Content tagged “Cinema”

BR-shot 'The Maze Runner' tops box office in opening weekend

Despite somewhat slow sales for its Thursday night and Friday matinee shows, The Maze Runner finished strongly to gross an estimated $32.5 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, topping the box office and solidly meeting expectations. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the film adaptation of a young-adult book of the same title—which was made for roughly $30 million and shot primarily in the Baton Rouge area—sped past other new releases this weekend. The Liam Neeson thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones came in second with $13.1 million, followed by the comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, which took in $11.9 million. Maze Runner production designer Marc Fishichella recently spoke with 225 about shooting the film here. He says designing the main attraction—a gigantic maze with...

Ah, look at all the lonely people!

This Thursday at 7:30 p.m. the Louisiana International Film Festival presents an advance pre-release screening of the new romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby at Cinemark Perkins Rowe. The screening is free, but tickets are limited.

'225 Weekender': Enjoy Movies & Music on the Lawn

Baton Rouge Gallery pairs an iconic silent film with a never-before-heard live soundtrack in its Movies & Music on the Lawn series. 225 Weekender reports the latest installment features local electro-pop duo England in 1819 providing the live soundtrack for Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger on Friday evening. The screening begins around 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes free bottomless popcorn. The film stars Ivor Novello as a quiet, secretive young man whose arrival in a London boarding house coincides with the terrifying actions of Jack the Ripper. England in 1819, which has been called one of Louisiana's top acts by Paste Magazine, released its third album, Fireball Electric Tomorrow, last year. Get details on more local events happening this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter.

Celtic Media Centre executive: The American Dream is alive and well in Louisiana, thanks to film

Patrick Mulhearn says the American Dream "is alive and well in the Louisiana film industry," and the state should continue to compete for new film and television projects to support "a nonpolluting industry [that is] reversing the brain drain" that has been the state's curse for decades. Mulhearn, executive director of film studio Celtic Media Centre, reminded the Baton Rouge Press Club today that "everybody wants [the film] industry for a reason. These are good-paying, green jobs," and their numbers have grown exponentially as a result of the Louisiana Motion Picture Tax Incentive, a system of credits paid to companies that spend more than $300,000 a year in the state making films and television shows. "Right now, it is estimated that 14,000 jobs are supported by the film industry in Louisiana," Mulhearn said. "Compare that to the 16,000 jobs in the seafood industry." The incentive program is crucial, Mulhearn said, because the competition is so cutthroat among states and provinces...

'225 Weekender': Enjoy Movies & Music on the Lawn

Baton Rouge Gallery pairs local band Minos the Saint with the romantic silent film Sunrise for its latest edition of the outdoor film series Movies & Music on the Lawn. As 225 Weekender reports, the inventive summer series continues Friday and features a never-before-heard score from the local band as a backdrop to the F.W. Murnau drama. Sunrise tells the story of a woman who has an affair with a farmer while on vacation. The film won one of the first Academy Awards in 1929 and was selected in 1989 for preservation in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, which maintains films that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. The screening begins at 8 p.m. or sundown, whichever comes later. Admission is $5, which includes free bottomless popcorn. Read about this and more weekend events around the Capital City in the latest edition of the 225 Weekender...

'225 Weekender': Movies & Music on the Lawn opens with 'Grandma's Boy'

Baton Rouge Gallery's popular summer film series, Movies & Music on the Lawn, returns Saturday with a pairing of the 1922 slapstick comedy Grandma's Boy and never before-heard music from Denton Hatcher and the Soapbox Blues. As 225 Weekender reports, this is the first of five Movies & Music on the Lawn events. The film will be projected on an inflatable screen on the lawn behind the gallery at BREC's historic City-Brooks Community Park. The screening begins at sundown (around 8 p.m.), and admission is $5, which includes bottomless popcorn. Grandma's Boy stars Harold Lloyd as an overly timid coward who cannot muster the courage to woo his girl and lives in fear of his rival. For more information on the Movies & Music on the Lawn series, read 225's story from the May issue. And learn about more local events on tap in

'225 Weekender': See critically acclaimed movies in BR at Louisiana International Film Festival

The stars will be in Baton Rouge, beginning today, for the second Louisiana International Film Festival, which runs through the weekend, 225 Weekender reports. The festivities kick off this afternoon with an opening reception at Cinemark Perkins Rowe at 4 p.m., followed by a screening of Belle at 7:30 and a gala party at 9. The film festival runs through Sunday and features screenings of films such as God's Pocket, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and directed by John Slattery; The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg; and Roman Polanski's latest film, Venus in Fur. All films will be shown at Cinemark Perkins Rowe. This year's festival will also include a mentorship program with classes and discussions on all aspects of the industry. Guests include Scout Raskin, a producer for the animated sketch comedy TripTank, and Baton Rouge filmmaker Richie Adams, whose film Una Vida has won awards at the Vail and Newport Beach Film Festivals...

Entrepreneur: K. Emily Levine

A Craigslist ad was K. Emily Levine's entree into film production. As Business Report details in its new Entrepreneur feature on the Florida native, she had graduated from LSU in 2005 with a degree in studio art and found work at a local company that went belly up in 2009. At loose ends, she responded to a help-wanted ad for a production assistant in the art department of an independent film being shot in Baton Rouge and was hired. Levine's view was pragmatic: "I accepted the job because it was four months of employment and seemed to be something that would be interesting to do." She explains that "production assistant" is "kind of a blanket term for anybody who's just getting into the industry." As a first-time PA in The Chameleon production, Levine performed myriad tasks some might deem menial: "anything from getting coffee to helping to do research for sets." Nevertheless, she says, "I loved it." Levine's first big break came during her second gig, on Battle: Los...

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...