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Friday, July 6, 2012

A Very Special Y@ Speak: Summer Meltdowns

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Tweakout. Noun. A term defined by writer Foster Kamer and Gawker commenters used to describe the kind of unhinged freakout that tends to happen pretty easily on Twitter. Unlike a blog or on Facebook, where you can start to write a big chunk of crazy, read over it, come to your senses, and then sensibly decide to scrap the whole thing, once you're headed down a rapid spiral paved by 140-character histrionics, it's hard to stop.

It seems the heat is adversely affecting all of us lately: although not Tila Tequila-level meltdowns, New Orleans Twitter did witness two minor tweakouts this week prompted by a fatty pork chop and a Twitter impostor. Welcome to the inaugural mid-week Very Special Y@ Speak: Summer Meltdowns.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

This week in Hollywood South: Beasts of the Southern Wild premiere

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM


The cast and crew of the highly honored and anticipated Beasts of the Southern Wild, along with about 150 additional family, friends and fans, celebrated the New Orleans premiere of the locally shot film at the Joy Theater Monday night. If you haven’t read Ken Korman’s in-depth cover story about the movie, what have you been doing?!?!? But seriously, check it out here. Also in attendance at Monday's screening were Treme stars Lance E. Nichols (Larry) and Michiel Huisman (Sonny), and following the premiere the crowd headed over to La Trobe’s on Royal to celebrate the work of everyone involved.

The almost entirely local cast has been traveling the globe picking up awards, and there’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing them on the big screen in many more projects after this one. Dwight Henry, who stars as Wink, the father to Hushpuppy, our heroine, has already signed on for a role in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, which began filming in Vacherie this week and co-stars Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Michael Fassbender.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Celebrity Watch: John Cusack, David Arquette and more

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

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 ...

Aziz Ansari and Friends in <i>The End of the World</i>
  • Aziz Ansari and Friends in The End of the World

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.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Y@ Speak: Drew Brees sandwich

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Lots of important developments in this week's tweet roundup: Drew Brees didn't show up to Saints mini camp but did make an appearance at City Council (whose members have actually started showing up), Times-Picayune firings begin Tuesday (in the meantime, be sure to get a T-shirt from the opportunistic retailer of quirky "only in Nola y'all!" items of your choice), the Wendell Pierce-produced play Clybourne Park won Best Play at last night's Tony's and, perhaps most importantly, there is such thing as apple Hubig's Pie ICE CREAM. I guess things aren't so bad after all.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Oprah is coming to New Orleans

Posted By on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Among the many other motion pictures that will be filmed in New Orleans this summer, Lee Daniels, director of the film Precious, has also chosen the Big Easy as the filming location for his latest film, The Butler. The film, based on a Washington Post article by Wil Haygood, tells the story of Eugene Allen, a man who served in the White House for more than thirty years and eight presidential administrations.

Forest Whitaker will be playing the title role, with other stars such as John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and Minka Kelly, all slated to play various Presidents and First Ladies. But the star I’m most excited to see attached to the film is none other than Queen of All Things (except maybe network television ownership) – Ms. Oprah Winfrey.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Y@ Speak: Of Rihanna, Hornets and oysters

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

After last week's Times-Picayune bombshell, it seems things are getting at least somewhat back to normal. Celebrities are working and eating sandwiches around town, another local food festival happened and, finally, some sports-related news that doesn't involve bounties. It always seems when one horrible thing happens to this city, a good sports thing happens — and vice versa. Can't we have all the good things at once?

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Ricky Graham and Betty White cake: Separated at baking?

Posted By on Sat, May 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

We got a press release about the recent Friars Club roast of Betty White, which featured a cake in the actress' image constructed by TLC's Cake Boss.

It was an impressive piece of pastry, but it didn't really look much like Ms. White. It did, however, look a lot like local actor Ricky Graham, who is starring in Shirley Valentine at Southern Rep. Consider:

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Celebrity watch: Matthew McConaughey, James Franco and more

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

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 ...

Matthew McConaughey spent a lovely Mother’s Day sitting outside of Sucre with his fiance’ Camila Alves, their son Levi, and the rest of their family. McConaughey was in town to team up with fellow Texan Drew Brees and their friend Kenny Chesney for the 3rd annual Amazing Race, a fundraiser that supported both the Brees Dream Foundation and McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin Foundation. Chesney performed to a packed crowd at the House of Blues Sunday night to close out the weekend of events.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

James Franco takes a ghost tour

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

James Franco seems to be Arianna Huffington's latest addition to her vast collection of human celebrity curios — or, as she puts it, "fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors."

Franco, who is shooting a movie here and staying on "Charters" Street, has taken to the cluttered HuffPo salt mine to write about his recent French Quarter ghost tour with "Nana (my trusty hair woman, raised in Japan) and Iris (my production consultant, raised in Mexico)." First, though, he has a note about economic development:

Our driver told us that there are more restaurants in New Orleans now than before Katrina. I don't know what that means exactly, but I guess some business is coming back.

When the tour gets to the Lalaurie Mansion, there is, of course, Nicolas Cage content:

We also visited a strange mansion that at one point was owned by Nicolas Cage. It was the site of horrific medical/carnival experiments on slaves in the vein of Human Centipede. About 200 years ago, the mansion belonged to a rich socialite with red hair. A fire broke out during one of her parties, and the fireman who answered the call discovered a chamber that smelled so bad it brought them to their knees, retching. Inside were living and dead victims of a variety of mutilations: amputations, limbs exchanged between people, sexes switched (meaning dicks were sewn onto women), skin flayed in designs to turn the victims into "human caterpillars" and other grotesque monstrosities. The house is still occupied, but it has not had a single owner for more than a five-year period.

Nana was a little disappointed by the tour; she wanted more of a haunted house experience.

Confidential to Nana: There's always this, just a couple blocks away. Far, far more terrifying.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Local designers outfit Zooey Deschanel

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Debra McGuire, the costume designer of New Girl, television’s most “adorkable” new show, has struck gold with her leading lady Zooey Deschanel. There are hundreds of websites devoted to the style and fashion sense of Jess, the character Deschanel plays on the Fox series. A mix of cute dresses, comfortable separates and quirky accessories, all in bright colors, the opportunities to highlight Hollywood’s top fashion designers are endless.

Which is why I was so thrilled to tune in May 1 and see Deschanel wearing a dress designed by New Orleans’ own Jolie and Elizabeth.

The Grace Dress - navy with emerald at the band and back
  • "The Grace Dress" - navy with emerald at the band and back

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