• Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet. Starting Tuesday, the $10-a-month All Access service will make music suggestions based on educated guesses about each subscriber's mood and likely activities at certain points in the day or week. For instance, a subscriber who opens the service on a smartphone on a Monday morning might be offered a playlist suited for commuting, going to the gym or getting motivated for work. Opening the app on Monday evening, though, might generate songs appropriate for eating dinner, studying or unwinding.

  • 'SNL' adds black woman to cast from writers room

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" is giving its on-screen diversity another boost. NBC says the comic institution is adding Leslie Jones to its cast. The African-American comedian wins her on-camera role after serving as a writer on the show last season. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. She starred in a one-hour comedy special "Problem Child" on Showtime. She came to "SNL" in January, along with fellow writer LaKendra Tookes as well as Sasheer Zamata, who was signed to join the cast at that time. Those hirings came after "SNL" had been criticized for a lack of diversity, particularly the absence of any black women among the regular

  • Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs. At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of his models. He didn't walk on his own, and didn't go far, but he was beaming from ear to ear. He gave each model a peck on the cheek, and then returned to the wings, where models and staff could be heard cheering him enthusiastically. De la Renta, who dressed first ladies, socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, died Monday evening at his Connecticut home a

  • Francis Ford Coppola discusses his storied career and the future of film in Oklahoma City visit

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Tuesday’s The Oklahoman. Francis Ford Coppola discusses the future of film Francis Ford Coppola already is known as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, but he keeps looking ahead to the future of cinema. “We’ve been looking at recorded art now for 200 years, […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 21, 2014: See Orly Genger's completed monumental rope sculpture "Terra" at Campbell Park

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See New York artist Orly Genger’s completed monumental rope sculpture “Terra” at Campbell Park, NW 11 and Broadway Drive. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center celebrated Monday night the completion of the installation, which is adjacent to the center’s future home in historic Automobile Alley. The installation incorporates 1.4 million feet of interwoven rope […]

  • 'Stalker' star Maggie Q loves acting _ and privacy

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Maggie Q, her new series, "Stalker," hits close to home. But not too close, if Maggie can help it. She sees privacy, and guarding her personal space, as vital to her freedom. Even so, she has had her own brush with a stalker. "He thought he had a relationship with me that wasn't happening," she says, recalling the delusional fan. "I didn't KNOW that person!" As a past star of Asian-based action films, after which she played the title character of the CW thriller "Nikita" for four seasons, Maggie has done her best to evade off-screen attention of all kinds. Now, in the early weeks of her new series, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on CBS, she has braced for an even greater challenge to he

  • Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal. But Turner— a division of Time Warner Inc. — said in a statement that it has worked for months to come up with a fair agreement and that the two sides have been unable to reach a deal. Other Turner channels removed from Dish's programming include Boomerang, Adult Swim, HLN, truTV, CNN en Espanol and Turner Classic Movies.

  • Radio personality's New Mexico ranch up for sale

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico cattle ranch belonging to radio personality Don Imus is on the market for $32 million. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/04JIPf ) reports that the 2,400-acre ranch near the small community of Ribera and about 45 miles east of Santa Fe has been used to benefit children afflicted by cancer. The 74-year-old Imus says he is selling the property to support charitable foundations with the sale proceeds. He says he hopes to sell the ranch to a group interested in continuing the goal of benefiting kids. Imus and his wife founded the ranch in 1998. It has hosted children for nine-day visits during summer months.

  • College Football Halftime Show Rocks The Stadium Like A Hurricane

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    This collegiate marching band takes rocking the crowd to a whole new level. During the halftime show of Ohio State's Oct. 18 game against Rutgers , The Ohio State University Marching Band didn't just play a classic rock medley -- its members expertly formed rock tribute symbols, including images of people jamming on musical instruments.

  • Pregnant Kate back at work after morning sickness

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness. Kate and her husband Prince William welcomed the president of Singapore to London at the start of a state visit Tuesday. She greeted President Tony Tan and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel and told them "I've been looking forward to getting out of the house, that's for sure." Kate is 12 weeks pregnant and has been receiving treatment for severe morning sickness, which also plagued her first pregnancy. She plans to attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards gala Tuesday night at the National History Museum.

  • Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried to star onstage

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actors often complain about short rehearsal times, but some of entertainment's biggest names — including Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried, Uzo Aduba, Peter Dinklage, Nina Dobrev and Pablo Schreiber — are about to have virtually none. They'll be appearing next month in the 14th annual benefit "The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway," which asks over a dozen actors, six writers and six directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. Proceeds help the Urban Arts Partnership.

  • Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend


    NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting him through thousands of photographs and saving Armstrong's sound recordings, fan letters — and even handkerchiefs. "It's the finest and largest collection of Armstrong material in private hands — without any doubt," said Dan Morgenstern, the former longtime director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. "It has everything from the trivial to the extraordinary, and a lot of it came from them being together.

  • Oklahoma City area community news in brief

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City area community news in brief

  • Director Francis Ford Coppola talks future of film at Oklahoma City Community College

    BY BRANDY MCDONNELL, Features Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Director Francis Ford Coppola talks future of film at Oklahoma City Community College.

  • Lessons, friendships offered by Oklahoma City dance club

    BY STEVE GUST, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Swing Club offers dance lessons every month. Styles include West Coast swing, country and western, ballroom and square dancing.

  • Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites, first ladies and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family, friends and "more than a few dogs," according to a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen. The statement did not specify a cause of death, but de la Renta had spoken in the past of having cancer. "While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company," the statement said.

  • Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending. Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the three movies are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand dollars ($745 million). The figures include filming and digital effects completed over several years but not the final eight months of production costs leading up to the scheduled December release of the final movie. It's not clear from the documents whether worldwide marketing and distribution costs are included. Warner Bros.

  • Survey shows media differences due to politics

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Conservatives and liberals don't just disagree on politics. A study finds they also diverge sharply on which news sources they rely upon and trust. The Pew Research Center said Tuesday that liberals are more trusting of news sources in general. And they don't have a true favorite, spreading their love around to CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and The New York Times. By an overwhelming margin, conservatives say they look to Fox News Channel as their favorite source of news about government and politics. The Pew survey found that conservatives are much less trusting of news sources in general.

  • Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting "Shame on the Met!" and carrying signs saying "The Met glorifies terrorism" before the company's first performance of "The Death of Klinghoffer." The opera is based on the 1985 killing of passenger Leon Klinghoffer on the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship hijacked by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. The 69-year-old was shot in his wheelchair and pushed overboard.

  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach multiyear deal

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group remain in a months-long standoff, but the online retailer has reached a multiyear agreement with another major New York publisher, Simon & Schuster. Amazon and Simon & Schuster both expressed satisfaction Monday with the deal, which covers both print and digital books. Exact terms of the agreement were not available. Amazon issued a statement saying the agreement would help both sides and "specifically creates a financial incentive for Simon & Schuster to deliver lower prices for readers." Simon & Schuster sent a letter to its authors and their agents, calling the deal "economically advantageous.