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New Sci-Fi flick “Ender’s Game” is all the talk in both Hollywood and Hollywood South. This movie, featuring Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, has been filming in and around New Orleans for the past month and seeks to recreate the epic adventures of the book on which it is based. In order to do so, the production team had to reach for the stars- literally. In order to realistically portray the grand scale of the setting, the cast and crew of “Ender’s Game” have been making use of the NASA sound stage. This area was previously used to build the actual space shuttles! The production team is keeping a pretty tight lid on what exactly this new picture requires such large set for, but it has everyone eagerly anticipating the film’s release. As if the setting and special effects weren’t enough, this new movie has recruited a long list of celebrated actors that shining an extra spotlight on New Orleans. In addition to Butterfield, the film has also cast Sir Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, and Viola Davis. So until the movie’s 2013 release, we’ll all just have to settle with spotting this fantastic cast around the Bayou.
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Don’t let the title “The Last Exorcism” fool you- because the creative team is already making plans for the sequel! That’s right, “The Last Exorcism II” is already in pre-production, with plans for a 2013 release date. Actress Ashley Bell is cast to revisit the role of Nell Sweetzer in this new addition in the Exorcist saga, however no other actors names have yet been released for this project. The Director will be Ed Gass-Donnelly who has been making a name for himself at various film festivals. This horror flick begins filming here in New Orleans this spring, and local casting directors have already been scouting local talent. Check back to Southern Celebrity Gossip for more updates about this project.
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The 2009 flick, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” made the news a while back for Nick Cage’s wild performance in the movie. His character Lieutenant Terrence McDonagh is a drug and gambling addicted, corrupt cop in a post-Katrina New Orleans. Cage’s extravagant performance in this role earned the film an 87% Rotten Tomatoes’ rating, and added a whole new level to his portfolio.
But not all the press about this picture is positive. It appears that the producers are receiving some harsh accusations from the movie’s investors. According to sources, the producers of this film have been “siphoning” off the proceeds, and failing to pay back those who put up money to help make this film. The investors have gone as far as to file a lawsuit against Nu Image and First Look Studios, trying to recover what they consider to be their fair share or profits. The Hollywood Reporter writes, “investors in the 2009 Nicolas Cage film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call—New Orleans… say that the defendants failed to properly set up the collection account [and have been] improperly deducting expenses, failing to disburse proceeds, and not accurately and truthfully accounting for all of the money.”
At this time there is no comment from Nu Image or First Look Studios, but this case will move to trial if a settlement can not be reached.
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Active Entertainment recently added substantial production space when it moved into Raleigh Studios at Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Emerging into the Louisiana market four years ago, Active has since completed 12 feature films. Its latest features have had great success around the world, delivering some of the highest television ratings in its history. In addition, Acitve has expanded its contracts for international sales to include three more films in 2011.
Patrick Mulhearn, Director of Studio Operations for Celtic Media Centre, said, "We are extremely pleased to welcome Active Entertainment as a true anchor tenant to Celtic Media Centre. Their seasoned management team, proven track record and volume of work currently in production and in development make this an exceptionally big win for Raleigh Studios and the Baton Rouge area."
The extraordinary facilities at Raleigh Studios, couple with Active's team of production and post-production talent, which is led by COO Daniel Lewis, will give producers around the world a great opportunity to enable their projects to be financed, filmed, and delivered with amazing quality and lower cost.
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A movie directed by and starring Forest Whitaker will begin filming today in Covington.
The movie was announced by Mayor Mike Cooper at the Covington Council meeting Tuesday night and is termed a psychological thriller "voodoo horror film" named "Vipaka." It will be filmed in the vicinity of Jefferson Avenue and 19th Street and other spots around town.
Officers have been assigned to the film crew and the police will try to keep the roadways cleared as best we can," said Covington Police Chief Richard Palmisano. "The beginning of school traffic is always confusing, but we will have officers on the scene to help. While filming on Jefferson Avenue, we will make certain their 18-wheelers are not in the car pool areas of St. Peter's School."
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