• Asterix artist, daughter call truce in family feud

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — The artist behind the famous French comic book Asterix has ended a years-long family feud over control of the valuable cartoon icon. Albert Uderzo, 87, said in a statement on Friday that he and his daughter "have decided to withdraw all pending lawsuits, complaints and procedures" that have torn the family apart since 2007. Asterix has appeared in 35 volumes that have sold more than 350 million copies around the world since Uderzo created the feisty Gaul with writing partner Rene Goscinny in 1959. In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde in December, Uderzo called his son-in-law an "ignoble person" and "dowry chaser." Uderzo and his daughter sold ownership of the character to French publisher

  • Correction: Movie Drones story

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about the Federal Aviation Administration granting permits for drones to be used in moviemaking, The Associated Press reported erroneously that ConocoPhillips was the only company previously granted a permit for commercial drone fights. BP also had been granted a permit.

  • Veteran rocker Bob Seger announces tour dates

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Veteran rocker Bob Seger is going to try out his "Night Moves" once again. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer announced Thursday that he and the Silver Bullet Band are hitting the road for a North American tour in support of the upcoming album, "Ride Out." According to Seger's website, the first leg of the tour begins Nov. 19 in Saginaw and makes nearly two-dozen stops across the U.S. and Canada until a final show in Los Angeles at the end of February. "Ride Out" will be released Oct. 14. It's the 69-year-old Detroit-based singer's first studio album in eight years. Seger's hits include "Old Time Rock And Roll," ''Night Moves" and "Against The Wind." ___ Online: http://www.bobseger.

  • 'Daily Show' airs controversial Redskins segment

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" has aired a controversial segment pitting Washington Redskins fans against a group of American Indians who want the team to change its mascot. The segment got attention days before airing after one of the Redskins fans told The Washington Post she left the confrontation in tears and felt so threatened she called police. The segment initially shows the two groups being interviewed separately. At the end, the American Indians walk in on the Redskins fans. Before airing the segment Thursday, Stewart told viewers the program doesn't broadcast pieces if a subject has been intentionally misled or their comments misrepresented.

  • Barbra Streisand sets a new record

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Barbra Streisand's latest No. 1 album is making history, says CNN. According to Billboard , the singer's new release, "Partners," has debuted at the top spot on this week's Billboard 200 album chart. "Partners," which was released on September 16, is Streisand's 10th No. 1. But perhaps more impressively, the album's strong debut also makes Streisand the first artist to have a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades.

  • Blues Trail to honor producer Mitchell

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    ASHLAND, Miss. (AP) — Willie Mitchell, a record producer and musician who worked with Al Green and other stars, will receive a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ashland Town Square. Mitchell was born in Ashland in north Mississippi in 1928. He died in Memphis in 2010 at the age of 81. In the 1970s, Mitchell owned Hi Records of Memphis, the label that produced some of Green's biggest hits. He also was responsible for several instrumental hits of the 1960s. He received a Trustees Award from the Grammy Foundation in 2008. A trumpeter, Mitchell and his band provided the musical entertainment at several New Year's Eve parties for Elvis Presley at Presley's Graceland home

  • Keillor's 'Radio Man' to open at History Theatre

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Humorist and best-selling author Garrison Keillor can now add playwright to his list of achievements. Keillor's first-full length play, "Radio Man," is set to debut Saturday night at the History Theatre in downtown St. Paul. The play's main character, called "The Host," is modeled after Keillor, creator and host of public radio's popular "A Prairie Home Companion." Actor Pearce Bunting plays The Host. Bunting's credits include HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Keillor and Richard Dworsky, who leads The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on "Prairie Home," wrote the songs. "Radio Man" runs through Oct. 26. ___ Online: http://www.historytheatre.

  • Low-budget talk-show host Skip E. Lowe dies at 85

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When an earnest but sometimes inept talk-show host took to public-access television in 1978 with a celebrity name-dropping show, it seemed incongruous that Skip E. Lowe would somehow outlast every other TV host from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno. For one thing, his show aired on the kind of cable channels that carry school board meetings. For another, many of his guests were faded stars people weren't sure were still alive. But the former child actor, who died Monday at age 85 of complications of emphysema, did just that. Lowe filmed "Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood" for 36 years, broadcasting it on cable TV outlets in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. He filmed the last one just two weeks ago.

  • Album Review: Chris Brown, 'X' (RCA Records)

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Album Review: Chris Brown, “X” (RCA Records)

  • Cherokee Maidens make Western swing into Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Oklahoma-Kansas trio Cherokee Maidens and their backing band Sycamore Swing will perform Thursday, the opening day of the 18th annual Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, which continues through Oct. 4 in Guthrie.

  • Oklahoma City's Plaza District Festival to celebrate its Sweet 16

    By Nathan Poppe, Kyle Schwab, Dave Cathey and Becky Carman | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    From noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, more than 40 Oklahoma artist booths will line the 1700 block of NW 16 in Oklahoma City while local musicians and performers entertain at the 16th annual Plaza District Festival.

  • Movie Review: 'The Boxtrolls'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Only a lukewarm story keeps the stunning stop-motion animated film “The Boxtrolls” from being truly great.

  • Album Review: Aphex Twin, 'SYRO' (Warp Records)

    BY BEAU BLACKSTOCK, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Album Review: Aphex Twin, “SYRO” (Warp Records)

  • Album Review: The Drums, 'Encyclopedia' (Minor Records)

    By Kellen McGugan, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Album Review: The Drums, ‘Encyclopedia’ (Minor Records)

  • Fitz and the Tantrums to rock OKC Downtown Airpark

    BY GENE TRIPLETT, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Fitz co-founder James King talks about live shows, collaborating and getting recognized in Ohio. Fitz and the Tantrums will perform Thursday at the Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma Band Q&A: Caleb McGee

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Soulful Norman singer/songwriter Caleb McGee talks about Motown influence, his residency at The Deli and the Norman Music Festival.

  • Captain America, Thor, Iron Man get shaken up

    By Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    New Thor will be a woman; Captain America replaced by former crimefighting partner

  • CBS analyst Simms stays away from 'Redskins'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS lead analyst Phil Simms referred awkwardly to "the Washington team" early in the Redskins' nationally televised game against the New York Giants on Thursday night. Otherwise, his decision not to say the NFL club's nickname wasn't very conspicuous. Simms first told The Associated Press last month that he would refer to the team only as "Washington" during the broadcast. He said he wasn't taking sides on whether the club should change its nickname, but he was sensitive to complaints that the term is offensive. Simms' broadcast partner, play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, used "Redskins" as usual Thursday, so the word was still heard plenty during the telecast. Nantz said last month that it's "not my jo

  • An 'unlikely father of five': Comedian Jim Gaffigan talks about the rewards, challenges of parenting

    Aaron Shill, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    There was a time in his life when Jim Gaffigan would get on an airplane, see a parent with a child and think, “Weirdo, why would you do that to yourself?”

  • Oliver adds journalism to his comedy

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In poking fun at the Miss America pageant on the most recent episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver reached for the comedic equivalent of low-hanging fruit. Then he veered into something wholly unexpected — investigative journalism. His subsequent report questioning the pageant's scholarship program was the latest example of how Oliver has quickly moved beyond his roots at "The Daily Show" to produce something distinctive, and usually hilarious. Oliver, who subbed for Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show" last summer and began his own HBO weekly show in April, often devotes about half of his 30 minutes to a single topic below the headlines.