• LAPD Sgt. Faces Firing for Leaking Daniele Watts' Arrest Tape: 'I've Got More Charges Against Me Than She Has'

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Six weeks after responding to what he thought would be a routine lewd conduct call, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jim Parker is now in a world of trouble. “I've been placed in what's called the ‘penalty box.’ I can't wear a uniform, I can't be on patrol and I can have no civilian contact,” Parker told TheWrap Tuesday evening in a wide-ranging interview.

  • Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Explodes at Intimate, First-Look Screening

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    An undeniable awards contender exploded onto a huge Imax screen for a select audience of Hollywood tastemakers and talent on Wednesday. “Interstellar,” by writer-director Christopher Nolan, has been held tightly under wraps and eagerly awaited, not least because the filmmaker (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight”) consistently works with big ideas on a vast visual canvas.

  • Keira Knightley to make her Broadway debut in '15

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year as a beautiful but doomed heroine. The Roundabout Theatre Company said Thursday that Knightley will star in "Therese Raquin," a stage adaptation of the Emile Zola novel. It will be directed by Evan Cabnet and begin previews on Oct 1. Knightley made her West End debut in 2009 in the comedy "The Misanthrope" and two years later starred in Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour." "Therese Raquin," written in 1867, is about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who embarks on an illicit affair with a friend of her husband's. The story has been adapted into a 1953 film starring Simone Signoret and another last year starring Elizabeth Olsen.

  • Dancing priests become Internet sensation

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican. Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson's fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd. At the back of the room, journalist Joan Lewis rec

  • Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer. And this time, they won't conflict with the workday. A year after the World Cup transformed millions of Americans into red-white-and-blue-wearing soccer fanatics, another chance to cheer for a national team will arrive. The Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada in June — and if the favored U.S. advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. "Any time you get to wrap yourself in the flag and root with other Americans, it doesn't really matter if you know what offsides is," Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said. The biggest games will air in prime time in the U.S., unlike this year's men's tournament.

  • Charli XCX surprises at school homecoming dance

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. The chart-topping 22-year-old pop star delivered the tunes "I Love It," ''Fancy" and "Boom Clap" to a crowd of excited high school students at Aspire Pacific Academy's homecoming dance. She later manned the DJ booth. "Homecoming dances and proms are an American thing I've always been very fascinated with because all of my favorite movies end with a prom or something like that," said Charli, who was born and raised in England. "I was really excited because I thought it was going to be like my own 'Jawbreaker' moment," referencing the 1999 teen movie.

  • Iggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awards

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Iggy Azalea, actor Bryan Cranston and the film "Gone Girl" are nominees for Logo TV's 2014 New Now Next Awards. The network announced Thursday that singer Sam Smith, the ABC series "How to Get Away With Murder" and the play "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" are also up for awards. The show will tape Dec. 2 in Miami, and air Dec. 7 on Logo and Dec. 12 on MTV. The New Now Next Awards honor musicians, TV shows, films and Broadway productions that have had breakthroughs in the past year. Gwen Stefani is nominated for best new television personality for her role on NBC's "The Voice." Michael Cera will compete with Cranston for best new Broadway lead actor. Fan voting begins Thursday. ___

  • Sting and his 'The Last Ship' star go home

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The actors in Sting's musical "The Last Ship" have plenty of pressure these days. The show is making its Broadway debut. There are last-minute changes. And Sting is pacing in the darkness. "I'm at the back there every night, mouthing every syllable, which is an extra burden the poor things have," says the Grammy Award-winner at the Neil Simon Theatre. "They know I'm listening." Hearing this, one of the stars, Rachel Tucker, nods and laughs. "It's true," she says. "He'll be, 'Where was the 't' in 'light?'" Sting's tremendous skills as a songwriter — not to mention his perfectionist streak — are both being tested with "The Last Ship," which opens Sunday.

  • Sam Smith, 5SOS, Blige to perform 2014 AMAs

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. It will air live on ABC. Smith and 5SOS will compete for new artist of the year. Iggy Azalea is the leading nominee at the AMAs with six. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each have five nominations. Lorde is up for four honors at the fan-voted show. Those acts are all nominated for artist of the year, competing with Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons and One Direction. Pitbull will host the sh

  • Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live. The former member of rowdy blues-rockers Dr. Feelgood launched what he said would be a farewell tour after being diagnosed in 2012 with incurable pancreatic cancer. He also recorded a "final" album with Roger Daltrey of The Who. He told The Associated Press at the time that the diagnosis had made him feel "intensely alive" and renewed his creativity. Accepting a trophy Wednesday at the Q Awards in London, Johnson, 67, said that after meeting a doctor "curious as to why I'm not dead," he had undergone radical surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound

  • 'La Bamba' Star Elizabeth Pena Died from Alcohol Abuse

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Elizabeth Pena -- who became famous playing Ritchie Valens' brother's baby mama in "La Bamba" -- died from complications from alcohol abuse, TMZ reports. According to the death certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- Pena suffered from cirrhosis of the liver "due to alcohol."  She had the disease for months, but it became acute shortly before her death. The death certificate says the 55-year-old had acute gastrointestinal bleeding hours before her death, which caused her heart to stop. Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/10/22/elizabeth-pena-cause-of-death-alcoholism-cirrhosis-heart-attack-dead/#ixzz3GxqBQmZq

  • Tony Gonzalez enjoys talking football, too

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Tony Gonzalez is having as much fun talking football as he did playing it. Now an analyst for CBS Sports, the 14-time Pro Bowl tight end will get an up-close view of Thursday night's showdown between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers featuring the NFL's top two tight ends. Julius Thomas has nine touchdown catches for Denver (5-1) and Antonio Gates has seven TD grabs for San Diego (5-2). Gonzalez, who was recruited by Broncos tight end coach Clancy Barone to give some career advice to Thomas last offseason, said he has no regrets about retiring last year after 17 NFL seasons and no rings. "No, I don't miss the game at all," Gonzalez told The Associated Press.

  • Authors to discuss books at Oklahoma City-area libraries

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Two local authors will speak at Oklahoma City-area libraries.

  • OU Trombone Choir celebrates 45 years with concert

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A special concert commemorating the 45-year history of the University of Oklahoma Trombone Choir will be Oct. 28 in Norman.

  • Kenny G distances self from Hong Kong protesters

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    HONG KONG (AP) — Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces. The American musician created a stir when he tweeted Wednesday about his visit to the semiautonomous southern Chinese city, where thousands of student-led protesters have occupied streets for more than three weeks to press their demands for greater democratic reforms. "In Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation," he wrote.

  • Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press. He said he is waiting for a new Palestinian unity government to establish a foothold in Gaza before moving ahead. Until recently, the territory was ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas which has ceded some control.

  • Judge nixes Teresa Giudice's halfway house bid

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge won't recommend that prison officials allow "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice to serve most of her prison sentence in a halfway house. A lawyer for Giudice had filed a letter with a judge in Newark this week, asking for a recommendation that she serve 12 months in a halfway house. Prosecutors opposed the request, and U.S. District Judge Esther Salas announced Wednesday that she would not make the recommendation. The judge said Giudice should have made the request to serve time at a halfway house — the maximum that could be served at such facilities — at her Oct. 2 sentencing. But even then, the judge said, she likely would have denied it.

  • Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another. The finalists were determined by online voters who saw 10 comics take the stage at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood during a Monday night jokefest that was streamed on the club's website. The finals will take place Friday at the Laugh Factory's sister club in Las Vegas. The winner will be announced after online voting closes Monday. Finalists are Saad Haroon of Pakistan, Mustapha El Atrassi of France, Archie Bezos of Spain, Nitin Mirani of United Arab Emirates and Ismo Leiko

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Trailer for the film "Okie Down," premiering Thursday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Check out the trailer for “Okie Down,” an independently made film that will premiere Thursday in Oklahoma City. With a limited budget, a two-person crew and a couple of friends who like to make believe, filmmaker Michael Yonan made “Okie Down,” his first feature film. The 98-minute indie suspense flick delves into themes surrounding sexual […]

  • Garth Brooks breaks his Lexington, Ky., sales record

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Another day, another broken record on Garth Brooks’ comeback tour The Oklahoma country music superstar has broken his Lexington, Ky., ticket sales record, according to a news release. During May 15-17, 1998, at Rupp Arena, he sold 67,355 tickets. Today, the longtime Owasso resident has surpassed that and is still selling. The concerts will be […]