• Homeschool choir gives Oklahoma City-area students more than a song

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs provide choral music education in a Christian environment for families whose children are homeschooled.

  • Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 29th season

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Not only is the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie currently staging the popular country music tribute “Always … Patsy Cline,” but the company also is planning for 2015-16 three more musicals: “The Color Purple,” “Hairspray” and he state premiere of Green Day’s rock opera “American Idiot.”

  • Toby Keith pays emotional tribute to 93-year-old Oklahoma veteran during North Carolina concert

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 07:22 AM

    Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith paid emotional tribute to an Oklahoma military veteran during his Friday night show in Charlotte, N.C. The Norman resident brought 93-year-old retired Lt. Col. Harry Frizzell Sr., who was wearing a University of Oklahoma shirt and apparently accompanied by family members, onto the stage for the concert's encore. "People, listen: 34 years of service, Vietnam, Korea, World War II. He put four kids through our school back home at OU, and he lives up here. He wore his shirt tonight and he wanted to come to the show," Keith said. "I wanted y'all to see what a true American hero looks like.

  • As 'Always,' Patsy Cline tribute at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre showcases late singer's greatness

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Theater review: Fans of Patsy Cline will be ecstatic over “Always … Patsy Cline” at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

  • 10 Great Stevie Ray Vaughan Tributes

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    When  Stevie Ray Vaughan  died 25 years ago today, he was on the verge of a second act comparable to his friend Eric Clapton's. After years of substance abuse, during which he managed to record three stunning albums of virtuosic Stratocaster sizzle with his longtime band Double Trouble, Vaughan was clean and sober, newly engaged and ready to rumble following the release of his critically acclaimed recovery-rock classic, In Step. A musician whose driving, celebratory sound disguised anxious shadows, Vaughan seemed on the verge of finally making all his dreams a reality. Fate had other plans, but Vaughan's influence endures in the musicians responsible for these 10 terrific cover versions of his music.

  • Happy Birthday, 'Highway 61': Dylan's Weirdest, Funniest Album Turns 50

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Happy 50th birthday to  Highway 61 Revisited ,  Bob Dylan 's strangest, funniest, most baffling and most perfect album. Released on August 30th, 1965, it arrived just five months after his previous masterpiece, Bringing It All Back Home, but this was a different guy making a different album, a folk rogue embracing the weirdness and spook of electric rock & roll.

  • Be inspired by 6 memorable movie teachers

    Sarah Bringhurst, OK.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    As school gets into full swing, many students are getting to know their teachers better. The powerful role teachers can play in the young minds of the future is truly inspirational. Here are some of the best teachers from the movies.

  • Read Comics in Public Day and Jack Kirby's birthday, 2015

    Matthew Price | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Today is International Read Comics in Public Day.  It’s also Jack Kirby’s birthday.  If you like, you can celebrate both by reading a Jack Kirby comic book in public.  The Free Comic Book Day organization, spearheaded by Diamond Comic Distributors, is celebrating the day today.  The following info was posted at the FCBD Facebook page.   #ReadComicsInPublic Day is just a few hours away and we want to reward those of you that have no shame when it comes to geekdom's favorite past time. Your friends here at FCBD will give away a prize pack worth $100+ of comic book goodness to the person (or group of people) who gives us THE BEST photo of them reading comics in public.

  • Film, ZozoFest set the stage for Zozobra burning

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    In early years of the Fiesta de Santa Fe, actors dressed as Don Diego de Vargas and his cuadrilla galloped over the hills and onto the Plaza to observe the reconquest of the city in 1692, following the Pueblo Revolt. These days, the Entrada, which begins Fiesta, is far more sedate. But if you’d like a look at the way it used to be, there’s a chance this weekend. A film produced by the Museum of International Folk Art in 1985 is scheduled to be shown at ZozoFest. John Eddy, a member of the board of the Old Santa Fe Association, is making a new digital print of the film, which is in the museum’s archive.

  • Movie Review: "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet"

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, animation, rated PG, Violet Crown, 2.5 chiles Few books are as beloved as Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a story of a sage entreated by a group of people while on a journey home from the city of Orphalese. In the book, which has been in print since it was first published in 1923, the prophet Almustafa dispenses knowledge to the group on the topics of good and evil, beauty, freedom, friendship, pleasure, and death, to name a few. A new, animated film version is a succession of segments based on chapters from the book.

  • Movie Review: "Meru"

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MERU, documentary, rated R, Violet Crown, 3.5 chiles The allure of mountain-climbing films, documentaries fixated recently on death zones and vanity climbs of Everest, seems made up of equal parts suspense and adventure, but seen at a distance. Meru, photographed by two members of a three-man climbing party, gets inside the story of two attempts to make a first ascent of a difficult and impossible-appearing pitch at the headwaters of the Ganges River. The film by Jimmy Chin, one of the climbers, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, is an authentic adventure film that gives an equally fascinating view into the climbing lifestyle, whether the climbers are devoted family men or homeless, wandering campers, as Chin’s mother described him.

  • IFC puts off comedy due to Virginia shooting similarities

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The IFC network has postponed an episode of its new comedy series "Documentary Now!" that was supposed to air this week out of sensitivity to the on-air shootings of two Virginia television journalists. The episode that was scheduled to air Thursday parodies HBO's Vice News and features Fred Armisen and Bill Hader portraying journalists killed on camera. IFC said Friday that the episode will instead air next week. It was the second entertainment show delayed because of Wednesday's shootings. USA put off for a week the season finale of its "Mr. Robot" drama because it contained a graphic scene similar to the killings. The delayed "Mr. Robot" episode will also air next week.

  • Movie review: American Ultra is ultra-average

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    To be blunt, stoners make for odd rogue-agents. "American Ultra" is the story of a marijuana-fueled secret agent who doesn't know he is a secret agent. If Jason Bourne got high, "American Ultra" would be the product. The comedy makes fun of stoners, outrageous action movies and over-the-top government operations. There are some laughs, but the stupidity of it all prevents it from being anything more than average. Mike Howell (played by Jesse Eisenberg) is a convenience store worker who lives with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristin Stewart) in small-town West Virginia. Mike and Phoebe love each other, and love smoking weed.

  • The Oscars and Spike Lee: History has always been on his side

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Spike Lee’s relationship with the Oscars was defined nearly 25 years ago when the Motion Picture Academy gave its best picture award to “Driving Miss Daisy,” a musty, modest movie about the relationship between a cranky Georgia widow and her black chauffeur while largely ignoring Lee’s beautiful, uncompromising look at American race relations, “Do the Right Thing.” In the ensuing quarter century, Lee has never softened when asked about the academy’s vote that year. “They’re always going to go with the passive black servant instead of a movie that asks tough questions and offers a perspective they might not be comfortable with,” Lee told me in a 2008 interview. “The Oscars’ assessment of a movie’s qua

  • Russian police finds stolen bas relief in right-wing attack

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg on Friday found fragments of a 100-year old bas relief depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles which was removed from the facade of a historic building, in a possible right-wing act of revenge. The disappearance of the beloved landmark, which overlooked the nearby construction site of a new Orthodox church, raised fears of a growing religious intolerance in Russia. A conservative group on Thursday claimed responsibility for the removing the work of art, saying they set out to eradicate "a cult of Satan." The St. Petersburg police said on Friday that they have found "fragments of the bas relief" amid construction refuse but it was not clear who took it there.

  • Throwaway movies mean summer’s ending

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    As summer winds down, throwaway movies pop up in the multiplexes, a sure sign that Hollywood’s blockbuster season is winding down.

  • Family friendly films on DVD

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A faith film, a literary adaptation and a riff on “Cinderella” arrive on DVD this week.

  • Five for Families: Kick off football season with these films

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

  • Movie debuting about abused dog named 'Gucci'

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Doug James smiles when reminiscing about his "rock star" best friend. "When Gucci would arrive somewhere, everyone would get so excited," James said. "'Gucci, Gucci, Gucci.' He just loved everybody." He was speaking of the once-abused chow mix who was rescued by James in 1994 and became a symbol for animal-abuse awareness. Gucci died in 2010, after 16 happy years with James. But the dog's memory continues to live on, and is the inspiration behind a documentary that will premiere Sunday in Birmingham. The film, "A Dog Named Gucci," will screen at 10 a.m. Sunday at Red Mountain Theatre Company as part of the Sidewalk Film Festival.

  • Movie review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ gets lost amid a sensitive sensibility and party hearty

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie “We Are Your Friends,” which stars Zac Efron as an aspiring musician with a laptop and a dream. The debut feature of director Max Joseph, the movie never quite decides if it wants to be a sensitive drama of self-actualization or a playful party movie and ultimately misses the mark on both counts. The movie is visually inventive and with enough good moments and smart moves to never be entirely dismissible, while not strong enough to overcom

  • Suspected car thief ends high-speed car chase with a quick dance party [VIDEO]

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    You've stolen a car, the police are on your back and suddenly, your tires blow out. What's your plan? If you're the suspected car thief in Wednesday night's downtown Los Angeles car chase, you turn up whatever's playing on the stereo, step out of the car and rock it out. More specifically, you play Future's "Where Ya At" featuring Drake.

  • Sexist note surfaces in screenwriting contest

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    “With some judicious alterations, it might make a decent porn picture, as the gals do seem kinda hot, at least on the page.” That was a script note offered by an anonymous reader working for an annual screenwriting contest run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization that awards the Oscars each year. Known as the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, the contest is professionally minded, well-regarded in industry circles and offers substantial monetary prizes to its winners.

  • Movie review: ‘Rosenwald’ reveals a philanthropist with a mission

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — “Rosenwald” used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about. In the early years of the 20th century, Julius Rosenwald was a philanthropist on a colossal scale, giving away what has been estimated as close to a billion dollars in today’s money. But as revealed by writer-director Aviva Kempner, it’s not just the amount of money he donated that makes Rosenwald special, it’s the specifics of who he gave it to and how and why he did it that sets him apart. Kempner, whose previous docs “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” and “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs.

  • Grown-up humor, sensitive story, costar chemistry fuel ‘Learning to Drive’

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    A film about lessons big and small, in “Learning to Drive,” New York literary critic Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) decides she must finally learn to drive after a divorce. Her instructor, Darwan Singh Tur (Ben Kingsley) is himself undergoing a transition as he prepares for his impending arranged marriage. In their time together both in and out of the car, each becomes less set in his and her ways as Wendy and Darwan come to learn that life lessons are a two-way street. Based on an essay that appeared in the New Yorker in 2002 by Katha Pollitt based on her own experience, the film took about nine years to come to the screen, shepherded by Clarkson and producer Dana Friedman. “I was always taken by the essay,” Clark