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Game of Thrones Episodes to Screen at Local Theatres

by Micah Haley on January 14, 2015

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Excellent films have been released in theaters over the past five years. But the best storytelling I’ve come across in the last half decade has all been on television. Once the graveyard of big screen talent, television has become one of the most compelling experiences in media. And Game of Thrones is the best show on television.

HBO’s veteran fantasy drama will cross the now-narrow sea from small screen to the largest screens in advance of its 2015 return. IMAX screens across the country, including some in South Louisiana, will be screening Game of Thrones at the end of this month. It will be the first time ever for the company, which sells premium large format theatrical experiences, to show television content.

The two-hour event will feature two hour-long episodes from Game of Thrones season four, followed by a special season five sneak preview that’s exclusive to IMAX. The tickets to the event go on sale tomorrow, Friday, January 16 here. The event begins on Thursday, January 29 and continues through February 5.

IMAX and HBO had originally scheduled the history-making event to kick off on January 23, but the tremendous response from social media encouraged the partners to expand the one-week engagement to more theaters.

If you live in South Louisiana, you can join me as I slam popcorn and Diet Coke at one of these three participating theaters:

AMC Baton Rouge 16 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
AMC Westbank Palace 16 (Harvey, Louisiana)
Grand 16 – (Slidell, Louisiana)

New theaters are being added everyday. And if you talk during my screening, remember those words from Arya Stark: “Valar Morghulis.”

All men must die.

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Eva Longoria joins Billy Bob Thorton in the independent drama The Baytown Disco, which begins filming in Slidell on May 1. Barry Battles will direct the film and  also wrote the script with Griffin Hood.

The film is about three violent redneck brothers who are hired to return a kidnapped wheelchair-bound teen to his grandmother. They leave a lot of bloodshed behind to accomplish the task. The Desperate Housewives star will play the ex-wife of Thornton’s character.

This will be Longoria’s first time filming in Louisiana. Thornton shot in the state for 2001’s Monster’s Ball.

Source: Deadline

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JamFest Indie Film Festival rolls in Hammond

by Danielle Tabary on September 13, 2010

The 3rd annual JamFest International Independent Film Festival will be screening approximately 50 films in downtown Hammond in a 2-day festival, Fri., Sept. 24 and Sat., Sept. 25. Sponsored by the Northshore Regional Endowment for the Arts, the festival will feature films from around the U.S. as well as films from Singapore, Iran, Australia, Iceland, France, Spain, United Kingdom, and Canada. Of the works chosen nationally, films from New Orleans, Slidell and Hammond will also be featured.

All screenings are scheduled either at the Hammond Regional Arts Center at 217 E. Thomas St. or Tope lá! Catering at 113 E. Thomas St. (both places are within two blocks of each other in downtown Hammond).

The viewing will be broken down into sections of comedies, dramas, documentaries, experimentals, music videos with music documentaries and finally the “Platinums”, which are the films considered the best of the festival. One of the Platinums screening is a feature comedy produced in New Orleans titled “I Ran Against Us”. Many of the film’s producers also worked on the Disney TV show, “Imagination Movers”, which also shot in New Orleans.

A special screening session of children’s films is scheduled for Saturday morning 9:00-11:45 a.m. Also, Emmy awarding winning writer and director Robert Nowotny will give a talk on fundraising for film projects and distribution starting at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, followed by a roundtable discussion of the attending filmmakers; both events at Tope lá! Catering.

Admission for the 2-day festival is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and Southeastern Louisiana students are free with a student ID. For more information about the festival go to www.strawberryjam.org.

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