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  • Book review: 'Here's Clare' by Robert L. Haught

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Reporter and political aide closely tied to Oklahoma publishes first novel.

  • Oklahoma's Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will host retreat

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will host its 2014 fall retreat in Stroud.

  • Book review: 'Don't Ever Get Old' and 'Don't Ever Look Back' by Daniel Friedman

    By Glen Seeber, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Daniel Friedman’s lead character and narrator in the books, “Don’t Ever Get Old” and “Don’t Ever Look Back,” is a retired Jewish homicide detective, Baruch “Buck” Schatz.

  • Oklahoma fine arts news in brief

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma fine arts news in brief

  • 'Blacklist' fans get black fedoras at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans gathered for the panel for NBC's drama "The Blacklist" on Saturday received black fedoras, in honor of the character played by James Spader. On "The Blacklist," Spader is Raymond "Red" Reddington, a fedora-wearing former fugitive who turns himself in to be an informant. The catch: He will only deal with rookie agent Elizabeth, played by Megan Boone. As season one unfolded, speculation grew that Red could be Elizabeth's father. On Saturday's panel, Spader, along with executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath, wouldn't say much about the true nature of their relationship. Bokenkamp acknowledged "that question is central to the conceit of the show" but said they wouldn't provide an

  • Rihanna's Alleged Stalker Arrested

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    According to the New York Daily News, a 53-year-old homeless man stalked and threatened Rihanna at her $14.6 million apartment in SoHo, New York. The New York Daily News reports Kevin Mcglynn delivered handwritten notes to her SoHo home three times and was caught on surveillance. In addition to those three, authorities told the publication that four letters were also sent to her home in California. In the letters, he "repeatedly called her a b—ch” and threatened to “bum (rush) in her apartment." Continue reading...

  • Marvel announces 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Guardians of the Galaxy" hasn't opened in theaters yet, but a sequel is already in the works. Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt announced the planned sequel Saturday during Marvel Studios' Comic-Con presentation. "Guardians of the Galaxy" follows a motley team of otherworldly misfits, including a talking raccoon, led by Pratt's character. The film opens Friday. The sequel is set for release on July 28, 2017.

  • 'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel. Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were on hand with other cast members from "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," including Samuel L. Jackson and Colbie Smolders. The footage kicked off with the superhero team attempting to pick up Thor's mighty hammer before launching into a barrage of action-packed imagery, including Hulk battling a giant Iron Man robot and a close up of Captain America's split shield. "If I lift it, do I get to rule?" Tony Stark asked while trying to lift Thor's hammer — both with and without an Iron Man gauntlet.

  • Nude models, artists take to New York City streets

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York really is "the naked city." Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form. Artist Andy Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. And he says that only happened after a legal battle. Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square. The city paid model Zoe West a $15,000 settlement after she sued over the arrest. Public nudity is legal in the city if it's part of a performance, exhibition or show. Golub's event Saturday included a post-painting march down Broadway

  • Alba reveals her 'Sin City' dark side at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jessica Alba told the crowd at Comic-Con that she got in touch with the dark side for her return to "Sin City." The "Fantastic Four" and "Dark Angel" star is reprising her role as exotic dancer and revenge seeker Nancy Callahan in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," a prequel to the 2005 graphic novel adaptation "Sin City." "I just really connected with the dark side of Nancy," Alba told fans Saturday at the pop-culture convention. "It was hard to detach from that until the movie was over." Frank Miller, the film's co-director and graphic novel creator, didn't initially understand the effect that returning to the role had on Alba's personality. "I haven't seen her in eight years, how did I piss her

  • Aretha Franklin Does Not Take Disrespect at Restaurant

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    All Aretha Franklin is asking for is a little respect. According to the Associated Press, Franklin had some words for a server who told her that she could not eat her takeout inside of Johnny Rockets. Franklin was at Johnny Rockets Restaurant by Niagra Falls when she ordered a hamburger after performing her show. She wanted to eat her to-go food inside of the restaurant, but the employee did not think this was right. A spokesman for Franklin told the Associated Press that the server screamed at Franklin and told her she couldn't sit down to eat because it was takeout food. Continue reading...

  • Kingsley voices animated villain in 'Boxtrolls'

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sir Ben Kingsley was lying down on the job while making his latest film, the stop-motion animated feature "The Boxtrolls." "I did most of my recordings lying down, reclining on a kind of sofa bed," the 70-year-old Oscar winner told an audience Saturday at Comic-Con. "I wanted his voice to come from his belly, not from where my voice normally comes from. It was a very relaxed recording session, and I did nod off occasionally." Kingsley added that he found it "very liberating just to depend upon my voice to bring this extraordinary creature to life.

  • 'Hobbit' cast tease trailer, bloopers at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" launched a full-scale assault on Comic-Con. The cast and crew from the final installment of "The Hobbit" trilogy showed off the first trailer for the fantasy film at the pop-culture convention, as well as a blooper reel from both "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies. Stephen Colbert, dressed as the shaggy-haired character he cameoed as in "The Hobbit," enthusiastically moderated Friday's panel at the San Diego Convention Center.

  • Channing Tatum Sings 'Just a Friend' with Biz Markie (VIDEO)

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Channing Tatum was promoting his upcoming movie Book of Life with Christina Applegate and Ron Perlman at the 2014 Comic-Con when they all got a surprise. Biz Markie came on stage because he let them use his music, and he performed for them. He started singing his catchy hit "Just A Friend" when Channing Tatum joined in on the fun. Check out this video for Channing's small part in the song. Continue reading...

  • Radcliffe goes undercover as Spidey at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — That guy in the Spider-Man suit you posed with at Comic-Con? It might have actually been Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spidey mask to covertly mingle with fans on the showroom floor at the pop-culture convention. "I did an American accent for the whole time," the British actor said in an interview Friday. "I even took a rucksack, so I look like I'm just coming to Comic-Con. I had a whole look. But it was great ... I took lots of pictures with people who did not know that it was me." Radcliffe posed for plenty of photos with other costumed guests, and even inserted his Spidey-masked face into a poster for "Sharknado 2." "(It) actually looked weirdly good," he said. "It looked like Spide

  • 5 Seconds of Summer get hands-on with ticket sales

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The rising pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer gave its feverish female fans the surprise of a lifetime by personally selling tickets Saturday morning for an upcoming concert in Inglewood, California. Many fans, including 13-year-old Trina Umana, camped out overnight at The Forum to get seats for the Australian group's first U.S. headlining concert on Nov. 15. "I can't speak right now. I'm too overwhelmed," she sobbed after purchasing her tickets from guitarist Michael Clifford. The quartet is currently opening for One Direction on their "Where We Are" tour. Their self-titled debut album featuring Top 40 hits "She Looks So Perfect" and "Amnesia" came out last week. The band's EP drop

  • Woody Allen back in spotlight, promoting new film

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in "Scoop," sending Owen Wilson on time travel in "Midnight in Paris," or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo." And though one might think, with the wave of terrible publicity he went through earlier this year, that a bit of magician-like escape into a bygone era or a movie screen is just what he might prefer, Allen is doing anything but disappear. He's not only making movies on the same famously ambitious, one-per-year schedule he's adhered to for almost half a century.

  • Woody Allen back in spotlight, promoting new film

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in "Scoop," sending Owen Wilson on time travel in "Midnight in Paris," or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo." And though one might think, with the wave of terrible publicity he went through earlier this year, that a bit of magician-like escape into a bygone era or a movie screen is just what he might prefer, Allen is doing anything but disappear. He's not only making movies on the same famously ambitious, one-per-year schedule he's adhered to for almost half a century.

  • Clear rules sought for musical items on planes

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The government should clarify federal rules about bringing musical instruments on to commercial flights as carry-on luggage, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said, after a report of problems encountered by a band flying to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival. In a letter sent Friday, the Rhode Island Democrat urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to speed implementation of a 2012 law that requires commercial air carriers to allow musical instruments as carry-on items as long as they can be safely stowed in the aircraft cabin. But Reed said the law has not taken effect because the Department of Transportation has yet to adopt the specific rules needed for the provision.

  • Godzilla returns: Sequel announced at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Godzilla is coming back. A sequel to the massive-monster film, featuring classic creatures from the franchise, is in the works. Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull made the announcement Saturday at Comic-Con before showing teaser footage that revealed the winged Mothra and Rodan and the three-headed Ghidorah will face off with the radioactive lizard in the sequel. Military and war images and depictions of mushroom clouds fill the preview, which concluded with the words: "Let them fight." The film's director, Gareth Edwards, appeared via video from San Francisco, where he said he was called on to rebuild the bridge Godzilla destroyed in the hit movie earlier this year.