Are You In My Gang? (aka Building My Stable Of Muses)

The insanely-talented Justin Huen and I last night at a play he directed in Hollywood called “MINE”. I attended closing night and it was great to reconnect with him. One of the first things he said to me was, “When are we working together again?” (I had previously directed Justin in a pilot called “Chris/Tina” and he was amazing.) And he was very genuine with his question.

I promised Justin that we would definitely be working together again. In fact, he is someone I have bookmarked in my brain of actors I want to write for and work with on a consistent basis. Think of Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson.

I’ve been a big fan of his acting work for quite some time and it’s exciting to see him continuing to push himself artistically with another directing effort for the stage.

There are other actors I’ve bookmarked. Are you in my stable of muses??????

Stay tuned!

Happy Academy Awards! The Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. This is it. And despite all the controversy that came along with the 2016 edition of the Oscars, I still want to congratulate every single nominee. A nomination is an honor and no small feat. So, to all the first-time nominees and to the nominees enjoying another nomination, I salute you.

Here are some of my predictions. I’m usually excellent with my predictions-with the exception of the 2015 ceremony where I bombed in certain key categories LOL, but I plan on redeeming myself today! From left to right according to the above picture:

Best Picture: The Revenant

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (He also won last year for Birdman)

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant

Best Actress: Brie Larson for Room

Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short

Best Documentary Feature: Amy

Best Editing: Hank Corwin for The Big Short

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant (This will be his third win in a row. He previously won in 2014 for Gravity and 2015 for Birdman)