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Hollywood South is shining bright tonight with the kick off of the New Orleans Film Festival.

12 Years a Slave,” which was shot in Louisiana and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bryan Batt, and Brad Pitt, is premiering tonight at the Civic Theater of New Orleans.

WGNO’s Kenny Lopez reports live from the red carpet … including an interview with Cameron Zeigler!

If you love Broadway music, no storm will keep you away from the Saenger Theatre. The grand opening gala is Saturday night.

The concert features Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The historic theater has been the jewel of the arts scene since 1927, until it was shuttered by Hurricane Katrina. The gala is a milestone in its comeback.

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D.L. Hughley performs in New Orleans

If you need a laugh, D.L. Hughley is one of the best comedians out there! His radio show airs in 39 markets across the country, including right here in New Orleans.

WGNO’s LBJ talked to the funny man before his show Friday night at the Saenger Theatre.

Halloween is a month away and a local costume shop is already getting a huge amount of requests for everything Miley Cyrus.

“We have the hot pants.  We have the bras.  We’re going to be making the foam fingers.  We have a talented staff of seamstresses who will be making them.”

Mason Walters with New Orleans Party & Costume said the Miley hype just won’t stop.

“This year the hottest Halloween costume will be Miley Cyrus.  I think this year she’s takes number one.  She’s made a ridiculous name for herself.  I think it’s deserved and will be fun for people to dress up like her,”  Walters said.

Many want to be Miley after her hair-raising, nearly-nude MTV Video Music Awards performance in which she danced with giant teddy bears, twerked, and did unmentionable things with a giant foam finger, alongside singer Robin Thicke.

“We’ll also be getting some bear stuff like the bears that were dancing with her on-stage.  We’ll have bear hoodies and the full mascot bear suits too,”  he said.

To get the Miley look it’ll cost about $50.

“The cheapest part of the costume is the tongue because everyone has their own tongue,”  Walters jokingly said.

No word yet as to what Cyrus will be dressing up as for Halloween.  If her recent Rolling Stone cover and video for her hit song, “Wrecking Ball” are any indication; lately she isn’t exactly dressing at all.

If you’re looking to be Miley this Halloween, New Orleans Party & Costume is located at 705 Camp Street.

To contact them:  504-525-4744 or

Former Governor Edwin Edwards and his wife, Trina, are close to making their reality TV debut.

“The Governor’s Wife” premieres on A&E on October 27.

Here’s a teaser:

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Arsenio Hall returns to late-night

The new Arsenio Hall Show premieres Monday September 9 at 10PM on NOLA38.

The contestants have been revealed for the next season of Dancing with the Stars.

It includes:

  • Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Jessie from Saved by the Bell)
  • Corbin Bleu (Chad from High School Musical)
  • Brant Daugherty (Noel from Pretty Little Liars)
  • Bill Engvall (comedian from Blue Collar TV)
  • Valerie Harper(Rhoda from Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda, and who is in remission after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer)
  • Key Shawn Johnson (former NFL player for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers)
  • Christina Milian (social media correspondent on The Voice)
  • Bill Nye (the Science Guy)
  • Jack Osbourne (son of Ozzie Osbourne)
  • Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (from Jersey Shore)
  • Leah Remini (Carrie from The King of Queens)
  • Amber Riley (Mercedes from Glee)

Get more information about all the cast members here:

Who do you think is going to win? WGNO’s Alyson Titkemeyer took to the streets to find out in today’s Grab the Mic.

What will it take for American Idol to turn into the ratings giant it once was? Our guess is, a new face from New Orleans!

Harry Connick, Jr.  has signed on for the show’s 13th season.

He’s appeared as a guest judge several times, but now he’ll be casting his vote with Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass popped the question to boyfriend Michael Turchin during their stay in New Orleans. Lance was in town for the Southern Decadence festival.

He did a live broadcast of his Sirius XM Radio show “Dirty Pop” from the balcony of the Bourbon Pub and Parade Sunday afternoon.