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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POINT BLANK HARDCOVER NEAR EXTINCTION!

Dust jacket of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK hardcover with 2013 Bronze Independent Publisher Book Award sticker (IPPY).

Lee Marvin: Point Blank hardcover version is extremely close to being gone…for good! The paperback will most likely stay in print for a while and the E-book as well.
Yes, I indeed wrote on this site previously that the hardcover is going out of print but I discovered something since then from my publisher, Tim Schaffner. It’s a little thing called ‘returns’ and every time they’re made, the inventory goes up and my royalties stay down. Well, since there is a tipping point in which my royalties go up after a certain number is sold (minus the returns), the hardcover is FINALLY within real striking distance of that number!  This could be the perfect time & reason to get your copy of the hardcover, if you’ve been putting it off until now.
So having said all that, if anybody reading this has been on the fence about buying it, this may very well be the best (and last) time to do so, what with the holidays soon upon us, as well as Veteran’s Day this month. Seriously! If you are now or have ever been thinking about it, here are some thoughts that might help you decide.

  1. Since it will be going out of print soon, purchasing it now will ensure that you have a true collectible. Once it’s gone, it’s gone and like the dodo bird, it won’t be coming back. The Amazon link is above but Barnes & Noble (linked here in blue) works just as well. However, PLEASE don’t buy it on Ebay. After market retailers are a rip-off.
  2. Contractually, the way my royalties were set up, a certain tipping point had to be reached before the percentage would go up and that point has FINALLY been reached. In other words, buying the book would be a great way for any friend, family member, or colleague to help yours truly if you’re so inclined. Hopefully you are. By the way the Amazon/Barnes & Noble discount prices do not effect my royalty, so take advantage of that guilt-free offer.

    Without the dust jacket, the LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK hardcover has this exclusive graphic image.

  3. I am not in a position to offer any special deals of any kind but I can offer U.S. buyers  a little something special to sweeten the deal. If you do indeed buy the hardcover, let me know and I can send you a personally signed postcard as a keepsake, bookmark, what-have-you, which is as close to having a signed copy of the book as you can possibly get! They are in limites supply as well and once I run out of them, that’s all there is. The postcard is from the A&E Biography of Lee I was interviewed for and provided much of the graphics back in ’01 when the book was still in the research stage. They are in limited supply but I’ll put it in an enevelope & pay the postage if you reply to this message. Your info would be kept in confidence as I;m the only one who sees the e-mail address.
    So, what are you waiting for? Get your copy at the links above, TODAY!
    – Dwayne Epstein

    Front and back images of the postcard promoting A&E’s Biography episode on Lee Marvin.

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