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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 nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes are out and a film shot in and around the New Orleans area dominates the list.

12 Years a Slave” is about a free black man taken into slavery in 19th century America.

The film is nominated for best drama, best director, best actor in a drama, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, and best screenplay.

The Golden Globes air Sunday, January 12 on NBC.

CaptureHere’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day: it’s a casting call for the next Star Wars movie! You can even audition online!

The producers of Star Wars: Episode VII are looking for two people: a beautiful young woman and a handsome young man.

To get instructions and submit your video to the casting director, go to

Be sure to let us know if you get chosen!

Will Smith is in town shooting a movie called Focus.  If you would like to be an extra in the film, here’s your chance.

The crew will be shooting a scene in the French Quarter on Monday.

But you can’t just show up!  You have to register in advance and get a set pass that will allow you to get into the action.

Also, you have to be at least 18-years-old.  Filming will take place rain or shine.

You can get your set pass by logging on to

They are kind of like Louisiana’s own royal family.   Former Governor Edwin Edwards and his wife Trina have a new A&E reality show, “The Governor’s Wife”.

The show follows legendary 86-year old Former Governor and his 35 year old wife, her sons and new step-daughters.   The show premieres on A&E Sunday night at 9 p.m.

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez spent the day with the famous family at their Gonzales home and got all the dirt!

will smithWill Smith’s next feature film, “Focus” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, will include two scenes that will require a large number of “extras.”

There are two opportunities to be in the film:

The first scene will shoot on Tuesday, October 29 in the Superdome. The second will be on Monday, November 4 on Bourbon Street.

The producers have assured us that there is not cost to participate: “Everything’s  FREE!  Free  parking,  free  food,  PLUS  we’ll  be  giving  away  awesome  prizes  on  set!”

To participate in either shoot, you must sign up at Only a few hundred people will be chosen to participate.

There’s a lot of buzz around the Louisiana-shot film, ’12 years a Slave’.

’12 Tears a Slave’ is based on the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup.   It’s an extraordinary true story of a free black man who was drugged, kidnapped, and forced into slavery. For 12 years, Northup was a slave at various plantations in Louisiana.

The new film is directed by Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Batt, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Dwight Henry, and Quevenzhane Wallis.

The movie kicked off the start of the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival, which runs through Thursday.

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez takes you to the red carpet premiere.

The red carpet is rolled out and Hollywood South is glistening bright for the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival.

New Orleans is a powerful film force.  Filmmakers from all over are in The Big Easy through Thursday for World Premieres, Film Screenings, and a whole lot of movie magic.

“I think it says something about southern filmmaking that we are definitely a force to be reckoned with,”  Emily Mishalanie said.

“I think it’s great exposure.  It brings people to our city.  The whole thing is good for our city,”  Emily Kingston said.

Los Angeles based filmmaker, Shaun Kosta’s directorial debut, “The Republic of Two” starring Brent Bailey and Janet Montgomery is showing at this year’s festival.  Kosta wrote and directed the film.

“The Republic of Two” is a comedy/drama.  It’s a super honest portrayal of a couple.  I hope it captures the fly on the wall effect, an artful fly on the wall.  I also hope it’s something that’ll start a conversation.  My goal of this film was to capture the couple honestly,”  Kosta said.

Kosta said it’s an honor to have his film playing at the New Orleans Film Fest.  He said the entire film industry recognizes New Orleans’ “it factor”.

“It’s a diverse place geographically.  New Orleans can double as anywhere, ”  he said.

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The New Orleans Film Festival is in town through Thursday and it’s a great way to see great movies and the people who make them! WGNO’s Kenny Lopez takes you to the show!

Hollywood South is shining bright tonight with the kick off of the New Orleans Film Festival.

12 Years a Slave,” which was shot in Louisiana and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bryan Batt, and Brad Pitt, is premiering tonight at the Civic Theater of New Orleans.

WGNO’s Kenny Lopez reports live from the red carpet … including an interview with Cameron Zeigler!