Up and Coming

From fighting aliens to showbiz memoirs, what’s on tap for spring.

Matt Lanter


Current endeavor?

Star-Crossed on the CW network. I play a persecuted alien on a future earth, fighting for his people and to protect his love with a human girl.

Gotta-SEE movie this summer? 

I’m really looking forward to Captain America 2. I’m a sucker for all of those Marvel superhero movies. 

Music of the moment? 

I might be late to the game, but I just discovered the a cappella group Pentatonix. Man, those people have some crazy talent. I spent a LOT of time YouTubing everything on them one night.

Last great book you read?

I don’t read many books because I’m usually busy reading scripts, but one of the last ones I read was called Heaven is for Real. It was really eye-opening.

Favorite binge watch?

I love Game of Thrones, mostly for all of the action. It is one of those shows that always keeps you on your toes.


Carol Leifer

TV writer & producer/author

Current endeavor?

How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying. It is part memoir, part guide to life, but most of all incredibly funny. It’s experiences turned into a collection of essays that charts my four-decade journey through show business, illuminating the many mistakes I’ve made.

Websites you spend the most time on?

IMDb. I like to look up people and projects in the biz. Stella McCartney. I only buy vegan clothes, and her stuff is incredible. I comb her sale section daily, as it is a little pricey. And TMZ because I love gossip.

How About apps?

Waze. It is great for navigating traffic. And ArcLight’s app. I love buying tickets online and avoiding all the suckers waiting to get a ticket at the theatre.

Favorite magazine?

Hollywood Reporter. Their Friday edition is classy and informative. My family went to all the places they recommended in Ojai, and it was a home run! I’m old-school; I read it on paper.