Louisiana Films & TV
Here's a list of some of Louisiana's most famous films and shows:
Four friends (Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah) are in for the adeventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the Essence Festival.
Elvis starts as Danny Fisher, a juvenile delinquent who works his way up from bus boy to nightclub singer, only to fall in with a bunch of gangsters and criminals. Danny wants to do things the honest way, but mobster Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) is determined to get the young fellow playing on his team. Musical numbers include ‘King Creole’, ‘Hard-Headed Woman’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Lover Doll’.
12 Years A Slave
From acclaimed director Steve McQueen comes the incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom.
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch
With a contemporary version of the beloved stage play and classic film, Steel Magnolias chronicles the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana. Supporting each other through triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy’s Beauty Spot to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children – all the important issues that truly unite and celebrate women.
Based on a Stephen King novel, Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930s, have a moral dilemma with their jobs, when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has healing powers.
Adapted from a John Grisham best seller, this film stars Julia Roberts as sharp-witted law student Darby Shaw, who finds herself the target for murder when her thesis determining why two US justices were killed falls into the wrong hands. Supported by Washington based journalist Gray Grantham (Densel Washington), she seeks to find out who is behind the threats against her life.
TV Box Sets
NCIS New Orleans
NCIS: New Orelans is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence.
Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, a Louisiana waitress with telepathic powers whose life changes forever when 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) walks into her place of work. The first season of the offbeat vampire drama series penned by ‘American Beauty’ and ‘Six Feet Under’ writer Alan Ball.
This US drama series is set in New Orleans, from the creators of ‘The Wire’. The programme focusses on one of the city’s neighbourhoods where its residents are attempting to rebuild their lives after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Wendell Pierce, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Steve Zahn and Khandi Alexander star as some of the diverse characters living in New Orleans.
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Here's a list of books we recommend that are set in Louisiana.
Interview with the Vampire
In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood. Anne Rice's compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker's Dracula which was published in 1897.
Streetcar named Desire
Tennessee Williams' story of a catastrophic confrontation between fantasy and reality, embodied in the characters of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her explosive brother-in-law, Stanley. Over the course of one hot and steamy New Orleans summer, Blanche's fragile façade slowly crumbles, wreaking havoc on Stella and Stanley's already turbulent relationship.
Sookie Stackhouse Series (which later became True Blood on TV)
For the first time together in one volume, the complete short story collection starring Sookie Stackhouse - with new introductions from the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the series, Charlaine Harris.
New fans can fill in the gaps in their Sookie lore, while old friends can revisit some of their favourite moments and characters. From investigating the murder of a local fairy to learning that her cousin was a vampire, from remodelling Tara's house to attending a wedding with her shapeshifting boss Sam, Sookie navigates the perils and pitfalls of the paranormal world.
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We will be keeping you up to date with all the developments in our region and we all hope for an early conclusion to the current situation. If you need any help or advice we are here for you, see a list of emails below to assist. At this current time there are no flights to the States, with no date set for them to continue at the moment. If you have any holidays booked please contact your tour operator or local travel agent. Here is the official statement from: https://uk.usembassy.gov/. We will also be keeping our Facebook page up to date with attractions that are open and closed, plus any events that are cancelled or rescheduled facebook.com/UKDeepSouthUSA.
Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to China, Iran, the Schengen Area (which includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or Republic of Ireland prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies).
Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.
Travellers are advised to visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website, www.dhs.gov/news-releases, for further guidance on U.S. travel restrictions.
Currently Alabama attractions and schools are still open. Visit alabama.travel/ or alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html to keep up to date on developments. Currently we know that the US Space and Rocket Centre has closed until the 3rd April and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio has closed until the 30th March.
The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet is collaborating with state public health officials and agency partners to monitor the spread of COVID-19 both domestically and internationally as well as coordinate response efforts in the event the virus spreads to the Commonwealth. The Cabinet is urging our internal agencies and tourism partners to develop contingency and emergency preparedness plans to minimize the impact of the virus on tourism. In an effort to ensure Kentucky’s tourism industry has consistency in our response to the potential spread of COVID-19, we ask that you contact the following individuals to coordinate best practices for public venues and tourism attractions. Useful websites kentuckytourism.com/kentucky-tourism-covid-19-response-efforts/ and chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx.
Currently Louisiana attractions and schools are open. Visit louisianatravel.com/ or ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/ for further updates. Plus here is the most up to date information from the City of New Orleans and vendors in New Orleans ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/mayor-cantrell-issues-guidance-to-bars-and-restaur/ and neworleans.com/blog/post/tracking-covid-19-cancellations-and-closings-in-new-orleans/
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continue to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) further information is available at visitmississippi.org/ or msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html.
To keep up to date on developments in Tennessee visit tnvacation.com/articles/tennessee-travel-amid-coronavirus or tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Memphis Tourism encourages all travellers to follow guidance issued by public health officials. We are continually monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 (also commonly known as the “Coronavirus”). Click here for Memphis visitors to get the latest information on the status of tourism. Some attractions have made the difficult decision to close while others remain open with reduced capacity to space out guests and prevent visitors from clustering in large groups, along with deploying the appropriate sanitation protocol. Travellers are welcome should they decide to visit Memphis today, tomorrow or in the future. Visitors can also engage with the team on various social platforms using the @MemphisTravel handle.
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The state's natural beauty and varied locations have set the scene for several Alabama films, whether it's for the urban skyscrapers or pristine countryside, here's a list of films that either tell stories set in the state or about historical figures.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Alabama in the 1930s. The children Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) play in the street, while their lawyer father Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defends a black man accused of raping a young white woman. The controversial nature of the trial, taking place in the racist culture of the Deep South, leads the local townsfolk to turn against Finch and sees his family become the victim of a series of terror attacks. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' won Oscars for Peck and screenwriter Horton Foote.
Sweet Home Alabama
New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. But Melanie’s past holds many secret, including Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her.
Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation.
Selma tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama galvanised American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story
This biopic tells the story of civil rights activist Rosa Parks (Angela Bassett) from her days as a private-school student to her public battle against racism and segregation. As a secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Parks defends local children who have been victimized by racism. But when she is arrested after refusing to give up her bus seat for a white passenger, Parks inspires the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle stop café
Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star in this drama directed by Jon Avnet. The film follows the story of how Evelyn (Bates), a bored housewife, meets Ninny (Tandy), an old woman who tells stories about her home town of Whistle Stop. The stories centre around two women who ran a café, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), whose violent husband Frank disappeared. Evelyn finds inspiration in the stories and her outlook and life improve.
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.
Andie Bergstrom (Kate Capshaw), an astronaut eagerly awaiting her first trip to space, runs a summer camp for teenagers with her NASA-employed husband, Zach (Tom Skerritt). One night during an engine test, Andie and four teenage campers are accidentally shot into space. Together, the group -- which includes Kathryn (Lea Thompson), a pilot-in-training, and Tish (Kelly Preston), a ditz with a perfect memory -- must work together to operate the spacecraft and return home.
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Mississippi's Historical Attractions Top 10
Mississippi's history is rich and colourful, with so many attractions for visitors. Here's our history and heritage Top 10 for the state, though it could easily have been a Top 30!
- The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson charts the key events of the civil rights movement in the state. Comprised of 8 interactive galleries, it shows how the black population was oppressed and their fight for equality.
- Appearing on a few of our recommendation lists for Mississippi is the Mississippi Blues Trail, and here it is again! A diverse and captivating Mississippi Delta Blues journey, it takes in key birthplaces, gravesites, places where the infamous Blues artists played, as well as museums and live music venues where you can hear the music first-hand.
- The Natchez Trace Parkway route is long, so you may well need to just travel a section of it, but it is well worth visiting whether you tour the whole trail or just in part. Highlights include Natchez itself and the French Camp.
- In Jackson, the Smith Robertson Museum is a celebration of African-American history and culture within the Deep South.
- Tupelo is the birthplace of music legend Elvis Presley. Here you can see the very modest home in which he was born, and view various artefacts from his earlier years. Guided tours are available.
- Lovers of political history and/or architecture will be fans of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. Formerly, simply Old Capitol, it was where some of the state's key legislature was actioned. Now, this glorious Greek Revival building is a museum focussing on the building's history.
- The Tupelo Automobile Museum is a popular attraction with car fanatics. 120,000 square feet, with exhibits valued at over $6million, this is every petrol-head's dream! Highlights include a Lincoln previously owned by Elvis Presley, and an 1886 Benz.
- Civil War enthusiasts absolutely have to visit Vicksburg National Military Park; Vicksburg was key to the outcome of the war.
- Beauvoir, in Biloxi, is the former home of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. A National Historic Landmark, today it is run as a museum and is well worth visiting.
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