Arts & Entertainment

Burns, Flanders actor Harry Shearer to leave 'The Simpsons'

The actor made the announcement via Twitter, hinting at a breakdown in contract negotiations. Showrunner Al Jean says the characters will not be killed off.

Using MRIs to find out why we're compelled to make art

Writer/producer Eric Molinsky is compelled to draw while riding to work on the New York subway — despite having to break the unwritten rule not to stare at strangers.

Upfronts: NBC courts Latinos, Spanish-language TV courts millennials

The networks are going hard after Latinos; here's your break down of efforts from Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Cowell and others.

RIP Chris Burden, beloved even by the 'victim' in 'TV Hi-Jack'

Phyllis Lutjeans never held it against Chris Burden that he held a knife against her on TV in 1972. Meanwhile, Burden's "Urban Light" at LACMA is our Happy Place.

Marc Maron talks resentment and how everything could go wrong

"There's still part of me that's like, 'Why am I not Kanye?' I don't understand why I don't have that notoriety and that popularity."

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: George Miller’s dystopian action epic aims to blow your mind

The 70-year-old filmmaker helmed the 1979 original, and now he's back with a new chapter that utilizes old-fashioned stunts for the non-stop action.

Upfronts: 7 hot new shows from ABC, NBC and Fox

From old franchises like "The Muppets" (now updated to include marijuana jokes) to... a bunch of shows trying to copy other shows or using nostalgia.

Cannes 2015 preview: The 6 most anticipated films

From Pixar's "Inside Out" to Matthew McConaughey's highly-anticipated indie film, we break down the most buzzed about films from the Cannes Film Festival 2015.

New music from Snoop Dogg, Django Django and more

Shirley Halperin joins A Martinez to talk about music on Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, Snoop Dogg, Django Django and more.

ACLU calls for civil rights probe into Hollywood hiring of female directors

The ACLU is asking federal and California civil rights agencies to investigate what it calls "the systemic failure" to hire female directors in the entertainment industry.

Inside Chris Burden's 'Metropolis II' at LACMA

Alison Walker was a studio assistant to Chris Burden and is now the LACMA conservator for his kinetic sculpture, "Metropolis II." We go inside the art piece with her.

How do Morrissey's songs sound in Spanish? Pretty great

Mexicans love Morrissey. So much so that a group of Mexican artists have come together to pay tribute to the Smiths and their front man, Morrissey.

'Late Late Show' bandleader Reggie Watts brings improv, chaos to 'crisp' late show model

"Part of the reason why I left 'Comedy Bang Bang,' was the hours. It was like 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and it was just crazy."

Chris Burden: Remembering the LA artist behind LACMA's street lamps

Christopher Knight, art critic for the L.A. Times, guides us from Burden's confrontational early work to his crowd-pleasing "Urban Light" at LACMA.

NFL suspends Brady 4 games for deflated footballs

The NFL also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers who carried out the plan, including one who called himself "The Deflator."

Freemasons: Fake lodges are springing up, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z are to blame

Freemason Christopher Hodapp believes that celebrities are driving up genuine interest in the Freemasons, especially among millennials and African-Americans.