Arts & Entertainment

This KPCC voice helped launch the last showgirl act in Vegas

KPCC's Rita Pardue remembers her early days, when she was cast as a singer in the original production of "Jubilee," now the last showgirl production in Vegas.

Butch meets hyperfeminine in photographing Liz Taylor's home

Catherine Opie's photos of Elizabeth Taylor's home show a real, warm person with a sense of humor, and Opie says the gig challenged her identity.

'Kung Fu Panda 3' lures Chinese-speaking audience in US

At seven AMC theaters in the U.S., movie-goers can see English and Chinese versions of the film. Four of those theaters are in Southern California.

In the Hollywood diversity conversation, where does Sundance fit?

Sundance may be just one part of a much bigger puzzle, but filmmakers of color say it has an important role to play.

Why Trevor Noah still hasn't found his groove on 'The Daily Show'

No one expected Jon Stewart's replacement to pick up right where the longtime host left off. But four months into Noah's tenure, it's clear that 'The Daily Show' isn't as vital as it used to be.

The Styled Side: the rise of fancy boutique sweets

There's more to chocolate than just eating: LA chocolatiers are creating artisanal bars covered in fashionable wrappings that are Instagram-worthy.

Why a manipulated magazine photo plays a pivotal role in 'The People v. OJ Simpson'

Series creators Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander say when Time magazine darkened Simpson's skin, it became a key moment in the story.

‘Through the Looking Glass’: How residents of 2 LA neighborhoods found common ground

You don’t usually hear Leimert Park and Montebello in the same sentence, but residents found they have a lot in common through a community theater project.

'Mad Max' sound designer Mark Mangini was inspired by 'Moby Dick'

Mangini and his partner David White have an Oscar nomination for making the massive truck that Charlize Theron's character drives sound like a living beast.

HBO's 'Jim' tells the backstory of murdered journalist James Foley

Brian Oakes makes his directorial debut with "Jim: The James Foley Story," a documentary that explores the intersection of terrorism and conflict journalism through the life of his childhood friend.

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs

Modernism Week is back for its 11th year in Palm Springs ... but how did Palm Springs get so much modernism in the first place?

Olympics chief likes LA, but doesn't reveal favorite for 2024 games

The president of the International Olympic Committee said a lot of nice things about L.A., but refrained from tipping his hand to a 2024 favorite.

Sundance 2016: Former studio chief James Schamus makes his directorial debut

James Schamus used to attend the Sundance Film Festival as a buyer for Focus Features. This year he was there as the writer and director of his own movie, "Indignation."

USC is starting its game publishing label

USC design program is already regarded as one of the best in the country. Now it's launching a game publishing platform in the Spring.

Idris Elba of 'Beasts of No Nation' takes home 2 SAG Awards

The actor won in the TV category for "Luther," but his film win in the supporting actor category puts a spotlight on his omission from the Academy Awards nominations.

Super Bowl 'opening day': a primetime media circus.

Super Bowl opening day will now be known as "Opening Day". It will also be broadcast in primetime tonight live on the NFL Network.