• Mandolinist Thile to guest host 'Prairie Home'

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Host Garrison Keillor plans to stay home and listen to "A Prairie Home Companion" on the radio for a couple of shows this winter. Mandolinist Chris Thile (THEE'-lee) of the band Nickel Creek will be the guest host for shows Feb. 7 and 14 from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. It's only the second time in the show's 40-year history that it's had a guest host. Singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, Thile's bandmate in Nickel Creek, hosted in 2011. Keillor says "Prairie Home" has been "a pretty dependable show, and now and then it likes to do something entirely different." The 72-year-old humorist and best-selling author says he looks forward "to sitting at home and listening" to the shows.

  • Cosby testimony describes accuser's spiked story

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story. Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby's deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he feared the public would believe her sexual-assault accusations if the Enquirer published similar claims by Beth Ferrier. Both women accused Cosby of drugging and molesting them. "Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier's story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?" Cosby w

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Pentatonix has a hit with holiday album "That’s Christmas To Me," performing during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Vocal sensations Pentatonix soar into the holiday weekend with their new holiday album “That’s Christmas To Me” jumping to No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, according to a news release. Plus, the group is holding on to the No. 1 spot on the Holiday Album Chart for the fifth consecutive week, selling more than […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: David Cook's new song "Wait for Me"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    “American Idol” Season 7 winner David Cook, who has Tulsa ties, released a new single, “Wait for Me,” Monday via iTunes. “The song itself is different; it’s more piano based, and that was a conscientious effort with writing the new stuff,” Cook told The Hollywood Reporter. “The angle was creating music I wasn’t comfortable creating […]

  • Gifts for movie lovers that go beyond the box set

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When shopping for the movie lover on your list, why not think outside the box (set)? While DVD or Blu-Ray box sets can still make great gifts, here are other things to consider for your favorite cinephile this season. ___ COMMEMORATIVE BOOKS: The next best thing to a motion picture might be a collection of still pictures inside one of these new image-filled film books: With an introduction by Martin Scorsese, "Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic" tells the history of film through DeMille's work. Peek behind the scenes with set shots, film stills and personal recollections by one of the authors, DeMille's granddaughter, Cecilia DeMille Presley (from Running Press, $60).

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Garth Brooks sings old hit and new single on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" before canceling other TV appearances

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma country music superstar appeared on Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he and his band raced through his classic hit “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” and then Brooks sat down with just his guitar to give an emotional performance of his new single “Mom.” The longtime Owasso resident also […]

  • Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87

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    BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career. And even while playfully mocked in her later years for clinging to youth through plastic surgeries, flings with far-younger men and garish outfits, Sabah remained cherished for her love of life and positive outlook even into old age. "I'm proud that I'm a village girl but I had a lot of ambition," Sabah once said in 2008. Sabah, whose real name was Jeanette Feghali, died Wednesday morning at age 87, the Lebanese National News Agency reported, without offering a cause of death. Her health had be

  • Movie review: 'The Theory of Everything'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Already a Tony Award winner at age 32, Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”) seems a lock for a best actor nomination for his nuanced portrayal of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic “The Theory of Everything.” Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) also gives a subtly powerful turn as Hawking’s first wife, Jane, who penned the memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen,” which inspired the film.

  • Nielsen: Plenty of holiday programming last year

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    NEW YORK (AP) — If it's anything like last year, television viewers won't have to look very hard for holiday-themed programming this season. The Nielsen company said on Wednesday that some 875 hours of such shows were on broadcast and cable networks in late 2013. That includes both specials and holiday episodes of regularly-schedules series, the company said. A cable network like the Hallmark Channel, which was the second highest-rated network in prime-time last week, does a good business at the end of the end of each year with its constant stream of holiday movies. Nielsen said that 84 percent of women and 79 percent of men said they watched at least a minute of holiday programming last year.

  • Canadian ex-radio host charged with sexual assault

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    TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi was arrested Wednesday on sexual assault charges and ordered to live with his mother while the case that has rocked Canada's vaunted public broadcaster is heard. Ghomeshi, 47, was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, Toronto police said in a statement. The CBC fired Ghomeshi in October after media reports of sexual assault allegations against the star first emerged. Ghomeshi, the host of "Q," a popular radio show on culture that was heard on many public stations in the United States, has denied the allegations, saying he had consensual "rough sex" with women.

  • Movie review: 'The Penguins of Madagascar'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The super-spy wannabes seize the big-screen spotlight for the first time with the “Madagascar” spin-off, a funny, frenetic and ultimately forgettable romp.

  • 'The Theory of Everything': 3 points for parents

    Shawn O'Neill, Deseret News | Yesterday

    Information for parents about the film "The Theory of Everything."

  • New sentencing for 'Bernie' mortician

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas mortician whose conviction for killing a rich widow and storing her body in a freezer inspired the movie "Bernie" was granted a new sentencing hearing Wednesday, after the state's highest court agreed that his life prison sentence may be overly harsh. Bernie Tiede was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1996 shooting death of his longtime companion, 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent. But he was released from prison earlier this year after a lower court sided with his attorneys. A new sentencing date hasn't been set. Tiede's attorneys argued that jurors should have been told he felt abused by Nugent and was sexually abused as a child.

  • Movie review: “Penguins of Madagascar”

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A version of this review appears in Wednesday’s Life & Food section of The Oklahoman. 2 1/2 of 4 stars. Movie review: “Penguins of Madagascar” The super-spy wannabes seize the big-screen spotlight for the first time with the “Madagascar” spin-off, a funny, frenetic and ultimately forgettable romp. The super-spy wannabes seize the big-screen spotlight for […]

  • Tom Hanks, wife to host Christmas tree lighting

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in President's Park near the White House. The National Park Service announced Wednesday that Hanks and Wilson will host the ceremony Dec. 4. By tradition, President Barack Obama and his family also will help light the tree. Musicians will perform holiday tunes. This year's performers will include Ne-Yo, Steve Miller, country star Chely Wright, Patti Labelle, and the groups Fifth Harmony, Nico and Vinz and The Tenors. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Tickets for the event were distributed through a lottery.

  • Singer John Mayer among 'Late Late Show' subs

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Singer John Mayer, filmmaker Judd Apatow and comic Drew Carey will be among the guest hosts that will fill in on CBS's "The Late Late Show" before new host James Corden takes over in March. The network on Wednesday announced its plans for the 12:37 a.m. time slot for the winter months after current host Craig Ferguson leaves. Ferguson's last show will be Dec. 19. Carey will host the first week of January and the last week before Corden starts. In between, actors Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon and Kunal Nayyar will take turns as host. CBS will also air special late-night editions of its daytime chat show, "The Talk," for a week in January.

  • Latin pop star Prince Royce hopes to cross over

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince Royce says although he's working on his first album in English, his fans can still expect to hear his signature Latin and tropical sound in his new music. The 25-year-old star released his first English language single, "Stuck on a Feeling," on Monday. It features rapper Snoop Dogg and samples R&B group 112's hit song "Dance With Me." "It's a fusion of urban, it's a fusion of R&B, it's pop, it has some Spanish," he said in a recent interview. Royce is from the Bronx, New York, raised by Dominican parents. He was nominated for four Latin Grammys last week, including song and record of the year for "Darte un Beso." His English album will be available next year.

  • Missing model-restaurateur B. Smith found in NYC

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    SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — Police on New York's Long Island say former model and restaurateur B. Smith has been has been found, nearly 14 hours after she was reported missing. Police in the village of Sag Harbor, where Smith lives, said she was found at around 2 p.m. Wednesday by her daughter, near her old apartment in New York City. A missing persons report had been opened around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Smith, who's 65, revealed earlier this year that she has Alzheimer's disease.

  • Comic company shares wishes for a 'Valiant' Thanksgiving

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Valiant sent out the above image with the greeting “Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Valiant Entertainment!” Valiant is set to launch a new series in early December, “The Valiant.”  Here’s what the release said about that: On December 10th, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, Ninjak and the rest of Valiant’s most formidable heroes join a battle ten millennia in […]

  • Witherspoon goes on a soul-baring ride in 'Wild'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Once she'd decided to take on her gritty new role in "Wild," there were a few things Reese Witherspoon knew she DIDN'T want to hear from movie studio executives: "We want her to be more likable." "We don't want her to use drugs." "We don't want her to be profane." And so, Witherspoon says, she didn't give them the chance. She developed the film, which follows a hard-living woman's path to solace and redemption via a long trek in the wilderness, outside the studio system under the auspices of her own production company, with private financing. "And then I took it to the studios and said, 'I'm not changing a word,'" Witherspoon recounts in an interview. "And I had three bids on it that day.