Author Archives: CarolynMcDonald

Influentia: The Bourdain Tribute

If you’re a diehard Bourdain fan like me, no doubt you’ve imagined yourself kickin’ it with him over a delectable meal in some stimulating foreign locale, while sipping on a libation that would make you as giddy as the next … Continue reading

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That Change: Thank you, MJ

I don’t know where I was in 1969 when I heard the glittering piano intro to “I Want You Back” for the first time. But my life hasn’t been the same since the Jackson 5’s first television appearance on “Hollywood … Continue reading

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For Love of the Screen says Happy Birthday, Sean Penn!

The first time I saw Sean Penn was in BAD BOYS, after which a magazine wrote a cover story about him entitled “Son of DeNiro” (with whom he shares an August 17 birthday) and cited him as ushering in a … Continue reading

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“For Love of the Screen” celebrates Whitney Houston

I’ve been sitting here for hours contemplating the right words to honor Whitney Houston’s enormous contributions to the screen, and express my deep admiration and love. Gifted, gorgeous and graceful are the first words that come to mind for the … Continue reading

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“For Love of the Screen” celebrates “Ernest T. Bass”

On a rare moment of channel-surfing the other night, I was halted by the whistle of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW theme song. (Unfortunately, the TV show theme song is a lost art – which I will address in a later … Continue reading

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For Love Of The Screen: The Flip Wilson Show

OK, so I’m doing some cross pollinating with today’s “For Love Of The Screen” post with an excerpt from my memoir INFLUENTIA celebrating The Flip Wilson Show. “Don’t fight the feeling!” The Flip Wilson Show. 1970 – 1974 I was … Continue reading

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For Love Of The Screen: Phat Tracking Shots

Today “For Love of the Screen” celebrates phat tracking shots. For non-filmmakers, a tracking shot is where the camera moves along with one or more characters for a period of time to reveal several layers of information in a story … Continue reading

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