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January 16, 2014

Robert Wagner reminisces …

Am currently enjoying the dishy You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age, by Robert Wager with Scott Eyman.  RJ certainly knows his way around the topic: he’s been a Hollywood fixture since the 1950s, when he was a contract player for 20th Century Fox. TV audiences probably know him best for the popular late ’70s series “Hart to Hart,” and for his recurring role as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (father of Tony DiNozzo) on “NCIS.” I’ll be reviewing for BookPage.

December 2, 2013

The stars are out – and on bookshelves – for the holidays

Is anyone on your holiday list a movie buff—and a reader? You might want to check out the December issue of BookPage (at for my reviews of new Hollywood titles. My fave: Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939.

November 4, 2013

11/22/1963: Remembering the death (and life) of JFK

As the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination looms, bookstores are making way for lotsa new titles. I review nearly a dozen of them in the latest issue of BookPage (check out “Anything new?” you ask. Well, yeah …
October 25, 2013

Remembering Maureen O’Hara

Just received a gorgeous new book — Maureen O’Hara: The Biography — from the University Press of Kentucky. The author, film critic Aubrey Malone, does a nice job of capturing the professional and private personas of “The Queen of Technicolor.” I thought he would, based on his Proposal — which I read and reviewed for the publisher when Malone initially submitted it.

August 26, 2013

Happy 50th, South Coast Rep!

In the latest (September) issue of Orange Coast, I check in with Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory, as he reflects on the prestigious theatre company’s 50th anniversary.

And, in anticipation of the sobering 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK (11/22/63), I’m in the midst of reading stacks of new books—for a review roundup piece I’ve been assigned. I’m sorting through myriad conspiracy theories and an intriguing cast of characters.