Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
'America's Got Talent' host gets the joke
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The lord of the ringmaster is more "Happy Feet" than fine-steppin' Frodo: Jerry Springer, whose Slinky-like spring-in-his step landed him among the favorites in "Dancing With the Stars" two seasons ago -- and whose fancy footwork was finessed from years of side-stepping thrown chairs and trailer trash on his pugilistic self-named talk show -- truly believes that "America's Got Talent."...
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Singer/humanitarian taking the 'A Train'
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Torch-hot, flame-flaring, sparks-blazing Judy Blazer brazenly lives up to her name. "I'm incessantly frazzled," says the stylishly sizzling singer, with a song not only pumping proudly in her heart but boiling in her blood -- a fantastic voyage of a victory for those who like their music with pulse and promise. And as far as voyages are concerned: Blazer's getting...
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"Let the son shine, let the son shine in, the son shine in ... ." No problem for Cherry Hill's David and Maxine Butler, whose son Ari is doing just that, shining in the musical "Hair," the Age of Aquarius musical for another age, on stage at the Prince Music Theater, where peace is not so much in its seventh...
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'NCIS' star Cote de Pablo makes the most of her Mossad role -- and a revealing trip to her character's homeland
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Can a steamy Chilean pepper-pot of an actress pack the heat needed to play a secret-service agent whose hardboiled hand-to-hand fisticuffs first played out in the sunbaked sand dunes of Israel? Mossad: Impossible? Not for Cote de Pablo, whose coat of arms -- and armament -- bears an Israeli flag and firearms as her Ziva David adds zest to CBS'...
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Dan Klores is of sound mind and body about a film as loopy as it is about loneliness
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For those who think love has blinders, meet one of them: Burt Pugach, whose blinding of his lady love in 1959 was tabbed by the tabloids as a vision in viciousness, a crime so cruel that the victim -- Linda Riss -- exacted her vengeance against him in the most vicious of vendettas. She married him. Opening this Friday, "Crazy...
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Profile

Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.
 

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