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Monday, May 11, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson to appear at Saenger Theater Nov. 10 and 11

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Neil deGrasse Tyson will appear at the Saenger Theater Nov. 10 and 11. - DELVINHAIR PRODUCTIONS
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — whose April 2014 appearance at Tulane University drew enormous crowds — will return to New Orleans for an appearance at the Saenger Theater Nov. 10 and 11.

Tyson, the head of New York City's Hayden Planetarium, is a bestselling author who last year hosted a remake of the Carl Sagan science series Cosmos. He's also a frequent guest on talk shows. Tickets ($49.50-$179.50) go on sale Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at the Saenger box office and at Ticketmaster.

Robert Morris covered Tyson's last New Orleans appearance:

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Duck Dynasty family musical shot down in Vegas, closes after a month

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Duck Commander Musical is closing after a month of lackluster ticket sales in Las Vegas. - DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL
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Who could've predicted that Las Vegas visitors wouldn't flock to Duck Commander Musical — a, well, musical based on the Robertson family of reality-TV performers in Monroe?

The Las Vegas Sun reported tonight that Duck Commander Musical will close May 17 at the Rio Las Vegas after about a month of performances:

The show struggled at the box office at the Rio, typically selling fewer than 100 tickets per performance even at deep discounts.
According to the musical's website, the cheap seats were $53 — and despite a star-studded premiere April 15 that brought out big stars like Guy Fieri, reviews were lackluster. As The Hollywood Reporter put it, "What might have been a campy and hilarious look at some good ole boys who hit it big turns out to be a paean to religion and family. With fart jokes."

New Orleans likes a good fart joke as well as any city.So who's going to stage it locally? Southern Rep? AllWays? Mid-City Theater? Running With Scissors? Anyone?

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Monday, March 16, 2015

John Waters on Robert Durst's arrest in New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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Robert Durst, son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst, was arrested in New Orleans Saturday night. Durst has been a suspect in the deaths of three people and admitted he cut up a body in Texas in 2001. He's also the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

I spoke to John Waters this morning for a preview of his appearances at the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival next week and asked him about the Durst situation. Waters likes to watch criminal trials and famously attended several Manson Family trials. (He also attended Watergate trials and said he'd like to be at the Boston Bomber trial.)

In his book Role Models, Waters includes a very long essay about Leslie Van Houten, a Manson Family member convicted of stabbing Rosemary LaBianca.

The Durst news was still fairly new to Waters, but here's a transcript of that part of the conversation. 

John Waters: I never got arrested in New Orleans. I bet that’s not a great place to go to jail in. I have a feeling it might be rather ... primitive.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Good People Go to Hell: An interview with filmmaker Holly Hardman

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 11:32 PM


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Holly Hardman's new documentary film Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven takes as its subject the everyday lives of Louisianans coping with the impending end of the world. Without commentary or an obvious agenda, Hardman gives us blue-collar, mostly white, mostly West- and North-Louisiana folks trying to rebuild their own lives between disasters (Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac) while spreading the word of an impending, scripturally guaranteed mega-disaster that only the souls of the saved can survive.

The overall approach is impressionistic, a pastiche of moments and interactions. With the exception of a few glimpses of megachurch executives, the people in this movie don't have money or power. They're fighting to keep their families housed and their marriages from collapsing, struggling to overcome very familiar varieties of post-flood depression and chemical dependency.

Making someone the subject of a documentary inherently exoticizes him or her. Hardman's film is refreshingly free of classism or Yankee snobbery; her subjects come across on their own terms, and besides a few doctrinal quirks — believing almost every human ever born deserves eternal torture at the hands of a sadistically deranged demiurge — they seem sympathetic and likable.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Watch Mystikal perform on The Tonight Show

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Mystikal performs with Mark Ronson and The Roots on The Tonight Show Feb. 10. - NBC
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  • Mystikal performs with Mark Ronson and The Roots on The Tonight Show Feb. 10.

One of the strongest turns on Mark Ronson's funk tour de force Uptown Special (featuring Mardi Gras 2015's parade route hit "Uptown Funk") is "Feel Right" featuring a true-to-form, no-holds-barrred Mystikal and his unpredictable and often funny lyrical karate. "Feel Right" is the album's latest single following the chart-topping "Uptown Funk," putting the New Orleans rapper back in the limelight in the biggest way.

Ronson, Mystikal and Bruno Mars performed "Feel Right" on Saturday Night Live in November, and Ronson and Mystikal reunited on The Tonight Show last night, with house band The Roots filling in the full-band funk. And yes, that's The Roots teasing a few bars of "Shake Ya Ass" on the verse.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Watch: Andy Richter talks Chewbacchus on Conan

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM

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Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter served as Pope for the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus and he talked about the experience on last night's Conan. In the all-too-brief clip below, Richter talks about his time with people "who drink a lot and take a lot of drugs and make a lot of cool stuff." 


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Y@ Speak: super bowling

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM


Whether you hung out on Twitter and "just watched it for the commercials" or stood 2 feet from the screen and screamed for three hours, you survived Super Bowl Sunday — and for those in Krewe du Vieux, a super bowl on Saturday. Also in this Carnival-high edition of Y@ Speak: Drew Brees throws a football terribly, Curren$y watches Pocahontas, and New Orleans celebrates the life of Bo Dollis.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watch: Drew Brees was charming and funny on Conan last night

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:31 AM

We give Drew Brees a hard time for being a walking billboard so it's easy to forget that the reason he's such an good corporate spokesman is because of his affable personality. Last night on Conan, the Brees charm was in full effect as he discussed a range of topics including "deflategate," people who thank him for his fantasy football performances and his love for New Orleans.

In this first segment, Brees talks to Conan O'Brien about the ball deflation scandal that has plagued the New England Patriots since they won the AFC Championship game. O'Brien hands Brees a few balls for the Saints quarterback to try and guess if they are properly inflated. The real fun starts when Brees asks if he can throw a ball into the crowd (watch out for the lights, Drew!)


The next segment deals with Brees' popularity as a quarterback in fantasy football. Conan shares a few funny fantasy football names that employ excellent wordplay and Brees discusses what it's like living in a city where he's equally idolized for winning the (actual, in real life) Super Bowl and winning multiple (fake, not real life) fantasy football championships.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TurboTax's Mardi Gras commercial: Part Deux

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM


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Two weeks ago we brought you a rundown of one of TurboTax's awful Mardi Gras-themed commercials they released this year. We met the worst businessmen in the world and a wedding ring related to the JFK "magic bullet," everyone had a good laugh and we all moved on.

Then this commercial was brought to my attention:


At first I thought: Hey, that's actually kind of sweet. Then I remembered I write words on the Internet and I don't know what sweet is. I just know bitter, condescending scorn. Through that scorn, I have discovered that this isn't a commercial at all. Rather, this is a meditation on gender inequality and the decreasing value of art in our modern society.

Don't believe me? Observe

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tonight: Drunk History is in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 1:03 PM

Alia Shawkat as Frances Cleveland and Bobby Moynihan as Grover Cleveland on Drunk History. - COURTESY COMEDY CENTRAL
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  • Alia Shawkat as Frances Cleveland and Bobby Moynihan as Grover Cleveland on Drunk History.

For its upcoming season, sauced history lesson Drunk History will include a New Orleans-focused episode, in which inebriated comedians loosely narrate an event of note from the city and region's past. The Comedy Central series is filming tonight at Spitfire (1135 Decatur St.) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Show creator Derek Waters will also be there. These "man-on-the-street" segments in bars feature b-roll and a few brief chats with locals.

What New Orleans history would you like to see and hear very not sober comedians recall through story (and hopefully) song?

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