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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 →

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 →

Report: Progress slow in Nazi art restitution

In this Nov. 6, 2013, file picture a  website showing a painting by Henry Matisse titled 'Sitzende Frau' ('Sitting Woman') which is part of the art  found  in Munich, Germany, as researchers of the Art Loss Register continue their work at their offices in  London. German authorities had discovered more than 1,400 artworks, some by modern masters such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, stacked in a Munich apartment some of them looted art. The Jewish Claims Conference says 15 years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have done

BERLIN (AP) — Fifteen years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have done “little or nothing” to implement them, the Jewish Claims Conference said in a report released Thursday. In the report, the Claims Conference and the World Jewish Restitution Organization… Continue reading →

Guests to join Dr. John onstage at Joy Theater concert

Photo by BRUCE WEBER -- Dr. John

Following the release of his Louis Armstrong tribute album, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch,” Dr. John’s Sept. 20 concert at the Joy Theater will feature many special guests. The guest list includes New Orleans trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton and drummer Herlin Riley, all of whom appear on the album. Dr. John’s music director Sarah Morrow, who did much of… Continue reading →

For gamers, waiting can be the hardest part

This photo provided by Ubisoft shows the video game, Tom Clancys The Division.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to video games, are they better late than never? At this week’s GameStop Expo, the video game retailer’s annual consumer-centric event, more than 3,000 attendees had the chance to test drive highly anticipated titles like “Evolve,” “Dying Light” and “Battlefield Hardline” in the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center. However,… Continue reading →

Nicki Minaj: Natural look stems from confidence

Nicki Minaj attends Fashion Rocks on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj, who has recently dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look, says it’s because she’s more comfortable in her skin. “I kind of feel now that I look more like my regular old self, like what I look like when I’m at home,” she said in… Continue reading →

Wild Turkey maker reaches 60th year in business

In this Aug. 22, 2014, photo, Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell pours a sample of the whiskey he makes to a visitor at the distillery near Lawrenceburg, Ky.  During his 60 years in the bourbon-making business, Russell has seen his duties expand to brand ambassador to promote Wild Turkey. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) — Jimmy Russell strolled into a roomful of tourists, and soon the patriarch of Kentucky bourbon was surrounded by fans, posing for pictures and autographing bottles. The man behind Wild Turkey even took a turn as barkeeper, pouring samples of amber whiskey at the distillery’s visitors’ center. When Brian Leathers of Hammond, Louisiana, told… Continue reading →

Ailing Cher postpones tour stops in NY, NH

In this May 17, 2014, file photo, Cher performs during the D2K Tour 2014 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Cher has rescheduled tour stops in New York and New Hampshire due to illness. A Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, news release says the singer has been diagnosed with an acute viral infection and has rescheduled opening stops on the second leg of her Dressed to Kill Tour this week in Albany, N.Y., and Manchester, N.H. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cher has rescheduled tour stops in New York and New Hampshire due to illness. A Monday news release says the singer has been diagnosed with an acute viral infection and has rescheduled opening stops on the second leg of her Dressed to Kill Tour this week in Albany, New York, and Manchester, New… Continue reading →

’Guardians’ tops box office for fourth weekend

This image released by Disney - Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — “Guardians of the Galaxy” continues to rule the box office universe. The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for “Guardians,” which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders,… Continue reading →

Autumn brings serious, dramatic films to the big screen

Photo provided by Fox Searchlight -- James Gandolfini, left, plays Cousin Marv and Tom Hardy is Bob in 'The Drop,' opening Sept. 12.

Following summers of superheroes, aliens, action, adventure, special effects and over-the-top comedies, fall is a quieter time at the movies. After Labor Day, there’s room for serious drama, thoughtful scripts, more thoroughly realized characters and introspective performances. Smaller films, artistically ambitious projects, even challenging subjects can find space at the cineplex. Movies scheduled to… Continue reading →

So much about ‘The Identical’ is so wrong

Photo by KATHERINE BOMBOY THORNTON -- Blake Rayne stars as Ryan Wade in 'The Identical.'

As silly as it is sincere, “The Identical” offers an alternative history based on the life and career of Elvis Presley. In this laughably ridiculous musical drama, a Presley-style singer named Drexel Hemsley becomes a major star in the 1950s. Hemsley’s fame runs concurrently with Presley’s real-life stardom in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Hemsley,… Continue reading →

Aziz Ansari juggles careers, brings stand-up tour to BR

NBC photo by CHRIS HASTON -- Aziz Ansari

He’s an actor, stand-up comedian, and well, juggler. Aziz Ansari, break-out star of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” also tours the country with his stand-up act, not just in the off-season, but also during current shooting for the comedy series’ seventh season. There’s where the juggling comes in. On Tuesday, Ansari spoke from Los Angeles during a… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Sept. 5-11, 2014

Photo provided by DOC VOORHIES -- 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' stars Cindy Hebert as Cybel, and Mitch Prudhomme, as Jekyll/Hyde. The show continues its run this weekend in New Iberia.

PROJECT MAJOR EXPANSION OPEN HOUSE: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Iberia Community Garden Co-op, 1505 S. Hopkins St., New Iberia. Also featuring Heirloom Produce Cooperative. Also 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Sugar City Growers Co-op, 2146 Main St., Jeanerette. GLORIA ROSS – A RETROSPECTIVE OPENING RECEPTION: 6 p.m., The Oak Street Gallery, 111 N. Oak St.,… Continue reading →

Film association to hold casting calls in BR, NO

The Louisiana Film Entertainment Association will hold casting calls in New Orleans on Saturday and Baton Rouge on Sunday. In addition to actors, the group is looking for carpenters, Teamsters, welders, bartenders, barbers, hotel managers, assistant directors, caterers and more. The auditions, by apppointment only, are open to all ages and ethnicities. To schedule an audition,… Continue reading →

‘Madden NFL 15’ scores on new consoles

Photo provided by EA Sports -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps for yardage in 'Madden NFL 15,' which tosses players into a high-stakes playoff showdown.

If you followed all the offseason NFL headlines — concussions, racial slurs, bullying, domestic violence — you’d think the league was in serious trouble. Instead, it’s more popular than ever, and “Madden NFL 15” (EA Sports, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) is here to remind you why. It tosses you right… Continue reading →

The name is the same, but a French Quarter bistro has been transformed by a new team

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza -- Chef Kristen Essig, left, and general manager Natalie Secco worked togeher at Ste. Marie before moving their staff to the new  Meauxbar.

An older restaurant closes, and a new restaurant takes its place. Such is the natural order of things, and we’ve had ample opportunity to see this cycle of life play out across the busy New Orleans restaurant scene lately. The new Meauxbar, however, presents a more nuanced case. This longtime French Quarter restaurant changed hands… Continue reading →