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Mum

I had prepared my answer. I had practiced it in the mirror between applications of lip gloss. I knew when she asked exactly how I would respond: “Yes, yes, damn it. End of story.” And it would be a lie.… Read on.

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Building an Audience

Live studio audiences aren’t just living laugh tracks–they’re a vital aspect of the entertainment industry in and of themselves.

When television producers need real-life guffaws they turn to a handful of Los Angeles-based audience-wrangling firms to put butts in seats, … Read on.

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Is It Time To Swap?

Jane, Stuart, Sarah and Roger have known each other a long time — but have they truly known each other? In other words… Is it time to swap?Read on.

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Cinema Culture

A Petaluma Boy Goes to Hollywood

Photo by Trane DeVoreCUT! Goddamn tourist trams. It’s a hazard of the neighborhood we’re shooting in, a tony faux burg that affords the beau ideal of establishing shots–a nice wide angle of the Leave It to Beaver house. That monolith of Americana is … Read on.

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Hold Me With Your Robot Hand

Neil Alden may have an artificial arm, but he has no tin ear. Despite being born without his right arm, Neil has yearned to play bass like his hero Michael Anthony of Van Halen. Through a chance encounter with a … Read on.