• 'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

    Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 02:42 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Traindodge

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Becky Carman talks to Traindodge singer Jason Smith about X, Y and Z

  • Oklahoma City resident flew alongside real-life 'Unbroken' star

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Francis Craven retells his time flying over the Pacific, looking forward to seeing “Unbroken” and flying alongside a tornado.

  • Poetic license: Oklahoma artist and poet Kerri Shadid expands her creativity

    Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Through fall 2015, the airy studio in the northwest corner of the landmark Skirvan hotel’s first floor will be the permanent home for Edmond native Kerri Shadid’s popular Poetry Stand, for which she writes spontaneous custom poems on the spot, as well as a place for her to marbleize paper and fabric, host marbling workshops and explore other types of creative expression.


  • Toned-down ads with Heidi Klum OK'd for Las Vegas airport

    Yesterday

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Images of Heidi Klum will appear in an electronics company's ads inside McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after all. Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says the company that manages indoor advertising at the airport rejected an initial set of Sharper Image's black-and-white shots featuring the scantily clad model. Las Vegas-based Alliance Airport Advertising determined the images violated Clark County code designed to protect families that pass through the airport. But Crews says Sharper Image's ad firm, Iconix Brand Group, submitted "amended proofs" on Thursday and all five ads were approved to run from Jan. 3-9 as the company wanted.

  • German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old. Juergens collapsed unconscious during a walk in Gottlieben, a town on Lake Constance north of Zurich, Switzerland, and was taken to a hospital where he died of heart failure 4:25 p.m., according to a statement on his website posted by his management company Freddy Burger Management. Germany's minister for culture, Monika Gruetters, called Juergens a gifted composer and singer. "In Udo Juergens we have lost an exceptional artist," Gruetters said in a statement.

  • How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

    Yesterday

    How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you're Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting his new movie "Top Five" this week, he noted an added bonus: "My movie's very Korean-friendly. There are no jokes about North Korea in 'Top Five.' If you're Korean, go out and see 'Top Five.' You will enjoy it." Given that the fallout over an unabashedly silly movie — "The Interview," which Sony shelved last week after a stunning cyberattack by hackers the U.S. has linked to North Korea — has escalated into a serious global situation, one would think comedy writers might be a wee bit skittish just now.

  • 'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell. Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an industry reeling from the cancellation of "The Interview" and terrorist threats against moviegoers, Middle-earth provided reliable refuge.

  • Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program. Sharing with colleagues what he called "very encouraging news," Brokaw's internal memo noted that a year ago his future was "more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge." Last February, he revealed that six months earlier he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in thebone marrow, and was undergoing treatment. He called the past year "a challenge," but added gratefully he met it in "world-class hospitals with brilliant physicians.

  • Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages. On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents. "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!" they wrote. John and Furnish planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle west of London. An A-list crowd is expected — even if the festivities are likely to be much more sedate than the parties in John's hell-raising rock 'n' roll days.

  • Real-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30K

    Yesterday

    LODI, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" has been robbed of $30,000. Lodi police say that two men with shotguns robbed Satin Dolls early Sunday morning. The men fled after the robbery. The club stood in as Bada Bing on the HBO show. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's detective division at 973-473-7600.

  • Video & interview - Poetic license: Oklahoma artist & poet Kerri Shadid expands her creativity as the Skirvin's new artist in residence

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Poetic license: Oklahoma artist and poet Kerri Shadid expands her creativity as the Skirvin’s new artist in residence Through fall 2015, the airy studio in the northwest corner of the landmark Skirvan hotel’s first floor will be the permanent home for […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 21, 2014: See the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Watch the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 6 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. For those who can’t make it in person, the game will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma. For more information, go to www.nba.com/thunder. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • Oklahoma City TV station adds Grit TV, Weather Nation

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City TV station KOKH adds Grit TV, Weather Nation.

  • Publishers Weekly best-sellers

    By The Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Publishers Weekly best-sellers

  • Poetic license: Oklahoma artist and poet Kerri Shadid expands her creativity as the Skirvin's new artist in residence

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Through fall 2015, the airy studio in the northwest corner of the landmark Skirvan hotel’s first floor will be the permanent home for Edmond native Kerri Shadid’s popular Poetry Stand, for which she writes spontaneous custom poems on the spot, as well as a place for her to marbleize paper and fabric, host marbling workshops and explore other types of creative expression.

  • Oklahoma theater and art notes, Dec. 21

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Theater and art notes, Dec. 21

  • Book review: 'Get Plucky with the Ukulele' by Will Grove-White

    BY KEN RAYMOND, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Fun, relaxing instructional guide to one of the world’s most plucky instruments.

  • Oklahoma City local best-sellers

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Top-selling books at metro Oklahoma City’s two independent bookstores.

  • Book review 'The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans

    Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Book review ‘The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans

  • Book review: 'Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past' by Sharyn McCrumb

    Betty Lytle, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Novella set in McCrumb’s ballad series gives readers a comfortably nostalgic look at Christmas.

  • Buying books for Christmas? Try these.

    By Terri Schlichenmeyer, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Be sure to check out your local booksellers.

  • Exhibitions in Oklahoma, Arkansas offer glimpses into global state of the arts

    By Glenda Rice Collins, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Two extraordinary contemporary art exhibitions, reflecting both Eastern and Western cultures globally, continue through mid-January in the heartland of the United States.

  • Oklahoma features briefs, Dec. 21

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Features briefs, Dec. 21