• 5 ways to kick off your Oklahoma weekend

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 02:48 PM

    H&8th If you're at an event in Oklahoma City and you're not surrounded by food trucks then did it really happen? That's the sort of pondering you can do at H&8th tonight. I highly suggest catching the music lineup which boasts some exceptional acts. Brashear's recent release is a knockout and you're going to have a harder time catching Annie Oakley for free after they release their next EP in September.  7 p.m. - D. Whitfield Ensemble  8 p.m. - Annie Oakley 9 p.m. - Rachel Brashear 10 p.m.

  • Carrie Underwood to be a guest judge on 'Project Runway' season finale

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 05:52 PM

    Seven-time Grammy winner and Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood will appear on Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated "Project Runway," joining Nina Garcia and Zac Posen as a guest judge on the show's season finale. As previously reported, Underwood will be stepping to center stage in the fashion world during New York’s Fashion Week at the Calia by Carrie Underwood show to present the fall collection of her fitness and lifestyle brand. The "Project Runaway" season finale show tapes Friday, Sept. 11 with Emmy Award winners Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. The finale episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 on Lifetime, according to a news release.

  • Choctaw marks 25 years of Oktoberfest

    Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Beginning Friday, polka music, smoked bratwurst and pork chops and plenty of German beer will be among the offerings as Choctaw celebrates 25 years of Oktoberfest.

  • From Star Wars to Pixar, movies still to come in 2015

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Now that the summer blockbuster season is behind us, you may be wondering what movies are still out there to look forward to. We have your list here — from Star Wars to Pixar.

  • Movie debuting about abused dog named 'Gucci'

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Doug James smiles when reminiscing about his "rock star" best friend. "When Gucci would arrive somewhere, everyone would get so excited," James said. "'Gucci, Gucci, Gucci.' He just loved everybody." He was speaking of the once-abused chow mix who was rescued by James in 1994 and became a symbol for animal-abuse awareness. Gucci died in 2010, after 16 happy years with James. But the dog's memory continues to live on, and is the inspiration behind a documentary that will premiere Sunday in Birmingham. The film, "A Dog Named Gucci," will screen at 10 a.m. Sunday at Red Mountain Theatre Company as part of the Sidewalk Film Festival.

  • Movie review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ gets lost amid a sensitive sensibility and party hearty

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie “We Are Your Friends,” which stars Zac Efron as an aspiring musician with a laptop and a dream. The debut feature of director Max Joseph, the movie never quite decides if it wants to be a sensitive drama of self-actualization or a playful party movie and ultimately misses the mark on both counts. The movie is visually inventive and with enough good moments and smart moves to never be entirely dismissible, while not strong enough to overcom

  • Suspected car thief ends high-speed car chase with a quick dance party [VIDEO]

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    You've stolen a car, the police are on your back and suddenly, your tires blow out. What's your plan? If you're the suspected car thief in Wednesday night's downtown Los Angeles car chase, you turn up whatever's playing on the stereo, step out of the car and rock it out. More specifically, you play Future's "Where Ya At" featuring Drake.

  • Sexist note surfaces in screenwriting contest

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    “With some judicious alterations, it might make a decent porn picture, as the gals do seem kinda hot, at least on the page.” That was a script note offered by an anonymous reader working for an annual screenwriting contest run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization that awards the Oscars each year. Known as the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, the contest is professionally minded, well-regarded in industry circles and offers substantial monetary prizes to its winners.

  • Movie review: ‘Rosenwald’ reveals a philanthropist with a mission

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — “Rosenwald” used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about. In the early years of the 20th century, Julius Rosenwald was a philanthropist on a colossal scale, giving away what has been estimated as close to a billion dollars in today’s money. But as revealed by writer-director Aviva Kempner, it’s not just the amount of money he donated that makes Rosenwald special, it’s the specifics of who he gave it to and how and why he did it that sets him apart. Kempner, whose previous docs “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” and “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs.

  • Grown-up humor, sensitive story, costar chemistry fuel ‘Learning to Drive’

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A film about lessons big and small, in “Learning to Drive,” New York literary critic Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) decides she must finally learn to drive after a divorce. Her instructor, Darwan Singh Tur (Ben Kingsley) is himself undergoing a transition as he prepares for his impending arranged marriage. In their time together both in and out of the car, each becomes less set in his and her ways as Wendy and Darwan come to learn that life lessons are a two-way street. Based on an essay that appeared in the New Yorker in 2002 by Katha Pollitt based on her own experience, the film took about nine years to come to the screen, shepherded by Clarkson and producer Dana Friedman. “I was always taken by the essay,” Clark

  • Movie review: ‘The Second Mother’ raises class issues with an engaging spirit

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — “The Second Mother” is a satisfying contradiction. It’s a soap opera with a social conscience that casually mixes dramatic elements about serious class issues with a crowd-pleasing audience picture sensibility. Written and directed by Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert, “Second Mother” succeeds as well as it does because it’s blessed with performances strong enough to win a Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance earlier this year. Like Chile’s exceptional “The Maid” of a few years back, “Second Mother” is grounded in the particular Latin American reality of live-in nanny/housekeepers who more or less raise the children of their employers, often at the expense of their own.

  • TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like "Empire," ''black-ish" and "How to Get Away With Murder," diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry's diverse talent on both sides of the camera. "Diversity no longer means niche," said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. "Diversity is mainstream." The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With little on the agenda other than to celebrate, stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and "American Crime" supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled under t

  • 'Magnificent Seven' remake to film around New Mexico

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A remake of the "The Magnificent Seven" starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt will be filming throughout New Mexico. New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said Thursday that the production will employ at least 275 New Mexico crew members, nine New Mexico actors and around 60 local background talent. Maniatis did not say when production would start or in what cities they would be shooting. The movie, which will be released next year, also reunites Washington with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua, and co-star Ethan Hawke. The feature is based on the 1960 film about seven outlaws who protect a small town from a band of murderous thieves. That version starred Yul Br

  • On-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said. More than two years later, Flanagan — fulfilling a threat to put his conflict with co-workers into "the headlines" — gunned down two station employees during a live morning broadcast, one of them a cameraman who had filmed his firing. But as station employees struggled Thursday to explain the events that framed Flanagan's anger, others who had run across the gunman in the time since he lost his job at WDBJ-TV described a man whose hair-triggered temper was increasingly set off by slights that were more often imagined

  • Virginia shootings make for tough media decisions

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In an era when anyone can go online and find video of extremist beheadings, police shootings and other carnage, major news organizations applied their own standards to coverage of this week's killing of a TV news crew in Virginia and showed only carefully selected portions of the footage. They were difficult newsroom decisions, informed by competitive pressures, questions of newsworthiness and taste, and an understanding that for all the talk about the great convergence of media, a fundamental difference still exists between TV and the Internet. "We went back and forth on this — whether to run it, not run it, or just use frame grabs," said Al Ortiz, CBS vice president of standards and practices. "It's not

  • Oklahoma City film community stays active with new short film

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An Oklahoma-based film crew occupied a back alleyway behind No Regrets Tattoo. They were preparing to film a pivotal scene in "Nora," a short film from the mind of director/writer Tanner Herriott.

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    News about ticket sales for major upcoming entertainment events.

  • Zombies refused to stay dead after 1950s ban in comics

    By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    "The Walking Dead" comic issues, about the continuing aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, are among the best-selling indie comic books of the century and led to a TV series, and the companion series, "Fear the Walking Dead," debuted Sunday on AMC. This zombie success from the comics medium is all the more surprising when you consider zombies once were banned from comic books, writes Matthew Price for The Oklahoman.

  • Maddie & Tae ‘Start Here’ with highly anticipated debut LP

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye warble about dumping an annoying fishing buddy out of the boat on their new album, the hilariously catchy lyrics can't help but snare a little truth. That's because their feisty ditty “Shut up and Fish” is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye's home state of Oklahoma. “We took two of Tae's guy friends — friends, by the way — fishing with us, and they just had no idea what they were doing and were talking the whole time and being annoying and trying to bust moves. So, it really did come from a real place and a true story, unfortunately,” Marlow said.  “We did not catch anything because they were awful, but we did get a cool little song out of it.

  • Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 29th season

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Not only is the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie currently staging the popular country music tribute “Always … Patsy Cline,” but the company also is planning for 2015-16 three more musicals: “The Color Purple,” “Hairspray” and he state premiere of Green Day’s rock opera “American Idiot.”

  • Flight night: Damn Quails album release concert set to rock Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Damn Quails’ long-awaited sophomore album, “Out of the Birdcage,” hits shelves Sept. 4 via the band's own Swomp Fyst Records, but you can hear it live at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the Oklahoma/Texas-based band lands at the Wormy Dog Saloon.

  • The Latest on TV shooting: Husband overjoyed wife is alive

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The husband of on-air shooting survivor Vicki Gardner says his wife lost a kidney and part of her colon, and faces three months of convalescence. Tim Gardner said in a telephone interview Thursday his heart goes out to the families of Roanoke, Virginia, television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. They were killed Wednesday by gunman Vester Flanagan as they interviewed Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Despite his sorrow, Tim Gardner says he's overjoyed that his wife of 40 years is alive.

  • Cool new tracks for all those hot August nights

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Can you feel it? I can feel it. New tracks, baby! Lil B & Chance The Rapper — “Amen” Chicagoan Chance the Rapper was part of a collaboration earlier this year that released an excellent record “Surf” under the name Donnie Trump and the Social Experiment. Last week he followed up on that by putting out a freebie mixtape in collaboration with the prolific Bay Area rapper Lil B, titled “Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)” that proves the two to be a really provocative combination. Chance's rapid-fire onomatopoeia and heavily rhythmic style serve as foil to Lil B's slurry, slow rapping, which so often seems to pursue a certain mood or broader thematic idea greater than the literal meaning of the words he's saying.