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Samedi (10.25.14)

October 26th

Pelicans open practice (Smoothie King Center, 10 a.m.)

Come see the Pels practice for free before the season begins

Miller’s Crossing screening 

THNOC, 10:30 a.m.

Joel and Ethan Cohen’s New Orleans-shot mob thriller in conjunction with From Cameo to Closeup – Louisiana in Film 

 

An Evening with Mike Doughty

Gasa Gasa, 9 p.m.

Soul Coughing frontman to play solo show

 

Tank & The Bangas with DJ RQ Away + Speakerbox Experiment

Tipitina’s, 10 p.m.

One of the most energetic local groups on the scene

 

Ghostbusters

Palmer Park, 7 p.m.

Outdoor screening of everyone’s favorite Halloween movie

 

Mirliton Fest

Markey Park (11a.m.-7p.m.)

Drink, dance and enjoy SoLa's oddest piece of produce

Indoor Film Series at NOMA Spotlights Mexican Master


The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the New Orleans Film Society are once again teaming up to show movies among the rarefied art in City Park. For the hotter, soggier summer months, the latest cinematic series will move into the museum's marbled halls, and focus on the work of a famed Mexican cinematographer.


'Double' Take at Shotgun Cinema


Marigny Opera House-goers will be seeing Double on Wednesday night. At their latest monthly screening, the local film-focused nonprofit Shotgun Cinema is set to screen the Dostoevsky-inspired doppleganger chronicle, The Double.


Jurassic World Holds 2nd Casting Call


Crowds heard the call of Jurassic World last month, and filmmakers are headed back to Grace King for another round of casting.  Universal Pictures  is looking for men, women, people in the military, and families, ages 5-85, to work as paid background actors. 


Shotgun Roll

Marigny Opera House Turns Cinematic in New Screening Series



Originally a church, the Marigny Opera House has become a sanctuary of performance in its new life. On Sunday (Jan. 12), Shotgun Cinema will add movie screenings to the cultural mix under the St. Ferdinand St. steeple. The fledgling film-focused nonprofit is set for a screening of Wong Kar-Wai's early-millenium landmark, In the Mood for Love. With the new endeavor, Angela Catalano and Travis Bird hope to provide a home for local film culture.


Hollywood South Film Review: Ender's Game


The novel Ender’s Game was mana for many of us who had troubled middle schools, but Gavin Hood’s adaptation succeeds as a slick, competent actioner any dull bob can enjoy. That’s definitely better news than surrounded the film prior to its release. But Ender’s Game embraces a pounding score and lens flare over the more complex objectives of friendship and cultural prejudice.


New Orleans Film Fest Picks: 10.16.13


Humpday offerings from the New Orleans Film Fest range from local documentaries centered on the 1970's, to a narrative feature starring Helen Hunt. Click through for NoDef's picks for what to see today at the Prytania and the CAC. 


'Upstairs Lounge Fire' Doc Screening Free


Those who missed the musical Upstairs during its five-show run in June can still commemorate the victims of one of the deadliest attacks on the LGBT community. Today in Da’ Parish, Chalmette Movies (8700 W. Perez Drive) is screening a free documentary on the fire, with a director Q & A immediately following the performance.


'Tchoupitoulas' Turning Heads at SXSW


Bands and Bounce artists are showing the hordes at SXSW what it's like to be inside a club, but it was left to film to give a glimpse of New Orleans' after-dark street life. A NOLA-set film that premiered over the weekend in Austin is already picking up some buzz for its unique take on our nocturnal ways through the eyes of a pair of young brothers. Still, the movie's commercial chances were immediately thrown into question as filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross chose to the name the piece after that street that no tourist can pronounce: Tchoupitoulas. The LA Times saw the film. So did Unicorn Booty.


Today's Events: 1.10.12


On this day in Bayou State history, U.S. Federal troops ended the 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt. 56 African Americans were killed, with their heads displayed on pikes for extra intimdation. Tonight, Bill and Turner Ross  talk their new film and Wasted Lives play at Allways Lounge. But once, Thomas Paine published Common Sense (1776), John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil (1870), ‘Masterpiece Theatre premiered on PBS (1971), Time Warner was formed (1990), Pat Benetar was born (1953), and Howlin Wolf died (1976).


Short Reel


by Zach Tompkins

With epics long enough to make a second large bag of ultra-butter popcorn sound good, the American movie industry seems to have lost its knack for brevity. But short films are still out there, and some are even well-crafted enough to catch the attention of the academy. For its second year, the Prytania Theater will screen the Live Action and Animated short films that were nominated for Oscars. Screenings run today through Thursday, Feb. 17. 


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