Monday, October 19, 2009

End credits

Greetings, LaMovBloggers:

I have some personal news to report. I’m leaving The Shreveport Times Oct. 20 and will miss covering the movie industry as a journalist. This blog has been one of my favorite projects. Whatever news and entertainment I’ve presented here has been fun to gather.

I deeply appreciate your contributions to LaMovBlog – be it as reader, commenter or source. I’ll especially miss being pummeled in the annual Oscar contest by Chris-Brad. Good times!

All of you have helped turn this little corner of the Web into a rewarding place. For that, I thank you kindly.

I’m not venturing far. Beginning Oct. 26, 2009, I will join the Robinson Film Center as the director of community outreach and a media educator. That means I will remain very involved in the local film industry.

Farewell for now. I’ll see you at the movies very soon.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

'I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell' taps Boardwalk

The Louisiana Boardwalk's Regal Cinemas will screen "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" this weekend. The movie, based on Tucker Max's bestselling book of the same name -- 1 million copies and counting -- was filmed in Shreveport in summer 2008. Lots of local talent participated, so I bet the Boardwalk should get some pretty healthy receipts.

You should be following the movie's self-release campaign and tour at Max's blog. The tour has been courting quite a bit of campus controversy.

Best coverage I've read is from the L.A. Times. Worth a look.

'Battle: Los Angeles' goes boom!

This morning, Times photographer Jim Hudelson captured the work of the movie's special effects team. Bye, bye vacant gas station.

You can check out Hudelson's time-lapse video here. Pretty neat.

Friday, October 02, 2009

When eight are better than one

minicine? has a really cool program tonight. It will present "Films for One to Eight Projectors" at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. 846 Texas Ave. in downtown Shreveport.

Here's a good blurb pulled from minicine's website: "A man after our own heart, Roger Beebe, will present his touring program, FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS. Beebe, a filmmaker and professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida has screened his films around the globe including such unlikely places as McMurdo Station in Antartica and the CBS JumboTron in Times Square. And oddly, he has even been to Shreveport, and did so with us, literally in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. minicine? gladly welcomes Roger back to a less flooded, less desperate, less debris strewn Louisiana for this screening of his newest works.

"And we can’t wait to help him unpack his touring vehicle, as Roger will be bringing a bevy of projectors… His new work, the result of two years of experimentation, has evolved 'outta sorta a discovery' that occurred to him when he projected positive and negative prints of one of his films side-by-side for a kind of Frankensteinian cinemascope effect."

'The Last Lullaby' DVD on the way

A locally produced hit man drama is coming to DVD. "The Last Lullaby," starring Tom Sizemore and Sasha Alexander, is being released after a run through 18 festivals and a handful of American cities.

Director Jeffrey Goodman, a Shreveporter, will sign copies of the DVD Oct. 17 at Giuseppe's restaurant between 2 and 4 p.m. DVD is $20.

On Oct. 19, the film will be available at for $20, plus shipping. Goodman is also trying to generate buzz by dangling a 20% discount carrot in front of online followers. Check here and here for details.