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  • Will Ferrell 'not pursuing' Reagan film, says spokesman

    April 29, 2016 2:38 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Will Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in the comedic film, which had prompted a strong family... more »
  • Sentencing day in 'Hollywood South' tax credit trial

    March 9, 2016 6:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Sentencing time is near for two people convicted last year in a fraud case stemming from the state tax credit program often touted for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South." Husband-and-wife film producers Peter Hoffman and Susan Hoffman face sentencing Wednesday. Prosecutors said the Hoffmans were part of a... more »
  • 'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend

    February 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    NEW YORK - "Kung Fu Panda 3" again led the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind. DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend... more »
  • Magazine: BR #3 for movie production

    February 2, 2016 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city is one of the best to shoot a movie in, film industry insiders reported in a magazine catered to the movie business. Baton Rouge ranked third in the small cities list on Movie Maker Magazine. It followed Savannah, Georgia (#1) and New Orleans (#2).... more »
  • In upset, 'The Revenant' wins best drama at Golden Globes

    January 10, 2016 11:50 PM

    HOLLYWOOD - Alejandro Inarritu's bloody frontier thriller "The Revenant" landed an upset win at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, taking best film, best director and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. A year after Inarritu's "Birdman" took top honors at the Academy Awards, his follow-up swept three of the top... more »
  • Jewish Film Festival return to the Manship Theatre Play Video

    January 7, 2016 9:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival returns to the Manship Theatre January 13-17, 2016. The festival is celebrating its tenth year in the Capital City. This year's featured films include "Deli Man", "Mr. Kaplan", "Above and Beyond" and "Look at Us Now, Mother"! For a... more »
  • Spielberg to film 'Ready Player One' in Louisiana

    December 23, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A California film company filed paperwork recently for a new Steven Spielberg movie to be shot in Louisiana. Spielberg is set to direct "Ready Player One", a novel by Ernest Cline, in Hollywood South starting in fall 2016. Tax incentive paperwork filed with the Louisiana... more »
  • Some, not all, convictions dumped in La. film credit case

    December 9, 2015 6:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Some, but not all, of the criminal convictions against two men accused of bilking Louisiana's movie production tax credit program have been thrown out by a federal judge. But that same judge refused Wednesday to grant a new trial on the remaining convictions against New Orleans lawyer... more »
  • Movies bring $178 million to Baton Rouge in 2015

    November 9, 2015 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite lawmakers trimming Louisiana's film tax incentives, officials in Baton Rouge said the city-parish saw about the same amount of movie money as it did last year. Mayor-President Kip Holden's office said movie productions spent more than $178 million in the Baton Rouge region for 35... more »
  • Elizabeth Banks will return to direct 'Pitch Perfect 3'

    October 27, 2015 3:44 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Elizabeth Banks is coming back to the world of a cappella to direct "Pitch Perfect 3." Universal Pictures made the announcement Tuesday. The actress and producer made her directorial debut with this summer's "Pitch Perfect 2." The $29 million film has grossed $286 million worldwide to... more »
  • Family dispute over famed drug smuggler's life story headed to court

    October 15, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The eldest daughter of famed CIA informant Barry Seal is suing her stepbrothers, stepsister and her father's third wife over a deal to make a movie about Seal's life as a drug smuggler and murder by the hands of a cartel. Tom Cruise is set to... more »
  • New plans scale back proposed George Lucas museum in Chicago

    September 11, 2015 12:19 PM

    CHICAGO - New plans for filmmaker George Lucas' proposed museum on Chicago's lakefront include a scaled-back design and more green space. The plans were unveiled in federal court Thursday during a hearing in a nonprofit group's lawsuit filed to prevent the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from being built... more »
  • Louisiana-shot 'Jurassic World' takes bite out of records

    September 7, 2015 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers debated the future of the state's film credits, a Louisiana-shot movie was soaring to enormous new heights this summer. When "Jurassic World" premiered earlier this year, it quickly raked in millions. Now, Monday, it was announced it surpassed the $1 billion mark when international... more »
  • Scam using Eastwood's name

    August 6, 2015 8:48 PM

    HELENA, MONTANA- Criminal charges were filed against a man accused of scamming investors to produce a cowboy documentary he said would be narrated by actor and director Clint Eastwood. Prosecutors say Matthew McClintock got more than $24,000 and used nealy all the money for living expenses, to dine out... more »
  • Chris Pratt filming, fishing near Baton Rouge

    June 25, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After silver screen adventures with space raccoons and cloned raptors, Hollywood star Chris Pratt is enjoying something simpler while filming The Magnificent Seven in Louisiana: fishing. The Hollywood star posted a picture on Instagram Thursday of a bass he caught during downtime in filming the remake... more »
  • Gubernatorial candidates clash over film tax credit law

    June 23, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New legislation imposing a cap on film tax credit payouts in Louisiana caused a political uproar after Governor Bobby Jindal signed it Friday, and is drawing in candidates for the state's next governor. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Senator David Vitter, the top Republicans vying for... more »
  • Louisiana-shot 'Jurassic World' breaks box office record

    June 22, 2015 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers and studio executives debate changes to the state's lucrative movie tax credit program , a Louisiana-shot film is soaring to the top of box offices worldwide. "Jurassic World" is set to reach $1 billion faster than any other film, ABC News reported Monday on... more »
  • Dardenne says Disney, ABC halt new La. projects over tax credit law

    June 22, 2015 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne said that a moratorium has been put in place at Disney and ABC on new film projects in Louisiana because of changes to the state's film tax credit program. Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation Friday that caps payouts from the state at... more »
  • Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson to return for 'Pitch Perfect 3'

    June 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    NEW YORK - "Pitch Perfect" is coming back for an encore: A third installment of the musical franchise will hit theaters in July 2017. Universal Pictures announced the plans for "Pitch Perfect 3" on Monday. Stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will return for the sequel. "Pitch Perfect" is about... more »
  • Highland Road closed Monday for television shoot

    June 8, 2015 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Highland Road will be closed today near LSU's campus. A television shoot will shut down Highland from Dalrymple Drive to Raphael Semmes Road. The LSU community is asked to use an alternate route. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure. Filming is underway for "Underground," a... more »
  • River Road African-American Museum: 'The Rosenwald Schools' Play Video

    June 1, 2015 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The River Road African-American Museum will host a preview of the documentary film, "The Rosenwald Schools." The documentary follows the little known story of Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald. The great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington and the great-grandson of Julius Rosenwald will be in Baton Rouge... more »
  • HB 798 could give movie industry extra boost outside New Orleans Play Video

    May 29, 2015 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Monday, lawmakers will talk about a possible new law that encourages film-makers and television producers to shoot in Louisiana, outside of New Orleans. House Bill 798, authored by State Rep. Erich Ponti, would give producers an extra five percent in tax credits if they base its... more »
  • 'Deepwater Horizon' movie starts shooting

    May 18, 2015 11:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Filming started Monday on the set of "Deepwater Horizon," the moving about the 2010 BP oil disaster. The film stars Mark Wahlberg (pictured), Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson. The script is based off a New York Times report in December... more »
  • Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

    May 18, 2015 1:14 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in... more »
  • Filmmaker admits to defrauding film tax credit program

    May 13, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge movie maker has admitted in a federal courtroom that he falsified invoices to receive Louisiana's film tax credits. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that 46-year-old George Kostuch pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of wire fraud that accused him of penning... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on budget issues Play Video

    May 7, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget battle is heating up today at the Capitol. Lawmakers are expecting a long debate as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hopes of getting more money to balance next year's budget. State Treasurer, John Kennedy talked to News 2's John Pastorek about what the... more »
  • Film tax credit fight nears Play Video

    May 6, 2015 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden made an impassioned defense of the state film tax credit at a press conference that unveiled more films to be shot in Baton Rouge. "This industry is too important to shut the door on people who need jobs, can do these jobs, and can... more »
  • 'Avengers' sequel is second biggest US opener of all time

    May 3, 2015 1:05 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The "Avengers" sequel has failed to top the record opening weekend of the first film. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" grossed a staggering $187.7 million in its first three days in theaters according to Disney estimates on Sunday, but it is a far cry from the first film's... more »
  • Guilty verdict against 3 in film tax credit scheme

    April 28, 2015 3:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury has returned guilty verdicts against three people for their role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a film tax credit scheme. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says the jury found 65-year-old Peter M. Hoffman, his estranged wife, 69-year-old Susan Hoffman,... more »
  • La. film industry in court spotlight amid budget crunch

    April 11, 2015 12:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A tax credit program lauded for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South" but lamented for its cost to a cash-strapped state government is at the center of a federal trial opening in New Orleans. The defendants are two film industry executives and a New Orleans attorney accused of... more »
  • Louisiana-shot Jurassic World takes bite out of the Internet

    March 30, 2015 10:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana-shot Jurassic World showed its teeth in a newly-released trailer online. Chris Pratt stars in the film that shot at various locations, including the abandoned Six Flags theme park in New Orleans East. The location was fitting for the movie about a dinosaur theme park... more »
  • Movie shoot to cause street closures Tuesday

    March 23, 2015 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mayor-President's Office said a movie shoot will close downtown street Tuesday morning. The office said Third Street between Convention and Florida will have intermittent closures from 1 a.m. until 7 a.m. Tuesday for the film "A Dying Art." BRPD will handle... more »
  • Movie filming will close Baton Rouge street

    March 10, 2015 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials warned drivers that a portion of downtown Baton Rouge will be closed Wednesday for a movie shoot. The EBR Mayor-President's Office said the 300 block of 3rd street between Laurel and Florida will close Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. The independent... more »
  • Baton Rouge to be home to TV series

    March 5, 2015 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Producers have settled on the Capital City as the shooting location for a Sundance Channel TV show that, at first, will shoot six episodes and a pilot. The city announced plans for "Hap & Leonard" in a news release Thursday. The show is adapted from author... more »
  • Lawmakers consider changes to La. film tax break program

    March 4, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two New Orleans-area lawmakers have opened conversations on scaling back Louisiana's generous film tax credit program. Ideas presented Wednesday to an entertainment industry advisory commission would cap the program's costs, reduce covered expenses and tweak rules to combat fraud. Tax credits for film and television productions helped... more »
  • Film industry could suffer if tax credits sunset Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The popular film tax credits that have helped create "Hollywood South" in Louisiana could face some changes as the state searches for ways to save money. Some lawmakers have proposed changing the program to include a cap of $300 million on the amount of credits doled... more »
  • Oscars spread around awards to 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood,' 'Ida'

    February 23, 2015 2:03 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - In an Academy Awards largely populated by smaller, independent films, Hollywood spread its awards around at a stormy Oscars heavy on song-and-dance, occasionally lacking in clothes and punctuated by passionate stands for equality. Six of the eight best-picture nominees took awards at the Dolby Theatre on... more »
  • Film makers: no tax credit, no movie business Play Video

    February 16, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana movie makers say rolling-back the film industry's tax credit could kill the business. The Jindal administration wants to reduce tax exemptions to help with next years $1.6 billion budget deficit, and it's focusing on film makers. Higher education and health care are expected to take big... more »
  • New Orleans Film fest qualifies for Oscars

    February 14, 2015 11:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 2015 New Orleans Film Festival now boasts an added incentive for filmmakers thinking about entering. As it approaches its 26th edition, it has become an Oscar-qualifying festival in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary shorts category. It becomes one of 38 such festivals... more »
  • Bayou Corne sinkhole headed to the big screen Play Video

    January 28, 2015 7:22 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - The sinkhole in Assumption Parish has been discussed in the national news and is at the center of lawsuits and environmental studies. Now it's headed to the big screen. Victoria Greene is the producer/director of a new film called "Forgotten Bayou: Life on the Sinkhole". She joined... more »
  • Louisiana Digital Media Archive chronicles state history

    January 20, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LPB and the Secretary of State's Office officially launched a new project squarely aimed at giving the general public an intimate look at Louisiana history through archived video of historic state events, places and cultures. The newly launched Louisiana Digital Media Archive is the culmination of... more »
  • Movie planned about the 200-year-old Battle of New Orleans

    January 13, 2015 3:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says a major motion picture is in the works about the Battle of New Orleans. Ken and Fred Atchity, of Atchity Brothers Entertainment, will produce the feature film, "Andrew Jackson - Battle of New Orleans," based on military historian Ron Drez's latest book,... more »
  • Jewish Film Festival returns to the Manship Theatre Play Video

    January 12, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jewish Film Festival returns to the Manship Theatre this week. Ara Rubyan visited 2une In this morning to talk about the event, and says the films don't just entertain, but also inform and inspire. This is the 9th year of the festival. This year... more »
  • La. tops California as the place to film

    December 26, 2014 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national media report has labeled Louisiana as the number one place to produce movies. The report , featured on morning television Friday, pointed out Louisiana leads Canada and California as locations of productions. Eighteen movies released last year were shot here. Producers interviewed said the... more »
  • Clooney's new film sets Slidell casting call

    September 1, 2014 7:45 AM

    SLIDELL - As George Clooney and Sandra Bullock prepare this fall to shoot the political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis," in New Orleans, producers are looking for locals interested in appearing as extras in the film. A casting call is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at... more »
  • WATCH: WBRZ only TV station on set of Pitch Perfect 2 finale Play Video

    June 20, 2014 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 3,000 movie extras from Louisiana and beyond were positioned at Highland Park for the final scene of "Pitch Perfect 2" overnight Friday. The BREC park on Highland Road was transformed into a concert venue. The day of shooting with about 250 crew members is valued... more »
  • City will offer movie training

    February 21, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city is offering two days of free, in-depth film industry training for people from the area who want to land a job in the booming film industry. To be eligible, people must be from East Baton Rouge Parish and will be selected through a "competitive application... more »
  • Changes at movie studio could mean more productions

    February 19, 2014 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Exciting changes were announced at the city's state-of-the-art movie production center Wednesday. Celtic Studios, the massive sound stage facility near I-12 and Airline Highway, announced it will become a completely local operation, with management and operations being conducted from the facility by a new leadership team. Previously... more »
  • The real "Monuments Men"

    February 4, 2014 7:30 PM

    WASHINGTON- From the silver screen to the real thing, honor is ahead for soldiers who recovered treasures from the Nazis during World War II. Photos, maps and records from the corps of soldiers known as "Monuments Men" who protected European cultural sites and looted art are going on display... more »
  • Film consultant program in Pt. Coupee Parish

    January 13, 2014 2:32 PM

    Pointe Coupee Parish- A program that will connect the film industries with businesses has been set up in Pt. Coupee Parish. Film Pointe Coupee Consultants is made up of a filming committee organized by the Pointe Coupee Parish Office of Tourism and The Greater Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce.... more »
  • Alabama trying to top Louisiana in movie business Play Video

    December 20, 2013 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Alabama is trying to dethrone Louisiana as "Hollywood of the South." But people in the Louisiana film industry say not so fast. Patrick Mulhearn with Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge says there's no question that Louisiana controls the south when it comes to film production.... more »
  • Ex-producer pleads guilty in tax credits scheme

    October 24, 2013 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Baton Rouge film producer has pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud. Gregory Walker admitted Wednesday he received over $971,000 for bogus Louisiana film tax credits. The 46-year-old could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, fined $250,000 and required... more »
  • L.A. upset La. is stealing movie business

    August 26, 2013 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Hollywood South has struck a nerve with the other Hollywood- in California- and it means there could be an entertainment war. The mayor of Los Angeles has declared an "emergency," and vows to fight the exodus of production crews from his city. To do that, there is... more »
  • Next big film in town is 'Fantastic Four?'

    July 24, 2013 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Just weeks after word of a major production planning to takeover the production studios here, there is some insight into what the mystery movie might be. Production insiders reported Wednesday , Fantastic Four was switching its filming location from Canada to Baton Rouge. It expects to be... more »
  • They're back! Film crews to shoot huge movie in Baton Rouge

    July 11, 2013 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city is set to be the location of another large motion picture. Industry insiders are not saying much about what is planned, but have confirmed to WBRZ News 2, film makers reserved most of the production facility Celtic Media. The space rental begins in September and... more »
  • In space, movies before the earthbound release

    May 15, 2013 8:14 PM

    ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION- The new "Star Trek" film allowed the crew of the International Space Station to boldly go where no one has gone before since they saw it days before it debuted on earth. "Star Trek Into Darkness" opens Thursday and the crew not only saw it... more »
  • Bill to reduce film tax credits pulled

    May 6, 2013 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The author of a bill which sought to cut lucrative tax credits for film companies in half pulled the bill today before it could be discussed at a legislative committee. Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) deferred the bill without testimony, saying he wanted to discuss the... more »
  • Reality TV show pitched in Pointe Coupee

    April 10, 2013 1:00 AM

    NEW ROADS- Reality TV producers are looking for the next group of people to be featured living life in Louisiana. TV producers are planning a show about the Jarreau family. Tourism leaders said it will be similar to Duck Dynasty and Swamp People , shows that have become... more »
  • Film academy sets Oscar dates for 2014, 2015

    March 25, 2013 2:02 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Film fans can already mark their calendars for the Academy Awards in 2014 and 2015. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that next year's Oscar ceremony will be held on March 2. The 2015 trophies will be handed out Feb. 22. Awards shows,... more »
  • New reality series to focus on Trina and Edwin Edwards Play Video

    January 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former governor Edwin Edwards and his new wife are the focus of the latest reality TV series to come out of Louisiana. Production on "The Governor's Wife" has already finished, and it is scheduled to air on A&E Feb. 27. According to reports, the show... more »

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