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’Hunger Games’ beats ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ at box office

This photo provided by Lionsgate shows, Liam Hemsworth, left, as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Clafin, back left, as Finnick Odair, Evan Ross, back right, as Messalia, and Jennifer Lawrence, right, as Katniss Everdeen, in the film, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."  The movie opened in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite some mighty competition, Katniss and her crew dominated the box office once again. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed,” which both debuted Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday.… Continue reading →

‘Brooklyn’ a quiet epic of the heart

Photo by KERRY BROWN -- Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish immigrant in ‘Brooklyn.’

In the beautifully staged immigrant drama “Brooklyn,” Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan emerges as one of her generation’s finest actresses. Ronan, 21, received an Oscar nomination at 13 for her work in the British drama, “Atonement.” Her “Brooklyn” performance has made her an early prospect for honors in the 2015-2016 awards season. In “Brooklyn,” Ronan displays… Continue reading →

Review: Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful ‘Creed’ goes the distance

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures', Warner Bros. Pictures' and New Line Cinema's drama "Creed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Admit it. When you heard another “Rocky” movie was coming out — a seventh — you thought, really? How many “Rocky” movies do we need? Well, it turns out we needed seven. At least. From its very beginning in 1976, the “Rocky” story has been about proving you belong in the ring — not winning, necessarily,… Continue reading →

Weak humor, cloying plot mar ‘The Good Dinosaur’

Photo provided by Walt Disney Studios -- A scene from 'The Good Dinosaur.'

“The Good Dinosaur” too often goes through the storytelling motions. The animated comedy-adventure, set in a mountainous, prehistoric American West, is a beautiful sight, but its recycled storytelling is stale. Building on the basic ingredients of Pixar and classic hand-drawn Disney animation, a young character loses a parent and struggles to reclaim his place… Continue reading →

Shallow script undermines stars, story in ‘Trumbo’

Photo by HILARY BRONWYN GAIL -- Bryan Cranston as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in 'Trumbo.'

Given the history, tragedy and injustice that the New Orleans-filmed “Trumbo” dramatizes, it could have been more effective than it is. Bryan Cranston portrays Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood’s great screenwriters of the 1940s and ’50s. But in the post-World War II U.S., as the Cold War with the Soviet Union reaches a boil, Trumbo’s support of… Continue reading →

Mark your calendar for holiday fun and festivity

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Streetcar riders peer out the windows of the newly lit Canal Street after a lighting ceremony at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The annual lighting begins on the balcony and then lights the palm trees lining the streetcar line on Canal Street.

While New Orleans can’t count on snow, the city sees an annual flurry of festive events and activities throughout the holiday season. Check out our roundup of holiday happenings below to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the merrymaking. Celebration in the Oaks… Continue reading →

Create around the clock at 24-hour Draw-A-Thon Saturday, Sunday

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Lily Rivece, of New Orleans, draws on the floor during DRAW-A-THON in 2013 at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. The 24 hour DRAW-A-THON is the only event of its kind in the city of New Orleans that is an art experience in which people are active participants – not spectators; where the entire premise is to encourage creating for the sake of creating.

All you have to do is draw three lines — any three lines on a piece of paper — and Kenny Harrison will transform them into something wonderful. “I’ll be doing some fortune-telling this year,” Harrison said. “I’ll be seeing the future, predicting what your drawing will become.” Harrison is one of a large collection… Continue reading →

Extra! Extra! “Newsies” musical comes to the Saenger Theatre

Photo by Deen van Meer -- Dan DeLuca (Jack Kelly) (center) and the original North American Tour company of Newsies.

Despite being the benefactor of a prestigious humanities prize and a generous philanthropist, pioneering newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer is cast as “a pretty bad guy” in “Newsies” according to the lead actor in the next musical theater production coming up at the Saenger Theatre. Joey Barreiro, who is performing the role of Jack Kelly, the young… Continue reading →

NOLA Project’s take on ‘Winter’s Tale’ is a svelte three acts

Photo by John Barrois -- Sean Glazebrook, Kristin Witterschein in 'The Winter's Tale' in the Great Hall at NOMA.

In the final act of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” there’s a magical moment that offers a disgraced king one last chance for happiness. It’s not exactly a Christmas miracle, but there’s definitely a sense of compassion and generosity befitting the spirit of the holidays. “It’s a Scrooge story, in a very Shakespearean, dramatic way,” said A.J. Allegra,… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss Events in New Orleans, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2015

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Members of Southern University's Gold and Blue dance team warm up the audience as Grambling and Southern fight it out with music for the annual Greek Show followed by the  Battle of the Bands the day before the Bayou Classic. The event is Friday at 6 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game is Saturday.

bayou classic events Thursday, Friday and Saturday The Annual Bayou Classic pits Grambling State and Southern Universities in a fantastic football weekend but that’s not all: the game is just the centerpiece. The weekend is a whirlwind of events, starting with the parade on Thanksgiving Day, Career and College Fair Friday at the Hyatt… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2015

Studio Infermo photo.Holiday Glass exhibit and saleGlass replicas of the iconic New Orleans water meter are some of the items included in the Holiday Art Glass Sale and exhibit at Studio Inferno, with works by James Vella, Charity Poskitt, Katrina Hude, Juli Juneau, Mark Rosenbaum, Althea Holden, Ben Dombey and Mitchell Gaudet. 6601 St. Claude Ave., Arabi. (504) 945-1878.

HERMANN-GRIMA AND GALLIER HISTORIC HOUSES: Opening Friday, Nov. 30, through Jan. 9. Historic homes sport traditional 19th-century holiday decorations. 820 St. Louis St., and 1132 Royal St., New Orleans (504) 274-0746. $15. STUDIO INFERNO: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 24. Holiday art glass sale and exhibit, with works by… Continue reading →

New Orleans stages calendar, Nov. 26-Dec.2, 2015

Photo by Katie Sikora 'A Christmas Carol'John "Spud" McConnell as Ebenezer Scrooge faces one of three ghosts in the upcoming Southern Rep production of "A Christmas Carol." The show opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday, Dec. 20 at Nims Theatre, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive. $15 and up.

“CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Opening Wednesday, through Sunday, Dec. 20; Nims Theatre, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. John “Spud” McConnell brings Ebenezer Scrooge to life in the classic retelling of this heartwarming tale of redemption and holiday spirit. $15 and up. “NEWSIES”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Tuesday… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2015

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Meschiya Lake performs at the Gentilly Stage at the Jazz and Heritage Festival Thursday, May 2, 2013.

CLYDE & IGGY: 10 a.m., City Park, 1 Palm Drive. (504) 483-9474. ASHLIN PARKER TRIO: 5 p.m., Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St. (504) 553-2299. ADAM PEARCE & NICK ANGELICA: 7 p.m., Happy’s Irish Pub, 1009 Poydras St. (504) 304-9236. CAJUN MUSIC WITH THE CAJUN DRIFTERS: 7 p.m., The Bayou Club at Tropical… Continue reading →

Josh Groban scheduled to play Champions Square July 15

FILE - Singer Josh Groban has canceled his rescheduled show at the Saenger Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 22, because of an illness. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Singer Josh Groban, who canceled an Oct. 21 performance at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans and also that show’s Oct. 22 makeup date, is scheduled to perform Friday, July 15, in Champions Square. Groban’s 20-city tour summer, featuring guest Sarah McLachlan, begins in New Orleans and includes Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit. Tickets go… Continue reading →

Last ‘Hunger Games’ opens to $101 million, a franchise low

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures shows, Seth Rogen, left, as Isaac, and Jillian Bell as Betsy, in Columbia Pictures' "The Night Before." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Sarah Shatz/Columbia Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final “Hunger Games” film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films this would be a coup, but “The Hunger Games” had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.… Continue reading →

WTIX radio station hosts oldies night, described as the 'soundtrack of New Orleanians'

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Dancers take to the floor during radio station WTIX  weekly dance at the Treasure Chest Casino Caribbean Room in Kenner.

K&B. Schwegmann’s. Maison Blanche. As Benny Grunch would say, those places “ain’t dere no more.” But WTIX-FM 94.3 is still around, playing the music that on-air personality “Pal Al” Nassar describes as “the soundtrack of New Orleanians’ lives.” Every Sunday evening, Nassar leads a live broadcast from the Treasure Chest Casino’s Caribbean Showroom, delighting guests… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Nov. 21-28

“THE LEGEND OF L’IL RED”: 1 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Zachary Richard sings, reads and signs his fable of a blind turtle and a one-clawed baby crawfish. (504) 899-7323. “MY LIFE ON THE ROAD”: 3 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Gloria Steinem reads and signs her… Continue reading →

‘Part 2’ redeems ‘Hunger Games’ epic

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- From left, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Evan Ross and Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Game: Mockingjay -- Part 2.'

“The Hunger Games,” a trilogy in its original book form but an overstretched quartet in movie form, concludes with some padding but also in-the-line-of-fire action and suspense and big, impressive special effects. Best of all, Jennifer Lawrence continues her passionate work as the series’ brave and principled archer-heroine, Katniss Everdeen. As previously seen in the “Harry… Continue reading →

Review: Seth Rogen romps over tradition in ‘Night Before’

Photo provided by Columbia Pictures -- From left,  Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie in 'The NIght Before.'

It takes hundreds of people to make a movie, but just two talents, actor Seth Rogen and writer Evan Goldberg, define the Christmas Eve-set romp “The Night Before.” Rogen and Goldberg’s comic résumé sets “The Night Before” scene: “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express,” “This Is the End.” Also last year’s banned by North Korea and, at… Continue reading →

Review: Riveting ‘Spotlight’ uncovers church scandal

Photo by Kerry Jayes -- Michael Keaton, left, as Walter 'Robby' Robinson, and Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes in 'Spotlight.'

Mark Ruffalo never walks in “Spotlight.” His very slowest is just shy of a flat out jog. It’s a minor detail, but it’s crucial to appreciating why this studied, smart look at The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the abuses of the Catholic Church is also utterly exhilarating. This is the kind of simmering process film… Continue reading →

Setting the Stage: Special menus and dining strategy take the stress out of making the reservation and the curtain’s rise

Photo by Ron Manville -- Restaurant R'evolution offers a pre-theater menu that includes braised boneless short ribs.

. New Orleanians are many things, but punctual isn’t necessarily one of them. Which is fine when it comes to dining in this sometimes European-feeling city, as customers while away hours over an appetizer here, an entrée there, a dessert and several glasses of wine (and rounds of stories). But if the play’s the thing, or if… Continue reading →