George Foster Peabody Awards for 2010 have been given to two TV projects that touched Orleans and the Gulf Coast. There are several winners with tangential ties. CNN’s coverage of the BP oil catastrophe and Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina fifth anniversary documentary“If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” were awarded Peabodys on Thursday (March 31) in Athens, Ga.
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The feature film FREELANCERS will begin shooting in New Orleans on April 18, the link for extras registration is below as well as some details on what will need for the film...please read those details in case you may know someone who fits any of it and pass the word along to them!
The film is set in inner city New York and the majority of extras will need to be african american and latino (or skin tones that can pass for latino.) This should not discourage anyone from registering! Everyone is welcomed!
Visible arm & neck tattoos are a big plus
Braids and dread locks also a plus
18-30 year old extras with strong club dancing skills-all races
18-30 female extras comfortable with nudity (higher pay rate)
Men & Women with military or police training-all races
Extras with persision driving experience
Minors 6-17 years old
A big plus for minors is the ability to skateboard.
There will be 2 african american or latino infants in the story.
Please notate if any of the above notes apply to when in your registration in the "please tell us anything else we should know" box.
'Swamp People's' Clint Landry, Troy Landry, and Jacob Landry
'Swamp People' is now on it's second season on the History Channel. The show follows South Louisiana alligator hunters during the 5 week hunting season that starts at then end of August. The show has become a huge hit for History as its best-ever series launch with 4.2 million viewers. Known for his distinctly Cajun accent, Troy Landry, the main hunter in the show, now has catch phrases such as "Choot 'em", which now appears on hats, t-shirts, and koozies. Click here
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Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves at a Hornets basketball game
Q: How have you enjoyed staying in New Orleans?
A: [When I got here], I’m pulling in from the airport, for the first time realizing how tiny the city is: everything’s ten minutes away. I’ve never been down here, staying in this neighborhood. It’s a great neighborhood. We’ve done more walking and eating and taking the kids out on a Saturday night. It’s been excellent here. New Orleans has always had a real good identity. But it’s been really relaxing and refreshing to be down here. Just on the street a minute ago, a girl came up and she was pulling her kid in a wagon. They went by, the lady said, “Hi!” and she tells her kid to say, “Hi.” And then she says, “Thanks for being here!” You know what I mean? Easy as that. It’s very, very hospitable and relaxing down here.
Q: And you work regularly with John Chaney, who’s based in Zachary, Louisiana, right?
A: We’ve been working together for sixteen years. I usually make a drive to his place to see him and his family at least once a year.
But this five weeks [shooting Killer Joe]…my whole family has enjoyed it. The zoo is badass. The Audubon Zoo is the best zoo I’ve ever been to. The most interactive. For one, the animals are happier than any other zoo I’ve ever been to. They’re spry. Two, they’ve designed it in a way where you’re walking a path with a little two-log fence there, and there’s the zebras or whatever and you’re like, “What’s keeping them in?” But they’ve built a little mound to keep them away from you and you don’t see it. It’s just cool. That’s a great zoo. Tomorrow, I’m going back. Insectarium’s cool, the Aquarium’s cool, but that zoo is really cool.
And then we’ve spent time on this street a lot. It’s been great walking it. We’ve been here a few times to Sake Café. You know what my favorite restaurant is that we’ve been frequenting? Coquette. I forget the kid’s name…maybe Matt? A young chef, a young blonde guy. He’s doing some good stuff in there, man. All local stuff, they change the menu daily. We’ve eaten there probably six times. We can bring the kids there. They’ve got a nice wine list.
Q: What else have you enjoyed about returning to Louisiana?
A: One, that Coquette’s really good. I’ve been to two Saints games, went to a Hornets game the other night. Again, everything’s ten minutes away. Met [Jeremy] Shockey the other day, he came around. It reminds me of Austin a lot. Austin’s really got an identity and this area right here reminds me of South Austin a lot. “Hey, it’s eight o’clock on a Friday night. Kids, you wanna come? Oh, gelato! Oh, there’s some music. Oh, let’s get something to eat.” You know? It’s all a walk away. We’ve been out of the house walking more here than we’ve done at home in Malibu in a long time and we’ve really enjoyed it. And again, the people…like that lady who walked past me and said thanks for being here. Someone might say, “Hey, can I get a picture with you?” Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no, I’m sitting here talking with a friend at the moment. [But the answer is always,] “Cool, thanks man, good to see you.” Do you know how relaxing that is for a person in my position? No ulterior motives. It’s always been hospitable down here, partially because it has such an identity. It’s different than say, Los Angeles, where no one’s from there, so its identities are sort of shotgun spread. And it’s an industry town, so everyone is not here to eat, they are here to see who’s coming to eat. Not most people are living the story, they are there to see the story. Here you get real characters, people that are going somewhere. In New York City, people are going somewhere. They are going someplace to do what they want to do. It’s relaxing that way and it’s cool.
Here’s a great little story. My lady, Camila, was going down to get Christmas cards at this little card shop down towards Whole Foods. She’s a designer. She starts working with the lady on ‘em, figuring it all out, happened to know the girl, they were having a Christmas party, my lady and her mother make purses. She asks if she can piggyback on the party [and the answer is] “Yes!” She’s sold thirteen purses! It’s just that communal sort of thing.
We’ve had some great walks with the kids at night. We’ve had some great nights at Commander’s Palace, where they know we’re right up the street and they say, “Come by any time, we’ll give you whatever, even if it’s just dessert.” We’d go on by and drink wine, look around and, “Hey, there go the kids across the dining room!”
When I was here for Failure to Launch down here, I was on my own. When I work it’s usually work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep. And I didn’t go out that much. But now, in this area with the family, it’s been great.
Q: I know you’re a football fan. A buddy of mine is like, “When you talk to Matthew, you gotta bust him on how LSU’s in a better bowl.”
A: Well, hell yeah they are, [Texas] didn’t even make a bowl! Number one, tell your buddy, remind your buddywhat state most of your players are from! My state! You guys love Houston and Beaumont. Well, not most of them but a lot of them! Although, Louisiana per capita has more players than any other state in the NFL. Not the most, but per capita. LSU. I went to a game last year. I went into the locker room before the game with Les Miles and those players. They tried to get me to wear that LSU shirt and I had on a Texas shirt. I said, “No, guys. I walk out this door and I’m getting my picture taken, and I’ll never hear the end of it if I’m caught in an LSU shirt.” I said, “At least I’m not wearing your opponent’s jersey.”
Q: So you wouldn’t do it, huh?
A: No, no, no. I’ve got my team. I like LSU, though. I like y’all against Texas A&M! You guys have had a very interesting year. First you want to fire Les and now he’s up for coach of the year. But y’all always do that. Y’all always do that, man!
He’s done some questionable actions in a couple of games, but everything came out on the winning side. If you get the “W” then you’ve got a job, and he’s been there and SEC’s the toughest conference: I agree with that. I like LSU. I always root for LSU. But y’all are seldom playing Texas so it’s easy for me to root for y’all. I’m always rootin’ for y’all. LSU’s easy to root for though, too. It’s always fun to watch. And the Saints are lookin’ good again, man. You’re offense looks real good right now.
Let’s talk about this, right here! The Superdome. How fun is it when all of the sudden [BRRRM, BRRRM, BRRRM, BRRRM] C’mon, Saints fans get crunk! [BRRRM, BRRRM, BRRRM, BRRRM] WHOOO! I mean everybody in that place! I’m mean…
Q: [Laughing] Is that your first time experiencing a game in the Dome?
A: It’s been awhile. I’ve been to the Dome before, but this new…I’m talkin’ about everybody, if they’re holding a plate of food or a cocktail drink, I mean they ‘bout practically drop it and get, I’m talkin’ four-legged dancin’! Ooooh man! Even the players on the kickoff team!
Q: It has become like an anthem!
A: It is your anthem! I mean you’re always going to have, “Who Dat? Who Dat? Who Dat say dey gon’ beat dem Saints?!” But that song, I’m talking about hits a full nerve and that whole place…I was at the Seahawks game and I was at the Rams game. At the Seahawks game y’all were a little more pumped, the crowd and everything. But aww, man that hit a nerve! It’s a hoot watching it. A hoot! I took my son the other day. And he liked the game but what he really liked was when that came on, watchin’ everybody.
Q: That’s good stuff. You’re going to have to try really hard to come down here every few years.
A: I would love to come work down here [again]. The easiest way to get down here for me is jobs and what y’all are doing makes it easier to do jobs down here and look, what can I do, man? I go back [to L.A.] and just speak highly of it. Talk about crews, talk about locations, talk about ease of work. When it comes down to dollars is where they make the decision, but if it’s not substantial dollars, people in my position can go, “Oh, you’re thinking about New Orleans or this other place? Hey, this is where you want to go.”
Q: It’s great to hear support like that coming from someone like you.
A: We shot New Orleans for Dallas in Killer Joe. Easy. I’m from Texas so I’d love to shoot in our home state, but we don’t have the tax breaks right now. But I have quite enjoyed it here, man. It’s a great place to be. It’s very easy for me to get creatively in mind and turned on and remain there the entire time. Part of it is, when I was off work, it’s a very creative place to walk around, engage people. You’re just meetin’ characters everywhere. You are meeting people who are who they are, not trying to be something different. That’s the real strength to it, a place with identity. That’s also, as an artist, to engage in that, it’s not exhausting. There’s color and smells and tastes that everywhere you’re going, “Ah, look, originality.” So, you don’t feel that you hop out of work and you jump into the mendacity. So, it’s good.
Q: I’m sure it’s a good feeling when you end a hard week of work and you know you have a good living environment to relax.
A: I’ve gotten out more here with my family than I have with my last ten films put together, easy.
To read more of the interview, visit Scene Magazine online
Brad Pitt filming 'Cogan's Trade'
Brad Pitt on the set of his new film, "Cogan's Trade", filming in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Young Pinstripes Brass Band will take part in a '2nd Line Against Crime' Tuesday.
Lots going on today in NOLA! Check it out!2nd Line Against Crime (Pal's Lounge, 925 North Rendon) The Young Pinstripes Brass Band will lead a second line through Faubourg St. John in a "citizen solidarity against crime" march. According to the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association website, the procession starts at the corner of St. Phillip and Rendon, heads riverbound on St. Phillip, turns left on North Gayoso , left on Esplanade Avenue, left onto Grand Rt. St. John, left again onto Moss Street and back to St. Phillip. 6 p.m.
Dinner With Tennessee Williams(Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., 504.899.7323, octaviabooks.com) If you missed the sold-out Tennessee Williams Festival version of this event, collaborators Troy Gilbert, Greg Picolo (chef at Bistro Maison de Ville) and Kenneth Holditch reprise their presentation, signing and tasting inspired by the book of the same name. 6 p.m.
WWII Film Screening (The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528.1944, ext. 229) The 2003 film "Berga: Soldiers of Another War" is screened at The Stage Door Canteen. The film tells the story of soldiers captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge who were sent to concentration camps instead of POW camps because they were (or looked) Jewish. Admission by museum admission. 6-8 p.m.
Steve Masakowski (Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta) The guitarist performs the music of James Black, 8 p.m. It's one of music writer Keith Spera's Tuesday Hot Picks.
This information is from 225.342.FILM, the official hotline of Louisiana Entertainment. Here’s what’s happening for fourth week of March 2011.
Millennium Films feature film “Playing the Field” starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Uma Thurman will shoot April 4 - May 20 in Shreveport. Please send resumes to email@example.com.
Millennium Films feature film “Kane & Lynch” starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx is in preproduction in Shreveport. Please direct resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The independent feature film “Freelancers” starring 50 Cent and Robert De Niro will shoot April 18 for four weeks in New Orleans. More information will become available as this production develops.
Millennium Films feature film “Medallion” starring Nicholas Cage will begin filming April 11 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com.
Voltage Pictures feature film “The Third Act” starring Annette Bening and Morgan Freeman will shoot this summer in Alexandria. More information will become available as this production develops.
Bullet Films feature film “Dirt Road to Lafayette” will shoot April 27- June 8 in Lafayette.
Sony Pictures feature film “21 Jump Street” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will shoot April 18 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A & E’s reality television series “Billy the Exterminator Season 4” starring Billy Bretherton will shoot April 1 - July 31 in Shreveport.
The independent feature film “The Dark Tales of El Diablo” will shoot May 31 in West Monroe. Please send resumes to email@example.com or fax to 504.324.0658.
The Discovery Channel’s reality television series “Sons of Guns Season 2” will shoot April 11 - September 30 in the Baton Rouge area.
Milk & Media’s feature film “No One Lives” will begin preproduction April 24 with filming scheduled for June 7 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iron Dragon LTD feature film “The Stuart House Recordings” will shoot in late May in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com.
State Street Pictures feature film “The Baytown Disco” will shoot May 1 in Slidell. More information will become available as this production develops.
The independent feature film “Lay the Favorite” starring Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Rebecca Hall, and Catherine Zeta-Jones will shoot May 11 for 25 days in New Orleans.
HBO’s television series “Treme Season 2” is filming in New Orleans until May. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The independent feature film “Cogan's Trade” starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck began filming February 21 in New Orleans. Please send crew resumes to email@example.com.
Fox’s feature film “Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter” starring Josh Lucas and Benjamin Walker began filming March 14 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bullet Films feature film “Alien Tornado” is shooting March 7-30 in Lafayette.
The independent feature film “Looper” starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will shoot until April 1 in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com or fax to 504.525.1857.
TNT’s television series “Memphis Beat Season 2” starring Jason Lee, Sam Hennings and DJ Qualls began filming March 20 in New Orleans and at the St. John Center Soundstage in LaPlace. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The independent feature film “Dark Circles” is shooting March 9 -29 in Baton Rouge. Please send resumes to email@example.com.
The independent feature film “Stash House” will shoot March 26 in Baton Rouge. Please fax resumes to 225.757.6258 with attention to STASH PRODUCTIONS.
New Palace Films in association with Slow Children at Play’s television series “Ghostbreakers” starring Joey Greco is filming in Shreveport until March 31. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the film and television industry in Louisiana please visit us online at www.louisianaentertainment.gov.
In an interview with Twilight's newest vampire, Angela Sarafyan, Scene Magazine
explored her opinions of Louisiana and New Orleans. Her answers are surprising! She definitely gets New Orleans!
Q: Talk about your impressions of Louisiana during your first
stay here a few years ago.
A: I got a taste of New Orleans and Louisiana and it was a delicious taste. It was really cool because I had no idea a place like that existed in the world. It was really cool to see a world of incredible musicians and great photographers and great artists. I find New Orleans to be immensely creative and to be in the spot where Tennessee Williams wrote Vieux Carré and lived for a long time, I mean, how incredible!
It’s a dream, ultimately.
Q: Now that you’ve come back and you’ve been here for three months, was there anything that you were looking forward to coming back to?
A: I was looking forward to going to New Orleans again! I couldn’t wait to go back to have some beignets. Eat some gumbo and walk down the French Quarter and see more of New Orleans. I think that what the French Quarter reveals is...you know a lot of people say New Orleans is so dirty and all those [bad] things? I think it’s beautiful. I think that element of dirt and and danger...it’s the most beautiful part of it because you see these incredible musicians on the street, you hear people just living fully almost every night and they’re real people. They’re people full of their own worlds and their own lives and they’re not waiting for anything. They’re not looking at somebody else’s life, they’re not in front of a computer typing away. They’re out experiencing the world. I loved that.
Q: What are you going to miss when you leave Louisiana? What you hope to find at Twilight’s next location?
A: I think I’ll miss the people in Louisiana. I’m reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I love this book! It is unbelievable! A friend of mine gave me this book, he said, ‘You have to read this while you’re out there’ and I am just amazed at the magic that exists in the way he writes and how he views that the Mississippi is a dirty and disgusting river and all that. And he, in a way, shows a different side of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Then there’s Tennessee Williams and then there’s the
French Quarter and I will miss the musicians on the street and this girl with orange hair playing the violin and the beignets. I’m going to miss a lot over here. I’m having a hard time leaving.Source: Scene Magazine
The Big Easy Foundation recognizes top performances from 2010 and bestows special awards for lifetime achievement and arts education. Bryan Batt emcees the event and there are performances by nominated actors. Call 483-3129 for reservations. Tickets $125. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday. Harrah's New Orleans Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.bestofneworleans.comSource: Gambit
What did you want to be growing up? Do you have a dream that you've always wanted to achieve but never got to realize? Do you have something you want to prove to your family? Do you often dream about getting back into your cheerleading uniform, winning a cook-off, rocking out with your old band, or getting another swing at that pitch that got away? The creators of MTV’s award-winning teen series, MADE, are NOW seeking parents and professionals with a goal. If you appear to be between the ages of 25-55, we want to hear your story! Open Casting Call: Saturday, March 26, 2011 11:00AM-4:00PM East Jefferson High School Auditorium 400 Phlox Avenue Metairie, LA 70001 Between your kids, errands, and work, do you feel like you never have time for what YOU want to do? Now is your chance to be MADE! Click here for your chance!