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Whether pedaling his bike or cruising through genres, cellist Ben Sollee enjoys the ride

Photo provided by the Manship Theatre -- Ben Sollee

The ride is always an adventure, but it isn’t always the wisest choice. There are times when Ben Sollee doesn’t do his research and finds himself riding his bicycle in the steep hills between Kentucky and Tennessee. Or following the sandy Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Pensacola on U.S. 90, which is rigorous enough when… Continue reading →

Bill Murray shines in ‘St. Vincent’

Photo provided by the Weinstein Company -- From left, Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher star in 'St. Vincent.'

Bill Murray finds the perfect Bill Murray role in “St. Vincent.” The veteran comic and sometimes dramatic actor nails the movie’s title role, grouchy Brooklyn retiree Vincent McKenna. Murray’s Vincent amuses and charms, despite the character’s apparent lack of interest in pleasing anyone other than himself. At 64, Murray is ripe for the part, comfortable and… Continue reading →

‘Love’ plods along, not all strangely

Photo by JEONG PARK -- Alfred Molina, left, plays George and John Lithgow is Ben in 'Love Is Strange.'

It’s tempting to guess that if the principal characters in “Love Is Strange” had not been so naïve, they wouldn’t be wrestling with the difficult situation they find themselves in. A self-conscious, tentative drama, “Love Is Strange” concerns George and Ben, two New York City men who have been together for 39 years. When the state… Continue reading →

Love, discipline fuel Neil Diamond’s latest album

Invision/AP photo by VICTORIA WILL -- Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on “Melody Road,” released on Tuesday.… Continue reading →

Sega's ‘Alien: Isolation’ delivers sci-fi terror

Photo provided by Sega -- The video game 'Alien: Isolation' takes place 15 years after the original film 'Alien.'

Ridley Scott’s “Alien” has inspired dozens of video games since its debut in 1979, but “Alien: Isolation” (Sega, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, $59.95) is the first in a while that has aspired to the claustrophobic terror of the original film. Is “Isolation” that bone-chilling and nerve-wracking? Not quite, but… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals for Oct. 24-30, 2014

Photo provided -- Tour  the plantation and  out buildings on the grounds during the Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show in Convent Saturday and Sunday.

SOUTH LOUISIANA BLACKPOT FESTIVAL AND COOK-OFF: Acadian Village, 1717 Veterans Memorial Highway, Eunice. Two days of music, dancing, food, camping and jamming. Live performances range from Cajun and zydeco, to Creole, swing, hot jazz, blues, bluegrass, Americana, Irish and old-time. Also, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space… Continue reading →

Keanu back in action

At the ‘John Wick’ premiere in Los Angeles, actor Keanu Reeves talks about his love of action and how his new role has a dark side.… Continue reading →

Dancing priests become Internet sensation

Father David Rider, left, and father John Gibson pose in front of St. Peter's Basilica after an interview with the Associated press at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28,… Continue reading →

Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ director to meet about role

In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, William Shatner arrives for the 24th annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing “Star Trek 3,” to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with him the other day,” says Shatner.… Continue reading →

No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

Advocate staff photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- A jack-o'-lantern.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it’s time to reschedule the holiday. Communities from West Virginia to Texas are saying they’re OK with celebrating Halloween on, well, not Halloween. Football is king in many rural areas, especially in the South, and that’s a big reason.… Continue reading →

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

This combination file photo made from images provided by Frito-Lay shows the four finalists for its second annual

NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1… Continue reading →

Pregnant Kate back at work after morning sickness

Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wait to greet the President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, and his wife Mary,  at an hotel in London, on the first day of his four-day state visit to the Britain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Anthony Devlin, Pool)

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness. Kate and her husband Prince William welcomed the president of Singapore to London at the start of a state visit Tuesday. She greeted President Tony Tan and his… Continue reading →

Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo,  protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening  in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying “The Met glorifies terrorism”… Continue reading →

Swank, Rossum talk bucket lists

Actresses Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum talk about their ALS drama ‘You’re Not You,’ the countless things they have in common and whether they have bucket lists.… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Book of Life’ celebrates death

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox  shows the character Manolo, voiced by Diego Luna, left, and the character Maria, voiced by Zoe Saldana in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — It’s not surprising that a companion art book to the new animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro has already been released. Steeped in Mexican folk art and inspired by that country’s holiday the Day of the Dead, “The Book of Life” is a visually stunning effort… Continue reading →

‘Fury’ a barrage of heavy-handedness

Sony Pictures Entertainment photo by GILES KEYTE -- Brad Pitt , left, as Wardaddy, and Logan Lerman, right, as Norman, star in Columbia Pictures' 'Fury.'

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely bludgeons him in the eye. Ayer, a veteran of the Navy and… Continue reading →

‘Anything Goes’ sails onto LSU stage

The traveling Broadway production of Cole Porter’s classic musical, “Anything Goes,” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive on campus. “Anything Goes” is the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. When the “S.S. American” heads out to sea, etiquette and… Continue reading →

Blues and BBQ Festival returns to Lafayette Square in New Orleans

Photo provided by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation -- Los Lobos

The Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Festival, one of New Orleans’ favorite fall festivals, returns this weekend for a three-day stand in Lafayette Square Park. Presented each October by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, the Blues and Barbecue Festival is a free event featuring music, food, a big arts market… Continue reading →

Fats Domino documentary is ‘the real thing’

Photo provided by Joe Lauro -- Fats Domino, far left, performed with the Billy Diamond Band before he became a recording star.

From 1950 through 1962, New Orleans’ Fats Domino sold 60 million records. During most of that time, trumpeter, producer and band leader Dave Bartholomew played the essential role of creative partner to the piano-playing star. “The Big Beat,” including extraordinary concert footage from the French National Archives, chronicles Domino’s and Bartholomew’s… Continue reading →

Fairs & Festivals for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo provided by David Stoughton -- Wild Things, a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, takes place Saturday at the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe.

TWISTED OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL: 8 p.m., River Terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. An event championing the classical and art music of Baton Rouge. Performers include Brad Webb: Making Faces, Griffin Campbell, The Odyssey Project, Andy Larson, Rachel Selice, Sonic Art Collective, Amy Wilson and Kimberly Houser. $12. Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo provided by ANDREW MARTIN -- A rail fan check out a model of a Union Pacific freight train. Such displays can be seen at the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders' Trainfest at the Republic of West Florida Museum in Jackson Saturday.

SOUTHEASTERN DANCE - IT WAS THE ’80S: 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre, Southeastern Louisiana University campus, Hammond. $5. 1980s prom to follow, Dance Studio KHS 153. Punch and cookies provided. $10 or $15, couples. TAILGATING COOKOFF: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, The Loreauville… Continue reading →

New ‘Skylanders’ delights, frustrates

Photo provided by Activision -- In the new 'Skylanders Trap Team,' most of the action involves exploring the islands, beating up enemies and collecting loot.

There’s a peculiar kind of tension at work in Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders series. If you just want a dozen or so hours of fun, with fast-paced action and an amusing story, a $75 starter pack will get the job done. But if you want to see every little thing packed into a Skylanders game, be prepared… Continue reading →

With foxes scarce, hunting clubs target coyotes

In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 photo, hunt master William T. Stuart, from Fairfield County Hounds, collects the hounds for a hunt, in Bridgewater, Conn. At the last fox-hunting club in the state, its been three years since the last fox sighting and coyotes have become the hunters new quarry. Coyotes run fast and in rugged terrain they are nearly impossible to catch. None were caught this day. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) — American fox-hunting is a sport so steeped in tradition that riders still wear ties and blazers and cry out “Tally ho!” at the sight of prey. But it is adapting to one dramatic change: Coyotes have displaced foxes in the wild and become the hunters’ new quarry. The bigger, stronger animals pose challenges… Continue reading →

’Modern Family’ actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

This photo provided by courtesy of El Rey Network shows, from left, Elizabeth Pena,  as Maritza Sandoval, Gabriel Luna as Tony Bravo, and Isabella Gomez as Christina Sandoval, in a scene from the television series,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as “Lone Star” and comedic parts in TV shows like “Modern Family,” has died. She was 55. Pena’s manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other… Continue reading →

Jay Leno returning to series TV with CNBC car show

In this May 21, 2014, file photo American comedian Jay Leno smiles during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem.  CNBC is returning Leno to nightly television. The new show, tentatively titled

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Leno is returning to nightly television. The former “Tonight Show” host’s new prime-time venture, tentatively titled, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” and based on his Emmy Award-winning Web series, will premiere on CNBC in 2015, the network announced Wednesday. The precise debut date and frequency of airing are yet to be determined, the network… Continue reading →

Greece pins hopes for Parthenon Sculptures on U.N.

Lawyer Amal Clooney, center, is guided by the Director of the Acropolis museum Dimitris Pantermalis, left, during a visit at the Parthenon hall inside the Acropolis museum in Athens Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney arrived Monday to Greece on a four-day visit to meet government officials, including Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, and advise on Greece's quest to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to Athens. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis, Pool)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — After more than a century of fruitless lobbying, Greece is now pinning its hopes of reclaiming the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon Sculptures from Britain on a mediation effort backed by the U.N. cultural agency. Culture Minister Costas Tassoulas said Wednesday UNESCO has urged Britain to consider a year-old mediation proposal to resolve the world’s… Continue reading →