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October 23, 2009 | Gary Goldstein
As in the best movie satires, there's a solid core of truth informing director Jonathan Parker's "(Untitled)," which takes on the New York art and music worlds in one smart and funny swoop. The film, co-written by Parker and Catherine DiNapoli, strikes a mostly happy balance between observational farce and heightened reality, without defaulting to the overly broad or ridiculous just to prove a point. The filmmakers are also blessed with a strong cast, whose portrayals of the movie's various buyers, sellers and creators rarely feel forced or concocted but believably lived in. Adam Goldberg, whose aggressive-neurotic shtick has often been wearying, is enjoyably effective here as Adrian Jacobs, a brooding, strangely passionate composer of atonal music who just can't square why his "sound art" falls on so many deaf ears -- and empty concert halls -- while his painter-brother Josh's (Eion Bailey)
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August 25, 2013 | Laurel V. Cortes
The English language has no more deadly cliché than "Boys will be boys. " The author lives in Riverside. Read more: Opinion poetry by Times readers  
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The pornography industry, like the rest of Hollywood, has been buffeted by the economic downturn, the falloff in DVD sales and a cornucopia of free content on the Internet. Still, for better or worse, the adult entertainment business remains alive and well in the San Fernando Valley, where thousands of films are shot every year in warehouses and private homes. One of the 10 busiest sites for on-location filming in Los Angeles last year was a two-story industrial building in Chatsworth operated by Penthouse Studios, a spinoff of the adult magazine.
ENTERTAINMENT
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Marley Shelton's Madeleine, the young gallerist in "(Untitled)" who comes between two brothers in the contemporary arts and music scene of New York, is full of surprises. Madeleine appears a tightly wrapped package: She's a sexy femme fatale with reined-back hair ("Hitchcock blond," Shelton says) and black vinyl, a shark swimming through artist-infested waters. She's obsessed with appearances, with her bizarre haute couture and fashion-only glasses, but sees deeply into the work.
NEWS
April 11, 2002
George Nama: Devils' Pageant/Von Teuflen (Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., [323] 938-5222). Nama's untitled patinated bronze maquette created in 2001, left, is among his etchings and sculptures inspired by the poetry of Alfred Brendel. Ends May 31.
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May 26, 1989 | KEVIN ALLMAN
One normally wouldn't shop for contemporary art at a Beverly Hills department store. But Wednesday night was an exception, as Robinson's hosted "An Evening With Sam Francis," recognizing the internationally acclaimed artist, saluting the Museum of Contemporary Art and benefiting the Sam Francis Foundation, which provides funding for medical research on infectious and environmental diseases. A buffet supper on the Robinson's patio was followed by an auction of two of the artist's works.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2008 | times wire reports
A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat has been sold for $13.5 million at an auction in New York City. The 1982 painting, "Untitled (Boxer)," was consigned to Christie's auction house by Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica. Christie's didn't identify the buyer. The current auction record for a Basquiat is $14.6 million for "Untitled," which sold at Sotheby's last year. But Francis Bacon's "Study for Self-Portrait" went unclaimed at Wednesday night's auction. It had been estimated to go for $40 million or more, but no bid approached even $30 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1989 | SUVAN GEER
Penelope Krebs' paintings won't sit still. They look staid enough: five thick vertical bands of intense, solid color running side by side. The central band is usually the feature player, flanked on either side by two supporting color stripes. But the dynamics of the color relationships are carefully calculated so the central form must fight the others for dominance. On the monochromatic canvasses the central column either pushes forward or gets elbowed back by its flanking sentinels.
ENTERTAINMENT
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Marley Shelton's Madeleine, the young gallerist in "(Untitled)" who comes between two brothers in the contemporary arts and music scene of New York, is full of surprises. Madeleine appears a tightly wrapped package: She's a sexy femme fatale with reined-back hair ("Hitchcock blond," Shelton says) and black vinyl, a shark swimming through artist-infested waters. She's obsessed with appearances, with her bizarre haute couture and fashion-only glasses, but sees deeply into the work.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2009 | Chris Barton
For a guy who named his 2009 solo debut "Simple Song," Ben Wendel isn't a musician afraid of complicated situations. In a Tuesday night show at Barnsdall Gallery Theater, the young saxophonist stepped away from a set list that served him in rooms such as Café Metropol and the Mint and instead presented the L.A. premiere of an as-yet untitled six-part suite, the end result of earning a New Works Grant from Chamber Music America. Given that his recent track record on the L.A. scene includes founding the genre-hopping funk-jazz group Kneebody and backing underground laptop adventurer Daedelus, Wendel's ambitious turn toward yet another genre shouldn't come as a surprise.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2008 | times wire reports
A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat has been sold for $13.5 million at an auction in New York City. The 1982 painting, "Untitled (Boxer)," was consigned to Christie's auction house by Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica. Christie's didn't identify the buyer. The current auction record for a Basquiat is $14.6 million for "Untitled," which sold at Sotheby's last year. But Francis Bacon's "Study for Self-Portrait" went unclaimed at Wednesday night's auction. It had been estimated to go for $40 million or more, but no bid approached even $30 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2008 | Jeff Weiss, Special to The Times
Nas 'Untitled' (Def Jam) When Nas dropped "Illmatic" in 1994, the 20-year-old seemed preternaturally wise, an old soul sketching the crack- and gun-infested inferno raging outside his project walls. Fourteen years later that precocity has morphed into something else entirely, with the Queensbridge-bred rapper turning his last two albums into publicity-grabbing polemics inveighing against the status quo. Although 2006's "Hip Hop Is Dead" was built upon the partially plausible premise that the genre had become stale and inauthentic -- with rappers turned big-money shills and fans eschewing sample-based New York City street rap for synth-heavy Southern club bangers -- Nas' solution was equally inane: a half-baked record with great moments but no progressive ideas.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2008 | Jeff Weiss, Special to The Times
Nas 'Untitled' (Def Jam) When Nas dropped "Illmatic" in 1994, the 20-year-old seemed preternaturally wise, an old soul sketching the crack- and gun-infested inferno raging outside his project walls. Fourteen years later that precocity has morphed into something else entirely, with the Queensbridge-bred rapper turning his last two albums into publicity-grabbing polemics inveighing against the status quo. Although 2006's "Hip Hop Is Dead" was built upon the partially plausible premise that the genre had become stale and inauthentic -- with rappers turned big-money shills and fans eschewing sample-based New York City street rap for synth-heavy Southern club bangers -- Nas' solution was equally inane: a half-baked record with great moments but no progressive ideas.
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