• Taylor Swift gets a Bronx cheer as NYC Ambassador

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already. Swift's new gig as New York City's global welcome ambassador is getting a Bronx cheer (not that she knows what that is) from locals who questioned her street cred and mocked the videos she made for the city's tourism agency, NYC & Company. In the videos, she explains how to pronounce Houston Street (HOW-ston, not YOU-ston); defines "bodega" as a corner 24-hour store (though the bodega pictured looks spiffier than what most New Yorkers might think of as a bodega), and declares her love for the perfect latte. "A latte is not like a slice of pizza, or a bagel," declared a writer in the Village Voice. The Daily News called her a

  • Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece. Officials first noticed the whitening patina in 2010 and immediately launched an investigation. The damage wasn't visible from the ground, but close inspection showed pockets of frescoes covered with a powdery patina that caked them like cracked sugar icing. "The concern was not just aesthetic but also the danger for the integrity of the paintings," Vittoria Ciminio, head of the Vatican Museums' conservation department, told a conference Thursday.

  • Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors. Yes, he committed a nationally televised, major-league blooper while presenting pickup truck keys to the World Series MVP. No, he wouldn't be fired. Now get out there and sell some trucks. The call, from Chevrolet Vice President Brian Sweeney, had to be a relief for Wilde, who makes his living as a zone manager and liaison between GM and its Kansas City-area dealers. "The Chevy leadership team called and told him he did nothing wrong. It's all good. Everyone here has his back," said Michael Albano, the brand's top spokesman.

  • John Denver bust missing after heavy-metal ball

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party. Someone at KBPI-FM's Saints and Sinners ball Tuesday night pried the bronze bust off its base at the 1st Bank Center in the Denver suburb of Broomfield. The station is asking whoever took the bust to return it undamaged to its studios, no questions asked. The statue belongs to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. It was donated by Denver's family when he became its first inductee in 2011. Director G. Brown says concertgoers often pose with the bust or pat it on the head as they pass by. Police said they had no leads as of Thursday.

  • 'The View' now under ABC News as further revamping

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's daytime chat show "The View," which has failed to catch fire following an overhaul this fall, is switching to the network's news side after being part of ABC's entertainment operation for 18 years. ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday assigned Tom Cibrowski, the producer responsible for the "Good Morning America" rise to the top of the ratings, and colleagues Barbara Fedida and David Sloan to work on "The View." Following the retirement of Barbara Walters from an on-air role at the show she started, ABC brought in Rosie O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez to join holdover Whoopi Goldberg. A new production team was named led by Bill Wolff, Rachel Maddow's former producer.

  • H&8th helps to spark next big food trend in Oklahoma City

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Sporting 50 food trucks, H&8th has become has the obvious home for Oklahoma City’s food truck boom.

  • Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor. Boguslawa Marcinkowska, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Krakow, said the filmmaker remained free but available for further interrogations. Polanski was questioned in the southern city of Krakow, where he owns an apartment. Mateusz Martyniuk, a spokesman for the prosecutor general's office, said the U.S. requested Polanski's arrest and Polish prosecutors were expecting an extradition request. Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Rafal Trzaskowski hinted that Poland would not be willing to act on a U.S.

  • Suge Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rap music figure Marion "Suge" Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned Knight in a glass-walled court basement holding facility, and gave the founder of Death Row Records 90 days to pay a $190 fine on what had been a June 2013 suspended license charge. Knight's attorney, Richard Schonfeld, said later he plans to ask another Las Vegas judge at an extradition hearing Monday to allow Knight to post bail and make his way to the Los Angeles area on his own to answer the robbery complaint i

  • Tennant: New direction for 'Broadchurch' season 2

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Expect the BBC crime drama "Broadchurch" to go in a "very unexpected direction" in season two, says actor David Tennant. Though he's sworn to secrecy on the details, Tennant, who plays Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in the BBC crime drama, does say what won't happen: "It doesn't start with another body on another beach." Tennant also plays Detective Emmett Carver in "Gracepoint," Fox's "Broadchurch" remake for U.S. audiences that airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EDT. Playing the lead in two similar yet different dramas doesn't feel as strange as people might think, though leaping from shooting one to the other is a bit strange, he said. "Broadchurch" is due to return in 2015.

  • Halloween Countdown: Zombies may represent our darkest fears

    Matthew Price | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    What makes the zombie genre so popular?  On Halloween 2011, I took a look at that question in the pages of The Oklahoman.   For this year’s Halloween countdown, I’m re-presenting that archive story.    In the meantime, the zombie trend hasn’t abated: “The Walking Dead” continues to be a top-rated TV show and best-selling […]

  • Film tells horrifying tale behind Louvre painting

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — It's one of the most viewed works in the Louvre, yet few visitors know the horrifying real-life story behind "The Raft of the Medusa." Theodore Gericault's desolate depiction of survivors washed out on a raft in the West African sea is admired for its ground-breaking use of Romantic swirls and chiaroscuro. But the painting is also a hanging testament to the horrific deaths of 133 sailors who perished. The event was one of history's most controversial naval tragedies, ending in shipwreck, political intrigue and cannibalism. It all began in 1815 when King Louis XVIII sent a naval fleet, including the grand Medusa ship, to Senegal, to reclaim the land from the British. It was meant to be a trip of victory.

  • Headed to the movies? Get ready to leave your Google Glass at home.

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Get ready to hear "Please silence your mobile phones -- and take off your Google Glass" in a movie theater near you. The Motion Picture Association of America and an industry group representing the owners of 32,000 moving screens across the United States announced Wednesday that they have updated their anti-theft policy banning recording devices to include "wearable tech," such as Google Glass.

  • Entertainment industry perfects the process of manufacturing popstars

    Joseph Peacock, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    A virtual performer has a lot more in common with human popstars than consumers may realize.

  • 8 of the most horrific Halloween crimes

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Halloween, for most, is just another day. You wake up, go to work, come home, eat some tacos and maybe catch up on some television. That also means, like any other day, you hear stories of crimes big and small. But something about them happening on Halloween makes it all a little spooky. And, frankly, […]

  • 'McCarthys' inspired by creator's modern family

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the sitcom "Happy Endings" was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: his own family inspired "The McCarthys," a new CBS comedy about a sports-obsessed brood with one gay son. Fiction, he says, is funnier than fact. For one, the son, Ronny, played by Tyler Ritter, "is better at being gay than I am," Gallivan said. "He's dated, like, four guys in the first batch of episodes. I feel like it took me 15 years to date four guys." The show, which premieres at 9:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, is, Gallivan said, "sort of like a 'Modern Family,' but with a Boston (setting)." If the pilot is any indication, it differs from "Modern Family" in two othe

  • Rare Jefferson letters go on display at NYC museum

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty-one rarely seen letters by Thomas Jefferson have gone on display at the Museum of the City of New York. The correspondence with Robert Livingston was written from 1800 to 1803. Livingston was chancellor of New York state. He administered President George Washington's oath of office 12 years before Jefferson himself became president. Jefferson's handwritten letters touch on important issues of the day including the Louisiana Purchase, the first steam engine and the Napoleonic Wars. Jefferson also inquires about the unearthing of a mammoth skeleton in upstate New York. Museum Director Susan Henshaw says the letters reveal Jefferson's wider legacy as an "all-around collector of knowledg

  • 'McCarthys' inspired by creator's modern family

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the sitcom "Happy Endings" was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: His own family inspired "The McCarthys," a new CBS comedy about sports-obsessed brood with one gay son. Fiction, he says, is funnier than fact. For one, the son, Ronny, played by Tyler Ritter, "is better at being gay than I am," Gallivan said. "He's dated, like, four guys in the first batch of episodes. I feel like it took me 15 years to date four guys." The show, which premieres at 9:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, is, Gallivan said, "sort of like a 'Modern Family,' but with a Boston (setting)." If the pilot is any indication, it differs from "Modern Family" in two other, an

  • Latvian musical on Nazi collaborator stirs anger

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A famous Latvian aviator who joined a Nazi killing squad during World War II is being brought to life in a musical that has outraged Jews in the Baltic country and beyond. Critics say the show, touring theaters across Latvia until February, is an attempt to whitewash the legacy of Herbert Cukurs, who was assassinated by Israeli agents in South America for his role in the Holocaust. But producer Juris Millers says that because Cukurs never went on trial it remains unclear to what extent he participated in atrocities committed by the notorious Arajs Commando, which is blamed for murdering 30,000 people, mostly Jews, during the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation of Latvia.

  • Carla Hall hits Kickstarter goal to open eatery

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Carla Hall had two conditions for opening her first restaurant: The menu had to be Nashville hot chicken and the money had to be crowdsourced. The co-host of ABC's daytime food fest "The Chew" says it took years for friends and family to convince her to open her own eatery — "Restaurants are like a money pit," she says. "There's nothing glamorous about it." — but once she'd committed she knew she'd only be happy doing it in a way that kept her in control. In late September she launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 toward the opening of Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen by summer 2015 in Midtown Manhattan.

  • A distant father-daughter duo in 'Interstellar'

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Chastain doesn't even feel comfortable saying her character's name. The Oscar-nominated actress quickly attempts to course correct when she realizes she's speaking liberally about Murph, the astrophysicist she's portraying in "Interstellar," one of the most closely guarded and anticipated films of 2014. "I'm just so terrified," she says sheepishly during a recent interview to promote the film, which opens next week. "It's obvious, right?" While only a 7-year age difference separates Chastain from Matthew McConaughey in the real world, the theory of relativity finds them as a disconnected father and daughter in Christopher Nolan's sweeping space-time saga about a last-ditch effort to find hum