Richard Walter on “The Scandal in My Life”

The scandal in my life is that I don’t go out to the movies that often, and watch precious little TV. Hey, I already have tenure. I shouldn’t have to endure any more boring movies and meretricious (look it up) TV fare. During the awards season, however, the studios send me oodles of screeners. At […]

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Behind the Screen: Getting to Know Susan Hurwitz Arneson

Susan Hurwitz Arneson is a California based television and screenwriter who received her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. She has developed shows for several networks and producers and recently sold a pilot to Fox Television Animation. Susan has also pitched, written and developed feature scripts with numerous production companies and studios. Best known for her […]

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My Shower with the Supervisor

I am a compulsive, obsessive swimmer. I swim 1700 meters (just over a mile) seven days a week at UCLA’s incomparable Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Since joining the film faculty in the ‘70s I have swum (literally) eleven thousands miles in the Donald K. Park Pool. That’s like swimming to New York and back, and […]

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Pundits: Pay Closer Attention to ‘Real’ Vs. ‘Reel’ Life

The nation continues to reel in the face of the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which at the time of this writing is still only a couple of weeks old. Surely there can be no experience more dreadful than to lose a child. To contemplate the senselessness of the events in Connecticut, however, provides […]

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More Bad Art Than Good?

At my house we’ve been watching the screeners that the studios send to Academy and various Guild members. As always, there’s more bad art than good. That is, alas, art’s way. Several of the films I’ve not yet seen and I already hate them because of their length. I say sight-unseen that The Master is […]

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