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'Falling apart but we deny it': Is J. Cole talking about Kanye West?

So much for not kicking a man when he’s down. Rapper J. Cole on Thursday night released a new documentary about the making of his upcoming fourth album, and 12 hours later the Internet is convinced that one of the album’s songs is a shot at Kanye West, who spent a portion of last month in the hospital...

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  • Kanye West 911 call: 'He's definitely going to need to be hospitalized'

    Kanye West 911 call: 'He's definitely going to need to be hospitalized'

    When a 911 call came in, apparently from Kanye West’s doctor, about an incident involving the rapper at a Los Angeles home, the dispatcher advised, “Don’t let him get any weapons.” The details of the 911 call made from a home in the 900 block of North Laurel Avenue, released Thursday to The Times...

  • How Justin Bieber turned KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball into an acoustic jam session

    How Justin Bieber turned KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball into an acoustic jam session

    The plan was simple: Justin Bieber would play two acoustic songs in the middle of his set, then hand off his guitar and get back to the programmed dance music. But when a stagehand approached the young pop singer following a rendition of his song “Love Yourself,” Bieber casually waved him off....

  • A 'Wonderful Town' in search of wonder

    A 'Wonderful Town' in search of wonder

    The centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth is not until the summer after next, but the West Coast has already gotten a jump-start over Broadway with the musicals. Michael Tilson Thomas last summer conducted a semi-staged version of “On the Town” with the San Francisco Symphony, while Gustav Dudamel...

  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.' trailer brings baby Groot and a whole lot of fun

    'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.' trailer brings baby Groot and a whole lot of fun

    Marvel just dropped a bit of footage from its next, big comic book movie “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”  And it’s got all the things fans loved from the original — jokes, tunes, aliens and Groot!  Set to the sounds of “Fox on the Run” from Sweet, the new teaser premiered first at the Comic Con...

  • Oakland concert struck by deadly fire was promoted by L.A. dance label 100% Silk

    Oakland concert struck by deadly fire was promoted by L.A. dance label 100% Silk

    The fire believed to have killed as many as 40 people in an Oakland warehouse on Friday night occurred at a concert thrown by a Los Angeles-based label called 100% Silk.  Though details of the incident are still emerging, the blaze broke out at an artist’s space as part of an event called Golden...

  • Friday's TV Highlights: A new 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' on CBS

    Friday's TV Highlights: A new 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' on CBS

    SERIES The Vampire Diaries Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to protect Caroline’s (Candice King) twins from the Siren on a new episode of the supernatural drama. 8 p.m. KTLA Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) plans a gals-only get-together on a new episode of the kooky musical comedy; Donna...

  • Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' finds a home at Criterion Collection

    Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' finds a home at Criterion Collection

    Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog,” her first film in nearly three decades, is a wondrously personal and ruminative work — a collage of musings on memory, language, grief and post-9/11 malaise, all refracted through a loving tribute to the director’s dearly departed rat terrier, Lolabelle. It is...

  • Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    The superb French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in more than 100 films in a career that began a decade before writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve, who has made five, was even born. Yet their strong joint commitment to emotional truth above all else has produced the quietly wonderful "Things...

  • 'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    When you peel back the aggressive soundtrack, offensive racial stereotypes, gratuitous nudity, and music-video style editing, one finds that the Los Angeles real estate drama “Pocket Listing” is essentially a bonkers, beefed-up episode of the Bravo reality show “Million Dollar Listing.” The main...

  • New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    The New York Film Critics Circle announced its awards on Thursday, giving best picture to “La La Land,” written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The awards were announced in real time on the group’s Twitter feed and took a number of hours to work through the voting process. It was the only prize...

  • 'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    The sumptuously shot, costumed, designed and scored Russian import “The Duelist” dazzles and provokes as it makes little real sense beyond the confines of its hermetic milieu. Still, patient viewers should find writer-director Alexey Mizgirev’s often bloody, overheated action-drama set in 1860...

  • Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Jackie Burke, the 67-year-old funnyman played with a wink and a scowl by Robert De Niro in “The Comedian,” originally came to fame as the star of a hugely popular, thoroughly dreadful sitcom called “Eddie’s Home.” Everywhere he goes, Jackie is greeted by nostalgic fans (“Eddie! Eddie!”) who demand...

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