The Artist, this year’s most-nominated film, is simultaneously reverent and cheesy. Continue reading
Category Archives: Acting
I became an actor to help pay the rent. I didn’t have a full-time job at the time, and temping as an actor pays better than temping as a file clerk. People outside the biz don’t realize that nearly all actors are part-timers. Continue reading
…to remain invisible.
I ran into this by accident when looking for something else. I had completely forgotten it. Well, it was 25 years ago. This was my first “union” job in Hollywood, after I had earned the SAG card. I got paid a few hundred dollars to shout “YAY!” in the background Continue reading
There’s an underbelly to show business that’s every bit as ugly as all those stories you might have thought were urban legends. Continue reading
An Antidote for Awards Season
Bad art dissolves the hairballs in my overworked heart. It is normally made with good intentions. It’s just that somewhere in the process things go screwy. Continue reading
The long-simmering kettle of universal spirit reduces varied traditions down to their elements. This produces a stock for the making of future soups. I just sang in the choir (and was a shepherd) in an Epiphany pageant marking the end of the twelve days of Christmas, the triumph of wisdom over ignorant forces, and the passing of the life force from the old year into the new.
It’s called the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Like Christmas, it has come to us from many different times and places. The origins are pagan, Roman, Viking, Christian and Medieval, all at once. Continue reading