Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 09:26 PM

    I've never noticed so many events in the Myriad Botanical Gardens until this summer. The 15-acres of land, located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, has been growing as a community hub over the years. I've seen some of my favorite deadCenter screenings there. I laughed my face off during last year's Internet Cat Video Festival. I even got to see Wanda Jackson there during last year's OKCFest after eating a cheeseburger from the Ice House. For those of you paying attention, here's a handy guide to a ton of entertainment that's being offered over the next couple of months at the Gardens. FREE CONCERTS Sunday night doesn't have to be all laundry and early bedtimes. For 35 years, the Sunday Twilight Concert

  • Were there illegal 'shenanigans going on' in Shelton-Lambert divorce?

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Secrecy in Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert divorce was in violation of the law, former Oklahoma lawmaker says

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 1; July 27, 2015)

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    It's good to know things. And you're probably bored at work (which is why you clicked on this), so how about you learn a thing or five? Here are 5 interesting facts to begin your work week with! [pagebreak] No. 5 - Becoming bilingual Do you have dreams of becoming an astronaut? Great! First hurdle: Learn Russian. (Or, if you're Russian, learn English.

  • Shelton, Lambert exchange post-divorce tweets

    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 05:24 PM

    Country music stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, whose divorce was finalized Monday, may not be together any more but they are back to playfully tweeting each other.

  • Anna Deavere Smith takes on ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ in new show


    SAN FRANCISCO — With reports of police abuse, racial unrest and murderous hate crimes in the news on a daily basis since Ferguson, has Anna Deavere Smith, whose solo work has long grappled with issues of social justice, become discouraged? “Oh, no!” she said, almost taken aback by the idea. “Because I’m a dramatist, I like moments when there’s something unsettled. I’m in this business of looking at conflict. Conflict is never absent. It’s just that when it gets exposed, more people are concerned about it.

  • ‘Miss Simone’ on Netflix is just one of many great documentaries in theaters or at your fingertips


    According to the remarkable documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” we have Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music to thank for jazz vocalist and songwriter Nina Simone’s blazing career. Trained from early childhood as a classical pianist, the then Eunice Waymon of Tryon, N.C., was in New York with a one-year scholarship to Juilliard when, in 1951, she applied for admission to Philadelphia’s storied tuition-free conservatory. She was rejected. Liz Garbus’ new film, released last month by Netflix, more than implies that Simone was turned down not because her audition wasn’t up to snuff, but because she was black. A 2010 biography disputes this assertion, but in any event, the musician believed it to be true, fuelin

  • Adolphe Menjou? TCM sometimes has curious definition of ‘movie star’


    Who rates as a “star” today? In this 21st century age of superstars/megastars — maybe even uber-stars — it’s getting hard to figure. That’s why each annual Summer Under the Stars festival from Turner Classic Movies seems increasingly vexing. Yes, it’s August — the dog days of tube viewing — and we’re desperate for something — anything — special to watch. So here comes an entire month (starting Saturday) that promises a 24-hour tribute to a different Hollywood movie star every single day. Yet some of those “stars” are named Mae Clarke, Adolphe Menjou, Virginia Bruce or Monty Woolley.

  • ‘Southpaw’ is more ‘character story’ than your average boxing film, director says.


    NEW YORK — The new drama “Southpaw” would seem to come in a long tradition of boxing movies and underdog sports films generally. But ask director Antoine Fuqua what he sees as the through line in it, and he has a slightly different answer. “I didn’t really see it as a boxing movie — I saw it about a man who’s grieving and has to learn to be a father,” Fuqua said in a phone interview. The Weinstein Co. film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope, a prizefighter who at the start of the film has it all but sees his life upended when his wife (Rachel McAdams) is accidentally killed during a spat between Hope and another boxer that turns violent. That sends the hero down a spiral of misfortune, which includes lo

  • Movie review: ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ is gripping, claustrophobic


    The Stanford Prison Experiment still ranks as one of the world’s most controversial psychological experiments even though it took place in 1971. Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo wanted to find out what would happen if ordinary male students were treated as if they were in the penal system. Half were assigned as prisoners, the other half as guards, and a basement block of rooms, unused during summer break, was turned into a makeshift prison. Within 24 hours, the place became a collegiate “Lord of the Flies.” It’s now the basis for Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s straightforward yet gripping and claustrophobic “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a film that does little to reinforce one’s faith in humankind.

  • Lifetime TV to feature several touring Broadway shows


    NEW YORK (AP) — Lifetime TV's "The Balancing Act" will feature several touring Broadway shows this summer, including behind-the-curtain peeks on "Kinky Boots," ''Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella," ''If/Then" and "Cabaret." The shows will be included in a six-part "Broadway Balances America" series led by correspondent Amber Milt that offers viewers a look at the cast and crew who make the tours possible. The theater episodes, geared toward the same women who buy tickets, will start airing in August and also include productions of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Rodgers + Hammerstein's The Sound of Music." The series, sponsored by Broadway Across America, is the second time "The Balancing Act" has taken interest in Broadway

  • Italy Venice Film Festival


    Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta and Italian Festival Director Alberto Barbera, right, pose prior to a press conference to present the Venice Film Festival, in Rome Wednesday, July 29, 2015. This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, a war story with Idris Elba and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.

  • Trevor Noah takes on racism, skips politics in standup gig


    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — In an hour-long comedy set, Trevor Noah hit the kind of social satire notes to be expected of Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" heir. Noah riffed at length Tuesday night about black fear of police violence. He called out pundits who make snap judgments linking Muslims and terrorism. And the native of formerly apartheid South African marveled at his discovery of "charming American racism." But the comedian took a pass on the barbed political humor and commentary that's a mainstay of Stewart's Comedy Central program. Not even a Donald Trump hair joke made it into Noah's repertoire this night. If he has a burning passion to referee the 2016 U.S.

  • Japan-based advertising firm wins Olympic TV rights in Asia


    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has awarded exclusive Olympic broadcast rights in 22 Asia-Pacific countries to Japan-based advertising agency Dentsu Inc. The IOC on Wednesday said the deal covers the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and yet-to-be awarded games in 2022 and 2024. The value of the deal was not disclosed. The agreement covers Olympic broadcast rights in Afghanistan Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

  • Witty ‘Wittenberg’ staged at indoor space

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    “Wittenberg” is both reverent and irreverent, humorous and serious, and highly recommended.

  • Review: "Tour" a worthy look at artist as reluctant subject

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour," James Ponsoldt's exquisitely elegiac film about David Foster Wallace, examined over the course of a five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, 12 years before the influential writer's suicide in 2008 at age 46.

  • Film-Virtual Reality-Henry

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    FILE - In this March 26, 2015 file photo, Clara Valenstein tries out the Oculus virtual reality headset at the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco. Oculus’ second virtual reality film, “Henry,” premiered Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

  • BC-CA--California News Digest 4 pm, CA

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Los Angeles bureau at 213-626-1200, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. Robert Jablon is on the Los Angeles news desk. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-626-1200 or fsbaker@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All time

  • NBC cancels Poehler comedy project 'Welcome to Sweden'

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — U.S. viewers aren't going to see the love story on TV's "Welcome to Sweden" play out. NBC has canceled the comedy starring Greg Poehler two weeks into its second season. Poehler's sister Amy served as one of the executive producers of the series. "Welcome to Sweden" was an international production, filmed in Sweden with American and Swedish actors. It aired there and in the United States. The premise is based on Greg Poehler's real-life experience of falling in love with a Swedish woman and moving to her home country to be with her. NBC says "Hollywood Game Night" will air this Sunday in its place, and the network is deciding when the rest of the episodes will air. ___

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth ready to be a normal couple

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that they're finally engaged, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth are ready to go on their first real-world date. The bachelorette and her chosen fiancé are now able to live their love away from TV cameras after Monday night's "The Bachelorette" finale on ABC. Bristowe chose the 29-year-old personal trainer as her one true love. Bristowe said the couple will go on their first real date Tuesday night. "We were counting down the Mondays so we could get to this point and now it's here so we are going to enjoy it," Booth said. Twenty-five other men competed to woo the 30-year-old former dance instructor in the 11th season of the reality dating competition.

  • 'The Martian' to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The blockbuster summer movie season is still going strong, but the Toronto International Film Festival provided a peek Tuesday at some of the movies and performances that could help set the tone for the upcoming awards season. One of the fall's most hyped films, Ridley Scott's space epic "The Martian," starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, will have its world premiere at the festival in advance of its Oct. 2 release.

  • Toronto International Film Festival

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    This photo provided by courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival and Twentieth Century Fox shows Matt Damon as Mark Watney a scene from the film, "The Martian," directed by Ridley Scott. The blockbuster summer movie season is still going strong, but the Toronto International Film Festival provided a peek Tuesday, July 29, 2015, at some of the movies and performances, including "The Martian," "The Program," "Trumbo," and others, that could help set the tone for the upcoming awards season. The festival will kick off its 40th year on Sept. 10, 2015, in Toronto.

  • Dozens of brilliant bronze works on display at Getty Museum

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's almost as if the dozens of exquisitely detailed, often perfectly intact bronze sculptures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum disappeared into an ancient witness-protection program — and decided to stay there for thousands of years. "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World," which opened at the museum Tuesday, brings together more than 50 bronzes from the Hellenistic period that extended from about 323 to 31 B.C. Many of them, like the life-size figure of an exhausted boxer, his hands still bandaged from a match, brow cut and bruised, are stunning in their detail. So is the "The Medici Riccardi Horse," a horse's head complete with flaring nostrils and a detailed mane.

  • ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Vacation’ to kick off slower summer month at box office

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Setting box office records this summer may end up becoming “Mission: Impossible.” Though the year-to-date 2015 box office is up almost 9 percent, some analysts believe August’s slate is not strong enough to make summer grosses surge. Even totals for last weekend, when “Pixels” opened alongside “Paper Towns,” were down about 4 percent from the same period last year. “August looks very underwhelming,” said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at the tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. “The excitement already feels like it’s faded away from the summer.” The month kicks off with two solid new offerings: Paramount Pictures’ franchise action “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” a

  • The Latest: Handler admits to a fascination with Dolezal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's the latest from the Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, California, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs (all times local): 1:02 p.m. Since ending her E! talk show "Chelsea Lately," Chelsea Handler has enjoyed removing herself from pop culture and keeping up with the Kardashians. There was one water cooler story, however, that she admits a fascination with. "Rachel Dolezal from the NAACP was a very joyful story for me to watch," she told journalists Tuesday. "I thought that was beyond ridiculous and the commentary on it was beyond ridiculous." "Chelsea Lately" aired for seven seasons.