Ever wished you could magically project yourself into a romantic comedy, such as Carole Lombard's "Hands Across The Table"? This weekend in Los Angeles, you can.
It's through an inaugural event titled "Rom Com Fest," a tribute to a genre that's had its ups and downs over the decades and now appears to be on the rise again.
OK, technically Lombard won't be there; the token old-school rom-com is at least a good one -- 1940's "His Girl Friday," starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy and lots and lots of rapid-fire dialogue from director Howard Hawks (who contributed to the screenplay).
The spirit of Lombard, Russell, Myrna Loy, Claudette Colbert and other rom-com pioneers will permeate the venue, the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St., not far from the LA Civic Center and Little Tokyo districts.
Here's the complete schedule (classic films are $15 for one ticket, $25 for two; new films are $12 and $20, respectively):
If you're in SoCal, we'd love to see you drop by.
The bad news for me is that neither of my scripts, "Stand Tall!" or "Fugitive Sweetheart," was selected for Saturday's table read with professional actors. The good news is that at last night's opening party, I learned the winning script and its author -- "Whipped," by Morgan Thompson. Its logline:
"After being dumped mid-proposal by his soulmate, a milquetoast nice guy sets out to find his mojo and win her back, but when he begins to fall for a quick-witted dominatrix, he's forced to choose between sticking to the plan or taking a plunge into the unknown."
Got some potential, that.
For more information, visit https://www.romcomfest.com/.