Thursday, February 26, 2009
Here's Jeffrey's note:
Social Event at Columbia Cafe (one of the locations in the film) from 7-9PM. We are not providing the food and drink (but Columbia is offering some great food and drink specials that night.) People are invited to come and just enjoy a good night at Columbia, visiting and talking about the film.
In addition to these social events, I continue to push for people to sign up for our monthly updates. Please feel free to encourage people, as well. All they have to do is send an e-mail to email@example.com with "Register Me" in the subject of the e-mail.
I also am continuing our major internet push. I have started a blog that I hope you will all follow. You can access it here:
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Here's the list:
1. Chicago, Ill.
2. Atlanta, Ga.
3. New York, N.Y.
4. Shreveport, La.
5. Albuquerque, N.M.
6. Boston, Mass.
7. Stamford, Conn.
8. Memphis, Tenn.
9. Milwaukee, Wis.
10. Austin, Texas
The Shreve was no. 3 in 2008 and no. 6 in 2007.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Guessing the ten featured categories correctly were first-place winner Kenneth Loggins, of Shreveport; second-place entry E.J. Ratcliff, of Arcadia; and third-place Holly Garrett, of Shreveport.
Places were determined by a random drawing.
Loggins will receive a free one-year membership to the Robinson Film Center plus six free movie passes to the downtown movie theater and a T-shirt.
Ratcliff and Garrett will received free movie passes, too.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This year’s Oscars ceremony was the best is recent memory because of its throwback classiness, its freshened up awards presentations, and its elegant sense of history.
I really liked the presentations for the actors/actresses categories, where five past winners introduced the five nominees. The idea made us feel as if we were being invited into a conversation -- however scripted -- between the best talents in Hollywood, and that's pretty cool. The Oscars needs to draw those connections to history, and doing it so simply -- from one actor to another -- was super smart.
The show’s directors/producers employed onstage projection technology in a way that was fun, informative and imaginative. Loved the onstage orchestra. Loved the best script presentations. And Hugh Jackman’s homemade opening act was the best since Billy Crystal. Oh, hell. It was better than Billy. Hugh's dance number for “The Reader” was hilarious.
And by the end, we got two speeches that were good: Kate Winslet getting a whistle from her dad, and Sean Penn calling everybody commie-, homo-loving sons of guns. Good stuff.
The only thing missing was a true surprise in one of the wins for the major categories. Those moments of shock, like last year's best actress or that Brody win years ago, are what really survive.
But perhaps Penn's surprisingly funny and serious acceptance speech will be enough. (The closest we came to a big moment was Dustin Lance Black's speech for his "Milk" screenplay. I know Hollywooders get criticized for turning the Oscar stage into a soapbox, but it's very appropriate with these films. To deny these artists an opportunity to represent themselves truly would be the biggest disservice to their art. Which means I like the edgy stuff.)
Enjoyed the night. This show will really help the Oscars as it moves forward, especially if more popular stuff gets nominated.
chris lyon, 13
marian d, 12
pan's pantry, 12
timothy miller, 14
chris lyon, 12
marian d, 11
pan's pantry, 11
timothy miller, 13
Score is unchanged. By my count, "Slumdog Millionaire" has six awards already.
chris lyon, 8
marian d, 9
pan's pantry, 8
timothy miller, 9
Nobody got this one right. Are chris-brad and I heading for a showdown? Too early to tell. If only timothy miller would have entered pics in all categories.
chris lyon, 2
marian d, 2
pan's pantry, 2
timothy miller, 3
The race is squaring up! c-b v. timothy miller. Very interesting.
What's going to win best picture, and what deserves to win? I asked cinephile chris-brad to help answer that question in today's Times. Check out this article.
What films got left out of the nominations? Robinson Film Center's Chris Jay asked that question for this week's installment of "The Big Picture," a radio blog that broadcasts on Red River Radio on Friday afternoons. You can listen to Chris Jay talk to us by clicking on this MP3.
Have you entered your pics to compete in the LaMovBlog contest? You have until 6 p.m. (Central) to do so. Nominations are here. Just enter your predictions for what will win in the comments. What will you get if you win? A certificate that says you're "Keener than a Times reporter," like this one.
Friday, February 20, 2009
But did you see that California got into the game yesterday? Check out this Los Angeles Times story, and the excerpt below:
The credits -- capped at $500 million over five years -- are modest compared with those offered by other states.
Still, the announcement was welcome news to many in Hollywood who were skeptical that the Legislature would help the entertainment industry given the enormousness of the task of plugging the state's $42-billion budget gap.
"We applaud the passage of this incentive, which will help make California competitive and not only save jobs that are being lost but generate much-needed revenue for the state," said a joint statement from Hollywood's actors and directors unions and the Motion Picture Assn. of America, which have been lobbying for the credits for a decade."
However modest California's credits are (or aren't, if you happen to get 'em), it's simply important to note this: yesterday, for the first time, the world's capital of film production officially acknowledged that tax credits are a really, really big deal.
What's more interesting to me about the Calif. legislation is that it focuses on low budget films ($1M to $10M) and relocating TV shows to California (up to 25%). Will they succeed? Time will tell.
Dozens of states offer tax credits, and Texas and Alabama are ones I'm currently getting up to speed (yet again) for a piece running March 8. You can be certain that La. lawmakers, lobbyists and industry pros are studying their legislation, and the successes of Georgia and Michigan. The state Legislature convenes April 27.
From what I'm learning, many in Louisiana want to push the production tax credit to 30 percent to remain competitive. Will the Leg do it? I don't know yet. But I'll learn much more about it in the coming days. In the meantime, if you have questions you'd like to have answered from city or state officials, lemme know.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Tommy Lee Jones project was made there and involved some Shreve-area crew and talent (you'll notice Pruitt Taylor Vince, who's in residency at LSUS right now). The movie will head straight to DVD after getting a one-week run in New Iberia beginning Feb. 20.
Here's one moviegoer wondering out loud, as quoted in the Independent:
"'You can tell it was a low budget movie,' says cane farmer Jackie Judice. 'Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. But I wonder why Tommy Lee Jones was in a movie going straight to DVD?'"
TLJ! The cane farmer challenged your street cred!
Here's an even funnier excerpt:
"Brenda Placide, who owns Brenda’s Dine In & Take Out on Pershing St. says Tommy Lee Jones ate at her place every day while he was filming. 'He liked the gumbo,' she says. 'He liked the barbecued ribs, the red beans and the crawfish etouffee.' When he was on location outside of New Iberia, he sent a driver over to pick up his lunch, Placide says. 'After the movie was over, he called me to make him some gumbo, so I sent it to him,' she adds. 'Then he called back and asked for the recipe, I sent that to him, and Tommy Lee Jones hasn’t called me any more.'
TLJ! Ya done stole Brenda's recipe! (Kind of.) What do you have to say for yourself?
"In the Electric Mist" will get its DVD release March 3.
Check out the full Independent Weekly story. Good stuff. And also check out the Variety review, and the trailer below.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Prizes are ...
1st place: One-year membership to Robinson Film Center, six free passes, a T-shirt, and concession and movie discounts for one year
2nd Place: six free RFC passes
3rd Place: four free RFC passes.
Entries are due 5 p.m. today (Feb. 18, 2009). (Which means "hurry!")
The contest open to adults 18 years of age or older at time of entry who reside in Northwest Louisiana/East Texas. One entry per person.
See complete official contest rules here.
NOTE: For those of you who have posted your picks on my informal blog contest, The Times's Oscar Contest is a completely separate deal. You must complete the survey, linked above, to win stuff.)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
In the spirit of public punishment, here are my predictions. Please, please, please post your picks in the comments. If you need the list, click here.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (2008)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Best Achievement in Directing
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Milk (2008): Dustin Lance Black
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Simon Beaufoy
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Anthony Dod Mantle
Best Achievement in Editing
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Chris Dickens
Best Achievement in Art Direction
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
Best Achievement in Costume Design
The Duchess (2008): Michael O'Connor
Best Achievement in Makeup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Greg Cannom
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
WALL·E (2008): Thomas Newman
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A.R. Rahman, Gulzar ("Jai Ho")
Best Achievement in Sound
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
The Dark Knight (2008)
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Vals Im Bashir (2008)(Israel)
Best Documentary, Features
Man on Wire (2008)
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
The Witness from the Balcony of Room 306
Best Short Film, Animated
Presto (2008): Doug Sweetland
Best Short Film, Live Action
PHOTO: Arnold Schwarzenegger at "T3" premiere in Berlin, 2003 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).
Monday, February 16, 2009
Here's the latest update from the state:
Welcome to (225) 342-FILM, the official hotline of Louisiana Entertainment. Here's what's happening for the second week of February 2009:
The Warner Bros. feature film "Jonah Hex" starring Josh Brolin is in pre-production in the New Orleans area with shooting scheduled from mid-April through the end of June. Resumes for crew and inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nu Image/Millennium feature film "The Expendables" starring Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke and a host of others is in pre-production in Jefferson Parish and the New Orleans area with shooting scheduled for the this spring. Resumes for crew only and inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at email@example.com.
The independent feature film "Dead of Night" starring Brandon Routh is in pre-production in the New Orleans area with approximately seven weeks of principal photography scheduled to begin the first week of April. Crew resumes only are being accepted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The independent feature film "The Chameleon" starring Famke Jannsen and Ellen Barkin is shooting in Baton Rouge through March 6. Inquiries are being accepted by fax at (225) 610-1670 (no headshots please).
The Nu Image/Millennium feature film "Cool Dog" is in pre-production Shreveport with shooting scheduled from February 17 through mid-March. Resumes and inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at email@example.com.
The independent feature film "My Last Goodbye" will begin pre-production in the Lafayette area in February with ten weeks of shooting set to begin March 30. Resumes and headshots are being accepted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The independent feature film "American Gospel" is in development in the Baton Rouge with shooting scheduled for this spring and summer. Resumes are being accepted by e-mail at email@example.com.
"Drill Deep: The Haynesville Shale Documentary" is in production throughout the Shreveport area through the end of February. Inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at GKallenberg@gmail.com.
The HBO television series pilot "Treme" is in pre-production in New Orleans with shooting scheduled for March 9th through 31st. Resumes for crew and inquiries are being accepted by email only at firstname.lastname@example.org. RPM Casting is working on the day player roles. Casting will begin in the next two weeks. They are looking for all ages, ethnicities and types. Please send a photo, resume and contact information to their office as soon as possible to: RPM Casting c/o ArtEgg Studios 1001 S. Broad Street New Orleans, LA 70125. For Treme's extras casting, please visit www.couloncasting.com or call (504) 569-0683.
The HBO television series "True Blood" starring Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer is in preproduction in the Baton Rouge area and will shoot portions of the series in Louisiana in April and June. Resumes and inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Disney Channel television series "The Imagination Movers" are in pre-production in Harahan with shooting scheduled to start in late March. Resumes for crew are being accepted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Films in Motion feature film "Wrong Side of Town" starring Rob Van Dam and Batiste is shooting in Baton Rouge through Feb. 24. Resumes and inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Soft prep for the Bullet Films feature films "Jaws of the Mississippi,"
"Medusa," and "Wolf" will begin this month in Lafayette. Resumes and inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Most Wanted Films feature film "Video Girl" starring Meagan Good is in pre-production in Baton Rouge with shooting scheduled for February 18 through March 15. Inquiries are being accepted by e-mail at email@example.com
And for more information about the film and television industry in Louisiana please visit us online at www.louisianaentertainment.gov.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Sorry folks, I'm out of the office until Feb. 16. For your classic YouTube entertainment, press play. If you have movie news, let Alisa Stingley know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incidentally, if you want to compete in a friendly Times Oscar Picks contest, send me your predictions in all categories (here's the list, just bold your choices) and a mugshot at email@example.com. I'll respond Feb. 16. We'll feature you against me and more in a chart running Feb. 22 in our print edition. Fun stuff.
So why no King of Gemini? No King of Centaur? No Top Dog of Barkus & Meoux? No King of our Ark-La-Tex Mardi Gras? Kilmer, after all, shot a Millennium movie here this summer. ... Wait a minute. I get it. Theming a float as "Streets of Blood" might cause a wee bit o' panic for the family-friendly Ark-La-Texers.
That said, who would be the best Mardi Gras king for The Shreve? My vote is split between Harold and Kumar. Just think of the throws. Who would you vote for? Costner? Cube? Denzel? Sienna Miller? Josh Brolin? Jack Black?
Thursday, February 05, 2009
"Milk" opens Friday at the Robinson Film Center. It's nearly impossible to bet against a great Sean Penn performance, especially when it's attached to a project that features a wealth of talent.
Which actor will bring home the Oscar for best actor? (Or are you predicting an upset?)
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
You can make a reservation at (318) 424-8660, which must be done by noon Thursday.
Not a member? Sci-Port's offering a special trial membership -- at $30 a pop -- to help fill the seats. Get one by calling Judy Mitchell at (318) 424-8672.
What could be neat about this 40-minute is seeing where it was filmed. It was shot entirely on location in France and the Netherlands. (Shown here is a field at Auvers-sur-Oise.) The project is based on 900 of Van Gogh's personal letters and explores how the artist produced 700 paintings in just 10 years.
I'm now officially depressed about my productivity.
To round out the screenings, Sci-Port has invited five area artists -- Jerry Wray, Brandy Hedgecock, Zama Dexter, Mary Virginia Hill and Martha Martin -- to display their work and discuss Van Gogh's mastery. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. (The latter should help anyone cope with productivity issues.)
These member screenings are your only chance to see this film in the near future, as it will not be opening for a public run at Sci-Port anytime soon.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Why did we do it?
For starters, we revisit these stories annually in the paper and thought it was time to showcase these subjects in their own voices. They have important stories to tell, and a permanent website will make them more accessible.
Secondly, our newsroom is fully aware of how new media technologies have transformed the media consumer. These videos might reach an audience we otherwise wouldn't.
Thirdly, and personally speaking, I just like video production. Getting a chance to help these subjects tell their stories is pretty rewarding. You'll here my voiceover on the Curtis Joseph Jr. video.
Unfortunately, the series doesn't qualify for the state's production tax credit! (I put a lot of Louisiana labor into it, dagnabbit.)
Check out the site when you get a chance. Let us know what you think.
For his Jan. 30 entry, Goodman writes: "My plan is to do a three- to 10-city theatrical run with the film. I’m not sure if this run will be financially successful or not. But it is my goal for it to be self-sustaining, at the very least.
"I only want to go into cities where I feel like 'The Last Lullaby' has an edge over most other movies. This edge will come from one of two places: Either we’ll go into a city because someone involved in the film is from there, or we’ll return to a city where we already had a successful festival."
To read the whole post and follow the blog, click here.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
This isn't it, but it's pretty interesting to see a Shreve-made (or Sibley-made?) movie advertised on Super Bowl Sunday.