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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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Q&A: Holly Baker of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 4:52 PM

HGTV's Holly Baker.
  • HGTV's Holly Baker.

Five years ago, the extent of Holly Baker’s handiwork was hammering nails to hang pictures, and she never had touched a saw. Now she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and viewers can watch her on new episodes of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno (formerly Big Easy Reno), in which she and her team will be tasked with renovating the homes of two local families. Baker takes her innate love for architecture, design and tight budgeting, and turns it into dream homes on a dime.

Do-it-yourself fans will have the opportunity to hear Baker’s tricks of the trade in person at the NOLA Home Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan. 27-29, where she’ll be presenting seminars all three days. Adult tickets can be purchased at the door for $13, or for $11 online. Military personnel and first responders are honored on Heroes’ Day, Friday, Jan. 27, with free admission, and Baton Rouge residents can attend all three days free of charge with ID.

Baker chatted with Gambit about home projects and to count the ways she loves New Orleans.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Watch the trailer for The Deed, Sidney Torres' new show on CNBC

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Sidney Torres IV in the trailer for his new CNBC series, The Deed.
  • Sidney Torres IV in the trailer for his new CNBC series, The Deed.

New Orleans' real estate mogul, garbage guru and self-described "serial entrepreneur" (and possible mayoral candidate?) Sidney Torres IV has had more than one TV project in the works, but his first — an investment reality show called The Deed — premieres March 1 at 9 p.m. Central time on CNBC.

Today Torres shared an extended trailer for the show on his Instagram account. It's very Sid all the way. Check it out — and read our June cover story on Torres here.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

President-elect Donald Trump. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • President-elect Donald Trump.

America’s political landscape will change dramatically after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017. Already there are mixed messages coming from his transition team as to some of the promises he made while running. For now, we can only go by the man’s words and how they may affect Louisianans.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be keeping an eye on the following:

• The president-elect has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but has provided few details. As of mid-November, more than 339,000 previously uninsured Louisianans are receiving health care through the ACA. We promise to outline their options and find out from doctors which screenings, tests and procedures they should get done now should the ACA go away — with a special focus on women's health care. (Meanwhile, the open enrollment period continues through the end of January; visit

• The president-elect has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and promises to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and key environmental protections. We promise to speak out for clean air, clean water and Louisiana’s fragile coast.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hurricane Bianca set for September release

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM


Hurricane Bianca hits both coasts in September. Bianca Del Rio, aka Roy Haylock, and Matt Kugelman's independent film tells the story of a teacher in a small town in Texas who loses his job because he is gay. He then returns to seek revenge as new teacher Bianca. People magazine has preview photos.

Haylock and Kugel were fundraising for the film when Bianca was included in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

"I had to leave to film (RuPaul's Drag Race)," Haylock told Gambit in fall 2014. "That was awkward, because I couldn't tell people I was on the show."

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen come to Saenger Theater June 24

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM

CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BART EVERSON
  • CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo personality Andy Cohen are bringing something called "Deep Talk and Shallow Tales" to the Saenger Theater June 24. Press materials describe it as a "live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Casting call for MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay and Louisiana Seafood Cook-off

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 12:44 PM


Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may be best known to TV viewers for yelling at contestants on Hell's Kitchen, his long-running competition for aspiring chefs. A kinder, gentler Ramsay presides over MasterChef, a TV cooking competition for home cooks.

Open casting events for MasterChef are being held across the country through late April, and New Orleans-area cooks can audition between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Contestants are encouraged to register online at To be eligible, contestants must not have professional cooking experience. Interested participants need to fill out a questionnaire, which can be downloaded from the website, and present a dish. They must plate their dish in front of the audition judges, but no cooking or heating is allowed onsite (dishes will not be judged on temperature). Contestants will be judged on food knowledge and technique. People unable to attend the casting event may submit an audition video. Visit the website for details about the casting event and TV show.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Top Chef casting calls today in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Local chef Isaac Toups is competing on the current season of Top Chef. - BRAVO TV
  • Local chef Isaac Toups is competing on the current season of Top Chef.

Think you’ve got what it takes to compete on Top Chef? The Bravo series is hosting a casting call for local chefs and aspiring food television stars today (Feb. 11) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The open call takes places at Pigeon and Prince (129 Camp St.), the new event space in the former Le Foret spot from chef John Besh (Besh is a Top Chef Masters Season 1 alum). Interested chefs need to fill out an application packet, available on the network’s website here. 

The show, currently in its 13th season, features local chef Isaac Toups of Toups’ Meatery (845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999), who, to date, is still in the running for the Top Chef title. Part two of the show's Restaurant Wars episode airs tonight at 8 p.m.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Watch: Big Freedia gets "Crazy" in jail

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 4:35 PM

If you've ever wondered what a Big Freedia "whoa" sounds like echoing from a cell block, well, here you are. The queen of bounce released the video — in which Freedia twerks in an orange jumpsuit — for her latest single "Crazy" this week.

The single follows her first full-length album, 2014's Just Be Free, which adds club music, EDM and big pop production to BlaqNmilD's sturdy bounce beats and Freedia's charismatic, supercharged commands.

The fourth season of Freedia's reality TV series Queen of Bounce airs 10 p.m. Wednesdays on Fuse.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Real World is holding a casting call in Baton Rouge

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM


For anyone looking for their next career in reality TV stardom, the show that started it all hosts an open casting call this month in Baton Rouge. MTV's The Real World seeks a new gang of misfit, misunderstood 20-somethings who may or may not be there to make friends for its next slate of programming from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at The Station (4608 Bennington Ave., Baton Rouge).

In a statement, Real World executive producer Jonathan Murray — the Dick Wolf of shows about people in hot tubs — said the show seeks "characters from real life; people who are unafraid to speak their minds." In other words, people who stop being polite, and start getting real.

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