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“It captures this interesting, fascinating, very unique aspect of Louisiana life with its beautiful landscape and a strong streak of adventure,” Mr. Dardenne said. “It’s not something you’re going to find anywhere else. It’s indigenous to Louisiana.”
Hoboken turns down ‘Jersey Shore’ spinoff
The city of Frank Sinatra’s birth has denied a request for a spinoff of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” reality show to film in the city.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said the Film Commission’s decision was based on safety and quality-of-life concerns for residents of the city along the Hudson River, the Associated Press reports.
Hoboken officials say 495 Productions was seeking a 24-hour filming permit to follow two “well-known reality television celebrities” who would live in the city.
It’s not clear who the personalities would be, but the Jersey Journal reported last month that MTV was scouting locations for Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley.
The company, which has filmed “Jersey Shore” in Seaside Heights, Miami and Italy, can appeal the decision to the Hoboken City Council.
‘Suits’ star takes part in PSAs on intolerance
Patrick J. Adams, star of USA Network’s legal drama “Suits,” said he was teased when he was a teenager for being interested in theater.
“When you’re the guy doing the school plays, that’s not necessarily as cool as some of the other people,” Mr. Adams said in a recent interview. “I got bullied a ton. I got pushed around a lot.”
Things changed for Mr. Adams.
“By the end of high school, the same guy who was beating me up in the ninth grade and causing me so much strife, by the end of high school was the guy who was asking me how to write a play,” he said.
Mr. Adams recently visited a high school in St. Louis and talked with students about their experiences with bullying. The visit was part of USA Network’s Characters Unite program, which is designed to stop intolerance.
The network has named February as its second Characters Unite Month. As part of the campaign, various stars from its prime-time shows, including “Suits” and “Covert Affairs,” have taped public-service announcements and are interacting with the public to start a dialogue about discrimination.
USA will air an original one-hour documentary, “NFL Characters Unite,” profiling pro football players who share their personal stories of overcoming prejudice and discrimination on Feb. 10.
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