• Cumberbatch honored at UK Independent Film Awards

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — In-demand actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been honored for helping shine an international spotlight on Britain. Cumberbatch, who plays code-breaker Alan Turing in awards-season hopeful "The Imitation Game," was awarded the Variety prize at the British Independent Film Awards. He said it was a huge honor — although "my engagement to the woman I love is obviously the most important thing of 2014 for me." Cumberbatch is due to wed theater director Sophie Hunter. "Pride," the story of gay activists who supported striking coal miners in the 1980s, was named best film at Sunday's awards. Brendan Gleeson was named best actor for his performance as a Catholic priest in "Calvary.

  • Rita Wilson will star in Larry David's play

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Wilson is on the hook for comedian Larry David's Broadway writing and acting stage debut "Fish in the Dark." Producers said Sunday that Wilson will follow her husband Tom Hanks on Broadway in the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star's play about a death in the family. Previews will begin Feb. 2 at the Cort Theatre. Wilson made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" in 2006 and has been in "Dinner With Friends" in Los Angeles and Boston, and "Love, Loss and What I Wore" in New York and Los Angeles. Hanks starred in "Lucky Guy" last year. "Fish in the Dark" will also star Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jenn Lyon, Jerry Adl

  • Review: Bradley Cooper terrific in 'Elephant Man'

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Leave it to the Sexiest Man Alive of 2011 to give us a lesson about ugliness. Bradley Cooper quite literally transforms himself in the new Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man" from a Hollywood hunk into a man of "physical hideousness, incapacitating deformities and unremitting pain." Cooper's left hand curls uncomfortably, his left foot grows weak and gimpy, his torso drops awkwardly, his mouth twists as if paralyzed by a stroke and his voice turns into a heavy-breathing, wet lisp. It might not seem like it, but make no mistake: The production that opened Sunday at the Booth Theatre is a vanity project.

  • Barenboim bids La Scala farewell with 'Fidelio'

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    MILAN (AP) — Daniel Barenboim emerged triumphant from his last gala season opener as music director of La Scala on Sunday, bringing the entire orchestra on stage to bask in a standing ovation. "I am deeply happy for this evening and for all of these years. An evening like this doesn't come out of nowhere," Barenboim said backstage. "I feel that all we have done since 2005 had a guiding line and arrived at the point where we are today. Everyone — the singers, the soloists, the chorus, the orchestra — everyone was truly stupendous.

  • Dancing off the drawing board: Oklahoma City Ballet's new “Nutcracker” comes to the Civic Center

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    On Saturday, Oklahoma City Ballet will deck the Civic Center stage with a new production of “The Nutcracker” with newly redesigned sets and costumes funded through a $500,000 gift from Devon Energy. The expanded 10-show run of the holiday classic continues through Dec. 22, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic playing Tchaikovsky’s iconic score at each performance.

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    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Nonprofit notes, Dec. 7

  • Oklahoma features briefs, Dec. 7

    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Oklahoma features briefs, Dec. 7

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    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Oklahoma theater and art notes, Dec. 7

  • Beyonce, Pharrell, Sam Smith lead in Grammy nods

    Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The year's brightest newcomer, Sam Smith; the most nominated female in Grammy history, Beyonce; and mega-producer Pharrell led the Grammy Award nominations announced Friday, with six nominations apiece. Smith's "In the Lonely Hour," Beyonce's surprise self-titled release and Pharrell's "G I R L" will compete for the coveted album of the year, along with Beck's "Morning Phase" and Ed Sheeran's "X," the most streamed album on Spotify this year. The Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 57th annual show throughout the day on Friday.

  • Concert review: Oklahoma City Philharmonic's 'Christmas Show' offers musical joy, surprises

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Philharmonic recently kicked off the 2014 edition of its annual “Christmas Show,”

  • Theater-shooting defense lawyers seek trial delay

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case have requested another delay in James Holmes' trial, saying they don't have enough time to prepare for the Jan. 20 start date. In a motion made public Friday, the attorneys asked to push the trial back two or three months. Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., who did not immediately rule on the request, asked prosecutors to respond to the motion Friday. That response, if it was filed, has not been made public. In another motion, defense lawyers said one of their witnesses won't willingly testify at the trial because it will be televised. They asked Samour to reconsider his decision to allow television coverage.

  • Cosby accuser also testified against Marv Albert

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman who said Friday that Bill Cosby had drugged her and sexually assaulted her in 1979 also accused another famous man of attempted sexual assault: sportscaster Marv Albert, who pleaded guilty to assault and battery the day after her surprise testimony against him. P.J. Masten said in an interview with CNN that she woke up naked and bruised in a bed with Cosby in Chicago after he gave her an alcoholic drink and that she believes she was raped. She discussed the details of her allegations against Cosby in an interview with The Associated Press. Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, did not immediately return calls and emails requesting comment. Singer has denied some of the recent allegations, while anoth

  • Nominees in top categories for the Grammy Awards

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Nominees announced Friday in the top categories for the 57th annual Grammy Awards: Album of the year: "Morning Phase," Beck; "Beyonce," Beyonce; "X," Ed Sheeran; "In the Lonely Hour," Sam Smith; "G I R L," Pharrell. Record of the year: "Fancy," Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; "Chandelier," Sia; "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith; "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift; "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor. Song of the year (songwriter's award): "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish; "Chandelier," Sia and Jesse Shatkin; "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback; "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips; "Take Me to Church," Hozier.

  • Report: Threatening email sent to Sony employees

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Friday it is investigating threatening emails sent to some employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was hit by a cyberattack last week that disrupted its computer system and spewed confidential information onto the Internet. The FBI was trying to identify the person or group responsible, the agency said in a statement. It did not provide any details. However, the trade paper Variety said the email written in broken English claimed to be from the head of the GOP — short for Guardians of Peace — the same group that took credit for last week's attack. "Removing Sony Pictures on earth is a very tiny work for our group which is a worldwide organization.

  • Packed agenda for Prince William, Kate in NYC, DC

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Among the roughly 5 million visitors expected in New York this holiday season, at least two are certain to get the royal treatment: Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate. They are due to arrive Sunday for the first trip either has made to the United States' biggest city, and William also is set to visit the nation's capital for the first time. A few things to know: ___ THE GAME PLAN Properly known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the royals are making their first official visit to the United States since a 2011 jaunt to California. (William made a personal trip to a friend's Memphis, Tennessee, wedding this May with his brother, Prince Harry.

  • Greece outraged by British Museum sculpture loan

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — One of the British Museum's much-disputed Parthenon Marbles was unveiled Friday after being sent in secret to Russia — a surprise move that outraged Greece, which has long demanded the return of the artifacts. The loan of the piece, an elegant depiction of the Greek river god Ilissos, was the first time in two centuries that any of the contested sculptures has left Britain — and raised questions of timing amid growing tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine and other disputes. Greece reacted with fury. "Greeks identify with our history and culture! Which cannot be sliced up, loaned or given away!" Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras fumed in a sharply worded statement punctuated with exclam

  • Crew removes graffiti on Cosby's Hollywood star

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Graffiti commenting on sex abuse allegations against Bill Cosby were removed Friday from the comedian's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The word "rapist" was scrawled on Cosby's star three times, according a photo that Houston television station KRIV-Fox 26 said it received from a viewer and posted on its website Thursday. The comedian has been accused by more than a dozen women of drugging them and sexual abuse, but he has never been charged with a crime. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the stars embedded in several sidewalks in Hollywood, wrote in a statement that the stars were intended to celebrate the positive contributions of its inductees.

  • Police: Rapper Beanie Sigel awake after shooting

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Beanie Sigel was shot in the abdomen outside a home in New Jersey on Friday, police said. Authorities and Sigel's lawyer initially called the wound life-threatening, but hospital officials told police that the 40-year-old rapper was awake Friday afternoon after surgery, Pleasantville police Chief Jose Ruiz told The Associated Press. Investigators were on their way to try to interview him, he said. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, and another man were found injured outside the home Friday morning. The other man refused medical treatment and was uncooperative, police said. There may be "some type of family relationship" between the two men, but investigators aren't sure yet, Ruiz

  • CNN's Candy Crowley moving on after 27 years

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran newswoman Candy Crowley is leaving CNN after 27 years. Crowley, the network's chief political correspondent and anchor of "State of the Union," will exit at the end of this month, she said Friday. Her final appearance hosting the "State of the Union" political broadcast is Dec. 21. She said she doesn't yet know her next stop, but said her departure has been years in the making. She first got the itch just before the 2008 campaign, she recalled — then things got interesting with the entry of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama into the race. She couldn't tear herself away. Two years later she was offered "State of the Union.

  • Nielsen: 9 million viewers for 'Peter Pan Live'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Peter Pan Live" didn't exactly fly for NBC. The three-hour live musical starring Allison Williams reached 9.1 million viewers Thursday night, or just under half the audience that watched "The Sound of Music" last December, the Nielsen company said on Friday. The unexpected crowd of 18.6 million people last year had NBC swiftly looking for another live production. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said he didn't expect to match last year's ratings because "The Sound of Music" was the first event of its type on TV in many years. "We're very pleased with the 'Peter Pan' ratings and it was a great night for NBC," he said. "We won every hour, which hasn't happened on Thursday with entertainment