I found the trailer to “All the Kings Men” on YouTube. I really want to see this. A great story and a great cast (Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet , James Gandolfini, , Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, and Anthony Hopkins) It was filmed in New Orleans (pre-Katrina)
The Democrats should forget the slogan “We Can Do Better.” I say go with “Nail Em Up”
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HOLLYWOOD SOUTH [4/11/2005]
The headquarters of “Hollywood South” is a decidedly unglamorous industrial park on the western outskirts of New Orleans. Wide streets are lined with the squat, flat-roofed offices and warehouses of industrial supply companies. One plain, boxy building stands out from the rest, however, because of the many white trailers parked outside and the caterers shuttling lunch platters in through a loading dock.
Inside, “All the King’s Men,” starring Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn, Jude Law, James Gandolfini, Anthony Hopkins and Kate Winslet, is filming. Sets depicting a hotel room and a railroad car stand in a cavernous room that is buzzing with activity between shots. Carpenters are hammering and workers are hanging a giant green backdrop against one wall, as a small crowd gathers in the glow of a laptop computer, all staring intently at the screen. When “Ray” was shooting in Louisiana, nearly all of the indoor scenes were filmed in this same studio. Since then, one production after another has moved in. “All the King’s Men” is ensconced here for several weeks.
Not long ago, this place was little more than a warehouse storing old furniture. In 2000, the University of New Orleans Foundation turned it into a crude soundstage for the university’s film students. The Nims Center, as the facility is now known, wasn’t up to Hollywood standards. But once Louisiana passed its tax credits and filmmakers made tracks for New Orleans, it was the only place to go. So much filming goes on here now that Panavision, the camera-maker, opened a rental office across the street in January. Meanwhile, the Nims Center is expanding and going upscale. State-of-the-art editing and screening suites are under construction. The hope is that filmmakers will stay here for post-production work as well, rather than simply shooting here for the tax breaks and taking their raw footage back to Hollywood with them. These days, New Orleans’ movie action is not limited to the Nims Center. One can’t spend a day in the Big Easy without seeing something being filmed somewhere. And it’s not just in the French Quarter. The streets around the elegant mansions of the Garden District are seeing a lot of filming, as is the central business district. One weekend in January, “The Dukes of Hazzard” took over much of downtown to shoot what locals are calling one of the most massive car chase scenes in history.
At the moment, the biggest problem in New Orleans is that there is literally too much work to go around. Producers complain that they can’t find enough qualified stagehands to work their films. Says Salzer of Crescent City Pictures, ” I’ve gotta talk to a grip working today to see what he’s doing six weeks from now. People have plenty of work to choose from.” A serious effort at training the local workforce is just getting started. A new basic film production class at the Louisiana Technical College is filled with eager career-switchers.
Indeed, New Orleans is becoming a magnet for people who want to work both in front of the camera and behind it. It seems everybody has a story to tell about a native Louisianan who long ago left for L.A. but recently moved back home. Similarly, University of New Orleans film students, who used to make beelines for L.A. upon graduation, are sticking around. Timothee Hammond and Elizabeth Coulon are two recent grads who found work on “Ray.” When the movie wrapped up, they started their own casting company in a small office at the Nims Center. They’ve built a database of 3,000 actors, mostly from Louisiana, who the studios hire for extras and bit parts. “I was in the right place at the right time,” Hammond says. “People in the industry are realizing this is now an important place to be.”