"...If you read an Associated Press interview with Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco on June 1, you might be under the impression that the Gulf Coast state has little in the way of, oh, say, hurricane rebuilding to do including the consequent social service rehabbing freeing state lawmakers to take up far weightier matters, like criminalizing safe and legal abortion services..."
"...As promised, on June 18 Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law a bill criminalizing access to safe and legal abortion services..."
"...Embarking on a long road trip with an estranged spouse falls directly under the "nope" category, right next to asking for every wedding guest's signed approval for divorce. But that cringeworthy hypothetical is precisely what inspired Austin-based filmmaker Louisiana Kreutz to write and direct her feature length rom-com..."
"...How do the members of small coastal communities like this one feel now that their lives are stuck in the muck? It's very clear how Larose, La., tattoo artist Bobby Pitre feels. His traffic-stopping "God Help Us All" mural outside the Southern Sting Tattoo Parlor on Louisiana Highway 1 expresses the outrage, toward both the U.S..."
"..."It revitalized a whole aspect of my career, the whole hipness factor," he said. "Without this movie, I wouldn't have ever been cast in How I Met Your Mother." Looking for a local, but slightly depressing angle on the sequel? It was shot with a primarily Austin crew in ever-incentive-rich Louisiana..."
"...Or your moms. Louisiana-bred comedian Jen Kober is in town for the Moontower Comedy Festival, and she's loaded with chewy SweetTarts...."
"..."Late last night …" Early Sunday morning, the Aggies eked a red-eye win from their trip to Shreveport, beating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 59-57 in regulation. The final whistle didn’t sound until 12:45am, nearly four and a half hours after Saturday's kickoff..."
"...Either way, the game is played by Sandler's rules. Here he's Bobby Boucher, a Louisiana football waterboy who, when fired by evil coach Reed, moves on to serve for the losingest college team in Louisiana history, which, unsurprisingly, is coached by Henry Winkler..."
"...Passion Fish proves that when you have a great script, great performers and a great location, you don't mind that the movie goes on a tad longer than it should. Although its lugubrious pace certainly fits its Louisiana bayou setting, the excess is not so much extraneous as unessential..."
"...South Louisiana's bayous and prairies are home to French-speaking Cajuns and black Creoles whose culture and accordion music remain utterly unique. Writer/producer Todd Mouton serves up a comprehensive, if somewhat dated, survey of the major figures in the scene over the past several decades..."
"...Starring: Johnathon Schaech, Frederick Koehler, Tamara Braun, Jeremy Davidson, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Mulkey and Marshall Bell. As far as I know, Little Chenier is unique in the annals of American film in that it is the only narrative feature to sink as deep as a dead gator into the virtually impenetrable Cajun culture of southern Louisiana without resorting to stereotype or hokey Southern Gothic by way of the bayou..."
"...It's a case of good news and bad news for a Texas film industry seeking to at least slightly level the playing field with Louisiana and New Mexico. The Legislature approved a one-time $20 million film incentive program for the next two years, but missing from the bill is an actual funding source for the incentive plan, which also includes at least on paper another $10 million in tourism dollars..."
"...The play is set in the San Francisco apartment of Jesse, a gay man who has just died of AIDS. His rural Louisiana parents, who never came to grips with Jesse's homosexuality, show up to pick up a family album and run into one of Jesse's old friends..."
"...Dunn recognized the same terrifying symptoms Brockovich had witnessed from her own tour of Cancer Alley, the toxic 100-mile stretch along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where approximately 150 petrochemical plants command the land. For the past two years, while pursuing a masters degree in film at UT, Dunn has been traveling to Louisiana during every semester break, investigating the situation there, interviewing the locals, and assembling her experiences in Green, showing at the Alamo Drafthouse this Sunday, Dec..."
"...It's a trade-off that has served both men well, and continues with The Green Mile (first published as a series of six serial novelettes four years ago). It's 1935, and as the head correctional officer of E-Block -- death row -- at Louisiana's Cold Mountain Penitentiary, Paul Edgecomb (a beefed-up Hanks) wants only to keep his doomed charges calm and contained as they await their sad walk down “the green mile” (so-named due to the scuffed green linoleum that covers the floor) to their rendezvous with “Old Sparky.” A more decent, god-fearing jailer you're not likely to find, and Edgecomb's subordinates -- the bull-strong-but-compassionate Brutus “Brutal” Howell (Morse), old pro Harry Terwilliger (Jeffrey DeMunn), wet-behind-the-ears rookie Dean Stanton (Pepper), and the malicious, scheming nephew of the governor, Percy Wetmore (Hutchison) -- are taking things the only way they can, day by day..."
"...All around Louisiana communities have put their own stamp on the annual Carnival season. From the raucous parades and parties of Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the Courir de Mardi Gras or chicken runs in the Cajun parishes, each area of the state has given the celebration its own lively characteristics...."
"...That very fact, of course, makes it reassuring to some people. Love triumphs in the end, despite its circuitous route from the bullet-pocked villages of Iraq to a preternaturally peaceful Louisiana parish replete with a passel of wag-happy canines and Blythe Danner's wise nanna..."
"...It's furthermore astonishing since it's a remake of the 1949 Academy Award-winner for best motion picture, which was itself an adaptation of poet laureate Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Loosely based on the career of Louisiana Governor Huey P..."
"...A top-notch cast was gathered and then wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker. Although it's nice to see Hudson break from the string of wan romantic comedies she's starred in since earning her Oscar nomination for Almost Famous, she achieves no career breakthrough here as the plucky heroine Caroline, a hospice worker who takes a live-in job in a haunted old plantation home in the Louisiana bayou..."
"...There's no hard data supporting this statement, but more people drive from Austin to Louisiana in the next two weeks than any other time of year. New Orleans' venerated Jazz & Heritage Festival (www.nojazzfest.com) and Lafayette's equally lauded Festival International de Louisiane (www.festivalinternational.com), both beginning this weekend, are the major draws, of course, but arts, music, and cultural fairs are more plentiful in our neighboring state than bugs on a windshield after driving through the Henderson Swamp...."
"...With Mardis Gras fast approaching, it's only natural that for the day before, you cook up a big pot of red beans and rice. Cajun-Creole red beans and rice are the classic dish eaten on Mondays all over Louisiana, because traditionally Monday was wash day...."
"...After moving in 1991 from my brief tenure in Hawaii back to Texas, the first place I headed for was Louisiana. Going there, just like a trip to la farmacia at the border, was the affirmation I was back in Texas..."
"...Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina ransacked the Big Easy and much of the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands of the region's former inhabitants are still scattered throughout the country. The vast majority of these evacuees are Louisianans, the largest concentration from Orleans Parish..."
"...The links between Texas and Louisiana are long and deep. So while UT film student Michael Roberson is in the Bayou State working on his new dark, dramatic short Devil's Horse, he's hoping the Lone Star State (and everyone else) will help him through crowdfunding...."
"...A documentary with an agenda, The Great Invisible solemnly recounts the catastrophic consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast in the spring of 2010. On April 20 of that year, a fireball explosion ignited the offshore rig, killing 11 workers..."
"...Louisiana’s infamous Governor Huey P. Long, as divisive a figure in American politics as ever lived, was assassinated by Dr..."
"...Louisiana follows the trend, the trend lines level off, and Yoweri Museveni vows to give Uganda the Dallas treatment, as your AggreGAYtor harasses Chris Pratt...."
"...Michael Sam sports blue and silver, Kentucky gets real, and Louisiana punches down, as your AggreGAYtor spreads the love...."
"...The streets of Lafayette, Louisiana, a quaint college town, explode the last weekend of every April for Festival International de Louisiane, a free celebration of the music, arts, and food of the French-speaking world – Africa, Caribbean, Quebec. Austin was represented by Black Joe Lewis, Hard Proof Afrobeat, Gina Chavez, and the Preservation...."
"...Luxembourg shows its leadership, Louisiana follows Texas and falls in line, and Russia gets new opposition, as your AggreGAYtor sweats to the oldies...."
"...Ex-DEA agent Broker (Statham) has retired with his daughter Maddy (Vidovic) to backwater Louisiana in search of the quiet life. Alas, that is not to be as he encounters a meth-crazed redneck (Bosworth), her speed-manufacturing evil brother – the aptly though mysteriously named Gator (Franco) – and his goons..."
"...All three of the sides we sampled bore the stamp of Louisiana authenticity: the robust chicken, sausage, and shrimp gumbo is based on a medium-dark roux with a nice cayenne back heat and plenty of meat; the étouffée is chock-full of tasty crawfish tails; and the red beans are creamy and redolent of andouille sausage. The only misstep was in the bread basket – a lump of stale, sweet cornbread just didn't live up to the rest of the quality on the table..."
"...Pope Frances and Pat Robertson make ambivalent progress, Louisiana and Russia keep backsliding, and homophobic people and institutions keep making the news cycle, despite your AggreGAYtor's best intentions...."
"...But losses can be turning points. Texas State’s wild slugfest with Louisiana Tech last Saturday resulted in a 62-55 loss, but there’s a win hiding under there..."
"...Beasts of the Southern Wild, by contrast, sticks like mucilage to the viewpoint of its protagonist, six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis, who may turn out to be the youngest actor ever to win an Academy Award). Living an almost feral existence on a wild, low-lying island of the Louisiana coast known as the Bathtub, little Hushpuppy narrates her own vivid life story in the particular manner of kids..."
"...This is realistic, close-quarters urban combat of the kind best seen in Black Hawk Down. It gets points for (gore-free) realism – the effects work is top notch; you'd never guess this Battle: Los Angeles was actually shot in Louisiana – but, ultimately, it's likely to top exactly nobody's list of the greatest sci-fi, war, or sci-fi/war movies of all time..."
"...Every generation gets the devil it deserves, and this faux documentary pulls few punches in its nihilistic depiction of religious belief vs. religious disbelief amid the Spanish moss and ramshackle, moldering manses of southern Louisiana..."
"...Just 800 words long, the piece is plainspoken, efficient, and remarkably effective – very nearly the inverse of this feature-length adaptation. Hurt plays Brett Hanson, a taciturn oil worker coming off of a six-year sentence at a Louisiana penitentiary..."
"...18. This week's installment is Paul Stekler's Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics..."
"...Noodling is the sport (some say art) of catching big ol' catfish with your bare hands. Legal only in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the practice of noodling has taken on cult-like proportions, complete with naysayers, philosophers, and would-be high priests..."
"...A nasty, offensive, and thoroughly enjoyable romp through the dark, embittered land of Bad Girl, U.S.A., Don Roos' directorial debut (he wrote Boys on the Side and Single White Female, as well as the script for The Opposite of Sex) is the anti-indie -- a post-PC broadside that manages to skewer everyone from gays to straights, the living to the dead, and never makes you laugh as hard as when it's being downright creepy. Ricci -- as a sort of post-pubescent Wednesday Addams whirlwind -- is 16-year-old Dedee Truitt, who flees her Louisiana home after the death of her abusive stepfather and promptly arrives on the palatial doorstep of her half-brother Bill (Donovan), an Indiana schoolteacher who has recently lost his longtime companion to AIDS..."
"...One startling line, spoken in the opening minute by a calm-voiced young female narrator, deeply sets the story's hook: “The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old.” With her audience's full attention assured, first-time director Kasi Lemmons then proceeds to unravel a spellbinding, powerfully seductive tale that blends Southern Gothic magical realism and disturbing family drama with the flair of a born storytelling genius. Lemmons' self-penned script concerns a family of slaves' descendants who by the 1960s have risen to middle-class prominence in a small Louisiana town called Eve's Bayou..."
"...I'm thinking about buying Tylenol in bulk these days. Based on the bestseller by James Lee Burke, Heaven's Prisoners is the story of Dave Robicheaux (Baldwin) an ex-cop from New Orleans who long ago gave up both the badge and the bottle in favor of running a bait-and-tackle shop in the Louisiana bayou with his wife Annie (Lynch)..."
"...Just when I'd given up on seeing teenaged girls portrayed in current movies as anything other than boy-crazy bowheads or distaff rebels without causes or scantily clad babysitters set upon by boogeymen slashers, along comes The Man in the Moon. The movie is a (dare I say?) sweet and moving portrait of two sisters in rural Louisiana in the 1950s..."
"...Mardi Gras floats in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, are colorful works of art. The papier-mâché heads of the decorated land barges part the crowds like giant snow plows..."
"...Texas and Louisiana prepare to ignore the will of the people (including Big Business), trans teens get to look pretty, and marriage support goes through the roof, as your AggreGAYtor ties it not...."
"...Louisiana may step ahead of the south, Mississippi gets tokened, and Vladimir Luxuria, as your AggreGAYtor mourns the death of a fascinating mode of communication because stupid...."
"...Like a good Mexican, I love a raucous fiesta filled with music, dancing, and lots of good food and drink. So, it is no surprise that I have a strong affinity for all things Louisiana..."