Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Aaron Sorkin and other unfair snubs by Ken Levine

It say something about The Tony Awards that the nominations were announced a week ago today and I’m just addressing them now. Other than a five block radius in Manhattan I can’t imagin…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Why do we laugh? by Ken Levine

Thanks to loyal reader, Wendy Grossman for alerting me to this article in the Guardian about a study on laughter. Scientific studies on why we laugh are always dicey, but some nuggets in th…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Talk about greedy bastards... by Ken Levine

Talk about chutzpah!One way for playwrights to get their plays produced is to enter festivals. Numerous theatres around the world stage festivals and invite playwrights to enter their work…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The future -- mine & Oscars by Ken Levine

After writing Oscar reviews for over 20 years, this year’s might have been my last. Nothing's written in stone and a lot will depend on how many people log on to the podcast.  But the…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Oscar review: the text by Ken Levine

There are readers who are hearing impaired or just don’t want to be bothered listening to a podcast (even mine) so I am posting the text of my Oscar review – although it’s much better …

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

My suggestion to save theatre as we know it by Ken Levine

Scene from my ten-minute play, THE FUGITIVE with Penny Peyser & Andy GoldbergIt’s probably half urban legend, but the concept of Top 40 radio supposedly began when radio station owner …

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My Fair Laura by Ken Levine

When I was in New York I saw the recent revival of MY FAIR LADY. It’s my all-time favorite musical. I just think the music is spectacular beyond belief. If a musical has one song that …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Guest blogger: Abraham Lincoln by Ken Levine

Hello, this is Abraham Lincoln. Ken is letting me guest blog today. I asked if I could just lob in some random thoughts and he said sure. The difference between my White House and the c…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY -- My review by Ken Levine

I understand tickets were going for $2000 a pop. And people were saying it was a bargain. Bruce Springsteen was on Broadway. In a theatre that sat 975, which is somewhat more intimate th…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

How did I do on my New Year's Resolutions? by Ken Levine

On January 1st I posted my New Year's Resolutions.  Let's see how well I did. Throw out my Miramax DVD's.They're gone. Sorry Harvey.Finally watch THIS IS US.Next year for sure.Get ALMO…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

What a meh year for movies by Ken Levine

This is the week in LA and New York when movies that hope to be contenders for the Oscars must run in theaters. Being a member of the WGA and DGA, I’ve received a lot of screeners of the …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

Take a break from Christmas shopping to check out some Friday Questions.MikeKPa starts us off.A lot of William Goldman's work was adaption. Have you ever done adaptations and did you find it…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A STAR IS BORN -- my review by Ken Levine

It seems like every twenty years or so someone remakes A STAR IS BORN. There was the original with Janet Gaynor in 1937, Judy Garland took the stage in 1954, and then Barbra Streisand in 1…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Weekend Post by Ken Levine

Mike Nichol's & Elaine May were two improv performers in Chicago who really clicked. So much so that they became a comedy team.  And a sensation!  This was in the late '50…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A loving tribute to Ricky Jay by Ken Levine

Ricky Jay passed away last weekend.  He was... too young.  I loved Ricky Jay but never knew him.  My good friend Tracy Newman did and graciously offered to write her own perso…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

EP99: Holiday Turkeys: What Were They Thinking? by Ken Levine

In honor of Turkey Day, Ken spins one audio trainwreck after another. You’ll laugh till you cringe.Listen to the Hollywood & Levine podcast!HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY. …

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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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