• The only summer 2016 movie guide you’ll ever need

    Today at 12:00 AM

    A look at some of the movies coming out this summer.

  • OCCC ends arts festival citing budget cuts, declining attendance

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    "This was a very tough decision," OCCC President Jerry Steward said in an announcement.

  • 'Hamilton' sets record with 16 Tony Award nominations

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Tony Award nominations were announced today for the 70th Annual Tony Awards, airing live Sunday, June 12 on the CBS Television Network. Nominations were announced live on "CBS This Morning" by actress Nikki M. James and actor Andrew Rannells. Not surprisingly, the Broadway smash “Hamilton” leads the nominations this year. But the show's nominations in 16 categories make it the new record holder for most nominated production in Tony Awards history, according to a news release. Tony Award winner James Corden, host of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," will host the 2016 Tony Awards for the first time as the show airs live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

  • 'Northeast Renaissance' held at Douglass High School

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    ONE OKC: A Northeast Renaissance featured visual and performing arts, food trucks, a community mural and family activities.

  • Big art auctions open in NYC next week

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sculpture of a kneeling Hitler and two rare Fauve period paintings are among the offerings at the impressionist, modern and contemporary evening art auctions in New York next week. Many of the works are fresh to the market, like a group of Alexander Calder sculptures at Christie's and a Francis Bacon diptych at Sotheby's. "We've really gone out looking for individual works which are going to be appealing to the top level of collectors," said Brett Gorvy, head of Christie's post-war and contemporary art. Pre-sale estimates have been kept at a realistic level, but bidders will ultimately determine the works' market value, he said.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 6, 2016: Hear Shortt Dogg at UCO Jazz Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Today's featured event: EDMOND - Hear Oklahoma City funk band Shortt Dogg at 8 tonight at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.ucojazzlab.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Egypt official blames 'Tom and Jerry' for spreading violence

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian government official has blamed the animated "Tom and Jerry" series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence. The accusations by Salah Abdel-Sadek, head of State Information Service, which is affiliated with the presidency, came at a forum held in Cairo this week. Abdel-Sadek told academics, media specialists, and public figures who had gathered to discuss violence that video games and cartoons are to blame. He said children see Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse "beat and blow up with explosives" one another and "in their minds, they see this as normal." The remarks are starkly at odds with the political reality of Egypt.

  • Colton Haynes: 'Terminal anxiety' led to 'Teen Wolf' break

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Former "Teen Wolf" star Colton Haynes says "terminal anxiety" is what prompted him to take a break from television. The 27-year-old tells Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Thursday that he asked to step away from MTV's "Teen Wolf" and the CW's "Arrow," on which he had a recurring role, because he cared more about his "mental and physical health" than his career. Haynes tells the magazine his anxiety was compounded in January when a reply to a blog comment was taken as him coming out. He says he's gay, but had never publicly spoken about his sexuality. He says he checked into rehab for anxiety and was frequently in the hospital over the next three months. Haynes says he's happy and healthy now and open

  • Museums team up on photo contest celebrating outdoor art

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Four U.S. museums involved in an effort to bring art to unexpected places are teaming up on a summer photo contest. Organizers say the #InsideOutUSA Photo Contest starts June 3 with events in Detroit, Philadelphia and Miami as well as Akron, Ohio. The contest involves documenting "Inside/Out" projects in the cities and runs through June 12. Winners will be announced June 16. The Detroit Institute of Arts started "Inside/Out" in 2010 and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has supported the program in recent years. It's since expanded to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Akron Art Museum. "Inside/Out" includes the installation of artwork reproductions outside. Pla

  • Keith Urban explores rhythmic roots on diverse new record

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban was on a cross-country flight last year trying to finish a new song about living in the moment and not holding onto regrets. But he was also thinking about two men close to him that had recently passed away. "I was thinking about my dad who had passed away the month before and Nic's dad had died 12 months before," Urban said, referring to his wife, actress Nicole Kidman. "All these people, where do they go? Forgetting all those spiritual beliefs, they were here and then they are gone." That song, "Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)," sets the stage for Urban's eighth studio album, "RIPCORD.

  • Carnegie Hall celebrates 125 years and counting

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor thought back four decades to his Carnegie Hall debut and said it was "the sort of cultural sign" that he had made it to a certain level of stardom. "We celebrated," the singer-songwriter said. "That's why I don't remember it that well." Taylor helped Carnegie Hall commemorate its 125th anniversary Thursday night with a gala concert that included performances by singer/pianist Michael Feinstein, soprano Renee Fleming, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, pianists Emanuel Ax and Lang Lang, violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Two retired singers, soprano Martina Arroyo and mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, gave spoken tributes, and first lady Michelle Obama recorded a video that was played.

  • Vinyl revival: Czech record maker aims for global dominance

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LODENICE, Czech Republic (AP) — As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world's biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia. GZ Media, based in a small town south west of the Czech capital, has made deals with all the major music labels and is running its plant day and night, every day of the year — even on Christmas — to satisfy booming demand. This summer, in an effort to get closer to the growing American market, it is due to open a new plant in Canada and is finalizing a deal to acquire a majority stake in a factory in the United States.

  • TV review: ‘Real MVP’ is sweet tribute to NBA star’s mom

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TV MOVIE: “The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story” WHEN, WHERE: Saturday at 8 p.m. on Lifetime WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Thank God for Mother’s Day. It gives TV an excuse to make the kind of fact-based film it usually doesn’t make — about people too often overlooked, ordinary folks, not famous, not well-off, not crime-struck. They say their prayers, they live downscale, they work like mad to make their lives better. Turns out there’s stirring drama there. Yes, of course, by the end of these two hours, we see plenty of money and fame. But most of the film is plain inspiration, as D.C.-area hardscrabble single mom Wanda Pratt struggles to raise her two boys right, to become college successes and businessmen, and

  • Documentary is melancholy look at the bit players, extras in ‘Star Wars’

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    The next time you sit down to watch “Star Wars,” try this little experiment. Instead of focusing on Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and the rest of the film’s marquee stars, shift your attention to the movie’s peripheral players. All those extras dressed up as Jawas and Tusken Raiders and other alien creatures. All those Stormtroopers. All those nameless X-wing fighter pilots. What’s their story? With his documentary “Elstree 1976,” director Jon Spira set out to put a face to some of the faceless denizens of that galaxy far, far away.

  • Movie review: The life of Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin examined in new documentary

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — Whether they be historic or recent, Abraham Lincoln or Yitzhak Rabin, world-changing political assassinations leave scars that never go away, national wounds so devastating they not only can but have to be examined over and over again. Which is why, for the second time in as many months, an excellent new documentary on murdered Israeli Prime Minister Rabin, this one called “Rabin In His Own Words,” appears on the scene. If the previous film, Amos Gitai’s somber “Rabin, The Last Day,” concentrated with unrelenting solemnity on the time immediately leading up to and following that 20-year-old tragedy, this latest film has a different focus as well as a different sensibility.

  • Movie review: ‘Family Fang’ is a dark comedy with bite

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — Based on the popular 2011 novel of the same name by Kevin Wilson, “The Family Fang” has been adapted for the screen by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Jason Bateman, claiming its own surprising territory with a tone that is by turns darkly comic and bleakly morose. The story grapples with the traumas that parents unconsciously inflict on their children and the struggles for children to move beyond the failings of their parents. It’s heavy stuff, served with a light touch. In the film, Bateman stars as Baxter Fang who, with his sister Annie (Nicole Kidman), took part as children in their parents’ performance-art projects that mostly found them making awkward public spectacles of themselves.

  • Movie review: In ‘Elstree 1976,’ the force is forever with them

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — Given what a multibillion-dollar behemoth the “Star Wars” universe has become, it’s fascinating to discover that a long time ago in a studio sound stage far, far away, no one took it very seriously at all. “It didn’t seem anything special to me,” one man says of being in the 1977 film “Star Wars,” with another saying, “We thought it was going to be on TV” and a third adding, “It was just a job of work.” So much for second sight. Documentary director Jon Spira’s genial, low-key “Elstree 1976,” opening in limited release Friday, just two days after the traditional “May the Forth” festivities for “Star Wars” fans, doesn’t round up the usual suspects, like Harrison Ford and

  • Delicate formula to combine science, movies

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    It really doesn’t matter if you don’t understand terms like “negative values of the gamma function” or “highly composite numbers” used in the new film “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” That’s because the movie, which stars Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel”) and Jeremy Irons, is primarily the true story of the trials and tribulations of Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), a self-taught Indian mathematical genius who fought racism, classism and institutional bias in order to have his work recognized. “The movie works because you’re emotionally invested in the characters,” says Matt Brown, the film’s writer-director. “I felt there was an enormous story seeing genius in place

  • 15th annual Free Comic Book Day set for Saturday

    By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Fans urged to celebrate the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day by exploring new comic titles and local comics shops.

  • Behind the scenes at the Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Entertainment editor Nathan Poppe goes behind the scenes to witness Oklahoman artists creating music.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Upcoming Oklahoma events and ticket opportunities.

  • 'Captain America: Civil War' is more than just blowing stuff up

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Captain America — aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) — is on a mission in Nigeria with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) when a tragic miscalculation results in multiple innocent deaths. The incident prompts an international outcry for the superheroes and their colleagues in the Avengers to be brought under the control of the United Nations. Particularly insistent is U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), who views them as vigilantes who have been left to their own devices for far too long. Iron Man, aka Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), is sympathetic to Ross’ point of view. An encounter with a woman who blames the Avengers for the loss of her son has

  • Movie review: 'Captain America: Civil War' is a civil bore

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The biggest struggle in the third "Captain America" installment isn't between the patriotic title character and his super friend-turned-nemesis Iron Man. Rather, it was between my eyelids trying to stay open in the two-and-a-half hour movie, which only contains 30 minutes of actual story. That run time is inflated with spy film intrigue, an insatiable amount of talking and nonsense fight scenes that stretch farther than Bruce Banner's pants when he Hulks out. For as quickly as Captain America can run, he sure takes his sweet time in "Captain America: Civil War." This is easily the slowest-paced Marvel entry to date. My biggest complaint with almost any superhero movie is the story. You know, the scripted thing that writ

  • Movie review: 'Captain America: Civil War' is a civil bore

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Marvel's longest comic book adaptation has its highs but hits sleepy lows.