Raja Shehadeh, Yiyun Li and Maria Bamford among L.A. Times Book Prize finalists

Raja Shehadeh, Yiyun Li and Maria Bamford among L.A. Times Book Prize finalists

The finalists for the 44th Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were revealed Wednesday morning. Palestinian human rights activist and writer Raja Shehadeh, novelist Yiyun Li and comedian Maria Bamford are among the 66 nominees in 13 categories honoring the highest quality of craft from authors at all stages of their careers. Bamford is one of … Read more

The Spotlight was one of L.A.’s oldest gay bars. A Hollywood nightlife boom brought it back.

The Spotlight was one of L.A.’s oldest gay bars. A Hollywood nightlife boom brought it back.

On Saturday night in Hollywood, the rising electronic musician Mindchatter performed to 1,200 people at a sold-out Fonda Theatre. He wrapped up a bit after 11 p.m., and by midnight he was back onstage at the Spotlight just a few blocks down Hollywood Boulevard. To judge by the lines outside, much of the Fonda’s crowd … Read more

Kelly Rowland gets ‘gorgeous’ dressing room from Sherri Shepherd after ‘Today’ drama

Kelly Rowland gets ‘gorgeous’ dressing room from Sherri Shepherd after ‘Today’ drama

For Kelly Rowland, daytime host Sherri Shepherd is the “light, positive energy” she needed. On Monday, the “Mea Culpa” star praised the “Sherri” host as she promoted her upcoming Netflix film. Before getting into the details of her erotic thriller, Rowland told the TV host, “We needed you.” The singer-actor voiced her gratitude for Shepherd … Read more

Fubo calls proposed streaming service ‘sports cartel’

Fubo calls proposed streaming service ‘sports cartel’

Fubo is taking the first legal crack at the proposed streaming service that targets sports fans. Since 2015, the New York-based company has been offering slimmed-down bundles of TV channels that carry live sports programming —essentially the business plan of the still-to-be-named joint venture from Warner Bros. Discover, Fox Corp. and the Walt Disney Co. … Read more

Eric Klinenberg wants you to reexamine the impact of the pandemic: ‘We are all living through the long 2020’

Eric Klinenberg wants you to reexamine the impact of the pandemic: ‘We are all living through the long 2020’

Eric Klinenberg wants you to remember what was, collectively, the worst year of our lives. But he doesn’t just want you to recall 2020 — the pandemic with its lockdown and rising death toll, the attempt at a racial reckoning after George Floyd’s murder and the presidential election where the loser refused to accept reality … Read more

Beyoncé says hair-care line Cécred has personal roots, including her psoriasis battle

Beyoncé says hair-care line Cécred has personal roots, including her psoriasis battle

Beyoncé revealed she hasn’t always been “flawless” when it comes to her hair. The “Break My Soul” singer got candid about the roots of her new Cécred (pronounced “sacred”) hair-care line, revealing in a cover story for Essence that she struggled with psoriasis during her childhood. “The relationship we have with our hair is such … Read more

Oscars Rewind — 2004: The final prize of the night completes one film’s sweep

Oscars Rewind — 2004: The final prize of the night completes one film’s sweep

It’s funny how a streak can work at the Academy Awards. Sheer volume of nominations is no guarantee of a sweep — two of the most-nominated films ever, “All About Eve” (1950) and “La La Land” (2016) each won six Oscars out of 14 nominations, whereas “Titanic” (1997) won 11 of its 14 noms. (Though … Read more

Review: History haunts the characters of ‘Black Cypress Bayou’ at the Geffen Playhouse

Review: History haunts the characters of ‘Black Cypress Bayou’ at the Geffen Playhouse

“Black Cypress Bayou,” the intriguing new play by Kristen Adele Calhoun at the Geffen Playhouse’s intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, is set in the marshy woods outside of Lodi, Texas. The scenic design by Lawrence E. Moten III recreates this soupy milieu so vividly that I found myself swatting away invisible mosquitoes. Spanish moss hangs … Read more

Review: ‘Constellation’ is a tense, first-rate space thriller starring Noomi Rapace

Review: ‘Constellation’ is a tense, first-rate space thriller starring Noomi Rapace

Premiering Wednesday on Apple TV+, “Constellation” is a first-rate series about the bond between a mother and a daughter, couched in science fiction and set against outer space, suburban Cologne, Germany, and arctic snow. Quantum mechanics have become much exploited by science fiction, for its poetry and practicality, but rarely so explicitly as here. Superposition … Read more

These are the biggest challenges in the TV and film market, according to top agents

These are the biggest challenges in the TV and film market, according to top agents

United Talent Agency partners Rich Klubeck and Dan Erlij are used to the rough-and-tumble nature of Hollywood. They have to be in order to push for more original voices and stories on-screen. Erlij, co-head of UTA’s television literary department, represents such risk-taking talent as “Succession” creator and showrunner Jesse Armstrong. Klubeck is a partner in … Read more