Here's a note from Crystal:
"When I heard that Martin Lawrence was filming a movie in town, I immediately signed up with Glorioso Casting. I was so excited when they called to cast me as a 'townfolk' extra for 'The Better Man.'
Items from the sets of "The Pardon" will be sold today and Friday.
The sale will take place at the locally made movie’s production offices in the Bayou Walk Shopping Center, suite 2600 at 6550 Youree Drive in Shreveport. Offices are near the Subway restaurant.
The sale will include vintage items dating from the late 1800s to the 1940s.
Most items will be priced between $2 and $300. They will include furniture, linens, lamps, quilts, afghans, artwork, photographs, wicker furniture, china dishes, decanters and bed frames.
Doors will be open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, call please call (318) 795-8030.
A few weeks back, Times writer Donecia Pea filed a story on Hurricane Chris. The rapper shot a video for "A Bay Bay" in Shreveport in mid May. The video recently premiered on BET. (That's very cool.)
Hundreds of people appeared in the video. You're not one of them if you didn't follow the advice of the DJ quoted in Donecia's story: "When the director yells 'action,' he wants you to clap your hands in the air and sing along," yelled DJ Bay Bay on a microphone. "If you don't know the words, you won't be in the video."
So, how does Shreveport look through the eyes of Hurricane Chris?
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Building a movie studio in Louisiana is about to get far less lucrative for projects not already under way, if a bill before the Legislature becomes law.
A House bill awaiting a vote on the House floor as soon as today, would keep a 40 percent tax credit in place for movie studio construction.
But future projects would be capped at $25 million in total tax credits.
Existing projects would be grandfathered, but they would have to qualify for an unlimited 40 percent tax credit only through the end of this year and 25 percent thereafter.
The changes were proposed by the state's Department of Economic Development after concerns were raised by the Division of Administration.
The state's financial officers found a potential $1.5 billion loss in tax revenue if the uncapped 40 percent tax credit stayed in place.
No significant changes are aimed at movie production tax credits, which are now 25 percent and are scheduled to drop to 20 percent in 2010 and 15 percent in 2012.
The bill is being considered by the Legislature as LIFT Incorporated – which obtained 2006 tax credit approval on a $185 million studio in New Orleans – saw its offices raided early this month by the FBI.
That investigation followed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging a former state film official, Mark Smith, granted LIFT favorable treatment in exchange for kickbacks.
Local filmmaker Jabari Thomas will screen his newest project, "A Stranger Within," at the Regal Cinemas Louisiana Boardwalk 14 at 3:20 p.m. June 19.
"The lawsuit asks for monetary damages in excess of $10-million and sought to block broadcast of the movie unless it carries a disclaimer stating it contains fictional content. The two sides were negotiating on Wednesday and another meeting has been scheduled for next week. ...
"ESPN released a statement on Tuesday afternoon stating that the claims of the lawsuit were without merit and that the movie would be televised as planned. A second showing is planned for ESPN at a later date."
"'He did turn himself in and was immediately taken into custody and handcuffed by the bailiff,' said Jane Robison, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office."
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No, this is not a file photo of Mansfield in the 1930s. It's one-block area of Texas street around the courthouse square that has been transformed into Marshall, Texas, for the 1930s backdrop for "The Great Debaters" in production this week.