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Swank, Rossum talk bucket lists

Actresses Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum talk about their ALS drama ‘You’re Not You,’ the countless things they have in common and whether they have bucket lists.… 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 →

‘Anything Goes’ sails onto LSU stage

The traveling Broadway production of Cole Porter’s classic musical, “Anything Goes,” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive on campus. “Anything Goes” is the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. When the “S.S. American” heads out to sea, etiquette and… Continue reading →

Blues and BBQ Festival returns to Lafayette Square in New Orleans

Photo provided by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation -- Los Lobos

The Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Festival, one of New Orleans’ favorite fall festivals, returns this weekend for a three-day stand in Lafayette Square Park. Presented each October by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, the Blues and Barbecue Festival is a free event featuring music, food, a big arts market… 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 →

Fairs & Festivals for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo provided by David Stoughton -- Wild Things, a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, takes place Saturday at the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe.

TWISTED OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL: 8 p.m., River Terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. An event championing the classical and art music of Baton Rouge. Performers include Brad Webb: Making Faces, Griffin Campbell, The Odyssey Project, Andy Larson, Rachel Selice, Sonic Art Collective, Amy Wilson and Kimberly Houser. $12. Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo provided by ANDREW MARTIN -- A rail fan check out a model of a Union Pacific freight train. Such displays can be seen at the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders' Trainfest at the Republic of West Florida Museum in Jackson Saturday.

SOUTHEASTERN DANCE - IT WAS THE ’80S: 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre, Southeastern Louisiana University campus, Hammond. $5. 1980s prom to follow, Dance Studio KHS 153. Punch and cookies provided. $10 or $15, couples. TAILGATING COOKOFF: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, The Loreauville… Continue reading →

New ‘Skylanders’ delights, frustrates

Photo provided by Activision -- In the new 'Skylanders Trap Team,' most of the action involves exploring the islands, beating up enemies and collecting loot.

There’s a peculiar kind of tension at work in Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders series. If you just want a dozen or so hours of fun, with fast-paced action and an amusing story, a $75 starter pack will get the job done. But if you want to see every little thing packed into a Skylanders game, be prepared… Continue reading →

With foxes scarce, hunting clubs target coyotes

In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 photo, hunt master William T. Stuart, from Fairfield County Hounds, collects the hounds for a hunt, in Bridgewater, Conn. At the last fox-hunting club in the state, its been three years since the last fox sighting and coyotes have become the hunters new quarry. Coyotes run fast and in rugged terrain they are nearly impossible to catch. None were caught this day. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) — American fox-hunting is a sport so steeped in tradition that riders still wear ties and blazers and cry out “Tally ho!” at the sight of prey. But it is adapting to one dramatic change: Coyotes have displaced foxes in the wild and become the hunters’ new quarry. The bigger, stronger animals pose challenges… Continue reading →

’Modern Family’ actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

This photo provided by courtesy of El Rey Network shows, from left, Elizabeth Pena,  as Maritza Sandoval, Gabriel Luna as Tony Bravo, and Isabella Gomez as Christina Sandoval, in a scene from the television series,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as “Lone Star” and comedic parts in TV shows like “Modern Family,” has died. She was 55. Pena’s manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other… Continue reading →

Jay Leno returning to series TV with CNBC car show

In this May 21, 2014, file photo American comedian Jay Leno smiles during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem.  CNBC is returning Leno to nightly television. The new show, tentatively titled

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Leno is returning to nightly television. The former “Tonight Show” host’s new prime-time venture, tentatively titled, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” and based on his Emmy Award-winning Web series, will premiere on CNBC in 2015, the network announced Wednesday. The precise debut date and frequency of airing are yet to be determined, the network… Continue reading →

Greece pins hopes for Parthenon Sculptures on U.N.

Lawyer Amal Clooney, center, is guided by the Director of the Acropolis museum Dimitris Pantermalis, left, during a visit at the Parthenon hall inside the Acropolis museum in Athens Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney arrived Monday to Greece on a four-day visit to meet government officials, including Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, and advise on Greece's quest to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to Athens. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis, Pool)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — After more than a century of fruitless lobbying, Greece is now pinning its hopes of reclaiming the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon Sculptures from Britain on a mediation effort backed by the U.N. cultural agency. Culture Minister Costas Tassoulas said Wednesday UNESCO has urged Britain to consider a year-old mediation proposal to resolve the world’s… Continue reading →

Actress Joan Fontaine’s property to be auctioned

This photo of the Marc Chagall painting

NEW YORK (AP) — Items from the California home of Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine will be auctioned in New York between November and January. Fontaine’s 1941 Oscar for best actress in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” is among the highlights. Christie’s says it could bring $200,000 to $300,000 Dec. 11. Fontaine died at 96 last year in… Continue reading →

Actress Misty Upham still missing in Seattle area

In this May 17, 2013, file photo, actress Misty Upham arrives for the screening of the film Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. Police in Washington state say Upham, known for her roles in August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained, has been missing since Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn say they are still looking for an actress known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River” and “Django Unchained.” Misty Upham’s father, Charles Upham, tells KIRO-FM ( ) that his daughter was upset and erratic and had stopped taking medication for anxiety and bipolar disorder.… 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 →

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 →

The Widowers’ Matt Sigur brings musician friends in for studio album

Photo provided by Matt Sigur -- The Widowers

The Widowers is local singer, guitarist and songwriter Matt Sigur. It’s a band, too, albeit a band composed of various casts of Sigur’s talented musician friends. Sigur distills his ’90s rock influences into “Mint Grizz,” his first full-length studio album. He’ll play an album-release show Saturday at Spanish Moon, accompanied by bassist Jonathan… Continue reading →

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ brings book to life at Manship Theatre

Illustration provided by the Manship Theatre

When the caterpillar gets hungry, something special happens — metamorphosis. In the Baton Rouge debut of the highly sought-after production, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” family audiences can witness Eric Carle’s popular book come to life through puppetry and the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed stage adaptation. Melanie Couvillon, director of family programming with Manship… Continue reading →

‘Shadow of Mordor’ grabs the gold ring

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Entertainment -- A ranger named Talion and his ghostly companion invade an orc fortress in the new video game 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.'

“The Lord of the Rings” has inspired hundreds of video games, but there’s never been a great one based directly on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic. Until now. “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” (Warner Bros., for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) is the most satisfying virtual adventure ever set in Tolkien’s world. And one… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Oct. 10-16, 2014

Photo provided by SLU Public Information Office -- From left, Dan McCarthy, Ralph Wood, Randy Settoon, Joe Burns and Bill Robison are Impaired Faculties. The band will play a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia Theatre in Hammond.

BOOK RELEASE AND PERFORMANCE: 2 p.m., BeauSoleil Home, 140 Girard Park Circle, Lafayette. W. Geoff Gjertson, Dege Legg, Pliny Fisk II and Edward J. Cazayoux will release “Generating Hope: Stories of the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home.” Michael Doucet will perform in celebration of the book release and 5th anniversary of the BeauSoleil Home. Public… Continue reading →

Green Day, Sting, Withers among rock hall nominees

This April 7, 2013, file photo shows Sting performing as part of Final Four Big Dance Concerts at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Sting, Green Day, and Bill Withers are among the first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, the short-lived British band The Smiths, “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers and Sting are among the first-time nominees for enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Six of the 15 nominees for the hall’s Class of 2015 announced Thursday are on the ballot for the… Continue reading →

John Lennon comes to life in show opening in NY

In this image released by Keith Sherman Associates, John R. Waters performs in

NEW YORK (AP) — When John R. Waters first heard the Beatles on the radio as a teenager, he made more than one mistake. He thought they were Yanks. And he suspected not all of them were male. “They sounded like a Motown band and I thought there was a chick singer in there somewhere,” said… Continue reading →