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Friday, August 4, 2017

Sidney Torres' reality show gets a second season as he releases two political commercials

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Sidney Torres in CNBC's The Deed, which has been renewed for a second season.
  • Sidney Torres in CNBC's The Deed, which has been renewed for a second season.

The Deed
, the reality show featuring real estate developer Sidney Torres IV, has been renewed for a second season, according to CNBC. The first season ran in March and featured Torres offering advice to developers who had run into trouble with their properties. Torres teased the announcement with a Twitter video that contained some pretty spectacular hair action:

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sidney Torres does a Reddit AMA

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Sidney Torres IV - CHERYL GERBER
  • Sidney Torres IV

Real estate flipper / The Deed reality star / celebrated trashman Sidney D. Torres IV participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat this afternoon.

And, indeed, they asked him anything — from serious real estate questions to snark. Sometimes he even answered the latter.


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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
  • 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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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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Q&A: Holly Baker of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 4:52 PM

HGTV's Holly Baker.
  • HGTV's Holly Baker.

Five years ago, the extent of Holly Baker’s handiwork was hammering nails to hang pictures, and she never had touched a saw. Now she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and viewers can watch her on new episodes of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno (formerly Big Easy Reno), in which she and her team will be tasked with renovating the homes of two local families. Baker takes her innate love for architecture, design and tight budgeting, and turns it into dream homes on a dime.

Do-it-yourself fans will have the opportunity to hear Baker’s tricks of the trade in person at the NOLA Home Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan. 27-29, where she’ll be presenting seminars all three days. Adult tickets can be purchased at the door for $13, or for $11 online. Military personnel and first responders are honored on Heroes’ Day, Friday, Jan. 27, with free admission, and Baton Rouge residents can attend all three days free of charge with ID.

Baker chatted with Gambit about home projects and to count the ways she loves New Orleans.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

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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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

President-elect Donald Trump. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • President-elect Donald Trump.

America’s political landscape will change dramatically after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017. Already there are mixed messages coming from his transition team as to some of the promises he made while running. For now, we can only go by the man’s words and how they may affect Louisianans.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be keeping an eye on the following:

• The president-elect has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but has provided few details. As of mid-November, more than 339,000 previously uninsured Louisianans are receiving health care through the ACA. We promise to outline their options and find out from doctors which screenings, tests and procedures they should get done now should the ACA go away — with a special focus on women's health care. (Meanwhile, the open enrollment period continues through the end of January; visit

• The president-elect has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and promises to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and key environmental protections. We promise to speak out for clean air, clean water and Louisiana’s fragile coast.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hurricane Bianca set for September release

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM


Hurricane Bianca hits both coasts in September. Bianca Del Rio, aka Roy Haylock, and Matt Kugelman's independent film tells the story of a teacher in a small town in Texas who loses his job because he is gay. He then returns to seek revenge as new teacher Bianca. People magazine has preview photos.

Haylock and Kugel were fundraising for the film when Bianca was included in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

"I had to leave to film (RuPaul's Drag Race)," Haylock told Gambit in fall 2014. "That was awkward, because I couldn't tell people I was on the show."

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen come to Saenger Theater June 24

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM

CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BART EVERSON
  • CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo personality Andy Cohen are bringing something called "Deep Talk and Shallow Tales" to the Saenger Theater June 24. Press materials describe it as a "live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Casting call for MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay and Louisiana Seafood Cook-off

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 12:44 PM


Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may be best known to TV viewers for yelling at contestants on Hell's Kitchen, his long-running competition for aspiring chefs. A kinder, gentler Ramsay presides over MasterChef, a TV cooking competition for home cooks.

Open casting events for MasterChef are being held across the country through late April, and New Orleans-area cooks can audition between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Contestants are encouraged to register online at To be eligible, contestants must not have professional cooking experience. Interested participants need to fill out a questionnaire, which can be downloaded from the website, and present a dish. They must plate their dish in front of the audition judges, but no cooking or heating is allowed onsite (dishes will not be judged on temperature). Contestants will be judged on food knowledge and technique. People unable to attend the casting event may submit an audition video. Visit the website for details about the casting event and TV show.

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