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April 7, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating hoax 911 calls this week involving the homes of Justin Timberlake , Selena Gomez , Rihanna and Sean Combs. The LAPD has been dealing with "swatting" calls for some time, but the last week saw a particularly large number of incidents, officials said. At 3:15 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a call of shots fired at Timberlake's Hollywood Hills home but found nothing unusual, said LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake is at it again. A day after issuing the Lauryn Hill-sampling “Draft Day,” he kept the generosity going by unveiling another new tune for fans to his October's Very Own blog on Thursday. Where “Draft Day” showed him flexing his muscles and responding to a certain married rap mogul who called him out, “Days in the East” showcases his much beloved, and sometimes ridiculed, pensive side. Produced by Drizzy's protégé PartyNextDoor and co-produced by his longtime collaborator Noah "40” Shebib, the new jam is a smoldering ode to a flame -- a quite famous one. PHOTOS: 10 great rap lyrics of 2013 In typical Drake fashion, he switches between rapping and his wistful falsetto, especially when he's talking about his girl questioning him about other women and seeking love advice from Erykah Badu, over tea. But really, the track can be digested as a lyrical road map to his not-so-private romance with pop diva Rihanna.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Love her or hate her, Rihanna doesn't seem to want a respite from her omnipresence on the pop charts. Though her previous album, “Talk That Talk,” was released less than a year ago, she's already moved on and started drafting her next record. On Wednesday, the singer issued “Diamonds,” the lead single from what's expected to be her seventh album in as many years. (Listen to the track below.) “Diamonds” trades in the thumping, heavy-duty backbeats of recent singles “Where Have You Been” and “We Found Love” for something more scaled down.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2012 | By Emily Rome
As befits a movie filled with explosions and visual effects spectacle, “Battleship” director-producer Peter Berg rolled up to the film's U.S. premiere Thursday in a “shredder,” modeled after aliens' powerful metal machines in the movie. Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and others in the cast didn't make quite that grand an entrance but were welcomed with plenty of cheers from the crowd flanking the blue carpet - especially the hip-hop artist, whose fans constantly shouted “Ri-Ri!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Rihanna will not only star in DreamWorks Animation's upcoming film “Home” but will also provide the film's music.  The pop star is working on a concept album inspired by the upcoming film, according to Variety . The 3D film is based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book, "The True Meaning of Smekday. " Rihanna voices the teenage protagonist Gratuity "Tip" Tucci. Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin also star. PHOTOS: Concert photos by the L.A. Times "Home” is directed by Tim Johnson, who also helmed “Antz,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Over the Hedge.” The film will arrive in theaters on Nov. 26. A release date for the album has yet to be announced, but interestingly, the singer's last four albums have all had November release dates.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2011
JAZZ Satoko Fujii Ma-Do Quartet The lineup for this ensemble led by this Tokyo-born pianist seems conventional by jazz standards (trumpet, bass and drums), but the vast acreage of musical ground covered is anything but. Fujii's set at the 2009 Angel City Jazz Festival set the Ford Amphitheatre ablaze with passages of delicate beauty interspersed with high-flying improvisation; this all-acoustic ensemble should deliver something equally transfixing. The Blue Whale , 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Suite 301. 8:30 p.m., $10. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com . COMEDY Tim Minchin The Australian musician-comedian-actor takes the stage with only a grand piano and his intelligent sense of humor during this rare Southland appearance.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna didn't walk the red carpet at the Grammys on Sunday, but she made waves at a pre-Grammy party Saturday, wearing a gold wrap dress from Alexander Vauthier that fit like a robe and kept falling open. [The Cut] Zooey Deschanel has teamed with Tommy Hilfiger on a capsule collection of dresses ($98 to $199) and accessories that are to go on sale at Macy's and Tommy Hilfiger stores in mid-April, Hilfiger announced in a news release Monday. Looks at the Grammy Awards on Sunday encompassed metallics, ethereal gowns and hats, the last most notable on Madonna and Pharrell Williams, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore reports.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna wore lots and lots of rings at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday, but the one on the third finger of her left hand set off alarm bells in some quarters. That and the fact that she was snuggling with Chris Brown. Could she be engaged to Brown, her sometime boyfriend and one-time abuser? No, apparently this ring was just a ring, part of more than $2 million worth of baubles on loan from jeweler Neil Lane for the occasion. [E!] Energetic fashion designer Betsey Johnson is known for performing cartwheels at the end of her shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday: Rihanna is named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine, for which the singer posed nude. ( Esquire ) Chaz Bono dances to the "Rocky" theme while mama Cher weeps on "Dancing With the Stars. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Amy Winehouse's father says he will write a heartfelt memoir about the singer, and proceeds are to go to help disadvantaged kids. ( NME ) More theaters join Cinemark in threatening not to show the Eddie Murphy film "Tower Heist" if Universal Pictures allows it to go to on-demand just three weeks after opening.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna's new RiRi for MAC makeup collection rolled out at MAC stores and online on Thursday. At the time, she was performing in Sydney, Australia. [Los Angeles Times] In her new "Work Bitch" video, Britney Spears wears (mostly skimpy) outfits including pieces (like shoes, gloves, etc.) by designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Louboutin. The looks were styled by B. Akerlund and Britney's hair was done by L.A. stylist Kim Kimble. [The Cut] "Glee's" Naya Rivera is sporting a large cushion-cut diamond surrounded by pave diamonds in her new engagement ring from rapper Big Sean.
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