A friend mentioned that September 14 marked five years since actor/dancer Patrick Swayze died, after a very public battle with cancer. After logging over 500 interviews during a fifteen year period, I can say without reservation that Patrick Swayze was the nicest person I ever sat down with.
Cinema in the Gulf, the Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and all the surrounding countries that make up this region, is here to stay. But more importantly, it's here to develop, mature, expand and one day, overtake all other world industries.
The undertaking wasn't easy. "I had a 10-year-old boy who had limited acting experience, a dancer/celebrity speaking in her second language, acting for the first time. And I had an Oscar-nominated pro of pros in Marsha Mason," explains Macchio.
If your summer reading includes Ron Chernow's MASSIVE George Washington: A Life, you're going to need some relief, aren't you? Here are a few biographies that are sometimes edifying and a bit more, uhhh, recreational.