• Revamped Hollywood Corners opens as 'deli in the country' in north Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Country singer superstar Toby Keith partnered with Bob Thompson, owner of the Midway Grocery & Market near the University of Oklahoma, to revive Hollywood Corners store in north Norman, which had fallen into disrepair. It reopened recently as a delicatessen.

  • Lynn Anderson, singer of 'Rose Garden,' dies in Nashville

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. Her publicist said the cause of death was cardiac arrest. Anderson first soaked up the national spotlight as a young singer on "The Lawrence Welk Show" between 1967 and 1969. Although she was signed to an independent label, the exposure helped her nab a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville. "He was absolutely wholesome," she said of Welk in a 1987 interview with The Associated Press. "He felt country music was coming into it

  • SNL stars Armisen, Meyers, Hader reunite for parody series

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The shaggy-haired rocker who set up his amplifier in the posh hotel lobby looked a lot like Fred Armisen. And wasn't that Seth Meyers snapping his picture? It was indeed a bewigged Armisen getting in a few guitar licks and Meyers recording the moment, part of the promotion for IFC's new "Documentary Now!" The series parodying famed documentaries and genres reunites former "Saturday Night Live" colleagues Armisen, Meyers and Bill Hader, with the trio serving as writers and producers (with Rhys Thomas) and Armisen and Hader also starring. "I love that we figured out a way to keep working together," said Meyers, who fitted the project in with his duties as an NBC late-night host.

  • Nashville studio once set to be razed named historic place

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A storied recording studio on Nashville's Music Row that was once slated to be demolished to make way for a luxury condo development has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation of the RCA Victor Studios Building, better known as RCA Studio A, was announced by the National Park Service on Friday. It makes the site eligible to get federal tax credits and qualify for historic preservation grants. The studio was developed by country music legend Chet Atkins in 1964, and the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings have recorded music there.

  • Tony Bennett honored by DC university for commitment to arts

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — George Washington University is honoring singer Tony Bennett and his wife with the university president's medal for their commitment to the arts. University President Steven Knapp presented the honor Thursday night at the Corcoran building, which houses the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Beyond his music, Bennett is a painter and visual artist whose works have been acquired by the Smithsonian. The ceremony featured a one-night exhibition of 18 pieces of Bennett's artwork, including paintings of Duke Ellington and Central Park that are part of the Smithsonian's collections. Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, have worked to make arts education a priority in public schools.

  • Online viewers won't miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get to a TV. In the past, not all advertisers bought online time along with a pricy 30-second spot during the most-watched TV event of the year. That meant online viewers had to go to a Super Bowl ad repository, such as Hulu and YouTube, to watch what they missed on TV. Broadcasters sometimes ran substitute ads online instead. This time, CBS says it's making all advertisers buy an online spot with their on-air time, so ads seen during the online simulcast will be the same as the ones on TV. CBS is broadcasting the next Super Bowl, which will be held in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7.

  • Actress Valerie Harper out of hospital, resting with family

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine playhouse say Valerie Harper is resting with her family after falling ill before a performance. A statement released Friday by the Ogunquit (oh-GUHNG'-kwit) Playhouse says the 75-year-old actress, who has battled cancer, is at an undisclosed location and is looking forward to getting back on stage. She was hospitalized Wednesday before an evening performance of "Nice Work If You Can Get It." York General Hospital says she was released Thursday. The playhouse dispelled reports that Harper is or ever was in a coma. Harper has had numerous roles on Broadway, in movies and on TV. She's well known as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." In the Ogunquit pe

  • Judge tosses lawsuit seeking Kurt Cobain death-scene photos

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking the release of graphic photos and records from Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death scene. The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/vCPaBF ) that King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle dismissed Richard Lee's lawsuit over procedural missteps. Lee insists Cobain was murdered, despite overwhelming evidence the rocker's 1994 death was a suicide, and Lee filed a public-records request seeking the photographs. The judge ruled Lee had failed to give Seattle enough time to respond to his request and improperly served his lawsuit. Lee says he'll try another records request and sue again if that fails. In 2014, Seattle police examined four previously undevelo

  • ‘The Scent of Rain and Lightning’ to be filmed in state, officials say

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Film producers for the big screen adaptation of “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” revealed initial casting on Monday. Based on Nancy Pickard’s book, the film stars Maika Monroe, best known from her role in the horror sleeper hit “It Follows,” and soon to be seen in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Also joining the cast are Maggie Grace (“Taken,” “Lost”) and Brad Carter (“True Detective”) of the forthcoming “Black Mass,” the Johnny Depp gangster vehicle about Whitey Bulger. Grace also serves as a producer on the film. Filming for “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” begins in Oklahoma in the fall. The budget is estimated in the $3 million range.

  • MTV's 'Real World' sets casting call in Oklahoma City

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Producers of MTV's long-running reality series "Real World" are holding an open casting call in Oklahoma City Aug. 8. The call will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Hooters, 111 E. California St. Applicants are asked to bring a recent photo of themselves (photo will not be returned) and a photo ID. They must be 21 years or older by October 2015 and appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24, according to press information. “We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” says Jonathan Murray, executive producer of the series.

  • This Picture of Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence On a Jet Ski Is the Definition of Joy

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A few weeks ago, Amy Schumer shared her priceless reaction to Jennifer Lawrence merely uttering Schumer’s name. Fast-forward to right now, and the two of them are apparently besties.

  • Miranda Lambert-Blake Shelton Update: 'Voice' Coach Reportedly Hired Detective Amid Cheating Worries

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The NBC “Voice” coach suspected Miranda Lambert, 31, was being unfaithful, and hired a private detective to follow her around, International Business Times reports. The detective claimed the “Over You” singer was hooking up with one of her employees, so Blake Shelton, 39, secretly flew to one of her concerts to see if the accusation was true and to “confront” the mystery man.

  • Correction: The Bomb story

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a story July 27 about a new PBS special called "The Bomb," The Associated Press reported erroneously the author of a 1946 New Yorker essay on the victims of Hiroshima. The essay was written by John Hersey, not John Henry. A corrected version of the story is below: PBS special 'The Bomb' seeks to tell story of atomic weapons PBS special 'The Bomb' seeks to tell story of atomic weapons for 70th anniversary By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The creation of the atomic bomb in a New Mexico secret city and newly restored and declassified footage will be featured in a new PBS special released as the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshi

  • True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule signed a contract to write a book about an unknown Seattle serial killer six months before he was identified as her co-worker Ted Bundy, who shared the night shift at Seattle's Crisis Clinic. The woman credited by her publisher with reinventing the previously male-dominated true crime genre by focusing on the victims has died at age 83. Rule wrote more than 30 books, including "The Stranger Beside Me," which profiled Bundy. Rule and Bundy met in 1971 and their relationship was mostly a grim coincidence, except that he later confessed to eight murders in the state of Washington.

  • Bobby Brown 'completely numb' after death of daughter

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — R&B singer Bobby Brown said Monday that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was "an angel" and that the family must find a way to honor her memory. Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of singer Whitney Houston, died Sunday in hospice care, six months after she was found face-down in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. Authorities are investigating her death. "Krissy was and is an angel," her father said in a statement. "I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable.

  • Experts: Time is an enemy in solving Bobbi Kristina's death

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Medical examiners performing an autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown said Monday their initial findings turned up no obvious cause of death, while experts said the months that have passed since Brown was found face-down in a bathtub are working against authorities now tasked with solving how she died. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement Monday afternoon that it will likely be several weeks before it can rule on a manner and cause of death for the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston. The agency said its initial autopsy turned up "no significant injuries" or "previously unknown medical conditions." It said the next step is ordering lab tests and issuing subpoenas for documents — most likely Brown's hospit

  • Hulk Hogan takes to Twitter after WWE cuts ties

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hulk Hogan is taking to Twitter in the aftermath of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. cutting ties with him amid a report that the wrestling star used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape. The 61-year-old reached out to his 1.3 million followers in a series of tweets this weekend, thanking them for their support and saying he was "overwhelmed by the love." "I will prove who I really am," he wrote in another tweet. Hogan's publicist confirmed Monday that Hogan is using his Twitter account to retweet messages of support and respond to fans. WWE has not said why it ended its relationship with the "Hulkmania" star.

  • Feds: 'Wicked Tuna' TV fisherman claimed to be disabled

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts man seen manning big fishing rods and harpooning huge fish on the reality show "Wicked Tuna" collected government benefits while claiming to be disabled and unable to work, federal prosecutors said. Paul Hebert, 50, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, accepted more than $44,000 in Social Security and Medicaid benefits between 2010 and 2013, according to a four-count indictment filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. Hebert first filed for Social Security disability in the spring of 2009, claiming on his application that he was unable to work at any job, could not walk properly, could not lift heavy weights or drive for more than short distances, according to the indictment.

  • James White, wrote screenplay to 'Ray,' dies at 67

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — James L. White, who wrote the screenplay for "Ray," the 2004 movie about singer Ray Charles, has died in California. He was 67. His attorney, Matthew Saver, says in a statement that White died Thursday from cancer at his home in Santa Monica. "Ray" received a best-picture Oscar nomination. It was White's only feature credit, although he worked on unproduced screenplays. White told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1JoJuBw ) that he and Ray Charles bonded while he was working on the screenplay after the singer learned that they both had grown up in the rural, segregated South. Both at one time also had been heroin addicts. White is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and three ch

  • Trial set for man who threw banana peel at Dave Chappelle

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The man accused of throwing a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle during a New Mexico performance is headed to court. Jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 23 for the trial of Christian Englander, Assistant District Attorney Anastasia Martin told the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper Monday (http://goo.gl/rRyQ9I ). Englander, 31, has been charged with disturbing the peace and battery after the fruit-throwing disturbance in March while Chappelle was on stage at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. The petty misdemeanors each carry a jail sentence of up to six months and a possible fine of $500.