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  • Spring movie preview

    BY GEORGE LANG AND BRANDY MCDONNELL, Entertainment Writers | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    With spring in full swing, Hollywood balances big-budget blockbusters with family fare and prestige acts.

  • Hollywood Continues to Flee California at Alarming Rate

    Published: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Good thing Oklahoma lawmakers decided to extend the film industry's tax credit, because word is people in Hollywood aren't calling the hills home anymore. When Paul Audley took the job as president of FilmL.A. in late 2008, he was astounded to discover that physical production on the $70 million pic “Battle: Los Angeles” wasn’t being done in Los Angeles. “It stunned me that the movie was shooting in Louisiana, and that the state of California was letting this happen,” he recalls. In the subsequent five years, the situation has only worsened, despite the film production incentive program California enacted in 2009, which provides for $100 million a year in tax credits for what’s usually 20% of production costs. That’s significantly smaller than programs offered by other states such as New York, which offers $420 million a year in credits for 30% of production costs.

  • 'Noah' Banned in Several Middle Eastern Countries

    Published: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's latest movie is polarizing audiences? You don't say! "Noah" -- inspired by the Biblical story of Noah's Ark -- is starting to come under fire in the Middle East for contradicting Islamic law by portraying a prophet. On Thursday, censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates informed Paramount they will not allow the release of the film.

  • Why did Oscars cancel Batkid appearance?

    Published: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    The Academy Awards celebrated movie heroes during Sundays Oscars, but one real-life hero was missing: Batkid. Batkid, the alter ego of five-year-old Miles Scott, was invited by the Academy to participate in a segment during the telecast, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Miles and his family traveled to Los Angeles, but the segment was canceled the day of the ceremony, according to Yahoo Movies. "I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Natalie Scott, Miles' mother, told the International Business Times. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.”

  • John Travolta apologizes to Idina Menzel for flub

    Published: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    John Travolta has apologized to Tony Award winner Idina Menzel for mangling the pronunciation of her name during the Oscars telecast, saying he'd been "beating myself up" over it, according to The Associated Press. On Sunday night's Academy Awards show, Travolta took the stage and introduced Menzel, but he seemed to say "Adele Dazeem" instead. An estimated 43 million people were watching, and social media has been mocking him relentlessly ever since, especially since he attended rehearsals. Menzel, who played Maureen Johnson in Rent onstage and on-screen and Elphaba in Wicked, seemed unperturbed by the flub as she sang out Let It Go, from the animated film Frozen.

  • Oklahoma House passes extension of movie tax credit

    Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has — on its second try — passed a bill to extend a tax credit for the film industry. The House voted 65-28 for the measure Tuesday after reconsidering the bill. It had fallen three votes short of passing on Monday. The state provides rebates to filmmakers amounting to $1 for every $3 dollars they spend on movie productions in Oklahoma, up to a total of $5 million. The program is scheduled to expire July 1. The bill by Republican Rep. Todd Thomsen of Ada extends the credit for 10 years to 2024. Opponents say the program is a wasteful use of tax dollars. They also say the Oscar-nominated film “August: Osage County,” which used the rebate program, portrayed Oklahoma negatively.

  • House passes film tax rebate bill after reconsideration

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives may not have changed its mind on "August: Osage County," but it has decided the state's $5 million incentive program for film and television isn't so bad. After falling three votes short of passage Monday, House Bill 2580 by Rep. Todd Thomsen got a do-over on Tuesday and passed 65-28. The bill extends the film program for 10 years. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma House of Representatives defeats film industry incentive

    BY RANDY ELLIS | Published: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday narrowly defeated a tax incentive bill designed to attract movie productions to the state.

  • Oklahoma House defeats extension of movie tax credit

    Published: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation to extend a tax credit program for the film industry. House members voted 48-43 for the measure Monday — three short of the 51 votes needed to pass in the 101-member House. Its author, Republican Rep. Todd Thomsen of Ada, kept the measure alive by announcing a plan to reconsider the vote. The state provides rebates to filmmakers amounting to $1 for every $3 dollars they spend on movie productions in the state, up to a total of $5 million. The program is scheduled to expire on July 1. Thomsen’s bill would extend the credit by 10 years to 2024. Opponents say the program is a wasteful use of tax dollars. ——— Online: House

  • Oscars 2014: Kim Novak's appearance sets off Twitter war

    Published: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    Actress Kim Novak set off a firestorm in social media following her presentation of an animation award at the 2014 Oscars, reports Fox News. Joined by Matthew McConaughey on stage to present an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the 81-year-old screen legend struggled to speak, and her face seemed unnaturally stiff.

  • Jennifer Lawrence falls at Oscars...again

    Published: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    Jennifer Lawrence is keeping up her personal Oscar tradition of falling down, according to Yahoo Movies. Yes, for the second straight year, the actress took a digger at the Academy Awards, this time tripping up on the red carpet. Lawrence didn't blame her red Dior gown or her heels for the most recent tumble, which took place just after she arrived at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday. "I did trip over a cone," she said. "I'm not safe."

  • Leonardo DiCaprio deserves, but doesn't need, an Oscar win

    Published: Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    "Will you still love me, when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" So asks the musical question in a Lana Del Rey song used as a refrain throughout the recent adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." In some sense it is a question that Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the title role, has seemed to be asking audiences ever since the explosive fame of "Titanic" made him an international superstar, according to The Los Angeles Times. DiCaprio is a double Oscar nominee for "The Wolf of Wall Street," as both actor and producer, and along with "Gatsby," the roles showcase him as an artist at a new peak of his powers. Taken together, they demonstrate his remarkable range, capable of an achingly internalized turn in "Gatsby" and a grotesquely externalized one in "Wolf."

  • Oscar selfie most retweeted photo ever

    Published: Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    If you only remember one thing from Sunday night's 86th Academy Awards, let it be the selfie of the century. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres is no stranger to Twitter, but she really upped her game during the telecast with the most retweeted photo of all time. She set the tone during her opening monologue, taking a #blurry snap on stage, but about halfway through the ceremony, she walked into the audience and asked some of her celeb friends to hop in for a selfie. And oh boy, did she get her wish, Yahoo reports.

  • Oscars 2014: Coverage of the awards show

    BY GEORGE LANG and BRANDY McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman's George Lang and Brandy McDonnell live tweeted the Oscars. Read their  updates and commentary below.

  • AP Interactive: Oscar Speeches

    Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Oscar speeches

  • Movie review: Oscar-nominated live-action short films

    | Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    The compact but powerful mini-movies, which hail from around Europe, are screening at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as its annual Oscar Tune-Up winds down. The 86th Academy Awards will air at 6 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

  • Movie review: 'The Wind Rises'

    | Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, “The Wind Rises,” nominated for the animated feature Oscar, happens to take the concept of the subjectivity of beauty and address it in a way that's touching, troubling and, above all, unique.

  • Oscar 2014: The Oklahoman's entertainment team shares its picks for the 86th Annual Academy Awards

    BY GEORGE LANG, BRANDY MCDONNELL AND GENE TRIPLETT | Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    The Oklahoman's entertainment team shares its picks for the 86th Annual Academy Awards

  • Movie review: 'Non-Stop'

    | Published: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Taking a trip with Liam Neeson and a top-flight cast in “Non-Stop” is no jaunt through the friendly skies.

  • Movie review details: 'The Wind Rises'

    | Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Movie review: ‘The Wind Rises'