• G Fest updates lineup with Old Crow Medicine Show and more

    Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    The inaugural G Fest Music Festival beefed up its lineup Monday with more national and Okie talent.

  • Gifts from the galaxy

    Monday, November 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    In step with the Dec. 17 premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the latest feature film in the popular sci-fi series, retailers, including many in Oklahoma, have flooded the galaxy with a wide assortment of items. And the variety isn’t limited to toys like the “Star Wars" BB-8 remote-control robot — far from it.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 28, 2015: Hear Jason Boland & The Stragglers at the Wormy Dog Saloon

    Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 07:06 AM

    Today's featured event: Hear acclaimed Oklahoma-Texas country band Jason Boland & The Stragglers at 9:30 tonight at the Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan. To read my September interview with Boland about the band's new album "Squelch," click here. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.wormydog.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Horse Thief joins Okie Christmas album cast (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Snap out of your Thanksgiving food coma and put down those Black Friday shopping bags.

  • Box Office Top 20: 'The Hunger Games' rules again


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Audiences had a number of new movie-going options over the Thanksgiving weekend, including "The Good Dinosaur" and "Creed," but it was "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2" that held on to the top spot for the second weekend in a row. The final chapter in the "Hunger Games" saga earned a hefty $52 million, bringing its domestic total to $198.5 million. Disney and Pixar's animated family film "The Good Dinosaur" took second place with a solid $39.2 million. "Creed," a continuation of the Rocky legacy focused on Apollo Creed's son, took in $29.6 million — slightly less than the studio estimated on Sunday but a coup nonetheless for the critically acclaimed film that cost only $35 million to make.

  • Oklahoma Historical Society restores Civilian Conservation Corps film


    The Oklahoma Historical Society has announced the release of a recently restored, rare 16mm film of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Heavener, shot during the 1930s. The film had decayed to such a state that it could not be projected because of curling and brittleness. Through a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, the Oklahoma Historical Society was able to send the film to Colorlab in Rockville, Md., for the tedious restoration. The Civilian Conservation Corps, known as the CCC, was created by Congress on March 31, 1933, as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs to help relieve economic and humanitarian distress. Young men who were unmarried, U.S. citizens and between ages 18 and 25 were eligib

  • Dinosaurs, turkeys and a ‘Rocky’ spinoff: What movies hit or didn’t hit over the Thanksgiving weekend?


    Thanksgiving weekend is a strong one for moviegoing—between the spate of studio releases and the post-turkey fleeing from homes and families, multiplexes tend to be filled. Of course, the glut of films—from Pixar to “Peanuts” to “Spotlight” to Rocky Balboa—means not every studio is equally satisfied; for every strong opening or hold there was a new release this weekend that came up short. Here’s a breakdown of the box office for five of the big Thanksgiving films, how they fared, and why. “The Good Dinosaur” — The movie’s $39 million weekend marks the lowest adjusted three-day opening for Pixar in its history, coming in below the $54 million of “Ratatouille” and $45 million of “Toy Story” two d

  • Science Museum Oklahoma to host 'Star Wars' Science Overnight Dec. 11

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52, will host a new Science Overnight program inspired by “Star Wars” on Dec. 11. Developed by trained science educators, the program will explore the science of "Star Wars" and how our galaxy compares to one that’s far, far away. “The known forces of our universe can be just as amazing as The Force,” said Clint Stone, director of education and training at Science Museum Oklahoma., in a news release “This Science Overnight gives us the chance to talk about the physics of spaceships and light sabers, compare midi-chlorians to mitochondria and explore carbonite and cryogenics.

  • Philadelphia mural of Pope Francis could be world record


    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A potentially record-breaking mural featuring Pope Francis has been unveiled in Philadelphia. More than 2,700 people — including the pontiff himself — helped create the multistory artwork. Organizers say that makes it eligible for the Guinness World Record for "Most Contributions to a Painting by Numbers." The family-themed, multigenerational portrait shows the pope surrounded by parents and children. It was dedicated during a ceremony Monday. Participants created the mural on 153 color-coded cloth panels. Francis signed his name on a panel when he visited the city for the World Meeting of Families in September. Artists from the city's Mural Arts Program then used adhesive to attach

  • Pentatonix, Sting, Mary J. Blige and more to perform Wednesday on 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree with “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. NBC’s “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The broadcast will showcase spectacular holiday performances from Pentatonix (which includes former University of Oklahoma student Kirstin Maldonado), Sting, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Band of Merrymakers, and music legend James Taylor, featuring world-renowned trumpeter Chris Botti. The evening also will include a special performance by

  • Man who killed himself in Ohio museum was ex-security guard


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says the ex-employee who killed himself inside a gallery at the campus' contemporary art museum was a security guard who resigned in 2009 to avoid being fired. In a statement Monday the university identified him as 63-year-old Dean Sturgis. The school says he had worked as an unarmed security guard, but no other details about his employment were released. No one else was injured in the shooting, which was reported at 11:20 a.m. Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the sprawling Columbus campus. It happened shortly after the museum was scheduled to open for the day. Sturgis apparently vandalized artwork before he shot himself. Wexner Center officials are still assessin

  • 'Racing Extinction' sounds the alarm for vanishing species


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Discovery Channel's "Racing Extinction" debuts worldwide, the documentary's creators will be looking for more than ratings and critical reaction. It's action they're after. Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove") says the film is intended as a call to arms to prevent a grim future for Earth and its steadily vanishing species. "The loss of biodiversity will be unimaginably horrific for future generations if we don't do something about it now," Psihoyos said. "My intention in making the film is not just to create the awareness, but to create a campaign, a movement" that inspires change. The film's rollout matches Psihoyos' ambitions for it. "Racing Extinction," airing 9 p.m.

  • Comixology offering 'Cyber Monday' sales

    Matthew Price | Yesterday

    Digital comics service Comixology has announced several sales tying into the 'Cyber Monday' shopping day.  DC Comics and Vertigo titles released digitally before 9/1/2015 will be on sale using the code DCBOGO at checkout.  The offer includes comics that inspired TV shows and upcoming movies like The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, iZombie, Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad. Also, on Cyber Monday Comixology will have sales on select Dark Horse trades, select VIZ manga, and a continuation of various Black Friday sales.

  • Film students with replica weapons cause panic, force closure of California freeway


    LOS ANGELES — To a passer-by along the 101 Freeway near Agoura, the two men standing on an overhead bridge Sunday evening conjured an image of terror. One wore full military fatigues carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle. One had a gas mask. At least 10 people called 911 reporting they felt threatened by the two men standing on the Chesebro Road overpass, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The busy roadway was shut down briefly as a security measure. The fears proved to be unfounded. The incident turned out to be a case of homegrown moviemaking, not a potential freeway ambush. Even the weapons were fake. Both men later told investigators that they were film students at Moorpark C

  • World art coming to select US movie theaters


    NEW YORK (AP) — The public can get close and personal with masterpieces from around the world through the "Art & Architecture in Cinema" series at select U.S. theaters. The Fathom Events program features seven different shows with expert narration — one each month — from January through July 2016. It includes artworks from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, and portraits by the great Spanish artist Goya based on a National Gallery exhibition in London. The series also explore the splendor of the Papal Basilicas of Rome. Another show looks at Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and other painters who explored the theme of gardens. It's based on an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Royal Academy, Lond

  • Garth Brooks taking his top-selling tour to Las Vegas in 2016

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    LAS VEGAS - The biggest-selling solo artist in American history is bringing the biggest-selling tour in the world to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks announced today he will return to Las Vegas for exclusive performances at the new Las Vegas Arena scheduled to open in April. Brooks, who in 2015 has sold more tickets than any other artist in the world, will create a live music experience unique to Las Vegas when he performs multiple shows for his fans July 2-4.  The July 2 show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., the July 3 performances are at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and the July 4 show will begin at 5 p.m. These concerts further enhance the strong lineup

  • CMT awards show honoring ABC drama 'Nashville'


    NEW YORK (AP) — CMT is honoring a television show from another network on its "Artists of the Year" special that's being telecast live on Wednesday. The music-oriented ABC drama "Nashville" is being given CMT's first-ever "International Impact Award." CMT said Monday that Kellie Pickler, who has her own show on CMT, will present the award to most of the "Nashville" cast. The CMT special is taking place in the city that gives the series its name. CMT President Brian Philips said "Nashville" has become an international ambassador for country music. Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town are being named CMT's artists of the year. Kenny Rogers gets a lifetime achievement award and Ch

  • G Fest updates lineup with Old Crow Medicine Show and more

    Nathan Poppe | Yesterday

    The inaugural G Fest Music Festival beefed up its lineup Monday with more national and Okie talent. Nashville-based, platinum-selling string group Old Crow Medicine Show, Muskogee duo The Swon Brothers, singer-songwriter John Fullbright, Americana favorites Paul Thorn Band and Austin folk rockers Uncle Lucius joined previously-announced performers Merle Haggard, The Avett Brothers, Turnpike Troubadours and Jason Boland & The Stragglers.  Few of these acts are strangers to Oklahoma. Old Crow Medicine Show visited Rose State Perfomring Arts Center and the Diamond Ballroom last year. The Swon Brothers performed at the Oklahoma State Fair in September. John Fullbright spoke with The Oklahoman at

  • Is Rocky franchise installment 'Creed' worth seeing?

    John Clyde, KSL.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    We don't want to waster your time or your money, so we'll let you know whether a movie is worth seeing. When it comes to "Creed," it's a movie that's hard not to cheer for. It's not perfect and it can get cliched, but it's a good trip to the theater.

  • Brad Paisley bringing 'Crushin' It World Tour' to Tulsa's BOK Center in February

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    TULSA - Country music superstar Brad Paisley has announced his 2016 winter leg of his highly successful “Crushin’ It World Tour,” which kicks off Jan. 21 in Jonesboro, Ark.  The tour will continue across the United States and Canada during the winter months. Special guests will be breakout country artist Eric Paslay and new country sensation Cam. The tour will make a stop in Oklahoma Saturday, Feb. 27 at Tulsa's BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Tulsa tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available online at www.bokcenter.com, at Arby’s Box Office at BOK Center, at all ticket outlets, or by calling (866) 726-5287. Ticket prices are $69.75, $59.75, $49.75 and $35

  • UPDATED: Rodney Carrington to bring laughs to Tulsa's BOK Center in March

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    UPDATED: This announcement has been updated to note the time tickets go on sale Wednesday. TULSA - Rodney Carrington, who has Oklahoma ties, will be bringing his "Here Comes the Truth" Tour to the BOK Center, 200 S Denver, on Friday, March 11. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 and will be available at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling (866) 726-5287. Ticket prices are $54.75, $44.75 and $34.75 (additional fees may apply). A Bixby resident, Carrington has been making audiences laugh for almost 20 years with his unique, for-mature-audiences-only brand of stand-up comedy.

  • Review: 'Youth' a captivating portrait of friendship, aging


    Superheroes and franchise blockbusters may dominate the multiplex, but Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" is a reminder of the touching, unexpected and unusual places movies can go. Original and unpredictable, "Youth" trusts its audience's curiosity and powers of perception. Sorrentino doesn't over-explain his story or characters — they simply stand as written, awaiting discovery. "Youth" is almost the antithesis of the Hollywood blockbuster, and not just because of its non-linear narrative. Despite its title, the film centers on a relationship between two octogenarians, and presents people of all ages, sizes and appearances as worthy of interest and love.

  • ‘Shaun the Sheep’ on Blu-ray, DVD

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    New DVDs and Blu-rays are led this week by “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow” and “Ricki and the Flash.”

  • What you should know about 'Secret in Their Eyes'

    John Clyde, KSL.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Odds are you're planning on hitting up the final Hunger Games film this weekend, but another film starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor is also headed for theaters. Here's what you should know about "Secret in Their Eyes."