Saturday, June 27, 2009

What Do You Say About A Man Who Had Everything And Nothing


The news anchors in the cacophony of reportage (non-stop black hole news coverage which explanded to the point where one might ask, "What news did we ever have for news before Michael died?") seemed perplexed on how to deliver an instant eulogy.

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Farrah Fawcett Feminist?



Mary McNamara has a "appreciation" in the Los Angeles Times and makes a good case for Farrah Fawcett as a groundbreaking feminist. Not as whacky as you think. Read it here. Sphere: Related Content

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oscars To Increase Best Picture Field To Ten!


Does this mean Oscar Season will BE EVEN LONGER!? We hope so...see Oscar Season: The Novel to the left. Here is the story from the Los Angeles Times.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"The Cleaner" Firing On All Cylinders


The second season premiere is hits all the right notes with a terrific guest cast. Read the review in the Los Angeles Times.

"Tonight's season premiere is a good example of the show firing on all cylinders, and not just because Whoopi Goldberg and Gary Cole costar. "
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Make It, Or Break It!" Focus Group Tested By The Neighborhood Kids



ABC Family's new series has alot going for it: not the least is that there is no singing, no dancing. Mary tests the new series out on the neighborhood kids and it gets many an A+ from them...and Mary. Read the review her in the Los Angeles Times. Sphere: Related Content

Can't Get Enough Of The Oscars?



Some poeple loved it, some people didn't. The internet was accused of being rude: boy it is good they didn't come to our Oscar party. But if you would love to know what really goes on in the run-up to the Oscars and backstage of the big show it is all there in Mary McNamara's Oscar Season now in paperback. If you like your mystery novels with an insider's flair for reporting, this is your ticket.


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Thursday, June 18, 2009

HawthoRNe: Living In This Town You Must Be Tough, Tough, Tough, Tough, Tough



Mary writes in the Los Angeles Times :

"To create a power-trifecta of female leads, TNT has asked Jada Pinkett Smith to join Holly Hunter of "Saving Grace" and Kyra Sedgwick of "The Closer" as Christina Hawthorne, a recently widowed head nurse at Richmond Trinity Hospital. Balancing her grief, her rebellious teenage daughter and, of course, her bottomless capacity to care, Christina constantly battles with doctors who don't respect her, patients who desperately need her, and the crazy pace of a city hospital. "


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"Wedding Day" From TNT: Not A Punchline


Unlike many "going to the chapel...maybe?" shows (like “The Bachelor/Bachelorette,” "Hitched or Ditched" and "Bridezillas”) Wedding Day takes its subjects seriously. Read Mary's review here.
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Monday, June 8, 2009

"Nurse Jackie" and "Weeds": Does Showtime Need To Take A Meeting?


The dramedy lives at Showtime -- with characters who really should look into some "help"; but it is so much fun to watch and the quality of the shows still shines through in Mary McNamara's review in today's Los Angeles Times.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Susan Boyle, Hollie Steel: The Danger Of Overnight Success


Britain's Got Talent, America has Idol and can you dance, ice skate, become a model, cook like a Top Chef and project on the runway: and can you be a Survivor.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Here's Conan!


Conan is off to a good start.
Good on ya' Conan, you are clearly no hair apparent.

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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.