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Nope wasn’t in the room Saturday night, I was (literally) down the street.

But thank you internet (and the Academy) for letting us see this.  I’m big on letting people know you appreciate them while they’re here to feel your appreciation.

Your East Coast bias aside Spike, I can personally attest to two of the seeds you helped plant and nourish getting those standardized test scores high enough to grow into a movie producer and a movie director (and a LOT more).

And as you know there are hundreds if not thousands more. So thank you.

First, I could watch this introduction all day…

And then, his actual acceptance speech…



My friends at Dangerbang Productions wrote a character for me and…well, see for yourself.

(Mr. L. Jackson, you’re on the clock…)




Before we get too far away from it…

‘Santa’s Third Wheel’ was (barely) finished before Christmas, I put it out here (and there and everywhere), and you guys liked it, shared it, retweeted it, gave me and everyone involved a ton of compliments.  Thank you.  As I told some of my conspirators when I saw the rough drafts, this project was one of those times where I had that Kanye feeling even before I gave it to the Universe.  In other words, I knew every joke, every reaction, every close up that was coming before it happened, and it still made me laugh, so I was pretty confident that it ‘worked’ before anyone else saw it.  But everybody who puts their time and talent into it usually feels that way; you really don’t know until the audience reacts to it.  So again, thank you.

I could truly a 10 hour director’s commentary on this, but for brevity’s sake, since I got the ’10 percent fishing for insight into my real personal life, 90 percent sarcastic jokes’ about me and Gwen, here’s Samuel L. Jackson and Keira Knightley breaking down EVERYTHING I can cosign about the reality of shooting and playing ‘love/sex/intimacy’ for the screen.

What?  Oh…

Yeah, OK.  I appreciate the irony.  But seriously, here’s Keira and Samuel L…




The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been called the one closest to a ‘real movie’.  I get that.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier lets us catch up with Marvel’s resident Boy Scout in a post Avengers world.  Disclaimer for those who don’t know, when it comes to Marvel, I’m a complete ‘casual fanboy’, so the vast majority of inside references, either I have to look up when I get home or have someone else break it down for me.  I say that to say, my higher than normal interest in this film wasn’t due to Scarlett having a more featured role; (that doesn’t hurt but) for me it was all the buzz going in on how this one was influenced by 70s conspiracy thrillers (yes) and featured Robert Redford in a major supporting role (hell yes).  So for me as a film geek, seeing Redford and Sam Jax share a few scenes was damn near worth the price of admission alone.

Without going too deep into plot points for anyone else who hasn’t seen it yet, the theme of this film is ‘Who Can You Trust?’  Are we the good guys, really?  What if you (as a soldier) are waist deep in a war, then you realize you might be fighting for the wrong side?  All philosophical questions I can ponder for years on end (and I have).  No worries for those of you who come for the action, there’s more than enough warships and guns and double crosses to feed the summer movie buzz.  I liked this one a lot more than Thor 2 personally.

So that’s one down.  Peter Parker, I believe you are on deck…



So what’s coming up next?

Well, we’re in rehearsal for another play.  From the group who brought you ‘Natalie Portman’…, we start next year bringing you ‘Christian Bale – the Musical’.  Bad news, this time I’m not Samuel L. Jackson.  Good news, I’m another narrator.  Perhaps, the best known narrator.  His voice, known by millions around the world.  For his slow, southern timber.  Like the voice of God.  He’s actually played God once or twice.

After that tease, I don’t have to tell you who I’m impersonating, now do I?

Get your tickets here:

Christian Bale: the Musical!



Self Promotion Time!

‘Natalie Portman: the Musical!’ is back starting this Friday as part of the prestigious Hollywood Fringe Festival!

I have heard that ‘Samuel L. Jackson’ and ‘Chris Rock’ will be there among others, will you?




I already hate my IPod for going into a John Mayer mix as I write this.   Anyway…

Among the many good to great things that I’ll take away from this calendar year, near the top has to be being a part of Natalie Portman: the Musical.  It’s a funny script written by a talented writer, that really comes alive with a great cast of talented comedians who each brings something to the table.  The reviews have always backed this point up, but it’s true: the best comedians in the world can have off nights, or can write a joke that’s funny on paper, but doesn’t work in a live setting.  Beyond one infamous night where the majority of the crowd probably didn’t understand what we were saying (long story), the show always works.  And the great part of live performance is it feels like a new show every night because different people find different things hilarious.  It’s a fun, relatively low pressure hour and a half.

For the revival I spent a lot less time researching my characters and more time learning about the people (not as actors) who I’ve been working with.  I want to say it was Robert Downey’s character in Tropic Thunder who brought up how every play and movie you do becomes its own little family unit for a little while just by nature.  You spend a lot of time with the same people and you become more comfortable around each other and see everyone’s quirks and appreciate what makes each of these people unique.  If you’re really lucky, you might even like them!  (No, really, that is NOT a given.  Think about your family or where you work.)  So long story short, I have some type of attachment to everyone you’ve seen me share the stage with at some point this winter, I genuinely like all of them, and hey, if we work together again down the line too, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

Man, I’m rambling tonight, what was the point I was trying to get to?  Oh yeah!  Last shows of the year Friday and Saturday night!  Come get your laugh on, and maybe even shed a few sentimental tears.  Not me of course, because I don’t cry, but you get the gist of it…



So how was my first run on an L.A. stage?  It’s been great.  Truly.

Earlier this week, I was in more of my natural element: a television soundstage.  12 hour day (usually the minimum), even with digital technology, at least 45 minutes between each setup to (hopefully) capture five minutes of usuable footage.

You use the same toolbox to build a character, but the stage experience is different in every other important way.  You’re on for two hours every night the show plays, ideally the person in the back row has to hear every word and see every gesture as clearly as the person in the front row.  You space out and forget your line or your cue, you come up with something else immediately or hope your scene partner bails you out.

The above is just stage acting; now let’s talk about the play I’m in.  First with live comedy, have to stay in character.  Drama is the same sure, but when you’re telling jokes, and your scene partner loses it, or you just get the giggles, you have to commit.  In this cast/show, I am the ‘Host’, so I have the easiest load to carry.  In sports/music terms, keep the show going, don’t take anything off the table.  If the audience wants to laugh, let them laugh; if they’re ‘too’ quiet, up the improv ante to try to warm them up.  In the audition and rehearsals I did impersonations of Denzel and Morgan Freeman, but let’s be honest: Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock are naturally more ‘theatrical’, and if you’ve seen the show, they work better for the ‘role’.  I still have no ambition to do stand up, but after doing this show I have to admit I feel more confident I ‘could’ do it, even if I was telling killer jokes in front of a sold out crowd who refused to laugh (which happened one night during our run).

In character, I’m supposed to be at the Theatre ‘because I owed someone a favor’, I’m supposed to be surly and undersell the jokes and the talent of the rest of cast, just in every way possible, I’m pissed to be roped into the show.  Basically, the exact opposite of how I truly feel, so you could say I have the hardest acting job in the cast. (See what I did there?)

But seriously, the reviews back it up, everyone who has come down has backed this up: it’s a fun show with a very talented cast.  Once in a while I betray my character and smile, but it’s still fun to watch the scenes play out, and to hear the songs sung.  Out of character, I’ve very much become a fan of everyone in the cast (and crew) individually, and hope to work with each of them again.

And Natalie, honey, if you’re not campaigning for Obama this weekend, you should get a sitter and come down.  I’ll comp you front row…

The Avengers

A thousand different points I could get to with this one, but let’s start with the most important one: I’m not a Marvel guy at all; I hadn’t heard of the Avengers until 2 years ago when a comic book buddy of mine (Hi V!) demanded I read some of the comics when I had NO idea who Samuel L. Jackson was at the end credits of the original Iron Man.  We have all summer now to get to the comic book character I’m most closely attached to; this weekend (at least) is about the Avengers so let’s get to it…

As a non-fan/casual fan, I thought it was a really fun movie.

Most of the heroes have had their own individual movies leading up to this one, but here’s a quick breakdown based on the poster: Iron Man is like an even more smart ass Bruce Wayne, Thor is a Norse God, Captain America has been um, ‘transported’ from World War II times, the Incredible Hulk, come on, you’ve come across him in some TV show, movie, or cartoon before this, and Scarlett Johansson is the seductive Russian chick in the catsuit.

The action sequences are what you need out of a summer blockbuster, what really set this film apart was that it was genuinely laugh out loud funny more often than you would expect, and finally, finally, FINALLY we got an above average Incredible Hulk movie.  One of my all time favorite movie going stories (which isn’t even mine) is of a kid yelling ‘Dammit turn into the Hulk!’ while sitting through one of the slow paced ‘reboots’ that we’ve gotten in the past 10 years.  I won’t ruin any of the Hulk’s moments in this film, but he was the definite scene stealer.

The Avengers is already breaking records, so no need for a recommendation here.  But truth be told, not bad.  Not bad at all.

Mother and Child


With The Fighter being a possible exception, the best cast film I’ve seen from top to bottom to come out in the past 12 months has been Mother and Child. The film’s story is centered around three strong female performances: Annette Bening as a middle aged woman who gave up a child at 14 and is still haunted by the experience; Kerry Washington as a happily married middle class woman who can’t bear children of her own and goes through the ups and downs of the adoption process, and Naomi Watts as a career woman with no past, incapable of having a full emotional relationship but still more than capable of getting what she wants out of life.

While I wouldn’t necessarily call this film a ‘crowd pleaser’, I felt it was great for what it was about.  You keep waiting for someone to overact but it never happens (in my opinion); with a multi-layered story you wait for some overly convenient circumstance to bring the parallel stories together (I wasn’t bothered at all by how that happens in this movie).  I can’t say enough about the performance of the women in this film; between this film and The Kids Are All Right Annette Bening nailed two different characters who start as shrill and end up being very sympathetic.  Kerry Washington plays maybe her most vulnerable character to date and draws you into the helplessness that comes with wanting something badly but recognizing it’s completely out of your control.  And Naomi Watts just blew me away hitting all the emotions that you would expect from her character’s backstory: at times cold and distant, a touch of anger, a very strong sexuality, and a heavy level of distrust, in everybody.  Ensemble movies are by design not carried by any one actor, but she comes pretty damn close.

Worth seeing if this one flew under your radar (as it did for me most of last year).