• With 'Inside Out,' Disney/Pixar shows signs it has been 'Spirited Away' by Miyazaki's strong female characters

    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    With Miyazaki’s retirement from filmmaking last year, his Studio Ghibli animation house has suspended the production of new features. Sadly, what could be the final movie from Studio Ghibli, “When Marnie Was There,” will show July 24-26 and July 30 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

  • Meet the brave singers who tried out for 'American Idol' in Tulsa

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 08:43 PM

    For those who always wanted to try out for “American Idol” but never did, the chances were running out. Tulsa was one of those last chances. The show is set to end after its upcoming season, so when auditions came to Tulsa on Monday, it brought people from across the region to show their talent and hopefully land a spot on the series finale. Several had auditioned for the show before and hoped that after lots of practice and dedication, this year would be different. Others had always wanted to try out but couldn’t travel or couldn’t break through the nerves.

  • Tulsa's Sports reveals chilltastic track "Panama"

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    “Naked All The Time” isn’t just an album name, it’s a mission statement. Sports singer Cale Chronister, 21, recorded the vocals for the Tulsa trio’s new album in the nude. You can’t argue with the dreamy results on “Panama,” the second single off of “Naked All The Time” which will get released digitally on July […]

  • Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night.

  • White House Brief: Things to know about Jim Webb

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who announced Thursday he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination. ___ THE BRIEF Jim Webb has built a long career as a soldier, writer, Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan and a U.S. senator from Virginia. Webb's next chapter will include a plotline that could be out of a novel — as a longshot on a quixotic quest to defeat the established Democratic front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since launching a presidential exploratory committee in November, Webb has said he wants to be a voice for working-class Americans who have struggled with economic hardships and been neglected in a political system dominated by money.

  • Alan Rickman happy to bring ‘A Little Chaos’ into his life

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Nearly 20 years ago, British actor Alan Rickman fulfilled a dream shared by many in his profession — he directed a feature film. He helmed 1997’s “The Winter Guest,” a critically acclaimed drama starring the real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson. And then Harry Potter cursed his ambitions. “I didn’t know there were going to be all of those books and all of those movies,” said the 69-year-old actor who for a decade was committed to playing Professor Severus Snape, the boy wizard’s nemesis in the blockbuster movie franchise. A real charmer himself, with a warm smile and a hearty laugh, Rickman appears to be fine with putting his Snape days behind him.

  • Crews filming on WWII seaplane stranded on Gulf Coast

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Film crews are making the most of a World War II-era seaplane that's stranded in Gulf Coast waters at the Alabama-Florida state line. Al.com (http://bit.ly/1Nz00P8 ) reports filmmakers are in the water just off the beach using the PBY-6A aircraft to shoot scenes for an upcoming movie starring Nicholas Cage. The 70-year-old flying boat was being used to shoot scenes for a war movie when it began taking on water offshore. Crews towed the plane to shallow water and continued shooting Wednesday. Producers plan to move the PBY to bay waters when they come up with a way to tow it from the surf. The movie is about the U.S.S. Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sank in 1945 after delive

  • 'Magic Mike XXL' outstripping 'Terminator' at box office

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Magic Mike XXL" is narrowly outstripping "Terminator Genisys" at the holiday weekend box office. The Channing Tatum male-stripper sequel earned $9.3 million on its opening day Wednesday, according to Warner Bros. Paramount Pictures said Thursday that its reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi franchise, "Terminator Genisys," opened with $8.9 million Wednesday. Both sums include about $2 million in Tuesday night showings. The two films are vying to unseat "Jurassic World" over the July Fourth weekend. With the holiday falling on Saturday, studios aren't getting the usual long-weekend boost. But "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" both opened early to rope in more moviegoers.

  • 'Shark Week' returns for 28th year with first Cuban visit

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sharks are serious business this summer, with "Sharknado"-style flippancy a barely heard echo following grisly attacks on beachgoers off the Florida, California and North and South Carolina coasts. Seriousness also marks the tone of Discovery Channel's Shark Week which, after veering off course with programs that lopsidedly favored thrills over information, aims to bring the balance back to hard science as the annual event begins Sunday. It remains to be seen whether the lineup will satisfy critics of 2014's Shark Week who condemned, among other things, programs awash in what they labeled "pseudoscience." If skeptics remain unswayed, it won't be for Discovery's lack of effort, as Howard Swartz expla

  • Win tickets to advance screening of 'Minions'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

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  • 'Humans' star William Hurt says AI sentience is 'inevitable'

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — For William Hurt it isn't a question of whether someone will invent a robot with feelings, it's a matter of when. "I think I may be pretty good at saying if this and this is true then this and this are true," says Hurt. "So from the moment I took a look at it, it was all absolutely inevitable." The Oscar-winning actor says he's been "riveted" by the idea of artificial intelligence since his early teens. He surmises that's partly why he landed roles about the subject in the 2001 film "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and in the new sci-fi drama "Humans," which airs Sundays on AMC at 9 p.m. EDT. "If when you walk in the room and the topic lights you up, they see that and they hire you sometimes," Hurt said

  • Bo Duke tweets photo of Dylann Roof in protest after TV Land dumps ‘Dukes of Hazzard’

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    In a 2001 documentary about the making of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” show creator Gy Waldron said the Confederate flag that appears on a car featured on the show — like the Good Ol’ Boys themselves — was never meanin’ no harm, The Washington Post reports. “Painting the Confederate flag on the roof of the car was done very innocently,” Waldron said, “because in the ’50s and ’60s it was very common to find Confederate flags painted on cars. There was never a political statement to be made by it. It was just part of the tradition. And once we had put it in there I saw no reason to bow to any pressure groups. We’re not making any statement regarding slavery or post-slavery or integration or anything like that. ”

  • Chicago extends taxing power to online movies, music, more

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently to expand its taxing power. The added costs are the result of a ruling by the city Finance Department that extends the reach of ordinances governing two types of taxes — the city amusement tax and the city personal property lease transaction tax — to cover many products streamed to businesses and residents alike.

  • Rid the gluten from your pizza with this easy chickpea crust

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    If there's a more basic and universally loved dish than pizza, I can't name it. Bread, cheese and tomatoes... Perfect! Unless, that is, you're one of those poor souls who is sensitive to gluten. Happily, here's a pizza that swaps out the traditional Italian wheat-based crust for a chickpea "flour" crust that's popular in many parts of the world. And it's just in time for the start of tomato season. Chickpea flour is nothing more complicated than ground-up dried chickpeas. A widely-used ingredient in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, it is known variously as besan, gram flour, garbanzo bean flour and cici bean flour. The direct inspiration for this pizza was the popular Provencal street food called socca.

  • 'Rectify' returns for Season 3 of a murder's aftermath

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Abigail Spencer remembers being about to shoot a scene for last season's "Rectify." It was set in a hospital room as Daniel, played by series star Aden Young, came out of the coma from his brutal beat-down. At bedside was his devoted sister Amantha, played by Spencer. Cameras were ready to roll. "Then Aden whispers to me, 'I don't know what I'm about to do.' And I was like, 'Me neither!'" Spencer bursts into laughter. "It's this magical thing: There's only so much technical process you can bring. Then comes a moment of release." On this show, the word "release" is somewhat loaded. Peabody Award-winning "Rectify" (which begins its third season July 9 at 10 p.m.

  • BRIEF: Lone Star Film Society names interim director

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Less than a month after director Alec Jhangiani abruptly resigned his post with the Lone Star Film Society, the group has named a temporary replacement. Late this afternoon, the LSFS issued a statement naming Chad Mathews, a graduate of Texas Christian University, as its interim director. The LSFS also revealed that the Lone Star Film Festival will be held this year, from Nov. 5-8, in Sundance Square and elsewhere throughout Fort Worth. (Titles for the festival are yet to be announced.) Mathews’ credits include founding the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, as well as acting, writing and directing short films, like 2014’s Love Sick Lonnie.

  • A biker named 'Stray Dog' postpones Granik's Ozarks exit

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Debra Granik met Ron "Stray Dog" Hall at a biker church in the Ozarks. Granik, a 52-year-old filmmaker from New York, was in the Missouri mountains to make "Winter's Bone," the 2010 indie drama that catapulted Jennifer Lawrence to stardom and earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture. The man seated next to Granik — burly, bearded, tattooed and kind-eyed — caught her attention. "His tattoo struck me really hard. I hadn't seen that word on someone's body in a really long time: the word 'Vietnam,'" Granik says. "A dump truck of questions just cascaded on me in that pew." Granik, looking for local authenticity to her film, ran after Hall and cast him as Thump Milton, the backwoods patriarc

  • Caitlyn Jenner needs a fashion intervention

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The newly minted Caitlyn has been doing a victory lap in New York since Sunday’s LGBT Pride March in a series of figure-flattering, age-appropriate frocks . On Tuesday, Jenner went shopping at Patricia Field’s Bowery store, where she continued her style showcase as she stepped into the “Sex and the City” stylist’s shop wearing a saucy leopard wrap dress from DVF. Unfortunately, she emerged looking like a deranged Carrie Bradshaw after a bad acid trip in the JCPenney juniors department.

  • This photo of Donald Trump's suit has everyone talking

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    You'll never believe where this Donald Trump piece of clothing is made.

  • 'Manglehorn': Pacino stretches out

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green makes a few different kinds of movies. “George Washington,” his still-striking 2000 debut, wedded gauzy images to a gauzier Southern story, the film version of an R.E.M. album cover. Small-bore fare such as “Prince Avalanche” and “Joe” are small films about small lives, with some of the sun-dappled wonder of “George Washington” intact. Green has also made broad comedies, some strong (“Pineapple Express”), some brilliant (the HBO TV show “Eastbound and Down”), some not-so-hot (Oh, “Your Highness,” I am sure you looked like a good idea on paper). The Austin-based “Manglehorn” is very much in Green’s first tone; except this time, he has Al Pacino to play

  • Movie review: ‘Spy’ has laugh till it hurts humor

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Melissa McCarthy truly shines and also busts guts in more ways than one in this laugh out loud action/comedy about an underwhelming desk job simpleton turned secret agent. Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is the partner of dashingly deadly field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). When complications arise in a case with a deadly arms dealer, Cooper goes undercover in a chance to save the world and her pride. This movie about spies could have mirrored the plot of any other action flick out there, and I sort of expected it to, yet it didn’t. The unique storyline and the strong supporting cast — Jason Statham was funny — if not the humor, certainly held my attention and kept me guessing until the ending credits.

  • B-movie masterpiece starring Ronald Reagan out in new DVD set

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Ronald Reagan was sometimes mocked by his detractors for his less-than-stellar career in Hollywood, where he never quite reached A-list status. Yet the actor, who would go on to occupy the White House for two terms, was nothing less than brilliant as the villainous mob boss Jack Browning in director Don Siegel’s veritably vicious 1964 crime drama “The Killers,” a remake of Robert Siodmak’s 1946 noir classic. Both films have been restored in pristine 4K and will be released July 7 in an affordable single-set release by the Criterion Collection.

  • Movie review: ‘Inside Out’ brings out the inner child in everyone

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Disney and Pixar have done it again. With the release of their latest creation, “Inside Out,” these iconic partners have managed to entertain people of all ages. Starting with a black screen and narration might be overdone in the industry, but this movie is anything but overdone. In this movie, every living thing is controlled by five characters: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. Although the names aren’t creative, at all, the characters’ unique personalities definitely make up for the lack of creativity reflected by the names. Joy is a sweet, charismatic girl with a trendy pixie cut who is mostly in control of everything. Sadness is a short, chubby blue lady with huge eyeglasses. Anger is a short, red little man. Fear

  • O.J. Simpson as the Terminator? Schwarzenegger looks back on getting iconic role

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — The plot of “Terminator Genisys,” the latest in the dystopian series about man vs. machine, suggests history can be changed with a tweak of the timeline. If James Cameron hadn’t been so insistent in 1984 that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the perfect person to star as the killing machine in “The Terminator,” the franchise would have had a very different look. When Schwarzenegger met with Cameron to discuss the low-budget sci-fi film, the actor wanted to play Kyle Reese. He’s the good guy human sent from the future to protect Sarah Connor. While doing that, Reese ends up fathering the man who sent him back through time. “As far as I knew, O.J. Simpson was going to play the Terminator.