Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's official: Samuel L. Jackson to film in Shreveport

Local McDonald’s eateries better stock up on Royales with Cheese, because Samuel L. Jackson is headed to Shreveport. The “Pulp Fiction” legend will star in “The Cleaner,” a Millennium Films feature that will begin a seven-week shoot in January.

“Louisiana has done a terrific job with their tax incentives,” said Michael Flannigan, an executive producer with Millennium. “Shreveport seemed to make sense because of the other films that have been there, particularly ‘The Guardian.’”

Millennium is currently making “Homeland Security,” a feature starring Antonio Banderas and Meg Ryan, in Shreveport. That project wraps Nov. 10.

The company also will begin shooting “Blonde Ambition,” a feature starring Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson, during the last week of November.

“It kind of made sense to stay in the same neighborhood,” Flannigan said. He said Shreveport Mayor Keith Hightower flew to Los Angeles to convince Millennium to do business in northwest Louisiana.

“It’s big,” Hightower said about the company’s plans to shoot three features in a row in Shreveport. “The more we get under our belt, the more we are likely to do. They are first-rate, highly respected productions.”

Hightower agreed that Millennium’s commitment bodes well for the film industry in Shreveport. When asked if he was a fan of any of the stars coming, the mayor said, “When they film in Shreveport, I obviously am a fan.”


and just announced ...

Open extras casting call
“Blonde Ambition” starring Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson.
Needed: humorous extras to play construction workers, German-speaking executives, cab drivers, office executives (esp. African Americans), puppeteers, mimes, jugglers, clowns, midgets and a robust German female barmaid. Must be 18 or older. Senior citizens welcome. These are paid positions.
What to bring: it is recommended that applicants bring a snapshot of themselves, no larger than 4 by 6 inches.
When: noon-7 p.m. Nov. 5.
Where: Louisiana Boardwalk management offices, Bossier City. Doors are located near the escalator on the second floor of the parking garage.
Cost: free.
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