Friday, July 31, 2015
But wait – the heathens at Sundance TV are here to help, with a new show called “Close-Up with the Hollywood Reporter.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re not in showbiz – there’s something captivating about actors and directors talking about their processes. “Inside the Actor’s Studio” is proof, but new episodes are sporadic at best. “Dinner for Five” was amazing, and you can still see most of the episodes on YouTube.
But now, there’s a new show on Sundance, premiering this Sunday morning, that features A-listers getting together and talking shop. Some episodes will feature a group of actors, others executive producers. It looks really good.
The show starts airing this Sunday at 11 a.m., so set your DVRs and you’re welcome.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
In the meantime, I’m writing more sketches, and hopefully will shoot them in the upcoming months. I don’t want to spoil the premises, but I will say that for one of them I’ll be coaching up my nephew for his second role, and for another my wardrobe is considered so objectionable it isn’t sold or rented in this town.
Watch for them. Soon.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Boston developed similar cold feet about its bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday, which means LA is most likely the new frontrunner for the Games.
I love it.
First of all, before anyone thinks traffic would become paralyzed here, know this: when Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in 1984, the same fear occurred, and it was misguided. Angelenos handled much like we did for both carmageddons – by listening. Here’s how the LA Times reported it back in ’84:
Years of warnings and intense preparations apparently paid off Friday as a predicted paralyzing combination of Olympic and commuter traffic failed to develop on the busiest day yet of the Games. Instead, drivers enjoyed another day of free-flowing freeway traffic across Southern California. “Black Friday,” transportation officials smugly pointed out to reporters, had become “Good Friday.” The driving public had apparently listened to the traffic congestion warnings and predictions.
While many recent Olympics were economic disasters for their host cities (check out this trippy slideshow), Los Angeles is still making money from 1984, because it wisely used profits to create an endowment called the LA84 Foundation. It funds youth sporting events and facilities, and pays coaches and buys equipment for LA high schools after budget cuts destroy their programs. $214 million have been spent so far. LA is the best.
I love the Olympics, and I hope we get it here. I’ll go to every event I can. Thanks, Boston.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
I personally prefer to let weapons do the talking, like my new bat with nails in it.
It’s actually a prop that I used yesterday in a big casting workshop, and it did it’s job really well. It also sent a message to any neighbors who saw me putting it together outside my house. They’ve been warned.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Alright, it occasionally serves a purpose. My college roommate Gregg was able to let me know he was coming to LA, and we got together last night. It was the first time I’d seen him since we graduated.
I highly recommend rehashing the old days. Like how we committed grand larceny on a weekly basis because our roommate Steve worked the register at a liquor store. And all the times Gregg would use his Chevy Nova to sideswipe cars that double-parked in our lot. Or the night he was on his way back to our apartment in a drunken stupor, was offered crack, and went ahead and bought it.
Holy shit – we should have had a lawyer on retainer. Anyway, good seeing you Gregg. And thanks, statute of limitations.
NOTE: Not to worry – when Gregg got home and realized he’d bought crack, he took it out of the ziploc and threw it on our rug. Ah, college.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Happiness comes from within. I was born with the positivity gene, but growing up in New York, where hope goes to be shivved, it was suppressed. That was until Stuart K. Robinson drew it out.
Stuart was my acting teacher, but he’s so much more than that for so many people in this town. His class is a masters in pursuing your dreams and your full potential. I blogged about him a couple years ago – you can read it here.
With his spirit and work ethic, it was a foregone conclusion that Stuart would eventually share his wisdom beyond the classroom, by writing a book. It’s on its way to me, but I can already guarantee it’s required reading for everyone. There’s something you want in your life; now you’ve got the roadmap to get it.
Stuart is currently on a big tour promoting the book, and stopped by KTLA yesterday during their morning show:
Right after Stuart shot the segment, one of the KTLA staffers bought his book on the spot.
Smart guy. Follow his lead.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
• The number of red lights you will hit while driving are directly proportional to how bad you have to pee.
• When I say “lol”, there’s a 0% chance that I’m laughing out loud.
• A 20-minute wait in line at Ralph’s is the longest hour and a half of your life.
• So you haven’t achieved much financially. Big deal. The important thing is you’re not happy.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
That’s pretty much how it’s been at my place the last few weeks. Administering meds, trips to the vet, and trying to keep Ricky corralled as much as possible so he doesn’t tear out his staples.
He of course tore them out – twice. Despite what you may think, you never get used to seeing bone through a dog’s open skin.
Besides that, Ricky has been a very good dog. He tolerates wearing his cone when I’m out, and listens and lays down if he’s getting too excited. Today, he gets his stitches out (the old-fashioned way), and gets x-rayed, and then hopefully has only five more weeks of rehab.
Unfortunately, there was one bit of tough news. The surgeon looked at Ricky’s MRI before the operation and saw that Ricky had torn both ACLs, meaning there’s a good chance that after this knee heals, he has to go through this all over again. I feel so bad for him, but when it’s all over, the knees will last forever. Feel a tiny bit bad for me, because a second surgery will bring the grand total to $8000.
Eh – it happens. You either love dogs or you don’t.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I’m mostly talking to you, NSA, about some of the questionable purchases I’ve recently made. Yeah, I bought a wood bat and extra long nails that I’ll be hammering into that bat, but who hasn’t?
Three rolls of duct tape, sure. The pistol, the “tobacco” pipe – yeah they’re mine, too. But I did not buy a temporary swastika tattoo. I merely searched for one. No one sells them. Same goes for the suicide vests I googled.
That’s because everything I’ve bought is simply a prop for a shoot.
Anyway, if you still decide to haul me in, no need to bring handcuffs. I purchased a pair myself.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
It’s a lot to ask a teenager to navigate through this unscathed. Greg is a senior who chooses not to engage with his classmates, circumventing the system by being pleasant yet utterly forgettable.
That’s until his mom insists he hang out with Rachel, a girl from his school who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Which is when we find out he is intelligent with an offbeat sense of humor. He tries to cheer Rachel up; she encourages him to apply to college.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. It’s original and funny and tragic and the best film of the year. I can’t recommend it enough.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
But Ricky has us all beaten. I shoot a second of video every day, and this past month, I happened to be rolling as he ran around a park and tore his knee to shreds. That’s a baseball cap in his mouth, by the way. Extra yummy. Catch it all here, during 30 Seconds of June:
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I blogged last week about coaching my friend Ariel for an audition, and Ricky inserting his jumbo noggin into the scene. The result: Ariel booked the role.
It’s for the TV show “Chasing Life”, and it shoots next week. While I’d like to think I had a huge hand in preparing Ariel, he keeps giving full credit to Rick. Congrats, you idiots.
Monday, July 6, 2015
But I’ve got a dog that’s supposed to remain immobilized, and explosions drive animals nuts, so you catch my drift.
It only encouraged my more grownup celebration: barbecue in the afternoon, then a movie, then dinner at Laurel Hardware. Man, you can get a great table on a holiday, then catch some amazing fireworks alongside the freeway the entire ride home. See above. I like LA. Happy 6th.