• 'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

    Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 02:42 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

  • 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.

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

    Sunday, December 21, 2014 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.


  • Over and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here's a sample: — "How I Met Your Mother" Concludes: This long-running CBS sitcom met few viewers' expectations for a slam-bang finish. Its big reveal — naming the titular "your mother" after nine years of teasing — yielded a finale only slightly less tangled than the ending of "Lost." And even "Lost" resisted the temptation to include a blue French horn in its wrap-up. — David Gregory Exits "Meet the Press": After months of speculation that Gregory was being ousted from the program he had hosted since 2008, NBC News announced in August he was toast. That was 18 months after the network signed him to a new contract it descr

  • 2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime's "Homeland" roared back from last year's muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS' "The Good Wife" killed off a main character to give the show its latest burst of life. FX's "Sons of Anarchy" ended its seven-season run with explosive closure. HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" wrapped its saga with a fascinating season that juggled three phases in the life of Atlantic City potentate Nucky Thompson. AMC's "Mad Men" teed up satisfyingly for its final round in 2015.

  • Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen." Suddenly a friend would pour a bucket of ice water over her head. Adele would immediately tweet the moment on her new iPhone 6, hashtag #icebucketchallenge, while Ellen would pop out and take a group selfie that would #BreaktheInternet. Now let's get more serious. It's always a challenge to capture a year in pop culture, but we try nonetheless. Herewith, our annual, highly selective trip down memory lane: JANUARY: PHARRELL WILLIAMS has lots of reason to be happy this month.

  • Year's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts'

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again. 1. "Pretty Hurts," Beyonce: Contemporary music's top singer and songwriter — Beyonce and Sia — join forces to create a song that is heavy, deeply felt, emotional — but most important, beautiful. "Pretty Hurts," with its winning accompanying music video, tackles the insecurities anyone and everyone feels, and Beyonce's rising vocals bring Sia's words to life, including lyrics like "it's the soul that needs surgery." I could cry. 2. "Chandelier," Sia: Being selfish is a good thing: Sia, who has written for Rihanna, Katy Perry and others, decided to keep "Chandelier" for herself, and thank

  • Year's top album is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour'

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list: 1. "In the Lonely Hour," Sam Smith: Sam Smith's album was an emotional roller coaster — a ride you couldn't get off of even if you tried. The songs, anchored by his piercing voice, had the power to make you cry, smile, shiver and even dance. Tracks like the radio hit, "Stay With Me," and "Leave Your Lover" are intense and emotional, making for an honest, beautiful album that soothes the soul. There can only be only reply when he sings, "Oh, won't you stay with me?" That would be a resounding, "Yes." 2. "2014 Forest Hills Drive," J. Cole: J. Cole: Another honest man: J. Cole.

  • Bill Cosby's silence may be his best defense at this point

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby has the right to remain silent — and that may be his best strategy. With police urging any possible sex abuse victims to come forward, two lawsuits pending and more than 15 women making accusations stretching back years, Cosby has little to gain by speaking publicly, legal experts say. While his reputation takes a hit, the comedian could potentially ride out the storm as lawyers knock down old claims in court. But if he says something disparaging about an accuser, as one woman has alleged, he could face a new wave of legal trouble. "Staying mostly silent may be the best tactic for him given the dangers of saying something that might be libelous," said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at U

  • 5 comedy alternatives to 'The Interview'

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Jong Un isn't alone. Queen Elizabeth II, Saddam Hussein and Pope Pius XIII have also been the targets of wacky assassination attempts on film. But those world leaders actually made it to the multiplex, while the demise of the North Korean dictator in Sony Pictures' beleaguered "The Interview" remains on the studio shelf. With no immediate plans to release the Seth Rogen comedy, following threats of theater violence by North Korean hackers, holiday moviegoers with a hankering for an over-the-top plot to kill a real world leader can still do it on the download in the safety of their own homes.

  • Madonna releases 6 songs after leak

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services. The songs were released because several in-progress demos were leaked earlier this week, publicist Liz Rosenberg said. Madonna said in a statement that she had wanted to wait until a different holiday season. "I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring," she said. "I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he founded owe Japanese whalers for lawyer fees, damage to their ships and for violating the court order to stop their dangerous protests. The Japanese whalers are demanding $2 million in addition to their attorney fees and damage and cost to their ships for warding off the protests.

  • Craig Ferguson says good night as 'Late Late Show' host

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show. And what did we learn (as Ferguson is fond of posing at the end of each hour)? Maybe that it was Bob Newhart all those years disguised as Secretariat the Pantomime Horse? Secretariat has long been a popular member of the "Late Late Show" stable, but proper credit was never given to the people who brought him to life. That mystery was answered — well, sort of — in the finale. As Ferguson chatted with his robot sidekick, Geoff, he pondered who it might be inside the horse costume.

  • Christmas movies to watch on Netflix

    John Clyde, KSL | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Netflix offers a lot of Christmas movies on its streaming service to keep your busy the next few days, but many of them are not worth your time. Here are four Christmas movies streaming on Netflix that aren’t half bad.

  • Have You Seen This? Pineapples are scary

    John Clyde, KSL | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Stella the pit bull just wanted to protect her human from some scary fruit, but like always, the human wouldn't listen.

  • Ambassadors Concert Choir Christmas Eve concert in Oklahoma City to feature Handel

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Ambassadors Concert Choir wil. present a Christmas Eve concert in Oklahoma City.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 20, 2014: Go to the Red Dirt Christmas Show at Cain's Ballroom and help a good cause

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    TULSA – Venerable Payne County band the Red Dirt Rangers has organized its 19th Annual Red Dirt Christmas Show for 8 tonight at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main. Doors open at 7 p.m. Along with the Rangers, the show will feature Tea Leaf Green and Mike Hosty Duo. A portion of the proceeds will benefit […]

  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that he was prepared to make himself an example — even if it meant inviting criticism and potential threats — if Sony Pictures had taken him up on his $100,000 offer for the rights to its cancelled film.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he founded owe Japanese whalers for lawyer fees, damage to their ships and for violating the court order to stop their dangerous protests. The Japanese whalers are demanding $2 million in addition to their attorney fees and damage and cost to their ships for warding off the protests.

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said at a year-end news conference, "I wish they had spoken to me first. ... We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship." Obama said he imagined situations in which dictators "start seeing a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like.

  • Actor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins declares he's not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all. In an interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric released Friday, the embattled actor described himself instead as someone suffering from "exhibitionist urges," ''big boundary issues" and "poor impulse control." Those issues prompted a physical encounter with an underage girl in 1973. He was 25, she was 10. According to Collins, the girl had come to visit and stay with him and his first wife. After his wife had gone to sleep, he and the girl were watching TV together.

  • Ashanti 'shocked' by prospect of stalker retrial

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ashanti is appalled by the prospect of facing her accused stalker again in court, but the Grammy-winning R&B singer said Friday she's determined to see the case through after a mistrial. "I'm shocked and horrified at the thought of going through this ordeal again, but I will do whatever it takes to make sure my family is safe and that justice is served," she said in a statement to The Associated Press. A juror's illness prompted a mistrial during deliberations Thursday in Devar Hurd's case, which marks the second time in five years he's been tried on charges of harassing the singer or her relatives. Ashanti told jurors Tuesday she was "disgusted ...

  • 9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting. Included are Ruben Ostlund's patriarchy-skewering avalanche film "Force Majeure" from Sweden, Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan," about a property dispute in a small Russian costal town, and Pawel Pawlikowski's Polish drama "Ida," about a young woman with dreams of being a nun who discovers some dark secrets in her family's past. All recently received Golden Globe nominations, too.