DISCLAIMER: In no way are we trying to invade anyone’s privacy, but it’s fun to hear about the great places celebrities are visiting while they’re hanging out in New Orleans. We’re appreciative of the people who are way more famous than we’ll ever be for enjoying our city and state, spending their money, and sometimes even contributing to our rebuilding and recovery efforts. That said ...
John Cusack spent Saturday night Uptown at Mr. John’s Steakhouse. Cusack will be playing Richard Nixon in the upcoming Lee Daniels (Precious) film The Butler, which stars Forest Whitaker as a White House employee who served under eight Presidents. Cusack also co-starred in the New Orleans-shot and Daniels-directed film The Paperboy, which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The Butler will be bringing more than a dozen more A-List celebrities to town, including Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman, Minka Kelly, Alex Pettyfer, Lenny Kravitz and Oprah Winfrey. Kravitz, who may as well be considered a local, was also spotted having a drink at Avenue Pub recently.
David Arquette, who will be filming Hemlock Drive in Louisiana in a few months, spent some time at the bar at Chiba on Oak Street Thursday night. The plot of Hemlock Drive centers around siblings who come home to visit with their hypochondriac mother, played by Susan Sarandon, who thinks she’s on the brink of death.
The Tomb co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Vinnie Jones have also been out and about in between filming. Stallone enjoyed lunch at Emeril’s last Wednesday, and Jones grabbed some drinks at The Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar, which seems to be a favorite for celebrities visiting the city.
Jeremy Irons, who co-stars in the film adaptation of the novel Beautiful Creatures, alongside Emma Thompson, Viola Davis and Emmy Rossum, had dinner at Le Petite Grocery on Magazine Street before finishing up in New Orleans last week.
And last but most certainly not least, funny man and secret-crush-of-many Aziz Ansari went over to Cochon Butcher for a late night meal after performing his Buried Alive show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater Wednesday night. Ansari invited opening act performer Chelsea Peretti to feast with him at his favorite local hangout. Ansari will be appearing alongside his equally hilarious cohorts in locally-shot The End of the World.
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PS - Don't forget to check out the locally-shot Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which was released today!