• What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 4, 2015: Hear Tallows at Opolis in Norman

    Today at 06:38 AM

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Hear Oklahoma City band Tallows at 9 p.m. at Opolis, 113 N Crawford. As previously reported, the local band is playing in support of its sophomore album, “Waist Deep,” released last month on Chicago-based independent label Walk-In Records. Doors open at 8 tonight. Hikes and Plain Speak will open the show. For more information, go to opolis.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Oklahoma City's Lyric Theatre to stage world premiere of musical based on short story

    Today at 12:00 AM

    "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," a musical inspired by a popular short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, will have its world premiere this week in a production by Oklahoma City's Lyric Theatre.

  • Interviews & video: Reduxion Theatre brings interactive zombie apocalypse to Civic Center with 'OKC Dead'

    Today at 07:43 AM

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Reduxion Theatre brings interactive zombie apocalypse to downtown with 'OKC Dead' Their faces horribly mangled and their torn clothes smeared with blood, a trio of zombies shambled through the intersection at Robinson and Main, snarling as they approached the nearest bystander. Suddenly, a heroic figure dressed in a utility vest and dual-wielding a pair of pistols dashed at the monsters, aiming for their scarred faces as he opened fire -- with foam darts. “Rex is an ace shot,” said Erin Woods. “Sometimes you gotta execute a zombie,” replied Rex Daugherty, tucking the plastic pistols into his belt.

  • Book review: 'The Girl in the Spider’s Web' by David Lagercrantz, translated from the Swedish by George Goulding

    Today at 12:00 AM

    The good news is that a new novel features characters from the Millennium trilogy (Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, primarily); the bad news is that "The Girl in the Spider's Web" isn’t written by Stieg Larsson, the creator of the original “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series.

  • 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' actor Nicholas Brendon arrested

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Police say an actor known for his role in the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has been arrested in upstate New York after a fight with a girlfriend. Saratoga Springs police Lt. Bob Jillson says Nicholas Brendon faces charges of robbery, obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief. Brendon played Xander Harris in the show. Police say the girlfriend told officers called to a downtown hotel Wednesday night she had gone to return property to Brendon and intended to leave. They say Brendon objected, took her car keys and cellphone and started choking her. Brendon was arrested nearby. He was released from jail Thursday after posting bond. He hasn't commented on his Facebook page

  • Austin Film Society gets contract to manage city's public access TV

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The city of Austin has awarded the Austin Film Society a two-year contract to take over management of the local public access channels, the film society announced Thursday. The contract, valued at $950,000 over two years, ends a 10-year relationship with Public Access Community Television, or PACT, which oversaw operations and provided programming under the channelAustin banner at the facilities at 1143 Northwestern Ave. in East Austin. But the current contract expired Sept. 30, with the Austin Film Society making the winning bid to take over management for the city, which provides three channels — 10, 11 and 16 — for subscribers of Time Warner Cable and Grande Communications.

  • Carter High: The Movie hits big screens this month -- here's some background and the trailer

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The much talked about -- at least around here -- movie about the 1988 Carter High School football team is scheduled for initial release Oct. 30 (with a few VIP screenings before then). That's pretty much the height of high school football season, so it makes sense. I know the story well, as do most football fans around the Dallas area, and I hope it turns out well on the big screen. Here's something that's an interesting twist in the movie: Derric Evans, the Carter cornerback in 1988, is portrayed in the movie by a former Katy player. That player is Aundre Dean, who also played for TCU. To portray Evans accurately, Dean will need to come off with a definite swagger.

  • Malala Yousafzai, nearly killed by the Taliban, was taught to aspire by her father

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    She moves in orange and saffron and gold embroidered threads. She wears no rings, no makeup. Her toenails are painted pink. She may have a crush on Roger Federer, but she is shy about such things. Her wit is sharp, her memories clear. What once was, she says, may never be again, and in this wisdom one can see that the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize is a woman now. Before the Taliban bullet that nearly killed her, and the fame that followed, Malala Yousafzai was born in the mountains of Pakistan, where her father wrote her name in a family tree that for generations had listed only men.

  • Janet Jackson moves Las Vegas stop to May to rest her voice

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Janet Jackson is canceling her Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 shows at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to rest her vocal chords, and the Las Vegas stop on her "Unbreakable" tour will move to a new 20,000-seat arena in May. Live Nation Entertainment said Thursday that ticketholders will be refunded and have the first chance to buy tickets for the May 14 performance. Tickets go on sale Oct. 16. The move is a loss for Caesars Entertainment Corp., which owns the venue at Planet Hollywood that features regular performances by Britney Spears and soon Jennifer Lopez. MGM Resorts International is working with concert presenter AEG to open the new arena behind MGM's New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts in April.

  • Lone Star Film Festival announces features lineup

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The Lone Star Film Festival, Fort Worth’s largest film fest, has announced 37 features for the lineup at its ninth edition Nov. 5-8. The list includes Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and based on a novel by Fort Worth-born Patricia Highsmith, and Children of Giant, Hector Galan’s acclaimed documentary about the making of the classic Texas film, Giant. The names of the short films being shown will be announced Oct. 8. All screenings will be at the AMC Palace Theater and Four Day Weekend Theater. All-access badges are currently available for $150. Individual screening tickets will go on sale in mid-October.

  • Jane Fonda sells New Mexico ranch listed at $19.5 million

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jane Fonda's ranch in northern New Mexico has finally sold after going on the market more than a year ago. The Swan Land Co. of Bozeman, Montana, confirmed Thursday that the actress's Forked Lightning Ranch just north of Santa Fe has a buyer. "It's an iconic northern New Mexico ranch located on the Pecos that generated a lot of national attention," said Mike Swan, the owner of the real estate company. Swan would not release any details about the terms of the sale or the sales price due to confidentiality agreements. The original listing price was $19.5 million. Swan did say the buyer was "local" and had ties to New Mexico.

  • Enchanting "April" at Poteet Theatre

    Anna Holloway | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    A wistera-laden April in Italy charms the lives of four rain-depressed Englishwomen in a romantic comedy

  • Judge finalizes actor Gary Oldman's divorce from 4th wife

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has finalized Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman's divorce from his fourth wife after six years of marriage. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson finalized the couple's divorce on Tuesday, and the paperwork was publicly released on Thursday. The actor has agreed to pay singer Alexandra Edenborough $3.3 million, and their judgment divides up numerous assets, with Oldman keeping two homes and several vehicles. Each will retain rights to their respective entertainment ventures. Oldman and Edenborough were married on New Year's Eve in 2008. They separated in mid-2014, and Edenborough filed for divorce in January. The 57-year-old actor was nominated for an Academy Award for 20

  • Los Angeles prosecutors reviewing case against Bill Cosby

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing an investigation into a model's accusations that Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion, an official said Thursday. District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said Thursday that police detectives presented evidence Wednesday afternoon for a possible criminal case. There's no timetable for when a decision will be made on whether to charge the comedian, and it is unclear what charges could be filed. Model Chloe Goins met with detectives in January and has accused Cosby of drugging her and accosting her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in August 2008, but the comedian's lawyer has denied the claims, saying Cosby wasn't in Los Angeles at the time

  • People-Gary Oldman

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, Gary Oldman, right, and Alexandra Edenborough arrive before the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge finalized Oldman’s divorce from his fourth wife, singer Edenborough, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, court records show. The Oscar-nominated actor will pay Edenborough $3.3 million as part of their judgment, which ends a six-year marriage.

  • People Gary Oldman

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    FILE - This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows actor Gary Oldman speaking at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Calif. A Los Angeles judge finalized Oldman’s divorce from his fourth wife, singer Alexandra Edenborough, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, court records show. The Oscar-nominated actor will pay Edenborough $3.3 million as part of their judgment, which ends a six-year marriage.

  • Q&A: Villeneuve and Deakins talk light and dark in 'Sicario'

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — "The Prince of Darkness" was the nickname of cinematographer legend Gordon Willis, but Roger Deakins, too, has shown a kingly command of shadows. Recall the sleek Shanghai skyscraper scene of "Skyfall," the desperate moonlit horse ride of "True Grit," or the early dawn dog chase of "No Country for Old Men." In Denis Villeneuve's drug war thriller "Sicario," Deakins adds to his nighttime reel with a memorable border tunnel pursuit, seen through night vision and infrared perspectives. "Sicario," which expands nationwide Friday, could be the film that finally rights one of cinema's greatest wrongs, and lands the 66-year-old British cinematographer his first Oscar.

  • Paperscissor releases synthy new song "In My Dreams" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    If you've ever caught a Paperscissor show then you know it'll make you want do anything but sleep. Frontman Evan Crowley packs enough energy into a set to power three modestly-sized homes for at least a weekend. However, this exclusive debut from the Yukon-based crew feels like it could sneak into the middle of a Washed Out album. I think I could fall in love with [insert '80s movie star here] in slow motion to this song during a film's pivotal prom scene. I dig seeing a softer side to the pop outfit as well. Give it a listen.

  • Mastering the easy art of cooking dried beans from scratch

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Until I went off to college and became a vegetarian out of financial necessity, beans really weren't a part of my life. But once I found myself pinching pennies while sharing a house with three other women, beans became a great and affordable source of bulk and protein. And though the initial motivation was saving money, we eventually grew to love the unique flavors and textures of beans, and I have continued to cook with them ever since. And the best way to make beans? Starting with dried beans. Why take the time to cook dried beans when you can find a wide variety of canned available? There are several reasons. Dried beans cooked from scratch have a more uniform texture than most canned beans (some of which tend to ge

  • Film Sicario

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    In this image released by Lionsgate, director Denis Villeneuve, left, and cinematographer Roger Deakins, second left, appear during the filming of "Sicario." (Richard Foreman Jr.

  • Confidential files in Hulk Hogan lawsuit remain sealed

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Pinellas County circuit judge has ruled that several pieces of evidence related to the Hulk Hogan sex tape case will remain confidential despite a request from a group of media outlets that they be made public. Of the 17 items discussed Thursday during a hearing, Judge Pamela Campbell determined that 15 will remain sealed, one will be unsealed and one pushed to a later discussion. Hogan, a former WWE wrestler whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing the news website Gawker. Hogan claims that the media company's decision to publish an excerpt from a sex tape violated his privacy. The video involves Hogan and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. H

  • Gambling film 'Mississippi Grind' is a real winner

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a loser, and he’d probably be the first to admit it. A loser in life, and definitely a loser at gambling. He assures his loan shark Sam (Alfre Woodard) that he’s good for the huge amount of money that he owes. But he’s not interested in meeting with her collector. Not one bit. Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) has all the things that Gerry lacks: He’s charismatic, good-looking and apparently a lot luckier. Despite their differences, they strike up a friendship and take off on a road trip from Dubuque, Iowa, to New Orleans, where Gerry plans to win enough money at high-stakes poker to get the collector off his back. As they motor alongside the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis take plenty of opportunit

  • 'Sicario' is an engrossing tale of drugs and violence

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) thought she was doing the right thing when she accepted an assignment to battle drug cartels at the U.S.-Mexican border. But it’s not long before she’s as nervous about her colleagues in the field as she is about the criminals they’re presumably targeting. Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), leader of the inter-agency operation, seems reluctant to share any information with her that can’t be categorized as need-to-know. Even shadier is Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), a “sicario” (hitman) who is said to have once been a prosecutor in Mexico but doesn’t seem the least bit concerned with legal niceties. With no one to trust, Macer looks on in astonishment as bullets fly, blood spurts and bod

  • 'Towering Inferno' director John Guillermin dies at 89

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Guillermin, a veteran British director best known for bringing to life big budget adventure films like "The Towering Inferno" and the 1976 "King Kong" has died. He was 89. Guillermin died Sunday at his Topanga Canyon home. Producer and friend Nick Redman confirmed Guillermin's death. Guillermin had been ill for some time, but his death was unexpected, Redman said Wednesday. Over the course of his long career, Guillermin directed numerous Hollywood legends, including Peter Sellers, Bette Davis, Paul Newman, Orson Welles and Fred Astaire. Redman says Guillermin was underrated, "a great British character" and an "urbane, sophisticated, and cultivated guy." His last theatrical feature was "King Kon