John Goodman wasn't born in New Orleans. But he should have been.Hollywood's go-to teddy bear since his Emmy-nominated "Roseanne" days in the late 1980's-- and a notable New Orleans resident since the mid- 1990s -- he is funny, self-effacing and every bit as approachable as you'd want your neighbor to be, actor or not. In a Big Easy that loves its celebrity residents, Goodman is on of its biggest and easiest. That's rare in an actor of Goodman's stature. After all, he is a guy with 11 Emmy nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, and two Screen Actors Guild nominations to his credit. Thursday night (Sept. 29), he'll add another honor to that collection when the New Orleans Film Society names him its 2011 Celluloid Hero. "I had never -- well, I hadn't seen much of anything by that time in my life -- but had certainly never seen anything like that""And it wasn't just Mardi Gras. It was just something in the air or something, and not just the Boone's Farm. But anyway, whenever I could over the next years, I would get down there. And then I started coming down every year. I would take a vacation for that". At first, of course, it was all about the French Quarter, which had a way of widening the eyes of a St. Louis Kid like Goodman. But between go-cups, he started noticing things. "Initially, it was the Nevilles," he said. "And then I wanted to learn how that sound came about, and I just looked into that and started uncovering this whole new world I knew nothing about... It's just something that's not of this country, and it's just unlike anyplace else. I just grew to appreciate the totally different culture down there."
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It is not often that Hollywood just drops into your place of business.
But movie man Franco Carbone did when he stopped by Pilgrim's Progress on Line Avenue.
Carbone, designer/visual consultant of "Straight A's," which was filmed here, asked owner/interior designer Marlene Shaw if she would consult on a set design for the movie.
The always unflappable Shaw said, "I have never done a movie before and I am not sure I could do it."
He answered: "I've seen your work. I know you can do it."So she became a "design consultant" for an upscale, trendy two-story home of Anna Paquin's character in the movie, said Carbone, in an e-mail from his California office.
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Baton Rouge is pleased to host the Third Street Film Festival, giving everyone who is interested in film making a chance to have their work seen by the general public and other film makers. The Third Street Film Festival, which is premiering on December 30, 2011, is now accepting submissions. Being a Louisiana based film festival, they are asking for films only produced and filmed in Louisiana. If you are trying to get into the film industry. This is definitely a way to start.
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With the latest buzz-generating movie landing in theaters this weekend, sometimes-New-Orleanian, Brad Pitt, has been playing the good soldier, making the rounds and talking up "Moneyball
", based on the book by local writer, Michael Lewis. But it's his memories of a film based on the work of another New Orleans writer -- Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire"-- that provided a good deal of the juice for an in-depth interview Entertainment Weekly conducted with Pitt. It offers an interesting bit of insight on a unique chapter in New Orleans' film history. "The great thing that came out of that movie is that it birthed my love affair with New Orleans," he said. "We were shooting nights. So I just rode my bike around all night. I made some great friends there". Continue reading on NOLA.com
Presented by the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS), the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival (LAICFF), and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), the 4th Annual New Orleans International Children's Film Festival will take place this weekend- Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 at CAC. The year's festival is jam-packed with fun for kids of all ages, including animated and live action films. All the fun kicks off Saturday morning and goes through late Sunday afternoon, with over 60 films presented in 10 separate programming blocks. The event is FREE and open to the public. Check out the full schedule at Examiner.com