• Downtown in December launches Friday with tree lighting festival

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Presented by Devon Energy, Downtown in December this year features an array of holiday activities ranging from ice skating in the Myriad Botanical Gardens and zip lining at the Oklahoma River to free Water Taxi rides on the Bricktown Canal and a costumed 5K run starting at Leadership Square.

  • 'Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream' opens at Oklahoma History Center

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Ranging from dolls and dresses to gold records and her Grammy, the “Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream” exhibit marks the first public viewing of the Patti Page Estate Collection and pays homage to the late, great singer born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore. As part of “Oklahoma @ the Movies,” the exhibit is on view at the Oklahoma History Center until Dec. 31, when it will travel to other sites in Oklahoma.

  • Eddie Redmayne went the distance for Stephen Hawking role

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Redmayne, the slight, red-haired actor who made his name as the noble heartthrob Marius in 2012’s “Les Miserables,” turns in a magnificent performance in “The Theory of Everything.”

  • Lyric Theatre's 'Christmas Carol' to bring theatrical magic to Oklahoma City

    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Michael Baron’s stage adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” which celebrates its fifth season at Oklahoma City’s Lyric at the Plaza this month and next, honors the original story while taking advantage of some special theatrical magic.


  • Weight loss and exercise, according to Rick Ross

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago. Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37, says he continues to work long hours creating music, including his seventh album, "Hood Billionaire," released Monday. It's the second album Ross has put out this year after the March release of "Mastermind," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. But in the middle of making music and running his Maybach Music Group record label, Ross has made his health a main priority. And now, he believes if he can drop p

  • Broadway's 'On the Town' gearing up for parade

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Fairchild is usually chopping, stirring and basting during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year she'll be twirling, leaping and swaying. Fairchild and more than two dozen cast members from the Broadway revival of "On the Town" will be adding a little razzle-dazzle amid the Snoopy and Buzz Lightyear balloons along the parade route. "It's so exciting and such an honor for us to be asked," said Fairchild, a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet who is making her Broadway debut in the show. Other shows to be spotlighted Thursday on NBC include "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," Sting's "The Last Ship," ''Side Show" and "Finding Neverland.

  • British art festival head to lead NYC art center

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of a British art festival has been named to lead The Culture Shed, a performing arts center planned for Manhattan's Far West Side. Alex Poots will leave his current positions as artistic director of the Manchester International Festival and of the Park Avenue Armory in September. Culture Shed's chairman, Daniel Doctoroff, tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/11S9zXv ) that it was looking for someone who was "a cultural entrepreneur." The Culture Shed will be an exotic structure with translucent, telescoping outer shells that will accommodate art exhibitions, concerts and film screenings. The Times says it could become the new home of fashion Week and a possible anchor for the Tribeca Film

  • Sylvia Day fan advocate in TV's 'Crossfire' series

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sylvia Day vows to protect her fans' favorite moments when her "Crossfire" erotic romance novels are adapted for television. The best-selling author of the books following the romance of billionaire Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell is an executive consultant on the TV series optioned by Lionsgate Television. She says she's in frequent contact with producers and will be on the set for filming, adding, "It's like I'm the readers' voice" as the books are transformed for television. "I'll review scripts and remind them of things that I know as the writer, being very well connected to the fandom of this series, of iconic things: clothing, lines of dialogue, locations, things that they couldn't change because readers

  • 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3M

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" and the piano from the movie "Casablanca" each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction. They were among Hollywood memorabilia offered at Bonhams on Monday. The big cat outfit, which went for just over $3 million, had been authenticated as the one Bert Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A spokesman for costume owner James Comisar says a secondary costume used in the film sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million. Comisar has a trove of TV memorabilia from shows including "I Love Lucy" and "Lost." He has said he plans to use money from the Cowardly Lion costume sa

  • Bollywood women soar but ask: Where's the money?

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW DELHI (AP) — This is Bollywood's year of the woman. Some of the biggest hits in India's prolific movie industry this year have female leads in female-oriented stories. In this summer's surprise hit, "Queen," Kangana Ranaut is the spunky heroine who embarks on her honeymoon alone after she is jilted the day before her big fat Indian wedding. In "Mary Kom," Priyanka Chopra plays a female Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer. Previously, women were relegated to playing the male lead's girlfriend, sister or mother in subservient roles reflecting the traditional dominance of men in Indian society.

  • Dancers perform scenes from 'Oklahoma Nutcracker' ballet at Norman Public Library West

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Norman Ballet Company dancers performed scenes from the “Oklahoma Nutcracker” for visitors to Norman Public Library West.

  • Broadway-bound magician shows what's up his sleeve

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — One grew up idolizing Harry Houdini. The other worshipped David Copperfield. Now they're both in a place known more for jazz hands than sleight of hand. Italy's star escape artist Andrew Basso and American Adam Trent, who focuses on technology-based tricks, are two of the seven magicians set to play Broadway this winter in the show "The Illusionists." It will run at the Marriott Marquis Theatre from Nov. 26-Jan. 4. "It's been almost 20 years since magic has been on Broadway. To me, it's been long overdue. But maybe it's been gone for a reason. It's been waiting for something like this," Trent said.

  • Britain wins 3 International Emmys

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's Stephen Dillane and the Netherlands' Bianca Krijgsman received the top acting prizes Monday night at the 42nd International Emmy Awards in which the honors were spread among eight countries. The highlight of the awards gala at the Hilton New York came when "Mad Men" stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to the show's creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner who's preparing the final episodes of the advertising agency saga to air in spring 2015. British TV productions received three International Emmys at the ceremony hosted by British comedian Matt Lucas, creator of the comedy series "Little Britain.

  • Kerouac letter discovery shows poet didn't toss it

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey. For more than 50 years, Gerd Stern had been wrongly accused of tossing what Kerouac called "the greatest piece of writing I ever saw" over the side of a houseboat. "Yes, I'm the guy who dropped the letter off the boat, but of course I didn't," Stern, laughing heartily, said after The Associated Press reported Sunday that the 16,000-word screed to Kerouac from his friend and literary muse Neal Cassady was found intact last week in a house in the San Francisco Bay Area. "At least 12 literary publications through the years have

  • Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money — or soul — on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz's "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin," a "trashy book." The two have a history of collaborating: Franklin and award-winning Ritz worked together on her 1999 biography, "Aretha: From These Roots." He also won a Grammy Award for best album notes for his work on Franklin's 1992 box set, "Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings." "As many of you are aware, there is a very trashy book out there full of lies and more lies about me. ...

  • Miller puts own spin on longtime 'GH' character

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — So far playing a recast character has worked to Billy Miller's advantage. He was the fourth actor to play Billy Abbott on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and earned three Daytime Emmy Awards. Now, the 35-year-old actor is playing Jason Morgan on ABC's "General Hospital" (airing Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. EST). Steve Burton played Jason for 20 years until 2012, when the character was presumed dead. Recently, Jason was hit by a car, wiping away his memory (and giving Miller a clean slate to work with in the role). "It would be ridiculous for me to mimic (the way Burton played him)," Miller said in a recent interview. What he's brought to the character so far is levity.

  • 'Mockingjay' dominates box office with $121.9M

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Katniss Everdeen took down Optimus Prime at the box office. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1" opened with $121.9 million over the weekend, topping the record $100 million debut of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" to make the "Hunger Games" sequel the biggest opening of the year. Despite clinching the record, "Mockingjay" starring Jennifer Lawrence as rebellious Katniss Everdeen opened below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original film. Disney's "Big Hero 6" came in second place with $20.1 million in its third weekend at the box office, while Paramount's "Interstellar" launched in third place with $15.3 million after three weeks in orb

  • Garcia Marquez archive goes to University of Texas

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn't always too fond of. The Harry Ransom Center, a top literary archive located on the university's Austin campus, announced Monday that the collection spans more than 50 years and features original manuscript material for 10 books, including Garcia Marquez's acclaimed 1967 novel, "One Hundred Years of Solitude." Also included are drafts of Garcia Marquez's acceptance speech for his 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature and 2,000 pieces of correspondence, such as letters to novelists Carlo

  • Guitarist: Leon Russell band's instruments stolen

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A guitarist in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell's band says San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the group's tour bus. The show went on Sunday night for Russell, recognizable by his long white hair and beard, and his band at the Aztec Theatre. Guitarist Beau Charron tells The Associated Press he played with borrowed instruments. Charron says the theft occurred early Sunday as the band slept on the bus, which was parked in front of the theater. He says a security camera shows a man with graying hair wearing a Spurs jersey picking a lock to the cargo doors. Charron reports he lost a mandolin and three electric guitars, including a favor

  • Bill Weir's new CNN series to begin in 2015

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Weir's new series on CNN will entail a lot of travel. CNN said Monday the former ABC newsman will host "The Wonder List" starting next year. The series will be about people, places and cultures at a crossroad. The last person to see a Bengal tiger in the wild or hike a glacier in Montana may actually be alive today, given the rate of planetary change. Weir said the series will examine the reasons for that and also take viewers to places like the Dead Sea; Venice, Italy; and Africa. CNN said "The Wonder List" will debut with eight episodes in prime time early in the year.

  • Poster for 'London After Midnight' sells for $478K

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — A poster for the 1927 film "London After Midnight," starring Lon Chaney, has sold for $478,000, making it the most valuable movie poster ever sold at public auction. Heritage Auctions in Dallas announced Monday that it's the only poster known to exist for the film in which Chaney, a star of early cinema, appeared as a vampire. Saturday's buyer is a longtime collector of horror movie posters who requested anonymity. The film for "London After Midnight" was lost years ago and the movie was reconstructed about 10 years ago using more than 200 still photos. 1932's "The Mummy" held the previous record for a poster's sale at public auction — more than $453,000 in 1997.

  • Sting tries to help his ailing Broadway musical

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship. The singer-songwriter will play the role of an inspirational foreman onstage in "The Last Ship" starting Dec. 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical, for which Sting supplied songs and lyrics, has been struggling at the box office. "I'm so excited. I think it will give us a little light. Frankly, we need a blip in sales to be viable," Sting said Monday. "You have to do whatever it takes." The show, with no big stars and a challenging story to sell, brought in only $497,000 last week, less than 40 percent of its $1,243,000 potential and the theater was only 66 percent full. Mixed reviews haven't helped. "This was never going to be easy. I

  • Judith Ivey to play Thatcher in 'The Audience'

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Judith Ivey will need to get in touch with her fearsome side. She's going to be the "Iron Lady" on Broadway. Producers of "The Audience" said Monday that Ivey, the two-time Tony Award winner and one-time cast member of "Designing Women," will play former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher when the show opens in New York City on Feb. 17. "The Audience" imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers — 12 in all — over her six-decade reign. It was a smash hit in London and Helen Mirren will be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II. The rest of the cast includes Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Rufus Wright as David Cameron, Geoffrey Beevers as the Queen

  • 'Today' looks to rebound from tough week

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs. That's where Willie Geist and Natalie Morales found themselves during the most difficult week for NBC's "Today" show in two years. At its end, an NBC News executive was fired after two months on the job and the network was tamping down reports of mutinies, firings and transfers at the lucrative morning franchise. It was an unwanted reminder of the ugly removal of Ann Curry from "Today" in 2012, which helped ABC's rival "Good Morning America" fly past NBC to the top of the morning heap. "It's reopening the same wound," said Shelley Ross, a veteran producer who ran morning shows at ABC