Given the luxurious privilege of having my diary of life among the superstars, Starflacker, excerpted in The Huffington Post and in Saturday Evening Post, why would I instead choose to excerpt from another book not yet even on the market?
In the English theater there's a term for it: jobbing actor. It's used to indicate actors who are regularly employed but infrequently achieve star status. They're typically extremely talented but haven't advanced to top billing due to luck, probably just as often as not.
Laura Hankin's The Summertime Girls is the latest generation's take on women and friendship -- this time it's a pair of 20 somethings who have been together since fifth grade and have changed enough to cause some real damage to each other and the BFF paradigm itself.
Late one weeknight, after I had finished my set, I collected my cab fare at Catch A Rising Star, and hung out looking for a comic to share a ride to the Improvisation. I joined Bobby Kelton and Andy Kaufman (two fellow comics) at a table in the back of the showroom.
If you hear some young, unschooled person say, "Oh, Dustin Hoffman, he played Ben Stiller's kooky dad", point them towards the other memorable characters that more accurately reflect this performer's invaluable contribution to film.
Regardless of one's faith, at its core the holidays involve gatherings of extended family spanning all life-stages, so it makes sense to lay in a store of films that all generations can watch and enjoy together.