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PHOTO: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Keep It Casual in NOLA | Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Keep It Casual in NOLA

Originally posted 10/14/2013 12:35PM

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds played down the glamour and went for a more casual look for their flight to New Orleans on Sunday.

Reynolds, 36, opted for khakis, a jean jacket and ball cap, while Lively, 26, wore jeans and boots with a comfy sweater and newsboy hat.

The South is a favorite destination for the couple, who just celebrated their one-year anniversary in Charleston, S.C., where they stopped for lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room before heading to Savannah, Ga.

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How Lance Bass Pulled Off His Surprise Proposal in the Big Easy | Lance Bass

Michael Turchin Had 'No Idea' Lance Bass Was Going to Propose

Originally posted 09/03/2013 07:30AM


Despite the complexities of staging an out-of-town proposal, Lance Bass managed to keep the secret from Michael Turchin, who is now his fiancé.

"I had no idea," Turchin said of the proposal during Bass's Sirius XM show Dirty Pop with Lance Bass on Sunday.

The former 'NSYNC member, 34, said that to maintain the surprise, he knew he had to keep it from Turchin's parents and twin sister until just before the event.

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PHOTO: Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux Shine at Lake Bell's Wedding | Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux Shine at Lake Bell's Wedding

Originally posted 06/04/2013 04:30PM

Even amid the star-filled celebration that was Lake Bell's wedding, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux stood out.

Aniston, 44, looked lovely in a short, floral-print summer dress, while her fiancé, 41 – who was one of Scott Campbell's groomsmen – was dapper in a gray suit and black-and-white spotted tie.

Theroux is longtime friends with Campbell, a tattoo artist and fine artist, and both he and Aniston seemed thrilled to be in New Orleans for the nuptials.

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26-Year-Old Star Teacher Missing Without a Trace in New Orleans

Terrilynn Monette, 26, Missing Without a Trace in New Orleans

Originally posted 03/13/2013 12:00PM

Terrilynn Monette, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher who helped her second-graders turn their academic performances around, has apparently vanished.

The California native, who moved to New Orleans as part of that city's initiative to improve teaching in impoverished zones, was last seen with friends on March 2 after visiting Parlay's, a bar in the town's Lakeview section, police tell CNN.

That night, Monette had been "cut off" by a bartender who said she had too much to drink, according to Parlay's manager Anna Boudousque. The teacher was celebrating her nomination as "Teacher of the Year" in her district.

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Beyoncé Is Headed Back to New Orleans! | Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Adds Even More Dates for Mrs. Carter World Tour

Originally posted 02/11/2013 12:00PM

2013 is shaping up to be the year of Beyoncé.

After a powerful Super Bowl halftime show, the singer, 31, is embarking on the Mrs. Carter world tour – and just added a special performance.

Beyoncé will return to New Orleans's Superdome to headline one of three concerts during the 19th annual Essence Festival, the magazine confirms.

"We are incredibly excited to welcome Beyoncé back to the 2013 Essence Festival lineup. She is truly the ultimate Essence woman," Communications President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement.

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Paul McCartney Rocks Out to Lil Wayne & More Super Bowl Party Sightings | Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney Rocks Out to Lil Wayne & More Super Bowl Party Sightings

Originally posted 02/04/2013 10:45AM

For Hollywood, Super Bowl weekend is one big party, and they don't disappoint.

On Saturday night, Lil Wayne performed at a GQ, Lacoste and Mercedes-Benz hosted party at the Elms Mansion in New Orleans. Among the fans on hand was model Kate Upton, who posed for photos in front of her GQ cover and stood on a couch to get a better view of Lil Wayne's show, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

Even Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell were spotted "rushing through the backstage area to catch the end of his performance," the source adds.

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Maria Menounos Preps for 'Inevitable Win' at Celebrity Football Game | Maria Menounos

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Maria Menounos Preps for 'Inevitable Win' at Celebrity Football Game

Originally posted 02/04/2013 06:00AM

While players for the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers geared up for the biggest day of their year on Sunday, Maria Menounos and a selection of other famous faces got pumped for the annual Celebrity Beach Bowl a day prior.

And Menounos, who speaks often about her competitive nature, already expected her team to have a victory in the bag.

Before they hit the New Orleans field, the Extra co-host "bantered with teammate Michael Strahan about their 'inevitable win,' " a source tells PEOPLE.

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Beyoncé: I Was Born to Sing Live – See Her Prove It

Beyoncé Sings National Anthem A Cappella at Press Conference

Originally posted 01/31/2013 03:45PM

"Any questions?"

That's what Beyoncé had to say to reporters gathered in New Orleans for her Super Bowl halftime show press conference after she took the stage, asked them to stand and belted out a flawless, live rendition of the National Anthem on Thursday.

The singer – who has remained silent since criticism and accusations of lip-synching erupted following her performance of the same song at President Barack Obama's inauguration – then told the world why she decided to sing along to a pre-recorded track on Jan. 21.

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Feeling Crabby? Make Ralph Brennan's Famous Dip!

Make Ralph Brennan's Crab Dip for Your Next Party

Originally posted 01/20/2013 11:00AM

When I dip, you dip, we dip!

With the most exciting football games of the season on the horizon, hosting friends and family can be intimidating. But thanks to New Orleans restaurateur Ralph Brennan, you can whip up a Creole crab dip that's sure to satisfy and impress.

So even if you're thousands of miles away from The Big Easy, your taste buds can still enjoy some jazz.

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PHOTO: Sandra Bullock & Camila McConaughey Take Kids on a Play Date | Camila Alves, Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock and Camila McConaughey Take Kids on a Play Date in New Orleans

Originally posted 11/14/2012 03:40PM

While her husband Matthew is busy filming The Dallas Buyer's Club in New Orleans, Camila McConaughey is keeping very good company.

The mom-to-be spent time with McConaughey pal Sandra Bullock on Tuesday, taking their little ones – Louis and Vida, both 2½ – to watch the Warren Easton Charter High School's marching band and drill team perform.

"Camila seemed happy to attend the event with her kids. The kids all go along and seemed to have fun," a photographer tells PEOPLE. "It was a bit windy and all the kids wore their hoodies. They looked very cute. Sandra and Camila chatted and both looked happy."

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