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Thursday June 10, 2021

Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jeff Daniels in the 2018 production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which reopens on Broadway Oct. 5. (Julieta Cervantes)

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sets an Oct. 5 Broadway return, with original star Jeff Daniels and a new producer replacing Scott Rudin

By Peter Marks

Although much will look and feel the same in this well-received adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved novel, the guiding hand in the front office is new. Replacing Scott Rudin at the helm of “Mockingbird” is Orin Wolf, himself a Tony winner for his production of “The Band’s Visit,” best musical winner of 2018.

Rudin, a prolific generator of prestige movie and Broadway hits, announced on April 17 that he was stepping away from several of his Broadway projects, including “Mockingbird,” “The Book of Mormon,” a revival of “West Side Story” and a forthcoming “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman.” The move came after an April 7 article in the Hollywood Reporter detailed accusations by former employees of physical intimidation and bullying. Rudin apologized in a statement to The Washington Post, saying he was “taking steps that [he] should have taken years ago to address this behavior.”

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Gas lines at Costco in Greensboro, N.C., last month during the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline from a ransomware attack. Credit...Woody Marshall/News & Record, via Associated Press

Pipeline Investigation Upends Idea That Bitcoin Is Untraceable

By Nicole Perlroth, Erin Griffith and Katie Benner

“But this week’s revelation that federal officials had recovered most of the Bitcoin ransom paid in the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack exposed a fundamental misconception about cryptocurrencies: They are not as hard to track as cybercriminals think.

On Monday, the Justice Department announced it had traced 63.7 of the 75 Bitcoins — some $2.3 million of the $4.3 million — that Colonial Pipeline had paid to the hackers as the ransomware attack shut down the company’s computer systems, prompting fuel shortages and a spike in gasoline prices. Officials have since declined to provide more details about how exactly they recouped the Bitcoin, which has fluctuated in value.”

The New York Times

Mirko Ilic

What is the Blockchain? Explaining the Tech Behind Cryptocurrencies

“A blockchain is a relatively new kind of database that has become the trendy solution for storing digital information more securely. The International Data Corporation recently forecast that companies and governments will spend $2.1 billion on blockchains in 2018, more than double what was spent last year.

But if you ask even the people who work with blockchains to define the technology, you are likely to get a stuttering response.”

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Wednesday June 9, 2021

Damon Winter/The New York Times

My Fellow Republicans, Stop Fearing This Dangerous and Diminished Man

By Barbara Comstock

Ms. Comstock, a Virginia Republican and a lawyer, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.

When Donald Trump, the patron saint of sore losers, appeared at a Republican event on Saturday night and compared the 2020 election to a “third-world-country election like we’ve never seen before,” it wasn’t just another false rant from the former president. His words also described his attempted subversion of democracy in the run-up to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

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Wednesday March 10, 2021

Scott Pasfield for The Washington Post

THE LAST SHOW
27 entertainers on the disbelief and despair that took over when covid-19 shut down their world

By Geoff Edgers

The sobering anniversary arrives as many of our great halls and museum galleries struggle to reopen, our rock heroes are relegated to online gigs, and we continue to wait anxiously for the great unknown of whenever it’s okay to resume live entertainment. This is the story of those last shows — staged and stopped just as the crisis was unfolding — as told by the artists, producers and organizers caught up in the largest cultural shutdown in modern history.

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Monday March 8, 2021

Mark Harris for The New York Times

Inside the Lincoln Project’s Secrets, Side Deals and Scandals

By Danny Hakim, Maggie Astor and Jo Becker

. . . . They also hit upon a geyser of cash, discovering that biting attacks on a uniquely polarizing president could be as profitable in the loosely regulated world of political fund-raising as Mr. Trump’s populist bravado was for his own campaign.

Then it all began to unravel. By the time of the Utah meeting (a few days before the elections at Steve Schmidt's home), the leaders of the Lincoln Project — who had spent their careers making money from campaigns — recognized the value of their enterprise and had begun to maneuver for financial gain. But other leaders had learned of the financial arrangement among the original founders, and they were privately fuming.

Another major problem was festering: the behavior of Mr. Weaver, who for years had been harassing young men with sexually provocative messages. . . . . . . . . .

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Wednesday March 4, 2021

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Oliver Stone's Snowden

Since today is the day that Q followers believe the former guy will be taking office again, and investigations of January 6th are well underway, I thought it appropriate to express a few thoughts on Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

I first saw Snowden on a flight a few years ago, flights aren’t really the best places to see a film like Snowden for the first time.

But last week I noticed Netflix is now offering it, so I took another look.

IMDb describes Snowden as: “The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.”

A. O. Scott NYT: Oliver Stone’s Snowden, a quiet, crisply drawn portrait of the world’s most celebrated whistle-blower, belongs to a curious subgenre of movies about very recent historical events. 

In the context of this director’s career, Snowden is both a return to form and something of a departure. Mr. Stone circles back to the grand questions of power, war and secrecy that have propelled his most ambitious work, and finds a hero who fits a familiar Oliver Stone mold. Edward (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, leaning hard on a vocal imitation) is presented as a disillusioned idealist, a serious young man whose experiences lead him to doubt accepted truths and question the wisdom of authority. He has something in common with Jim Garrison in J.F.K. and Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July, and also with Chris Taylor and Bud Fox, the characters played by Charlie Sheen in Platoon and Wall Street.

Stone’s Snowden tells the story of how an idealistic conservative came to the decision to steal, then release hundreds of thousands of classified government documents.

Edward Snowden: Leaks that exposed US spy programme

In light of the current investigations of the January 6th insurrectionists, Snowden clearly shows the surveillance capabilities possessed by the CIA, and NSA, and very likely the FBI, when investigating terrorist events.

Revealed years ago, the NSA not only records telephone calls of suspected terrorists, but records all telephone calls, emails, social postings, texts, and any other digital records they’d like to see, world wide, all of which are easily and routinely accessible to them through a comprehensive surveillance program.

Released in 2016, technologies have likely improved and expanded since then.

NSA surveillance exposed by Snowden ruled unlawful

Edward Snowden fled to Moscow, where he continues to reside, but he has expressed an interest to return the US, something not very likely to occur anytime soon.

Snowden on Netflix

Snowden on IMDb

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Tuesday March 2, 2021

The Washington Post

William Robert Norwood III stands in front of the Washington Monument on Jan. 6, in a photo attached to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI. (FBI)

A Capitol rioter said he posed as antifa, feds say, then boasted he beat police who ‘got exactly what they deserved’

The day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, William Robert Norwood III texted a group of friends and family to boast he had traveled to D.C. with a plan to fool the police.

“I’m dressing in all black,” Norwood texted a group chat on Jan. 5, according to images included in a federal criminal complaint filed last week. “I’ll look just like ANTIFA. I’ll get away with anything.”

Then, after joining in the mob, assaulting police officers and storming the Capitol rotunda, federal agents said, Norwood texted the group again to boast that his ploy had been a success.

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Friday February 26, 2021

Netflix Presents The Sinner, Season 3

The Sinner is an intriguing series starring Bill Pullman as Dorchester, NY detective Harry Ambrose.

Image via USA Network

I’ve enjoyed how he performs his role in a sort of Lasse Hallström way, understated, which to me makes it even more powerful than if he played it in a more physically expressive way.

Lasse Hallström is known to call for additional takes in order to tone down the actors’ physical expressions.

Well Season 3 is dark.

Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose

Produced by Jessica Biel, wife of Justin Timberlake, which seems to put the latest season into a little more perspective. As I mention, I’ve enjoyed Bill Pullman’s performances over the years, but in light of the producers -- who hire and guide the directors and writers -- Bill Pullman appears to be put in to the “oldest guy in the cast” category.

Boomers like me were raised watching what might now be considered highly structured “formulaic” tv shows like Streets of San Francisco, Rockford, Columbo.

OK, so since then there’s been maybe three generations of tv show producers, each with their own style. Remember when each show had to have one goth or otherwise eccentric character? Then fast, short cuts, more free form, less predictable stories. Now to offer something new, plot lines and characters need to push the envelope of credibility. You know, things that probably never really happened, with characters that don’t act like anyone you’ve ever come across. (In my five decades of working, I’ve never once been in a meeting where someone addressed us by saying “listen up people.” Well anyway, in the end they’re just tv shows, entertainment, right?

All of those elements combine to bring you The Sinner, Season 3. I've realized that perhaps I might not be the target demo for this show. It is dark? Yes. Will you be able to look away? I don’t think so. Will it leave you thinking about it and other aspects of your own life? Definitely.

Made me remember driving through Laguna Canyon at night in an MG with the top down with nothing but moonlight and my car headlights turned off. (But don’t tell my kids!)

The Sinner, Season 3, reviewed on Collider "Ever had a friend who was a bad influence on you but you just couldn’t stay away from them? You made some bad decisions with them and got into trouble, but they’re irresistible and life is duller without them. Remember those friends as you tune in to watch the new season of The Sinner."

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Thursday February 18, 2021

The Washington Post

President Biden stands on stage during a break in a televised town hall event at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Tuesday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Opinion: The reality-show president has been replaced by one grounded in reality

That a reality-show president has been replaced by one grounded in reality was apparent Tuesday night, when President Biden had his first extended conversation with average Americans since his election.

“I don’t want to overpromise anything here,” Biden said, speaking frankly about vaccinations, covid relief and more.

It was quite a contrast from last March when, as the U.S. coronavirus death toll rose toward 600, then-President Donald Trump blithely promised that happier times were just around the corner. “I think Easter Sunday, and you’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time. And it’s just about the timeline that I think is right,” Trump declared, mentioning a holiday that was less than three weeks away.

That “timeline” turned out to be a fantasy.

The Washington Post

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) prepares to deliver his State of the State speech on Feb. 1 in Lockhart, Tex. (Bob Daemmrich/Pool/Bob Daemmrich Photography/Capitol Press/AP)

Disasters in Republican-run places keep somehow proving how bad Democrats are at running things

To some very small extent, we should appreciate the frankness of Tim Boyd, until Tuesday the mayor of the town of Colorado City, Tex., population 4,000. Boyd, faced with massive power outages like much of the state, simply threw up his hands.

“The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!” he wrote on Facebook. “I’m sick and tired of people looking for a d--- handout! If you don’t have electricity you step up and come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe.”

One could certainly take issue with the idea that power providers don’t owe customers anything, much less elected officials, but Boyd is at least explicit in his passing of the buck. (He later announced he had resigned his position.)

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Damon Winter/The New York Times

Opinion:
Trump’s Dreaded Nickname
Watching the Senate is better than watching reruns.

I’ve got to say I loved it when Joe Biden described Donald Trump as “the former guy.”

This was at a CNN town hall, and Biden was pursuing his goal of changing the subject from … his predecessor. Part of the strategy seems to be avoiding his actual name.

Excellent agenda. Sitting in disgraced, double-impeached political purgatory, Trump has been trying to retrain the world to refer to him as “the 45th president” during his unwelcome retirement. (If you are lucky enough to get a mass email from him, the return address will be “45 office.”) How cool would it be if he had to sit in front of the TV listening to people talk about “the former guy?”

D.J.T. = T.F.G

The New York Times

Late Night Blasts Conservatives Blaming Windmills for Texas Blackouts

“I know people were praying for Texas to go blue, but not like this,” Trevor Noah joked on Wednesday’s “Daily Show.”

Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah touched on the issues Texas has faced this week after a winter storm overwhelmed the state’s power grid, leaving millions of people without heat.

“I know people were praying for Texas to go blue, but not like this,” Noah joked. “I mean, is it too much to ask for just one apocalypse at a time?”

“Some people are putting up Scotch tape and blankets. That’s not how people should keep heat in their house; that’s how you hide the weed smell from your R.A.”

— TREVOR NOAH

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Tuesday October 26, 2020

What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest - including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale — were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.

I lived through the events, and I recall teachers telling us about what happened. The film is particularly relevant now, especially in view of Abby Hoffman’s testimony on the stand: “I’ve never been on trial for my thoughts before. In 1861 Lincoln said in his inaugural address: ‘When the people shall grow weary of their constitutional right to amend their government, they shall exert their revolutionary right to dismember and overthrow that government.’ And if Lincoln had given that speech in Lincoln Park last summer, he’d be put on trial with the rest of us.”

Defense attorney William Kunstler then asks: “So how do you overthrow, or dismember as you say, your government peacefully?”

Abbie replies: “In this country we do it every four years.”

Directed by Aaron Sorkin, he told Vanity Fair in July 2020 that he first found out about the planned film during a visit to Steven Spielberg's home in 2006, specifying that Spielberg "told me he wanted to make a movie about the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention and the trial that followed." He also added that he did not understand in which capacity Spielberg wanted him to be involved, stating, "I left not knowing what the hell he was talking about."

In July 2007, Sorkin wrote the script for The Trial of the Chicago 7, based on the conspiracy trial of the so-called Chicago 7. Executive producers Spielberg, Walter F. Parkes, and Laurie MacDonald collaborated on the development of Sorkin's script, with Spielberg intending to direct the film. 

Sacha Baron Cohen was cast as Abbie Hoffman as early as 2007. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz, Federal Prosecutor, Frank Langella as Judge Julius Hoffman, and Michael Keaton as Ramsey Clark, Attorney General of the United States during the riots.

In October 2018, Sorkin was announced as the director of the film.

The film had a production budget of $35 million, with $11 million going towards the cast.

John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Sorkin has made a movie that's gripping, illuminating and trenchant, as erudite as his best work and always grounded first and foremost in story and character. It's as much about the constitutional American right to protest as it is about justice, which makes it incredibly relevant to where we are today."

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Monday August 31, 2020

 

Hello all from Guile Branco!

I hope you are safe in these crazy times! I would like to present you with my latest film - a short docudrama adventure set in Egypt!

Raiders of the Lost Tomb

A man fools his wife into a trip to Egypt under the pretense of a honeymoon, when in fact he is searching for a lost tomb.

A homage to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as an exciting docudrama set in real archeological sites in Egypt!

Filmed during a real honeymoon, wife was very accommodating.

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The Point of Harry Nillson (Updated!)

Brass Egg Studio: Combining a Passion for Color, Texture, and Symmetry, With a Feminist Awareness

The Highwaymen: A Modern Screen Classic

Who Was Peter Wooley?

 

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

 

 

Actress Producer Sabrina Percario Joins Touch A Life Productions

Sabrina Percario is a Los Angeles based actress and producer. Her IMDb profile now lists an astounding twenty-nine producer credits, along with thirty-two actress credits.

Early in her career, she produced the very personal, semi-autobiographical Julia, the story of an actress struggling with the decision to leave her home in Brazil and move to Los Angeles to develop her craft. Her work in Julia earned her two nominations, and three awards including Best Actress and Best Leading Actress.

She has gone on to work on numerous films, earning a variety of awards. No one likes playing favorites, but two projects stand out to Sabrina for personal reasons.

Although Breaking is a short film, the story unfolds on several levels, which appealed to Sabrina. Actress Alessandra Hajaj approached Sabrina about producing. "Sabrina is a great friend and professional. Her experience in the industry was crucial on the process of Breaking. She helped me prepare, organize and execute many tasks in which I had no experience. She is a great producer, great actress and she has a lot of potential."

Sabrina was attracted to the project not only because Alessandra is a good friend, but because she also admired Alessandra. "She's super talented and wears so many hats on set, plus I know I can count on her. When she asked me to produce Breaking, I was very touched by her story and theme.

This film is very important to us because it is our way of working to bring awareness of those who have suffered from sexual harassment. Our film approaches the subject in a poetic, innovative and beautiful way, so people from all ages can see it and become more aware."

Breaking is now available for viewing on Filmocracy.com, the only movie streaming platform that rewards you to watch films and leave reviews.

Sabrina has continued to work steadily in many different types of projects, but one that she is very proud of is Mojave Shadows, the story of a woman named Susan Carvalho who is hiking in the middle of the Mojave Desert while coming to terms with guilt of the death of her son. One night, she is attacked by a rattle snake, and finds herself stranded in the middle of the Mojave. With only a couple hours left to live, she calls for help from a remote located Ranger.

"When I read the script I was a little intimidated by the story because we’re talking about suicide and depression, I had to find a place in me that resonates with those emotions but the good thing about this story is that my character never loses hope. My character Susan Carvalho is dealing with guilt and she’s grieving. She feels guilty about her soon getting killed in a car accident."

Sabrina earned the Best Actress award at the August 24th, 2019 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFFA.)

"Ronan Barbour (my scene partner) and I had a really good connection. It was easy to work with him. He and I have also been recognized as Best Duo on screen by the Actors Awards Los Angeles, who also awarded Mojave Shadows Best Short!"

Mojave Shadows also won for Best Director -- Jaime Torres, and Best Produced Screenplay -- Alejandro Etcheagaray, Jaime Torres, and Miranda Elisa Guzman.

Mojave Shadows is now available for viewing on YouTube and will also be available on Filmocracy.com soon.

Sabrina continues to run her own company Percario Productions, but she has also recently teamed up with Raja Deka at Touch A Life Productions. The company's objective is about lifting humanity and planting seeds that are already changing lives, and will without question, benefit generations to come. "Our goal is to see all walks of life globally leaving the theaters after experiencing our films realizing there is a warrior within each one of them with specific purpose."

Touch A Life's mission blends perfectly with Sabrina's intention to "touch people's hearts, inspire them, and spread a good positive message through her characters and films she produces."

Sabrina Percario is a Los Angeles Based Actress and Producer

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Thursday October 25, 2018

The Highwaymen
A Modern Day Screen Classic

Like the characters in The Highwaymen, I'm old enough to avoid making absolute statements, knowing I'll likely need to reverse myself in the next few days.

Recently Steven Spielberg made a statement that films produced for Netflix should not be considered for Academy Awards. After all, Academy Awards are for films that have appeared in theaters, and many Netflix films are viewed on tv or device screens, which directors like Mr. Spielberg feel are something much less than the movie theater experience.

Seems reasonable, and I think I'll avoid disagreeing with Mr. Spielberg for today, since I've never stood behind a camera, and been responsible for completing a major film project.

I have however, been a big film fan for all of my adult life, and "I may not know art, but I know what I like."

That love began with Bonny and Clyde. In 1967 there was no home video industry, you had to "go to the movies" or wait a few years for the sanitized version be broadcast on one of the three television networks.

Bonny and Clyde was instant, hypnotic, cinematic magic. Likable characters, beautiful costumes, catchy music, cool old cars, a palpable sexual undertone (obvious even to a seventh grade viewer) all presented in a tight, fast-moving, highly emotional script. When the lights went down in the theater, we were instantly swept away.

Audiences agreed, IMDb estimates it cost $2.5 million to produce, and as of January 1973, generated a cumulative world gross of $70 million, earning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Warren Beatty, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Faye Dunaway, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Gene Hackman.

So it's basically now a screen classic, which has stood the test of time for over fifty years! A very hard act to follow!

Would you try to remake this story, in today's competitive theater and streaming market?

I'm glad Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, and everyone at Casey Silver Productions were up to the task.

Faye Dunaway as Bonnie
Denver Pyle
as Frank Hamer

Photo: Warner Brothers

In the original, the great actor Denver Pyle plays the role of Texas Ranger Frank Hamer.

In this production, we learn more about Frank Hamer, played by Kevin Costner, who has retired from law enforcement, and done well in providing private security. He has a beautiful home, and a loving, socially active wife.

He clearly doesn't need the work, and age has caught up with him. The Texas governor's office offers him the task of capturing Bonnie and Clyde, which he accepts. He looks into drafting his former partner Maney Gault to help him, played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson. Maney has descended into the life of a former hero, and is up to the challenge of joining Frank on the chase.

The next act is how they arm themselves, how they track Bonnie and Clyde, and all of the resistance they meet from their prey's families, neighbors, and the public who have made them into folk heroes.

But we see the trail of violence and death they leave behind, which motivate Hamer and Gault.

From here we all know how the story ends, but director John Lee Hancock knows that, and keeps us rivoted anyway.

The Highwaymen is a deeply rewarding cinematic experience: Great cast, fast-paced story, lots of surprises, great costumes, beautifully shot, hypnotic soundtrack, even lots of old car action.

Which brings us back to my original point, Steven Speilburg's suggestion that Netfilx films not be considered for Academy Awards. If you see him before I do, tell him I'd like to know what he thinks of The Highwaymen.

Years ago an interesting film entitled Donnie Darko was released just before 9/11. The plot included an intentional place crash, so it was pulled because of 9/11. But the film became such a home video sensation, that Picturehouse mounted a second limited theatrical release. Great! My wife and I went to a small NYC theatre to see it on the big screen, we were joined by dozens of other enthusiasts, but the run only lasted a few weeks.

If Netflix mounts a theatrical release of The Highwaymen, we'll be there, make it iMax!

 

 

 

Thursday October 25, 2018

Who was Peter Wooley?


(Just ask Mel Brooks!)

Several years ago producer Tony Schweikel contacted me about promoting a documentary he had produced with his partner Peter Wooley. The documentary Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy, was about ancient mariners of the Mediterranean Sea attacking the southern coasts of Italy, and the towers the towns built to protect themselves from those pirates. (Towers that still stand today!)

Somewhere along the way Tony said: "You should check out my partner Peter Wooley, he has quite a track record."

I had never heard of Peter, and when I did check him out, Tony was right, I was totally astounded!

IMDb Pro lists an amazing ninety-three film and television credits for Peter, including Summer Rental, Porky's Revenge, Under the Rainbow, Up the Academy, High Anxiety, Blazing Saddles, and many, many others.

And not only did Peter work in all of those films, but he wrote a highly entertaining book about his experiences: What! And Give Up Show Business? A View from the Hollywood Trenches.

Many of us who were fortunate enough to work in the film business in recent years were inspired by the many great films of the seventies, and the very talented performers and personalities of that era, projects Peter worked on, and people he worked with!

Peter describes working with Brian Keith, Robert Mitchum, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, and many, many others.

And from the Amazon description: "And his memories are not just about stars, but also about the scores of creative, clever, zany, egotistical characters he's worked with in his demanding and creative profession. Full of fun and gossip and yarns, it's for everyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes."


"Fraught with insight and mirth, just like Peter himself." adds Mel Brooks himself!

With holiday season on the way, Peter's book is the perfect gift for the film lovers on your list who are fascinated with inside stories on Hollywood.

 

And if all of that were not enough, Peter also wrote a novel: You Only Go ‘Round Once, a kind-hearted, sometimes shocking, and continually fascinating novel about three men's unique, fifty-year friendship.

In the fall of 1956 three guys who grew up along the same river in Northern Indiana had a chance meeting in the cafeteria of a small university in Southern Indiana.

Their stories begin as very young men in Hawaii and Germany, then proceed to Southern Indiana, Montana, Florida, Hollywood, and the Middle East. A chance meeting in a cafeteria of a small university in Southern Indiana begins a fifty- year friendship that goes as far as it can go. Three guys who saw something in each other they liked, stayed friends for life.

They went their separate ways after graduation, but kept in touch. Their lives often times were one in the same-as close as you could be one minute and spread to the winds the next.

For over fifty years, they realized their dreams and lived them to the fullest. They fought for and with each other, and played the games they wanted to play.

“After all”, they reasoned, “you only go ‘round once.” But if you do it right. . .

You Only Go Around Once is another riveting, emotional story told in Peter's unique, almost hypnotic style.

I couldn't put it down!

Most recently Peter and Tony produced The Hybrids Family, starring Paul Sorvino and Carolyn Hennesy.

 

Peter Wooley on IMDb

What! And Give Up Show Business? A View from the Hollywood Trenches on Amazon

You Only Go Around Once on Amazon

 

 

 

Sunday October 14, 2018 (Updated 10/5/2019)

The Point of Harry Nillson

Harry Nilsson’s Animated Film ‘The Point!’ Gets 50th Anniversary Digital Release

From Harry's Facebook Page: "We are excited to announce that for its 50th anniversary, the Nilsson animated classic, The Point, has gotten a spiffy upgrade and will be released on Blu-Ray and HD Digital, along with a ton of bonus features and a special poster!"

Original post:

I probably spend way too much time on my laptop in my dining room . . . one night a week or two ago my wife was watching tv in the living room, when what do I hear:

This is the town and these are the people
This is the town where the people all stay

Not a cover, but the original by Harry Nilsson himself!

That's the way they wanted it
And that's the way it's going to stay.

Of all people, who would be using this music in a tv spot? Facebook!

I laughed, then thought "Wow at sixty-four might I actually be cool again, even if just for a moment?"

In 1973 a friend convinced me to move to Southern California with him, and I ended up making some terrific new friends. No mortages, insurance, car repairs, just a job that barely paid to keep a small roof over my head and a couple of frozen pot pies in the freezer, with lots of free time to do what guys in their early twenties did back then.

It was the same time John Lennon was in LA on his "long weekend," many evenings spent with Harry Nilsson and others making tabloid news.

Peter Lawford, John Lennon, Mai Pang, and Harry Nilsson with hat, in the audience of a Smothers Brothers LA club appearance

Out of that time peroid came Harry Nilsson's The Point short animated film and album, a charming story about conformity. For me it was one of those albums that I listened to many, many times, so it became a symbol of that free and easy youthful time period. Me and my Arrow came from that project.

Fast forward to the 90s when somehow the subject of the film came up with my young grade school kids, they discovered it, and loved it!

So all of these things occurred to me from the soundtrack of that Facebook commercial.

 

(Coincidentially that's a '76 BMW 2002 at 0:30, I had a black one before my daughter was born.)

Here's a brief history on Harry Nilsson:

 

 

Think About Your Troubles, from The Point to get a flavor for the animation style.

 

 

 

Perennial Party Favorite from that time: You're Breaking My Heart, with George Harrison, Peter Frampton, and Ringo

 

So after seeing a little bit of Harry Nilsson's life and work I think you can understand why it brought a smile to me hearing him in a Facebook spot.

-- Steve Thompson


 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Combining a Passion for Color, Texture, and Symmetry, With a Feminist Awareness

Meet Jane Petersen, founder of Brass Egg Studio, Madison, Wisconsin. "Brass Egg came from my radical feminist days when I realized that there was insufficient language to express courage for women.

The Egg represents the feminine, and the Brass represents the strength and courage we women possess.

Years ago on a vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama, my Mom and I found some shells with holes at the top. I took them home and made earrings out of them. Friends loved them, (and so did my Mom!) and Brass Egg Studio was born!"

Murano Italian Glass Peridot Green 24kt Gold Necklace - 19.5"

Using the fabulous colors of Murano Italian glass beads and semi-precious gemstones, Jane now creates unique, one-of-a kind handmade artisan jewelry, naturally designed to make women feel beautiful when wearing it.

Jane has always had a keen appreciation for colors, symmetry, and visual texture, and she loves the vibrant colors and patterns in quilt fabric. For years, Jane made quilts and quilted accessories for everyone in her family.

Today her love of color and texture carries over and is reflected in her colorful jewelry designs.

 

Brass Egg Studios on Etsy

Brass Egg Studios on Facebook

 

 

 

Monday October 8, 2018

From The Redford Center on Facebook

A message from our co-founder, Robert Redford:

"Tonight, for the first time I can remember, I feel out of place in the country I was born into and the citizenship I’ve loved my whole life. For weeks I’ve watched with sadness as our civil servants have failed us, turning toward bigotry, mean-spiritedness and mockery as the now-normal tools of the trade.

How can we expect the next generation to step up and serve, to be interested in public life, and to aspire to get involved when all we show them is how to spar, attack and destroy each other?

It’s hard to blame young people for calling us out, and pointing to our conflicts between the values we declare, and those we stand behind only when it’s convenient to partisanship. Many people are rightly calling it a damn mess.

But I want to encourage you to dig deep for hope and civility right now -- to try to make connections with people you disagree with, to be better than our politicians.

We don’t have to share the same motivations to want the same outcomes. Let’s focus on each other, and strengthening our communities, and reflecting on what’s happening. Let’s live in justice and respect and let others fight it out now to the bitter ends.

This is our country too. Every woman, man and child in it, our American future.

We’ve got work to do."

 

 

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

Social media has turned us all into journalists, most without the benefit of any journalistic training. Musicians who spend years learning their craft, then spend countless hours practicing, generally sound pretty good to us, way better than those of us who might just pick up a guitar and start strumming away.

So I started this page for curious people who want to learn interesting, true, things, to help improve their own peronal journalism.

A journalist's most valuable asset is their credibility, and the foundation of credibility is reliable sources. Fake news never quotes recognizable sources, they use meaningless phrases like "people are saying" or "people have told me . . . " or "the result of a recent study was . . . "

Your questions are "Who is saying?" "Who told you?" "What study?"

So I'll be telling you about some of the interesting things that I see throughout my day, and about some of the people I know with ideas and accomplishments I think you should be aware of. Don't expect to agree with everything, and don't waste our time arguing. If you go out to dinner, and you see something on the menu you don't like, you don't argue with the waiter, do you? No, of course not, you just move on and find something you like.

I have always loved arts: visual, music, film, and now live community theatre. There is no greater thrill to me than watching a film with the cast in the audience, and I was priveledged to attended several Ritz Theatre original productions, hosted by the playwrights, which were every bit as memorable and enjoyable to me. So many of the stories I'll share will have an artistic theme.

So here are a few stories from today to help get the ball rolling. Let me know what you think, then tell me your story!

Steve Thompson

I was Community Outreach Director for The Ritz Theatre Co. in Haddon Township, before that I promoted nearly forty films, and worked with an Academy Award Winner for ten years.

Since then I've promoted a variety of producers, directors, actors, and film technicians.

I thought we'd have some fun discovering some interesting people and things, so contact me with your own interesting story!

steve@thomcomm.com