• 5 ways to kick off your Oklahoma weekend

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 02:48 PM

    H&8th If you're at an event in Oklahoma City and you're not surrounded by food trucks then did it really happen? That's the sort of pondering you can do at H&8th tonight. I highly suggest catching the music lineup which boasts some exceptional acts. Brashear's recent release is a knockout and you're going to have a harder time catching Annie Oakley for free after they release their next EP in September.  7 p.m. - D. Whitfield Ensemble  8 p.m. - Annie Oakley 9 p.m. - Rachel Brashear 10 p.m.

  • Carrie Underwood to be a guest judge on 'Project Runway' season finale

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 05:52 PM

    Seven-time Grammy winner and Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood will appear on Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated "Project Runway," joining Nina Garcia and Zac Posen as a guest judge on the show's season finale. As previously reported, Underwood will be stepping to center stage in the fashion world during New York’s Fashion Week at the Calia by Carrie Underwood show to present the fall collection of her fitness and lifestyle brand. The "Project Runaway" season finale show tapes Friday, Sept. 11 with Emmy Award winners Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. The finale episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 on Lifetime, according to a news release.

  • Choctaw marks 25 years of Oktoberfest

    Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Beginning Friday, polka music, smoked bratwurst and pork chops and plenty of German beer will be among the offerings as Choctaw celebrates 25 years of Oktoberfest.

  • From Star Wars to Pixar, movies still to come in 2015

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Now that the summer blockbuster season is behind us, you may be wondering what movies are still out there to look forward to. We have your list here — from Star Wars to Pixar.

  • 'Magnificent Seven' remake to film around New Mexico

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A remake of the "The Magnificent Seven" starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt will be filming throughout New Mexico. New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said Thursday that the production will employ at least 275 New Mexico crew members, nine New Mexico actors and around 60 local background talent. Maniatis did not say when production would start or in what cities they would be shooting. The movie, which will be released next year, also reunites Washington with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua, and co-star Ethan Hawke. The feature is based on the 1960 film about seven outlaws who protect a small town from a band of murderous thieves. That version starred Yul Br

  • On-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said. More than two years later, Flanagan — fulfilling a threat to put his conflict with co-workers into "the headlines" — gunned down two station employees during a live morning broadcast, one of them a cameraman who had filmed his firing. But as station employees struggled Thursday to explain the events that framed Flanagan's anger, others who had run across the gunman in the time since he lost his job at WDBJ-TV described a man whose hair-triggered temper was increasingly set off by slights that were more often imagined

  • Virginia shootings make for tough media decisions

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In an era when anyone can go online and find video of extremist beheadings, police shootings and other carnage, major news organizations applied their own standards to coverage of this week's killing of a TV news crew in Virginia and showed only carefully selected portions of the footage. They were difficult newsroom decisions, informed by competitive pressures, questions of newsworthiness and taste, and an understanding that for all the talk about the great convergence of media, a fundamental difference still exists between TV and the Internet. "We went back and forth on this — whether to run it, not run it, or just use frame grabs," said Al Ortiz, CBS vice president of standards and practices. "It's not

  • Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 29th season

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Not only is the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie currently staging the popular country music tribute “Always … Patsy Cline,” but the company also is planning for 2015-16 three more musicals: “The Color Purple,” “Hairspray” and he state premiere of Green Day’s rock opera “American Idiot.”

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    News about ticket sales for major upcoming entertainment events.

  • Flight night: Damn Quails album release concert set to rock Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Damn Quails’ long-awaited sophomore album, “Out of the Birdcage,” hits shelves Sept. 4 via the band's own Swomp Fyst Records, but you can hear it live at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the Oklahoma/Texas-based band lands at the Wormy Dog Saloon.

  • Zombies refused to stay dead after 1950s ban in comics

    By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    "The Walking Dead" comic issues, about the continuing aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, are among the best-selling indie comic books of the century and led to a TV series, and the companion series, "Fear the Walking Dead," debuted Sunday on AMC. This zombie success from the comics medium is all the more surprising when you consider zombies once were banned from comic books, writes Matthew Price for The Oklahoman.

  • Maddie & Tae ‘Start Here’ with highly anticipated debut LP

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye warble about dumping an annoying fishing buddy out of the boat on their new album, the hilariously catchy lyrics can't help but snare a little truth. That's because their feisty ditty “Shut up and Fish” is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye's home state of Oklahoma. “We took two of Tae's guy friends — friends, by the way — fishing with us, and they just had no idea what they were doing and were talking the whole time and being annoying and trying to bust moves. So, it really did come from a real place and a true story, unfortunately,” Marlow said.  “We did not catch anything because they were awful, but we did get a cool little song out of it.

  • Oklahoma City film community stays active with new short film

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An Oklahoma-based film crew occupied a back alleyway behind No Regrets Tattoo. They were preparing to film a pivotal scene in "Nora," a short film from the mind of director/writer Tanner Herriott.

  • The Latest on TV shooting: Husband overjoyed wife is alive

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The husband of on-air shooting survivor Vicki Gardner says his wife lost a kidney and part of her colon, and faces three months of convalescence. Tim Gardner said in a telephone interview Thursday his heart goes out to the families of Roanoke, Virginia, television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. They were killed Wednesday by gunman Vester Flanagan as they interviewed Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Despite his sorrow, Tim Gardner says he's overjoyed that his wife of 40 years is alive.

  • Cool new tracks for all those hot August nights

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Can you feel it? I can feel it. New tracks, baby! Lil B & Chance The Rapper — “Amen” Chicagoan Chance the Rapper was part of a collaboration earlier this year that released an excellent record “Surf” under the name Donnie Trump and the Social Experiment. Last week he followed up on that by putting out a freebie mixtape in collaboration with the prolific Bay Area rapper Lil B, titled “Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)” that proves the two to be a really provocative combination. Chance's rapid-fire onomatopoeia and heavily rhythmic style serve as foil to Lil B's slurry, slow rapping, which so often seems to pursue a certain mood or broader thematic idea greater than the literal meaning of the words he's saying.

  • ‘Straight Outta Compton’ expected to top box office for 3rd straight weekend

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — It looks like an otherwise strong summer at the domestic box office is ending on a low note. Though the box office is still up about 6 percent year-to-date, August has been slow with the exception of Universal Pictures’ hit “Straight Outta Compton.” The N.W.A musical biopic, which has dominated the box office since its release, is expected to fall up to 45 percent in its third weekend. It will add between $13 million to $15.5 million, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys. It has already collected a whopping $118.9 million in the U.S. and Canada. Even with such a steep drop in its third weekend, “Straight Outta Compton” will likely outpace three new offerings: “No Esc

  • Owen Wilson breaks out of comedy for serious ‘No Escape’ role

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Movie audiences love to laugh at Owen Wilson — as the excitement about the “Zoolander” sequel in which he’ll once again play obnoxious supermodel Hansel can attest. The droll, laid-back Wilson is also known for the comedies he’s made with his former University of Texas roommate Wes Anderson — including earning an Oscar nomination for co-writing with Anderson the screenplay for “The Royal Tenenbaums” — and with Ben Stiller on more than a dozen projects, including the “Zoolander” films. But Wilson’s new film “No Escape” is no laughing matter. In the thriller, Wilson plays Jack Dwyer, an American businessman who has taken a job with a company in a Southeast Asian country.

  • Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to be honored

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Spike Lee was surprised to learn that he was being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — a group he hadn’t been afraid to criticize in the past for its lack of diversity. “This came out of nowhere, but that’s how blessings often come,” Lee said when reached by phone Thursday after the academy announced it would present him an honorary Governors Award. “I’m very happy and humbled.” The academy will also present an honorary Oscar to veteran independent film actress Gena Rowlands and give the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to versatile entertainer Debbie Reynolds. All three awards are to be handed out at the academy’s Governors Awards dinner Nov. 14 at the Ray Dolby Ball

  • Stephanie Ready becomes full-time female NBA game analyst

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — FOX Sports Southeast has promoted Stephanie Ready to NBA game analyst covering the Charlotte Hornets. Ready is entering her 12th season with Hornets telecasts, previously working as the host of "Hornets LIVE!" and as a sideline reporter. She was an assistant coach in the NBA D-League, making her the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team. She also two spent seasons as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program at Coppin State, the first female to hold the position of full-time recruiting assistant on an NCAA Division I men's basketball staff. "I am so excited because this is why I got into sports broadcasting," Ready said. "Years ago I envisioned myself being a game analy

  • Gregory's work to impress Cowboys now showing on field, too

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — At times this summer, Randy Gregory would sign autographs and give interviews until Dallas team personnel had to just about pull him off the field during training camp. The rookie defensive end from Nebraska has been trying to make a good impression, most notably with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, since conduct issues caused him to slide to the end of the second round in last spring's NFL draft. Gregory is still talking about that commitment to his outspoken new boss more than three months later, and how much it motivates him. "It does every day," Gregory said. "Not just for them, but for myself. Even to this day we still talk about giving my best effort, staying true to my word, things like that.

  • Anchor's shock at live TV slayings shifts to poise, strength

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The wide-eyed, open-mouthed look of shock on the face of WDBJ-TV anchor Kim McBroom was seen worldwide after her two co-workers were fatally shot on live television. But as her grieving newsroom went back to work, and she showed poise and strength Thursday as the on-camera leader of a team that refused to give in. It was the only thing McBroom figured she could do after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a disgruntled former reporter who had been fired from their team two years ago. "I'm just trying to do my job, honor their memory and do what they do," McBroom said Thursday. "Alison would do this for me. I know that.

  • Finn Wields a Lightsaber in New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Footage

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    In new footage from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," John Boyega's Finn wields his very own lightsaber against Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, reports the Spinoff blog at Comic Book Resources. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the new "Star Wars" film is set for Dec. 18 release. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) are all set to be featured in the new film.

  • Student Academy Award winners to spend a week in Hollywood

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Fifteen aspiring filmmakers have already caught the attention of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy has announced the winners of its Student Academy Awards, and says the student filmmakers will spend a week in Los Angeles as its guests before accepting their awards at a ceremony on Sept. 17 in Beverly Hills, California. The winning entries were selected from 1,686 submissions. Past Student Academy Award winners include Pixar's Pete Docter and John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis. This year's winners: — "Chiaroscuro," Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California. — "Zoe," ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York.