Category Archives: Hollywood

It’s Always Sunny in Madison’s World

Madison Moellers, Danny DeVito, and a day in the life of
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

A bunch of adorable kids, the zany cast,  writer/producers, Danny DeVito, the Paddy’s Irish Pub set, and the hilarious story line of this episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. What could be better?

Right: Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Danny DeVito and Madison Moellers on the Fox lot

 As a native of Philadelphia, just the title of this show cracks me up. But no spoilers here. Just watch the show. You will laugh your sides out loud.

It was a delightful privilege to be on the set this week with rising star 8-year-old actress Madison Moellers and her mother Marcia, to watch happy, smart, funny people at work and meet the comedic icon Danny DeVito (just “Danny”).   So unlike his often belligerent characters, Danny is a kind and gentle soul who was great with the kids and a dynamo to watch on set.  I can’t wait to see this episode when it airs.

Madison is off to her home in Colorado, where she will participate in a travel program hosted by local Fox affiliate KDVR anchor Jennifer Broome. It turns out that Jennifer is a huge Danny DeVito fan, so Madison thought wouldn’t it be great for Danny to give a shout out to her.  Danny kindly and graciously agreed to do the video. See the spot that aired yesterday on KDVR here.

Having already guest-starred on such major TV shows as “The Young and The Restless”, “The Mentalist”, and now “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (repped by The WEM Group)  Madison has created her own online interview show called Influential Women of Hollywood.  As the title suggests, Madison interviews women powerhouses of Hollywood, and literally does her homework, researching the women and writing up a school report on each.

Madison with Robin Tunney and Simon Baker on set for The Mentalist

See her first interview with producer Laura Ziskin (Spider Man, Pretty Woman, As Good As It Gets) :

Good work, Madison. Can’t wait to see you on Colorado TV this summer and back in LA in the fall.


Most Beautiful US Primary Polling Place

And most convenient. About 100 feet from my door today was my primary polling place–at Victoria’s house.  You know that you’re voting in the Hollywood Hills when your government election bulletin lists your “Polling Place” as “Costume Room”.   Indeed, but I must add that I’m now calling my polling place the “Most Beautiful Primary Polling Place in the U.S.”

According to the election rules, I had to take the photo from the end of the driveway, and I couldn’t photograph the actual room. Here is the entrance: 

The inside was equally lovely with shelves of empty wig stands and oversized bunny heads. How fun is voting in the Hollywood Hills?

But it’s not all glamorous. You must do your homework and learn about all the dozens of candidates running from governor to members of the Party Central Committee. Plus there are six major State Measures to vote on, all of which are difficult to understand. This is not only because they are complicated issues but because you must also figure out which side of the argument is actually giving you the less deceptive information. 

Do you ever wonder why more people don’t vote in the primaries? Check out the books that Californians got in the mail:
The large primary election information guide is 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 79 pages long. At least they give you the sample ballot booklet, which you can fill out before and take with you to the booth.

Seriously, how many people will bother or have time to read the book cover to cover?  I read about 90% of  it.  Many candidates’ statements were not included, which is based on how much money they spent on their campaigns. I couldn’t help but notice possibly the most difficult and riduculously long email address to use or remember:
from Eric Korevaar, running for nomination for Lieutenant Governor. Really?

I was curious about why my neighbor would be so willing to use her house for a polling site, and here is what she said:

Many thanks to Victoria for being not only a good neighbor but a good citizen.
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THR update: See this post at Daily Finance

As soon as I posted this I was alerted to Jeff Bercovici’s piece at Daily Finance. Go see here.   Is Nikki jumping the gun?  Perhaps no firm decisions yet.

The Digital Daily: THR ends print

thr logo The only thing that surprised me about the announcement today that The Hollywood Reporter would discontinue its print edition was that it will happen so soon.  I must admit, I’ve been predicting this to friends and colleagues for a while, much to their denial and bewilderment, but I was saying, “in a year”…

 According to Nikki Finke’s post today in Deadline Hollywood Daily,  THR had wanted to go digital as early as next month.  It’s not clear if the online edition will still be free but the subscription print edition will be totally digital.

DHD also reports that Variety will start charging for both their online and digital edition. Good luck with that.  There will be a core group who will still subscribe to both trades for a while, but I see that audience shrinking over a short period of time as well. 

The success of the professional blogosphere is history at this point, and so is the tiny entertainment trade business linked to a small B2B audience that finds them relevant.  The next generation industry people who I know tell me that sure, they pay attention to the trades, but they read a lot of other online sources as well.  If the Hollywood trades still exist at all in a few years, I see them as narrowly focused and run by a skeletal staff.  But I’m not betting on it.

While Finke feels that “too many people need the niche content”,  the relationships between the trades and the industry may be changing as well.  Deadline Hollywood Daily only proves this point, as Ms. Finke broke the Variety story today before Variety.  Really.   It’s just that the trades had a hold on the industry–and their dwindling advertising dollars–when there was no competition, and no Internet publications to turn to. 

Now, not so much…

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We Walked The Line


WGA Strike     Day 16     Hollywood Blvd. Rally

Who are these people, why are they on cell phones in the middle of the WGA strike rally in Hollywood, and why is JS smiling at Ray Romano?

Tuesday, Nov. 20, was day 16 of the WGA strike and thousands of WGA writers, producer/showrunners, and SAG actors showed up to march down Hollywood Blvd.  in support of the ongoing walkout.  Also there to lend some muscle was the Teamsters Union, who parked three enormous rigs on Hollywood Blvd. 
teamsters-trucks-_2-sm.jpg  It seems that lots of folk are jumping on the bandwagon (there was an actual band wagon, where Alicia Keys performed two songs) to support the striking writers. I even saw a small contingency of nurses, who arrived with their union signs and joined the march.  Lending culinary support were members of CAA who walked around with mountainous trays of scrumptious scones and provided hot cider.

So, who are my mystery people on phones and why was JS at the rally? I was invited to join entertainment professional Philippa Burgess, of Creative Convergence, pictured in the above left photo with the showrunner/executive producer of “Lost” Carlton Cuse.  Philippa and her partners were conducting a live teleconference with over 100 emerging writers around the country, letting them experience the strike first hand.  Philippa and I marched with the strikers and lent our support while we asked anyone we recognized within range to give the teleconference writers some words of advice and/or encouragement and answer the big question of the day “how can these writers who live far away support the strike?”  

 Besides Mr. Cuse, also joining the teleconference were Ray Romano (pictured above with yours truly) and, on the right, Jonathan Lisco, showrunner/executive producer of the new TV show “K-Ville“.  In addition, speaking to the cell conference was a showrunner from the Disney Channel and the very gracious and lovely Debra Messing.

Talk about a moveable feast! Or was that a moveable feat?  While marching with thousands of people shouting strike slogans, and the ever present choppers above, we could barely hear each other speak, yet somehow these notables managed to keep pace with the crowds and talk on the cell phone to the writers around the country. My hats off to them for a) being troupers and showing up for the strike with no fanfare or self-agrandizing and b) lending their impromptu support to strangers on a phone thousands of miles away.

The rally ended two hours later at Grauman’s Chinese Theater with some rousing speeches by the WGA and Teamsters reps and a heartfelt talk by Sandra Oh.  All left feeling well supported and pumped, and hoping for a happy Hollywood ending.  Soon.