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  • Met opening a big deal for Russian bass

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Ildar Abdrazakov, this may go down as the biggest opening night that almost didn't happen. Not that the Russian bass-baritone is exactly unknown at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has headlined productions from Verdi's "Attila" to last season's "Prince Igor" by Borodin. But starring as the title character in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro, which opened the company's 2014-15 season Monday night, had special importance for Abdrazakov (pronounced ahb-drah-ZAH-koff). It reunited him with conductor James Levine, who led his debut 10 years ago in another Mozart opera, "Don Giovanni." And it came after a summer of labor strife that threatened to keep the house dark for months.

  • Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    Yesterday

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's owner. "Everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all my energy toward fighting for freedom and for fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said during the late Sunday evening newscast. "And as for this job, well not that I have a choice, but f--- it, I quit." She then walked off ca

  • Rickie Fowler's haircut is ready for the Ryder Cup

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Look upon it and tremble, Europeans. The only way that combo fade and etching could be more American is if it came with a side of fries and failed a math test. The Ryder Cup starts Friday.

  • Chicago museum only US site for Bowie exhibit

    Yesterday

    CHICAGO (AP) — An art exhibition chronicling the five-decade career of musician David Bowie opens Tuesday at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, the only U.S. stop on its schedule. "David Bowie is" features more than 400 items including photography, album artwork, handwritten lyrics, original fashions, set designs and rare performance material. Bowie, one of music's great chameleons, has adopted and discarded personas as he moved through musical styles during his career — from folk-rock to glam to soul to electronica. The exhibit includes body suits Bowie wore as "Ziggy Stardust" and the Union Jack coat that he and the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen made for the "Earthling" album cover in 1997.

  • Neil LaBute skewers Hollywood in 'The Money Shot'

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — That old saying about the meek inheriting the Earth doesn't remotely apply to the cutthroat world of Hollywood filmmaking, where an obsession with youth, beauty and shock value may generally top most artistic concerns. Yet sometimes the meek can triumph in surprising ways. Writer and director Neil LaBute has applied his customary cynicism and bitter-tipped rapier to Hollywood by suggesting a rather drastic way to keep a flagging movie career alive, in his wickedly funny new comedy, "The Money Shot," which opened Monday night off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

  • Oklahoma state news in brief

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 23, 2014

  • Video: "The Voice" Season 7 kicks off tonight featuring Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Season 7 of NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice” kicks off at 7 tonight, with new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams joining returning favorites Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. As has become tradition on the TV singing contest, the new season will start with the four coaches […]

  • Shonda Rhimes lays claim to Thursday nights on ABC

    Yesterday

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Let's just go ahead and make it official. "Thursday" should be renamed "Shonday." At least it should on ABC, which has handed its entire Thursday prime-time schedule to drama doyenne Shonda Rhimes. Starting this week at 8 p.m. EDT, it's "Grey's Anatomy," with Rhimes the showrunner for this medical melodrama's 11th season. At 9 p.m., "Scandal" begins its fourth year with Rhimes also serving as showrunner. Then, closing out Shonday at 10 p.m., "How To Get Away With Murder" premieres with Viola Davis as a rife-with-mystery criminal lawyer who apparently will do anything to spring her clients and who, as a law professor, trains her students to do the same.

  • Box office top 20: 'Maze Runner' outruns the field

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The young-adult novel adaptation "The Maze Runner" proved far quicker at the box office than the weekend's other new wide releases: Liam Neeson's grim thriller "A Walk Among the Tombstones" and the ensemble dramedy "This Is Where I Leave You." In final figures announced Monday, 20th Century's Fox's "The Maze Runner" took in $32.5 million, more than double that of any other release. A sequel is already planned for next September. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are: 1.

  • Eric Lynch, Howard Stern's diminutive foil, dies

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric "The Actor" Lynch, whose fear of werewolves, love of professional wrestling and angry, often foul-mouthed rants endeared him to fans of Howard Stern's radio show for more than a decade, has died at age 39. Lynch died Friday at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, his longtime friend and agent, Johnny Fratto, told The Associated Press on Monday. Lynch, who stood just 3 feet tall and used a wheelchair to get around, had suffered for years from numerous height-related health problems. He said doctors had told his parents he likely wouldn't live past the age of 14. "I loved Eric. I truly loved him," Stern said Monday on his radio show. "What I loved about him was

  • LA attorney faces suspension over doctored photos

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has recommended a six-month suspension for a Los Angeles attorney who posted doctored photos on her firm's website that show her with high-profile people such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Clooney. In an 18-page decision this month, Judge Donald Miles said Svitlana Sangary failed to remove the images after a State Bar warning that they were false advertising; disregarded the disciplinary process and responded to the charges with a 16-page soliloquy that had little or nothing to do with the case. The California Supreme Court will decide on the recommendation. In a rambling statement to The Associated Press, Sangary implied that the photos were genuine.

  • Hulu sets '11/22/63' series based on King novel

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen King's time-travel novel about the Kennedy assassination is being adapted as a small-screen miniseries. Streaming service Hulu said Monday that the nine-hour series, titled "11/22/63" after King's book, includes the author and J.J. Abrams as executive producers. King said in a statement that if any of his works cried out for "long-form, event TV programming," then "11/22/63" is it. In King's 2011 novel, a high school teacher goes back in time to try to prevent the Nov. 22, 1963, killing of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. The release date for "11/22/63" and casting weren't announced by Hulu or producer Warner Bros. Television.

  • Clinton Global Citizen Awards: Leonardo DiCaprio Urges World Leaders to Prioritize Environmental Issues

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Leonardo DiCaprio may not have nabbed any of the four Oscars for which he's been nominated, but his work to protect the environment earned him a prestigious Clinton Global Citizen Award Sunday night. Serving as the kickoff for the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, the 8th annual Citizen Awards honored outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership and impact in addressing global challenges.

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt Circling Edward Snowden Role In Oliver Stone Film

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Oliver Stone has set his sights on Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play asylum-seeking CIA leaker Edward Snowden in the movie that Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman intend to shoot beginning in December in Munich. It becomes the latest intriguing role for Gordon-Levitt, who wrapped playing Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed The Walk for Tom Rothman‘s TriStar and is now shooting Xmas with Seth Rogen at Sony. It hasn’t happened yet, but stay tuned. As Deadline has reported, Stone and Borman have a deal with Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, for film rights to his novel Time Of The Octopus. That is the basis for the story of an American whistle blower who heads to Russia and the back and forth between the leaker and his lawyer as he waits while that country considers his request for asylum. Stone and Borman also bought the screen rights to The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man, a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding that’s published by Guardian Faber.

  • Cast of 'D2: The Mighty Ducks' recreate 'Flying V' to celebrate 20th anniversary

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    The quack attack is back! Fans of Disney's cult hockey classic "The Mighty Ducks" are skating figure eights at the sight of the movie's cast (who also starred in its sequel "D2: The Mighty Ducks") reuniting 20 years after the sequel's release, according to TODAY.com. Marguerite Moreau, who played Connie, shared photos of their informal reunion this weekend on Instagram, which quickly went viral.

  • Judge upholds video limits in Jodi Arias trial

    Yesterday

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge Monday refused to lift restrictions on video coverage of the penalty phase retrial in Jodi Arias' murder case. Citing Arias' right to a fair trial, Judge Sherry Stephens is sticking by a previous order that no footage can be broadcast until after the verdict. A media lawyer had asked Stephens to amend her ruling and allow footage to be broadcast 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings, arguing the current restrictions deny the public their constitutional right to witness criminal proceedings. Arias last year was convicted of murder in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on her sentence. The retrial of the penalty phas

  • Garth Brooks breaks another record with Florida ticket sales

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks has broken another record on his comeback tour: The Tulsa native has beaten his own personal record for tickets sold in Florida, according to a news release. The record was previously set during his five shows played from Feb. 27 through March 4, 1997 at the Jacksonville Coliseum. Those […]

  • Pink Floyd sets Nov. 10 release date for new album

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10. A Monday news release gives fresh details about "The Endless River," the British rock 'n' roll group's first new material in 20 years. The 18-song double album features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, who died in 2008. Roger Waters left the group in 1985 and isn't involved. The album was assembled from 20 hours of material recorded during the band's 1993 sessions for "The Division Bell." Gilmour says in the release that the band "added new parts, rerecorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st-century Pink Floyd album.

  • Milan perfects the wearable lightness of fashion

    Yesterday

    MILAN (AP) — Reflecting on a Milan Fashion Week that marked the re-emergence of denim and the pre-eminence of the flat Birkenstock-inspired sandal, the question was bound to surface: Wherein lies luxury? Milan designers, who crammed the usual six days of womenswear previews for next summer into 4 ½ ending Sunday, are clear on their response: in Italy's artisanal traditions. Whether reviving the dying art of brocade in the factories north of Milan, perfecting sartorial crafts to create new shapes, or honoring the centuries-old Murano glass-blowing traditions with textiles mimicking its melting striations, Milan designers touted Made in Italy, the calling card that distinguishes Italian brands and, more often than one might

  • Monday Catchy No. 333

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Abe: Remind me why I do this again. Hellboy: Rotten eggs and the safety of mankind. Abe: Ah! - Click here to learn the source. -BAM