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House committee passes bill aimed at improving filmmaking incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are hoping to raise the caps on the state’s rebate incentives for film production. A bill that would make the change passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and moved to the full House for consideration. The state’s current film incentives apply to feature films, narrative and documentary shorts, commercials and certain types of video ...

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Following 'The Help,' county approves new incentives for filmmakers

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — Following the success of “The Help” and its impact on the Delta, Lauderdale County is hoping to attract some filmmakers. WTOK-TV reports the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors has approved an extra tax incentive for film and production companies. The proposal offers a 1 percent rebate of the 2.5 percent special tourism tax to film and/or production ...

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Major motion picture to be shot in Oxford, first in over a decade

OXFORD — While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn’t played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade. However, that changes in February when the cast and crew for the upcoming film, “Admissions,” begins filming on the University of Mississippi campus and around Oxford. Mary-Katherine Herrington, tourism ...

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Payton, Brees, Manning among Saints taken by scammer

NEW ORLEANS — Unlike this season’s winning on the football field, current and former members of the New Orleans Saints who bought nonexistent tax credits from a defunct movie studio are likely to come out big losers — perhaps getting back only 15 percent of their investment. The Saints personnel — including coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and former ...

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'The Help' surpasses $100M at domestic box office

According to DreamWorks Pictures, the film “The Help” has surpassed the $100-million mark at the domestic box office. The film’s director, Tate Taylor, said, “We never imagined this film, which began its journey inspired by the enthusiasm of a small group of Mississippi friends, would ever even get made. Now to have it seen and embraced by so many people ...

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Judge tosses lawsuit against 'The Help' author

JACKSON — Did Kathryn Stockett use her brother’s African American maid as the basis for a character in the bestselling novel-turned-movie “The Help?” For now, that question may go unanswered, by a court anyway. A Mississippi judge threw out a lawsuit yesterday in which Ablene Cooper alleged Stockett used her likeness without permission in a book about relationships between white ...

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New law boost state's film-making incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi’s film industry recently received a major boost in the form of new legislation that increases the state’s cash rebate incentive program. HB 1161, which was introduced by Rep. Diane Peranich, who chairs the House Tourism Committee, was signed by Gov. Haley Barbour last month. Effective immediately, it increases the rebate by 5 percent and expands the definitions ...

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Movie to be shot in Delta city

GREENWOOD — The movie version of the best-seller “The Help” will still be set in Jackson, but it won’t be filmed there. Officials announced yesterday that most of the DreamWorks Studios production will be shot in Greenwood, a rural city in the impoverished Mississippi Delta region mostly known for cotton fields and blues music. Apparently, that’s what appealed to producers. ...

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Read faces charges for bilking Saints

NEW ORLEANS — The head of a defunct movie studio pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of selling $1.9 million in nonexistent tax credits to members of the New Orleans Saints. Wayne Read, 45, who once ran Louisiana Film Studios, LLC, in suburban New Orleans, pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen funds and wire fraud. Read peddled state film ...

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