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
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction — who was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was a Republican again — is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return.
LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
There was a time when United Ballot had a political stranglehold so tight on Lafayette’s black community it was nearly unbreakable, but that grip might be loosening.
The race for Lafayette city marshal may not be the most exciting of this year’s local political contests, but it could prove the most historic.
With the DA’s race too close to call and negative media coverage of Mike Harson on the ebb, will challenger Keith Stutes take the gloves off?
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.