February 13, 2012

Tony Scott, Me, and King Ding-a-ling.

I have this love/hate relationship with research. When it’s the kind of study that involves slogging through a million pages of crap to find that one […]
February 6, 2012

The Chicken Suit.

With your permission, let me set the scene. The place was a casual-styled conference room at a movie studio. The characters in the room were the […]
January 30, 2012

The Sh***iest Script Ever Written.

I was on my way from lunch to meeting at Paramount when my agent at the time called to inquire if I’d be interested in meeting […]
January 23, 2012

Dogfights and Rewrites with George Lucas.

Last weekend, the movie Red Tails opened nationwide to some pretty decent business. It was a long time in the making. And I’d noticed that a […]
January 17, 2012

My Tailhook with a Bond Girl, Part 2.

We’d survived our death-defying, two-whiffs-then-a-bulls-eye landing aboard the naval aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Nimitz. My comrades—former Bond Chick, saucy minx, and all around gamer, Serena Scott […]
January 9, 2012

My Tailhook with a Bond Girl, Part 1.

Saying showbiz is full of perks is like saying there are swamps full of alligators down in Florida. And by perks I’m not talking about the […]
January 2, 2012


I was in a meeting with a Dreamworks executive. Somehow we got sidetracked into the always entertaining subject of “the strangest place a writer tried to […]
December 19, 2011

Good Guys and Bad Boys.

I needed an ice pack. Without a warm up, I’d just tossed about what felt like a hundred fastballs to a Little League team I’d been […]
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 […]