• Trailblazing Oklahoma native Jean Shepard celebrates 60th anniversary as Grand Ole Opry member

    Monday, November 23, 2015 at 06:35 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Grand Ole Opry honored trailblazing Opry member Jean Shepard, a Pauls Valley native, Saturday night on the 60th anniversary of her Opry induction.

  • Garth Brooks breaks record for Baltimore arena as he prepares his first shows there

    Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 08:39 AM

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks has broken another record on his ongoing comeback tour, this time at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md., according to a news release. Tickets went on sale Friday for Brooks' first-ever shows in Baltimore. As previously reported, it has been 19 years since the Oklahoma native has played Maryland. According to his publicist, Brooks previously performed in Landover. Back when Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena was called the Civic Arena, the previous record for most shows for the arena was held by The Beatles when they played two shows on Sept 13, 1964, and then by Neil Diamond, when he played two shows on June 5, 1993.

  • Movie review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 2'

    Friday, November 20, 2015 at 06:48 AM

    A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ gives series satisfying but bittersweet ending “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” means war, bringing the blockbuster dystopian franchise to a satisfying yet bittersweet conclusion. Despite its choppy pacing, which reflects the rhythm of the novel, the fourth and final film faithfully adapted from Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult book trilogy isn’t your typical Hollywood war movie with epic battle sequences and a thrill-of-victory finale.

  • Pom team from Oklahoma City school will march in Macy's parade

    Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The varsity pom team from Crossings Christian School will travel to New York City to perform in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

  • Anchorage sculptures represent emotional vulnerabilities

    Updated: 33 min ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap are spread across an Anchorage beach in a public art installation that is focusing on mental health. The display has been erected at Point Woronzof and will officially open Dec. 5. Lead project artist Sarah Davies says the 85 sculptures represent people dealing with emotional vulnerabilities, including trauma and mental illness. Participants say the 100Stone project is about the personal wellness-management stories of Alaskans. Participants say each sculpture was fashioned from and by people affected by emotional pressures.

  • Crafts, story times, movies offered at libraries to cure cabin fever

    Updated: 33 min ago

    Three Texoma libraries have the cure for cabin fever this week for area students, helping kids stay out from underfoot during preparations for Thanksgiving, while also helping them learn. The Van Alstyne Public Library, the Whitewright Public Library and the Pottsboro Area Library are hosting a slew of activities to keep the young ones entertained. The Pottsboro Area Library has different events happening each day to encourage kids to learn new skills or improve existing ones. By hosting various activities every day, even kids returning each day this week won’t be bored. “That’s part of our mission — to provide activities where people learn new things,” Pottsboro Library Director Dianne Connery said. “And its edut

  • Man featured in documentary pleads guilty in assault case

    Updated: 35 min ago

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A man who was featured in a Sundance documentary has pleaded guilty to assault charges. The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports (http://bit.ly/1kSkGcl) that 22-year-old Joemalone Kaufusi was accused of beating a woman multiple times over the course of several months, punching her in the chest, banging her head into the wall and choking her with a chain. Kaufusi was featured in the documentary "In Football We Trust," about high school players of Pacific Islander descent aiming for careers in the NFL. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The former student at Weber State University pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault in separate but related plea deals

  • Court: Sherri Shepherd can't get out of surrogacy contract

    Updated: 41 min ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court has declared Sherri Shepherd legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate before she and her ex-husband divorced. The actress has tried to have the surrogacy contract voided. A lawyer for ex-husband Lamar Sally believes the ruling Monday means Shepherd must continue paying $4,100-a-month in child support. Sally is raising the 1-year-old boy in Los Angeles. Court papers show Shepherd paid more than $100,000 for a suburban Philadelphia surrogate and supported the pregnancy until she changed her mind as her marriage faltered. Surrogacy advocates say the Superior Court ruling Monday is the first in Pennsylvania to declare surrogacy contracts legal and binding.

  • ‘Good Dinosaur’ and ‘Creed’ to battle ‘Hunger Games’ at holiday box office

    Updated: 43 min ago

    LOS ANGELES — Animated dinosaurs and an up-and-coming boxer will fight “The Hunger Games” for box-office dominance over the Thanksgiving weekend, as Hollywood hopes for a busy five days of clashing heavyweights. Pixar’s new computer-animated film “The Good Dinosaur” and the “Rocky” franchise spinoff “Creed” are both expected to have strong showings in their domestic debuts, according to audience tracking surveys. The three-way battle for the U.S. box-office dollars should give theater owners more reason to cheer after big openings posted by the James Bond film “Spectre” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.

  • 2 cars used in Ben Affleck film reported for illegal parking

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Two 1920s-era cars being used in a Ben Affleck film have been reported for being illegally parked in Boston. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1NNQqWL ) the vehicles were part of filming for the movie "Live By Night," a crime drama directed by Affleck. He stars in the movie along with Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller. A resident snapped a photo of the cars Tuesday and reported it using the city's "Bos:311" app. The city responded to the complaint saying the case was closed and noted, and that they would check the area. The system was introduced earlier this year. Residents can file complaints or make requests for non-emergency city services.

  • France has big night at International Emmys, with 3 wins

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — France had a big night Monday at the International Emmys with a leading three awards, led by the hit crime thriller "Engrenages" ("Spiral") which won for best drama series. But the normally festive ceremony was tempered by reflections on the recent Paris attacks by Islamic militants. "Engrenages" Executive Producer Anne Landois noted that the production team works closely with police to offer a realistic look at the French judicial system. She thanked the police for their response to the attacks and their efforts "to preserve our values.

  • Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’ leads Film Independent Spirit Award nominations with six

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — Todd Haynes’ romantic period drama “Carol” dominated the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations announced Tuesday, earning six major nominations. “Carol,” based on a Patricia Highsmith story about a love affair that develops between two women in the 1950s, was nominated for feature, director, female lead for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, screenplay and cinematography. Cary Joji Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” a searing drama about an African child soldier that was Netflix’s first foray into original feature-film production, was nominated for five Spirit Awards: feature, director, male lead for Abraham Attah, supporting male for Idris Elba and cinematography.

  • ‘Creed’ knows how to fight

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    It may be tempting to bash human boxing glove and King Expendable Sylvester Stallone. Don’t. In “Creed,” the seventh appearance of Rocky Balboa and the series’ first installment not written by Stallone, the veteran actor and his most beloved character prove they’ve got sharp comic timing and plenty of heart left. It’s a surprising, moving performance. Less surprising is that ultra-confident Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky’s rival-turned-friend who once promised to crack a boxer as thoroughly as the Liberty Bell, would name his son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan, also very good). He’s a fighter, too.

  • 'Carol,' 'Beasts of No Nation' lead Independent Spirit nods

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 1950s-set romance "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara collected the most nominations Tuesday for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Todd Haynes-directed film picked up six nods in categories including best feature, director and lead actress for both Mara and Blanchett. "Beasts of No Nation," a fictional drama about a child soldier, received five nominations including best feature, best cinematography and best director for Cary Joji Fukunaga. Idris Elba also picked up a supporting acting nomination for the film — the first original feature from Netflix. Oscar hopefuls are sprinkled throughout each category of the awards recognizing achievements in independent film.

  • Stories of those who died in the Paris attacks

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Among the 130 victims killed in attacks in Paris were students, a filmmaker, a doctor, artists, music lovers and beloved parents and children. They had varied backgrounds and interests. Here are some of their stories: ___ ---He's being called "the final victim" — the 130th, and latest, person to die as a result of the Paris attacks. Stephane Gregoire had just celebrated his 46th birthday. A commercial music promoter, he was at the Bataclan theater assisting with the Eagles of Death Metal concert when terrorist gunmen opened fire. Riddled by bullets sprayed at the crowd, Gregoire was grievously wounded. The four friends he was partying with all were slain.

  • Stories of those who died in the Paris attacks

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Among the 130 victims killed in attacks in Paris were students, a filmmaker, a doctor, artists, music lovers and beloved parents and children. They had varied backgrounds and interests. Here are some of their stories: ___ ---He's being called "the final victim" — the 130th, and latest, person to die as a result of the Paris attacks. Stephane Gregoire had just celebrated his 46th birthday. A commercial music promoter, he was at the Bataclan theater assisting with the Eagles of Death Metal concert when terrorist gunmen opened fire. Riddled by bullets sprayed at the crowd, Gregoire was grievously wounded. The four friends he was partying with all were slain.

  • Marlins fire TV analyst Tommy Hutton after 19 seasons

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have fired Tommy Hutton, their TV analyst for 19 years. The team said Tuesday it decided to go in a different direction and didn't elaborate on its decision. Hutton has spent 51 years in professional baseball. He played in the majors from 1966 to 1981. The Marlins plan to retain their other announcers — Rich Waltz, Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner.

  • There's a holiday gift to make every TV fan happy

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pity TV fans back in the day, eager to buy really cool merchandise tie-ins to their favorite series but victims of bad timing. There weren't 1950s "Team Desi" or "Team Lucy" T-shirts proclaiming viewer devotion to husband or wife on "I Love Lucy." ''The Fugitive" board game of the 1960s pales next to a video game. The 1970s "Flying Nun" vinyl lunch bag was admittedly cute but lacking designer flair. Now, in this oft-proclaimed golden age of television, the goods are as impressive as the shows themselves, and just as legion. Some industry insiders, in fact, are fretting that there's too darn much TV being made and warn that a bubble looms.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 16-22

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 16-22. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Cincinnati at Arizona, NBC, 18.01 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 16.59 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.19 million. 4. "Sunday Night NFL Pregame Show," NBC, 13.69 million. 5. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 13.22 million. 6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.01 million. 7. "The OT," Fox, 12.73 million. 8. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.35 million. 9. NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN, 12.19 million. 10. "Empire," Fox, 11:34 million. 11. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.21 million. 12. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million. 1

  • Oklahoma volunteers: Meet Bruce Rinehart

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    'Tis the season for giving back and helping others. And to highlight some of the causes Oklahomans are getting involved with, we'll feature an Oklahoma volunteer each day this week, leading up to Thanksgiving.

  • When it's comedy time, 'The Big Bang Theory' rules

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — No one is coming close to challenging "The Big Bang Theory" when Americans turn on prime-time television in search of a few laughs. The Nielsen company's ratings last week illustrate the CBS comedy's dominance. Nielsen said 15.2 million people watched "The Big Bang Theory" on Thursday, far above the second most-popular sitcom, ABC's "Modern Family," which had 8.4 million viewers. The Chuck Lorre-created comedy about socially challenged brainiacs is headed toward some memorable episodes, with Jim Parsons' character, Sheldon Cooper, about to consummate his romance with Amy, played by Mayim Bialik. "The Big Bang Theory" is also the most popular sitcom among viewers ages 18- to 49-years-old, although the g

  • Review: 'Creed' has plenty of punch

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) has been a fighter since long before he stepped into the ring. Behind his easy smile is an anger he can’t always control – an anger that has been there since he was a kid. He not only likes to box, but has to, and it helps that he’s good at it. But then, he should be. His father was Apollo Creed, whose fights with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) have gone down in boxing history as legendary. Even though embracing his father’s legacy would be a significant advantage, Adonis is determined to make it on his own. But he also realizes that he needs a trainer who can take him to the next level. And as much as he might hate to admit it, he knows who that trainer is: Rocky Balboa.

  • John Stamos pleads no contest to driving under the influence

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    John Stamos has pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence of a drug that was filed after his arrest earlier this year in Beverly Hills, California, and he has been sentenced to three years of probation. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey ordered Stamos to attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a counseling session. Blair Berk, an attorney for the "Full House" star, entered the plea Tuesday on Stamos' behalf. The 52-year-old actor was briefly hospitalized in June after Beverly Hills police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police have not identified the substance they suspect Stamos had taken, and it was not addressed in court.

  • HLN network boss out after 2 years

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Albie Hecht has quit as chief executive of the HLN network, leaving the CNN offshoot in search of a new boss. Hecht, a former executive at Spike and Nickelodeon, joined the former Headline News two years ago to guide the network in the direction of being a social media hub. That hasn't really worked, and CNN U.S. President Jeff Zucker said in a memo to staff Tuesday that he wants more of the non-fiction programming being created for CNN to appear on HLN during daytime and overnight hours. "In light of that, Albie Hecht has decided it makes sense for him to move on," Zucker wrote. Veteran CNN executive Ken Jautz will be the interim chief at HLN.