February 27, 2012

James Bond vs. My Big Fat Mouth.

I owe much to James Bond. Or to be more accurate, 007’s inventor, author Ian Fleming. I was twelve years old and not much of a […]
February 20, 2012

Screwed.

Just a few weeks ago I was guest-speaking to young screenwriters at an L.A. film school. It was a theater stuffed with young alert faces. The […]
February 13, 2012

Tony Scott, Me, and King Ding-a-ling.

I have this love/hate relationship with research. When it’s the kind of study that involves slogging through a million pages of crap to find that one […]
February 6, 2012

The Chicken Suit.

With your permission, let me set the scene. The place was a casual-styled conference room at a movie studio. The characters in the room were the […]
January 30, 2012

The Sh***iest Script Ever Written.

I was on my way from lunch to meeting at Paramount when my agent at the time called to inquire if I’d be interested in meeting […]
January 23, 2012

Dogfights and Rewrites with George Lucas.

Last weekend, the movie Red Tails opened nationwide to some pretty decent business. It was a long time in the making. And I’d noticed that a […]
January 17, 2012

My Tailhook with a Bond Girl, Part 2.

We’d survived our death-defying, two-whiffs-then-a-bulls-eye landing aboard the naval aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Nimitz. My comrades—former Bond Chick, saucy minx, and all around gamer, Serena Scott […]
January 9, 2012

My Tailhook with a Bond Girl, Part 1.

Saying showbiz is full of perks is like saying there are swamps full of alligators down in Florida. And by perks I’m not talking about the […]
January 2, 2012

Roadkill.

I was in a meeting with a Dreamworks executive. Somehow we got sidetracked into the always entertaining subject of “the strangest place a writer tried to […]
December 19, 2011

Good Guys and Bad Boys.

I needed an ice pack. Without a warm up, I’d just tossed about what felt like a hundred fastballs to a Little League team I’d been […]