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New Orleans To Become "Hollywood South"  
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Sorta a gloss-post I know; but this is really good stuff for the city, which desperately needs a lucrative replacement for the high-end petrochem jobs that are so quickly consolidating around Houston.  Sad


Anywho, now that the state has just made permanent the official tax cuts on film production in New Orleans.... the mayor/governor/investors/etc seek to add to the two production companies already here by attracting one or more of the major producing firms (e.g. Universal, Columbia, Tristar, Warner Bros., etc) to create a permant full-force production lot here, or relocate.




In other areas, the multiple hundreds of millions in incentives for movies (as well as commercials, music videos, and hopefully soon sitcoms) have indeed paid off:
New Orleans (and to some extent, Baton Rouge) have been the primary site for filming, and the secondary site for production, for such recent movies as: Runaway Jury, The Ray Charles Story, Bernie Mac's Mr. 3000, and Halle Berry's Oscar winner-- Monsters Ball.

Currently/soon filming are:
  • The Dukes of Hazzard, starring Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson
  • Glory Roads, starring Ben Affleck
  • The Last Time, starring Jennifer Aniston and Joaquin Phoenix
  • Freshman Year, starring John Goodman (who's also planning on living here)
  • Five Fingers starring Laurence Fishburne and Ryan Phillippe (he fine! Big grin)
  • ....along with 14 others movies which will be released nationwide.





  • Aside from my joy in the state/city finding a lucrative resourse to tap, I'm writing asking if any of you types are in the major film/music industries in any way? What's your take on the feasibility of a tripartite split between America's feature film production--- one of its largest exports and most lucrative sources of domestic revenue?

    Thanks!

    [Edited 2005-01-06 21:40:36]

    33 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
     
    User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
    Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

    Did the local politicians give a guaranteed exemption to the film companies as regards bribes and kickbacks?  Big thumbs up

    Seriously, thats good news. The industry needs more US locations where the costs are lower than LA and allows us to keep the productions in the US. New Orleans has some terrific locations and ought to provide some excellent scenery.



    Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
    User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5615 posts, RR: 28
    Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

    Unfortunately, New Orleans' best scenery and talent (SophieMaltese) moved to Florida.


    ...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
    User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

    Maybe then you'll get your scheduled International service that you've been asking for for years Big grin

    DeltaGuy


    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

    Maybe then you'll get your scheduled International service that you've been asking for for years

    ...we've currently and long since had that.


    User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5209 posts, RR: 8
    Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

    This will be good for New Orleans--I went to school there for 4 years and absolutely hated it. The city needs to desperately spur its economy and this will be a good move. I love to go to New Orleans to visit and have a good time, but you couldn't pay me to live there, poor economy, crooked politics, deep rooted racism. Unfortunately all of those negatives outweigh the positives.


    Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
    User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2076 times:

    Sydney is hollywood south.

    Matrix, Star Wars, Stealth, Moulin Rouge, and of course the Dynasty bio-tele-movie (wink wink) all filmed there.

    N'yawlenss got a bit of competition.  Big grin

    * that said: cannot WAIT for Dukes Of Hazzard.

    QFF


    User currently offlineRT514 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2063 times:

    Interesting, especially as so much filming has left the U.S. in recent years, particularly in favour of cities like Sydney, Vancouver and little old Winnipeg. I was in New Orleans this past September and it certainly has a lot to offer. Ultimately, however, I'm not convinced that the tax cuts will necessarily be successful, as Hollywood has been trying to cut costs and offer incentives to stem the filming migration to Canada, with negligible results.


    Currently/soon filming are:
    The Dukes of Hazzard, starring Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson


    Heaven help us.


    User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2062 times:

    And Toronto is Hollywood North.

    Whatever.

    I seriously do not believe that the film studios will pack up and leave California any time soon. The best thing in New Orleans is the food, but those skinny flat ab'd carbo-light Hollywood people wouldn't touch a roux or a gumbo with a ten foot pole.


    User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
    Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2044 times:

    Great news for New Orlenas, though the largest film centre in the Southern US will always be the Wilmington, North Carolina region, which has always offered incredible incentives and deals to make it attractive to movie companies, especially television production, followed by the Miami area, which can thank the Latin film and TV industry for it's multi-billion dollar economic TV/film industry.


    a.
    User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
    Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

    Nobody, but nobody, can replace Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke.....not even no-talent-Ashlee's no-talent sister.

    http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/yvonnesm/HazzardCounty/hazzard.html

    Tom at MSY




    "The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

    Nobody, but nobody, can replace Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke

    Hell fuggin' yeah!



    ...I never knew she was Latina-- makes 'er even spicier!  Wow!




    not even no-talent-Ashlee's no-talent sister

    Agreed.

    Keep in mind also that Jessica was a 2nd-pick. Britney was first asked to take the role.


    User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

    The movie business is indeed booming down here. At any given time there are five or so movies (mainstream and independent) being filmed in the metro area. Here's a nice "Hollywood South" article that ran in our local paper a while back:

    http://www.nola.com/business/t-p/index.ssf?/base/money-0/1103441009300310.xml


    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

    At any given time there are five or so movies (mainstream and independent) being filmed in the metro area.

    Actually, we have 19 mainstream movies, for nationwide release, currently being filmed or scheduled to begin early this year alone.

    ...no idea how many independent films are currently going on, but it can only add to that number.


    User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

    This Milena Rimassa character sounds like someone out of Dynasty or Dallas.

    That article made for fascinating reading !


    User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
    Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

    Any of the locals catch the blurb about the ambulance-chasing attorney Morris Bart being an investor?!.........."I'm attorney Morris Bart, and I'm on YOUR side!".

    Good article, though!

    Tom at MSY



    "The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

    Any of the locals catch the blurb about the ambulance-chasing attorney Morris Bart being an investor?!

    ...I did, but what's wrong with that? Seems like a win-win to me.


    User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
    Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

    I agree it's win-win. (a) I'm just not a big Morris Bart fan. And (b) I guess Michael Hingle and Matt Greenbaum can't be too far away, either Big grin!

    Tom at MSY



    "The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
    User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
    Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

    CBoy, you wouldn't even know what to do with Catherine Bach if she was naked and had a sign pointing down below that read "Insert Penis Here."

    Anyway, congratulations New Orleans, I guess being the site of production for some B-rate movies might be something to be proud of. God knows the entire dirty town needs something other than a bunch of fat drunks and college skanks next in the middle of a noxious swamp.



    America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

    CBoy, you wouldn't even know what to do with Catherine Bach if she was naked and had a sign pointing down below that read "Insert Penis Here."

    Guess that's why I'm a fag yet probably have, not to mention easily could, still get with more chicks than you, eh?  Big grin




    I guess being the site of production for some B-rate movies might be something to be proud of

    Ah yes, B-rated movies... two of which will have budgets of over $100,000,000

    Strike 2 Quasimodo  Laugh out loud





    God knows the entire dirty town needs something other than a bunch of fat drunks

    ...pot calling kettle?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy




    and college skanks next in the middle of a noxious swamp

    Damn, well ya got us there... but still, even you have to admit, this is some good stuff right here.


    User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

    What has the world come to when people think that college skanks and noxious swamps are BAD things????

    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

    touche'! Big grin

    User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
    Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

    Hollywood South, that will happen right after CX starts service to MSY with an A346


    Go big or go home
    User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

    Wake up dildo, it's already happening.

    User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
    Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

    You know people must be having slow days when one of three things happen to an a.net thread:

    1) it turns into an NW DC-9 retirement thread
    2) it turns into Democrat "we got screwed" thread
    3) it turns into an MSY international service thread

    Took 22 replies this time, though. People are losing their touch.

    Tom at MSY



    "The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
    25 Post contains images Aa61hvy : Taping movies in a city doesn't mean shit, no matter how cool you may think NO is, its way behind other 'in' cities. Dallas gets many movies taped her
    26 Tom in NO : There's only so much ya'll in Dallas can do with Chuck Norris, though. Tom at MSY
    27 Post contains images MSYtristar : Way behind other "in" cities? What defines an "in" city? Bland, boring, no character, over abundance of the same old chain stores and restaurants, no
    28 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Taping movies in a city doesn't mean shit ...which proves that you're not only a dumbass, but illiterate to boot. Not only is the taping here (which f
    29 MSYtristar : This is hot off the presses. Perhaps the Dallas folk can play Manhattan socialites. Or is that too much of a stretch? Casting Call: Major motion pictu
    30 Aa61hvy : Aren't you a little old to be calling people names Cboy? How is living at home at age 28 anyways?
    31 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Aren't you a little old to be calling people names Cboy? ...only if they're inaccurate How is living at home at age 28 anyways? Hell if I know... why
    32 N1120a : Hey Tom, you left out E Eric. Oh, and only Hollywood is Hollywood.
    33 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : you left out E Eric ...he's more BTR-- but for this sorta stuff, he'd prolly make the drive
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