Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Short and Sweet Day On the Set of GOSSIP GIRL

Filming in Times Square is difficult, with its heavy population of locals getting to where they need to be and tourists snapping pictures, but I must say that the crew of GOSSIP GIRL acquitted themselves quite well in the crowds and were able to get the shots they needed quickly. I was finished my work as a businessman by 1pm, which I deeply appreciated.

The scene was shot outside the MTV Studios where TRL is filmed, so you can imagine how crowded it was. The crowds got even bigger (lots of teenage girls) as series star Blake Lively walked on the set for the dialogue scene that was to take place.

Paparazzi was everywhere, snapping off pictures of Ms. Lively from every angle. Two photographers even got into a shouting match about the methods used to get pictures, with the one photographer thinking the others' method "crossed the lines of deceny."

Hmmm....and I thought crossing the lines of decency was a requirement for a successful career in the paparazzi?

Very amusing.

Anyway, it was 10th episode of the 2nd season and it is expected to air in November on the CW Network.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Working As A Businessman on GOSSIP GIRL Tomorrow

I'll be working on the series GOSSIP GIRL tomorrow as a businessman for a shoot in Manhattan.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

FRINGE Episode "The Arrival" Airs on Tuesday, September 30th

You might catch a glimpse of me as a construction foreman in this weeks' episode of the FOX series FRINGE.

It airs on Tuesday, September 30th at 9pm.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Obama PSA

Overall, it was a fine day on the set of the Obama PSA, which should be available for viewing on October 6th.

The first half of the day was a lot of fun. It moved very fast and I think I'll have a nice showcase as a skeptic of Barack Obama's policies, who becomes convinced that he's perfect for the Presidency after hearing his plans for the future.

After that, I sat around for almost 4 hours until my brief shower scene came up...it ended up being the last scene to be shot in the day. The scene was finished in less than 10 minutes.

The director was a bit annoying; giving line readings and all that stuff that actors hate, but as I said, a fine day overall.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hustler
Cool Hand Luke
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Sting
Slap Shot
Absence of Malice
The Verdict
The Color of Money.
Nobody's Fool
Road to Perdition

I could spend all day listing the classic movie roles this guy played. I think of his quiet, gentle summation in the closing scene of The Verdict; his swagger as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler; his stoicism as John Rooney in Road to Perdition. I could go on and on...

If I were to describe Paul Newman in one word, it would be cool. He was always cool and he always played cool. He played it better than anyone. If you don't believe me, watch his work as the sly, understated Sully, the town curmudgeon and deadbeat in "Nobody's Fool." Who else could have played that part? No one.

Like Jack Lemmon, Jason Robards and Walter Matthau...who passed away a few years ago, Paul Newman's passing marks the end of an era. Much like Lemmon, Robards and Matthau, we will never see Paul Newman's like again. And that makes me sad.

Good night, sir!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Obama PSA

The Obama PSA is still on for tomorrow. I will be playing a man taking a shower (don't worry...you won't see my behind). I'm scrubbing myself like crazy in the shower to get the layers of confusing global politics off me. That's how it reads in the script, kids.

I will also be a part of the audience of THE HOME VOTING NETWORK.

As I said before, the hope is that this PSA will be more fun then preachy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Next week will be devoted to putting the show together and running it over and over again.

Rehearsals continue to go very well, although a lot of people have been getting sick. Some cold or flu that's been going around. I haven't caught it yet and hope not to anytime soon.

Back with rehearsal tomorrow night.

Working on Obama PSA On Saturday

This Saturday, I will be working on a fun PSA for the Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

MTV has come up with the idea is to create an infomercial for Obama08 through THE HOME VOTING NETWORK. On this network, we will sell a better country. And we will sell it at the incredible low cost of only one vote for Obama.

I like the direction they're going with it in the script. The tone is funny, lighthearted but with a lot of messaging. The idea is not to get snarky and rude. Just a fun, thoughtful platform to provide a LOT of information.

I don't know specifically what I'll doing as of yet, but I imagine I'll be a Dad or a brother.

Either way, I'm happy to be a part of this.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SNOW White Rehearsal Last Night

We ran the first half of the show last evening and it's looking great. We had a chance to work in the theatre, which was great. It was my first time on the Hudson Stage since THE MIRACLE WORKER last year and I must tell you, it's a joy to be back there.

As we did on Monday, we are reviewing the 2nd half of the play tonight and again we will have use of the stage.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Press Release for BLIND THOUGHTS


Media contacts:
Unrated Entertainment Phone: 718.350.4112 E-mail: unratedent@gmail.com
Exit 9 Productions Phone: 732.822.8094 E-mail: exit9productions@gmail.com

New York, NY (September 23, 2008) – Unrated Entertainment, in association with Exit 9Productions is set to release, “Blind Thoughts”, their debut feature film presentation in winter 2008. “Blind Thoughts” is set in suburban New Jersey and outlines the hunt for a serial killer known as Tally Mark who leaves his victims with tally marks cut into their bodies as a taunt to the detectives referring to the growing number of murders. The two focal detectives, Charles Webber and John Russo are caught in a cat and mouse game with the killer and begin to break down throughout the film. The edgy and suspenseful story a long with a heart-pounding soundtrack are sure keep audiences engaged.

The debut feature effort from director, Harris Masood, is a step away from his usual comedic shorts, yet still delivers his gritty and true-to-life form. Doubling up as the Cinematographer on “Blind Thoughts”, Masood is able to pristinely capture each shot with precision and deliberate style. With his previous work making the rounds in smaller festivals, “Blind Thoughts” looks to follow in that tradition and reach out to a grander audience and scale. With his production company, Exit 9 Productions, as a reference to the Central Jersey area holding his roots, Harris Masood is a graduate of Pace University in New York and trademarks nearly all of his projects with a Metropolitan feel.

Executive Producers, Michael Milman and Alessandro Guarnera, also star as the lead roles. As the heads of Unrated Entertainment, this is also their debut in feature films. After cutting their teeth in the Music and Recording Industry under Unrated Records, the duo teamed with Harris Masood to collaborate on “Blind Thoughts” and other future projects. Milman, a professed fan of the horror genre and New York native, developed and wrote the original screenplay for “Blind Thoughts” and captures his creativity and imagination in this work. Guarnera, also a fellow New Yorker coming from a family of musicians, lends his talents with composing and producing the soundtrack and score for the feature.

The film also features Michelle Romano, who plays the lead role of Amy Richards, the love interest of Charles Webber. Romano, a familiar face in the horror genre as an actress and a print model, hails from Boston, Massachusetts and can also be seen in the upcoming feature films “Terrace St”, “Beg” and Darkness”.

The cast also features Danny Pennacchi, Ross Masood, Nick Nabel, Sonequa Martin, Cher Hubsher, Timothy J. Cox, Sammy Cesare, Klavdia Ramnareine, Ashley Spear, Jackie Carlock, Michael Kay, Rob Guarnera, and Christine Cook.

More On The Passing of RON LOREMAN

The Marietta community is shocked by the loss of Professor Ron Loreman, as am I here in New York. The past few days have been spent thinking of so many fond memories that I will always have of the man who was a huge influence during my years at Marietta College (1995-1999).

I received this email below from the Loreman family. I wanted to forward it to as many people as possible as the family does not want anyone who loved Ron to be missed.

A message from Professor Loreman's Family

To those of you who have already contacted us to express your condolences and best wishes, thank you! It means so much to us. For those of you who are wondering what you can do, here are a few suggestions:

Although Mom enjoys your visits and calls, the best way to express your condolences would be with a card. She can read these at her own pace and they are a great source of comfort to her.

Please don't send flowers. If you really want to do something more substantial than a card, we suggest that you make a contribution to the Ronald L. Loreman Scholarship to inspire excellence in the theatre arts. Contributions may be sent to Office of Advancement, Marietta College, 215 Fifth Street, Marietta, OH 45750. For more information contact Linda Stroh at 740-376-4451 or linda.stroh@marietta.edu.

If you are local and you want to visit with Mom, please call first (740-373-1323). One way that Mom is coping with this is by maintaining as much of her normal schedule as possible. We don't want to discourage you - she does enjoy your visits -but, like comedy, timing is everything.

We've just set up a Facebook page to honor RL and his career. Please use it as a forum to share pictures, comments and stories. You can even post videos if you are feeling particularly creative. You don't need a Facebook account to view the page but you'll need one if you want to post or comment to it. Facebook is completely free of charge and easy to use. The URL for RL's page is http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Professor-Ron-Loreman/27128096599. Please share this link with others who might be interested.

Right now, there is an idea floating around of a memorial at Homecoming. We are still too overwhelmed by Dad's sudden passing to think that far ahead but, like any good show, it will all somehow come together in the end.

Finally, we are all keenly aware of your deep connections to our Dad. You are our extended family and, as we have shared in the joys, we now share in the sorrow.

With all our love,

The Loreman Daughers

SNOW WHITE Is Just A Few Weeks Away

With about 3 weeks until we open, SNOW WHITE is already taking shape and looking quite good.

Last evening, we ran the second half of the play twice. The first run was a little rough, as people were feeling their way through the play scenes off book for the first time (myself included). The 2nd run was a lot smoother. We will the reviewing the 2nd half of the play again on Wednesday evening.

Tonight, we will tackle the first half of the play, which we haven't touched in a while. I'm off book for the entire play, but after a few run throughs, I should be comfortably off book by the end of this week.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

SNOW WHITE Is Moving Along Nicely

Rehearsals for SNOW WHITE have been a real delight so far. The cast is a spirited bunch; all looking like they're having the time of their lives.

Lord knows I'm having a ball playing Doc and Sneezy, although I must say, working with a sock puppet is harder than you may think.

I've been donating a little bit of time every day to work with the puppet.

With the opening just a few weeks away, now it's time to start putting the show together. We have 4 days of rehearsal this coming week. By the end of that week, we should have a pretty good idea of where the show stands.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sad News From Marietta, Theatre Professor Ron Loreman Passes Away

Very sad news from my alma mater in Marietta, Ohio. Ron "R.L." Loreman, professor, director and former department chair of the theatre department passed away during the night last night after suffering a stroke within this last couple of days.

I had the pleasure of working with Ron on every show he directed in my four years at Marietta. He gave me one of the best parts I have ever had in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, as Grandpa Martin Vanderof. Like Grandpa, Ron was a kind, compassionate man with a very laid back personality, a good heart and a fun sense of humor. I remember, during rehearsals, I would always sneak glances at him, watching little quirks and hand gestures of his that I added to my characterization of Grandpa. I may have played the role on stage, but the influence was all Ron.

I have never forgotten his kindness to me in my years at Marietta and I never will.

My thoughts and prayers go to his wife Marge and to his daughters.

Great Day On the DAMAGES Set

I worked as a businessman just passing by on the set of DAMAGES today. It was a long day, but a fun one. I swapped a few war stories with some of my fellow actors, always makes the time to go by.

I was standing a few feet away from Oscar winning actress Marcia Gay Harden (stunning, by the way) who is guest starring on this episode, which I believe is the first episode of the 2nd season. Oscar winner William Hurt is also expected to guest star on this episode and in many more I imagine.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Easy Day on ROYAL PAINS Set...DAMAGES Tomorrow

It was a short day on the ROYAL PAINS set. We filmed out at Jones Beach on a boardwalk by the water at a crab shack, where I was originally set to work as a waiter for today. A change was made (maybe I'm not crab shack material) and I instead played a pedestrian walking on the boardwalk. It was a fun set with nice people and we had great weather to work with. I envied the guys who were out in their boats.

What we were shooting was indeed part of the pilot episode, so hopefully the show will be picked up by the USA Network.

While on the ROYAL PAINS shoot, I snagged work on the hit F/X series DAMAGES (stars Glen Close and Ted Danson) for tomorrow. I don't know what I'll be doing yet, but I imagine I'll be a businessman of sorts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Audition for the American Shakespeare Center/Blackfriars Playhouse Summer/Fall Season on October 13th

I've been wanting to get back to the classics for a while now and Benjamin Curns, actor and boyfriend of dear friend Synge Maher, told me about the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. Ben worked there for 18 months (and may even be going back), so I was getting info from a real vet. The way Ben spoke of the place, the people and the way they work, it got me excited...just what I need...a chance to get back on stage with the classics, where I feel most at home.

I submitted my materials a few weeks ago and was delighted to receive an email today inviting me to audition for the Summer/Fall Season of plays on October 13th at the Actors' Equity Association Audition Center on 46th Street in Manhattan.

I can't wait.

I have some work to do, as I want this audition to go perfectly. I have to brush up on my Shakespeare, as the ol' KISS ME KATE song goes.

For more information on ASC, please visit http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/index.php

Playing a Waiter on New Pilot ROYAL PAINS Tomorrow

I will be heading out to Wantagh, Long Island tomorrow to appear as a waiter in seafood restaurant on the new pilot ROYAL PAINS.

ROYAL PAINS is about a down and out surgeon who has a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton, NY.

The show stars Mark Feuerstein (IN HER SHOES, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, WHAT WOMEN WANT) and will air on the USA Network if picked up.

Short Day on the NAKED BROTHERS BAND Set

It was a short day on the set of the Nickelodeon series. I shot one quick scene as a Dad walking with his kids.

Very easy and quick...just the way I like it.



Here are some pictures from the OVERCROWDED shoot from this past weekend.


My call as a pedestrian for the Nickelodeon series is at 2PM today.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Working On Nickelodeon Series THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND Tomorrow

I will be working on the Nickelodeon series tomorrow as a pedestrian in a scene taking place at Union Square in Lower Manhattan tomorrow.

The show, in its 2nd season, is about the life of a kids' rock band led by Nat and Alex Wolff.


Remember those ROGER STERN films? They were shot almost 3 years ago. Earlier today, I decided to contact director Ritchie Steven Filippi about the status of the two short films I worked on with him, GIVE MY REGARDS and TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO KNOW.

Here is the response I received from Ritchie:


I am sincerely sorry for both my lack of information and the fact that we didn't screen the films a long time ago. I have been waiting to contact people for when I had good news, but sadly it never came.

Both "Tell Me" and "Give My Regards" were important projects to me, and I made the mistake of trusting a friend of the friend with. I handed him my harddrive with the locked picture cuts of the film to do sound editing, and after two months of waiting, I finally got a message that he dropped the harddrive and wasn't able to access any of the data.

I sent out the harddrive to try to restore but it was too damaged. On my last time back east, I picked up all of the original tapes, but I have not had the heart to go back and cut them together yet.

Again, I am really sorry. I know what it's like to work for free and never get a copy of the piece. I have a gap in my schedule at the end of the week, let me see if I can cut something together that you can use for your reel (sound will likely be funky). I'll give you an update on Saturday.

Not very good news, but at least Ritchie was honest with me.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back with SNOW WHITE Tomorrow

Back out to Hoboken, NJ for SNOW WHITE rehearsals tomorrow night. I'm halfway off book,so it'll be nice to start putting the show on its feet.


You might catch a glimpse of me as a strip club patron in a sequence involving Detective Dan Lewis going after two drunken patrons who turn violent on tonight's episode of WATCHING THE DETECTIVES.

It premieres tonight @ 9 pm ET on the Biography Channel.

A MAGIC HELMET Shoot...Done In Less Than 2 Hours

The shoot for the short film A MAGIC HELMET was a quick one for me, as I appeared only briefly in a dinner party sequence. Real simple stuff.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A MAGIC HELMET Shoot Tomorrow

I have a 9AM call to Brooklyn for the short film A MAGIC HELMET tomorrow morning, where I will be playing a party guest.

As previously mentioned, the film is about David Riley, once the assistant prop-master of The Metropolitan Opera, who enters his retirement home's talent show as a last-ditch effort at artistic immortality. But rehearsals for his five-minute dramatic rendition of Wagner's Ring cycle aren't going well. David convinces himself that the Tarnhelm helmet prop he created forty years ago will save his production. He quickly enlists the help of his son, Tom, and young grandson, Richie, to break into the Met and steal the helmet. Richie, already terrified of old people, has a more basic concern, distinguishing real from imaginary. During their quest for the Tarnhelm, Richie connects with his grandfather and realizes that on a stage, life can be lived in the magical gray zone in between.


I had a very enjoyable time on the set on OVERCROWDED, getting my scenes as corporate boss, Allen Smith, in just a few hours.

Working with director Dan Kowalski and his crew was a real delight and my scenes with Greg Vorob were lots of fun.

Greg and co-creator Dan Conrad are already working on Episode 2, which hopefully will have something for me as I'd love to work with these guys again.

Friday, September 12, 2008

OVERCROWDED Shoot Tomorrow

I am very excited to work on the OVERCROWDED shoot tomorrow.

As previously mentioned, I'll be playing a Corporate Boss interviewing and hiring Greg, even though he's not qualified to do a blessed thing.

The shoot will be taking place in Jersey City with my call being at 11:00AM.

LIPSTICK JUNGLE Shoot Completed At 2:00AM This Morning

The last day of shooting for Chapter Fourteen of LIPSTICK JUNGLE was not bad. We worked from 5:30PM to 2:00AM, moving pretty briskly through what we needed to do, although I am relieved to be finished.

Last night, I got to do a little dancing at the party, although I pray it doesn't get on camera because I am quite a horrible dancer.

It was very cool to see Andrew McCarthy, who plays a millionaire on the show, on set. He seems like a very nice guy...classy and professional.

The episode was directed by Emmy award winning director Arlene Sanford, who has directed everything from Ally McBeal to The West Wing over the years.

Details on the airing of the episode have not been released as of yet.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Finished 2 Out Of 3 Days on LIPSTICK JUNGLE

The last two days of shooting on LIPSTICK JUNGLE have been at least 12 hours long.

It's been a bit disorganized at times, but overall it's been fun and you may even see me in a scene where the character of Kirby (played by Robert Buckley) is playing basketball with New York Knick, David Lee. You might see me as an onlooker enjoying the game, drinking a beer (Not a real beer of course. I think it's ginger ale or apple juice...I haven't been drinking it).

I've bumped into some good people in the past two days; great guys like Norman Outlaw, who I worked with on UGLY BETTY a few weeks back; an energetic and very funny guy known only to me as Bumper and comedian Matt Florio, who sadly, hasn't been used at all during these 2 days...but Matt's a funny guy, so he's taking everything in stride. I've met a few other nice actors along the way. We share horror stories from other shows/movies while waiting for things to get going on set.

All three stars have been on set for all two days. Brooke Shields' has two adorable little girls. Guest star Rosanna Arquette has also been on hand as well as football players Tiki Barber and Amani Toomer.

Back tomorrow for the last day of shooting. The call is 5:30PM, which leads me to think that it's going to be a late night/early morning shoot. The way things have been going, I wouldn't be surprised.

Monday, September 08, 2008

LIPSTICK JUNGLE Shooting Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the start of my 3 days of work on the NBC series LIPSTICK JUNGLE, where I will be playing an A-lister attending a magazine launch party.

The shooting will take place in Tribeca, starting at 10AM.

SNOW WHITE Rehearsal This Evening

The cast read through the script again and already, people are making very interesting and funny choices for their characters. The show will definately be a lot of fun.

I should have a flyer for the show by the end of this week.

I'm off rehearsals until next Monday, the 15th.

Sunday, September 07, 2008


WATCHING THE DETECTIVES has its own page on Bio.com. Check this site regularly for information on upcoming episodes.


Dates To Remember

Here are some upcoming dates to remember:

DOUBT with Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman...and where you might get a glimpse of me as a church goer is set to open for a limited release in US theatres on December 12, 2008.

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC where you'd have to look closely to see me as a wedding guest is set to open on February 13, 2009.

DUPLICITY with Julia Roberts is set to open on March 20, 2009.


Here is a trailer for the new ABC series LIFE ON MARS. The pilot airs on October
9th, but you might catch a glimpse of me in the 2nd episode, titled THE REAL ADVENTURES OF THE UNREAL SAM TYLER.

FRINGE Trailer

Here is a trailer for new Fox series FRINGE. I will be appearin in Episode 4, which should air in the next few weeks.

Busy Week Coming Up

A lot going on this week.

Aside from the 3 days of work on LIPSTICK JUNGLE, I also have reharsals for SNOW WHITE starting tomorrow night; the OVERCROWDED shoot on Saturday and the shoot for the film A MAGIC HELMET on Sunday.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Had A Fun Audition For The Queens Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT

I've been itching to do some Shakespeare for a while now and today's audition for TWELFTH NIGHT was exciting, coming at the right time.

It's almost been a year since 12th Night of the Living Dead, but the character of Sir Toby Belch is still there, fitting me like an old jacket.

Director Nan Asher had me read for Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Malvolio and I thought I did pretty well.

As much as I'd love to play Sir Toby again, I wouldn't mind having a crack at Sir Andrew or Malvolio.

If Nan's interested, I'd should hear by next week.

All rehearsals and performances are located in Flushing, Queens at the Bowne Street Community Church, 1 1/2 blocks from the Main Street Station of the 7 train on the corner of Bowne Street and Roosevelt Avenue. This is nice, since it's close to home in Astoria.

The performances will take place November 6-9 and 13-16.

Thanks to Nan for the chance to audition.

LIPSTICK JUNGLE - Working 3 Days Next Week

Once again, I will be working on the NBC series LIPSTICK JUNGLE on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week as part of a magazine launching/party scene.

I'm supposed to be an A-lister (Funny) who has trendy fashion sense (Even funnier).

Thursday, September 04, 2008


The shoot for the HBO comedy series FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS today was a lot of fun.

It's the fourth episode of the 2nd season, titled "The New Cup," and I play a businessman sitting in a bar having a drink with a friend (actor Jack Quinn...great guy), although something happened on camera...one of those happy accidents...that when they happen, you just go with it and hopefully the director won't yell "Cut" and run over and call you an idiot.

On "Action", Jack and I are supposed to take sips of our drinks and pantomime a conversation as the dialogue scene takes place involving the very funny Jemaine Clement, who is propositioning a woman at the bar dressed in the Joe Buck get up from the film MIDNIGHT COWBOY.

On "Action", I begin to take a swig of my beer and well, I swigged a little too much...and the beer went up my nose and sprayed all over my suit and on Jack. The director didn't yell "Cut", so we just get going and the scene came off nicely. We did it 4 more times and every time we ran it, someone would say to me, "Make sure you spill the beer all over yourself again!"

Who knows? My simple act of klutziness (is that a word?) could get me a nice little bit on camera.

Either way, it was a fun day...not very long...with a pleasant crew and some fun actors to chit-chat with between takes.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I will be working on the HBO comedy series FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS tomorrow afternoon and evening in Brooklyn as a businessman in a bar scene.


WATCHING THE DETECTIVES begins airing this Sunday on the Bio Channel, but my first appearance, as a strip club patron, will be on the September 14th episode Hostage Takeout

You may get a glimpse of me, you may not.

It airs at 9:00PM on Sunday, the 14th, as well as Monday, September 15 at 1:00am; Monday, September 15 at 11:00pm and Tuesday, September 16 at 3:00am

Please visit http://www.biography.com/allshows.jsp for all information on WATCHING THE DETECTIVES.

October 22nd Audition for NOTHING FOR CHRISTMAS

On October 22nd, I will auditioning for the feature film 'Nothing For Christmas' a heart warming film about family, community, love and financial hardship. A story centered around The Perrys. They are facing hard financial times during the holidays after the father job has been outsourced to India. To make matters worse, the mother, a maid for the town's rich family,The Everham's, must take time off when she coughs blood. Nearing Christmas they will be facing eviction from their home. Their daughter Betsy, for years, grew up hating Christmas because a department store Santa said “ Kid, you're getting Nothing For Christmas,” to her as a child. Now she must mend her relationship with a community, she terrorize each December. Neighbor Rabbi Yamowitz will try to show her the true meaning of the holidays.

I will be reading for the role of Les Everham, owner of the Everham finance company. His company currently maintains control over many of the rented and mortgaged properties in town. He owns the mortgage for the Perry’s house. While a slender man, he uses his goon Walton Simmons as reinforcement when he delivers eviction notices or threatens people. While his family once had money, the Everham family lost most of their fortune following the stock market crash of 1987. He married Cleo Miller, his current wife, to secure his future. He is pompous and is a perfect enabler for his daughter Ursula and wife Cleo. He is not thrilled about Marcus moving into his home.

The film is being produced by Guess Films in New Jersey.

Penelope Music Video BRIGHT EYES Is Finished

Thanks again to Ian Mills Miller for the chance to be a part of this fun video.

It looks great.


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

"The Snowman" Jerry Reed Dies At 71

I was saddened to hear of the passing actor/country singer Jerry Reed, of complications from emphysema at 71.

Jerry Reed will always be remembered for his portrayal of Cletus "Snowman" Snow in the classic comedy SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT as well as films like HOT STUFF and most recently THE WATERBOY.

Here's the write up on Mr. Reed's passing from the Associated Press.

Reed's catalog of country chart hits, from 1967 through 1983, were released under the label group's RCA imprint.

As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, Reed had a string of hits that included "Amos Moses," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down," "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" and "The Bird."

In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit" with Burt Reynolds, usually as a good ol' boy. But he was an ornery heavy in "Gator," directed by Reynolds, and a hateful coach in 1998's "The Waterboy," starring Adam Sandler.

Reynolds gave him a shiny black 1980 Trans Am like the one they used in "Smokey and the Bandit."

Reed and Kris Kristofferson paved the way for Nashville music personalities to make inroads into films. Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers (TV movies) followed their lead.

"I went around the corner to motion pictures," he said in a 1992 AP interview.

Don LaFontaine, Voice of movie trailers, Dies

Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies

Tuesday September 2

Don LaFontaine, the man who popularized the now loved-catch phrase, "in a world where..." and lent his voice to thousands of movie trailers, has died. He was 68.

LaFontaine died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from complications in the treatment of an ongoing illness, said Vanessa Gilbert, his agent.

LaFontaine made more than 5,000 trailers in his 33-year career while working for the top studios and television networks.

In a rare on-screen appearance in 2006, he parodied himself on a series of national television commercials for a car insurance company where he played himself telling a customer, "In a world where both of our cars were totally under water..."

In an interview last year, LaFontaine explained the strategy behind the phrase.

"We have to very rapidly establish the world we are transporting them to," he said of his viewers. "That's very easily done by saying, `In a world where ... violence rules.' `In a world where ... men are slaves and women are the conquerors.' You very rapidly set the scene."

LaFontaine insisted he never cared that no one knew his name or his face, though everyone knew his voice.

LaFontaine went on to work in the promo industry in the early 1960s. As an audio engineer, he produced radio spots for movies with producer Floyd Peterson.

When an announcer didn't show up for a recording session in 1965, LaFontaine voiced his first narration, a promo for the film, "Gunfighters of Casa Grande." The client, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, liked his performance.

LaFontaine remained active until recently, averaging seven to 10 voiceover sessions a day. He worked from a home studio his wife nicknamed "The Hole," where his fax machine delivered scripts.

LaFontaine is survived by his wife, the singer and actress Nita Whitaker, and three daughters.

His funeral arrangements were pending.

Working On Short Film A MAGIC HELMET On September 14th

On September 14th, I be appearing in a brief role as a dinner party guest in this short film from Machina Pictures Gaetano Crupi Jr. (Producer) and Richard Ruggiero (Director).

David Riley, once the assistant prop-master of The Metropolitan Opera, enters his retirement home's talent show as a last-ditch effort at artistic immortality. But rehearsals for his five-minute dramatic rendition of Wagner's Ring cycle aren't going well. David convinces himself that the Tarnhelm helmet prop he created forty years ago will save his production. He quickly enlists the help of his son, Tom, and young grandson, Richie, to break into the Met and steal the helmet. Richie, already terrified of old people, has a more basic concern, distinguishing real from imaginary. During their quest for the Tarnhelm, Richie connects with his grandfather and realizes that on a stage, life can be lived in the magical gray zone in between.

Might Be Working on HBO Series FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS On Thursday

It's not official yet, but I may be playing a businessman in a bar scene on the HBO series FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS on Thursday.

This is a series that I have never seen, but very funny from what I have heard.

It's about two New Zealander friends who experience life, love, friendship, all the usual stuff, while trying to make their lives as a rock band. A rock band that can only schedule a performance at the local aquarium, is run by an eager and overambitious New Zealand buddy, and has only one fan.

The is the show's 2nd season.

Monday, September 01, 2008


Here is a trailer for the cop thriller BLIND THOUGHTS. If you look closely, you can get a quick glimpse of me.