I worked a short time as a script reader. I only read about a hundred scripts, but no more than a handful of them were written with a modicum of confidence, style and ability. The rest were various shades of horrible. A script reader is the second of many hurdles separating a screenplay from production. […]
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Oregon deputy Bret King has begun a project he calls the Faces Of Meth. He’s juxtaposed before and after photos of some of the more intense meth-addict cases to come through the Multnomah County Detention Center. Take a look at them here. When the horror subsides […]
One of the studios hires the Goodyear Blimp to congratulate its nominees while a plane tugs an Entertainment Tonight banner around the Kodak theater.
It’s Oscar time again and I couldn’t care less. I suppose I’d be a little more engaged if I’d seen even a quarter of the movies that are nominated. I used to love the Oscars. I would make a big deal about guessing who should win, who would win and where I was going to […]
Bind. Torture. Kill. BTK. This guy’s been dormant for so long that most people had forgotten about him. But thirty years after claiming his first victim, Dennis Rader is behind bars. Turns out he’s a family man. He’d always been organized, meticulous and patient. But most of all he was, as the cliche goes, just […]
I sit down at Groundwork on Sunset and Cahuenga as I often do in the hour or so before work. I’d just hurried through a fierce rain squall to get there, but now that I’m pulling out my notebook, sun streams across my table. That’s the way the weather’s been lately here in L.A. Even […]
There’s a terrific editorial in today’s New York Times that addresses the recent acceptance by a Pennsylvania school of an alternative to Darwinism. This approach, dubbed Intelligent Design, figures that human beings are far too complex to have simply evolved by chance. They must have been “designed” by someone or something (they’re careful not to […]
It seems Hunter S. Thompson has committed suicide. That sucks.
Tonight I spot Trent Reznor shopping the Mezzanine at work. Others tell me he comes in to Amoeba a lot, but it’s the first time I’ve seen him. I have to check three times before I’m convinced it’s him. I kinda want to tell him that The Downward Spiral remains one of my desert island […]
…our friends become successful. (Part 2.) Right on the heels of Mark Lawson’s stint as a battered boxer on Cold Case, another Mark friend of mine (Mark Smith) has got a book in stores. Comic stores, that is. The Amazing Joy Buzzards, an oddball tale of a rock band that fights supervillains, is now on […]