March 26, 2015

About a Boy.

It began with a computer game. Nothing like what we’re used to today. This was old school, PC stuff—a monochromatic, Peanuts-themed teaching program for kindergarten-aged children. […]
March 18, 2015

Dirty Work.

If you’re looking for a lesson this week, turn around and don’t look back. But if a laugh at my expense seems appealing, by all means […]
March 11, 2015

Swallow the Money.

If you’re on the outside looking in, showbiz can look like the land of luxe—a private club populated by only the rich and beautiful, not to […]
March 4, 2015

Hustle and Show.

This is about the difference between average and exceptional. What it is to be an afterthought versus someone unforgettable? In essence, I’m talking about the importance […]
February 25, 2015

The Sweet Stench of Success.

It’s funny how recall works. As I was sitting through the latter third of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, I was imagining how the Monday workweek […]
February 18, 2015

When Good Dialogue Goes Bad, Part 2.

The handcuffs were snug, though not quite cutting into my wrists. And the backseat of the Redondo Beach PD cruiser smelled like funk. As I sat […]
February 11, 2015

When Good Dialogue Goes Bad, Part 1.

One of the benefits of being a writer is having or developing an innate ability to turn a phrase when the moment comes. Oh, and we […]
February 4, 2015

My Inner Charlie Sheen.

Ego. Yeah, I’ve got one. And so do most of you if you’re reading this. Those who deign to put something down on paper with the […]
January 28, 2015

Whatcha Gonna Do?

I’m going to name names today. Primarily because I can’t tell this story any other way. It loses too much if I hide behind pseudonyms. Fade […]
January 21, 2015

Thick. Thicker. Thickest.

I’ve had some pretty harsh knocks. The New York Times once accused me of wasting two hours of the film reviewer’s time. Before I wrote Bad […]