Arts & Entertainment

Edan Lepucki's debut novel 'California' builds buzz before release

The new book "California" has been hailed by Amazon as one of the best books of July. That said, the online retailer wouldn't let customers pre-order the novel.

Anime Expo 2014: Cosplay characters take over LA Convention Center

Anime and manga characters roamed downtown Los Angeles during the annual Anime Expo at the Convention Center this weekend.

SiriusXM fires Anthony of 'Opie & Anthony' over racist tweets

The network said his "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks" are inconsistent with its values. Cumia's tweets came after he was allegedly assaulted in New York.

Is Univision ready to give women their due respect?

A commentator notes the network has improved its relationship with the LGBT community. But Univision's depiction of women is mired in negative stereotypes.

Germany beats France to enter World Cup semifinal

The lone goal came in the 13th minute from a header by Mats Hummels. In the semifinal, Germany will face the winner of the Brazil-Colombia quarterfinal.

Bored on the Fourth of July? Try these movies

Action, singing and lots of fireworks — American movies celebrate the Fourth of July.

Movie diplomacy: USC teams up with State Dept.

Can a film change the way others think about America? USC and the State Department are sending films and filmmakers around the world to find out.

App Chat: how to play laser tag with your iPhone on July 4

Whether that means hiking a mountain or hiking to Space Mountain, there are apps out there to help you make the most out of Independence Day.

Critics cry 'TMI' in Robin Thicke's 'stalkery' new album 'Paula'

What “Ishtar” was to movies and New Coke was to soda, “Paula” is to recorded music. Or so reviewers say. Read some reviews and listen to a track.

Recipe: If you grill your hamburger, you're doing it wrong

The L.A. Times' Russ Parsons says that while convivial and a summer favorite, the grill is too uneven and prone to flare-ups. Use a cast iron skillet or griddle.

'Midnight Rider' filmmakers charged in death of Sarah Jones (updated)

An involuntary manslaughter indictment charges the director of rocker Gregg Allman's biopic "Midnight Rider" and two others in the death of the 27-year-old crew member.

Louis Zamperini, Olympian and WWII hero, has died (updated)

KPCC's John Horn reflects on the amazing life of Louis Zamperini — subject of the upcoming film "Unbroken," war hero, former Olympian and Rose Parade Grand Marshal.

Animator Floyd Norman, from Disney to 'Fat Albert'

Off-Ramp contributor CJ Greenspon profiles Disney's first black animator, Floyd Norman, who also helped create 'Fat Albert.'

The retro and lively sounds of The Dustbowl Revival

Despite The Dustbowl Revival's mix of genres that come from the American South, it's a distinctly LA band.

'Life Itself' documentary a fitting cinematic tribute to Roger Ebert

The new documentary, "Life Itself," follows the life and death of legendary film critic, Roger Ebert.

Academy sues over auctioned Oscar statuette

In late June, Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services sold a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of the film "My Gal Sal" for $79,200.