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actors  // Posts tagged as "actors"

May 15 2013 Posted by in entertainment, humor | Comments Off on Gas Up the Stair Car

Gas Up the Stair Car

I was gonna do this whole post about evolving media distribution, and how I dig the new Netflix model because it allows me to shotgun series the way I prefer. But I already pretty much covered that with my House of Cards write-up over at ManArchy. And really, I’m such an Arrested Development fanboy that […]


Aug 13 2008 Posted by in entertainment | Comments Off on Hannah and Her Consenting Sisters

Hannah and Her Consenting Sisters

Would you care to share any thoughts on the latest Miley Cyrus scandal? More to the point, on the use of “scandal as P.R. device” in general, especially “planned” scandals. I mean, in the old days, raping and killing a bimbo in the St. Francis Hotel would put a stain on your career; nowadays, it’d […]


Feb 08 2008 Posted by in entertainment, writing | Comments Off on In Treatment

In Treatment

“There are way too many autobiographies. I mean, who cares?” – Paul Weston By now, you know the premise for this HBO series: one therapist sees five patients, each with their own half-hour session once a week, a new episode every weeknight for nine weeks. Two episodes in, I was intrigued. After ten, I’m sold […]


Jul 08 2007 Posted by in humor, multimedia | 1 comment

On-Set Translation

What they say. What they mean. “Picture’s up.”Get out of the frame and shut your pie holes. “Let’s go again; that shot went a little soft.”Because you’re also an exec producer, I’m blaming the focus puller for your wooden acting. “Check the gate.”If we have to do another take of this, I’ll slit my wrists. […]


Feb 26 2007 Posted by in entertainment | Comments Off on Oscar® Hangover

Oscar® Hangover

How original, an Oscars post! Though neither nominated nor invited this year, I thought last night’s Academy Awards was a class broadcast all around. Sure, there were a few technical/timing gaffes, but having directed live variety shows before, I can tell you Murphy’s Law is in effect, you just have to be prepared. I really […]


Jan 28 2007 Posted by in entertainment, humor | 2 comments

Awards Show Etiquette

‘Tis the Season, and since I know all the industry insiders read this blog between meetings and lighting setups in their trailers, for your consideration I present the following tips to make your big night a memorable, gaffe-free one. • Orange is the new tan. With February nearing, it’s time to externalize your inner Oompa […]


Dec 11 2006 Posted by in humor, music | Comments Off on A KJ FU


This is on the fringe of interest, musicians maybe, but I felt compelled to write about it. Karaoke has become an epidemic in the U.S. over the past several years. In a way, it’s replaced Ladies Night. People living out their American Idol fantasies for our amusement and occasional awe. Sure, I could go on […]


Dec 06 2006 Posted by in entertainment, humor | Comments Off on My Television Education

My Television Education

I like to think that all those years spent in front of the idiot box made me a better person. TV is a great way to learn about how the world works. Were it not for television, I would never have come to realize that: No one actually works at their jobs; they are there […]


Oct 18 2006 Posted by in writing | Comments Off on What’s My Motivation?

What’s My Motivation?

It sounds like such a Hollywood cliché, but it’s critical to give each actor a goal in every scene – something they want from the other actor’s character. Have this discussion during rehearsal. It doesn’t have to be as a group; in fact it’s sometimes more effective if you only articulate this privately to the […]


Oct 16 2006 Posted by in multimedia | 2 comments

Act Like a Friend

i’m using friends as actors, so i don’t wanna be too harsh on them cause they’re doing me a favor, but every shoot’s running way overtime and annoying my crew (also volunteers). how can i . . . balance this out and keep everyone happy and still get what i need from the scene? Everyone’s […]