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He's that rare talent adept at writing for film (Fanboys), TV (Still Standing) and animation (the forthcoming short-film sequel to How to Train Your Dragon on DVD), but it's Goldberg's first show-business foray that fills him with a more esteemed pride. "I invited Stephen King and Steven Spielberg to my bar mitzvah," says the Philadelphia native, 35. "Naturally, being a kid, I assumed these letters would go straight to their front door. But King wrote me back. He said, 'Keep writing,' and Steven sent me a photo that I think was from the set of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Goldberg's fearlessness has served him well: After his Fox series Breaking In debuted in April but was canceled a month later, it was announced in August that the series was being uncanceled and the network was ordering 13 more episodes. For Goldberg, who grew up idolizing the show's star, Christian Slater, and cut his teeth writing spec scripts for Everybody Loves Raymond, the turnaround has been exhilarating. "It's the most fun I've ever had," he says.