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Actress Jamie Bernadette (All Girls Weekend, The 6th Friend, Sinbad and the War of the Furies) has made the move from indie cinema to TV, guest starring in NCIS : New Orleans – the NCIS spin-off that chronicles the cases worked in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence.
Bernadette made her debut as Callie Tillford, a Russian sleeper agent sent to take out one of her own, in last night’s episode ‘The Asset’. It is expected that CBS will bring the character back, if even to answer all of the questions posed during her debut episode, for an extended arc.
N.C.I.S : New Orleans marks Bernadette’s first prime time network TV credit though she has starred in numerous independent films. Her leading role in the horror film The 6th Friend, which she also produced and co-wrote, has garnered her many »
- Phil Wheat
Celebrating its 28th edition, the annual New Orleans Film Festival this year features a lineup of more than 230 films and a theme that stresses diversity, says artistic director Clint Bowie.
“We have a new mission statement with an emphasis on amplifying diverse voices and story- tellers from all different backgrounds,” Bowie says. “Out of that lineup, more than 53% are from female directors and 45% from directors of color, so it’s probably the most diverse program we’ve ever created.”
The festival will take place in The Big Easy on Oct. 11-19.
After receiving a record number of nearly 5,000 entries from 109 different countries — an increase of more than 20% over last year — the festival is welcoming over 400 filmmakers. Programmers have curated a slate with Louisiana-made films representing 29% of the lineup.
Anchoring the diverse program is the centerpiece movie, the Louisiana-shot, period epic “Mudbound,” pictured above, which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Netflix.
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- Iain Blair
on this day (August 28th) in showbiz-related history, things get sweaty and hot hot hot... time to rub lemons all over our bare bodies.
1980 The 37th annual Venice Film Festival kicks off. The Golden Lion that year will prove to be a tie (!) with Atlantic City, starring Susan Sarandon and her lemons, and Gloria splitting the top prize. Atlantic City will go on to five Oscar nominations including Best Picture
1998 54, legendarily butchered in the editing room, attempts to chart the bisexual opportunist antics of Ryan Phillipe in his twink god years.
- NATHANIEL R
August is here and in many provinces, that means the penultimate long weekend of the summer is upon us! Many people take advantage of the extra day off to spend more time in the country at a cottage or campground. But it's actually a pretty good idea to stay home, too—with a large number of folks leaving town for the weekend, it means fewer lineups and less waiting at restaurants and attractions, including movie theatres!
If you're staying in town for the long weekend, it can be a perfect time to beat the heat in a climate-controlled theatre and get caught up on some recent hit movies! Here's our brief guide to what to watch this weekend.
- Jenny Bullough
New Orleans, The Big Easy, is definitely a town that likes to party. There is such a rich historical culture within its streets as well however that thousands of people will travel thousands of miles to experience it. The city is a melting pot of French, African, and American cultural influences that collide to create a harmonious setting that has an around the clock nightlife and a tantalizingly good local cuisine. Movies and TV shows alike have done their best to embrace the steady and enticing culture of New Orleans and for the most part a lot of them have
Five Movies That Truly Capture the Culture of New Orleans »
He has worked as a television, film and games composer for 20 years, having transitioned from a career as a touring musician. He spent 10 years on the road with his band The Hatters, touring extensively and playing with big names in roots rock and blues.
In June 2017, Watertower Music released Tree’s music as the Season 4 soundtrack to CW’s “The 100.” Also in 2017, Adams launched issue number one of his his graphic novel “Duskriders” with an accompanying soundtrack.
He is repped by Wme.
- Joe Otterson
Like many road trips, Girls Trip starts off with great promise, only to devolve into a series of questionable decisions. To be fair though, Girls Trip isn’t aimed at me. While I’d like to think I have a pretty good bead on what’s funny and what isn’t, this grumpy old white dude may not be the best judge of a comedy aimed at black women. However, if I were to base my decision on how funny a film is on the reaction of the screening audience, then it’s safe to say the target audience is going to eat this up. Girls Trip is uneven and goes on too long, but it has a better-than-average laugh-per-minute ratio with some of its best jokes true belly-busters.
Instead of a wedding to reunite old friends like its spiritual predecessors The Hangover and Bridesmaids, Girls Trip offers up a »
- Tom Stockman
How many things do you really know about Enrique Murciano? The star who played FBI agent Danny Taylor on Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009 and then later played FBI agent Julian Gale on four episodes of The Blacklist actually has a lot of unique talents that many people can’t lay claim to. Keep reading to find out what they are. 1. He went to college in The Big Easy Although he is originally from Florida, he went to college at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The time he spent there marked the first extended amount of time
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Enrique Murciano »
- Nat Berman
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's kids are all grown up.
Pinkett Smith opened up to Haute Living in a new interview about having more free time these days, and shares how the couple's two children, 16-year-old Willow and 18-year-old Jaden, have actually moved out of their home. Of course, she says the family is still in constant contact.
"It's funny, they're not around, but they are!" the 45-year-old actress says of her kids, who have also pursued careers in entertainment. "I don't even have time to miss them! Willow loves to call me every day, and even Jaden, when he’s away on set, still needs to see Will and I when he gets homesick."
Watch: Exclusive: Will Smith Says Willow Can 'Handle Herself' When It Comes to Dating
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With Mike Colter’s version of the character about to team up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist in Netflix’s The Defenders this summer, it’s the perfect time for Marvel to give Luke Cage his own solo series once again. The Hero of Harlem’s adventures have got a lot bigger and bolder over the years, but this series promises to return Luke to his more down-to-earth roots. With his wife and daughter nowhere in sight, the opening issue hits the ground running with that mission statement, as it’s full of pure Power Man goodness.
In Luke Cage #1, Cage leaves New York behind for New Orleans, to attend the funeral of Dr. Noah Burstein – the man who gave him his unbreakable skin. Whilst there, the Hero for Hire discovers that Burstein repeated »
- Christian Bone
Beyoncé and Jay Z made a family outing with their daughter Blue Ivy on Sunday night. The trio was spotted sitting courtside to check out the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans and looked to be having a fun time in their front-row seats. Beyoncé covered her growing baby bump in jeans and a floaty Gucci kimono while Blue looked equally adorable in a green Gucci dress and denim jacket. The noted basketball fans were likely in the building to cheer on their pal LeBron James, who led the Eastern Conference against Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant on the Western Conference. At one point, they shared a sweet moment while being introduced and projected on the big screen. Though Blue seemed a little unimpressed with the game overall - it's not like LeBron is that cool or anything - she did have a lot of fun distractions, eating cotton candy and Skittles, »
- Brittney Stephens
I can’t imagine the pitch meeting for “Girls Trip” was very difficult. It’s the kind of movie where a screenwriter or director could walk into a studio with the name on a concept poster and walk out with a deal, which is a long way of saying, you probably know what you’re getting into with this new red band trailer for the upcoming comedy.
- Kevin Jagernauth
"I miss being with her onscreen," Smith tells Et's Kevin Frazier. "I was like, 'Why have we waited so long?'"
In the movie, four friends travel to Nola for a fun weekend, but what starts off as a trip to rekindle sisterhood turns into rediscovering wild sides salacious enough to make The Big Easy blush.
"You're going to see some fights; you're going to see some dance battles; you're going to see some grown things," Pinkett Smith says.
"And some crazy stuff," Latifah chimes in. "Some ziplining that goes real bad over Bourbon Street. It's a lot."
And there was »
The Bachelor bad girl's "sex charm" might have been slightly off two weeks ago, but she's definitely got some voodoo power.
Exclusive: 'Bachelor' Nick Viall Reveals His Three Frontrunners
The 24-year-old Miami native embraced a little New Orleans magic as the group traveled to Louisiana on this week's episode of the ABC dating show.
After Corinne and Taylor's "emotionally intelligent" fight and a lackluster rose ceremony (let's be honest, we all knew Corinne and Taylor would both make it through) Bachelor Nick Viall and the girls headed off to The Big Easy, where Rachel[/link] finally got her first one-on-one date.
The two shopped around at a market sucking face and eating aphrodisiacs before Nick impressed Rachel with his swag -- "I had no idea he had swag like that" -- while they danced through a Second Line parade. Nick and Rachel then showed off their chemistry during a romantic dinner, where [link=nm »
Leave the catfighting to Corinne and Taylor, one of the women has better things to do -- like explore one of America's most romantic cities with Nick on season 21 of The Bachelor. The ladies leave Wisconsin and head south to New Orleans where Nick enjoys a drama-free day of sightseeing with a lucky bachelorette. The couple eats, drinks, dances and kisses their way through The Big Easy. The duo decide to check out Nola's nightlife and hit music venue One Eyed Jacks, where they are treated to a concert by Lolo.
The Glasgow Film Festival has announced the full line-up for the 13th edition of the festival, which runs between March 15th and March 19th.
This year’s programme includes 9 world and international premieres, 65 UK premieres and 67 Scottish premieres, including the likes of John Butler’s Irish coming-of-age charmer Handsome Devil and Mad To Be Normal starring David Tennant as infamous Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing.
UK Premieres include Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndro, while the festival also features the first Scottish screenings for films such as Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe-winning Elle, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire; Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper, and Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling.
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“I am thrilled that the 2017 festival is bringing so many UK premieres to Glasgow audiences, »
- Gary Collinson
The full programme for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 15-26) has been revealed.
The festival will host 65 UK premieres, 67 Scottish premieres and nine world and international premieres.
Other highlights include UK Premieres of Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey [pictured], Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome and Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope.
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