Arts & Entertainment

Composer Laura Karpman's quest to get more women in the scoring stage

Women comprised just 1 percent of all composers working on the top 250 films of 2014, but if composer Laura Karpman has her way, that's about to change.

WonderCon, Comic-Con's 'little brother,' comes to LA for the first time

Mike Roe gives us the "Roedown" on all you need to know about WonderCon, March 25-27 — and how some think it's an audition for L.A. to woo San Diego Comic-Con.

DIY film series: Nick Cage before he got 'Left Behind'

Mention the name Nick Cage to anybody under 35, and you’ll probably get a smirk. But he used to be a good actor, and I’ve got three films you’ve got to see if you want to understand why us older people cut him slack.

'Offensive’ Oscar jokes mobilize Asian Americans in Hollywood

Ang Lee, Sandra Oh and George Takei are among the signatories protesting “tone-deaf” jokes about Asians at this year’s Oscars.

Film academy diversifies leadership, apologizes to Asians

The academy's apology came after criticism from some Asian academy members offended by a skit during the Oscar show that introduced three Asian kids as academy accountants.

5 pieces to look for at the LACMA Mapplethorpe exhibition

LACMA's new exhibition, 'Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium,' spans five full rooms. To help you navigate, we've selected five pieces to look out for.

Sony buys Michael Jackson's stake in music catalog for $750M

The agreement will give Sony sole ownership of works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other hit-making musicians, including Eminem and Taylor Swift.

How this young filmmaker plans to win 6 Oscars

Gabrielle Gorman's short film about her personal struggles with race and self-esteem has gotten national recognition. She has some big dreams going forward.

Would you pay $50 to watch a movie on your TV?

Screening Room, a startup backed by Napster cofounder Sean Parker, says it will let moviegoers skip the crowds and expensive snacks — for a price.

Hacking Wikipedia’s gender gap

There are millions of editors on Wikipedia but only 13 percent of them are female. LACMA and Art + Feminism found a unique way to make a dent in that.

Robert Mapplethorpe finally gets his LA moment

Robert Mapplethorpe was an era-defining portraitist, documentarian, and still-life photographer. But he's never received a major Los Angeles show — until now.

'The Walking Dead' rise in Universal Studios Hollywood attraction

A permanent "The Walking Dead" attraction is coming this summer, following three years of seasonal "Walking Dead" mazes as part of the annual Halloween Horror Nights.

'The Powerpuff Girls' return as cartoon reboots punch into high gear

Recently Cartoon Network revealed that one of their most beloved original shows, "The Powerpuff Girls," was returning to the network. What's with all of the revisited content?

New Hilbert Museum's ambitious goal: Represent all California art in last 100 years

In an unpretentious part of Orange’s Old Town is a brand new art museum. The Hilbert aims to represent all California art from the last 100 years. Right now, it's focusing on a genre called California Scene Painting.

Pi Day 2016: Pizza and pie deals to help you celebrate

Pi Day means a celebration of not just math but food, including pies and a chance at free pizza for 3.14 years.

Meet Esperanza Spalding's musical alter-ego

The Grammy-winning singer and bassist has adapted her new album for a tour that comes to Los Angeles on March 15.