tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-88379251079378973652011-11-06T17:15:48.211-08:00Oscar SeasonOscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.comBlogger194125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-57306460609513067822010-04-19T16:15:00.001-07:002010-04-25T07:50:28.962-07:00THE STARLET Gets A June Pub Date From Simon & Schuster<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S8zkV643o0I/AAAAAAAAAng/KY-fi0HdSmM/s1600/starlet.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 162px; height: 250px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S8zkV643o0I/AAAAAAAAAng/KY-fi0HdSmM/s400/starlet.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5461991513329738562" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>The many readers who loved the insider view of contemporary Hollywood Mary McNamara revealed in her novel<b><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Oscar-Season-Novel-Mary-McNamara/dp/1416539921/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1"> Oscar Season</a> </i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;">will be eager to read<i><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Starlet-Novel-Mary-McNamara/dp/1439149844/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1271719541&amp;sr=1-3"> The Starlet </a></b></i>--which has the wonderful combination of murder mystery, travelogue and gossip page. Here is the catalog copy from the S&amp;S website:</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><h4 class="title" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline- font-weight: bold; font-size:14px;color:initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:100%;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" font-weight: normal;font-size:12px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:130%;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:14px;"><b><br /></b></span></span></span></span></h4><div class="overrideReset" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline- color:initial;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">It’s a not-so-well-respected rule in Hollywood that what happens on location stays on location. But when a hot young leading man winds up dead in his Rome hotel room, his costar’s life is about to go off the rails in a very public way—even by celeb standards.</span></b><p style="margin-top: 1.33em !important; margin-right: 0px !important; margin-bottom: 1.33em !important; margin-left: 0px !important; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline- color:initial;"></p><p style="margin-top: 1.33em !important; margin-right: 0px !important; margin-bottom: 1.33em !important; margin-left: 0px !important; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline- color:initial;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">At the tender age of twenty-three, Mercy Talbot has won an Oscar, battled addiction, wrecked more than her share of cars, and burned down her house. Her look-alike mother keeps her on a tight leash (and fueled with an endless supply of OxyContin and cocaine) and her producers demand a grueling schedule. By the time she stumbles across Juliette Greyson, a Hollywood insider on a much-needed vacation, Mercy is surrounded by photographers and about to emerge drunk, high, and naked from a public fountain. Whisking her away to an idyllic Tuscan ‘retreat,’ Juliette is about to discover another rule of Hollywood: wherever the starlet may go, the drama will follow.</span></b></p><p color="initial" style="margin-top: 1.33em !important; margin-right: 0px !important; margin-bottom: 1.33em !important; margin-left: 0px !important; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline- "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Nice review in Publishers Weekly calling <i>The Starlet, </i></span></b></p><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><i><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><div class="overrideReset" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border- outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; display: inline !important; color:initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 18px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">"...colorful, all-stops-out seriocomic romp.</span><em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline- vertical-align: baseline; color:initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">(June)"</span></em></span></div></span></span></b></i></span></b><p></p></div></span></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-5730646060951306782?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-89328769169841398812010-03-20T13:24:00.000-07:002010-03-20T13:32:14.315-07:00Do We Really Have To Watch Kirstie Alley Lose Weight Again?<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S6UwQB8JTOI/AAAAAAAAAnY/-zYoblYyO-8/s1600-h/52806606.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 267px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S6UwQB8JTOI/AAAAAAAAAnY/-zYoblYyO-8/s400/52806606.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5450815975958596834" /></a><br /><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br /></span></i></b></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">In an open letter to the actress, the Times television critic asks the question which might be on the minds of many television viewers. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-big-life19-2010mar19,0,6016725.story">Read here in The Los Angeles Times.</a></span></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">"But it's not a good idea. Not a good idea at all. You've always been entertaining, funny and profane and people may tune into "</span></i></b><a href="http://www.aetv.com/kirstie-alleys-big-life/" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Kirstie Alley’s Big Life”</span></i></b></a><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> thinking it will be reassuring to watch a celebrity struggling with the same issues of over-indulgence and sloth that plague us all. But times they have a'changed since you made </span></i></b><a href="http://www.sho.com/site/fatactress/home.do" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">“Fat Actress,”</span></i></b></a><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> when everyone thought it was cool that you weren't afraid to play an insecure, self-involved, overly-catered-to celebrity."</span></i></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-8932876916984139881?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-45227236955289183692010-03-15T13:02:00.001-07:002010-03-15T13:07:03.997-07:00Big Love Creators Plan Big Season Ahead<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S56TGRNYWTI/AAAAAAAAAnQ/1m7z6rlRgTY/s1600-h/52651572.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 265px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S56TGRNYWTI/AAAAAAAAAnQ/1m7z6rlRgTY/s400/52651572.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5448954335072901426" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>Mary McNamara talks to the creators of Big Love to recap Season 4 and get a sneak preview of Season 5. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-biglove10-2010mar10,0,4484212.story">Here in the Los Angeles Times.</a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-4522723695528918369?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-2271444218293533992010-02-02T07:43:00.000-08:002010-02-02T07:51:31.819-08:00Oscars Printable Downloadable 2010 Ballot In PDF Form<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S2hI47LmZAI/AAAAAAAAAnI/e86mZZlhUT4/s1600-h/avatar-film-james-cameron.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 267px; height: 400px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S2hI47LmZAI/AAAAAAAAAnI/e86mZZlhUT4/s400/avatar-film-james-cameron.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5433673093218722818" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://oscar.go.com/media/2010/pdf/OSCAR_BALLOT.pdf">Click here to download the complete nominations for your Oscar party. </a>The ballot is in pdf form (the free Adobe Reader required) and is </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-227144421829353399?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-47021385524272042552010-01-09T08:11:00.000-08:002010-01-09T08:23:00.832-08:00The Late Shift II<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S0irxZXAbDI/AAAAAAAAAnA/zK1XirjpZFE/s1600-h/late.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 324px; height: 324px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S0irxZXAbDI/AAAAAAAAAnA/zK1XirjpZFE/s400/late.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424774616277085234" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-critics-leno9-2010jan09,0,3969127.story">In "The Critics Notebook" today in The Los Angeles Times, Mary McNamara</a> unravels what the NBC decision to move the line-up cards around means for late night television and more importantly the future of television drama it meant to replace. How many late night hosts are too many?</div><div><br /></div><div>Mary was a guest on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 as the news broke and look for her on the terrific CBS Sunday Morning Jeff Greenfield interview (we will update when we have the air date). Why shouldn't the television critic show up on tv once in a while even if they write for a newspaper?</div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 20px; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">"This is all assuming, and desperately hoping, that NBC doesn't lapse back into madness and jam 10 p.m. with reality shows, which it may have to if reported plans to boot the Leno show in March are true. Yesterday, as critics across the land high-fived each other with grateful glee, the poor beleaguered worker bees at NBC no doubt crowded into one office or the other wondering what exactly they were going to put on at 10 p.m. Sure, they may have recently ordered up a slew of new pilots, but currently the Cupboard. Is. Bare."</span></i></b></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-4702138552427204255?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-16488305273119126042010-01-09T08:05:00.000-08:002010-01-09T08:11:48.781-08:00The Little Spy Comedy That Could<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S0iqt5DRsVI/AAAAAAAAAm4/PnKoM2O8cXA/s1600-h/chuck1.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 300px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S0iqt5DRsVI/AAAAAAAAAm4/PnKoM2O8cXA/s400/chuck1.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424773456553161042" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-chuck9-2010jan09,0,7194162.story">Mary reviews for the Los Angeles Times.</a></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><b><i>As it enters its third season, NBC's "Chuck" is the little spy comedy that could, saved from cancellation by fan protest, Subway and the sheer force of creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak's wills.<br /><br />If only any episode of the actual show were as tense and intriguing as the struggle to keep it alive.<br /><br />I say this with love, because I like "Chuck," in no small part because it is one of a handful of shows I can watch with my children. In many ways "Chuck" is precisely the show many Americans say they want. A clever conceit -- Zachary Levi's titular character is an underachiever suddenly turned into a reluctant super spy -- buoyed by sharp, funny writing and an able cast with an unapologetic PG rating. The violence is kung fu-light, sex is kept mostly in a state of hopeless longing, there is no swearing, no pathologies, nothing more un-PC than the mildly nationalistic tendencies of "real spy" John Casey (Adam Baldwin)."</i></b></span></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-1648830527311912604?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-34264480756138097572010-01-09T07:59:00.000-08:002010-01-09T08:05:45.801-08:00Star-Packed "Cranford" Returns To PBS<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S0iooBb4Z3I/AAAAAAAAAmw/BAWgpFBq-FI/s1600-h/446_cranford.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 225px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/S0iooBb4Z3I/AAAAAAAAAmw/BAWgpFBq-FI/s400/446_cranford.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5424771156701374322" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>Fans of Cranford will get a star-studded "Return To Cranford" from PBS. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-cranfordreview8-2010jan08,0,5007428.story">Mary reviews in the Los Angeles Times.</a></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><i>Full of as many frilly bonnets and quaint platitudes as fine performances, "Cranford" aired in 2007 in the U.K., where it not only was lauded by critics, it was a smash hit, averaging close to 8 million viewers for each of its five parts.<br /><br />Imagine, just for a moment, 8 million Americans tuning into a period drama. HBO's lavishly awarded " John Adams" was quite happy with 2.5 million viewers for its first two installments, and AMC was over the moon when " Mad Men," more modern but still period complete with requisite headgear, hit a 4-million cume for its premiere."</i></b></span><br /></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-3426448075613809757?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-74431175563689301872010-01-03T19:29:00.000-08:002010-01-09T08:25:52.344-08:00The Starlet<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SbGYfQN8UlI/AAAAAAAAAV8/SpMz2tDHEjk/s1600-h/atuscany.jpg"><img style="WIDTH: 400px; HEIGHT: 264px" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5310193098343338578" border="0" alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SbGYfQN8UlI/AAAAAAAAAV8/SpMz2tDHEjk/s400/atuscany.jpg" /></a> <div><div></div><div></div><br /><div>Once upon a time a young reporter for the Los Angeles Times who was sent to the Cannes Film Festival and along with <a href="http://www.calendarlive.com/custom/envelope/cl-cannes-diary,1,4880929.story" ref="http://www.calendarlive.com/custom/envelope/cl-cannes-diary,1,4880929.story">reporting news stories was asked to keep a diary.</a> The diary became very popular and many who might never have a chance to go to Cannes or the festival felt like they were THERE! That reporter later wrote a book about the Oscars called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Oscar-Season-Novel-Mary-McNamara/dp/1416539921/ref=ed_oe_p"><strong>Oscar Season: A Novel</strong> </a>which was published by the glitzy Simon &amp; Schuster publishing house and made an appearance on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. It also came out in paperback and in the UK. It was full of the real life detail from behind the scenes.<br /></div><br /><div><strong>Simon &amp; Schuster has bought a second novel</strong> from our reporter friend (Mary McNamara of course) which involves our heroine Juliette from Oscar Season who has escaped to Italy leaving her life in Hollywood far behind. Juliette might have thought she was going to get away Hollywood, but Hollywood is everywhere and soon she is saving a strung out starlet from self-destruction in the wake of her co-star’s death by overdose (or was it?). Before you know it, the filmmakers have descended on her Tuscan estate, where sex drugs and death is the order of the day.<br /></div><br /><div>We hear it is called <strong>The Starlet</strong>. Bellisimo.</div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-7443117556368930187?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-70168743903780098522009-12-28T12:04:00.000-08:002009-12-28T12:08:17.046-08:00Television's Top Ten Moments In 2009<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SzkPzSLlECI/AAAAAAAAAmo/4wKLmQovYTw/s1600-h/television07.png"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 267px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SzkPzSLlECI/AAAAAAAAAmo/4wKLmQovYTw/s400/television07.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5420381000245252130" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-1220-mcnamara-year-end_pictures,0,4516660.photogallery">Television critic for the Los Angeles Times, Mary McNamara, looks at the top ten moments that made American television in 2009.</a></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-7016874390378009852?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-62830442720833343752009-12-28T11:57:00.000-08:002009-12-28T12:03:14.623-08:00Little Women's Woman<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SzkOH2rb7UI/AAAAAAAAAmg/z7Ez_7IPUmk/s1600-h/Alcott.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 315px; height: 400px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SzkOH2rb7UI/AAAAAAAAAmg/z7Ez_7IPUmk/s400/Alcott.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5420379154616675650" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>Mary McNamara reviews The American Masters PBS presentation of the woman who was the J.K. Rowling of her time, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-alcott28-2009dec28,0,2702031.story">in the Los Angeles Times:</a></div><div><br /></div><div><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">"</span></i></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 20px; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">For those who know Louisa May Alcott only as the author of some of the most enduring classics of children's literature, "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' " will be a revelation. For those already familiar with Alcott's Transcendentalist-boho childhood, her sensational tales of love and horror under the pen name A.M. Barnard and her refusal to diminish her personal and economic freedom by marrying, the dramatically reenacted documentary gives life and texture to a woman of extraordinary talent and determination who became as great a celebrity in her day as J.K. Rowling is in ours."</span></i></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-6283044272083334375?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-47769123748984905162009-12-28T08:44:00.000-08:002009-12-28T12:04:11.867-08:00The Reality Television Decade<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SzjkI9ECRqI/AAAAAAAAAmY/6wkiTQkGjwA/s1600-h/Swedish-chef.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 400px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SzjkI9ECRqI/AAAAAAAAAmY/6wkiTQkGjwA/s400/Swedish-chef.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5420332994021967522" /></a><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SzjkECpVGHI/AAAAAAAAAmQ/d1FhlyjaitY/s400/ballon_boy--300x300.jpg" style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 400px;" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5420332909621221490" /><br /><br /><div>So what does a decade of reality TV tell us about television programming and more importantly, ourselves? <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-mcnamaraessay20-2009dec20,0,7758704.story">Mary McNamara from the La Times has an essay in the "Decades" section of the Los Angeles Times.</a> After a decade of the "real":</div><div><br /></div><div><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">"</span></i></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">No wonder so many young people turn to the magic of " Harry Potter" or the dark longing of the "Twilight" series, in which lovers are still allowed to brood in silence and the heroes are the ones not interested in survival but transcendence. Though there may be reassurance and entertainment in semi-scripted reality shows, there is no mystery, no poetry. If we would sing of ourselves, let us sing. Not indulge in temper tantrums for a camera crew or offer smug justifications to Larry King."</span></i></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-4776912374898490516?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-7246205275782254442009-12-13T10:20:00.000-08:002009-12-13T10:35:13.113-08:00Stars Read Documents Of The People's History On The History Channel Sunday<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SyUy2RujJ1I/AAAAAAAAAmI/BJho1Vaz3S4/s1600-h/NEW+YORK+-+NOVEMBER+19+Harris+%5B4%5D.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 301px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SyUy2RujJ1I/AAAAAAAAAmI/BJho1Vaz3S4/s400/NEW+YORK+-+NOVEMBER+19+Harris+%5B4%5D.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5414790035035858770" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>The People's History Of The United States by Howard Zinn has long been the preferred alt history book of our time. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-people-speak12-2009dec12,0,7132049.story">The dramatic readings by major stars which will run on History Channel on Sunday is reviewed by Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times.</a></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; ">Democracy is not a political theory, it's a political activity.<br /><br /><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">"That is the leitmotif </span></i></b><a href="http://www.history.com/" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">of “The People Speak,”</span></i></b></a><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> a series of dramatic readings from inspiring historical documents that airs on the History Channel on Sunday night. Based on Howard Zinn's revisionist "A People's History of the United States," "The People Speak" employs the talents of Hollywood heavy hitters, including Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Sandra Oh, Viggo Mortensen, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and provides a striking, exhilarating and at times horrifying reminder of not just our indomitable ability to change but also this country's collective history of oppression"</span></i></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-724620527578225444?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-57436907889183541362009-12-11T08:28:00.000-08:002009-12-11T08:48:42.113-08:00The Jackson 4<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SyJ2fEz-qEI/AAAAAAAAAmA/W5-RCWZz-eg/s1600-h/jackson5.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 228px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SyJ2fEz-qEI/AAAAAAAAAmA/W5-RCWZz-eg/s400/jackson5.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5414019978292537410" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>The A&amp;E premiere of the reality series <b><i>The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty </i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;">on Sunday <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-jacksons11-2009dec11,0,7342435.story">reviewed by Mary McNamara in The Los Angeles Times.</a> </span></b></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; "><b><i>"Certainly, the first two episodes, which air Sunday night, follow a familiar format, in which we meet the principals -- Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito -- and their big houses and fancy cars, and we watch as they eat in various locales. The brothers quickly assume their roles: Marlon is the funny one; Tito, the peacemaker; Jackie, the father figure; Jermaine, who left the group when the group left Motown, the troublemaker.<br /><br />"The Jacksons" does have the benefit of bygone celebrity, which the producers milk with many old photos and clips, and an actual narrative: The brothers are coming together not only for this reality show, but also to produce an album that will, they hope, rekindle the Jackson sound.<br /><br />If Michael were still alive, the show would no doubt be fueled with the tantalizing possibility of an appearance by him, which, of course, would have never happened. But he died shortly after filming began, and "The Jacksons" became something else entirely: another grim example of the siren call of reality television."</i></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-5743690788918354136?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-681192577063002532009-12-09T23:26:00.000-08:002009-12-09T23:35:50.757-08:00Blind Sided By A Movie About Football<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SyCjZfzHiaI/AAAAAAAAAl4/HfebTBNQsdk/s1600-h/Colts+bailing+on+Baltimore.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 272px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SyCjZfzHiaI/AAAAAAAAAl4/HfebTBNQsdk/s400/Colts+bailing+on+Baltimore.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5413506410527295906" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>Mary McNamara pens a <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-blind-side7-2009dec07,0,5454548.story">Critic's Notebook in the Los Angeles Times </a> about how the Sandra Bullock <b>Blind Side</b> brought back the greatness and heartbreak of growing up a Baltimore Colts fan. But can one really say, "Go Ravens!"</div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">When I went to see "</span></i></b><a href="http://www.theblindsidemovie.com/" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">The Blind Side</span></i></b></a><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">," I didn't expect it to heal the horseshoe-shaped scar I had almost forgotten. I went because I love Sandra Bullock; I had no idea Michael Oher, the subject of the film, played for Baltimore. I don't follow football anymore. I have not seen an entire professional football game in 25 years. See, I was born in Baltimore. Which meant that I was instantly, unequivocally and possibly legally born a Colts fan. </span></i></b></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br />When I was growing up, there was no escaping the Baltimore Colts. My parents were not particularly sporty, but that didn't matter. For as long as I can remember and longer, when the Colts were playing, the game was on. Wherever you were, even if you had homework, even if it was dinner time, even it if was a dinner </span></i></b><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">party</span></i></b><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">, even if it was a wake.</span></i></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: normal; font-family:Georgia, serif;"><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">"</span></i></b></span></span></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-68119257706300253?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-157721562030042902009-12-07T11:59:00.000-08:002009-12-07T12:26:30.387-08:00"Men Of A Certain Age" Certainly Worth Watching<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Sx1f6wsbBII/AAAAAAAAAlg/k_Pvr5MisHQ/s1600-h/moaca_joe02_gallery_512x341.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 266px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Sx1f6wsbBII/AAAAAAAAAlg/k_Pvr5MisHQ/s400/moaca_joe02_gallery_512x341.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5412587790277477506" /></a><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;font-size:14px;"><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;"><b>Men Of A Certain Age</b> may avoid all the pitfalls of this kind of drama by terrfic acting and writing. What a concept. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-certain-age5-2009dec05,0,3936880.story">Mary McNamara reviews in The Los Angeles Times.</a></span></div><div><br /></div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><i>"</i></span></b><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><i>See, that's what happens when you watch too much television. You get cynical. Because "Men of a Certain Age" is none of those things; it is instead a miraculously good show about a stage of life that is too often either ignored or overplayed. Addressing middle age with humor and insight, Romano and co-creator Mike Royce refuse to be coy, juvenile, sentimental or self-satisfied, which makes their show as revolutionary for our time as "thirtysomething" was 20 years ago. (Its director, Scott Winant, is a veteran of that series.)"</i></span></span></b><br /></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-15772156203004290?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-49334397791936595182009-12-07T11:57:00.000-08:002009-12-07T12:26:07.538-08:00Shatner's Raw Nerve: Talk Show Of Inner Space<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Sx1ihTN644I/AAAAAAAAAlw/cQ54dfCa65I/s1600-h/postershatners_raw_nerve.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 309px; height: 400px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Sx1ihTN644I/AAAAAAAAAlw/cQ54dfCa65I/s400/postershatners_raw_nerve.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5412590651403068290" /></a><br /><br /><div><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-shatner5-2009dec05,0,7725400.story">Can Captain Kirk and Denny Crane also run a talk show? Mary McNamara reviews Shatner's Nerve in the Los Angeles Times.</a><br /><div><br /></div><div>From the Rush Limbaugh interview (which looks like a must see) Mary McNamara points out what is great and what is no-so-great in the Shatner interview style:</div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">"Shatner pinpoints the issue of healthcare as an area in which government regulation and intervention might actually be beneficial. Scoffing, Limbaugh asked how decent healthcare differed from a house on the beach -- some people have bungalows, some people have mansions. Healthcare, he said, does not have moral ascendancy over real estate.<br /><br />It was a terrific moment that begged for a follow-up but, strangely, Shatner backed off. Somehow, the subject moved on to other less controversial topics: Limbaugh's brush with deafness and his drug abuse, all of which the radio host handled with characteristic aplomb, not to mention an utter lack of irony as he described the many expensive procedures that aided in his recovery from both. I kept waiting for Shatner to ask if Limbaugh's insurance had covered rehab, but he didn't."</span></i></b></span></div><div><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-4933439779193659518?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-87366017414865303922009-12-01T00:12:00.000-08:002009-12-01T00:18:38.203-08:00Reports Of The Death Of Television Drama Have Been Greatly Exaggerated<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SxTQqAr7DXI/AAAAAAAAAlY/E8AXWb2S2hk/s1600/the-good-wife-02.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 266px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SxTQqAr7DXI/AAAAAAAAAlY/E8AXWb2S2hk/s400/the-good-wife-02.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5410178472536116594" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>In the Critic's Notebook in the Los Angeles Times, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-networks-live1-2009dec01,0,3402316.story">Mary McNamara chronicles the revival of scripted drama and sitcoms who have come roaring back just shortly after they have been pronounced dead.</a></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;font-size:14px;">"<b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">There they sit with "</span></i></b><a href="http://www.thejaylenoshow.com/" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">The Jay Leno Show</span></i></b></a><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">," TV's equivalent of that famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline, having called time of death on scripted drama and indeed traditional network television while all around them great new shows are popping up like the plague victim in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." "I'm not dead," says ABC with its new comedy lineup; "I'm getting better," says CBS with "</span></i></b><a href="http://www.cbs.com/primetime/the_good_wife/" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">The Good Wife”</span></i></b></a><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">and "</span></i></b><a href="http://www.cbs.com/primetime/ncis_los_angeles/" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">NCIS: Los Angeles.”</span></i></b></a><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> "I think I'll go for a walk," adds Fox with the runaway buzz generator "</span></i></b><a href="http://www.fox.com/glee/" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Glee.”</span></i></b></a></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-8736601741486530392?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-22581442797780921742009-11-28T09:36:00.000-08:002009-11-28T09:45:32.615-08:00"QI" Will This Be The Next "Top Gear" To Be Imported To America?<object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/51njbgcr_NU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/51njbgcr_NU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object><br /><br /><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-qi28-2009nov28,0,1209627.story">Mary McNamara reviews something in the Los Angeles Times you can't even watch here in the US. </a> But through a search of You Tube, Mary finds the next "Top Gear" for the endlessly curious US audience.<div><br /><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><b>"</b></span></i><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ml0g" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><b>QI</b></span></i></a><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><b>," a comedy quiz show hosted by the redoubtable Stephen Fry (one of three or four living people who can accurately be described as redoubtable) is in its seventh season in Britain. As of yet, Americans must content themselves with watching </b></span></i><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-dLuu-ErnI" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: underline; "><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><b>broken bits via YouTube</b></span></i></a><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><b>, though there were recent reports that Fry may be moving to Los Angeles, and one can only hope he'll bring "QI" with him, if only in reruns."</b></span></i></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-2258144279778092174?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-55898809185235197892009-11-24T19:54:00.000-08:002009-11-24T19:58:48.721-08:00The 2000 Year Old Man On DVD<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Swyqrg3VqRI/AAAAAAAAAlQ/X9RHSLkEURU/s1600/brooks.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 282px; height: 400px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Swyqrg3VqRI/AAAAAAAAAlQ/X9RHSLkEURU/s400/brooks.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5407884917098260754" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>2000 years of an ad lib comedy classic routine. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-old-man25-2009nov25,0,1955889.story">Mary McNamara reviews the 3 set DVD of the long running act in The Los Angeles Times,</a></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 20px; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">"The genius of "The 2000 Year Old Man," besides the quick wit of the two men, was that, by its very nature, it transcended the expiration date of most social-riff comedy. Brooks brought a modern Jewish sensibility to all manner of historical events and figures. (A decision, the two men say, that was somewhat reckless in the '50s and early '60s, when even using a Yiddish accent was frowned upon as denigrating Jews.) Jesus was a thin lad who "came into the store" but never bought anything. Churchill extended the war because he told everyone to defeat "the Nar-zis" and the troops stopped fighting the Germans and started looking for Narzis. Helen of Troy's sister Janice was not pretty but had a body that could "launch a few canoes," and the Spanish Inquisition was bad news for the 2,000-year-old man, who ran a yarmulke shop at the time, because it destroyed thousands of yarmulkes "and the Jews under them."</span></i></b></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-5589880918523519789?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-22094642039567996062009-11-23T19:10:00.000-08:002009-11-23T19:14:23.954-08:00Mentions<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SwtPYzTqkNI/AAAAAAAAAlI/WpprACR5x-w/s1600/caucus.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 300px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SwtPYzTqkNI/AAAAAAAAAlI/WpprACR5x-w/s400/caucus.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5407503065096556754" /></a>Click to view.<br /><div><br /></div>Sometimes television reviews make political news when the name "Palin" is involved. From the New York Times Caucus Blog, a mention of Mary McNamara's review of the Oprah Winfrey-Sarah Palin interview.<div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-2209464203956799606?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-54947302778801490772009-11-16T19:48:00.000-08:002009-11-16T20:05:18.910-08:00Sarah Palin On Oprah Winfrey: The Subtext<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SwIgo5OASSI/AAAAAAAAAlA/SYit03mN5fQ/s1600/oprah-palin-b_0.0.0.0x0.290x314.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 290px; height: 314px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SwIgo5OASSI/AAAAAAAAAlA/SYit03mN5fQ/s400/oprah-palin-b_0.0.0.0x0.290x314.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5404918389724432674" /></a><br /><div><br /></div>Most of the cable news and internet analysis of the Sarah Palin - Oprah Winfrey interview has come with a full measure of the political baggage of the writers, but Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times looks at the interview as a synergy -- two powerful women talking -- and score is being kept.<div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">"The two were quite fascinating to watch together, steel-spined divas treating each other with a graciousness Jane Austen would appreciate -- Winfrey called Palin’s book “interesting;” Palin thanked Winfrey for being an inspiration to her. In a clip available on the "Oprah" show's website, the two had a bonding moment over "journaling" -- both are practitioners and Palin's lifelong habit is one of the reasons she believed she could write a book. Both women have created “regular-folk” brands that belie their actual socioeconomic status, and no one knows better than Winfrey the power an individual can have over culture and policy.</span></i></b></p><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Which may explain why, though Winfrey ended the interview by asking Palin if a talk show were in her future (a question Palin adroitly did not answer), she began the show by addressing the rumor (long forgotten, it must be said, by pretty much everyone) that she Winfrey had snubbed Palin during the campaign by not asking her to appear on her show. (After endorsing Obama, she had no political candidates as guests.)</span></i></b><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Palin, bless her heart, looked Winfrey straight in the eye and said she had no idea that this was even part of the media conversation. “No offense to you,” Palin said with a winning smile, “but it wasn’t the center of the universe.”</span></i></b></p><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Which certainly marks a milestone of some sort."</span></i></b></p></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-5494730277880149077?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-22468119714380581982009-11-15T14:24:00.000-08:002009-11-15T16:46:14.587-08:00WW II In HD Is The Real Apocolypse Then<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SwBWpZqQ7XI/AAAAAAAAAkw/RG17e-kQzkU/s1600-h/WWII_HD.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 271px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SwBWpZqQ7XI/AAAAAAAAAkw/RG17e-kQzkU/s400/WWII_HD.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5404414822107377010" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>Tonight on The History Channel a five-part history of World War Two from remastered war footage in HD. How does this change our perception of the last great war?</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-history-hd13-2009nov13,0,3202213.story">Mary McNamara reviews </a><b><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-history-hd13-2009nov13,0,3202213.story">WW II IN HD </a></b><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-history-hd13-2009nov13,0,3202213.story">and </a><b><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-history-hd13-2009nov13,0,3202213.story">Apocolypse:</a></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" line-height: 20px; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><i><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">"Both tout new, never-seen-before footage that has been digitally refurbished, often colorized and, in the case of "WWII in HD," presented in high-definition. I know film purists are supposed to eschew such tinkerings, but for the most part the various refurbs are almost disturbingly effective. Hitler never looked so human, Allied and Axis soldiers alike appear woefully young and grubby, and you've never seen a battleship blown up until you've seen it in HD."</span></b></i></span></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-2246811971438058198?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-44499601419448774972009-11-12T08:20:00.000-08:002009-11-12T08:26:52.375-08:00What The World Needs Now...Is More Comedians With Talk Shows<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Svw2ML5D8XI/AAAAAAAAAko/r89bhmlNizQ/s1600-h/GeorgeLopez.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 267px; height: 400px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Svw2ML5D8XI/AAAAAAAAAko/r89bhmlNizQ/s400/GeorgeLopez.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5403253235916206450" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>There is no doubt about it the new talk shows with comedian hosts are just what television needs now...though Sykes is FUNNY.</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-george-lopez11-2009nov11,0,438222.story">Mary McNamara reviews the new chat offerings in The Los Angeles Times.</a></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 20px; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">While Sykes has taken a more jaded approach to the whole thing, sighing in interviews that she wasn't sure she was up to doing another network show with all its impossible variables, Lopez touted his first show as proof of a new America, in which any little boy or girl can grow up to be president or a talk show host. (Ellen DeGeneres even showed up to gravely intone that everyone should be represented on television. Really, Ellen? Everyone?)</span></i></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-4449960141944877497?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-51034740510853554452009-11-09T07:47:00.000-08:002009-11-09T07:55:17.985-08:00"Platinum Babies": Timing Is Everything<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Svg6yQvU15I/AAAAAAAAAkg/56GD0J5I57o/s1600-h/babies.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 268px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/Svg6yQvU15I/AAAAAAAAAkg/56GD0J5I57o/s400/babies.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5402132388192245650" /></a><br /><div><br /></div><div>Well it seemed like a good idea at the time.</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-platinum-babies6-2009nov06,0,3119510.story">Mary McNamara reviews in the Los Angeles Times:</a></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 20px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><i>"</i></b></span><a href="http://www.wetv.com/platinum-babies" style="color: rgb(34, 98, 204); text-decoration: none; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><i>Platinum Babies</i></b></span></a><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><i>" debuts on WeTV tonight, after apparently spending years lost in some time-continuum wormhole. How else to explain the strangely dated premise: When rich people have babies, they hire people to help them spend a lot of money on cribs and strollers and things!<br /><br />Tented by the questionable news of a celebrity baby boom (I'd need to check census records, but I'm fairly certain celebrities have been having babies since the invention of celebrity), "Platinum Babies" is really just another excuse to wallow in high-end consumerism -- $100,000 on gift bags! Gucci baby shoes! -- in a way that both envies and derides it.</i></b></span></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-5103474051085355445?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8837925107937897365.post-60181470557950620922009-11-06T21:20:00.000-08:002009-11-06T21:29:52.218-08:00"The People v. Leo Frank" PBS Sunday<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SvUFkOi4ZFI/AAAAAAAAAkY/y3lGxAxEWak/s1600-h/leo.jpg"><img style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 276px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nS_5VMXNGc/SvUFkOi4ZFI/AAAAAAAAAkY/y3lGxAxEWak/s400/leo.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5401229448038605906" /></a><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;font-size:14px;"><h2 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 18px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><br /></h2><h2 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 18px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Documentary revisits the case of a Jew lynched in Georgia. In 1913 the many forces of post Civil War came into play in the trial of a Northern Jew accused of a heinous murder in a Southern town.</span><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-leo-frank6-2009nov06,0,203646.story"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"> Mary McNamara reviews for the Los Angeles Times.</span></a></h2><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 20px; "><b><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">"The People v. Leo Frank" is an artful autopsy of tragedy. A girl was murdered, a man was murdered and men became monsters. Frank's behavior was just as damning as his religion; Conley's personal attorney, who stepped forward so yet another black man would not be wrongfully accused, realized too late that his client was a liar, and a community, justifiably incensed by the rape and murder of a child, allowed itself to be whipped into regional and anti-Semitic hysteria.</span></i></b></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><br /></div></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8837925107937897365-6018147055795062092?l=oscarseason.com' alt='' /></div>Oscar Season a new novel by Mary McNamarahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17432752126387573314noreply@blogger.com0