Arts & Entertainment

How Raphael Saadiq is quietly keeping R&B on film, TV and the radio

The R&B musician and producer talks about his work and the wide variety of bands that influenced him from a young age — even The Carpenters.

‘Salesman’ filmmaker sees similarities between Americans and Iranians

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Fahardi won his second Academy Award with "The Salesman," a film which he says resonates with American and Iranian audiences in similar ways.

Dustin Lance Black wants 'When We Rise' to unify a divided America and inspire activism

The mini-series tells the origin of the LGBT rights movement as it emerged from San Francisco in the early 1970’s where it intersected with the civil rights, women's, and peace movements.

Tim Cogshell's DIY Film Fest: Orwell's '1984'

It’s pointless to draw too many analogies between the themes of "1984" and the zeitgeist of any given day - including today but George Orwell’s novel - in all its incarnations - has always seemed relevant to me.

On the Lot special Oscars edition: #EnvelopeGate, #OscarsNotSoWhite, remembering Bill Paxton

This week for On the Lot, our special look at the business of entertainment, we get a first-hand account at last night's Academy Awards ceremony. Rebecca Keegan of Vanity Fair was at the Oscars and the Vanity Fair after-party.

Analysis: Oscar wasn't so white for a night

Big wins for "Moonlight" and African American actors are laudable, but the Motion Picture Academy and the industry must address broader diversity issues.

Oscars 2017: After awkward mixup, 'Moonlight' wins best picture

Shock and chaos spread through the Dolby Theatre when producers of "La La Land" were stopped in the middle of their acceptance speeches to be informed that Beatty had incorrectly read "La La Land" as the winner.

'Lion': Dev Patel was relieved to play a 'thoroughly soulful and emotional' role

In 2008, Patel landed his breakout role in "Slumdog Millionaire." Now, the 26-year-old has earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in "Lion."

Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars

Khaled Khateeb was the cinematographer for "The White Helmets," a 40-minute Netflix documentary nominated for Best Documentary Short. The Department of Homeland Security said it found "derogatory information," a broad category that could include anything from terror connections to passport irregularities.

'Hacksaw Ridge' sound mixer aims for first Oscar after 21 nominations

Kevin O'Connell has the most nominations of anybody without a win, but he says he's still thrilled just to be recognized by his peers.

Will Oscar ads follow the Super Bowl's lead and go political?

The Academy Awards don’t offer advertisers nearly the number of viewers that football’s biggest night draws in, but it’s still a huge national platform.

Cheech Marin and Frank Romero walk through the artist's show at MOLAA

The retrospective of Romero's work at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach includes several works by Marin, who is a prominent collector.

How stars spend a month getting ready for Oscars' red carpet

It's the most glamorous -- and photographed -- night of the year. Learn how teams of image specialists help A-list actresses get ready for the red carpet.

'Missing Richard Simmons' podcast seeks disappeared fitness magnate

Almost exactly three years ago, Richard Simmons, once the most accessible celebrity in Los Angeles, withdrew from public life. Only a few people have heard from him since, not including podcast host Dan Taberski.

The epic backstory of butter

From happy Neolithic-era accident to inspiration for student protests to tabletop staple, butter has had quite the ride over the past 10,000 years. A new book tells the story.

2017 Oscars preview: Here's what the nominees told KPCC

Ahead of the big ceremony, get behind-the-scenes stories and interviews from your favorite nominees and artists you may have never heard of before.