May 16, 2013 |
While "Scandal" fans eagerly await the reportedly "crazy" season finale of the much-buzzed-about ABC drama Thursday night, they can distract themselves with this clip from Wednesday's episode of "Watch What Happens Live. " Tony Goldwyn, in town for ABC's upfront presentation where his series was heavily plugged , stopped by Andy Cohen's tiny, downtown studio for a visit. There he joined Comedy Central's bawdy new female star, Amy Schumer, for a dramatic performance of some "Scandal" fan fiction. In the slightly PG-13 story, "Flames," from an author by the pen name "Fitz Like a Glove," President Fitzgerald Grant shares a broom-closet rendezvous with his mistress, Olivia Pope (played here by Schumer)
April 30, 2013 |
In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it. This is old hat, science fiction-wise. In "The War of the Worlds," H.G. Wells had Martians coming to Earth to quench their thirst. The extraterrestrial lizards (cleverly disguised as human catalog models) in the 1980s TV series "V" came here to steal our water too - though they wanted it in part to wash down the meal they intended to make of us. In the more recent "Battle: Los Angeles," pillaging Earth's oceans was the only motivation we're given for why aliens were laying waste to humanity.
April 21, 2013 |
What it means to be a loving parent, and what that requires, are perplexing questions that get at the heart of some of the more trenchant issues of modern life: how to raise children, who is a good mother, over-medication to make children fit in, how much of the work of raising a child actually requires the parent. Three novelists -- Susan Straight, Mona Simpson and Bronwen Hruska -- considered these questions in their novels, and during a panel discussion Sunday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC. Straight, the mother of three daughters and a teacher at UC Riverside, draws portraits of a beautiful prostitute and her very gifted teenage son in "Between Heaven and Here.
April 21, 2013 |
In her long and illustrious career, Jamaica Kincaid has tackled many genres of literature. So best believe her when she says that her 2013 work "See Now Then" is a novel and a work of fiction. Period. That's why, she said in a discussion with Hector Tobar on Sunday at the Festival of Books, "the most irritating thing" about the reaction to the book has been the insinuation that it is really a roman-a-clef, a memoir disguised as a fiction. "I will assert that if I were a white man this would not be the conversation," Kincaid told the audience at the Embassy Room Auditorium, who responded with a round of applause.
April 20, 2013
Festival of Books What: Rob Roberge is on the panel "Fiction: True Grit" in conversation with Frank Bill, James Greer and Joshua Mohr, moderated by Jim Ruland. Where: Annenberg Auditorium, USC When: 2 p.m. Sunday Price: Free. Tickets are available online. There is a $1 service fee applied to each ticket reserved. Information: latimes.com/festivalofbooks
April 20, 2013 |
In "The Simple Art of Murder," Raymond Chandler wrote that the world inhabited by good crime fiction "is not a fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it. " During a conversation tantalizingly titled "What We Can't Tell You" on Saturday, four such authors pulled back the curtain on how they craft compelling mysteries....