• Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts wraps up

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    By a little after 5 p.m. Sunday, the sky was foreboding and several artists at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts were packing up a bit early. The festival wrapped up Sunday evening.

  • Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres helped the Daytime Emmys make a gender-bending return to television with a comedy bit involving pasties and black stockings — and not worn by DeGeneres. "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were the top winners Sunday with three trophies each, while the latter shared the best drama series award with "Days of Our Lives." The ceremony opened with a pretaped segment in which Lauer and DeGeneres agreed to end their faux feud. The punchline: DeGeneres had sneakily edited the tape to put Lauer's head atop a man's chiseled body clad only in tasseled pasties, briefs and lace-topped stockings.

  • 'Furious 7' tops US, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' scores overseas

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — “Furious 7” took another victory lap at the domestic box office this weekend, but “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” crushed competitors overseas, launching to an estimated $201.2 million in its first weekend in foreign markets. That has moviegoers and industry watchers even more geared up for next weekend, when “Age of Ultron” is expected to draw more than $200 million with its debut in the U.S. and Canada. Disney said Sunday that its new “Avengers” sequel has set records overseas, exceeding the 2012 “Avengers” movie by 44 percent at today’s exchange rates. “Age of Ultron” also set an Imax box-office record for the largest non-China international opening of all time with a per-screen aver

  • Wisconsin organ registry grows from zero to 2.6M in 5 years

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has seen the number of organ donors rise since relaunching the state's donor registry in 2010, according to a published report. Five years ago, Wisconsin had zero registered organ donors as the state transitioned into a new system that includes legal consent for the lifesaving medical procedure. Now, about 2.6 million residents are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors. But there are still some 2 million eligible residents who have not signed up, Gannett Wisconsin Media (http://gbpg.net/1Dqht4x ) reported. Nationally, Wisconsin is slightly above average in the percentage of residents on its registry. Advocates hope outreach efforts, especially during Donate Life Month in April, wi

  • 'Furious 7' holds on to box office; 'Age of Ultron' looms

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," revved up overseas with a massive $201.2 million debut. In North American theaters, "Furious 7" had enough left in the tank to top all films with an estimated $18.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. While the film has been a huge domestic hit, it's been even bigger abroad — particularly in China, where it's set a record with $323 million.

  • Salma Hayek visits Lebanon to launch film 'The Prophet'

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BCHARRE, Lebanon (AP) — Salma Hayek is in Lebanon, her first visit to her ancestral homeland, to launch "The Prophet," an animated feature film she co-produced. Hayek visited the picturesque mountain village of Bcharre in northern Lebanon on Sunday to pay homage to Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-born poet who wrote "The Prophet," the book on which the film is based. "Let us have a private moment in this place that we dreamt so long to be a part of," Hayek said before entering the Gibran Museum. "The Prophet," written in 1923, has inspired generations of artists. The book, a series of poems about love, joy, sorrow, work and spirituality, has been translated into at least 40 languages. Gibran also was a sculptor and

  • Hank Baskett Jr. 'all about the kids'

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Hank Baskett Jr. announced he will be retiring in August after running the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center for more than 21 years. But his son said he won’t be far from the organization that has been his passion for so long. “He’s not going to give up on the kids,” said Hank Baskett III, Clovis native and former NFL wide receiver. “And as long as the Oasis is there my Dad is going to be there offering his support in one way or another — it’s all about the kids.” The Oasis is the only safehouse in five counties that conducts forensic interviews for child abuse cases and child witnessed violent crimes, but funding for the organization is dwindling.

  • Bentonville readies for inaugural film festival

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Organizers of the Bentonville Film Festival say ticket sales continue to outstrip expectations for the inaugural event. Trevor Drinkwater, chief executive officer for presenting organization ARC Entertainment, said his production team is ready for the festival planned May 5-9 in various venues in Northwest Arkansas. Drinkwater partnered with actress Geena Davis and her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to create the festival. The 54 films selected for inclusion share a common interest in gender and diversity issues, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1FoeTCh ).

  • Picture it: A 1,000-year exposure showing a changing Earth

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a "millennium camera" that he intends to mount in a churchless steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure of a western Massachusetts mountain range.

  • Film to probe Newark schoolyard murders' toll on family

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For what seemed a small eternity, Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark's 2007 schoolyard killings, when a group of men and boys, including one who turned 15 that day, lined up her college-bound daughter and two friends and shot them each in the back of the head. As national media held Newark up as a symbol of the gun violence plaguing American cities, Hightower became an unwavering presence at the dozens of court proceedings that followed. Her courtroom vigil stretched nearly six years, long after the initial crush of attention subsided. The overpowering sorrow that engulfed her has eased over time, but Hightower's determination to honor her daughter's memo

  • Nebraska book artist finds creative energy in the pages

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Book artist Marvel Maring loved her artist books so much she took them to bed with her. "I would take the new books that I just made and put them on my bedside table and fall asleep looking at them adoringly," she said. "They were magical. I think it's the intimacy of the object as well as the familiarity of this thing we grew up with — and engage with — everyday. To actually make one transformed everything." Trained as a painter, Maring became disenchanted with her art after years of graduate school. "My brain was completely fried," she said of her experiences studying art in a formal way. "I went through one of the darkest artist's blocks that seemed like it would last forever. It was hellis

  • 'Ridiculous 6' walkout revives debate over race, stereotypes

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The long fight over Hollywood’s portrayal of American Indians was rekindled last week when several Native Americans walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s first original film for Netflix, The Ridiculous 6. But for other Native Americans who were on the set, the skirmish lines were not so clear. The back-and-forth between those who found material in script offensive and those who found it suitable for farce underscores the complexities of a debate over race, comedy and stereotyping in film that dates to the earliest days of movies. Netflix defended the film in a statement. “The movie has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason,” the streaming company said.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City Festival of Arts Sunday schedule

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The 49th Festival of the Arts ends today, with hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its longtime home at the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The event annually brings in about 200 visual artists from across Oklahoma and the country, almost 300 Sooner State entertainers staging a […]

  • Oklahoma Girl Scout Katie Francis breaks her own cookie sale world record

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Girl Scout breaks her own cookie sale world record Oklahoma City seventh-grader Katie Francis, who made international news in 2014 with her record-smashing sales feats, moved 22,200 boxes of Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils and other tasty treats by the time the […]

  • Oklahoma artistic leaders weigh in on creativity

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The 2015 Outlook special section of The Oklahoman explores creativity, so we asked several Oklahoma artistic leaders WHAT CREATIVITY OR INNOVATION IN A CITY MEANS TO ME. Here are their answers: “What I believe creativity and innovation means is that the city has created an environment that allows people to feel like they can participate […]

  • UK premier defends royals' right to choose birth hospital

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — With Britain's general election fast approaching, almost anything can become political — even Prince William and his wife Kate's choice of private medical care for the upcoming birth of their second child. Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday defended the royal couple's choice of private treatment over public care offered by the National Health Service. Asked on TV if the royal couple's decision was disappointing, Cameron said he supports peoples' right to choose treatment options. He did praise the NHS, which is a source of national pride for many Britons. "The NHS is superb and I've seen that in my own life in so many different ways," he said. "But I believe in choice. I believe in people being abl

  • deadCenter Film Festival celebrating 15 years of celebrating indie film this summer

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Sunday’s Outlook special section of The Oklahoman. deadCenter Film Festival celebrating 15 years of celebrating indie film Oklahoma City’s deadCenter isn’t just growing as a film festival, it is growing into more than a film festival. Zeroing in on its 15th anniversary, deadCenter isn’t just growing as a […]

  • Lynchburg College exhibit explores Disney animated films

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lynchburg College's latest exhibit takes a deep dive into the world of Disney animated films. "Remembrance and Rediscovery: Disney Deconstructed," which opened April 20 in the Daura Gallery and remains up through May 15, features limited edition commemorative lithographs of classic films like "Cinderella," ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," ''Lady and the Tramp," ''Aladdin" and "Fantasia." The biannual exhibit was put together by four students taking the college's semester-long Museums in the Public Domain class; the exercise is designed to teach them what it takes to plan, develop, interpret and design museum exhibitions.

  • Dramatic growth: Central Oklahoma theater scene gets bigger and better

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Sunday’s Outlook special section of The Oklahoman.  To select the photos for this story, I asked local theater leaders to name their favorite recent show that their organization staged as well as their favorite show another company had produced. Dramatic growth: Central Oklahoma theater scene gets bigger and […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 26, 2015: See Jewel Box Theatre's 'Come Blow Your Horn'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Today’s featured event: See Jewel Box Theatre’s production of “Come Blow Your Horn” at 2:30 p.m. today at the theater at First Christian Church, 3700 N Walker. Jewel Box is closing its 2014-15 season with esteemed humorist Neil Simon’s first Broadway play, which was made into a 1963 film starring Frank Sinatra. The theater is […]