american ultraThe stoner action comedy American Ultra just released its second trailer, and here’s the pitch: it’s Bourne mixed with bud.

Shot in the New Orleans area, American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as a stoner whose only assignment is holding down the saddest convenience store ever. Until he’s “activated” by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and revealed to be a sleeper with Jason Bourne-style training. Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) stars as his girlfriend.

Both Eisenberg and Stewart have a long history shooting in Louisiana. Eisenberg starred in the New Orleans-shot film Now You See Me and Stewart filmed The Yellow Handkerchief and Welcome to the Rileys in New Orleans and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2 in Baton Rouge at Celtic Studios. She also shot part of On the Road in Louisiana.

The movie looks like a helluva lot of fun, reminiscent of director David Gordon Green’s Pineapple Express, an action/stoner comedy that took its action seriously. That film, which starred Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and a long-haired James Franco, was a surprise hit for Sony. Costing only $27 million, it brought in over $90 million worldwide before making a bundle on DVD after it was released in 2008.

American Ultra is written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, who’s wit is clearly evident in the trailer, and directed by Nima Nourizadeh, who also directed Project X. Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale and Teri Wyble also appear.

American Ultra is slated to hit theaters on August 21.


The Joy Theater Presents Stand-Up NOLA

by Jordan McGuire on April 7, 2015


Stand-Up NOLA will come to the Joy Theater Friday, May 8th at 8pm. Here’s the press release:

New Orleans, LA — On Friday, May 8 at 8pm, The Joy Theater in New Orleans (1200 Canal Street) presents a one-night-only opportunity to see performances by 5 of New Orleans’ top comedians. The show features comedians Matt Owens (headliner), Leon Blanda, Joe Cardosi, Mary Devon Dupuy, Katie East, and Andrew Polk. Local DJ Doug Funnie will perform throughout the show. Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

“I think some the best stand-up talents in the country are living and working right here in New Orleans. Four of the comedians on this May 8 bill were selected by Louis CK to open for him at his two sold-out shows here at the Joy in 2014. Both shows sold out in a less than an hour of their announcement. I put this show together so locals can have another chance to see this New Orleans talent,” says the show’s organizer and headliner Matt Owens.

The Comedians:

Matt Owens

After receiving a full acting scholarship, Matt Owens studied and performed Theatre at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Matt has extensive experience in stage acting, short films, commercials, and sketch comedy. Matt completed an Improv Intensive at The New Movement Theater in New Orleans. Matt performs stand-up regularly in New Orleans (House of Blues, Howlin’ Wolf) and throughout the Southeast. He hosts a monthly New Orleans Comedy Showcase at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS, and regularly headlines sold-out shows at the Castle Theater in Kenner. He recently organized and headlined a New Orleans Comedy Road Tour featuring Andrew Polk, which ended with a sold out show in the resort town of Saint Simon’s Island, GA. Matt opened for Hannibal Buress at the Irish House, and shared the stage with Bill Burr and Darrell Hammond at the House of Blues. In November of 2014, Matt was selected to open/feature for Louis CK at a sold-out show at New Orleans’ historic Joy Theater. He was featured at Hell Yes Fest in November of 2014. In February 2015, he performed five nights of shows in New York.

Andrew Polk

Andrew Polk was raised in the backwoods of North Louisiana, where he learned to live, laugh, love, and then get the hell out of there. A resident of New Orleans for 4 years, he describes the city as “largely problematic” as bars don’t close, and parallel parking is required in almost all situations. Many of Polk’s influences can be found by turning on the television anytime in the mid-90’s. He produces and hosts the weekly New Orleans comedy showcases Comedy Beast and NOLA Comedy Hour, and his sketch group Massive Fraud produces a monthly film and stand-up showcase at the Indywood Theater. named him one of the 15 New Orleanians To Watch in 2015.

Andrew has been featured in The Guardian and Savage Henry Magazine, has toured as a feature for Todd Barry, performed with Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Garfunkel and Oates, Kyle Kinane, Bill Burr, Darrell Hammond, Harland Williams, and many more. He was a featured guest on the Nerdist Network podcast Terrified!, performed on Dave Attell’s Road Work special for Comedy Central, and he was (very briefly) a special guest on the Esquire Network’s Best Bars in America. Most recently he was hand-picked by Louis C.K. to open for his two sold-out shows at the Joy Theater in New Orleans.

Joe Cardosi

Joe Cardosi is a stand-up comic, lo-fi filmmaker, sketch writer/performer, podcaster, and radio guy hailing from New Orleans. He has performed at Crom Fest in Omaha, The Comedy Exposition of 2014 in Chicago, The Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, The Memphis Comedy Festival, and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans. Joe was personally selected by Louis CK to open for him at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, and has also shared the stage with Doug Stanhope, Kyle Kinane, Bill Burr, Sean Patton, Rory Scovel, Eric Andre, Darrell Hammond, and many more. As half of Massive Fraud, Joe co-produces the sketch/stand-up hybrid KARATEFIGHT that has hosted comics such as Hannibal Burress and Louis CK and consistently sells out every single month. Massive Fraud releases a new sketch video every week, and a podcast called The Fraudcast, where the duo interview comics from across the country about their worst experiences in comedy. Joe is featured on releases from Oscillations Records and Sure Thing Records that are currently available on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora.

Kate East

A Baton Rouge native, Katie East returned to Louisiana in 2012 after a five-year stint performing improv and stand-up comedy in New York City. Last Fall, she opened for Louis CK at the Joy Theater in New Orleans. While in NYC, East was trained at Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and has been a featured performer there as well. She has been featured in a Comedy Central television pilot with comic Patrice O’Neal and a popular Internet sketch appealing to actor/singer Justin Timberlake which the star himself retweeted. East’s one-woman show Sick Girl has been produced at theaters in New York City, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Currently, East lives in New Orleans and performs stand-up around the Gulf Coast.

Leon Blanda hosts and stars in two weekly showcases at the House of Blues in the French Quarter of New Orleans – Give It Up Open Mic Night and Comedy Boom.

Mary Devon Dupuy has performed stand-up at KARATEFIGHT at the Indywood Theater, The Air Sex Championships (think air guitar, but with an imaginary sexual partner in place of a musical instrument) at the Hi-Ho lounge, Comedy Beast at the Howlin’ Wolf, and at the House of Blues.

Tickets are $20 and go on sale Tuesday, March 31 at (504) 528-9569 and A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available.



Narrow-minded millionaire James King (Will Ferrell) is arrested for fraud and sentenced to ten years at San Quentin prison. King looks upon a physically and vocally colorful Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) for prison prep help. James King will have to go from soft millionaire to the hardest prisoner on the block under Darnell’s coaching.

Alison Brie, T.I. and Entourage‘s Paul Ben-Victor also star in Get Hard. This film was shot at Second Line Stages and many other locations in New Orleans.

Get Hard is set to be released on March 27, 2015. Let us know your thoughts on the trailer below.

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wendellWith Treme coming to an end in its fifth and final season, the New Orleans native Wendell Pierce is moving on. Pierce is set to co-star alongside Michael J. Fox on Fox NBC’s comedy series, which has a 22-episode lineup for this fall. The comedy is based off of Fox’s real life and he leads the show as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three living in New York and dealing with Parkinson’s disease. Formerly a lead anchor for a news station, Mike decides to go back to work after a break dealing with his disease. Pierce will play Harris, Mike’s boss, a twice-divorced man, who is rumored to be inspired by Pierce. Will Gluck is expected to direct the pilot. To see our interview with Wendell Pierce, view our digital issue here.

Source: Deadline


Jay and Mark Duplass, the writing and directing duo from Metairie, prove once again that they appreciate a low budget, dialogue-driven independent film with their upcoming comedy The Do-Deca-Pentathlon. The film, which shot quietly in New Orleans over four weeks in April of 2008, premiered Sunday at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.

Pentathlon depicts the amusing story of two grown brothers who rekindle their superbly competitive childhood sporting event that ended their relationship as teenagers. Back in 1990, Mark (Steve Zissis) and Jeremy (Mark Kelly) devised an elaborate series of physical tests in such amateur categories as arm wrestling and skeeball to determine who was the better brother in the family. The Olympic-like event ended in a highly contested tie, causing the siblings to barely speak over the past twenty years. During a weekend family reunion, the brothers unexpectedly reunite and must hide their efforts in order to finally complete the event and determine the ultimate winner…once and for all.

Red Flag Releasing and Fox Searchlight Pictures announced last week they acquired the rights to the film. The two companies will split the rights for The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, with Red Flag handling theatrical distribution while Fox Searchlight operates all other ancillary markets. The film is produced by Stephanie Langhoff and stars Zissis, Kelly and Jennifer Lafleur. Josh Braun of Submarine negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers along with Paul Federbush for Red Flag Releasing, and EVP Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford on behalf of Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film will release theatrically in June.

Sources: deadline, nola


Hugh Jackman & Alicia Silverstone join the cast of “Butter”

by Ashleigh Scheuermann

This week Hugh Jackman & Alicia Silverstone joined the cast of “Butter”, now shooting in Shreveport. The film is a comedy produced by Jennifer Garner. The cast also includes Yara Shahidi and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene. Source: Variety