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June 17, 2007 | Leah Ollman, Special to The Times
VIK MUNIZ has a soft spot for bad acting. An actor who performs brilliantly disappears into the role he plays. But when that transformation isn't so deft, actor and character continually oscillate; one recedes as the other comes forward. For Muniz, a photographic trickster who aspires to "the worst possible illusion that will still fool the eye," that slippage is far richer than a seamless performance.
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June 17, 2007 | Leah Ollman, Special to The Times
VIK MUNIZ has a soft spot for bad acting. An actor who performs brilliantly disappears into the role he plays. But when that transformation isn't so deft, actor and character continually oscillate; one recedes as the other comes forward. For Muniz, a photographic trickster who aspires to "the worst possible illusion that will still fool the eye," that slippage is far richer than a seamless performance.
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June 8, 2007 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The 15-year survey of photographs by Brazilian-born, New York-based Conceptual artist Vik Muniz is a first for me. I left the show, newly opened at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, thinking the work is lightweight, a thin if sometimes clever gloss on long-established conventions, mostly derivative of Pop Art. Then I read the catalog. Muniz wrote it, and it's wonderful.
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June 8, 2007 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The 15-year survey of photographs by Brazilian-born, New York-based Conceptual artist Vik Muniz is a first for me. I left the show, newly opened at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, thinking the work is lightweight, a thin if sometimes clever gloss on long-established conventions, mostly derivative of Pop Art. Then I read the catalog. Muniz wrote it, and it's wonderful.
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April 12, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Longing for a culture fix? Las Vegas (yes, Sin City) could be just the ticket this weekend, when the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art opens an exhibition of landscapes created by world-class artists.  " A Sense of Place: Landscapes From Monet to Hockney ," which runs Saturday through January 2012 at the museum in the Bellagio hotel, offers more than 30 paintings and photographs, plus a video creation. The art includes both Impressionist works, such as haystacks painted by Claude Monet in 1885, and precise pigment prints created by Vik Muniz in 2006.  Among the other  artists are Marc Chagall, Christo, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Rauschenberg.
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December 19, 2013
Kate Upton joined Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom (clad in a head-warming beanie), Jonah Hill, Joe Pesci and Fran Lebowitz at the after party for Tuesday night's Manhattan premiere of "The Wolf of Wall Street. " Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves also attended the premiere. [WWD] PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaigns vigorously for animal rights and against fur, but Monday in Detroit the organization joined with some other agencies and gave away 100 fur coats it has gathered from repentant consumers, distributing them to the needy (along with leather jackets, wool scarves and angora sweaters)
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April 26, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - So what do you give to the leader of the free world? If you're German Chancellor Angela Merkel, you might hint that Obama could work on his putting. Merkel presented an estimated $1,400 in putting gear, including a pair of Kramski putters (complete with head covers) and the book “The Kramski Putt Philosophy.” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appealed to Obama's other favorite sport with a basketball signed by the 2010-2011 Toronto Raptors, a team that finished the season with a 22-60 record - including a 1-3 record against Obama's Chicago Bulls.
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February 26, 2010 | By Leah Ollman
"Changing the Focus: Latin American Photography 1990-2005" doesn't pretend to be a comprehensive survey. Thankfully. It's not an act of curatorial acrobatics that forces disparate works together through conceptual stretching and contextual twisting. Instead, it's a moderately scaled sampling, thoughtful, but not oppressively thought-out. Anchored by familiar names (Alfredo Jaar, Vik Muniz, Gabriel Orozco) and leavened by lesser-knowns, the show -- at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach -- doesn't strain to make a case for itself.
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January 26, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
When documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker smiles and says, "I can't complain my life isn't varied," she is not kidding. While most directors would be grateful to have one film in Sundance, Walker has two compelling works and they could not be more different. For "Countdown to Zero," a hair-raising exposé of the dangers of rogue nuclear weapons, she spent considerable time talking with world leaders like Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, F.W. de Klerk and Pervez Musharraf, "more presidents than I could keep track of."
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April 11, 2010
Reviews by Christopher Knight (C.K.), Sharon Mizota(S.M.) and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years This is not just a promotional treasure-house show of about 500 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and installations by more than 200 international artists in MOCA's remarkable permanent collection. Installed chronologically, it also tells a story -- although one that's rarely heard.
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October 28, 2010
James Cameron has set his return trip to Pandora. Fox announced Wednesday that "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3," the sequels to last year's science-fiction blockbuster, will be Cameron's next films, with the director beginning work on the scripts in early 2011. Production on "Avatar 2" could begin as soon as late 2011, with the movie likely in theaters in December 2014, the studio said. Fox said that Cameron has not made a decision about whether to shoot the two films back to back but that he could, which would allow "Avatar 3" to come out as early as December 2015.
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