Arts & Entertainment

'Newtown' documentary explores aftermath of Sandy Hook shooting

The documentary "Newtown" chronicles the lingering effect of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in hopes of keeping the topic of gun violence in the public conversation.

A Nation Engaged: A Syrian star is reborn in Hollywood

Actor Jihad "Jay" Abdo fled persecution in Syria, ending up in Southern California. His road back to the silver screen is an American success story.

Why NBC sat on the 'Access Hollywood' Trump tape

Despite having the "Access Hollywood" Trump tape days before the story broke, NBC wasn't first to publish. TV writer Mareesa Guthrie and attorney Susan Seager explain why.

Dispatch from 'Oldchella': Baby boomers, politics and fine dining

The opening weekend of new music festival Desert Trip featured a lineup of veteran rockstars, fine dining options and more than a few walkers.

A Nation Engaged: playwright Jon Robin Baitz

NPR and KPCC are looking at critical issues facing the nation before the presidential election. The Frame asked creators who work in arts and entertainment to weigh in on our nation's state of affairs.

Drake shatters American Music Awards nominations record

Drake earned a record-breaking 13 nominations thanks to his latest album, "Views," shattering Michael's Jackson's mark of 11 nominations in a single year for 1984's "Thriller."

'Westworld' creators answer critics who find their show too hard to watch

Series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy address issues people may have with the sexual violence in the series, while highlighting the big ideas they hope to address on an epic scale.

The 'Get Lit' school program helps young poets find a voice — and self-confidence

Get Lit started ten years ago as an effort to use poetry as a way to increase teen literacy — and it’s working.

LA Coliseum braces for big football weekend

On Saturday, USC faces the University of Colorado. On Sunday, the Rams take on the Buffalo Bills. Each game is expected to bring between 70,000 to 80,000 fans.

The late, great Bobbi Brat, unsung heroine of LA punk

Her style and attitude were legendary in the mid-'80s punk scene, and her bands could go toe-to-toe with L.A.’s best, but today, Bobbi Brat remains largely unknown.

CBS and CW tackle immigration and deportation on screen

CBS and the CW have shows in development about families affected by deportation. Take Two looks at the future of immigrant communities in television.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

It's officially October, and the harvest season is settling in (as is a pumpkin spice haze). This weekend Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, Mexican food and more are in store.

'Delusion' is not your father's haunted house

Interactive horror attractions have become more numerous and elaborate. Jon Braver started his frightful theater experience in 2011, and it's become a Halloween season staple.

Inside the wide, wild world of Fred Armisen

As the co-star and co-creator of two TV shows, and the bandleader of a late-night program, the comic actor also makes time to foster Latino talent with "Más Mejor," a comedy web channel he created with Horatio Sanz.

'The Birth of a Nation': To see or not to see?

The film has been overshadowed by an old rape case against writer, director and star Nate Parker. With the movie opening this week, we talk about why audiences should, or should not, buy a ticket.

Paying for a red carpet moment at a fake Hollywood movie premiere

The producer of a new interactive show is betting that tourists and local movie fans will buy into the cheeky, irreverent experience.