Arts & Entertainment

'Song Exploder': Dissecting the theme from John Oliver's show

Hrishikesh Hirway is the creator of the podcast "Song Exploder," in which artists take apart their own songs. Dave Hill of the band Valley Lodge explains how "Go" made its way to HBO.

Del Casher invented the wah-wah pedal and changed rock history

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison — none of them would sound quite like they do without Del Casher, who lives in Burbank.

Auto museum offers free admission before closing for over a year

Los Angeles's Petersen Automotive Museum will be closing its doors Sunday for a renovation project that will extend almost through the end of 2015.

'Lone Star' actress Elizabeth Peña dies at 55

"La Bamba" and "Lone Star" actress Elizabeth Peña died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness.

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Oscars

It's a big week for Harris. His kids had their fourth birthday, his autobiography hit stores — and now, he's hosting the Oscars. He made the announcement in a video on Twitter.

Punk super-band The Flesh Eaters recall making newly reissued album

Chris Greenspon talks with members of The Flesh Eaters about their 1981 album - one of the most eclectic ever - "A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die"

Petty, Costello, Lauper up for Songwriters Hall of Fame

The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Winners will be inducted next June at a New York gala.

Encuentro presents a sweeping view of Latino theater

The month-long festival has attracted more than 150 writers, actors and directors for performances that represent a wide range of creativity.

Foxygen's inspirations, from the Beatles to '70s rock to Limp Bizkit

The duo behind LA's Foxygen has been making music together since middle school. They share their childhood past on the heels of releasing "...And Star Power."

Feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian's latest death threat

Utah State staff received an anonymous terror threat over a live event with Sarkeesian, a vlogger who's angered some with her feminist critique of sexism in video games.

Wendy Whelan: A beloved American ballerina, ending an era

Wendy Whelan, one of America's very best dancers, retires this week after a stellar 30-year career with the New York City Ballet.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Flying Lotus, Radio Ridler and more

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, Take Two's weekly new music segment. Joining A Martinez in the studio this week is Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com.

Networks chase Latino viewers with 'Cristela' and 'Jane the Virgin'

Alex Nogales, CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, says the networks are making progress with Latino representation, but still have a ways to go.

Director Dobkin on how personal life influenced 'The Judge'

Director/Producer David Dobkin talks about the painful, real life stories that led to the creation of "The Judge," and the magic of Robert Downey Jr.

In film, women's stories break through at fall festivals

Study after study reveals that women remain underrepresented in film, both on screen and off. But film festivals can play a role in closing the gap.

'As You Wish': Take a peek at the making of 'The Princess Bride'

Twenty-seven years after "The Princess Bride" appeared on the silver screen, Cary Elwes has co-authored a book about the making of the film.