine. New Orleans-based Limousine Livery continues to redefine luxury car service. Each year the company invests eighty hours of training in each employee. “Our chauffeurs are usually the only person in the company to interact directly with our clients,” says general manager Brian Englehart. […]

FIRST LOOK: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in ‘By The Sea’

by Michelle Preau

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally tied the knot, so their upcoming roles in By the Sea are kind of ironic. In the film they are a married couple whose relationship is declining. Distance in their marriage grows as they travel around the country together, but when they stop in a small seaside town they get […]

Now Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson, More Up For Female Lead in ‘True Detective’ Season 2

by Michelle Preau

Picking the lead female role for True Detective Season 2 seems to be a difficult decision. First Elisabeth Moss was up for the role, then Rachel McAdams joined the running and now Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Jaimie Alexander, Brit Marling, Oona Chaplin and Kelly Reilly have all been invited to read for the […]