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Friday, October 13, 2017

WATCH: Sarah Silverman visits Trump supporters in Chalmette on I Love You, America

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:31 PM

On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.
  • On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.

Last night, on Sarah Silverman's new Hulu series I Love You, America, the famously liberal comedian tried something different in the late-night talk show field: she visited a family of Trump voters in Chalmette and had dinner with them.

The Standers are an extended family of crab fishermen — gun owners and conservatives who voted for change in the 2016 election. Their beliefs were varied; Brandi, the 26-year-old "matriarch," wasn't convinced that former President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, yet she was firmly in support of gay marriage and chided her father, who said LGBT people should have equal rights but stopped short of supporting the right to marry. Most of the Standers thought the Obama administration "gave away" too many things to the undeserving, yet several of them received insurance under the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Silverman made her points known, but there was no serious arguing (and no changing of minds, either). Everyone involved seemed to enjoy the experience; they parted as friends.

It was a big change from the usual Stephen Colbert/John Oliver/Trevor Noah approach of ALL TRUMP IS BAD — and still not everyone liked it.

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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
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  • 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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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

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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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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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  • Matthew Broderick.

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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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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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson talk about the making of Deepwater Horizon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Dylan O'Brien, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, which was filmed in New Orleans and opens here Sept. 30.
  • Dylan O'Brien, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, which was filmed in New Orleans and opens here Sept. 30.

"Make sure you get it right."

Sporting a simple black T-shirt, with waves of long brown hair cascading from his Wahlburgers-branded baseball cap, actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, fresh from his 6:30 a.m. tee time, recounts his local golf buddies' initial reaction to Deepwater Horizon: A certain skepticism, born of their belief in the story's importance.

The film, opening in theaters Friday, is a tense, often terrifying depiction of the blowout, explosion, and subsequent fire aboard the offshore oil-drilling rig on April 20, 2010, killing 11, injuring 17, and leading to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. It's Deepwater Horizon's focus on "the human tragedy" that motivated Wahlberg, who plays the rig's chief electronics technician, Mike Williams, to bring the project to fruition.

"When I realized that 11 people lost their lives, I was a bit surprised that there wasn't enough attention put on that," Wahlberg says, echoing co-stars Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. In their recollections, it was the potential ecological consequences of the BP oil discharge, and not the disaster that started it, which broke through to the national consciousness in the spring and summer of 2010.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gleason makes its New Orleans premiere at the Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 11:54 PM

Steve Gleason and Leah Chase at the New Orleans premiere of Gleason, which was held at the Orpheum Theater June 14. - MATT BRENNAN
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  • Steve Gleason and Leah Chase at the New Orleans premiere of Gleason, which was held at the Orpheum Theater June 14.

Five years after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason still can crack wise.

"I hope you enjoyed our film," he quipped from the Orpheum Theater stage Tuesday night, following the New Orleans premiere of his video diary-turned-feature-length-documentary, Gleason. "I need some tequila."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Report: Fox to stage live Last Supper rock musical in New Orleans on Palm Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM



Forget The Wiz: According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Fox TV is going to broadcast a live event from the streets of New Orleans on Palm Sunday — and it's a rock musical based on the Last Supper.

Huh?
It’s called “The Passion,” and Dick Clark Productions is putting it together.

The two hour musical extravaganza will be a live (yes, LIVE) restaging of the Last Supper set to modern rock songs. It will air on Palm Sunday, produced by Adam Anders, whose credits include “Glee” and “American Horror Story” as music supervisor. ...

I’m told that hundreds of New Orleans extras will take part in a processional walking a huge illuminated cross from the Superdome to a park on the river. What’s not clear is if they go through with the crucifixion and resurrection, or if it stops there and turns into Mardi Gras. 

Huh.

This sounds like a cross between two ill-fated New Orleans productions — last year's all-star Jesus Christ Superstar (which was canceled, literally, in mid-rehearsal) and Saturday Night Live: Live From Mardi Gras, a disastrous 1977 special that Gambit recalled in a 2002 story by David Lee Simmons

It's official. We live on a backlot now.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project screens films July 30-31 at National World War II Museum

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM

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New Orleans is one of more than 130 cities around the world with a 48 Hour Film Project competition. Last weekend, 53 teams set out to write, shoot and edit a seven-minute film in less than 48 hours. Thirty-eight teams completed the challenge. The films screen at 7:30 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, July 30-31, at the Solomon Victory Theatre at the National World War II Museum.

The winning films will be screened again Aug. 6 at the New Orleans Jazz Market, and awards will be presented for best editing, writing, directing and other categories. The best overall film will go to Filmapalooza, where top films from participating cities compete for the grand prize. The top 10 films at Filmapalooza will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. (Last year's local winner after the jump).


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