Arts & Entertainment

'Mr. Robot,' 'Ballers' among picks for best summer TV

A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool?

Playing with Apple Music to see if it can compete with Spotify

Apple launched its new streaming service Apple Music Tuesday, which includes streaming music, radio and other features. But is better than Spotify?

LAX gets 3 new massive pieces of contemporary art

The pieces were recently unveiled inside LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal. Mark Bradford's "Bell Tower" hangs directly over the TSA screening area.

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

American Ballet Theatre announced the promotion six days after Copeland made her New York debut in the role of Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake."

Jack Carter, brash comic, dies at 93

Jack Carter, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early television, died of respiratory failure at his Beverly Hills home.

NBC cuts Donald Trump ties over comments on immigrants

NBC Universal is terminating business ties with Donald Trump over derogatory comments made during his presidential bid announcement.

'Back To The Future' gets new music for its 30th anniversary

Composer Alan Silvestri, who originally scored "Back to the Future," adds new score for the 30th anniversary screening at the Hollywood Bowl.

Fat actresses still often defined by size while 'dadbods' become cool

Actress Julie Brister talked with the Frame about what it's like being a "Fat Amy"-sized actress in Hollywood, and how she's been able to take roles that aren't demeaning.

NBC severing business relationship with Donald Trump

Trump has said he is no longer appearing in the television show "The Apprentice." NBC said "Celebrity Apprentice" will continue to go on without him.

What right do muralists have to the buildings they paint on?

Musicians have their instruments, painters have their canvases, and muralists have ... walls. But when the building a mural is on is changing, the muralist has to choose to fight — or say goodbye.

Marvel's half-black, half-Latino Spider-Man is going mainstream

"It won't be [that] Miles is Spider-Man with an asterisk or some kind of adjective or adverb attached to it," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He is going to be Spider-Man — just Spider-Man."

Capturing Nina Simone’s passions and demons in ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is a documentary by Liz Garbus that looks at Nina Simone's civil rights efforts, passions and inner demons.

How TV shows like 'Modern Family' helped shape perceptions of same-sex marriage (POLL)

Salon writer Andrew O'Hehir and an MIT professor Edward Schiappa weigh in on how the portrayal of same-sex couples on television has affected real perceptions.

Central Valley composer imagines 'Water (less) Music'

Composer draws on poetry about water and drought to create an orchestral work to be performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

This is what happens when Skid Row actors adapt Aristophanes

A new play opening this weekend features a cast drawn from the shelters and recovery programs in downtown L.A.'s Skid Row area.

Free weekend? 9 fun and almost-free things to do

We're hitting the streets for a weekend filled with flavorful beer, free music, food trucks and fireworks. Here's everything you need to know.