The Walk-In Closet
May28

The Walk-In Closet

Step into a world where glamour, money and family honor – no matter the cost – reign supreme in Abdi Nazemian’s THE WALK-IN CLOSET. Fans of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians will love this debut novel from Los Angeles screenwriter Nazemian (The Quiet, Celeste in the City) about two best friends in Los Angeles juggling a fictional relationship and searching for true love. Hilarious, heartbreaking...

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Blog: 2013’s Best Music in Haiku
Dec12

Blog: 2013’s Best Music in Haiku

As the year comes to a close, countless words will be written about the year’s best records. In an effort not to add to the glut of words, I offer one haiku to each of my ten favorite albums of 2013. If you think I’ve missed one, please let me know, preferably with a haiku about what makes it special.   NEKO CASE The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You It can’t be easy To improve on...

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Blog: My Faye Story
Aug21

Blog: My Faye Story

It seems as if everyone who lives in West Hollywood has a Faye Dunaway story. I have heard of sightings at the cheese counter of Whole Foods, Faye berating some poor soul because they don’t have the manchego she likes. I have heard of sightings at the Virgin Megastore (remember CD stores?), Faye accosting a manager because she was displeased with their classical selection. I have heard of sightings at local coffee shops, Faye mistaken...

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Blog: Oh Lorde: Bring back alternative female musicians
Oct14

Blog: Oh Lorde: Bring back alternative female musicians

Recently, Lorde became the first woman since 1996 to top Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart. That’s right, the chart went an astonishing 17 years without a female atop it. Something is very, very wrong here. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the top of the Alternative Songs Chart was home to a brilliant array of female musicians: Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, and Alanis Morissette among them. These women...

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News: Revolution is now available online
Sep18

News: Revolution is now available online

I am thrilled to announce that my short film “Revolution,” about an Iranian boy’s coming-of-age, is now available on YouTube and Vimeo thanks to the FramelineVoices project. Hope you enjoy it. It was very much a labor of love. The film stars Mojean Aria, Busy Philipps, Sheila Vosough, David Diaan, and Zach Cumer. The original score was composed by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij.

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Blog: Will The Real Ava Gardner Please Stand Up?
Aug21

Blog: Will The Real Ava Gardner Please Stand Up?

Despite all the salacious stories included in Ava Gardner: The Secret Confessions, my favorite story from the book is fairly chaste, revealing nothing about Mickey Rooney’s libido or Frank Sinatra’s penis. The story involves an aged Gardner meeting Dick Snyder, the CEO of Simon & Schuster, the publishing company planning on publishing her memoirs. “Didn’t anyone tell you?” she objects. “I stopped auditioning a long time ago,...

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