June 26, 2014

Chicken or the Egg?

It’s no secret the entertainment biz is rife with personalities. Big ones. Fast-talking. Recalcitrant. And quite a significant number that could best be described as having […]
June 18, 2014

Showbiz Hell is for Children.

I sat on the set in my designated director’s chair. Not directing, I might add. That’s just what they call those foldable high chairs with canvas […]
June 11, 2014

The Schneid, Part 2.

After two directors, umpteenth screenplay drafts, financing snafus, and a location-crushing case of Montezuma’s Revenge, the studio had at last found both a director with staying […]
June 4, 2014

The Schneid, Part 1.

Are you off the schneid yet? Even better, do you even have a clue what the schneid is? It’s a sports riff often used to describe […]
May 28, 2014


I’ve just moved. After twenty years in Casa de Die Hard, the War Department and I decided the time was ripe to shuffle the deck, setting […]
May 7, 2014

Residual Angst, Part 2.

“A year and a half?” I gasped again. “There’s a queue,” explained Sheena, Queen of the Lost Residuals Jungle. “Qualified and pre-approved arbiters are in high […]
May 1, 2014

Residual Angst, Part 1.

Like so many things, this saga began with a phone call. This one came from a character actor pal. We’d worked on a couple of films […]
April 23, 2014

The Food Chain.

An old pal—let’s call him Hal—once told me the story of his first cool Hollywood car. It was over margaritas, chips, and a big bowl of […]
April 16, 2014

Only in L.A.

Much of working in showbiz is about living and existing in showbiz. Or amongst it without allowing its corrupting essence to sink beyond one’s initial layer […]
April 9, 2014

Curiosity and the Kill.

“What’s your name?” I asked the wannabe screenwriter. “Gerald,” answered the wannabe, shaking my hand. Okay, so his name wasn’t Gerald. I’ve only named him that […]