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Review: Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ confusing

Photo provided by Disney -- From left, George Clooney, as Frank Walker, Britt Robertson as Casey, and Raffey Cassidy as Athena, share the screen in a scene from Disney's 'Tomorrowland.'

The inspiration for “Tomorrowland,” a George Clooney-starring sci fi-adventure that never truly takes flight, came in the form of a box of models, blueprints, photos and letters in the Walt Disney archives. The archival material is related to the Disney company’s creations for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Specifically the “It’s a Small World”… Continue reading →

Superstar Taylor Swift encores in Tiger Stadium


Taylor Swift returns Friday to Tiger Stadium. It will be her second performance in the venerable football fortress. In 2010, the then 20-year-old Swift topped day one of the first Bayou Country Superfest. Her appearance was a mutual love fest between the young singer and her even younger fans. Shortly into that Superfest show,… Continue reading →

Quick QA with Brantley Gilbert, Cassadee Pope: Two artists performing at Bayou Country Superfest rank their favorite Louisiana dishes; offer reflections on LSU Tiger football

Cassadee Pope; Brantley Gilbert

The Advocate caught up with country music artists Brantley Gilbert and Cassadee Pope for their impressions and reactions to Louisiana culture and living. Here are their answers: Brantley Gilbert 1) What excites you most about playing Bayou Country Superfest? What excites me the most about playing the Bayou Country Superfest is everything that’s leading up… Continue reading →

QA: Miranda Lambert expects thrilling party at Bayou Country Superfest

The Advocate caught up with Miranda Lambert who detailed her expectations of the Bayou Country Superfest and her experiences in Louisiana: 1. What excites you most about playing Bayou Country Superfest? Last year I was about to release my latest album, Platinum, and I missed out on the festival entirely, so I'm really excited to see everyone down there! 2. Whats your favorite… Continue reading →

Season 3 ‘The Voice’ winner, ascending country music star Cassadee Pope proud of debut album

Photo by MEGAN THOMPSON -- Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope, the 25-year-old singer from West Palm Beach, Florida, who won season three of “The Voice,” lives in the heart of Nashville. She’s one of country music’s ascending stars. Last month, Pope made her debut at Stagecoach, the country music festival in Indio, California. She earned great reviews. “That was incredible, really fun,”… Continue reading →

Juno Temple sinks herself into ‘Madding’ role

Photo by ALEX BAILEY -- Juno Temple as Fanny in 'Far From the Madding Crowd.'

In the new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel of Victorian England, “Far From the Madding Crowd,” the fates of two of the story’s major female characters couldn’t be more different. Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, an ardently independent young woman who inherits her uncle’s estate. Bathsheba is a rare one in her time —… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ is an epic journey of the heart

Photo by ALEX BAILEY -- Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel and Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba in FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.

A mostly British cast, a Danish director and a classic novel by Thomas Hardy form the winning ingredients in “Far From the Madding Crowd.” As adaptations of literary classics go, director Thomas Vinterberg’s and screenwriter David Nicholls’ interpretation of Hardy’s Victorian drama is a fine one. It’s beautifully acted, grandly romantic cinema that nevertheless doesn’t lose… Continue reading →

Lafayette Concert Band plans memorial show

The Lafayette Concert Band will honor America’s military heroes who died in defense of their country with its annual “Songs of Remembrance” concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette. The 70-member, all volunteer adult community band, under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux, will perform marches and patriotic selections in this… Continue reading →

Rush rules: Art-rock band wins hearts, minds, air guitar followers

Photo by RANDY JOHNSON -- Rush

When Foo Fighter Dave Grohl inducted Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, he said, “They did it from the ground up. No hype, no bulls***, without any help from the mainstream press — cough — Rolling Stone!” Early on, the Canadian art-rock band Rush was dismissed as another Led Zeppelin, inspired… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for May 22-28, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Elliott Monroe, then 2, laughs as she rides the motorcycles with her mom Brittany at the carnival during last year's Gonzales Jambalaya Festival. This year's fest run Friday-Sunday.

NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE: various locations, New Orleans. From vinter dinners to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is packed with the flavors of the city. GONZALES JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: Irma Boulevard, Gonzales. The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment,… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for May 22-28, 2015

Photo provided by DOC VOORHIES -- Michael Parich Sr., left, plays H.C. Curry and Andrew Palmintier is Jimmy Curry in Iberia Performing Arts League's 'The Rainmaker.'  Performances start Thursday, May 29, at Essanee Theatre in New Iberia.

MUSIC & MARKET SPRING SERIES: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas. In addition to local music, there will be a vegetable/agricultural commodity spotlight. (337) 948-6263 or RHYTHMS ON THE RIVER: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., downtown Front Street, Morgan City. Weekly live music series. Featuring a performance… Continue reading →

SLU’s ‘Peter & Tink’ flies off to perform in Bogalusa, Covington

Photo by RANDE ARCHER --Southeastern Louisiana University actors are featured in a scene from 'Peter & Tink.' The show is going on the road, with performances in Bogalusa and Covington.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s chapter of Theatre Honorary Alpha Psi Omega’s official tour of “Peter & Tink” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Covington Playmakers, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. This new version of “Peter Pan” sees him as an orphaned boy, long before he became… Continue reading →

Nick Jonas talks hit singles, JoBros, Timberlake, acting

Invision/AP photo by CHRIS PIZZELLO -- Nick Jonas performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Nick Jonas may have become a sex symbol to female fans in the last year, but the singer says his new tour won’t cater just to the ladies. He’s thinking about his male fans, too. “I don’t think I’ll cater physically to the women so that it’s not polarizing to my… Continue reading →

Duchovny cuts new record, tears up about ‘X-Files’

Invision/AP photo by Evan Agostini -- David Duchovny is joined by actress Gillian Anderson for a surprise performance of Neil Young's 'Helpless' at The Cutting Room on May 12 in New York.

Whether you remember him as FBI agent Mulder from “The X-Files” or the womanizing novelist Hank Moody on “Californication,” David Duchovny wants you to know him as something else: The 54-year old actor recently released his first album, “Hell or Highwater.” The actor-director claims he’s never set out to pursue a… Continue reading →

‘Deepwater Horizon’ film begins production in New Orleans; here's a 'first look' photo from the film

Photo by ENRIQUE CHEDIAK -- Lionsgate released a 'first look' image of Mark Wahlerg in 'Deepwater Horizon.'

“Deepwater Horizon,” the film based on the April 20, 2010, explosions and fire that took place on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, started principal photography Monday in New Orleans. The screenplay is based on the December 2010 New York Times article, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours,” by David Barstow, David… Continue reading →

Bette Midler: Still ‘divine’ at 69

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- Bette Midler brought her ‘Divine Intervention’ tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Bette Midler named her current 22-city North American tour the “Divine Intervention” tour. The singing star and actress has used the word “divine” throughout her career. As every fan knows, her 1972 debut album was titled “The Divine Miss M.” Tours called “Divine Madness,” “Experience the Divine,” “The Divine Miss Millennium Tour” and more followed.… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ 'an energetic but underachieving follow-up' to the original

Universal Pictures photo by RICHARD CARTWRIGHT -- Fom left, Ester Dean as Cynthia Rose, Shelley Regner as Ashley, Kelley Alice Jakle as Jessica, Hailee Steinfeld as Emily, Anna Kendrick as Beca, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Alexis Knapp as Stacie, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, and Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Anna Kendrick are the Barden Bellas in a scene from 'Pitch Perfect 2.'

It’s an unwritten law of Hollywood. Hit movies beget sequels. And depending on the storytelling potential in the original films and the talent of the filmmakers, sequels can be even better than the originals. That’s a rarity. “Pitch Perfect 2,” an energetic but underachieving follow-up to 2012’s fun, lively musical… Continue reading →

Review: Dazzling ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’is a can’t miss thrill

Warner Bros. Pictures photo by JASIN BOLAND -- Tom Hardy is lone wolf Max Rockatansky in 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' in theaters Friday.

The silences in “Mad Max: Fury Road” are unsettling. The moments are few and infrequent, but it’s not until the fiery roar of the engines and the thrashing of the guitars are suddenly stripped away that you can fully feel how deeply the film has flooded your being. The theater — and your heart — pulsates… Continue reading →

'King of the Blues' legend B.B. King, who played New Orleans Jazz Fest and in Baton Rouge in 2013, dead in Las Vegas

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2007 file photo, B.B. King performs at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, in Salisbury, Md.  King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said. (Matthew S. Gunby/The Daily Times via AP) NO SALES

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge's people, the city get to shine in ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A cable cam glides over 3,000 extras while filming a scene for the movie 'Pitch Perfect 2' in Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge.

Everyone was talking about the 13th Gate. They still are. “It was one of the coolest locations we worked at in Baton Rouge,” Daniel Kleinpeter says. “The way it was set up was great.” Kleinpeter grew up in Baton Rouge and now lives in New Orleans, where he’s working as a production assistant… Continue reading →

Bette Midler in New Orleans, thanks to ‘Divine Intervention’

Photo provided -- Bette Midler

Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M, launched her first U.S. tour in a decade last week in Hollywood, Florida. The Smoothie King Center in New Orleans will be stop No. 4 on Midler’s “Divine Intervention” tour. Following shows through June in 24 North American cities, the Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer-actress goes to the United Kingdom for six… Continue reading →

Unitarian Church will present ‘Rocka My Soul’

Photo provided by BARBARA SIMS-- HeartVoice Trio

The HeartVoice Trio leads the line-up for “Rocka My Soul: A Gospel Celebration” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. Other local musicians joining the trio will be trumpeter John Gray, sousaphonist and upright bassist Michael Foster, drummer Chris Lee, and pianist Jerrell Gray. The event will feature a… Continue reading →

Fairs & Festivals calendar for May 15-21, 2015

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, which combines music, food and art in a setting along Bayou St. John in New Orleans, runs Friday-Sunday.

STARKS MAYHAW FESTIVAL: La. 12 and La. 109, Starks. Arts and crafts, food, carnival rides, and gospel and country-western music are featured. PLAQUEMINES PARISH SEAFOOD AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: F. Edward Hebert Boulevard, Belle Chasse. Local seafood and other local food specialties plus live music, local… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for May 15-21, 2015

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The Hammond Farmers Market is open 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Hammond.

MUSIC & MARKET SPRING SERIES: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas. In addition to local music, there will be a vegetable/agricultural commodity spotlight. (337) 948-6263 or RHYTHMS ON THE RIVER: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., downtown Front Street, Morgan City. Weekly live music series. Featuring a performance… Continue reading →

Review: Wiig captivates in funny, disturbing ‘Welcome to Me’

Alchemy Pictures photo by SUZANNE HANOVER -- Kristen Wiig appears in a scene from 'Welcome To Me.'

There’s dark comedy, and then there’s take-no-prisoners, dare-you-to-keep-looking dark comedy. Kristen Wiig’s “Welcome to Me” falls decidedly in the latter category, making us laugh but feel deeply unsettled about doing so. That’s because the film, directed by Shira Piven, is about mental illness, a decidedly unfunny subject. On the other hand, if you’re going to try… Continue reading →

New Kids say young groups don’t know what they’re missing

Photo provided by Mark Waguespack -- New Kids on the Block

From Boston with love, New Kids on the Block has launched a 42-date spring/summer tour of North America. Featuring opening acts TLC and Nelly, the entourage will appear Friday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Upon announcing the tour in January at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the New Kids, all of… Continue reading →

Diddy talks ‘tasteful’ sex clip, new fragrance and Baltimore

Invision/AP photo by CHARLES SYKES --  Cassie, left, and Sean 'Diddy' Combs arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York May 4.

Sean “Diddy” Combs will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t launch brands, he launches lifestyles. So when it came time to promote his latest fragrance, he put himself on the line and starred in a racy video with girlfriend Cassie that many have deemed too risque for television.… Continue reading →

D’oh! Is ‘The Simpsons’ parting company with Harry Shearer?

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Harry Shearer appears at the 30th annual TEC Awards during the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. An escalating contract dispute suggests that Harry Shearer may exit "The Simpsons," where he has voiced several of its characters since the Fox cartoon series debuted in 1989. In Twitter posts on Thursday, May 14, 2015, Shearer said re-upping with the series would have denied him "what we've always had: the freedom to do other work." In a tweet hours later, "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean resolved to recast if Harry does not return. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — An escalating contract dispute suggests that Harry Shearer, a part-time resident of New Orleans, may exit “The Simpsons,” where he has voiced several of its characters since the Fox cartoon series debuted in 1989. In Twitter posts on Thursday, Shearer said re-upping with the series would have denied him “what we’ve always had:… Continue reading →

Bayou Country Superfest serves up a star-studded weekend of music in Baton Rouge; here's everything you need to know

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Baton Rouge native Sarah Ainsworth (right) dances with Bayou Louis, La. native Buffy Ackman (left) on Sunday, May 25, 2014, during Bayou Country Superfest Fan Fest outside of Tiger Stadium at LSU.

FRIDAY What: Superstar Taylor Swift encores in Tiger Stadium with Vance Joy, Shawn Mendes. It will be her second performance in the venerable football fortress. In 2010, the then 20-year-old Swift topped day one of the first Bayou Country Superfest. Her appearance was a mutual love fest between the young singer and… Continue reading →