• Nominees for Grammy Awards to be announced Dec. 5

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of Dec. 5, except for one category: the coveted album of the year. The nominees for the top prize will come later that day when the academy debuts the new TV special, "A Very GRAMMY Christmas," to air on CBS at 9 p.m. EST. It will feature performances from Pharrell and Ariana Grande. The Grammys first launched a televised concert announcing its main nominees in 2008. Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in an interview Thursday it was time to switch it up. "We're freshening up, changing this up a little bit and the kickoff for Grammy season will still be getting our nominations out that day, albeit a little diffe

  • Life Is Beautiful fest takes over downtown Vegas

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are coming to downtown Las Vegas this weekend for the Life is Beautiful festival. The second annual event kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday across several city blocks. Organizers say last year's inaugural event drew about 60,000 people. It consisted of five music stages, a culinary village and a learning program that featured a range of inspirational speakers. This year's will include four stages, dozens of food vendors, nearly 70 musical acts and art installations. A three-day general admission pass to this year's festivities costs $250. A parking or shuttle pass costs an additional $40.

  • Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can't get enough of animation, especially Disney's. Walt Disney Animation Studios is practically bending backward to woo Japanese moviegoers after the stupendous success of "Frozen." The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than $250 million of its total in Japan alone, nearly a third of its overseas numbers and more than five times what it made in France, according to Box Office Mojo. "Frozen" is third of all time in Japan, behind "Titanic" and Japanese animation classic "Spirited Away," delivering success that even Disney executives acknowledge was surprising.

  • Album Review: Zola Jesus, 'Taiga' (Mute Records)

    BY BEAU BLACKSTOCK, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Album Review: Zola Jesus, ‘Taiga’ (Mute Records)

  • Edmond Exchange

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.

  • Francis Ford Coppola shares memories, wisdom learned through his moviemaking career

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    For more than two hours Monday night, legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, 75, joined Oklahoma City Community College artist-in-residence and longtime colleague Gray Frederickson to launch the college’s inaugural Signature Series of guest lecturers.

  • Movie review: '23 Blast'

    By Grace Gordon, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    “23 Blast,” Dylan Baker’s directorial debut, tells the story of a high school football player who is struck blind but continues to find a way to play.

  • Movie review: 'John Wick'

    By Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter | Yesterday

    Keanu Reeves returns to the action genre in this revenge thriller.

  • Comics convention moves to Norman

    By Matthew Price, mprice@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Local comics creators including the “Nadir’s Zenith” team are set for 2014 Oafcon, the annual Oklahoma Alliance of Fans gathering that this year will take place in Norman.

  • Album Review: The 2 Bears, “The Night Is Young” (Southern Fried)

    BY JESSICA ALLISON, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Album Review: The 2 Bears, “The Night Is Young” (Southern Fried)

  • Oklahoma Band Q&A: Ali Harter

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based singer/songwriter Ali Harter talks to Becky Carman about building a backing band, recording her third album and her nearly two decades on the Oklahoma music scene.

  • Dinner Detective cracks the case in Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Billed as the nation’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show, The Dinner Detective, now available in Oklahoma City, offers a fresh and funny variation on the mystery dinner theater genre by keeping the performances improvisational, hiring local improvisers, comedians and actors to blend in and interact with the audience while carrying off the killer story. Special costume shows are offered Saturday and Oct. 31 for Halloween.

  • Movie review: 'St. Vincent'

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Bill Murray takes another stab at drama in coming-of-age story “St. Vincent.”

  • Album Review: Mr Twin Sister, 'Mr Twin Sister' (Infinite Best)

    BY KELLEN MCGUGAN, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Album Review: Mr Twin Sister, ‘Mr Twin Sister’ (Infinite Best)

  • Preview The Flaming Lips' "Sgt Pepper's" tribute album, read Wayne Coyne's thoughts on Miley Cyrus and find out about the Electic Wurms Oklahoma City Halloween show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City psychedelic rock luminaries The Flaming Lips are streaming their star-studded tribute album “With a Little Help From My Fwends,” which covers The Beatles’ legendary “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in its entirety, at NPR First Listen in advance of its Tuesday release. To listen to the tribute album in its entirety prior […]

  • Have 'The Simpsons' gotten a bad rap?

    Jim Bennett, Deseret News | Yesterday

    When former President Bush derided "The Simpsons" 20 years ago, he overlooked the morally redeeming qualities of this long-running series.

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Oct. 24, 2014

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Oct. 24, 2014

  • Review: Broadway's 'Disgraced' is raw, blistering

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — What does Miss Manners say about how to ensure dinner conversations remain polite? Never bring up politics or religion. Thankfully, playwright Ayad Akhtar minds her no heed. Akhtar's blistering "Disgraced" opened Thursday on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre with a punch and power that won it a Pulitzer Prize. Few playwrights are examining what Akhtar does, certainly not with his insightfulness, and his play is breathtaking — and not a little uncomfortable — to watch. In the best of ways.

  • Roz Chast wins $50,000 literary prize

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Roz Chast is having a busy awards season. The New Yorker cartoonist is one of three winners of the inaugural Kirkus Prize, presented by the literary publication Kirkus Reviews and worth $50,000 for each winner, making it among the country's richest honors for books. Chast's award, announced Thursday night, was for her graphic memoir about her parents, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" The memoir is already among the nominees for the National Book Awards, with winners to be revealed next month, Chast's Kirkus award was for best nonfiction release. Lily King's novel "Euphoria," based in part on the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead, was cited for fiction and Kate Samworth's "Aviary Wonders Inc.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Trisha Yearwood sings the national anthem at Game 1 of the World Series

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Longtime Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series earlier this week. The series, which features the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, is tied at 1-1, with Game 3 set for 7:07 p.m. Friday. You can watch the official Major League Baseball video here, or enjoy […]