Director and writer Steven Zaillian continues to film All The King's Men in Acadiana. The Columbia Pictures feature film based on Robert Penn Warren's novel ' starring Sean Penn, James Gandolfini and Kate Winslet ' was shooting last week on location at Dixie Plantation, Medric Martin's store in Franklin and Albania Plantation just south of Jeanerette. Lodgings from Morgan City to New Iberia are housing crew members, while Cypress Bayou Casino and Charlie's restaurant in Franklin have kept King's crew and cast happy.
In a related note, the film incentives offered by Louisiana to attract such projects are putting other states in reactionary mode. The March 18 issue of the Austin Chronicle notes, "The [Texas] legislature's $20 million in proposed incentives to lure more film projects to Texas is emphasizing jobs and aiming to boost rural areas as well as larger cities like Austin. And, of course, it's all about turning back the infidels in Louisiana and New Mexico whose similar incentive programs have cut into our slice of the auction [sic]. â?¦ More important, they could end the migration of Texas film crew and talent to Louisiana, which was highlighted recently when one of Austin's largest talent agencies, Jeff Nightbyrd's Acclaim, opened a New Orleans office." ' MT/SJ
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Last weekend, media all across Louisiana announced that the state's health department would unveil a Web site that would rank the sanitary conditions of Louisiana's 30,000 restaurants. But after the site's launch, it never managed to stay online. The Independent Weekly attempted unsuccessfully to access the site for two days. By the end of the week, there was only a message that read, "The Restaurant Inspection Site is experiencing technical difficulty and has been disabled until further testing has been completed to ensure optimal performance." ' RRF
Firefly Digital CEO Mike Spears was the envy of office workers across Acadiana earlier this year when he announced he was taking a work sabbatical to hike the Appalachian Trail. The 40-year-old entrepreneur planned to hike the complete 2,175 miles of the trail and write daily reports on www.luckycowboy.org, a Web site he created to document his trip.
The journey didn't quite go as planned; Spears lasted 13 miles. His knee was hurting, and winter storms were predicted for his third night on the trail, so he left and came home.
"However, on the bright side, in the last five miles of the trail, I realized something. I'm always up for an adventure," wrote Spears in his online journal on March 3. "This was an epic adventure. It was more about discovery and a quest to find something than it was about fun and excitement. In those last miles on the trail I realized that what I was seeking, I'd already had at home. It took a very different perspective, in a very different environment to realize it." Spears did not return a call for comment, but noted in his online journal that he might try and return to the trail and hike smaller increments on future trips. ' SJ
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.