Arts & Entertainment

Harry Cabluck

'Founding' letter that inspired Kerouac found 60 years later

It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

Computer Engineer Barbie is shown at the New York Toy Fair in New York. Critics took issue this week with a book that portrays Barbie needing help from boys in order to make a video game and fix a virus.

Computer Engineer Barbie gets a rewrite by the Internet

The 2010 book "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" was highly criticized this week; it shows Barbie designing a game, but relying on male friends to code it for her.

After Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42, he starred as a suspiciously tall James Brown in 2014's Get On Up.

Who will get the biopic treatment next?

For better or worse, biopics — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person — have been reliable vehicles for actors of color to establish their mainstream actor bona fides.

New music plus old Dylan lyrics in 'Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued'

Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Taylor Goldsmith were asked to write music to create songs based on never-used Bob Dylan lyrics.

How the singer from the metal band Deafheaven keeps from destroying his voice

George Clark talks about the difficulties of keeping up with tour life, especially when it involves screaming into a mic every night.

Does country star Ty Herndon's coming out signal a sea change for Nashville?

NPR music critic Ann Powers talks about Herndon's place in the country music world and what this news means to that industry and culture.

'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night': The world's first Iranian vampire Western

Director Ana Lily Amirpour talks about her history with horror flicks, the joy of designing characters, and pitching a black-and-white film in Farsi with "a dope soundtrack."

Los Angeles animal shelter slashes prices on 100 pets

Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles is stretching Black Friday into a 62-hour marathon and the first 100adopters will get pets for $10.

Thanksgiving, frozen: A 6-day guide to what to cook ahead

You don't have to leave all the cooking for Thursday. We offer tips for getting most of the meal ready in advance so you can sleep in a little later on the big day.

Felicity Jones on the complexity of 'The Theory of Everything'

"The Theory of Everything" examines the life of Stephen Hawking - from his college years and early scientific breakthroughs, through his long struggle with a motor neuron disease. But it's also a love story.

Can acting help rehabilitate prisoners?

US Attorney General Eric Holder recently visited a California correctional facility to observe a theater troupe that claims it can reduce recidivism through acting.

Cosby casino performances canceled amid sex assault claims

In the past week, numerous allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby from a number of women have led to canceled interviews and NBC and Netflix projects.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

We're hitting the streets of Los Angeles for a sidewalk sale, stouts 'n 'staches in Venice and one epic trek through North Hollywood.

Why Mike Nichols got the gig to direct 'The Graduate'

Remembering the gifted auteur who died Wednesday, producer Larry Turman talks about hiring someone who hadn't yet directed a film.

'Atari: Game Over': The true story behind the 'ET' video game debacle

Zak Penn, director of the documentary "Atari: Game Over," talks about unearthing the end of the company and restoring the legacy of its maligned designer, Howard Scott Warshaw.

Sandra Oh: 'I still do not see myself represented' in kids' entertainment

The actress talks about her first major project since "Grey's Anatomy," an animated film about a young mixed-race woman finding her voice and identity