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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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“Duck Dynasty” stars in New Orleans

Louisiana’s reality show heroes brought their bushy beards and southern charm to New Orleans over the weekend to introduce a new member of the show! Another son – who doesn’t yet have a beard – will become part of “Duck Dynasty”! WGNO’s Blaire Arvin found that fans can never get enough.

“Now You See Me” filmed in New Orleans, opens in movie theaters this Friday. Wild Bill Wood chats it up with the stars Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson.

News with a Twist cameras caught movie star, Matthew McConaughey doing ab crunches at Temple Gym on Magazine Street. McConaughey is in New Orleans filming his new HBO crime show, “True Detective” also starring Woody Harrelson.

A bunch of bank robbing magicians hit the big screen.  It’s “Now You See Me”….a feature film shot in New Orleans.  The stars are Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson.  News with a Twist’s Wild Bill Wood sits down to chat with the stars.

New Orleans is getting ready to be taken over by The Planet of the Apes.

The latest version of the film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, will be one of the biggest productions ever shot in New Orleans.

This Saturday, May 11th is when camera’s roll and traffic stops.

For six weeks the intersection where S. Rampart, Common and Tulane Ave.  cross will be sealed off for filming to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

“It will be an incredible presence of police officers down there pulling traffic, working with commuters,” says Film New Orleans director Katie Williams.

Williams says the city is pleased Planet of the Apes production staff has done everything asked to minimize impact.   Like scheduling, “They worked  with the city on the dates that would be best for us to host a production and to close the street for the amount of time.”

Stylists at Flaw-Luxe Hair Studio says they can’t wait to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes start filming next door.

“Kinda cool how you get to see everything come together from nothing,” says owner Allen Tater Pazon who planned ahead for any inconveniences to customers, “I validate parking at the garage down the street.”

Even though other shoot locations are planned around town, Williams says the bulk of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be filmed at this CBD location, “It’s a huge testament to our growth in the industry and just the confidence that Hollywood has to come and bring that caliber of production to New Orleans.”

It’s estimated making Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will bring about 80 million dollars of economic impact and employ close to 600 locals.

Casting calls to be announced.

A local filmmaker is taking his passion for Edgar Allan Poe to the big screen.

John La Tier just completed A Tell Tale Heart  and he hopes to make more films based on Poe’s books.

You can help by contributing to La Tier’s Kickstarter project here:

A mysterious construction project in downtown NOLA has a lot of people wondering what’s going on. WGNO’s Wild Bill Wood found out it’s all in preparation for the new “Planet of the Apes” movie.

(News with a Twist – 5/1/13)

NEW ORLEANS – There’s a documentary called Cure for the Crash that was filmed after Hurricane Katrina and reveals the train-hopping subculture in a way that’s never been seen before.

WGNO photographer Andre Bourdier introduces us to local film-maker Brian Paul.

“You’ve never left a movie theater feeling what you’re going to feel leaving this play. The immediacy of the human beings just a few feet away from you going through some of the things that the audience itself has gone through, I think it makes an experience that would never be duplicated on film,” says writer John Biguenet.

Biguenet is at it again. This time he is making the last play in his trilogy about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina come to life.

“Mold is so much a part of our life and I’m sure that many people walking into this theater, simply looking at this set, will begin to wheeze. This play is a fitting culmination to the entire trilogy. It stands by itself, but it also knits together threads that began to unravel in the first two plays,” says Biguenet.

MOLD is about a couple who evacuate a day before Katrina hit and come back home nearly a year later to deal with reality. It hits close to home for several New Orleanians including Biguenet and actress Carol Sutton who plays a woman who chose not to evacuate.

“If you see this play you’ll see what my character has to go through and when I think about not evacuating, if I would have stayed here, I may have had to go through the same thing. I don’t know if I would have been as brave as she was. The two main characters, the emotions that they go through are fascinating to me. I wish I could tell you more, but I just want people to come and see for themselves and they’ll see what I’m talking about,” cats Sutton.

Rising Water, the first play in that trilogy, became Southern Rep’s longest running and most successful show and they expect similar results from this one.

The show is now running the Contemporary Arts center at 900 Camp Street. It runs until April 14th.

For tickets click here.