Arts & Entertainment

For the new year, Ray Bradbury's buoyant vision of the future

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

Marvel trolls fan with ant-sized 'Ant-Man' trailer

You're probably going to be hearing a lot about ants this year, as Marvel's promoting "Ant-Man." Their year-opening salvo: A not-quite-postage-stamp-sized teaser trailer.

Donna Douglas, aka 'Beverly Hillbillies'' Elly May Clampett, dies

Donna Douglas, who played "The Beverly Hillbillies'" Elly May Clampett and the woman under the bandages on the "Eye of the Beholder" episode of "The Twilight Zone," died New Year's Day.

LA's top 10 best new restaurants

Restaurant critic Patric Kuh gives his Top 10 list of the best restaurants that opened in L.A. over the last year.

The madly uneven 'Downton Abbey' turns its eye from money to sex

The fifth season of Downton Abbey continues some trends from past seasons — flawed pacing, especially. But its looks at the choices of women are intriguing.

Bono: I may never play guitar again after crash

The 54-year-old U2 frontman suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November.

Rose Bowl: Oregon beats Florida State 59-20

Oregon has beaten Florida State in the Rose Bowl to reach the first College Football Playoff title game.

Free weekend? 7 fun and almost-free things to do

Happy New Year! This weekend, we're hitting the streets of Pasadena, reminiscing about our favorite cartoon cats and taking a trip to Tanaka Farm.

Why would a record store give away 25 albums to each customer?

The Record Parlour in Hollywood recently bought a huge collection that dramatically increased its inventory. So the owner decided to make room through a giveaway.

Ranking renditions of 'Auld Lang Syne' from bad to better to ...

We review several versions of the classic New Year's Eve tune with our favorite pop culture junkie, Sean Ramesvaram of WNYC's Sideshow podcast.

Olga Garay-English on where L.A. stands in the arts and culture world

The former head of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs says L.A. has all the elements for a great arts climate, but needs a more mature philanthropic base.

'The Interview' expands video-on-demand access

Sony Pictures Entertainment says it is expanding the digital availability of "The Interview" to top cable, satellite and telecom services, beginning Wednesday and increasing through the weekend.

'Gilmore Girls' patriarch Edward Herrmann dies

Edward Herrmann, perhaps best known as grandfather Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," has died. He was 71 and died in a New York hospital following a fight with brain cancer.

New Year's Eve: Netflix helps parents trick kids into sleeping early

Netflix announced a New Year's Eve special for kids, designed to let parents give their kids an early countdown. If they're up late, watch a live stream of Times Square right here.

Christine Cavanaugh, voice of 'Babe,' dies at 51

Christine Cavanaugh, a prolific voice actress whose characters included the titular character of "Babe," has died. She was 51.

Peter Sellars on the politics of flex dancing and revisiting the Spanish conquest

Still iconoclastic after all these years, the stage and opera director talks about the intersection of history and social issues in the arts.