Arts & Entertainment

'Star Wars' actor Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, has died

Best known for playing R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, a role where he was unseen, the actor was found Saturday morning by his nephew.

If Michael Phelps were a country, where would his gold medal tally rank?

There are 205 countries competing in Rio, many for decades, and most of them can't match Phelps' total of 23 golds.

CicLAvia explores iconic Wilshire Blvd. — with a little help from Pokemon Go

What's new the 18th time around? Monster-hunting and pedicabs.

Watts Summer Festival stays strong, 51 years after the riots

After the 1965 Watts Riots, members of the community organized a festival to focus on healing. This weekend marks its 50th anniversary.

Art With A Mission nurtures the creative spirit among homeless people

The Midnight Mission in Skid Row serves nearly a million meals each year to the homeless. But one Thursday a month, it aims to nurture their spirits.

USA Swimming wants more diversity in the pool

The U.S. swimming team competing in Rio is the most diverse yet. But there is still a long way to go before the ranks of swimmers reflect the diversity of the country.

'South Park' game maker invents fart-smelling VR system

The creators of an upcoming "South Park" video game have developed a stinky spin on virtual reality.

Michael Phelps misses shot at 5th gold

But his teammate Katie Ledecky broke her own world record — and then Burbank native Anthony Ervin, 35, won gold in the freestyle.

Sundance Directors Lab: A bootcamp for the next great directors

It's a place where independent filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Miranda July and Quentin Tarantino got their start — and where the next great directors may become even greater.

The art of telling human interest stories at the Olympics

A common complaint about Olympics coverage is the focus on athletes’ personal stories rather than the games. NBC correspondent Jimmy Roberts hopes the mini-documentaries enhance viewers experience of the epic event.

Bollywood Marathon to run for twelve hours in Echo Park

Feel like taking on a marathon this weekend? How about one you can do sitting down?

Rio 2016: Which Olympic sports should be added or cut?

Lots of sports seem to be teeter on the edge of inclusion in the Olympic Games. Which sports on the borderline do you want in — or out?

Thomas Middleditch on 'Joshy' and the shades of nerdiness

Thomas Middleditch from HBO's "Silicon Valley" discusses his new film "Joshy" and the things he loves... and questions about nerd culture.

Los Angeles, this beer hotline's for you

Just call 1-855-LA-BEERS, and if you're lucky, a real live human being will be waiting to help bring you one beer closer to having the perfect night out.

'Little Prince', 'Kubo' add to renaissance in stop-motion animation

The popularity of stop-motion is also a reaction to the perfection of CG, which tends to produce geometrical precision. But stop-motion, like drawn animation, relies more on the artists’ instincts and less on math.

Toast the return of the LA Rams at Tom Bergin's under a piece of Rams history

If you’re not going to the Coliseum Saturday to watch the Rams play an exhibition game against the Cowboys, the next best thing – to celebrate the team’s return and their place in LA history – would be to raise a glass and watch the game at Tom Bergin’s.