Miracle on 42nd Street, the PBS-aired documentary that I co-wrote, will be available in late February for streaming purchase on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Fans of physical media, please note that DVDs will be available in just a matter of days via Amazon. Truly, we live in an age of wonder.
Miracle on 42nd Street, the doc on subsidized housing, artist communities and the origin story of Seinfeld that I co-wrote with Steve Ryfle, will screen April 29 as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Tickets, as they say, are now on sale.
In other business:
- Ask me anything about South Korean military might. (For CBS News.)
- Oscar-winner Greer Garson saying “Staaaaar Wars!” is everything. (For Yahoo!)
- The good news: Hey, there’s a picture of me now available for your editorial needs at Getty Images! The bad news: I look like I’m being taken into custody.
…And then didn’t get around to promoting the episode on my site for a week-and-a-half. Yes, that would be how I didn’t properly note my Aug. 2 appearance on one of my favorite podcasts, Alonso Duralde‘s and Dave White‘s Linoleum Knife. It’s the best movie-review show out there, and it was a blast to be invited to think celebrity thoughts out loud and on their podcast air.
Now if I can only figure out how to be on Serial without actually being harmed or accused of a heinous crime…
Yes, Former Child Star Central, the Website, is finally a weekly podcast. Yes, Joal Ryan is your host. And, yes, child stars, teen idols and other human beings will be discussed.
Episodes will post Friday-ish at Podbean. (No iTunes yet. Stay tuned.)
This week’s episode: “Justin Bieber Turns 21: A Cursed Year for a Teen Idol? Maybe, Maybe Not.”
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-respect—and 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.