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

Director guides Witherspoon’s troubled character down rocky road

Fox Searchlight photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Reese Witherspoon, left, and director Jean-Marc Vallee film on location for the new film 'Wild.'

As a troubled young woman in “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon has earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations and is a frontrunner for a best actress Oscar nomination. Canada’s Jean-Marc Vallée directed Witherspoon, an Oscar winner for her role in 2005’s… 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

Director guides Witherspoon’s troubled character down rocky road

Fox Searchlight photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Reese Witherspoon, left, and director Jean-Marc Vallee film on location for the new film 'Wild.'

As a troubled young woman in “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon has earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations and is a frontrunner for a best actress Oscar nomination. Canada’s Jean-Marc Vallée directed Witherspoon, an Oscar winner for her role in 2005’s… 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

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 →

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

Cangelosi Dance presents its 10th holiday season tribute

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- The Cangelosi Dance Project dancers rehearse on Saturday for an upcoming Christman program.

Not every song in the Cangelosi Dance Project’s Holiday Mix has a holiday theme, but they all connect to the spirit of the season. Sometimes it’s a favorite Christmas carol, other times a song about family and friendship.… Continue reading →

Books

BR lawyer Rubin debuts his first novel, ‘Cottoncrest Curse’

Baton Rouge attorney Michael Rubin's debut novel, 'The Cottoncrest Curse'

Lawyer, adjunct law professor, nationally known legal ethicist, humorist, author, musician — those are just a few of the adjectives that describe Michael Rubin, managing partner at McGlinchey Stafford. “The most important, though, are husband, father and grandfather,”… Continue reading →