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 […]