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To misquote Jack Nicholson—“He-e-e-re’s Army!”

And here’s my answer to those of you who have flattered me with letters, faxes, phone calls, emails. And to those of you who have sidled up to me at preems, previews, parties, restaurants, yes, even at Gelson’s or Neiman’s and whispered, “We miss you.” Well, I’ve got news for you, after 52 years here, I missed you, too. So here we go—anew telling you what’s new, and what’s askew and maybe why so also. And now, you will be also be able to let me know your take.

How’d I get into this blogging bizness? Last month, Oct.31, to be exact, the L.A.Times’ Golden State Columnist Michael Hiltzik headlined his column with “Experiment Starts Now: Call Me Blogger.” And when I showed his story to Variety’s Alex Romanelli, Tim Doyle and Talia Ron they revealed to me, “We’ve already established the ArmyArcherd.Com domain.” And Variety’s Martha Hernandez has designed the format you’re now looking at … It and I are subject to change since this is a big change for me. But we hope you like it—and the content to come. The content below is stories I have filed for Daily Variety in recent weeks. Going forward, I’ll be posting to this blog regularly.

As always, it will be true—my take or my report on what others have told me or done. I’ll tell you where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and heard, yes, even tasted—and what I think of it all. This is not such a change for me—I’ve really been doing this all of my career and have spoken out when speaking out is called for.

Now you are a part of it. I’ll avoid the obvious, like Paris Hilton items—unless she’s cast in a remake of ”Gone With The Wind,” God forbid. See you soon, as they say in Vegas, “Hit me!”

More Voices

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    Kicking and Screaming, FX Is Forced to Confront Future in the Stream (Column)

    During his network’s presentation at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, FX chief John Landgraf made waves — and headlines — by mounting perhaps his most direct criticism yet of Netflix. Landgraf, whose briefings to the press tend to rely heavily on data about the volume of shows with which FX’s competitors flood the [...]

  • Longtime TV Editor Recalls Working for

    How a Bad Director Can Spoil the Show (Guest Column)

    I have been blessed with editing some of TV’s greatest shows, working with some of the industry’s greatest minds. “The Wonder Years,” “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” “Scrubs,” “Pushing Daisies” and, most recently, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” I have earned an Emmy, ACE Eddie Awards, and many nominations. But whatever kudos I’ve received, over my [...]

  • Stock market Stock buyback

    Stock Buybacks Leave Firms Without Funds to Invest in Future (Column)

    Corporate giants on the S&P 500 have spent more than $720 billion during the past year on stock buybacks. Media and entertainment firms account for only a fraction of that spending, but even $1 million spent on share repurchases seems a foolhardy expenditure at this transformational moment for the industry. The record level of spending [...]

  • Hollywood Has Come Far With Diversity

    An Insider's Look at Hollywood's Diversity Efforts and How Far It Still Needs to Go

    I am a white man working in Hollywood. I grew up in Beverlywood, an all-white, predominantly Jewish, Los Angeles neighborhood sandwiched between 20th Century Fox Studios and MGM, where my elementary school had only one black student. I am compelled to write about diversity in Hollywood because “diversity” — in front of and behind the camera [...]

  • Venice Film Festival A Star is

    How Venice, Toronto and Telluride Festivals Stole Cannes' Luster (Column)

    In all the years I’ve been attending film festivals, I have never seen a lineup that looked as good on paper as Venice’s did this fall, boasting new films by Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Damien Chazelle (“First Man”), Paul Greengrass (“22 July”), Mike Leigh (“Peterloo”) and the Coen brothers (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”) in competition, [...]

  • Black Women in Medicine BTS

    Hollywood Needs to Include People With Disabilities on Both Sides of the Camera (Guest Column)

    In five years, nothing has changed. Despite open calls for greater diversity and inclusion, recent research shows that there was little change in the number of characters with disabilities in popular films in 2017. A study conducted by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that [...]

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