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What's Stopping You From Achieving Your Dreams?

Bernard Hiller | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Hiller

Abraham Maslow the famous motivational psychologist once said that, "Until you take care of your lower needs, you will never be able to fulfill your higher needs." The reason most people never fulfill their dreams or goals is because their basic human needs are never met.

A Memory of Two Joans

Alan Shayne | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
Alan Shayne

I first met Joan Rivers almost 50 years ago when I was a casting director working on The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster. Most of the film took place in wealthy suburbia so the actors had to seem like upper class wasps.

Big Dreams Over Broadway (#ArtofY)

Alex Schattner | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

Do you have big Broadway dreams? Read on as Synthia Link, a Swing in Bullets Over Broadway, shares how she landed her versatile and coveted role in Mel Brooks' jazz-age spectacle.

7 Simple Things I Do That Greatly Improved My Life... That You Should Do, Too

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.19.2014 | Comedy
Jon Hotchkiss

Below, a list of seven simple things I have worked regularly into my life that have made my life better. And not just better. A lot better.

Russianette Comes to NYC

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Tinatin Japaridze

They say if you manage to stick around through the most critical period -- initial two years -- as a foreigner in New York, there's no going back.

Awards, Applause for Woody's Girls

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Nancy Cohen-koan

When Diane Keaton recently sang the praises of Woody Allen and referred to all the actresses whom he wrote great roles for as Woody's Girls, I secretl...

How To Break Into the Glamorous World of Commercial Acting

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 02.05.2014 | Comedy
Jolie Jenkins

Don't start daydreaming yet about buying that new house, deep in the Valley. You'll have to go to a few (hundred) pesky auditions first.

Hey, Hollywood! Nine Awesome Movie Pitches You Cannot Pass Up

James Napoli | Posted 07.02.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

While all of you movie executives are trolling poolside at Chateau Marmont for the hottest new screenplay ideas, a select few of us are generating killer content on an almost hourly basis that you would be foolish to ignore.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 05.27.2013 | Comedy
Robin Amos Kahn

The dreams you had when you were a kid are still alive in you, and that it's never to late to live them. Okay, maybe you're never going to be a major league pitcher, but you can still coach a baseball team or play baseball.

Showbiz Goes High Tech

Yvonna Russell | Posted 04.23.2013 | Technology
Yvonna Russell

A lot has changed from the days when we went on foot to agents' offices, checked our answering machines on a pay phone and picked up sides in person. Show business, the last of the handshake businesses, has gone high tech.

David Dean Bottrell's Hilarious Ode to Working Hits the L.A. Stage

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

L.A. Theatre-goers are in for a treat because for four successive Wednesday evenings from February 20th to March 13th, acclaimed actor/writer David Dean Bottrell takes to the Acme Comedy Theatre stage.

Trouble in 'Hunger Games' Paradise?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.05.2012 | Business

For a studio that is celebrating its $363 million-and-counting hit "The Hunger Games," Lionsgate seems to be in an awkward spot. "Hunger Games" scr...

Titanic 3D Now Has Two More Dimensions Than Its Characters

James Napoli | Posted 05.29.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

So far, reaction to this reissue of Titanic has been positive among those polled at a recent preview screening, although not perhaps for the reasons one might expect.

Joe Franklin Knows Talent

Dan Persons | Posted 09.10.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Mighty Movie Podcast has tracked down veteran talk-show host and all-around show-biz maven: Mr. Joe Franklin.

Romantic Comedies Are Dying Because Romance Is Dead

Emily Bracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Emily Bracken

These days, bravado in men on screen plays chauvinistic and strength boorish, where for women, good sense is written as shrewish and vulnerability weak.

Two and a Half Egos

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stu Kreisman

The network and studio have been backed into a corner and unfortunately for the crew, the only way to deal with situation is to take the old show out behind the barn and put it out of its misery.

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...

You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

Once when I was a young actor in New York, a casting director recommended me to an agent. I was very excited. The agent was well established and had a...

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...

Hollywood's Circle of Life

Mark C. Miller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark C. Miller

If the traditional first rung on the Making It In Show Business Ladder is the talented young aspirant stepping off the bus at the Hollywood Greyhoun...

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...

Sweet Charity

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Dean Bottrell

There have been a lot of news stories lately about celebrities showing up to raise awareness and funds for some of the areas of the world that have be...