David E. Talbert

Writer/director of Sony’s 'First Sunday,' out in theaters on Jan 11.

David E. Talbert, writer/director of Sony’s “First Sunday,” out in theaters on Jan 11.

Book I’m reading:
“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra

Total number of books I own:
More than I will ever read.

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“Tao Te Ching” by Lao-Tse
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
The Bible

What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?
Any novel I’ve written.

Last film I saw:
“American Gangster,” directed by Ridley Scott

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” directed by Mel Stuart (with Gene Wilder)
“The Shawshank Redemption,” directed by Frank Darabont
“Lean on Me,” directed by John G. Avildsen

Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female)
Morgan Freeman

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Sidney Poitier

Who do you look to for inspiration?
My accountant

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“Finding Forever,” Common

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
”The Message,” Grand Master Flash
”Someday We Will All Be Free” (Both the Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway versions)
”Boom,” The Commodores

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind? What are they?:
”Aint No Stopping Us Now,” McFadden and Whitehead

Concert that changed your life:
Jackson 5, with the black Micheal.

Guilty pleasures
* TV: “Dallas” seasons 1- 13 on the Soap Network
* Film: “You’ve Got Mail”
* Reading material: JET Magazine Beauty of the Week

Who is your inner Muppet?
Kermit D. Frog

Best hangover remedy?
I dont drink. Well I do, just not enough to get drunk!

What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
The biggest upside is being able to find lost family members, the biggest downside is them being able to find you.

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Never chase money. When you do good work the money chases you.

Do you have a dream project?:
Finally mounting my holiday musical called “Jingle Jangle”

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
My mortgage

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Olivia Newton-John… I can’t believe that I am actually admitting that.

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
Two bitter exes

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
Knicks game with Spike Lee but the old Knicks when the coach was biting people.

What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
A pair of Antik denim jeans with rhinestone studded rear pockets that made me feel like I was auditioning to be the first black member of Menudo.

What is the real reason behind answering these questions?
Shameless press and publicity

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Spike Lee
Neil Simon
John Landis
Nora Ephron