Tulsa’s BOK Center announced today another big country music concert.
Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan and Jason Michael Carroll will play the new arena at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Ticket prices will be $42 and $52.
They will be available online at www.bokcenter.com, by phone at (866) 7BOKCTR and in person at area Reasor’s and Homeland stores and the Arby’s Box Office.
With his distinctively deep baritone, lovely hair and towering stature, Adkins is an instantly recognizable country star. He is know for coming in second place on the reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.” In December 2007, he released “American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II.” which spawned the No. 1 hit “You’re Gonna Miss This.”
Adkins also stars as the Spirit of Christmas Future in the David Zucker comedy “An American Carol,” set to open in movie theaters this weekend.
Craig Morgan recently was tapped to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. He’s had back-to-back No. 1 singles, including “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” which Billboard named country’s biggest hit of 2005. His other hits include “Redneck Yacht Club” and “International Harvester.” He also was nominated in 2006 and 2007 as the Academy of Country Music’s new male vocalist of the year.
North Carolina native Jason Michael Carroll’s first single “Alyssa Lies” made it to fifth on the charts. When Arista Records released his follow-up single, “Livin’ Our Love Song” shortly after, it also earned Carroll his second Top 5 single. In February 2008, Arista Records released Jason’s third single, “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead.”
IFC.com has a lengthy Q&A with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne about his movie “Christmas on Mars.”
The movie, which was released at music festivals and at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Festival this summer, now is playing at theaters in New York. According to the story, it is supposed to expand to movie theaters in Austin, Texas, and other spots around the country.
I hope it will be coming to Oklahoma City, since I missed the screenings at deadCenter.
According to Amazon.com, the movie will come out on DVD and in a DVD/CD set on Nov. 11. So, I guess if it doesn’t make it to theaters here, I can probably wait until the DVD arrives. That is, I can wait if the movie’s trip to DVD is many, many moons shorter than its journey from concept to completion.
Click here to read the IFC story.
A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week:
Guy: I’m just a glorified extra, Fred. I’m a dead man anyway. If I’m gonna die, I’d rather go out a hero than a coward.
Fred: Guy, Guy … maybe you’re the plucky comic relief. You ever think about that?
- Click here to learn the source.
“Eagle Eye” honed in on the top of the weekend’s box office with $29.2 million, according to the Associated Press.
The conspiracy thriller from Paramount-DreamWorks was the second top-ranking opening for star Shia LaBeouf and director D.J. Caruso, who also teamed up for last year’s “Disturbia.”
The movie builds on LaBeouf’s reputation as a box office draw; his other action films include ”Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Transformers.”
The second place film was Warner Bros.’ romance “Nights in Rodanthe,” which reunited Richard Gere and Diane Lane, who previously starring in “The Cotton Club” and “Unfaithful.” The adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel made $13.6 million.
“Lakeview Terrace,” the Sony thriller that opened at No. 1 the previous weekend, made $7 million for third place and a 10-day sum of $25.7 million.
“Fireproof,” a Christian film starring Kirk Cameron as a firefighter trying to save his marriage was released by Samuel Goldwyn and made $6.5 million to debut in fourth place.
With the solid numbers for “Eagle Eye” Hollywood avoided more stagnate numbers. The top 12 movies took in $87.8 million, up 15 percent from the same weekend last year, according to the AP.
“You put a summer-style movie in the heart of the fall, and you can take advantage of the marketplace,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers, told the AP.
Spike Lee’s World War II drama “Miracle at St. Anna,” which clocks in at two hours and 40 minutes, opened with just $3.5 million and ninth place.
Two other movies – “Choke” from Fox Searchlight and “The Lucky Ones” from Lionsgate – opened nationwide but in fewer theaters – about 400 cinemas each, compared to 3,510 for “Eagle Eye.”
“Choke,” based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel about sex addict who cons people by pretending to choke in restaurants, made $1.3 million.
“The Lucky Ones,” a road trip story about three Iraq War veterans (Tim Robbins, Michael Pena and Rachel McAdams), made only $208,000.
Here is the top 10 from the AP.
1. “Eagle Eye,” $29.2 million.
2. “Nights in Rodanthe,” $13.6 million.
3. “Lakeview Terrace,” $7 million.
4. “Fireproof,” $6.5 million.
5. “Burn After Reading,” $6.2 million.
6. “Igor,” $5.5 million.
7. “Righteous Kill,” $3.803 million.
8. “My Best Friend’s Girl,” $3.8 million.
9. “Miracle at St. Anna,” $3.5 million.
10. “Tyler Perry’s the Family That Preys,” $3.2 million.
Today’s featured event:
TULSA – If you missed your chance to ride the rides and nosh a corndog earlier this month at the 2008 Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City, get in on the festive fun at the Tulsa State Fair today at Expo Square.
The fair runs through Sunday, so you have a few days to catch it. But it’s a Monday and as such a good day to play hooky and go to the fair. Just a suggestion; don’t lose your job over it or anything. It’s just a thought.
For more information, go to www.tulsastatefair.com.
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Today’s featured event:
TULSA – Count yourself lucky if you have tickets to ecelectic alt-pop star Beck’s show tonight at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main Street. The show, featuring supporting act MGMT, is sold out.
For more information, go to www.cainsballroom.com. Even if you don’t have tickets to this one maybe you get a line on another show you might want to see at the historic Tulsa venue.
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Legendary actor Paul Newman, famed for playing antiheroes in movies like “Cool Hand Luke,” “The Sting” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 83.
The Associated Press is reporting that Newman, who was known for his famously sparkling blue eyes, died at his home in Westport, Conn., surrounded by family and friends.
In May, Newman had dropped plans to direct a fall production of “Of Mice and Men,” citing unspecified health issues, according to AP.
The screen legend got his acting start in theater and TV in the 1950s and made his movie debut in the 1954 stinker “The Silver Chalice,” a movie so famously bad that Newman took out an ad in variety apologizing for his performance.
His breakthrough came the next year when James Dean, one of his classmates at the famed Actor’s Studio, died in a car crash. Newman inherited Dean’s role in a ”Playwrights ’56″ TV adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s ”The Battler.”
Over five decades, he was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including eight times as best actor, once as best supporting actor, and once for best picture. His best picture nod came for helming 1968′s “Rachel, Rachel,” in which he directed his wife, Joanne Woodward. He and Woodward shared a rare lengthy Hollywood union; they were married for more than 50 years.
Newman worked with some of the top directors of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Martin Scorcese, Robert Altman, Sam Mendes, the Coen brothers and Pixar’s John Lasseter. His onscreen chemistry with Robert Redford on movies like “The Sting” and “Butch Cassidy” has become the stuff of film legend.
Newman also was famous for his love for and skill as a race car driver, his charity-funding salad dressing and food products company and his camps for children with cancers and other life-threatening diseases.
He also established the Scott Newman Foundation to fund the making of anti-drug films for children in honor of his son from his first marriage to Jacquelin Witte. Scott Newman died in 1978 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium.
He is survived by his wife, five children (three daughters with Woodward and two daughters from his marriage to Witte), two grandsons and his older brother Arthur. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and legions of fans. The entertainment industry has lost a true star.
To read the AP obituary, click here.
To go to Newman’s IMDB page, click here.
And for a fun flashback, click here to read about Newman’s 1982 racing win at a Tulsa racetrack.
Today’s featured event:
Take in paintings, jewelry, ceramics and other visual arts, along with fair food, hands-on art activities, children’s games and a variety of live entertainment from noon to 7 p.m. today at the 2008 Plaza District Festival in the Plaza District, at NW 16 between Classen and Penn.
After the arts event, the Plaza Music Fest from 7 to 11 p.m. will include live music from Map the Sea, the Sherree Chamberlain Band, The Non and The City Lives.
For more information, call 642-0318 or go to www.plazadistrict.org.
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Lindsey Buckingham (Associated Press photo)
TULSA – A strange and beautiful chemistry exists between Lindsey Buckingham and guitars.
The rock ‘n’ roll legend surpassed his reputation as a musical wizard Friday night at the Brady Theater, blending his potent fingerpicking and keening vocals into a spellbinding performance.
The crowd at the historic theater was woefully small; the show drew an estimated 1,500 fans, leaving the intimate venue only half full. But they were ardent and loud, wildly worshipping every song, solo and guitar flourish of Buckingham’s two-hour set.
The Fleetwood Mac guitarist/singer/songwriter opened with a pair of songs from his new solo album “Gift of Screws,” released last week. Even those not yet familiar with Buckingham’s fifth solo effort appreciated the throbbing insistence and blazing closing solo of “Great Day” and the pop ditty “Love Runs Deeper.” The latter sounded as if it only needed the three-part harmony of Buckingham, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks to slip neatly into Fleetwood Mac’s oeuvre.
After sincerely thanking the crowd for being there, the black-clad frontman promised more familiar material and delivered two of his biggest solo hits, “Trouble” and “Go Insane.”
He didn’t make the audience wait long for some Fleetwood Mac favorites, putting an eerie, subdued opening on “Tusk,” then suddenly morphing into the customary pounding rock treatment of the song, which got fans stomping their feet and bobbing their heads.
Buckingham’s fingers danced over guitar strings with seemingly easy precision, but sweat was dripping from his curly hair and he bent limply to one side at the end of the raucous “I Know I’m Not Wrong.”
Guitarist Neale Heywood, bassist/keyboardist Brett Tuggle and drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. accompanied Buckingham with impressive sonic synergy. But the frontman hit one of the show’s high points when he went totally solo for a three-song acoustic set, including the wistful “Shut Us Down” and the Fleetwood Mac standard “Never Going Back Again.”
He illustrated that acoustic doesn’t necessarily mean low-key with a frenzy of flamenco-flavored fingerpicking on “Big Love.” He referenced the band’s legendary interpersonal struggles while introducing the song, the first single off 1987′s “Tango in the Night,” “the last album I did with Fleetwood Mac before I went off for a little while to regain my sanity.”
Heywood and Tuggle joined their acoustic guitars to Buckingham’s to give a lush and lovely dimension to “Under the Skin,” and their harmony vocals elevated the mellow ballad “Did You Miss Me,” the first single from the new album.
But the show reached its apex as Buckingham’s guitar wailed and screamed with pent-up emotions on the scorchingly intense “I’m So Afraid,” and then abruptly shifted into the irresistibly bouncy Fleetwood Mac classic “Go Your Own Way.”
For his encore, he kept the crowd on its feet with the rollicking “Second Hand News” and vibrant “Don’t Look Down.” He could have stopped there, sending his fans home high on adrenaline and nostalgia. Instead, he planned to close with the introspective new offering “Treason,” explaining that “it’s about the lies that we tell each other … and also postulates that there’s something better, which we all know.”
And when the fervent fans coaxed one more song out of Buckingham, he again picked a thoughtful new one, “Time Precious Time.” As his agile fingers moved with an almost magical delicacy over the strings, it proved a fitting choice that allowed the enchantment of the evening to linger.
After taking a bye week, the Oklahoma State and University of Oklahoma football teams return to action this weekend.
My undefeated OSU Cowboys will play Troy at 6:05 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. The game won’t be televised; tune to 96.1 KXXY FM to hear the game.
The unbeaten OU Sooners will take on TCU at 6 p.m. Saturday in Norman. The game will be shown on FSN.
McDonnell family favorites the University of Florida Gators, who also are undefeated, will play Ole Miss on Saturday.
This will be a particularly big weekend for the Sooners and Gators since Oregon State stunned No. 1 ranked USC Thursday night. In the last poll, the Sooners were ranked No. 2 and the Gators No. 4.
For more football news, go to www.newsok.com/sports.