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Searching For Dick Van Dyke

Posted by on October 1st, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

About a year ago, I got the chance to visit a cool movie set. My goal? Searching for the elusive, mythical Dick Van Dyke. He’s a creature of great comedy and gravitas, but I’d never seen him in the flesh. This is bucket list material for me. So, with the help of Walt Disney Studios, […]

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‘Boyhood,’ Manhood and Everything in Between

Posted by on August 6th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

A couple weeks ago, I went to see a movie with a friend. We’re both fathers and very open about how hard it can be. We vent, and inappropriately joke about the crushing effort required to make sure a distinctly separate human being from ourselves doesn’t end up maiming, dulling or otherwise mortally wounding themselves […]

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Guarding The Galaxy And Other Fine Hobbies

Posted by on August 1st, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

What would you do if the galaxy was suddenly threatened by unfathomable evil and threat of destruction? I mean, more than it already is. Would you risk your life to protect others? Would you do it for the right price? Do you have a business card? I’m asking for a friend. They live in a […]

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Hunting For Treasure In L.A.

Posted by on June 26th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

The other day, I took my boys on a treasure hunt — an actual hunt for actual treasure. And as we crisscrossed Hollywood on the trail of [REDACTED], we naturally discussed aliens. Well, one alien in particular… Let me explain. In the film Earth to Echo, a group of kids discover a mysterious life-form and […]

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My Kid Just Said… #50

Posted by on June 2nd, 2014, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“You know what I would do if I had The Force? Tickle YOU for once.” -Finn (2014, 4.5 years old)  We started watching Episode IV: A New Hope of Star Wars awesomeness. Finn is in. All the way. He did way better than I even anticipated. After we finished our first round, he said this […]

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What It’s Like Being a Parent: Part One

Posted by on May 28th, 2014, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY, NOTEBOOK

My non-parent friends often ask me what it’s like to have children. I usually answer with something sarcastic or sentimental. Or both, just to confuse them. Because screw them and their “free will.” But I’ve decided it’s time I let them in on my life as a dad. In this continuing series, I will journey […]

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You’ll Want to be an Action Movie Kid Soooooo Bad!

Posted by on April 3rd, 2014, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

It’s pretty much impossible to be a kid and not dream of being an action hero or superhero. They’re just so calm, cool and drive the best friggin’ cars. Daniel Hashimoto is a father and an After Effects genius who works for DreamWorks. He used his special effects skills to make 10-15 second videos of […]

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Guess that Movie Line Love Note!

Posted by on February 14th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

  Romantic movie quotes can make their way into our hearts, woven into the sweet nothings we whisper in each other’s ears – a passionate declaration, a tear-jerking promise, a sweet inside joke – an actor’s lines can become like mottos for our love. Here are some of Cupid’s favorite movie quotes. How many of […]

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Some Muppets That I Used To Know

Posted by on January 8th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

During my visit to the set of Muppets Most Wanted, the upcoming installment to the decades-long movie franchise, I got to witness some filming on a completely closed Hollywood Blvd. Though I’ve seen many film productions, it’s still great fun to witness, especially when it involves characters that played such an integral part of my […]

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5 Reasons Home Alone Would Be Impossible Today

Posted by on December 25th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

Listen, I’m crazy busy wrapping presents and half of my family has a stomach virus, so this is going to be quick and dirty. The claims made here are under the duress of sleep deprivation the likes of which would kill a normal man, alas I AM NO NORMAL GUY. I AM SUPERCHRISTMASMEGADAD. “Home Alone” […]

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