• Rock of ages: Older artists still viable for BOK Center dates, but the party won’t last forever

    BY BILL HAISTEN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    On Aug. 25, 1972 — only a few months after having played a gig at Pancho’s Cafeteria in Tyler, Texas — ZZ Top made its first Tulsa appearance. When that show occurred at the Convention Center (with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show as the opening act), ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons’ age was 22. It was the first live rock show for Greg Buchanan, then 15 and a Vinita High School junior. “On the floor,” Buchanan recalls. “Third row from the stage.” Today, at 65, Gibbons continues to tour with ZZ Top (and does so with the band’s original bassist, 65-year-old Dusty Hill; and original drummer, 65-year-old Frank Beard). Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • This Is What Pop Culture Looked Like In 2005

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A mere 10 years ago, blockbuster franchises were dominating the box office, "American Idol" and "CSI" were on the air, and Tom Cruise was at the center of a Scientology controversy, The Huffington Post reports. It might seem like not much has changed in the decade that's since unfolded, but it was practically a prehistoric era: YouTube was born in February 2005, Netflix hadn't yet introduced its streaming service and Spotify wouldn't be developed for another year. 

  • Floyd Mayweather Hit With $20 Million Defamation Lawsuit

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Fresh off of his victory in the ring against Manny Pacquiao, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing another battle, this one in the legal system, The Wrap reports. Mayweather has been slapped with a $20 million by his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, who claims Mayweather defamed her during an April interview with Katie Couric.

  • How Tim McGraw Plans to Spoil Faith Hill This Mother's Day

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Having teenage daughters means Tim McGraw doesn't need to help them prepare Mother's Day gifts for their mother, Faith Hill, anymore. But he still likes to find ways to spoil his wife on her special day, Good Morning America reports. "I try to find something that's interesting for my wife," he told ABC News. "Of course, breakfast in bed's always pretty good."

  • Miranda Lambert Opens Up About Building New Home with Blake Shelton

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Miranda Lambert has a lot to think about when building her new home with husband, Blake Shelton, Good Morning America reports. That’s because the country singer is keeping her 15 rescue animals in mind. "I’ve been saving inspiration [for the house] on Pinterest. A friend of mine recently said, ‘I can see your Pinterest boards, and all you have on there are dog rooms,’" she revealed in the June issue ofCountry Living magazine, in which she serves as the first-ever guest editor.

  • Smartphone video of boxing clash lands blow to copyright

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The boxing match billed as the fight of the century is over, but the battle over smartphone video streaming of the Las Vegas showdown is just beginning. Revelations that dozens of smartphone users streamed the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather weekend fight have raised questions about how new technologies can get around copyright restrictions imposed at live venues such as sporting events and concerts. There are no reliable figures, but thousands of people may have watched the fight via the Twitter-owned app Periscope, which allows any smartphone user to "broadcast" live video, and independent app Meerkat. Similar questions arose last month when HBO sent notices to Periscope over piracy of its "Game of Thrones" series.

  • Jeremy Renner defends his sexist Black Widow comments, makes things even worse

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Apparently, Jeremy Renner's superpower is digging himself into holes. The Avengers actor appeared on Monday's Conan and discussed his recent comment about Black Widow being a "slut." While he admitted the comment (made alongside co-star Chris Evans) was "off-colored," Renner remained unapologetic about the controversy he stirred online.

  • Watch Jack Black And Jimmy Fallon Remake 'More Than Words' Video

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    "More Than Words" just got way more hilarious. Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon gave Extreme's '90s ballad a nearly shot-for-shot music video remake on Monday. There was no Neil Young impression or rapping with Justin Timberlake. We're talking black and white shots, emotional pauses and, yes, painted fingernails.

  • 'Walking Dead' star Seth Gilliam arrested

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    "The Walking Dead" has begun shooting its sixth season, but not without incident, says CNN. Seth Gilliam, who joined the cast last season as the morally conflicted Rev. Gabriel Stokes, was arrested in Peachtree City, Georgia, early Sunday. According to the Peachtree City Police Department, Gilliam was speeding 107 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, and a marijuana cigarette was found in the car.

  • Female directors share tales of Hollywood sexism

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    “Smile more! The crew needs you to see you smile!” “I know this will make you mad but I prefer to talk to your husband.” “I can always tell when a film has been directed by a woman.” These are just a few of the comments that female directors have heard over the course of a day on set, all of them submitted anonymously to the blog “S--t People Say to Women Directors (& Other Women in Film).”   The new Tumblr was created last week to air the war stories of film industry professionals who have experienced sexism on the job. And some of those stories will make your head spin, Yahoo Movies reports. One director writes about an experience she had working on a documentary about glaciers, which she also produced. While she was interviewing a scientist on top of a glacier, her director of photography refused to follow her instructions for framing the shot, saying that her male boss wouldn’t like it that way. “I can land the job, the interviews, and get him to the top of the glacier, but he still thought I didn’t know s--t,” writes the director.

  • First photo of 'Suicide Squad' cast in costume

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The first photo of the "Suicide Squad" is here, Variety reports.  Director David Ayer tweeted the first photo of the cast of the highly anticipated comic book film in costume on Sunday.

  • J.K. Rowling Tells Fans She's 'Really Sorry' for Killing Off a 'Harry Potter' Character

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Remember that time in 1998 when the world shaken by a violent battle and the fate of the globe hung in jeopardy? No, because that didn't really happen in our world. But it did happen in the "Harry Potter" universe, and one of the young wizards in that battle paid a terrible price, ETOnline reports. 

  • Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (May 3 – May 9)

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock...

  • Melissa Rivers reflects on mom's final hours, 'Fashion Police' feud

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Melissa Rivers sat down in an exclusive TODAY interview, her first on television since the August 2014 death of her inimitable mother, comedian Joan Rivers. Melissa opened up to Matt Lauer Monday about the last conversation she had with her mother, their creative collaborations and the recent controversies that have plagued E!'s "Fashion Police." Melissa, 47, said the pair had "a very normal conversation" the night before her mother underwent a minor throat procedure, during which she stopped breathing .

  • Utah High School Crowns Transgender Prom Queen

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A day after 17 million people watched former Olympian Bruce Jenner tell ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that he identifies as a woman, a crowd of Utah high school students watched as their transgender fellow classmate was crowned prom queen, Good Morning America reports. Maka Brown, 18 and a senior at Salt Lake School for Performing Arts, accepted her crown on Saturday night after being voted upon by her peers, many of whom first knew her as a boy. “She started that school about the same time that she transitioned,” Maka’s mother, Toni Brown, told ABC News. “There were definite challenges. She’s a dancer so there were challenges in dance classes in terms of casting.”

  • Katy Perry's Sunflower Dress Infuriates China

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? No? How about like someone about to cause a political controversy? Accidental activist and pop star Katy Perry showed up to her Tuesday night show in Taipei, Taiwain, wearing a dress adorned with sunflowers, which, incidentally was draped in more than spring equinox metaphors. It was draped in ... political statements, Yahoo Celebrity reports. If you're wondering where Perry's predilection for international politics came from, you're probably not alone, although it's likely just a coincidence that Katy Perry — a woman whose on-stage wardrobe is certainly over-the-top — wore such a heavy statement, one that infuriated Chinese fans while exciting some of her Taiwanese acolytes.

  • “Hollywood is gross”: Why did Mae Whitman lose her part in the “Independence Day” sequel?

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    This week, some disappointing news emerged regarding Roland Emmerich’s forthcoming “Independence Day” sequel. While Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum will reprise their original roles, THR reports that the part of the president’s daughter, previously played by Mae Whitman, will be replaced by “It Follows” and “The Guest” star Maika Monroe, Salon reports. Whitman has become a big star since “Independence Day” launched her acting career back in 1996, with memorable turns as George Michael Bluth’s famously nondescript girlfriend Ann Veal in “Arrested Development” and rebellious teen Amber on “Parenthood.” Earlier this year, she garnered rave reviews for her starring role in surprise box office smash “The DUFF,” a high school movie which revolved around the beauty pressures young women face (if you’re wondering, DUFF stands for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”). Yet according to THR, Whitman wasn’t even seriously considered for the role.

  • Next stunt? Wheelchair daredevil boosts kids' spirits at hospital

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Aaron Fotheringham, 23, has been in a wheelchair since he was 8. Look up next month and you’ll see him. Up? Fotheringham (“People call me Wheelz”) doesn’t like to keep his wheels on the ground. What’s the fun in that? Never mind the chair, he’s part of the Nitro Circus Live daredevil troupe, which is booked for a May 21 performance at the BOK Center. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 'Fast and Furious' gets theme park ride

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Now you, too, can join the family. After 14 years and seven increasingly successful films, the "Fast and Furious" franchise has finally been given its very own theme-park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, joining the likes of "Jaws," "King Kong" and "Jurassic Park," Yahoo Movies reports. And just like the franchise itself, which has become a multi-billion dollar box-office sensation, the ride, which opens on June 25, looks to be ridiculously entertaining.

  • Jon Stewart rips reporter over Iraq war role on 'The Daily Show'

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Jon Stewart tore into former New York Times investigative reporter Judith Miller on "The Daily Show" Wednesday for her infamous role in the lead-up to the war in Iraq, Yahoo News reports. "I believe that you helped the administration take us to, like, the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we've made in, like, 100 years," Stewart told Miller at the start of the interview. "But you seem lovely." Miller, who was there to promote her new book, "The Story: A Reporter's Journey," said she was misled by her sources about intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but that "everyone got it wrong."