December 22, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. R. Kelly says he is ready to film 32 new chapters of his infamous melodrama hip-hopera series, "Trapped in the Closet. " All he needs is a little funding. ( TMZ ) "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is already doing well at the box office. Look out, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" -- the No. 2 spot is up for grabs. ( Los Angeles Times) Josh Krajcik sings a duet with Alanis Morissette during the final performance episode of "The X Factor.
July 13, 2011
Evening news' big break Viewership is up at "CBS Evening News" since Scott Pelley took over as anchor in early June. Then again, the same can be said for his rivals. Pelley's third-place newscast reached an average of 5.55 million viewers during his first five weeks in the anchor chair, an increase of 7% over the same five weeks in 2010 when Katie Couric was the anchor, the Nielsen Co. said. During the same time, Brian Williams' "Nightly News" on NBC averaged 7.88 million people each night, and ABC's "World News" with Diane Sawyer had 7.12 million, Nielsen said.
June 9, 2011
MUSIC Some of us love the lusty, batty R. Kelly whose come-ons could make Prince blush. But his latest album, "Love Letter," isn't that record. Instead, it's steeped in vintage Stax and Motown. "When a Woman Loves" gracefully nods to Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" while giving Kells a smoky, tempered backdrop to tap decades of undeserving-man ballads. Wait for the pleading a cappella bridge, which goes on three times as long as it needs to — and it scorches. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
December 1, 2009
R. Kelly Untitled Jive It's tempting to read into the title of R. Kelly's first album since his acquittal on child-pornography charges last year. Is his 10th studio album since the early '90s called "Untitled" because Kelly wants to wipe the slate clean? Could it be the sign of a new beginning? An invitation to hear the artist from a fresh perspective? Not even close. "Untitled" is business as usual in the candle-lighted, silk-sheeted house of Kelly, which means, "sex in the morning, sex all day."
November 7, 2009 |
Not long into his show Thursday night at the Nokia Theatre, R. Kelly found himself needing some assistance from the technical crew. A long red carpet, positioned onstage between two cordoned-off areas in which a group of female fans played the part of a group of female fans, had begun to bunch up, endangering the R&B star's not-so-fancy footwork. "Move this rug," he sang extemporaneously, his band vamping smoothly beneath him. "I almost tripped three . . . times." Kelly repeated the phrase, obviously enjoying the sound of his off-the-cuff creation; he added a bit of melisma as the band's playing thickened into a proper groove.
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September 25, 2008 |
Gerald A. Margolis, an entertainment lawyer who counseled such high-profile clients as R. Kelly and Robin Williams that controversy inevitably follows fame, has died. He was 65. Margolis, who was diagnosed six years ago with progressive muscular atrophy, died Sept. 15 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica of complications related to pneumonia, his family announced. He lived in Manhattan Beach. During his 30-year career, his first rule in defending the famous was "don't ignore the media."
June 14, 2008 |
A Cook County jury Friday acquitted R&B superstar R. Kelly of child pornography charges, ending a high-profile case that began more than six years ago. Jurors said they put little stock in the prosecution's star witness, a woman who claimed she participated in videotaped sex acts with Kelly and a person the government alleged was Kelly's then-underage goddaughter.
May 21, 2008 |
The paparazzi and TV news crews have spent weeks scouting the Cook County Criminal Court for the perfect spot to shoot arrivals, departures and stand-ups. The judge presiding over the case sought advice from a fellow jurist in Santa Barbara County on how to handle a case involving an international celebrity and the media blitz that is sure to follow. Inside the freshly painted courthouse, reporters from MTV News, Jet and Blender magazines jockeyed with local journalists for seats. In the city where prosecutors took down Al Capone, and high-profile courtroom dramas normally feature corrupt politicians and mobsters, the child pornography case against R&B superstar R. Kelly that began this week has brought Chicago a relatively unusual legal experience: the salacious celebrity trial.
May 17, 2008 |
A Chicago judge has denied a motion from news organizations seeking immediate access to sealed court records and transcripts in the R. Kelly child pornography trial. Judge Vincent Gaughan said keeping the material under wraps was the only way to guarantee a fair trial. The R&B singer has pleaded not guilty to charges he videotaped himself having sex with an underage girl. Opening arguments begin Tuesday.
May 10, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- Sex scandals have derailed countless pop-star careers, but R. Kelly's has remained robust, even with his long-delayed trial on 14 counts of child pornography looming. Jury selection began Friday. The singer, 41, has sold more than 12 million records and videos since the charges first surfaced in June 2002. Last year he scored three top-10 R&B singles, and his 2007 album, "Double Up," sold nearly a million copies despite an industry-wide economic slump.