December 12, 2011

Membership has its Privileges.

Tis the Season in Tinselville. No. Not that season. I’m talking about Awards Season. Oscars. Globes. Spirits. You might think Hollywood is obsessed with such self-congratulatory […]
December 5, 2011

Live Free or Die of Pneumonia.

It was the day we burned the Hostage set. Bruce ambled onto the soundstage and dropped a script onto my lap. The title was DIE HARD […]
November 28, 2011

Send in the Clowns (But Beware of Their Funny Money).

It’s been wisely coined that nobody ever endeavors to make a bad movie. It’s also been said that as much or more effort goes into making […]
November 22, 2011

The Worst Note . . . Ever.

I can’t say this any simpler. This is about the worst script note I ever received. Was it an unfortunate situation to be in? Hardly. It […]
November 16, 2011

My Dirty Dance with Mel Gibson.

Having heard I play cards, this big-time talent agent at William Morris invited me to attend his invitee-only poker game. No. This is not the high […]
November 8, 2011

The Bulletproof Lie.

I’m a lying liar. I admit the lie and that I’ve been lying the lie for some years now. I feel the need to confess. So […]
November 2, 2011

Writer as Sacrificial Lamb aka Doug a la Carte.

Gary Ross, writer-director of films such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, invited me to join in a round-table luncheon with Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey. The congressman had […]
October 24, 2011

The Incredibly True Story of Die Hard 2 and the Uncashed Lottery Ticket.

I was actually hired to write DIE HARD 2 when the original DIE HARD was still in theaters.  Like the original, the sequel was to be […]
October 19, 2011

Die Hard, Joel Silver and the Five-Thousand-Dollar Couch.

This is one of my favorite Hollywood true stories.  It involves mega action producer, Joel Silver.  Now, like most power players, Joel has a rep.  Some […]