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The Baton Rouge-shot reboot of Magnificent Seven has added another rider to the cast. Fifty Shades of Grey and American Sniper star Luke Grimes have joined Antoine Fuqua’s remake. Luke Grimes has had a very impressive last twelve months as he appeared in two of Hollywood’s most talked about features.

With the addition of Grimes, the cast includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Liam Neeson, Haley Bennett and Vincent D’Onofrio, who will play the villain. The synopsis of the Magnificent Seven reboot begins shortly after the Civil War. The setting takes place in a war-torn town inhabited by a ruthless gold mining tycoon and his fearsome thugs. A man is brutally killed and his widow calls upon a bounty hunter to settle the score. The bounty hunter calls upon six other guns to help take down the gold mining tycoon and his thugs.

The role of Luke Grimes is yet to be revealed but we can make assumptions that he will be one of the six riders. Grimes also has a new project on the horizon called Freeheld, a gay rights drama with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. He’s also been in Taken 2, Brothers and Sisters and the Louisiana-shot HBO vamp camp series True Blood.

Production for Magnificent Seven will begin May 18 in Baton Rouge. If you want to work on Magnificent Seven visit jobScene for further information.

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An Interview with ‘Get Hard’ Star Paul Ben-Victor

by Alexandra Fraioli on March 27, 2015


Paul Ben-Victor has his roots in the New York theatre. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ben-Victor made the transition from east to west coast early in his career. Scene spoke with him while shooting Emmett/Furla Films’ Empire State, a film set in New York but shot in New Orleans. “I started off a little bit in New York,” said Ben-Victor. “I started off on the off-off-off-off-off  Broadway thing for about a year. I got some early commercials in New York… the original Levi’s 501 Blues campaign. And then I got shipped off to L.A. to do a Dodge Boy campaign commercial. I did a bunch of those. The weather was great. I didn’t have any allergies out there.”

His budding film and television career grew during his early years in Los Angeles. “Back lots had no security,” Ben-Victor recalls about getting his start in 1980s Southern California. “I’d sort of walk on and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to walk in this building.’ ‘Alright.’ I’d walk in, I’d introduce myself. I did my monologues wherever I wanted to, an office here, an office there. Some guys said, ‘Come on in. You’d be good. Go in at four o’clock for a show called L.A. Law.’ I got my first guest on L.A. Law, and the rest is history. I started doing a scene here, an L.A. Law here, a Cagney and Lacey, a China Beach and a movie there. I became a member of the Actors’ Studio out there. I did a play by a playwright named Lyle Kessler who wrote Orphans.”

Though his career seemed to be developing rapidly, it wasn’t without growing pains. “Twenty years ago, I was confused, I was less happy,” remembers Ben-Victor. “A little nuttier, a little angrier. I burned some bridges that I regret doing back then. Just being a little cockier. But there was nobody to teach me otherwise. I had to learn these things alone.”

Perhaps Ben-Victor’s biggest break came when he was cast in the HBO drama The Wire, also starring Wendell Pierce. “That was probably one of the most exciting times of my life, in terms of career,” he says. “That was probably one of the most exciting times of my career so far because I was doing several things at the same time. I had written a play with my mom that was playing in a beautiful theatre, The Hayworth Theatre in L.A. At that time it was called The Good Steno, but we’re changing the name to This Little Jew Girl. Morty is this horrible villain, and I play Morty. So it’s a great play, and I was doing that. And then I get an offer to do The Wire, which was the greatest offer at the time. I don’t know how exactly that happened but [The Wire casting director] Alexa Fogel… I owe her a lovely gift that’s long overdue.”

“[Alexa] was amazing. She made that happen,” says Ben-Victor. “I don’t know how, but I get a call saying, ‘Paul, you start shooting next Monday. Get on a plane to play this Greek guy.’ I was doing Entourage at the same time, and I was doing The Good Steno, In Plain Sight. There was a lot of stuff happening that year. I was overwhelmed doing theatre, TV and film all at the same time. It was a great time.”

Now a veteran actor, Ben-Victor has gone back to his roots, again collaborating with his mother, but this time as a writer. “It’s Should’ve Been Romeo,” says Ben-Victor. “I co-wrote it with my mom. She’s a playwright, Leah Kornfeld-Friedman. We started writing it fourteen years ago, based on a summer stock play I did thirty years ago. [It was] Romeo and Juliet where I played Benvolio. When I should’ve been Romeo, but I was Benvolio. So it was the seed and wrote a draft, then kept writing new drafts. Greg Ferkel is another writer that came on board and myself. And then my friend Michael Goldberg came on board, who wrote Cool Runnings and Snow Dogs. Big family film writer. And that’s what this is: it’s a wonderful, funny, lovable little family story. We wanted to make a funny movie, a lovable feel good movie.”

“Over the years it just evolved and evolved and evolved and we finally put it together,” he continued. “And it stars Ed Asner, Carol Kane, Michael Rappaport, Alanna Ubach and Evan Handler. Kelly Osbourne has a  wonderful cameo in it. Mary McCormack from In Plain Sight has a cameo. It’s chock full of cameos! We needed Tina Majorino (True Blood), so I think we had to work around her schedule for the movie. She’s wonderful. Again, she has a cameo, and then she turns around and hits it out of the park. Everybody does. Costas Mandylor is in it. Natasha Henstridge and I go back to the Van Damme movie we did twenty years ago, Maximum Risk. Evan Handler and I did The Three Stooges together. We became and are still very close friends. Matt Winston, he did In Plain Sight. It’s a wonderful thing to call your old friends and say, ‘Hey, could you come do a day for us? Could you come do a couple days?’ And they go, ‘Sure, when should I show up and where? If I’m in this country, I’ll get there.’”

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Ryan Murphy Teases New TV Show ‘Scream Queens’

by Jordan McGuire on February 19, 2015

American Horror Story and Glee scribe Ryan Murphy teases Scream Queens for Fox. This new horror comedy appropriately released a teaser on Friday the 13th. In the teaser, a blonde teen chews gum and blows an childishly large bubble. As she pulls her best Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson eyebrow raise, a knife thrashes through the frame exploding her happy-go-lucky bubble and blood fills the screen, unveiling the Scream Queens logo. Although it’s only a quick tease, it makes clear the direction of the show.

Emma-Roberts-webThe anthology series will star Jamie Lee Curtis, who got her start in the 1978 film, Halloween, and then crafted her trade over the past three decades. Scream Queens will also star American Horror Story: Freak Show actress Emma Roberts, Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Abigail Breslin and Lea Michele (Glee). Ryan Murphy has found chemistry with Emma Roberts and Lea Michele and has fit them into his new series. Abigail Breslin has come along way from playing the adorably quirky beauty pageant-hopeful Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine. Breslin is poised for playing a role in a horror comedy as she starred in the underrated film Zombieland.

The first season of the series revolves around a college campus that is defined by a chain of murders. Nick Jonas and current pop sensation Ariana Grande are set for recurring guest-star roles. Scream Queens is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television. The series will be filmed in New Orleans. Its timely release date will be in October 2015, just in time for spooky Halloween mayhem.



TRAILER: New Orleans-Shot ‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’

by Jordan McGuire on January 15, 2015


The New Orleans-shot film Kidnapping Freddy Heineken stars Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and True Blood alum Ryan Kwanten. This true thriller set in period Amsterdam has been acquired by Alchemy and is set for release on March 6.

Anthony Hopkins stars as Freddy Heineken, who was kidnapped by five boyhood friends, who succeeded in generating the largest ransom ever paid. Daniel Alfredson directed the film, which was adapted by William Brookfield from the best-selling book by Peter R. de Vries.

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‘True Blood’ Series Finale Airs Sunday

by Michelle Preau on August 22, 2014

trueblood14_88-web Alexander Skarsgard in ‘True Blood’ photo courtesy of John P. Johnson/HBO

The final season of the popular HBO series True Blood is sadly coming to an end this Sunday. This season kicked off with the biggest premiere of the series bringing in 5.8 million views. The series has been a high point of HBO’s original programming since it premiered on September 7, 2008.

True Blood, which is set in the fictional rural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, has kept up its reputation for thrills throughout the series, adding werewolves and faeries to the mystical drama’s list of supernatural characters. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels written by Charlaine Harris. The series starred Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll and Alexander Skarsgard.

Because sets for the series were built outside of Los Angeles before Louisiana’s film crew base had grown enough to support a television series, True Blood shot only a small portion of the series in Louisiana. The cult Sunday night series quickly became a weekly commercial for the Bayou State, creating a rabid fan base eager to visit the state where Sookie, Bill and Eric lived.

Tune in to HBO this Sunday, August 24 to say farewell to Sookie and the all of our favorite vampires, werewolves

Make sure to also check out Scene’s past interviews with some of the True Blood stars.

Stephen Moyer: Click for full interview
True Blood author Charlaine Harris: Click for full interview
Sam Trammell: Click for full interview
Kristina Anapau: Click for full interview
Tina Majorino: Click for full interview
Lauren Bowles: Click for full interview
Wes Brown: Click for full interview


Wes Brown’s Deception

by Catie Ragusa

This article originally ran in the July/August 2013 issue of Scene Magazine. Brown starred in HBO’s True Blood in its second season. “You start at the bottom and you do your best to earn your way up,” says actor Wes Brown. “You hope that every single project will help you grow. That you will learn […]

Lauren Bowles Bewitches Bon Temps

by Elizabeth Glauser

This article originally ran in the August/September 2012 issue of Scene Magazine. Bowles joins the cast of HBO’s True Blood in its third season. The latest season of True Blood teems with cliffhangers and mysteries, but Lauren Bowles keeps tight lipped. “I can give nothing away, so don’t even ask,” says Bowles, better known to […]

Before the Scene with Tina Majorino

by AJ Buckley

This interview originally ran in the August/September 2012 issue of Scene Magazine. Majorino starred in the  fifth season of HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Before the Scene is where we all start. In a small town with our families. In front of a mirror with our friends. The days spent sleeping on a couch. The nights working at […]

Kristina Anapau’s Faerie Tale

by Micah Haley

This interview originally ran in the May/June 2013 issue of Scene Magazine. With a smash series returning and four films scheduled for release this year, Kristina Anapau has a full slate.On June 16 is the return of HBO’s Louisiana set vampire saga True Blood, where for the last two seasons the brunette beauty has played […]