• Video: Vince Gill releasing new album 'Down to My Last Bad Habit' today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Country Music Hall of Famer and MCA Nashville recording artist Vince Gill, who was born in Norman and grew up in Oklahoma City, is releasing his new album "Down To My Last Bad Habit" today. As previously reported, Gill wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs on "Down To My Last Bad Habit." “Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” Gill said in a news release. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.

  • Obama recites love poem to wife on national television

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Someone call the fire department. It's about to get hot at the White House. President Barack Obama, who is spending another Valentine's Day apart from his wife, Michelle, did the next best thing short of celebrating the lovers' holiday with her: On Friday's broadcast of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the president recited a love poem he says he had planned to deliver to the first lady in person. "Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot," said Obama as he stood in front of a red curtain and amid bouquets of red roses and white lilies as Barry White-style music played in the background. "Michelle, this Valentine's Day I'm going to treat you right. I'm going to make you so

  • Ex-hunting TV show host sentenced in poaching case

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former host of a cable TV hunting show has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in a poaching operation on a remote national preserve in Alaska. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that footage of some of the illegal hunts was shown on Clark W. Dixon's cable TV show "The Syndicate." The Sportsman Channel suspended the show in September. Dixon of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, pleaded guilty in November in the case that accused him of falsely claiming to be an Alaska resident to take advantage of the state's hunting privileges. Dixon was also ordered to pay a $75,000 fine and forfeit firearms, the small plane he used to transport the animals, and the animals themselves, which wer

  • 10 picks for Valentine's Day weekend entertainment in Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. A time for romance 10 picks for entertainment this Valentine's Day weekend It may be mid-February, but Reduxion Theatre Company is tapping into the magic of “Midsummer” in honor of Valentine’s Day. The nonprofit theater company is opening its new production of William Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing romantic comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Friday.   “It has so much romance in it. It’s just brimming at the seams with romance,” said Reduxion Managing Director Erin Woods. “And it’s everyone’s favorite. Everyone knows about ‘Midsummer.

  • Make them an offer they can't refuse: Puzo archive for sale

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) — Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours. The 45-box archive, which includes multiple drafts with handwritten revisions to both the novel and the screenplay, is being sold by Boston-based RR Auction on Feb. 18. The collection covering Puzo's entire career includes manuscripts of his early books and late-career screenplays, and even his old typewriter. But there's no doubt that its thousands of pages of "Godfather" documents are the highlight. They shed light on the creative process, including the back and forth between Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola as they collaborated on the screenplay.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 12, 2016: Hear Stoney LaRue at the Diamond Ballroom

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue at 8:30 tonight at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.diamondballroom.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 Hennessy

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HENNESSY- Director Lenny Abrahamson (Room) attends the Hennessy Paradis Impérial Lounge after receiving the prestigious Outstanding Directors of the Year award during the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

  • George and Amal Clooney meet Merkel to discuss refugees

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    BERLIN (AP) — Actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal had a private meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe's efforts to help refugees. The Clooneys were accompanied by David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who now heads the aid group International Rescue Committee. "We (...) talked about the responsibilities of all states, not just European states but states around the world to deal with what is a global problem, not just a Syrian problem or a German issue," Miliband told The Associated Press after the 40-minute meeting at Merkel's office. "It's very clear that Mrs Merkel has been showing very strong leadership and example not just to Europe b

  • Movie review: Michael Moore seeks greatness in other lands in ‘Where to Invade Next’

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Looking like an unmade bed in his signature uniform of T-shirt, jeans, rumpled fatigue jacket and ball cap adorned with the Detroit Tigers logo-ed letter D (he’s a Michigan boy, don’t you know), Michael Moore places himself squarely in the center ring of all of his pictures. And there, displaying an ego as big as his waistline, with an attitude marbled with cynicism and often condescension, he plays the role of ringmaster and provocateur. He’s an outsize personality, and his look and attitudes are his brand. Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him. He brings instant attention to the important issues he spotlights, whether it’s gun violence (“Bowling for Columbine”) or inequities in the U.S. health car

  • Resisting the rom-com label: The stars and co-writer of ‘How to Be Single’ say the film is so much more

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Yes, it’s a comedy. And, yes, romance is involved. But don’t call the new film “How to Be Single,” which opened Friday in time for Valentine’s Day, a romantic comedy (or its familiar abbreviation, a rom-com). “I feel like it’s a tiny bit sexist and gets applied to movies that women are in,” said Dana Fox, who co-wrote the screenplay for the Warner Bros. film. “The classic rom-com is not what this movie is about. It’s about everything else but that. It’s a comedy about what it means to be single in a very weird time to be single.” Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann, who star in the film along with Rebel Wilson and Alison Brie, agreed that “How to Be Single” defies easy classification.

  • UK police charge boyfriend in slaying of actress, children

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    LONDON (AP) — British police say they have charged the boyfriend of a British actress with murdering her and her two young children. The Metropolitan Police force says Arthur Simpson-Kent is accused of murdering his partner Sian Blake and her children, 8-year-old Zachary and 4-year-old Amon. Simpson-Kent, 48, was arrested early Friday at Heathrow Airport after arriving on a flight from Ghana. Ghanaian police arrested him on Jan. 9 in the western coastal town of Butre. He did not fight extradition. He flew to Ghana after speaking to detectives in Britain on Dec. 16 about Blake and the children, who had been reported missing. Their bodies were found in the yard of their London home in January.

  • NBC pays tribute to black history with new Jesse Owens documentary

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The intersection of race and athletics has become an increasingly popular documentary subject, embodied most recently by ESPN’s epic O.J. Simpson series. Now NBC is offering a new entry to the canon: “More Than Gold,” a story of Jesse Owens’ historic performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, narrated by Morgan Freeman. The documentary, which debuts Sunday, is being timed to the theatrical opening later this month of “Race,” the biopic starring Stephan James as Owens from NBC sister company Focus Features. The one-hour “More Than Gold,” an uplifting jangle of a film filled with colorful details and athlete testimonials, seeks to examine the legacy of Owens.

  • Movie review: ‘A War’ effectively shows havoc that combat wreaks at home, abroad

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — “A War” is a film done exactly right about a situation gone horribly wrong. A powerful foreign language Oscar finalist, it proves yet again that agonizing moral dilemmas make for the most effective cinema. Written and directed by Denmark’s Tobias Lindholm, “A War” joins Susanne Bier’s taut 2004 “Brothers” as a superb drama dealing with collateral damage resulting from that country’s troop deployment as peacekeepers in Afghanistan. “It has defined my generation, more than anything else,” the director has said, “that we have sent young men to wars that haven’t been about defending Denmark’s borders but are based on abstract political choice.

  • WATCH: Oscars Speed Painting - Leonardo DiCaprio

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Getting ready for the Oscars? Check out this speed drawing of Leonardo DiCaprio from "The Revenant," and stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for some 2016 Academy Award®-nominated films, January 15-March 13.

  • Martin Shkreli offers Kanye West $10M for new album

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    You won't be able to purchase Kanye West's newest album if Martin Shkreli has anything to say about it. The pharmaceutical CEO, who recently made headlines after being accused of widespread securities fraud, took to Twitter on Thursday to offer the famed rapper $10 million in exchange for exclusive access to Kanye's newest album, "The Life of Pablo." West, who is no stranger to controversy and social media himself, did not immediately reply.

  • English soccer set for another fan protest at Arsenal

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Fan protests have been the theme of the week in European soccer — and there could be another on the way in the most high-profile game in the English Premier League this weekend. Against a backdrop of growing anger in England at rising ticket prices, supporters of Arsenal and Leicester could unite in protest at Emirates Stadium to highlight their unhappiness at a decision to move the game back a day — at just three days' notice — for television coverage. It will be played on Sunday lunchtime instead of Saturday afternoon. A group of Leicester fans is planning to boycott the first five minutes of the match, citing lost money on travel and accommodation booked before the alteration.

  • Oscars exchange racism for ageism

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    After being called out for a lack of diversity among Oscar nominees, the Academy has decided it's the fault of its veteran voters.

  • Phoenix comes to life this afternoon at ECU

    Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    ADA – ECU SCREENS continues the Foreign Film Festival with “Phoenix” on Friday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center at East Central University. Before the show, attendees are invited to the University Center at 3 p.m. for a German cabaret experience featuring German sweets and song provided by EMusic Department. Named one of the top five foreign language films of 2015 by the National Board of Review, “Phoenix” is free and open to the public. ECU SCREENS is collaborating with Sigma Tau Delta and The Honors Student Association to show the “beautiful and mysteriously powerful” (Wall Street Journal) German film.

  • Detroit Police Sergeant Under Investigation After Comparing Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance To KKK

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit police sergeant who allegedly criticized Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show by posting a reference to the Ku Klux Klan is being investigated. The sergeant, who was unnamed but is reportedly a 17-year veteran of the department, apparently didn’t like the halftime performance — particularly Beyonce’s dancers, who were sporting afros, berets and dressed in an all-black style similar to the Black Panther party. At one point in the performance, the dancers raised their fists to the sky and made a formation on the field in the shape of an X that, according to the sergeant, was attributed to black activist Malcolm X. The sergeant was so displeased with the performance that he took his option to his personal Facebook page, saying next year’s halftime show should include the KKK. The post included a photo of Beyonce’s dancers above a group wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes, according to a report by WJBK. It included the text: “So if the dance troupe at the top is ok for this years’ halftime show, then the one at the bottom should be ok for next years’, right?”

  • 'Zoolander 2' is too little too late for Blue Steel fans

    Josh Terry, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    If you've ever harbored a secret desire to watch Justin Bieber gunned down in an extended sequence of machine gun fire, "Zoolander 2" is your golden opportunity. Short of that, there isn't much to sell on this long-awaited sequel.




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