August 28, 2019

Fire up the time machine to August 27, 1953, sixty-six years ago yesterday. Eisenhower was President. The number one song on the radio was "Ebb Tide" by Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra. Dr. Alfred Kinsey was on the cover of Time Magazine.

And "Roman Holiday" premiered at Radio City Music Hall, starring the young Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert.

The film was universally adored. As Pauline Kael wrote, “This is the picture that made Audrey Hepburn a movie star. Wyler’s calm, elegant style prepares the scenes and builds the character until she has the audience in thrall, and when she smiles we’re all goners.”

The New York Times said it was "a bittersweet legend with laughs that leaves the spirits soaring." and "a credit to William Wyler's versatility."

Variety said, "This William Wy...

August 20, 2019

"Amid the ongoing culture wars between urban-elite and blue-collar sensibilities, Melocchi’s period play slyly reminds us the division can be bridged by our fundamental human need to create."

That's a  quote from the LA Times rave review - one of many rave reviews - for "Andy Warhol's Tomato," Vince Melocchi's engrossing new play now running at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. Here are a few more:

"Dana Jackson’s sure-handed direction draws terrific work from her cast." ~ Stage Raw

“Not-to-be-missed. This is a play which exquisitely traces the steps…to an understanding about creativity and life in general.” ~ SplashMags

"Two well-written, well-directed, well-acted characters that keep you transfixed by their quirky but incredible relationship. Your heartstrings will be pulled." ~ Broadway Wo...

August 7, 2019

It's a crime that it hasn't happened sooner.

Just how vital is a good casting director to any project? So vital you simply can't measure it. 

And it takes a special, very particular skillset to make a good CD:

1) encyclopedic knowledge and memory of the available casting pool -- which, in Los Angeles, amounts to hundreds of thousands of actors, with the landscape changing every day,

2) the ability to interpret an unrealized script in terms of what specific human qualities will bring it alive,

3) the advanced communication skills it takes to translate among the specialized vocabularies and priorities of producer, director, agent and actor,

4) a hardwired sixth sense for when an actor is right for a role, which can't be taught, but can be nurtured,

5) and most important, at least for those of us who sit...

April 23, 2019

Starting tonight on ABC. A six-part docuseries about the year that made so much history.

Watch the trailer here

In case you weren't around at the time (or were too high to remember),

here's a short list of the year's events:

the moon landing

the Manson murders

the Stonewall riots

Woodstock

Chappaquiddick

the trial of the Chicago Eight

Muhammad Ali convicted of draft evasion

the 'Miracle Mets' win the Series

Hurricane Camille

Abbey Road, Tommy, Midnight Cowboy & the last episode of Star Trek

But wait, there's more! Every Tuesday starting tonight for the next six weeks.

And I'm planning to relive the whole thing.

Far out, man.

April 9, 2019

Yesterday the highly anticipated new streaming channel finally launched, and it looks like it was worth the wait.

Here's the skinny from the Channel's mouth:

A movie lover’s dream, the Criterion Channel offers classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service created by the Criterion Collection.

With constantly refreshed selections of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films, there’s something new to choose from every day of the week.

You can start with spotlights on directors, stars, genres, and themes; Tuesday’s Short + Feature; or the Friday double bill. Try their 15-minute-a-month film school, Obser...

March 12, 2019

So I recently shot two fun comedy guest star roles, and as the scheduling gods would have it, they're both airing Friday, March 15th. What are the odds?

First watch for me on ABC at 8 pm as Linda in a new episode of

Fresh Off the Boat  called "Rancho Contento" with the

delightful and hilarious Constance Wu and Randall Park.

and then ...



switch to Fox, where you'll see me at 8:30 as rich bitch Edie on  

The Cool Kids  (the episode is called "The Cool Kids Un-Retire")

with comedy legends Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence, David Alan

Grier and Leslie Jordan.

It was a riot to do both these shows, and I'm so pleased that they're on one after the other like this.

Fun!

March 4, 2019

Ruth Carter is fascinating. Check out this jaw dropping article in The Hollywood Reporter about the Oscar-winning costume designer. (The first black woman to win the Oscar for costume design did it for her amazing costumes for Black Panther.) 

Hey, here's an idea: a home Ruth Carter Film Festival. If you watch all the films she's designed costumes for (roughly 53, according to IMDb Pro) it'll take over a hundred hours and you'll be seeing a pretty incredible exhibition of some of the world's best filmmaking work, ever. I'm starting today, with Do the Right Thing.

February 26, 2019

I've been lucky enough to have worked a lot recently in TV, and I just realized something cool. Guess what? A majority of my directors lately have been women. In fact, three of my last four guest star jobs were directed by women.

And every one of them is among the best in the industry. (Which is obviously a prerequisite, because for every episode, the director's firmly in the hot seat.) Every one of them handles her job with authority, humor, compassion and incredible skill. I'm so proud to have worked with these amazing women. Here are just three of them.

Check it out: Fresh Off the Boat (episode "Rancho Contento" airing 3/15/19 on ABC) directed by Jude Weng:

The Cool Kids (episode "The Cool Kids Un-Retire" airing 3/15 on Fox) directed by Kimberly McCullough:

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (epi...

February 20, 2019

This year's Costume Guild Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night, and boy, was it gorgeous.

Here's a list of all the winners, every one of whom created stunningly evocative contributions to last year's biggest hits of film and television.

From the chic, kitschy styles of 1950s New York for

The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel (Donna Zakowska, Costume Designer):

to the magnificent opulence ofThe Favourite (Sandy Powell, Costume Designer):

to the outrageous glamor of Ru Paul's Drag Race (Zaldy Goco, Costume Designer):

It was a splendiferous evening, capped by the presentation of the Spotlight Award

to the inimitable Glenn Close:

From the Costume Guild Awards program:

"Glenn Close is a costume conspirator of the first order. In 2017, the celebrated actress donated her costume collection to t...

January 17, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter just published a dynamite article. In it, Ellen Pompeo lets rip with naked honesty about her career, her struggle and her journey to power. If you live and work in Hollywood, especially if you're a woman, you gotta read this.

Here's just a taste:

I'm not necessarily perceived as successful, either, but a 24-year-old actress with a few big movies is, even though she's probably being paid shit — certainly less than her male co-star and probably with no backend. And they're going to pimp her out until she's 33 or 34 and then she's out like yesterday's trash, and then what does she have to take care of herself? These poor girls have no real money, and the studio is making a fortune and parading them like ponies on a red carpet. I mean, Faye Dunaway is driving a fuckin' Priu...

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