• Water works: Oklahoma City band Tallows renders experience into a strong sophomore album

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Tallows will perform its Oklahoma City release show for Waist Deep" standing in an empty pool with projections of people swimming. The album releases Sept. 8, and the show will be Sept. 12.

  • 'Coach' reboot series axed at NBC

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 01:50 PM

    The "Coach" revival series is, well, not being revived at NBC. Variety has confirmed the comedy is not moving forward at the network with insiders citing creative issues for the network's change in heart.

  • L.T.Z. shares hip-hop tribute to OKC

    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Not every 7-Eleven is a right of passage. But you might know the one Oklahoma City-native rapper Tony LeSure is dishing about in a track off of his new album "Barcelona '92." He's self-releasing it Sept. 4 with help from Aesthetic Perception.  LeSure, 25, performs under the name L.T.Z., and here's an exclusive first listen to the song "73210 (The Good)."  After 6 p.m., the 7-Eleven off of Penn and NW 122nd becomes a hangout for people too young to get into actual clubs.  "There were a lot of great things happening and then were a lot of bad things happening," LeSure said in an interview with The Oklahoman. I met with LeSure at Elemental Coffee Roasters

  • Oklahoma City Community College begins showing National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma

    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 09:43 AM

    A version of this story appears in Monday's Your Life section of The Oklahoman. Screen shot: OCCC begins broadcasting National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma As if fireworks, live music and more than 100 visual artists weren’t enough, Helen Mirren, James Franco and a swashbuckling band of pirates are joining the merriment at the 37th Annual Arts Festival Oklahoma. Plus, Oklahoma City Community College has Benedict Cumberbatch waiting in the wings.


  • APTOPIX Italy Venice FF Beasts of No Nation Red Carpet

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Jury member Elizabeth Banks poses for photographers on the red carpet of the film Beasts of No Nation during the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The 72nd edition of the festival runs until Sept. 12.

  • Mideast Israel

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Director and actress Natalie Portman speaks with former Israeli President Shimon Peres during a photo call before a premiere of her film "A Tale of Love and Darkness" in Jerusalem, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

  • Movie review: 'The Transporter Refueled'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Transporter Refueled, a reignition of the franchise that turned Jason Statham into a global star, feels less like an action movie and more like a checklist for an action movie, a generic run-through of every trick and trope of the past three decades jammed into 90 minutes. Exotic South of France locale? Check. Evil Eastern European villain? Check. Hot European car? Check. Four leggy femme fatales? Quadruple check. All of that would matter less if the star — Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones, the upcoming Deadpool), who’s taking over Statham’s head-slamming Frank Martin character — had more personality or his predecessor’s limber yet aggressive physical presence.

  • UCO to present downtown OKC performance of comedic, post-apocalpytic play

    From staff reports | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) will present a theatrical performance of the modern comedy “Some Things You Need To Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening with the Illuminati)” at 8 p.m. Sept. 10-12 and Sept. 17-19 at the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO (ACM@UCO) Performance Lab, 343 E. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City.            Written by Larry Larson and Levi Lee, the story follows character Reverend Eddie through the post-apocalyptic era as he prepares to deliver his final sermon while the unseen presence of the Illuminati lingers near.            “Theatre should move the audience from

  • Mojave Desert trail puts hikers in their place, far behind the ghosts of Hoover Dam workers

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The sign posted at the trailhead of our 8-mile hike does not bode well: “DANGER. Extreme Conditions! STOP. Do not hike Jun-Sep. HEAT KILLS!” There’s more. “Tunnel 3 is full of bats,” warns a fellow hiker. “Bad smell.” Still, we press on. It’s a summer morning in the Mojave Desert: Temperatures already reach the high 80s and nature’s broiler is fired up to produce another 100-degree day. The sun seems to scoff in a Jersey accent common during the wiseguy era of casinos: “Whaddya gonna do about it?” My friend Aaron Darsky and I are hiking the historic Railroad Trail, an outing that promises both scenery and history, greeting, so to speak, the ghosts of workers who toiled

  • Dean Jones, durable star of Disney family films, dies at 84

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — In 1970, Dean Jones was a star in Hollywood and also on Broadway in two very different genres. In films, Jones was the lead in hugely successful Disney movies, holding his own against scene-stealing co-stars that included a cat (“That Darn Cat!”), dog (“The Ugly Dachshund”) and Volkswagen (“The Love Bug.”) But on the New York stage that year, he was the star of “Company,” Stephen Sondheim’s landmark musical that examined adult relationships amid the fevered pace of urban life. Despite his success, however, Jones’ personal life was a shambles. He left “Company” shortly after the opening and was drawn to self-destructive behavior.

  • 6 times drugs were mentioned during the MTV VMAs

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were peppered with commercials warning young adults about the dangers of drugs — but during the show itself, drug references were almost as predominant as the music. Here's a look at six times drugs were mentioned during the live show, hosted by its main pusher, Miley Cyrus. — Taking a page from Ellen DeGeneres' book and using a selfie stick to take a massive photo of herself and others, Cyrus told the audience, "Everyone say, 'Marijuana!'" — In a skit, Cyrus grubs on pot brownies backstage with marijuana maven Snoop Dogg.

  • Britain Legend World Premiere

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    From left, Australian actress Emily Browning and British actor Tom Hardy pose for photographers at the World Premiere of the film Legend at a central London cinema, London, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

  • Film-Chris Evans

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    This photo provided by RADiUS shows, Chris Evans, as Nick Vaughan, in a scene from "Before We Go." The film is Evans' directorial debut. It opens in theaters on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

  • Theater-Turner-Cox

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2015 file photo, Deborah Cox attends the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cox and Kathleen Turner will star in the world premiere of an off-Broadway play about transgender identity. 22Q Entertainment said Thursday, Sept. 3, that both women have signed on to John S. Anastasi‘s “Would You Still Love Me...” (Photo by Paul A.

  • Movie review: ‘Transporter Refueled’ is running on empty

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    “The Transporter Refueled” opens without any credits but its title. I think I know why. Being associated with the film was such a career-crippling embarrassment that the cast and crew wanted to withhold their identities until the end, at which point most of the audience would have walked out. Refueled? It is running on empty from the start. How dumb is it? The problems begin with the very opening scene, a flashback to years before when a ruthless Russian crime boss took control of prostitution on the Côte d’Azur. This involves machine-gunning several pimps, pulling the loveliest supermodel of their employees into a getaway car and driving off with evil smiles. According to the graphic title dating this prologue, it occurs in

  • Film-Fall Preview-LGBT Dramas

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    This photo provided by The Weinstein Company shows, Rooney Mara, left, as Therese Belivet, and Cate Blanchett, as Carol Aird, in a scene from the film, "Carol.

  • Italy Venice FF Spotlight Red Carpet

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Alessandra Ambrosio poses for photographers at the red carpet of the film Spotlight during the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The 72nd edition of the festival runs until Sept. 12.

  • Film-Chris Evans

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, U.S. actor Chris Evans poses during a press conference to promote his latest film "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in Seoul, South Korea. What's got Captain America quaking in his boots? Evans, known for playing the iconic Marvel superhero, is making his directorial debut with the indie film "Before We Go" opening Friday, Sept. 4, and the stakes have never felt higher.

  • Movie review: ‘Transporter Refueled’ runs out of gas

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    “The Transporter Refueled,” a reignition of the franchise that turned Jason Statham into a global star, feels less like an action movie and more like a checklist for an action movie, a generic run-through of every trick and trope of the past three decades jammed into 96 minutes. Exotic South of France locale? Check. Evil Eastern European villain? Check. Hot European car? Check. Four leggy femme fatales? Quadruple check. All of that would matter less if the star — Ed Skrein (“Game of Thrones,” the upcoming “Deadpool”), who’s taking over Statham’s head-slamming Frank Martin character — had more personality or his predecessor’s limber yet aggressive physical presence.

  • MTV Video Music Awards criticized for glorifying marijuana

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — An organization that ran anti-cigarette smoking ads during the Video Music Awards has complained to MTV's parent company about the program's multiple references to marijuana and said it sent the wrong message to young viewers. Show host Miley Cyrus was responsible for most of them. She even came backstage with a lit joint after the show and passed it around to photographers. "It is entirely understandable for viewers to be confused, after hearing so much about marijuana during the VMA broadcast, to see a powerful advertisement about the dangers of tobacco," said Eric Asche, chief marketing officer of the Truth Initiative, which sponsored two anti-cigarette ads. Asche said his group was "extremely disap

  • APTOPIX Italy Venice FF Spotlight Red Carpet

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Model Alessandra Ambrosio arrives for the screening of the movie Spotlight at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The 72nd edition of the festival runs until Sept. 12.

  • Fall Movie Preview: A season strong in LGBT dramas

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Page was first approached about the true-life gay rights drama "Freeheld" when she was 21, just coming off her breakthrough in "Juno." It was seven years before the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a right, and six before Page, herself, came out. "It really did align with an internal process I was going through with my own identity, with my own struggles of being closeted," says Page of "Freeheld." ''It's lovely to be part of a film that's reflecting upon why we need the Supreme Court ruling and why we need to continue to strive to equality. I think the film is reflecting a time when that change is happening." As much as change is in the air in 2015, it's also on the screen.

  • What your chop or steak really needs is an easy, warm salad

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    This recipe is a template for topping sauteed steaks or chops of most any kind with a wilted salad, a splendid dish for a late summer dinner. Mostly, I'm taking my cues here from the Italians. In Florence, they like to pep up their grilled steaks with a drizzle of olive and a spritz of lemon, which cuts through the meat's fattiness. Then there's veal Milanese, a breaded chop with a salad on top. But the latter dish doesn't marry the salad dressing to the chops, as I do here, and my chop isn't breaded. Also, Caesar dressing is rooted in Mexico, not Italy. All of which is to say I guess my inspirations were pretty diverse.

  • France American Film Festival

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    People walk on the Deauville promenade on the eve of the opening of the 41st American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, western France, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The names of film actors and directors who have attended the festival over the years are engraved on the separation panel of each beach hut.




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