Scene Magazine


Current Scene cover Mike Birbiglia dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. The Sleepwalk With Me star can’t keep it together for three minutes before he has to exit stage left and reenter. Pretty funny stuff. You can read our exclusive interview with Birbiglia in the current issue of Scene Magazine or online here.

Birbiglia also gave a web exclusive to The Tonight Show talking about his first summer job. Check out the video below.

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finnwittrockheadshot1-webThe latest member to join the cast of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series American Horror Story: Freak Show is Finn Wittrock, an alum of All My Children. The fourth season of the successful horror series will once again return to New Orleans to film, although the story will be set in 1950s Florida. Returning cast members include Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and the adored Jessica Lange for her last season on the show.

Murphy made the announcement via Twitter writing, “Thrilled to announce the very talented FINN WITTROCK has joined the cast of Freak Show!” The two have worked together before in Murphy’s HBO adaption of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, in which the actor appears. Wittrock is also known for appearing in Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Other newcomers include Michael Chiklis, the veteran star of the excellent FX drama The Shield.

As with most AHS casting announcements, there were no details released regarding his character, although he’ll likely be a freak. Nevertheless, an AHS fan page on Facebook has published what is believed to be a leaked call sheet for the new season revealing a few character details. Apparently Lange will play Elsa Mars while Bates and Peters play the duo Ethel and Jimmy Darling. The sheet may not be completely reliable – sometimes productions play with details to fool the gullible – but it also reveals that Naomi Grossman will reprise her role as microcephalic Pepper from the show’s second season Asylum. On the other hand, Paulson’s role has already been made official as conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler.

American Horror Story: Freak Show is filming in New Orleans at Second Line Stages now.

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Lucy

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, Lucy is a sci-fi thriller about a woman who is awakened to a laceration in her abdomen. After a man explains to her that he wants her to transport, presumably drugs, across U.S. borders, she is forced to do so. However when the bag starts to secrete the substance into her body she is given access to almost 100% of her brain. After contacting Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) she begins to realize that as she gains more access to her brain  her human instincts become less human. Directed by Luc Besson, Lucy is set to hit theatres July 25th. Rated R. Runtime 90 min.

Hercules

The classical myth comes to life in Hercules. Staring Dwayne Johnson, Hercules chronicles the twelve labors endured by the neither man nor god. The troubled demigod is at constant war with himself and others when he is commanded by King of Thrace to defeat a tyrannical warlord. John Hurt and Ian McShane join Johnson in the Brett Ratner directed Hercules, out this Friday in theaters. Rated PG-13. Runtime 98 min.

Wish I Was Here

Opening this weekend in New Orleans at Canal Place. Director Zach Braff stars alongside Kate Hudson in this summer comedy, playing a character that finds his crossroads. The movie was launched on Kickstarter, raising $3.1 million dollars, the largest amount to date.  120 min. Rated R.

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Essence Fest 2014

by Susan Ross on July 3, 2014

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Tomorrow, Essence is back, bringing Prince, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie and more with it. Held every year over the Fourth of July weekend every year New Orleans, Essence Fest brings some of the best acts in the world to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and surrounding area in the heart of the summer heat. On Friday, July 4, the show gets started with Prince and Nile Rodgers on the Mainstage. Eve, Estelle, Greta Prince and King will be featured in the Superlounge, along with Leela James, Naughy by Nature and the First Lady of R&B, Stephanie Mills.

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Saturday, July 5 brings back Scene cover girl Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Ledisi and Tank on the Mainstage, which will also borrow The Roots from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. New Orleans’ own Big Sam’s Funky Nation will be joined in the Superlounge by Doug E. Fresh, Kourtney Hart, Liv Warfield, Marsha Ambrosius, Michelle Williams and PJ Morton.

The blockrocking lineup of Sunday, July 6 will feature R&B artist – and country-crossover artist – Lionel Richie, the beautiful Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson and Tamar Braxton. Sewing up Sunday in the Superlounge will be Amel Larriuex, August Alsina, Elle Varner, K. Michelle, The Pinettes, Daheem Davaughn, Robert Glasper, Sebastian Mikael and Sevyn Streeter.

Speakers already lined up for this year include Bishop TD Jakes, Iyanla Vanzant, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor Aja Brown, the always entertaining Congresswoman Maxine Waters and recently revealed mob informant Rev. Al Sharpton. For a fully updated lineup of singers and speakers, and to purchase tickets for the three-day event, visit the official website at www.essence.com.

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TRAILER: Dominic West Has ‘Pride’

by Arthur Vandelay on July 2, 2014

A group of gay and lesbian activists set out to help raise money for the families of miners on strike in the upcoming film Pride. Set in the UK in 1984, the group is far from ordinary, facing many challenges on their quest. The Union is ashamed to accept their donation, so the group road trips to a mining village in the heart of Wales to give their appropriation in person.

This inspiring true story follows triumph and disappointment during a difficult period in history. Director Matthew Warchus has already received much praise for this work. The cast features an amazing ensemble of British talent, including Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George Mackay and Freddie Fox. Pride has yet to set a U.S. release date, but is slated to open in theaters September 12th in the UK.

Source: Deadline

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New Orleans Fashion Week – Schedule of Events

by Catie Ragusa

The countdown to New Orleans Fashions week has begun! Saturday, September 28 through Friday, October 4 will be filled with fashion shows, workshops and other social events, highlighting the upcoming seasons’ top trends. Here is a schedule of NOLAFW’s 2013 events! Saturday, September 28: 10am – 12pm - Workshop: Basic Pattern Making International House Hotel: Teutonia […]

“Live Original”

by Ainsley Beeman

Waterfowl, ducks in particular, have always been a topic of conversation in the bayous of Louisiana but now the verbiage has migrated from coast to coast! Thanks to Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family, bandanas and unruly facial hair has become a trend accepted in places as prestigious as the White House. Camouflage has indeed made a […]

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ cast speak up about their characters

by Catie Ragusa

Inspired by the true story of a White House butler named Eugene Allen, Lee Daniels’ The Butler is backed by a star-studded cast. Allen served eight US presidents over the course of more than thirty years. Among the film’s cast members are Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carrey and Robin Williams. The clip above offers a glimpse into […]

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 Winners

by Morgan Charlesworth

Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that presents the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards.  This year’s festival ran from June 14-June 24. The winners were announced this past Sunday. In the category of Best Performance in the Narrative Competition the award went to Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Aja Naomi King for their performances in […]