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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. John to sit in on tonight's Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Dr. John. - MICHAEL WILSON
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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert announced today that New Orleans legend Dr. John will sit in with New Orleans native/bandleader Jon Batiste and Stay Human on tonight's show. Other guests include musician John Legend and celebrity Kelly Osbourne.

Dr. John also will be appearing this Sunday, April 30, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sidney Torres does The Deed tonight on CNBC

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Sidney Torres, seen here in thoughtful repose, stars in The Deed, which premieres tonight on CNBC. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Sidney Torres, seen here in thoughtful repose, stars in The Deed, which premieres tonight on CNBC.

Developer/trash magnate/local celebrity Sidney Torres' new TV show, The Deed, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on CNBC. According to the network, it's an "unflinching look at how fortunes are really made in the unpredictable and cutthroat world of real estate flipping and development." (It's also only four episodes, so no big commitment.)

Two things to do while you're waiting: read Gambit's cover story on Torres from June 2016 ("Is this your next mayor?") and let Sid teach you how to renovate a bathroom (below). Here's how he does it (from our cover story):
Dodging plastic sheets descending from the ceiling and piles of wood, tools and extension cords on the floor, Torres arrives in the master bathroom, which is encased in marble sourced from a quarry on the Tuscan coast of Italy near Forte dei Marmi, where a waiting list including Saudi princes queues for slivers of its ancient white stone. It's a painstaking process that begins with carving the rock, injecting a block of marble with epoxy and letting it sit for three days before it's cut into slabs revealing butterfly-like patterns. Then it's covered in another epoxy, placed on an oven rack for eight hours, polished and repolished to a pristine finish.

  Torres had it cut into a bathtub.

  "You can sit like Tony Montana and look at the TV," he says. "Remember that? Scarface?"


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Report: Matthew Broderick to play Michael "Brownie" Brown in American Crime Story: Katrina

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Matthew Broderick. - PHOTO BY DAVID SHANKBONE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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Actor Matthew Broderick has been cast as hapless FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown in American Crime Story: Katrina, according to reports. Broderick joins the previously announced Annette Bening, who will play then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco. The production, which will air in 2018 on FX, is set to begin filming in Louisiana later this year.

Brown now hosts a radio show based in Denver. He wrote a book based on his experiences at FEMA, Deadly Indifference, and had his ass handed to him on a plate by Stephen Colbert on a 2011 edition of The Colbert Report.

Heckuva job, Broderick!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Annette Bening to play Kathleen Blanco in Katrina: American Crime Story

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Annette Bening, left, will portray former Gov. Kathleen Blanco in the miniseries Katrina: American Crime Story.
  • Annette Bening, left, will portray former Gov. Kathleen Blanco in the miniseries Katrina: American Crime Story.

The first bit of star casting has been done for Katrina: American Crime Story, the miniseries sequel to The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story — and it's a big name: Annette Bening will take on the role of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, according to Deadline Hollywood:
Katrina: American Crime Story will tell the story of America’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Jacobson previously told Deadline the series would examine the neglect and disparity of care that followed the storm’s landfall on August 25 2005. “To explore these things from a character foundation, and to revel in the shades of grey — to explore moments in which there’s a disparity between the way our country wants to see itself and the way we actually are— that’s been a really inspiring perspective for us.”
(Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, not the 25th.)

Filming on the project will be done here, so: yeah, we'll just set that down right here and let you decide how you feel about it.

The series is set to air in 2018 on the cable channel FX, according to Variety.

(Edited to add: One of our Facebook commenters noted that Bening could pretty much play Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — the resemblance in this photo is remarkable.)

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Gambit TV: Bridal fashions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Gambit special sections editor Katherine Johnson drops by WWL-TV to discuss this year's bridal styles: top-to-toe glitter, illusion-effect gowns and more.

(CUE's Bride Book is on newsstands now.)


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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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