LB: Attention Vincent D’Onofrio Fans

by Larry Brody

The secret that former Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Vincent D’Onofrio has been keeping for years was revealed last weekend and is just crying out to be shared.

And that secret is: read article

LB: Today’s Cool Port Townsend Area News

by Larry Brody

This is cool because the “prolific screenwriter” below is the writing partner of Karen McCullah, who was one of the first writing students I had back in Santa Fe in the early ’90s, and all the films cited in the article were co-written by the two of them.  Small world, yeah?

Prolific screenwriter returns to Chimacum
‘Kiwi’ Smith tells of influence of mother, teacher
by Diane Urbani de la Paz

When prolific Hollywood screenwriter Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith tells her own story, she does it with a cast of characters straight from real life.

Two women have starring roles: Sue Phillips, her English and creative writing teacher at Chimacum High School, and her mother, Katie Smith of Port Ludlow. read article

Lois Vossen Empowers Filmmakers to Face the Future

Fascinating. This article and the video it links to fill this TVWriter™ minion with hope.


Tales of corporate malfeasance, humanitarian efforts to help victims of natural disasters, the international struggle for an independent press, public land use that threatens to exacerbate income equality, conditions at Chinese factories, the unclear future of healthcare in Afghanistan, the history of “Sesame Street”: All these topics are prominent in the documentary world in recent months. And they were all subjects of films shown on “Independent Lens.” read article

LB: L.A. Life for the Creative

by Larry Brody

Forget all the high prices and crowded freeways and all that other bad P.R. The truth is that if you’re a new writer coming to Hollywoodland to make it in the major leagues, there’s no place more welcoming and supportive of your efforts.

Really. Everybody knows it. I mean, nationally syndicated cartoons don’t publish anything that isn’t a take on common knowledge, right?

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LB: The New York Times – and I – Join the Mob

by Larry Brody

I admit it. I read The New York Times. The online edition, of course, but probably not for the reason most other people do. I read the NYT because I can count on its presentation of the latest news in our current dystopia to be calmly, reassuringly unsensationalistic.

In other words, my carefully supervised pulse rate and blood pressure stay low. read article