James Bruner & Elizabeth Stevens

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James Bruner and Elizabeth StevensWelcome to our website. We are authors as well as film and television writers and producers. We love to create in a variety of different mediums and our mission is to inspire and entertain with our movies, books and TV series.

Before we met, we were both involved in the entertainment business, James as a writer and Elizabeth as an entertainer. Then we were introduced on a blind date by some mutual stuntman friends and in time we became partners in marriage and in business.

We hope you enjoy exploring our website and getting to know us.

 

 

 

(photograph of Bruner & Stevens by Terry Hughes; website by CincinnatiMedia)

Mister D now in ebook, paperback!

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Now available for Kindle

Now available for Kindle

We’ve been working to insure that Mister D: A Children’s Picture Book about Overcoming Doubts and Fears is able to reach even more readers.

As of April 28, 2013, after multiple requests from teachers and librarians, the book is available in paperback. Mister D is also now available as an e-book on Kindle Select. Mister D is available in hardcover, as well.

Mister D has been approved for use in California public schools by the office of California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Elizabeth recently completed a children’s play (six acts) based on Mister D.

 

Mister D is now available!

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Mister DThe first children’s book from Bruner and Stevens is now available!  Buy Mister D: A Children’s Picture Book about Overcoming Doubts and Fears from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or BigTentBooks. Also available for Kindle.

Mister D is written by Elizabeth Stevens and illustrated by Daniela Frongia.

Learn more about Mister D here.

See a mention of Mister D in the November issue of Black Belt Magazine!

MISTER D has been approved for use in California Public Schools

We are excited to share the great news that MISTER D: A Children’s Picture Book About Overcoming Doubts and Fears, has been approved for use in California public schools by the office of California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction!

Some excerpts from the approval letter:

“Your passion for improving the mental strength of young people is clearly evident.”

“I wish you the best in the future and hope that you continue to write books that address the needs of children.”

We’re looking forward to sharing the book with teachers and librarians throughout California and the rest of the world.

 

 

 

Guest Interview with John Farley – Part 2

Misadventures in Hollywood:  Guest Interview

John Farley Edition – Part 2: 10/16/13

We are picking up from where we left off last week with more misadventures from John Farley in the entertainment business.

The Interview – Continued:

Bruner & Stevens: You’ve been a part of a lot of Happy Madison Productions. How is it filming with Adam Sandler? Continue reading

Guest Interview with John Farley – Part 1

Misadventures in Hollywood: Guest Interview – John Farley Edition – Part I

We interviewed John Farley, our son-in-law, in July 2013, but haven’t been able to put the interview online until now. We have enough material to break it into two parts. We will post Part 2 next week, so be on the look-out.

The reason for our delay is that so much has been going on for us during the last few months – action on some film and TV scripts…and we moved in August. We only moved half a mile away, but it’s still a lot of work. We all know how much work it is, so no need for details.

John is an actor-comedian who started his career with Second City in Chicago and has tons of film, television and live performance credits. John is also Chris Farley’s youngest brother. Continue reading

So, I didn’t get rich and famous even though I sang a Number One Disco Hit

Back in the day – way back – I did a lot of session work as a singer. This is about one of those recording sessions that I was hired for. Now remember, it was way back in the day, so I was pretty young. Needless to say, I was pretty naïve, as well. I actually thought that if a song became a number one hit, you would become famous and make a lot of money…Well, evidently not. Continue reading

Adventures and Misadventures in Screenwriting

“INVASION USA” – no, this post isn’t about Whoopie Goldberg almost playing the female lead, or what happened to the carefully crafted story that was in the original screenplay, or how the movie got made in the first place – we’ll get to those in later posts.

So, towards the end of production on the film, I got this frantic call from Cannon Films asking me to immediately fly down to the Atlanta location to rewrite the ending of “INVASION USA”. Continue reading

So, we’re finally bloggers

There are already gazillions of great, informative entertainment industry blogs out there. We love these blogs and get a lot out of them, but we didn’t know if we could necessarily add anything of value in our own blog. We felt that it is all already out there. This has held us back from blogging.

We finally realized that we have many stories to tell about our adventures in movies, music, books and television – and we’re living more of them all the time. Plus, we have heard many great stories from friends and associates. That’s when the light bulb went on. Let’s write about our past and ongoing adventures and misadventures in the world of Hollywood. Continue reading