• Will Smith returns to the silver screen in 'Focus'

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Will Smith stars in “Focus,” a romantic comedy-drama that’s all about high-stakes scam operators and the dubious possibility of true love blossoming between male and female practitioners of such a criminal endeavor, where trust is earned under false pretenses.

  • 'Marvel Universe Live!' flies, swings and smashes into Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Today at 12:00 AM

    The live stunt show brings together more than 25 Marvel characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain Marvel, who have to keep fragments of the Cosmic Cube, a source of unspeakable power, from falling into the hands of some of their greatest adversaries, including Loki, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra and Electro.

  • The 6 best boasts on Drake’s new mixtape

    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Drake-iest lines from Drake’s latest.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Kaitlin Butts

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Becky Carman interviewed Kaitlin Butts about becoming the fourth Dixie Chick, singing into the mirror and Merle Haggard.


  • Rick Springfield to perform at NY State Fair on opening day

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Rick Springfield will return to the Syracuse area this summer, but the 1980s pop star won't have to face legal questions over whether his buttocks injured a concert-goer. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/1zjqkDx ) that Springfield will perform at Chevy Court at the New York State Fair on opening day of the fair, Aug. 27. Last month, Springfield won a seven-year legal battle with a New York woman who claimed he injured her when he fell on her during a concert at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds in 2004. The plaintiff, 45-year-old Vicki Calcagno, said she suffered serious injuries when Springfield's buttocks hit her head. A state Supreme Court jury said Springfield didn't injur

  • LHUCA Gala honors Ballet Lubbock's Racz Key, screenprinter Kreneck

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Gala honors Ballet Lubbock’s Racz Key, screenprinter Kreneck The annual LHUCA Gala, LHUCA being an acronym for the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The site is the LHUCA building, 511 Ave. K. Saturday’s event includes a multi-course, served dinner, catered by Top Tier. Dinner tables will be scattered throughout the gallery, with additional tables to be set up in the Firehouse Theater, according to LHUCA media curator Jude Machin. After a one-year medical absence at LHUCA by A-J Media Entertainment Editor William Kerns, winners of the 12th (near)annual William D. Kerns Awards for Performing and Visual Arts in Lubbock again will be revealed at Saturday’s

  • New Nave exhibit showcases women's artwork

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Diverse artwork now hangs on the walls of The Nave Museum - some strike the eye with vivid color, while others allure with their delicate soft palettes. Six women artists revealed their work during a member preview at the Nave Museum on Thursday evening. The new exhibit, "Her SpaceScapes," features six artists' work in one gallery. "It's really an honor and exciting to show with these women," Yoakum artist Elizabeth Payne said. While Payne has lived across the country and showed her work in New York, many of the pieces in the gallery were landscapes around her studio in Yoakum. Payne's work comprised several dynamic, bright pieces, including one immense work, "St. Vincent," which hung on a wall on its own in

  • Grammy winner to perform

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Grammy-winning percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington headlines two performances at the Green Country Jazz Festival. The festival, presented by the Northeastern State University jazz studies program, begins at 8 p.m. Sunday with a performance at the NSU Jazz Lab, 315 N. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah. Carrington will perform with an all-star combo featuring Tulsa pianist Scott McQuade, Tulsa bassist Jordan Hehl, Chicago trumpeter Tito Carrillo and Locust Grove guitarist Bobby Brewer. Tommie Poole, NSU director of jazz studies, will play saxophone. Carrington will perform with the NSU Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m. Monday at the NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 N. Grand Ave. Poole called Carrington a “very creative drummer.

  • Cincinnati film festival to celebrate diversity

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin is among those taking part in the ReelAbilities Film Festival in Cincinnati beginning this weekend. The festival uses films, music, dance, discussions and other programs to explore the art and stories of people with disabilities or other differences. Its theme is "Different, Like You" and is modeled after festivals that began in New York and spread to other cities. Matlin, who is deaf, will be at a Friday awards luncheon. Blind Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein is also scheduled to attend the festival, Actors Danny Woodburn and Kurt Yaeger will take part in a premiere night gala Saturday evening. The festival runs through March 7.

  • Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. "The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court," West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. "When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to eq

  • Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lights, camera ... blossom! The Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates the movies as floral and garden designers pay homage to Disney and Pixar films. The meticulously landscaped exhibits are inspired by more than a dozen features, from "Frozen" and "Finding Nemo" to "Cars" and "Cinderella." Visitors enter through a huge, art deco theater facade — as if they were attending a red carpet premiere. Palm trees, roses and lilies help recreate the ornate interior of a 1920s movie palace. The annual extravaganza sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society opens Saturday and runs through March 8. The event is billed as the nation's largest and longest-running flower show. It dates back t

  • SC Supreme Court order freezes James Brown estate case

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered Aiken County court officials to halt all proceedings in the complex cases regarding the estate of the late soul singer James Brown. The Aiken Standard reported (http://bit.ly/1DWr0EY ) that the state's highest court issued the order on Feb. 19. The order told the Aiken County Clerk of Court to give the high court all orders issued in any action related to the James Brown estate and the marital status of Brown and Tommie Rae Hynie, the widow of the late musician, the newspaper reported. The singer died on Christmas Day 2006.

  • Will Smith returns to the silver screen in 'Focus'

    BY GENE TRIPLETT, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Will Smith stars in “Focus,” a romantic comedy-drama that’s all about high-stakes scam operators and the dubious possibility of true love blossoming between male and female practitioners of such a criminal endeavor, where trust is earned under false pretenses.

  • Movie review: 'Focus'

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Writing-directing partners Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) will bring audiences into “Focus,” a crime comedy-drama starring Will Smith as a con artist who takes a beautiful young woman (Margot Robbie, “The Wolf of Wall Street”) as his protege, only to complicate their lives when they fall in love.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Kaitlin Butts

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Becky Carman interviewed Kaitlin Butts about becoming the fourth Dixie Chick, singing into the mirror and Merle Haggard.

  • Comics sales on rise as retailers, publishers report changing audience

    BY MATTHEW PRICE, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Comics sales were up 4 percent and graphic novels rose 5.2 percent, according to report at ComicsPRO meeting.

  • 5 little-known facts about Oklahoma's black history

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    From the 50-plus all-black towns to the history of OKC's Deep Deuce, here are 5 little-known facts you should know about Oklahoma's black history.

  • 'Marvel Universe Live!' flies, swings and smashes into Chesapeake Energy Arena

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The live stunt show brings together more than 25 Marvel characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain Marvel, who have to keep fragments of the Cosmic Cube, a source of unspeakable power, from falling into the hands of some of their greatest adversaries, including Loki, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra and Electro.

  • Oklahoma entertainment highlights

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Oklahoma entertainment highlights

  • Oklahoma concert ticket ticker

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Oklahoma concert ticket ticker

  • CASA/GAL volunteers assist county children

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SIDNEY — Shelby County CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem) continues its success in 2014! “CASA/GAL is a volunteer based program that provides trained volunteers to represent the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in juvenile court.” said Bridget Davis, program director. “Prior to receiving their first case volunteers must attend a 30-hour training course. The volunteers are responsible for: conducting interviews with all interested parties in the case, provide court reports to the Juvenile Judge or Magistrate, attend meetings at Children Services, attend court hearings and monthly home visits with the child they are advocating for.

  • BRIEF: Man accused of killing local rapper released on bail

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI - The bail for a man arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a local rapper Feb. 20 was lowered from $1 million to $100,000 Thursday, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said. Jesse Wayne Taylor, 29, faces a murder charge in the death of Jose Jesus Mendoza, 37. Police received multiple calls about 2:20 a.m. of a shooting happening in the 11600 block of South Padre Island Drive and found Mendoza alive, Senior Officer Marc Harrod said. Emergency medical staff performed CPR but he did not survive, Harrod said. More than two hours later, Taylor went to the main police station and admitted involvement in the shooting death of Mendoza, better known as "Flatline," Harrod said.

  • Julianne Moore shines in hypnotic, repulsive 'Maps to the Stars' (B)

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    David Cronenberg has never been a creature of Hollywood; some of his odder films suggest he might not be a creature of this planet. So the macabre Canadian has no qualms about taking a serrated lead pipe to the egos and emotional deficiencies of movie-industry delusion in his latest, Maps to the Stars. The gargoyles that prowl Maps constitute a vivid gallery of grotesques, driven by outsize vanity and poisoned by skewed priorities. The incest at the center of the plot serves as a suitable metaphor for the moral rot that contaminates nearly every character. These simply aren’t very nice people. They are, however, exquisitely acted, and Cronenberg, working from a script by Bruce Wagner, knows how to bring every bit of their damage

  • McCaskill says NFL teams thinking of drafting Winston should first see sexual assault film

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Thursday that NFL teams considering drafting Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston should first see a new documentary on sexual assault on campus. McCaskill made that suggestion during a press conference announcing new, bipartisan legislation dealing with how colleges and universities should handle sexual assaults. The legislation is similar to that introduced last year, with changes that McCaskill and Senate co-sponsors said strengthen and clarify it. The proposal, which met initial resistance from college presidents and legal experts who worried it could thwart due process of the accused, has broad bipartisan support in the Senate. Among its co-sponsors is Senate Jud




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