Maxim Entertainment gave insiders a first look at its inaugural feature film Thursday night at the Carmike Cinema. Shot entirely in Acadiana, mostly in Opelousas, Macumba is studded less by stars and more by local unknowns, several of whom double as lurch-footed zombies in the movie and labored as production technicians during the filming last year. The main players in Macumba burn brightest in the firmament of Mexican television: Adriana Cataño, Roberto Montesinos, Monika Muñoz, and the one-named Khotan, who spends most of the movie tramping around as a zombie with a bullet hole in his forehead and a burning desire to choke anyone he can get his hands on.
Macumba was written and directed by Ricardo Islas, an auteur of Spanish-language horror flicks. English and Spanish versions of the movie were shot simultaneously, and when Macumba premieres for the public this spring, both versions will be shown.
Thursday night's debut, following a lengthy red-carpet launch, got off to a rough start for a mostly packed house, due mainly to production errors that delayed the start of the movie. But producer Blane McManus acknowledged before the lights went down that what the audience was about to see was a "rough cut." McManus also suggested Macumba is more or less an "icebreaker" for feature film production in the Lafayette area, and even quipped before the movie began that last year’s production "turned out to be the most heinous film-making experience I’ve ever had."
The crowd appreciated his humor, and his candor.
City-Parish President Joey Durel, tourism chief Gerald Breaux, and LCG entertainment liaison Marcus Brown were among those who turned out to support the movie. Maxim Entertainment, meantime, is getting ready to partner with a New Orleans studio for a feature film titled Fight Game, which will be shot on location in the Crescent City.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
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The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
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After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
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Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
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“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”