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‘Duck Dynasty’ star makes ‘Dancing’ finals

ABC photo by Adam Taylor -- Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas react to the judges' scores on Monday night's 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Louisiana contestant Sadie Robertson has made it to Tuesday’s finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The “Duck Dynasty” reality show personality and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas wowed the judges Monday night with a repeat of the samba they performed Oct. 6, dancing to Pharrell’s “Hunter.” The couple scored 38/40 with the… Continue reading →

Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the 92Y Presents Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis In Conversation at the 92nd St. Y in New York. Franklin, in a statement to the Associated Press on Tuesday, called David Ritzs unauthorized biography, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin, a trashy book. Ritz has written a number of biographies, ranging from Etta James to Rick James to Ray Charles. He has won the Ralph Gleason Music Book Award four times, and last year he received the ASCAP Timothy White Award for outstanding musical biography for the Buddy Guy book, When I Left Home. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul says don’t waste your money — or soul — on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz’s “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,” a “trashy book.” The two have a history of collaborating: Franklin and award-winning Ritz worked together on… Continue reading →

’Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3 million

This Nov. 21, 2014 photo shows Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume and a three-sheet poster from

NEW YORK (AP) — Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” has sold for more than $3 million at an auction in New York City. The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor.… Continue reading →

‘Frozen’ star Idina Menzel to perform at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre in July

Photo by ROBIN WONG -- Idina Menzel

Singer and actress Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in the animated Disney hit “Frozen,” will perform at the Saenger Theatre on July 30. Menzel’s recording of “Let It Go,” the Oscar-winning song from “Frozen,” was a Top 10 hit and a million-seller. “Frozen” has also become the highest-grossing animated movie in history. The… Continue reading →

‘Pitch’ trailer features several BR spots

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crews work to film 'Pitch Perfect 2' in June at BREC's Highland Road Community Park in Baton Rouge.

There’s the LSU Quad, BREC’s Highland Road Community Park and the LSU Union Theater. Those are just a few of the local sites which pop up on the just-released trailer for the feature film “Pitch Pefect 2.” The film was shot over the summer in Baton Rouge and is a sequel to 2012’s “Pitch Perfect,” also… Continue reading →

More Cosby shows canceled as women allege assault

In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington.  Cosby's appearance at Tuscons Desert Diamond Casino has been canceled. No reason was given by the casino for the canceled date, which had been scheduled for Feb. 15. In the past week, numerous allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby from a number of women have led to canceled interviews and NBC and Netflix projects. The Cosby Show also was pulled off the air on TV Land. Cosby issued a statement Sunday discrediting decades-old accusations and his attorney has denied four of the allegations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stage performances by Bill Cosby in Las Vegas, Illinois, Arizona and South Carolina have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. Officials at the Treasure Island hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip said Friday they mutually agreed with the comedian to… Continue reading →

Review: Jennifer Lawrence shines in ‘Mockingjay’

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Gamers: Mockingjay -- Part 1.'

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” bides its time. In doing so, the film diminishes the impact of its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and mutes the urgency in Suzanne Collins’ futuristic “Hunger Games” novels. Breaking book No. 3 of the “Hunger Games” trilogy into two movies, the filmmakers responsible for “Mockingjay — Part 1” deliver… Continue reading →

Red’s best bets for holiday movie season

Photo by MARK POKOMY -- Ian McKellen, left, and Orlando Bloom reprise their roles in the final installment of the Hobbit series, 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.'

The holiday movie season starts Friday with surefire hit “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Like the book series-based “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” movie franchises that preceded the likewise lucrative “Hunger Games” movies, the “Mockingjay” filmmakers are stretching their box office receipts by dividing one book into two movies. Let’s hope they don’t save all of the best… Continue reading →

Making music is a family affair for Parmalee

Photo by BBR Music Group -- Parmalee

After grinding hard in the music business for a decade, country-rock band Parmalee’s efforts paid big rewards this year. Two of the North Carolina group’s songs went Top 10. “Carolina” became the band’s first No. 1 hit and “Close Your Eyes” recently became the group’s second Top 10 hit. Both songs are from… Continue reading →

LSU brings ‘Dido and Aeneas’ opera to stage for two performances

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --   Aeneas, played by Jame Turcotte, lifts up Dido, played by Chelsey Geeting, in a scene from LSU Opera's 'Dido and Aeneas.'

Aeneas is the perfect guy — strong yet gentle, protective and attentive, not to mention good-looking. He’s also a Trojan hero. Maybe he’s too perfect, which is reason enough for Dido’s mistrust. For when something seems too good to be true, it usually is, and Aeneas will deceive her before all is said and done, thereby… Continue reading →

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro hits the mark from start to finish

Photo by Tim Arnold -- The fig cobbler with brandy sauce at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro was outstanding.

Sometimes eating out is about sustenance, and sometimes it’s the night’s main event. Our party enjoyed the latter recently at Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro in Lafayette. Elegant yet relaxed, we enjoyed good food and good conversation with charming service. The doors of the spacious dining area open up to the view of a beautiful dark… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area calendar for Nov. 21-27, 2014

Photo provided by Feline Features LLC -- 'PEG + CAT + HOLIDAYS,' a new one-hour special including three holiday-themed stories, will premiere Dec. 17 on PBS Kids.Young fans can see a screening of the special and meet Peg + Cat at an event Monday at the LPB Studios.

The Baton Rouge calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surround areas from Nov. 21-27, 2014. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Foo Fighters’ documentary brings them back to N.O.

Photo by ANDREW STUART -- Dave Grohl joins Preservation Hall Jazz Band players Ben Jaffe, Clint Maedgen, Rickie Monie, Mark Braud, Ronell Johnson and Freddie Lonzo in New Orleans in May.

London’s massive Wembley Stadium and New Orleans’ tiny Preservation Hall. The Foo Fighters, the American rock band led by singer, guitarist and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, performed in the vastly different concert spaces with equal delight. In May, the Foo Fighters turned Preservation Hall into their recording studio. The traditional jazz venue at 726 St.… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Nov. 21-27, 2014

Photo by SHELBY DUNCAN -- A.J. Croce --A.J. Croce, the singer, songwriter and recording artist son of Jim Croce, performs Friday at the Red Dragon Listening Room, 2401 Florida St. Patrick Sylvest opens the show at 8 p.m. Croce recorded his latest album, 'Twelve Tales,' in various cities throughout the country. Those cities include New Orleans, where Croce worked with local musicians and songwriter, producer and pianist Allen Toussaint.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Nov. 21-27, 2014. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Nov. 21-27, 2014

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

JAMBALAYA LUNCH PLATE FUNDRAISER: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Crossroads Church, 1006 N. Oak St., Hammond. Jambalaya, white beans, bread and dessert plates, $8. To benefit SOAR (Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources). (985) 792-7627 or… Continue reading →

One Direction’s ‘Four’ teen dream in song

One Direction has done the almost impossible for a boy band: The English-Irish quintet has held the fickle attentions of teenage girls the world over for three years — the equivalent of 30 in tween years — and the band’s new album, “Four,” isn’t likely to diminish the group’s stronghold.… Continue reading →

LSU Theatre presents Fall Dance Concert

The LSU Department of Theatre will present its 2014 Fall Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Reilly Theater, Tower Drive on campus. The concert features the LSU Dance Ensemble with choreography by Sandra Parks, head of dance, along with LSU dance instructors Blair Buras, Christine Chrest and Susan Perlis. The… Continue reading →

Fairs & festivals for Nov. 21-27, 2014

Photo provided by JOE MILAM -- The Louisiana Indian Heritage Association's 2014 Princess is Jaclyn Wagers. Its fall powwow takes place Saturday and Sunday in Gonzales.

41ST ANNUAL BROADMOOR HIGH ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor High School, 10100 Goodwood Blvd. There will be hand-crafted items including paintings, toys, jewelry and more from more than 200 artists. Santa will be the special guest. $3, parking $2. (225) 926-1420 or Continue reading →

The next course at Arnaud’s? A new one.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The sister and brother team of Katy and Archie Casbarian run Arnaud's Restaurant together and are beginning to put their own stamp on the menu.

The black drum Mitchell was arrayed at a jaunty angle, its bright, light-tasting sauce was a reduction of bouillabaisse broth and it rested over a cool, crunchy tangle of mirliton slaw. It was nothing revolutionary, but it did feel contemporary and since it was served at Arnaud’s Restaurant, the dish was definitely a signal.… Continue reading →

‘Civilization’ shoots for the stars

Photo provided by 2K Games -- A scene unfolds in the new video game, 'Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.'

Our planet isn’t in very good shape. The good news, according to “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth” (2K Games, for the PC, $49.99), is that we’ll be able to hang around for another 500 years or so. The bad news: After that, we’d better start looking for a new home. It’s not the freshest sci-fi premise… Continue reading →

New Orleans calendar for Nov. 21-27, 2014

Rick Bragg will sign copies of his recent book, 'Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story,' at 6 p.m. Friday at Octavia Books in New Orleans.

The New Orleans calendar is a listing of events taking place in New Orleans and surround areas from Nov. 21-27, 2014. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

O’Keefe painting sells for record $44.4 million in NYC

Artist Georgia O'Keefe, shown in an undated portrait by by Ralph Looney. (AP Photo/Ralph Looney, University Press of Colorado)

NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. Sotheby’s New York says the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” sold Thursday during the auction house’s sale of American art. The painting… Continue reading →

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

Journalist Diane Sawyer and director Mike Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mike Nichols, at Sony Pictures Studios in this June 10, 2010, file photo taken in Culver City, Calif. ABC News confirms director Mike Nichols and husband of Diane Sawyer died Wednesday evening Nov. 19, 2014. He was 83. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as “The Graduate,” “Angels in America” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” has died. He was 83. The death was confirmed by ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday. Nichols died… Continue reading →

Check out a sneak peek of Baton Rouge-shot movie ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crews work to film 'Pitch Perfect 2' June 20 in Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge.

Audiences can get their first peek at the Baton Rouge-shot “Pitch Perfect 2” movie on the cover and inside this week’s EW magazine. The film was shot over the summer and is a sequel to 2012’s “Pitch Perfect,” also shot in the city, mostly on the LSU campus. According to the movie database IMDb,… Continue reading →

NBC scraps Cosby television project

Bill Cosby

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project as another sexual assault allegation against the comic has emerged. NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the project “is no longer under development,” and had no… Continue reading →

Foo Fighters at House of Blues on Friday, just in time for HBO premiere

Photo by  STEVE GULLICK Foo Fighters perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

House of Blues announced on Tuesday that the Foo Fighters will perform at the Decatur Street music venue Friday, Nov. 21. Tickets must be purchased directly through Ticketmaster, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets go on sale at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 19. Price is $20. All tickets for the Foo Fighters’ House… Continue reading →

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes new sand tiger shark

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the addition of its newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Caroline, a 3-year-old sand tiger shark, arrived on Nov. 5 from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The sand tiger shark is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and is… Continue reading →

Reality-based networks reaching into scripted TV

This image released by Bravo shows Paul Adelstein, from left, Conner Dwelly, Lisa Edelstein, and Dylan Schombing in a scene from

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a zebra change its stripes? Not likely. But these days numerous reality-based networks are sporting new stripes in the form of scripted fare as they move to stretch their brand and freshen their look. Consider: — TruTV last month added several scripted series to the mix, including the sketch-comedy show… Continue reading →

Stars hunger for more ‘Hunger Games’

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the stars of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” speak about wanting to keep the franchise going forever at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere.… Continue reading →

Cosby clarifies denial as new allegations arise

Comedian Bill Cosby is still under fire -- and staying quiet about -- various sexual abuse allegations alleged to have taken place over the last four decades.… Continue reading →

Prague wall dedicated to John Lennon painted over

A woman walks past Prague's

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Prague’s colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over. The wall located at the heart of the Czech capital began to be painted with Lennon’s images and related graffiti after the Beatle’s assassination in 1980. Under the communist regime, it became a symbol of freedom and… Continue reading →

Here’s how 3 Florida guys manage to play video games for a living

In this Nov. 6, 2014 photo, Brett Borden, left, and Robert Schill take a smoke break outside their 1920s-era Mediterranean-revival home in Lakeland, Fla. They are two of the stars of StreamerHouse, which is a part of, an online network that attracts tens of millions of visitors, most of whom watch footage of other people playing video games. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — From nine to five, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central Florida. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people watch. His web channel has more than 35 million hits in one year. And Schill gets paid for it. He’s a shift worker,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Jim Carrey, left, and Jeff Daniels in a scene from

Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing return. Twenty years have passed since audiences first met and improbably fell for Lloyd and Harry (Jeff Daniels), and the boys are up to their same old stunts,… Continue reading →

Review: Stewart displays sure hand in ‘Rosewater’

This image released by Open Road Films shows Gael Garcia Bernal in a scene from the film,

You can take the man away from the humor. But you clearly can’t always take the humor from the man. This gratifying principle proves true both for the Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned for 118 days in Tehran and accused of being a spy, and of Jon Stewart, who captures Bahari’s harrowing tale in… Continue reading →

‘Sins of the Father’ gets new spices, surprises for 20th anniversary

Photo provided by Pinkerton Road -- Gabriel encounters some 'unhelpful' skeletons when his investigation takes him beyond New Orleans, to Benin, West Africa.

Like any good movie monster, a cult classic is hard to keep down. Just when you think you’ve seen the last of it, it’s back for more. The groundbreaking “Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father” paired a spooky supernatural murder mystery set in New Orleans with brainy puzzles that put the player in charge of the… Continue reading →

Jousters, sword-fighters here for annual Renaissance Fest

Photo provided by RANDAL SCOTT -- Michael Moody, left, and Randal Scott demonstrate their dueling skills. They'll be performing at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival through Dec. 7.

Modern folk can wander among nobles and peasants, heckle jousters or watch a falcon hunt its prey at the annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival, which has returned to the outskirts of Hammond for six weekends through Dec. 7. Every fall, the 16-acre site is transformed into the medieval English village… Continue reading →

Roux & Brew brings dining perfection to newly remodeled space

Photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Tender and juicy, the ribeye was further enhanced by a topping of grilled shrimp.

Diners in Ponchatoula and beyond have welcomed back some familiar faces to the local restaurant scene. Randy and Kayla Tomeny, who operated C’est Bon Restaurant in the quaint city’s downtown from 1996 to 2006, have returned to the same Railroad Avenue spot with a new, remodeled eatery with a new name, Roux & Brew Seafood & Steakhouse.… Continue reading →

Darrell Scott wraps up 2014 dates with final show in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by Michael J Media -- Darrell Scott

Singer-songwriter Darrell Scott didn’t live in rural Kentucky long. His parents moved north, like so many other Southerners, in search of a better life. But Scott, whose Kentucky roots run for generations, never lost his mountain soul. It’s easy to hear his ancestral home in the poignancy of one of Scott’s best-known songs,… Continue reading →

Todd O’Neill Band set to play St. Aloysius Parish Fair

Advocate file photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Todd O'Neill performs with the Todd O'Neill Band during Bayou Country Superfest Fan Fest at LSU in May.

Todd O’Neill grew up in Hammond with parents and older siblings who all liked different kinds of music. Under one roof, O’Neill heard contemporary country music, classic country, classic rock, pop and doo-wop. And at the future singer’s grandparents’ house, his grandmother played classic country albums by Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves… Continue reading →

‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’ brings ‘Bill’ and more to capital city stage

Photo by Tim Trumble -- The cast of Childsplay Theatre's

Schoolhouse Rock Live!” is stopping at the Manship Theatre’sConjunction Junction” on Thursday, Nov. 20, to roll out “Interplanet Janet,” “Just a Bill” and the “Preamble.” Of course, those are only a few favorites of fans who grew up watching ABC’s educational cartoon shorts. And fans span at least three generations.… Continue reading →

LSU Block and Bridle Club presents 77th annual rodeo

Photo provided by The LSU Reveille --  Two bull wranglers work together to capture the bull during a past Block and Bridle rodeo in the LSU Parker Coliseum.

The Block and Bridle Club at LSU will host its 77th annual rodeo at Parker Coliseum on campus Friday and Saturday night. With the theme “Cajun Roots and Cowboy Boots,” Friday night is college student night, and any college student with a valid ID is eligible to enter. Saturday night is an open rodeo, open to all… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area calendar for Nov. 14-20, 2014

Photo provided by Antoine Mitchell -- Antoine Mitchell's 2013 acrylic painrting, 'Sistaahhh, You Been on My Mind,' was inspired by a scene from the 1985 film 'The Color Purple.' The painting is part of the exhibit, 'Profile of a Black Woman,' which runs through Sunday, Nov. 30, at Greenwell Springs Regional BRanch Library.

The Baton Rouge area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Nov. 14-20, 2014. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Jimmy Vaughan will perform at LA Vets Fest in St. Francisville

Photo by Todd V. Wolfson -- Jimmie Vaughan

When Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters took his traveling HBO music series, “Sonic Highways,” to Austin, the Texas music people he interviewed included Willie Nelson, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and, naturally, Jimmie Vaughan. Blues-rocker Vaughan — who’s performing Saturday at the LA Vets Fest in St. Francisville — formed the Fabulous Thunderbirds in… Continue reading →

‘Requiems’ wraps up six-part thriller series

Photo provided by Hedges Pictures -- Hurricane victim Melanie (Brittany Kriger) warns Nurse Angela (Jenny Ballard) of the dangerous dolls left behind by the voodoo queen Marie Laveau in an upcoming episode of Hedges Pictures' web series 'Requiems.'

Call it the “Requiems” premiere part two, when audiences will be able to see how the Hedges Pictures psychological thriller series wraps up in one fell swoop Friday in Theatre Baton Rouge’s Studio Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Nov. 14-20, 2014

Photo provided by the Agency Group -- John Michael Montgomery -- Country star John Michael Montgomery performs Friday at the Texas Club.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Nov. 14-20, 2014. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →