• 'Jane the Virgin,' John Oliver among Peabody Award winners

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Jane the Virgin" and John Oliver's satirical news show are among the winners in the first round of this year's Peabody Awards. The Peabody panel deemed the CW sitcom "Jane the Virgin" a "smart, self-aware telenovela" and its star Gina Rodriguez "incandescent." HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" is a "worthy addition to the news-as-comedy genre," and offers "fresh, feisty investigative reports," the panel said in announcing its entertainment awards this week. Others winners include "The Americans"; "Fargo"; "The Honorable Woman"; "Inside Amy Schumer"; "The Knick"; "Rectify" and "Black Mirror," an English TV anthology of dark tales.

  • 2 weeks before Mayweather-Pacquiao, not a ticket to be seen

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Don't expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket — or any other ticket — at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Just two weeks before the bout, tickets for the most anticipated fight in recent times have yet to go on public sale, with the two camps and the MGM Grand locked in a standoff over allotments. When they are finally put on sale, only a few will be sold at the listed price. The impasse has left fans in the dark, and ticket brokers perplexed. "It's bizarre, normally there's a public sale 10 weeks before the fight," said Connor Gregoire, an analyst for Seatgeek.com. "To our knowledge no one has a printed ticket in their hands right now.

  • Dr. Oz tells critics: No conflict of interest on my TV show

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz is defending himself against 10 doctors who've accused him of promoting "quack treatments" on his TV show. Oz said in a statement Friday that his show provides "multiple points of view" including his own. He added that his own views are offered "without conflict of interest." A group of 10 doctors sent a letter to Columbia University this week urging the university to remove Oz from its faculty. They accused Oz of an "egregious lack of integrity." The lead author was Dr. Henry Miller, a senior research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. A Columbia spokesman said the school is "committed to the principle of academic freedom." Oz is vice chairman of Columbia's surger

  • Comic con set for Saturday on Film Row in Oklahoma City

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    “Everything that came through is a comic book-themed something,” Berlin said. “Everything that’s being set up is either actual comic books or something closely tied to comic books, unless they are one of our charities.” In addition to having charity events and comics for sale, the convention will feature a costume contest, panels, movies, cartoons and more. The costume contest will feature adult and kid categories, Berlin said, and both divisions will be eligible for prizes. “It’s a family-friendly con,” Berlin said. “We’re doing a kids carnival off to one corner of the building just to make sure there’s something for everybody.

  • Miranda Lambert: Women in country have to stick together

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miranda Lambert is one of the few women nominated at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year, so she says the ladies of country music need to help one another. "I really support female artists in any genre, especially country music right now," Lambert said in an interview Friday. "I've taken out girls all tour long and I want to continue to do that because I feel like we need to stick together 'cause it's hard." Lambert is the only women nominated for entertainer of the year at Sunday's awards show (CBS, 8 p.m. EDT), pitting her against Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean.

  • In Aaron Hernandez murder case, question lingers: Why?

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had fame and wealth. That's now gone after he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Even after nine week of testimony, the question remains: Why did he do it? When asked how somebody with that much talent and money could throw it away, jurors said they didn't have an explanation, and you'd have to ask Hernandez. Hernandez is accused in two other shootings. In both, there is at least an explanation offered, but they are trivial. In 2012, he is accused of killing two men in Boston after one bumped into him in a nightclub and spilled his drink. In 2013, he's accused in the shooting of a friend after they argued and

  • Comic con set for Saturday on Film Row in Oklahoma City

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area comic book creators, costume contest will highlight one-day event on Film Row.

  • Spanish language 'Sabado Gigante' ends 53-year run

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Television's longest-running variety show is calling it a wrap after 53 years. The Miami-based Univision network said Friday the popular "Sabado Gigante" will end its weekly broadcast on Sept. 19. Created by its Chilean-born host, the boisterous presenter with a huge grin known as Don Francisco, the weekly three-hour show "Sabado Gigante" long has been Univision's most popular program. With an average of 2.2 million viewers, the show remains No. 1 on Saturday nights among Hispanics in the U.S. and was up this season among younger viewers, according to the Nielson company. The show also is broadcast to more than a dozen countries throughout Latin America.

  • Case ends for doc who prescribed drugs to Anna Nicole Smith

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A psychiatrist who prescribed drugs to Anna Nicole Smith under a false name put her legal troubles behind her Friday as a judge threw out one conviction and reduced another to a misdemeanor in the long-running legal saga years after the model's overdose death. Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, 67, was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $100 in the case, but a Los Angeles Superior Court judge stayed the term, which she already served when her case was being appealed. The re-sentencing brings the case to an end for Eroshevich, leaving only Smith's manager, Howard K. Stern, facing charges eight years after the former Playboy model and reality TV starlet died in Florida of an accidental overdose.

  • Movie review: ‘Dior and I’ documentary is a beguiling look behind the scenes

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    They don’t call it haute couture for nothing. As the involving new documentary “Dior and I” demonstrates, the “high” in high fashion indicates the complete and total seriousness, the almost religious fervor, with which the creators of serious fashion go about their work. If the ungodly star-driven media frenzy that surrounds the spring collections of the great Paris houses like Christian Dior is the public face of designer fashion, “Dior and I” shows us that what goes on behind the scenes is even more intriguing. “Dior and I” is written and directed by Frederic Tcheng, who worked as an editor and cinematographer on “Valentino: The Last Emperor.

  • Video: Toby Keith plans hometown golf classic and fundraiser benefiting Toby Keith Foundation for May 15-16

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NORMAN – Oklahoma singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is planning the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic for May 15-16, 2015 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino. “This event and our USO Tours are the best things we get to do all year,” Keith says in a news release. “I’ve been […]

  • Meadows Museum celebrates 50th anniversary with exhibit

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — An exhibit of art from a Spanish couple considered among the world's top collectors will be the cornerstone of the Meadows Museum's 50th anniversary celebration. The exhibit featuring the private collection of Juan Abello and his wife, Anna Gamazo, opens Saturday at the museum on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas. It's the first exhibit in the U.S. of their collection. More than 100 works spanning the 15th to the 20th centuries will be displayed. Artists include Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse. The Meadows Museum was founded by Dallas businessman Algur H. Meadows, who devoted his fortune collecting Spanish masterworks.

  • Northern Illinois University offers 'Game of Thrones' course

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series "Game of Thrones." The University Honors Program calls the class "Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History" and students can take the course for honors credit, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1FZj88k ). The popular cable TV show, based on books by George R.R. Martin, is in its fifth season. "It represents aspects of the Middle Ages much more realistically than other media depictions that purport to be more accurate," co-professor Valerie Garver said. "It stands out because it comments on the human condition in a way that seems real to people. It's a really good example of a piece of modern cultu

  • Back on the USA Network: Sports return with NHL playoffs

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the three decades since USA Network had last broadcast an NHL playoff game, just about everything in television watching changed. In that rapidly evolving world, the cable channel is again embracing the value of sports. USA aired two games as hockey's postseason opened this week, with more coverage planned Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the early rounds. "This is the right move for USA at this time," said Chris McCumber, the network's president. Back in the 1980s, USA was an early cable home for big-time sports, from Major League Baseball to the NBA to college football. But since losing its rights to the Masters and U.S.

  • 'Star Wars: Battlefront' unleashed at fan convention

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Force isn't merely awakening on the big screen. It's also returning to the video game realm. "Star Wars: Battlefront" publisher Electronic Arts and Swedish developer DICE showcased their next-generation rendition of the "Star Wars" multiplayer shooter Friday at Star Wars Celebration, the annual fan extravaganza celebrating the sci-fi franchise. The new iteration of "Battlefront" takes place amid the conflicts of the original film trilogy and is scheduled for release Nov. 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PCs. "Battlefront" will focus on frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players portraying Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire forces.

  • At a Glance: Internet TV options

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    How other providers stack up against Verizon's new FiOS Custom TV AMAZON Monthly price: $8.25 (only through $99-a-year Amazon Prime subscription) Live offering: None On demand: Apart from original shows such as "Transparent," offerings tend to be past seasons, plus movies. Next-day access to shows for $2 or $3 an episode. Restrictions: Not available directly on Apple TV. Prime requires one-year commitment. ___ CBS ALL-ACCESS Monthly price: $6. Live offering: Local stations in 14 markets (including suburbs) with CBS-owned stations. On demand: Day-after access to shows on mobile devices (on traditional computers, it's free without a subscription). Full seasons for many shows, not

  • The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Mel Bracht column

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Grantland’s fascinating documentary “Son of the Congo” on Serge Ibaka’s return to his native Congo has been online for a couple of weeks now, but it will make its ESPN debut at 8 p.m. Friday. Director Adam Hootnick was impressed with the access Ibaka gave his seven-person crew when they spent 10 days in the Congo with the Thunder star last July. “We got really lucky in that Serge was completely willing to just open his entire life and experience to us,” Hootnick said in a phone interview. In the documentary, Ibaka reflects on growing up with no electricity and living on the streets as a 12-year-old.

  • With critic-driven film festivals in spotlight, let’s pause to focus on big picture

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Should film critics run their own film festivals? I’m conflicted on this one. The practicalities feel a little gummy, a little sticky, but many say the results are worth it. It’s the right time to ask the question, whichever side of the rapidly deteriorating fence you’re on. Two separate critic-driven festivals are on Chicago’s radar at the moment. Continuing through Sunday, the pocket-size Champaign, Ill., charmer of a film festival known as Ebertfest was founded in 1999 by longtime Chicago Sun-Times and “At the Movies” marquee critic Roger Ebert. He started it because he could. He had his alma mater, the University of Illinois, behind the venture. He had the reverence and the contacts of various distributo

  • Cannes 2015 announces film slate; two U.S. films included in main competition field

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Whether you call it “the Olympics of cinema” (for more bloodsporting types) or “the world’s most prestigious movie gathering” (for the more genteel among us), the Cannes Film Festival is the most scrutinized of any other such confab. Long before the films are screened, the lineup is dissected with the intensity of a presidential campaign. What directors and countries make it in, which section of the festival a film lands in, what’s left out and why are all matters of no small amount of pundit hand-wringing and palm-reading. After all, as with the coastal Riviera social scene, where you are is as important as who you are.

  • Video: Carrie Underwood's greatest hits featured in DJ Earworm mashup

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Carrie Underwood’s current hit single “Little Toy Guns” is just one of an array of the seven-time Grammy winner’s biggest hits featured in a new audio and video mashup created by DJ Earworm especially for Underwood’s fans to celebrate 10 years of the Checotah native’s No. 1 hits. The mashup spans […]




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