• West Fest reveals festival headliner, music schedule

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    Western Avenue is throwing its hat in the yearly street and music festival ring with the emergence of West Fest. The festival announced its headliners and music schedule Wednesday morning for the free event taking place Sept. 19 from noon to 10 p.m. Tulsa’s Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is headlining West Fest alongside a slew […]

  • 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.

  • Tulsa's Jacob Tovar releases Western kiss off "Three Good Reasons" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Jacob Tovar has three reasons for leavin’ Tulsa. July, August and you. Hopefully, those things won’t drive the Perry-native too far away because his debut album is country-fried gold. Here’s an exclusive listen to Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps’ first single “Three Good Reasons.” It’s off of the group’s self-titled LP “Jacob Tovar and […]

  • James Patterson's 'Zoo' taps into primal fears

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Beware of dog — and cat, lion, tiger, bear and any animal species that isn't human. That's the essence of CBS' "Zoo" (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET/PT), a 13-episode thriller based on James Patterson's bestseller (with co-author Michael Ledwidge) that examines a series of animal attacks against humans taking place all over the world, USA TODAY reports.

  • Will latest inflammatory comments tarnish Trump's brand?


    NEW YORK (AP) — Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be? Trump has found himself on the receiving end of the catchphrase he made famous on his reality show "The Apprentice" — "You're fired!" — after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech. Trump, known for his poufy red hair and penchant for provocative remarks, has never shied away from controversy. But as he launches his 2016 presidential bid in earnest, his latest comments — that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country and are rapists — offended many, were denounced by Mexican-American groups and led NBC to abrupt

  • Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier


    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights that was painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier. The artist, Khaled Jarrar, said Tuesday his art was meant as a reminder that Palestinians live under Israeli occupation, at a time when gay rights are in the news after the U.S. allowed same-sex weddings. But protesters perceived the painting as support for homosexuality, a taboo subject in Palestinian society, where gays are not tolerated.

  • Fox News launching real estate program


    NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out, HGTV. Fox News Channel is getting into the real estate television business. The network announced that it will debut a new weekend series, "Bob Massi is the Property Man," on July 11. Massi is a real estate attorney based in Las Vegas, and Fox says his show will explore all aspects of that city's market. He'll accompany first-time home buyers on a search for a place to live, and also look into multi-million dollar properties that are available. Experts will break down property trends and Massi will advise businesses and families who are having real estate difficulties. The show will air at noon on Saturdays after a two-hour block of business programming, and will be more business-oriented than rea

  • Carlos Slim's Ora TV latest company to dump Trump


    NEW YORK (AP) — A TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says it will scrap a project it was developing with real estate mogul Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants. Ora TV is the latest company to cut ties with the billionaire after remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country and are rapists. NBC, Spanish-language network Univision and Mexican media giant Televisa have also said they would no longer be doing business with Trump. Ora TV on Tuesday did give any details about the project it had been developing with Trump.

  • Mexico won't send contestant to Miss Universe


    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's national beauty pageant director confirms the country won't send a contestant to the Miss Universe contest because of insulting remarks by Donald Trump, an owner of the pageant. Lupita Jones says via her official Twitter account that she was offended and angry "like everyone else" with Trump over his comments referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. Jones was Miss Universe 1991 and runs the Mexico competition. She said Trump damaged the pageant and its tradition of convening countries for an event that showcases "friendship, unity and breaking down cultural barriers." She lauded Mexico's media giant Televisa for deciding not to air the pageant in announcing that Mexico woul

  • Bella Thorne helps kick off MTV's 'Scream' adaptation


    NEW YORK (AP) — Bella Thorne has advice for anyone being chased by a villain in a horror film: "Don't look back, OK? Just don't look back. And try not to trip in the process," joked the actress in a recent interview. She should know. Not only is Thorne a huge fan of the genre but she also has two scary movies under her belt: "Home Invasion" and "Amityville: The Reawakening," due out next year. She's also helping to kick off MTV's TV adaptation of the "Scream" film franchise, premiering at 10 p.m. EDT Tuesday, about a killer on the loose who is targeting teens. Thorne's part is reminiscent of the films where a "name" actress sets the tone for the rest of the story by getting killed off the bat.

  • Review: Gralton's story told in elegant 'Jimmy's Hall'


    Jimmy Gralton is not a name you've likely heard before. A modest Irish revolutionary, Gralton has the dubious distinction of being the only native to ever be deported from Ireland. On top of leading a communist group in the provincial county of Leitrim in the 1930s, he incited fear in the ruling classes by running what they viewed as a particularly mutinous establishment: A dance hall. The history books may have yet to give his story a comprehensive treatment, but in "Jimmy's Hall," director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty attempt to create a narrative "inspired by the life and times" of this unique man during a period when modernity was knocking violently against the pillars of the establishment.

  • Movie review: ‘Magic Mike’ sequel should have stuck to what it does best


    You can’t tease everyone. Unfortunately, the hotly anticipated stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” tries to do just that, resulting in a Bud Light version of Steven Soderbergh’s original, surprise-hit home brew. By trying to appeal to young women, middle-aged moms, gay men and spring-break bros at the same time, the movie spreads itself too thin, filling time better spent on manly moves with too much talk and obvious demographic pandering. Still, it’s pointless to resist the five-pointed charisma bomb of fancy-footed Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) and his crew of rock-hard rippling rakes (Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash). Once they get rolling, you barely notice Matthew McConaughey’s absence.

  • TV review: MTV’s ‘Scream’ feels like a retro take on film franchise


    “Scream,” the metafictional slasher-movie franchise, has made its way to television, where it premieres as a series on MTV. If you’re going to make a TV show about murdering teenagers, that does somehow seem the likely place. Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original (and most of the three sequels), is not involved with the small-screen version, though it owes everything to his voice and original bright idea: to reinvigorate the genre by shining a light on its tropes and limitations in order to guiltlessly employ them all. (For my money, Williamson’s own related series, “The Following” and “Stalker,” both since canceled, took out of the genre whatever joy “Scream” had returned to it.

  • Creators of MTV’s ‘Scream’ aim to scare up new glory with fresh blood


    When they’re not worried about a bloodthirsty killer on the loose, the teenagers in MTV’s new “Scream” show preoccupy themselves with a more esoteric concern: Can a horror property really be stretched out over 10 episodes? As Noah (John Karna), the show’s resident film-geek character, says skeptically, “You can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series.” It’s a neat trick, at once indulging the franchise’s love for self-reference while preempting a question that may already be on the audience’s mind. Nineteen years after it first delighted moviegoers with its sly and gory explorations — and nearly three years after the start of a long development process — “Scream” makes a return.

  • 6 women in film talk about the movie industry’s challenges and pluses


    When a U.S. senator praises a movie studio for hiring two women, a Hollywood issue has officially entered the wider conversation. Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a note to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently, commending the studio on its selection of women to direct the films “Wonder Woman” and “Unforgettable.” In the letter, Boxer, whose daughter, Nicole Boxer, is a documentary filmmaker, also pointed out the industry’s poor track record of hiring female directors over time and said she will “continue to follow the issue of women directors and your studio’s efforts to expand diversity at all levels.” Less than 5 percent of major studio movies were directed by women last year, according to a Times analysis.

  • Emilia Clarke conquers the big screen with a 'Terminator'


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The secret about overnight success in Hollywood is that it never actually happens that way. To the casual observer, Emilia Clarke might look like one of the lucky ones: The young British actress was seemingly plucked out of the ether to star as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's wildly popular "Game of Thrones." Just a few years later, she was chosen to make the leap to a summer blockbuster as Sarah Connor, one of action's most iconic heroines, in "Terminator Genisys," out Wednesday. The ebullient Clarke, who nearly jumped out of her seat to answer questions in a recent interview, is the first to stress that she's lucky to have reached these heights by age 28.

  • New on DVD: New on DVD June 30: ‘Young’ worth watching; ‘Get Hard’ criminally bad


    June 30’s new DVDs are a mixed bag of the pursuit of youth, the fear of prison and one man’s efforts to do the right thing. “While Were Young” ( * * *): Couple begin to long for more youthful days. Ben Stiller’s bulldog approach to what is the truth is a great contrast to the hipster direction Adam Driver’s character takes. The pair’s relationship goes through a metamorphosis from fellow filmmakers to friends to father-son like. This is one of the most carefree performances by Naomi Watts . She is just as comfortable in an argument with her husband as she is trying to find the beat in a hip-hop class. Watts comes across as having the heart of someone who is 20, but with a 40s mentality.

  • Magic of Disney Animation to close at Hollywood Studios


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Magic of Disney Animation is closing at Hollywood Studios. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1g6YEzN ) reports the attraction will close July 12 to make way for a new attraction. Disney officials say the adjacent Animation Gallery will remain open through late August. The park recently closed the Studios Backlot Tour and the American Idol Experience. The large sorcerer's hat that had become an icon was also removed. Disney CEO Bob Iger told shareholders in March the park will get a new name, which hasn't yet been disclosed. It became Hollywood Studios in 2008. The animation attraction was among the original features when the park opened in 1989 as Disney-MGM Studios.

  • National Portrait Gallery to feature activist Dolores Huerta


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is visiting the National Portrait Gallery to help open a new exhibition about her life and work. Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962 to advocate for migrant workers. She went on to fight for passage of labor rights for California farm workers. Now the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is preparing to open a new exhibit, "One Life: Dolores Huerta." The exhibit follows 13 years of Huerta's activism. This is the museum's first exhibit devoted to a Latino figure. On Tuesday, Huerta visited the museum to help inaugurate the exhibit. The exhibit opens Friday and will be on view through May 2016.

  • Veterans honored on Southlake red carpet at movie premiere


    The movie’s star walked the red carpet Monday night, but the loudest cheers came for some folks much less famous. The red carpet was rolled out for veterans attending the premiere of the war drama Faith of Our Fathers. Some of the film’s stars, including Si Robertson of Duck Dynasty, stood aside and greeted the vets before a screening of the film at Harkins Theaters in Southlake Town Square. “The movie has a very important message about fatherhood and brotherhood and, most importantly, the price of freedom and sacrifice,” said Chad Williams, a former Navy SEAL who attended the premiere. Williams said that his mentor in the Navy, Scott Helvenston, was killed in combat in Fallujah, Iraq.

  • 'Magic Mike XXL' is gonzo fun


    One of the many non-abdominal reasons Channing Tatum has become such a popular Hollywood figure is the extent to which he has figured out how and why his charisma works — he gives the impression of a guy who knows exactly who he is and what he can do. Tatum’s charm seems second nature, his dancing is stellar and, as the star and producer of the shapeless but exceptionally enjoyable “Magic Mike XXL,” he delivers on both. Dude has some swag. Directed with let’s-call-it-looseness by longtime Steve Soderbergh assistant director Gregory Jacobs (Soderbergh directed the first “Magic Mike”), “XXL” kicks off with our man Mike staring at the ocean, as you do when you live in Florida and things aren’t working out.

  • ET Online exclusive: Caitlyn Jenner Steps Out to Celebrate New York LGBT Pride

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Caitlyn Jenner has earned herself a party, says ET Online. And on Sunday, party she did, when she stepped out during New York City’s LGBT Pride celebration. Caitlyn, 65, stopped by an event at PHD Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Downtown Hotel in Chelsea. She made quite the entrance, arriving to the applause of fellow partygoers, with some screaming, “We love you, Caitlyn!”