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Eric EstrinEric Estrin writes the weekly column "Hollywood Breakthrough" at TheWrap.com. His own Hollywood breakthrough included writer/producer jobs on such series as "MacGyver," "Outer Limits" and "V.I.P." and freelance episodes written for "Miami Vice," "Cagney and Lacey" and "Earth 2." As a journalist, he wrote a monthly TV column for Los Angeles magazine and worked as special sections editor for the trade paper Television Week. He is the creator and producer of the LA Observed Script Project and its resulting script, "Right of Way." Eric lives in the Ventura County community of Oak Park. Email
Native Intelligence:
On Writer Action, a computer chat-board for Writers Guild members, anything goes. Well, not anything. That's where I come in.
Until recently, the Los Angeles Times was a perfectly good name for a great metropolitan newspaper of record. These days, not so much. It's time for us to come up with something new.
Scott Ritter warns we're on the verge of nuclear war. History says we ignore him at our peril.
Our correspondent does battle with a robot at BMG Music — and appears to win in the end. Or does he?
I hate telemarketers. No matter how many you tell Do Not Call, there’s always another one to interrupt your work,...
My daughter ran into the house the other night screaming that there was a tarantula on an outside window near...
The first time I tried to surf I was 12 and had recently moved to South Florida from one of the fly-over states. It all came back recently during family day at Malibu Makos surf camp.
First of all, let me apologize to the Dodgers and their fans. The team rarely wins when I’m in the...
We’ve traveled a lot this summer, or at least it seems that way. First up was Israel, which my Florida...
Two years ago, in the summer of 2004, my friends Kerry and Deana hosted a party centered around a MoveOn.org...
Let me say at the outset that I have mixed feelings at best about so-called “reality TV.” I was putting...
Native Intelligence
Karen Wada | The veteran A Noise Within actor talks with LA Observed about the joys and perils of performing in two plays at once, her favorite leading men and what happens when you start a show while sitting on a toilet.
Al Martinez | Martinez riffs on dogs, shifting family tenants in his house and why bible sellers are always in jeopardy at his front door.
Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
Don Shirley | I can't report that everything on the Encuentro stages is wonderful, but from now through November 10 there is certainly a lot more to choose from than there has been at LATC in recent years. Isn't it about time that LA got a concentrated dose of Latino theater?
Jenny Burman | He wondered if they were already bumping nasties.
Ellen Alperstein | Sex, lies and a little off the side at the Sit Still Salon
David Davis | Photographer Al Satterwhite shot Ali in Miami during his training sessions for both the Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier fights. Now based in Redondo Beach, Satterwhite is facing a Kickstarter deadline to publish a book of photographs of Ali from that time, many never seen before.
Bill Boyarsky
Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver gave sharp and articulate performances in last Friday night’s debate, showing clear differences between the candidates for the Third District supervisorial seat.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
There is nothing the little border collie would rather do than to chase and catch (and chase and catch...