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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 →

Jazz & Heritage Archive offering up to three fellowships

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive is offering up to three fellowships to support researchers who want to either use the archive’s materials or contribute to them. Jazz & Heritage Archive fellows will be awarded up to $5,000 to support their research at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive and at other archives, if necessary.… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Sept. 19-25, 2014

Photo provided by JODY POWELL -- Edith Frank (played by Denise Fusilier), scolds her daughter Anne, played by Shiloh Kittles, as her other daughter, Margot (played by Bailey Miller) looks on in a scene from 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' The production has two more performances this weekend in Eunice.

CONTEST WINNERS ART SHOW: 9:30 a.m., Highlands Bank Lobby, 1542 Charter St., Jackson. View the winning paintings of the Jackson Historic Commission 2014 Art Contest. Artists will be presented with awards. POW/MIA DAY CEREMONY: 6 p.m., Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia. Honoring the sacrifice made by prisoners of war and… Continue reading →

Zachary Quinto rules out role in ‘Heroes Reborn’

In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Zachary Quinto attends amfARs fifth annual Inspiration Gala in New York. Quinto will mentor two first-time filmmakers on the unscripted series The Chair, which airs Saturdays on the Starz network.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Zachary Quinto got his big acting break on NBC’s “Heroes,” but he’s ruling out any role in the “Heroes Reborn” miniseries due to air on the network next year. The 37-year-old actor, who’s best known for his role as Spock on the 2009 J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot, says timing is part of… Continue reading →

Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party

In this April 15, 2012, file photo Eminem performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The music publishers for American rapper Eminem are suing New Zealands ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminems song Lose Yourself. A spokesman for the two companies, Joel Martin, said they filed a case Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014,  in the New Zealand High Court and are seeking damages.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand’s ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself.” Joel Martin, a spokesman for… Continue reading →

Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses for photographers during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup. For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor. That immediately touched off a furor on social… Continue reading →

WBRH to feature tribute to Matassa

Photo provided by the Matassa Family -- Cosimo Matassa with singer Baton Rouge singer Jimmy Clanton, whom he managed and recorded.

Baton Rouge Magnet High School radio stations WBRH-FM (90.3) and KBRH-AM (1260) will pay tribute to the late New Orleans recording studio owner and engineer Cosimo Matassa from 8 a.m. through noon, Saturday, Sept. 13. Matassa died Thursday, Sept. 11, at 88. Rob Payer, host of Saturday morning program “The Rhythm… Continue reading →

The Beatles: Recalling the mob scene in City Park 50 years ago

Photo by Ted Rozumalski -- Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon on stage during the September 16,  1964 concert in New Orleans.

The Beatles played their only New Orleans concert on Sept. 16, 1964. The group’s less-than-24-hour visit was by all accounts a full-tilt episode of Beatlemania. On Tuesday, the concert’s 50th anniversary, WYES-TV in New Orleans will mark the event with a performance by Beatles tribute band The Fab Four at Tad Gormley… Continue reading →

Exceptional performances fill ‘The Drop’

Photo by BARRY WETCHER -- Tom Hardy plays Bob and Noomi Rapace is Nadia in 'The Drop.'

Crime drama “The Drop” has an obvious hook. It features James Gandolfini’s final film performance. The late star of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” however, is not the movie’s leading man. Instead, Gandolfini memorably plays a supporting role as Cousin Marv, the scheming manager of a Brooklyn bar. The dark cynicism in Marv serves as further… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Dolphin 2’ a warmly immersive adventure

Photo by Wilson WebbFrom left, Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel Haskett and Harry Connick Jr.. as Dr. Clay Haskett star in 'Dolphin Tale 2,' a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

By MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN The Hollywood Reporter LOS ANGELES (AP) — Containing all the elements that made the 2011 original boy and his dolphin story a hit with audiences and critics, Charles Martin Smith’s “Dolphin Tale 2” is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Bringing together the original cast,… Continue reading →

Interview with ‘The Drop’ actor Matthias Schoenaerts

Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight -- Matthias Schoenaerts as Eric Deeds and Tom Hardy as Bob in 'The Drop.'

“The Drop,” a dark crime drama set in Brooklyn, is Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts’ third film with his Oscar-nominated countryman, director Michaël Roskum. Schoenaerts plays the movie’s primary villain. A psychopath, Eric Deeds stalks Tom Hardy’s easygoing, softhearted bartender, Bob, and Noomi Rapace’s ex-addict immigrant, Nadia. Speaking from the… Continue reading →

The Beatles: Recalling the mob scene in City Park 50 years ago

Photo by Ted Rozumalski -- Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon on stage during the September 16,  1964 concert in New Orleans.

The Beatles played their only New Orleans concert on Sept. 16, 1964. The group’s less-than-24-hour visit was by all accounts a full-tilt episode of Beatlemania. On Tuesday, the concert’s 50th anniversary, WYES-TV in New Orleans will mark the event with a performance by Beatles tribute band The Fab Four at Tad Gormley… Continue reading →

Former Black Crowes frontman enjoys a new direction

Photo provided by the Mitch Schneider Organization -- Chris Robinson Brotherhood

As frontman for the Black Crowes, Chris Robinson hit the big time in 1990 with the release of the Atlanta-based band’s album debut, “Shake Your Money Maker.” Featuring brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, the Crowes successfully revived a free-flowing, raunchy kind of rock that has its roots in blues, classic soul and early rock ’n’ roll.… Continue reading →

Benjamin Booker blasts the blues on new album

Photo provided by Shorefire -- Benjamin Booker

New Orleanian Benjamin Booker is a national sensation with a very low profile here. He moved to New Orleans from Florida in 2012 and played primarily small gigs, but his raw, electric blues got the attention of ATO Records who signed him, and Jack White, who took Booker on tour as the… Continue reading →

Fairs & festivals for Sept. 12-18, 2014

Photo by Walter Clifton -- A hummingbird mother feeds her baby. Visitors may see just such a site at this weekend's Hummingbird Celebration in West Feliciana Parish.

PECAN RIDGE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Alvin and Sadie Havard’s home, 4225 La. 952, Jackson. Featuring music by L&M, McManus Crossin’, Driskill Mountain, Parking Lot Pickers, Cooksey Family, 3D’s & Cousin D and Louisiana Purchase. (225) 629-5852 LYDIA CAJUN FOOD FEST: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Weeks Park, 4412 Weeks Park Road, Lydia.… Continue reading →

To get N.O. weekend brunch before football kickoff, it pays to use a different playbook

Photo by Ian McNulty -- Entomadas combine folded tortilla cakes with eggs and steak for hearty morning meal at Panchita's.

In the beginning, there was breakfast. Then breakfast begat brunch. But then brunch went crazy, and getting some poached eggs and Hollandaise for a laid back weekend meal somehow became a half-day affair of crowd control, waiting lists and self-serve Bloody Mary stations. Even with the boom in new breakfast joints around New Orleans, many… Continue reading →