Arts & Entertainment

'Force Awakens' crosses $250M globally after record opening

Disney says the film made an estimated $120.5 million in the U.S. from Thursday night previews and opening day Friday, smashing the previous opening day record of $91.1 million, set by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."

Conductor Kurt Masur, leader of orchestras in New York and beyond, has died

Kurt Masur, the German conductor whose career spanned from leading an orchestra in East Germany to more than a decade of reshaping the New York Philharmonic, has died at age 88.

Peering into the workshop of stained glass makers in LA

At the Judson Studios in Highland Park, one family has been making art from glass for five generations.

The R2-D2 Builders Club takes Star Wars fandom to the next level

In the world of Star Wars fanatics, you have collectors, cos-players. And then you have people who take their fandom to the next level: Members of the R2 Builders Club.

Why it took 10 years to get 'Making A Murderer' to audiences

The new docu-series from Netflix, 'Making a Murderer,' releases to an audience whose appetite for true crime stories has been stirred by shows like 'Serial.'

How Star Wars could change public view of Islam

"Star Wars: A Force Awakens" smashed opening night records, Thursday -  taking more than $57 million at the box office in the U.S. and Canada. 

Gladys Knight breaks down 'Midnight Train,' intros new single 'Just a Little'

Gladys Knight rings in 2016 at Disney Hall, but first she talks with John Rabe about her new and old music, signing with Motown and keeping that legendary voice in shape.

5 Every Week: A concert for dogs, Christmas caroling on wheels and Moog music at The Ace

Behold! five great things you should do in Southern California this week, from art to food to music to wild card adventures from the makers of the 5 Every Day app.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' pulls in record $57M on opening night

The most anticipated film in the galaxy opened globally Thursday, setting international and pre-sale box-office records and delighting moviegoers who've had tickets for months.

Baby steps: Love and 'The Big Bang Theory'

How does "The Big Bang Theory" mark one of the biggest events in nerddom, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"? Well, it thought of something.

Did you know 'Star Wars' was once an NPR radio drama?

George Lucas sold the rights to "Star Wars" in 1981 to KUSC for the grand total of $1. The station went on to produce one of the most popular NPR broadcasts ever.

Free weekend? 7 fun and almost-free things to do

This weekend is all about last-minute shopping, wintery workshops... and Seinfeld. Here's everything you need to know.

Star Wars for Newbies: What's the deal and why do fans care?

Are you among those who aren't fully versed in the Star Wars mythology? Here's a quick lesson in the key characters and why they resonate so deeply with audiences.

Kathleen Kennedy: From standing in line to see 'Star Wars' to producing it herself

The Lucasfilm president was handpicked by George Lucas to take over his company and the franchise. She's aware that all her film mentors have been men; "I need to bring other women along," she says.

9 Sylvester Stallone movie props you could own

More than 1,400 iconic props from Sly Stallone films like "Rocky" and "Rambo" are being auctioned off in Los Angeles this weekend.

Quentin Tarantino claims Disney pushed 'The Hateful Eight' out of the Cinerama Dome

Screenings of “The Hateful Eight” were supposed to start at the iconic theater on Christmas Eve, but Tarantino says his film has been bumped from the venue because of “Star Wars.”