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.
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.
In the latest issue of Emmy magazine (the one with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys of “The Americans” on the cover) I chat with Eric Christian Olsen – aka Marty Deeks of CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles” – and his stuntman-brother (and former Navy SEAL) David. For this one, I visited the series’ set at the Paramount lot, with Eric and David as my guides. Nice work if you can get it!
In the same issue, I check in with Showtime and its new documentary unit—which is taking aim at provocative subjects (Dick Cheney, anyone?). I’m looking forward to the upcoming docs on Richard Pryor and Suge Knight.
If you’re currently catching up with the zany Bluths of “Arrested Development” via Netflix, you might wanna check out the May issue of Orange Coast magazine. I did a Snapshot interview with series creator Mitch Hurwitz. Hurwitz, who hails from O.C., reveals what it was like to return to the cult series—and how the Bluths are like wild boars! (Curious? Then read the piece!) On www.orangecoast.com, there are additional quotes posted.
During a recent appearance on David Letterman, while discussing his action film exploits, Sylvester Stallone mentioned yours truly by name, recounting the time he took me for a helicopter ride so harrowing that, “when [Pat] got aboard, she weighed, like, 250 pounds—but she came off the copter ‘a dwarf’!” Great story. However, there was never any such escapade! When I was in Israel on the set of Rambo III, Stallone wanted to take me up, but the producer nixed the idea. Also, for the record, my ‘80s-era bod was a size 10! (I’m not sayin’ nothin’ about today …) As for being a “dwarf” … I do admit to being height-challenged.