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Friday, January 8, 2016

Bruce Campbell, fan films, Captain America and more events at Comic Con

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Cult film star Bruce Campbell appears at the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans. - COURTESY WIZARD WORLD
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  • Cult film star Bruce Campbell appears at the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans.

The 2016 Wizard World Comic Con — the pop culture convention's sixth annual New Orleans pitstop — begins today at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. There's a spread of celebrity guests, from Marvel movie superheroes to Doctor Who and The Walking Dead stars, and the showroom floor is full of trivial, niche pop cultural artifacts, from forgotten comic books and action figures to the latest in steampunk technology.

Then there are the panel discussions, film screenings and costume contests — a few of the highlights from each day are below. Find the full schedule here.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

American Crime Story season 2 to focus on Hurricane Katrina

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Ryan Murphy, producer of American Crime Story and American Horror Story (seen in a file photo with actor Kathy Bates), says that season 2 of his crime anthology will be set in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods of New Orleans. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Ryan Murphy, producer of American Crime Story and American Horror Story (seen in a file photo with actor Kathy Bates), says that season 2 of his crime anthology will be set in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods of New Orleans.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, season 2 of the FX network anthology series American Crime Story will be set in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods.

Producer Ryan Murphy, who created Glee and the various American Horror Story installments (one of which was set in New Orleans), told the paper:
Murphy says the working plan is to follow a group of six to eight people in an attempt to examine all sides of the tragedy, from the Superdome in New Orleans to the hospital to those who were put on buses and dropped off with babies who had to wear trash bags for multiple days. "I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world," he says on a rare quiet afternoon in his L.A. office in mid-December. "And in my opinion, Katrina was a f—ing crime — a crime against a lot of people who didn't have a strong voice, and we're going to treat it as a crime. That's what this show is all about."
No script has been written, but the producer hopes to begin filming this fall. Meanwhile, season 1 of American Crime Story — 10 episodes focusing on the media circus around O.J. Simpson's 1995 trial — will begin airing Feb. 2.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Report: Fox to stage live Last Supper rock musical in New Orleans on Palm Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM



Forget The Wiz: According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Fox TV is going to broadcast a live event from the streets of New Orleans on Palm Sunday — and it's a rock musical based on the Last Supper.

Huh?
It’s called “The Passion,” and Dick Clark Productions is putting it together.

The two hour musical extravaganza will be a live (yes, LIVE) restaging of the Last Supper set to modern rock songs. It will air on Palm Sunday, produced by Adam Anders, whose credits include “Glee” and “American Horror Story” as music supervisor. ...

I’m told that hundreds of New Orleans extras will take part in a processional walking a huge illuminated cross from the Superdome to a park on the river. What’s not clear is if they go through with the crucifixion and resurrection, or if it stops there and turns into Mardi Gras. 

Huh.

This sounds like a cross between two ill-fated New Orleans productions — last year's all-star Jesus Christ Superstar (which was canceled, literally, in mid-rehearsal) and Saturday Night Live: Live From Mardi Gras, a disastrous 1977 special that Gambit recalled in a 2002 story by David Lee Simmons

It's official. We live on a backlot now.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

WATCH: Aziz Ansari gets one last chance to do Gov. Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.
  • Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Other than Gov. Bobby Jindal and his family, probably no one was as sorry to see him drop out of the presidential race as was comedian Aziz Ansari (Master of None), who wished Jindal would be around long enough for the comedian to impersonate the governor:

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Friday, November 6, 2015

VIDEO: Jon Batiste shows Stephen Colbert his New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Stephen Colbert and his bandleader, New Orleans' Jon Batiste, just hanging on Frenchmen Street. - YOUTUBE
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  • Stephen Colbert and his bandleader, New Orleans' Jon Batiste, just hanging on Frenchmen Street.

On last night's Late Show With Stephen Colbert, bandleader Jon Batiste told the story of how he was hired for the show — and it included the proviso that Colbert come to New Orleans, meet Batiste's parents and have red beans and rice with them.

In the segment, Colbert walks up Frenchmen Street and into the Blue Nile to meet up with Batiste ("Thanks for meeting me here at a bar. For breakfast"). Batiste points out the corner of Frenchmen and Chartres streets, where he used to play melodica, and explains how "hanging" differs from "waiting around" ("Hanging is waiting around, but with style and social purpose"). 

Batiste also teaches Colbert how to hang, which includes catching a wall outside the Praline Connection. But Colbert interrupts their hang when he hears an Entergy truck beep-beep-beeping as it backs up.

"That's beautiful," Colbert says. "Is that jazz?"

We didn't get to see Colbert meeting the Batiste family, but the two say there are more videos to come from New Orleans.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Watch: Aziz Ansari as Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM

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Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari joked about wanting to play Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday Night Live last month: "Wish there was an Indian candidate I could play, but I'm polling higher than that ding dong." Ansari stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to debut his impression.

Ansari (appearing on the show to promote his new Netflix series Master of None) stepped into character for a brief interview during the monologue. He puckered his face with a forced smile and slightly dead eyes then streeeetched out those vowels to nail Jindal's cadence, particularly as he explains why photosynthesis isn't real. ("I'm the only candidate that doesn't believe in any science, period.")

"I'm used to appearing on C-SPAN at like 2 a.m. right before they start airing those NutriBullet infomercials, so this is crazy."

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Watch: Hannibal Buress works the line at Camellia Grill in unaired pilot

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Hannibal Buress adds a handful of pancake batter to a burger at Camellia Grill in an unaired pilot for Unemployable.
  • Hannibal Buress adds a handful of pancake batter to a burger at Camellia Grill in an unaired pilot for Unemployable.

Comedian Hannibal Buress starred on his late-night Comedy Central series Why? With Hannibal Buress this summer, but last year the stand-up comic and actor (Broad City, The Eric Andre Show) filmed a sort of reality TV pilot in Louisiana in which she tries out jobs he's completely unqualified to do — milking goats at a goat farm, telling fortunes in Jackson Square, and working the line, terribly, at Camellia Grill in the Riverbend. Buress shared Unemployable's unaired pilot, which intersperses his stand-up with his narrated attempts to work.

"I was excited about it so 2 days after we submitted, I announced that it was picked up for 10 episodes," he wrote on Tumblr. "It wasn’t picked up for 10 episodes but I felt like putting it out into the universe. That didn’t work out but television is made to be seen so here it is."

(Bonus: look for New Orleans comics Cassidy and Mickey Henehan as shocked-looking diners.)

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Y@ Speak: crime stoppers

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Do you have a plan to fix the state budget, or a question for candidates "running" for "governor" (that's not related to weed or gay marriage)? Are you willing to massage some feet to stop this "crime wave"? New Orleans needs you in this week's Y@ Speak.

Also: the New Orleans Saints finally won a game and the weather is kind of "nice" — nobody's impressed but we'll take it. I'm wearing three layers.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

WATCH: Saturday Night Live takes another poke at Gov. Bobby Jindal

Posted By on Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM

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Saturday Night Live's season premiere last night featured a commercial parody for Abilify, the drug used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — but on SNL, it was used to cure the widespread delusion that one could be the next President of the United States. Comedians playing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore testified how the drug snapped them back to reality.

But for Louisianans, the best joke may have been the kicker:

"So ask your doctor about Abilify today, Bobby Jindal."

It was the show's first swipe at the Louisiana governor since former cast member Nasim Pedrad portrayed him as a glowstick-toting, molly-rolling raver at the Coachella Music Festival.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Louisiana governor candidates spar at WDSU-TV debate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM

At tonight's gubernatorial debate at WDSU-TV, six candidates discussed the issues (from left): The Rev. Jeremy Odom, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Cary Deaton.
  • At tonight's gubernatorial debate at WDSU-TV, six candidates discussed the issues (from left): The Rev. Jeremy Odom, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Cary Deaton.


Sen. David Vitter was the major target at a televised debate tonight featuring all four of the major gubernatorial candidates: Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Also on the dais were two minor candidates: Democrat Cary Deaton of Metairie and the Rev. Jeremy Odom of Natchitoches (no party).

The hourlong event, held at WDSU-TV and moderated by Scott Walker, was heavily focused on social issues — the first 8 minutes were spent on Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, another block of time spent on marijuana (medical and recreational), while the national Planned Parenthood controversy took up more time. The state’s budget crisis, including the shortfall in higher education funding, was barely touched upon, and the question of coastal restoration never came up, nor did Gov. Bobby Jindal's rejection of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

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