Arts & Entertainment

Natalie Portman and the importance of having women as directors

The actress directs her first feature film, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," and talks about how directing has made an impact on her as a woman.

Reading by Moonlight: Ron Arias, Rafael Cardenas and more

From events at The Last Bookstore to a book of photographs from a beloved Eastside artist, Libros Schmibros founder David Kipen shares his literary picks.

Will cosmetic regulation kill independent beauty brands?

A new bill has been proposed to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to test cosmetic ingredients, as well as recall products that prove to be unsafe for consumers.

Is Netflix the future of television?

Netflix is rolling out with 600 hours of original content this year. The move might be great for cord-cutters and fans, but it has incurred the wrath of at least one person.

Netflix documentary shows 'other side' of Steve Aoki

Before the champagne showers, Steve Aoki had long been building his own empire. A new documentary reveals how he stepped out from his famous father's shadow.

Please don't run over the piano player

Musician and composer Manuel Lima is camped out on the Sunset Strip where passersby can stop and observe his daily routine, which includes a daylong piano performance.

Travis Knight moves from corner office to director's chair for 'Kubo and the Two Strings'

The president and CEO of the stop-motion animation studio Laika has overseen several films, but the company's latest film marks his directing debut.

How Nate Parker's legal past is clouding 'The Birth of a Nation'

Nate Parker is the force behind the much-anticipated slavery-era film, but as more information comes out regarding his 1999 rape trial, his visibility could become a liability for the movie.

Comics Empower brings comic books alive for the blind

One comic book lover has started an online comic book store that caters to the blind.

The reality show 'COPS' is 'the best recruiting tool for policing ever'

Retired police sergeant Randy Sutton says he regularly hears from people who decided to enter law enforcement after watching his appearances on "COPS."

'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore' canceled despite unique approach to late-night

Stephen Colbert's successor was an unusual late-night show in many ways, but it couldn't get big enough ratings to avoid cancellation.

Inside the making of 'COPS,' the longest-running reality show in TV history

Created in 1989 by John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, the show became highly influential for its unscripted, non-narrated format and for providing a glimpse into the lives of police officers.

A Comic-Con of sorts for a neglected audience

The annual Latino Comics Expo is a showcase for creators and fans who don't see brown superheroes depicted in comic books and movies.

Valencia swimmer Anthony Ervin wins gold in Rio

At 35, most of his compatriots have long since stopped swimming competitively. But Anthony Ervin isn't most swimmers.

Simone Biles wins 3rd gold medal in Rio

She added a third gold medal to her haul, easily winning the women's vault. She already helped the "Final Five" to team gold and dominated the all-around competition.

Ryan Lochte robbed at gunpoint in Rio

Lochte's taxi was stopped by robbers who put a cocked gun to his head. "I was like 'Whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet," the swimming champ said.