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Ed Burns on his 'Brothers McMullen' break and surviving 'director's jail'

The writer/director/actor talks about the impetus behind his memoir, the adventurous creativity being cultivated on TV, and the lessons he's learned over his 20-year career.

'Focus': another box office disappointment for Will Smith

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The actor’s latest film continues a string of poor performances at the box office. Could this be the end of his reliability to bring audiences to the theater?

In "Exile From One's Country," Mohammed Al-Amari captures the pain of a Syrian girl.

The art of Syrian refugees sends a message. is anyone listening?

Syria's refugees are waiting for a new life. The artists among them are depicting this life in limbo — and their memories of the country they left behind.

Diversity sells — But Hollywood remains overwhelmingly white, male

Women and minorities continue to be under-represented on TV and in film, both behind and in front of the camera, according to a new study — even though diverse films and shows make more money.

Leonard Nimoy's advice to a biracial girl in 1968

When a young girl with a black mother and white father wrote to a teen magazine in 1968 about not fitting in, the "Star Trek" actor responded at length about how Spock navigated two cultures.

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock taught us acceptance is highly logical

The "Star Trek" actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.

'The Lego Movie' directors partner with Will Forte to make the apocalypse fun

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have parlayed their feature film success into an offbeat TV comedy for Fox, with the former SNL cast member as "The Last Man on Earth."

Leonard Nimoy leaves behind legacy of arts patronage

Famed actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the landmark TV series “Star Trek," died today at the age of 83.

Punk legend Mike Watt on the Minutemen's early days

When the Mount Rushmore of California Punk is built, there will be debates over who to include, but at least one name is for sure: Mike Watt.

'Blurred Lines' trial: Robin Thicke sings part of his defense in court

Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the rapper T.I. have been sued by Marvin Gaye's children for allegedly violating the copyright of the late singer's "Got to Give It Up."

Leonard Nimoy, actor who portrayed Spock on 'Star Trek,' dead at 83

Nimoy's wife told the New York Times that the actor died at his home in Bel Air Friday morning from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Free weekend? 7 fun and almost-free things to do

Feel like channeling your inner foodie or artsy side this weekend? We've got 7 fun things for you to do that feature several tasty and crafty events around LA.

Yann Demange 'steals' inspiration from John Carpenter for debut film about the '71 Troubles

The filmmaker talks about casting Jack O'Connell in the lead role, how the films of John Carpenter influenced him, and how he found a 9-year-old scene-stealing actor in a boxing gym.

Gabriel Kahane's 'The Ambassador' is LA history in a song cycle

Los Angeles has inspired many musicians to write songs about the city, but singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane has gone above and beyond with his album, "The Ambassador."

R-rated Power Rangers fan film pulled from YouTube, but watch here

A Power Rangers short film with big stars went viral this week, but the company behind the kids/toy icons issued takedown requests. Here's the story behind the flashy short.

'Famous for being famous' Angelyne gives us a ride in her pink Corvette

An only-in-L.A. moment: Angelyne, the billboard queen, gives Off-Ramp host John Rabe a ride in her famous pink Corvette.