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December 21, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
How much is a painting created by George Zimmerman worth? For one EBay bidder, $100,099.99 was just the right price. The user's prize: A signed 18-inch-by-24-inch oil painting of a blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, which had a starting bid of $0.99. The identity of the buyer is unknown, but according to the listing, the winning auction bid was one of 96 by 24 users when bidding closed at 9:55 a.m. Saturday.   Using the EBay account “therealgeorgez,” Zimmerman, 30, put his artwork up for auction early this week.  "Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself," the listing reads.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
This was the year that George W. Bush, five years after his calamitous presidency, came in from the wilderness and went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to say, "I think I'm a painter. " He presented his host with a grinning portrait, and the audience clapped. The statement was not uttered with the surety of "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best," the much-mocked 2006 message delivered to reporters as a vote of confidence for Donald Rumsfeld, embattled secretary of Defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
A Northern California judge Monday found three paint companies liable for exposing children to a known poison and ordered them to pay $1.1 billion into a fund to remove lead from inside California homes. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ruled that ConAgra Grocery Products Co., NL Industries Inc. and the Sherwin-Williams Co. created a "public nuisance" by selling lead-based paint for decades before it was banned in 1978. The ruling said that lead paint, because of its lasting ill effects, poses a "clear and present danger that needs to be addressed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
In a tearful plea in front of cameras, Jaclyn Smith said Monday an Andy Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett rightfully belonged to Ryan O'Neal. “I think the most important thing would be imagining what Farrah would want,” Smith said outside a Los Angeles courthouse. “I really feel Farrah would want that portrait with Ryan.” The actress, who said she and Fawcett were friends long before they worked together on “Charlie's Angels,” showed up to hear the closing statements of a civil trial in which the University of Austin at Texas is attempting to claim the portrait for its Blanton Museum of Art. "The love of her life was Ryan,” Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
A Northern California judge Monday ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead-based paint from inside California homes, concluding a 13-year legal case. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ruled that ConAgra, NL Industries and Sherwin-Williams created a “public nuisance” by selling lead-based paint for decades before it was banned in 1978, finding them liable for exposing children to a known poison. The opinion set aside $605 million, or 55% of the judgment, to pay for lead removal in Los Angeles County.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Scott Schaefer, who has played a key role in building the collections of Los Angeles' two biggest art museums over the last 33 years, will retire next month from his job as the Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings. Since joining the Getty in 1999, Schaefer has overseen the acquisition of 70 paintings and pastels and five sculptures, including “Rembrandt Laughing,” a recently purchased self-portrait of the artist as a young man; Edouard Manet's “Portrait of Madame Brunet,” J.M.W.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni has seen enough of big men setting career highs against the Lakers. Pau Gasol , does he have your attention? "In the paint, we're awful and we've got to get tougher," the Lakers' coach said before Tuesday's game against Phoenix. "If we want to be a good team and if we want to get better, then that's definitely a point of emphasis. " Toronto power forward Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points against the Lakers on Sunday. Earlier this season, Anthony Davis blistered them for 32 points in New Orleans, Washington's Nene nailed them for 30 and low-scoring Denver center Timofey Mozgov matched his personal best with 23 points.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni has seen enough of big men setting career-highs against the Lakers. "In the paint, we're awful and we've got to get tougher. We've got to get a little more stronger there," the Lakers coach said Tuesday. "If we want to be a good team and if we want to get better, then that's definitely a point of emphasis. " Toronto power forward Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points Sunday against the Lakers. Other career-highs against them: Anthony Davis blistered them for 32 points in New Orleans, Washington's Nene Hilario nailed them for 30 and low-scoring Denver center Timofey Mozgov matched his personal best with 23 points.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The inventively shot and constructed documentary "For No Good Reason" is an absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman. Yet, the film, directed by 'Charlie Paul and narrated by - and also co-starring - Steadman's friend and admirer Johnny Depp, proves more successful at examining a lifetime's worth of an artist's output than at revealing much about the artist himself. Fortunately, Steadman's blotchy ink drawings are captivating; bold, weird, satirical and highly identifiable, often from their appearances in special editions of such classics as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Animal Farm," in Rolling Stone magazine and alongside the work of famed gonzo journalist and novelist Hunter S. Thompson.
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