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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

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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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Thursday, March 15, 2012

A brief history of celebrities who have run afoul of the NOPD (now with Russell Brand mugshot)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

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1993: Mr. Eddie Vedder, the smooth-jazz superstar of the Spokane-based R&B group Pearl Drops, allegedly spits in the face of another gentleman during an evening of high and low jinks on Decatur Street. Somehow Jack McDowell of the Chicago White Sox was involved as well. Mr. Vedder is detained by the New Orleans gendarmerie and booked with disturbing the peace and public drunkenness. A couple of decades later, at a youth ukelele hootenanny sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Mr. Vedder makes reference to that incident with amusement.

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2003: Mr. Jamie Foxx creates a ruckus at a downtown gambling parlor while in New Orleans filming the movie Ray. Allegations of uncouth language are made. Water from a fountain is allegedly splashed. Pepper spray is really, not allegedly, deployed. Mr. Foxx is arrested. The gentleman ultimately receives a six-month suspended sentence and two years' probation, as well as an Academy Award.

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2011: Mr. Nicolas Cage is charged with disturbing the peace and public drunkenness after having a difference of opinion with his wife, Alice Kim. A taxicab is somehow involved. Weeks later, a GQ editor relates an amusing tale of Mr. Cage's behavior at the restaurant Stella!, which involved the phrase "GIVE ME YOUR DIGITS!" and ended with the intervention of New Orleans' finest. Later in the year, Mr. Cage has an altercation with a naked man brandishing a Fudgsicle.

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2012: Mr. Russell Brand grabs a paparazzo's iPhone. Rather than play Angry Birds or fire up some Pandora tunes, the British alleged funnyman throws it through the window of a downtown New Orleans legal concern. Mr. Brand is then a kind of a douche about it on Twitter. Arrest warrants are procured, Mr. Brand surrenders, and we have the latest in a collection of photos from the Hotel Gusman on Tulane Avenue.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jackass star Bam Margera says he was hauled in by NOPD officers during Carnival

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Bam Margera, meet the NOPD. NOPD, Bam.
  • Bam Margera, meet the NOPD. NOPD, Bam.
At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu ticked off an impressive list of bold-face names who were in town for Mardi Gras (Will Farrell, Mark Ruffalo, Harry Connick, Jr., Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank, Andy Garcia, Jesse Eisenberg, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim, Isla Fisher, Brooke Shields, Melanie Laurent, David Morse, Wendell Pierce, Jon Seda, and Dave Franco), but he omitted one person: Jackass star Bam Margera, who was, it seems, taken into custody by the NOPD on Lundi Gras, though he says he was released the next morning and never charged with a crime.

According to Margera, the trouble began when NOPD officers ordered him to get out of a hotel swimming pool due to the fact he was swimming with clothes and shoes on — whereupon he ignored them and continued to do the backstroke. (Ignoring an NOPD command during Mardi Gras is a stunt worthy of Jackass, frankly.) In Margera's telling, officers threatened to use a Taser on him (which the "hotel lady" was all for), but another employee convinced the gendarmerie that Taser + water = electrocution.

Regarding the alleged incident (what's the opposite of skinnydipping?), Margera told TMZ, "I don't think there's a crime in that, because my dad's fat and he goes in the pool with his T-shirt on."

We've requested comment from the NOPD. Meanwhile, here's the Margera side of things, and it's New Orleans-weird enough to be Nicolas Cageworthy ...

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