Arts & Entertainment

Lawsuit claims 'Happy Birthday' song should be in the public domain

The song is seldom used on screen because producers have to pay usage fees, but a documentary filmmaker is challenging the copyright.

Jason Segel reflects on the nature of celebrity with Alex Cohen

Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour.'

'Sons of Anarchy' is no more, but the band plays on thanks to The Forest Rangers

The show's music supervisor, Bob Thiele, "got the band back together" to form a group called The Forest Rangers, which has released its first album, “Land, Ho!”

Andy Kindler: 'It's a great time for comics,' except if you're Adam Sandler

Veteran comedian Andy Kindler reflects on the annual "State of the Industry" speech that he gives at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

Alan Cheuse, novelist and longtime NPR contributor, dies at 75

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

'Listen to Me Marlon' reveals the real Brando through the actor's own words

How a lifetime of audio recordings, from business meetings to self-hypnosis tapes, came together in a new documentary on the legendary actor.

Free weekend? 10 fun and almost-free things to do

Let's do this.

Song of the week: 'Stonefist' by HEALTH

Off-Ramp's song of the week is "Stonefist" by Los Angeles-based noise rockers HEALTH. "Stonefist" is off HEALTH's forthcoming album "Death Magic."

The Great Shrine Concert: A landmark gospel show, 60 years later

The landmark 1955 event featured acts like the Caravans, the Pilgrim Travelers and the Soul Stirrers — led by a young Sam Cooke.

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei restricted to 20-Day UK visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but notes he was never charged.

Coffee art: When a spill turns into a masterpiece

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

Why Little Boots left a major label and started her own

The British electropop singer explains why the giant Atlantic Records wasn't a good fit and how that led to going her own way.

4 TV shows you should be watching this summer

Summer used to be the dead zone for new TV. But in today's era there's plenty of good shows if you know where to look.

‘Next MacGyver’ competition awards 5 winners for the right mix of science and fiction

Professionals from the engineering and entertainment fields came together to judge finalists who pitched an original TV show that calls for a female engineer protagonist.

Tom Brady calls NFL's 4-game suspension 'unfair'

Brady said he only destroyed his phone after his lawyers told the NFL his device would "not be subjected to investigation." Brady said he was "disappointed" in the NFL's decision.

Song Exploder: Ben Gibbard dissects his song, 'El Dorado'

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman talks with Hrishikesh Hirway about the song and its relationship to his divorce from actress Zooey Deschanel.