I met Ed Sanchez through Byron Mann about a year or so ago in Hong Kong. At the time, Ed was in the middle of prepping his latest horror film, "Seventh Moon," and I was conducting research for a horror project of my own, titled "Lest They Be Forgotten." In addition to being the writer-director of the mega-successful 1999 indie horror flick, "The Blair Witch Project," Ed has an encyclopedic knowledge of the horror genre and is a hell of a nice guy. In short, we hit it off immediately. Anyway, it's...Read more
I found the following documentary to be fascinating. Some of you may as well. It's about Kim Peek, the man who inspired the title character in Barry Levinson's Academy Award-winning 1988 film, "Rain Man."
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Back in the Fall of 1996, while an undergrad at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, I took a documentary film course taught by Tom Bywaters. Tom was new to teaching at the time, but he was already a veteran of network television. He had won a couple of Emmys, three Peabodys, and God knows what else.
Personally, I was most impressed by the fact that he had worked on the Maysles’ 1970 documentary, “Gimme Shelter,” which featured The Rolling Stones (still my all-time favorite band) and shed some ligh...Read more
The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
All eyes were on Samuel Peter as he walked to the dais, more than an hour late to a news conference formally announcing his WBC heavyweight title defense against unretired champion Vitali Klitschko.
The biggest surprise wasn't ...Read more
Over the past year or so, some of you have written me with questions about screenwriting. I’ve done my best to respond to most of you, but I know there are a lot of people to whom I still owe responses and I sincerely apologize for the delay. It’s just that I’ve been so busy with my own writing endeavors that I simply haven’t had the opportunity to help you with yours yet. Judging by most of your queries, many of you already have an idea as to what story you would like to tel...Read more
I first met Patrick Brandt in a Creative Writing class at Southern Methodist University back in 1995. We became fast friends and, I'm pleased to say, that friendship continues to this day. And so, it is with great pleasure that I’m posting the following article by Steven E.F. Brown of the “San Francisco Business Times.” Congratulations, Patrick! -Dax
Oracle Corp. to buy Skywire Software from Hall Financial Group
Monday, June 23, 2008
Database giant Oracle Corp. agreed to buy Skywir...Read more
So, my birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks. I don’t know about you guys, but I like to celebrate my birthday. I know some people who don’t celebrate their birthdays anymore for some reason. Charlie, for example, doesn’t do much on his birthday. Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t seem to give a shit either.
However, whether it’s hosting a simple dinner with friends at Taverna Tony (my usual birthday spot) or buying myself something special that I’ve been wanting or enjoying a combination of the two, I always try to do ...Read more
I was in a Glastonbury bookstore with Charlie yesterday, trying very hard to find a special gift for someone, when I suddenly came across an old, musty, and crumbling anthology of Dylan Thomas poems. Thrilled, I opened it to the Table of Contents and, to my great disappointment, found that it didn't contain my favorite of Thomas' poems, "And Death Shall Have No Dominion." I decided against taking the anthology back across the pond with me, but thought the poem might be of interest to some of yo...Read more
Sydney Pollack died today. I've known this was coming for a while now, but it doesn't make it any easier. He will be missed. Back when I was working on the Sony lot, I'd pass Pollack from time to time, see him at the commissary, run into him at the Sony store, etc. I never told him how much his work meant to me and I regret that very much. The following article is from the AP. -Da...Read more
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