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Gregory Weinkauf
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Gregory recorded his first variety show at age four, took up music, played leads onstage, and wrote, directed and appeared in Beyond Our Control, a highly-rated comedy series of 20 seasons. These experiences carried him through a degree in Cinéma at the University of Southern California, as well as rollicking studies of humanties and guitar in the U.K., at the University of Kent. Originally an oddball high-school journalist, he has worked on-air at five radio stations, written extensively for a dozen newspapers, interned at Paramount Studios, read scripts at CAA, and contributed to the Huffington Post since 2007. He won the top prize for Entertainment Writing from the Southern California Press Club, and is wont to note that he aced A.P. Physics. He's also worked enough awful jobs to be nice to people. If we must fall to definitions, Gregory is a Moderate Vegan, Green, Democratic Socialist, pretty good dancer, wanton bibliophile, and friend to creatures of the wild.

Entries by Gregory Weinkauf

Let There Be Light! Inventor Alice Chun and Dr. Alison Thompson Bring Solight's SolarPuff to the World

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 1:54 PM

Personal testimonial: a few days ago my lights went out - like, really, several hours with no electricity. I like darkness, but darkness isn't conducive to doing the safety dance. A couple of days later, the revolutionary SolarPuff, by Solight Design, arrived. So I'm ready for next time, big time....

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Talking Books and Living the Dream with Terry Dougas of Stan Lee's Kids Universe

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 4:10 PM

The Man

Excitement abounds when Stan Lee's around! Few know that excitement (and the man himself) as well as Terry Dougas: he of humble Greek small-town origins, who followed his dreams to Los Angeles, in 2005 partnered with producer Paris Kasidokostas...

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Homecoming: Talents Forgather in Hollywood to Celebrate Terrific New Film

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 4:38 PM

Victoria Smurfit and Lauren Bowles rave it up in Homecoming

Smarter than the average indie and more emotionally engaging than a multiplex of studio movies, brand-new feature film Homecoming screened for the very first time this week, to a packed and...

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Talking With Xriss Jor: Rocking the WIN Awards and Much More

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 10:13 PM

It's fun to meet a new singing sensation. Her name is Xriss Jor, she's got one hell of a voice, and she recently performed as special guest -- at Quincy Jones' behest -- highlighting this year's WIN (Women's Image Network) Awards. We meet via Skype -- a pleasingly sci-fi experience...

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Ilyse Mimoun's New Book, Choose Your Own Love Story, Makes Romance an Adventure -- Plus It's Hilarious

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 11:08 PM

You like the funny? I like the funny. But it must be the smart funny. A quarter century ago, wry performance artist Laurie Anderson sang, "I'd rewrite the Book of Love; I'd make it funny" -- and while we're still waiting for that tome (suggesting which way the wind is...

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Revolutionary BUCKiTDREAM App Bows on Android While Sir Richard Branson Invites Two Lucky Dreamers to the Necker Cup

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 11:17 AM

I live in Los Angeles, and when possible I like to eat in restaurants. Y'know: People, food, atmosphere. Not an uncommon fancy, however as I've been in the trenches myself, I go the extra mile to treat the servers like sensitive human beings doing a hard job. Get this: I...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Greatest Review Ever

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the greatest motion picture in the history of cinéma -- that's fairly obvious -- but it's also humanity's only hope for salvation, as a people, as a species, as life forms adrift in a savage and utterly inconvenient field of reality.

Indeed, the...

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Legendary Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi Returns with Last Days of Coney Island

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Today is the birthday of Ralph Bakshi, and the master animator has a present for us. The Last Days of Coney Island is the new, epic, animated short film written and directed by the man who gave us everything from the revolutionary Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic to Hollywood...

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Writer-Director Bruce Mason Reflects on Life, Death, and Moonwalking in His New Feature, Chez Upshaw

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 1:04 AM

A fun find this Halloween week is Chez Upshaw, the new film which finds co-leads Kevin Pollak and Illeana Douglas in fine and frolicsome form. The two play the proprietors of the eponymous bed-and-breakfast, struggling hardcore with everything from their finances to their sex life to their whole raison d'être...

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Talking With Jessica Williams About the Reel Sisters Film Festival and Telling New Stories

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 1:01 AM

The occasion is this year's Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, this weekend, October 24th and 25th, and the delightful subject is Jessica Williams, who will receive -- along with award-winning actress Ebony Jo-Ann -- the inaugural Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award on Sunday, October...

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Celebrating "Back to the Future Day" With Jason Aron's Delightful New Documentary, 'Back in Time'

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Today, the 21st of October, 2015, is "Back to the Future Day." While it's not a bank holiday, the McFly faithful know it's the date to which fictional everyhipster Marty McFly, manic Doc Brown, and (to a limited narrative extent), Marty's girlfriend Jennifer Parker swooped via "jigawatt"-slurping DeLorean time machine...

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Sarah McQuaid Tours and Enchants With Her Brilliant New Album, Walking Into White

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 10:29 AM

Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. The soulful singer, smart and sensuous songwriter, and scintillating guitarist has been hidden in plain sight with three gorgeous solo albums, and her fourth -- the recently-released, critically-acclaimed Walking Into White -- reveals a truly magnificent artist...

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Malini Goel's Documentary "Should Tomorrow Be" Reveals the Power of Love

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 10:58 AM

"As long as there's life, there's hope, right?" asks Malini Goel, narrating her subtly powerful and transcendent documentary, "Should Tomorrow Be," and once you see it, you realize it's a rhetorical question. Not that hope was any given during initial production, as the lawyer and environmental policy analyst-turned-filmmaker's father, then-recently-retired...

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Socially Conscious Documentary 'We the People: The Market Basket Effect' Reveals the Power of Peaceful Protest

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

"It's actually been one of those passion projects, a labor of love," says Nick Buzzell, a producer of the literally striking new documentary, We the People: The Market Basket Effect. In a nation still reeling and maybe recovering from years of hard-core economic strife, the production -- which depicts last...

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Scoring Big With Prolific Young Film Composer Giona Ostinelli

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 7:39 PM

Like many, I can get obsessive about film music. But long gone are Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Henry Mancini, even John Barry and the astounding Jerry Goldsmith. We just lost the often excellent James Horner. Meanwhile, John Williams is kinda busy with some little Disney project with lightsabers in it. And...

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Caity Lotz Picks Up Director Susana Hornil's 'Missed Call,' Premiering at HollyShorts Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:41 AM

Calling Caity Lotz is a busy person defines understatement. She's a performer, sure -- but the actor (White Canary on the CW's forthcoming Legends of Tomorrow; Stephanie on Mad Men), dancer (toured with Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne), stuntwoman (Death Valley, Step Up 3D), martial artist (Taekwondo, Wushu, Muay Thai), model...

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City Walk: Popular TV Series Explores the World, Step by Step

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:58 PM

I love a success story. Just two years ago, the unique TV series City Walk took its first steps, exploring urban environments from Portland to New York City in a hip, revisionist way: by strolling them. Along with enlightening guides and guests, taking to the streets, footpaths, and cultural centers...

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Take My Spouse, Please: Dani Klein Modisett's New Book Shows How Comedy Can Sustain a Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 5:43 PM

When Carl Reiner raves you up, your work obviously contains wit and wisdom. Spake the veteran funnyman of Dani Klein Modisett's new book, Take My Spouse, Please: How to Keep Your Marriage Happy, Healthy, and Thriving by Following the Rules of Comedy:

"My wife Estelle and I had the good...

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BUCKiTDREAM: Exciting New App Helps Users Turn Their Dreams Into Reality

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Quotes about dreams abound -- and if you notice, they're often expressed by people who don't just talk about their dreams: they live them. Consider just one inspirational tweet of many from kinda-successful entrepreneur Richard Branson:

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Beyond Dracula, Dooku, and Saruman: Celebrating the Long Life and Vast Career of Sir Christopher Lee

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 9:54 AM

While it was inevitable, it seemed impossible.

The death of Sir Christopher Lee this week is resonating with fans around the world -- and while I've dreaded this news for years, I feel fortunate about how I received it:

My amazing screenwriter friend, Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns, Vampire...

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