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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top stories and blog posts of 2014: What you really were interested in reading

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM


We know, we know — you want hard-hitting investigative stories, breaking news, City Hall probes, political scandals and all that.

And you got some of that this year, including Jeanie Riess' look at Uber in New Orleans, an omnibus issue about pot ("Louweedziana"), Clancy DuBos' reasons "Why Bobby Jindal Will Never, Ever Be President," our second installment of The New New Orleans (actually, you clicked on that a lot), Jules Bentley's polarizing first-person essay "Sober in New Orleans," Henrick Karoliszyn's look at the danger of black-market silicone implants, Kari Dequine Harden's followup on Honduran refugee children in New Orleans and Matt Brennan's two-part series on Louisiana film tax credits.

But what were the most clicked-on stories on Blog of New Orleans and Best of New Orleans?

Here's what you really were searching for and reading ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A brilliant True Detective bootleg DVD cover

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

If you've ever been to some of the sketchy video stores in New Orleans East (or — um — investigated the contents of open car trunks in their parking lots), you've probably run across a few DVD titles priced too good to be true. Such as this particularly remarkable one of a certain critically acclaimed miniseries shot in Louisiana, recently posted to Reddit:


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Friday, April 25, 2014

"One Day In NOLA" film project happening April 26

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

We mentioned this back in March and now we're just over eight hours away from the beginning of the "One Day in NOLA" video project put on by the makers of "One Day On Earth."

To participate, go to the One Day in New Orleans website and sign up. Surely many people will be submitting footage from Jazz Fest, but, as we mentioned before, the makers of this film hope to get much more.

On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of New Orleans as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

Show us what you got, New Orleans.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mitch Landrieu to Stephen Colbert: Thought about relocating to New Orleans?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Talk show host Stephen Colbert during a visit to Iraq in 2009. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DVIDSHUB
  • Talk show host Stephen Colbert during a visit to Iraq in 2009.

File under long shots: Mayor Mitch Landrieu has written to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves, asking the network to consider moving The Late Show to New Orleans when Stephen Colbert takes the reins from David Letterman in 2015.

"Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and The Late Show or its successor would be a great fit," Landrieu wrote. "New Orleans is a brand unto itself and is particularly attractive for the demographic you are trying to reach."

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Cajun Boy talks to True Detective's "Reggie Ledoux," Charles Halford

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Charles Halford as Reggie Ledoux in True Detective.
  • Charles Halford as Reggie Ledoux in True Detective.

 editor-in-chief (and sometime Gambit contributor) The Cajun Boy has a very entertaining interview with actor Charles Halford, who plays Reggie Ledoux in HBO's Louisiana-set crime drama True Detective.

In it, Halford talks about not smoking weed with stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, not being allowed to drink while he was in New Orleans — and, most entertainingly, hitting the town with New Orleans native Richard Simmons after running into Simmons on the plane (they went to Drago's):
He was super nice. But he can’t not be noticed. Like every third person that came on the plane, he would be like, “Oh and you’re just a magnificent little so-and-so” and “you’re just a big lumberjack who loves his mother.” And then I fell asleep during the flight and I woke up and he was like, “Were you dreaming? What kind of dreams were you having?” He was right in my ear. I’m like, I can’t believe this is happening to me. I’ve never flown first class. I’ve never been to New Orleans and now I got Richard Simmons in my ear, you know asking me about my dreams and trying to give me some psych read or something.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Extras needed for Cat Run 2 Monday, Jan. 27 morning

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Extras are needed for Cat Run 2 filming starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at the Old U.S. Mint. It's a gala scene, so actors (adults only) must dress in their best cocktail attire. Actors can partake in a catered meal and party refreshments, and will be entered in a raffle for an iPad. To participate, contact Kat Sotelo at (732) 763-3848 or at catrunextras@gmail.com, making sure to mention JPAS.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

48 Hour Film Project's Filmapalooza comes to New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Every year the 48 Hour Film Project hosts competitions in more than 100 cities around the world, from Cape Town, South Africa to Seoul, South Korea. Teams draw a genre, line of dialogue and prop and have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film of four to seven minutes length. New Orleans holds its contest every summer. The Wand (above) won best film honors in 2013.

Each city's top film goes on to compete at Filmapalooza for top honors. Local 48 Hour Film Project organizer Alexander Garcia announced that Filmapalooza 2014 will be held in New Orleans March 6-9. Screenings will be held at The Joy Theater, and the weekend also includes panel discussions, parties and more.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Y@ Speak: chef-testants

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM

You've emerged from your shutdown bunker and re-entered the "real world," where you must compete cage-match-style against gluten-free snacks, 250-year-old wiring, Hardee's burritos, humorless theater critics, the Committee for Common Decency, and a machete-swinging James Gray. In your arsenal: D batteries and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Winning chef-testants in this week's Y@ Speak will go on to compete in Mormon Bowl 2014.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Y@ Speak: shut it down

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

We pulled the plug, you guys. No more Karen, no more horrific D, no more government. The Saints have thrown opponents out of their own territories, enrapturing even David Vitter from resuming his duties. Twitter shut down gumbo-flavored Top Chef, and New Orleans dropkicked Tropical Something Karen into gorgeous fall-like weather. We still don't have a functioning governmental body but, well, the Pelicans look good. In today's Y@ Speak, we give a collective bird.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Saenger Theater opens with speeches, unveiling of $52 million renovation

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

The Saengers curtains parted to reveal the lit letters of the Canal Street theater
  • The Saenger's curtains parted to reveal the lit letters of the Canal Street theater

The Saenger Theatre opened its doors today for the first time since Hurricane Katrina closed the Canal Street landmark in 2005. Under new twinkling fiber optic ceiling stars — part of a $52 million renovation — Mayor Mitch Landrieu proclaimed the project a symbol “of resurrection, redemption, resilience, of building the city not back the way she was but the way she should have always been.”

The Saenger was built in 1927 and the team of public-private entities responsible for its renovation, including the Canal Street Development Corporation, Ace Theatrical Group and the City of New Orleans, restored the building to reflect the original, with modern accoutrements like an expanded stage. The inside is complete with the dashing red carpet reminiscent of the original, and everything from the chandeliers to the paint scheme was researched for historical accuracy and constructed to reflect the building’s original interior. “All of the work that you see here is a reincarnation of the original designs and the original paintings,” Landrieu said.

The Saenger will host a slew of Broadway shows, musical, comedic and stage acts, including a grand opening performance by Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Oct. 5. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs three shows during this weekend’s soft opening. New Orleans is the third largest producer of Hollywood films, behind New York and Los Angeles, thanks to film credits offered by the state and will have an originating tax credit for Broadway productions as well, Landrieu said, “because, in order for this thing to work, these seats have to be full, and the productions have to be great.”

Broadway Across America President Lauren Reid said “New Orleans will now be a destination for Broadway’s best and brightest.”

Though the opening is one of the most anticipated post-Katrina rebuilding efforts and a linchpin of the Canal Street corridor rehabilitation, Landrieu said “there’s other stuff going on. This is not the only thing that’s happening as you think about what is occurring just in this general space, in these two square miles. You have the VA and UMC hospitals, $2 million coming out of the ground as we speak.”

New Orleans City Council President Jackie Clarkson was in the Saenger for her fifth birthday, before World War II. “Thanks for the memories,” she said. “Many a tale has been woven in this edifice.”

After dozens of stakeholders squeezed behind a gold ribbon for a photo-op, the curtains of the Saenger opened to display its historic SAENGER letters, lighted and floating on the newly revealed stage. “You have this before you today,” Landrieu said. “It’s a gift to the people of the city of New Orleans.”

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