Arts & Entertainment

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.

Scully heads into final week behind mic at Dodger Stadium

After 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully will call his final game on Oct. 2.

How Lucy Alibar's Southern childhood became fodder for the stage

After she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Lucy Alibar began thinking about parenting — and her own influential father.

A 'sheepish' Seth Rogen and other images of American men

A sheepish Seth Rogen and Conan O'Brien flying high. Celebrity photographer, Robert Trachtenberg captures the Red-Blooded American Male in his latest project

'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' take top honors at Emmys

"Games of Thrones," the fantasy saga based on George R.R. Martin's novels, has now received a cumulative 38 awards, besting "Frasier" by one to claim most prime-time series awards ever. See the list of winners.

9 cheeseburgers in paradise (aka LA) for National Cheeseburger Day

Need a place to celebrate? Here are a few great Southern California cheeseburgers, from simple to fancy.

'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr dies at 73

Charmian Carr, the actress best known for portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rogers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 73.