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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.

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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

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

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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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Jaime Camil, Wry Rogelio on Jane the Virgin, Brings Worldly Charm to His Expanding Audience

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 2:02 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

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 5:58 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 | 4:07 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 | 6:56 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 | 5:33 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 | 8:53 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 | 2:23 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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Physician, Producer and Media Mogul Dr. Kiki Hurt Puts Art Into Medicine, and Medicine Into Art

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 6:52 PM

Long have I been intrigued by the intersection of the pop and the practical - meaning: how and where do popular culture and, you know, useful stuff, connect, affect each other, and cross-pollinate? Some answers to this - and plenty more involving health, healing, media, and even saving lives -...

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Excelsior! J.C. Lee, Stan Lee's Own 'Super Kid,' Discusses Her New Book, App, and the Power of Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 12:43 PM

At first it's an eensy bit daunting - speaking with the daughter of a living legend - but it's been my good fortune to converse with J.C. Lee's dad a few times, so I know that behind the magnificent myth there's a mortal man, albeit no ordinary man: Stan the...

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Rumi, Vedic Wisdom and "Happy Days" Converge in Emad Asfoury's Duality

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:57 PM

"You are not, in fact, the sinner or the saint; you're the infinite consciousness, whose destiny is to play an infinity of roles."

Thus spake Deepak Chopra -- venerable healer and space-age wise-man -- offering his voice to Duality: the new motion picture written by and starring Sarah Lynn Dawson,...

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With INFINITY, Raquel Pomplun and L. Philippe Casseus Team Up to Launch an Epic New Series

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 6:16 PM

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Let me tell you, I dig smart indies, I dig epic action franchises, and I dig ambitious storytelling. How pleasing, then, to leap into INFINITY, the bold new startup movie series in the vein of Lost, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and...

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Grace and Power, Fragility and Strength: Artist Christophe Leroux Discusses His 'New Works' at the Sonce Alexander Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:38 PM

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More than ever, our world exhibits complex interaction between the human and the mechanical, between organic subtlety and industrial intensity, between the transience of light (consider increasingly fleeting time) and the rigidity (or apparent permanence) of heavy metal. Our minds may...

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Master Animator Bill Plympton Brings Cheatin' to America, and Opens the HollyShorts Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 7:13 PM

Cheatin' is the new feature film from Bill Plympton, animator par excellence and big hit in France, where the populace gets him. Well, America, it's our turn. The King of Indie Animation himself will appear this Thursday night (14 August) at the huge, 10th-anniversary HollyShorts Film Festival (TCL Chinese Theatre,...

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Chase Masterson Helps Scott Palm Beam in for Creation Entertainment's Galaxy-Spanning Convention: Star Trek Las Vegas

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Star Trek is for everyone.

Whether you're a classicist who caught "The Man Trap" on its first broadcast, or a dewy reboot hipster whose parents weren't born yet in '66 when the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise revolutionized television, with Star Trek, one's generation is no obstacle. Neither is...

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Better, Stronger, Faster: San Diego Comic Con, 2014

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:28 AM

In 1995 I made my first trip to Comic Con (at the time there seemed to be but one), and I was quite excited, not sure what to expect, and my thought going into the ginormous San Diego Convention Center was: "I'm an adult; what if somebody sees me?" That...

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My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:06 AM

"Dearly Beloved, We R gathered here today 2 get through this thing called life..."

Purple Rain -- the film by Albert Magnoli, the album by Prince & the Revolution -- rocked my world in 1984. I had liked Prince since he debuted on American Bandstand and coyly told Dick Clark...

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Filmmakers David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud Discuss Their Front-Line Afghanistan Documentary, The Hornet's Nest

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:35 PM

Hands up, who's visited the most hostile battlefronts in the very middle of the longest war in American history? No? Me, neither. However, having viewed The Hornet's Nest, the new documentary set within the conflict in Afghanistan (and not the Jimmy Carter book; though they probably share themes), I got...

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