Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gambit's Digital Edition, December 30, 2014

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Sunday: Lady and Men Rollers second line parade

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Lady and Men Rollers Annual Second Line Parade

Sunday December 28, 2014 12-4pm

Featuring the Grammy nominated Hot 8 Brass Band


(Route details below)


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Watch The Interview with David Vitter at Chalmette Movies

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Rogen... Franco... Vitter. - VITTER: CREATIVE COMMONS/DEREK BRIDGES
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Have you ever wanted a movie date with Sen. David Vitter? You'll have your chance Mon., Dec. 29, when Vitter will be attending a screening of the controversial comedy The Interview at Chalmette Movies.

Keep in mind, though — Vitter himself says "I've heard it's very crude."

We all need to stand up to the North Korean dictatorship and in defense of freedom, and so I encourage you to see "The Interview." North Korea can’t have any reason to think that bullying and intimidation will threaten American principles like freedom of speech. Please keep in mind the "R" rating. I've heard it’s very crude.

I'll be seeing it with adult family members at Chalmette Movies on Monday, December 29th at 2:00 pm.
Maybe everyone can go to Rocky and Carlo's afterwards.

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2014: a very fashionable year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

It's hard to believe that just five years ago, New Orleans didn't have a fashion week. Now it boasts two, along with a revitalized local chapter of Fashion Group International and the newly launched Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design. Thanks to these and other organizations, individuals and businesses, 2014 saw our fashion industry step further into the national spotlight. Let's look back...

STORE OPENINGS
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk reopened in grand style after undergoing a $70 million renovation. The gleaming, 250,000-square-foot mall is the nation's first downtown outlet center. National retailers continued to make their presence felt on Magazine Street, when West Elm opened in a space formerly occupied by Pippen Lane (which moved across the street). At The Shops at Canal Place, Armani Collezioni and C. Wonder opened.

Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. - ADRIENNE BATTISTELLA PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
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A quiet, joyful hero

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rudy Lombard was an early leader in the local Civil Rights Movement.
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  • Rudy Lombard was an early leader in the local Civil Rights Movement.

In more than 40 years of covering politics I’ve encountered countless poseurs who take credit for things that others make happen. Only rarely have I met someone who lives by the old wisdom that there’s no limit to what can be accomplished if you don’t care who gets the credit. Rudy Lombard was one of those rare individuals who never sought credit for the many great things he did.

Rudy was one of the early leaders of the modern Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans. He was a national vice president of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). While still in college at Xavier University, he was arrested for leading New Orleans’ first lunch counter sit-in at McCrory’s on Canal Street. He took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.

Rudy earned a Ph.D. in urban planning from Syracuse University and ran for mayor of New Orleans in 1986. He finished a distant fourth, but he made public housing a major issue in that race. In his spare time, he co-authored the first Black Creole cookbook (Creole Feast), and in his later years he was a leading researcher and advocate for educating African-American men about the dangers of prostate cancer, which he contracted a decade ago.

Rudy died Dec. 13 at the age of 75 after a brave battle against pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his younger brother, Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Edwin Lombard, and other family members. At the visitation and in conversations afterward, Judge Lombard and Rudy’s friends remembered him the same way I do — as a quiet, joyful hero.

“The most amazing thing about Rudy was that he was so reluctant to talk about himself and his contribution to the Movement,” Judge Lombard said. “I used to be angry about the fact that Rudy paid his dues and never got any note for it. He would just shrug it off and say, ‘Don’t worry about it. There’s plenty to go around — plus you know it. That’s enough.’ It bothered me, but it never bothered him.”

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Interview available for home viewing on VOD now

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM

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Yesterday Sony announced that its film The Interview would be released to theaters on Christmas Day despite the terrorist threats and cyber-attacks inspired by the Seth Rogan/James Franco comedy over the last few weeks. Today, Dec. 24, the company also made the film available immediately through video on demand services YouTube Movies, Google Play and Xbox Video, and at seetheinterview.com. Links to all these services are here. A rental costs $5.99.

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Three gifts the New Orleans Saints could use before next season

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

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The ugly 2014 season is, for all intents and purposes, over; the Saints will play what has been, under Sean Payton, a rare regular season game while already eliminated from the playoffs, but the only thing that game will determine is draft position.

Let's not rehash a season that was bad from the start and never got better. You know how things unfolded. But it's Christmastime, so let's take a look at three gifts that could help the Saints most in 2015.

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Watch Anthony Davis reject shots from little kids and reminisce about his favorite toys

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM


Here's something to put you in the holiday spirit: Anthony Davis absolutely destroying a bunch of little kids on a toy basketball hoop. 

OK, the more touching moment is Davis buying presents for the kids, but him playing basketball with the kids is definitely the funniest part. The video comes via Bleacher Report, which interviewed Davis while he and fellow Pelicans' teammates purchased toys for the team's annual toy drive. In the video, Davis reminisces about his favorite toys as a kid (Power Rangers and the aforementioned hoop) and comments on how he's still just a big kid. The video is fun, endearing and festive. Or basically the opposite of the Saints' season. 

Also, it's a reminder that Davis is just 21 years old and it's gonna be a lot of fun seeing this big kid grow up (just another reason to jump on the Pelicans' bandwagon).

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Review: Unbroken

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

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On paper, the life story of Louie Zamperini would seem the stuff of which great movies are made. Olympic track star Zamperini volunteered at the start of World War II and became an Army Air Corps bombardier. He wound up surviving a plane crash into the ocean, 47 days adrift on a raft and 2-1/2 years in a Japanese POW camp where his captors abused him mercilessly. And he lived to tell his inspiring tale of perseverance and courage. So why is director and co-producer Angelina Jolie’s Zamperini biopic Unbroken so hopelessly flat and uninvolving?

Basing her film on author Laura Hillenbrand’s acclaimed bestseller Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Jolie had no trouble attracting world-class talent to the project. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are among those credited with writing the screenplay, and longtime Coen brothers cinematographer Roger Deakins crafted the film’s glowing widescreen images. Up-and-coming British Jack O’Connell (Starred Up) makes a convincing Zamperini, and Japanese rock star Miyavi successfully plays against type as sadistic prison guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe.

But Unbroken is the kind of film where the phrase, “If you can take it, you can make it” is presented as the height of profundity. For all its sincere effort, Unbroken fails to reveal anything substantial about the man behind the heroics. It avoids altogether the severe post-traumatic stress disorder that shaped Zamperini’s life after the war, along with his eventual forgiveness of his captors. Those events are the primary source of meaning in Zamperini’s story, and this long and slowly paced film can only spin its wheels without them.

Unbroken starts today, December 24, at the Canal Place, Elmwood Palace, Clearview Palace, and Westbank Palace theaters.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sony to release The Interview on Christmas Day after all

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM

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Sony Pictures has reversed course on its embattled holiday movie The Interview, today announcing that it would allow screenings of the film starting on Christmas Day as originally planned. The studio was the target of a major cyber-attack in recent weeks widely thought to be intended as retaliation for the film, a comedy that depicts the assassination of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un at the hands of characters played by Seth Rogan and James Franco. On Wednesday, December 17, Sony announced that it was canceling the theatrical run of the film after terrorist threats were made against theaters planning to screen it.

Last week Sony was criticized for its decision to shelve the film by everyone from George Clooney to President Obama, who called Sony's decision "a mistake." According to a report published today by The New York Times, the film is likely to open in 200 to 300 mostly smaller theaters across the country, down from the 2,000 to 3,000 theaters that had originally booked it. But this story is still developing as it has since Thanksgiving week.

Chalmette Movies has just announced it will screen The Interview starting Christmas Day. More info here.

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