Why “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Bummed Out the Parent in Me

Journalism, Me, Movies, parenting, pop culture, Star Wars

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Fortunately, I worked through my issues in a piece for Yahoo!

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Latest Podcast: “The Man in the High Castle,” “11.22.63,” “American Idol,” Oscar Noms, “Pete’s Dragon,” “Rizzoli & Isles”

american idol, holiday, Me, My Mother, Podcast, pop culture, Star Trek, TV

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My holiday present to you: a listicle! Specifically, 12 random and arbitrary pop-culture things I’m looking forward to in 2016. Somehow, Rizzoli & Isles is discussed, as is my totally exclusive finding that Robert Redford will be way older in the new Pete’s Dragon than Mickey Rooney was in the old Pete’s Dragon.

And, yes, I know we don’t yet know when The Man in the High Castle will be back with new, season-two episodes, but I can hope it’ll be in 2016.

Oh, and happy new year and all that.

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Latest Podcast: On Elvis Presley, Death and Hospital Hot Chocolate

Me, Michael Jackson, Music, pop, pop culture, R.I.P.

ScreenHunter_16 Aug. 17 15.46A story, also costarring Michael Jackson and childhood cancer (not my own), on the new Joal Ryan Thing.

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My (Very) Small Role in Oscar History

Awards Shows, Me, Shameless Self-Promotion

So, I had the TCM-produced doc And the Oscar Goes to… on Netflix today when I was surprised to hear…me!

My cameo comes during a clip of George Clooney‘s Oscar-night press conference for his Best Supporting Actor win for Syriana. You hear an unseen reporter address a question to “Mr. Clooney.” And, yes, ladies and gentlemen, that unseen reporter is…me!

I was covering the press room that night for E!, and I called Clooney “Mr. Clooney” because even if I’d been watching him since The Facts of Life it didn’t feel like we were on a George-name basis.

Clooney was bemused by “Mr. Clooney,” made a crack about how an Academy Award confers insta-respectand a (very) small bit of Oscar history was made.

If you catch me on Netflix, the Clooney clip is at about the 1:30-minute mark. In the above clip, it’s at about the 3-minute mark.

This Will Always Be My Robin Williams Memory

Me, My Mother, R.I.P., Robin Williams

UPDATE (8-12-14): Looking at the young Robin Williams‘ early (earliest?) televised standup, and finding Robin Williams’ fully formed comic persona. He was Mearth. As a performer, he was born a grown man. (For Yahoo!)

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It’s Christmas 1978. I’m 11 years old. I’m in the May Company at Eagle Rock Plaza. I’m lobbying my mother to buy me Mork from Ork-style rainbow suspenders for Christmas.