• Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University on Tuesday at its annual celebration of African American culture. The university's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research presented its annual W.E.B. Du Bois Medals to eight people at the ceremony, also including British architect David Adjaye, civil rights hero U.S. Rep John Lewis, D-Ga.; "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes and movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The medal has been awarded since 2000 and is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies.

  • Netflix takes aim at the theatrical window

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege. Windowing — the practice of opening a movie first in theaters and then in other stages of home video, streaming and television release — has been under increasing pressure as smaller screens fight against the prominence of the theatrical big screen. Now, Netflix has sounded the most notable blow against windowing, announcing plans to release a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on the day it hits Imax theaters next August. The film, produced by the Weinstein Co., isn't a studio production, so it's in many ways only marginally more significant than the plethora of independent films regularly released on video-on-d

  • 'Truth' author Kenney wins Thurber humor prize

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Kenney's "Truth in Advertising," a satirical novel about the meaning of corporate life, has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Kenney was to receive the award at a ceremony Tuesday night at the New York comedy venue Carolines on Broadway. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000. Among the finalists was David Letterman for his collaboration with illustrator Bruce McCall, the picture book "This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me)." The other nominee was New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly's "Women On Men." The award is named for the author and illustrator James Thurber. Previous winners of the award include Jon Stewart, Calvin Trillin and the editorial staff of The Onion.

  • Luhrmann, Gisele hit Chanel's Parisian boulevard

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    PARIS (AP) — They were styles literally made to be worn on the street. But not just any street: this was Chanel's boulevard. Karl Lagerfeld did it again Tuesday— producing the most outlandish ready-to-wear show of the season by reconstructing an entire Parisian neighborhood inside the Grand Palais, attended by stars including Baz Luhrmann. But Monsieur Lagerfeld is also a political activist — and waged a street protest with Gisele Bundchen against the rise of the French far-right. Not bad for a mere 10 minute show. Here are the highlights and show reports of the day's spring-summer 2015 collections, including Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Iris Van Herpen.

  • Gunn shifts from 'Breaking Bad' to 'Gracepoint'

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The average TV binge viewer is indulging in catch-up. When Anna Gunn dove headlong into the British crime drama "Broadchurch," it was homework. Gunn stars as police Detective Ellie Miller in Fox's "Gracepoint," an adaptation of the moodily gripping U.K. series that's been uprooted from a seaside English town to a Northern California one that's more scenic but no less fraught with pain. The actress, who won two Emmy Awards for "Breaking Bad," is part of the makeover, one that stopped short of swapping out leading man David Tennant as a tough but troubled police detective. Gunn, 46, said she fell "head over heels" for the emotionally layered drama about a boy's murder and the distrust and anger it unl

  • Famed violinist plays do-over at DC train station

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell brought Bach back to a train station Tuesday, as he did in 2007, but this time Washington noticed. Hundreds of music fans packed Union Station near the Capitol shoulder to shoulder to hear the 46-year-old Bell perform works by Bach and Mendelssohn, along with nine young musicians he has mentored. Seven years ago, Bell famously performed incognito for tips in a Washington subway station, but almost no one stopped to listen. The subway performance was a stunt with The Washington Post to see if anyone would notice a world-class musician playing some of the world's great music during their rush to work. It made for a good story that won the Pulitzer Prize and inspired a children

  • Carrie Underwood talks new song "Something in the Water," challenging herself vocally and pregnancy

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, joined “The Bobby Bones Show” live in Nashville this week. Underwood stopped by to talk about her new single “Something In The Water” from her upcoming “Greatest Hits: Decade #1″ album, which is due to hit shelves on Dec. 9. Of course, Underwood […]

  • Strong premiere week for CBS, NBC, ABC

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    NEW YORK (AP) — No one watches live television anymore, right? Apparently, many people still do, judging by results from the first week of a new television season. CBS, NBC and ABC all had more viewers last week than during the first week of the 2013 fall TV season, according to the Nielsen Co.'s measurement of people watching live or before midnight on the same evening. Only Fox saw its numbers slip among the four largest broadcast networks. Five of the 20 most-watched programs were brand new, with three on CBS and two on ABC, according to Nielsen. "Maybe the networks are putting out better shows," said Brad Adgate, a ratings analyst for Horizon Media, "or at least they're putting out a better marketing strategy.

  • Joe Scarborough is writing book on fatherhood

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Scarborough's next book will be personal. The "Morning Joe" host and former Republican congressman has a deal with Weinstein Books for a memoir scheduled to come out next fall. The publisher told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the book doesn't yet have a title. According to Weinstein, Scarborough will focus on fatherhood, from stories about his father to reflections on being a parent himself. He will also discuss his political career and his years as a commentator. Scarborough's previous books include "The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics — and Can Again" and "The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise.

  • Netflix to shake up movies with 'Crouching Tiger 2'

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    U.S. video streaming site Netflix is to release its first movie — a sequel to the classic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" — after striking a distribution deal with The Weinstein Company, according to CNBC.com. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" will be released simultaneously on Netflix and selected IMAX theatres on August 28, 2015. The movie is expected to the first of several films to premiere on both the site and theaters. Netflix's foray into cinema could further boost its fan base and change the nature of the movie business, said Cyrus Daruwala, managing director at IDC Financial Insights.

  • Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Band Perry to perform on 2014 CMA Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The star-studded lineup for the Country Music Association’s yearly awards extravaganza continues to grow with the announcement of additional performers for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Not only are they hosting for the seventh consecutive year, Brad Paisley and Checotah native Carrie Underwood will each perform during the three-hour live broadcast Wednesday, Nov. 5 on […]

  • 'Transparent' on Amazon Prime, reviewed: It’s the fall’s best new show.

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    As if there was not enough to watch already; as if you were not paying for enough TV-dispensing services already; as if you were not borrowing enough passwords to avail yourself of TV-dispensing services already; it is time to figure out how to get Amazon Prime. "Transparent," Jill Soloway’s 10 episode series, debuted on the platform on Friday, according to Slate.com. To call it Amazon’s first great series, or the only great series of the new fall season—both of which are true—is to damn it with faint praise. The title is a pun: As the show begins, the patriarch of the Pfeffermans, a close-knit, affluent, Jewish clan of Los Angelinos, begins to come out as transgender to her children. But it’s a pun that revels in both its meanings, rather than being some sitcom yuk-yuk highlighting that it is a series about a trans parent. It is, even more so, about transparency and secrecy, about what we reveal of ourselves and what we can’t help but reveal even as we try to keep it hidden, Slate.com reports.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 22-28

    Yesterday

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 22-28. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: New Orleans at Dallas, NBC, 22.68 million. 2. "The Big Bang Theory," (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 18.24 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 18.23 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 18.03 million. 5. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Game Show," NBC, 17.57 million. 6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 17.23 million. 7. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Washington, CBS, 16.29 million. 8. "How to Get Away With Murder," ABC, 14.34 million. 9. "Scorpion," CBS, 13.83 million. 10. NFL Football: Chicago at N.Y. Jets, ESPN, 13.27 million. 11. "The Voice," (Tuesday

  • At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing

    Yesterday

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines. "Sometimes the truth is funnier," said Pieter-Dirk Uys, who lampooned the leaders of white racist rule decades ago and now pokes fun at South Africa's politics 20 years after its first all-race elections. Uys, who is 69 years old but said Tuesday that he feels 30 years younger, was on the cutting edge of criticism of South Africa's white rulers, who more or less tolerated his pointed humor during an era of conflict and censorship. And he's still around, a monument to reinvention who targets a messy democracy. In a sense, Uys is back where he started.

  • Diver Meets Shark, And You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    This is what happened: Nothing is as awesome as HIGH-FIVING A SHARK pic.twitter.com/gdMPhRObRZ — Animal Planet (@MeetAnimals) September 30, 2014

  • Broadway version of 'The Audience' imports actors

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Mirren will be seeing some familiar faces when she brings "The Audience" to Broadway. Producers of the play said Tuesday that Michael Elwyn will reprise his role as Anthony Eden, Richard McCabe will return as Harold Wilson and Rufus Wright has been again cast as David Cameron. Geoffrey Beevers will also reprise his role as the Queen's snooty attendant. Mirren will be Queen Elizabeth II. "The Audience" imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers — 12 in all — over her six-decade reign. It was a smash hit in London last year. More cast members will be revealed later. Previews start Feb. 17.

  • 'Gigi' cast adds a phantom, a nanny and a newsie

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Hudgens will be getting some help onstage in "Gigi" by a longtime phantom, a newsboy and former British nanny. Producers of the Broadway-bound revival said Tuesday that the cast will include Howard McGillin, a longtime title character in "The Phantom of the Opera" and Corey Cott, who played Jack Kelly in "Newsies" on Broadway. Steffanie Leigh, a onetime Mary Poppins, also has landed a role. "Gigi," set in Paris at the turn of the last century, comes from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe, the same composer and lyricist as "My Fair Lady." It centers on a teenage girl being groomed to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love.

  • Video: Soundtrack to Oklahoma-made movie "Rudderless" out today

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The soundtrack to the Oklahoma-made musical drama “Rudderless” is available today digitally via iTunes and Amazon. It will be released on actual CD Oct. 27, according to Amazon.com. As previously reported, “Rudderless” marks the directorial debut of acclaimed actor William H. Macy. Penned by Edmond-based screenwriters and executive producers Jeff Robison and Casey Twenter, the […]

  • Ed Sullivan statue stolen from TV academy plaza

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating the theft of a solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The statue was taken Sunday from atop a pedestal in the academy's Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. A police statement describes the statue as standing 18 inches tall and weighing about 20 pounds. The Police Department's North Hollywood area burglary detectives have asked the public for any information that would lead to an arrest. Officer Drake Madison said Tuesday there had been no break in the case. The plaza where the statue stood honors significant TV personalities and pioneers. Sullivan's classic variety show, "The Ed Sull

  • Lena Dunham sticks to candid style with new book

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the pilot episode of "Girls," Lena Dunham's character, Hannah, tells her parents that she believes she's meant to share her writing talent with others. "I think I may be the voice of my generation," her character said with a pause, "or at least the voice of a generation." Dunham is now providing a voice for other millennials on the HBO comedy series that follows a group of girls in their mid-20s, on her Twitter account and in her new book, "Not That Kind of Girl" (Random House). She's embarking on an 11-city book tour, with warm-up acts that were selected from video auditions. They were tapped to perform without pay, but then the Gawker website calculated how much Dunham would make on her advance an