Hollywood South

Monday, January 14, 2013

Y@ Speak goes to the movies!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

It was a very Hollywood South kind of week with Academy Awards nomination announcements — featuring nods for locally shot films Beasts of the Southern Wild and Django Unchained — locals livetweeting the Golden Globes, a thick, horror movie-esque fog that blanketed the city and a shout-out from famous tween Justin Bieber. Try not to let it get to your head, New Orleans. Also this week: a notable king cake and your typical blend of tweets about weird local crime, fires and sports stuff I don't quite understand.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Django Unchained action figures

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM


Quentin Tarantino's latest, the bloody spaghetti Western meets blaxploitation epic Django Unchained, has not aired without controversy, as per Tarantino tradition. Some critics have railed against the film, which was shot in Louisiana, for its use of the "N" word and graphic depictions of gore and explosive violence against blacks.

Django has stacked up zillions of dollars from the box office, earned five Golden Globe nominations, and grabbed Academy Award nominations for best picture, best supporting actor, best original screenplay, and sound editing. (Read Ken Korman's review in Gambit.)

As Tarantino did for his previous violent revenge-fantasy Inglorious Basterds, The National Entertainment Collectibles Association and film studio The Weinstein Company have partnered to release eight-inch figurines of characters from the film, including Jamie Foxx's protagonist Django, Leonardo Di Caprio's slave owner Calvin Candie and Samuel L. Jackson's terrifying Stephen.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

NOPD goes Hollywood South with latest surveillance video

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The New Orleans Police Department often sends out press releases with surveillance footage, but somebody at NOPD got creative with this one, featuring a ne'er-do-well swiping a laptop in the Faubourg Marigny. Check it out:

Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do?

Under the jump: the details of the crime.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday, Y@ Speak!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Y@ Speak, in which we capture notable 140-character bon mots, newsworthy items, gaffes by Saints players and local politicians and whatever else pops up on the New Orleans Twittersphere. To celebrate this occasion, I've rounded up some of my favorite or most memorable tweets — like a multi-layered digital birthday cake of sorts — and divided them by categories: we got NFL players saying dumb stuff, #neworleansproblems, anguish over the Saints' challenging year, reactions to the Times-Picayune cutbacks, interesting celebrity encounters, deep thoughts from Ray Nagin and so much more. Get your retweet/favorite fingers ready for this massive retrospective.

NFL Players Say the Darndest Things

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Miss Pussycat debuts new movie in Texas

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

When not performing with Quintron, Panacea Theriac (aka Miss Pussycat) is a puppetmaker and filmmaker. For the past seven years, she has produced several films chronicling the adventures of Trixie and the Treetrunks. She's just finishing post-production on the latest installment, a 50-minute film called The Mystery in Old Bathbath. She and Quintron are going out on tour this week, and the film's world premiere will take place in Houston Thursday (followed by screenings and shows in Austin, Waxahatchi, Texas, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Hot Springs, Ark.). The New Orleans premiere will be in early 2013.

The new film features scenes in an art museum, echoing the time Quintron and Miss Pussycat spent in residence at NOMA (Videos from songs off Sucre du Suavage, the album they made while at NOMA here). For those scenes, Panacea had several Bywater-based artists lend her smaller scale works.

Panacea's North Pole Nutrias (featuring the voices of Chris Rose, Bunny Matthews, Al Scramuzza and former Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee) may be familiar to viewers of Cox-10. The half-hour holiday show often runs during the holiday season on the cable channel.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Y@ Speak: Binders full of tweets

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

You want tweets? I got binders full of 'em. Tweets about the second presidential debate, the Tulane University shooter that actually never existed, the fire in Treme and the Saints' win. Also in the tweets this week, things to avoid: the new Chipotle in Elmwood (at least for a few weeks), Magazine Street today and Curren$y, if you see him in baggage claim.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Y@ Speak: Bye, Times-Picayune

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

This weekend we said goodbye to the the daily Times-Picayune and our favorite reporters who worked there. That loss dovetailed with another loss, that by the Saints, so what a dumb weekend. Also this week: Louisiana people on The Voice, the Fiona Apple show, replacement refs, and people have opinions about Treme.

(Also, sorry for the delay. Your tweet forager was a bit under the weather yesterday.)

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Y@ Speak: USA! USA!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This week was so full of America. President Barack Obama rolled into town, caused a traffic jam and played the bass. In true American fashion, we got mad on the Internet because people are saying we shouldn't eat a fast-food chicken sandwich. And finally, we saw the arrival of the Summer Olympics, whose pageantry and poignant medal ceremonies distract us from the problems going on in our country and around the world. Let freedom ring. Also this week: locals eulogize Hubig's, Nicki Minaj loves New Orleans, and Oprah Winfrey and Anthony Bourdain spent time in the city.

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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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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild premiere at the Joy Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Beasts of the Southern Wild premiere

The highly acclaimed film Beasts of the Southern Wild had its premiere last night at the Joy Theater, with director Benh Zeitlin and stars Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis (above). Read Ken Korman's recent cover story about the making of the film here.)

Beasts won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (for the best film by a first-time director). Most reviews are calling it one of the best movies of the year, capped off by A.O. Scott's review this afternoon in The New York Times:

Discovering this movie is like stumbling into a bar and encountering a band you’ve never heard of playing a kind of music that you can’t quite identify. Nor can you figure out how the musicians learned to play the way they do, with such fire and mastery. Did they pick it up from their grandparents, study at a conservatory, watch instructional videos on the Internet or just somehow make it all up? Are you witnessing the blossoming of authenticity or the triumph of artifice?

Those are interesting questions. They are also irrelevant, because right now you are transported by an irresistible rhythm and moved by a melody that is profoundly, almost primally, familiar, even though you are sure you have never heard anything like it before.

Beasts of the Southern Wild opens in New Orleans July 4.


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