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‘Long Rangers’ share World War II memories

Remaining members of the famed “Long Rangers” gather for a reunion as work gets underway to preserve records, photographs and memorabilia. Louis Zamperini, who was a part of the group, is the subject of a movie based on the book, “Unbroken.”… Continue reading →

Film academy hosts 1st exhibit in new museum site

Costumes from the film,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood’s premier museum devoted to the movies. “Hollywood Costume” opens Thursday inside the historic May Co. building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is set to reopen as the Academy Museum of Motion… Continue reading →

New museum marks the “Birthplace of Country Music”

Associated Press photo by Jeff Martin -- A large sign spans State Street dividing Virginia and Tennessee in downtown Bristol, Va. The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum. But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, its in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia line.

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum. But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, it’s in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia state line. The museum aims to tell the story of the Bristol Sessions, a series of… Continue reading →

Shelter volunteers take on play time, poop detail

Associated Press photo -- Cornelia Perez, 72, cares for a puppy that is up for adoption at the center, in Vero Beach, Fla. Perez has adopted, fostered, served on its board, worked with students, and coordinated building campaigns and fundraisers. She is the current shelter historian and archivist. Perez started volunteering 60 years ago when she rode her bike to a shack by the railroad tracks and they let her walk the dogs.

LOS ANGELES — Help Wanted: No pay, hours can be lousy and sometimes it stinks. That plea from animal shelters and rescues across the country doesn’t sound very appealing, but thousands of faithful volunteers answer the call every day. “I don’t know how we could function without volunteers. We could never do what we… Continue reading →

Review: Solid Washington in mediocre ‘Equalizer’

Columbia Pictures photo by SCOTT GARFIELD --  Marton Csokas, left, and Denzel Washington appear in a scene from 'The Equalizer'.

If you were lucky enough to catch Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, you saw the hugely charismatic actor portray, in an iconic role, the full complexity of a human being: strengths and weaknesses, attributes and flaws, durability and vulnerability. All topped off, of course, with that boyish Washington charm. Alas, Washington doesn’t… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Boxtrolls’ is a gorgeous, animated gem

Photo provided by Focus Features -- In the new animated feature 'The Boxtrolls,' a subterranean community of harmless trolls is threatened by the evil, power-hungry Archibald Snatcher.

Giving two animation giants, Pixar and Disney, another run for their box office money, the Oregon-based LAIKA animation studio has a new contender in “The Boxtrolls.” Two previous LAIKA films, 2012’s “ParaNorman” and 2009’s “Coraline,” earned Oscar nominations for best animated feature film. Exceptionally entertaining, “The Boxtrolls” will easily follow suit. “The… Continue reading →

Venice to close area for Clooney wedding

Two gondoliers wait for tourists in front of the Cavalli Palace in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Venice city officials are closing a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from George Clooney's wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The city on Thursday issued an order closing walkways accessing the 16th Century Cavalli Palace for at least two hours Monday, citing

MILAN (AP) — Venice city officials on Thursday order the closure of a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from George Clooney’s wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The city order closes pedestrian access to walkways accessing the 16th-Century Cavalli Palace for at least two hours Monday, citing “the George… Continue reading →

Festival Latino blends different cultures with music, food and family fun

Photo provided by Nena Jones --Four thousand people attended Festival Latino last year, organizers say.

Festival Latino takes over BREC Airline Highway Park/Fairgrounds on Sunday. Begun in 1986 as a project of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Hispanic Apostolate’s youth ministry, the event’s purpose was to bring together all Hispanics and Latinos to share the different cultures of their representative countries. The purpose has not changed in its 28… Continue reading →

Look to the skies - it’s the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Spectators gather to watch the specialty balloons at the 2013 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival will be a lot of ballooning and even more festival. “We’ll have balloons, blues and barbecue,” says Martin McConnell, chairman of the nonprofit Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council. The balloon events will remain basically the same as last year, including evening lighted balloon glows with… Continue reading →

Michael Cerveris talks about his tv show, his band and his love of La.

Photo by JACOB BLICKENSTAFF -- Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris’ many performances on stage, in film and television include his recurring role as Cook County State’s Attorney James Castro in the Emmy-winning, Julianna Margulies-starring “The Good Wife.” He also played Marvin Frey, manager of Lucia Micarelli’s Annie in “Treme.” And he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Stephen… Continue reading →

Mike Zito returns to old plans, hits the road with new album

Photo provided by JILL KETTLES -- Mike Zito

Texas-based blues-rock singer-guitarist Mike Zito was busy building his solo career when the chance to form a regional supergroup presented itself. Zito had already written an award-winning song with a future Royal Southern Brotherhood bandmate, Cyril Neville. In 2010, the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee, named their dark and swampy collaboration, “Pearl River,” song… Continue reading →

Two troupes set auditions for upcoming stage productions

Auditions are set this weekend for two area productions. New Venture Theatre’s auditions for its upcoming dancing production, “Love Whitney,” will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hartley/Vey Workshop Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Performed only through dance, “Love Whitney” is a celebration of Whitney Houston. The… Continue reading →

Ambitious ‘Destiny’ lacks imagination

Photo provided by Activision -- 'Destiny,' a new science fiction epic from 'Halo' creators Bungie, has several gorgeous, radically different worlds to explore.

Midway through “Destiny,” the new science fiction epic from “Halo” creators Bungie, a smug prince is musing on the hero’s desire to visit a mysterious site on Mars. “You want to turn it into a battleground,” the prince sneers. “How unimaginative.” It’s exactly the thought that nagged me when I was playing “Destiny” (Activision,… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2014

SLU Public Information Office photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern Louisiana University students Kristina Temple of Amite, left, playing the role of Mrs. Lovette, confronts Allison Joiner of Ponchatoula, playing a beggar, in rehearsal for SLU's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop production of 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.' The final performance is Friday.

INTERNATIONAL ARTS ALMOST SLEEPOVER: 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, 113 N. Cypress St., Hammond. Includes dinner, fashion show, crafts, games, discovery time and the movie “Ratatouille.” $20, members first child and $15 additional child; $25 non-members first child and $20 additional child. (985) 340-9150 or MUSIC & MARKET: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Harpist’s mellow tone soothes apes at St. Paul zoo

In this Aug. 27, 2014, photo Terri Tacheny plays her harp as one of the gorillas stood nearby outside the Primate House at Como Zoo in in St. Paul, Minn. Tacheny, 57, a zoo volunteer, plays once a month for an appreciative audience that ambles down to their barrier as soon as Tacheny begins setting up her harp. Shes been doing it for nearly a decade. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Harpist Terry Tacheny long enjoyed taking her young daughters to Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minn., except for the Primate House, where she thought the gorillas, orangutans and monkeys seemed a little lethargic. Her solution: A little music. Now Tacheny, 57, a zoo volunteer, plays once a month for an appreciative… Continue reading →

James Franco on work relationship with Scott Haze

In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, actor James Franco poses for photographers during a photo call to promote the film Child Of God at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

TORONTO (AP) — As James Franco gets set to open his latest film, “The Sound and the Fury,” the actor-director likes to think of star Scott Haze as the Robert De Niro or Leonardo DiCaprio to his Martin Scorsese. “Scott is one of my favorite actors. I would call him my De Niro. Umm, I would call… Continue reading →

Rare Warhol paintings headed to NYC auction

In this 1976 file photo, pop artist Andy Warhol smiles in New York. . (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Elvis Presley. Marlon Brando. Andy Warhol. The A-list trifecta of music, film and art is going on the auction block at Christie’s in November. “Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)” and “Four Marlons” rate among Warhol’s most famous portraits. The monumental paintings, each nearly 7 feet high, have never appeared at auction before and could… Continue reading →

Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall

In this Jan. 17, 2012, file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. The Paula Deen Network that is heavy on new videos starring the celebrity chef, goes live Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you’ll need to pay to hear it. The former Food Network star has been working on a documentary about herself and her downfall — triggered in 2013 by her acknowledgment that she’d used a racial slur in… Continue reading →

’Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 million

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from the film,

NEW YORK — The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson’s hardboiled private eye thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the… Continue reading →

Review: Neeson in action again in ‘Tombstones’

Photo by Atsushi Nishijima -- Writer/director Scott Frank works on the set of 'A Walk Among the Tombstones.'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s not for nothing that the names of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are reverentially referenced in writer-director Scott Frank’s adaptation of the 10th novel in Lawrence Block’s long-running, best-selling series featuring unlicensed private eye Matthew Scudder. Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is notable… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Maze Runner’ doesn’t find its own path

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Dylan O'Brien, foreground, appears in a scene from

If you see one film about walled-in males this fall, it should be the savage and powerful British prison drama “Starred Up,” a superlatively acted father-son story played out behind bars and starring up-and-coming Jack O’Connell. Not many are likely to make that choice, though, as “The Maze Runner,” based on the James Dashner 2009 fantasy novel,… Continue reading →

Review: A-list cast can’t save sappy ‘Leave You’

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- From left, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver are shown in a scene from 'This Is Where I Leave You.'

Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody’s stuck in one house, with all their quirks and foibles and enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. What could go wrong? Ha ha. What couldn’t? This scenario could be a drama or a comedy — or, in the case of “This Is Where I Leave You,” both: a… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Zero Theorem’s’ story can’t hang on for the wild ride

Photo provided by Amplify Releasing -- Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Thierry star in Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem.'

Director Terry Gilliam’s madcap visual style vibrates through “The Zero Theorem.” His penchant for outsider characters is there, too. The missing ingredient in Gilliam’s and screenwriter Pat Rushin’s nightmarish vision of the present is a tale that’s strong and coherent enough to keep the spectator on board for this crazy trip. The new project from Gilliam… Continue reading →

Louisiana fairs and festivals, Sept. 19-Dec. 24, 2014

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A Ferris wheel gleams at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair. The annual event kicks off Oct. 23 at the Baton Rouge Fairgrounds.

After a long, hot summer, cooler weather means it’s time to celebrate, and almost every town in south Louisiana is ready to join the fun. Area fairs and festivals crowd the calendar from now to the Christmas season, spotlighting every kind of food from omelets to tamales to seafood, pies and spices,… Continue reading →

Louisiana Craft Brewers Week spotlights home-grown beer businesses

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Brewer Jamie Agness checks the progress of fermentation of a beer sample last year at the Abita Brewing Co. in Abita Springs.

Louisianians not only know how to recognize good beer, they also know how to craft it. During the second annual Louisiana Craft Brewers Week running Monday-Saturday, Sept. 28, the state’s 11 breweries will work with their distributors and retailers to host events, debut specialty beers and allow the public to meet the owners and brewers.… Continue reading →

New Orleans musicians take on pregame National Anthem with reverence and a touch of nerves

Photo by Elizabeth McMillan -- The NOCCA Chorus will sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Saints home opener against the Vikings on Sunday. Front row, from left, are John Michael Bradford (horn player), Brianna Wetherington, Whitney Campbell, Garri Paul, Connie New, Lindsey Reynolds, NOCCA faculty Bart Folse. Second row, Imani Francis, Caitlin Ecuyer, Rebecca Nuss, Emily Sheets, Caitlyn Harris, NOCCA faculty Anne Sumich. Back row, David Murray, Dwight Robinette, William Van Horn and  NOCCA faculty Matt Wood.

Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelic “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969. Marvin Gaye’s slow jam on “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star Game in 1983. Whitney Houston’s deeply felt performance at the 1991 Super Bowl. Remarkable versions of the National Anthem can be counted on one hand, while entire web pages are dedicated to failed… Continue reading →

Too many hazy sentiments bog down McGraw

Twenty years after his breakthrough hit, “Indian Outlaw,” Tim McGraw still pushes at country music’s boundaries. His new album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” incorporates contemporary Nashville flourishes while holding onto McGraw’s signature sound — a moody, atmospheric tone developed over the years with producer Byron Gallimore. The album… Continue reading →