Many movies and TV shows are filmed in and around the New Orleans area, including Treme, Steven Segal; Lawman, Red, The Skeleton Key and (of course,) Interview with the Vampire. The ineptitude of the New Orleans Police Dept. is often shown on Bait Car (the police often lose the bait car & the thieves get away.)
Closer to home, the St. Tammany Police Dept. have been on the TV show, Speeders (fortunately I have not been on the show, since I don't speed.) Scenes from Green Lantern were filmed not far from where I vend at the outdoor art market in Madisonville, LA.
However, the very-small-town quaintness of Abita Springs (pop. 2800, where Charles and I live,) is also often the site of Hollywood shoots. Driving into work a couple of weeks ago I passed by filming at a local gas station (although I've been unable--yet--to determine what's being shot.) Back in March, scenes were filmed for the impending film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Last summer Zac Efron was in town, filming scenes for The Lucky One, based on the book by Nicholas Sparks (and also impending.) The year before that, William Hurt was here, filming The Yellow Handkerchief. This movie is now available on DVD & is supposed to be quite good. Although I haven't had time to watch it yet, I did preview the beginning of the movie. In the background I saw my workplace and Mama D's Pizza (which makes the best garlic bread with cheese you'll ever taste!)
"LA" isn't always Los Angeles. Sometimes it's Louisiana. ;)
News article about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in Abita Springs
News article about "The Lucky One" in Abita Springs
I'm going to take a week's break from blogging. Stay tuned--I'll be back soon!