• Garth Brooks to release comeback album Nov. 11

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks confirmed Fridady at his tour press conference in Atlanta that his highly-anticipated new album will be available on Nov. 11.  The comeback album will be released on Pearl/RCA Nashville and will feature his current hit on country radio, “People Loving People.” As previously reported, fans can pre-order the album […]

  • Video: BRONCHO "Class Historian"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    How about giving your weekend a total ’80s vibe? Along with releasing their sophomore album “Just Enough Hip to Be Woman” this week, Oklahoma punk-rockers BRONCHO also dropped the official video to the first track, “Class Historian.” It reminds me so much of an early-day video that Adam Ant or Taco might dance through, and […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 20, 2014: Hear Gum at The Opolis - and check out the band's new "Golden Years" video

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma bands Gum and Helen Kelter Skelter, along with Lawrence, Kan., group The Sluts at 10 tonight at The Opolis, 113 N Crawford. Doors open at 8 p.m. Gum, who released its self-titled debut album last month, dropped this week its music video for “Golden Years,” which you can peruse here: […]

  • Craig Ferguson plays it loose with new game show

    Updated: 44 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Craig Ferguson approached his first TV game show host's job with a subversive attitude. Then came the simple matter of his wardrobe for "Celebrity Name Game." "I thought, 'I'm not going to wear a suit. I'm going to break that rule,'" Ferguson said. Wrong decision, he quickly realized, after taping the first few episodes of the syndicated daytime show debuting Monday. "When I watched the shows back, I couldn't tell who was in charge," he said. On came the business suit, fitted over the sly, irreverent style that his nighttime fans know from CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," which began airing in 2005. He wouldn't have tackled a game show without the opportunity of making it his own

  • Mass. tax credits benefiting movies, TV projects

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a tax credit program designed to lure movies and television shows to Massachusetts. A report from the state revenue department says "Labor Day" was awarded a $5.3 million tax credit last year. The movie was shot in several locations across the state, including the western Massachusetts community of Shelburne Falls. Other productions which received tax credits included commercials for Google and Cheetos and the television shows "Extreme Houseboats"" and "I Found the Gown." The tax credits also benefit some WGBH public television productions including several long-running shows like "Nova," ''Frontline," ''Masterpiec

  • Ruby Dee to be memorialized Saturday in NYC

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys, Audra McDonald, Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. The celebration of Lee's life will be held at the Riverside Church in New York on Saturday. Dee died June 11 at age 91. Dee's poetry and prose will be read by Bassett, Tyne Daly, Kim Fields, S. Epatha Merkerson, Phylicia Rashad, Pauletta Washington and Lynn Whitfield. Musical tributes will be performed by Keys, McDonald, Wynton Marsalis and Peter Yarrow. Belafonte will deliver the eulogy. Dee's long career earned her an Emmy, a Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Nati

  • Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life'

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I've ever been," the singer said interview this week. "It's a very happy time in my life." Last year, Gaga parted ways with longtime manager Troy Carter, who helped the pop star achieve multiplatinum status, dominate the pop charts and win Grammy Awards. She said she was overworked and that greed led to their split. "Part of what was making my sort of artistic experience so unpleasant was that I felt that I was not able to truly freely fly as an artist," she said. "In some ways my talents were not being used to their full potentia

  • 'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty. "I will first of all calm your ardor and your enthusiasm ... but you're going to see nothing. It's a great disappointment. It's an empty museum," Laurent Le Bon, the museum's president, said during Friday's preview reception. He has been in the job for just three months. His predecessor was sacked. The 37 rooms of Musee Picasso, located inside the Marais district's grand 17th-century Hotel de Sale, are being temporarily opened in honor of France's annual heritage weekend.

  • Actress detained by police refuses to apologize

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders. Daniele Watts issued a statement late Friday through her publicist after civil rights activists demanded that she apologize for suggesting she was handcuffed for kissing her white boyfriend in public. Watts and boyfriend Brian Lucas were questioned last week by officers investigating a report of lewd conduct in a parked car. Watts, who is black, refused to provide identification. She was briefly handcuffed until police identified her. The incident went viral after she and Lucas claimed on their Facebook pages that the detention ref

  • 2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift didn't divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd's enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, "Shake it Off," seems to bode well for the new record. Swift, dressed in a bedazzled, bubble gum pink skirt and top, opened for the 4th annual festival Friday with hits including "Love Story" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." A parade of chart-toppers followed her in the nearly five-hour program, including Coldplay, Usher, Nick Minaj and Ariana Grande.

  • Oklahoma religion briefs for Sept. 20, 2014

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Oklahoma religion briefs for Sept. 20, 2014

  • Chess club hosts open challenge at Kamp's 1910 Cafe in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Advait Patel won the Challenger Chess Club’s September open at Kamp’s 1910 Cafe in Oklahoma City.

  • Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas says Cole was arrested around 5 a.m. after someone initiated a private person's arrest. The 32-year-old was booked on suspicion of battery and released from custody Friday afternoon. Police did not release any further details about the incident. An email message sent to Cole's publicist was not immediately returned. Cole's second album, 2007's "Just Like You," produced the songs "Let It Go," ''I Remember" and "Heaven Sent.

  • E! says 'Fashion Police' will continue

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The E! TV channel says that "Fashion Police" will continue without Joan Rivers. In a statement Friday, the channel said it "thought long and hard" about what Rivers would have wanted for the show. The decision was made that the late comedian would have hoped that "Fashion Police" continue, E! said. Rivers' daughter, Melissa, who is the show's executive producer, agreed and gave her "blessing," the channel said. The 81-year-old Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, a week after going into cardiac arrest during a procedure at an outpatient surgery facility in New York. "Fashion Police" will return next January, starting with Golden Globes coverage, E! said. No further details about the show, including whether Rivers would

  • Waltrip balances racing with dancing on reality TV

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Michael Waltrip could have used a heel turn or a lock step to escape his scores of fans on pit road. "Michael! Can you take a picture with my mother," one woman pleaded. "She's a 'Dancing With The Stars' fan. Please!" Waltrip stopped and posed for his suddenly swelling fanbase. More female fans waited as he tried to enter the New Hampshire garage. "Do us proud. You did awesome!" another woman shouted. There was little time for the two-time Daytona 500 winner to mingle with the crowd. He had to hustle his way to a Concord, New Hampshire, ballroom for rehearsal with dancing partner Emma Slater. Waltrip, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, was set to practice the samba from 6-10 p.m after

  • Daughter calls Utah doctor a monster at sentencing

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called him a monster. The long-awaited sentence came seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress. "My father's facade has now crumbled," said Alexis Somers, who asked the judge to give MacNeill the maximum penalty. "My father is a monster. He has never shown remorse for any of his crimes. He must be held accountable for his actions.

  • 'Ghostlight' proves Buckley not bound by Broadway

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Underestimate Betty Buckley at your own peril. One man foolishly did while the singer and actress was starring as a mom in the TV series "Eight is Enough." Every six weeks or so, between shooting episodes in Los Angeles from 1977-81, Buckley would fly to New York for singing lessons, "keen on getting back and singing in musical theater again." Buckley remembered sharing this information with one of her series' young producers. "He goes, 'Oh, Betty. You have such delusions of grandeur.' He said, 'You'll be lucky if you play American mothers on American television for the rest of your life.' And I said, 'We'll see... We'll see.

  • John F. Kennedy's WWII letters sell at auction

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A collection of letters John F. Kennedy sent to the family of a lost PT-109 crewmate sold for $200,000 at an auction. RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house, said the sale happened Thursday during a two-day auction at the Omni Parker House that also saw the sale of a collection of letters that Kennedy's younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, wrote to a classmate at what is now the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. The letters from the future U.S. president were to the family of Harold Marney, who was killed in 1943 when the PT-109 boat Kennedy commanded was destroyed by a Japanese warship in the Solomon Islands. Kennedy, who became a war hero for saving crew members, sent condolences to Marney's pa

  • Gospel stars tour after recent operations

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Donnie McClurkin can hardly talk. Fred Hammond could barely walk. But the Grammy-winning gospel singers are preparing for the Festival of Praise Tour, which spans 31 cities. The tour, which includes Minneapolis, Cleveland, Miami and Atlanta, kicked off this week as McClurkin recovers from surgery to remove precancerous cells from one of his vocal cords and Hammond recuperates after having a bilateral knee replacement. They are about halfway to full recovery. "We're not 100 percent, but trying to get better," Hammond said. "But maybe people need to see that. We're going to push forward through our imperfections." Hammond, 53, had surgery on both knees in January.

  • TV special puts Stonehenge in spotlight

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama pronounced England's Stonehenge "cool" during a side trip there earlier this month. TV viewers can check it out for themselves with Smithsonian Channel's two-hour special on the ancient stone circle. "Stonehenge Empire" focuses on the results of a five-year, high-tech effort to map the site and surroundings — including evidence of other monuments and burial mounds. Using the new data, "Stonehenge Empire" employs computer-generated imagery and dramatic reconstructions to illustrate the area's prehistoric culture. Archeologists discuss why and how Stonehenge developed, the channel said, as well as evidence that it was the center of a civilization that had mastered astron