• Will Smith returns to the silver screen in 'Focus'

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Will Smith stars in “Focus,” a romantic comedy-drama that’s all about high-stakes scam operators and the dubious possibility of true love blossoming between male and female practitioners of such a criminal endeavor, where trust is earned under false pretenses.

  • 'Marvel Universe Live!' flies, swings and smashes into Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Today at 12:00 AM

    The live stunt show brings together more than 25 Marvel characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain Marvel, who have to keep fragments of the Cosmic Cube, a source of unspeakable power, from falling into the hands of some of their greatest adversaries, including Loki, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra and Electro.

  • The 6 best boasts on Drake’s new mixtape

    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Drake-iest lines from Drake’s latest.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Kaitlin Butts

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Becky Carman interviewed Kaitlin Butts about becoming the fourth Dixie Chick, singing into the mirror and Merle Haggard.

  • A quick look at the investors on "Shark Tank"


    A look at the six investors who appear on the reality TV show "Shark Tank": BARBARA CORCORAN Founder of New York real estate brokerage The Corcoran Group, which she sold for $66 million in 2001. Owns Barbara Corcoran Inc., the company that sets up her media and TV appearances including "Shark Tank." MARK CUBAN Owner and investor in companies including the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, cable TV channel AXS TV and film distributor Magnolia Pictures. LORI GREINER Creator of and investor in retail products including jewelry, housewares and home furnishings. Sells merchandise on home shopping channel QVC.

  • Actor Will Patton charged with DUI in native South Carolina


    ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — Actor Will Patton, of the movies "Remember the Titans" and "Armageddon" and the current TNT series "Falling Skies," was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence in his native South Carolina. Patton, 60, was stopped on the Isle of Palms on Tuesday night and charged with first offense driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of less than 0.10, court records show. The legal limit for driving is 0.08. Patton was driving a pickup truck seen veering over the center line of the main road through the beach community northeast of Charleston, according to an incident report. The arresting officer asked Patton whether he had been drinking, and he replied, "Not too much, a couple

  • Odessa American, Texas, Nathaniel Miller column


    I’d like to start this column off by pointing out that I have no formal training when it comes to film reviews, other than I’ve watched a lot of them. In fact, journalism was never my first career choice. As a young hotshot (at least in my mind), I wanted to take all the crazy ideas in my head and put them in a script and become the next Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, or even Martin Scorsese. I’ve watched John Carpenter instill fear in our lives with the greatest of ease and tried to see which film shots would give the best view in each situation. Instead, fate decided I would be better suited reporting and writing weekly columns.

  • Movie review: “Maps to the Stars” gets lost in Hollywood’s cosmic depravity


    The girl wears elbow-length gloves and hair that hides other burn scars from her face. She’s made her way to Hollywood by bus, but knows enough to hire a limo to get around town. Within days she’s found a job as an actress’s personal assistant — thanks to being Twitter pal of Carrie Fisher — and a boyfriend who happens to be the limo driver, but also an actor. Or actor-screenwriter. She (Mia Wasikowska) seems a little off, knowing but naive, so the beau (Robert Pattinson) is on the mark when he says, “Look, Agatha, I think you’re a little crazy.” Another character sizes her up this way: “For a disfigured schizophrenic, you’ve got the town pretty wired.

  • Tommy Lee Davis


    Tommy Lee Davis, 61, Adair, died Monday, Feb. 23, in Pryor. He was born on May 1, 1953 in Pryor, the son of Coy Newton and Helen (Clayton) Davis. He married Connie Eaton on Oct. 6, 1984 in the Bryan Chapel Church in Boatman. He was a farmer and dairyman. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends. He will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Bryan Chapel Church in Boatman. Interment will follow in the Bryan Chapel Cemetery with Brandon Howard, James Eaton, Travis Eaton, Ryan Davis, Jason Engles, and Joe Davis serving as casket bearers. Honorary Casket bearers are Dalton Howard and Jarren Howard. To leave a personal message to

  • Jimmy Savile report finds widespread sex abuse with impunity


    LONDON (AP) — Two new reports into widespread sex abuse by the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile have found that victims' complaints about his activities were ignored. The reports released Thursday showed an extensive pattern of abuse by Savile at numerous National Health Service hospitals where the celebrity broadcaster was given wide access to patients, even though he was known by some staff to be a sexual predator. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament that Savile's celebrity status allowed him to get away with hideous sex crimes. "The power of celebrity or money must never again blind people to repeated clear signals that extremely vulnerable people are being abused," he said.

  • Oscars: Why Neil Patrick Harris (and everyone else) is wrong for the job


    LOS ANGELES — Neil Patrick Harris’ uneven performance at the Oscars on Sunday (“bombing … atrophied ... airless,” and those were some of the kinder assessments) raised the question that comes up nearly every late winter, as the endless circuit of judging the year’s best movies finally reaches a merciful end. Will the host manage the high expectations, competing interests and tricky tasks placed in front of him? Is there someone, in other words, who can beat the Dolby Theatre odds? Or is the Oscar-hosting hex such that, like logic in a Michael Bay movie, it defeats anyone who would try to conquer it? Certainly the recent track record isn’t encouraging.

  • Movie review: ‘Lazarus’ almost raises a whole film genre from the dead


    “The Lazarus Effect” is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul. Mark Duplass (“Safety Not Guaranteed”), a mainstay of indie cinema’s microbudget “mumblecore” movement, and recent convert Olivia Wilde (“Drinking Buddies”) ably play a scientist couple whose work has led to a serum that brings the dead back to life. And with director David “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Gelb in charge, you can be sure this isn’t some brain-munching zombie apocalypse. “Lazurus” is a lean and unfussy horror tale built on sharply-drawn characters and spare, uncluttered dialogue.

  • Oklahoma Artist Won't Stop Until He 'Cat-ifies' Entire Senate

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    An artist wants to draw a cat version of all 100 US Senators. Anthony Pego, an Oklahoma City artist, last week started posting on his website drawings of politicians as cats, giving whiskers and fur to pols ranging from the Senate majority leader to an Oklahoma representative.

  • Prince William starts first Japan visit _ with green tea


    TOKYO (AP) — Britain's Prince William had afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Thursday, but it was green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea house. William began his four-day stay with the tea ceremony, an almost sacred dance-like ritual, at Hama Rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. Tea is made from a bitter powder, hand-stirred into a foam with a tiny whisk of wood, preferably gulped down in about three takes. "I don't want to drop it," William joked to reporters, while cupping with both hands an antique bowl with the tea. His wife Kate, pregnant with the royal couple's second child expected in April, stayed home.

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Bernie Miklasz column


    JUPITER, Fla. • The shocking death of young Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras raised many questions, most centered around the more personal aspects of a horrendous tragedy. An alcohol-fueled wreck on the highway killed Taveras and his passenger, girlfriend Edilia Arvelo. It is still a sad time for their families, and for the baseball fans in the Dominican Republic. The stirring of a new baseball season is unlikely to provide comfort in Oscar’s homeland. When I spent a week at a resort in the D.R. last summer, the word got out among employees: a sportswriter from St. Louis was visiting on vacation. I mention this only because I was moved by the islanders’ devotion to “El Fenómen.” Baseball conversation became

  • Egypt: 3 arrested over grisly dog killing


    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday arrested three men over a grisly online video showing a group of men stabbing and bludgeoning a dog to death on a busy Cairo street. The video, which surfaced earlier in the day, triggered an avalanche of angry comments on social media that expressed horror at the killing and berating onlookers who in the video stood by and watched. The dog, a cross between a pure Rhodesian Ridgeback and a mutt, was tied while the men set upon it with knives, machetes and clubs. The dog's owner, Mohammed Sayed, told a TV talk show Wednesday night that he had handed over the dog to the men to settle a long-running dispute.

  • First Vegan Menu at Elementary School to Debut Courtesy of James Cameron's Wife

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Eco-friendly fashion was on the menu at a Feb. 19 bash at Chateau Marmont to toast Suzy Amis Cameron ’s Red Carpet Green Dress campaign and introduce a line of dresses by Reformation, sales of which benefit Cameron’s MUSE School in Calabasas, Calif. But it was the food at the environmentally focused private school (a nonprofit) that she and hubby James Cameron wanted to discuss. Suzy Amis Cameron teamed with her sister, Rebecca Amis, to launch the MUSE School in 2006. The nonprofit educates children from age 2 through high school on two campuses.

  • Colorado Springs artist creates family-friendly superheroes


    Colorado Springs artist creates family-friendly superheroes Stephanie Earls The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Jason Meents grew up loving comic books and newspaper comic strips -- and never minding the genre was "for kids." A kid he was. "I'd get the newspaper every day and was excited for Sunday because they were bigger and in color," said Meents, 35, who as a boy in Chicago kept binders full of strips he carefully cut from the paper. The collection was a hobby, but it was also research. Now a freelance artist in Colorado Springs, Meents and his kid-inspired illustrations, featured in publications such as "Red Sonja" and "Spawn," can be seen at GalaxyFest, Friday through Sunday at the Antlers Hilton.

  • Be a champ on St. Patrick's Day with buttery scallion champ


    With St. Patrick's Day looming, let's whip up some champ, a rich and rustic Irish dish of mashed potatoes flecked with scallions and topped with butter. It couldn't be simpler, but as always, the devil is in the details. Let's start with a champ primer. The dish is a relative of the better known colcannon, and both dishes — served as sides to a variety of meat dishes — date back at least several hundred years. But while colcannon adds kale — or sometimes cabbage — to the mashed potatoes, champ uses scallions or leeks. The classic potato to use in this dish is the russet, also called the baking potato. Here in the U.S., the most famous russet is the Idaho. High-starch and thick-skinned, russets cook up fluffy and light

  • WATCH: Madonna falls off stage at Brit Awards

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Madonna tumbled down a set of stairs and landed awkwardly, apparently after a dancer tried to remove a cape she was wearing at the start of her routine, the BBC reports. But she recovered and returned to continue her song, Living For Love. The 56-year-old issued a statement later saying she was "fine" and that her cape had been "tied too tight".

  • Capsule reviews of feature films


    AMERICAN SNIPER. 3 stars. Bradley Cooper delivers a powerful turn as Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL credited with the most kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Clint Eastwood directs this taut Iraq War-era drama, although the sequences with Kyle returning stateside are diminished by textbook scenarios of family dysfunction and discord. 2 hrs. 12 R (violence, profanity, adult themes) — Steven Rea BIRDMAN. 4 stars. Michael Keaton is a faded Hollywood star trying to reclaim his career by mounting a Broadway drama in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s fierce, funny, breathless dive inside the head of a man in deep trouble. An exhilarating, out-of-the-blue masterwork that ranks as not just one of the best films of the year, but

  • Turnaround in downtown Oakland


    OAKLAND, Calif. — Boarded-up windows in the wake of street demonstrations have become a familiar sight in downtown Oakland, but business and civic leaders can tout a new set of images to define the city’s urban heart: a growing crop of tech company offices, crowds for lunch and an emerging art and dining hub. Gone is the 8-to-5, Monday-through-Friday downtown Oakland of the past, when sunset triggered the door locks. Now, the downtown bustles after dark, and a younger, hipper crowd has joined the mix, bringing energy, money and jobs to the area. “It reminds me of San Francisco,” said Alex Rota, a San Jose resident who works at a game developer in downtown Oakland. “I haven’t had a bad meal here yet.

  • Griddly Games: A review of 3 family board games

    Ryan Morgenegg, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Griddly Games is a small family games publisher that lives by the monikers, 'This just isn't play, it's play time' and 'games that get you going.' This is a review of three games.

  • Tickets on sale TODAY to Chicago's May 13 Tulsa show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    CATOOSA – Chicago is planning its third concert at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 770 W Cherokee Street, after selling out two previous gigs at the venue. The band, which has sold more than 100 million records and notched 21 Top 10 singles, will play May 13 at The Joint inside the Hard […]