arts & entertainment
In order to hear Beck's new songs, you have to play them yourself. The artist known for taking musical risks and consistently changing his sound has released his very own do-it-yourself music project.
Two movies that hit the big screen on Christmas will become widely available this weekend. Django Unchained, from Quentin Tarantino, and Les Miserables, a remake of the long-running musical, both are worth seeing, critic Rafer Guzman says, but neither are home runs.
A book allowing readers to choose their own fate has become the most successful publishing campaign ever. The campaign, run on Kickstarter, an online funding platform, has generated more than 29 times the amount of money needed to make the book viable.
David Chase toiled in relative TV anonymity until his breakout hit, The Sopranos. But Chases' ultimate goal wasn't TV, it was the big screen. And this week, his hit Not Fade Away hits movie theaters. While it's a work of fiction, the parallels with Chase's own life are readily apparent.
More than 100 years ago, a London family man decided he wanted to record his family's holiday get-togethers. But rather than pull out an iPhone, he recorded audio on wax cylinders. Amazingly, those cylinders survived and are now in a London museum.
The soundstrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas certainly isn't new, but it does stand out. Christmas music is filled with jingle bells and snowmen, but not so with Vince Guaraldi's work. His soundtrack has been recognized and preserved in the National Recording Registry from the Library of Congress.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is out in theaters this weekend, and it will be a big screen celebration of the Elvish language. Tolkien spent years, some of them in World War I trenches, developing the language. It's perhaps the most elaborate fictional language ever.
When Michigan's auto factories started to close, many wondered what to do with them. The state decided to try and turn them into movie studios, which worked for a time. Until the tax credits ran out. Now those new studios are empty former factories once more.
Paul Rudd is starring in a new Broadway production that's more serious than his usual roles, which include the upcoming film This is 40. Rudd, though, says he's not looking to put his career on a certain path -- he's taking good roles as they come.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is often remembered as the American President who stopped Adolf Hitler's march across Europe. In a new movie, Hyde Park on Hudson, film writer Richard Nelson tells the story of a pivotal weekend in Roosevelet's presidency -- and presents the man in a new light.