Arts & Entertainment

Luis Rodriguez, poet laureate of LA, takes on his beloved, resilient city

Los Angeles is a city filled with wordsmiths. But only one of them holds the title of poet laureate, Luis J. Rodriguez.

Why it took Disney 18 years to bring 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' to the U.S. stage

Tom Schumacher, who runs Disney's theatrical division, explains why the company is taking a chance on a title that was not a huge movie hit.

The Frame 'First': Antoine Fuqua recalls getting fired for the first time

After directing Denzel Washington in "Training Day," Fuqua was anxious for their reunion on "American Gangster." But the director was fired over creative differences.

The Science of Superheroes: The materials of great comic characters

There's science in comic books. A new exhibit looks at Captain America's shield, Spider-Man's web, Thor's hammer and Batman's cape and more, scientifically.

'Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful' photos at the Getty Center

With their dark, shadowy contrasts, Koudelka’s pictures resemble impressionist paintings more than photographs. Their subjects loom, threaten and then seem to beg for mercy.

USC's Josh Shaw won't face criminal charges

Josh Straw won't be charged with domestic violence after he sprained both ankles jumping from a balcony after arguing with his girlfriend.

Dr. Luke moves to dismiss Kesha sexual abuse case

Attorneys for Lukasz Gottwald argued in a court filing Monday that Kesha's claim she was raped by her mentor is barred by the statute of limitations.

Stephen Hawking told 'The Theory of Everything' director the biopic is 'broadly true'

We caught up with director James Marsh to talk about how he chose Eddie Redmayne for the role of Hawking and what it was like to screen the film for the physicist.

A Canadian talks turkey on American Thanksgiving

As a Canadian living in L.A., I get a lot of questions about my home and native land: What do you call your States? Why is your money so colorful? And do you guys have Thanksgiving?

How the 'Foxcatcher' script came together as a dark, macho love triangle

Screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman talk about the unusual collaboration through which they created the script for "Foxcatcher."

'Vape' beats out 'bae,' 'normcore' for Oxford's word of the year

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes sparked the notice of the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose "vape" as the word of the year for 2014.

The Frame 'First': Drum solo brings Whiplash's Damien Chazelle to tears

"Whiplash" director Damien Chazelle remembers his first time a drum performance moved him so much that it brought him to tears.

Hands-on with the Oculus Rift, the newest medium for radical storytelling

The Oculus Rift was designed for video games, but it's being hijacked by visual-effects artists and filmmakers to tell radically immersive stories.

'Banksy Does New York': HBO doc asks, 'What is public space now'?

Director Chris Moukarbel talks about the challenges of using social media to help make his documentary, and the multiple layers of social commentary in Banksy's work.

BigHero 6's big heroes: the artists who designed San Fransokyo

Charles Solomon talks about Disney's animated blockbuster "Big Hero 6" with two of the artists responsible for its look: Paul Felix and Scott Watanabe.

The Frame 'First': Jill Soloway on seeing her writing come to life in 'Six Feet Under'

"Transparent" creator Jill Soloway remembers what it was like to see her writing come to life for the first time on the set of "Six Feet Under."