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  • Jerrod Niemann makes a stand with new album 'High Noon'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Country singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann, who grew up just a few miles across the Oklahoma border in Kansas, is performing at the Oklahoma State Fair for the second straight year.

  • Album Review: American Hate “Dead Squeeze” (Not Normal Tapes)

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City has a new champion of punk, and it’s called American Hate.

  • Album Review: Laura Jean, 'Laura Jean' (Chapter Music)

    BY JESSICA ALLISON, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Album Review: Laura Jean, “Laura Jean” (Chapter Music)

  • Album Review: U2, 'Songs of Innocence' (Island Records)

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Album Review: U2, “Songs of Innocence” (Island Records)

  • Oklahoma Band Q&A: Carter Sampson

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Oklahoma Band Q&A: Oklahoma native Carter Sampson talks returning to Oklahoma City, working on two new records and gender playing a role in her music.

  • Fairy Ball brings enchantment and poetry to The Paseo in Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, Entertainment writer | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan, a nonprofit dance company based in the Paseo Arts District, is organizing its 14th Annual Fairy Ball, to take place Saturday at the “Fairy Green,” an open field at Dewey and NW 28 in Oklahoma City.

  • Marvel's 'Mockingbird' makes way to TV

    BY MATTHEW PRICE, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Marvel comics spy agent will by played by Adrianne Palicki on ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’

  • Movie Review: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

    By Gene Triplett, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    An all-star cast featuring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda star in a middling family dramedy that’s high on sweetness and short on laughs.

  • Tina Fey and Jason Bateman discuss new film roles

    BY GENE TRIPLETT, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    “This Is Where I Leave You” hits theaters Friday, and comedy stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman discussed the film in Toronto.

  • Leonard Cohen says touring has improved his mood

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard Cohen, who returned to performing after a 15-year hiatus in 2008, says touring has improved his mood. "Well, getting back on the road has improved my mood considerably because I was never good at civilian life," says Cohen, who turns 80 next week. The Canadian songwriter spoke Thursday at a listening event in New York City for his new album, "Popular Problems," to be released Tuesday. The "Hallelujah" performer was full of good cheer at Joe's Pub, providing laughs for the small crowd of journalists and music industry players. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, best known for his dark poetic lyrics, discovered in 2004 that most of his retirement fund had disappeared in a disputed case of mismanage

  • Review: Broadway's 'Love Letters' is thin missive

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — What's the minimum requirement for putting on a play? Is it performers? Sets? Memorization? Surely, at a minimum, it's acting, right? More than a quarter-century after "Love Letters" premiered, A.R. Gurney's charming ditty of a play has landed on Broadway with virtually none of the characteristics of what you might expect in a play. While the script is clever, the thinness of the spectacle — which the author himself insisted upon — is sadly deflating, as if the audience is being asked to watch an early rehearsal instead of a polished jewel demanding $60 for even the worst seats.

  • Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs. Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion in May to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Tuesday did just that. He agreed that Davidson did not state viable claims against Minaj and Pink Personality. A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to an email seek

  • Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three backup dancers have sued Cher claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination. The trio filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday. Their lawsuit alleges Cher remarked that there were too many dark-skinned dancers on her tour and instructed her choreographer to hire a white dancer over a qualified black performer. Cher's publicist Liz Rosenberg denies the allegations and says there is no truth to them. The lawsuit states the dancers were fired from Cher's "Dressed to Kill" tour after informing managers that another dancer assaulted an unidentified woman in a hotel room while on tour.

  • California bill increases Hollywood tax credits

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California. Warren Beatty joined prop makers, producers and others in the entertainment industry to watch Brown ink Assembly Bill 1839 as he sat at a desk in the courtyard of Hollywood's historic Chinese Theatre. The law, which takes effect next year, increases the annual film and TV tax credit offered by California and eliminates a selection process producers complained is arbitrary and flawed.

  • Jeter going out his way, to sound of Sinatra

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is going out his way. On the first day of the final regular-season homestand for the New York Yankees' captain, Gatorade began running a 90-second advertisement showing Jeter walking around the Bronx neighborhood outside Yankee Stadium. Shot in black and white, the ad is accompanied by Frank Sinatra's recording of "My Way." Before the Yankees played Toronto on Thursday night, Jeter said he picked the music. "I've always liked the song. I thought it was fitting," he said. "I'm happy we were able to use it." The ad was created by TBWA(backslash)Chiat(backslash)Day. Jeter said it took about 30 minutes to record him interacting with surprised fans. "It's sort of a way to thank them

  • New 'NCIS' spinoff sets up shop in New Orleans

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The newest members of the successful "NCIS" TV franchise understand the importance of their family roots. But the stars and producers of "NCIS: New Orleans" also are betting that the crime drama's setting, one of America's most distinctive cities, will exert its own magic with viewers. The series debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday on CBS, drafting on TV's top-rated drama "NCIS" that airs at 8 p.m. "It's really about the DNA of the city and the whole Gulf Coast," said executive producer Jeffrey Lieber.

  • A glance at disputed passages in Three Cups of Tea

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Greg Mortenson's best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea" came under intense scrutiny after 60 Minutes, author Jon Krakauer and some people in the book said some of the stories were fabricated. Here's a look at some of those stories, what is being disputed and Mortenson's response in a recent interview with The Associated Press: MORTENSON'S DESCENT FROM K2: Three Cups of Tea: Mortenson stumbled upon the Pakistani village of Korphe in fall 1993 after trekking from the base camp of K2, the world's second-highest peak. He spent days in the village recovering from the descent.

  • Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live." Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, is replacing announcer Don Pardo. He spent three hours in the announcing booth practicing on Thursday for the Sept. 27 season opener. For all but one year of the NBC show's 40-year history, it was Pardo's voice that would announce the host, musical guest and cast members every week, and the veteran broadcaster continued the job even after he retired to Arizona. Pardo died at age 96 on Aug. 18. Pardo's role, and his link to the show's storied history, is so important at Rockefeller Plaza that Hammond is walking a de

  • MTV to air documentary about transgender youths

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people. The special, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." After the documentary, Logo and MTV's web site will air a forum where Cox and the documentary's cast members answer questions from viewers about their lives. MTV personality SuChin Pak will help lead the "Trans Forum" discussion. MTV said Thursday that the people profiled in the documentary range in age from 12 to 24.

  • TV Guide Network renaming itself POP

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The TV Guide Network is rebranding itself as POP, promising to make itself a destination for hard-core pop culture fans. The network, owned by the CBS Corp. and Lionsgate, is currently in 80 million homes. Owners said Thursday the switch is planned for early next year. Owners promise one series that follows dedicated fans of New Kids on the Block and another called "The Story Behind," with stories about how some of television's biggest hits got their start. POP will also continue the TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage of various awards shows. Currently, the network shows reruns of many CBS and CW shows, and offers behind-the-scenes access to the cast of CBS' "Big Brother.