• Thanksgiving movie reviews: 'Brooklyn,' 'Creed,' 'The Good Dinosaur' and 'Victor Frankenstein'

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Reviews of Thanksgiving movie releases: "Brooklyn," "Creed," "The Good Dinosaur" and "Victor Frankenstein"

  • Trailblazing Oklahoma native Jean Shepard celebrates 60th anniversary as Grand Ole Opry member

    Monday, November 23, 2015 at 06:35 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Grand Ole Opry honored trailblazing Opry member Jean Shepard, a Pauls Valley native, Saturday night on the 60th anniversary of her Opry induction.

  • Garth Brooks breaks record for Baltimore arena as he prepares his first shows there

    Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 08:39 AM

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks has broken another record on his ongoing comeback tour, this time at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md., according to a news release. Tickets went on sale Friday for Brooks' first-ever shows in Baltimore. As previously reported, it has been 19 years since the Oklahoma native has played Maryland. According to his publicist, Brooks previously performed in Landover. Back when Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena was called the Civic Arena, the previous record for most shows for the arena was held by The Beatles when they played two shows on Sept 13, 1964, and then by Neil Diamond, when he played two shows on June 5, 1993.

  • Movie review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 2'

    Friday, November 20, 2015 at 06:48 AM

    A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ gives series satisfying but bittersweet ending “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” means war, bringing the blockbuster dystopian franchise to a satisfying yet bittersweet conclusion. Despite its choppy pacing, which reflects the rhythm of the novel, the fourth and final film faithfully adapted from Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult book trilogy isn’t your typical Hollywood war movie with epic battle sequences and a thrill-of-victory finale.

  • Movie review: Rousing ‘Creed’ goes the distance


    “Creed,” the latest installment in the “Rocky” saga, is like that aging fighter on the undercard who you hope can just hold his own and escape the ring with his life but you fear will get his lights knocked out. After all, this is the seventh film in a franchise that seemed to have run its course. It doesn’t matter that it’s directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, whose 2013 feature debut, “Fruitvale Station,” was one of the best films of that year. He wouldn’t be the first celebrated indie director to slip and fall off the Hollywood ladder when reaching for the mainstream. But “Creed,” much like Rocky himself, leaves all doubts flat on the mat.

  • Sharon Randall: Good grief, a picture beside me better than the movie


    My husband and I love going to movies. He took me to one on our first real date 15 years ago. For some reason, I don’t recall much about the movie. Possibly I was distracted by the fact that a man who’d been my editor and “just a friend” was suddenly, of all things, holding my hand. He still holds my hand in movies. Other times, too. But not in the last movie we saw. Somebody was sitting between us. Talk about distracting. Randy is my 5-year-old grandson. He’s only been to, like, three movies in his whole life, but he’s already learned something lots of people never do: good movie manners. “Nana,” he whispered as the film was about to start, “did you turn off your phone?” I nodded and whi

  • Movie review: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ lacks magic of other Pixar films


    Production was halted early in the process of making “The Good Dinosaur” because it had some dinosaur-sized problems. Peter Sohn was brought in as the new director and he started the process over two years ago. The second attempt ends up so flat it would have been smart to scrap it and try a third time. It is weighed down by a flawed concept, unappealing characters and a soundtrack that lacks anything close to a memorable tune. The only aspect worthy of high praise is the background work, which is so stunning it keeps the movie from heading for a tar pit. Even Mother Nature can’t make a landscape this amazing. Work by multiple writers was cobbled together for this story of a world where the meteor that hit the Ear

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 24, 2015: Hear Carter Sampson at The Deli

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - See award-winning Oklahoma singer-songwriter Carter Sampson at 10 tonight at The Deli, 309 White Street. Plus, Caleb McGee will play a free show there from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, check out The Deli's Facebook page here.  For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • DiCaprio, Iñárritu discuss the brutal 'Revenant' shoot


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Filming the harrowing wilderness epic "The Revenant" was like "rock climbing without a rope," director Alejandro González Iñárritu told a robust crowd on Monday at one of the first public screenings of the film. "There is no way down," Iñárritu said. "You have to go up or you die. There was no choice for us." After the credits rolled and the audience stood up to cheer, Iñárritu was joined on the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter and other members of his filmmaking team, who braved a brutal British Columbia winter to shoot the film this past year. He put the final touches on the film last week for its Os

  • Taiwan Golden Horse Awards


    Chinese actress Jessie Li arrives at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Li is nominated as Best New Performer for the film "Port of Call" at this year's Golden Horse Awards -one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events.

  • Oklahoma City-area achievers

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area achievers

  • Michael Fracasso to perform in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter Michael Fracasso will perform in concert Dec. 6 at The Depot in Norman as part of the Winter Wind concert series.

  • Oklahoma volunteers: Meet Bruce Rinehart

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    'Tis the season for giving back and helping others. And to highlight some of the causes Oklahomans are getting involved with, we'll feature an Oklahoma volunteer each day this week, leading up to Thanksgiving.

  • John Glenn Elementary students in Oklahoma City perform 'Hooray for Thanksgiving'

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Kindergarten students at John Glenn Elementary School presented “Hooray for Thanksgiving." The school in southwest Oklahoma City is part of the Western Heights School District.

  • Expressions of gratitude: Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma serves seniors holiday meals

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Senior centers that are part of the Salvation Army's Central Oklahoma Area Command celebrated an early Thanksgiving by providing guests special lunches last week.

  • Police hunt suspects in mass shooting in New Orleans park

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police on Monday sought to determine what touched off a wild shootout in a crowd of hundreds of people at a New Orleans playground, where an evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare. The shootout, combined with the recent shooting of a good Samaritan who tried to help a woman who was being dragged toward a vehicle, put a city that has long struggled with violence on edge. "No one feels safe," said Peter Scharf, a Louisiana State University professor who studies crime. The Sunday night shootout happened as hundreds of people — possibly as many as 500 — gathered at the Bunny Friend Playground in what police described as a block party. A music video was also being filmed ther

  • World Series Royals Baseball

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost carries the Commissioners Trophy, in honor of the teams 2015 World Series win, during the premiere showing of “The 2015 World Series,” movie, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at the Music Hall in Kansas City, Mo. The sold out event featured a blue carpet arrival, display of the 2015 World Series trophy and the premiere of the movie narrated by actor Paul Rudd.

  • Review: Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful 'Creed' goes the distance

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Admit it. When you heard another "Rocky" movie was coming out — a seventh — you thought, really? How many "Rocky" movies do we need? Well, it turns out we needed seven. At least. From its very beginning in 1976, the "Rocky" story has been about proving you belong in the ring — not winning, necessarily, but showing you have the cred to be there in the first place. That's why Rocky told Adrian: "All I wanna do is go the distance." And so "Creed," directed by the talented Ryan Coogler and starring a fairly irresistible team of Michael B. Jordan and (of course) Sylvester Stallone, shows it belongs in the ring from the first moments.

  • France enjoys big night at International Emmys

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — France is having a big night at the International Emmys with a leading three awards, led by the hit crime thriller "Engrenages" ("Spiral") which won for best drama series. The highlight of Monday night's awards ceremony at the Hilton New York came when "Downton Abbey" creator and writer Julian Fellowes was presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award by the British period show's star Elizabeth McGovern and executive producer Gareth Neame. The show's final season is now airing in Britain. The best actor award went to Maarten Heijmans of the Netherlands for "Ramses," while Norway's Anneke von der Lippe won the best actress Emmy for "Eyewitness.

  • Del Rio's concerns go beyond non-challenge for Raiders

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland coach Jack Del Rio defended his decision not to challenge a play that might have helped sustain a drive by the Raiders' sputtering offense in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions. Of more concern to Del Rio is a three-game losing streak that has dropped his team to 4-6 and taken much of the shine off what began as a promising season. From a defense that has become prone to allowing small gains to turn into backbreaking plays, to an offense that has scored just three touchdowns in its past 20 drives, the Raiders have looked more like a team than has missed the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons than the team that got off to such a quick start this season. "You are wha

  • NY Premiere of "The Big Short"

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Actor Brad Pitt attends the premiere of "The Big Short" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in New York.

  • TV-Holiday Shows

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    This photo provided by Crown Media shows, Mariah Carey as Melissa in "A Christmas Melody," directed by Carey. Carey, Lacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, Kathy Najimy and 10-year-old Broadway sensation Fina Strazza star in the holiday special that premieres on Dec. 19, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, on the Hallmark Channel.

  • Gift Guide-Stuff for Movie Lovers

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    This photo provided by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment shows a Monty Python and the Holy Grail 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Castle Box Set released on Oct. 27, 2015. The Limited Edition Gift Set features collectible castle packaging with real catapult action and rubber farm animals, plus all-new exclusive introductory letters from Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Bonus features include all-new artwork from Terry Gilliam and a 30-minute “Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

  • Q&A: Oscar-winner Glen Hansard worked for his fame the old-fashioned way

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Glen Hansard was 13 when he quit school and began busking on the streets of Dublin in 1983. In the years since, he’s picked up an Oscar and been nominated for a Grammy. The Irish singer-songwriter credits his years as a street performer for all his greatest lessons. “I haven’t learned anything on the stage that I didn’t learn on the street,” he says in a phone interview. Funny and spontaneous in conversation, Hansard is known for his thoughtful, brooding songs in a couple of projects including the long-running Irish band the Frames. In 2008, he and Marketa Irglova — his partner in the Swell Season — won an Academy Award for best original song in the movie “Once.” Both starred in that indie film.