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‘House Hunters’ to feature Baton Rouge Realtor, Gonzales family on Wednesday

A Baton Rouge Realtor and a Gonzales family will be featured on Wednesday’s episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.” Theresa Luckett, who works for Keller Williams Realty, will help Jace and Josh Strahan and their son Sawyer find a home in Gonzales. The family has been staying with relatives since they sold their home. They’re in… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Book of Life’ celebrates death

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox  shows the character Manolo, voiced by Diego Luna, left, and the character Maria, voiced by Zoe Saldana in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — It’s not surprising that a companion art book to the new animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro has already been released. Steeped in Mexican folk art and inspired by that country’s holiday the Day of the Dead, “The Book of Life” is a visually stunning effort… Continue reading →

‘Fury’ a barrage of heavy-handedness

Sony Pictures Entertainment photo by GILES KEYTE -- Brad Pitt , left, as Wardaddy, and Logan Lerman, right, as Norman, star in Columbia Pictures' 'Fury.'

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely bludgeons him in the eye. Ayer, a veteran of the Navy and… Continue reading →

Fats Domino documentary is ‘the real thing’

Photo provided by Joe Lauro -- Fats Domino, far left, performed with the Billy Diamond Band before he became a recording star.

From 1950 through 1962, New Orleans’ Fats Domino sold 60 million records. During most of that time, trumpeter, producer and band leader Dave Bartholomew played the essential role of creative partner to the piano-playing star. “The Big Beat,” including extraordinary concert footage from the French National Archives, chronicles Domino’s and Bartholomew’s… Continue reading →

‘Stalker’ to feature BR native Herthum

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Baton Rouge native and actor Louis Herthum will guest-star on CBS’ “Stalker” at 9 p.m. Wednesday. In the episode titled “Manhunt,” a bride is shot by a sniper during her wedding ceremony. Detective Jack Larsen and Lt. Beth Davis are called in to determine if the bride’s stalker has come back to haunt her. Herthum… Continue reading →

‘Gone Girl’ tops box office for second weekend

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Luke Evans appears in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — Four new films couldn’t catch “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend. The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing is poised to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Also starring Rosamund… Continue reading →

‘Duck Dynasty’ star,Tommy Chong have this in common: They’re still in ‘DWTS’ competition

ABC photo by ADAM TAYLOR -- Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas dance to the Pharrell song 'Hunter' on Monday's 'Dancing with the Stars.'

You wouldn’t expect “Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson and Cheech & Chong’s Tommy Chong to have anything in common. You’d be wrong. They’re both spending hours a day at dance practice, fielding feedback from “Dancing with the Stars” fans, and getting high ­— Robertson, ascending via balloons to close a performance two weeks ago, and Chong,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Alexander’ a snappy, benign comedy

Disney photo by DALE ROBINETTE -- Steve Carell, center, stars in 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,' which opens in theaters Friday.

Given its premise, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” could have been a lot more horrible and no good than it is. In fact, at a quick 82 minutes, this straight-arrow family comedy about a day when misfortune comes to visit and stays awhile goes down relatively painlessly if one considers the repetitive nature… Continue reading →

BBC mobile bureau arrives in BR

The BBC’s first mobile bureau will spend the rest of October in Baton Rouge. The six-month experimental project launched in Boulder, Colorado, in September. BBC Pop Up is made up of a small team of BBC video journalists who are taking up residence in a different U.S. city each month to produce locally sourced short and long… Continue reading →

Review: Boldly perverse ‘Gone Girl’ an exceptional drama destined for awards consideration

20th Century Fox photo by MERRICK MORTON -- Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, whose wife disappears, in 'Gone Girl.'

As mysteries and thrillers go, the David Fincher-directed “Gone Girl” is premium chocolate — with a treacherous aftertaste. Fincher, working from Gillian Flynn’s screenplay of her hit novel, handles this tale of manipulation and deceit with a master’s stylish touch. “Gone Girl” runs 2 hours and 35 minutes, but there are no wasted words… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Skeleton Twins’ a multidimensional, entertaining, affecting story

Photo provided by Roadside Attractions -- Kristen Wiig, left, and Bill Hader co-star as troubled siblings in 'The Skeleton Twins.'

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, two especially talented ex-“Saturday Night Live” cast members, reunite in the funny and sad “The Skeleton Twins.” Wiig and Hader play troubled adult twins who haven’t seen each other in a decade. Their “SNL” chemistry reignites, snapping like clockwork. Co-writer and director Craig Johnson, in just his second feature… Continue reading →

Washington’s ‘The Equalizer’ debuts with $35M

In this image released by Columbia Pictures, Denzel Washington appears in a scene from the film,

NEW YORK — Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller “The Equalizer” to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Boxtrolls’ is a gorgeous, animated gem

Photo provided by Focus Features -- In the new animated feature 'The Boxtrolls,' a subterranean community of harmless trolls is threatened by the evil, power-hungry Archibald Snatcher.

Giving two animation giants, Pixar and Disney, another run for their box office money, the Oregon-based LAIKA animation studio has a new contender in “The Boxtrolls.” Two previous LAIKA films, 2012’s “ParaNorman” and 2009’s “Coraline,” earned Oscar nominations for best animated feature film. Exceptionally entertaining, “The Boxtrolls” will easily follow suit. “The… Continue reading →

’Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 million

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from the film,

NEW YORK — The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson’s hardboiled private eye thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the… Continue reading →

‘NCIS: New Orleans’ spices up TV this season

CBS photo by MICHELE K. SHORT -- Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder star in the new NCIS spinoff, 'NCIS: New Orleans,' being shot in and around New Orleans.

A love story tops EatPlayLive’s list of the 10 new television series to check out this fall. When the crew of CBS’ “NCIS” shot a two-episode arc in New Orleans last season, they immediately became infatuated with the incomparable city. Audiences agreed and “NCIS: New Orleans” was born. “When they did screenings, the first reaction was, ‘We love that… Continue reading →

Review: Neeson in action again in ‘Tombstones’

Photo by Atsushi Nishijima -- Writer/director Scott Frank works on the set of 'A Walk Among the Tombstones.'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s not for nothing that the names of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are reverentially referenced in writer-director Scott Frank’s adaptation of the 10th novel in Lawrence Block’s long-running, best-selling series featuring unlicensed private eye Matthew Scudder. Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is notable… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Maze Runner’ doesn’t find its own path

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Dylan O'Brien, foreground, appears in a scene from

If you see one film about walled-in males this fall, it should be the savage and powerful British prison drama “Starred Up,” a superlatively acted father-son story played out behind bars and starring up-and-coming Jack O’Connell. Not many are likely to make that choice, though, as “The Maze Runner,” based on the James Dashner 2009 fantasy novel,… Continue reading →

Review: A-list cast can’t save sappy ‘Leave You’

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- From left, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver are shown in a scene from 'This Is Where I Leave You.'

Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody’s stuck in one house, with all their quirks and foibles and enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. What could go wrong? Ha ha. What couldn’t? This scenario could be a drama or a comedy — or, in the case of “This Is Where I Leave You,” both: a… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Zero Theorem’s’ story can’t hang on for the wild ride

Photo provided by Amplify Releasing -- Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Thierry star in Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem.'

Director Terry Gilliam’s madcap visual style vibrates through “The Zero Theorem.” His penchant for outsider characters is there, too. The missing ingredient in Gilliam’s and screenwriter Pat Rushin’s nightmarish vision of the present is a tale that’s strong and coherent enough to keep the spectator on board for this crazy trip. The new project from Gilliam… Continue reading →

Exceptional performances fill ‘The Drop’

Photo by BARRY WETCHER -- Tom Hardy plays Bob and Noomi Rapace is Nadia in 'The Drop.'

Crime drama “The Drop” has an obvious hook. It features James Gandolfini’s final film performance. The late star of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” however, is not the movie’s leading man. Instead, Gandolfini memorably plays a supporting role as Cousin Marv, the scheming manager of a Brooklyn bar. The dark cynicism in Marv serves as further… Continue reading →

Director’s American debut ‘The Drop’ is a dark crime drama

Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight -- Matthias Schoenaerts as Eric Deeds and Tom Hardy as Bob in 'The Drop.'

“The Drop,” a dark crime drama set in Brooklyn, is Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts’ third film with his Oscar-nominated countryman, director Michaël Roskam. Schoenaerts plays the movie’s primary villain. A psychopath, Eric Deeds stalks Tom Hardy’s easygoing, soft-hearted bartender, Bob, and Noomi Rapace’s ex-addict immigrant, Nadia. Schoenaerts played the lead in Roskam’s… Continue reading →

Interview with ‘The Drop’ actor Matthias Schoenaerts

Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight -- Matthias Schoenaerts as Eric Deeds and Tom Hardy as Bob in 'The Drop.'

“The Drop,” a dark crime drama set in Brooklyn, is Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts’ third film with his Oscar-nominated countryman, director Michaël Roskum. Schoenaerts plays the movie’s primary villain. A psychopath, Eric Deeds stalks Tom Hardy’s easygoing, softhearted bartender, Bob, and Noomi Rapace’s ex-addict immigrant, Nadia. Speaking from the… Continue reading →

So much about ‘The Identical’ is so wrong

Photo by KATHERINE BOMBOY THORNTON -- Blake Rayne stars as Ryan Wade in 'The Identical.'

As silly as it is sincere, “The Identical” offers an alternative history based on the life and career of Elvis Presley. In this laughably ridiculous musical drama, a Presley-style singer named Drexel Hemsley becomes a major star in the 1950s. Hemsley’s fame runs concurrently with Presley’s real-life stardom in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Hemsley,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘As Above, So Below’ so-so

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Perdita Weeks, right, and Ben Feldman in a scene from the film,

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.” But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of “The Descent” and “(Rec),” not to mention a dozen other… Continue reading →

Review: Ex-007 actor spying again in ‘Nov. Man’

This image released by Relativity Media shows Luke Bracey in a scene from the film,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man,” playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Calvary’ a bleakly amusing, heavy tale

Photo provided by Fox Searchlight -- Kelly Reilly, left, and Brendan Gleeson star in 'Calvary,' the story of a well-meaning priest whose troublesome parishioners lose respect for him.

John Michael McDonagh, a British writer-director of Irish descent, and Irish actor Brendan Gleeson first collaborated on the internationally popular “The Guard.” While 2011’s “The Guard” is a light, culture-clash comedy, the new McDonagh-Gleeson project, “Calvary,” is a bleakly amusing, heavy tale. In “Calvary,” Gleeson plays Father James, a well-meaning priest whose unselfish attempts to serve… Continue reading →

Review: Film tells conjoined twins’ the Hilton Sisters’ story

Photo provided by IFC Films -- Conjoined twins the Hilton Sisters, center, are the subject of the documentary film, 'Bound by Flesh.' The movie will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday at the Manship Theatre.

Director Leslie Zemeckis tells the strange story of Daisy and Violet Hilton in the luridly titled documentary “Bound By Flesh.” Conjoined twins the Hilton Sisters, stars of vaudeville, occasional movies and carnival midways, were a huge attraction in the early 20th century. In “Bound By Flesh,” Zemeckis — the filmmaker wife of director, producer and… Continue reading →

Review: A sweet Moretz rescues ‘If I Stay’

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Chloe Grace Moretz in a scene from

‘Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril. Just two months ago, we had the charming Shailene Woodley as a teen cancer patient, fighting for time while learning about life and love in “The Fault in Our Stars.” Last week, we had Aussie heartthrob Brenton Thwaites in “The Giver,” risking his life for… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Sin City’ dives back into a noir abyss

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from,

After being clonked over the head in 1944’s “Murder, My Sweet,” Raymond Chandler’s immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: “A black pool opened up at my feet. I jumped in.” In “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” a belated, 3-D sequel to 2005’s “Sin City,” cultishly-adored graphic novelist Frank… Continue reading →

Review: ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ an underwhelming vision of real-life story

TriStar Pictures photo by TRACY BENNETT -- Jim Caviezel (center-right), Alexander Ludwig (center) and Michael Chiklis (center-left) star in 'When the Game Stands Tall.'

“When the Game Stands Tall” shapes a familiar underdog scenario from the real-life story of Concord, California’s De La Salle High School football team. The team’s super-dedicated, gifted coach, Bob Ladouceur, led De La Salle’s Spartans through a 151 consecutive winning streak and 20 undefeated seasons. The movie, which was shot last year in New Orleans, a… Continue reading →

‘The Giver’ does not deliver

Photo provided by the Weinstein Company -- Jeff Bridges, left, as the Receiver of Memories, and Brenton Thwaites as Jonas star in 'The Giver.'

George Orwell’s “1984,” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” — all visions in print and on film of societies more dystopian than utopian. Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel, “The Giver,” is another example. A pet project of Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, “The Giver” on paper looks like it… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ falls flat on humor

Associated Press photo provided by 20th Century Fox/Frank Masi -- Rob Riggle, from left, Jake Johnson, and Damon Wayans, Jr. star in 'Let's Be Cops.'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At one point during “Let’s Be Cops,” actor Damon Wayans Jr. has a scene in which a huge naked man’s groin is inches from his face. That’s a good approximation of what filmgoers will experience during this witless high-concept comedy featuring him and his co-star on Fox sitcom New Girl, Jake Johnson, who must… Continue reading →

Review: New tricks can’t rescue ‘Expendables 3’

Associated Press photo by Lionsgate/Phil Bray -- Antonio Banderas, left, and Sylvester Stallone star in 'Expendables 3.'

In its third incarnation, “The Expendables” has become, well, expendable. Despite some ruthless new tactics, there’s no saving “The Expendables 3,” the overpopulated third outing of Sylvester Stallone’s all-star action ensemble. Perhaps recognizing its own mortality, “Expendables 3” goes for a kitchen-sink approach. There’s the injection of AARP-eligible action stars like Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson and… Continue reading →

USS KIDD will close for TV shoot next week

CBS’ new show, “NCIS: New Orleans,” will film aboard the USS KIDD next week, KIDD Executive Director Alex Juan said in a news release Wednesday. The KIDD destroyer and adjacent Veterans Museum will be closed to the public from Monday until Friday for the TV shoot and ongoing inventory of all museum and ship artifacts.… Continue reading →