As the momentum for Hollywood South continues to grow, celebrity sightings are becoming more common in New Orleans than Mardi Gras beads. Just this past week, Sylvester Stallone was spotted at Whole Foods, and singer Pink was seen having drinks at the Hotel Monteleone. Combine that with numerous Leonardo DiCaprio encounters, and more then one spotting of the Jolie-Pitts and it’s hard to argue with the growing popularity of the Crescent City. But has this flood of Hollywood A-List caused NOLA locals to become a little jaded? Recently NOLA.com reported that both Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the French Quarter filming their new action flick. The article made a point to mention that many of the passers-by were entirely unimpressed by the cameos! It writes, “The star’s presence didn’t cause the pandemonium it might have caused in other, less jaded locales, and the Bourbon Street scene whirled on, with the Quarter’s characters acting out their own dramas.” While many did stop for the photo opportunity, the outcome was far from expected. This has your Southern Celebrity Gossiper wondering- have celebrities become so commonplace here that they go almost unnoticed? And is this a good or a bad thing? For those of us professionally involved in the entertainment industry, it is a VERY good thing. The more comfortable celebs feel here in our city, the more likely they’ll stay- and the more productive filming is (without gaggles of fans wanting autographs) the more likely it is that NOLA will stay the Hollywood of the South. And as for the buzz on what celebrities are working on here in New Orleans, you can always trust in SCG to give you the latest… from a respectful distance.
Three of Hollywood’s famed ladies made a courtside appearance at recent Hornets game. Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, and Melanie Griffith enjoyed a girl’s night out as they watched the New Orleans Hornet’s play against the San Antonio Spurs. Actors and comedians, Wanda Sykes and Camryn Manheim were reportedly also in the crowd that night, and the two were seated just below the basket. Manheim’s brother is local resident, who teaches law at Loyola University.
All of the named celebrities were rooting for the NOLA Hornets, and were disappointed by their 2 point loss in the end. One source told this Southern Celebrity Gossiper that Shields visited the uptown spot, Le Bon Temps Roule for a beer following the game. Even if our Hornets didn’t have the best game, they certainly have the best fans!! We previously reported on 50 Cent’s appearance in the Hive, and the court has also hosted Lil’ Wayne.
For more on this sighting, as well as details about the game, visit the Mirror.
There has been a lot of focus in the media, both locally and nationally, about the sensational developments in the Louisiana Film Community. Here in our very own blog, we recently cited an article that documented the on-going projects, as well as predictions about what the future may bring. With all of this hype about the fu it is easy to forget that local filming is FAR from new. While it is true that recent tax incentives have spiked the popularity of NOLA-shot films, there is something to be said for the appeal of the local scenery that has been capturing the attention of directors for decades.
Thankfully “Film Accessory Researchers” Ed and Susan Poole have dedicated themselves to reminding the local community about the roots of the Hollywood South. And, with the release of their 11th reference book Hollywood on the Bayou, we can hope that they can remind the world about the rich film history of Louisiana. The two have stated, “Movies produced in Louisiana can depict any time period in any location. Even in the cases where movies were not actually filmed on location here, film producers went to great lengths to recreate the look and feel of authentic Louisiana . . . Louisiana’s diversified topography, architecture, ethnic diversity, and unique charm have brought star quality to many films.”
Tonight, the Chalmette Movies will honor these two local film-enthusiasts, and also celebrate the heritage of the local film history. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday the 13th, the pair will be at the movies promoting “Hollywood on the Bayou”. The two will lead a discussion about the History of Louisiana Films, ranging from the years 1896 to 2010. This discussion will last about an hour, and is free to the public! The Chalmette Movies is located at 8700 W Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette, LA.
So come on out tonight, and take a glimpse into the past of Louisiana’s Hollywood Fame!
You can learn more about the Pooles' work, specifically, Hollywood on the Bayou, on their website. Or check out this video they have made!
And you can read more about this story through the examiner.com
It is no secret that Brad Pitt is a notable New Orleans celebrity. Dozens of images can be seen of him and his family breezing through the French Quarter. It is also on record that stores in uptown have even had to close for regular business when Angelina comes through because of the spectacle of fans. But other than enjoying the shopping and laid back atmosphere, Brad is also contributing to the local community.
But this time it isn’t charity that he is being generous with- but his talent. Brad plans to produce and star in a movie based on a true story set in Louisiana. Provided the story doesn’t paint the State in the best light, dealing with slave ownership and kidnapping, Brad has chosen to bring this harrowing tale to the big screen to depict a different side of the local history.
Reportedly, he plans to shoot this film here in Louisiana to offer an accurate setting for the story. The memoir “Twelve Years a Slave” is the real-life account of Solomon Northup, who was illegally kidnapped and sold into slavery in the early 1800’s. Having worked in New York, Northup was drugged and beaten before being sold into the slave trade in Georgia. It was in Georgia that the formerly-freed slave was sold to “Master Epps” who owned a cotton plantation here in New Orleans. It has not yet been released if Pitt plans to portray the slave-master Epps, or the Canadian construction worker responsible for freeing Northup and returning him to his native state. Previously Brad has chosen the more noble characters, but fans and followers are excited by the thought of him playing the bad guy. Regardless, other big names like Steve McQueen (writer of 2008’s “Hunger”) and Michael Fassbender (of “Inglorious Bastards”) have already signed on to the project because they didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
The screenplay for this biographical drama is already complete, and casting is already underway- so in the future we may start seeing signs for “12YAS”.
For more information about this film, read the news article from Canada.com
What do New Orleans, Tupac Shakur, Shakespeare, and Ramen Noodles all have in common? Well, they are all contributing factors to the fantastic life of NOLA local Anthony Mackie. From his initial training here in Louisiana- to his Screen Actors Guild nominated performance in "The Hurt Locker", Mackie is making his city (not to mention his family!) proud. Most recently, his talents were celebrated at the Black Perspectives Tribute of the Chicago Film Festival where he was awarded the Artistic Achievement Award. As for the most challenging part of his successful career? Staying true to his roots. Read what he has to say HERE.
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