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Movies & TV in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana

Southeast Louisiana – and specifically New Orleans – has been dubbed “Hollywood South” because of all the movies and television shows filmed & recorded here.

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The new trailer is out for the highly anticipated “Annie” remake starring 10 year-old, Quvenzhane Wallis.

Wallis is from Houma, Louisiana and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.

Wallis stars in “Annie” with Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Bryne, and Bobby Cannavale.

The film is produced by Jay Z and Will Smith.  The movie hits theaters on December 25, 2014.



NEW ORLEAN (WGNO) - The intersection of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will be closed at night this week because a production company will be filming a simulated car crash and gunfire.

According to a release from the City of New Orleans, the scenes will be shot Wednesday, April 23-25, and the intersection will be closed to traffic nightly between 6 p.m – 6 a.m.

Filming will be conducted under the supervision of the New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and local law enforcement.

Film New Orleans within the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy assists productions with the City’s permitting process, connects productions with local crew and resources, and facilitates communication between productions and the local community.

In 2013, New Orleans hosted 60 tax credit film projects (TV, films, and commercials with budgets over $300,000), with direct spending of $456 million.

For questions about filming in New Orleans, please contact Film New Orleans at (504) 658-0923 or visit




NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The CW’s new series Star-Crossed is set in 2024 and follows a group of teens in a suburban town that’s been invaded by aliens.

The ‘Atrians’ might not be from our planet but they’re easily the best dressed students in High School thanks to Costume Designer Caroline Marx.

The ‘Atrians’ dress in mostly black with some grey hues and dark patterns.

“I wanted them to be really, really fashion forward and so I didn’t want it to be too flashy, I wanted it to be more down. You won’t see things that are over-the-top, too crazy like some of the futuristic shows that you’ll see, but things that are more real and attainable,” says Marx.

“When it comes to the human clothes there’s lots of bright colors which is so wonderful and it’s all very Southern related,” says Marx who shopped in many New Orleans boutiques, including Hemline and the French Market to put together the perfect outfits. “It is the CW, we’re dealing with a fashion show basically!”

Marx and her team were challenged to not only create a high fashion wardrobe for aliens and humans, but they had to imagine what style would be like ten years from now. They used metallic embellishments, sharp angles and even battery lit EL wire to create a futuristic look that could rival any runway show you might see this year.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - One year ago a Bourbon Street bar was on the verge of closing.

That was until the Spike-TV program “Bar Rescue” and its host Jon Taffer came into the picture.

Spirits on Bourbon now boasts a one million dollar turnaround in sales.

They’re celebrating Taffer’s return and the successful identity change for the business.

Click on the video above to watch happened.

“A Haunted House 2″ is the new supernatural spoof starring funny guys, Marlon Wayans and Gabriel Iglesias.

In the flick, hilarious spine-tingling, and bizarre paranormal events take place.  It’s the sequel to the popular 2013 movie, “A Haunted House”.

News with a Twist’s Kenny Lopez met the actors when they were in New Orleans and took them to the world-famous restaurant in the French Quarter, Muriel’s to see if they would get “spooked”.

According to Muriel’s web site, the story goes like this:

Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan built his dream home restoring it to the original grandeur, for his family and himself. Although Jourdan dearly adored his beautiful home, he was a man that could never quench his thirst for the thrill and excitement of gambling. In 1814 he wagered his beloved home in a poker game and crushingly lost the one thing he treasured most in life. The shock of the loss was so intense, before having to vacate the premises and hand over his beloved treasure, he tragically committed suicide on the second floor in the area that served as the slave quarters-the same area where Muriel’s Seance Lounges are situated today.

Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan is still with us today in spiritual form on the same piece of property that is now Muriel’s. His ghost doesn’t appear in human form, but instead as a glimmer of sparkly light wandering around the lounge. Our Seance Lounges on the second floor are named as such because it is believed that this is where Jourdan spends the majority of his time. Patrons and employees of Muriel’s have also witnessed objects being moved around throughout the restaurant. We believe Mr. Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan never left his true love and home in New Orleans, he continues to reside here to this day.

Although Jordan is considered to be our main resident, he’s not the only spirit amongst us. We also have a slightly mischievous ghost in our Courtyard Bar that roams the property. Three times since March of 2001, glasses have flown from behind the bar 12 feet across to the brick wall and shattered. Perhaps some servants stayed behind to take care of him and go downstairs to throw glasses to release some angst. Other possibilities include previous patrons and owners of the property during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s; or that it’s Jourdan trying to get across to the other side or desperately trying to communicate with mortals he considers to be his family.

“A Haunted House 2″ opens in theaters on Friday, April 18th.

The movie also stars Jaime Pressly, Ashley Rickards, and Cedric the Entertainer.



The new TV show “Salem” premieres Sunday on WGN America. WGNO News with a Twist features reporter Wild Bill Wood shows you the show that’s filled with costumes, creativity and craziness.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - New Orleans is again on the national TV stage, where Travel Channel is at the French Market grilling up some Louisiana flavor.

The new reality series American Grilled gives watchers a new twist in competition cooking.

“They are gonna give them some surprise ingredients,” says Willie Mae’s owner Kerry Seaton Stewart, selected to be a judge. “Hey, I know my way around a kitchen. New Orleans is home for me.”

Look whose back in town. Legendary local chef David Guas, selected as the host of American Grilled.

“I think they understood my passion towards growing up grilling.”

Guas says hosting American Grilled allows him to spread New Orleans flavor and flare on a national stage, “I’m a little bit of an ambassador to the city in a very prideful way. We couldn’t even think of doing a show like this without bringing it to New Orleans.”

“Everything to help New Orleans move forward, have new jobs,” says Stewart.

Different episodes of American Grilled will trek beyond New Orleans, showcasing our nation’s passion for BBQ.

The series will debut this summer.

28-year old, Andrew Bryan directed a magnificently magical short film called, “The Wand”.

“The Wand” stars Bryan’s daughter, Adriana and his wife, Chelsea.

“I knew we had something special.  My best asset as a director is having a wife whose a really good actress and a daughter whose great on camera,” he said.

He made the film in just 48 hours and entered it in the 48 Hour Film Project contest.

“The Wand” ended up taking home the top prize after premiering at the 48 Hour Film Project.  It has since screened at both the New Orleans Film Festival and Filmapalooza.

“It’s amazing that something I did in just 2 days has had such a profound impact, more than anything else I’ve done in the past.  When people come up to me and tell me that the movie made them cry, it’s definitely exciting.  That’s what I was going for,”  he said.

Bryan graduated from the University of New Orleans, where he studied film.

“The Wand” was shot in Houma at a family member’s home.

“It’s short, but it packs a whole lot of punch in that short amount of time,”  he said.

He’s very proud of his 5-year old daughter, Adriana’s performance.

“I was just blown away.  I knew she was good in front of the camera, but I was really impressed with how good she did,”  Bryan said.

Little Adriana’s spell-binding performance even won the 48 Hour Film Project’s “Best Actress” award.

The Bryan family’s next project is a film called, “Angel of Joy” starring both Chelsea and Adriana.

They plan on shooting it in Shreveport and entering it in the Louisiana Film Prize contest.

To watch “The Wand” :





On the Louisiana map, WGNO News with a Twist features reporter Wild Bill Wood searches for the city of Salem, Massachusetts. It’s more than a city filled with witches, Salem is about to be a prime-time TV show on WGN America. You’ve never seen anything like this before!