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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I agree with Steven Spielberg by Ken Levine

And not just because I want him to direct one of my movies... or even say hello to me.Got a missive from reader "Laura" who asked:Ken, can you please give your opinion on what Steven Spielbe…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

RIP William Goldman by Ken Levine

For me, if there’s a Mount Rushmore of screenwriters it’s Billy Wilder, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon, and William Goldman. And now all four have passed. William Goldman died yesterday. …

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Misc. Takes by Ken Levine

I haven’t done this in awhile, so what the hell? Again, thanks to everyone who answered the call last week and gave me your feedback. I got a very interesting suggestion from reader Janet…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

EP95: The Anatomy of a Movie: The story of VOLUNTEERS, starring Tom Hanks & John Candy. by Ken Levine

It’s typical for a movie to take years to get made.  Ken takes you through the saga of VOLUNTEERS, from the initial idea to all the studios, ups and downs, production, release, and ho…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hollywood Tours by Ken Levine

Tourism is always big in Los Angeles. Local residents on the Westside are used to seeing kids stand out on Sunset Blvd. selling maps to the stars’ homes. Hollywood locals take it fo…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Going to the theatre with Jackie O. by Ken Levine

Since a number of people who read my post yesterday asked about my brush with Jacqueline Onassis, I thought I would reprise a post I wrote on this a few years ago.Yes, I went to the theatre …

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Introducing my new website! by Ken Levine

As a playwright, one of my main objectives is to see my plays produced. I have full-length, half-hour, and ten-minute plays. All comedies, some award winners. So in an attempt to make my …

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Maybe my favorite bad review by Ken Levine

I've posted this before, years ago, but it's one of my all-time favorites.  Do you remember a comedian named Gallagher?   His basic act was smashing watermelons.  When …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Girls, don't let this happen to you by Ken Levine

Oh, the humanity!  The heartbreak!  Imagine if she had slept with a roadie.  Or worse -- a writer.Let this be a cautionary tale.  Never sleep with a celebrity until you'…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

My favorite Neil Simon movie by Ken Levine

TCM in tribute to Neil Simon played a number of his movies last night.  A few years ago I hosted a month-long Neil Simon film festival on TCM.  Although they didn't use my intros a…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Larry Gelbart by Ken Levine

Lost in all the horrors of 9-11 is that I lost another dear friend who died on that date.  Larry Gelbart in 2009.   Were it not for 9-11 I might have saluted him every year on…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

This used to mean more by Ken Levine

Having a show on network televisionBeing on televisionRadioHaving a hit songBeing an NFL team in Los AngelesThe Rose BowlThe Polo LoungeAirline travelLibrary cardThe Universal TourMovie prem…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE meets TOP CAT by Ken Levine

This is another crazy story that happened along the way in our career. This was on a pilot rewrite.In 1976 there was a somewhat popular movie called MOTHER, JUGS, & SPEED about ambula…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Size matters (but the smaller the better) by Ken Levine

scene from GOING GOING GONEI love writing plays. It’s liberating to write whatever I want, characters of any age, and no network executive insisting I make my antagonist more “likeable…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Another secret of comedy by Ken Levine

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG does pretty much everything right. It started in England and continues on Broadway. For all the heavy “important” plays that have come and gone over the past…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

Friday Questions everybody. Come and get ‘em.Dsull leads off with a question about the five sitcoms I listed as my all-time favorites. With the exception Seinfeld, all your favorite sitco…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

The incredibly stupid new Oscar rules by Ken Levine

I was going to do a post about Kathleen Turner’s JEWEL OF THE NILE comments but with the Motion Picture Academy drastically changing Oscar rules I thought I would address that today and sa…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

What a concept! Friday Questions actually on Friday.Jim S has a question based on a recent podcast with casting director Sheila Guthrie (if you haven’t listened you’re missing out on tw…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT -- my review by Ken Levine

When first-run movies play in theaters (you remember theaters), they’re always preceded by four or ten trailers. And the trailers are always movies geared to the same people who came to s…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"You tell 'em, Hamlet!" by Ken Levine

Here was an interesting question posed to me as a writer – do I mind if audiences talk back to the actors during performances of my work? It’s a cultural issue. For some cultures it…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

If Chrisopher Nolan re-booted MARY POPPINS by Ken Levine

Memo:FROM: Christopher Nolan TO: President of Walt Disney PicturesSUBJECT: Re-boot of MARY POPPINSAfter watching the original 1964 movie once I know how we could improve this beloved chi…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

OCEAN'S EIGHT -- my review by Ken Levine

Here’s the REAL plot of caper movie, OCEAN'S EIGHT – a movie studio is trying to steal $100,000,000 from unsuspecting theatergoers.What a blatant cash grab. Award-winning actresses cas…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

EP77: How to make your writing funnier! by Ken Levine

Ken discusses how top comedy writers determine whether things are funny or not, and offers some helpful tips on how to make your writing and content much funnier. It’s another behind-the-s…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

On the road again by Ken Levine

When Romcoms Go BadJust back from a couple of weeks in New York, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids – the typical east coast swing. In no particular order, here are some observations and thought…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The MEAN GIRLS musical by Ken Levine

Greetings from Gotham.  Congrats to THE BAND'S VISIT, which was the big Tony musical winner last night.   I saw it and thought it was the right choice.I also saw, with great a…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

FQ’s are ready. Come get ‘em while they’re hot.McAlvie starts us off. I hate it when they colorize original b&w movies, because something I can't put my finger on what gets lost.…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Here's to the losers! by Ken Levine

As I mentioned last week, I saw SUNSET BOULEVARD recently, Billy Wilder’s classic from 1950. You would think it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It didn’t. Another worthy f…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hello, I'm listening... by Ken Levine

I’m always in awe of those technicians who set up the acoustics for major theatres like the Disney Hall in Los Angeles. It’s such a baffling science. Sound travels in mysterious ways …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

It's easier to write them than go to them by Ken Levine

When you make your travel plans, try not to fly to New York during a Nor’easter. Back from Fun City, where I was really lucky to get INTO Fun City. I had a play in the ANDTheatre Compa…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The NEW Annie Hall by Ken Levine

Or should I say the "old" Annie Hall?   A senior center in Manhattan has done a reboot of the Woody Allen classic ANNIE HALL. I'll pause here for a moment to say this is not a…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Is there a harder job...? by Ken Levine

... than host of the Oscars?Jimmy Kimmel hosts his second Oscarcast tonight.  (I will be reviewing it.  Check out my podcast.)  I thought he did a very good job last year, alt…

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