• In Oklahoma City and around the state

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    Events in Oklahoma City and around the state

  • Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV series 'The Avengers,' dies

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93. Macnee died Thursday of natural causes with his family at his bedside in Rancho Mirage, his son Rupert said in a statement. The clever spy drama, which began in 1961 in Britain, debuted in the United States in 1966. It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades afterward. Macnee's umbrella-wielding character appeared in all but two episodes, accompanied by a string of beautiful women who were his sidekicks. The most popular was likely Diana Rigg, who played sexy junior agent Emma Peel from 1965 to 1968.

  • Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants. Univision said Thursday it would pull the plug on its Spanish-language coverage of the pageant July 12 by its UniMas network. It also has severed its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss USA pageant, due to what it called "insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" by Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe.

  • Grace Potter rocks with the Stones, rolls into OKC

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Grace Potter, who will be part of OKCFest, talks about her time onstage with the Rolling Stones.

  • Noah Wyle, wife Sara Wells welcome baby daughter

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Noah Wyle and his wife welcomed a baby girl this week. Wyle's wife, actress Sara Wells, gave birth to Frances Harper Wyle on Monday, the actor's spokeswoman said. Mother and daughter are doing well, and Wyle was described as being "over the moon." Wyle and Wells married last summer at his Santa Barbara, California, ranch. Wyle has a son and daughter from his first marriage, to Tracy Warbin. Wyle, who gained fame in the hit medical drama "ER," stars in TNT's "Falling Skies," which begins its fifth and final season Sunday. Wells' TV credits include "Nip/Tuck" and "Californication.

  • Wyle talks aliens, animals as end of 'Falling Skies' nears

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Noah Wyle's life during the past five years has been divided neatly between bucolic and demanding. At his Santa Barbara-area ranch, Wyle has been happily surrounded by his wife, actress Sara Wells; his son and daughter; and rescue animals, including a pair of miniature horses that, as the former "ER" star puts it, "do nothing but stand there and look cute." "I have sort of a love ranch. Everybody's in harmony: dogs and cats and ducks all wandering around," Wyle said. There's an important new member of the brood: Wells gave birth Monday to their daughter, Frances Harper Wyle. (Wyle's other two children are from his first marriage to Tracy Warbin.

  • Correction: Obit-Dick Van Patten story

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story June 23 on the death of Dick Van Patten, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Daniel Bernstein was Van Patten's publicist. In fact, he was a former publicist for the actor. Van Patten's publicist at the time of his death was Jeffrey Ballard. A corrected version of the story is below: 'Eight is Enough' star Dick Van Patten dies at 86 Veteran actor, 'Eight Is Enough' star Dick Van Patten dies at 86 By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who premiered on Broadway as a child, starred on television in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV's "Eight is Enough,"

  • Irate French taxi drivers smash cars in strike against Uber

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem. Travelers going to and from the airport were forced to walk alongside highways with their bags, while others, including singer Courtney Love, had their cars set upon by striking taxi drivers. "They've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage," Love tweeted. "They're beating the cars with metal bats.

  • Coroner confirms James Horner's death, rules it accidental

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California medical examiner's office confirmed Thursday that Oscar-winning composer James Horner was the pilot killed in a plane crash this week, and the death has been ruled an accident. The cause of Horner's death was blunt force trauma from the crash, said Ventura County Deputy Medical Examiner Zeb Dunn, who also confirmed Horner's identity. The 61-year-old "Titanic" and "Avatar" composer died Monday when his plane crashed and burned in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. People who fueled Horner's single-engine plane confirmed that he had taken off in the aircraft, Horner's lawyer Jay Cooper told The Associated Press earlier t

  • B.B. King's business manager is made executor of his estate

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King's longtime business manager was named sole executor of his estate Thursday, despite objections from a lawyer for four of the late blues icon's daughters. Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman first refused to let prominent national attorneys Benjamin Crump and Jose Baez contest King's will on behalf of daughters Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree. The will, filed in January 2007, puts LaVerne Toney alone in charge of administering King's assets, his property and his trust. The trust documents have not been filed publicly. The judge then rejected efforts by Las Vegas attorney Larissa Drohobyczer to cast Toney as having misused her power of attorney while B.B.

  • Musician, filmmaker, Rob Zombie to take stage at El Paso Downtown StreetFest

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie would prefer that you either love or hate his music and films rather than dismiss them. "I think usually there are two types of criticisms you want — either it's awesome or it sucks," Zombie said in a phone interview before a concert in Pittsburgh. "If you were generic, you'd be dismissed. I've heard bands before and thought, 'This is terrible, but there's something special going on. They're not great yet, but something is going on.' Some bands are polished, but generic. Who cares?" Zombie speaks from experience. His former band White Zombie's early releases were both praised and bashed by various rock critics.

  • Review: 'Max,' about a kid, his dog and those gun smugglers

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    It's officially summer. What better time for a heartwarming caper movie about a troubled but noble Texas teen, his troubled but noble dog, and those crazy mean gun smugglers they tangle with? Yes, we said crazy mean gun smugglers. Mexican cartels, too. If that doesn't sound like normal PG-rated fare to you, well, you're right, there's nothing too normal about "Max." Billed as a family adventure, this movie is probably best described as a mix of "Lassie" and "No Country for Old Men." It's like they invited the Coen brothers — or maybe Quentin Tarantino — to script a few scenes of a "Dora the Explorer" episode.

  • 'Ted 2,' 'Inside Out,' 'Jurassic World' to fight for No. 1 at the box office

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — There’s a three-way race this weekend as “Ted 2,” “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World” rack up ticket sales that could put June within range of being the biggest month ever at the box office. The films are tracking to deliver a combined $150 million in ticket sales this weekend. With about $950 million collected so far in June as of Wednesday, according to film research firm Rentrak, the month could topple the record $1.4 billion made in July 2011 when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” ruled the cineplex. Even if the month falls short, it will still have been an impressive run considering analysts were initially worried ticket sales were lagging when big movies such as “Tomorrowla

  • Gawker wins lawsuit against FBI in Hulk Hogan sex tape case

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the FBI to turn over evidence related to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's sex tape. Gawker sued the FBI after it refused a Freedom of Information Act request for the evidence, which could find its way into Hogan's invasion of privacy suit against the gossip site. Hogan sued Gawker after it published parts of the sex tape in 2012. According to documents, Hogan's lawyer contacted the FBI. The U.S. attorney's office decided not to prosecute anyone, but the FBI accumulated lots of evidence related to the tape. In 2013, Gawker filed a FOIA request with the FBI for the evidence and planned to use it in its defense against Hogan. The judge in Tampa on Wednesday ord

  • Disney crosses $1 billion at domestic box office in record time

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Studios announced Thursday it has crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office after 174 days, beating its previous record of 188 days in 2012. This is the 10th consecutive year and the 19th year overall that the studio has surpassed the box office milestone. “From reimagined classics to massive superhero adventures to original emotional stories, all of our brands have delivered top-notch storytelling this year,” Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution, said in a statement. “We’re pleased that audiences across the country have embraced our films, and are seeing them the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen.

  • Political protest, art, exotic travel color Paris menswear

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Art, fashion and exotic travel merged in Thursday's energetic installment of Paris' spring-summer 2016 menswear shows. And fashion week's necessary dose of controversy was found in the form of an unauthorized political protest at Rick Owens. Here are the highlights, including show reports from Louis Vuitton, Owens and Issey Miyake. ___ LOUIS VUITTON MERGES CULTURES Louis Vuitton seems to have clocked up the most air miles this season, and not just because of its jet set front row — Kanye West, Joe Jonas, Marianne Faithfull and Zayn Malik. Designer Kim Jones traveled around the world in his indigo-rich show, merging styles as diverse Thai tribal dress, South East Asian national costumes, Amer

  • Buffalo museum launches gaming app built around artwork

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The newest work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a gaming app meant to put modern and contemporary art in front of kids by way of their smartphones. ArtGames 2.0 will be available for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores on Saturday. Developers at the museum's new Innovation Lab worked with artists including Do Ho Suh and Jason Middlebrook to develop games built around their artistic concepts. All eight games are inspired by works in the Albright-Knox collection. The "Equilibrian" game, based on Piet Mondrian's "Composition No. 11," for example, assigns measures of weight to primary colors and challenges players to use the colors to fill in and level a floating geographic plane.

  • Fox's 'Boom!' is trivia game show with a messy twist

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Boom!" host Tom Papa says he finds himself rooting for some of the contestants on the new Fox game show. And others? Not so much. The show, which premieres Thursday night (8 p.m. EDT), features teams of three players who must defuse a series of ticking "slime-bombs" by cutting wires relating to correct answers of multiple choice questions and leaving the wrong answers untouched. If the right wires are cut and the slime- bombs are defused, the players win money. If they're wrong, or run out of time, they are showered with goop, forcing them out of the game.

  • Second 'Ted' tickles the funny bone

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    When it comes to writing reviews, movies about dying are easy, and comedies are hard. Because one man’s mirth is another man’s poison, this critic can only consult his belly as the barometer. On a gut level, “Ted 2” is a funny film. As in the previous installment, writer and director Seth MacFarlane voices the title character, a 2-foot-tall teddy bear who came alive after a young Bostonian named John Bennett made a wish. Three decades later, John (Mark Wahlberg, lovably dumb) is a divorced grown-up, and Ted is his ageless alter-ego, a foul-mouthed, intoxicated tour guide through Neverland. Soon after Ted weds brassy bimbo Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), their interspecies marriage is in the doldrums.

  • 'Max' is a cute canine caper

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    He’s got four paws for patriotism and a nose for trouble. In the killing fields of Kandahar, they call him ... American Sniffer. If Clint Eastwood had directed a war-dog story like “Max,” it might have been a bloody chew toy for a victory-starved public. But writer and director Boaz Yakin (“Rember the Titans”) is more interested in pulling heartstrings than waving flags. “Max” is an old-style adventure movie for kids, with a bike-riding boy as Roy Rogers and a Belgian Shepherd as his canine companion. The boy is Justin Wincott (Josh Wiggins), a mid-teen who lives in East Texas with his doting mother, Pam (Lauren Graham), and gruff, battle-scarred father, Ray (Thomas Haden Church).