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Arrival of Hollywood Rentals seen as 'game changer' for Mississippi film industry

Mississippi’s place on the movie-making map just got substantially bigger with an announcement that one of the nation’s largest independent lighting and grip rentals companies will set up shop at Canton’s Mississippi Film Studios. The expansion of Hollywood Rentals into Mississippi ensures that feature film makers, television producers and others in the visual arts industry will have a single source ...

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Madison County Creative Economy Council launches quality of life website

The Madison County Creative Economy Council (MCCEC) comprised of the Canton Chamber Main Street Association, Canton Convention Visitors Bureau & Film Office, Flora Area Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, madison the City Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Madison County Business League, Madison County Economic Development Authority and the Madison County Foundation launched ...

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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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Officials debate economic impact of 'The Help'

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Industrial Foundation estimates that the filming of the hit movie “The Help” was a big help to the Greenwood area economy. Bill Crump, the foundation’s chairman, said the film’s production in Greenwood last summer brought $13 million into the community. Crump told The Greenwood Commonwealth that evidence of the economic effect was in banks and businesses ...

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