THE IMDb & ME

The IMDb, short for the Internet Movie Database has recently gotten around to listing some of my credits, finally. I say finally since I’ve been able to get my face in the media for several years but only recently has the IMDb decided to give me an actually listing for some of my appearances promoting Lee Marvin Point Blank, among other appearances. Oh, and speaking of Lee Marvin Point Blank, the mystery of the disappearing Kindle has been solved via its own page on Amazon….

Cover image of the Kindle of Lee Marvin Point Blank now available again on Amazon.

But back to the IMDb. I’m glad they did finally get around to mentioning some of the things I’ve done in an efforts to promote Lee Marvin, but in fairness, they still have not listed some of the things I’ve appeared in along the same lines. When I wrote my Young Adult bio for Lucent Press’s People in The News series on Hilary Swank I was featured on the E! channel’s documentary about her. I also was interviewed on the local PBS station by Maria Hall Brown here in L.A. not long after the book came out.

Better still, anybody remember the old A&E Biography series? Well, word got out that I was working on a Lee Marvin bio and the producers of the show contacted me for some possible graphics and research material. After speaking with them they decided to include me for an on air interview, which, by the way, is how I met Angie Dickinson. Bottom line, the year that episode aired, they show won the Emmy for best Documentary Series. I kid thee not. Would be nice if the good folks at the IMDb picked up on that!
– Dwayne Epstein

Screen grab of my IMDb listing that still falls short of some of the appearances I’ve made on behalf of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HILARY SWANK!

Two-time Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank turns 46 today and I for one wish her a most happiest of birthdays! She’s an extremely talented actress, and I was lucky enough to write about her back in 2007. Matter of fact, although it was written for the Young Adult market, it remains to this day the only biography in existence on Hilary Swank and for that, I take extreme pride. 

From 2007, the cover of my Young Adult bio on actress Hilary Swank.

When I was contracted to write about her, it was done as a successful pitch as most of the titles I was given were assigned. In between I’d submit a laundry list of possible subjects and much to my surprise, Hilary Swank was green-lighted. All this was being done while I was still attempting to get Lee Marvin Point Blank to see the light of day, which would be another several years. Good thing it did as researching and writing about the likes of Hilary Swank, among others, helped me immensely when it came to working on Lee Marvin. As stated previously in this blog, Swank’s career had allowed me to discuss such sensitive subjects as transgender issues, and more for the young adult market as well as the effect it had on writing career
All that said, I celebrate the life and work of Hilary Swank on the day of her birth. Her career may not have remained the same since I wrote about her way back when, but she remains extremely active by still not taking the traditional path of such contemporaries as Charlize Theron or Angelina Jolie. Those Oscar-winning actresses have yet to return to the kind of roles that earned them their Oscars, while Swank continues to avoid being typecast as either ass-kicking comic book superheroes or voluptuous arm candy. By staying true to her dream, she may yet return to the Oscar stage for an amazing third win. Why am I so optimistic about her chances? Well, as I wrote in the intro to my book, she has and remains true to her dreams. There’s a lesson there somewhere….
– Dwayne Epstein

Table of Contents to my Hilary Swank bio.

Introduction HILARY SWANK.

Conclusion of intro.

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INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS: ADAM SANDLER’S BACK!

Independent Spirit Awards announced this year’s nominations and apparently one of the top contenders for Best Actor is none other than…..Adam Sandler! You can read the list of nominees here, as well as some background info on the award itself and the prerequisite for nominations.

Apparently, Sandler’s performance in the film Uncut Gems is impressing and surprising all who witness it. Truth be told, I haven’t seen it (yet) and didn’t even know of it’s existence until I read the article. I read about the film some more online and found the premise quite intriguing and look forward to seeing it. Sandler plays a desperate jeweler who has to figure out how to pay off his massive gambling debt before it’s too late. Check out the trailer as it’s pretty impressive:

Why does an indie film starring Adam Sandler rate mention in this blog dedicate mostly to the life, work and legacy of Lee Marvin? via my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank? I’ll give you a hint….

The cover of my first young adult biography for the People in The News Series.

Sandler’s nomination in the Independent Spirit Awards derby allows me an opportunity to do something I rarely get to do and we all wish that we could. That would be being able to be proven right about something several years down the road as I wrote the book in 2004.
Okay, maybe that’s a little strong but when the rest of pop culture and modern film community called Sandler an annoying untalented hack who’s career would be short-lived, I was able to champion his cause, especially after viewing his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love.

Sidebars were required for the series so here’s one I thought fit the subject.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Sandler cheerleader. In fact his extremely popular comedies of the 1990s had me asking the managing editor for hazard pay after viewing all those films. Her response to my request, by the way, was to tell me I should feel lucky, as they we’re going to ask me to write about Jackass! 
Anyway, here’s the section I wrote about Punch Drunk Love. Read, enjoy, dislike, whatever. It just maybe challenge you to rethink your dislike of Sandler one more time….
– Dwayne Epstein

Opening section in the chapter dealing with Punch Drunk Love.

Punch Drunk Love continued.

 

Punch Drunk Love section with photo (!)

….And in conclusion.

 

 

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