Sunday, August 31, 2014 Elul 5, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
A little chill in the air, a nip at your nose - and some cool stuff in movie theaters! It's that time of year when Hollywood brings out its best and brightest - and "On the Scene" says: Bring it on! Who's to benefit? A lucky "On the Scene" fan who will receive a movie package of tickets and popcorn...
Who will buy this wonderful mourning? Going back to its enlightening literary source and forsaking the misguided madcap mischief of the bouncy Broadway musical, Roman Polanski's deliciously dark "Oliver Twist" twists and shouts for attention and acclaim even as it surely will alienate those who consider anything but total faithfulness to the Charles Dickens book so much gruel. Balderdash! Oscar-winning...
From Hobbit to Hebrew, actor speaks the language of success
There's the ring of truth - and fantasy - in the quiet wizardry Elijah Wood applies to his magic wand of quirky characters. From "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy to the singular sensation that is "Everything Is Illuminated" - which opens Friday, Sept. 30 - Wood illuminates the human (and elfin) condition, radiating rays from within. From Hobbit to...
What better time to celebrate the arrival of fall than with items about "Stars" who elevate the meaning of everyday life, movin' on up in the world in ways that would get a high-five from George Jefferson himself. Such as? Such as Philadelphia Family Division Administrative Judge Myrna P. Field , granted the initial "Outstanding Initiatives Award" from the Commission...
Are there modern-day lessons to be learned from this science-factual series?
Hollywood Has "Invasion" captured the zeitgeist of modern-day America? A day after its Sept. 21 premiere on ABC, the mystery/horror series seems incredibly invasive - and pervasive - penetrating the national consciousness of what it means to fear strangers from a strange land. Set in hurricane-whipped Homestead, Fla. - the reel natural disaster rains down on sensibilities of a nation...


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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