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  • Waltrip balances racing with dancing on reality TV

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Michael Waltrip could have used a heel turn or a lock step to escape his scores of fans on pit road. "Michael! Can you take a picture with my mother," one woman pleaded. "She's a 'Dancing With The Stars' fan. Please!" Waltrip stopped and posed for his suddenly swelling fanbase. More female fans waited as he tried to enter the New Hampshire garage. "Do us proud. You did awesome!" another woman shouted. There was little time for the two-time Daytona 500 winner to mingle with the crowd. He had to hustle his way to a Concord, New Hampshire, ballroom for rehearsal with dancing partner Emma Slater. Waltrip, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, was set to practice the samba from 6-10 p.m after

  • Daughter calls Utah doctor a monster at sentencing

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called him a monster. The long-awaited sentence came seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress. "My father's facade has now crumbled," said Alexis Somers, who asked the judge to give MacNeill the maximum penalty. "My father is a monster. He has never shown remorse for any of his crimes. He must be held accountable for his actions.

  • 'Ghostlight' proves Buckley not bound by Broadway

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Underestimate Betty Buckley at your own peril. One man foolishly did while the singer and actress was starring as a mom in the TV series "Eight is Enough." Every six weeks or so, between shooting episodes in Los Angeles from 1977-81, Buckley would fly to New York for singing lessons, "keen on getting back and singing in musical theater again." Buckley remembered sharing this information with one of her series' young producers. "He goes, 'Oh, Betty. You have such delusions of grandeur.' He said, 'You'll be lucky if you play American mothers on American television for the rest of your life.' And I said, 'We'll see... We'll see.

  • John F. Kennedy's WWII letters sell at auction

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — A collection of letters John F. Kennedy sent to the family of a lost PT-109 crewmate sold for $200,000 at an auction. RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house, said the sale happened Thursday during a two-day auction at the Omni Parker House that also saw the sale of a collection of letters that Kennedy's younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, wrote to a classmate at what is now the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. The letters from the future U.S. president were to the family of Harold Marney, who was killed in 1943 when the PT-109 boat Kennedy commanded was destroyed by a Japanese warship in the Solomon Islands. Kennedy, who became a war hero for saving crew members, sent condolences to Marney's pa

  • Gospel stars tour after recent operations

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Donnie McClurkin can hardly talk. Fred Hammond could barely walk. But the Grammy-winning gospel singers are preparing for the Festival of Praise Tour, which spans 31 cities. The tour, which includes Minneapolis, Cleveland, Miami and Atlanta, kicked off this week as McClurkin recovers from surgery to remove precancerous cells from one of his vocal cords and Hammond recuperates after having a bilateral knee replacement. They are about halfway to full recovery. "We're not 100 percent, but trying to get better," Hammond said. "But maybe people need to see that. We're going to push forward through our imperfections." Hammond, 53, had surgery on both knees in January.

  • TV special puts Stonehenge in spotlight

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama pronounced England's Stonehenge "cool" during a side trip there earlier this month. TV viewers can check it out for themselves with Smithsonian Channel's two-hour special on the ancient stone circle. "Stonehenge Empire" focuses on the results of a five-year, high-tech effort to map the site and surroundings — including evidence of other monuments and burial mounds. Using the new data, "Stonehenge Empire" employs computer-generated imagery and dramatic reconstructions to illustrate the area's prehistoric culture. Archeologists discuss why and how Stonehenge developed, the channel said, as well as evidence that it was the center of a civilization that had mastered astron

  • Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When retail mogul Leslie Wexner peers at one of the Picassos, Dubuffets or Giacomettis in the personal art collection he and his wife Abigail have amassed over the years, he feels a range of emotions that often include gratitude, defeat and exhilaration. "I find it inspiring in a way — that tangible creativity you find in painting or performance," says the philanthropist and chairman of L Brands, the company behind Victoria's Secret, Limited and Henri Bendel. Art lovers will get an opportunity to experience their own emotional responses to the Wexners' rarely seen collection beginning Sunday, when 60 of their paintings and sculptures spanning the 19th through 21st centuries go on public display. "Tra

  • Fallon to pay up, broadcast show in Chicago

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon says he'll keep his word to bring his show to Chicago, thanks to local students making good on their promise to read millions of words this summer. Fallon announced Thursday on his late-night NBC show that he would make good on his deal with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to host the show from Chicago if the city's public school students read 2.4 million books over the summer. The students did even better, according to the mayor, by reading 2.7 million books as part of his Readers Summer Learning Challenge. The handshake wager was made in June, when Emanuel appeared on Fallon's show in return for Fallon jumping into frigid Lake Michigan with the mayor in March during Chicago's Pol

  • The 'New York Times' called Shonda Rhimes an 'angry black woman,' and she's NOT pleased

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    If you’re going to write an article about “the image of African-American women on television,” it might not be such a good idea to call the subject of your article an “angry black woman.” But that’s exactly what happened in a New York Times article, published Thursday, about "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes, USA TODAY reports. The article is about the black female characters on Rhimes’ shows, in light of the addition of Viola Davis on the new How to Get Away With Murder. The article praises her for doing “more to reset the image of African-American women on television than anyone since Oprah Winfrey” but repeats the phrase “angry black woman” over and over again. Rhimes was, unsurprisingly, not too happy about that. She took to Twitter to air her displeasure.

  • Obama: Campus sex assault an affront to humanity

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a new focus on violence against women, President Barack Obama kicked off a star-powered campaign Friday against campus sexual assault particularly targeted at encouraging men to take a stand. Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," Kerry Washington of "Scandal" and NBA all-star Kevin Love are some of the familiar faces appearing in a public service announcement along with the president. The "It's On Us" campaign encourages everyone to consider stopping sexual assault their personal responsibility and to intervene when they suspect a woman can't or won't consent. With an estimated 1 in 5 college women experiencing an attack, Obama decried "the quiet tolerance of sexual assault" and called it "an affront to our basic hu

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center opens season with 'Ochas'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wynton Marsalis opened Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 season with the world premiere of "Ochas," a three-movement suite blending jazz with the traditional folkloric music of Cuba and the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion. At a pre-concert reception Thursday night, Marsalis said the 2014-15 season would be "a spectacular journey through the Americas celebrating the depth, diversity and influence of jazz in the Caribbean and North, South and Central America." The seeds for "Ochas" were planted in 2010 when Marsalis took his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Cuba for a weeklong residency of concerts and educational programs.

  • A sampling of works from the Wexner Collection

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Well-known works from the private collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner that are included in the "Transfigurations" exhibit, which opens Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the campus of Ohio State University: PABLO PICASSO, Femme assise dans un jardin (Woman seated in a garden), 1938. Oil on canvas. EDGAR DEGAS, Petite danseuse de quatorze ans (Little dancer aged fourteen), cast 1922 from a mixed-media sculpture c. 1879-81. JEAN DUBUFFET, Aubergine et lie de vin (Eggplant and wine dregs), 1950. Oil on canvas. WILLEM DE KOONING, Pink Lady, c. 1944. Oil and charcoal on panel. SUSAN ROTHENBERG, Three spokes, 1977. Acrylic and flashe on canvas. ALBERTO GIACOMETTI, Grande femme debout I (Tall sta

  • 'The Maze Runner': 3 points for parents

    Shawn O'Neill, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Information for parents about the film "The Maze Runner."

  • Fairy Ball on the Paseo to celebrate arts, creativity, wonder Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman. Winging it Fairy Ball on Paseo inspires costumed enchantment and spontaneous poetry Kerri Shadid recalls letting her creative spirit flow not just through her body but through her pencil as a child dancing with Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan. “Now as a […]

  • Interview: Charlie Daniels and wife Hazel to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary at Saturday's Oklahoma State Fair show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘Fair’-ly romantic Charlie Daniels and wife, Hazel, will celebrate 50th wedding anniversary at Oklahoma State Fair concert For Charlie Daniels, 2014 surely will go down as a year of red-letter anniversaries. It’s been 55 years he released his first single, “Jaguar,” […]

  • Interview: Jerrod Niemann talks new album "High Noon," country music history and TONIGHT's Oklahoma State Fair show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Jerrod Niemann makes a stand with new album ‘High Noon’ The follow-up to his genre-defying 2012 album “Free the Music,” which fused country, rock, honky tonk, Dixieland jazz and reggae, “High Noon” continues to bust boundaries by melding country, rock, hip-hop, […]

  • Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday. The Iranians' case attracted international attention when they were detained in May for participating in a production deemed indecent by hard-liners in Iran. The video showed the men and women, none of whom wore obligatory headscarves, dancing together in sunglasses and silly clothes on Tehran rooftops and alleyways. Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said the seven received suspended sentences of six months in jail and 91 lashes each. He said the suspended jail term was punishment for acting in the video and the lashes

  • 'Gotham' actor's Penguin inspired by DC Comics

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Lord Taylor remembers seeing the "Batman" film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson on its opening night in 1989. But the film Penguin isn't the one he's channeling in the Batman prequel "Gotham" that premieres Monday on Fox (8 p.m. EDT). Instead, he says, the comic version of Oswald Cobblepot — yes, that's The Penguin's real name — inspired his performance. "I'm definitely influenced by Danny DeVito's performance and even Burgess Meredith's performance (in the 1960s "Batman" TV series), but since we're starting with him as a younger kid, it was just (DC Comics) in particular that were incredibly valuable," Taylor says.

  • Color lines are blurred in ABC comedy 'black-ish'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tracee Ellis Ross delivers perhaps the funniest line you'll hear on a sitcom this fall. The character she plays on ABC's comedy "black-ish" is, like Ross, an appealing mix of beauty, smarts and zaniness. She is totally plausible as a savvy mother of four and the loving wife of an up-and-coming ad exec (co-star Anthony Anderson), not to mention a busy anesthesiologist. In this upscale African-American family, Dr. Rainbow Johnson also happens to be biracial. This occasionally spurs Andre, her hubby, who's forever fretting about the family's black cred, to question whether she is certifiably "black.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 19, 2014: Hear Hank3 at the Diamond Ballroom

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Hellbilly rock ‘n’ roll outlaw Hank3 launched his 15-stop U.S. fall tour this week in Springfield, Mo., and the second stop will be at 8 tonight at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the four-hours-a-night, country/metal/punk HANK3 musical experience. There will be no opening band. Tickets are […]