Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mr. Aardvark's Big Box of Money : A Hollywood Fable

— Chapter 1 —Badger has a PlanOld Mr. Aardvark was not happy. He lived in a beautiful land and had a lot of money, but no matter how many times he counted his money he got no happier. He had spent his youth making more money than he could ever spend so that his happiness would be assured. Now, very old and very bitter, he summoned his adviser, Badger."I'm not happy, Badger and I want to know what

Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Who are you?"

In June I spent some time on the set of The Soloist as a background actor. I like being on sets, even hot dirty sets like Joe Wright's. I didn't meet him, but I got to see him work. He's very methodical to the point of being maddeningly slow: He called 9 takes (I counted) of Robert Downey Jr. getting out of a car, closing the door, and walking across the street. I could see both Downey and the

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Phone calls and anniversaries...

Fear not, gentlest of Readers, your RSS feed isn't acting weird. I am actually posting to my wee blog one year and one day after my last post. I didn't realize until yesterday that it had been a year since I was here, but that's not the reason for this article.The reason for the post, and why yesterday was notable is because of who I was talking to on the telephone and why: I was talking to a