• Oklahoma band Q&A: Traindodge

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Heavy rock band Traindodge has been chugging along for 18 years now, with a slew of devoted fans and a deep catalog of recordings.

  • Oklahoma City resident flew alongside real-life 'Unbroken' star

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Francis Craven retells his time flying over the Pacific, looking forward to seeing “Unbroken” and flying alongside a tornado.

  • TV on the Radio, “Seeds”

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Back from its origin planet toting sounds unknown and a style all its own, Brooklyn, N.Y., pioneer TV on the Radio has gone through a fabulous and mystifying transformation on “Seeds,” its fifth proper studio album since the band’s inception in 2001.

  • Oklahoma City's Reduxion Theatre tries something new with 'Jane Austen's Christmas Cracker!'

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The theater company’s first holiday production is an interactive ball that features performers portraying Jane Austen, her sister and niece as well as playing the author’s famous fictional characters.

  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died Thursday evening "after a short battle with cancer." Rice-Davies was an 18-year-old model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when her friend Christine Keeler had an affair with War Secretary John Profumo. Keeler had also slept with a Soviet naval attache, and the resulting collision of sex, wealth and national security issues rattled Britain's establishment, almost toppled the Conservative government and fascinated the nation.

  • Kim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea. In fact, "Glorious Leader!" creator Jeff Miller is now more motivated than ever to finish his game. While North Korea forces have frequently been depicted as the adversary in games, such as "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2" and "Homefront," ''Glorious Leader!" cast the nation's leader as the protagonist — with cameos from such folks as Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Il.

  • Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form." The email was confirmed by a person close to the studio who requested anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter. It was sent to several employees of the Culver City, California, company that's been roiled by a hacking group calling itself Guardians of Peace. "Very wise to cancel 'the interview' it will be very useful for you," read the message. "We ensure the purity of your data and as long as you make no more trouble.

  • 2 plays have reason to crow on Broadway this week

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two star-driven Broadway plays this week got early Christmas presents when they announced they'd recouped their respective investments. Producers of "It's Only a Play," Terrence McNally's comedy starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, said Wednesday they'd recouped its $3.9 million capitalization. On Friday came word that Hugh Jackman's "The River" had recouped its $3.2 million investment. "It's Only a Play" has been a hit at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it has set a new house record with $1,424,000 for eight shows. Jackman has also been selling out the Circle in the Square theater, taking over from Audra McDonald in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," which also recouped this

  • Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than $30 million. That's up from $16 million to $20 million previously. The substantial price increase probably prompted sponsors to reassess the value of the bowl affiliations, says Kevin Adler, chief engagement officer for sports marketing specialist Engage Marketing in Chicago.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' Star: 'I'm Trying To Figure Out' Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson sounded off on the media firestorm that ensued after his father, Phil, argued that being gay is a sin in a 2013 GQ interview, The Huffington Post reports. "Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn't agree with -- and I've even said so," Robertson tells Larry King in a Dec. 15 chat. "We love everybody ... In this business, there are a lot of people who are gay." As to whether or not he thought that being gay or lesbian was a choice, Robertson added, "Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am."

  • Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Hacking

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    President Obama called Sony's decision to pull its film "The Interview" over a hacking by North Korea a "mistake," NPR reports. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States," the president said in his year-end news conference. He added that he was "sympathetic" about their concerns, but, "I wish they would have spoken to me first."

  • Incoming U. of Illinois President Timothy Killeen

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NAME: Timothy L. Killeen. AGE: 62. BORN: Cardiff, Wales. CURRENT POSITION: Vice chancellor for research at The State University of New York and president of The Research Foundation at the university. PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation; research professor at the University of Colorado; more than 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Michigan. MEMBER: National Academy of Engineering, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences. EDUCATION: University College London, Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics. FAM

  • 5 reasons the Wii U won the console war in our house

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The console war is a messy one, but the Wii U stood out amidst the competition. Here's why.

  • Video: Bruce Campbell to play Santa on "The Librarians" Christmas episode

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Please excuse my inner nerd girl, who is completely freaking out right now: Cult favorite Bruce Campbell is playing Santa Claus in this Sunday’s Christmas episode of “The Librarians.” Bruce Campbell – the “groovy” mighty chin! – and Oklahoma’s own Christian Kane, who stars in “The Librarians,” on TV at the same time? I may […]

  • Video: Toby Keith, Jon Stewart, James Franco and more sing "We'll Meet Again" on "Colbert Report" finale

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith, Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Alan Alda, George Lucas, Cyndi Lauper and James Franco were among the celebrities who turned out to sing Stephen Colbert off the air Thursday night. “The Colbert Report” ended its nine-year run so that Colbert (the man, not the character he played as the Comedy […]

  • Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com. Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed this week that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books. The deal will allow Macmillan to set prices for e-books, an arrangement known as the "agency model," and appears similar to agreements Amazon reached in the past two months with Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster. Authors at Macmillan range from Jonathan Franzen and Hilary Mantel to Oprah Winfrey and Bill O'Reilly.

  • FBI confirms North Korea behind Sony hack

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The FBI confirmed Friday that North Korea was behind the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, according to USA TODAY. "As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,'' a FBI statement said. "While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks."

  • Little Big Town to play March 28 Enid show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 19 hr ago

    ENID – Grammy-winning country group Little Big Town has added a spring leg to its “The Pain Killer Tour” that will conclude with a March 28 show at the Enid Event Center, 301 S Independence. The country quartet – Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman – is touring in support of its […]

  • Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan looks ahead, not back

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins. It's fair to say lead singer Billy Corgan has an ambivalent relationship with his band — as well as with the music industry, the media, fellow musicians and his fans. "People say, 'Are you going to break up the band?'" Corgan said backstage before a recent London show. "What band is there to break up? There is no band." Corgan may be the Pumpkins' only remaining original member, but the non-band has just released its eighth studio album, "Monuments to an Elegy." A slice of grungy pop-rock featuring guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who joined the Pumpkins in 2007, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, it's received good reviews — though not good

  • Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell. He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa's sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don't ask). Before that, after offing the Grim Reaper and declaring himself immortal (don't ask), he led a glorious singalong in the studio with a room of luminaries ranging from "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Andy Cohen and Big Bird to George Lucas, Arianna Huffington and Henry Kissinger.

  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. At first glance, U.S. options for responding to the hacking attack are limited. Bringing the shadowy hackers to justice appears a distant prospect. A U.S. cyber-retaliation against North Korea would risk a dangerous escalation. And North Korea is already targeted by a raft of sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.

  • Entertaining last-minute gift ideas: BAM's local and online recommendations

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Christmas is less than a week away, but if you want to give an entertainment or artsy present with an Oklahoma flair, you don’t have to go far to shop for out-of-the-gift-box options. Christmas is less than a week away, and […]

  • Year's top album is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour'

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list: 1. "In the Lonely Hour," Sam Smith: Sam Smith's album was an emotional roller coaster — a ride you couldn't get off of even if you tried. The songs, anchored by his piercing voice, had the power to make you cry, smile, shiver and even dance. Tracks like the radio hit, "Stay With Me," and "Leave Your Lover" are intense and emotional, making for an honest, beautiful album that soothes the soul. There can only be only reply when he sings, "Oh, won't you stay with me?" That would be a resounding, "Yes." 2. "2014 Forest Hills Drive," J. Cole: J. Cole: Another honest man: J. Cole.

  • Source: Hackers send new message to Sony

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a "very wise" decision to cancel the Christmas day release of "The Interview," a source close to the company told CNN. The email message was received by Sony's top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN. The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way.