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Josh Greene is a multi-talented genius and humanitarian who enjoys writing his own bios. After a tour of duty in the trenches of children's theater, his professional career was launched with an appearance on FRASIER, which catapulted him into a guesthouse in the Valley. Shortly thereafter he did some time in the Broadway musical RENT, then returned home to pursue lifelong goals like fame, fortune, and the elimination of world hunger. Josh was the star of Discovery Channel’s RALLY ROUND THE HOUSE, and recently wrapped his 50th episode of TLC’s 10 YEARS YOUNGER. Providing the voice of Jimmy Lizard in the Weinstein Company’s animated hit HOODWINKED, he also penned the song RUNAWAY which was included on the film's award-winning soundtrack. In 2005 Josh wrote/directed/produced THE COMMISSION, a film which walked away with nine nominations and three wins, including "Best Comedy" and "Best Screenplay" at the 168 Hour Film Festival in L.A. Last year he starred with Tenacious D's Kyle Gass in the smash hit musical ROCK OF AGES, and is currently in development on three feature films, a television pilot, and his first solo album. It's looking like world hunger may just have to wait -- Or you could visit ONE.org and help stamp it out yourself!

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March
23
2007
11:38 pm
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I Heart HuckabeesSo apparently I’ve been living under a rock because I just now heard about the devil and Lily Tomlin. If you haven’t already, head on over to YouTube and do a search for “I Hate Huckabees.” What you’ll find is Lily like you’ve NEVER seen her — and it ain’t pretty. It’s so NOT pretty, that I don’t even want it on my site. Why, you ask?

  • The leaked footage keeps getting taken down, and…
  • I don’t need that kind of karma here

In a nutshell, director David O. Russell (the same guy George Clooney punched out for screaming at an extra) laid into Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees (in a tirade of gender-specific expletives), and Lily lost it. LOST IT! Seriously. Go to YouTube RIGHT NOW and prepare to cringe as Lily goes nuts. There are six or seven clips. Watch them all, and when you’re done, come on back and read the following for a little insight into what was going on…

July 24, 2003: The Car Trip […]

So far, the actors have been remarkably tolerant of Mr. Russell’s mischief. As Ms. Huppert later observed in a phone interview, the actors knew Mr. Russell was intentionally trying to destabilize them for the sake of their performances. ”He is fascinating, completely brilliant, intelligent and very annoying sometimes, too,” she said. They also know he has created superb films from chaotic-seeming sets before. Besides, he’s the director and the writer; now that they’ve cast their lot with him, they really don’t have a choice.

But on what is meant to be the last take of the day, Ms. Tomlin, who recently ended an exhausting run of her one-woman play, collapses into Mr. Hoffman’s arms crying and doesn’t stop. As he embraces her, the wails grow louder and louder, and finally it becomes clear that she is not in character. After long moments, Ms. Tomlin breaks the tension by shouting at Mr. Hoffman: ”You’re driving a hairpin into my head!” Everyone collapses in laughter and the take is trashed.

But the drama is not over. The car scene takes several more hours to shoot, and as the sun fades, the accumulated tension erupts. Ms. Tomlin begins shouting at Mr. Russell: she is unhappy with the way she looks. She wants to try the scene a different way. She taunts him with a few expletives and curses at the other actors too. Their patience worn, the other actors laugh at her outburst.

Later, unfolding himself from the back seat of the Chevrolet, Mark Wahlberg jokes that his next project will be a nice, easy action film.

July 31, 2003: Candid Camera

The production has moved from the dried-up swamp to the set of the detectives’ office. It is hot and cramped, and the hour is getting late. To pass the time while a shot is set up, Mr. Russell treats the crew to a description of a baby passing through the birth canal.

And then Ms. Tomlin is berating Mr. Russell again.

This time, the director turns on her angrily, calling her the crudest word imaginable, in front of the actors and crew. He shrieks: ”I wrote this role for you! I fought for you!” Mr. Russell ends his tirade by sweeping his arm across a nearby table cluttered with production paraphernalia. He storms off the set and back on again, continually shouting. Then he locks himself in his office, refusing to return. After an uncomfortable, set-wide pause, Ms. Tomlin goes in to apologize, and Mr. Russell returns to the shoot.

Unbeknownst to both of them, a member of the crew has videotaped his tirade. The recording makes its way around the Hollywood talent agencies. Asked about the incident later, Mr. Russell says: ”Sure, I wish I hadn’t done that. But Lily and I are fine.” For her part, Ms. Tomlin admits that both she and Mr. Russell lost control. ”It’s not a practice on his part or my part,” she says. ”I’d rather have someone human and available and raw and open. Don’t give me someone cold, or cut off, or someone who considers themselves dignified.”

This must be the Zen part.

If you’re still reading, and not all spooked by the Tomlinator, watch one fan’s clever tribute to this whole fiasco: Huckabees Redux.

I wanna give a shout out to The Defamer for the above backstory. I believe someone there dug back through a few years of The Times to bring some light to this PR train-wreck. Check out more on the story: Tomlin Vs. Russell: The ‘I Heart Huckabees’ Outtakes – Defamer

March
16
2007
3:24 pm
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audio.jpgI finally updated the “Media” toplink on my homepage. The “Audio” link contained within now takes you to an (almost) fully-functioning media player with access to ALL the audio clips on my site — new music, voiceovers, other artists, and lots of previously unavailable embarrassing stuff from the vault (dating back to age 14!)

I use a nifty little player called Wimpy that allows users to customize their own playlists. So if you’re inclined, feel free to set up an account and listen to your own personalized Josh Programming 24/7. The popup window will stay open in the background, allowing you to listen while you surf other pages.

I hope to get the “Video” link up and running shortly too. ‘Til then, you can access video clips via the sidelinks (Actor, Editor, etc.) Enjoy!

March
13
2007
12:43 am
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Kyle GassI’ve just posted a video of Kyle Gass and myself from the musical Rock of Ages in the Actor Section on my Homepage. It’s the “Fond Memories Montage” that played during our rendition of REO Speedwagon’s Greatest Hit. I could never figure out if folks were laughing at the montage, the boys on roller skates behind us, the bubbles falling from the sky, or our incredible chemistry. Click on KG to see the video.

March
12
2007
10:01 pm
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When the Seagram’s Company (Edgar Bronfman Jr.) bought Universal back in the 90’s, someone had the bright idea of hiring Trey Parker & Matt Stone to shoot an employee orientation film to bolster the idea that working for a corporate behemoth would do nothing to compromise an artist-friendly environment.

With appearances by Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, James Cameron, Sly Stallone, Brian Grazer, Demi Moore, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Traci Lords, Angela Lansbury (and more) all swilling wine coolers and playfully thumbing their collective noses at their new boss, it’s no wonder it was never used.

Take fifteen minutes to watch this in its entirety. It’s better than just about anything playing on your TV set.

March
3
2007
10:29 pm
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Grizzly ManI just finished watching an astonishing documentary called Grizzly Man, and I’ll first offer that if you haven’t seen it, you need to. Check out the “Reviews” section for a more detailed examination.

Having said that, be sure to check out the Grizzly Man Sessions on the DVD’s Bonus Materials. It chronicles the two-day recording session of the film’s soundtrack, and is noteworthy because the film’s director, Werner Herzog, gathered a group of musicians together to IMPROVISE the entire score. It’s truly wonderful, and…

Amazing.