Arts & Entertainment

Writer-director J.C. Chandor spares the violence in 'A Most Violent Year'

The filmmaker says he wants to make movies that "get people off of their couch," to make the effort and experience a worthwhile journey.

How did 'The Interview' fare at the box office and on video-on-demand?

Sony says its controversial comedy brought in $15 million online and $2.8 million in theaters, but will the studio ever make back its investment?

Normalizing US-Cuba diplomatic relations may paint a new picture for artists

For Esterio Segura, the possibility of easier travel between Cuba and the U.S. means having his voice heard through art.

'The Interview,' now Sony's top online film ever, earns $15M

The film also earned nearly $3 million through screenings at 331 theaters. The comedy that was pulled from widespread release following threats was rented or bought more than 2 million times.

Rob Marshall's 'Into the Woods' gets lost in Sondheim's Irony

The big problem is that Marshall isn't nearly ruthless enough in rethinking "Into the Woods" as an honest-to-God movie.

Before the Internet, librarians would 'answer everything' — and still do

The New York Public Library recently came upon a box of questions posed to the library from the 1940s to the '80s — an era when humans consulted other humans for answers to their daily questions.

Box Office: 'Hobbit' wins Christmas, 'Big Eyes' flops

Despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

The enduring life of lit mags: We'll always have (The) Paris (Review)

Magazines of all stripes are struggling to negotiate the digital age — but writer Juan Vidal finds hope for the future of reading in the pages of his favorite new literary magazines.

For Hollywood, 'Selma' is a new kind of civil rights story

The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters, including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers, and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.

Facebook finds that not all users like the 'Year In Review' app

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

From Blood Moon to Dumb Starbucks: KPCC's top 10 stories in 2014

With the new year fast approaching, here's a look back at the most popular stories on KPCC.org this year. Do you have a favorite KPCC story?

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

The famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama City hospital. His wife said he had been in declining health in recent years. The couple lived in Panama City.

Sony's PlayStation Network still out; Xbox Live back online

The outage began on Christmas. Microsoft's Xbox Live, which had also gone down, is back online, but the company says some applications aren't fully functioning.

Sony film mess reflects gadgets, entertainment gap

The silence of Sony's Tokyo headquarters over the hoopla surrounding Sony Pictures Entertainment's "The Interview" underscores the divide between the Japanese parent company and its U.S.-led subsidiary.

Box office: 'The Interview' makes $1 million theater debut

The film took in just over $1 million in ticket sales from 331 locations showing it on Christmas day.

Nutmeg spice has a secret story that isn't so nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.