Content tagged “Cinema”

Dine-in movie theater included in phase of Juban Crossing to open this year

Juban Crossing, the massive $350 million mixed-use development taking shape at Interstate 12 and Juban Road in Livingston Parish, is set to become the home of Louisiana's first Movie Tavern, a Dallas-based dine-in theater concept with nearly 20 locations throughout the country. Creekstone Companies, developer of Juban Crossing, announced earlier today that Movie Tavern has signed on to open later this year as part of the first of three phases planned for the development. Creekstone says ground and infrastructure work that began in November is about 40% complete, and construction of the retail stores has begun, including on the 55,000-square-foot Rouse's Supermarket and the 74,000-square-foot Belk. The first phase—which includes 374,000 of the planned 1.2 million square feet total—is set to open later this year, likely in the fall. Other retailers signed on to the first phase include Academy, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, PetSmart, Ross, Shoe Carnival, TJ Maxx and Ulta. Movie...

Independent film begins shooting in B.R.

Baton Rouge will be home to an independent film crew and its stars for about a month. Principal photography began Tuesday on Zipper, a movie starring Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Insidious) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and directed by Mora Stephens. The cast also includes Richard Dreyfuss. The feature is scheduled to shoot in Baton Rouge through Feb. 24, according to Baton Rouge Film Commission Executive Director Liza Kelso. Film crews were seen shooting off Highland Road on Tuesday, near the intersection of Nelson Drive. The film revolves around the story of a successful U.S. Attorney who is groomed for a Senate position, but then becomes involved in a dark situation that could destroy everything he has. Zipper is one of three previously announced movies slated to begin production soon in Baton Rouge. Bad Ass 3, starring Danny Trejo (Machete) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon series), will be shot in the city between Feb.

Two films shot in La. up for Best Picture Oscar

Of the nine films up for the Best Picture award at the 86th Academy Awards, two were shot in Louisiana, mostly in the New Orleans area. 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club are among the Best Picture nominees announced this morning, and that's not the only award the Louisiana-shot films are competing for. 12 Years a Slave, based on the 1853 novel by Solomon Northup about his experience as a slave in Louisiana, garnered a total of nine nominations, including best picture, best director, best actor and best supporting actor, and others. Dallas Buyers Club, which is based on the true story of a homophobic AIDS patient who built an underground business dealing with non-FDA approved anti-AIDS drugs, is up for seven Oscars total. Other movies up for Best Picture are Gravity, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Big studio booking in B.R. sends 'Jurassic World' shooting to N.O.

Baton Rouge has apparently lost out to New Orleans for the big-budget production of Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the prehistoric action film series that was initially scheduled to be filmed here last year, but was then put on hold for several months, according to trade pubs and industry sources. But the reason the Universal Studios production is going to the Crescent City is not necessarily a negative reflection on Baton Rouge. Rather, it's because Celtic Studios—where the film was originally going to be shot—has since been booked through mid-year and there is no way the studio can accommodate two blockbuster films. "I cannot comment on productions we don't have," says Patrick Mulhearn, executive director of Celtic Studios. "But we can confirm that Twentieth Century Fox has booked the studio through the end of May so we don't have any stage availability before then." Though Mulhearn cannot discuss the Twentieth Century Fox production because of...

'225 Weekender': See 'King of Herrings' at Manship

You can get an offbeat look at the Crescent City in the new comedy-drama King of Herrings, which is screening at the Manship Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 225 Weekender reports. Joe Chrest, Andrea Frankle and Eddie Jemison star as residents who dream big, ranting about women during card games and drinking endless cups of coffee. Jemison directed the film with Sean Richardson. Earlier this year, the film won the 2013 Audience Award Narrative Feature in the New Orleans Film Festival. Tickets are $8.50. The screening will include a question and answer session with the filmmakers and cast. Check out 225 Editor Jeff Roedel's interview with Richardson and find out about more local happenings on tap for this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter.

AMC inquires about beer sales at its Mall of Louisiana theater

Moviegoers at the AMC Cinema at the Mall of Louisiana may be able to enjoy beer with their popcorn beginning some time next year. The theater has notified the parish Alcoholic Beverage Control office that it intends to apply for a rezoning request, the first move in a multistep process it must undergo in order to serve alcohol. Planning Commission Interim Director Ryan Holcombe says his department has not yet received the request, but that an attorney for the theater has contacted the commission by phone. "They asked us about the process for rezoning and we expect to receive their application by the next deadline,” which is Dec. 12, Holcombe says. If and when the Planning Commission approves the request, the Metro Council must also sign off on it. Then the theater must go before the ABC and formally apply for a permit to sell alcohol, according to a spokesman with the ABC. A state permit is also required. Calls to AMC requesting comment were not returned today in time for...

'225': Local vendors plug into the growing film industry

Local businesses are playing roles in several big-budget films shot here in the Capital City, and though you won't see their owners' faces, 225 reports that if you know where to look, you can see their work in the details. Anne Arceneaux and Carmen Cantwell, owners of The Gilded Lily, a jewelry shop located on Lobdell Avenue, got their first taste of Hollywood working with the blockbuster series Twilight. To their surprise, a producer showed up at the store one day inquiring about a custom piece for the film. "We felt a real responsibility to make sure we created something beautiful, something that represented the author's vision and something that we, along with the rest of the community, could be proud of," Arceneaux says. They did just that, designing a custom bridal comb worn by actress Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan in the series, when she marries Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1. They also designed a...

This is Halloween

With Halloween coming up, Baton Rouge has already started celebrating with pumpkin patches, mazes, parties and more. Here's a rundown of events happening this week and onward as you get in the mood for a good scare, plus a playlist of Halloween party-ready tunes!

Lights! Camera! Insurance?

When Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise—known for performing his own movie stunts—lands safely on his feet after making a death-defying leap from an impossible height, it's not just the Oblivion theater audiences who breathe easier. The insurer that indemnified Universal Pictures against liability connected with the film likely shares their relief.

Blazing a trail

Celebrating local Irish roots through film, the annual Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival returns this month, showing a variety of Irish films at the Manship Theatre. The two-day festival has grown each year since its inception, offering workshops, performances and a Saturday night after party at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's.

Hey, Buddies

Can up-and-coming indie director Joe Swanberg, like his mumblecore-to-mainstream brethren Mark Duplass (Cyrus) and Lynn Shelton (Your Sister's Sister), make good on his first truly star-filled movie? Magnolia Pictures thinks so.

Are movie trailers too long?

As a film fanatic and culture writer, I have a definable love-hate relationship with trailers. Streaming the latest clips out of Hollywood and the world of indie cinema is always a thrill, and yet, it's so easy to mess them up—when the tone is misleading, when the music is borrowed from another more famous movie you start thinking about midway through, when they give away far too much.

It's good to be the Kings

Originally titled Toy's House when it became a fan favorite at Sundance in January, the back-to-nature, coming-of-age dramedy The Kings of Summer is out now in limited release.

This Week's Movies

Now You See Me (in theatres Friday)
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman. Rated PG-13. View the trailer here.
The East (in limited theatres Friday)
Starring Ellen Page, Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård. Rated PG-13. View the trailer here.
The Kings of Summer (in limited theatres Friday)
Starring Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Nick Robinson. Rated R. View the trailer here.
Dark Skies (new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
Starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton. Rated PG-13. View the trailer here.

Will Smith and his son explore life After Earth

In the future, life is pretty bleak for Will Smith and his son, Jaden. This weekend's big debut is After Earth, the story of a father and son team who are stranded on Earth thanks to an asteroid hitting their spacecraft. The thing about Earth is mostly everyone left a thousand years ago. While the film will feature its share of intense action sequences, you can bet heartstrings will be tugged thanks to the nature of the father-son dynamic. It will be more interesting to see if audiences are willing to forgive director M. Night Shyamalan's seemingly never-ending cold streak. Shyamalan's last critical and box office success was 2002's Signs. Rated PG-13.
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Dinner and a Movie tonight? The dude abides

The Manship Theatre will show a Coen brothers classic, the 1998 cult favorite The Big Lebowski tonight. For $26, patrons get to pick from a special "Lebowski" menu at Tsunami, plus a ticket to the show. A free Wii Bowling Tournament will also be on hand. White Russians and sarsaparilla will also be flowing throughout the night. Tickets to just the movie are $6. The film starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 344-0334.

An indie summer

In 225's May issue you'll find our summer movie preview, a handy guide to summer blockbusters, the most anticipated and annoyingly advertised films of the year. But some of the more exciting new pictures are the smaller, independent features you won't see a zillion commercials and print ads for in the coming weeks. In fact, this summer is one of the best for indie films in recent memory. Here's a quick rundown of 7 indies—and zero robots or super heroes—worth seeking out this summer.

Review: Star Trek into Darkness

Four years after reviving a franchise on life support with a brand new cast and creative license to scribble all over a fleet of nerds' preciously worshipped "canon," director J.J. Abrams and crew have returned with Star Trek into Darkness. But does this sequel engage? Well, yes and no.

Festival darling Gimme the Loot shown at Manship this week

One of the last year's cinematic surprises was Gimme the Loot. The film focuses on two determined graffiti writers who are trying to tag the ultimate location: the New York Mets' Home Run Apple. Directed and written by newcomer Adam Leon, Gimme the Loot has won critical praise as well as a few awards, including Best Narrative Feature at the South by Southwest competition. View the trailer here. The film will be shown at Manship Theatre Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.50.

Five things you need to know about Gatsby

Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrman's fifth feature film, and first in five years, arrives Friday. Here are five things you need to know about it, the latest adaptation (and first in 3D) of The Great Gatsby.

The problem with Iron expectations

Tomorrow, Iron Man 3 will be released, will be a hit across the globe, and be solidified as the second-best Iron Man film ever made.

It all ends now!

The heat isn't the only brutal thing about summer. This season's movies are all about the destruction of the planet, the killing of our heroes, even the cutthroat nature of corporate America and the 1%. As Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness rule the box office this month, here is a look ahead to eight of summer's biggest new arrivals.

Audio and visuals

A film score can often make or break the movie-watching experience—the swells or abrupt booms of an orchestra direct you when to feel emotion or when to jump in fear. When it comes to classic silent films, the addition of a score later can create a new experience entirely.

My favorite summer movies

Top 5 from Aaron Bayham, operations manager, Raleigh Studios at the Celtic Media Centre

All summer lawn

Oscar winner The Artist introduced a whole new generation to silent cinema in 2011.

Frankly, Scarlett

From the opening scene of Lost in Translation I thought, “Yeah, in 10 years this girl's going to be kicking a lot of people in the throat.”