• 'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany eyes stage

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tatiana Maslany, the star of "Orphan Black," will be finding a temporary home on an off-Broadway stage. Second Stage Theatre said Tuesday that the BBC America star will appear beside Tony Award nominee and "The Newsroom" actor Thomas Sadoski in Neil LaBute's world premiere "The Way We Get By." The play will be directed by Leigh Silverman, who was nominated for a Tony Award last season for her direction of "Violet." Previews begin May 12. Maslany, who plays varied clones of her main character on "Orphan Black," just finished filming "The Woman in Gold." In that, she stars alongside Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. LaBute's plays include "Reasons to Be Happy" and "The Money Shot." His movies include

  • Pew media survey: 47% of conservatives call Fox News their 'main news source'

    Yesterday

    A remarkable survey about the news consumption of America finds that more than half of conservatives use Fox News as their main news source, liberals will “drop” a friend if they turn out to be a righty, BuzzFeed is the most distrusted and partisans are split on the Drudge Report. Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project report revealed the “cleavage” in American media habits, with the Left picking CNN, NPR, the New York Times and MSNBC as their sources, and the right Fox.

  • Annie Lennox: 'Twerking Is Not Feminism'

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Annie Lennox, former member of the Eurythmics, has been doing plenty of interviews to promote her new album, Nostalgia. Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce. Lennox labeled Bey "feminist lite" in an interview at the end of September. Talking with NPR in a recent interview, Lennox attempted to clarify her stance. NPR's Steve Inskeep asked the singer, "What has made you comment on a lot of modern music today that is being put out by women as being over-sexualized?" "Well you've said it in the question," Lennox replied. "The reason why I've commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust -- literally -- at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think its exploitative. It's troubling. I'm coming from a perspective of a woman that's had children."

  • Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain, sprawled across the better living rooms of Paris and New York, and who was the last survivor of that generation of bold, all-seeing tastemakers, died on Monday at his home in Kent, Conn. He was 82. His death was confirmed by his wife, Annette de la Renta. The cause was complications from cancer. Though ill with cancer intermittently for close to eight years, Mr. de la Renta was resilient. During that period his business grew by 50 percent, to $150 million in sales, as his name became linked to celebrity events like the Oscars. Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penélope Cruz were among the actresses who wore his dresses.

  • Fighters suing Mayweather over Vegas cable TV bout

    Yesterday

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a "dog house" fight that was supposed to last until someone quit. Hashim Rahman Jr., 23, and younger brother Sharif Rahman, 18, accuse Showtime Networks and Mayweather of profiting at their expense. The lawsuit filed last week in Nevada state court seeks unspecified monetary damages of more than $10,000 from the New York-based network and Mayweather, who goes by the nickname "Money." Mayweather's attorney, Mark Tratos, declined to comment. Showtime officials didn't immediately respond to a message.

  • TLC reality show to document answered prayers

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    TLC is getting religion. The cable channel known for reality shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and 19 Kids and Counting has ordered a series exploring answered prayers. The as-yet-untitled project will be executive produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the husband-wife team behind History’s The Bible (and of course, Burnett also produces broadcast hits like CBS’ Survivor and NBC’s The Voice). Downey will host the six-part series, which will “explore the stories of people who claim that they’ve experienced modern-day miracles, incredible twists of fate, and phenomena that logic and science cannot explain.”

  • Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1M At Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Hillary Clinton tonight told a room full of Hollywood heavyweights that the midterm elections are very important to make sure the Democrats retain the Senate so they can move forward on “important issues like immigration reform.” What she also told the 60 or so guests in attendance is, to use some of  the introductory remarks by co-chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, is “the amazing drawing power” of the former Secretary of State. A fact not lost on anyone as tonight’s event raised $2.1 million for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a fundraising record.

  • Love, discipline fuel Neil Diamond's latest album

    Yesterday

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on "Melody Road," out Tuesday. "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love. It's what you dream of as a creative person," Diamond said in a recent interview. "I was able to complete this album — start it, write it and complete it — under the spell of love, and I think it shows somehow." Not that he allowed his wife, Katie McNeil, in on the making of the songs. A songwriter since the early 1960s, Diamond has becom

  • 'Disgraced' star Josh Radnor _ 'a 24-hour thinker'

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — For nine years, Josh Radnor played a hopeless romantic on TV's "How I Met Your Mother." So he's the perfect person to ask if his latest project is a good for a date night. Radnor is on Broadway in Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced," a blistering play about a dinner party that spirals into a shouting match about race, Islam and culture. He thinks for a moment before taking the bait. "It might be a nice litmus test. If your date doesn't want to talk about it afterward, you can go, 'This is not the right person for me,'" he says. "It's a conversation-starter. Or it could be a relationship-ender. It depends on your circumstances.

  • Networks encourage fans to watch their competitors

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Please watch another channel. That encouragement is popping up more and more during sports broadcasts. Viewers tuning into the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1 saw an ad behind the batter promoting the ALCS on TBS, and vice versa. Sure, they're helping the competition, network executives say. They also believe they're helping themselves. If more fans get excited about the NLCS, the thinking goes, they'll also be more likely to watch the ALCS. And it's not as though the games are going head-to-head against each other. As Fox Sports President Eric Shanks puts it, "A rising tide lifts all ships." It all sounds so logical that the bigger question is why this wasn't common until rec

  • Argentina demands 'Top Gear' apology from BBC

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Argentina's ambassador to Britain on Tuesday demanded an apology from the BBC over an ill-fated trip by car show "Top Gear" to the South American country. The program's crew had to leave Argentina hastily last month after they faced violent protests for driving a car with license plate H982 FKL — interpreted by some as a reference to the country's 1982 war with Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands. The BBC insists the license plate was a coincidence, and host Jeremy Clarkson has accused Argentine officials of whipping up anger for "political capital.

  • Diddy, Nas set for Alicia Keys' Black Ball

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Diddy will host Alicia Keys' annual charity event that raises awareness about HIV and AIDS. The piano-playing singer announced Tuesday that her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball on Oct. 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Keys, Nas, David Byrne and Angel Haze will perform. Keep a Child Alive, Keys' charity launched in 2003, assists people affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India. Last year's Black Ball raised $4 million and featured Carole King and Pharrell. ___ Online: http://www.keepachildalive.

  • Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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.