• 7 books to read before seeing the movie


    Does someone in your home know the difference between a “Divergent” faction and a “Hunger Games” district? Did your kids watch the “Harry Potter” movies and discuss all the changes (for better or worse) between the books and the eight films? Does a thrilling adaptation get them excited about a book? Maybe you insist they read the book before seeing the movie. Whatever the case in your home, you both have a lot to look forward to: 2015 promises a blockbuster lineup of page-to-screen adaptations of children’s and young adult books. Here are seven books kids and teens (and you!) should read before you see the movie versions.

  • Movie review: ‘A Girl Like Her’ is an uncomfortable, powerful portrayal of bullying


    Parents need to know that ”A Girl Like Her” is a fictionalized documentary-style film about two teen girls: a high school sophomore who attempts suicide and the other 16-year-old who’s revealed to be her bully. Unlike the actual documentary ”Bully,” which followed several students across the country dealing with bullying, this movie looks at things from the bully’s perspective — after the victim is in the hospital. There’s some strong language (most uses of words like “bitch” and ”f—k” are bleeped, but “ass,” “whore,” “slut,” “stupid,” “douche,” etc. aren’t) and disturbing scenes of the attempted suicide, the bullying that led to it, and the hospitalized teen.

  • Clare Vivier’s growing lifestyle collection can no longer fit in a tote


    LOS ANGELES — Clare Vivier has turned her love of French chic and American prep — and a search for the perfect, non-corporate-looking work bag — into a made-in-L.A. success story. Her collection launched eight years ago with a single vegetable-tanned leather tote called La Tropezienne, manufactured in Los Angeles. Buoyed by the early support of social media, it has grown to include small accessories, gifts, stationery and French-phrase T-shirts. Available at 300 outlets worldwide, it is on the way to becoming an American lifestyle brand — maybe even the next Kate Spade. “I have a lot of admiration for what Kate and Andy built,” said Vivier, 44. “I also like what Vanessa Bruno did, starting with bags and then doi

  • Project close to producer's heart; mother died of cancer


    Ken Burns has been at the forefront of documentary filmmaking for more than a decade. He is presenting “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies,” a three-part, six-hour documentary directed by filmmaker Barak Goodman. Burns is the executive producer, and it will air on PBS today and Tuesday. The project, which includes the documentary and a comprehensive national engagement campaign, is a collaboration between Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures, WETA, Ark Media, Stand Up to Cancer and an array of other project supporters, and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

  • Movie review: ‘Home’ is a sweet, animated alien comedy for kids


    Parents need to know that “Home” is based on Adam Rex's children's book “The True Meaning of Smekday.” This skillfully animated movie creates a believable world in which aliens known as The Boov, running from their enemies, must find a new planet to inhabit … so they take over Earth. Human families get broken up in the forced relocations that follow, and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) is separated from her mother — which could be upsetting for small children. She teams up with Oh (Jim Parsons), the most human-friendly of The Boov, and an adventure ensues. The invaders and their large ships could be a little scary, and at one point it looks as though a main character dies (though that's not the case).

  • Outrage over Jamie Foxx's Bruce Jenner joke at awards

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Some viewers of the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night took to social media to vent about the opening monologue, saying one controversial joke crossed the line, CNN reports. Musician and actor Jamie Foxx hosted the second annual awards show in Los Angeles. "We got some ground-breaking performances, here too, tonight," Foxx said. "We got Bruce Jenner, who will be doing some musical performances. He's doing a his-and-her duet all by himself."

  • Taylor Swift wins big at iHeartRadio Music Awards

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards started with a bang (we're of course talking about that ultra-hot Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson duet) and ended with one, too ("Peaches N Cream," anyone?). Other best moments from the night included Taylor Swift 's low-key dance party with Innovator Award winner Justin Timberlake (which was right up there with her fronting guitar for Madonna) and Nick Jonas' steamy "Chains" performance (in which he wore, well, chains). Swift was definitely the biggest winner of the night, nabbing Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Lyrics before the iHeartRadio curtains closed.

  • 2015 Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame honorees announced

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The honorees are Sally Bourne Ferrell, Chandler; Jimmie Lewis Franklin, Las Vegas, Nevada; Edwin C. McReynolds, deceased and John Wooley, Foyil.

  • Merle Haggard shines on with Oklahoma benefit concert

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    On Thursday, the hard-touring “Okie from Muskogee” singer-songwriter will begin a run of three Oklahoma performances with a fundraising show for the innovative program S.H.I.N.E. and its nonprofit foundation.

  • Carrie Underwood Shares First Photo Of Baby Boy

    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Carrie Underwood's son is only one month old, but she's already gearing up for him to lace up his skates! The singer shared the first photo of her sleeping baby boy's face on Sunday, in which the cutie is holding a mini hockey stick from his dad's team with one hand.

  • Local best-sellers in Oklahoma City and Edmond

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Local best-sellers

  • Love's songs inspired by those who are missed

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Oklahoma native Lisa Reagan Love will celebrate the release of her new album, “Realm of Dreams,” with a benefit concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday

  • Oklahoma art and theater notes, March 29

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Art and theater notes, March 29

  • Book review: 'The Memory House'

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Book review: ‘The Memory House’

  • Theater review: Comedy meets mystery in 'Murder for Two' at Oklahoma City's Lyric at the Plaza

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The touring production of “Murder for Two” is on stage at Lyric at the Plaza in Oklahoma City through April 12.

  • Oklahoma arts and nonprofits briefs

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Oklahoma arts and nonprofits briefs

  • Video & interviews: Whiz Kids Oklahoma celebrates 20 years of mentoring at-risk children

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘All about the kids’: Whiz Kids Oklahoma turns 20 Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Whiz Kids Oklahoma is nonprofit, faith-based tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk elementary schoolchildren. Their heads bent close together over a paperback, Cindy Gipson and Sariyah Green discuss […]

  • Book review: 'The Year My Mother Came Back'

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Book review: ‘The Year My Mother Came Back’

  • All fiction is fantasy, Chabon says

    By Amy Raymond, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    SHAWNEE — Michael Chabon isn’t “the least bit interested in genre distinctions.” He even goes so far as to describe “genre ghettos” in which good books get sorted and catalogued by distinctions that often become stand-ins for the idea of “good fiction” (aka literature) and everything else (sci-fi, Western, chick lit, etc.). So, to discuss the value of fantasy literature during a visit to Oklahoma Thursday for the Pioneer Library System, he began by describing himself as “genre fluid.” It’s a pretty fitting description for his work, and apparently, his reading tastes. The distinctions have perhaps done the fantasy genre the greatest disservice of all. They’ve taught us that we only

  • What to do in Oklahoma on March 29, 2015: Hear Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines at the Norman Depot

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Grammy winner Terri Hendrix and legendary producer/guitarist Lloyd Maines will bring their genre-jumping music and charismatic stage presence to the Winter Wind Concert series 2014-15 season closer at 7 tonight at The Depot, 200 S Jones. Singer/songwriter Terri Hendrix spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with […]