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Review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ is predictable fun

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- Zac Efron plays an aspiring DJ in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, 'We are Your Friends.'

Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction. Regardless of your taste for pulsing electronic music or actor Zac Efron, both are… Continue reading →

Iconic Broadmoor Theatre fixtures get second life at John Schneider’s Holden studio

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Actor/producer/director John Schneider  watches as the large sign for the old Broadmoor Theatre comes down. He had the sign moved to his Holden studios.

A part of Baton Rouge’s cinema past is getting a second life east of the city. Actor/producer/director John Schneider recently bought and had moved to his Holden studios the iconic sign, seats, wall sconces and popcorn machine from the soon-to-be-demolished Broadmoor Theatre. The Ogden family opened the Broadmoor in 1965 as a one-screen theater,… Continue reading →

‘Compton’ stays straight, again leads box office with $26.8 million

Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP -- This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, and O'Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, in the film, 'Straight Outta Compton.'

NEW YORK (AP) — N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at the multiplexes. The film co-stars New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as N.W.A. member Eazy-E. “Straight Outta Compton,” a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ a macho shoot-em-up short on plot

In this image released by Twentieth Century Fox, Rupert Friend appears in a scene from, Hitman: Agent 47." (Reiner Bajo/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

The idea of the high-tech, emotionless super-soldier is so popular in movies, it’s practically a convention. The “Terminator” and “Bourne” franchises, and even last year’s animated “Big Hero 6,” imagine characters programmed to kill and the would-be world destroyers who want to control them. The same formula is at work in “Hitman: Agent 47,” a stylized shoot-em-up… Continue reading →

Baton Rougean Brooke Hoover is lighting up the screen

Photo provided by Lynn Spencer -- Brooke Hoover's web series, 'Pageant Pom Mom,' features her dog Precious.

Brooke Hoover’s first acting gig, a TV commercial, never saw the light of day. No worries — it got her a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card, that first rite of passage for any actor. “It was a commercial for Comcast,” Baton Rouge native Hoover said from her home in New York. “I was… Continue reading →

‘American Ultra’ director shoots for perfection

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in ‘American Ultra.’

On June 19, 2014, director Nima Nourizadeh sent good news and a photo through his Instagram account. The photo of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, stars of the New Orleans area-filmed action-comedy “American Ultra,” was accompanied by the message: “Wrapped the #americanultra shoot and leaving New Orleans. Had such a wicked time shooting this movie…” Watching… Continue reading →

Local actor Michael Papajohn talks big and small roles

Photo provided by MANOS PUBLIC RELATIONS -- Michael Papajohn, left, and Topher Grace appear at the 'American Ultra' premiere at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles.

Local actor Michael Papajohn has more than 100 film and TV credits. Already this summer, he’s appeared in the blockbuster “Jurassic World.” Friday, he’ll have a supporting role in the action-comedy “American Ultra,” as the military character Otis. In the new film, Papajohn shares scenes with principals Jesse Eisenberg, Topher Grace and Connie Britton.… Continue reading →

Review: ‘American Ultra’ is bloody good fun

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in ‘American Ultra.’

“American Ultra” is a crazy rush of cleverly orchestrated madness. A bloody valentine, the New Orleans area-shot action-comedy goes over the top in a gleefully entertaining style. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as Mike and Phoebe, the young couple at the center of accelerating action. Mike and Phoebe share a small house in a nondescript… Continue reading →

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour will stop in New Orleans Oct. 19

Fox photo by Adam Rose -- Top 10 contestant Jim Nowakowski and all-star Jessica Richens perform a contemporary routine choreographed by Dee Caspary on Monday's episode of 'So You Think You Can Dance.'

The “So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Tour” hits New Orleans Monday, Oct. 19. Tickets to the Saenger Theatre show go on sale Friday, Aug. 28. The Fox summer dance competition series is taking the top 10 finalists from Season 12 to 70 cities starting Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Grand Prairie, Texas. The tour wraps up Jan. 28, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Continue reading →

20th Century Fox picks up Lafayette comic book artist’s ‘Tag,’ could bring it to big screen

Artwork provided by Kody Chamberlain -- This is the variant cover image from the BOOM! Studios comic "Tag," which features artwork from Lafayette comic book artist Kody Chamberlain.

A Lafayette comic book artist could see his work on the silver screen soon. According to an article from Deadline Hollywood, 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to “Tag.” Lafayette’s own Kody Chamberlain did the artwork for the BOOM! Studios comic. He has since worked on the multimedia “Punks” series and created… Continue reading →

‘Game of the Week’ set to kick off on Cox4

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Cox4 is kicking off “Game of the Week’s” 15th year Friday, Aug. 28. “Cox 4 is proud to continue our great tradition of live high school football,” said Jason Furrate, director of programming and production for Cox4. “Besides all the fun and thrills these games provide, we get to watch these coaches instill valuable lessons within our… Continue reading →

‘Straight Outta Compton’ goes to the top of the box office

Photo provided by Universal Pictures -- Aldis Hodge, from left, as MC Ren, Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella, New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, OShea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, in the film, Straight Outta Compton." The movie was released in U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP)

“Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic about pioneering rap group N.W.A. that co-stars New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell, earned an astonishing $56.1 million in its opening weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the gritty “Straight Outta Compton” blasted past box office expectations while the stylish “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” struggled to find its… Continue reading →

Review: ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ is high style, low substance

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures -- Armie Hammer as Illya, from left, Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Henry Cavill as Solo and Hugh Grant as Waverly star in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E'.

It’s not until the climax of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” a colorful, Cold War-era spy thriller, that its main failing becomes clear: The plot doesn’t matter. The characters don’t care. The script doesn’t care. And, the audience shouldn’t care either. That doesn’t make this odd adaptation of the 1960s NBC series bad. But, it is a… Continue reading →

Update: Movie Tavern, featuring full-service dining, opens in Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Work continued Tuesday at the former United Artists Citiplace Stadium 11, as it's transformed into a Movie Tavern, where movie-goers will be able to order food and alcoholic beverages from their oversized theater seats.

UPDATE: Movie Tavern is now open for business. The first movie showing is “Shaun the Sheep” at 11 a.m. The movie theater is also showing “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” and the Baton Rouge-shot “Fantastic Four.” Check out the rest of today’s showtimes. Times will be updated throughout the week at movietavern.com/batonrouge.… Continue reading →

CEO of Reelz ‘darn proud’ of airing Miss USA Pageant, but says it belongs on a broadcast network

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Contestants are silhouetted against a screen photo of Baton Rouge in the Miss USA Pageant Sunday night in the Baton Rouge River Center.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Stan E. Hubbard, the CEO of Reelz, says the network is “darn proud” of airing the Miss USA Pageant but it was likely a one-time thing. Reelz agreed to air the event after NBC and Univision dropped out because of pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s remarks about immigrants as he launched his presidential… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge's Jay Ducote makes 'Food Network Star' finals, feels the love from fans on social media

Photo provided by Food Network -- Jay Ducote prepares a coconut/chocolate tart, and strawberry basil bourbon smash for the live ensmble show challenge on last week's 'Food Network Star.' Tonight he's cooking for a chance in the finale on Aug. 16.

Baton Rouge’s Jay Ducote will compete for the title of “Food Network Star” in the show’s finale Aug. 16. Ducote was one of three finalists chosen on Sunday night’s episode to make their own cooking show pilot. The pilots will be judged by a team of Food Network personalities and executives and the winner, who typically gets… Continue reading →

’Fantastic Four’ bombs with $26.2M, ‘Mission’ again tops

Photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox -- Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Sue Storm (Kate Mara) harness their daunting new abilities to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy in 'Fantastic Four.'

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood’s summer has had runaway sensations (“Jurassic World”) and heartwarming hits (“Inside Out”). It now has its fiasco. “Fantastic Four,” 20th Century Fox’s attempt to reboot the superhero team-up franchise, debuted with just $26.2 million at North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The result was bad enough that… Continue reading →

Review: Audiences not likely to say ‘fantastic’

Photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox -- The Thing, a hulking, 1,000-pound rock monster, has a say in naming the new superhero team in 'Fantastic Four.'

At the end of “Fantastic Four,” following loads of exposition and the predictable climactic battle sequence, the principal characters in “Fantastic Four” discuss what they should name their new superhero team. As they talk, Ben Grimm, the team’s hulking, 1,000-pound rock monster, repeatedly says “fantastic” as he gazes at the scientific equipment-filled space that will be… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Tribe’ is a bleak, daring drama from Ukraine

Photo provided by Drafthouse Films -- Anya (Yana Novikova), left, regards Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko) with skepticism as they walk through the snow in 'The Tribe.'

Writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky tells a simple story in Cannes Film Festival favorite “The Tribe.” A primal story, too, without spoken dialogue and music. “The Tribe” is both difficult to watch and difficult to turn away from. Slaboshpitsky renders no mercy to his characters or his audience. Everyone who enters the insular world of “The Tribe” suffers.… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Irrational Man’ doesn’t live up to Woody Allen’s legacy

Photo by SABRINA LANTOS -- Emma Stone as Jill, left, and Joaquin Phoenix as Abe star in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man.'

Any time a new Woody Allen film arrives, fans of the 79-year-old writer-director have something to look forward to. That’s especially true of the past decade. Late-career gems “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Blue Jasmine” were among the annual Allen projects. His latest, a belabored dark comedy called “Irrational Man,”Continue reading →

Review: Streep finds her inner rocker in ‘Ricki and the Flash’

Sony Pictures photo by BOB VERGARA -- Rick Springfield, from left, as Greg, Meryl Streep, as Ricki, and Mamie Gummer as Julie, star in TriStar Pictures' 'Ricki and the Flash.' Gummer is Streep's real-life daughter.

Early on in “Ricki and the Flash,” Ricki (Meryl Streep) gets a call that disarms her before she’s even decided to pick it up. With smoky eyes, braided rocker hair and a swagger that suggests skin that’s as thick as her leather pants, this doesn’t seem like a woman who would back down from a challenge.… Continue reading →

Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ‘MI’ flick

Paramount Pictures photo by DAVID JAMES -- Tom Cruise portrays Ethan Hunt in 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.'

There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts? After all, in the last movie they merely saved us from a nuclear holocaust. Was it talent, work, or dumb… Continue reading →

‘Ant-Man’ inches past ‘Pixels’ to take first place spot

This photo provided by Disney shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a scene from Marvel's "Ant-Man." (Zade Rosenthal/Disney/Marvel via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Ant-Man” crept past new opener “Pixels” to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney and Marvel superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. “Pixels,” meanwhile, just barely missed first place… Continue reading →

Review: Boxing drama ‘Southpaw’ punches new life into familiar scenario

Associated Press photo by Scott Garfield/The Weinstein Co. -- Jake Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope in 'Southpaw,' which releases Friday.

Boxing drama “Southpaw” doesn’t spare the pain. Physical pain, frequent and stinging, is all over the screen, especially on actor Jake Gyllenhaal’s bloody face. Emotional pain shows up, too, in Gyllenhaal’s expression and those of the supporting characters. In “Southpaw,” Gyllenhaal’s Billy “The Great” Hope falls from the top of the… Continue reading →

Review: Disappointing ‘Pixels’ falls apart before it begins

Photo provided by Sony Pictures -- Josh Gad as Ludlow is chased by Pac-Man in Columbia Pictures' 'Pixels,' opening in theaters Friday.

The most believable element in “Pixels” is that alien video-game creatures could attack our planet. The core concept is clever — space aliens misunderstand a recording of old video games as a declaration of war, and send digital monsters based on those games to Earth as their army. But its execution in the hands of director-producer… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Towns’ is modest, middle-of-the-road teen drama

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Cara Delevingne, right, as Margo, and Nat Wolff as Quentin, in a scene from the film, "Paper Towns." (Michael Tackett/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Based on an earlier teen fave novel by “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green, “Paper Towns” is a mild coming-of-ager about dawning awareness and life lessons learned among a small group of Florida high school seniors. Part mystery story, part road movie and part pre-prom graduation romp, the film is most interesting… Continue reading →

Ian McKellen plays ‘Mr. Holmes’ in twilight

Photo by GILES KEYTE -- Hattie Morahan, left, and Ian McKellen are featured in a scene from ‘Mr. Holmes.’

Ian McKellen, the veteran British thespian who’s received 50 international awards during a 50-plus-year career, makes “Mr. Holmes” worth a look. In this new take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional British detective, Sherlock Holmes, McKellen portrays the master sleuth in 1947. Holmes, in the twilight of his life, confronts tragic errors of judgment he made… Continue reading →

’Ant-Man’ debuts with $58M; ‘Trainwreck’ opens with $30.2M

Photo by Zade Rosenthal – Paul Rudd surfaces as the title character in 'Ant-Man.’ The movie topped the box office again in its second week, earning $24.9 million.

NEW YORK (AP) — Marvel’s “Ant-Man” punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” also opened strongly with $30.2 million. The result for “Ant-Man” didn’t match some of Marvel’s better known and brawnier properties. But “Ant-Man” — a relatively inexpensive superhero movie with a $130 million… Continue reading →

Film Society to screen sports drama ‘Southpaw’

Photo by SCOTT GARFIELD -- Rachel McAdams, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the boxing drama 'Southpaw.'

The Louisiana Film Society, Louisiana International Film Festival and the Weinstein Company are presenting a free pre-release screening of the drama “Southpaw.” The screening is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Cinemark Perkins Rowe. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “The Replacement Killers”), “Southpaw” features Jake Gyllenhaal as boxing champ Billy “The Great”… Continue reading →

BR-shot ‘Scream’ renewed for 2nd season

Photo provided by MTV -- The iconic ghostface mask from the 'Scream' movies got a stylized makeover for the MTV series.

The new Baton Rouge-shot MTV series “Scream” will live on for a second season. The network made the announcement at last week’s San Diego Comic-Con. “Scream,” based on the popular slasher films of the same name from the 1990s and 2000s starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, features an ensemble cast including Willa Fitzgerald,… Continue reading →

Review: While ‘Minions’ falls into usual trappings, prequel still delights

Photo provided by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment -- From left, minions Kevin, Bob and Stuart are the principal characters in the new film 'Minions,' opening Friday.

Following two delightful “Despicable Me” movies about evil genius Gru and his horde of goggles-wearing little servants, the minions, Gru’s supporting characters star in the “Despicable Me” prequel “Minions.” Perhaps reflecting the size and appearance of the prequel’s principal characters — minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob — “Minions” is less inventive… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Self/less’ immortal, and it feels so dumb

Gramercy Pictures photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Matthew Goode, left, as Albright, is confronted by Ryan Reynolds as Young Damian in Gramercy Pictures' 'Self/less,' opening Friday.

“Self/less,” if you couldn’t tell from the preposterous title, is a deeply silly movie that takes itself very, very seriously. The premise is interesting enough: A dying man (Ben Kingsley) undergoes a procedure to save his mind by ditching his failing body for a shiny new model (Ryan Reynolds, you could do worse). But, the lofty… Continue reading →

Winehouse remembered, grieved in ‘Amy’

Photo provided by A24 Films -- ''Amy,'  a documentary about British soul, jazz and pop star Amy Winehouse, will be screened at the Manship Theatre Friday night.

Like its subject, “Amy” doesn’t follow a conventional path. A moving, unavoidably sad documentary about British soul, jazz and pop star Amy Winehouse, “Amy” has neither a narrator nor the carefully framed, talking-head interviews that are staples of the genre. Instead, Asif Kapadia tells Winehouse’s story through a vast collection of audio clips and nonprofessional and… Continue reading →

Review: Lotsa grinding, little plot in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Warner Bros. Pictures photo by CLAUDETTE BARIUS -- All eyes are on Stephen 'Twitch' Boss as Malik, in 'Magic Mike XXL,' which opened in theaters Wednesday.

There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been. Mike Lane, played by the well nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he saws, measures and sands, the beat of the music he’s listening to starts to transport him. He can’t stop… Continue reading →