This week, projects of the Hollywood South are shining bright at the prestigious festival in the South of France.
Director, Lee Daniels' New Orleans-shot drama "The Paperboy" starring Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman is competing. Houma-shot Sundance Film Festival sensation "Beasts of the Southern Wild," directed by New Orleans-based filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, is in the Un Certain Regard section and received outstanding reviews thus far.
Also screening is Director Walter Salles' "On the Road," based on a classic 1957 novel by Jack Kerouac, partly filmed in New Orleans. Gritty crime drama, "Killing Them Softy," directed by Andrew Dominick's starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn and Scoot McNairy also shot in New Orleans under the title "Cogan's Trade."
The Weinstein Company also offered a seven minute sneak peak of Quentin Tarantino’s slavery film, “Django Unchained” which is still currently filming in New Orleans! Tarantino calls this feature, a “Southern.” We love that! Next time, the Southern Celebrity Gossiper will report on the festival winners- stay tuned!