Thursday, August 10, 2017

Report: American Crime Story: Katrina gets cast shakeup, drops Doug Brinkley source material

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Sarah Paulson will play Dr. Anna Pou in American Crime Story: Katrina. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • Sarah Paulson will play Dr. Anna Pou in American Crime Story: Katrina.

The third season of American Crime Story, which was originally planned to be based on historian Douglas Brinkley's book The Great Deluge, is having a major change of focus, according to a report this afternoon by Variety. The anthology series now will focus on the humanitarian crisis at Memorial Medical Center as described in Sheri Fink's book Five Days at Memorial.

Most of the previously announced cast, Variety wrote, has been jettisoned (Annette Being as then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco; Dennis Quaid as then-President George W. Bush; Matthew Broderick as hapless FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown), while Sarah Paulson now will star as Dr. Anna Pou, who has taken major exception with Fink's book and reporting.

Read Variety's report here.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Watch: Anthony Davis on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 10:21 AM


Everyone's favorite New Orleans Pelican, Anthony Davis, was a guest last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the very first question was "How tall are you?" Kimmel even brought out a supersized yardstick to make the official measurement.

Davis was charming and a good sport about the whole thing. Watch:

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Watch: Landrieu talks Confederate monuments on Meet the Press

Posted By on Sun, May 28, 2017 at 2:05 PM


Mayor Mitch Landrieu's taped appearance on Meet the Press this morning got bumped for breaking news, but MTP put the 10-minute discussion on its website this morning. In it, Landrieu tells host Chuck Todd that his "viral" speech about removing Confederate monuments was not meant specifically for a national audience.

"Really, it was a speech to the people of New Orleans," Landrieu said, adding that the city's tricentennial is coming up next year. He said the removal was about "the people of New Orleans having the right to say what goes in their public spaces."

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Mitch Landrieu to address Confederate monument removal on Sunday's Meet the Press

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to discuss the removal of four Confederate-era monuments — a move that's garnered plenty of controversy locally and a flurry of approving press coverage around the country,

In this clip from the interview, tweeted out by @MeetThePress, Landrieu says, "This didn't have anything to do with politics."

Meet the Press — with the full interview — will air on NBC at 9 a.m. May 28.

Also on the Sunday shows: Sen. Bill Cassidy will appear on Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace at 9 a.m. to talk about health care and the budget.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Report: Dennis Quaid to play George W. Bush in Katrina: American Crime Story

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 7:21 PM


Actor Dennis Quaid is the latest high-profile name to join the cast of Katrina: American Crime Story, producer Ryan Murphy's limited series examining the days after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods. According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Quaid will play President George W. Bush.

Previous cast announcements have included Annette Bening as former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Matthew Broderick as hapless FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown.

The series is set to air on FX in 2018.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Sen. Bill Cassidy to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM

At a Metairie town hall in February, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy faced a crowd of constituents angry about GOP health care proposals.
  • At a Metairie town hall in February, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy faced a crowd of constituents angry about GOP health care proposals.

Bill Cassidy, Louisiana's senior senator and a physician, will appear on tonight's Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss health care in America. The show airs at 10:35 p.m. on WGNO-TV.

After Kimmel's emotional monologue last week about the recent birth of his child Billy — who was born with heart disease — Cassidy on Friday coined the term "Kimmel Test" to describe what his standard would be to vote for a new health plan:
The Louisiana Republican cited Kimmel's passionate monologue on health care when responding to a question from CNN's John Berman on whether he could "support a bill that allows insurance companies to cap their payouts to customers."

"I ask does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test," said Cassidy, who is also a physician. "Would the child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life ... even if they go over a certain amount?"
While the House of Representatives last week voted for the American Health Care Act to replace the Affordable Care Act, the plan is considered DOA in the Senate in its current form. Cassidy has created his own Patient Freedom Act.

Other guests tonight on the Kimmel show: Zach Galifianaikis, Tracee Ellis Ross and Logic.

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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.
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
  • 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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