Friday, April 24, 2009

Michael J. Fox At Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books

Report from Book Jacket Blog on Michael J. Fox appearance at Festival of Books.

Two of our favorite people will be together this Sunday April 26, 2009 at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Mary will be interviewing Michael J. Fox (someone we like as an actor, an advocate and especially as a person). And Mary?: we are the fan club member #1.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books

If you are going to be in Los Angeles this weekend (or you are lucky enough to live there) go to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA. If you have never been go at least once, you will not be disappointed. It makes for a great day. Check out the panels which are excellent and , oh yes, Mary McNamara will be on a panel too in her role as a mystery writer (Oscar Season, The Starlet, both from Simon & Schuster) or in her role as a television critic or just as Mary...we are not sure.

Mary McNamara is a Times television critic and the author of the novel "Oscar Season." Her new novel, "The Starlet," will be out next spring. She will be on the "Mystery: Guns & Gams" panel at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Dodd 147 at UCLA and in conversation with Michael J. Fox at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ackerman Grand Ballroom at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Tough Guys Don't Dance

Great shows like The Sopranos and The Wire (and OZ) broke ground with raw, edgy reel-life impressions so why is the new trend to thinky, interesting layered new shows like No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency?
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Friday, April 17, 2009

"Grey Gardens": True Love In The Ruins

Brilliant performances and masterful screenwriting make this story told in magazines, Broadway and documentaries come alive in HBOs brilliant movie.

The original magazine story "The Secret of Grey Gardens" reprinted in New York Magazine.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Harper's Island: Autopsy Of Television Gore Or What Is Happening To All The Pretty Young People

Mary writes a great piece for the Los Angeles Times on the new gore factors on network television as evidenced in Harper's Island starting this Thursday. Another attempt by networks to bring cable and slasher movie memes to the masses? Lots of pretty young people will get killed. Might as well; they will never find jobs right now.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Life's Last Episode? Let's Hope Not

Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times has always been a big fan of "Life" on NBC and as it ends its season she wonders (and we all do) if it will be back. You know the interesting and even mesmerizing KINGS will have a tough road back to another season, but LIFE has had two seasons and boasts one of the coolest cop partnerships in all of television: Crews and Reese. No matter your preference, one of them is HOT--or maybe both of them.
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Monday, April 6, 2009

Rescue Me: Lighter But Still Edgy

Did Rescue Me the FX staple start to get too dark? And what happens if you produce a brand new season that is "lighter"? Mary reviews in the Los Angeles Times.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

ER: The Last Show

"For 15 years, it served as a template not only for countless medical shows but for the hourlong nonprocedural drama that for a while was a staple of television and now seems in danger of extinction. How do you end such a thing?"
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Oscar Season Now In Trade Paperback $14.00

The classic mystery novel and today’s paparazzi coincide in this engaging, insider’s look at Hollywood in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards.

She is one of the very few reporters allowed to witness pre-telecast rehearsals and for years has covered Oscar night from the celebrity side of the red carpet and backstage during the show.

A recent recipient of an L.A. Press Club and American Association of Features Editors Awards for her industry coverage, she has interviewed innumerable stars and directors, and used her experience to craft this deliciously entertaining whodunit.

Wide audience: This novel will fascinate the many readers captivated by Hollywood and the celebrity lifestyle, while also appealing to mystery devotees and fans of smart, entertaining women’s fiction. It’s equal parts Jackie Collins, Michael Tolkin, and Sue Grafton.