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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At Tulane appearance, columnist Charles Blow defends the press in 'fake news' era

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM

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In a Jan. 16 conversation that ranged from his childhood chasing hogs in Gibsland, Louisiana, to a discussion of the ultra-polarized 2016 election, New York Times columnist Charles Blow defended the media against charges of bias and stressed the importance of its role in the Trump era.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Gambit TV: Workleisure fashions in CUE magazine

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Brand-spankin'-new Gambit special sections editor Katherine Johnson stops in to WWL-TV to discuss "workleisure," or professional looks inspired by athletic wear. The trend also is broken down in this month's CUE, which is on newsstands now.


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Gov. John Bel Edwards to ring in New Year's Eve with Ryan Seacrest (sorta)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Ryan Seacrest, one of the stars of the awkwardly named Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.
  • Ryan Seacrest, one of the stars of the awkwardly named Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.

When you think Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017, naturally you think "Gov. John Bel Edwards!" — and indeed the governor, with his wife Donna Edwards, will be appearing on the New Orleans segment of the ABC New Year's Eve televised extravaganza tomorrow night.

No, Seacrest won't be in New Orleans for the fleur-de-lis drop (that duty will be handled by actress Lucy Hale), but the Edwardses will appear with Hale at 11:50 p.m. to "discuss Louisiana’s culture and the resiliency of the people of the state following a challenging year," according to a press release from the governor's office. Meanwhile, as earlier reported, the often-boozy correspondents from CNN's New Year's team will be holding down the fort at The Spotted Cat on Frenchmen Street.

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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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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

CNN, ABC to broadcast New Year's festivities from New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper will host CNN's annual New Year's broadcast, which will feature remote segments from Frenchmen Street. - CNN PRESSROOM
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  • Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper will host CNN's annual New Year's broadcast, which will feature remote segments from Frenchmen Street.

If your idea of New Year's Eve is staying in with a pint of ice cream (or a pint of something stronger) while you play Firework or Gunshot?, you'll be able to catch the local debaucheries on either CNN or ABC — both of which are planning remote segments from New Orleans.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Lost' version of The Glass Menagerie to screen on TCM Dec. 8

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook in a long-thought-lost TV version of The Glass Menagerie. - TCM
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  • Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook in a long-thought-lost TV version of The Glass Menagerie.
A 1966 telecast of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie — starring Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook and long thought lost by film scholars — will air tomorrow night on Turner Classic Movies at 7 p.m. Central time, 50 years to the day after it originally was shown. (To see an image from the production, click here.)

The New Yorker's Michael Schulman explains the process by which the telecast was rediscovered (and restored):
On December 8, 1966, CBS Playhouse broadcast a television production of Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” starring Shirley Booth as the Southern belle turned frenetic matron Amanda Wingfield. Hal Holbrook and Barbara Loden played her children, Tom and Laura, respectively, with Pat Hingle as the Gentleman Caller. The day after it aired, Jack Gould, of the Times, called it “an evening of superb theater. . . . The delicate delineation of the loneliness of the frustrated Wingfield family was brought to television with lean beauty and eloquence.” (Booth, fresh off the sitcom “Hazel,” was praised as “appropriately intrusive as the perennial Mrs. Fix-it.”) Then, somehow or another, it was lost to time.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Krazy Kat gets animated

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.
  • A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.

For this week's cover story
, I talked with Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman in Black and White — the first in-depth biography of the New Orleans-born illustrator who created the seminal comic strip Krazy Kat. (After we went to print, Krazy was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Nonfiction of 2016.)

One subject we didn't broach in our conversation was Krazy Kat's animated adaptations, which were of varying quality. This 1936 Krazy Kat cartoon, Li'l Aingil, is close to Herriman's spirit, but the drawing of Krazy in the title card resembles Felix the Cat more than the Krazy of the comics:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Editorial: A debacle of a Senate debate

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 10:17 PM

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Wednesday night's U.S. Senate debate, sponsored by the TV company Raycom Media and staged in the rented Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, was a disservice to everyone concerned — the students and faculty at Dillard, the serious candidates, and most of all the voting public. Not just because of the inclusion of former Ku Klux Klansman, neo-Nazi, white supremacist and convicted swindler David Duke, but also because of the exclusion of the on-campus voices that have been there, and will continue to be there long after Duke goes back to peddling his venom and fleecing his bigoted followers on a less public stage.

Dillard, of course, is a historically black university and has been since Straight University and New Orleans University merged in the 1930s to form Dillard. It has educated generations of scholars through the days of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement until today. The appearance of a professional bigot on campus for one hour is an embarrassment, but does nothing to threaten Dillard’s legacy. However, Raycom missed a larger chance for civic engagement by holding the debate without an audience.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Louisiana Senate debate Nov. 2 to be broadcast nationally by C-SPAN

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 3:03 PM

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Wednesday night's final televised Louisiana Senate debate will air in New Orleans on WVUE Fox 8, but national viewers will get a taste of our homegrown politics (including David Duke), as C-SPAN will broadcast the debate live at 7 p.m.

The six candidates who met the requirement for inclusion (at least 5 percent support in a recognized statewide poll) are U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany; Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell; attorney Caroline Fayard; U.S. Rep. John Fleming; Louisiana Treasurer John Neely Kennedy; and the aforementioned Duke: convicted felon, Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and all-around white supremacist.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gumbo party! Disney can't make gumbo, and Poppy Tooker makes hers on the Today show

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 6:21 PM

By now you've probably seen or heard about the "healthy gumbo" recipe that the Disney Twitter feed tried to foist off as, well, actual gumbo — the secret ingredients being those Creole favorites, quiñoa and kale:

DIsney's version of gumbo. - Boycott New Orleans Square.
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No.

Just no.

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