Solo activities, anything from meditating alone to catching a dinner by yourself, can have major benefits.

Going out alone isn’t just OK, it’s actually healthy


Most of us might probably opt for a night of Netflix if we don’t have plans, but new research says going out by ourselves is just as fun as having plans with friends. That’s why the study’s author says we should forget our fears and see that movie solo.

Broadway in New York City

There’s a campaign underway to get the sexual harassment out of showbiz

Leonard Nimoy, cast member of the new film "Star Trek Into Darkness," poses as he arrives at the film's premiere in Hollywood on May 14, 2013.

Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek”s Spock, dies at 83

Dr. Who's David Tennant has shown a unexpected ability to talk about Shakespearean bears.

How Doctor Who’s David Tennant distorted time for the BBC’s radio audience

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s wins at the Oscars marked the first time the night’s two biggest awards — for Best Director and Best Film — went to a Mexican-born filmmaker.

After Oscar wins, Mexican filmmakers are hailed at home for their ‘Midas touch’

Zoe Keating

Is Google playing hardball with indie artists?


It’s a classic David and Goliath story, with a twist: An indie musician is wrangling with an Internet giant on behalf of indie artists everywhere. But Goliath in this case is Google, and the tech company is squirming a bit in this unaccustomed role. But maybe we all need to rethink how we value the music that animates our lives.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less for their work in "American Hustle'' than their male co-stars.

How Jennifer Lawrence keeps getting American Hustled by Hollywood


Hollywood’s most bankable star was paid less than male colleagues, part of a pattern exposed by the Sony Pictures hack. Charlize Theron already has gotten even.

The marquee at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York, where "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is playing.

How to play an autistic math whiz — for an audience of autistic kids


Alex Sharpe, a recent Julliard graduate, plays Christopher Boone, the young, autistic hero of the Broadway play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Sharpe says the role has been a life-altering experience — and not just as an actor.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" plays on screen behind a live band.

The music of Vince Guaraldi helped make ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ a cultural icon


What do you get when you combine the sweet sounds of an obscure West Coast jazz composer with the most popular comic strip of all-time to create an animated Christmas special? “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — one of the most enduring and endearing cultural phenomenons of the last 50 years.

The World

What we can learn from Charlie Chaplin and ‘The Great Dictator’


Kim Jong-un is far from the first world leader to get mocked on film. In 1940, Charlie Chaplin raised eyebrows when he released his comedy, “The Great Dictator,” and the reaction to the movie could be a lesson for modern society.