• Album Review: Mr Twin Sister, 'Mr Twin Sister' (Infinite Best)

    BY KELLEN MCGUGAN, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Album Review: Mr Twin Sister, ‘Mr Twin Sister’ (Infinite Best)

  • Movie review: 'John Wick'

    By Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Keanu Reeves returns to the action genre in this revenge thriller.

  • Francis Ford Coppola shares memories, wisdom learned through his moviemaking career

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    For more than two hours Monday night, legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, 75, joined Oklahoma City Community College artist-in-residence and longtime colleague Gray Frederickson to launch the college’s inaugural Signature Series of guest lecturers.

  • Comics convention moves to Norman

    By Matthew Price, mprice@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Local comics creators including the “Nadir’s Zenith” team are set for 2014 Oafcon, the annual Oklahoma Alliance of Fans gathering that this year will take place in Norman.

  • Movie review: 'St. Vincent'

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Bill Murray takes another stab at drama in coming-of-age story “St. Vincent.”

  • Preview The Flaming Lips' "Sgt Pepper's" tribute album, read Wayne Coyne's thoughts on Miley Cyrus and find out about the Electic Wurms Oklahoma City Halloween show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City psychedelic rock luminaries The Flaming Lips are streaming their star-studded tribute album “With a Little Help From My Fwends,” which covers The Beatles’ legendary “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in its entirety, at NPR First Listen in advance of its Tuesday release. To listen to the tribute album in its entirety prior […]

  • Have 'The Simpsons' gotten a bad rap?

    Jim Bennett, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    When former President Bush derided "The Simpsons" 20 years ago, he overlooked the morally redeeming qualities of this long-running series.

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Oct. 24, 2014

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Oct. 24, 2014

  • Review: Broadway's 'Disgraced' is raw, blistering

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — What does Miss Manners say about how to ensure dinner conversations remain polite? Never bring up politics or religion. Thankfully, playwright Ayad Akhtar minds her no heed. Akhtar's blistering "Disgraced" opened Thursday on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre with a punch and power that won it a Pulitzer Prize. Few playwrights are examining what Akhtar does, certainly not with his insightfulness, and his play is breathtaking — and not a little uncomfortable — to watch. In the best of ways.

  • Roz Chast wins $50,000 literary prize

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Roz Chast is having a busy awards season. The New Yorker cartoonist is one of three winners of the inaugural Kirkus Prize, presented by the literary publication Kirkus Reviews and worth $50,000 for each winner, making it among the country's richest honors for books. Chast's award, announced Thursday night, was for her graphic memoir about her parents, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" The memoir is already among the nominees for the National Book Awards, with winners to be revealed next month, Chast's Kirkus award was for best nonfiction release. Lily King's novel "Euphoria," based in part on the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead, was cited for fiction and Kate Samworth's "Aviary Wonders Inc.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Trisha Yearwood sings the national anthem at Game 1 of the World Series

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Longtime Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series earlier this week. The series, which features the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, is tied at 1-1, with Game 3 set for 7:07 p.m. Friday. You can watch the official Major League Baseball video here, or enjoy […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Pentatonix releases holiday album "That's Christmas To Me," featuring "White Winter Hymnal"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Vocal group Pentatonix released  Tuesday their new holiday album, “That’s Christmas To Me” via RCA Records. The 10-track album (plus a bonus track) features the title track, a Pentatonix original, as well as a host of seasonal favorites, a one-of-a-kind holiday mash-up featuring Tori Kelly, and an arrangement of the smash “Let It Go,” from […]

  • AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Networks Inc. said Thursday it will pay $200 million to acquire a stake in BBC America. The entertainment company known for shows such as "The Walking Dead" and "Mad Men" will have a 49.9 percent equity stake in the cable channel that is home of shows such as "Doctor Who" and "Orphan Black." BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp., will retain 50.1 percent ownership. The BBC said in a statement the partnership will help it reach new audiences in the U.S., strengthen BBC America, while creating opportunities for the U.K.'s "creative community." New York-based AMC will have operational control of BBC America and manage it as a stand-alone channel, adding to its portfolio t

  • Red Earth Festival signs 5-year agreement with Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Red Earth Inc has negotiated a five-year agreement with the Cox Convention Center that keeps the award-winning Red Earth Festival in downtown Oklahoma City through 2019. The annual Red Earth Festival has been referred to as the largest Native American cultural event of its kind. The festival provided an economic impact to the visitor industry […]

  • Judge: Chris Brown following probation rules

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says Chris Brown has been doing well and following his probation rules since his last hearing in August. The Grammy-winning R&B singer appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report. Judge James Brandlin told Brown he's shown good cooperation with the probation department. Brandlin bumped Brown's community labor requirement from three days to four, but said that was only to ensure that he met his work requirement by the end of his probation in January. Another hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15. Brown was jailed for nearly three months earlier this year for violating his probation by getting into an altercation outside a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.

  • Steinbeck heirs fight over control of movie rights

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books. Steinbeck's surviving son, Thomas Steinbeck, and the wife of another son, Nancy Steinbeck, filed a petition Oct. 10 with the California Labor Commission claiming the RSWG Literary Agency and agent Geoffrey Sanford were negotiating Hollywood deals without consulting them. They also allege that the agency isn't licensed in California to negotiate deals and that none of its agents are lawyers with active licenses. The petition alleges that only a licensed agency or an active lawyer can license Steinbeck's works to others.

  • Oafcon Spotlight 2014: S.A. McClung

    Matthew Price | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma comics writer/artist S.A. McClung is set with new comics and artwork for Oafcon, taking place this Saturday and Sunday in Norman. “I’ve got a new comic, Displacements:Oasis #4, new art prints, and new original art,” McClung said. You can follow McClung via his Facebook page or web site, strangeartmedia.com.   His comic, “Displacements: Oasis,” also […]

  • NY court backs EMI over Duke Ellington royalties

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state's highest court on Thursday sided with EMI in the music publisher's dispute with Duke Ellington's heirs, but acknowledged global industry consolidation has made contracts like his much more favorable to publishers. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. He signed the 1961 deal with Mills Music, predecessor of EMI, now part of global Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The standard songwriter royalty contract specified an even split of net revenues between the publisher and Ellington. EMI presently deducts 50 percent commissions to foreign subpublishers that are now company affiliates before splitting the rest with Ellington's heirs.

  • Foreign films lead new videos

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A variety of films from around the world lead these movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

  • Air New Zealand posts new 'Hobbit' safety video - CNN.com

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Here's an airline safety video passengers might actually watch. Air New Zealand has published another in its recent series of "Hobbit"-themed videos, complete with cameos by director Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood, star of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.