• Britain Movie Stunt


    A bus explodes on Lambeth Bridge, during filming for Jackie Chan's new film The Foreigner, in London, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. A bus has exploded in central London — but this time it's only for a movie. City officials Sunday reassured the public that the explosion was a movie stunt for "The Foreigner" starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

  • 68th Annual DGA Awards


    Actor Matt Damon reacts to photographers backstage at the 68th Directors Guild of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles.

  • Book review: 'The Bone Labyrinth' by James Rollins


    “The Bone Labyrinth” by James Rollins (William Morrow, 496 pages, in stores) A strain of sexism and racism infects most novels in the action-thriller genre. The virus has altered over time, becoming more cunning and better able to hide itself. It may never be eradicated completely from the genre, which thrives on the hero fantasies of its readers. The sexism is best epitomized in Clive Cussler's breakthrough novel, “Raise the Titanic!” — the fourth of his books to feature his popular and long-lived character Dirk Pitt. In the book, Pitt and his colleagues are called upon to float the mostly intact wreck of the Titanic back to the surface. In the end, the ship rises, our heroes walk out on deck ... and the bad guys g

  • Backstage with Flea on Super Bowl, Bernie Sanders


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a busy weekend mixed with football and politics for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and bassist Flea wouldn't have it any other way. "I'm always ready to play my heart out," Flea told The Associated Press backstage on Saturday night before the band took the stage at a San Francisco venue as part of the Super Bowl weekend festivities. "I'm coming here, and I'm going to rock like a feral beast. Then I'm going to leave and go home," said Flea, whose offstage name is Michael Peter Balzary. The show was part of the Direct TV SuperSaturday concert series. Run DMC opened for them at the Pier 70 stage, and then Snoop Dogg played DJ in between. Later, the rapper came out at the end of the Red Hot Chil

  • The Oscar goes to?


    Thumbs up for two Enid brothers for having the chance to take home some Oscar gold this month. Black Label Media, founded by Enid-born twins Trent and Thad Luckinbill, produced “Sicario,” a movie about Mexican drug cartels starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. It was released in October. “Sicario” was nominated for three Academy Awards: best achievements in cinematography, original music written for motion picture and sound editing. Best of luck to the Luckinbill brothers on Feb. 28! More thumbs up to an Enid couple for winning more than $13,000 in cash and prizes Thursday on “Wheel of Fortune.” Emily and Matt Howell auditioned to appear on the show two years ago, and in Decembe

  • Inarritu wins top DGA prize, further obscuring awards season


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unclear season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic "The Revenant." With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever. Even the guilds are divided in their top awards. "Spotlight," the drama detailing the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuses in the Catholic Church, won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble, while the financial crisis dramedy "The Big Short" picked up the Producers Guild Award. The DGA win for "The Revenant" is not insignificant. Inarritu won last year for the showbiz sendup "Birdman," which went on to win the best picture and best director

  • Inarritu wins DGA feature film award


    LOS ANGELES—For the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Director’s Guild of America’s feature film award Saturday, giving his survival drama “The Revenant” a boost in the ever-shifting best picture race. “I never expected to win this award, truly,” Inarritu said, after earning the first back-to-back win in DGA history. “I’m … paralyzed. Tough men don’t cry, that’s what Ridley Scott said today.” Also nominated were Tom McCarthy, for the investigative journalism movie “Spotlight,” Adam McKay, for the financial drama “The Big Short,” George Miller, for the post-apocalyptic fantasy “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Ridley Scott, for the science fiction epic “The Martian.

  • Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu wins the top feature film directing award from the Directors Guild of America for his work on "The Revenant"


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu wins the top feature film directing award from the Directors Guild of America for his work on "The Revenant"

  • Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74


    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74. The singer, songwriter and bandleader_who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer, his wife, CT Hicks, said on his website and his Facebook page. "He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always," she wrote. "To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating.

  • 'The Trojan Women' set for University of Oklahoma

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    University Theatre and Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma will present the epic drama "The Trojan Women."

  • Oklahoma City-area fine arts notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Oklahoma City-area fine arts news and notes for Feb. 7.

  • National 'Kinky Boots' tour comes to Oklahoma City

    By Rick Rogers  For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    “Kinky Boots,” which earned six Tony Awards in 2013, recently launched a national tour that comes to the Civic Center Music Hall this week. Performances begin Tuesday and continue through Feb. 14. The production is presented locally by Celebrity Attractions.

  • Once a Texas Playboy, always a Texas Playboy, Oklahoman is one of the last

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff writer rmedley@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Joe Settlemires was in his 20s when he joined "the king of Western swing," Bob Wills, in the early 1960s. Settlemires is one of the last of the Texas Playboys who toured with Wills, who died in 1975.

  • Oklahoma CIty-area features briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Oklahoma CIty-area features briefs

  • Oklahoma best-sellers

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Best-selling books in Oklahoma for Feb. 7, based on reports from Best of Books in Edmond, Brace Books in Ponca City and Full Circle in Oklahoma City.

  • Book review: 'The Bone Labyrinth' by James Rollins

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    James Rollins’ latest novel, “The Bone Labyrinth,” which incorporates all the flaws of its progenitors but is a mostly enjoyable, if forgettable, action movie of a book.

  • World-renowned primatologist to speak at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Dr. Frans de Waal, an author and one of the top primatologists in the world, will speak at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Feb. 16. His talk is titled "Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?"

  • Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre takes a jaunt to 'Avenue Q'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    On “Sesame Street,” it’s all sunny days where the air is sweet and the friendly neighbors happen to include kindly puppets. On “Avenue Q,” life isn’t quite so carefree. But there are still puppets. Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, or CityRep, will stage the Oklahoma City premiere of “Avenue Q” starting Friday at the Civic Center Music Hall’s Freede Little Theatre.

  • Nonprofit offers scholarships for horror writers

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The Horror Writers Association, a nonprofit formed in 1985, is accepting applications for its five scholarships.

  • Book review: 'Medicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois' by Sophia Perinot

    BY BETTY LYTLE For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The author’s description of the Valois Court and her depiction of the historical figures involved made 'Medicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois' by Sophia Perinot an interesting read.