• "CMA Country Christmas," featuring Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Idina Menzel and more, to air Dec. 1 on ABC

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Some of the biggest names in music will come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles airing from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 on the ABC Television Network. The special is a celebration of the season featuring some of the […]

  • Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — At 69, Bob Seger says he's ready to hit the road again: He's scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. "I think I'm in pretty good shape," Seger said in a phone interview, noting that a colonoscopy from a few years ago was clean and he just had a checkup for his tour to promote "Ride Out," the album released last week and his first since 2006. The 25-city tour begins Nov. 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and continues into next year. Seger isn't saying whether he'll continue touring beyond that, though he definitely plans to continue creating music: "I just take it tour by tour." He acknowledges that it is much tougher to get radio time for his music these days, and that the

  • Sale of Joan Fontaine's house to aid animal group

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    CARMEL, Calif. (AP) — More property from the late Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine will benefit an animal welfare organization. The Monterey County Herald reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/ZCwLXA ) that proceeds from the sale of Fontaine's California home will be donated to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County. Noel Beutel, executor of Fontaine's estate, says the home in Carmel could be worth up to $3 million. Christie's announced last week that the contents of the home — including fine art, silver and furniture — would be sold at auction to benefit the SPCA. Christie's says the organization could receive more than $1 million from the sales.

  • Creator of 'Found' magazine amazed by musical

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after seeing himself onstage, Davy Rothbart was still a little dazed. The celebratory drinks afterward sure didn't hurt, but those weren't what kept him floored. He'd just watched an actor portray him in a new, semi-fictionalized musical account of the way he'd started the super-cool magazine "Found" and how its success nearly destroyed him. "It's like looking at a funhouse mirror and seeing your own life reflected back to you," Rothbart said over coffee while waiting for a movie. "It's a really wild ride. It was like doing mushrooms." A drug metaphor is sort of appropriate for the quirky and surreal musical itself.

  • Misty Upham's father says she fell to her death trying to flee police

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Actress Misty Upham’s father, Charles Upham announced on a statement in Facebook that he believes his daughter died while trying to hide from the police,fox411 reports. "She did not commit suicide," Charles wrote. "We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop-off." Upham had been missing since October 6 when her body was discovered on Thursday at the bottom of a 150-ft embankment in Auburn, Washington. The actress who had appeared in “August: Osage County” and “Django Unchained” was 32.

  • Abstract expressionism in the Southwest shown in OU exhibit

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    More than 60 works are on view in the “Macrocosm/Microcosm: Abstract Expressionism in the Southwest” show at the Fred Jones Junior Museum of Art

  • Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in DC

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former "Tonight Show" host Sunday when he received the nation's top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS. Fallon, who replaced Leno this year on "The Tonight Show" after Leno stepped down for the second time, said it was a good time to honor Leno, "a man who has done so much for NBC, so much that we had to celebrate his career on PBS.

  • Review: Emily Dickinson comes out of the shadows

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson's homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and her letters into an entrancing one-woman show, "The Belle of Amherst," that he wrote for the gifted and versatile Julie Harris in 1976. Joely Richardson breathes new life into Dickinson with an impish, high-spirited enactment in the engaging revival that opened Sunday night at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre.

  • On the road to find the world's funniest person

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they'd been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other. The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The Laugh Factory, so the idea wasn't unfamiliar. Still, it's one thing to get a liquored-up audience laughing at lines like, "Take my mother-in-law — please." It's another to bring people from across the world who dislike each other together — and hope they will laugh at each other. And yet, that's what he's trying to do with what he calls the first Funniest Person in the World competition.

  • 'Fury' blasts 'Gone Girl' from top of box office

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. "Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film to second place. Sony's "Fury" captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Fox's "Gone Girl" followed with $17.8 million. The week's top two films are R-rated adult dramas, followed by two PG family films. "The fall movie season is all about making the transition from PG-13 world of summer to the R-rated, edgier world of the fall and awards season," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 19, 2014: Hear Greg Jacobs play a Winter Wind Concert

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Red dirt crooner Greg Jacobs will bring his easygoing style to the Winter Wind Concert stage at 7 tonight. The concert, the second in the 2014-15 10-concert series, will be in the intimate atmosphere of The Depot, 200 S Jones.  Tickets are $20. Jacobs is the smoothest of all the […]

  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art explores 21st century Chinese art in new exhibit "My Generation," opening Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Museum of Art explores 21st century Chinese art in new exhibit ‘My Generation’ The new traveling exhibition “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists” at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art showcases the divergent works of more than 25 artists ranging […]

  • 'Letterman' cue card man fired for colleague clash

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman's longtime cue-card holder says he wound up cuing his own firing by getting aggressive with a colleague. Tony Mendez tells the New York Post (http://bit.ly/ZKEOSD ) in a story published Sunday he lost his job after grabbing a co-worker by the shirt Oct. 9 behind the scenes at CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman." CBS directed an inquiry to Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants. A spokesman said Worldwide Pants won't comment on personnel matters. Attempts to reach Mendez weren't immediately successful Sunday. The 69-year-old Mendez tells the Post he knows he knows he shouldn't have laid a hand on his colleague. He says Letterman wasn't apprised of any tensions between t

  • 'New Girl,' 'Cosmos' win Environmental Media Award

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — TV's "New Girl," ''Parenthood" and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" have been recognized for supporting green initiatives by the Environmental Media Association. The organization presented its Environmental Media Awards on Saturday during a gala dinner that also celebrated its 25th anniversary. Board member Ed Begley, Jr., lauded the Environmental Media Association for encouraging entertainment media to serve as a vehicle to educate the public about environmental concerns. Guests at the dinner program at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, included Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Sara Gilbert, Jeff Goldblum and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • The 10 semifinalists for World's Funniest Person

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 10 semifinalists in the World's Funniest Person competition are: — Mustapha El Atrassi, France. Born in France to a Moroccan family, El Atrassi began doing stand-up as a teenager. He appeared in a one-man show in Paris at age 16 and two years later had his own sitcom in Morocco. Since 2008, he's hosted a morning radio show in France. — Ishmo Leikola, Finland. He does stand-up in both English and Finnish, appearing at clubs throughout Europe. He won his country's stand-up rookie of the year award in 2003 and has been honored five times as the favorite performer at Tomatoes! Tomatoes!, the Nordic countries' largest comedy festival. — Vittorrio Leonardi, South Africa.

  • Brad Pitt war film wraps up London Film Festival

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Brad Pitt was bringing the London Film Festival to a storming conclusion Sunday with "Fury," David Ayer's mud- and blood-splattered tale of a tank crew in the closing days of World War II. The film offers a brutal depiction of combat, but Pitt says filming it has made him a better father to his six children with Angelina Jolie. "This role is a real study in leadership and learning to command respect and because of this, I am now a better father," said Pitt, who plays a hard-bitten sergeant in command of a Sherman tank crew played by Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal.

  • Reported 'Easy Rider' chopper sells at auction

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A motorcycle reportedly featured in "Easy Rider" has been sold for what auctioneers say was $1.35 million. The Profiles in History auction house did not identify the buyer with Saturday night's winning bid for the "Captain America" chopper. Spokeswoman Sabrina Propper says bidding was fierce for the Harley-Davidson that the house says was ridden in the 1969 movie. More than one version of the bike was built but according to the auction catalog, the one that sold was the only one to survive. The catalog says the bike — which was sold by Michael Eisenberg — was restored by Dan Haggerty. But Gordon Granger of Texas says he owns the authentic chopper and also has a certificate from

  • Oklahoma City area book signings

    Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Weekly book signings

  • Elwes' new book gives inside look at 'Princess Bride'

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Cary Elwes’ new book, “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride,” gives inside look at cult classic.

  • Book review: 'Fourth of July Creek' by Smith Henderson

    Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Book review: “Fourth of July Creek” by Smith Henderson