March 4, 2013

Turning Japanese, Part 3.

We’d battled and beat MGM’s lousy, last-minute notes. And after four months in a bunch of unnecessary language lessons at UCLA, Japanese scare-master Hideo Nakata had […]
February 25, 2013

Turning Japanese, Part 2.

“Just calm the fuck down,” said Arnold Rifkin in his usual, bulldog tone. Rifkin was the producer for the picture we’d planned to make based on […]
February 18, 2013

Turning Japanese, Part 1.

“We’ve been traded,” said David Wally, producer, friend, and at that point in the mess, a co-survivor. “What do you mean “traded?” I asked. “A trade,” […]
February 11, 2013

See No Evil.

This one’s about a kind of evolution. To be more acute, it’s about my own twisting journey. From a puppy writer to who I am today […]
February 4, 2013

Meet Ms Memorable.

I don’t hold grudges. Really, I don’t. They’re an enormous waste of energy and emotion. But just because I don’t hang onto them, doesn’t mean they […]
January 28, 2013

The Might to Remain Silent, Part 2.

It’d been a disastrous pitch meeting at Paramount. The director, Señor Brit, had somehow decided the most important element of the presentation was for him to […]
January 21, 2013

The Might to Remain Silent, Part 1.

Picture this. I’m on the fourteenth floor of a Century City high-rise, anxiously rocking in place before a bank of elevators, hoping to hell the lift […]
January 14, 2013

There’s No Business Like No Business.

I’ve told this story before. But not in this forum. And I remind myself of it from time to time when I start getting precious about […]
January 7, 2013


Showbiz is a blood sport where nearly everybody keeps score. As some people play it, you’re only as good as your last box office gross or […]
December 17, 2012

Action Prison Blues, Part 2.

“I’ve got good news… and bad news,” said producer Mark Gordon over the telephone. With Mark by my side, I’d sold my pitch for a prison […]