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Book Review: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart

  “Producing” by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart is a book without an audience.  It gave the impression of a series of surface, quickie interviews done for an industry publication and then later tossed together into a book to allow the reporters to re-sell their material.   This book has very pretty pictures.  Nicely reproduced […]

International Wildlife Film Festival 2013

  March, April and May are the months in which South by Southwest, Tribeca Film Fest, Beverly Hills Film Festival and Festival de Cannes get a lot of play.  Red carpets, stars, cleavage, over-the-top accommodations, huge production budgets.  Are these elements important or interesting?  More relevant?  Or do these movies, these production companies and these […]

Starving Artist Writes Haiku About The Life

Off the beaten track. I share with you, dear reader, an actor’s week, revealed with haiku.   Haiku 26 Acting class.  Take five. Everyone standing outside. Stretching limbs.  Smoking.   Twitterhaiku 95 At Cirque du Soleil A small girl scared by the clown, Seared soul, white grimace.   Senryu 233 Where, in the cortex, Does […]

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 […]

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 […]

Star Trek: The Marathon

Me and my big mouth.  As I wrote last week, I’m engaged (subtle pun: did you pick up on it?) in doing research for an article on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I casually tossed an assertion into a meeting of a salon of which I’m a member that Star Trek: TNG was the culmination […]

Self-Referential Films Part 2

  For the rest of 2012 and–if you’re very lucky–into 2013 I would like to entertain you with a list of the best, worst, favorite and horrid self-referential films of all time.  Movies about movies.  Or about acting or about actors.  Or films about films, if you prefer.    For some reason not to be […]

Self Referential Films, Part 1

For the rest of 2012 and–if you’re very lucky–into 2013 I would like to entertain you with a list of the best, worst, favorite and horrid self-referential films of all time.  Movies about movies.  Or about acting or about actors.  Or films about films, if you prefer.  For some reason not to be known except […]

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