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I had a lazy weekend—well, lazier than usual—and ended up watching lots of TV and movies. Good thing they were mostly entertaining. Here are some brief thoughts on the ones worth mentioning.
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Creative Excuses for Being Late to an Audition

October 10, 2008 – 2:02 am | No Comment

Here in L.A., auditions always seem to happen at 5 p.m. in the location that’s farthest away from you. If you live in Santa Monica, the appointment will be in Woodland Hills, which will take …

When Is It Time to Give Up a Series Character?

October 9, 2008 – 3:03 am | No Comment
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I read a lot of mystery-thrillers and in this genre, there are many series characters—Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole, to …

Review of HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

October 8, 2008 – 11:15 pm | 6 Comments
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I consider myself a pretty happy person. Of course I have my grumpy days but it takes a lot for me to stop being optimistic. So I looked forward to seeing a movie called Happy-Go-Lucky …

I’m a lemur, she’s a lemur…

October 6, 2008 – 9:32 am | 2 Comments
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After I moved to L.A. many years ago, I was looking for a job when I saw an interesting ad in the Drama-Logue, a now-defunct trade paper for actors which contained casting notices.
A production company …

Who IS that actor?

October 5, 2008 – 9:10 pm | 3 Comments
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Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show when an actor/actress shows up and you think, “Who IS that? S/he’s been in everything!” but for the life of you, you just can’t name them …

Review of SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK–a Charlie Kaufman experience

October 4, 2008 – 2:28 am | One Comment
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I attended a screening of this movie where the writer Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich) was present and I immediately wanted to write a review of it. But I …

Review of THE DUCHESS

October 4, 2008 – 12:10 am | No Comment
THE DUCHESS

Since Keira Knightley plays the title role, let’s just get her out of the way. She looks gorgeous, gives a spirited portrayal of Georgiana Spencer (great-great-great-not sure how many-aunt of Princess Diana) and suffers convincingly. …

Things NOT to do in an audition

October 2, 2008 – 11:29 pm | One Comment

I’ve been lucky enough to have been used as a reader in many casting sessions. This means I’m not actually auditioning for a project but I’ve been hired by the casting director to read lines …

Why I’m Always Mistaken for an Extra

October 2, 2008 – 5:50 am | 2 Comments

Every time I do a movie or TV show, a production assistant (PA) will inevitably assume I’m an extra. Sometimes this happens right away when I first report for work, sometimes it happens after I’ve …

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

October 2, 2008 – 12:52 am | No Comment
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I picked up this book almost two months ago, when it was first released. The title was curious but it included the words “literary” and “pie” so that did it for me. Only way …

Rachel Getting Married–impressive acting, uncomfortable movie

October 1, 2008 – 10:16 pm | One Comment
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Anne Hathaway is immensely watchable. Her enormous brown cows make her seem vulnerable and accessible and there’s always intelligence in her performances. All of that applies in Rachel. She plays Kym, a recovering drug addict …

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