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’American Sniper’ holds top spot at weekend box office

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. “American Sniper” is up for six Academy Awards, including best… Continue reading →

Review: Depp indulges inner clown in charmless ‘Mortdecai’

Lionsgate photo by DAVID APPLEBY -- Gywneth Paltrow, left, and Ewan McGregor star in 'Mortdecai,' opening Friday.

Any film credited with its own “mustache wrangler” really should have been much more fun than Johnny Depp’s latest misfiring action-comedy. Mostly set in contemporary England, but aiming for the zingy retro feel of a vintage Peter Sellers or Terry-Thomas feature from the Swinging Sixties, “Mortdecai” is an anachronistic mess that never succeeds in re-creating the breezy… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Boy Next Door’ way too predictable

This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, Ryan Guzman as Noah seducing Jennifer Lopez as Claire Peterson in a scene from the film,

No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo starrer “The Boy Next Door,” a gender-reversing B-movie spin on “Fatal Attraction” that sets suburban family values against that one night of misguided, irresistible passion. An economically told popcorn pic built from horror-movie tropes, the film stars Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman as, respectively,… Continue reading →

Johnny Depp says he’s ‘not quirky’

At the LA premiere of his crime caper ‘Mortdecai,’ Johnny Depp says he doesn’t consider himself quirky and eccentric, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany talk about the comedy japes on set.… Continue reading →

Court hears arguments on Jackson concert promoter lawsuit

In this March 5, 2009 ,file photo, U.S. singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play a series of comeback concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena. Attorneys for Katherine Jackson argued for a new trial before a California appeals court on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015, in her case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC, who she claims should be held liable for her son's death in 2009.  (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appellate court has heard arguments on behalf of Michael Jackson’s mother for a new trial in her lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live LLC. Attorneys for Katherine Jackson told a three justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles that a new trial should be ordered because… Continue reading →

The Soul Rebels pay homage to classic, contemporary influences

Photo provided -- The Soul Rebels.

Many bands rely on local gigs to pay the rent and keep the lights on, but how do they keep loyal fans coming when they have largely the same songs to play each night? Susan Cowsill solved the problem in 2005 when she started her “Covered in Vinyl” series, for which she and her… Continue reading →

Freaksheaux to Geaux stages ‘Where the Wild Things Went’

Photo by Shadow Angelina -- Thugsy Da Clown as Max, who sails off to an island in his imagination in 'Where the Wild Things Went.'

Was “Where the Wild Things Are” a favorite children’s book of yours? As a kid, did you ever disappear into an imagined jungle in your own bedroom and sail to an island filled with monsters? Think you’re too old to do it again? Freaksheaux to Geaux begs to differ as it puts on… Continue reading →

Report: Tom Cruise in talks to play Baton Rouge's Adler 'Barry' Seal in new movie 'Mena'

Actor Tom Cruise poses with fans at the premiere of his new film

Tom Cruise may soon be playing drug informant Adler “Barry” Seal, who was gunned down outside a Baton Rouge halfway house in what prosecutors said was a hit ordered by the Medellin drug cartel, entertainment trade publication Variety reports. Screenwriter Gary Spinelli named the prospective film’s script “Mena,” after the Arkansas city where Seal… Continue reading →

Dance troupe’s fifth ball has a superhero theme

Advocate staff photo by REBECCA RATLIFF -- Members of the 610 Stompers relax before their performance at the Gleason Gras in October in Champions Square.

In 2009, New Orleans was introduced to a group of dancing men colorfully dressed in tight blue shorts, sweatbands and shiny, red satin jackets. They called themselves the 610 Stompers. Back for a fifth year, the 610 Stompers have prepared another dynamic ??80s utopia, the retro-dancing… Continue reading →

Loyola Opera Theatre to stage two of Puccini’s one-acts

Photo provided by Loyola Opera --  Annie Halbert as

Toward the end of his life, following such successful, full-scale operas as “La Boheme,” “Tosca,” “Madama Butterfly” and others, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini tried his hand at one-acts. He wrote three between 1916 and 1918. Though they are sometimes performed together as “Il Tritico” (The Triptych or Trilogy), it has become customary in recent years for opera… Continue reading →

New Orleans comedy fest draws national talent, locals and scouts

Photo provided by La Nuit Comedy Theater -- D.J. Douggpound of 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!' is a headliner at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival, performing Friday at 10 p.m. at La Nuit.

Looking to such events as the Aspen Comedy Festival for inspiration, Yvonne Landry, of La Nuit Comedy Theater, has pulled together a three-day New Orleans festival that includes national comedy acts. “I bring in the industry, I bring in some headliners and we do some shows,” Landry said. “Meanwhile, I get showcasing comics, who… Continue reading →

Tulane Shakespeare Festival to stage ‘Cymbeline’ in June

The seldom-performed romance “Cymbeline” will headline this summer’s 2015 New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, officials announced this week. The festival also will stage “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde and “Incarnate,” a multidisciplinary artistic performance along the lines of last summer’s “Luna Series.” Described as a “fantastical… Continue reading →

In a city suddenly full of Mexican food, a chef-led approach stands apart at Johnny Sánchez

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Tuna aguachile at Johnny Sanchez is a marinated salad of raw fish and many fresh vegetables.

For those of us who grew up eating along the Tex-Mex mainstream, it’s been eye-opening in recent years to see the diversity of Mexican cooking from restaurants, or food trucks for that matter, working closer to the source material. Johnny Sánchez, the collaboration of celebrity chefs John Besh and Aarón Sánchez, moves things in… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Photo by Elsa Hahne -- From left, Anna Iosipiv, Curtis Thomas, Britney Kuehn, Trey Mauldwin and Maya Taylor of the Marigny Opera House Dance Company.

Thursday through Jan. 30 “Jesus Christ Superstar” Andrew Lloyd Webber music and Tim Rice lyrics bring to life the final days of Jesus, from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his resurrection. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre mounts a production of the rock opera starring Nick Shackleford. $15… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts events, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   Visitors examine a work in the exhibit 'Guns in the Hands of Artists' at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia St. in New Orleans. The works in the gun-art exhibit were created using firearms from a New Orleans Police Department gun buyback program. The exhibit continue through Jan.  24. (504) 522-5471.

CARNIVAL!: Opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 17, Garden District Gallery, 1332 Washington Ave., New Orleans. Group invitation exhibition of multimedia works by artists including Patti Adams, Bevil Knapp, Ellis Lucia, Rolland Golden, Alan Falttman and Andy Levin. (504) 891-3032. ARTS ESTUARY 1024 GRAND OPENING: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, 1024 Elysian Fields, New… Continue reading →

New Orleans area events calendar, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Yellow Pocahontas Flag Boy Belden Batiste, left, 3rd Chief Merlin Armstrong, Jr., and Big Chief Darryl Montana come out on St. Joseph's night outside Tootie Montana's former home on N. Villere Street in New Orleans. Wednesday, March 19,   Chuck Perkins leads the discussion on the history and cultural significance of the Mardi Gras Indians at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St, as part of the NOAC Winter Lectures series.  (504) 525-2375.

BRIDGE LESSONS: 9 a.m., Wes Busby Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. (504) 889-0869. MORNING BIRDING: 9 a.m., Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego. Ranger-led activity. (504) 736-7140. HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays, to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For… Continue reading →

Onstage in New Orleans, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Photo by Kelly Fouchi -- From left, Christian Tarzetti, Marc Fouchi and, Ellie Villarubia in 'Will Rogers Follies.'  Curtain is 8 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Jan. 31, and Thursday, Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Sundays, at Rivertown Theater, 325 Minor St., Kenner. (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221.

YOUR LITHOPEDION: 8 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays through Feb. 1, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Dark comedy about a serial killer’s attempts to reform and become the founder of Serial Killers Anonymous, wreaking havoc on his marriage. From Lux et Umbra company, written by UNO professor and playwright Justin Maxwell. $15.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area music calendar, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Pianist Tom McDermott. Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

FROZEN FAMILY FROLIC: 5:30 p.m., Livingston Parish Library, South Branch, 23477 La. 444, Livingston. Sing along to your favorite “Frozen” songs, take a picture with Elsa, make your own Olaf, and learn what happens to frozen things “in summer.” This event is recommended for ages 3 and up. To register, contact (225)… Continue reading →

New movies in New Orleans this week, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Photo provided by Lucasfilm -- Dawn (voice of Meredith Anne Bull) and her sister Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) are shown in a scene from 'Strange Magic,' a madcap fairy tale told through pop songs from the past six decades.

“MORTDECAI”: Johnny Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, a debonair art dealer who travels the globe in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Goldblum co-star. “STRANGE MAGIC”: A computer-animated fairy tale musical inspired… Continue reading →

Pharrell, Sam Smith, John Legend to perform at Grammys

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Sam Smith performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.  Smith and Pharrell Williams will perform at the Grammys next month. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015,  that Usher and Miranda Lambert also will take the stage at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles. Common and John Legend will perform their Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated song, Glory, from the movie Selma. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — One sings about being “Happy,” the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Usher and Miranda Lambert also will take the stage at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles. Common and John Legend will perform their Golden… Continue reading →

Family of man killed in Morgan crash settles

AP photo -- Tracy Morgan

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart, an attorney representing the family said. The out-of-court settlement between the company and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7… Continue reading →

Billy Idol concert set for Wednesday at House of Blues in New Orleans postponed

Photo by Michael Muller -- Billy Idol

The Billy Idol concert scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the House of Blues has been postponed. The British singer’s Thursday show in Atlanta is also postponed. Idol, a House of Blues release stated, is suffering from a chest infection. He’s been told by a doctor to recover for a few days before taking the stage… Continue reading →

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

In this image released by ABS, Anthony Anderson, left, and Tracee Ellis Ross appear in a scene from

Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. “I saw ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and thought, ‘What part of New York is this?’” recalled Barris, who is black. “It’s not about being… Continue reading →

Mark Wahlberg’s victims divided over his pardon request

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Mark Wahlberg arrives at the 2014 AFI Fest -

BOSTON (AP) — Victims of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated 1980s Boston are divided over whether the actor should get the pardon he’s seeking. Kristyn Atwood was among a group of black schoolchildren hit by rocks hurled by Wahlberg and his white friends in 1986. She says Wahlberg shouldn’t… Continue reading →

USA Today box office report: Records fall during ‘American Sniper’s’ first weekend

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper took off during the holiday weekend smashing January records as it reeled in $90 million in box office receipts in three days. The previous record had been James Cameron’s Avatar, which tallied $68 million during the same time period in 2010. Continue reading full story at USAToday.Com.Continue reading →

2015 Oscar nominations

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2014, file photo, an Oscar statue stands on the red carpet as preparations are made for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Here is a complete list of Oscar nominees for this year. Just follow this link to the Oscars website.… Continue reading →

Review: Chilling ‘Foxcatcher’ wins with talent, direction

Photo by SCOTT GARFIELD -- Channing Tatum, left, and Mark Ruffalo star in 'Foxcatcher.'

“Foxcatcher” tells a strange, tragic, based-in-fact story about an eccentric multimillionaire and the Olympic gold medal-winning brothers he tears apart. Steve Carell, who gained fame through comic TV and film work prior to his recent dramatic roles, solemnly assumes the part of John Eleuthère du Pont, a man of privilege and member of a powerful… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Blackhat’ botches shot at great cyberdrama

Universal Pictures photo by Frank Connor -- Chris Hemsworth, left, and Chen Lien star in the cybercrime action movie ‘Blackhat.’

Following the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, months of attacks against major retailers and this week’s strike against the United States Central Command’s Twitter account, hacking and cybercrime are ripe for dramatization. But “Blackhat,” a shaky action flick directed by Michael Mann (“Heat,” “The Insider,” “Public Enemies”), botches its shot at being the of-the-moment… Continue reading →

Review: Sweet, clever and cuddly, ‘Paddington’ is just right

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Hugh Bonneville in a scene from

Paddington Bear. How well we know him. He’s cuddly, he’s loyal, he’s sensitive. He’s well-traveled — but loves to stay home, too. And he can whip up a mean homemade marmalade. As Mom would say, what’s not to love? And one can say precisely the same of the engaging new “Paddington,” written and directed by Paul… Continue reading →

Review: Kevin Hart rings wedding bells in ‘The Wedding Ringer’

Screen Gems photo by MATT KENNEDY-- Kevin Hart, left, and Josh Gad star in 'The Wedding Ringer.'

Kevin Hart is a brand name. Employing his rapid-fire delivery and manic, irreverent presence, he’s in the driver’s seat again for his latest comedy romp, “The Wedding Ringer.” The standout star of such previous films as “Think Like a Man,” “Think Like a Man Too” and “About Last Night,” Hart largely sticks to what worked for… Continue reading →