Arts & Entertainment

AFI Fest: Tommy Lee Jones directs haunted, worthy Western 'The Homesman'

"The Homesman" is solid, disturbing stuff for the most part, and a film that lingered in my mind far longer than many a more perfect creation ever could.

'Serial': The hottest podcast with the most spot-on parodies

The "Serial" podcast is all that the media-obsessed can think about right now. Here's why, along with a look at the best "Serial" parodies.

National parks are free on Veterans Day

America’s national parks will offer free admission on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to celebrate those who have served in the United States military.

Herbie Hancock: Monk Competition proves future of jazz in safe hands

The jazz legend is chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The group's annual competition — this year for trumpeters — wraps up this weekend in Los Angeles

How Antonio Sanchez improvised the "Birdman" soundtrack

"Birdman" - the latest work from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu - is a very different movie in many ways... including its score.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

Now that you've come down from your Halloween candy high, get ready to enjoy another weekend full of food, film and festivals.

Review: Joseph Marcell in a lucid 'King Lear' at the Broad Stage

"It’s a lucid imaginative mounting of one of the greatest plays of all time — a play that remains, after more than four centuries, as terribly accessible as ever."

'Star Wars' Episode VII gets a name, Internet makes jokes

The new "Star Wars" movie has finished principal photography — and has a new name. Fans responded with, of course, jokes. We've got the best ones.

Netflix to film series from Lemony Snicket's 'Unfortunate Events'

The streaming service reportedly plans to adapt "A Series of Unfortunate Events" into a TV show..

Largest gift of art in LACMA's history includes works by Monet, Picasso and more

The bequest from L.A. businessman Jerry Perenchio — with an estimated value of $500 million —has one big string attached: the museum must first complete its planned overhaul of the Miracle Mile campus.

Artie Lange's '@midnight' appearance canceled over racial remarks

Comedian Artie Lange had a scheduled appearance on Comedy Central's "@midnight" canceled after making racially-charged remarks about an ESPN host on Twitter.

Tyler, The Creator brings out his playful side for Camp Flog Gnaw

From rapper to entrepreneur — how Tyler, The Creator went from starting his own hip-hop collective to running his own carnival event.

The 5 films to see at the AFI Festival

From Oscar hopefuls to groundbreaking foreign dramas, we break down the top movies to see at this year's AFI Festival.

Election 2014: 'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' strain to lampoon Democratic losses

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire.

Minnie Driver joins cast of 'Peter Pan Live!'

Minnie Driver is joining the cast of NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" She will play the character Wendy Darling as an adult and narrate the musical, the network said.

LACMA to announce 'largest gift in its history' (Updated)

The donation is being made by former Univision owner Jerry Perenchio, whose collection includes work by several European masters.