Super Dave Osborne, Bob Einstein Has Died

Bob Einstein
Bob Einstein, left, worked with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right for years. DiMaio was the stunt coordinator for Einstein’s character Super Dave Osborne.

Indian Wells, CA-Bob Einstein, known for his portrayal of American stuntman Super Dave Osborn, has died. He was 76.

Einstein got his start as a comedy writer on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” where he won an Emmy Award for writing. He appeared as Super Dave from 1979 to 2009 on various TV shows and networks.

He also appeared in such TV classics as “Arrested Development,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Anger Management.”

On the big screen, he appeared in the films “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “RECOiL” and “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.”

He is survived by his wife, Roberta his daughter, Erin and five grandchildren,

There’s No Crying In Obituaries: Film Director Penny Marshall Has Died

Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall, right, briefly dated RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, in the mid 1980’s. He would later learn it was only to make Art Garfunkle jealous.

Los Angeles- Actress and director Penny Marshall died Monday due to complications from diabetes. She was 75.

Marshall got her start as an actress and first achieved success on “The Odd Couple” after her brother, Garry became the executive producer. She then landed her most famous role as LaVerne DeFazio on “LaVerne & Shirley,” which was created by her brother, Garry.

On the big screen, she appeared in such films as “1941,” “Hocus Pocus,” “RECOiL” and “High Fidelity.”

After “LaVerne & Shirley” ended, Garry suggested Penny go into directing, and she would go on to direct hits like “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “Awakenings.”

She is survived by her daughter, Tracy and five grandchildren.

“I’ve Learned Perspective Is Extremely Significant:” A TDQ Q&A With Krystin Goodwin

Krystin Goodwin

Today we talk to Krystin Goodwin , multi-media journalist and actress.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with red carpet interviewer and actress Krystin Goodwin. Krystin spoke to us about her work in the upcoming “Transformers” prequel “Bumblebee,” going back and forth between interviewer and interviewee and her love of dinosaur movies. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Krystin Goodwin: 

 
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Kristin Goodwin: I’ve always loved telling stories. Growing up I spent a lot of time writing scripts and convincing friends to act with me in skits. We would put on shows for family members and neighbors. When I got to high school I played a lot of sports, but ended up auditioning for a musical theater group and fell for performing. We traveled the country singing and dancing. There’s something so alluring about telling or portraying a tale whether fiction or fact. 

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

KG: Jessica Alba. I idolized her character Max in “Dark Angel.” She played a petite genetically-enhanced, trained super-soldier who rides motorcycles and beat up criminals twice her size. As a 5’2″ youngster with the attitude of a 6’3″ nose tackle I was hooked!  It’s the first powerful, inspirational heroine character I remember watching.
 
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
 
KG: My favorite movie growing up was “Jurassic Park.” It terrified me, but I’ve always been fascinated by natural history, dinosaurs…and space. I must have watched this film fifty times as a kid. 
 

Krystin Goodwin

Krystin Goodwin has her roots in the world of broadcasting.

TDQ: Who are your influences?
 
KG: It may sound cliche, but my parents are such positive influences in my life. They’ve worked so hard in their careers, had their own business and taught me the significance of trying your best and celebrating life. I’m so thankful for their guidance and support. 
 
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
 
KG: The best advice I’ve ever received is a quote from Henry Ford. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” A former boss and mentor first told me this, and it has stuck with me ever since. I’ve been in some challenging situations interacting with many different types of people. When it comes to achieving a goal, whether it be getting the interview out in the field or getting the job, I’ve learned perspective is extremely significant.  
 
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
 
KG: The news and entertainment industry are very competitive. The worst advice is hearing “that seems unlikely” or “too difficult” to go after. Achieving is all about risks. There will always be “what if” questions, but what’s scarier is not going after what you want out of fear. A chance is always better than a definite “No.” I feel you want to surround yourself with people who believe in you and respect you. 
 

Krystin Goodwin

Krystin Goodwin’s broadcasting experience has been called on several times for roles where she plays a broadcaster on the other side of the camera. Well…It’s the same side of the camera. The other side of the microphone? No. You get the idea.

TDQ: Tell us about your upcoming role in “Bumblebee”
KG: I’m so grateful to play a small part in this story. The film takes place in the late 80s, so I play a version of myself with MUCH bigger hair covering the action among shape-shifting aliens. I had such an incredible time on set!
 
TDQ: Besides movies, you’re also in the new CBS Interactive series “Tell Me a Story.” What can you tell us about your work in that show?
 
KG: Thank you so much! I can’t say too much about this particular role yet, but overall it has been a busy year. I’ve been traveling a lot this fall. I spent some time back in New York for a role in a pilot which debuts early next year. I also recently worked on Hulu’s horror anthology series from Blumhouse “Into the Dark” which features spooky stories inspired by the holidays.  
 
TDQ: Do you think your experience as a red carpet host on Fox News Los Angeles has helped you or hurt you in doing press interviews for your work in TV and movies?
 
KG: It’s funny…I’ve spent most of my career being the interviewer; digging up details in an attempt to tell compelling stories. Being the interviewee feels a bit peculiar but I’m thankful to be featured and I’m really enjoying it. 
 
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
KG: I’ve been lucky enough to work with some really talented people. I hope to develop my craft and be offered the opportunity to take on more challenging roles. 
 
Learn more about Krystin on her Facebook page and be sure to follow her on Twitter.

Prolific Comic Book Creator And Writer Stan Lee Dies At 95

Stan Lee

Stan Lee, right, with RECOiL writer/director/actor and Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio was a fixture in the offices of Stan Lee for more than a decade starting in the mid 1950s. DiMaio read hundreds of comics for the Comics Code Authority. Years later it would be discovered that DiMaio never worked for the CCA. He just wanted to read comics before they came out and for free.

Los Angeles—Comic book creator and writer Stan Lee, famed for creating such Marvel superhero mainstays as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Spider-Man” and “The X-Men,” died Monday. He was 95.

Lee was known for making cameos in the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in such classics as “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “RECOiL” and “Spider-Man.”

He also appeared on the small screen in TV shows like “Chuck,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Entourage.”

Lee served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in July 2017. He is survived by his daughter, J.C.

 

“This Industry Is Never Easy:” A TDQ Q&A With Filmmaker Paulina Lagudi

Paulina Lagudi

Paulina Lagudi is a multi faceted filmmaker who, lists, among others, Steve McQueen as a major inspiration. But, before you jump to conclusions think less “The Great Escape” and more “12 Years a Slave.”

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with filmmaker Paulina Lagudi. Paulina spoke to us about her production company, Jax Productions, her latest movie, “Mail Order Monster” and who influenced her as a filmmaker. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Paulina Lagudi: 

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite filmmaker growing up?

PL: It’s hard to say who my favorite filmmaker growing up was. I had favorite actors when I was a kid, but I think the filmmaker that really influenced me when I was in college was Steve McQueen…the director not the actor.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

PL: My favorite movie growing up was “Life is Beautiful” (La Vita è Bella) by Roberto Benign. I saw that film at a really young age, and it truly impacted me forever. It was a lesson on storytelling I didn’t quite understand until I got older. The use of comedy was such a brilliant device in those horrific circumstances in order to protect the innocence of a child.

TDQ: What made you decide to become a filmmaker?

PL: Cooper Ulrich, my fiancé, was the one that told me I could and should do this. But I’ve always had a fascination with storytelling and human psychology. I think filmmaking ended up being just a natural outlet for this fascination.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

PL: I have so many influences. My family and the world we live in are my influences for stories, but the storytellers I’m influenced and inspired by are: Steve McQueen, Guillermo Del Toro, Denis Villeneuve, Antonio Campos.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

PL: Say little. Do much.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

PL: Oh geez, this list is too long. Before production of “Mail Order Monster”, a PR guy told me that ‘the female filmmaker thing is dead and I shouldn’t use that as part of advertising my film.’

Paulina Lagudi - Mail Order Monster

In Paulina Lagudi’s film Mail Order Monster a young girl enlists the help of a monster she orders through the mail to help her through some tough times. You can probably find a monster on Amazon if you looked hard enough but you could just buy or rent Mail Order Monster and probably save yourself from some messy high jinks to clean up after.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest movie, “Mail Order Monster”

PL: The log line for the film is “A girl seeks help and guidance from a robot monster to cope with the bullies at school and her father’s new girlfriend.” It’s a family, sci-fi, adventure drama that is loosely based on my own life. My stepmother came into my life when I was about 13 and my siblings and I grew up with a single dad for a long time. It’s a true indie and I really hope audiences enjoy the “indie-ness” of it as well as the messages in the story.

TDQ: What project are you working on next?

PL: I’ve been doing a lot of writing. Currently been hired to write another feature as well as working on some fun projects of my own both in the branded, commercial space and narrative.

TDQ: Has the entertainment industry become more welcoming to female filmmakers since you started your career, or do you think it is it still just as difficult?

PL: A little bit of both. People are way more willing to get a female filmmaker involved in a project or in the room, but this industry is never easy. We cannot rely on our gender to get us a job. Content standards are higher and with the democratization of the content, the competition pool becomes bigger.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself and Jax Productions in five years?

PL: Hopefully still creating, but on a bigger scale.

Learn more about Paulina and Jax Productions at her website, and be sure and follow her on Instagram