Mary McNamara is a culture columnist and critic for the Los Angeles Times. Previously she was assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment following a 12-year stint as television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing. She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries “Oscar Season” and “The Starlet.” She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children and two dogs.
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Sept. 28, 2023
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Sept. 26, 2023
With successful pressure campaigns against Drew Barrymore, Bill Maher and others, the WGA displayed its might on the eve of a new round of negotiations.
Sept. 19, 2023
With the release of ‘A Haunting in Venice,’ two Christie obsessives weigh in on the enduring appeal of an author who’s been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.
Sept. 13, 2023
As a disastrous summer for the industry’s top brass bleeds into fall, it’s become clear the AMPTP cannot win the strike. So they should end it now to cut their losses.
Aug. 31, 2023
After Luis Rubiales planted an unwelcome kiss on star midfielder Jenni Hermoso, he could have apologized. Instead, his response has only deepened the scandal.
Aug. 28, 2023
The allegations against Lizzo, which she called ‘false’ and ‘outrageous,’ underscore the challenges of turning a personal brand into a business empire.
Aug. 23, 2023
Throwing cheese at live performers, making TikToks in the middle of a movie, melting down on airplanes: Our culture of bad behavior goes beyond pandemic aftereffects.
Aug. 17, 2023
That fantasy of Hawaii as an ‘escape from it all’ should be forever punctured — a reminder that no place is safe from the damage humans have done to the atmosphere.
Aug. 11, 2023