• Entertaining last-minute gift ideas with an Oklahoma flair

    By Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Christmas is less than a week away, but if you want to give an entertainment or artsy present with an Oklahoma flair, you don’t have to go far to shop for out-of-the-gift-box options.

  • Fatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. Aspiring rapper Rashad Charjuan Owens has remained jailed on capital murder charges since the March crash that authorities say happened while Owens fled police during an attempted midnight traffic stop. Hundreds of music lovers were milling outside a bustling district of clubs at the time. The crash also left nearly two dozen people injured, and organizers of the once-obscure Austin festival have faced questions since the accident about how they have managed the event's transformation in

  • NYC rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over drug trafficking. Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda, was ordered held on $2 million bail at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, failed to convince a judge that his client should be released without bail because he was framed and had no reason to run. "He is a legitimate entertainer," Greenberg said. "He is rich. He is busy. He is always on tour." The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song "Hot Boy.

  • New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge Friday approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint brought by community groups. They objected to the onslaught of the fashion industry at Damrosch Park, a 2.4-acre stretch on the Upper West Side that is adjacent to and managed by Lincoln Center. The groups argued the insular nature of the fashion shows that draw top designers and hundreds of buyers, editors and journalists violate laws governing public use of the land.

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. That the hack included terrorist threats and was focused on causing major corporate damage, rather than on stealing customer information for fraud like in the breaches at Home Depot and Target, indicates a whole new frontier has emerged in cybersecurity. Suddenly every major company co

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city. The Oakland City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks. The instrument resembles a fireplace poker, with a sharp hook on one end that is used by trainers to control the animals. Oakland is now the second California city, after Los Angeles, to ban the use of a bullhooks. The circus will stop performing in Los Angeles in summer 2016 following the approval of its ban in the spring. The Oakland ban takes effect in 2017. "(That) will be the last time we will be in Oakland because we can't perform without the elephants," said Stephen Payne

  • 'Sorority Sisters' draws criticism, loses sponsors

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1 says it's sticking with "Sorority Sisters" despite criticism of the reality show's depiction of black sorority members and the growing defection of commercial sponsors. There are no plans to change the 10-episode series that "seems to be connecting with its audience," the channel said in a statement late Wednesday. About 1.3 million people watched Monday's debut episode. The show drew protests even before airing, both when it was announced last summer and when a promotional video was released online. The video showcased typical reality show fireworks, with insults and tears among its cast of sorority members who graduated from Atlanta-area colleges.

  • Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release. Here's a look at key developments in the hack: Nov.

  • 'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters across the U.S. plugged in screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies former North Korea leader Kim Jong Il. Cleveland's Capitol Theatre said its long-planned "Team America" screening was canceled Thursday by Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the film. The theater had booked the film in October, intending it as a 10th anniversary midnight showing. Texas' Alamo Drafthouse said it had to pull its plans to s

  • Dick Van Dyke tells seniors 'Keep Moving' in upcoming book

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Van Dyke plans to put his upbeat approach to old age between covers in a new inspirational book. Weinstein Books announced Thursday that the veteran star of screen, stage and TV is calling his guide "Keep Moving, and Other Tips and Truths About Old Age." Publication is planned for the fall of 2015, just in time for his 90th birthday next December. Van Dyke promises he won't sugarcoat anything. He acknowledges that growing older typically means aches, ailments and the loss of loved ones. Nonetheless, he promises readers there's "a beautiful life waiting for you." His secret: "Just keeping moving." Still active in show business, Van Dyke is appearing in "Night at the Museum: Secret of th

  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans. Experts cautioned that hackers notoriously employ disinformation to throw investigators off their tracks, using borrowed tools, tampering with logs and inserting false references to language or nationality. The hackers are believed to have been conducting surveillance on the network at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

  • Miyamoto on 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' movie

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason. The veteran Nintendo designer behind such landmark video-game franchises as "Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong" is happy that after three years of sluggish sales for Nintendo's touchscreen-centric Wii U console, the Kyoto, Japan-based gaming giant is bouncing back, just like the famous springy plumber dreamed up 33 years ago by Miyamoto. With the recent popularity of "Super Smash Bros." and "Mario Kart 8," as well as the successful launch of the "amiibo" interactive toy figure line, Miyamoto has a few reasons to smile.

  • Broadway's 'Cabaret' to go on US tour in 2016

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Kit Kat Klub is hitting the road. Roundabout Theatre Company said Thursday its revival of the revival of "Cabaret" will launch a tour in January 2016 and visit over 20 cities in North America. Details will be revealed later. "Cabaret" centers on the world of the indulgent Kit Kat Klub in Berlin as it becomes intertwined with the world outside, which gets more precarious on the brink of World War II. The songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb include "Willkommen" and "Tomorrow Belongs to Me." The current Broadway revival, which teams up performer Alan Cumming, director Sam Mendes and choreographer Rob Marshall and the creative team from the 1998 revival, has been a hit, starring Michelle Williams and now

  • Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple's divorce judgment that ends the pair's 23-year marriage. The Jenners filed divorce petitions in September, citing irreconcilable differences. California law requires couples to wait six months to become officially divorced. Bruce Jenner won a gold medal in the men's decathlon in the 1976 Olympics, although he is best known to a younger generation as Kim Kardashian's stepfather. He and ex-wife Kris frequently appeared on the reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" along with their children.

  • Craig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of 'Late Late Show'

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, television's kinetic Scottish cutup, on Friday brings to a close his decade-long run as host of CBS' "The Late Late Show." Airing Friday at 12:35 a.m. EST, he concludes a grand stretch of silliness and smarts that, while never posing much of a ratings threat to talk-show rivals, struck a chord with a loyal following (and earned him a coveted Peabody Award for his 2009 interview with — of all people — Archbishop Desmond Tutu). Smarts with silliness. Last April, Ferguson told viewers he was stepping down. "CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are consciously uncoupling," he said, puckishly echoing the words of es

  • Musical of 'School of Rock' heading to Broadway

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rockers, rejoice: The Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" may be going, but get ready for "The School of Rock." Producers said Thursday that a musical version of the 2003 film starring Jack Black will start in early November, with an opening set for Dec. 6. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater will write new music to be added to some songs featured in the movie. The story — about a rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a tony prep school — will be adapted by Julian Fellowes, who created "Downton Abbey," as well as writing the stage musical of "Mary Poppins" and the film "Gosford Park," and be directed by Laurence Connor, who co-directed the latest "Les Miserables" on Broadway and "Mis

  • Texas theater schedules showing of "Team America"

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — If it's a comedy featuring a North Korean leader that moviegoers want, that's what they'll get. After Sony canceled the release of "The Interview," which depicts a hapless assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a Dallas-area theater pledged to screen "Team America: World Police," which lampoons Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson on Thursday advertised the Dec. 27 showing of "Team America" as a show of support for freedom. It says it marks the 10-year anniversary of the film by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which featured a puppet version of Kim Jong Il as a singing, lonely villain. Sony Corp. is dealing with the fallout

  • 5th anniversary for NYC gallery that features older artists

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan gallery that cultivates the work of older professional artists is marking its fifth anniversary. The Carter Burden Gallery is opening a special show on Thursday evening to mark the occasion. It will feature the cutting-edge work of 35 artists in a variety of media and techniques. The featured art includes sculpture, relief, photography, drawing and painting. ___ Online: www.carterburdencenter.

  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview." The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace. A U.S. official said Wednesday that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hacking to North Korea and may make an announcement in the near future.

  • $10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists. The FBI and Los Angeles recovered nine pieces of art at a West LA hotel in October, and a man was arrested, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1zxsXo4 ), citing court documents. The works, including Chagall's "Les Paysans" and Diego Rivera's "Mexican Peasant," were among a dozen swiped from the Encino home of a wealthy real estate investor on the morning of Aug. 24, 2008, by a crook or crooks who entered through the unlocked kitchen door, police said. The elderly residents were in their bedrooms and heard nothing, police sa