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New MTV series 'Scream,' shot in Baton Rouge, explores lives and emotions between the slayings; see the trailer here

Photo provided by MTV -- Nina Patterson, played by Bella Thorne, takes a late-night dip in a scene from the new series 'Scream.'

“You can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series,” Noah Foster quips to his classmates in the trailer for the new “Scream.” Tell that to MTV. Noah is John Karna’s character in the network’s new series, based on the popular slasher films of the 1990s and 2000s starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, and helmed… Continue reading →

Investigation Discovery to feature Addis case

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  From left, Monique O. Kitts, of Livingston, and Karl Michael Howard, of Roswell, Ga., are escorted out of court by Deputy Daryl Williams and Det.  Maj. Bryan Doucet of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at the West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse, after sentencing in March.

The Investigation Discovery series “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” will feature the 2010 homicide case of Addis businessman Corey Kitts at 9 p.m. Sunday. Monique O. Kitts and her children discovered Corey Kitts’ bullet-riddled body in their home on the morning of July 9, 2010. He had been shot three times. Kitts’ wife and Karl Michael… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Max,’ about a kid, his dog and those gun smugglers

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows,  Josh Wiggins as Justin Wincott, Dejon LaQuake as Chuy and Mia Xitlati as Carmen with Max in Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' family drama "Max," a Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures release. (Kent Smith/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

It’s officially summer. What better time for a heartwarming caper movie about a troubled but noble Texas teen, his troubled but noble dog, and those crazy mean gun smugglers they tangle with? Yes, we said crazy mean gun smugglers. Mexican cartels, too. If that doesn’t sound like normal PG-rated fare to you, well, you’re right, there’s nothing… Continue reading →

Review: Overstuffed plot spoils irreverent, silly ‘Ted 2’

Photo provided by Universal Pictures -- Mark Wahlberg , from left, the character Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, and Amanda Seyfried share a scene in 'Ted 2.'

“Ted 2” asks a question that we never needed, or particularly wanted, to know the answer to: Is Ted, the magical, foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, a person in the eyes of the law? While it’s unfair to judge a comedy simply for a ridiculous premise, here, it also happens to be the unlikely killer of the… Continue reading →

Review: Film on teens confronting terminal illness can’t always connect

Photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Olivia Cooke plays Rachel, Thomas Mann is Greg and R.J. Cyler is cast as Earl in 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.'

In “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Pittsburgh high school senior Greg thinks he’s got it all figured out. He glides by all of the social groups or, as he calls them, the nations that populate his school. Simultaneously, he’s a member of none of these groups. Greg prides himself on keeping his distance. Greg… Continue reading →

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon embraces chance to helm ‘Me and Earl’

Photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Producer Jeremy Dawson, left, confers with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, center, on the set.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s earned two Emmy nominations for the New Orleans-set “American Horror Story: Coven.” His first feature film, 2014’s well-received, Shreveport-shot “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” is in the horror vein, too. Gomez-Rejon, a native of Laredo, Texas who’s based in Los Angeles, very much enjoyed directing those 12 episodes of “American Horror Story.” He… Continue reading →

Celebrity chefs, LSU alums Jay Ducote, Jesse Romero are rivals -- but root for each other too

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Longtime friends Jay Ducote, left, and Jesse Romero are putting Baton Rouge in the spotlight as they take ther cooking skills to national television. Ducote is vying to become Food TV's 'Food Network Star' and Romero is competing on Fox TV's 'MasterChef.'

It’s a friendly rivalry that’s been simmering for almost 30 years. Jay Ducote, 33, and Jesse Romero, 29, are currently both competing in big-time cooking shows — Ducote on Food Network’s “Food Network Star” and Romero on Fox’s “MasterChef” — but they’ve known each other a lot longer than that. Their mothers,… Continue reading →

For N.O. couple, ‘Love Can’t Weight’

Photo provided by ABC -- Tiffany Kasunich: Before

The weight-loss story of New Orleans couple Cain Myers and Tiffany Kasunich will unfold on Tuesday night’s episode of ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss: Love Can’t Weight.” The current season of “Extreme Weight Loss” will include three “Love Can’t Weight” episodes in which hosts and trainers Chris and Heidi Powell help three overweight couples get in shape… Continue reading →

Review: Geeks go gangster in fresh, lively ‘Dope’

Open Road Films photo by Rachel Morrison -- Shameik Moore stars as Malcolm in the new film, 'Dope.'

“Dope” hooks you fast and strong. The coy, over-the-top Sundance hit from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa about a couple of geeks who get entangled in gangster culture is a fresh and slightly rebellious take on the series of escalating events story. Our hero, Malcolm (Shameik Moore), is introduced in his senior year of high school. His… Continue reading →

Review: Pixar’s poignant production ‘Inside Out’ worth applauding

Photo by Disney-Pixar --  From left, bottom row, 11-year-old Riley's emotions -- Sadness, Anger, Disgust. Joy and, top, Fear -- experience a crisis in 'Inside Out.'

“Inside Out” has the cute characters, lively and deep storytelling, technical marvels and beautiful production values audiences expect from Pixar Animation Studios. The movie is also an especially poignant entry in the Pixar catalog. Humor, while not entirely absent, takes a backseat to dramatic, escalating crisis. Co-directed by Oscar-winning Pixar veteran Pete Docter… Continue reading →

Review: Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson subject of bittersweet biopic

Photo by FRANCOIS DUHAMEL -- Paul Dana, center, plays Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson in 'Love & Mercy.'

“Love & Mercy,” a biopic about Brian Wilson, casts two actors as the musical genius behind The Beach Boys. Off-putting as the unusual approach may be, it works. Beautiful and heartbreaking, “Love & Mercy” earns its place alongside the best biopics, including Oscar winners “Ray” and “Capote.” Paul Dano (“12 Years a Slave,” “Little Miss Sunshine”)… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge’s Jay Ducote, of BiteandBooze.com and ‘Food Network Star,’ teaches puppets the fine points of drinking alcohol on GeekNation.com show

Photo provided by Free Booze Friday -- Jay Ducote poses with his puppet costars from 'Free Booze Friday

Jay Ducote now has a deal for more than one show. Video production company tommysTV teamed up with Ducote, of BiteandBooze.com and “Food Network Star,” signed a deal with GeekNation.com for their series “Free Booze Friday.” The show features Ducote as a bartender serving drinks and educating patrons about alcohol.… Continue reading →

Comedian Tony King makes the jump from radio to TV with his own nationally syndicated late-night show

Photo provided by  KASHANNA BRADFORD -- Longtime radio host 'Tony King has made his transition to television with the 'Tony King Live' variety show.

Whether he’s auditioning for “Magic Mike XXL” in a comedy skit, skyping with a celebrity guest or dishing on the news of the day, Tony King maintains the same goal for his late-night show. “We just wanna have fun,” the host of the nationally syndicated and locally produced “Tony King Live!” said prior to a recent show… Continue reading →

’Jurassic World’ bites off biggest global bow in history

Photo by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment –- The Indominus rex threatens dinosaurs and humans in ‘Jurassic World.’

LOS ANGELES — Dinosaurs are anything but extinct at the box office. “Jurassic World,” the fourth film in the series, became the highest global opener of all time with a staggering $511.8 million in its first days in theaters. It also devoured a number of domestic box office records with a $204.6 million take, according to… Continue reading →

Review: Hugely entertaining ‘Jurassic World,’ partially filmed in Baton Rouge, roars onto screen

Photo by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment -- Owen (Chris Pratt) attempts to keep theme park attractions at bay in ‘Jurassic World.'

As a character in the new “Jurassic Park” sequel says, the public wants bigger, louder entertainment. For island theme park and resort Jurassic World, bigger and louder also means more teeth and a bigger appetite. “Jurassic World,” shot in Hawaii, Southern California, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, serves moviegoers bigger, louder, closer encounters with hungry prehistoric… Continue reading →

Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ tops with $30 million; ‘Entourage’ lags

Photo by LARRY HORRICKS -- Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy.'

NEW YORK — Melissa McCarthy notched her first No. 1 box-office debut as a leading lady with the $30 million opening of the espionage comedy “Spy,” leaving the guys of “Entourage” in the dust. The result added to the string of success of McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig, who first united on the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids.” While… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Entourage’ needs less excess, more emotion

Warner Bros. Pictures photo by CLAUDETTE BARIUS -- Perrey Reeves, left, as Mrs. Ari, and Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold, share a scene in Warner Bros. Pictures,' Home Box Office's and RatPac-Dune Entertainment's comedy 'Entourage.'

Like the HBO show, “Entourage” delights in Hollywood excess. This is a world where you might land your helicopter on someone’s lawn to crash a business meeting, or take a little yacht to meet up with your buddy on his bigger yacht. It’s a land of celebrities, wealth and topless women. This is the Hollywood… Continue reading →

Review: Melissa McCarthy stars in spy spoof

Photo by LARRY HORRICKS -- Allison Janney, left, Melissa McCarthy, in 'Spy.'

Following the funny business they made in “The Heat” and “Bridesmaids,” Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig are at it again. McCarthy, having respectively co-starred and a played supporting role in those films, takes the lead and runs with it in “Spy.” Alongside the several funny supporting performances in the movie, McCarthy emerges unquestionably… Continue reading →

Create Louisiana, Film Society and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities create filmmaking grant

Associated Press file photo by Jaap Buitendijk/Fox Searchlight -- Steve McQueen directs during filming of the New Orleans-area shot '12 Years a Slave.'

The New Orleans Film Society, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Create Louisiana have established the 2016 Create Louisiana Filmmakers Grant. The $50,000 grant will provide funding to a Louisiana production team for the making of a short film. Applications will open in August and be available at www.createlouisiana.com. More details, including grant… Continue reading →

Review: Say goodbye, not hello, to Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

This photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows, Bradley Cooper, left, and Alec Baldwin, in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "Aloha." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015. (Neal Preston/Sony Pictures Entertainment via AP)

Cameron Crowe loves a good failure story, and specifically what happens after a disastrous fall from the top. If Crowe were a character in his own film, the fiasco of “Aloha,” and nearly all of his post-“Almost Famous” movies, would provide the perfect intro. Unfortunately, “Aloha” is not part of some larger redemption narrative for Crowe (at… Continue reading →

Review: Dwayne comes to the rescue, but he forgot the script

HOLD FOR STORY - This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Carla Gugino as Emma, in a scene from the action thriller, "San Andreas." The movie releases in theaters on May 29, 2015.  (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

It’s sure been a rough year for Hollywood. First there was the stinging Sony hacking scandal. And now we have the humbling image of the Hollywood letters themselves toppling to the ground, as most of California is pulverized by an earthquake — make that earthquakes, plural — in “San Andreas.” If those letters toppling sounds like a… Continue reading →

Separating earthquake fact from fiction in ‘San Andreas’

Warner Bros. Pictures photo by JASIN BOLAND -- Paul Giamatti as Lawrence and Archie Panjabi as Serena seek a safer spot as earthquakes rock San Francisco in the new film, 'San Andreas.'

The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge. Hollywood’s favorite geologic bad guy is back in “San Andreas” — a fantastical… Continue reading →

Business is picking up: ‘American Pickers’ hit Texas, Louisiana, looking for underappreciated collectibles

Photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz -- Mike Wolfe shows a vintage cigarette machine brought home from a pick.

Louisiana and Texas were ripe for the picking, or in this case, the pickers, when Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz headed south in their white Antique Archaeology van recently. The stars of History’s “American Pickers,” the pair’s mission is to comb the country in search of antiques, vintage memorabilia and other oddities; wheel and deal and… Continue reading →

Business is picking up ‘American Pickers’ scour Texas and Louisiana, looking for underappreciated collectibles

Photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz -- Mike Wolfe shows a vintage cigarette machine brought home from a pick.

Louisiana and Texas were ripe for the picking, or in this case, the pickers, when Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz headed south in their white Antique Archaeology van recently. The stars of History’s “American Pickers,” the pair’s mission is to comb the country in search of antiques, vintage memorabilia and other oddities; wheel and deal and eventually… Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

Louisiana singers finish 2nd, 4th on 'The Voice'

NBC photo by TRAE PATTON -- Koryn Hawthorne, left, takes the stage with her coach,  Pharrell Williams, on the live finals of 'The Voice' last week.

Ponchatoula native Meghan Linsey and Abbeville’s Koryn Hawthorne finished in the second- and fourth-runners-up spots respectively on NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night. Sixteen-year-old Sawyer Fredericks, of Fultonville, New York, was named the winner of the reality singing competition series’ Season 8. Joshua Davis, of Travese City, Michigan, finished third. “The competition aside, we… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Review: Star trio doesn’t weather well in ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

Photo provided by IFC Films - Kristen Stewart, left, and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria.'

Esoteric and, despite having the Swiss Alps as a backdrop, stage bound, “Clouds of Sils Maria” has too much talk and too little soul. Filled with arguments about acting and the interpretation of text, this drama is an academic treatise with movie stars. The story centers upon a trio of characters played by 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 →

’Avengers’ sequel tops charts, crushes ‘Hot Pursuit’

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Reese Witherspoon, right, and Sofia Vergara appear in a scene from "Hot Pursuit." (Sam Emerson/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES — The “Age of Ultron” is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $77.2 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. The film has earned a staggering $312.9 million in just 10 days in theaters, tying with “The Dark Knight” to become… Continue reading →

‘Avengers’ sequel tops charts, crushes ‘Hot Pursuit’

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Reese Witherspoon, right, and Sofia Vergara appear in a scene from "Hot Pursuit." (Sam Emerson/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The “Age of Ultron” is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $77.2 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. The film has earned a staggering $312.9 million in just 10 days in theaters, tying with “The Dark Knight” to become… Continue reading →

Vincent D’Onofrio to appear Saturday and Sunday at film festival

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio, co-star of the new thriller “Broken Horses,” will introduce the film at 9:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the Louisiana International Film Festival at Cinemark Perkins Rowe. D’Onofrio will conduct question-and-answer sessions following both screenings. D’Onofrio’s upcoming films include one of the summer’s most anticipated films, “Jurassic World.” He’s also… Continue reading →

Haley sees dreams come true with ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

Photo provided by Bleecker Street -- Blythe Danner stars in 'I’ll See You in My Dreams,' showing Saturday at the Louisiana International Film Festival.

Nearly every reporter he speaks to asks Brett Haley, 31, why his feature-film debut is about people who are 40 years his senior. In Haley’s “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Blythe Danner, 72, plays a retired schoolteacher and widow in Los Angeles whose routine-dedicated life is upended when her beloved… Continue reading →

Review: Witherspoon and Vergara crash in ‘Hot Pursuit’

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Reese Witherspoon appears in a scene from "Hot Pursuit." (Sam Emerson/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

“Hot Pursuit” has all the trappings of a buddy comedy except that whole comedy part. The pairing of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, like the recent Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard,” is predicated on the distance between the two in height and culture. But, good lord, where are the jokes? Witherspoon plays an uptight,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘D Train’ stops short of destination

IFC Films photo by Hilary Bronwyn Gayle -- James Marsden, left, and Jack Black respectively co-star as the most popular and most unpopular guys in their high school, class of 1994, in 'The D Train.'

The briefly amusing high-school reunion comedy “The D Train” gets some things right. The right stuff exists mostly in the casting. Late 30-somethings James Marsden and Jack Black respectively co-star as the most popular and most unpopular guys in their high school, class of 1994. Black’s Dan Landsman fancies himself chairman of the alumni committee that’s… Continue reading →

La. International Film Festival’s eclectic program continues through Sunday

Photo provided by Louisiana International Film Festival -- 'Khalil Gibran's The Prophet' will be shown at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

The third annual Louisiana International Film Festival continues through Sunday at Cinemark Perkins Rowe. In addition to the film screenings, workshops and other activities will take place throughout Perkins Rowe. The festival includes world and Louisiana premieres. The eclectic program features dramas, comedies, animation, documentaries, foreign-language films and shorts. Single tickets… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Age of Ultron’ is an Avengers overdose

Photo provided by Disney/Marvel -- Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark in the film, 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron.'

It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director’s filmography that in between Joss Whedon’s two “Avengers” films there reads “Much Ado About Nothing”: a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made. In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” there is definitely aplenty… Continue reading →