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Parts and Labor

You Kill Me

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

I was 20 minutes late when I arrived at the theatre. It was a small joint carved out of an old retail space and the metal door squeaked loudly as I pu...

Don't Clap For Me, Argentina

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

The first time I ever appeared on stage was in a high school play. I was at the time, a nerdy, nervous 15 year-old with bad skin who had only audition...

As Seen on TV

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

About a year ago, I came out of "theatrical" retirement to act in a play here in Los Angeles. During the run I was interviewed by a local arts reporte...

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

Every once in a while, people in my business need a little pep talk. Over the past few years, I've given a fair amount of them via a mentoring program...

Getting It Straight

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a link to a piece published on Newsweek.com that really pissed me off. Written by an openly gay entertainment w...

Sign Language

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

After several anxious months, the Hollywood community breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when it was announced that the land above the wor...

Stage Struck

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Dean Bottrell

Theatre in L.A. is sort of a strange beast. When I first arrived here to seek my fortune as a screenwriter, I was floored by the number of small theat...

Why I Love Jews

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Dean Bottrell

The biggest reason I love Jews? They love bacon and Christmas more than I do. Friendly, funny, honest and loyal. As Marty's mother used to say, "What's not to like?"

State of the Union

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dean Bottrell

If the new SAG leadership doesn't rapidly start taking all the painful, but necessary steps to merge with AFTRA, we are fucked.

Hollywood's Family Affair

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

Other people's family fights always make me uncomfortable. That's why I cringed a little last week as I watched Ryan O'Neal's oldest son, Griffin, spewing a few choice memories about his nutty father on Larry King Live.

A Little Work

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Dean Bottrell

"Maybe a little tuck on the upper lids" and a "small injection of collagen" might help with the lines around my mouth. What lines around my mouth?!

They're Going A Different Way...

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
David Dean Bottrell

I was fired. Suddenly, time sort of stopped. Then something happened that I thought only occurred in movies. I had a flashback.

Leap of Faith

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Dean Bottrell

Creativity is by definition an act of faith. I frankly don't know where I get the balls to sit down at this computer and attempt to write.