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The New Orleans-shot political drama starring the infamous and universally reddit-adored Nic Cage, has been acquired by Alchemy. Alchemy will have distribution rights in North America for New Orleans-shot The Runner.

The Runner was written and directed by Austin Stark. The cast includes American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson, New Orleans-natives Wendell Pierce and Bryan Batt, Connie Nielsen and Peter Fonda. This indie film has small budget but created a very impressive cast.

Cage will play an idealistic but imperfect politician who undergoes a sex scandal that destroys his career. The Runner will serve as the directorial and writing debut of Austin Stark. Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer and Todd Cohen will all serve as executive producers.

Source: Variety

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TRAILER: ‘Scream’

by Jordan McGuire on June 9, 2015

This trailer highlights decapitation, creepy social media type footage, high school parties and inevitable death. John Karna is featured again in the most recent trailer for the Baton Rouge-shot Scream tv series. Karna plays Noah, a nerdy comic relief character who was once the best friend of a cyber-bullied girl. In the recent trailers his clever one liners have had somewhat of a bubbly feeling. Now, Karna says, “By the time the first body is found, it’s only a matter of time before the bloodbath commences.” The slapstick horror theme is not present in this trailer.

The students of Lakewood are troubled once again. The lives of the rich and glamorous are threatened when cyberbullying goes over the line. After a series of murders in the small town, citizens attempt to band together to unlock the secrets from the town’s dark past. We also see a glimpse of Carlson Young, who plays Brooke. Her lights refuse to turn on in the garage and she walks along the line of Porches to her untimely doom? We will have to wait until June 30 to find out.

Scream‘s growing cast includes Bryan Batt, Bella Thorne, Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Carlson Young, Amadeus Serafini, John Karna, Connor Weil, Tracy Middendorf and Jason Wiles. Bob and Harvey Weinstein will act as executive producers along with Wes Craven and multiple others. Scream will come into your homes on June 30 on MTV. Check out past trailers here. For more information on Baton Rouge-shot Scream visit jobScene here.

Source: Deadline

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TRAILER: New MTV’s ‘Scream’

by Jordan McGuire on May 12, 2015

It would seem this party was so awesome kids were just dying to get in. The upcoming MTV horror series is shot in Baton Rouge and has blood, babes and laughs. Scream will have audiences tuning in every week to see their favorite characters getting the axe.

The trailer begins with a close-up shot of a girl sitting in a chair. The camera pulls back revealing her blood soaked slit throat. We continue around the room to see dead bodies displayed in an almost artistic form. The camera pulls back again unveiling the entire room showing ten dead bodies when the doorbell rings. The main Scream cast is seen standing in front of the door as Noah says, “It sounds dead in there.”

Newly added cast member Bryan Batt will play alongside Bella Thorne (The Duff), Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow), John Karna (Premature) and Carlson Young (Key and Peele).

Watch the previous Scream trailers here. Mark your calendars for June 30 at 10pm. Maybe you will throw the next killer party.

The official story description below:

After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.

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New Orleans’ own Bryan Batt will call Baton Rouge home while on the set of MTV’s Scream. Batt is known for his role on AMC’s hit television series Mad Men. Batt famously played Salvatore Romano, the art director at Sterling Cooper. His time away from Mad Men has been fruitful. You can see him in 12 Years a Slave and he has also written two novels.

The show will star Bella Thorne (The Duff), Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow), John Karna (Premature) and Carlson Young (Key and Peele). Willa Fitzgerald’s character is the popular teenager Emma Duvall. Taylor-Klaus will play preacher’s daughter Aubrey Jensen. John Karna will play Noah Foster, the logistical student. The beautiful Carlson Young will play the adorable mastermind Brooke Maddox.

In Scream, Batt will play Quinn Maddox, the town’s mayor and father of Carlson Young’s Brooke Maddox. Bryan Batt knows that no one is safe in this slasher series. “I hope I don’t die the first season, but it is a slasher series,” he says. “Some people have already gone.” At least Batt has a great attitude and has high hopes for a future demise. “I hope it’s bloody, gory and memorable,” he says.

Watch the Scream trailers hereScream stars Bella Thorne, Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna and Carlson Young. Wes Craven’s slasher dynasty will take on the screens in your living room opposed to the box office. Directed by Jamie Travis, Scream comes into your homes on Tuesday, June 30 at 10pm.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Large New Film Facility Opens in New Orleans East

by Jordan McGuire on March 12, 2015

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this week commemorating the opening of FilmWorks New Orleans, a new film production facility that is now available in New Orleans East.

FilmWorks New Orleans offers thirty-seven acres of flexible indoor and outdoor space, including a 20,000 square-foot stage, a 406,000 square-foot backlot, two floors of 92,000 square feet of mill/work space each, extra storage and warehousing space, as well as acres of usable green space.

Although New Orleans already has several film facilities, including the first built-for-purpose soundstages at Second Line Stages, Quixote Studios New Orleans, the soundstages at NIMS Center and the re-appropriated space at NASA’s Michoud assembly facility, the film industry continues to demand more space.

“We are proud to contribute to the growth of the film industry in New Orleans, and we truly appreciate the incredible community support we’ve received,”  FilmWorks president George Steiner said in a press release. “FilmWorks New Orleans’ flexible studio space will help ensure that we continue to draw major film projects to the area.”

“The film industry is decentralizing away from its origins in Southern California and relocating to new places across the country, particularly Louisiana. As a result, people are migrating to Louisiana, and tourists are visiting because of the near constant exposure to our authentic culture in films and on TV,” said Will French, president of the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association. “We are excited to see a new production facility open in New Orleans. It is the surest sign that our motion picture tax credits are working and creating new jobs for Louisiana.”

film-works-webThe property was once the main headquarters and distribution center of MacFrugal’s, a discount outlet chain, which burned down in 1996. Several years later, the property was purchased, restored and utilized as a warehouse. Steiner, who has been in the film industry for more than forty years, has led the transformation of the space.

For more information about FilmWorks, visit www.FilmWorksNewOrleans.com.

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‘Batt On A Hot Tin Roof’ at Le Petit Theatre

by Samantha Roberge

  Bryan Batt, a film, TV and Broadway star from New Orleans is showcasing his well-known one-man show Batt On A Hot Tin Roof. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Batt was asked by Barbara Motley, the proprietor of Le Chat Noir, to organize a charity for the displaced actors. Though he had never done a […]