In Memory of an Honest Actor

Friends, because you have arrogantly failed to read every column I’ve written, every week for the past 5 years, I am gracing you with a re-fun of an old topic.  Read and enjoy. We actors love to talk about honesty.  And techniques to create honesty…well, to be quite honest, some actors like to talk about […]

Behind the Scenes: How Do Life Events Affect an Acting Career?

  Last week I wrote about Drelle, my friend whose career as an actor didn’t begin until she had divorced and felt free to be herself.  This week I’d like to examine a few more of my friends and how big life events affected their career paths. Tommy: marriage Tommy had a major in theater […]

Behind the Scenes: Does Every Actress Want to Hit the Big Time?

  Last week I wrote about some of my actor friends and how they have crafted their careers.  We learned that for some, the dream of Hollywood stardom is still compelling and that for others simply making some money as an actor is all they could desire.  This week let’s hear about some of my […]

Will I Make It to the Big Time?

Do you think most working actors are looking for that “big break” that will launch them into the A-List category, or are they more concerned with just making sure the rent gets paid and the kids get fed?” Great question!  I don’t think there’s an easy answer to this: actors are so varied in their […]

Why I Am a Screenwriter, Part 4

  Laura K writes a periodic blog about her insane twenty-something life.  She writes “Last night Eric got blitzed and puked all over the brand-new living room couch.  I got blitzed and fell and broke my arm.”   I commented on Laura’s blog, “The sex with Eric must be great because the Saturday nights sound […]

Heaven, The Web Series

  What is heaven?  If you went there, would you ever want to return?    Anne Lower is producing a web series called They Live Among Us about angels who have fallen back to earth and struggle, as do we normal humans, with moral decisions, with life and death, with traffic in L.A.    Think […]

Death at Netflix

    As part of my research for “Films With Cats” I finally got around to watching Harry and Tonto.  A little late, I know.  Hey, I hear what you’re saying.  Just be quiet.  Cut it out.  I watched it, didn’t I?  Geez, give a girl a break.  Ok, if you don’t stop that mumbling […]

3 Films about Films

I love it; I love them; I love self-referential films.  One could say I’m obsessive about them. If it’s about movies, filmmaking, actors, acting, performing artists, directors, cameras, even, I will watch a film all the way to the end, no matter how wretched it might be.  No other genre gets a pass this way—my […]

Star Trek The Next Generation: Bereft

  After 182 hours almost straight, almost without sleep, I have finished watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”  Season 7 (the last season) was particularly difficult.  Why?  Several reasons, I think.  First, the plots became repetitive.  Second, the writers stopped showing Roddenberry’s ideal new world.  Third, Bad Science.   The writers got lazy.  How many […]

Star Trek: I Grow Weary; Star Trek: I Mourn

  It’s been for weeks since I started reviewing every episode, in order, of Star Trek: The Next Generation for my article on its portrayal of a post-capitalist society.  Back in those days they did 26 45-minute episodes per season.  I’ve gotten through 6 ½ seasons; that’s 169 hours of watching.  I hope they pay […]

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