Manny P. here…
The Orange County Screenwriters Association has invited me to open prior to a specal afternoon with acclaimed screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski on Saturday, May 22nd for a discussion on “Hollywood – Past and Present.” The event is free to attend, and this is a must for aspiring writers of books and lovers of classic cinema. Joining me on stage (prior to Straczynski’s appearance) will be my friend, O.C Register radio columnist Gary Lycan.
Straczynski has written for film and television, and his credits include Changeling, which was directed by Clint Eastwood. Angelina Jolie was nominated for an Oscar (Best Actress) in 2008 for her starring role in the film. The writer was nominated for a BAFTA for his work.
Babylon 5 is the screenwriter’s most noted television production. The show has won several awards including two Emmys. He’s also written episodes for Murder, She Wrote, Jake and the Fatman, and Walker, Texas Ranger.
J. Michael Straczynski
His journalism credentials are well known nationally, with articles in People Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. Straczynski has also dabbled as a TV producer and playwright. In 2008, Daily Variety named Straczynski as one of the “Top 10 Screenwriters to Watch.” He currently has five films in production including Lensman for Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
This event will be held at the Regency South Coast Village Theater, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave. in Santa Ana at 10am. The event will include a Q&A and booksigning. What a unique opportunity for me to begin the conversation prior to such a well-respected member of the Hollywood community!
Until next time> “never forget”