It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere. – Keith Richards
March 2017 — Quote in The Wall Street Journal
Charles Passy, who covers the Broadway industry in The Wall Street Journal, asked me for a quote about Broadway Weekends, “a New York program that aims to give amateurs the chance to be a star — at least for a few days.” In other words, Broadway Fantasy Camp.
My quote appeared in the March 21, 2017 edition of The Wall Street Journal. Click on the link in the tweet below to read the article:
Want to be a Broadway star? You can for a weekend… https://t.co/myGS8g9v9m
— Charles Passy (@CharlesPassy) March 21, 2017
March 2017 — Quote on Poster and DVD Case of Thriller Other Madnesses
On March 21, Gravitas Ventures will be releasing Other Madnesses on iTunes, Blu-ray, and DVD. It’s a film I saw and reviewed at the 2015 edition of First Time Fest. The filmmakers featured my quotes on the poster, DVD/Blu-ray case, and in the trailer. Find out more information on the film at the Other Madnesses website:
February 2017 — Article Featured on Little White Lies
In 1996, an indie film titled The Good Life starring Frank Stallone, Andrew Dice Clay, David Carradine, and Beverly D’Angelo and featuring a cameo by Sylvester Stallone began shooting in Miami. After a tumultuous production that even involved moving the shoot from Miami to Mexico in less than a week, The Good Life made it to completion only to be prevented from release by lawsuits. This is the wild, unbelievable story behind this never-seen-by-the-public movie as told to me by those involved in the cast and crew.
Hopefully, the film will be released someday. Until then, this is the story of The Good Life.
The article was published by UK film magazine/website Little White Lies. Check it out here!
October 2016 — Quote in It Had to Be You Movie Trailer
Hot on the heels of a quote from my review of the indie romantic comedy It Had to Be You appearing on the film’s official poster, the same quote appears prominently in the film’s official trailer.
You can watch the whole clip below. My quote appears at 1:08 in the video:
September 2016 — Quote on It Had to Be You Movie Poster
I reviewed the indie romantic comedy It Had to Be You this year at First Time Fest (you can read it here). The movie features How I Met Your Mother star Cristin Milioti and Dan Soder (Trainwreck, TV’s Billions). It Had to Be You was directed by first-time director Sasha Gordon and was featured in numerous film festivals. The film was acquired for distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films, and a quote from my review is featured on the new poster for the film. Check it out below and click on the poster for a larger version:
July 2016 — Now Contributing to TiqIQ
I will be contributing editorials on Broadway — specifically focusing on the ticket sales (or lack thereof) of the major shows in Midtown — to various sites for TiqIQ, a website which helps you find the best price for tickets to your favorite events.
My first editorial was posted on Classicalite.com
You can read it here:
April 2016 — “How Comics Saved America” Published in The 1930s: The Reality and the Promise
In 2011, I presented a paper at the Hofstra University 1935: The Reality and the Promise Conference on the influence comic strips and comic books had on Americans during the Great Depression and World War II titled “Drafting” the Funnies: How Popeye, Superman, Dick Tracy, Captain America and Friends Helped Save America. A version of this paper under the title “How Comics Saved America” has been published in a collection of essays from that conference, The 1930s: The Reality and the Promise, from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Click here for more information.
November 2015 –Now writing for About.com!
I have been hired as the Hollywood Movies Expert (their words, not mine!) for About.com, one of the top 200 trafficked websites in the world and top 100 in the United States. You can check out my first post, Five Box Office Records ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Will Break Before 2016, here!
My December 2014 Interview with RICHARD LINKLATER is quoted in The New York Times
My interview with Richard Linklater for Creative Screenwriting was quoted online on numerous sites including Time.com and USAToday.com when it was first posted eleven months ago. However, news that his next film, Everybody Wants Some, will be opening the 2016 SXSW Festival brought the interview back into the limelight. It was even quoted on page C3 of The New York Times on November 18, 2015! Here is the link to the online version.
October 2015 — Moderating THE FINAL GIRLS panel at NEW YORK COMIC-CON! (Updated with video clip!)
I was asked by Falco Ink to moderating the New York Comic-Con panel for The Final Girls, a new horror/comedy film. Featured on the panel were director Todd Strauss-Shulshon (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) and star Malin Akerman (Watchmen, 27 Dresses). It was an absolute blast, and the Comic-Con audience was wild as always.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
UPDATE: Here is a short video clip from the panel with a little bit of me:
May 2015 — Short Interview to promote DICK GRAYSON, BOY WONDER: SCHOLARS AND CREATORS ON 75 YEARS OF ROBIN, NIGHTWING AND BATMAN
I did a short interview with Celebrating Seventy-Five Years of Dick Grayson to promote my entry in the upcoming collection Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder: Scholars and Creators on 75 Years of Robin, Nightwing and Batman from McFarland Press edited by Kristen L. Geaman.
Check out the interview here!
May 2015 — Creative Screenwriting interview with Dolph Lundgren goes viral
I had the opportunity to interview Dolph Lundgren — yes, Ivan Drago from Rocky IV — for Creative Screenwriting. Although the interview was focused on his latest movie Skin Trade (which he also co-wrote), I asked Lundgren about his out-of-left-field role in the upcoming Coen brothers movie, Hail, Caesar! Lundgren gave me some details about his role, and the story became something of a hit. Here’s a sampling of outlets that ran the story:
We Got This Covered
Ain’t It Cool News
The Film Stage
Rope of Silicon
Bad Taste [Italy]
Best Movie [Italy]
Movie Pilot [Germany]
Film Starts [Germany]
Cinema Emcena [Brazil]
January 2015 — Coming in 2015: DICK GRAYSON, BOY WONDER: SCHOLARS AND CREATORS ON 75 YEARS OF ROBIN, NIGHTWING AND BATMAN
Happy New Year! I haven’t reported much on the publication front in the last few months, but I have several projects in the works. Here’s one I can now announce. An essay I wrote, “Building Character: The Writers Who Shaped Dick Grayson’s Personality” about the original Robin and the creators who had developed his character over his seventy-five years will be included in the essay collection Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder: Scholars and Creators on 75 Years of Robin, Nightwing and Batman from McFarland Press edited by Kristen L. Geaman.
Release date will be later this year!
May 2014 — Four Star Review of MONTAUK from Underground Book Reviews
Another wonderful accolade for my short novel Montauk! Yvonne Lieblein Underground Book Reviews awarded Montauk four (out of five) stars! Check out the review here! They also interviewed me about Montauk, so check that interview out here!
In other Montauk news, the Kindle version is now on sale for 99 cents. That’s cheaper than a burger at Massapequa’s All American Burger!
February 2014 — Write-up of MONTAUK in Boating Times Long Island
I’m proud to say a fantastic write-up of my short novel Montauk appears in the February/March issue of Boating Times Long Island. Check it out here!
In addition, one of my WhatCulture! articles, 10 Actors Who Had to Get Drunk to Shoot Their Movies, was featured on The #Acting Life Daily.
January 2014 — Now Posting at WhatCulture.com!
As if I didn’t already contribute enough websites, I will periodically be contributing posts to WhatCulture.com, a pop culture/entertainment website. My first post is 6 Examples of Movie Marketing That Shamelessly Embellished What “Starring” Means and focuses on some of the sleaziest examples of movie marketing. It was a lot of fun to write, so I hope you enjoy it!
October 2013 — Press Quote on Movie Poster!
At this year’s First Time Fest, I reviewed an excellent film titled Junction written and directed by Tony Glazer, whom I also interviewed. Junction is finally getting a general release, and a quote from my review is on the latest poster!
August 2013 — Creative Screenwriting and New Publication
My writing on film can now also be found on CreativeScreenwriting.com! I will primarily be doing interviews with various screenwriters for the site, which relaunched with my interviews with The Wolverine writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters writer Marc Guggenheim!
Also, a post I contributed to Daily Actor was used in the August publication of Samuel French Actor’s Guide to Agents. It’s a definite must-buy publication for any talent out there looking for representation.
May 2013 — Interview at The Dan O’Brien Project!
I’ve gone from interviewing people to being interviewed! I did a lengthy and sometimes off-tangent interview to promote Montauk at The Dan O’Brien Project. Check it out here!
March 2013 — Guest Blog Post and New Movie Review Gig!
As if I didn’t have enough movie reviews out there, I’m happy to point out that I will be periodically writing movie reviews for Vimooz.com, a website devoted to independent film. My first review for the site is Silver Circle, a computer animated action film about the collapse of the U.S. economy.
In addition, I had the opportunity to contribute a guest blog post about my novella, Montauk, to the Battered Suitcase blog. Check that out here!
January 2013 — ChrisMcKit.com launches with the following big news…
100 ENTERTAINERS WHO CHANGED AMERICA COMING AUGUST 2013 FROM ABC/CLIO
I’m proud to announce that I have written five entries in this soon-to-be-released text that covers the men and women who have made the most enduring contributions to American pop culture. Each entry explores the individuals’ contributions and influence with in-depth analysis of why he or she should be considered among the most significant figures in American pop culture history.
My entries are:
John Hughes (Director of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains & Automobiles)
Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster (Creators of Superman)
Billy Wilder (Director of Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment)
More information to come as the August publication date approaches!