• Film academy hosts 1st exhibit in new museum site


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood's premier museum devoted to the movies. "Hollywood Costume" opens Thursday inside the historic May Co. building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is set to reopen as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2017. "This exhibition is... a launching point for the new museum," said museum director Kerry Brougher. "It's really marking our territory here as the place where fabulous exhibitions will happen about the history of the motion picture." The high-tech exhibit includes more than 150 costumes and dozens of digital monitors.

  • Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest


    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms. Guinness World Records officially recognized it Monday as the world No. 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807. Silva Vargas said he began with no intent to amass a huge collection. But soon it was like being under a spell.

  • Andrea Martin on battling bulimia, flying trapeze


    NEW YORK (AP) — Here's a tip for the next time you bump into Andrea Martin: Don't forget to spit out your gum. It turns out she suffers from misophonia — the dislike of small, irritating common noises, such as magazine pages turning or water dripping. Or gum chewing. But she's way too polite to be nasty about it. The Tony- and Emmy-winning comedian reveals that and plenty more in her book "Andrea Martin's Lady Parts," a series of essays that discuss her childhood, her career and a slightly mad devotion to her hairdresser. Among the other revelations: She battled bulimia. She's scared of heights. She had a 28-year-old lover when she was 57. She keeps tubes of makeup forever. And there's one truly shocking confession:

  • New museum marks the "Birthplace of Country Music"


    BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum. But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, it's in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia state line. The museum aims to tell the story of the Bristol Sessions, a series of historic recording sessions that took place here in 1927 and helped spread what was then known as "hillbilly music" to the rest of the country. The Bristol Sessions took place after the Victor Talking Machine Co. invented a device capable of recording music for the masses. Victor producer Ralph Peel set up a makeshift studio in the Taylor-Christian Hat Co. warehouse on State Street, recording 76 songs in

  • Texan who faked military past guilty in guns case


    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas convicted felon who faked being an Army Ranger to get close to acclaimed retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell faces up to 10 years in prison for having guns. Daniel Lee Marshall of Conroe pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, involving a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun. Federal prosecutors in Houston say the investigation started with Luttrell's complaint of a pistol stolen. Authorities determined Marshall, who prosecutors say posed as an ex-special forces operator, had a forgery conviction. Officers in April confiscated weapons from his home. Luttrell's gun was recovered. Luttrell, who was awarded the Navy Cross, is the only SEAL survivor of a June 2005 firefigh

  • Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death


    SYDNEY (AP) — Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers. "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks," the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said in a joint statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. "We are all heartbroken, but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting," they added. They signed off: "Sending love, Nic and Keith xx." The Australian star of this year's "Grace of Monaco" returned to her home of Sydney after her psychologist father Tony Kidman died during a vacation in Singapore on Sept. 12.

  • Blues Trail honors railroad crossing


    MOORHEAD, Miss. (AP) — The spot where the east-west line of The Southern Railway in Mississippi intersected with the north-south line of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad in Moorhead will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The unveiling is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Washington Street and West Delta Avenue in Moorhead. The Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, also known as the Yazoo-Delta, was known to locals as the "Yellow Dog." That's "where the Southern Cross the Dog." The railway crossing inspired a variety of blues songs, including the "Yellow Dog Rag" published by W.C. Handy in 1914.

  • 'Cosmos' series host to speak in Detroit


    DETROIT (AP) — Well-known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is speaking at a Detroit event aiming to help students improve their lives through higher education. The host of television's recent "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" series and director of New York's Hayden Planetarium speaks Tuesday evening at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The keynote address is part of the Wayne County Community College District's Chancellor's Banquet. Tickets are $150. Proceeds go to the community college's Scholarship Foundation, designed for students who couldn't otherwise afford to attend the school. ___ Online: http://bit.

  • Video: Oklahoma- and Minnesota-based 1491s take on Washington Redskins nickname on "The Daily Show"

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    If you tuned into “Monday Night Football” this evening, along with watching the Kansas City Chief running the New England Patriots into the ground, you also saw promos from next week’s matchup: the Washington Redskins vs. the Seattle Seahawks. The Redskins nickname has been a hot topic for awhile, with many American Indians arguing that […]

  • Theater review: 'Grapes of Wrath' is epic yet understated in Oklahoma City performance

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    “The Grapes of Wrath” was epic, yet understated and accessible, in a joint production of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and Oklahoma City University. It was performed with minimal, movable props, on a stage that revolved, making a truck seem to move, with trap doors in the floor over “rivers” and burial sites.

  • Video: Carrie Underwood releases new single "Something in the Water," performs at Global Citizen Festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    As previously reported, Checotah native Carrie Underwood’s newest single, “Something in the Water,” can be heard on country radio and downloaded at digital accounts today. Listen to the anthemic song here: Produced by Mark Bright, and written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Brett James, “Something in the Water” will officially impact radio on Oct. 6; […]

  • Blake Shelton releasing new album "Bringing Back the Sunshine" Tuesday, featured on Country Weekly cover

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    As previously reported, Shelton is releasing “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” his 11th studio album, Tuesday on Warner Bros. Records, and he opted to feature the Ada water tower on the record’s black-and-white cover. The Ada native and Tishomingo resident is featured on the cover of the Oct. 6 issue of Country Weekly magazine, on sale […]

  • Video: John Fullbright sings on "CBS This Morning"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Grammy-nominated Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright appeared Saturday on “CBS This Morning’s” “Saturday Sessions,” where he performed “Happy” and “When You’re Here,” two songs from his 2014 sophomore studio album, “Songs”: -BAM

  • Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday. The filing was made in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July over the accident, which killed his friend James McNair, who was accompanying the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star back from a show in Delaware. Morgan spent several weeks in rehab with rib and leg injuries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • 'Sleepy Hollow' hopes to engage fans in season 2

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Sleepy Hollow" was renewed after just three episodes last year, and star Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, calls the new season "the tricky second album." "Last season people were ... expecting us to be terrible," Mison says of the Fox mythical drama, which airs Monday nights (9 p.m. EDT). "Let's be honest ... (the show's premise is) quite a bold idea. Last season: low expectations. This season: high." Set in modern day, Crane awakens after being killed in the Revolutionary War. He must adjust to the new time period, battle the headless horseman and prevent the apocalypse with the help of police Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). He's also trying to reunite with his wife, Katrina.

  • Box office top 20: 'Equalizer' debuts with $34.1M

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Denzel Washington scored his third-best opening weekend and potentially spawned his first franchise with a $34.1 million debut for "The Equalizer." The Columbia Pictures release, in which Washington stars as a retired commando lured into a battle with the Russian mafia, is Washington's second film with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua. The box office debut trails only Washington's "Safe House" and "American Gangster." A sequel to "The Equalizer" is already in development. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Mo

  • Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a drug, authorities said Monday. Bynes, 28, was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer after she stopped in the middle of an intersection in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The former child star was determined to be under the influence of an unidentified drug after being evaluated at a nearby police station, the CHP said in a statement. The release states that Bynes, who has had a series of driving-related arrests, was cooperative but appeared disheveled when she was taken into custody. Bynes was released hours later after posting $15,000 ba

  • Stars at S. Laurent, Valli makes Clooney wife coup

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Beginning with Stella McCartney and ending with powerhouse Saint Laurent, Paris fashion shows packed a creative punch Monday — luring in myriad front row stars such as Salma Hayek, Lenny Kravitz, Catherine Deneuve and Neneh Cherry. But there was also much happening off the catwalk. In a week dominated by celebrity children, it was the turn of Sean Penn's daughter, Dylan, who made her acting debut in a fashion movie. Meanwhile, the day the civil ceremony took place between George Clooney and wife Amal Alamuddin, Giambattista Valli spoke to AP about his coup in dressing Hollywood's newest bride. Here are the show reports and highlights of the ready-to-wear collections.

  • Football commands highest TV ad prices

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pro football pays the bills in prime-time television. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" charges $627,300 for a 30-second advertisement, more than any other program in prime-time broadcast television, according to a survey by Advertising Age. On its heels is CBS' new Thursday night football telecast, being shown this fall for the first time, at $483,333. Television's top-rated comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," is the scripted show with the priciest ads, at $344,827, Advertising Age said. Otherwise, ad prices don't always mesh with the Nielsen company's measurements of which programs get the biggest audience.

  • Updated: Singer Kari Jobe will bring 'The Majestic Tour” to Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Kari Jobe will lead a night of praise and worship in Oklahoma City as part of “The Majestic Tour.”