Arts & Entertainment

Film series seeks to change perspective of Africa

Surfing. Street art. Hip hop. Topics not typically part of the news that comes from Africa, but that's the point of a new series of short films part of a project called My Africa Is.

Quiz: Where to find the best pizza in Los Angeles

Whether you're eating a personal pie by candlelight in one of the city's nicest restaurants or digging into a slice the size of your face in front of the TV, L.A. has a lot to offer in the way of pizza. Where are your favorite pizza places? Can L.A.'s pizza compete with New York's or Chicago's?

Chris Strachwitz's musical taste is simple: 'No Mouse Music'

The producer's commitment to artists such as Clifton Chenier and Flaco Jimenez is chronicled in the documentary, "This Ain't No Mouse Music."

Sandwich Monday: The pizza cake

For this Sandwich Monday, NPR tries the Pizza Cake, which is a fancy way of saying "a bunch of pizzas stacked on top of each other."

'I Am Eleven': Film explores what 11 year olds around the world care about

Filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent six years traveling the world to ask 11 year olds in 15 countries what they care about. The results are funny, surprising and heartwarming.

Behind the scenes at 'The Simpsons' studio (plus Sunday's couch gag)

As the show launches its 26th season, we go inside the yellow halls and cluttered work stations of the people who bring Springfield to life, plus a look at Sunday's weird couch gag.

Brothers tackle racism with movie 'Boiling Pot'

The movie premieres at the Catalina Film Festival on Saturday. It tackles racism by weaving together the real-life stories of four American college students.

'Gilligan's Island' — a show from a time of TV innocence

As classic sitcom Gilligan's Island celebrates its 50th birthday, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it is a show loved by fans despite widely acknowledged mediocrity.

Exploring one of Hollywood's oldest, weirdest filming spots

When a rock quarry shuts down, sometimes it becomes a swimming hole, a nuisance, or an eyesore. But in Los Angeles, an abandoned quarry can turn into the Bat Cave.

How the FAA ruling on drones will change the film industry

The FAA recently approved six companies to use drones on film sets. Previously, filmmakers could only use that technology outside the U.S.

Concert with Jay-Z and Sting aims to end poverty

The Global Citizen Festival is live in New York (and on TV) on Saturday. The superstar-studded event is designed to encourage concertgoers to care about the issues.

25 humble suggestions for 'The Equalizer' brand extensions

It seems inevitable that if the movie comes back, they'll be looking for ways to extend the brand. Fortunately, we've got some ideas.

'The Equalizer:' Antoine Fuqua says directing Denzel Washington is 'scary as hell'

It's been 13 years since the director and actor worked together on "Training Day" — surprising given that their collaboration garnered Washington a Best Actor Oscar.

Play shines a light on mental illness in Korean community

An Asian American theater troupe, called Artists at Play, is staging a production about a topic that's hardly ever talked about in their community: Mental illness.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

Put down your computer and close that tablet. We're making the most of our precious time off with free art, amazing food and delicious beer.

Low-budget talk-show host Skip E. Lowe dies at 85

Skip E. Lowe, whose long-running public-access cable TV show gave him a cult following and provided inspiration for Martin Short's unctuous, has died.