Arts & Entertainment

Terry Crews: 10 years after 'Idiocracy,' it resonates this election

Terry Crews played President Camacho 10 years ago in 'Idiocracy.' The film inspired the #MakeAmericaSmartAgain movement ahead of the 2016 election.

5 LA Podcast Festival shows that will blow your mind

To celebrate the event's fifth anniversary, check out five podcasts from the festival that are definitely worth checking out — and find out about their new competition.

ShondaLand partner Betsy Beers was raised by TV

Shonda Rhimes' partner watched TV "secretly" when she was a movie producer. Now, television is having a moment, and so is she.

Poet Claudia Rankine named a MacArthur 'genius grant' honoree

Her book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” is a provocative meditation on race that has a new resonance in the wake of more killings of black men by police officers.

The 3 movies Jack Nicholson directed are better at home

Jack Nicholson has over 70 credits as an actor. But, pop quiz: how many movies did he direct? Three. And they make a great DIY film festival.

Fox's new show 'Pitch,' puts a woman on the MLB pitcher's mound

What would happen if a woman pitched in the majors? Fox's new show, Pitch, tackles that very scenario.

GD-IQ: Software that breaks down representation in media

The Geena Davis institute has partnered with USC and Google to create a software that could give movies and television a "diversity score."

'The Lovers and The Despot': A filmmaker, an actress and Kim Jong-il

A new documentary tells the unbelievable true story of how the North Korean dictator had a South Korean filmmaker and his actress wife kidnapped so he could start a film industry in the communist country.

Diavolo blends dance, architecture and real danger

Founder and artistic director Jacques Heim calls his company "the NFL of dance." His members work with giant custom props that can launch them into the air — or crush them.

'This Is Where I Live': soul singer William Bell returns to his roots

At the age of 77, William Bell's new album on the revived Stax label re-captures that classic Memphis soul sound.

Police Academy cafe to reopen this fall — probably

Split pea soup and burgers will be back on the menu at the LAPD Academy, probably by the end of the year.

Food for thought: 10 restaurants that shaped America

A Yale historian's new book explores America's changing tastes, and what they say about our culture — from class mobility to civil rights to women's changing status.

Massive box set of Rolling Stones in glorious mono takes you back to 1960s

Everybody knows stereo recordings sound better. Right? Maybe not. This new remastered collection of Rolling Stones tunes is often more intimate and immediate than often-flawed stereo versions.

Brian Helgeland reflects on writing 'LA Confidential' with Curtis Hanson

The acclaimed director and screenwriter died Tuesday at the age of 71. Screenwriting partner Brian Helgeland joins Take Two to remember him.

Hard Day of the Dead rave isn't happening this year

After three deaths at the electronic-music fest Hard Summer, the company isn't holding its annual Halloween fest.

A comics convention for the unconventional: The Small Press Expo

Every year the Small Press Expo (SPX) brings creators of independent comics together with passionate fans. Many of those fans make comics themselves and say they're inspired by SPX's "funkier" feel.