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Read Jimmy Kimmel’s best jokes and one-liners at the Oscars

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 07:01 PM PST

We can always count on Jimmy Kimmel to be the host we need right now.

Sunday night he hit the perfect tone to open the 90th Academy Awards.

From joking about last year’s best picture fiasco to saying the Oscar statue is “literally a statue of limitations” because he keeps his hands to himself and is not anatomically correct, he got off some zingers.

Here are five of Kimmel’s best lines from his opening monologue.

A man of the moment

“We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us, we need to set an example. If we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go.”

Let’s not have THAT again this year

“This year when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away. Give us a minute, we don’t want another thing. What happened last year was unfortunate.”

“The Shape of Water”

“We will remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish.”

Get a clue Hollywood

“Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women. We made a movie called ‘What Women Want’ and it starred Mel Gibson. That’s all you need to know.”

Not all about the money

“In fact, of the nine best picture nominees only two made more than $100 million. But that’s not the point. We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.”

Glitzy & Glamorous! Oscars watch party at Prytania Theatre

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 06:10 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- Folks wanting to watch the Oscars on a very big screen headed to the Prytania Theatre!  They hosted an Oscars viewing party to celebrate Hollywood's most magical night.

There was movie trivia with prizes from local businesses.  Attendees even got to make their own Oscar predictions.   This viewing party is an annual tradition at the Prytania Theatre.


Trump’s top jokes from the Gridiron dinner

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 06:02 PM PST

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When President Donald Trump announced he would attend the annual Gridiron Club Dinner last month, many wondered whether he would be able to joke about sensitive subjects like himself and his administration.

The dinner, hosted in Washington and attended by hundreds of journalists, is similar to the White House Corespondents’ Dinner in that it is replete with roasts and laughter. But for a president who rarely provides the country with laughs — and who opted out of attending both dinners last year — the spotlight on his jokes at the dinner was all the brighter.

Add to the mix his administration’s struggles in some key policy areas, Trump’s harshly critical tweets, and an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has inched closer to Trump’s orbit, and one question jumps out: Does the President ever stop to joke about it all?

Indeed he does, as only Trump can.

“My staff was concerned that I couldn’t do self-deprecating humor,” Trump said. “And I told them not to worry, nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do.”

Before launching into a litany of humorous jokes at both his and his administration’s expense, Trump told the room of journalists that even Sen. Orrin Hatch — the Utah Republican whose over-the-top praise of Trump after the GOP passed its tax cut bill garnered him some notice — even agreed that he is the best at self-deprecating humor.

“Orrin said that ‘Donald Trump is the best at self-deprecation in the history of America. Better than Washington and better than Lincoln,'” Trump said.

Here are a dozen of the President’s top jokes from the dinner:

On Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation:

“I offered him a ride over, and he recused himself. What are you gonna do? But that’s OK.”

On the “failing New York Times”:

“You, The New York Times, are an icon. I’m a New York icon, you’re a New York icon. And the only difference is, I still own my buildings.”

On Vice President Mike Pence’s “Graham rule:”:

“The other day we were in line shaking hands with men and women, and a woman came over to shake his hand and he said, ‘I’m sorry I can’t do that, my wife is not here.’ He’s 25 years ahead of his time, folks.”

On talk of impeachment:

“Lately, [Pence has been] showing a particularly keen interest in the news these days. He starts out each morning asking everyone, ‘Has he been impeached yet?’ Mike, you can’t be impeached when there’s no crime, please remember that.”

On Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton:

“We’re also honored to be joined by Secretary Steve Mnuchin. You saw him and his beautiful wife on stage before. A lot of energy in that room. When she asked whether or not she could sign the money, I said, ‘Steve, you’ve got a lot to handle.’ I said, ‘You can’t do that, Steven.'”

On White House departures:

“So many people have been leaving the White House. It’s actually been really exciting and invigorating ’cause you want new thought. So, I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Now the question everyone keeps asking is, ‘Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?’

On draining the swamp:

“And I know Mayor Mitch Landrieu feels right at home in Washington coming from Louisiana — I love Louisiana. Where’s Mitch, where the [expletive] are you? I love you in Louisiana. Not too bad, right? Not bad, Mitch. But, he’s used to being in that swamp. It’s a beautiful swamp. I like that swamp. This swamp I hate. Not so good.”

On Dreamers and the 2020 presidential Election:

“But we were talking about the Dreamers and quite honestly, Democrats can fantasize all they want about winning in 2020 … those are the dreamers.”

On Kim Jong Un:

“I won’t rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un. I just won’t. As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that’s his problem, not mine. It’s his problem.”

On Jared Kushner’s security clearance:

“Before I get started, I wanted to apologize for arriving a little bit late. You know, we’re late tonight because Jared could not get through the security. I will tell you he is a good guy. And he has suffered. He is a great guy.”

On Omarosa Manigault-Newman:

“As I’m sure you’ve seen, we’re now riding very high in the polls, which is hard to believe considering I never get any good press. But, I just hit 50 in the Rasmussen poll. A lot of people said I wouldn’t be able to do so well after losing my so-called chief strategist. But somehow, we’re still doing great without Omarosa.”

On the “opposition party”:

“It might be hard for you to believe, but I do love gatherings like these. They give you a chance to socialize with members of the opposition party, it’s very important. And it’s also great to see some Democrats here also.”

‘M*A*S*H’ actor David Ogden Stiers dies at 75

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 05:50 PM PST

David Ogden Stiers, known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in the TV comedy series “M*A*S*H,” died Saturday, the agency representing him said.

The actor was 75.

He died “peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer,” the MKS Talent Agency tweeted.

“His talent was only surpassed by his heart,” the agency added.

Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1942. He was nominated for two Emmy awards for his performance as Winchester in “M*A*S*H,” the popular series that ran for 11 seasons from 1972 until its high-rated finale in February 1983.

The show, based on a 1970 movie, centered on Army surgeons and staffers during the Korean War. Characters such as chief surgeon Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) dished out wry humor as they dealt with the stress of wartime, battlefield injuries physical and psychological, and death.

He joined the cast in 1977, filling the void left after the departure of actor Larry Linville’s Frank Burns from the show but by the series’ end he was as much a part of the team as the original cast.

Stiers’ Major Winchester was portrayed as a Boston-born blueblood, often snobbish — but a talented doctor. The character was often the comic foil to the hijinks of Alda’s “Hawkeye” and Mike Farrell’s Captain B.J. Hunnicutt.

Stiers had a busy post- “M*A*S*H” career with TV shows including the “North & South” miniseries and “Perry Mason” TV movies.

Younger generations would recognize his voice work in several Disney movies, including the classic “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pocahontas” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Stiers was an avid fan of classical music and a gifted musician. He was a resident conductor for the Newport Symphony in Oregon and guest conducted dozens of orchestras around the country, the Newport Symphony said in a statement.

“All of us at the NSO are heartbroken. David Ogden Stiers was a generous, loving, and inspirational friend and pillar to our orchestra, and, indeed, to all of us individually. Our orchestra would not be here if it weren’t for his great support and inspiration over three decades,” said Adam Flatt, the symphony’s music director.

“His depth of musical feeling, love for our musicians, and charisma made his performances soar when he was on our podium. We will all work to keep David’s spirit alive in all of our performances,” he added.

Tulane wins series finale against Cal State Fullerton

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 04:08 PM PST

New Orleans -- The Green Wave avoided the weekend sweep against Cal State Fullerton, beating the Titans 9-3 in Sunday's series finale. After 3 scoreless innings, the Titans got on the board with a run in the top of the 4th, but Tulane responded with a huge 6-run bottom half to take the lead for good.

Kody Hoese was 3-4, including a double, with 2 runs scored and Grant Matthews accounted for 3 RBI on a 2-3 day at the plate. Tulane tallied 12 hits in the game and finished the weekend with 35 hits in their three-game series against the Titans.

On the mound, Keagan Gillies got the win, going 7 full and giving-up just one run on 4 hits and striking-out 5.

Tulane (6-5) plays next on Tuesday, March 6th at UNO at 6:30 p.m., then they host Southeastern on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Dillard sweeps GCAC Basketball Tournament

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 03:49 PM PST

New Orleans -- Both the women's and men's basketball teams at Dillard University were crowned GCAC Tournament Champions on Sunday. This is the first time since 2004 that the Lady Bleu Devils have won the title and it's a three-peat for the men's team.

The women played first in the championship double-header at Xavier University's Convocation Center, with Edward Waters leading Dillard 33-24 at halftime. In the third, the Bleu Devils went on a tear, out-scoring the Tigers 25-14 and taking the lead after back-to-back threes from Shaelynn Moore, who finished with 13 points. They stretched their lead to as many at 10 in the 4th quarter and were able to fend-off Edward Waters' late surge, winning 63-59. These two teams had split games during the regular season, with Dillard winning the first meeting and the Tigers winning the second. The rubber match Sunday, with the highest stakes, went to Dillard (23-5) who was led in scoring by Adriiana Jackson with 17 points. Alexia Moore added 15 and Alyssa Washington was named the Most Outstanding Player with 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

"We were able to just come together as a team," said Dillard Head Coach Norbert Rome. "I talked to them really a lot about us working together as a team and not as individuals. I told them that what got us here was that we worked together as individuals. I said if we continue to do what we've been doing, we'll crumble as individuals or we'll rise to the challenge as champions if we come together as a team. They just bought into it."

"It means the world," Washington said. "We've been doing this for so long and we've been through so many obstacles, so much adversity. It just means so much to us and the coaches as well."

In the men's game after, it wasn't nearly as close, with Dillard jumping ahead early and never giving Xavier the chance to catch-up. The Bleu Devils led by 15 at the half and kept after it in the second, beating the Gold Rush 86-71. Kristopher Allmon led Dillard (20-9) with 27 points, while Quinton Jackson added 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Xavier's Jeff Dixon led all scorers with 30, as the Gold Rush drop to (24-8).

Your 2018 Oscars viewing guide

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 01:52 PM PST

The red carpet, the stars, the fashion, the acceptance speeches.

It’s all going down at the 90th Academy Awards.

Here’s what you need to know about the ceremony:

Who’s hosting the Academy Awards?

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will (hopefully) bring the funny again, just as he did at last year’s ceremony.

Given his more politically-charged monologues recently on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” there are sure to be some Trump jokes — and disses.

Related: Jimmy Kimmel brings new political profile to Oscar-host role

What’s different about the Oscars this year?

The action kicks off a half hour earlier this year, starting at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on ABC.

Viewers will just have to wait and see if that extra time will translate into longer speeches by the winners.

What will people be talking about on the Oscars red carpet?

That could be tricky this year because E! host Ryan Seacrest is set to have his usual red carpet hosting duties.

Seacrest has been defending himself against an allegation of sexual misconduct. Though Seacrest was cleared of any wrongdoing by the network after a third-party investigation, strong support for the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign might make for some awkward encounters.

Related: Ryan Seacrest’s Oscar night could prove complicated

Who’s presenting the Oscars?

The list is pretty impressive and includes Sandra Bullock, Emily Blunt, Dave Chappelle, Jodie Foster, Eiza González, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Walken, among others.

Oscar-winner Lupita N’yongo, one of the stars of what is arguably the biggest film currently in theaters, “Black Panther,” will also present.

Who will win the Oscars?

That is the question of the evening.

While there are some frontrunners in the acting categories, the best picture Oscar is up for grabs.

Related: Oscar nominations 2018 – The full list

One thing we do know is that safeguards have now been put in place to ensure there won’t be another envelope mix-up.

“La La Land” was mistakenly named best picture last year, when the winner was in fact “Moonlight.”

Related: Remembering the ‘Moonlight’ and ‘La La Land’ Oscars fiasco

What to expect at the Academy Awards

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 01:31 PM PST

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Politics and an unpredictable best picture competition are poised to take center stage on Sunday at the 90th Academy Awards.

CNN will have complete coverage of the red carpet, the show’s best moments and the night’s big wins.

Haven’t had time to prep for the Oscars? We’ve got you covered.

What to expect at the Oscars red carpet

Black-tie attire is recommended, but black gowns are optional this time around. The women behind the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment aren’t planning an organized demonstration prior to the Oscars, but organizers say there will be a “moment” during the broadcast in recognition of the movement.

Who’s nominated?

Fill out your Oscar ballot with our help. Link here for a complete list of Oscar nominees and a convenient, printable ballot. This year’s nominees include Hollywood veterans like Paul Thomas Anderson and Meryl Streep, as well as new talent breaking ground in several categories.

Who’s going to win the Academy Award for best picture?

“The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — two very different love stories of sorts — are somewhat favored. But Jordan Peele’s political thriller “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film “Lady Bird,” and the war drama “Dunkirk” are also seen as contenders.

Who’s hosting the Oscars?

Jimmy Kimmel returns to the helm. No doubt he’s prepped a few envelope jokes, along with a political zinger or two. Kimmel hosted last year when an envelope mix-up initially (and mistakenly) resulted in “La La Land” being named the best picture winner over “Moonlight” at the 89th Academy Awards.

Where to watch the Academy Awards

You can catch the live coverage of the red carpet at 5:30 p.m. CST right here on WGNO.

Here’s what corporate America is saying about Trump’s tariffs

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 01:27 PM PST

American steel and aluminum manufacturers are applauding President Donald Trump’s plan to slap tariffs on imported metals. Pretty much everyone else is not happy.

Trump made the surprise announcement on Thursday: He wants a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff for aluminum.

His goal is to bolster US production of the metals and combat unfair trade practices with the tariffs, which are taxes the government can place on imported goods.

But international competition is a big reason why aluminum and steel are cheap.

So while US steel and aluminum suppliers welcome less competition, companies that rely on the materials are warning that prices on everything from beer to cars will go up — and jobs in a multitude of industries will be at risk.

Jim McGreevy, CEO of The Beer Institute, said a tariff on aluminum would cost the beverage industry millions and lead to thousands of layoffs.

Related: How Wall Street reacted to Trump’s tariff plan

“According to third-party analyses, this 10% tariff will create a new $347.7 million tax on America’s beverage industry, including brewers and beer importers, and result in the loss of 20,291 American jobs,” McGreevy said in a statement.

Ball Corporation, a top supplier of metal packaging, urged Trump to reconsider.

“Aluminum can sheet and tinplate steel have no national security applications, and tariffs on them likely will have negative downstream impacts on food and beverage manufacturers, as well as increased prices for consumers,” CEO John Hayes said.

Even Hershey, which uses aluminum foil to wrap its chocolate Kisses and steel to build plants, said the policy could “have a negative impact on the entire U.S. economy.”

And The American Chemistry Council — which represents companies like 3M, Procter & Gamble, DuPont and ExxonMobil — warned the tariffs could make factories more expensive, slow innovation, and have “punishing” effects.

Car buyers could see prices go up “substantially,” according to the American International Automobile Dealers Association, which was formed to advocate for free trade. The group also warned that retaliatory tariffs from other countries stand to burden American consumers by driving up the price of goods in general.

Officials across the pond have already threatened to implement such retaliatory tariffs on American-made denim, motorcycles, and bourbon. Many believe the tariffs could spark a trade war, with other countries applying their own, onerous tariffs on American exports.

But Trump is undeterred. He went so far as to declare that trade wars are “good” and “easy to win,” and said he’d hit Europe back with tariffs on imported cars from companies like BMW and Volkswagen.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he expects President Donald Trump to sign a measures by the end of this week or early in the next.

Did the stars of ‘Girl’s Trip’ really drink Tropical Isle hand grenades?

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 11:01 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- Did the stars of the hit movie, "Girl's Trip" really drink hand grenades from Tropical Isle?  Or was it melon juice with water?  You see the stars drinking out of those trademark green containers, but was there booze inside?  News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez found out when he went "Dishin' On The Movies."

He talked to Pam Fortner, co-owner of Tropical Isle to get the scoop!

The Hand Grenade Drink is the #1 selling drink in the French Quarter.  After the movie was such a huge hit, Fortner said they did see a boost in sales.  Fortner also said that they donated the Hand Grenade drinks used in  "Girl's Trip."

For more information about Tropical Isle, click HERE.


Dishin’ On the Movies: Food isn’t always edible in flicks

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 10:56 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- The food you see in movies isn't always edible.  Food stylists work hard to make sure the food looks the best and looks fresh for the cameras.  Food stylists often times must use special tricks when styling different dishes to be used in movies.

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez found out when he went "Dishin' On The Movies."

Here are some examples of what some food stylists use in movies.  Instead of milk, they use glue to keep it from looking runny on film.   When using salads in movies, a sponge is used to create a blocking effect, so the lettuce isn't wilted.   Also, when they use shrimp in movies, small wires are placed in the tails to keep the shrimp standing up straight.

These are just a few secrets of the trade that food stylist, Kendall Gensler gave WGNO-TV.









No need to go to the movies to see the stars in New Orleans. In the French Quarter, look for the letters: NOAC

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 10:00 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS - Hard to tell from out here, but the New Orleans Athletic Club sits smack dab in the heart of Hollywood.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood knows why this 145 year old club is star-studded.

When Chelsea Bussey sells the place, Chelsea shows and tells.

Chelsea Bussey is one of the sales people at the New Orleans Athletic Club, known around New Orleans by the acronym, NOAC.

Back to Chelsea who sells the place with muscles and movie stars seen right here.

Lawrence Fishburne.

Spike Lee.

And Chelsea tells the story a guy who was at NOAC playing basketball one day.

Chelsea says,  "I was on my lunch break, playing basketball and there was this cute guy who was playing basketball with all these other random guys."

Turns out this basketball playing guy was movie star Mark Wahlberg.

Chelsea says, "I didn't know his name was Mark, he told me his name was Mike, so I played basketball with Mike."

Hang out at NOAC, the New Orleans Athletic Club, and you see stars here working out or shooting a feature film.

Wild Bill bumped into Jamie Lee Curtis, Renee Zellweger and Oscar nominated star of the movie Precious, Gabourey Sidibe.

That's why the New Orleans Athletic Club, NOAC is hanging its own Hollywood Hall of Fame.

There's a list with more than 300 names of stars who come to the club.

There's a picture of Denzel Washington.

There's one of Spike Lee.

There's even Bob Hope.

You don't have to go to the movies to see the stars.  Not in New Orleans.

At NOAC, you may just have to glance over at the treadmill next to you.

Three ways to get red carpet ready like your favorite stars

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 09:26 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- Celebrities have endless resources when it comes to looking their best, and for red carpet season they definitely use every last one of them. With hundreds of lenses ready to capture every flaw, Hollywood's A-list needs to be on their A game.

Here's three things you can do, that the rich and the famous also do as preparation for  a big event.

Body Sculpting 

Sure, celebs eat right and exercise daily, but those problem areas are sometimes due to genetics.

"Maybe they have a pooch from one angle, or maybe there's stubborn fat they can't get rid of, dieting only shrinks those cells, it doesn't eliminate them forever," said Dr. Adrian Dobrescue of Nola Dermatology. "We have a machine that many celebrities use to tighten up before an event that permanently kills those cells so that your problem area is no longer something to be self conscious of anymore."

It's called BTL vanquish, and after four treatments of acoustic wave therapy, the fat cells die off.

"It's noninvasive, there's no pain, some even compare it to a warm stone massage," said Physicians assistant, Amber Delamore. "Maybe you have a beach trip with your girlfriends coming up, or maybe you have a wedding, or event you want to look your best for, this is the answer to that."

The full results take about 3 months to show, so plan to visit the Dermatologist well in advance of your big event.

Nail game 

The cameras will be capturing the nail beds of the rich and the famous as well, and this year the trend is the "coffin nail."

Yes, coffin, like where humans and vampires rest in peace. Blanc Beauty Bar in New Orleans CBD, and on Magazine street specializes in creative nails. In fact, many celebrities such as the cast of Scream Queens get their nails done at Blanc.

And last but not least, makeup.

Celebrity make up artist, Melissa Vaccaro says in order to achieve that glowy look that celebrities have mastered, it's all about prepping the skin.

"Hydration is so key," said Vaccaro. "Celebs will spend all morning moisturizing their faces, drinking water, and doing face masks so that the makeup sits right. There's great masks you can get at CVS, or you can come see me!"

Vaccaro is located at 2405 Metarie road and has masks in store, and can also do your makeup for any special events in your near future.