My friend, Robert Loggia has died and that’s sad news for me. A charming and witty guy, Loggia told me that strangers backed away from him in fear because he played “bad guys” so well in the movies. “I’ve killed many people on screen – but remember I’ve been killed a lot of times too.”
Even though people still quote the memorable drug lord he played in “Scarface,” my favorite scene of his is when he and Tom Hanks danced on the big piano keys in “Big.”
He was a serious acting student but Robert told me, “Acting can get in the way of reality in a movie.” His advice: “Don’t act it—DO IT!”
He “did it” in movie after movie – always believable and effective. He will be remembered with admiration and respect.
I talked to Sky News about the new Los Angeles terminal for Celebs and VIPs willing to pay the price. There’s total privacy, a driver takes you right to the plane, and no pesky paparazzi! Next time you ask for a second bag of free pretzels on the plane, just think about those posh pals up front.
As awards season begins, don’t forget Helen Mirren in “Woman in Gold.” She delivered a powerful performance as a woman fighting against all odds to get back a priceless family painting stolen by Nazis.
He teaches film at Washington Preparatory High School. He is a fabulous “coach” with a spirit you feel at first hand shake (truth in reporting, I got a kiss and hug). He is the kind
of real star you want to show your children the way – on stage, in the classroom, and in life. He’s talented, hilarious, wise, and shares all of his energy with class after class of students who dare to get up and test out their creativity and their voices.
A big THANK YOU to Sharyn Ross and BAFTA for inviting me to come and trade
ideas with Mr. McCann’s cast of characters. Sharyn is a “regular” at
the school after years of volunteering. She laughs and claps and
guides. You can tell the kids adore her and respect her.
I was first hand witness to the life-impacting work BAFTA Los Angeles
does with its volunteer mentors. I’ll definitely be going back to “help” and get
more personal inspiration!
Here are just a few of the wonderful students I met in my time there:
Norman Lear told Jeanne Wolf that Trump doesn’t have his children’s interests in mind.
Jeanne Wolf: What do you think of people who say – there are a lot of them – Donald Trump is our new Archie Bunker?
Norman Lear: Donald Trump is our new Archie Bunker. That’s interesting. I want to believe that the American people are holding up Donald Trump as they might their middle finger and they’re giving the middle finger to the establishment, to all of us – left and right – because they are badly served by the establishment. We are a culture of excess. That’s our biggest product: excess. In everything. He is excessively assholian. I think the American people understand that and this is their way of saying, “This is how you’re taking care of us? You leaders? Take this.” Then they give us Donald Trump.
JW: At least he’s shaken up the conversation. He’s made everybody stop talking and stop accepting the idea that they can talk in these canned messages, yes?
NL: I infer from your question that you think Donald Trump has something on his mind other than himself and I’m not sure of that. Donald Trump is selling his own product and I don’t think he has my kids in mind and their future.
Read more about Norman in his book, Even This I Get To Experience, now out in paperback.