• 'Pete the Cat' author to visit Oklahoma City libraries this week

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Litwin will perform three times in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area in the coming week.

  • How to fly free forever: Put $170 million on your AmEx

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life. All because he bought a painting. Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani's "Reclining Nude" at a Christie's auction this month — offering $170.4 million — and when the sale closes he'll be putting it on his American Express card. Liu, a high-profile collector of Chinese antiquities and art, has used his AmEx in the past when he's won art auctions. He put a $36 million tea cup from the Ming Dynasty on his AmEx last year, according to reports, and put other artifacts on his card this year.

  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's Wild Rehearsal Dinner

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    These families are ready to get down and party! Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello kicked off their wedding weekend, and it's fair to say the festivities are in full force. Their families gathered at Café Boulud in Palm Beach Saturday night for a glamorous rehearsal dinner. The Modern Family actress looked gorgeous in a white dress while her husband-to-be looked as handsome as ever in a blue suit.

  • London houseboat source of squall in Wayne Coyne divorce

    Brianna Bailey | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and estranged common-law wife Michelle Martin are fighting in court over proceeds from the sale of a 1920s-era London houseboat.  The houseboat, named Pelican, is moored in West London and was once meant to be a home for Michelle Martin, but she has been unable to live there, because Pelican needs repairs and she has struggled with immigration issues that have kept her out of the United Kingdom, according to court records. Coyne and Martin have disagreed over how to distribute proceeds from the sale of the boat.  The houseboat, described as a Humbler Keel, built around 1928, has been converted as an artist studio.

  • Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Con spotlight: Rob Liefeld

    Matthew Price | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Comic-book creator and Image Comics founder Rob Liefeld is the highlighted creator in today’s Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Con spotlight. The show will be held Nov. 20-22 at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. “I’ll be in Oklahoma City for @AmazingComicCon this weekend!! Last show of the year!! Going to be great fun!” Liefeld tweeted earlier this week. Liefeld created the “X-Force” team with a batch of new characters including Cable, Feral, Domino and Shatterstar, along with former New Mutants Cannonball, Warpath, and Boom-Boom.   The first issue, in 1991, sold an estimated 5 million copies and at the time of its release, was the

  • 'SNL' gives us the greatest holiday gift ever: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey set to host

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are going home for the holidays — as hosts of "Saturday Night Live," Mashable reports. NBC announced Tuesday the duo will double team the Dec. 19 episode, with — get this — musical guest Bruce Springsteen.

  • 'Fast and Furious' Spin-Offs, prequels in the works

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The "Fast and Furious" franchise may take a page from "Star Wars" and Marvel. Producer and star Vin Diesel tells Variety that the team behind the fast cars and criminals series is in the preliminary stages of developing prequels and spin-offs, Variety reports. “We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” said Diesel. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”

  • Book review: 'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories' by Stephen King

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Over all, “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a richly realized examination of what it means to be mortal, constructed by one of the world’s most celebrated talents. Stephen King has spent a lifetime imagining what hides in the darkness; now he’s mature enough to know it doesn’t take a monster to create despair.

  • Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Con releases schedule

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Con has released its schedule for the weekend convention, set to run Friday Nov. 20 through Sunday Nov. 22.  Guests of the show include Rob Liefeld, Greg Capullo, Kevin Eastman, Peter David, Colleen Doran and many more.  Check below for the entire schedule, or visit http://www.amazingoklahomacitycomiccon.

  • 'Concussion' movie delivers hard hit to NFL

    Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Concussion" delivers a hard hit to the NFL as it deals with data linking repeated blows to the heads of its players to dementia and a host of other problems. The league's rocky dealings with Dr. Bennet Omalu, who identified a degenerative disease in football players known as CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, are the focus of the movie's second hour. Starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, "Concussion" had its premiere Tuesday night at AFI Fest in Hollywood. Among the audience at the TCL Chinese Theatre was the wife of Justin Strzelczyk, a Steelers offensive lineman killed in a car crash, and the wife and daughter of Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, who fatally shot himself. Strzelczyk was later

  • AP PHOTOS: Light on their feet: the World Salsa Masters 2015

    Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — What's it like to compete at the World Salsa Masters 2015 dancing competition? Well, you need tight, bright costumes, elegant sparkly shoes and a snap to your performance that will place you first of the ten dance pairs from around the world competing in Madrid. Dancers came from the United States, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Czech Republic and Venezuela. The winners, who claimed a first prize of 7,000 euros ($7,520), were Alba Ibanez of Spain and Luis Chavez of Chile. The same couple — who live in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia — also won a special audience prize of 2,500 euros ($2,685). "I dreamt of this since I was 15 years old," Chavez said.

  • Springsteen, Jon Stewart among guests at benefit concert

    Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Military service members were the guests of honor at the 9th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert. The jokes, told by Jon Stewart and Seth Meyers among others, covered marriage, Las Vegas, sports, and, inevitably, Donald Trump. And Bruce Springsteen was in a silly mood. Held Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Stand Up for Heroes raises money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which funds programs for injured veterans and their families. The foundation is named for the ABC news anchor injured in Iraq in 2006. Springsteen alone brought in a windfall for the foundation. Continuing a tradition at the Heroes shows, he auctioned off a pair of autographed guitars, plus concert tickets and his mother'

  • Charlie Brown actor pleads guilty to making criminal threat

    Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former child actor who was the voice of Charlie Brown in beloved "Peanuts" TV specials has pleaded guilty to making criminal threats. Fifty-nine-year-old Peter Robbins of Oceanside entered pleas Tuesday. He's facing four years and eight months in prison. Authorities say Robbins threatened to harm a mobile home park manager and San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, offering $50,000 to have Gore killed. Robbins said the threats stem from his bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. Two years ago, Robbins pleaded guilty to threatening a former girlfriend and her plastic surgeon.

  • Sexy Victoria's Secret lingerie show hits 20-year mark

    Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some lit up, others were pretty — and patriotic — in pink and still more burst forth like fireworks. Yes, Tuesday was Victoria's Secret sexpot angel time, though the masses will have to wait until 10 p.m. EST on Dec. 8 to watch the 20th annual lingerie extravaganza on CBS. This was just the taping, including musical performances by The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez, after Rihanna abruptly canceled. Veteran VS walkers like Lily Aldridge and Alessandra Ambrosio were joined by newbie angels, including Martha Hunt and Elsa Hosk.

  • Post-war/contemporary art sale fetches $332M in NY

    Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — After a night in which Christie's sold a painting of a sexy nude by Amedeo Modigliani for $170.4 million — just a few million short of the auction record for a work of art— the auction house returned Tuesday to garner $332 million in sales of iconic works by Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Lucian Freud and others. Monday night's specially curated "The Artist's Muse" sale, which totaled $491 million, set a number of new artist records at auction. Modigliani's "Reclining Nude" joined the ranks of nine other works that have reached price tags exceeding $100 million at auction and became the second-most expensive artwork sold at auction. Christie's said the buyer was the Long Museum in China.

  • New Orleans musical legend, Allen Toussaint, dies at 77

    Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The songs of New Orleans musical legend Allen Toussaint have been described as beautiful stories set to music or a handcrafted suit tailored for a specific person. He often wrote them with a particular person and personality in mind, such as singer Lee Dorsey and his smile. "He had a joy about doing it and had a way of writing music to particular singers," said New Orleans singer Irma Thomas, who worked with Toussaint starting in the 1950s and '60s when she and others would gather at his mother's home to rehearse: "I don't know how his mom put up with all of us in there all the time. But that's where we learned our songs.

  • Meet the man who told the story of 33 men buried in a mine

    BY MICHAEL SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    More than 2,300 feet below the surface of the Earth, deep within the San Jose copper-and-gold mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert, 33 men were buried. A cave-in left the miners trapped by a mountain’s worth of rock. The tiny shelter they huddled in was hot, nearly 100 degrees. Food, water, oxygen and patience were in short supply. Seventeen days later, with Chile’s government working to reach the men who many presumed dead already, and with a global TV audience watching, a drill bit broke through to the men’s shelter, and when it came back up, a note was attached.

  • 'HennaMan' poet Derrick Gilbert dies at 45

    Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The poet and spoken-word performer Derrick Gilbert has died. He was 45. A spokeswoman for Gilbert, who was also known as D-Knowledge, says he died Nov. 1 of liver disease in Los Angeles. Gilbert was the author of the books "HennaMan" and "Catch the Fire: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry." His album, "All That and a Bag of Words," was released in 1995. Gilbert performed his poetry in concert with such artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Arrested Development, Midnight Oil and Bill Cosby. He appeared in the films "Higher Learning" and "Panther." He performed the original poem, "The We of Ali," at the 2005 opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Rep: Jason Aldean dressed as Lil Wayne for Halloween

    Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Jason Aldean dressed as rapper Lil Wayne as a Halloween costume, a representative confirmed after a photo surfaced of him wearing blackface makeup and a wig with dreadlocks. The picture, first posted by the website NashvilleGab.com, showed Aldean dressed in sunglasses, long dreadlocks and gold jewelry. Tyne Parrish, his publicist, said in an email on Tuesday that Aldean "dressed as rapper Lil Wayne for Halloween," but refused to comment further. A publicist for Broken Bow Records, his label, said they had no comment. Representatives for Lil Wayne were not immediately available for comment. Aldean is one of country music's most popular performers, regularly selling out stadiums.

  • "The Bazaar of Bad Dreams"

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    I picked up Stephen King's new short story collection, "The Bazaar of Bad Dreams," on Sunday. I'm trying finish the book so I can review it for you on Sunday. I've got a long way to go, but here are my initial thoughts: -- When I was a teenager, I loved Stephen King's books, even though there were some relative clunkers like "Cujo" and "The Eyes of the Dragon." I stuck with him through college, too, but about the time I entered graduate school I stopped paying as much attention to his work. -- My favorite of his novels is either "The Stand" or "The Talisman" (co-written with Peter Straub). I kind of lean toward the latter because the writing had a subtle beauty, more evocative than King's usual hammer-blow to the