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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ron White added to Krewe of Orpheus celebrity riders

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Ron White joins the list of celebrity riders for Orpheus 2015. - RONWHITE.COM
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  • Ron White joins the list of celebrity riders for Orpheus 2015.

The Krewe of Orpheus is known for its celebrity riders, and this year's lineup ranges from a country star to the cast of NCIS: New Orleans to a Real Housewife. To that mix is now added Blue Collar Comedy star Ron White, who is described in the krewe's press release as a "Multi-Platinum Award-Winning, Scotch-Drinking, Cigar-Smoking, Top-Selling Touring Comedian."

White will ride on the Captain's float with Orpheus captain Sonny Borey. Other riders include country singer Dierks Bentley (who will perform at the krewe's Orpheuscapade), NCIS: New Orleans cast members Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder with show creator Gary Glasberg; Real Housewives of Beverly Hills performer Lisa Vanderpump; and the most recent winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, New Orleans' own Bianca del Rio.

Orpheus rolls on Lundi Gras (Feb. 16) on the Uptown route, and while you're waiting on the neutral ground with your cooler and your iPad you can read Gambit's 2009 interview with Ron White here — and a 2014 cover story about Bianca Del Rio as well.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top stories and blog posts of 2014: What you really were interested in reading

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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We know, we know — you want hard-hitting investigative stories, breaking news, City Hall probes, political scandals and all that.

And you got some of that this year, including Jeanie Riess' look at Uber in New Orleans, an omnibus issue about pot ("Louweedziana"), Clancy DuBos' reasons "Why Bobby Jindal Will Never, Ever Be President," our second installment of The New New Orleans (actually, you clicked on that a lot), Jules Bentley's polarizing first-person essay "Sober in New Orleans," Henrick Karoliszyn's look at the danger of black-market silicone implants, Kari Dequine Harden's followup on Honduran refugee children in New Orleans and Matt Brennan's two-part series on Louisiana film tax credits.

But what were the most clicked-on stories on Blog of New Orleans and Best of New Orleans?

Here's what you really were searching for and reading ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A brilliant True Detective bootleg DVD cover

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

If you've ever been to some of the sketchy video stores in New Orleans East (or — um — investigated the contents of open car trunks in their parking lots), you've probably run across a few DVD titles priced too good to be true. Such as this particularly remarkable one of a certain critically acclaimed miniseries shot in Louisiana, recently posted to Reddit:


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Friday, April 25, 2014

"One Day In NOLA" film project happening April 26

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

We mentioned this back in March and now we're just over eight hours away from the beginning of the "One Day in NOLA" video project put on by the makers of "One Day On Earth."

To participate, go to the One Day in New Orleans website and sign up. Surely many people will be submitting footage from Jazz Fest, but, as we mentioned before, the makers of this film hope to get much more.

On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of New Orleans as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

Show us what you got, New Orleans.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mitch Landrieu to Stephen Colbert: Thought about relocating to New Orleans?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Talk show host Stephen Colbert during a visit to Iraq in 2009. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DVIDSHUB
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  • Talk show host Stephen Colbert during a visit to Iraq in 2009.


File under long shots: Mayor Mitch Landrieu has written to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves, asking the network to consider moving The Late Show to New Orleans when Stephen Colbert takes the reins from David Letterman in 2015.

"Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and The Late Show or its successor would be a great fit," Landrieu wrote. "New Orleans is a brand unto itself and is particularly attractive for the demographic you are trying to reach."

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Cajun Boy talks to True Detective's "Reggie Ledoux," Charles Halford

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Charles Halford as Reggie Ledoux in True Detective.
  • Charles Halford as Reggie Ledoux in True Detective.

UPROXX
 editor-in-chief (and sometime Gambit contributor) The Cajun Boy has a very entertaining interview with actor Charles Halford, who plays Reggie Ledoux in HBO's Louisiana-set crime drama True Detective.

In it, Halford talks about not smoking weed with stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, not being allowed to drink while he was in New Orleans — and, most entertainingly, hitting the town with New Orleans native Richard Simmons after running into Simmons on the plane (they went to Drago's):
He was super nice. But he can’t not be noticed. Like every third person that came on the plane, he would be like, “Oh and you’re just a magnificent little so-and-so” and “you’re just a big lumberjack who loves his mother.” And then I fell asleep during the flight and I woke up and he was like, “Were you dreaming? What kind of dreams were you having?” He was right in my ear. I’m like, I can’t believe this is happening to me. I’ve never flown first class. I’ve never been to New Orleans and now I got Richard Simmons in my ear, you know asking me about my dreams and trying to give me some psych read or something.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Extras needed for Cat Run 2 Monday, Jan. 27 morning

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Extras are needed for Cat Run 2 filming starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at the Old U.S. Mint. It's a gala scene, so actors (adults only) must dress in their best cocktail attire. Actors can partake in a catered meal and party refreshments, and will be entered in a raffle for an iPad. To participate, contact Kat Sotelo at (732) 763-3848 or at catrunextras@gmail.com, making sure to mention JPAS.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

48 Hour Film Project's Filmapalooza comes to New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Every year the 48 Hour Film Project hosts competitions in more than 100 cities around the world, from Cape Town, South Africa to Seoul, South Korea. Teams draw a genre, line of dialogue and prop and have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film of four to seven minutes length. New Orleans holds its contest every summer. The Wand (above) won best film honors in 2013.

Each city's top film goes on to compete at Filmapalooza for top honors. Local 48 Hour Film Project organizer Alexander Garcia announced that Filmapalooza 2014 will be held in New Orleans March 6-9. Screenings will be held at The Joy Theater, and the weekend also includes panel discussions, parties and more.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Y@ Speak: chef-testants

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM


You've emerged from your shutdown bunker and re-entered the "real world," where you must compete cage-match-style against gluten-free snacks, 250-year-old wiring, Hardee's burritos, humorless theater critics, the Committee for Common Decency, and a machete-swinging James Gray. In your arsenal: D batteries and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Winning chef-testants in this week's Y@ Speak will go on to compete in Mormon Bowl 2014.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Y@ Speak: shut it down

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM


We pulled the plug, you guys. No more Karen, no more horrific D, no more government. The Saints have thrown opponents out of their own territories, enrapturing even David Vitter from resuming his duties. Twitter shut down gumbo-flavored Top Chef, and New Orleans dropkicked Tropical Something Karen into gorgeous fall-like weather. We still don't have a functioning governmental body but, well, the Pelicans look good. In today's Y@ Speak, we give a collective bird.

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