• HBO’s streaming service for cord cutters now has a name and price

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 03:29 AM

    HBO’s cable-free streaming service will be called “HBO Now” and cost $15 per month, according to International Business Times. 

  • Track Debut: Applied Music Program's synthtastic "Shadows"

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    It’s usually a bad sign when my phone hits me with a notification later than midnight. But that wasn’t the case early Tuesday when I received an email with an Applied Music Program track attached to it.

  • BRONCHO premieres new video for 'NC-17'

    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    NPR today premiered Oklahoma punk-rockers BRONCHO’s new video for “NC-17,” and if you’ve ever suspected that the band is contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the video might provide you with proof.

  • TV review: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Being the president ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. That’s my biggest takeaway from my marathon viewing session of the third “House of Cards” offering.

  • Edward Snowden emerges as a film star

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Depending on your point of view (or maybe on whether you’re Neil Patrick Harris), Edward Snowden’s actions could be read very differently: The former NSA contractor is either, in the end, a dangerous traitor or a laudable hero. It’s that split that makes the 32-year-old a compelling — and increasingly popular — cinematic figure. That popularity is demonstrated by the doc phenomenon “CitizenFour” this season, and now by “Snowden,” the new Oliver Stone drama that recently began production in Europe with Joseph Gordon Levitt in the title role and Zachary Quinto as muckraking journalist Glenn Greenwald.

  • Trial begins for bar owner charged in singer's death

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The trial has begun for a Middle Tennessee bar owner charged with killing country singer-songwriter Wayne Mills. The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1aLoJSn) prosecutors and defense attorneys both agree that bar owner Chris Ferrell shot the musician in 2013, but they described different events leading up to the death. Ferrell, who is charged with second-degree murder, says he shot Mills in self-defense. The shooting happened after the two got into an argument at Ferrell's Pit and Barrel bar in downtown Nashville. An autopsy found that Mills was shot in the back of the head. ___ Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.

  • Oklahoma nonagenarians celebrate 75 years of marriage, a lifetime of love

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Dick and Edna Lutz, 94 and 92, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Jan. 27. The couple are a fixture at The Civic Center Music Hall, having spent about 33 years volunteering at the shows there.

  • Ask a Designer: neutrals with an edge

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    There are plenty of practical reasons to decorate with neutral colors. The shades we think of as neutral — whites, beiges, tans — don't clash with anything. They are calm, soothing and never go out of style. There's just one problem. "Beiges and neutrals," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, "can be super boring."  To solve that dilemma, designers like Flynn have a simple trick for making an entirely neutral room feel as edgy and exciting as one filled with bold colors. Bring in the only neutral color that isn't bland: Black.  Mixing in the right amount of black accents, print fabrics or furniture can make the white, beige or tan shades in a room look more interesting, putting them in the spotlight.

  • Hollywood Reporter: Oprah Winfrey on Closing Harpo Studios, OWN Expansion, Broadway Plans

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By year’s end, Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Studios will close its doors, with the 26-year-old company's productions transitioning to OWN headquarters in Los Angeles, says the Hollywood Reporter. The news, which Winfrey delivered in person to her Harpo staff on Tuesday morning, comes two months after her burgeoning cable network moved into a new space in West Hollywood. Though the Chicago lease continues through April 2016, Winfrey and her key executives intend to stop the back-and-forth routine they've been balancing for nearly half a decade sooner than that.

  • EDITORIAL: Two chapters close on Kyle story

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ABILENE, Texas - What an emotional time last week for those connected to the late Chris Kyle. Kyle, perhaps better known today as the "American Sniper," was shot to death, along with a companion, at a Texas gun range in February 2013. A week ago, a jury in Stephenville convicted Eddie Ray Routh of the killings and he was given a life prison term. For sure, the verdict, which was not unexpected given the testimony and facts presented at trial, brought forth emotion. The guilty verdict does not bring back Kyle or Chad Littlefield. But one phase of the grieving process now is over. The only question really was whether an insanity defense would have an impact on jurors. It did not. The Academy Awards were presented Fe

  • Oscars 2016: It’s not too early to consider the next best picture race

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Weeks before the Oscars were handed out, studios were already taking meetings with awards consultants for next year’s best picture contenders. What movies might we be hearing about again (and again ... and again) later this year? An early stab at a top 10, in alphabetical order: “Brooklyn” (Fox Searchlight, release TBA): Searchlight paid $9 million at Sundance for this exquisite immigrant love story — and that might end up being a bargain price. Set in 1950s New York, it follows a homesick Irish woman (Saoirse Ronan) struggling to adapt to her new life until she meets a sweet Italian plumber (Emory Cohen). It’s beautifully crafted, emotionally turbulent and sports a superb lead turn by the 20-year-old Ronan, making good o

  • Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. ——— Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Betsy Sharkey (B.S.), Mark Olsen (M.O.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Oliver Gettell. ——— OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK ——— “An Honest Liar” — A documentary about the magician, escape artist and skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi. Directed by Ju

  • Fallen star: 25 years ago, Hank Gathers died on the court

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    On the day before its 1990 West Coast Conference tournament semifinal with host Loyola Marymount, Portland practiced in the Lions’ Gersten Pavilion. “There are windows on one end of their gym,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, then Portland’s sophomore point guard, recalled this week. “On the other side of the windows there’s a track. I’ll never forget, that day we saw Hank [Gathers] out there running sprints with a parachute on his back. “To see the leading scorer and leading rebounder in the nation with that kind of work ethic, we were beaten before we even played.” Twenty-four hours later, at 5:14 p.m.

  • Family guide to new movie releases

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Rating: PG for some language and suggestive comments What it’s about: Elderly Brits, joined by an American, adjust to retirements that have more of a future to them, now that they’re living in India. The kid attractor factor: Take Grandma and Grandad to it, it’ll make them happy. Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s never too late to start a new chapter in life. Violence: None. Language: A little profanity. Sex: Suggested, winked about. Drugs: Heavens no. Parents’ advisory: Clean, but not a lot here for younger children, best appreciated by 15-and-up.

  • Netflix sparks question: What is a movie?

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    It was recently announced that former Chicago improviser Tina Fey’s new TV show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” would not air on NBC like her colossal hit “30 Rock,” but would be available for streaming on Netflix. Then it was announced that Netflix will begin production on a new “feature film” featuring the character of Pee-wee Herman, titled “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.” Herman, you’ll likely recall, is the alter ego of the 62-year-old former Los Angeles improviser Paul Reubens, whose career was stymied in 1991 after a scandal involving an adult theater, a modest transgression as these things go today.

  • The hills are alive as ‘The Sound of Music’ movie celebrates its 50th anniversary

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Late in “The Sound of Music” production — after a helicopter’s downdraft had knocked Julie Andrews over, after rain clobbered the schedule and budget, and after an angry farmer poked holes in a manmade brook — the leading lady delivered a tentative prediction. “This smells as if it might be a success,” Andrews said. The 1965 musical was so phenomenally popular that it was nicknamed “The Sound of Money” and dubbed “The Mint.” The movie played in American theaters for 4½ years until the studio withdrew it with plans for a re-issue; the demand in England was so insatiable that the film set a record with 170 weeks at a London theater.

  • Council approves start-up for public arts program

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The Hutchinson City Council took the first steps to create a public arts program Tuesday by unanimously voting for staff to draft an ordinance. The ordinance will create a public art program operated by the city; establish a public art trust fund through a percent-for-public-art allocation from eligible capital improvements funds; and develop a Public Art Design Council to provide oversight and administration. The proposal was brought to the council by Citizens’ Collective for Creative Placemaking, a group dedicated to public art. Some council members expressed concern about personnel and the long-term implications of such an ordinance. “As we create this we don’t want to lose our intent,” City Council mem

  • EDITORIAL: Hutch public art

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Hutchinson is fast putting itself on the map as an art community. That’s by design, as evidenced by the concerted efforts of artists such as Jennifer Randall and Julie Black and community organizers such as Meryl Dye and Kari Jackson Mailloux. The latest manifestation of these efforts is the establishment of a formal, citywide public art program. A Citizens’ Collective for Creative Placemaking was formed back in the fall, and a public art program has been proposed to use art in its many forms to enhance the visual appearance of the city and add to Hutchinson’s draw for visitors. The Hutchinson City Council unanimously approved the proposal Tuesday. The plan calls for the creation of a seven-member Public Art Desig

  • Review: 'A Kim Jong-Il Production' is a fascinating tale

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    "A Kim Jong-Il Production" (Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul Fischer Here's an easy one: North Korea's Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country to remake a tepid film industry with dreams of international glory. Of course you should read this. People interested in North Korea have been having a book bonanza.

  • BRIEF: Young shutterbugs show works at Fine Arts Institute of Edmond


    EDMOND — The eighth annual Youth Visions Photography Competition, sponsored by the teen board at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, showcases teen photographers in Oklahoma alongside professional photographer Tony Grider. More than 130 teen photographs were submitted, and 50 works were accepted to hang in the gallery at the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E Edwards, in March. The art of Grider, a local award-winning photographer, will be displayed with the Visions Photography Competition winners. Acting as juror, Grider selected 10 photographs to receive $25 cash awards and ribbons. Grider’s photographs use natural light whenever possible with beautiful objects and landscapes.

  • Australian radio station may face penalties for royal hoax


    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday cleared the way for a radio station to face penalties over a 2012 prank call to a London hospital that was caring for the Duchess of Cambridge. A nurse who transferred the call committed suicide after the broadcast. Two Australian DJs from radio station 2DayFM impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, when they phoned a London hospital in 2012 to ask about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, who had been hospitalized for severe morning sickness. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha took the call and passed it on to a colleague who described Kate's condition. Three days after the call was broadcast worldwide, Saldanha, 46, was found dead in her room.

  • Rededication of Kirk Newman Art School set in Kalamazoo


    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is rededicating its Kirk Newman Art School. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1BmeSN8 ) that the ceremony Friday will celebrate Newman's contributions to the arts and announce a major gift from longtime supporters Rosemary and John Brown. The school will use the gift to create scholarships, and update equipment and technology. Newman came to Kalamazoo in 1949. He became the school's first full-time instructor and was director from 1961 to 1978. The school now has about 3,000 students who participate in camps and classes in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, fiber arts, photography, digital media and glass fusing.

  • Oklahoma City University professor will lead tour of Germany

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    An Oklahoma City University professor and author is organizing a summer tour of World War II sites in Germany.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on March 4, 2015: Hear pianist Wayne McEvilly perform his last Oklahoma lunchtime show at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Wayne McEvilly, a longtime performer with Arts Council Oklahoma City, will be performing one last Art Moves performance before his departure from Oklahoma from noon to 1 p.m. today at the auditorium of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. McEvilly will be playing classical improvisations to a backdrop that […]