• Jared Deck shares road-tested Americana track '17 Miles'

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Jared Deck was dealing with a rocky marriage. Don’t worry though, it was just onstage.

  • Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 04:38 AM

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.

  • Paseo Arts Festival features variety of art

    Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A variety of art was on display at the 39th annual Paseo Arts Festival, held in the Historic Paseo Arts District. Work from 86 visual artists was set for the festival, including painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking and jewelry. The food court featured a dozen food vendors as well.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park to open summer season with 'A Winter's Tale'

    Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    As Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park settles into its new Paseo Arts District home and prepares to expand, the professional theater company isn’t playing it safe with its 31st summer season, which includes George Bernard Shaw’s quirky romance “You Never Can Tell,” the recently penned “Hamlet” prequel “Wittenberg” and Shakespeare’s still-timely political drama “Julius Caesar.”


  • TCM wrapping Memorial Day movie marathon today

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    This Memorial Day weekend Turner Classic Movies remembers those who have served our country with a marathon of movies covering conflicts ranging from the Civil War to Vietnam. Here is the lineup of war movies airing today (and into the early hours of Tuesday) on TCM: 11:30 a.m.: “From Here to Eternity” 1:45 p.m.: “The […]

  • Bill aims to expand Nevada's film tax credit to $20M a year

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are considering expanding the state's film tax credit program after it was gutted to help attract Tesla to the state. Democratic Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton presented AB147 to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Monday. The measure would expand the state's tax credit for movie and television productions from $10 million over four years to $20 million every fiscal year. Carlton presented a video to committee members showing film workers and actor Nic Cage touting the economic benefits of the program. Lawmakers have already approved another bill, SB94, that would remove a cap that limits the state to awarding $10 million over the four years of the program. The bill a

  • Rolling Stones kick off 'Zip Code' stadium tour in San Diego

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Rolling Stones launched their "Zip Code" North American tour in San Diego on Sunday with more than two hours of music. In front of a sold-out crowd at Petco Park, the stalwart foursome rocked hit after hit from their 50-year catalog. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts opened with "Jumpin' Jack Flash" before show opener Gary Clark Jr. joined them for "Bitch" from the band's "Sticky Fingers" album, which is being reissued this week. A long catwalk extending from the stage allowed Jagger to dance, run and skip into the center of the crowd. At one point, he ran full-speed down the catwalk and across the stage.

  • Vocabulary test takes away some National Spelling Bee drama

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For viewers of last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw. Vanya Shivashankar was one of the stars of the show, heavily promoted in ESPN's coverage. Her older sister, Kavya, won the bee in 2009, and the smiling, telegenic Vanya was participating for the fourth time, coming off a fifth-place finish in 2013. Vanya breezed through the preliminary rounds and spelled both words correctly in the semifinals. But when the finalists were announced — factoring in scores from a computerized spelling and vocabulary test — Vanya was eliminated. ESPN's cameras cut to her, but she didn't show much emotion.

  • His is a house full of ghoulish memorabilia

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    When you have a white mat with faux bloody footprints in your bathroom, you are indeed a horror/monster movie completist. What began with Bryan Sisson’s childhood interest in reading exploded into a lifelong obsession with most anything to do with horror, fantasy, science fiction and the macabre. This infatuation is extensively detailed throughout Sisson’s home, which has become a virtual museum. From original movie posters/lobby cards to autographs of legends such as Boris Karloff to actual horror movie props, Sisson’s collection has outgrown available space to display it. “Every time I have someone over, they tell me they see something they didn’t know was there,” Sisson said. “I tell them, ‘Good! This

  • The movies that will keep buzzing after Cannes

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is a grand hierarchy with strictly defined elevations of movies and media access, where films are met by high praise or lowly boos. And so there was a strange fittingness that the scandal of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, where all status is measured, came down to the importance of a few inches. Woman's footwear, of all things, was thrust to the forefront of Cannes after several women were turned away from a premiere because they weren't wearing high heels but flats. It was a the kind of Cote d'Azur tempest that often overtakes Cannes, especially because the prevailing theme of this year's festival was female equality in film — the kind of roles thrust to the center of movies and t

  • Celia Rivenbark: Is ‘Big Eyes’ movie a preview of ‘free range’ parenting?

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    I was watching “Big Eyes” the other night. In the movie, set in 1958, the mom played by Amy Adams (brill as always) is going on her first job interview ever after leaving her husband. She pulls into the parking lot of a furniture factory where she’s applying for a job. In the back seat of their ginormous tail-finned car, her daughter, about 5 years old, watches her mom fidget with her hair and makeup. Mom is hugely nervous about the interview. She has never held a paying job, and nobody even knows yet about those weird “big eyes” kid paintings she practically exhales by the dozen every day. Mom gives a bright “wish me luck” smile to her daughter and exits the car. Wait. What? I’m sure that wasn’t what Tim Bu

  • France touts Cannes prizes as vindication for film subsidies

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — France's president says his country's strong showing at this year's Cannes film festival is no accident — suggesting it's partly thanks to government subsidies. France has had long dry spells without prizes at Cannes. This year, unusually, five French films were selected for competition. The jury, led by American directors Joel and Ethan Coen, handed three prizes to French winners, including the top prize for Jacques Audiard's migrant drama "Dheepan." Hollande said the prizes demonstrate "the effectiveness and originality" of French film financing "which I absolutely want to preserve and defend on a European level." France argues that subsidies offer viewers more diversity than Hollywood blockbusters.

  • Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of 'Aloha' movie title

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it "Aloha" is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning. The Cameron Crowe film starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone, opens Friday, with a screening in Honolulu three days before. The concerns are based largely on a trailer that depicts a military-themed love-story that appears devoid of a genuine connection to Hawaiian culture. Sony Pictures did not comment on the concerns, pointing The Associated Press to an online behind-the-scenes piece that shows Stone's character saying, "this place has a lot of mana," using a Hawaiian word that can mea

  • Oklahoma Film Institute offers crash course in high-tech moviemaking

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Students at Oklahoma City Community College’s Oklahoma Film Institute will be soaring this summer. Or at least their GoPro camcorders will. From Red Epic 4K cameras and Fig-Rig stabilizers to wireless LED stage lights and even a drone, OCCC’s respected Film and Video Program is continuing to couple the latest in moviemaking technology with old-school cinematic storytelling standards. “We have cameras that are four, five years old that are obsolete now,” said Gray Frederickson, the program’s Oscar-winning artist-in-residence. “We’re getting all the latest stuff. Some of these new cameras are so sensitive they can almost shoot in the dark.

  • Downtown Portales to shut down for movie shoot

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Downtown Portales will be closed to traffic Tuesday and get temporarily taken over by Hollywood. KRQE-TV reports that crews from the action film "Comancheria" will be shooting on parts of 1st and 2nd streets. The crime drama stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Pine and Foster play brothers — one an ex-con and the other divorced dad — who plot a bank heist to save their family's farm from foreclosure. Bridges is slated to portray a lawman pursuing them. The closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics. Nash had read the classic "Men of Mathematics" by E.T. Bell by the time he was in high school. He planned to follow in his father's footsteps and studied for three years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh — now Carnegie Mellon University — but instead followed his passion for math.

  • David Letterman drives into retirement with Indy 500 tribute

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500. The freshly retired Letterman was all grins early Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former "Late Show" host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and #thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race. "With everything that's happened, it's the highlight of my career," Letterman said. "It's crazy it's the Indianapolis 500. Regrettable my face, but also my name on that car. It's just delightful." Letterman was dressed in a red shirt with a race sponsor "Steak 'n Shake" logo.

  • Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life." "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said. Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, she was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl who struck a vivid contrast to Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan's Lower East Side who was two years older and fou

  • Actress Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller, dies

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life." "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said. The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV commercials they made together.

  • Paseo Arts Festival features variety of art

    From staff reports | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    A variety of art was on display at the 39th annual Paseo Arts Festival, held in the Historic Paseo Arts District. Work from 86 visual artists was set for the festival, including painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking and jewelry. The food court featured a dozen food vendors as well. The Paseo Arts District is home to dozens of galleries, restaurants and shops; the architecture is Spanish Mission Revival style. The Paseo Arts District is located between NW 30 and NW 27 and Walker and Hudson. The Paseo Arts District’s 39th annual Paseo Arts Festival continues from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

  • Oklahoma Film Institute offers crash course in high-tech moviemaking

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Oklahoma City Community College’s Film and Video Program allows students in its three-day summer clinics the chance to work with cutting-edge equipment like a drone, Fig-Rigs and high-resolution digital cameras.

  • Comic collection Monday #3: Flash #1 (1987)

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Comic Collection Monday returns for its latest installment. Today I’ll take a look at “Flash” #1, with a publication date of June 1987. In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, I post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue – what I thought about it, where […]

  • Police: Pressure cooker from suspicious DC vehicle destroyed

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday afternoon on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol building and the vehicle's owner was located and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said. Police Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider told The Associated Press that Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle on a street on the mall west of the Capitol around 5 p.m. Sunday. "Further investigation revealed a pressure cooker, and an odor of gasoline was detected," Schneider said, adding a Capitol Police bomb squad was called in because the vehicle was deemed "suspicious in nature.

  • John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics. Nash had read the classic "Men of Mathematics" by E.T. Bell by the time he was in high school. He planned to follow in his father's footsteps and studied for three years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh — now Carnegie Mellon University — but instead followed his passion for math.




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