• Review: 'Creed' has plenty of punch

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) has been a fighter since long before he stepped into the ring. Behind his easy smile is an anger he can’t always control – an anger that has been there since he was a child. He not only likes to box, but has to, and it helps that he’s good at it. But then, he should be. His father was Apollo Creed, whose fights with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) have gone down in boxing history as legendary. Even though embracing his father’s legacy would be a significant advantage, Adonis is determined to make it on his own. But he also realizes that he needs a trainer who can take him to the next level. And as much as he might hate to admit it, he knows who that trainer is: Balboa.

  • Cable TV hunting show hosts pleads guilty in poaching case

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The host of a cable TV hunting show has pleaded guilty as part of an investigation into poaching on a remote national preserve in Alaska. The terms of a plea deal signed by Clark W. Dixon on Monday call for an 18-month prison sentence, a $75,000 fine and forfeiture of trophies and weapons that the U.S. attorney's office says were used in the illegal taking of game. The charges involve activities between 2008 and 2013 at Noatak National Preserve in northwest Alaska. After the charges were announced in September, the Sportsman Channel said it had suspended Dixon's show, "The Syndicate." Sentencing was set for February. Dixon is from Mississippi. The U.S.

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

    From Staff and Wire Reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

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

  • Kelli O'Hara to receive honorary doctorate from Oklahoma City University

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Kelli O’Hara, this year's Tony Award winner for Leading Actress in a Musical, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters Monday from her alma mater, Oklahoma City University, the university announced today. An Elk City native, O'Hara earned her Tony Award for her role in “The King and I.” She also has been nominated for an additional five Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and has appeared in film and television shows. She graduated from OCU with a music degree in 1998. As previously reported, O'Hara will perform as part of the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will air live from New York City from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday on NBC.

  • Rosie O'Donnell relishes criminal role on Fox's 'Empire'

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rosie O'Donnell was delighted when "Empire" creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star on the Fox drama, then got a case of nerves. "I'd watched the performances, and I'm stunned every week because I can't believe the level of acting and the amount of (dialogue) and stories" in each episode, O'Donnell said. Worried about "not being on my game," she worked with an acting coach before taping. "I prepared for this like I've never prepared for anything in my career, because I didn't want to disappoint and I understood the pace at which they work," she said. In the episode airing 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, O'Donnell plays Pepper O'Leary, a tough criminal who shared a cell for years with Cookie Lyon,

  • Alaska beach sculptures represent emotional vulnerabilities

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap are spread across an Anchorage beach in a public art installation that is focusing on mental health. The display has been erected at Point Woronzof and will officially open Dec. 5. Lead project artist Sarah Davies says the 85 sculptures represent people dealing with emotional vulnerabilities, including trauma and mental illness. Participants say the 100Stone project is about the personal wellness-management stories of Alaskans. Participants say each sculpture was fashioned from and by people affected by emotional pressures.

  • Court: Sherri Shepherd can't get out of surrogacy contract

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Television personality and actress Sherri Shepherd has been found legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate she and her ex-husband hired before they divorced, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled this week in upholding the surrogacy contract. Shepherd had fought to have the contract voided. The ruling means she must continue paying $4,100 a month in child support, according to a lawyer for ex-husband Lamar Sally, who is raising the 1-year-old boy in Los Angeles. "She doesn't want to be part of his life. It's all good," Sally told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I'm going to be parent enough for the both of us." Shepherd had roles in several sitcoms and movies and co-hosted ABC's "The View

  • Movie review: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ a wondrous, wacky Jurassic world for tykes

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — In ordinary hands, “The Good Dinosaur” might not be worth your time. It’s got its share of gee-whiz elements and isn’t shy about imparting sweet lessons ideal for improving 5-year-old minds. But this is Pixar we’re talking about, and for those folks doing things the ordinary way is never an option. Instead, under the direction of Peter Sohn working from a script from Meg LeFauve, “The Good Dinosaur” is antic and unexpected as well as homiletic, rife with subversive elements, wacky critters and some of the most beautiful landscapes ever seen in a computer animated film.

  • Obama Medal of Freedom

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    President Barack Obama awards filmmaker Steven Spielberg the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington.

  • Redmayne, Hooper reunite for transgender tale 'Danish Girl'

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — In a pivotal scene early in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," the 1920s Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener, as played by Eddie Redmayne, sits in for a portrait his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) is painting of a ballerina. Breathlessly caressing the stockings and slippers, something stirs in Einar. It's a moment that cues a coming transformation: Einar will gradually become a woman, finally undergoing one of the earliest known sex reassignment surgeries. Einar becomes Lili Elbe, a celebrated trans pioneer. "I didn't want it to be an epiphany," says Redmayne of the scene. "It felt like she had been born, and society and herself had encased herself in this masculine exoskeleton. The important thing for me was the fil

  • Crafts, story times, movies offered at libraries to cure cabin fever

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Three Texoma libraries have the cure for cabin fever this week for area students, helping kids stay out from underfoot during preparations for Thanksgiving, while also helping them learn. The Van Alstyne Public Library, the Whitewright Public Library and the Pottsboro Area Library are hosting a slew of activities to keep the young ones entertained. The Pottsboro Area Library has different events happening each day to encourage kids to learn new skills or improve existing ones. By hosting various activities every day, even kids returning each day this week won’t be bored. “That’s part of our mission — to provide activities where people learn new things,” Pottsboro Library Director Dianne Connery said. “And its edut

  • Man featured in documentary pleads guilty in assault case

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A man who was featured in a Sundance documentary has pleaded guilty to assault charges. The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports (http://bit.ly/1kSkGcl) that 22-year-old Joemalone Kaufusi was accused of beating a woman multiple times over the course of several months, punching her in the chest, banging her head into the wall and choking her with a chain. Kaufusi was featured in the documentary "In Football We Trust," about high school players of Pacific Islander descent aiming for careers in the NFL. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The former student at Weber State University pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault in separate but related plea deals

  • ‘Good Dinosaur’ and ‘Creed’ to battle ‘Hunger Games’ at holiday box office

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Animated dinosaurs and an up-and-coming boxer will fight “The Hunger Games” for box-office dominance over the Thanksgiving weekend, as Hollywood hopes for a busy five days of clashing heavyweights. Pixar’s new computer-animated film “The Good Dinosaur” and the “Rocky” franchise spinoff “Creed” are both expected to have strong showings in their domestic debuts, according to audience tracking surveys. The three-way battle for the U.S. box-office dollars should give theater owners more reason to cheer after big openings posted by the James Bond film “Spectre” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.

  • 2 cars used in Ben Affleck film reported for illegal parking

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Two 1920s-era cars being used in a Ben Affleck film have been reported for being illegally parked in Boston. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1NNQqWL ) the vehicles were part of filming for the movie "Live By Night," a crime drama directed by Affleck. He stars in the movie along with Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller. A resident snapped a photo of the cars Tuesday and reported it using the city's "Bos:311" app. The city responded to the complaint saying the case was closed and noted, and that they would check the area. The system was introduced earlier this year. Residents can file complaints or make requests for non-emergency city services.

  • France has big night at International Emmys, with 3 wins

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — France had a big night Monday at the International Emmys with a leading three awards, led by the hit crime thriller "Engrenages" ("Spiral") which won for best drama series. But the normally festive ceremony was tempered by reflections on the recent Paris attacks by Islamic militants. "Engrenages" Executive Producer Anne Landois noted that the production team works closely with police to offer a realistic look at the French judicial system. She thanked the police for their response to the attacks and their efforts "to preserve our values.

  • Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’ leads Film Independent Spirit Award nominations with six

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Todd Haynes’ romantic period drama “Carol” dominated the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations announced Tuesday, earning six major nominations. “Carol,” based on a Patricia Highsmith story about a love affair that develops between two women in the 1950s, was nominated for feature, director, female lead for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, screenplay and cinematography. Cary Joji Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” a searing drama about an African child soldier that was Netflix’s first foray into original feature-film production, was nominated for five Spirit Awards: feature, director, male lead for Abraham Attah, supporting male for Idris Elba and cinematography.

  • ‘Creed’ knows how to fight

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    It may be tempting to bash human boxing glove and King Expendable Sylvester Stallone. Don’t. In “Creed,” the seventh appearance of Rocky Balboa and the series’ first installment not written by Stallone, the veteran actor and his most beloved character prove they’ve got sharp comic timing and plenty of heart left. It’s a surprising, moving performance. Less surprising is that ultra-confident Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky’s rival-turned-friend who once promised to crack a boxer as thoroughly as the Liberty Bell, would name his son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan, also very good). He’s a fighter, too.

  • 'Carol,' 'Beasts of No Nation' lead Independent Spirit nods

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 1950s-set romance "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara collected the most nominations Tuesday for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Todd Haynes-directed film picked up six nods in categories including best feature, director and lead actress for both Mara and Blanchett. "Beasts of No Nation," a fictional drama about a child soldier, received five nominations including best feature, best cinematography and best director for Cary Joji Fukunaga. Idris Elba also picked up a supporting acting nomination for the film — the first original feature from Netflix. Oscar hopefuls are sprinkled throughout each category of the awards recognizing achievements in independent film.

  • Marlins fire TV analyst Tommy Hutton after 19 seasons

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have fired Tommy Hutton, their TV analyst for 19 years. The team said Tuesday it decided to go in a different direction and didn't elaborate on its decision. Hutton has spent 51 years in professional baseball. He played in the majors from 1966 to 1981. The Marlins plan to retain their other announcers — Rich Waltz, Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner.

  • There's a holiday gift to make every TV fan happy

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pity TV fans back in the day, eager to buy really cool merchandise tie-ins to their favorite series but victims of bad timing. There weren't 1950s "Team Desi" or "Team Lucy" T-shirts proclaiming viewer devotion to husband or wife on "I Love Lucy." ''The Fugitive" board game of the 1960s pales next to a video game. The 1970s "Flying Nun" vinyl lunch bag was admittedly cute but lacking designer flair. Now, in this oft-proclaimed golden age of television, the goods are as impressive as the shows themselves, and just as legion. Some industry insiders, in fact, are fretting that there's too darn much TV being made and warn that a bubble looms.