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Oscar-winning actress and Emmy-winning producer Reese Witherspoon already leads a popular book club on Instagram, so it seems a natural next step for her to write a book. The title, Whiskey in a Teacup, refers …

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One Cool Ride with Don Winslow’s THE DAWN PATROL

October 21, 2008 – 7:17 pm | 3 Comments
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My friend Betsy had been recommending Don Winslow’s The Dawn Patrol to me for a few months but I’d resisted ’cause I found out it was about surfing. I’ve never surfed, don’t know anything about …

WHAT JUST HAPPENED with Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis

October 17, 2008 – 2:49 pm | No Comment
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When I was invited last week to a screening of What Just Happened (limited release, Oct. 17), my first reaction was, “What the who?” Though the movie was directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) …

TV Review: ELI STONE

October 15, 2008 – 8:26 pm | 3 Comments
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I watch a lot of mystery/thrillers on TV—24, The Closer, House, Monk, Burn Notice, The Mentalist, to name a few—because I enjoy trying to crack the case before the protagonists do. But even if I …

I’ve seen WATCHMEN!

October 13, 2008 – 3:53 pm | 5 Comments
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OK, I haven’t seen the whole thing but I did some work on it and got to see quite a bit and what I saw was craaaaaaazy. Zack Snyder, the director, loves him some violence. …

Me Love Acting Long Time

October 12, 2008 – 5:27 pm | One Comment
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I’m sitting in a cramped office with blue shag carpeting, facing a casting director who has called me in to audition for a TV movie. I’m reading for the role of a Vietnamese girl who …

Reviews of New TV Shows

October 11, 2008 – 2:26 am | 6 Comments
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We’re about a month into the TV season and I’ve had time to sample some of the new shows. Nothing has blown me away so far but there are a couple I found promising and …

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 …

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