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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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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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Sentencing delayed in case involving Saints

NEW ORLEANS — Sentencing is being delayed until April 6 for the head of a defunct movie studio who pleaded guilty to selling $1.9 million in nonexistent tax credits to members of the New Orleans Saints. On May 13, Wayne Read pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen funds and wire fraud. He once ran Louisiana Film Studios, LLC, in ...

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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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