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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

Legendary Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi Returns with Last Days of Coney Island

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 3:21 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 | 2:04 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 | 2:01 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 | 12:05 PM

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 | 11:29 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 | 11:58 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 | 1:00 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 | 8:39 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 | 1:41 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 | 1:58 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 | 6:43 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 | 1:00 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 | 10:54 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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Jaime Camil, Wry Rogelio on Jane the Virgin, Brings Worldly Charm to His Expanding Audience

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 3:02 AM

It's a lot of fun talking with Jaime Camil, an icon throughout Latin America who's currently blazing new territory as the hugely popular Rogelio De La Vega, on CBS Studios International's hit series Jane the Virgin, which airs in the U.S. on The CW. Señor Camil is a performer's performer...

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Archer Creator Adam Reed Imparts Professional Wisdom, Notes New Series Cassius & Clay

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Writer-creator Adam Reed is a busy guy with a hit animated series (Archer) and another one on the way (Cassius & Clay) -- plus he's flying up to Canada this week for the Banff World Media Festival -- so we jump right into it.

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Mad Max: Fury Road Rekindles Sensational Cinema, Yet Makes Me Long for Tank Girl

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:07 AM

As with most movie franchises currently being exhumed and slapped back into service, I grew up with the original Mad Max movies. My dad took me to see The Road Warrior (called Mad Max 2 in civilized countries) -- which seemed particularly abstract, bizarre, and antipodean following our relatively straightforward...

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Southern Dish Meredith Riley Stewart Discusses Her Web Series, Southern Dish

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 7:56 PM

Have you heard about the Southern gal who moseyed on up to New York City and started causing a considerable stir? You will. "Krystal" is a character in more ways than one, brought to life by Meredith Riley Stewart, creator of the Southern Dish web series, which has just launched...

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Internet Sensation Freddie Wong Talks Shop Via Banff World Media's CONNECT L.A. Conference

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 6:33 PM

So I'm chatting with Freddie Wong, producer of the wildly popular online series Video Game High School, whose company Rocket Jump is launching a new series this year with Hulu and Lionsgate. I'm an Atari 2600 guy who learned to edit with VHS, and teeny-tiny bits of film plus Scotch...

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Applications Are Being Accepted for the University of Kent's First Annual Innovation in Academia Award

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 9:53 PM

Attention, Academia!

(I've always wanted to say that.)

A brilliant new opportunity to salute a peer arises via the U.K.'s University of Kent, which this spring launches its Innovation in Academia Award. Applicants are currently being sought for the distinction, which (I quote), "will honour an individual whose professional accomplishments...

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How to Raise American Educational Standards: A Discussion With Randy Barth, Founder and Co-Author of THINK Together

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Public education in America. Hello! Gets the synapses firing, eh?

Fortunately, caring, experienced, determined individuals are on the case. One such person is Randy Barth, a successful stockbroker turned philanthropist and education reformer who walks his talk in subtle yet effective ways. Via THINK Together, the nonprofit organization he founded...

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