• Case ends for doc who prescribed drugs to Anna Nicole Smith

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A psychiatrist who prescribed drugs to Anna Nicole Smith under a false name put her legal troubles behind her Friday as a judge threw out one conviction and reduced another to a misdemeanor in the long-running legal saga years after the model's overdose death. Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, 67, was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $100 in the case, but a Los Angeles Superior Court judge stayed the term, which she already served when her case was being appealed. The re-sentencing brings the case to an end for Eroshevich, leaving only Smith's manager, Howard K. Stern, facing charges eight years after the former Playboy model and reality TV starlet died in Florida of an accidental overdose.

  • Movie review: ‘Dior and I’ documentary is a beguiling look behind the scenes

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    They don’t call it haute couture for nothing. As the involving new documentary “Dior and I” demonstrates, the “high” in high fashion indicates the complete and total seriousness, the almost religious fervor, with which the creators of serious fashion go about their work. If the ungodly star-driven media frenzy that surrounds the spring collections of the great Paris houses like Christian Dior is the public face of designer fashion, “Dior and I” shows us that what goes on behind the scenes is even more intriguing. “Dior and I” is written and directed by Frederic Tcheng, who worked as an editor and cinematographer on “Valentino: The Last Emperor.

  • Video: Toby Keith plans hometown golf classic and fundraiser benefiting Toby Keith Foundation for May 15-16

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NORMAN – Oklahoma singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is planning the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic for May 15-16, 2015 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino. “This event and our USO Tours are the best things we get to do all year,” Keith says in a news release. “I’ve been […]

  • Meadows Museum celebrates 50th anniversary with exhibit

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — An exhibit of art from a Spanish couple considered among the world's top collectors will be the cornerstone of the Meadows Museum's 50th anniversary celebration. The exhibit featuring the private collection of Juan Abello and his wife, Anna Gamazo, opens Saturday at the museum on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas. It's the first exhibit in the U.S. of their collection. More than 100 works spanning the 15th to the 20th centuries will be displayed. Artists include Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse. The Meadows Museum was founded by Dallas businessman Algur H. Meadows, who devoted his fortune collecting Spanish masterworks.

  • Northern Illinois University offers 'Game of Thrones' course

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series "Game of Thrones." The University Honors Program calls the class "Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History" and students can take the course for honors credit, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1FZj88k ). The popular cable TV show, based on books by George R.R. Martin, is in its fifth season. "It represents aspects of the Middle Ages much more realistically than other media depictions that purport to be more accurate," co-professor Valerie Garver said. "It stands out because it comments on the human condition in a way that seems real to people. It's a really good example of a piece of modern cultu

  • Back on the USA Network: Sports return with NHL playoffs

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the three decades since USA Network had last broadcast an NHL playoff game, just about everything in television watching changed. In that rapidly evolving world, the cable channel is again embracing the value of sports. USA aired two games as hockey's postseason opened this week, with more coverage planned Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the early rounds. "This is the right move for USA at this time," said Chris McCumber, the network's president. Back in the 1980s, USA was an early cable home for big-time sports, from Major League Baseball to the NBA to college football. But since losing its rights to the Masters and U.S.

  • 'Star Wars: Battlefront' unleashed at fan convention

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Force isn't merely awakening on the big screen. It's also returning to the video game realm. "Star Wars: Battlefront" publisher Electronic Arts and Swedish developer DICE showcased their next-generation rendition of the "Star Wars" multiplayer shooter Friday at Star Wars Celebration, the annual fan extravaganza celebrating the sci-fi franchise. The new iteration of "Battlefront" takes place amid the conflicts of the original film trilogy and is scheduled for release Nov. 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PCs. "Battlefront" will focus on frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players portraying Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire forces.

  • At a Glance: Internet TV options

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    How other providers stack up against Verizon's new FiOS Custom TV AMAZON Monthly price: $8.25 (only through $99-a-year Amazon Prime subscription) Live offering: None On demand: Apart from original shows such as "Transparent," offerings tend to be past seasons, plus movies. Next-day access to shows for $2 or $3 an episode. Restrictions: Not available directly on Apple TV. Prime requires one-year commitment. ___ CBS ALL-ACCESS Monthly price: $6. Live offering: Local stations in 14 markets (including suburbs) with CBS-owned stations. On demand: Day-after access to shows on mobile devices (on traditional computers, it's free without a subscription). Full seasons for many shows, not

  • The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Mel Bracht column

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Grantland’s fascinating documentary “Son of the Congo” on Serge Ibaka’s return to his native Congo has been online for a couple of weeks now, but it will make its ESPN debut at 8 p.m. Friday. Director Adam Hootnick was impressed with the access Ibaka gave his seven-person crew when they spent 10 days in the Congo with the Thunder star last July. “We got really lucky in that Serge was completely willing to just open his entire life and experience to us,” Hootnick said in a phone interview. In the documentary, Ibaka reflects on growing up with no electricity and living on the streets as a 12-year-old.

  • With critic-driven film festivals in spotlight, let’s pause to focus on big picture

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Should film critics run their own film festivals? I’m conflicted on this one. The practicalities feel a little gummy, a little sticky, but many say the results are worth it. It’s the right time to ask the question, whichever side of the rapidly deteriorating fence you’re on. Two separate critic-driven festivals are on Chicago’s radar at the moment. Continuing through Sunday, the pocket-size Champaign, Ill., charmer of a film festival known as Ebertfest was founded in 1999 by longtime Chicago Sun-Times and “At the Movies” marquee critic Roger Ebert. He started it because he could. He had his alma mater, the University of Illinois, behind the venture. He had the reverence and the contacts of various distributo

  • Cannes 2015 announces film slate; two U.S. films included in main competition field

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Whether you call it “the Olympics of cinema” (for more bloodsporting types) or “the world’s most prestigious movie gathering” (for the more genteel among us), the Cannes Film Festival is the most scrutinized of any other such confab. Long before the films are screened, the lineup is dissected with the intensity of a presidential campaign. What directors and countries make it in, which section of the festival a film lands in, what’s left out and why are all matters of no small amount of pundit hand-wringing and palm-reading. After all, as with the coastal Riviera social scene, where you are is as important as who you are.

  • Video: Carrie Underwood's greatest hits featured in DJ Earworm mashup

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Carrie Underwood’s current hit single “Little Toy Guns” is just one of an array of the seven-time Grammy winner’s biggest hits featured in a new audio and video mashup created by DJ Earworm especially for Underwood’s fans to celebrate 10 years of the Checotah native’s No. 1 hits. The mashup spans […]

  • Video: Miranda Lambert writes new song for Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vegara movie 'Hot Pursuit'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Miranda Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, revealed live on Ryan Seacrest “On Air” Thursday that she wrote a song, “Two of a Crime” after being asked by Reese Witherspoon to contribute a track for the upcoming comedy, “Hot Pursuit.” Reese texted me and told me about the movie and wanted me to […]

  • 'Monkey Kingdom': 3 points for parents

    Shawn O'Neill, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Information for parents about the film "Monkey Kingdom."

  • Russell Westbrook talks about his style sense on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has been called one of the best basketball players in the NBA right now, but he’s also generating raves off the court as a style icon, something he gets from his mother, he tells Vladimir Duthiers in an interview for “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.” Westbrook, the Thunder’s […]

  • 'Most dangerous movie ever made' being released

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    In the movie ‘Roar,’ actor/director Noel Marshall is tackled while playing with lions. His wife, Tippi Hedren, the star of Hitchcock’s “Birds,” and her daughter, a teenaged Melanie Griffith, also sustained gory injuries, Yahoo Health reports. And now the cult classic is being re-released across the U.S. this April. Roar, originally released in 1981 and returning to theaters on Friday, April 17, has been called “the most disaster-plagued pic in the Hollywood history.” The cast and crew racked up 70-some injuries during the 11-year filming of the movie, which is being released by Drafthouse Films in partnership with Olive Films.

  • Blake Shelton Turned Down a Huge Collaboration

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Blake Shelton has remained a bit of a renegade throughout his career, even after wife and fellow superstar Miranda Lambert made a an honest man out of him. His sass and swagger are as evident in his red swivel-chair on NBC’s "The Voice" as they are on his Twitter feed, but apparently, there are some lines even Shelton won’t cross, TasteOfCountry.com reports. The star recently revealed to Ryan Seacrest on the host’s KIIS radio show that if it weren’t for his more — ahem — conservative fans, there might be a Pitbull/Shelton collab pumping through our car speakers today.

  • Academy of Country Music’s Oklahoma roots run deep; Blake Shelton co-hosting Sunday's 50th ACM Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Academy of Country Music’s Oklahoma roots run deep Given the Academy of Country Music has Oklahoma ties dating back to its beginnings, it’s only fitting that the 50th ACM Awards will feature superstars with Sooner State connections shining in practically every […]

  • Celebrate the sixth annual Aphasia Awareness Concert with music of Fleetwood Mac

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Classic Fleetwood Mac hits such as “Monday Morning,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Songbird,” “Landslide” and others as performed by the Mick Fleetwood-endorsed tribute band Fleetwood Mask will hit the stage in Midland in May. Kitty Binek, the executive director of the Aphasia Center, said the evening is meant to educate people about aphasia, and that is one of the reasons that admission to the concert is free. “There will be an amazing concert … there will be information booths, booklets, and people with Aphasia to talk to you personally,” Binek said. Binek said that one of the center’s biggest challenges is to help people become aware that the disorder exists and that it is a problem

  • ‘Movie review’: No reason to click ‘like’ on ‘Unfriended’

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The teen horror movie “Unfriended” has at its core a concept that we had to know was coming: essentially, that a high-school girl wouldn’t let a little matter of being dead get in the way of being active on Facebook. For this film’s mercifully brief running time, we have six more-or-less faceless teens online — three girls, three boys — joined by another one, who may or may not be a girl named Laura who killed herself a year ago. Laura, or whoever is acting on her behalf, is understandably ticked off, and soon our shrieking teenage friends are facing Terrible Cyber-Danger From Forces Unknown and ... sorry, I just had to go check my email.