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A DUEL FOR THE BRIDE
Once the breathtaking Jacqui arrived and got off the flowered carriage in the middle of 300 open-mouthed guests, four “scoundrels” in costume regalia unsheathed their swords, grabbed Jacqui (who feigned a helpless maiden), and announced they were kidnapping the bride.
“Unhand that woman for she is mine!” The hooligans froze in their tracks when my booming voice erupted. The hero had arrived. Everyone applauded. I exchanged nasty words with the scoundrels, and then we drew swords. It was a riot. I had rehearsed this blazing sword fight with my actor/stuntmen buddies the day before; now, with adrenaline pumping in front of 300 guests, we almost killed each other! Thankfully they remembered it was my wedding day and the plot was for me to win the maiden’s hand. I rescued my princess just like in the movies.
It was my Errol Flynn life moment!
Category Archives: Celebrity in America
HOLLYWOOD LORE: “Gimme A Bullet Hit Here…Like This!”
When you’re directing television, the most fun and creative challenge is adapting to the rapid transition of style/genre and meeting diverse personnel you encounter from series to series which can result in some of the most bizarre and hilarious adventures … Continue reading
HBO’s “GAME CHANGE”: McCain’s National Shame of Palin
On March 10th, HBO will premiere “Game Change” which will dramatize the 2008 election focusing on Republican nominee John McCain and his fateful choice of then-unknown Sarah Palin as his running mate. The stellar film cast includes Ed Harris as … Continue reading
SPIELBERG & WILLIAMS: The Divine Union of Film & Music
Forty years. Twenty-five films. Thirteen Oscar nominations for original score. In honor of my alma mater, The American Film Institute, and its “Master Class” celebrating the glorious collaboration between Steven Spielberg and John Williams, I salute them as the greatest … Continue reading
Book Lovers: A Memoir for the Holidays
Happy Holidays! During the holiday month of December, KISS ME QUICK BEFORE I SHOOT is donating 100% of its sales proceeds to the cancer healing mecca of the City of Hope. Do you love the movies? Are you a romantic … Continue reading
James Cameron’s SHRIEK before AVATAR!
(Excerpt from Guy Magar’s film memoir KISS ME QUICK BEFORE I SHOOT: A Filmmaker’s Journey into the Lights of Hollywood and True Love) Finally, I had found the financing for my first feature, SHRIEK. We started hiring a crew, casting … Continue reading
The Good, the Bad, and the Hollywood!
Back in 1997, a headline news story made all film wannabes’ jaws drop to the floor. I remember the story became the stuff of legend and even managed to catch my attention though I was deep in production at the … Continue reading
Gobbledygook! It must be an election year!
When Romney was MA governor and fought hard for healthcare reform, he said it was absolutely the right thing to do and he’s proud of it. Now that he’s running for president and needs the baggers who hate healthcare (or … Continue reading
WANTED: An American Hero – FOUND: Dancing’s J.R. Martinez
America loves its heroes. The ‘84 TV series Cover Up which I had directed had Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For a Hero” as the show’s theme song which was a huge hit tune in its time and still one of … Continue reading
Spielberg’s AMBLIN’ to Cameron’s XENOGENESIS: The Promise of Short Films
Everyone knows there is almost no commercial market for short films…so why make them? Every film regardless of its running length is a big investment in time, hassle, people, money, and dreams. The first film I made as a student … Continue reading
Cinematic Magic: IRIS
Magic! Movies have always been a magical world for me since I was a kid growing up in Egypt watching Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies and The Ten Commandments which blew my mind. The magic continued when on my … Continue reading