Arts & Entertainment

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere crowd cheers for familiar faces

The VIP audience at "The Force Awakens" world premiere began cheering from the moment the movie's first words appeared on screen, with special enthusiasm for the return of Han Solo and Chewbacca after a 32-year hiatus.

How anesthesia led Mary Steenburgen to the accordion

When "The Last Man on Earth" actress underwent surgery at the age of 54, she awoke with a strange desire to learn and write music.

This year's Black List celebrates good writing, but shows Hollywood's diversity problem

Generated by an anonymous group of industry executives, the annual list is a compilation of the best unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood this past year.

'Star Wars' force is strong on grocery and drug store shelves

"The Force Awakens" is expected to set box office records, and it's probably already set a record for merchandise tie-ins.

TV's challenge for 2016: Taking immigrant stories to the next level

It's been delightful to see so many immigrant coming-of-age stories in American pop culture this year, but it's also time to leave the Immigrant Kid Handbook behind.

'Make Room for Daddy' star Marjorie Lord dies at 97

Lord was best known as Danny Thomas' loyal wife on the popular sitcom that first aired in 1953.

ArcLight Cinemas: Leave your lightsaber at home for 'Star Wars'

ArcLight Cinemas sent out an email about the theater's safety policies, noting items that won't be allowed including masks, face paint and, most likely, lightsabers.

Slideshow: Krampus brings the dark side of Christmas to LA

Off-Ramp contributor Robert Garrova spoke with Krampus L.A.’s Al Ridenour to learn more about this Christmas boogeyman.

Why Nick Hornby won't adapt his own novels for the big screen

The novelist ("High Fidelity," "About a Boy") and screenwriter is not interested in visiting the movie sets of his screenplays, saying his role is over by that point.

5 Every Week: Seinfeld's apartment, a dublab 'Dream House' and tacky Santas

Behold! five great things you should do in Southern California this week, from art to food to music to wild card adventures from the makers of the 5 Every Day app.

Disney's Iger: Time running short for 2016 NFL move to LA

Disney CEO Bob Iger said that teams will be unable to move for next season if a decision is not made shortly, since relocation involves enormous work.

Free weekend? 8 fun and almost-free things to do

'Tis the season for hot toddies, latkes and cats in Santa hats. Here's everything you need to know as the countdown to the new year begins.

Eric Alexandrakis enticed John Malkovich into making the bizarre album, 'Like a Puppet Show'

The composer/producer had the actor read Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and then had musicians, including Yoko Ono, provide the soundtrack.

Aaron Sorkin: Donald Trump may be 'the end of political satire'

The creator of "The West Wing" says it would be difficult for his political drama to air today, because "you want to have two reasonable sides."

MLB commissioner to decide whether to reinstate Pete Rose

One of Major League Baseball's greatest players has been banned since 1989 for gambling on the game. But sports leagues' traditionally hard attitudes toward sports gambling seem to be softening.

'Carol,' 'The Big Short,' 'The Revenant' lead Golden Globes

In a widespread field of nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, "Carol" solidified its growing Oscar hopes.