Server-Mania, as Gil's IBM commercials are running all
over the television! You can visit IBM's
website and watch
the commercials, plus the original Industrial Gil
made back in February! Plus, read the scripts to each
one: the Industrial,
Stand and Man Down.
And Gil (and
Kevin Christy) shot a photographic layout for the IBM
campaign, now being seen in such publications as the Wall
Street Journal, Forbes, and Business Week. The world-famous
photographer Clang shot the pictures.
Ogilvy and Mather brought Gil (and Kevin, as his trusty
sidekick) back in to film seven more commercials! Four
of the spots will be seen exclusively on ABC's Monday
Night Football, beginning November 14, and promote Super
A total of
12 different spots are being shown during Pro Football
games, the US Open and the Baseball Playoffs, and the
shot an episode of the hit NBC sitcom, My
Name Is Earl. It's the Christmas episode, in which
Earl and his brother try to win a car for Earl's ex-wife.
Gil plays a contestant in the same contest, who makes
fun of Earl for losing, and then immediately loses himself.
It should air in December.
Gil was interviewed
by best-selling author Lisa
Mulcahy for her upcoming book from Allworth
Press, titled "The Actor's Other Career Book."
The book, which addresses performers "who wish to
apply their acting skills to a wide range of professional
pursuits," is due out in 2006. Gil shared what little
he has learned over the years with Lisa.
movement has been made on production of Gil's screenplay
"Death Takes a Vacation," but, being superstitious,
we're not going to tell you what until the ink's dry!
Keep your fingers crossed!
Gods of Show Biz are smiling on Gil this summer! As suggested
earlier this year, the ad agency Olgilvy & Mather
decided to create a commercial campaign to hire Gil to
shoot 4 more IBM commercials. The spots are based on the
character Gil did in the IBM commercial back in 2001.
These new ads were written specifically for Gil (and the
very funny comic Kevin
Christy, who plays Gil's assistant, Ned) and should
be running later this year.
And the cherry on top of the
IBM sundae is that Olgilvy & Mather lifted a commercial
from the Industrial that Gil filmed in February, and started
running in late May.
in June, Gil filmed an interview with some classmates
from his old Alma Mater, Hinkley
High School in Aurora, Colorado. The classmates are
making a documentary about the musical comedy productions
that ran at the high school back in the day. Gil played
King Pellinore in the Hinkley production of Camelot, and
was interviewed about his experience.
Mystery Men is running on Comedy Central, and Gil's episodes
of Buffy, Sabrina, West Wing, Family Matters, 3rd Rock
and Reno 911 are popping up here and there, too!
has signed with Liz Hanley of BiCoastal Talent and Literary
to represent him for talent auditions as well as being
his literary agent. And Liz is kicking some butt, getting
Gil more TV and film auditions than any other agent he
filmed an industrial for IBM in March, reprising his role
as the Panicked Office Guy from The Heist, the commercial
from 2001/2002 which ran all over the tube. In this Industrial,
his office has been taken over by Computer Servers, and
he calls the cops to help him out. IBM was so pleased
with the resulting Industrial, there is talk of doing
a return commercial campaign. We'll keep you posted.
Mystery Men is currently showing on Comedy Central, and
Coach has started running on TBS, and Buffy is still running
on F/X, Fox and the WB, so you will be seeing Gil's face
on cable tv this year!
On the DVD front, Mind Games will be released on July
19, and 3rd Rock From the Sun will be released on July
26th. Order your copy of Mind Games from Amazon.
Entertainment has re-optioned "Death Takes A Vacation,"
and Brookwell McNamara, the producers of "That's
So Raven" as well as the recent Hillary Duff film
"Raise Your Voice," have agreed to obtain financing
for the film, with an eye towards Sean McNamara as director.
Currently they are in talks with several Hollywood stars
to play the part of Morty. And Gil got his name in Daily
Variety in an interview with Sean as the author of the
script that Sean will direct next!
of Gil's other scripts, "Cut Out of the Picture,"
was a Quarter-Finalist in the Screenwriters' Expo 3 Scriptwriting
contest. And, Gil just found out that the movie "Mind
Games" has secured a North American DVD distribution
deal with Showcase Entertainment. We'll let you know as
soon as it's available!
reruns on TV, but that's ok for Gil! Over the summer,
Gil's episodes of Reno 911 and That's So Raven were featured
in marathons of both shows. And you could see Gil on reruns
of 3rd Rock, Family Matters, Coach (now on Nick at Nite),
Sabrina, Chicago Hope, Buffy and Providence! Plus More
American Graffiti, Mind Games and Mystery Men were all
shown on television, and Gil's episode of the Bernie Mac
Show was shown in Europe, for all you French, German and
Italian fans of Gil's work!
On the script writing front, Gil has started work on his
latest epic, Time Janitors! It looks like it's going to
be even funnier than Death Takes a Vacation, so we'll
keep you posted on the progress.
movie-wise, the film "Mind Games" was shown
at the Philadelphia Film Festival in June!
a Jiffy Lube commercial! In it, Gil plays a husband who
took his car for a lube job to the deal on Sunday. Quite
a mistake, because it turned out to be closed, while the
wind blew huge pieces of garbage at Gil, and Doberman
pinchers tried to bite him. In the end, Gil sinks to the
ground in despair as a hubcap rolls across the parking
lot right at him, while his wife takes her car to Jiffy
Lube for quick service!
Meanwhile, the film "Mind
Games" was shown at the Hollywood Black Film Festival
in March and the Palm Beach Film Festival in April.
new year started off with a bang, as the Disney Channel
ran Gil's episode during their New Year's "That's
So Raven" Marathon. And friends of Gil mentioned
they saw his episodes of "Buffy" and "West
Wing" in syndicated runs of those shows. And Gil's
episodes of "Providence," "Chicago Hope"
and "Third Rock From the Sun" are still showing
up on television, as well as the film "Mystery Men."
Gil's DisneyWorld commercial is still running strong,
and his Dell Computer commercial, which started running
late last year, is also all over TV.
The film "Mind
Games" won a Silver
Medal for its original score at the Park
City Film Music Festival in January. Gil played a
scummy Justice of the Peace in this story, and is considered
to be one of the comic highlights of the movie.
And over the holidays Gil was honored to participate in
Young Story Tellers event at Broadway Elementary School
Los Angeles. Gil joined several other actors in a reading
of original screenplays by the students of Broadway Elementary.
Some of the kids' writing was very clever, and it was
a lot of
fun to perform for the kids and their parents. The Young
Story Tellers program is a worthwhile organization that
helps kids expand their imagination, and have a good time
Gil finished polishing up his latest screenplay, "Jenny
Swerdlow, Restaurant Detective." But probably the
best news on the screenwriting front is that Leaping Shadows
Entertainment has optioned "Death Takes A Vacation."
Leaping Shadows is now representing "DTAV" throughout
Hollywood, and currently
getting the script in through some major doors in the