Arts & Entertainment

Fave Super Bowl Food: KPCC and listeners weigh in

Super Bowl LI takes place Sunday between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. But for many people, the food is as big a deal as the game. What's your favorite Super Bowl snack?

Song of the Week: Crying, in the rain, because Willie Nelson's Bako concerts are sold out?

Nelson wrote many great songs but "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," a breakout hit for the singer, was written by Fred Rose back in 1947, and was first performed by Roy Acuff. It was allegedly the last song Elvis ever sang.

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

It's the shortest month of the year and that means less time to fill your weekends, so make sure to make it count by gorging at a chocolate festival or catching the big game: the Otter Bowl, of course.

'Santa Clarita Diet': Visceral Netflix comedy fleshes out suburban angst

Drew Barrymore and (especially) Timothy Olyphant deliver full-blooded performances as a married pair of realtors struggling to make ends meat.

​Magic Johnson returns to Lakers as adviser to Jeanie Buss

Johnson, one of the most beloved players in franchise history, will assist Buss "in all areas of basketball and business," according to the team's news release.

Super Bowl ads mean mega exposure for brands and bands

The licensing fees for songs can range from the mid six-figures for a older classic to seven-figures for a new hit. Musicians can count on a bump in sales and streaming.

Going straight to the source for a film about James Baldwin

For his Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” filmmaker Raoul Peck used only the writer's words — either read by Samuel L. Jackson or taken from archival recordings of Baldwin himself.

Off-Ramp recommends skipping the Super Bowl

If you don't know who is playing at the big game Sunday, this one is for you. Here is a list of 5 non-Super Bowl events happening on Super Bowl Sunday.

Opportunities for women film directors are few and far between

A new report from USC Annenberg's Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative finds a startling lack of opportunity for women, and especially for women of color.

For Billy Eichner, pop culture and politics intersect on the street

For the actor and comedian, adding a political point of view to his TV sketch show, “Billy on the Street,” was the natural thing to do.

'Powerless': A workplace comedy for the superhero era

"Where does he get those wonderful toys?" NBC's new sitcom, set among the lab techs who unwittingly act as Batman's R & D team, supplies a familiar — but clever — answer.

Dylan Brody's comedy special about heartbreak and hope in Hollywood ... gets picked up by the Brits

I risked a bunch of my own money to put together a show about the potential for all of us in Hollywood to reach for our highest aspirations and had to go 8,000 miles away to get anybody to even consider it. Being an artist at the heart of the entertainment industry can be funny. Just not funny ha-ha.

What can Hollywood do to change perceptions of Muslims?

Author, scholar and producer Reza Aslan says the "timing has never been better" for Hollywood to develop stories about Muslims and Middle Easterners for film and TV.

'Cries From Syria' filmmaker says refugees are 'not terrorists'

The HBO documentary "Cries From Syria" attempts to give the history of the Syrian crises while generating understanding for refugees.

Judy Garland's remains moved from NY to LA's Hollywood Forever

Representatives for a cemetery and the family of Judy Garland say her remains have been moved from New York to a Los Angeles mausoleum.

Actors let fly on political issues at Screen Actors Guild awards

The big talk coming out of the ceremony wasn’t about who wore what or what names got fumbled. Instead, it was how the actors engaged in politics.