Baton Rouge goes crazy for flicks!

In national movie news, The New York Times best seller trilogy, ‘The Hunger Games“, by Suzanne Collins is finally coming to a theater near you on March 23. 2012.

The PR team for the opening release has been fantastic in my opinion. New and exclusive clips appear on afternoon television shows such as Ellen and E!News , which keeps the viewers at the edge of their seat.

In Louisiana news, Tom cruise is filming a sci-fi movie at Celtic Media Center titled “Horizons”. The movie is set in future where the earth is polluted and destroyed. Tom cruise plays a soldier who is sent on a deadly mission to battle mysterious inhabitants. The film originally began as an original comic book idea, but to Kosinski’s surprise it would make for a great movie script. The director of the film, Joseph Kosinski, also directed the Disney action flick, Tron: Legacy.

Leonardo DiCaprio is currently living in The Warehouse District in New Orleans to star in his upcoming film “Django Unchained“. The film is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie plot summary deals with a reed slave named Django who assists a German bounty hunter in exchange for help getting revenge on the Plantation owner who has kidnapped his wife. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx are some of the other actors staring in the film. The film will wrap up in New Orleans in June 2012.

Film New Orleans Director Katie Williams said, “This is a high-profile project with great talent and an acclaimed director. Films of this caliber have a powerful impact on our local economy, and reflect the confidence of producers and studios who continue to choose New Orleans as a filming destination. ‘Django Unchained’ is just one of the many high profile projects we expect to film in New Orleans next year.”

I believe the new movie opportunities in Louisiana will bring a lot of attention to our wonderful state. Tourists will begin to realize that we are more than what “Swamp People” portrays. More movies are being filmed in Louisiana due to our cheaper film taxes. Movies such as “Twilight” and “Battleship” were some of the popular movies that were filmed in our state over the past few years.

Besides our very unique culture, Louisiana could use the recent spur of filmings to our advantage. By doing so, we will captivate tourists who are passionate about movies.

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