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6 Burning Questions About “The Jinx”

I didn’t watch “True Detective” until about nine months after everybody else did, so I was completely left out of the national dialogue on that one. (IDK if anybody mentioned it, but that show has kind of a woman problem?) But with “The Jinx,” I’m probably only like two or three weeks behind the rest of the world, and I’m ready to join the conversation RIGHT NOW. Stop rolling your eyes at me, and let’s do this.

1. How creepy is it that Robert Durst kept calling her “Kathie Durst”? Not “my first wife” or “Kathie” or even “my ex-wife.” Always with the two names, very formally. If you ever hear my husband refer to me repeatedly by both my first and last names, please go ahead and assume he knows the exact location of my remains.

2. Did you know Andrew Jarecki is super-wealthy? The director of “The Jinx” was a cofounder of MovieFone, which was purchased by AOL (in 1999, prior to the collapse of the tech bubble) for $388 million in stock. Which brings us to my next question…

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8 Blockbuster Rom-Com Pitches (You’re Welcome)

Have you ever watched a movie so terrible (Just Go With It) that it left you thinking, “Why can’t I have a career as a successful Hollywood screenwriter?” The good news is — you can! If you are a white guy who already has a number of high-powered connections in the movie industry, that is.

For the rest of us, I thought I’d share a few starter pitches to help get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to steal any of these as the basis for your soon-to-be-Black Listed spec script.

In return for sharing my billion-dollar ideas, all I ask is the “Film By” credit and a tearful thanks in your Oscar speech. (Don’t you DARE Chad Lowe me.) And don’t worry about me — I’ll just pull a few more nuggets of rom-com gold out of my ass if I really need to, you know? Continue reading

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15 Acceptable Career Tracks for Aspiring Reality Stars

Do you remember Leah Remini? She’s the actress from such TV favorites as King of Queens, Dancing with the Stars, Saved by the Bell: That One Season They Did In Hawaii for Some Reason, and Holy Sh*t You Guys I Think the Head of Scientology May Have Kidnapped and/or Murdered His Own Wife. (That last one never made it out of pilot season, I don’t think.)

Anyway, Leah Remini  has her own reality show now. From Variety:

“Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mom, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humor and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network,” said Nancy Daniels, general manager of TLC, in a statement.

Good thing she said “Leah” at the beginning of that first sentence, because otherwise I would have totally thought Nancy Daniels was describing me! Honestly, I am all of those adjectives and nouns, plus a few more. Continue reading

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