• Movie Review: "The Interview" isn't a Christmas miracle

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    As I dished out $6 to watch a stream of “The Interview,” I was reminded of the experience of an actual interview. The ones I do on the daily. For this film, I did my research. I tried to filter out an exceptional amount of hype. I set time aside, especially for my subject. I […]

  • Movie review: 'Unbroken' (with video)

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    A version of this review will appear in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars. Movie Review: ‘Unbroken’ “Unbroken,” the remarkable true story of Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, is finally making it to the silver screen. In her second feature as a director, Angelina Jolie […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 25, 2014: Hear Hosty Duo's Christmas show at The Deli

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Merry Christmas! Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Hear Oklahoma’s own Hosty Duo play The Deli Christmas Show at 10 tonight at The Deli, 309 White Street. For more information, go to thedeli.us. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • Movie review: 'Into the Woods' (with video)

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    A version of this review will appear in Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman. 2 of 4 stars. Movie Review: ‘Into the Woods’ The long-awaited screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” has its moments, but unfortunately, plain ones outnumber the grand in the often-plodding fairytale mashup. The long-awaited screen adaptation of […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth, 'I'll Be Home for Christmas'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Merry Christmas! Here’s a video to get you in the spirit: Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth singing the seasonal classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” as a bonus track for her new live album “Coming Home,” which was recorded in her hometown’s Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. To read my review of the album, click here. […]

  • 10 Oklahoma Christmas photos you must see

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Christmas is here, everyone! That means spending time with family and friends, perhaps attending a church service or two, and being grateful for what we all have. In the event you’re surfing NewsOK today, here are 10 Christmas-related Oklahoma photos you just have to see.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Pentatonix has fourth-biggest selling album of 2014 with 'That's Christmas to Me.'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Grammy-nominated vocal sensations Pentatonix have scored the fourth-biggest selling album of 2014 with “That’s Christmas To Me,” surpassing Beyonce’s “Beyonce.” The album, which has scanned more than 1 million copies in the U.S., also continues its domination as the No. 1 best-selling CD and MP3 album of the year on Amazon, according to a news […]

  • 'A Christmas Carol' frequently found in comics

    Matthew Price | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The Charles Dickens classic story “A Christmas Carol” has come to comics many times.  The following is an update of a column I originally wrote in 2011 about the story and some of its comic-book counterparts. “A Christmas Carol” has frequently been remixed into comics. English author Charles Dickens’ novella, first published in 1843, features […]

  • Tulsa homebrew shop, winery, to sell mead

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    In making my usual checks to see what new beers are making their way to Oklahoma, I discovered an interesting drink label recently: I thought to myself, “I wonder if High Gravity is the same thing as the Tulsa homebrew shop by the same name?” So I sent an email off the Desiree Knott, who […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Renee Fleming and Kelli O'Hara, "Silver Bells"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Here’s something gorgeous to please your ears and warm your heart for Christmas: famed diva Renee Fleming and Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara singing one of the beautiful rendition of “Silver Bells” I’ve ever heard. The duet appears on Fleming’s new holiday album “Christmas in New York.” As previously reported, O’Hara will make her Metropolitan Opera […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 24, 2014: Check out the Chesapeake Energy Holiday Lights Display

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Today’s featured event: A highlight of northwest Oklahoma City’s holiday celebration since 1999, the Chesapeake Energy Holiday Lights Display features about eight city blocks decked out for the holiday season surrounding Chesapeake Energy’s main Oklahoma City campus at NW 63 and Western. The fantastic light show features more than 61,000 strands of lights containing 4.3 […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Blake Shelton covers Country Weekly, plays Operation Halftime

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The past year saw great success and exposure for country music, but Country Weekly has picked Oklahoma superstar Blake Shelton to cover its Dec. 29 “year in review” issue, now on sale. As the magazine notes, the Tishomingo resident was all over the musical map with his regular stint – and another win – on […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Joe Cocker with Leon Russell, "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    A distinctive voice in rock ‘n’ roll has been silenced, as British singer Joe Cocker died Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. He was 70. Cocker became a star through his dazzling transformation of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Featuring a gospel-styled […]

  • Video: Oklahoma City Ballet dances to "Shake It Off" to end successful "Nutcracker" run

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Check out this fun video of Oklahoma City Ballet dancers shaking it to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” after the end of Act I of “The Nutcracker” Monday night at the Civic Center. Monday’s performance capped the company’s 10-show hometown run that was attended by about 20,000 people, said an OKC Ballet spokeswoman. The all-new […]

  • Photos: Toby Keith named OU Patriot of the Game to cap big 2014

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    A proud supporter of U.S. military men and women and their families, Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith capped an big year in that regard with another exceptional honor. The Oklahoma native was named Patriot of the Game at the Dec. 6 football contest between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, according to a […]

  • Video: Idabel, "Breadwinner"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Check out the cool black-and-white video for the single “Breadwinner” from Oklahoma City Americana band Idabel. The video was directed by Joe Cappa. Members of the band recently told my fine colleague Becky Carman that they’re working on an EP they hope to have out this winter. To read the Q&A, click here. -BAM

  • Video: Tulsa's Circle Cinema books "The Interview" for Christmas Day opening

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Tulsa’s Circle Cinema has booked “The Interview” after Sony Pictures announced today that it had secured the embattled R-rated action-comedy a limited theatrical release. Last week, about 80 percent of the theaters in the United States and Canada refused to show “The Interview” in the face of a terror threat. But over the last day […]

  • "Sing-Off" champions Home Free to perform April 30 show in Oklahoma City area; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    MIDWEST CITY – Minnesota-based country a cappella band Home Free, crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” last December, will take the stage April 30 at Rose State Performing Arts Theatre, 6420 SE 15. Ticket prices are $30 in advance for general admission and $100 for VIP packages; ticket prices increase $3 day of […]

  • Video: Shane Henry & Maggie McClure to play original song "First Thing On My Christmas List" during Thunder halftime tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Oklahoma musicians Shane Henry and Maggie McClure, who now live in Los Angeles but are home for the holidays, are booked to play the halftime show for tonight’s Thunder-Trail Blazers game at 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Arena. The couple will be performing their original holiday song “First Thing On My Christmas List” and “Baby it’s […]

  • Behold, the most dangerous anti-gun PSA ever

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    It doesn’t matter what you feel about guns, you gotta admit this anti-gun PSA is dangerous.