October 8, 2014

Bored in the U.S.A.

It happened on a recent weekend. I’d bragged to my son about my bad old days of movie geekdom. I recalled for him a time when […]
October 2, 2014

Most Powerful Man in Hollywood.

  It was a pro forma meeting. A meet-our-new-writer-client kind of sit-down. My new rep had called for a gathering of the entire lit department in […]
September 24, 2014

Guilty Conscience.

Here’s the scene. I’m in a New York City deli with my immediate family and a passel of soon-to-depart Irish relatives. I’m eating a meal of […]
September 17, 2014

Extra Credit.

It can be a battle for oxygen. The writer is in the room. The director is in the room. And sharing the precious air is that […]
September 10, 2014

The Pirate Movie Principle.

There’s an old kid’s joke that goes like this: You ask the child, “Hey. Did you hear what the pirate movie is rated?” And then when […]
September 3, 2014

Garbage In; Garbage Out.

Subject for your approval: Mr. Felton Farmer. This former big time TV exec-turned-producer thought himself to be a snob of sorts. Whilst he toiled in TV […]
August 13, 2014

What’s Your Number?

You’ve heard the terms to describe a certain type of person. All talk, no action. All sizzle, no steak. All foam, no beer. Or one of […]
August 6, 2014

The Three P’s.

My dad used to warn me. “Beware of the three P’s,” said my old man. “What’s that?” I asked, probably eight years old at the time. […]
July 30, 2014

Sam-I’m-the-Man, Part 2.

“How well do I know Sam?” I asked the Prez of King Kong Entertainment. “Have you worked with him before?” asked the Prez. I tried to […]
July 24, 2014

Sam-I’m-the-Man, Part 1.

“You don’t get it!” shouted Sam-I’m-the-Man-I’m-the-Man, a TV producer. “I have a track record of creating big hit shows!” “You don’t have a track record,” I […]