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Pepperdine On-Camera Interview

I had a fun time talking to some classes at Pepperdine University. After class, I went outside with Pepperdine journalist Halleta Alemu for an on-camera discussion about being an entertainment journalist and my book, Beyond the Red Carpet: The World of Entertainment Journalists.

Halleta is so much fun and a great

To watch the interview, click here.

 

Steven Spielberg and Abraham Lincoln

The other night I had the pleasure of screening the new Steven Spielberg film LINCOLN. It is wonderful and I honestly hope Daniel Day-Lewis is honored with an Academy Award nomination at the very least for his performance as Abraham Lincoln. The movie is the perfect blend of drama sprinkled with humor to make the 2h 25m film fly by. 

As a history buff, I particularly enjoyed this film which transports audiences back to 1864/1865 and the waning months of the Civil War. The focus of the story is the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery. 

Please read my full review. Post a comment and let me know what you think of the film after you have seen it. 

 

 

Two Interviews

Next Monday is going to be strange for me. I am interviewing a screenwriter then two hours later I am going to be interviewed for a magazine. I hope I switch my hats quickly enough from interviewer to interviewee. 

 

Los Angeles Press Club Finalist

This is exciting. My book, Beyond the Red Carpet: The World of Entertainment Journalists, is a finalist in the Los Angeles Press Club's National Entertainment Journalism Awards. I'm up against some tough competition. 

 

Homage to Gilda Radner

I was heading out the door to guest lecture at Pepperdine University when I noticed there was something wrong with my shirt, so I ran back and changed to my second option, but that wasn’t right either, so I completely changed my color scheme which meant I had to change my shoes as the first pair didn’t match the new shirt, and then I realized my eye shadow was coordinated with the first shirt but I didn’t have time to change that because my ride was waiting so off I went, and to make a very long run-on sentence finally come to a close, the moral of this story is…drumroll please…to quote SNL alum Gilda Radner, “It’s always something.”  We miss you, Gilda. Let’s talk dirty to the animals. (For those of you who are too young to get this, do some research! Gilda was one in a million.)

 

Bond, James Bond

October 5, 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond Film Franchise. I believe everyone has their favorite Bond actor and favorite Bond song, although through the years the filmmakers have managed to procure some great songwriters and singers which makes selecting just one song a little difficult.

Most people don't know that the US TV series The Man from UNCLE was American's answer to the British superspy. Robert Vaughn, who played Napoleon Solo in the TV show, explained to me that that is what his character was conceived as. He was America's James Bond. But as the show progressed Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum) became just as important in many ways as Solo, at least to some female viewers! 

Bond, James Bond, has influenced pop culture. How many times have you heard someone say "Shaken, not stirred"? That's a catchphrase created by 007. 

While playing James Bond on screen certainly puts an actor in a higher category, towards the end of his Bond years, Pierce Brosnan told me he was eager to put that part of his life and career behind him. 

For those of you who do not remember all the actors who stepped into the shoes of 007 over the years, they are: Sean Connery (7 films), George Lazenby (1 film), Roger Moore (7 films), Timothy Dalton (2 films), Pierce Brosnan (4 films), and Daniel Craig who just finished his third Bond film.

Whether you like him or not, you have to admit that James Bond has wangled his way into pop culture and the character has staying power, even though the actors who played him do not. It's funny how Bond has been onscreen for 50 years but he never seems to age. Hmm. The magic of Hollywood.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Even the White House was glowing with pink lights last night.

This month I am contributing to many BC sites, reaching out to survivors and those who are currently undergoing treatment. It's  a difficult time for the patients and their families. Wear your pink ribbon in support of these brave patients (women and men), their families, and the researchers who are trying to find a cure for the disease. 

 

 

From Friend to Fan

I just received some great compliments about my book from a dear friend in Utah:             
 
Francine Brokaw's enormously  accessible and fascinating book, "Beyond the Red Carpet," pulls you immediately into an essential part of the entertainment industry: how do stories about movie and TV shows and the people who produce and appear in them get written and reviewed and who are the people who get it done. She tackles head on some of the myths associated with the movie business and it's a wonderful how to book on how to survive and even flourish in this business.  Ms. Brokaw is a well-respected veteran of the profession of entertainment journalism and that is apparent in the candor with which her colleagues respond  to her about what they do and how they got started in the business. Francine is a long-standing friend of mine, and I am incredibly proud of her and deeply impressed with what she has accomplished with this book.
 
Kent Briggs
Salt Lake City, Utah

Emmy Fever?

The Emmy's are just around the corner. Do you have Emmy fever? With so many great actors and shows dominating the TV airwaves (can we say "airwaves" anymore considering there is satellite and cable?), the drama leading up to the big night is taking over Los Angeles. Who will win? And more importantly, "who" are they wearing? 

When did we start getting more interested in "who" designed the clothing than the actual shows and actors? I think it is a conspiracy by fashion designers...don't you? Well, maybe not. With the advent of so many TV channels and plenty of time to fill, perhaps adding this element to the red carpet interviews gives more content for the interviewers. Personally, I have never asked a celebrity who they were wearing. I do take notice if they are looking well-groomed and not shabby. But that's as far as I go. 

So, my question is, are you more interested in "who" a celebrity is wearing or whether they are nominated? 

How about FUN instead of GOP or DEM?

Let's face it, there is a lot of stress, frustration, and anxiety these days. With the political conventions taking up much of the newscasts, people are getting a little overwhelmed with the state of the world. We are being told this is good and that is bad, or this will be better or we are going down the toilet. What can we do to get away from all the DEM and GOP stuff that is bombarding us this month? I have the perfect answer. Read my book!

Beyond the Red Carpet is a great way to escape from the stress of our lives. Take a walk on the wild side with a bunch of entertainment journalists who share their experiences - good and bad - and some hilarious anecdotes. 

So whether you are a DEM or a GOP, you'll get some education and entertainment out of the book. It's FUN. Hmm...that might be a good political party...the FUN party. Any takers?

 

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