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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 →

Red Stick Festival promotes state’s technological contributions around the world


LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, or CCT, will present the Red Stick International Festival Friday through Sunday at numerous downtown venues. The festival brings out the exciting and fun side of technology, organizers say. “Creative arts and technology mash-ups are exploding around Louisiana,” said Jesse Allison of LSU’s Experimental Music & Digital Media… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for May 29-June 4, 2015

Photo provided by Gale Roy -- Gloria Genusa's 'Fossil of the Fields' was a winner at last year's 'Petite Gallerie,' part of the 'Treasures of Pointe Coupee' show. This year's exhibit opens Friday.

OPENING RECEPTION FOR “TREASURES OF POINTE COUPEE”: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Julien Poydras Museum, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. The theme is “Masterpieces.” The exhibit will span two weekends with weekday viewings available on special request. Through June 5.… Continue reading →

Review: From Mexican standards to unique twists, Cabo’s Grill serves it up right

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The brisket tacos at Cabo's were acceptable, but nothing special.

We’re not snobs about chain restaurants, because they wouldn’t become chains unless people liked the original restaurant’s fare. But we still like a stand-alone restaurant that adds its own flair to familiar dishes. So it is with Cabo’s Grill in Zachary. Not everything we tried there was a home run — the baseball analogy is appropriate because… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Witcher III’ an intimate story in epic trappings

Photo provided by CD Projekt RED -- Slaying monsters is just one of Geralt of Rivia's many talents in 'The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.'

Geralt of Rivia may be trapped in medieval times, but he’s the epitome of a Renaissance man. The hero of “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt” (Warner Bros., for the) is a monster slayer, a ghost hunter, a swordsman and a wielder of vicious fireballs. Yet he’s also a detective, an alchemist, a playwright and a shameless… Continue reading →

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell together again for new album

Invision/AP photo by AMY SUSSMAN -- Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris

Even though the server got his order wrong, Rodney Crowell waits patiently for his egg-white omelet. He chats with Emmylou Harris as she picks at her grapefruit, revealing his easygoing nature and their comfort with each other. But more than having similar personalities, it’s evident they share the same sense of… Continue reading →

Blake Shelton, Superfest delayed by severe rains, but classy, country-home show warms Tiger Stadium crowd

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Country music star Blake Shelton closes out the 2015 Bayou Country Superfest, Sunday, May 24, 2015, on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

Blake Shelton, country singing star and coach for TV’s “The Voice,” felt some pressure Sunday night in Tiger Stadium. Shelton, Bayou Country Superfest’s Sunday night headliner, took the stage 30 minutes after his scheduled starting time. Earlier, he’d watched his singing star wife, Miranda Lambert, perform during a rainstorm that drenched Tiger Stadium. Wind and… 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 →

Superstar Taylor Swift encores in Tiger Stadium


Taylor Swift returns Friday to Tiger Stadium. It will be her second performance in the venerable football fortress. In 2010, the then 20-year-old Swift topped day one of the first Bayou Country Superfest. Her appearance was a mutual love fest between the young singer and her even younger fans. Shortly into that Superfest show,… Continue reading →

Quick QA with Brantley Gilbert, Cassadee Pope: Two artists performing at Bayou Country Superfest rank their favorite Louisiana dishes; offer reflections on LSU Tiger football

Cassadee Pope; Brantley Gilbert

The Advocate caught up with country music artists Brantley Gilbert and Cassadee Pope for their impressions and reactions to Louisiana culture and living. Here are their answers: Brantley Gilbert 1) What excites you most about playing Bayou Country Superfest? What excites me the most about playing the Bayou Country Superfest is everything that’s leading up… Continue reading →

QA: Miranda Lambert expects thrilling party at Bayou Country Superfest

The Advocate caught up with Miranda Lambert who detailed her expectations of the Bayou Country Superfest and her experiences in Louisiana: 1. What excites you most about playing Bayou Country Superfest? Last year I was about to release my latest album, Platinum, and I missed out on the festival entirely, so I'm really excited to see everyone down there! 2. Whats your favorite… Continue reading →

Season 3 ‘The Voice’ winner, ascending country music star Cassadee Pope proud of debut album

Photo by MEGAN THOMPSON -- Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope, the 25-year-old singer from West Palm Beach, Florida, who won season three of “The Voice,” lives in the heart of Nashville. She’s one of country music’s ascending stars. Last month, Pope made her debut at Stagecoach, the country music festival in Indio, California. She earned great reviews. “That was incredible, really fun,”… 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 →

Lafayette Concert Band plans memorial show

The Lafayette Concert Band will honor America’s military heroes who died in defense of their country with its annual “Songs of Remembrance” concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette. The 70-member, all volunteer adult community band, under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux, will perform marches and patriotic selections in this… Continue reading →

Rush rules: Art-rock band wins hearts, minds, air guitar followers

Photo by RANDY JOHNSON -- Rush

When Foo Fighter Dave Grohl inducted Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, he said, “They did it from the ground up. No hype, no bulls***, without any help from the mainstream press — cough — Rolling Stone!” Early on, the Canadian art-rock band Rush was dismissed as another Led Zeppelin, inspired… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for May 22-28, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Elliott Monroe, then 2, laughs as she rides the motorcycles with her mom Brittany at the carnival during last year's Gonzales Jambalaya Festival. This year's fest run Friday-Sunday.

NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE: various locations, New Orleans. From vinter dinners to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is packed with the flavors of the city. GONZALES JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: Irma Boulevard, Gonzales. The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment,… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for May 22-28, 2015

Photo provided by DOC VOORHIES -- Michael Parich Sr., left, plays H.C. Curry and Andrew Palmintier is Jimmy Curry in Iberia Performing Arts League's 'The Rainmaker.'  Performances start Thursday, May 29, at Essanee Theatre in New Iberia.

MUSIC & MARKET SPRING SERIES: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas. In addition to local music, there will be a vegetable/agricultural commodity spotlight. (337) 948-6263 or RHYTHMS ON THE RIVER: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., downtown Front Street, Morgan City. Weekly live music series. Featuring a performance… Continue reading →

SLU’s ‘Peter & Tink’ flies off to perform in Bogalusa, Covington

Photo by RANDE ARCHER --Southeastern Louisiana University actors are featured in a scene from 'Peter & Tink.' The show is going on the road, with performances in Bogalusa and Covington.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s chapter of Theatre Honorary Alpha Psi Omega’s official tour of “Peter & Tink” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Covington Playmakers, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. This new version of “Peter Pan” sees him as an orphaned boy, long before he became… Continue reading →

Nick Jonas talks hit singles, JoBros, Timberlake, acting

Invision/AP photo by CHRIS PIZZELLO -- Nick Jonas performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Nick Jonas may have become a sex symbol to female fans in the last year, but the singer says his new tour won’t cater just to the ladies. He’s thinking about his male fans, too. “I don’t think I’ll cater physically to the women so that it’s not polarizing to my… Continue reading →

Duchovny cuts new record, tears up about ‘X-Files’

Invision/AP photo by Evan Agostini -- David Duchovny is joined by actress Gillian Anderson for a surprise performance of Neil Young's 'Helpless' at The Cutting Room on May 12 in New York.

Whether you remember him as FBI agent Mulder from “The X-Files” or the womanizing novelist Hank Moody on “Californication,” David Duchovny wants you to know him as something else: The 54-year old actor recently released his first album, “Hell or Highwater.” The actor-director claims he’s never set out to pursue a… 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 →

Bette Midler: Still ‘divine’ at 69

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- Bette Midler brought her ‘Divine Intervention’ tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Bette Midler named her current 22-city North American tour the “Divine Intervention” tour. The singing star and actress has used the word “divine” throughout her career. As every fan knows, her 1972 debut album was titled “The Divine Miss M.” Tours called “Divine Madness,” “Experience the Divine,” “The Divine Miss Millennium Tour” and more followed.… Continue reading →