2018 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: TRUTH SPEAKS LOUDER THAN FICTION

The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were announced today and I noticed a specific trend in some of these worthy projects and performances. See if you can guess….

1965 Golden Glob Winner, Samantha Eggar for The Collector (left) and Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou, compare trophies.

Best Picture (Drama)
BlackKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Picture (Comedy)
The Green Book
The Favourite
Vice
Best Actor in a Drama
Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Marek in Bohemian Rhapsody
Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased
John David Washington (son of Denzel) in BlacKkKlansman
Best Actor in a Comedy
Christian Bale in Vice
Viggo Mortensen in Green Book
Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun
John C. Reilly in Stan & Ollie

Catch on to the trend, yet? No? Well, this might help….
Best Actress (Drama)
Melissa McCarthy in Can You Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike in A Private War
Best Actress (Comedy)
Olivia Colman in The Favourite
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali in Green Book
Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant in Can You Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell in Vice
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Amy Adams in Vice
Claire Foy in First Man
Emma Stone in The Favourite
Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

And several TV nominees fit the theme as well….
Best Limited Series
The Alienist
Dirty John
The Assassination of Giovanni Versace
Escape At Dannemora
A Very English Scandal
Knowing the regular subject of this blog, you must have guessed it by now…That’s right. Each one of the projects mentioned above are based on fact and in some instances, are out and out biopics. I don’t know if that’s a record for nominees, compared to years past, but it sure seems pretty impressive to me.
In other words, as long as it’s done well, you can’t go wrong being nominated and possibly winning an award if you base your project on non-fiction. Lee Marvin Point Blank is just such a worthy project (if I do say so myself), having made the NY Times Bestseller list at number 4 and garnering several awards when first published.

My personal copy of The hardcover dust jacket of Lee Marvin Point Blank (note the bronze medallion for winning the IPPY award), that is going to be quite collectible as it’s almost out of print!

Matter of fact, an extremely talented veteran filmmaker agrees with me. This uniquely talented writer/director wrote me the following:

“I am someone who absolutely believes in this project. It is such a rich story, with a unique protagonist, and goddam, it’s actually a TRUE story that encapsulates everything from rags to riches, from rise and fall, from hell to paradise, external bravo battling versus internal anguish….The list of ‘why do this?’ for me, goes on and on. I love it.[…] My desire is to be part of this project somehow, as I truly believe it will be a fabulous film that will resonate with Hollywood, and be award-baiting. You, sir, are sitting on an amazing project and I hope you realize, appreciate, and buy into, how much I love it.”

His response was based on the treatment I penned based on my book. Impressive, no? Now the question becomes what’s missing to make this project see the light of day? Answer: proper investors……Any takers? Seriously. It is available and the rewards are clearly there for the taking. Feel free to contact me here if interest has been peaked. Happy holidays!

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ARMISTICE DAY, VETERANS DAY & THE MARVINS

Armistice Day began Nov. 11th, 1918 when WWI officially suspended combat on the 11th day of the 11th month on the 11th hour. In time, the name of Armistice Day became Veterans Day in 1954, honoring all those who served in the military on Nov. 12th.
For the Marvin family, there was not a single military conflict in which the family ranks were not involved and seriously depleted, going all the back to the American Revolution. As Lee Marvin liked to say, “It’s my country. We fought for it, we Marvins.” However, since Armistice Day, began with the end of WWI, the involvement began a little closer in Lee’s lineage, which meant his father, Lamont Waltham “Monte” Marvin.

Monte Marvin in his WWI uniform.

Monte was a 1st, Lt. during the war and in charge of a unit in the 302nd Engineers stationed in France. He later served in WWII as a battalion Sgt, again in France, having resigned his commission. As he wryly told a reporter years later, “I was too young for the first war and to old for the second, so I ended up in both.”

An older Monter Marvin in uniform during WWII.

The Marvin men all served in WWII, with Lee’s brother Robert serving in the ground crew of the Army Air Corp. and Lee seeing the most combat as a Marine in the USMC’s island hopping campaign in the Pacific.
All told, the Marvins did their part to earn respect and recognition for their duty in the service. This being Veterans’ Day — and a very special one, as it’s the 100th anniversary of the Armistice signing of WWI — take a moment some time today and remember those who served. Their contribution deserves our thanks.
How to show that remembrance? One way is to read Lee Marvin Point Blank and discover in the actor’s own words via never-before-seen letters exactly what he experienced firsthand and how he really felt about the war at the time he went through it. You won’t be disappointed. Happy Veterans Day.
-Dwayne Epstein

Monte Marvin (left) and son Lee photographed for LIFE Magazine in the 1960s.

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NANCY PELOSI: ONCE & FUTURE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

Nancy Pelosi made history when she was sworn-in as the first female Speaker of the House back in 2007. Because the Democrats regained the House after the recent mid-term election, Pelosi is now poised to become the next Speaker when she’s sworn-in in January.
What does that have to do with this blog, you might ask? Well, while I was still struggling to find a publisher for Lee Marvin Point Blank, I lucked into a freelance position at Lucent Books, writing young adult biographies for their People in The News Series. Several were on assignment and several were pitched by yours truly. Nancy Pelosi was a successful pitch.

The cover of my bio for Lucent’s People in The News series on Nancy Pelosi.

She has of course been demonized by the Republican Party almost as much as Hillary Clinton but the reason I was able to successfully pitch her as a bio subject was not just because of her historical status, but her amazing life as well. She is the daughter of a career-long politician (Mayor Tommy D’Alesandro) out of Baltimore; she entered the political arena because of a deathbed promise to a friend; she kept the GOP from dismantling both Social Security and Medicare….Fascinating stuff!
It also taught me a great deal more about biographical writing that help immeasurably with my research and writing of Lee Marvin Point Blank. How? Each chapter in the People in the News Series requires a theme that readers can recognize and possibly expand upon on their own. It’s a guideline that kept me in good stead for Marvin but deceptively hard for a young adult audience when writing about the complexities of Congress. I had also learned to write the introduction last as you never know how the book will turn out until it’s done. So, with that in mind, below is the table of contents and intro to my 2009 young adult biography on Nancy Pelosi.
Oh, and Donald Trump & the Republicans? If you still think women are not tough enough for the job of public office, with more than 100 women now elected to congress, remember the words of Nancy Pelosi herself when she stated that women were actually tougher than men: “Think of a lioness. You come anywhere near our cubs, you’re dead.”

Table of Contents to NANCY PELOSI.

Page 1 of the introduction.

Conclusion of NANCY PELOSI introduction.

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