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New Orleans Pop Culture

Claiming the title of “Hollywood South,” New Orleans has served as the location for a lot of movies. Just a few of the movies that can give you a taste of the Big Easy beforehand include "Deja Vu", the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Pelican Brief", "A Murder of Crows", "The Badge", "The Big Easy" and "Hard Target". Dozens of other movies have been featured the city in a smaller role. For a look at New Orleans’ past, try finding a copy of "Belle of the Nineties", which starred Mae West as a singer and has appearances by Duke Ellington or "The Cincinnati Kid" starring Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson (yeah, they made a movie together) as poker players in 1930s New Orleans. If you're looking for a soundtrack to prepare you for your trip, check out artists such as Rebirth Brass Band, Deacon John, Kermit Ruffins (jazz), Tab Benoit (blues), Anders Osborne (roots rock), Papa Grows Funk (funk), Down (metal/rock) and Lil Wayne (hip-hop).   For a couple of good reads about the city, check out "A Confederacy of Dunces" and "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast."