• ‘A Wolf at the Door’ is a disturbing noir tale of obsession

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir “A Wolf at the Door” convincingly demonstrates. “Wolf” is the debut feature for Brazilian writer-director Fernando Coimbra. He talks in a director’s statement about his film being “a suburban Medea,” but, in fact, a better reference point than lofty Greek tragedy would be the down-to-earth novels of James M. Cain.

  • What’s opening in theaters next week

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    “Furious 7” (PG-13): The seventh installment in the popular franchise pits a vengeful Jason Statham against our gang of pedal-to-the-metal heroes (including Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michele Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker). “Effie Gray” (PG-13): Emma Thompson wrote and co-stars in this fact-based drama about the marriage between Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and his teenage bride (Dakota Fanning). “The Hunting Ground” (PG-13): The latest documentary by Kirby Dick (“Outrage,” “The Invisible War”) investigates the large number of rape cases on college campuses that are covered up by the institutions and left unreported to authorities. ——— ©2015 Miami Herald Vi

  • Put me in: Craig T. Nelson returning as Coach Fox in sequel

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Craig T. Nelson is getting back in the coaching game for NBC. The network said that it has ordered 13 episodes of a sequel to the 1989-97 ABC sitcom "Coach" that starred Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of a college football team. In the new series, nearly 20 years have passed and Fox has retired from coaching, NBC said Thursday. That's until he's called in to serve as assistant coach to his grown son, the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania. Barry Kemp, who created the previous series, will write and serve as executive producer. Details on other casting for the sequel or an air date weren't announced. Nelson hasn't been away from TV. He co-starred in "Parenthood," which jus

  • Coyotes broadcaster charged with assault in casino incident

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes radio analyst Nick Boynton has been hit with several charges, including assault and resisting arrest, after authorities say he became belligerent at the casino in Buffalo and bit the hand of an officer trying to subdue the former NHL defensemen. The Buffalo Police Department says the 36-year-old native of Ontario, Canada, became abusive toward patrons and security personnel at the Buffalo Creek Casino around 1:45 a.m. Thursday. Later Thursday, the Coyotes announced that the team had placed Boynton a leave of absence. Officials say Boynton remained in police custody at a Buffalo hospital Thursday night pending his arraignment Friday morning in Buffalo City Court. It couldn't be dete

  • Russian military TV station offers job to Jeremy Clarkson

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson. The BBC announced Wednesday that it wouldn't renew Clarkson's contract after a fracas with a producer, ending his connection to the immensely popular program. The Zvezda TV channel published a letter to Clarkson on its website late Thursday, inviting him to visit Moscow in April and discuss launching a car show in Russia. Zvezda also quoted a Clarkson representative, saying that the offer has been forwarded to his client and that he is considering it. The Guinness Book of World Records has described "Top Gear" as the world's most widely watched factual program.

  • Stovall to recount life story, perspective at Teen Challenge banquet

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    It might seem quaint to sum up a man who has more than 10 million books in print, but there’s a line that puts Jim Stovall in sharp perspective. “I’m not like other authors…” An American author, motivational speaker, former Olympian and television executive, Stovall has found a way to make himself useful, even if he can’t see how. For more than 30 years now, Stovall has done all this while living with complete blindness. On Saturday, April 11, Stovall will keynote the Teen Challenge’s annual fundraising banquet in Disney. The event serves as the primary fundraiser for Brush Creek for boys in Jay and New Lifehouse for girls in Disney.

  • Constantly evolving and taking chances, Mary Chapin Carpenter brings acoustic tour to Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter is bringing her spring acoustic tour to Oklahoma City Community College Monday for a show at the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater.

  • Wonder Woman story is 'tribute to women in the military'

    BY MATTHEW PRICE | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Former Oklahoman Amy Chu writes ‘Wonder Woman’ tale, also shares ‘Strange’ sports story.

  • Movie reviews: 'Get Hard' and 'Home'

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Quick reviews of “Get Hard” and “Home.”

  • Movie review: 'It Follows'

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Movie review: In “It Follows,” after a strange sexual encounter, a teenager (Maika Monroe) has disturbing visions and the inescapable feeling that someone — or something — is after her.

  • 10 actors who had bit parts on 'X-Files' before they got famous

    Matt Carney | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Growing up in the ‘90s, my parents would buy several hours’ worth of road trip silence (the most valuable kind of silence) from my brother, sister and I by popping a VHS tape into the mini-TV in the back of the family van, the kind that drew its power via cigarette lighter adapter. At one […]

  • 'Wild' star Laura Dern reflects on Oscar-nominated role

    By Gene Triplett, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Laura Dern was cast as Bobbi, the free-spirited, upbeat survivor of an abusive marriage, and the devoted mother of Cheryl Strayed in “Wild,” starring Reece Witherspoon in the true story of a woman who healed her broken life by taking a 1,100-mile hike all alone along the rugged and often dangerous Pacific Crest Trail. The film releases Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Found Footage

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Becky Carman interviewed Found Footage about being anti-promotional, Dust House’s first physical release and the freedom to change.

  • Obama talks drug war with 'The Wire' creator David Simon

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk of overhauling the criminal justice system is serious business — but before diving into the subject, President Barack Obama had something else he wanted to say. Obama told David Simon, creator of the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire," that he was a huge fan of the program about life in drug-plagued Baltimore. Obama and Simon sat down this week at the White House for a 12-minute discussion about the need to reduce the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders and steps to make cities safer. A video of their conversation was played at Thursday's Bipartisan Criminal Justice Summit in Washington. Obama said "The Wire" wasn't just one of the greatest TV shows ever. He called it one of the greatest "

  • 'Downton Abbey' to end after its upcoming 6th season

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year. Producers of the popular British period drama on Thursday confirmed it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. The series, which airs earlier in the U.K., will have its finale on Christmas Day 2015. "Our feeling is that it's good to quit while you're ahead," executive producer Gareth Neame said. "We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape, the scripts that we're working on for the upcoming season are fantastic and the show is so popular globally. But the danger with this sort of thing is to let it go on forever.

  • Sequoyah athletic department receives check on Thursday

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The Sequoyah High School athletic department received a $15,000 check Thursday from Oklahoma Celebrity Charities, Inc. Former NFL players Steve August, Derrel Gofourth and Steve Zabel presented the check on behalf of the organization to Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd, Sequoyah Schools Superintendent Leroy Qualls and Sequoyah High School Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden at an all-school assembly. The former NFL players also signed autographs and posed for pictures with the more than 350 students in attendance. The $15,000 Sequoyah High School athletics donation is part of the proceeds raised at the organization’s Kickoff Charity Golf Classic

  • Union hosts exhibition featuring art created by Ford workers

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is hosting an exhibition of 90 artworks created by Ford Motor Co. employees across the country, an event that organizers say illustrates the marriage of art and the automotive industry. The inaugural "Art Collaborative" takes place Friday night at the UAW-Ford National Program Center. It features works created by 44 hourly and salaried workers. Independent judges will award artists for painting, photography, mixed media and "Best of Show." Roy Escandon, an event coordinator, said the exhibition highlights how artistic talent is key across the industry, from product design to the factory floor. "The attention to detail in the body shop, with door fits" is one example, Escand

  • Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press. Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question over whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez, 25, since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter. The two people spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because of a gag order that's in place. Jenkins, 25, has pleaded not guilty to perjury.

  • Movie review: 'Home'

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DreamWorks’ new animated film Home is almost too cute. There’s the squishy misfit Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory) who talks in baby, broken English -- even though he’s suppose to be more advanced than humans -- and shows emotions by changing the color of his skin like a mood ring. Within his species of “Boovs,” Oh is bit of mess. He’s made constant mistakes that threaten the destruction of his kind and he’s naturally prone to run away from his problems. As he says, “I don’t fit in. I fit out.” Then, there’s his counterpart Gratuity “My friends call me Tip” Tucci (voiced by pop sensation Rihanna ) who is a bright-eyed seventh grader.

  • Movie review: 'A Girl Like Her'

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    These days, the mockumentary style is often used for either horror or comedic purposes. But director/writer Amy S. Weber has something else in mind for the often overused format in the gripping, if occasionally less than plausible A Girl Like Her, a film that could be subtitled “Anatomy of an Attempted Teen Suicide.” The conceit of Girl is that bright and bubbly high-school sophomore Jessica Burns (Lexi Ainsworth) is coaxed by her fellow student and photographer/videographer friend Brian (Jimmy Bennett) to wear a small spy camera all day, every day. He also uses his hand-held camera to paint a picture of her life. But he’s not doing it simply for any budding filmmaker ambitions.