As 2014 comes to a close, Los Angeles Times critics and writers look ahead to notable events and releases planned for 2015 in the world of entertainment and culture. From the new "Star Wars" film to familiar actors finally getting their due in TV series, explore the critics and writers' selections as well as a list of dates to watch out for here.
A conversation with Michelle Dockery
"Downton Abbey" actress Michelle Dockery talks to The Times' Yvonne Villarreal about what is in store for her character Lady Mary this upcoming season, life on the "Downton" set and her L.A. experience.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is no standard blockbuster
For "Star Wars" creators and fans, "The Force Awakens" is set to revive not just a franchise but a certain intangible "giddiness." The film is easily one of the most anticipated movies of next year and possibly of the decade.
Landing with visual force
While the release date for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a year away, Abrams (the publisher, not the director) has an offering that might help fill the void for fans who need more than an 88-second fix. "Star Wars Art: Posters" includes more than 50 artists' work promoting the "Star Wars" franchise.
Character actors rising
From "Transparent" to "The Walking Dead" and more, Times television critic Mary McNamara on how many of the new faces to watch in TV this year are in fact familiar faces who have finally gotten their due in several good TV roles on various broadcast and cable series.
More than a decade after its last installment, L.A.'s Odd Gentlemen studio is reviving the venerable "King's Quest" video game.
A rising star at the L.A. Phil
Already causing buzz with her buoyant podium style and intense approach to demanding symphonic works, Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, is set to lead the orchestra in a program of music by Mozart, Stravinsky and Beethoven in March.
Almost ready, inside and out
Director-curator Joanne Heyler discusses the Broad's first year and beyond in a conversation with The Times' Deborah Vankin.
A greening of the arts
Times theater critic Charles McNulty makes the case for an eco-arts movement and how it's past time to get out of our heads and into the natural world.
A beautiful breakup
While her life in Los Angeles inspired British folk singer Laura Marling on her new album, "Short Movie," it was time to move back home.
Celebrating all things YA
Organizers of the popular young adult book festival YALLFest, authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz, are bringing the event to the West Coast in 2015 as YALLWEST.
Timeline: Coming up in 2015
The Times staff look at the year ahead in movies, TV, video games, theater, art, architecture, classical music, pop music and books.Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times