• University of Oklahoma fine arts dean steps down

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Rich Taylor, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, has resigned after eight years. OU President David Boren named Mary Margaret Holt, director of the OU School of Dance, to serve as acting dean.

  • Art review: 'Art in Focus' is 101st art student show at OU

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A short black-and-white digital video on “Visualizing Mental Illness” by Hoang Truong has won the $800 T.G. Mays Purchase Award in the art student show at the University of Oklahoma.

  • LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and Even St. Productions Ltd. "It's a good day for Sly, it's a good day for entertainers in general," said one of his attorneys, Nicholas Hornberger. "This was an important verdict for people that are artists, entertainers, music composers, etc.

  • Listen: Charlie Wilson releases new album 'Forever Charlie,' plans March Oklahoma City Show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Grammy-nominated R&B star and Tulsa native Charlie Wilson released his new album “Forever Charlie” today via RCA Records. Along with the single, “Goodnight Kisses,” “Forever Charlie” includes the jam “Infectious” featuring Snoop Dogg and buoyant ballad “Unforgettable” featuring Shaggy. Listen to several of the tracks below. To celebrate the release of his new album, Wilson […]

  • Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett among duets set for Grammy Awards

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani. The Recording Academy said Tuesday that Annie Lennox will also be paired with newcomer Hozier and Jessie J with Tom Jones at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles. "Throughout the years, the Grammy Awards has paired musical icons with new, upcoming artists to give fans remarkable performances that can only be seen on our stage," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "This year is no different and, once again, promises to bring together unique musical worlds in innovative ways that blend genres and create new artistic boundaries.

  • Have You Seen This? A cat's advice on the big game

    John Clyde, KSL | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    An older, wiser cat gives some advice to a young kitten about Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Blake Shelton, Nick Nolte, Taylor Lautner, Vanilla Ice and more to star in Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous 6'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Fresh off his successfully funny stint hosting “Saturday Night Live,” Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton has been tapped to join the crazy all-star cast of Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6,” TheWrap is reporting. “Ridiculous 6,” a Happy Madison production that will be the first film under Sandler’s groundbreaking deal with Netflix, will star “The Twilight […]

  • Belichick and The Beast talk but don't say much at Media Day

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn't mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn't. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it's really more about who's asking the questions. There was Barrel Boy. A pair of buck-toothed sock puppets. A guy sporting a purple shirt, a bicycle helmet and seven Go Pro cameras, "so I can catch all the angles, precisely." These characters are the sort that have helped turn an event that began as a convenient place to fill up the notebook in advance of the NFL title game into the full-fledged theatre of the absurd it has become.

  • Diversity at Sundance doesn't carry over to Hollywood

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — One of the most buzzed-about movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Dope," a coming-of-age story about three outcasts in the inner city. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and featuring a diverse cast of actors, the film spawned a bidding war before domestic and international distributions rights were snapped up late Monday. But when Famuyiwa and his producing partners, including Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams, initially shopped the film around to Hollywood studios, no one bit. "I don't know if there's a recognition on the part of those who make these decisions that we're living in a world that doesn't look like what's being reflected on screen," Famuyiwa said.

  • Domingo to sing in Woody Allen-directed opera in LA

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Placido Domingo will take on his 146th role when he sings the title character of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" in a Woody Allen production on Sept. 12, the opening night of the Los Angeles Opera 2015-16 season. Allen will return to direct his staging, which premiered in 2008, the company announced Tuesday. Domingo will conduct the second half of the double bill, a revival of Franco Zeffirelli's 1996 production of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" featuring Marco Berti as Canio. The 74-year-old Domingo, the LA Opera's general director, has shifted from tenor to baritone parts in recent years. He is scheduled for his 144th role, the title character in Verdi's "Macbeth," at Berlin's Staatsoper starting Feb.

  • Sundance Watch: Celebs talk fest, iPhone film premieres

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard: ____ CELEBRITY QUOTES ON SUNDANCE From Kevin Bacon to Ethan Hawke, stars say they can't get enough of the Sundance Film Festival. Bacon walked the festival's crowded Main Street with wife Kyra Sedgwick, noting that he first visited in 1989 with her. "It was coming back to me today, because our journey form upper Main Street to down here was — you know — it's a pretty intense kind of trip — and it was so mellow, man. It was just a handful of people there," he said.

  • Kristen Stewart, Robin Wright hit politically-minded couture

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart stunned crowds at Chanel's Paris couture show Tuesday, revealing an edgy bob in a white Chanel sleeveless mini-dress that showed the 24-year-old is fashion savvy beyond her age. But the second day of spring-summer collections primarily belonged to couturier-cum-social psychologist Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel's designer apparently happened upon a political solution and the perfect antidote to the Paris terror attacks: Flowers. Golden Globe-winner Robin Wright, meanwhile, rocked Giorgio Armani's show in a demure black and gray menswear look — with a perfect menswear accessory, boyfriend actor Ben Foster — 15 years her junior.

  • Sundance Watch: 'Tangerine' shot entirely with iPhones

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — One Sundance movie was literally phoned in — the transgender prostitute tale "Tangerine." The movie that premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival follows two characters Alexandra and Sin-Dee on a wild Christmas Eve night in Los Angeles as one chases after her pimp. It was shot entirely using iPhone 5s phones with anamorphic lens adapters. "It made it more cinematic and we used this great app called Filmic Pro. And all of these combined really I think really gave us a really unique, really different look and that's something that we were trying to achieve with this film, because also the subject matter is kind of different," director Sean Baker said.

  • Huntington acquires Louis Pasteur's notes on brewing beer

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — People interested in what kind of beer the guy who invented pasteurization kicked back with after work will want to pay a visit to San Marino's Huntington Library. The Huntington, whose treasures include a First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, announced Tuesday it has acquired French scientist Louis Pasteur's beer-brewing notes. The extensive writings from the 1870s were acquired earlier this month by the Huntington's Library Collectors Council, a group of 37 families who support the Southern California institution by helping buy materials it could not otherwise afford.

  • Sundance Watch: 'Partisan' spotlights child assassins

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — French actor Vincent Cassel is linking his Sundance movie "Partisan" — about the training of child assassins — to the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks. Cassel plays a teacher and mentor to young boys learning how to kill in the film, based on real-life reports from Colombia. He says the themes are relevant to the discussion in France in the wake of the Jan. 7 assault on the satirical newspaper. "What just happened in France with the Charlie Hebdo thing ... the discussion right now in France is very much about education and how come kids popping out of nowhere suddenly decide to go on a jihad and kill people," Cassel said.

  • Sundance Quick Quote: Spike Lee discovers crowd funding

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "I'm a professor of film in the graduate film school NYU and my students were the ones who introduced me to crowdfunding, crowd sourcing. I had never heard of Indiegogo. I'd never heard of Kickstarter until they told me this is how they were financing their films." — Spike Lee on what he's learning from his students about filmmaking. ____ — Ryan Pearson, www.twitter.com/Ryanwrd .

  • Sundance Watch: Redford brings film to his own festival

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Robert Redford took "A Walk in the Woods" to his own Sundance Film Festival. The 78-year-old actor, director and producer had long hoped to adapt Bill Bryson's 1998 travel book about two friends hiking the Appalachian Trail. It finally came together last year, and director Ken Kwapis submitted it to the festival director without Redford's knowledge. And that's how Redford ended up making the rounds to media outlets at the festival that he helped launch more than 30 years ago. "The circumstances, maybe you can call them weird, but I just call them serendipitous. It's just one of those things that came together. It does feel strange with Bill Bryson sitting next to me. That's a little strange. We

  • Private jets, mega yachts marketed at Sundance Film Festival

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — There's swag, and then there's SWAG. Gift suites along Park City's Main Street offer parkas and ski gear — fancy freebies to be sure — but the Rand Luxury Lounge in the St. Regis hotel took it to another level. Inside this swanky hilltop property, accessible by funicular, Sundance festival-goers could learn about (and possibly receive) a $12,000 curved, super hi-def TV; Swiss-made private jets available for rent or purchase; and a massive custom-built yacht that sells for 25 million Euros. "I hope we sell a yacht today!" said an enthusiastic Ariel Sackett, marketing manager of Wider Yachts, noting that two more affordable models (less than $5 million) were also available. — Sandy Coh

  • Common, John Legend to perform 'Glory' at Academy Awards

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song "Glory" at the Academy Awards. The song is from the civil rights drama "Selma" and is among the five nominees for best song. The other four are "Everything Is Awesome," from "The Lego Movie"; "Grateful," from "Beyond the Lights"; "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," from "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me"; and "Lost Stars," from "Begin Again." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced Tuesday that "Let It Go" songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are writing an original number for host Neil Patrick Harris. The pair won the best-song Oscar last year for the ubiquitous "Frozen" song. The 87th Oscars will be held Feb. 22 in

  • Sundance Quick Quote: Rashida Jones on porn, sex and women

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "There's something of a protection of people's private sexual fantasies, I think, which is kind of a funny contrast in this country cause everybody's like obsessed with sex. I personally have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is that the tipping point — it became that it was so pro-forma for women to be sexualized on a mainstream level that it's the only way to be sexy. It's just this one way and it's the porn way, it's the stripper way." — Rashida Jones on what drew her to produce the Sundance documentary "Hot Girls Wanted." ____ — Ryan Pearson, www.twitter.