Arts & Entertainment

5 Every Week: A female film fest, a party at the Tar Pits and Last Lizard at Cinefamily

Behold: Five great things you should do in Southern California this week, from art to food to music to an adventure we'll call "the Wild Card," from the makers of the 5 Every Day app.

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

How about a night of improv, followed by wine and a liberating Metro ride? Here's everything you need to know.

Central Casting celebrates 90 years of placing background actors

Jennifer Bender, executive vice president of the agency, talks about the company's long history and what it takes to be an extra.

'Star Wars' becomes highest grossing domestic movie ever

Move over, "Avatar," there's a new force in town. After just 20 days in theaters, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has unseated the James Cameron pic.

The abrupt end of Danny Wylde's porn career

Chris Zeischegg was adult star Danny Wylde for eight years, until a doctor told him that if he didn’t stop abusing male enhancement drugs that he might never have sex again.

Phyllis Nagy and the long road to writing 'Carol'

The screenwriter spent 18 years adapting Patricia Highsmith's novel, "The Price of Salt," which taught her some lessons about Hollywood.

Sarah Silverman: '100 percent of comedians become funny as a means of survival'

Silverman, who drew on her own experience with depression for "I Smile Back," says comedians avoid therapy for fear of no longer being funny if they dig too deep into their psyche.

Tearing down Rose Parade floats is sad, smelly and takes weeks

The floats used in the Tournament of Roses parade can't stay on display forever. Building a float out of a living thing means that, by definition, it's going to die.

Diane Warren on writing for Beyonce, Lady Gaga: 'They're not really divas with me'

The songwriter reflects on collaborating with performers, how a song changes (or doesn't) when an artist picks it up, and pitching "I Was Here" to both Simon Cowell and Beyoncé.

Breaking down the lineup for the 2016 Coachella music festival

LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses and Calvin Harris headline this year's Coachella event, along with Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, Grimes and more.

Fans seek to preserve sci-fi legend Forrest Ackerman's home

For 57 years, Ackerman collected thousands of pieces of movie memorabilia while inspiring filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg. Fans want to turn his home into a landmark.

Coachella 2016: Lineup includes Guns N’ Roses reunion, Ice Cube, Sia, Calvin Harris

Guns N' Roses had previously been rumored to be reuniting for Coachella's 2016 festival.

New music from Daniela Mercury, Baaba Maal and more

If you don't have the time to keep up with the latest in new music, we've got the perfect solution for you: Tuesday Reviewsday

HBO's Michael Lombardo takes blame for Pizzolatto's True Detective 2: 'I set him up'

President of Programming at HBO, Michael Lombardo takes the "blame" for "True Detective" season two, discusses barriers to greater racial and gender diversity in executive suites, and why there's not more male nudity on TV.

Shakespeare's First Folio goes out on tour — but not to LA

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two friends after he died. Without it, plays like "Macbeth" might not have survived.

'American Idol': Final season starts Wednesday after 15 years

The singing contest, which begins its 15th and final season Wednesday, was a blockbuster that invigorated its network. It made stars of Kelly Clarkson and more.