Happy Halloween! If you’re looking to celebrate by renting a movie, I’ve reprised my list of my favorite horror movies on entertainment portal Planet46.com.
Here is part of the list, click here to read the full top 10 list.
10. “The Evil Dead” (1981): Sam Raimi’s extra-violent, super-gory, low-budget flick about a group of college students who accidentally unleash vengeful demons launched the career of B-movie icon Bruce Campbell and still offers a scary good time. It is the best exception to the rule that horror sequels stink; ” Evil Dead II” and “Army of Darkness” are worthy successors.
9. “The Frighteners” (1996): Before “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Peter Jackson wrote and directed this underrated horror-comedy about a widower (Michael J. Fox) who uses his ability to see ghosts to track a serial killer wreaking havoc from beyond the grave. With the teen-oriented schlock of the “Scream”s and “I Know What You Did Last Summer”s, this film offered a refreshingly original change of pace in the ’90s.
8. “The Mist” (2007): Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption”) again successfully adapts a Stephen King work, only this time the results are harrowing instead of uplifting. When a freaky mist covers a small town, residents takes shelter in a grocery store. Blood-thirsty creatures are lurking in the haze, but it’s hard to tell whether the mysterious beasts are as scary as the panicky mob trapped inside the store. …
Read the full list by clicking here and end the spooky season with a good scare.
Today’s featured event:
Celebrate Halloween with light instead of fright at the annual Magic Lantern Celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. today in the Paseo Arts District, between NW 28 and Walker and NW 30 and Dewey. Children can create costumes in a series of “playshops” and then participate in a costume parade and dancing.
For more information, call 525-2688 or go to www.thepaseo.com.
For more Halloween events, click here to see my massive BAM’s Blog Oklahoma Halloween roundup.
For still more events, go to www.wimgo.com.
Oklahoma singer-songwriter Graham Colton will host on Wednesday, Nov. 24 his third annual Thanksgiving Concert, where a portion of the ticket sales benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Colton will take the stage with Sherree Chamberlin, Christopher Wray, Matt Stansberry and The City Lives starting at 9 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Bricktown Brewery, 1 N Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown.
“There’s not a better way to give thanks during the holidays than to give back to your community,” said Colton in a news release.
Since the inception of this Oklahoma City Thanksgiving tradition two years ago, more than 25,000 meals have been provided to hungry Oklahomans. Hunger in Oklahoma is a serious problem. One in seven Oklahomans struggle with hunger every day.
Colton and Chamberlin serve on the Regional Food Bank’s Celebrity Council, which consists of a committed group of Oklahoma’s community leaders who have stepped up to join the fight against hunger.
“We are so thankful for the support from Graham and the other artists for making a difference in the lives of hungry Oklahomans,” said Rodney W. Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in the release. “With the holidays quickly approaching, access to food becomes even more important to families who are struggling to get by. This Thanksgiving concert enables the Regional Food Bank to reach even more families, seniors and children in need this winter.”
General admissions tickets are on sale now for $20 and are available at www.ticketstorm.com and at Bricktown Brewery the night of the show. The concert is an all-ages event and will begin right after that night’s OKC Thunder basketball game.
For more information about Colton, go to www.grahamcolton.com. For more about the Regional Food Bank, go to www.regionalfoodbank.org or call (405) 972-1111.
Red Earth, Inc is currently accepting applications from American Indian artists for the Silver Anniversary Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival scheduled for June 3-5, 2011, at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
The Red Earth Festival is considered the world’s largest event of its kind, drawing thousands of art enthusiasts to a three-day weekend celebrating Native American visual art and dance. The Red Earth juried art market annually showcases more than 200 artists representing American Indian tribes and nations from throughout North America.
The event has been named a Top 100 Event in North America and is recipient of numerous awards and honors including “Outstanding Event” from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and “Outstanding Cultural Tourism Event” from Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country Marketing Association.
The juried art competition features works in five categories including Cultural Items, Clothing and Textiles; Painting, Drawings, Graphics and Photography; Sculpture; Jewelry; and Pottery. Each category is divided into subdivisions.
Seminole painter Gary Montgomery from Shawnee received the 2010 Red Earth Grand Award for Best of Show with his oil on canvas painting entitled “Eagle Dog.” Gordon Tonips, a Comanche sculptor from Forth Worth, Texas, was recipient of the 2010 Red Earth President’s Award for a piece he called “Square Tower House,” and Anita Caldwell Jackson, an Echota Cherokee painter from McAlester, received the 2010 Red Earth Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award for her mixed media painting entitled “Peyote Pony.”
Applicants must be able to provide documents of proof of membership in a federally or state-recognized tribal entity or documents of proof of certification as Indian Artisans by an Indian tribe. Applications can be downloaded from www.redearth.org or obtained by calling (405) 427-5228.
For more than 30 years, the nonprofit Red Earth, Inc has been dedicated to its mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, museum and fine art markets.
The organization is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts. The Red Earth Museum & Gallery, located in downtown Oklahoma City, presents a diverse and changing exhibition schedule and is custodian of a permanent collection of more than 1,400 items of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork – including the Deupree Cradleboard Collection, one of the finest individual collections of its kind in North America.
Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher, will be part of the eighth class of inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar. The other honorees are Eddy Arnold, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Hebb, Kris Kristofferson and Mel Tillis.
The honorees will be recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers on Sunday, Nov. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The induction ceremony, which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC), is free and open to the public.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and is produced with the support of presenting sponsor Gibson Guitar and sponsors GAC, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks.
“We are pleased to honor this amazing class of inductees,” said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, in a news release. “Each honoree represents the immense talent, creativity and diversity that have made Nashville, Music City.”
Created in the fall of 2006, the Music City Walk of Fame, on Nashville’s Music Mile, is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration. With the induction of this new class of honorees, there will be 48 total stars along the Walk of Fame.
Permanent sidewalk medallions made of stainless steel and terrazzo, with each honoree’s name displayed in a star-and-guitar design, will be installed in the sidewalk along the Music Mile. The plaques for this class of inductees will be inlaid in Hall of Fame Park on Demonbreun, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues South.
Nominations were open to the public and accepted in the categories of artist, musician, songwriter, and producer/music industry executive. Application forms were reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee.
“Gibson Guitar is honored to continue the tradition of the Music City Walk of Fame which celebrates the vast wealth of talent and creativity that originates in Nashville,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar, in the release. “This class of inductees is no exception. From our own signature artist Kris Kristofferson to Rascal Flatts along with Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Hebb, Eddy Arnold and Mel Tillis, this exceptional group of artists keep Nashville’s place in music history strong.”
In just 10 years, Rascal Flatts has become one of the most honored acts in country music history, reaching heights and achieving milestones reserved for the genre’s elite. They have set more venue attendance records than any country act en route to ticket sales of six million and counting. They have sold 20 million albums and earned 11 No. 1 singles. All six of their albums are platinum or multi-platinum and every one is among Billboard’s Top 100 Albums of the Decade. They have won more than three dozen awards from the ACM, CMA, AMA and People’s Choice, among others, and they have received that ultimate honor for those who have impacted the culture—a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Behind those statistics is an accomplishment more basic than numbers, more important than any trophy—for the past decade, the music of Rascal Flatts has been the soundtrack to countless lives. Songs like “These Days,” “Mayberry,” “What Hurts The Most,” “My Wish,” “Stand,” “Here,” “Here Comes Goodbye” and “Summer Nights” have soothed and uplifted, fired up, mellowed out and otherwise impacted millions.
Their place in country music history may be assured, but Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Rooney retain a newcomer’s passion about capturing magic with each new project. Now, with the Nov. 16 release of their latest, “Nothing Like This,” they have done it once again, taking their career and their legacy another long step forward. The album is a microcosm of all the things the band does well which is to say it touches on many of the best aspects of 21st-century country music. It is first and foremost uplifting, with songs like “Why Wait” and “Play” kicking off the proceedings with the call to enjoy life no matter what our circumstances. It features both the throwback groove of “They Try” and the fresh sparkle of “All Night To Get There.” “Summer Young” is an uptempo celebration of the season of warmth and romance and “I Won’t Let Go” is “You’ve Got A Friend” for the new millennium, a song steeped in the strength of love and friendship in times of trouble. The title cut finds a way to bring freshness to the subject of love and sees Gary bringing a disarming desperation to his vocal. Evident throughout is the group’s ability to recognize the best in Nashville songwriting.
The fact that they were able to do so reflects the magic they have always found in their approach to music and the respect with which they view their mission and each other. Their sound took root in the late 1990s, when Jay and Joe Don were bandmates working with Chely Wright and Jay and Gary were playing a separate gig in downtown Nashville. When their guitar player was unable to make it one night, Jay asked Joe Don to sit in. The three honed their sound with club work, cut some demos and by year’s end had been signed to Lyric Street Records, where they flourished and took off on that magical decade of hits and sold-out shows.
Along the way, their “Bless The Broken Road” was Grammy nominated for Country Song of the Year and Vocal Performance, they became 2006′s top-selling physical and digital artist in all genres, scored four No. 1 country albums and three No. 1’s overall, and hit the Top 10 Billboard pop singles chart twice, among many other milestones. When Lyric Street closed its doors, they chose Big Machine as their new label home.
Committed to giving back, they are known for their charitable work, which includes raising $3 million for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. On Friday, the hospital named its pediatric surgery center after the band.
In a special event Friday, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., named its pediatric surgery center after the superstar country music group Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher.
Through their hard work and generosity the band has combined to donate more than $3 million to the children’s hospital. The group’s contributions will allow the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center to include a new specialized radiology suite, which will further expand services offered to patients.
Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Rooney, who were honored Friday during a ceremony at the children’s hospital, also hosted a Halloween party with an intimate performance for patients and their families. The group also visited children room-to-room to deliver Halloween treats and prizes.
Friday’s special event marked the sixth consecutive year the band has visited the hospital and performed for the patients.
The award-winning group said they were truly humbled by the hospital’s display of appreciation.
“We became involved with the work at children’s hospital so that children will continue to have a wonderful place to get better and to help their families move on with their lives,” said LeVox in a news release. “We have built some long-lasting relationships, not only with the staff, but with some of the kids and their parents as well.”
The Rascal Flatts Surgery Center will house all of the hospital’s existing and new surgical programs. More than 12,700 pediatric surgeries are performed each year at the hospital. Doctors conduct general and specialized surgeries on children, from infancy to adolescence, to address a myriad of congenital and acquired health conditions. The new radiology suite will be used for challenging surgical procedures such as liver transplants and difficult abdomen and chest infections.
“We are honored by the extraordinary philanthropic commitment of Rascal Flatts to our patients and families at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” said Jonathan Gitlin, M.D., James C. Overall Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, in the release. “The clinical work done in this new radiology suite permits us for the first time through the generosity of Rascal Flatts to make discoveries in the science of patient care that will bring new hope to children in Nashville, Middle Tennessee and across America.”
A sign that bears the group’s name was unveiled today, which marks the entrance to the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center on the third floor of the children’s hospital.
“All parents and children who enter the area will walk under the Rascal Flatts sign, but the words we write will never adequately express what they have done and how people like them, as well as others, allow us to do what we do,” said John W. Brock III, M.D., surgeon in chief of the children’s hospital, in the release. “I continue to be amazed, as I have told them, by their level of commitment to this hospital.”
About Rascal Flatts:
Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are celebrating 10 years of music this year and will release a new album on Nov. 16, “Nothing Like This.” During this time they’ve become one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium. The band has delivered 11 No. 1 singles to the top of the charts and has more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. In the past 10 years, the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads while all six of their studio albums make Billboard’s Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing. As the most awarded country group of the new millennium, Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more.
For additional information on Rascal Flatts go to www.rascalflatts.com.
Today’s featured event:
Listen to Oklahoma City band The City Lives play a Halloween costume ball at 10 tonight at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51.
For more information, call 463-0470 or go to www.myspace.com/51speakeasy.
For more Halloween events happening around Oklahoma, click here to see the massive BAM’s Blog Oklahoma Halloween roundup.
For still more events, go to www.wimgo.com.
While making the rounds promoting his new Denzel Washington-Chris Pine actioner “Unstoppable,” director Tony Scott confirmed this week that he is planning to make “Top Gun 2,” a follow-up to the high-flying 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.
But Scott told MTV that “Top Gun 2″ will not be a sequel.
“It’s not even a reinvention, it’s not even a sequel. It’s a re-thinking,” Scott told MTV.
“What inspired me is that the world today is great, it’s so different from the world we touched originally. It’s really run by guys sitting in Nevada on computers playing war games.”
Scott said the follow-up will focus on the emergence of a new generation of fighter pilots:
“It’s a mixture of that, and it’s the end of the generation of fighter pilots. Not in a complete end to the generation, because these guys they go up in F-35s and they carry 10 drones with them. (But) it’s a very different movie,” he said.
Scott declined to reveal whether Cruise and Kilmer would revisit their roles as top guns Maverick and Iceman.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”), who is reportedly penning the “Top Gun 2″ script, told New York Magazine’s Vulture in an e-mail, “There is no ‘Top Gun 2′ in which Maverick is not the starring role.” That would seem to indicate that Cruise will be back, unless there are some major changes to the Maverick role.
It remains to be seen what Scott’s latest highway to the danger zone will look like, or when we might jump on said highway.
Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film will be called “Dark Knight Rises,” won’t be 3D or have the Riddler
Christopher Nolan has revealed to the Los Angeles Times that his third Batman film will be called “The Dark Knight Rises.” The writer-director also told the paper’s Hero Complex blog that Warner Bros. had agreed with his argument that the film not follow the current 3-D craze and instead be made with “high-definition approaches and IMAX cameras.”
Nolan declined to share who will be the villain in his third film featuring the caped crusader, though he did reveal that it would not be the Riddler. He earlier eliminated Mr. Freeze from contention.
“We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,” Nolan told Hero Complex.
As with the 2008 super-blockbuster sequel “Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” will feature a script written by Nolan and his brother, Jonah, from a story by the director and David Goyer.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is set for July 12, 2012, release. Christian Bale will return as the titular hero, but the question of who will have the unenviable task of following the late Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker as the next Batman baddie remains a mystery.
The 44th Annual CMA Awards will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 on ABC, with Checotah native Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosting.
But the Country Music Association’s awards banquet isn’t the only country music event planned on ABC during November. The network is going country for the whole month; highlights include Reba McEntire’s reunion with her TV daughter JoAnna Garcia (who played Cheyenne on “Reba”) on the sitcom “Better With You” and Blake Shelton performing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Here are November country music events on ABC in chronological order:
ONGOING, OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 10, “ROAD TO THE CMA AWARDS” (Check local listings for exacts airdates/times in your city) – “Road to the CMA Awards” is a half-hour special airing on local ABC affiliates. It provides a sneak peek at at the awards show. Packed with artist interviews and highlights from past CMA Awards it features Trace Adkins, Danny Gokey, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. “Road to the CMA Awards” offers fans an opportunity to hear and see these artists’ favorite memories from past CMA Awards, as well as find out what it was like to be nominated and perform for the first time.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, “DANCING WITH THE STARS,”(8:00-9:30 PM/ET) – Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and multi-platinum music sensation Taylor Swift will perform on the results show 200th episode celebration. Swift is also the reigning CMA Female Vocalist, a category for which she is nominated again this year. She has won a total of six CMA Awards, including Album (in 2009 for Fearless, which also earned her a second trophy as co-producer), Music Video (in 2009 for “Love Story,” directed by Trey Fanjoy), and Horizon (2007). In 2009, she was the recipient of the annual CMA International Artist Achievement Award. Her highly anticipated third album, Speak Now, was released on Oct. 25.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, “IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH ROBIN ROBERTS: ALL ACCESS NASHVILLE,” (10:01-11:00 PM/ET) – Robin Roberts once again puts on her cowboy boots for an hour-long special which will give viewers an all-access pass into the homes and private lives of Country Music’s biggest stars. Roberts will get up close and personal with such Country superstars as Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood. The special also takes viewers inside the amazing homes of some of Country Music’s biggest stars, including an exclusive tour of Kellie Pickler’s new Nashville home.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, “GOOD MORNING AMERICA,”(7:00-9:00 AM/ET) – Country superstar and co-host of “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” Brad Paisley performs live. Paisley has won 13 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award in 2000, including Male Vocalist for three consecutive years (2007-2009) and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). He has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums, with sales of more than 11 million units. His most recent album, American Saturday Night, was ranked as Time Magazine’s 2009 No. 1 album of the year in any genre of music. His most recent No. 1 single, “Water,” was his 17th chart topper – the last 13 consecutive. Paisley’s innovative and entertaining “H2O World Tour, which consistently sells out, has been extended into 2011 and been renamed the “H2O Frozen Over Tour.” His newest album, Hits Alive, will include original studio tracks as well as live tracks from his concerts and will be released Nov. 2.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, “GOOD MORNING AMERICA,”(7:00-9:00 AM/ET) – Country megastar and actress Reba appears live from New York City. Reba is a 2010 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, an Award she won during four consecutive years (1984-1987). She is currently tied with Martina McBride for the most wins in that category. She has won a total of six CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year (1986). Her upcoming album, All The Women I Am, will be released Nov. 9.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, “THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS,” (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) – Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood and Keith Urban. In addition, special performances will feature Gwyneth Paltrow in her live Country Music singing debut, performing with Vince Gill; top nominee Lambert with Sheryl Crow in a tribute to Loretta Lynn’s 50th Anniversary as a recording artist; and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson. Presenters include The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, and Chris Young, with more to be announced soon.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE,”(12:05-1:05 AM/ET) – Blake Shelton, who was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, performs. Shelton is nominated in four CMA
Award categories, including Male Vocalist; and Single (produced by Scott Hendricks); Musical Event; and Music Video for “Hillbilly Bone,” which featured Trace Adkins and was directed by Roman White. Shelton’s latest SIX PAK, All About Tonight, is in-stores now. He will release his first greatest hits album, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton, on Nov. 9.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, “EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION,” (8:00-9:00 PM/ET) – “Lighthouse School/Sweatt Family”- The Extreme Team returned to Nashville, Tennessee, which was devastated by the 500-year flood on May 1st of this year. At that time, news stations across the country featured footage of a school building floating down the interstate. What people didn’t know was that the Sweatt Family had been running the school since 2003 and despite extensive damage to their own facility, Brian, and his wife Barbara have spearheaded recovery efforts helping over 200 families to date. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and LeAnn Rimes descend on the Sweatts and the school that has touched the hearts of so many and team with the show’s designers to deliver a new school to the deserving students.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, “CASTLE,” (10:00-11:00 PM/ET)- Singer and actor Lyle Lovett (“The Player,” “The Opposite of Sex”) will guest star as Agent Darryl Shafer, a larger-than-life yet shadowy government figure who plays his cards close to the vest. In the story, after a prominent astrophysicist’s body is found in her car – the victim of explosive decompression – there can be only two possible causes: either she was killed in a decompression chamber (and the killer moved the body) or she died in the vacuum of space. Given that the latter explanation points to something otherworldly, Castle and Beckett focus their investigation right here on Earth – only to be confronted with a succession of evidence that keeps pointing them back to the impossible: Alien Abduction.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE,” (12:05-1:05 AM/ET) – Jason Aldean performs. His new album, My Kinda Party, will be in-stores on Nov. 2.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, “BETTER WITH YOU,” (8:30-9:00 PM/ET) “Better With Flirting” – Country Music superstar Reba reunites with her “Reba” TV daughter, JoAnna Garcia (“Mia”), when Reba guest stars as a high-end wedding planner who tries to upstage Mia’s pending nuptials.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS,” (9:30-11:00 PM/ET) – Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts Country’s biggest stars as they join together to celebrate the holidays! In true Christmas spirit, these artists will celebrate the season with songs and stories that are sure to warm your heart. Joined by some of their family members, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Sheryl Crow, and Sugarland will share with fans their holiday traditions and memories. “CMA Country Christmas” will tape in front of a live audience on Thursday, November 11 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.