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

    Today 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.

  • 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.

  • TV on the Radio, “Seeds”

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Back from its origin planet toting sounds unknown and a style all its own, Brooklyn, N.Y., pioneer TV on the Radio has gone through a fabulous and mystifying transformation on “Seeds,” its fifth proper studio album since the band’s inception in 2001.


  • Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama's remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview": — "As the events of the past weeks have made painfully clear, we are now living in an age in which the Internet can enable a few remote cyber criminals to hold an entire industry hostage. ... We hope that instead of the "chilling effect" on controversial content, this incident becomes a rallying point for all of us who care about freedom of expression to come together and champion this inalienable right.

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. 1. (1) One Direction; $4,995,401; $82.12. 2. (New) Fleetwood Mac; $2,351,433; $132.10. 3. (2) Katy Perry; $1,870,870; $101.70. 4. (5) Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull; $1,190,894; $83.03. 5. (4) Luke Bryan; $1,173,493; $51.45. 6. (6) Marc Anthony; $1,170,987; $104.43. 7. (7) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,142,190; $93.65. 8. (8) Zac Brown Band; $823,440; $48.70. 9. (10) Linkin Park/Thirty Seconds

  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn't deem the threats of violence credible at the time, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. That attack came without warning, and at the time there was no precedent for such mass violence against a U.S. movie audience.

  • More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say. "If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge," director Michael Levitt said. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast — a show the producer see becoming a fixture in the future. More than 4 million people tuned in to the show, which was co-hosted by actresses Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch, and aired on donated time from the Fox Network. Besides the permanent homes offered, 250 people signed up as foster parents for homeless dogs, Levitt said.

  • More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during "Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular," billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon. Executive Producer Michael Levitt says it would be huge even if only half the applications result in adoptions. Levitt also says he thinks anyone who watched the show would strongly consider a rescue next time they get a dog. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast. The producers hope the show becomes a fixture in the future. More than 4 million people tuned in to the program. It was co-hosted by actresses Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch on the Fox Network.

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

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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

  • Sony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information. Lionel Felix's lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles states he ran the company's infrastructure for Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment from 2001 to 2004. His lawsuit is joined by Michael Levine, one of the company's former technical directors. The suit seeks class action status for the nearly 50,000 current and former employees' whose data was stolen and posted online by hackers. Their suit alleges Sony ignored warnings about the security of its networks.

  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died Thursday evening "after a short battle with cancer." Rice-Davies was an 18-year-old model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when her friend Christine Keeler had an affair with War Secretary John Profumo. Keeler had also slept with a Soviet naval attache, and the resulting collision of sex, wealth and national security issues rattled Britain's establishment, almost toppled the Conservative government and fascinated the nation.

  • Kim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea. In fact, "Glorious Leader!" creator Jeff Miller is now more motivated than ever to finish his game. While North Korea forces have frequently been depicted as the adversary in games, such as "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2" and "Homefront," ''Glorious Leader!" cast the nation's leader as the protagonist — with cameos from such folks as Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Il.

  • Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form." The email was confirmed by a person close to the studio who requested anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter. It was sent to several employees of the Culver City, California, company that's been roiled by a hacking group calling itself Guardians of Peace. "Very wise to cancel 'the interview' it will be very useful for you," read the message. "We ensure the purity of your data and as long as you make no more trouble.

  • 2 plays have reason to crow on Broadway this week

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two star-driven Broadway plays this week got early Christmas presents when they announced they'd recouped their respective investments. Producers of "It's Only a Play," Terrence McNally's comedy starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, said Wednesday they'd recouped its $3.9 million capitalization. On Friday came word that Hugh Jackman's "The River" had recouped its $3.2 million investment. "It's Only a Play" has been a hit at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it has set a new house record with $1,424,000 for eight shows. Jackman has also been selling out the Circle in the Square theater, taking over from Audra McDonald in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," which also recouped this

  • Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than $30 million. That's up from $16 million to $20 million previously. The substantial price increase probably prompted sponsors to reassess the value of the bowl affiliations, says Kevin Adler, chief engagement officer for sports marketing specialist Engage Marketing in Chicago.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' Star: 'I'm Trying To Figure Out' Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson sounded off on the media firestorm that ensued after his father, Phil, argued that being gay is a sin in a 2013 GQ interview, The Huffington Post reports. "Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn't agree with -- and I've even said so," Robertson tells Larry King in a Dec. 15 chat. "We love everybody ... In this business, there are a lot of people who are gay." As to whether or not he thought that being gay or lesbian was a choice, Robertson added, "Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am."

  • Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Hacking

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    President Obama called Sony's decision to pull its film "The Interview" over a hacking by North Korea a "mistake," NPR reports. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States," the president said in his year-end news conference. He added that he was "sympathetic" about their concerns, but, "I wish they would have spoken to me first."

  • Incoming U. of Illinois President Timothy Killeen

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NAME: Timothy L. Killeen. AGE: 62. BORN: Cardiff, Wales. CURRENT POSITION: Vice chancellor for research at The State University of New York and president of The Research Foundation at the university. PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation; research professor at the University of Colorado; more than 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Michigan. MEMBER: National Academy of Engineering, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences. EDUCATION: University College London, Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics. FAM

  • 5 reasons the Wii U won the console war in our house

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The console war is a messy one, but the Wii U stood out amidst the competition. Here's why.

  • Video: Bruce Campbell to play Santa on "The Librarians" Christmas episode

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Please excuse my inner nerd girl, who is completely freaking out right now: Cult favorite Bruce Campbell is playing Santa Claus in this Sunday’s Christmas episode of “The Librarians.” Bruce Campbell – the “groovy” mighty chin! – and Oklahoma’s own Christian Kane, who stars in “The Librarians,” on TV at the same time? I may […]

  • Video: Toby Keith, Jon Stewart, James Franco and more sing "We'll Meet Again" on "Colbert Report" finale

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith, Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Alan Alda, George Lucas, Cyndi Lauper and James Franco were among the celebrities who turned out to sing Stephen Colbert off the air Thursday night. “The Colbert Report” ended its nine-year run so that Colbert (the man, not the character he played as the Comedy […]

  • Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com. Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed this week that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books. The deal will allow Macmillan to set prices for e-books, an arrangement known as the "agency model," and appears similar to agreements Amazon reached in the past two months with Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster. Authors at Macmillan range from Jonathan Franzen and Hilary Mantel to Oprah Winfrey and Bill O'Reilly.

  • FBI confirms North Korea behind Sony hack

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The FBI confirmed Friday that North Korea was behind the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, according to USA TODAY. "As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,'' a FBI statement said. "While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks."