Arts & Entertainment

Why do we love football so much? Theater tackles tough questions

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

Sundance documentaries show how people escape through movies

"Escaping into a movie" is a phrase that can be thrown around a little too casually. But in the case of two new documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, it's real.

'Doc McStuffins' counts Michelle Obama among its fans

Over more than two seasons on the air, the show has become a cultural reference point for discussing race on television.

Sundance 2015: 'Dope' filmmaker gets courted at Sundance

The filmmaker of "Dope," one of the buzziest movies at the festival, talks about the wild ride of premiering the movie.

For these dancers, dancing awkwardly is their message

Monica Barnes and Anna Bass move awkwardly and aggressively, expressing sexuality by licking their shoulders or flashing their stomachs to the audience.

Justin Simien on his 'Dear White People' Sundance experience

From nausea, technical difficulties and winning a special jury award; Filmmaker Justin Simien retells his experience at Sundance 2014 with "Dear White People"

Staying a Backstreet Boys fan in 2015

The pop boom that made the Backstreet Boys superstars fizzled out, but they're still making music today. Here's what being a 2015 Backstreet Boys fan is all about.

Free weekend? 8 fun and almost-free things to do

This weekend, we're mingling with authors at the L.A. Art Book Fair, cycling a bowling alley bike crawl and brunching on Super Bowl Sunday.

Watch 'Walking Dead' composer Bear McCreary rock out, pirate-style

McCreary talks about the current landscape of music on television, cutting his teeth on "Battlestar Galactica" and the enjoyable restrictions of working on a period piece.

NBC's 'Parenthood' ends as a family drama built on small moments

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show is a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

Reprieve reported for Vidiots, which gave many a real film education

At Vidiots there was no shame in loving a slapstick fart comedy as much as you loved a French existential drama.

Regardless of allegations, some venues must host Bill Cosby

Cosby's tour was booked before sexual assault allegations surfaced. Many of the venues had rented their facilities, meaning only Cosby's camp could cancel or postpone.

If you've gotta reboot 'Ghostbusters,' at least do it with this cast

The announcement of the new "Ghostbusters" cast went over like... well, gangbusters.

Sundance 2015: Why 'Me & Earl' director dedicated the film to his late father

Alfonso Gómez-Rejón found comfort in the story that reflected his own process of dealing with an emotional loss.

Creator Simon Donald aims to wow audiences with "Fortitude"

The series is set in a small Arctic town in the middle of nowhere, which proved to be the perfect setting for this new epic television show on Pivot.

Super Bowl ads preview: 1st time, veterans take a gamble

There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions since.