• Ratings watch: OU vs. Michigan State basketball game gets 13.3 rating on TBS

    Compiled by Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Nationally, Elite Eight ratings up 23 percent over last year

  • Media notes: NCAA Tournament's Final Four teamcasts to return for second season

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Thunder will be part of two network doubleheaders this week

  • 'General Hospital' leads Daytime Emmy nominations

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's "General Hospital" earned a leading 28 nominations for Daytime Emmy awards, with four of its stars competing for honors as top actor or actress. Nominations were announced Tuesday for the 42nd annual awards. The ceremony will be held on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, Calif., on April 26, televised on the Pop network. The other top soap operas, "The Young and the Restless" (25 nominations); "The Bold and the Beautiful" (19 nominations) and "Days of Our Lives" (16 nominations) were the other shows with the most potential trophies. "Sesame Street" earned 13 nominations and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" had 10.

  • OKC Disc Dogs turn heads at Myriad Botanical Gardens

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    The show was un-fur-gettable.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for April 1

    Yesterday

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. JUSTIN BIEBER ATTENDS MEDIATION IN PHOTOGRAPHER'S LAWSUIT Pop star Justin Bieber attended a mediation session in Miami in a lawsuit filed by a photographer who says he was roughed up by the singer's security. Lawyers say Bieber spent about five hours Tuesday behind closed doors at a law firm with mediator David Gersten, a former judge. Photographer Jeffrey Binion seeks unspecified damages in the 2013 lawsuit claiming he was assaulted by a Bieber bodyguard outside a recording studio. Binion's attorney declined to say whether a settlement is near.

  • Supporters of Massachusetts film tax credit pack Statehouse

    Yesterday

    BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of the state's film tax credit packed a Statehouse hearing Tuesday to argue against Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to do away with the decade-old tax break for movie and TV production in Massachusetts. Baker wants to use the money that would be saved to double the state's earned income tax credit for low-income families. Administration officials said the film credit has had an overall "negative impact" on the state's economy, an assertion that was strongly disputed by production companies, labor leaders and small-business owners who appeared before the Legislature's Revenue Committee.

  • R. Kelly sued in Dallas federal court over canceled April 23 show in Fair Park

    Yesterday

    R. Kelly sued in Dallas federal court over canceled April 23 show in Fair Park Robert Wilonsky The Dallas Morning News According to Ticketmaster -- and a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Dallas -- the R. Kelly show scheduled for the Music Hall at Fair Park has been canceled. And the Houston promoter who booked the show wants his money -- and his reputation -- returned. In the lawsuit posted below, Darryl Austin claims that on January 26, he and Chicago-based promoter John Mosley agreed that the R&B singer would play the Music Hall next month for $180,000 -- for an hour-long show.

  • Review: 'Furious 7' drives hard with action, laughs, tribute

    Yesterday

    Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape. Never mind that the film repeatedly presents the impossible — a muscle car attacks an airborne helicopter — fans of the franchise know to suspend disbelief at the door. With nonstop action from start to finish, it's easy — if a bit exhausting — to go along for the high-speed ride. Reality intrudes at the end: The film is dedicated to Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013, and concludes with a montage of images of the actor from his five previous "Fast and Furious" appearances.

  • Alaska lawmakers divided on public spending for art

    Yesterday

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A House committee took no action Tuesday on a bill that would end a program guaranteeing state spending on public art. House State Affairs heard public testimony opposing the bill from Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla. It would eliminate the requirement to spend 1 percent of the total cost of a building on public art to go inside that facility. Gattis proposed the bill in response to the state's budget deficit, but some committee members said they were concerned about hurting local artists and economies. Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, said he appreciated the effort to save the state money, but he had seen local artists benefit from the fund. Through that program, which was instituted in 1975, art

  • Turin Egyptian Museum gets overhaul of pharaonic proportions

    Yesterday

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — For the earliest Egyptologists, a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Turin was considered indispensable. The museum's new director is seeking to return the almost 200-year-old museum to its one-time prominence, boosted by an overhaul of the collection and exhibit space of near-pharaonic proportions. Museum director Christian Greco, who arrived in Turin 10 months ago, well into an ambitious five-year reinstallation of the museum's considerable treasures, aims to make the Egyptian Museum the second-most important in the world, after Cairo. "Our museum needs to be back on the international scene," Greco said in an interview in front of the ancient Temple of Ellesjia on Tuesday, as the museum showed off its five

  • Turin Egyptian Museum gets overhaul of pharaonic proportions

    Yesterday

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — For the earliest Egyptologists, a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Turin was considered indispensable. The museum's new director is seeking to return the almost 200-year-old museum to its one-time prominence, boosted by an overhaul of the collection and exhibit space of near-pharaonic proportions. Museum director Christian Greco, who arrived in Turin 10 months ago, well into an ambitious five-year reinstallation of the museum's considerable treasures, aims to make the Egyptian Museum the second-most important in the world, after Cairo. "Our museum needs to be back on the international scene," Greco said in an interview in front of the ancient Temple of Ellesjia on Tuesday, as the museum showed off its five

  • NASCAR driver Kyle Larson released from hospital

    Yesterday

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been released from a hospital after completing tests to determine why he fainted at Martinsville Speedway. Chip Ganassi Racing says in a statement the NASCAR driver was released from the hospital on Monday night, and completed medical tests on Tuesday. The team says Larson "is currently waiting for final doctor recommendations in order to clear him to return to all NASCAR related activities." Larson fainted Saturday during an autograph appearance at Martinsville. He was transferred to a Charlotte hospital that evening for more tests. The team has not revealed if a cause has been determined for the fainting. The 22-year-old Larson was NASCAR's top rookie last season.

  • Access the secret menus on your smartphone

    Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    So you think you’re a smartphone expert. You know your iPhone orAndroid phone inside and out and you constantly help your friends and family with their mobile problems. Well, we hate to break it to you, but there are still plenty of things that even the savviest smartphone users out there don’t know about, BGR reports. For example, did you know that your iPhone or Android phone has tons of secret hidden menus that you can only access by dialing special codes into the phone app?

  • Justin Bieber attends mediation in photographer's lawsuit

    Yesterday

    MIAMI (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber attended a mediation session in Miami in a lawsuit filed by a photographer who says he was roughed up by the singer's security. Lawyers say Bieber spent about five hours Tuesday behind closed doors at a law firm with mediator David Gersten, a former judge. Photographer Jeffrey Binion seeks unspecified damages in the 2013 lawsuit claiming he was assaulted by a Bieber bodyguard outside a recording studio. Binion's attorney declined to say whether a settlement is near. The 21-year-old Bieber has had several run-ins with celebrity photographers. While in Miami, Bieber appeared at the electronic Ultra Music Festival and sang with Ariana Grande at her concert Saturday night.

  • Banana peel hits comedian Dave Chappelle on New Mexico stage

    Yesterday

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man tossed a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a standup show, hitting in the comedian in the leg, police in this northern New Mexico city say. Christian Englander, 30, of Santa Fe, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery after the fruit throw Monday night, Santa Fe police Lt. Andrea Dobyns said. Englander acknowledged throwing a peel from a banana he had eaten earlier because he took offense to jokes Chappelle made about his companion, Dobyns said. The friend reportedly was drawing in a sketchbook during the show when Chappelle noticed and asked the man his name, which he gave as "Johnny Appleseed," Dobyns said.

  • Olympic champ Gabby Douglas' family to get reality show

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic women's gymnastics champion Gabrielle Douglas can add another item to her resume: TV star. The defending all-around gold medalist and her family will be featured in a new Oxygen reality show debuting later this year. The show, which will be co-produced by Douglas and her mother, Natalie Hawkins, among others, has the working title "Douglas Family Gold." The series will follow the 19-year-old's bid to become the first gymnast in nearly 50 years to repeat as Olympic champion. Douglas became the first African-American to win the all-around title when she soared to victory at the 2012 London Games as part of the "Fierce Five" that also won the team gold medal.

  • Nielsen's top programs for March 23-29

    Yesterday

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 23-29. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 16.23 million. 2. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 15.78 million. 3. NCAA Men's Basketball: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky, TBS, 14.75 million. 4. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.42 million. 5. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 13.85 million. 6. "60 Minutes," CBS, 13.83 million. 7. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12.2 million. 8. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.62 million. 9. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 11.47 million. 10. "NCAA Studio Show" (Saturday), TBS, 10.83 million. 11. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.08 million. 12. "Scorpion," CBS, 9.7 million. 13. "Survivo

  • Hot on TV: Zombies, basketball, Jesus

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Zombies, basketball and Jesus Christ have been hot television properties during the past week. The Nielsen company said that AMC's fifth season finale for "The Walking Dead" on Sunday was seen by 15.8 million viewers. That's the third biggest audience ever for the hit drama and its best for a season finale. Its largest live audience, of 17.3 million, was for the first episode of this season. "It's tough enough in today's competitive environment to command attention, and even harder to hold on to it," said Charlie Collier, AMC president, expressing pleasure in the show's growth through five seasons. "The Walking Dead" didn't quite match the numbers for Fox's new sensation, "Empire," which drew 17.

  • Michael Cohen, co-founder of fashion brand Michael Stars, dies at 79

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES — Michael Cohen, co-founder of the California fashion brand Michael Stars, died Friday at his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He was 79. The cause was prostate cancer, brand publicist Jennifer Cornwall Rojas said. Cohen and Suzanne Lerner co-founded Michael Stars in 1986 as a brand dedicated to creating the perfect T-shirt. Over the next few decades, the brand evolved from being about “the Original Tee” into a collection of fashion for women and men synonymous with the California lifestyle. Cohen was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Cape Town, South Africa, the son of Abraham and Joyce Cohen.

  • 'Ex-Machina,' 'It Follows' breathe life into stale genres

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Garland has learned a few things in his years as a science-fiction screenwriter: namely, that money doesn't always help. Garland is now making his directorial debut with the acclaimed science fiction film "Ex-Machina," after earlier scripting the influential zombie thriller "28 Days Later" and seeing his first book, "The Beach," turned into the Leonardo DiCaprio adventure. The 2007 Danny Boyle-directed space thriller "Sunshine," which Garland wrote, particularly drove home the lesson. "The thing I really felt about 'Sunshine' almost while we were making it, is that we were spending too much money," says Garland. "When you're spending that much money, either consciously or unconsciously, you start to thi




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