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Alexandra Billings hosts The Ovation Awards

Alexandra Billings is one of my best friends. I am grateful for her presence in my life every day. I feel the same way about her wife Chrisanne. I’ve watched with happiness (and no amazement at all) at all that … Continue reading

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“Come on, Oscar, let’s you and me get drunk!”

To all the Oscar-winners tonight, congratulations! But just remember: chances are at one point in your life you will be like Bette Davis in The Star, talking to your Oscar as you drive drunk through Beverly Hills, wondering if you … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bill Paxton

This is one of my favorite scenes in Apollo 13. I love how almost shame-faced Paxton’s character is when he admits to Jim Lovell (Hanks) that his wife is pregnant again. Like: “Ooops.” He’s an embarrassed grade-school kid in that … Continue reading

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Supernatural, Season 400, Episode No Idea

Hey, y’all. Clearly I haven’t been around on these posts. Not because I haven’t been watching episodes. Just slammed with work and moving to a new apartment. I will be back. When I come up for air. Thanks for continuing … Continue reading

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#TBT You Make a Grown Girl Cry

Memory Lane Preamble When I first moved to Chicago, I got cast in a show the first week I was there. I had no professional head shots, but I wangled an audition anyway and booked it. I needed to get … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on this day in 1892 in Rockland, Maine. Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of those rare creatures: a poet who was a celebrity in her day. A Pulitzer-Prize winner (the third woman to … Continue reading

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On This Day: February 22, 1980

Al Michaels: It was a sliver of the Cold War played out on a sheet of ice. Here you have a bunch of fresh-faced college kids taking on the big bad Soviet bear, in the United States, in the Olympics. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, George Washington

That video is not safe for work, by the way. Due to its total awesomeness. Here is a big post I wrote for Washington’s birthday in 2010. I love my father’s quote the best: “We were so lucky.” This hurts … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wystan Hugh Auden: “The enlightenment driven away / The habit-forming pain”

W.H. Auden was born on this day in York, England, 1907. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress … Continue reading

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The Importance of Editing

Here’s a great cut. A startling cut. A cut that tells the whole story. One image to the other: Boom. Michael Luciano was the editor of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. He worked with Robert Aldrich quite a bit … Continue reading

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