Arts & Entertainment

'Selma's' best-picture nod caps banner year for black women

Black female filmmakers are one of Hollywood's greatest rarities. In the past seven years, only three were connected to the top 700 movies.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' whips up stunning $81.7 million

The chart-topping erotic drama could be on track to earn over $90 million during the four-day holiday weekend.

New York Times writer David Carr died of lung cancer, autopsy shows

Carr, 58, collapsed at the newspaper's headquarters and died on Thursday.

LA orchestra gives instruments to disadvantaged students

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is reaching out to underprivileged children by providing them free instruments and musical training.

'Everything is Awesome' for songwriter Shawn Patterson

The songwriter behind the overwhelmingly catchy theme song from 'The Lego Movie' pulls back the curtain on its complicated irony and calculated accessibility.

Writers in coffee shops: Get used to it

Los Angeles is full of coffee shops bustling with screenwriters on laptops. Collin Friesen, a writer himself, explores his contempt for this habit and maybe ... becomes a convert.

Amazon's 'Bosch' fulfills longtime goal for author Michael Connelly

The best-selling author stopped by The Frame to talk about his role in the adaptation of Harry Bosch for TV and what it was like to finally see his iconic character on screen.

Documentary shows the intensity a veterans' crisis center

The short documentary, "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," produced by Dana Perry and directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent, goes inside the only crisis hotline center for veterans in the United States.

Oscars 2015: FilmWeek critics handicap your ballots

To help you shine at your Oscar viewing party, AirTalk presents its 13th annual FilmWeek at the Egyptian theatre.

David Cross wants you to pay-what-you-want to see his film

Actor David Cross recently took to crowdsourcing site Kickstarter to help distribute his directorial debut, "Hits," a dark comedy about the nature of fame in the age of social media.

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

Love is in the air. And whether or not you're into it, we've got a list of ways to get you through. Here's everything you need to know to enjoy your time off.

Ben Venom quilts the punk rock way

The artist discovered quilting at the San Francisco Art Institute and decided to incorporate materials and images from his hardcore days.

Sex toy retailers get 'Fifty Shades of Grey' bump

We're used to Happy Meal movie tie-ins, but with the "Fifty Shades" film opening Friday, some retailers — even Target — are stocking their shelves with sex toys.

Web series 'High Maintenance' normalizes marijuana culture

'Sideshow" host-producer Sean Rameswaram talks with Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair-- the creators of the hit Vimeo series "High Maintenance."

Oscars 2015: Sandra Adair has edited nearly 20 films for Linklater

From "Dazed and Confused" to "Boyhood," Adair has been Richard Linklater's most trusted editor. Five years into the 12-year production, she saw "Boyhood" coming together.

Want to be a comedian? Come to Los Angeles

If there's one thing that many Los Angeles comedians have in common, it's that, like many in this city, few of them are local natives.