The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced last week,  and Steven Spielberg's presidential drama "Lincoln" led the pack with a total of seven nominations, including for best picture (drama), best director and best actor (drama). Not close behind, however, was a “Hollywood South” project, director Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained“! The film tied with Ben Affleck's historical drama "Argo" for second place, with five nominations each.

We’re excited for the Louisiana-shot, "Django Unchained"  to open in theater on Christmas day! The film was nominated for best picture (drama), best director, best screenplay, and two nods for best supporting actor (for Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz)! We can’t take credit for the wonderful talents of  Tarantino or the actors casted in this score but we’re proud to say, Louisiana served as the perfect setting for this “spaghetti southern”. 

Nola.com tells us this isn’t the only local film to be in the running for a 2012 Globe! Nicole Kidman received a Globe nomination for her supporting role in Lee Daniels’ Louisiana-shot film, Paperboy. The animation talents of Shreveport resident, William Joyce were also recognized and received five nominations for best animated feature, “Rise of the Guardians”.

** The full list of nominated films and TV projects follows. The 70th annual Golden Globes will be handed out Sunday, Jan. 13, in a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and telecast live on NBC

The National Board of Review released a list of the best movies of 2012, and several  “Hollywood South” shot films made the cut. Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" Wednesday (Dec. 5) was named the best movie of 2012 by the National Board of Review, but it wasn't the day's only big winner.

Locally shot,  "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained" and "Looper"  all earned spots on the board's list of the top 10 films of 2012, with "Django" and "Looper" earning additional board honors. The board awards also indicate that this could be an outstanding year of recognition for the Louisiana film industry. Not only did "Beasts," "Django" and "Looper" earn spots on the top 10 list -- which, aside from the top spot, isn't ranked -- but the best original screenplay award went to writer-director Rian Johnson for the script for his New Orleans-shot sci-fi thriller "Looper"; and Leonardo DiCaprio won best supporting actor for his turn as a slaveowner in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," also shot in New Orleans. In addition, actor and New Orleans resident John Goodman will be honored with the board's "spotlight award," noting his work in such 2012 films as "Argo," "Flight," "ParaNorman" and "Trouble With the Curve."
n addition to individual awards, the board also lists its top 10 films, in no particular order: "Zero Dark Thirty," ''Argo," ''Lincoln," ''Beasts of the Southern Wild," ''Django Unchained," ''Looper," ''Les Miserables," ''The Perks of Being a Wallflower," ''Silver Linings Playbook" and "Promised Land."

The awards will be handed out Jan. 8 in New York. The 103-year-old National Board of Review is made up of film academics, students and professionals, and it is one of the first groups to announce its picks for the year's best movies. The Los Angeles Film Critics announce their choices on Sunday. The Golden Globe nominations come Dec. 13.

The film was shot in Baton Rouge and New Orleans from March to July of this year and stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. It was directed  and co-written by Joseph Kosinski ("TRON: Legacy") and tells the futuristic sci-adventure of a soldier, Jack Harper (Cruise) as the last few drone repairmenr stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known at the Scavs. 

Forbes online is anticipating the 2013 film as well, "The story is fascinating, the effects are eye-popping, and Cruise looks to be in his usual top form." 

WATCH the trailer HERE

** The film is scheduled for release on April 19, 2013. 

The Lookalike, starring Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell, John Corbett, Steven Bauer, and Gina Gershon, began filming in New Orleans last week. We're going to keep our eyes pealed for these celebrities!
You can always rely on the SCG to bring you the latest in film news and celebrity sightings!

The movie has been described as a crime flick reminiscent of True Romance and Get ShortyThe Lookalikefollows two men who set out to find a lookalike for Sadie, whose death has jeopardized a major deal. “The crazy search propels an ex-basketball champion, a gossip writer, a coke addict, and a deaf beauty into unlikely romance and a desperate quest to seal the deal.”

After wrapping in New Orleans, The Lookalike will also spend time filming in the Bahamas.

Actor Channing Tatum is bringing a party to Bourbon Street! The grand opening of his nightclub, “Saints and Sinners” is taking place this weekend, 11/2-3! We know he has the dance moves to keep the party going (Hello, Magic Mike) but now its time to see if he can hang, “New Orleans style”! 

Nola.com reported that he has invited his “Magic Mike” co-stars including Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and others “Hollywood pals” plus his gorgeous wife, Jenna Dewan to the opening! Rumors of a performance have also been floating around town...

Tatum and his long time business partner, Keith Kurtz have also made efforts to clear up rumors that the new nightclub and restaurant is a “Magic Mike” venue. In fact, in line with the Saints and Sinner’s website, the grand opening encourages people to dress in period attire from the 1890-1920s. (No cover if you follow adhere this request). The website tells us that the venue “harkens back to the days when bordellos were where you went for heavenly company and a sinfully good time.”

There was already a private party held, October 7th and several celebrities were in attendance including, Channing Tatum, his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jason Statham, and girlfriend, Rose Huntington Whitely.  (Check out the party pics here)

For the grand opening, we can expect to see red-light district esque décor, reminiscent of the bordello and burlesque halls of the New Orleans storyville era.

The Saints & Sinners website also includes a menu, which includes what would appear to be an upscale take on standard late-night fare -- burgers, po-boys, libations -- as well as a selection of traditional Louisiana cuisine, including jambalaya, etouffee, and alligator tail. (yum!)

Tatum, who spent much of spring 2011 in town shooting the action-comedy "21 Jump Street," revealed his plans for Saints & Sinners in an interview with The Times-Picayune in March.

"I love New Orleans, man. I love the spirit of New Orleans," he said. "I think ('21 Jump Street' co-star) Jonah (Hill) wrapped it up perfectly: He said it's like the bad-kid island in 'Pinocchio.' The Bourbon Street area, Frenchmen, everything. It's just such a vibrant place. I love it down there..!

We love you too, Channing! "Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet"!

The creative culture and economy continues to thrive here in New Orleans, and this month we see it all, film, fashion and music! We’re ecstatic to experience so much all in one city! Last week, the New Orleans Film Society presented the 23rd annual, 
New Orleans Film Festival and opened with a red carpet film screening of , 
Lee Daniels’, Nola-shot “Paperboy” at the Joy theater. The film was an intense drama with comedic undertones and unique retro -like cinematography. 
Nicole Kidman and Zac Effron reached far from comfort zones, and delivered never before seen dramatic character performances.

The NOFF also held an opening party, “A Film Affair” with Scene magazine at Second Line Stages! The SCB (southern celebrity blogger) was lucky to attend both events!

Now we’re ready to put our most fashionable foot forward, and attend some of this week’s runway shows as part of the biannual, NOLA Fashion Week. The event showcases Southern born designers. The NOLA Fashion Council (NOLAFC) hosts the week-long event and is the “driving force” behind the current growth of the shiny new Fashion Industry in New Orleans! They provide a forum for designers, models, hairdressers, makeup artists, and various industry professionals to grow and showcase their talents. Most importantly, the NOLAFC works closely with designers, connecting them with resources needed to grow their businesses.

To keep up with the ever changing nature of the fashion business, the NOLAFC also presents several educational workshops to continue the education of industry professionals. Some of the previous workshops were led by industry experts such from brands such as, Vera Wang, L’Oréal Professionnel, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, and Goorin Bros.!

Of course, shopping is another part of the NOLAFW experience! There is a regional Retail Shopping Day as well as a Fashion Market.  Don’t miss out on the Spring/Summer 2013 session with fabulous events all week. Please click HERE for the full 
New Orleans Fashion Week schedule! 

The New Orleans Film Society is anticipating an expansive and diverse celebration for their 23rd anniversary, New Orleans Film Festival! Tonight, the film festival will kick off with a red carpet premiere of Director Lee Daniels’, “Paperboy” at the Joy Theater.  
The opening night event is sponsored by Cineworks Louisiana, Millennium Studios, and Second Line Stages! 
The film screened at  the 2012 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year as well as the 
New York Film Festival. In tonight's opening film, "The Paperboy" Matthew McConaughey plays a reporter and his younger brother is played by Zak Effron. The two are investigating a murder that may have been committed by a death row inmate ( John Cusack) . Meanwhile, the inmate corresponds with a woman throughout the film ( Nicole Kidman) and the plot unravels as the two brothers work hard to crack the case!

The film festivals will continue through, October 18th in venues all across the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

This year, the NOFF experienced a 40% increase in film submissions and was ranked as one of the “Top 25 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine. Jolene Pinder, Executive Director of the New Orleans Film Society says she is in awe of all the participating talent, both homegrown and from around the globe! 
We‘re ready to check out the films as well as the after screening Q+A’s from over 160 directors! Please visit the film festival’s website for a complete listing of all the films, workshops, and parties! 

Spike Lee’s remake of South Korean hit and Grand Prize Jury Award winner at Cannes in 2004, “Old Boy” will come to U.S. theaters in 2013. The highly-acclaimed revenge thriller released in 2003 and was directed by Chan-wook Park. Lee’s remake will begin filming this month in Louisiana! 

Film District has acquired domestic rights to the upcoming production.  This project was rumored to have been in Director, Steven Spielberg’s hands and cast Will Smith as the lead. 
However, the deal apparently died because Dreamworks and Mandate film failed to reach an agreement.  Now, it’s up to Lee to share his take on the material as he brings it to the United States.  The film centers on a successful business man (Josh Brolin) who is held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement by a mysterious captor. Upon his sudden release, things get really weird when he attempts to get revenge on his tormentors, meeting a pretty young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and an enigmatic man (Sharlto Copley) who may or may not be hold the answers. Samuel Jackson is said to also have a small yet critical role in the film. Lee and Jackson are no strangers to the Hollywood South, and we’re happy to welcome them back!

In other news, Spike Lee and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced collaboration on a new anti-violence public service program,” Flip the Script." It focuses on "changing the attitudes of and about young black men," the mayor said. It is part of Landrieu's "NOLA FOR LIFE" initiative to halt the city's murder rate. Lee’s previous work has shown true sensitivity to the people of New Orleans and his advertising agency, Spike DDB signed on pro bono to take NOLA FOR LIFE from a plan to a full blown proactive awareness campaign.

Actor, Jason Statham is in Louisiana filming, action thriller, “Homefront, written and produced by Sylvester Stallone. It is based on author Chuck Logan's crime drama series of novels featuring the character Phil Broker. Filming is taking place in New Orleans, the Westbank suburban area of New Orleans, Thibodaux, among other locations in Louisiana.

Statham is the lead of the film as ex-DEA agent Phil Broker. In hopes to find some peace and quiet, he starts a new life in a rural community with his young daughter, as they are still grieving the death of her mother but instead ends up fighting a local drug lord (Franco).   

 The stellar cast includes; Academy Award nominee James Franco as Gator; two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder as Gators' partner Sheryl; Kate Bosworth plays Gators' sister Cassie Bodine; Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre portrays school psychiatrist Susan Hatch; Izabela Vidovic plays Phil Broker's daughter.

We're excited to Winona back on the big screen! 

The Primetime  2012 64th Emmy Awards Ceremony took place Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show and 800,000 more viewers tuned into the awards show than last year! This is the third year in a row, "Modern Family" won Best Comedy Series. The show took home awards in the Best Supporting Acting categories, Outstanding Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series.

The awards program may have gained new viewers but there were many repeat winners! Of course, this is expected from a television awards ceremony, and we're happy the good shows stay on air! Miniseries were also awarded. This year, Kevin Costner won lead actor in miniseries, 'Devil' Anse Hatfield & McCoys.

Newcomer, "Homeland" swept the acting categories with Claire Daines and Damian Lewis taking home Emmys. The series also broke "Mad Men's" Best Drama Series steak! Many viewers are reportdly happy that a new series was recognized and pleased to hear new acceptance speeches.

Click HERE for a full list of winners:_