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 honors this year, including an Academy Award for the animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” 11 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for the book that inspired the short and a Webby award for the iOS app, The Numberlys. Rise of the Guardians received 10 Annie Award nominations for Best Animated Feature, Animated Effects, Character Animation, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting and Editorial. Hosted by ASIFA-Hollywood, the Annie Awards recognizes the year’s best animated productions and outstanding individual achievements in the field of animation.

Variety’s Animation Elite full list can be found here


Cogan’s Trade continues to add to an impressive roster of talent that includes Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, James Gandolfini and Zoe Saldana. Now Linara Washington, who’s previous credits include The Express and Stranger Than Fiction, has joined the cast of the actioner, now filming in New Orleans. Washington has also recently worked on Hound Dogs, the TBS pilot that just wrapped in New Orleans.

In addition to her feature roles, Washington has also built a solid body of work on the small screen, appearing in shows such as CSI, Private Practice, Prison Break, Without a Trace and E.R.

Cogan’s Trade stars Pitt as Jackie Cogan, an enforcer charged with investigating the robbery of a mob-sponsored poker game. The film is directed by Andrew Dominik, who previously worked with Pitt on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Source: Variety


Thomas Haden Church lands role in “Killer Joe”

by Danielle Tabary on October 7, 2010

Joining the previously cast Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church has been cast as Hirsch’s father in the black comedy “Killer Joe”.  The film begins production at Second Line Stages in New Orleans on October 11, and will remain there through December 17.

Directing the flick is William Friedkin, best known for his work on “The Exorcist” and “Rules of Engagement,” and Tracy Letts is adapting his own play for the screen. “Killer Joe” is slated to hit theaters next year.

Source: Variety

CONFIRMED: “Killer Joe” to shoot at Second Line Stages in New Orleans
Matthew McConaughey starrer “Killer Joe” picks New Orleans


“Treme” ineligible for music Emmys

by Arthur Vandelay on June 3, 2010

While music is perhaps “Treme”‘s central character, the HBO show created to bring New Orleans music to the masses will not be eligible for Emmy awards this August. According to Variety, TV Academy officials have confirmed that “Treme” is not entered in any music category, and that it is in fact ineligible for most of the music-related honors.

Much of the music featured on “Treme” existed prior to the show’s creation, including the catchy theme song, which was previously released on John Boutte’s 2003 album “Jambalaya.”

Awards are nice, but “Treme” music supervisor Blake Leyh commented that “If winning Emmys was what we were focused on, we’d all be working on a different show.”

While the news maybe disappointing to some, David Simon would be quick to remind fans of the show that “Treme” is “a drama.” Music is certainly a big part of telling the stories of New Orleanians in the wake of Katrina, but the show is still eligible in dramatic categories.


Ashley Judd steals “Flypaper”

by Danielle Tabary on June 3, 2010

In a role previously reported to be played by Liv Tyler, Ashley Judd has been cast in the indie bank hiest comedy “Flypaper” starring Patrick Dempsey. The film begins shooting in Baton Rouge on Monday. Judd is making a comeback after taking a year off to get a graduate degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Comedic writing duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore from “The Hangover” are back with a script about a man who must save a bank teller, played by Judd, whom he secretly loves, while in the midst of two simultaneous bank robberies. The film is directed by Rob Minkoff and produced by Peter Safran, Mark Damon and Dempsey.

Source: Variety


Hugh Jackman & Alicia Silverstone join the cast of “Butter”

by Ashleigh Scheuermann

This week Hugh Jackman & Alicia Silverstone joined the cast of “Butter”, now shooting in Shreveport. The film is a comedy produced by Jennifer Garner. The cast also includes Yara Shahidi and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene. Source: Variety