Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in ‘I Saw the Light’

by Arthur Vandelay on August 12, 2015

tom-hiddleston-as-hank-williamsAlthough we’ve seen Tom Hiddleston tease his Hank Williams already, there hasn’t been any official photos released of the Thor actor as the country legend. Until now. Here’s your first look at Hank, whose the focus of the new narrative feature I Saw the Light, which shot in Shreveport, Louisiana last year.

The biopic is currently set to see the light of day on November 27, smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Source: Deadline



Moonbot Studios is a secret, zero-gravity colony inhabited by interstellar beings in Shreveport, La. Their mission is to create the best books, films, apps, games and entertainment in the galaxy. Award-winning artists and filmmakers William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg and Lampton Enochs co-founded Moonbot Studios in 2009. Since then, the studio has won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an iTunes Hall of Fame iPad app and New York Times best-selling hard copy book.

Moonbot’s latest multi-platform story is The Numberlys, released as a Webby Award-winning app, best-selling book and Academy Award shortlisted animated film. In 2013, the studio made a mark in publishing by establishing Moonbot Books, a publishing imprint with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

On March 31, Silent, an animated short film collaboration between Moonbot Studios, Dolby Laboratories and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) received five Daytime Emmy nominations, including:

  • Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
  • Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program (Directors, Brandon Oldenburg, Limbert Fabian)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation (Re-Recording Mixer, Jurgen Scharpf)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation (Sound Editor, Steve Boeddeker)
  • Outstanding Music Direction and Composition (Composer, John Hunter)

Silent is a three-minute animated short film featuring Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios’s Academy Award-winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Lessmore and his fellow street performer dream of bringing their Picture and Sound Show to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound, traveling through movie history to find the audience they always wanted. The collaboration celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic.

“It’s an honor for our work to receive recognition from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It’s led to one amazing crescendo of celebration here at Moonbot,” said Limbert Fabian, who co-directed the animated short film with Moonbot partner Brandon Oldenburg. The pair previously received honors at the Emmy Awards for their work on a collaboration with Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Scarecrow.

Watch the incredible short film Silent here. Also, see a full list of nominations here. And for more information about Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, La please visit their website here.

Source: shreveporttimes




‘Salem’ Season 2 Will Premiere on April 5

by Jordan McGuire on January 29, 2015


The first original scripted series from WGN America will return with its sophomore season on Sunday, April 5. Salem recently added recurring stars Lucy Lawless and Peter Townsend to the cast in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The thirteen-episode second season is described as a “witch war.” Janet Montgomery’s Mary Sibley, the deadliest witch in Salem, vies to take control of the 17th century town in Massachusetts. In this re-imagining of the Salem witch trials, Mary Sibley will face rival witches as they all fight for the proverbial witch throne.

Season one of Salem is available to binge watch on Netflix now. You have plenty of time to catch up with the witchy bedlam, and you can watch the Salem Season 2 trailer here.

The supernatural thriller is written and created by 24’s Brannon Braga and Adam Simon and is produced by Fox 21. The show also stars Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg.

As Scene mentioned earlier, Lucy Lawless will play Countess Marburg and Stuart Townsend will play Samuel Wainwright. Marburg is one of the last descendants of a legendary line of German witches and Wainwright is the perplexing doctor exploring Salem for its deepest secrets. Joe Doyle has the role of Baron Sebastian Marburg who is a charming son-of-a-witch(weak pun intended). Mary’s long-lost son is played by Oliver Bell.

Keep an eye on updated scheduling by visiting Salem’s official website

Source: Variety



Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend will join the Shreveport-shot Salem cast for season two. Both actors will have recurring roles. Lawless will play Countess Marburg and Townsend will play Samuel Wainright. Salem is set in the 17th century during the notorious witch trials where executions were part of the town’s narrative.

Parks And Recreation alum Lawless will switch gears from playing Ron Swanson’s wife to become Countess Marburg, a woman with the long bloodline of German witches. Townsend, who famously took the role of Lestat in Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned, will play an English aristocrat, Samuel Wainright.

The first season starring Shane West and Janet Montgomery gained a strong following. Salem brings the witch trials to life and doesn’t stop until an execution is made.

Make sure to binge watch season one on Netflix and check out Salem’s season 2 trailer here. Also, read Scene’s exclusive interview with Baton Rouge native and Salem star Shane West here.



TRAILER: Shreveport-shot ‘Salem’ Season 2

by Jordan McGuire on December 2, 2014

On May 5th, 2014 Shreveport-shot Salem was granted a thirteen episode season two. Today, WGN released the first glimpse of season two. The seventeenth century witch trial phenomenon stars Brit Janet Montgomery and Louisiana native Shane West.

Ironically this was the first project that sent West back to his home state of Louisiana. In our interview with the Baton Rouge native, West admits a running joke within his family saying that he would never shoot in Louisiana. Following his nine months in Toronto filming Nikita he was offered his lionhearted role to play John Alden.

No word yet on when the show will return.


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Ryan Phillippe Directorial Debut ‘Catch Hell’ Bought by Entertainment One

by Kate Bannon

Entertainment One Films has just acquired the US and Canadian distribution rights to Catch Hell. The suspense thriller, which stars Ryan Phillippe and is also his directorial debut, was filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana under the working title Shreveport. This will be the second acquisition by Barry Meyeroitz, President of eOne US Film and Distribution, […]

Shane West Stars in ‘Salem’

by Micah Haley

This article originally ran in the May/June 2014 issue. West stars in WGN’s Salem. Shane West is an American actor and musician from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After moving to Los Angeles at a young age, he began to pursue a career as an actor. Following landing guest starring roles on television, West was cast in […]

TRAILER 2: The Iceman

by Arthur Vandelay

Shot in Shreveport, The Iceman stars Michael Shannon, Wynona Rider, Chris Evans, James Franco, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer and Stephen Dorff.

William Joyce named among Variety’s Animation Elite 2012

by Kayla Reed

William Joyce is among Variety’s Animation Elite of 2012 for his work as executive producer in Rise of the Guardians. The Louisiana native has had a long career in the animation world with his Shreveport studio Moonbot. The Variety list recognizes artists and executives who advanced the field of animation in 2012. Joyce received more […]