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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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Kanye West will serve as musical executive producer for the new Baton Rouge-shot TV series Underground. West’s initial involvement with the slavery period piece drama was rumored in February. But as of yesterday, the rumors were put aside as the fish stick loving rapper signed on to bring his genius music to television.

Underground is created by Joe Pokaski and Misha Green. The script was penned by The Da Vinci Code’s Akiva Goldsman. WGN America ordered a ten-episode season following the tales and tribulations of the Underground Railroad. Underground follows Salem as the second series shot in Louisiana for WGN America. Some filming will also take place in Georgia.

The cast of Underground includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Christopher Meloni (Special Victims Unit) Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Jesse De Gouw (Arrow). Recently, Underground added two new players to the cast in Devon Gummersall and Mykelti Williamson.

Gummersall has a stint in the final season of Mad Men and will play the role of John Hawkes. Hawkes is a lawyer and a man trying balance the torn world that he now lives in.

Mykelti Williamson, (better known as the co-owner of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.), will play Moses, a passionate preacher who joins the slaves and takes his own family on the run. Williamson has held recent roles on Justified, Hawaii Five-O, Nashville and 24.

Shooting is set to begin on April 13 in Baton Rouge. Cast and crew will travel to Georgia to film as well. Underground will premiere on WGN America next spring. If you’re interested in working on the set of Underground, then visit jobScene for more information.

Source: Deadline

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Season one of Halt and Catch Fire ended with Gordon’s dream turning into a nightmare, Joe searching for himself in the woods and Cameron and Donna teaming up to start Mutiny. This AMC series has created incredible traction of late and is set to premiere just two weeks after the infamous Mad Men closes its doors forever.

Halt is set in Texas in the 1980s during the second wave of personal computer innovation. Scoot McNairy, Lee Pace, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe star in the drama and James Cromwell will have a recurring role in the upcoming season.

In our exclusive Scene interview with Scoot McNairy, he said fans should expect to see Gordon more comfortable in his own skin. The facial hair department is up in the air but we should see his beard come and go as the season progresses.

Watch a single-take sequence of Halt and Catch Fire here courtesy of /film. Also, the first season of Halt and Catch Fire will hit Netflix on April 8.

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‘Mad Men’ party at the Carousel Bar

by Elizabeth Glauser on March 19, 2012

The Emmy-winning period drama Mad Men returns this Sunday for a two hour season premiere on AMC. Before catching up with Don Draper and company, fans can celebrate the season with fellow retro fanatics at the Carousel Bar and Lounge in New Orleans’ Hotel Monteleone this Tuesday.

The retro-fitted festivities will include 60s inspired food and drink, with special guest Bryan Batt a.k.a. Sterling Cooper’s art director, Salvatore Romano. Dress to impress with your favorite Mad Men inspired attire, some of which is available at Banana Republic. The classic clothing store’s Mad Men collection ensures that  no guest will be left lacking that 60s style.

The party starts tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. with enough scotch and cocktails to supply the entire staff of Sterling Cooper Draper Price. Open to the public and free to attend, be sure to bring friends and secretaries alike. For more information visit www.hotelmonteleone.com/madmen.

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A ‘Mad Men’ Trip Down Memory Lane

by Lauren Gilbert on October 7, 2011

Walking into the drug store today, I stumbled upon some chewing gum that began its production in the 1960s, and below the gum were the words “A Taste from the Past.”

Where has the obsession with the ’60s come from? One easy answer is the success of AMC’s landmark series Mad Men, which has recently spawned network derivatives The Playboy Club and Pan Am. The sense of nostalgia is irresistible. Some individuals watch these shows, not for the plot, but for a little trip to the past. Every detail in the shows is attended to, and no stone is left unturned. Details down to lamps, floor rugs, blankets, drinking glasses and so on are exactly the same as it was in the 1960s. But the most obvious impact is the fashion.

The style of the ’60s should have never left. Actresses January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Christina Ricci wear the fashions of the ’60s very well. The hoop skirts and the pointed bras won’t be seen any time soon, but so much of the era is making a comeback.

While fifty years was a long time ago, it wasn’t that long ago. The baby boomers were born in this era and remember their parents dressing the same way. The big question is this: what ended this era of elegance? Did women stop “dressing up” in the ’70s with the hippy movement? Some women felt it was oppressive to be expected to wear skirts that cinched in their waist, and bras that made their boobs look pointed. Some women went so far as to refuse to wear bras, but that was a bit extreme, not to mention unsettling in some cases!

It is good that we are not expected to dress to the nines every time we need to pick something up at the grocery store. However, sometimes it would be nice if a woman could wear an extremely voluminous dress, go out to dinner and not be looked at like she just climbed out of a time machine. The bright patterns are creeping back into vogue, but they could come faster. The exciting fact is that red will be a pretty big color this winter, so it would be wise of shoppers to purchase a vibrant red coat or jacket and wear it proudly with some matching ’60s-inspired red lips!

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