Black Captain America, a Superman similar to Obama, Thor as a woman all part of new trend to bust dated superhero stereotypes

This comic book cover image released by Marvel shows the

WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they are more and more reflecting the true hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Barack Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Mainstream… Continue reading →

Movies

‘Annie’ remake adds modern touches

Columbia Pictures photo by BARRY WETCHER -- Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), Pepper (Amanda Troya), Mia (Nicolette Pierini), Mrs. Kovacevic (Stephanie Kurtzuba), Stacks (Jamie Foxx), Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) and Grace (Rose Byrne) sing 'Tomorrow' in 'Annie.'

“Annie,” the Depression era-set Broadway musical previously adapted into a 1982 film and 1999 TV movie, gets its biggest makeover yet with the 2014 film version of the story. Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis, the 11-year-old actress who received an Oscar nomination… Continue reading →

Video

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

The Advocate gives a different type of breaking news notification. Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish readers and web users a wonderful holiday season.… Continue reading →

Red

Witherspoon earns best actress nominations with moving ‘Wild’

Fox Searchlight photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Reese Witherspoon plays a young woman on an epic journey in 'Wild.'

Redemption movies often aren’t as inspirational as they’d like to be. They are more likely chores to watch. Not so “Wild.” The immersive, moving “Wild” is among the best redemption movies. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a reckless young woman who’s reached… Continue reading →

Music

Pride of Acadiana band heads to N.O.

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- The Pride of Acadiana Marching Band leads the second line parade down Canal Street and through the French Quarter for last year's New Orleans Bowl.

The French Quarter’s Thursday night special was a mix of Christmas cheer and Pride of Acadiana. This seems to have become a holiday tradition as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Ragin’ Cajuns prepare to play their fourth New Orleans Bowl on… Continue reading →

Entertainment & Calendars

Exhibit showcases top prizes, different styles

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild -- Robert Willis' watercolor painting,

Perhaps she saw the fork, knife and spoon at a Mother’s Day party. Maybe she was so intrigued by the scene that she had to sketch it, or at least snap… Continue reading →

Video Games

‘Smash Bros.’ makes brutality adorable

Photo provided by Nintendo -- 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' features a few non-Nintendo ringers like Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Every few years, Nintendo rounds up its most popular characters, like Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikachu, and has them beat the daylights out of each other. It’s not exactly blood sport — there are no spine-shattering, “Mortal Kombat”-style fatalities, and everyone walks… Continue reading →

Arts

Exhibit showcases top prizes, different styles

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild -- Robert Willis' watercolor painting,

Perhaps she saw the fork, knife and spoon at a Mother’s Day party. Maybe she was so intrigued by the scene that she had to sketch it, or at least snap… Continue reading →

Books

Comics how-to, family drama, past and future of jazz

?Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels? by Brian Michael Bendis

“Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels” by Brian Michael Bendis. Watson-Guptill, 2014. $24.99. Writers, do you want to break into the comic book industry? “Words for… Continue reading →