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BY MATTHEW CARNAHAN “Fame is but a slow decayEven this shall pass away.” --Theodore Tilton “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” --Book of Daniel “Is demum miser est, cuius nobilitas miserias nobilitat.” (”Indeed, wretched is the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.”) --Lucius Accius “There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.” --W. Somerset Maugham “Death or glory, It’s just another story.” --The Clash
November 15, 2005
DIRT IN BLACK The sound of a shovel into dirt. FADE IN: On the shovel, the hands grasping it. Reveal DON KONKEY, of indeterminate age, a schlub, digging a hole. Wears a “MILF HUNTER” T-shirt. Tubby, greasy hair, mouthbreather. Expressionless. His clothes are filthy, you can almost smell him. He stops digging. Examines his work. It appears to be a grave. He lays down in the hole. Begins covering himself with dirt. Don covers himself thoroughly. He is now buried. CUT TO: INT. STAPLES CENTER A basketball game in progress. An insanely hot woman sits courtside, wearing a teensy-weensy wife beater and a little denim skirt. She smiles at PRINCE TYREESE, superstar point guard and multi-million dollar endorsement magnet. He’s about to bang a three-pointer, but instead drives inside and SLAMS the ball, hangs from the net staring at the woman. She uncrosses her legs and parts them. INT. STAPLES CENTER LOCKER ROOM Prince Tyreese stands there naked, 6’8’’ and tatted, his BOYS lounging around him. He leans over and whispers something, dispatches one of them. INT. STAPLES CENTER Courtside, post game. chick in the bg... Tyreese’s homeboy talks to the hot
While in the foreground, Tyreese poses for the cameras with his perfect, camera-ready FAMILY, beautiful WIFE and FOUR KIDS. INT. STAPLES CENTER LOCKER ROOM Tyreese, dressed, leaves the locker room. As he walks out, the LOCKER ROOM ATTENDANT picks up his cellphone...
EXT. STAPLES CENTER A HUMMER pulls up. INT. BLACK SUV SUV GUY watches the Hummer pass, makes a call. SUV GUY Houston, we have a booty call. EXT. LUCY SPILLER’S OFFICE -- EARLY EVENING LUCY SPILLER is looking into the mirror in her office, changing her clothes while talking on the phone. Behind her are blown-up tabloid covers, documenting the rise and (mostly) fall of the rich and infamous. Lucy is Executive Editor of NOW Magazine (like PEOPLE), THE BOMB (like an even trashier ENQUIRER), and has a decent-sized media empire at her fingertips. She’s good-looking, late 30searly 40s, and has maximized her assets. She is in the process of putting on a Dries Van Noten suit, a fair amount of her Pilates-ripped body showing. She moves with the voracious, muscled efficiency of a tiger shark. She smiles, looks like they got this guy. Okay. LUCY Call me if anything changes. CUT TO: DON KONKEY’S POV Back in his “grave.” We see Prince Tyreese and the Hottie cavorting into frame. Devouring each other. They stumble into the hot tub, and in a flash she is topless and riding the all-time high scorer... Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce... She reaches the top of her bounce and we -FREEZE FRAME On the hot model/hooker, perched in ecstasis, one arm in the air like a bronc rider, her full lips wet and parted, caught for eternity at the height of sexual bliss. DON’S POV Tyreese and the Hooker, from the dirt and leaves. We hear his labored, rhythmic breathing, hear the whisper-quiet shutter of the camera as-Tyreese’s ride.
MOVIE PREMIERE -.. Working the press area with deep intensity is Lucy Spiller. A caste system of (from lowest to highest) fans. Damon. over and over. unaware his fate is about to change forever. --He “chokes” her.. and the be-jewelled actors and above-the-liners walking the carpet. --She spanks him.NIGHT A crowd gathered around the red carpet. bellies. the grim and determined Tyreese. CUT TO: EXT. saddlebags. A SERIES OF STILLS These include: --Tyreese spanks her. grins wickedly.. We MOVE with her as she tells photographers and videographers what to get/do/look for.. MUSIC COMES UP The Out Crowd’s “Son Of A Bitch (Plastic Ear Infection Mix)” And now we see the scene before us -UN-FREEZE And FREEZE again. LUCY (CONT’D) Full body fashion shots only.3. --She fastens on a strap-on.. She moves to an ON-CAMERA TABLOID REPORTER.. paparazzi. the rapturous. Back-fat. as he captures the scene before him. LUCY (to a videographer) Just get anything unflattering. . bra straps. “legit” press. whimpering Hottie. She moves to a photographer. asses.
I don’t want Alex to this footage until I figure out to break it. LUCY (CONT’D) DON Want some chili-fries? LUCY God. but now with a deeply rumpled old sport coat over it. He puts a handful of chili fries in his mouth.. LUCY (sotto) You got everything? DON (regular voice) I got them having sex for two hours. She sees Don off to the side.. this one’s between and me. ‘Kay. Like he’s watching a movie.see if you can catch him off guard. Loaded down with all his gear. DON ‘Kay. . And the strap-on. Lucy puts up her hands to silence him. no..4.. still with the MILF HUNTER t-shirt. Still filthy from his earlier assignment. Don. (sotto) Did you get Prince Tyreese? DON (regular voice) Yes. And he choked her. And you see how DON LUCY remember. And the coke. Don stares at her legs. LUCY (CONT’D) Ask Carlo about the thing with the nanny. Hey. he’ll be expecting softballs. trying to eat some chili-cheese fries while standing up. Lucy. Lucy looks annoyed.not so loud. LUCY Don.
SUPER SLO MO -. 27.5. HOLT McLAREN.. turns around and regards the couple. . vogues to the lighted make-up mirror. You ready? MICHELLE HOLT Ask her. MICHELLE. looks distractedly out the limo window as they creep along Hollywood Boulevard. EXPEDITION LIMO -. so his exit is not nearly so graceful. queen of Young Hollywood. And indeed she doesn’t. Holt climbs out after her.NIGHT JULIA MYERS. JULIA (CONT’D) I don’t have any The gown is one piece of sheer. One sec. DON INT.MOS As her Jimmy Choo-clad feet touch down on the red carpet. their driver.. LUCY DON LUCY Get candids of Holt and Julia. You mind? pockets. Her boyfriend. We recognize his camera face from his vogue-ing in the mirror. She steps from the limo out on to the red carpet. all right? ‘Kay. clingy fabric. applies it in one move and hands it to Holt. 33. MUSIC: “Ride It On” by Mazzy Star. JULIA She takes out a lip gloss. Don? Yeah. she’s the star. superstarlet. pulls at his carefully crafted spiky bedhead. having to slide across the seat to get there. doesn’t even look in the mirror. a better-looking Sean Penn.
Posters and print ads from the movie everywhere; “Subliminal Velocity,” all ice-blue with guns and futuristic wardrobe. They face a SEA OF FLASHES. The “LEGIT” PRESS elbow the PAPARAZZI...they’re all out in full force, screaming, waving, flashing, taping...we see but don’t hear their hysterics. Spittle on the corners of mouths, grabbing at competitors, faces contorted in desperate pleas for a shot... ON JULIA AND HOLT SUPER-DUPER SLO-MO now, as they walk up the red carpet, holding hands. They are the essence of beauty, symmetry, love. RETURN TO SPEED -- EAR-SHATTERING SOUND As the PAPARAZZI scream...and behind them, the deafening Greek Chorus that is THE FANS, set up behind ropes that are set up behind ropes. They scream for one glance, one wave, knowing that their Gods will never make it over to them for an autograph. The photogs and vid-hounds fire away at the couple. We MOVE BACK AND FORTH between the smooth red carpet POV of the stars and the rough, hand-held scrum that is the press pit. VARIOUS PHOTOGRAPHER POVS As the photos frame up and FREEZE. We watch them move from photos of Julia and Holt, to photos of Julia only, as Holt is framed further and further out, until he’s not in the photos at all. ONE PAPARAZZ0 Can we get a fashion shot of Julia, please? (A nice way of getting Holt out of the shot.) Julia and Holt greet KIRA KLAY, Julia’s best friend and fellow it-girl of the moment. KIRA (to Julia) Hey Sexy. JULIA Look who’s talking. They pose together for some photos, Kira doing her trademark wild-child-sticking-out-pierced-tongue thing while Julia goes for classic starlet. Holt watches as Julia shimmers her way through an interview with “Access Hollywood”.
Holt watches the feeding frenzy on Julia. He gets pushed closer and closer to the velvet ropes, bumping up against the sweaty paparazzi. DON KONKEY Stands there among the photographers. He’s not shooting Julia, but carefully regarding Holt. He sets aside his still camera and flips on his little lapel video. LUCY Why aren’t you shooting Julia and Johnny? DON I’m working on something else right now. LUCY Well, all right....uh, Don? Yes, Lucy? DON
LUCY I know you don’t work exclusively for TCM, but people...associate you with us. I know. DON
LUCY So maybe you could try to...clean up a little. Don seems to take no offense. ‘Kay. DON Excuse me.
He sidles up to Holt. DON (CONT’D) Holt McLaren... Yeah? HOLT
DON You were great in Another Word For Love.
DON I mean....really great. the-presses great.
HOLT (slightly bitter) And somehow the presses kept going. Holt looks at Don with equal measures distrust, disgust and hope. Maybe this schlub can do something for him. He doesn’t see the hidden camera. DON Haven’t seen you in the trades lately. HOLT Uh, yeah...took a little time off. DON Yeah, you did like seven movies in a row that all bombed. HOLT (smiles) Yeah, I did. You’re right. DON Countdown, Blow Monkey, Pale Assassin, The Growling, Hospitality, 1313 Tellinghouse Lane... HOLT That’s only six. Dead Even. Wow. DON Uncredited cameo.
HOLT Creepy. In everything
DON You’re always good. you do. Authentic.
HOLT (oddly flattered) Thanks. DON Anything coming up?
Johnny snakes his arm around Julia. in talks on a really cool movie. FLASHES go nuts. We’ll see. like he’s not hearing this guy right. DON (CONT’D) HOLT DON They have great chemistry. DON Sounds pretty vague. Holt squints. He’s not very good... Huh? HOLT DON Sounds pretty unlikely.anyway.. Holt ignores Don. It’s a great script... HOLT Um. Holt starts to move back toward Julia but the crowd surges forward with the arrival of JOHNNY COLE. What? HOLT DON There was a rumor he fucked her on the movie. HOLT Uh. Hey.female fans SCREAM and swoon.I’m like..9. Julia and Johnny’s publicists slide the two stars together for photo ops. Like the movie probably won’t happen. Holt stands in the shadows watching Johnny and Julia pose down in front of the press. but they’re good together.. They look hot together... What? DON Don’s used to it. What? HOLT What the fuck-- . take care.. Holt.
You let me have it exclusively? ‘Kay. Don. DON And maybe you could give me -y’know -. AND IN SLOW MOTION Don’s business card floating to the red carpet. HOLT What are you-Don holds a business card in his grubby hand.. I want to see that footage first. Lucy watches. or a big one. go to-Holt turns and SWINGS at Don. Definitively.10. A few SECURITY GUYS are finally getting their asses moving. Don sees them and starts to beat his retreat from the melee...great work. DON --But I don’t believe it..a little piece of gossip. freak.. smiling and shaking her head at Don. LUCY Nice work. proffers it to Holt. We’ll use it for Star Stalkers.. I could find out. If you want to know. . but he’s a playmaker. DON He’s a LUCY Get outta here. just missing. as we HIDDEN CAM POV And see the familiar tussle of a seemingly irrational movie star shoving at a paparazzo.and that way maybe I could help you get your career out of the toilet-That’s it... BACK TO SPEED Lucy pulls Don up to his feet. The chaotic camera work/Holt’s angry red face/Julia turning to see Holt fighting/Julia in her gown trying to break it up/handlers pulling Julia out/The fans going crazy.
looking back as one of the horses rears back a little and we see deep into its-WILD EYES Don glances over at the crowd of onlookers. cat nose and face. And disappears. FOUR COPS ON HORSEBACK Ride up. He looks at Don..sadly. rumpled suit. whiskers. Don makes his getaway. disappointed. disturbed. They seem to appear out of nowhere and Don is startled by them. A SAD CAT MAN. SAD CAT MAN Shakes his head.. A SAD CAT MAN Yeah. a little taller that the rest. embarrassed... Tall motherfucker. Sad. DON Stares back at Sad Cat Man. IN THE CROWD About the third layer of people back in the crowd. deeply and. A white horse. a black horse and a pale horse.11. about 6’4”. Not so much surprised as . that’s right. too. a red horse.
uses his hands a lot as he talks. Holt. damn. Lucy nails every photo op. She appears next to Johnny and Julia and a house photographer FLASHES. The Industry Types from the screening aggressively noshing on chicken satay and trying to get close to Julia and Johnny Cole. Johnny looks around to make sure everyone has properly appreciated it. I thought I was gonna have to like. Lucy Spiller glides through the crowd. bitch!” His story completed. smiling politely. You were great in Another Word For Love.. Pools of LIGHT surrounded by darkness. ACT ONE INT. developing a couple things. JOHNNY COLE (CONT’D) Hey.. HOLT JOHNNY COLE So. . this guy’s good. One a my all-times. “I know Krav Maga. move aside. bummer about that a-hole paparazzi dude. JOHNNY COLE I thought. Yeah. JOHNNY COLE And I’m all..Holt glowers into his Rolling Rock. JOHNNY COLE Right. Julia stands there with a glass of champagne.12. HOLLYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB The “Subliminal Velocity” after-party. very serious. you workin’? HOLT I’m like. IN THE LIGHT Johnny holds court.. HOLT Thanks. Julia rolls her eyes at the insensitivity of this remark.
slips food into his jacket pockets. but remains self-deprecating. IN THE DARK Holt and Lucy lean in to hear one another. LUCY You too. That photographer’s a nutjob.” Holt gobbles up the attention. HOLT Right. TIME CUT TO: IN THE DARK At a cocktail table.13. IN AND OUT OF THE LIGHT Holt rummages through the food table and.”The Actor’s Actor. JOHNNY COLE (homeboy peace-out) Keep at it... HOLT “Actor’s Actor?” Isn’t that a nice way of saying “chronically unemployed?” NOW Magazine? . nice to meet you. LUCY (CONT’D) I would love to do a feature on you some time. IN THE LIGHT Julia listens to Johnny droning on.you got mad skills. He nods drunkenly. HOLT I’m gonna go sit down. as carefully as a jewel thief. They shake hands. Lucy slides in beside Holt.. raises his beer bottle as if saluting a fallen comrade. Lucy Spiller.. Why would she waste her time with cold-as-ice Holt McLaren? LUCY Hi. Sorry about earlier. dawg! Johnny Cole regards Holt as he walks away.
Holt slips his foot back and forth. HOLT Gee. rolling her eyes and sticking out her tongue. He reaches down and peels off.14. IN THE LIGHT Julia finally looks openly bored. LUCY We’ll just have to find the right thing to do together. IN THE DARK Holt sits on the sidelines. She makes her way over to Holt.. LUCY (CONT’D) Or the right reason. Points to his nipple. who’s now busting full crazy martial arts moves. sees the back of Lucy walking away. puts it in his coat pocket. IN THE LIGHT Julia squints into the dark.. several Rolling Rocks down. it’s shredded. IN THE DARK She sits next to him. JULIA What an asshole. . glowering over at Johnny and Julia. DON KONKEY’S BUSINESS CARD He looks at it for a moment. saying thank you and fake-smiling to all her well-wishers. She smiles enigmatically. you think? Flexes down.. She looks over at Johnny Cole.. right? Like a fuckin’ snake tongue! High fives and fist bumps all around. Holt looks at her quizzically. JOHNNY COLE And she fucking pulled the nipple ring out with her teeth! Look. feels something on the bottom of his boot. Johnny Cole drunkenly takes off his shirt.
. HOLT Don’t you think we’ve been in the news enough for one night? JULIA You think anyone here sees anything but themselves? Besides. JULIA You just love me. It is. An AGENT walks by. They sit there for a moment. HOLT Yeah. which sucks. AGENT Great performance! Julia opens her eyes. I guess I do... HOLT And wet. JULIA You can do better than that.15. HOLT I’m sorry I ruined your premiere. She takes his hand and guides it under her dress and between her legs. Thanks. Tyson. JULIA Easy there.. JULIA Are you kidding? It took their minds off the movie. then closing her eyes. JULIA Make me come. resigned. though. Julia fluttering. Holt shrugs. JULIA . HOLT You were great. it’s really dark in here. The MUSIC thumping. Holt concentrating.
.you’re okay. beautiful. it’s essential to the survival of the person making it. stacked in piles. DON (CONT’D) You’re okay. Somehow deeply spiritual and sensual.. DON’S APARTMENT -. INT. his small cat body wracked with cancer. Tristan. hair thinned by chemo and radiation.. on his lap. God..I’m coming. Don holds his cat. in his crazy scrawl. TRISTAN.... Julia and Holt both laugh.NIGHT Pretty much the apartment you would expect from Don. They’re both so naked.. Beat.that’s right. buddy. Tristan is in bad shape.. stories are written on the negatives. This is the work of an obsessive: He can’t help but make it. Tristan looks back at Don dolefully. LUCY Oh God ohgodohgodohgod. that’s my buddy.. Leaning against the wall. He is early 20s. and as such it fits at least one definition of real art.MORNING Lucy wakes up. These are Don’s other photos..you’re okay . He places a pill at the back of Tristan’s throat. On each photo. DON You’re okay.. God.. LUCY’S HOUSE -. disturbing.. She turns to Holt. then Julia looks JULIA (CONT’D) JULIA (CONT’D) Oh. And piles of PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS..you’re okay. surprised. then closes the cat’s mouth and massages his throat. Filthy. A long-haired ROCK GOD-looking dude is asleep next to her... Oh. buddy. Tristan. a world is created. .. look-of-the-moment beautiful.. A giant cat condo fills a corner of the place. covered in shag carpet.16.. They’re blurry. INT. There’s a SNORT next to her.. exceptionally provocative.
. She reaches into the back of her drawer and pulls out a stun gun.. making her jump.. flips his long hair back reflexively. The club? ROCK GOD/KAI Where we met? Just LUCY I have never seen you before.honey? It’s Kai. but you have sixty seconds to get the fuck out of my bed and out of my house. this time Lucy is undeterred. ROCK GOD/KAI (as if this will clear everything up) You took my pants off on the dance floor? Lucy brandishes the stun gun. Hey! LUCY (CONT’D) Rock God SNORTS again... He SNORTS again.. ..Sinead... ROCK GOD Whoa. ROCK GOD Sinead. get out. HEY!! LUCY (CONT’D) He He wakes up and sees her leveling the stun gun at him. LUCY I don’t know who the fuck you are or what the fuck you’re doing in my bed.what are you doing? Sinead? LUCY ROCK GOD You were so awesome. She quietly disengages from the Rock God.17. LUCY Twenty seconds.from Velvet? LUCY I don’t know what any of that is..
Beat. Lucy breathes heavily. LUCY He recovers and cowers from He runs from the house.. blank but anxious.. applies radiation to Tristan.18. for one thing they have fewer pain sensors. Don nods. DR. Gathers his clothes. LUSK. LUSK Well.. Go. ROCK GOD/KAI You said you could help my band. INT.Dr. ears flat back against his head. The radiation gun makes a dull buzz every time Dr.. ROCK GOD/KAI (CONT’D) AAAAHHGGGH! Drops him like a bag of hammers. Bzzzzzz goes the radiation DR.. LUSK Cats do much better with radiation than humans.Student Driver? She nails him with the stun gun.. Don. DON I do too. shaking with emotion. VETERINARY ONCOLOGIST OFFICE -.DAY DR. Lusk fires it. the veterinary oncologist. her. gun. Don looks on. . Tristan turns his head and looks straight at Don. DON How do you know that? Bzzzzzzzzzzzz. Lusk fires. TRISTAN I feel that you could have caught this cancer earlier. buddy. Don looks at Tristan.his hair is thin and sickly.
and I don’t remember. at the SKY: DON’S POV SFX: A mass of clouds swirling into a black vortex. bi. Clean look. Hey..DAY DR. Lucy leaves her car with the valet and starts to go in. working the whole urban neo-Mr. A few raindrops of blood fall on his face. worked bod.SOUND of STATIC.. Don gapes at the sky. Both of us. earrings in both ears. THE IVY -. Lucy.screwed this guy or something. DON She smiles perfunctorily and nods. LUCY Don’t be an asshole. Pam Anderson gets out of a car at the valet and the paparazzi swarm her.. LEO I don’t understand. neck tat.you blacked out and woke up with some stallion in your bed? Yeah. Don ignores the activity on the ground. LEO. Excuse me? EXT. AT THE OUTDOOR TABLES Lucy sits with her brother.. LUSK Ground Zero for unassigned paparazzi. of HORSES GALLOPING. He’s in his 30s. LUCY Naked. He’s staring instead LEO I gotta start tagging along.19. Leo... shaved head. photographing B-Listers who actually want to be photographed. Don stands off to the side of the other paparazzi. who schmooze and jockey for position. LEO How many drinks did you have? . wind whips his hair. I... He wipes his face and looks at the blood.
. do Will & Grace or something.what the-CHERYL I know sweetie.I’m so sorry.. we TRACK a few tables down.. What? LEO LUCY Until I woke up. I had one martini. HOLT I’m not doing fuckin’ Will & Grace. short and cute with a huge rack and an even bigger crush on Holt..they suck. CHERYL STEEN. CHERYL Baby. LUCY LEO Rocker boy roofied you. LUCY You know me. HOLT I mean..then nothing.. Is there such a thing as blackout sex? Nothing? Nothing.. or even like...drinking and bars don’t really mix. What did Sydney Pollack say exactly? . where Holt sits with his manager.. LEO You don’t remember anything? LUCY I guess I remember him sitting next to me.20. Sis. LEO You got roofied.. Sonofabitch! OFF LUCY...baby.. They’re idiots.. It dawns on Lucy.. If you could get a little press.of course. LUCY Son of a bitch.
DOROTHY Tried to give me a mango. a Belizean NURSE on her arm. LEO Look at her. These two loathe each . pissed off. awright. She smiles and waves. the nurse. DOROTHY My tongue puffs up like a blowfish. here she comes.21. LUCY DOROTHY Batida tried to poison me this morning. LEO And yet. CHERYL I couldn’t get him on the phone. JJ went on this whole rant about how you’re not “bankable” or “hot” or whatever-HOLT Awright. DOROTHY SPILLER. like she could eat us both. here you stand. ON LUCY AND LEO LUCY Oh Christ. mom.. (to Batida. He waves back. Hi. other. LUCY I’m sure she didn’t know about your allergy..I get it. heads toward them. Batida. wild-eyed but very puttogether. Holt stares into his grilled vegetable salad. An older woman. Looks up to see LUCY staring at him. furious) What’s wrong with you? BATIDA What’s wrong is you’re still alive. rolls her eyes.
looks like you made it. LUCY Then I could pass this glorious mother/daughter legacy on to her. DOROTHY (CONT’D) Now there’s a journalist. DOROTHY (CONT’D) Did you read Maureen Dowd this morning in the Times? Made a real case for Syria. DOROTHY Well. LEO I’m bi....maybe if you had a family.. Leo glances at Lucy.the Cobb Salad.. as long as you’re happy. you want your Cobb Salad? Do DOROTHY Yes. Clean here. LUCY Well. DOROTHY Well.my mind is like an old sponge and even I know I always have the Cobb Salad.here we go. Lucy grits her teeth. DOROTHY She didn’t squander her journalism degree... That’s your son. LUCY Yeah...more likely you than Mr. mom-Ahh!! DOROTHY Don’t say it! God! LUCY Hey.. ... I want my Cobb Salad. Dorothy..22.. she’s great..out homo-ing every night.. Leo nods to a waiter. LUCY (for the millionth time) Not like some people.
Some coworkers see her and literally flee in the opposite direction. Some hand her proofs.Lucy. Barrow wears an absurdly sharp bespoke suit.. ALEXANDER BARROW falls into step next to Lucy. Lu. the world moves around him. Faggotry for LUCY Hey mom.. Some beg favors. you can’t... DOROTHY What’s this? Where’s my breakfast? OVER THE IVY The giant mass of clouds swirls. The Cobb Salad is deposited in front of Dorothy. Don stares up at it while INT.. she’s the one who runs the day to day and without whom the thing wouldn’t function. Some simply suck up. and speaks with a thick Australian accent. LUCY (smiling) Actually. TRANSCOMMUNICATION MEDIA CONSOLIDATED MOVING FAST. DOROTHY Bi. Leo looks at her with gratitude.I feel that one’s really got legs.what is that? cowards. no. let’s get back on what a disappointment I am.23. but Lucy is back in tiger shark mode at the office. She may be a mess off the clock. BARROW Why’d you have guys on Prince Tyreese? LUCY (superfuckincool) He’s the basketball player? . walks with an actual swagger. While he is technically her boss and the publisher of the media group.. They share a moment of conspiracy in the misery of their mother. but still says: LEO I can take care of myself.
He’s got a squeaky clean family man image and he’s a total slimeball. BARROW Yes he’s the goddamn basketball player. Barrow. We’re either chronicling the meteoric rise of some dipshit as they crawl out of the slime or taking him off the top of the caviar pile and pitching him into the shit with the rest of us. plows ahead. Barrow looks at her blankly. LUCY (CONT’D) Produce slimeballs.24. somewhat used to her rants. BARROW Did you get anything on Tyreese? Why? LUCY You want an autographed ball? (shakes her head) Sonofabitch loses us every time. LUCY We always have people on him. I pad mine. Alex. And I do it better than anybody else. As journalists we’re not supposed to cave to corporate interests. Alex. BARROW Is that how you get through the night? Pretending to be a journalist? LUCY (caught. by the way. BARROW You realize that Transcommunication Media has a 30 percent interest in the team. glibness gone for a second) (MORE) . But I guess it’s hard to know that when all you do is take advertisers out to Lord of the Dance and review our expense reports. LUCY Shame on you. That’s what people want us to do. That’s what we do. He’s the highest paid spade in the world.
DON Hi. He stares at Lucy. Don doesn’t answer. Don. Barrow exits. BARROW (CONT’D) You’ll let me know if you turn up anything on Prince Tyreese. BARROW Don Konkey! The last pap to shoot on film. LUCY DON Barrow plows ahead. Finally Barrow just starts off. You’re a terrific playmaker. He stops and turns back to Lucy. No. Yes.keep it up. Don? LUCY (CONT’D) Looks away. Just keeps working. LUCY (CONT'D) (recovering) How do you get through the night? They round the corner in the art department. He uses a loop to make his selects.. They share a moment of quiet conspiracy. Barrow. BARROW Really great job on the Holt McLaren and Julia Myers of it all. Now Don looks down at his feet. DON . Don flinches.25. Hi. Alex. Don stops his work and looks at Lucy. Hi. Mr. Don quickly covers the Prince Tyreese photos he’s working on and puts some shots from the premiere on top of them. where Don stands at a light table.. Very nice. brought out of his reverie in the photos. LUCY (cold) You’re always my first call.
MITCH SAVAGE And tonight we’ll see how a little jealousy. ON TV A ridiculous GRAPHIC spins into relief: STAR STALKERS! Followed by the coiffed and heavily made-up ANCHORS of the show. FREEZE FRAME on the ugliest.... most angry shot of Holt....DAY Holt sits in front of Julia’s massive plasma screen watching TV. ‘Kay.26.here it is. crap... DEBBIE CALHOUN And I’m Debbie Calhoun. . DON INT. JULIA MEYER’S BIG HOLLYWOOD HILLS HOUSE -.. They do cheerful banter over a shot from Don’s handicam of Holt taking a swing at camera.. HOLT Oh.. LUCY See if you can get any dirt on the lead singer of a band called Student Driver. His name is Kai. JULIA Don’t watch it. It’ll just make you crazy. something. DEBBIE CALHOUN Can you say “anger management issues?” MITCH SAVAGE Anger management issues! Very good! DEBBIE CALHOUN MITCH SAVAGE I’m Mitch Savage.. DEBBIE CALHOUN and MITCH SAVAGE.
Subliminal Velocity.. Holt McLaren put a damper on the movie’s premiere last night when he started a fight with a journalist-Julia turns off the TV. EXT.DUSK KAI. MITCH SAVAGE But Julia’s unemployed real-life love interest. IN THE THEATRE ..... MITCH SAVAGE From deep in the “where-are-theynow” file. TOMKAT THEATRE -.DUSK He pays his money and walks through the turnstile. One of them is surreptitiously masturbating.then again the ugly shot of Holt swinging at Don. His bunk mate sees what he’s up to. SCHINDLER’S FIST” CLICK CLICK CLICK Pick up Don taking photos from his pap ride.. MITCH AND DEBBIE On Star Stalkers! DEBBIE CALHOUN Julia Myers and Johnny Cole are heating up the screen in the new thriller. JULIA Let’s go to Kira’s party and get really high.the tortured romance of America’s Sweetheart Julia Myers and hot-head Holt McLaren...27.. walks into the Tomkat. Don gets out and enters the theatre.. DEBBIE CALHOUN Goes a lonnnnng way. The marquis proclaims. ON THE SCREEN A bunch of young naked men in a barracks. the hair farmer who roofied Lucy. “NOW PLAYING. And they’re off.. TOMKAT THEATRE -. Now a shot of Julia and Johnny with their arms around each other posing for photos.. INT...
dude.. some standing. I’ll do you so good. DON Is he famous? . Don produces a small NVDV (Night Vision Digital Video) camera and palms it.. LUCY She watches in silence.my girlfriend? KAI Sorry.wanna be with me and. C’mon..another guy is walking away from him through the aisle. we see Don watching the movie dispassionately.. some seated. engage is various sex acts. It’s very dark. Ow! DON (CONT’D) KAI Sorry..not into fish.wanna go somewhere? KAI Here’s cool. DON Kai doesn’t say anything. By the light of the screen. dude. Don sits down near Kai. Don spots Kai. just starts rubbing Don’s cock through his trousers. Don stands abruptly and walks away..DUSK Don shows the tape of Kai to Lucy....you into it or not? DON Uhhhhhm. DON’S CAR -.. ‘Kay. DON INT.. so let’s play the rest of the scene through NVDV. It’s so dark we can’t really see. Hey. Don panics... Huddled figures. DON Is he a friend of yours? No..28. He makes his way through the theatre. DON Um.
NIGHT MUSIC plays throughout: Acid Mothers Temple’s “Psych Drone. I wish.. shrooms.. Jack Daniels. a few on the slippery slope down. all manner of tight rides pull up. beer. while acting as if they’re just hanging out with their dear friends. All around the party. None more so than Kira Klay and Julia Myers.. it’s a frat party with money. some guy gave me some E.. clutch each other.glowing! getting laid? Kira looks away.. weed. tabs of acid there. Jagermeister.most of them on the upward trajectory of their careers.. LUCY No. vintage muscle cars. a bazaar of drug and alcohol choices.. KIRA Are you JULIA Hey. every person aware that their every move is being studied and summarily judged. Kira just opens her mouth and puts out her tongue like she’s receiving communion. Beefy security guys chase away paparazzi. Chardonnay. What? KIRA JULIA It’s like. hands in prayer position.” Actors. JULIA Your skin. They laugh at each others’ private jokes.. in the brief flower at the height of their celebrity. EXT. kiss each other. models. .each a narcissistic mirror for the other. directors. And they huddle at the center of the party feeling the envy wash over them. KIRA E. The feeling is aggressively casual. Coke over here.how retro. Julia lays the pill on her tongue. E... KIRA KLAY’S HOUSE -.29. They do their actress-y bi-curious schtick.NIGHT Hot valet parking girls sprint for cars.. Beemers. and he never will be. rice rockets. INT. KIRA KLAY’S HOUSE -..
OFFSCREEN VOICE 2 What’s he been doing since then. We’re still on Holt..one of those moments where you can hear perfectly people who think you can’t hear them at all. His . KIRA (CONT’D) Bless me father. dude. TIME CUT: INT. washes down the E. mouth is slightly agape. He’s cashed. I wanna get a beer.. Holt does not move. He’s wrecked.. I may try to bugger you. OFFSCREEN VOICE 2 C’mon. We see Holt hearing the following exchange. besides selling out? OFFSCREEN VOICE 3 He’s been in fronta this fuckin’ fridge! They all laugh. no change in his expression. OFFSCREEN VOICE 3 Hey.. but Holt is frozen there.. JULIA Watch it. OFFSCREEN VOICE Hey.. OFFSCREEN VOICE He can’t hear us. it’s Holt McLaren. KITCHEN Holt zones out looking into the fridge. CLOSE ON HOLT On his face with the glow from the fridge light on it. Kira grabs a beer from a passing young actor dude. looking in to the land of chilled bright bottles. OFFSCREEN Other people try to get inside the fridge.30. OFFSCREEN VOICE He was awesome in Another Word For Love.it’s just a fridge.
INT. both gakked on E. Next to him. Bath and Beyond comforter. She moves one aside and now she’s looking right up at us. the California King bed is covered in coats. soulless Prince Tyreese pics next to pictures of pregnant stars. The magazine lowers slightly. She looks small and lost in the sea of tabloids. KIRA’S DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOM Kira and Julia enter the bedroom. Then he falls on to the bed. fat talk show hosts. Lucy is lying down. INT. A dirty Bed. but she bursts into tears. We CRANE UP and away . INT. LUCY’S HOUSE -. from the bed.NIGHT Looking down on Lucy’s bed now. One hand goes under the covers. The dirty covers move rhythmically. INT.. Tristan Don’s face is obscured by a copy of Celebrity Skin. She puts both hands to her face. until he disappears into a pile of shearling and vintage leather.she has all the mock-ups in bed with her. asleep. Kira takes out a vial of coke and gives Julia a bump. is curled. She looks at Julia. working. She stares into CAMERA for an uncomfortable moment.. He stops on a picture.31. Beautiful coats from Barneys and Fred Segal. burrowing deep into the coats. The graphic.. Coats of new money. beginning to give over to some kind of flatlined ecstasy.. DON’S APARTMENT -. Now Kira takes a bump. as if to hide. KIRA You look hot. literally surrounded and almost buried in tabloid headlines and pictures. JULIA You look hot. revealing Don’s face. Elvis pics. for a second it looks like she’s going to kiss her.NIGHT From above. He looks at the coats with longing. KIRA’S DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOM Holt staggers in. Don’s bed.
can you imagine a retrospective of that shit? I’m just so screwed. I am so totally Catholic. Julia.. you can always.. She holds Kira.32. Except you. Who? Kira loses it. JULIA Oh.. JULIA Well. JULIA (CONT’D) You can tell me. whatever it KIRA I’m fucking pregnant. through her tears) I met him when they were doing a retrospective of his films at the Egyptian. What? is...A WHITE SCREEN With an almost-invisible speck of DARK. JULIA Oh. y’know-KIRA Dude. What? JULIA (CONT’D) What’s wrong. SFX -. baby. JULIA Does he know? KIRA Nobody knows... crap..how-KIRA (unhinged. JULIA (CONT’D) KIRA That indie art-house loser Jeff Stagliano. sweetie? Kira does another bump. .
.descending. toward the bedroom and its contents. until it is just his pupil and we SMASH TO BLACK: END OF ACT ONE . burning.And we PUSH IN closer on the bed. until one blazing orb fills the screen. .. The speck GROWS in size until we descend far enough to realize we are CRANING DOWN. We PUSH IN further. on the coats... Kira and Julia hugging.33. the bed. until we can see a crack between the coats and see-HOLT’S EYES Wide. and PUSH IN still further.. as if from heaven. spirailing down an endless white chimney until we can see the outer periphery of the room.. We PUSH IN until the eyes fill the screen.
looks back and the Sad Cat Man is gone. the Sad Cat Man.okay...She holds up Don’s tape.y’know.... DON I. DON’S APARTMENT -. I just need the Zeldox. DON’S BATHROOM -. shaking.want to.. hey.. He talks on the phone. You don’t like girls. Lucy is furious. you sonofabitch? You got about five seconds before I find a way to make you a news story and then bury you for the rest of your life. Dozens and dozens of them. DON’S POV Hovering over the bed. Don quickly looks over next to him.. I know you’re Lucy Spiller... Tristan is sleeping. tries to act cool.DAY Don wakes up. KAI Oh. He He .DAY A table lined with pill bottles. ACT TWO FADE IN: INT. I don’t want to.Sinead.34.went home and. Don looks through them.. LUCY The Tom Kat...I know who you are. KAI Okay. LUCY What did you do to me that night? KAI We.don’t want to come in. the Risperdol.. Kai. Why can’t she just refill them over the phone? I don’t. INT... the Zyprexa and the Ariprozole. What did you do to me. gasps.. KAI’S HOUSE -.DAY Kai enters and sees Lucy sitting in his living room.. INT.
KAI You really think a 23 year-old model’s gonna hit on you just for sex? People want you for who you are. HOLT It I . LUCY (CONT’D) And I listened to your demo. It might find its way there anyway. LUCY You didn’t actually want to-KAI I’m 22. where Don sits in his blackedout paparazzi-mobile with his camera rig. for what you can do for them.DAY Holt pulls up outside the Ivy. Holt’s window opens just a crack. THE IVY -.you’d want to help me. EXT. Look at me.forty? LUCY (quietly) More or less.. So what? LUCY KAI So you’re a starmaker. no offense. but you’re what.35. KAI So you’re definitely not gonna help us-LUCY Shut up.. before I bury you. Follow me. Lucy stands up. I thought if you thought we were fucking. LUCY Stop talking before this tape finds its way into the public eye. mean. I quit modelling to focus on my band. She stands at the door.. sucks.. I wanna be a star.
paramecium! WHISPERING VOICE THREE Don? I love you. trying to stay focused. trying to banish the luminous trail.DAY Don blinks rapidly. WHISPERING VOICE TWO You’re a worm. HOLT . Donny. Don? I love you. no. INT.and no matter what.. ‘Kay. Donny. HOLT DON They wouldn’t want to use your name for something like this. like they’re making a drug deal. luminous rainbow trail behind it.. DON’S CAR -. ‘Kay. DON Your name means nothing. voices we will come to know. terrible place) (MORE) . Holt looks pained and hung over.. Thanks. Listen to me! DON No.. HOLT (from some deep. nonononononono.. you’re a. WHISPERING VOICES begin. no. EXT. they can’t. my name can never be used. Don! Don! WHISPERING VOICE ONE Don! Don! Don! Now WHISPERING VOICE ONE laughs. DON No matter what. Don is looking a little panicky. a high and disturbing laugh.DAY The two cars are pulled up alongside one another.. DON Holt’s car leaves a Don pulls into traffic to follow Holt. HOLT Well.36. BEVERLY HILLS PARKING LOT ROOF -. no.no.
.37. Big. Holt speeds off. a pretty and impossibly young-looking psychopharmacologist... INT.. SHAMBAN. SHAMBAN’S OFFICE -. HOLT Nobody does. DON They’ll want more than just the one story.that make it seem like I’m getting offers.some kind of good press. You don’t. Holt starts to raise his window... DON (CONT’D) I’ll call you. I want stories. I want stories in your magazines. You do. HOLT (cold) I’ve got as much as they can handle. DON I need to have some idea how big a story you have. HOLT (CONT'D) And I want some cash and I want. examines Don. For all I know we already know all about it... DR. DON How’s your big project? Holt just keeps the window going until Don is staring at blacked-out glass.DAY DR.. out. Don appears to want to hang .. HOLT DON Whether we get it exclusively. HOLT DON And I have to talk to Lucy.
Could I get the Zeldox. I have a list here. DR. SHAMBAN And you haven’t been seeing a therapist? Nope. But I want to see you in three weeks. You have the money. DR. I know. SHAMBAN You have to respect the disease and respect its treatment. the Zyprexa and the Ariprozole? Dr. DON If I could just get the-DR. the Risperdol. I’ll respect the disease. DON DR. eyes glued to her prescription pad. Could I just get the Zeldox. you are one of the lucky people who have a form of schizophrenia that’s manageable. DON DR. DON ‘Kay. . you have insurance. Shamban shakes her head. the Risperdol. SHAMBAN You can’t treat these drugs like a smorgasbord and just take the ones you feel like taking. SHAMBAN All right. SHAMBAN I’m going to recommend very strongly once again that you see a therapist. Off Don. Most people aren’t so fortunate. DON ‘Kay. the Zyprexa and the Ariprozole? DR. SHAMBAN Don. Not getting anywhere. Don.38.
We have the satellite pointed at you.39. cockass... And I work for NASA. INT. Don looks up to see the back of the head of the guy in front of him. I can read your thoughts. WHISPERING VOICE THREE I love you. DON No. mumbling responses to the voices.just. dickweed.... just kiss me.. DON I’m average. DON Please.DAY Don walks to the pharmacy at the rear of the store. WHISPERING VOICE TWO Hey.. Different SHAPES move at the periphery of the scene. RITE AID PHARMACY -. WHISPERING VOICE THREE/BACK-OF-HEADWOMAN I’ll scream. The back of the guy’s head is morphing into the face of a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. ducking into the aisles.. Donny.. I love you so much.Donny littledick! Am not. IN THE PHARMACY LINE Don stands there with his prescriptions. Kiss me.go back. WHISPERING VOICE THREE/BACK-OF-HEADWOMAN Kiss me.. . Don! Don! WHISPERING VOICE ONE Don! The WHISPERING VOICE TWO Hey. Don.hey!. Donny. No! DON WHISPERING VOICE THREE/BACK-OF-HEADWOMAN I’ll scream.not here. VOICES are back. Don is getting pretty twitchy.
The guy has moved forward in line. TRANSCOMMUNICATION MEDIA CONSOLIDATED. It’ll be about fortyfive minutes. the Risperdol. ‘Kay. Don closes his eyes and leans forward to kiss the face in the back of the guy’s head. PHARMACIST’S HELPER Can I help you? Don thrusts the scrips into her hands. INT..DAY Don is pressed up against the side of the building. BARROW You have something working with Holt McLaren? LUCY I have more things working than you could possibly imagine.. gone. EXT. DEMONIC SHAPE slimes by and into one of the aisles. Don is wigging out. the Zyprexa and the Ariprozole. Yeah. LUCY I’ll call you back. A SLITHERING. PHARMACIST’S HELPER No problem. the face is Don breathes in sharply. sweating. DON WHISPERING VOICE TWO She’s been hired to poison you. breathing deeply. BARROW’S OFFICE -DAY Lucy enters on her cell.40. . Don stumbles. No! I’m sorry? DON PHARMACIST’S HELPER Don turns and runs out of the store. RITE AID PARKING LOT -. DON I need the Zeldox.
LUCY You’re the boss. LUCY Tell you what: Why don’t you stop behaving as if I’m gonna lop off your manhood and let me do my job.. EXT. I develop sources. LUCY I don’t want your job. BARROW She goes to the door. So I hear. BARROW You want my job. get the biggest scoops in the world. You have a piece of it. my sources could dry up or go to the Star. Just don’t get confused and think that means you could wipe your ass without me. HOLLYWOOD HILLS -. I like to get dirty. I .41.. BARROW Whatever you’re working. LUCY (CONT’D) Because if it doesn’t. want your salary. Alex. it’s too dirty for NOW magazine. LUCY I’d kill myself if I had your job. today it’s a black Mercedes SUV with dealer plates. regardless. Sound good? Barrow just looks at her.DAY Don climbs out of his rig.and you take the advertisers to Benihana and grab credit for it all while going home with five times my salary. find stories. I want a piece of it. BARROW I want credit if it goes somewhere and Corporate wants to know whose piece it is. I’m placing this piece in The Bomb.
He appears to be somewhat back on his game. The driver is not visible. Grungy. in her sweats. DON’S POV Through the shrubs. a large paw. KIRA . He shoulders his Canon and carries a Starbucks cup. IN THE HOUSE We’ve been here before.. Climbs He hops down and begins scaling a eucalyptus tree with a view of the house below. DON’S FACE As he squeezes one out.well. OFFSCREEN The sound of an IDLING VEHICLE. It’s Kira Klay’s house. Just a hand on the steering Don holds his breath.42. handling his equipment deftly. JEFF STAGLIANO I think babies are beautiful. IN THE SHRUBS Don pulls down his trousers and squats. Shut up. A The Sad Cat Man GUNS the old pickup and it drives off with its signature throaty purr. a beat-up ‘58 Chevy pickup. DON Pulls up his pants and walks over to the estate wall. an indie film actor/director a la Vince Gallo. back and forth. She paces in and out of frame. IN THE TREE Don. it. struggles to get a shot lined up. He walks toward an estate wall. perched like a schizophrenic Koala bear. wheel. into frame walks JEFF STAGLIANO. eyes puffy. look of consternation crosses his face.. Suddenly. Don leans against the estate wall and sips his coffee.
you should take it easy and not get so tweaked. DON’S CAMERA POV FREEZE FRAME On this tableau: Father with hands tenderly on mother’s belly. Jeff. whatever’s going on. JEFF STAGLIANO Well. God! I cannot believe I ever threw you a bang. Jeff comes up behind her and rests both hands on her belly.43. . JEFF STAGLIANO I’m cool with just bein’ the baby daddy. IN THE HOUSE Kira begins to emerge from her reverie. And I am trying to tell you that The Bomb already knows you’re the father because that whore Julia Myers told them. enjoying the touch. JEFF STAGLIANO Okay. Like what? JEFF STAGLIANO KIRA Like you’re P Diddy or something. I’m not. She closes her eyes for a second. CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK As Don nails the money shot. KIRA That’s my point. KIRA I slept with you once. KIRA Please don’t say it like that. JEFF STAGLIANO So? I sleep with a lot of people once. so just say someone else is the baby daddy.
“SHE’S HAVING HIS BABY!!” INT. Holt tutoring an inner-city youth.she thinks I told them.DAY Julia and Holt look through the news stand.44. complete with all the tabloid graphics. JULIA’S BEDROOM MUSIC: The La’s. HOLLYWOOD NEWS STAND -. “Man I’m Only Human” Julia is face down on the bed.. it’s awesome! I can’t believe they just did a nice little piece on you. sobbing... Holt looks at it with her. magazine. Holt and Julia at a premiere.. Holt sits next to JULIA (between sobs) She thinks I told The Bomb about it. She said she’d never speak to me again. catch a look at it.. JULIA (CONT’D) Here it is! She pulls out the magazine.I’m so lucky I have you. Jeff. I would never.they sent her publicist a fax saying they were gonna run it in the next issue. CLOSE ON HOLT JULIA (CONT’D) Kira has nobody. DON’S CAMERA POV CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK FREEZE FRAME as the image becomes the COVER of THE BOMB magazine.. her.you know I would never. rubbing her back. (insinuating) Maybe they know something I don’t. Music continues as-EXT. KIRA You need to take your hands off me now. the usual drivel. We Julia spots the ..... JULIA (CONT’D) Baby...
JULIA Hey. weird. HOLT What would they know? JULIA Maybe they know a certain sexy young leading man is about to get a big movie or something. look at this! (reading) “Wagging tongues in the rumor-mill say that Holt has several big movie deals in the works. “BUSTED!”.. Clicks on her large computer monitor through several layouts she’s roughed out. She lines several of them up together. you’ll be hot. HOLT Yeah.45. JULIA Doesn’t matter.I am so proud of you. Holt’s eyes flash. graphic. violent. They are typical tabloid headlines of the “CAUGHT!”. She starts to let go and he holds her tighter. DiStefano sings Boito’s Mefistofele (Death of Faust) loudly on the stereo... INT.. and “FALLEN IDOL” variety. If they think you’re hot. drug-filled. He looks out at the sea of magazines plastered with famous faces and hangs on to Julia with everything he has. HOLT If you say so.NIGHT Lucy drinks from red wine from a big glass. They are damning by any measure. stranger things have happened.” HOLT Wish they’d let me know about them. She takes a huge belt on the wine. She puts her arms around him. . She squeezes him innocently. She looks at the Prince Tyreese photos. JULIA Babe. even a series of the Prince getting banged with a strap-on. LUCY’S HOUSE -.
Naked? LEO LUCY Actually.it’s depressing.looking at pictures of Prince Tyreese.. She picks up the phone. LUCY Don’t bother.... Hello? LEO INTERCUT Leo as necessary. calls.nothing. LEO What are you doing? Trolling the internet for someone to drug you and bang the crap out of you? LUCY Funny. aren’t you? LUCY I might be. LUCY Right. I said I was coming to see my man the Prince. Why are you home picking up on the first ring? LEO Because I’m a lonely bisexual man with a shaved head. LEO I’ll be right over.46.. LEO I didn’t say I was coming to see you. yes. LEO You’re a little drunk.. LEO I’m glad I don’t have your job.like you’d ever leave your cave at night to see your sister.. LUCY It’s me. .. LUCY One thing a bisexual man should never have to be is lonely. yes.
. Don pets Tristan. He carefully slides an old phonograph record out of its sleeve and lays it on the turntable... Goes to an old-fashioned portable Hi-Fi and turns it on.47. far-away vocals. you’ve made my night.it’s just a question..NIGHT Don carries Tristan in his arms. We hear the warm HISS of the old vacuum tubes coming to life.. Do you think someday we’ll have to pay for our sins? LUCY What’s that supposed to mean? LEO Don’t be so sensitive. LUCY I love my job. DON’S APARTMENT -. LEO Now from the The wailing tenor of di Stefano is now joined by the voices of the Mefistofele chorus. Shakes her head. Don reaches his shag-carpeted living room and sets Tristan down on a cat bed. the basso profundo of the Devil. LUCY (sarcastic) Well. ‘ukulele.Lucy finishes the wine. LEO Oh yeah. LUCY Does this mean you won’t be bugging me any more? Bye. Steel pedal guitar. Lucy turns the pictures over.. dreamy and nostalgic. Sets down the needle.. cradling him like a newborn. HAWAIIAN MUSIC. INT. stereo... I can tell. this has been great. Think I’ll go run a bath and slit my wrists. especially with the static of the phonograph. LEO Yeah.
you like that. DON Hey Tristan. nothing out of the ordinary. SOUND of GALLOPING HORSES. winged heroic figures. Don blinks... The Hawaiian music continues as-END OF ACT TWO The sweet music continues. looking at Tristan. The overhead light fixture sways. The record skips. Don looks up. except-HUGE FLASHES OF LIGHT in the sky illuminating what appear to be ARCHANGELS. People walking and driving. Don. DON What. .48.that’s my buddy.. then continues on. that’s my buddy.. TRISTAN It’s all coming to an end. like an earthquake.the light flickers and they’re gone. Don carries Tristan to the window and looks outside. buddy? A LOUD RUMBLING... a small but definite CRACK appears in the wall of the apartment.
.DAY Holt sits in the outer office.. can’t bear it. We’ve had so many people in and out of this part..Lucy? She’s hung over.MORNING Lucy opens her eyes...closed in? I just want you to be happy.after the war. ....O. Holt McLaren.. or. Yeah..” Lucy looks down into the counter. on... SYDNEY POLLACK comes out of the office. SYDNEY POLLACK Hey. PHONE RINGS. trying to act cool..) Hello? Am I.. c’mon in.. HOLT Um. Sits up and gets out Lucy almost picks up. SYDNEY POLLOCK’S OFFICE -.. SYDNEY POLLACK Right! Of course.. c’mon in.is it just because I’m sick. BEDROOM -. Jeremy! Hey.. LUCY’S HOUSE. ACT THREE INT.49... The machine cuts her off with an abrupt “Thank you for your call.. DOROTHY (CONT’D) I just woke up and.oh..I think. Hello? DOROTHY (V.we were happy.she lets the machine pick up. of bed. HOLT SYDNEY POLLACK Anyway. it’s Holt..is it all changing? Is the world more.. Clicks the coffee machine INT. Your father and I. She walks into the-KITCHEN And starts to make coffee.
HOLT Oh. I am SYDNEY POLLACK Great. friend..thank you. Playing Carson. INT.DAY As she and Barrow look at the photos. SYDNEY POLLACK’S BUNGALOW Sydney Pollack and Holt sit there uncomfortably. SYDNEY POLLACK Great piece the other day in NOW... I have a three o’clock... HOLT It’s. are you still available? For what? HOLT SYDNEY POLLACK The Generic Effect. Anyway. with all this stuff you have in the works. Congrats.50.. You’re all over the place. Yes. INT. yeah.I know Kira. We’re closing Clooney’s deal and just had the offer accepted by Kira Klay.. absolutely available. BARROW Are you kidding? She just looks at him? . HOLT Oh. thanks.. She’s.thank you. SYDNEY POLLACK Now. A beat. I want to hire you. LUCY’S OFFICE -.a SYDNEY POLLACK See the way things work out? Fantastic. HOLT Oh my God. In my movie.. Galt..
.. cutting loose. Holt and Julia at their center. DANCE FLOOR -. BARROW You can’t run these. KIRA KLAY’S HOUSE -.NIGHT Kira sits on the floor of her big house.. glassed-out CLOSE-UP.LATE NIGHT DANCE MUSIC is up and bumping. Leak ‘em and get sued.51. yeah? Try this: Run these and get fired. CLUB VELVET.. And a couple empty bottles of Dom. A group of HOLLYWOOD GROOVSTERS.... And a mirror. shirts are coming off. don’t you? LUCY (smiles) Yeah. Lucy tries to contain her rage. Sure as hell ain’t you. Holt is finally letting go. Off Lucy-INT. dance in a big circle. a copy of The Bomb with the damning cover next to her...but you know who calls the shots here.. BARROW Oh. LUCY Do you know how hard I worked to get these photos? Do you have any idea what they’ll do to circulation? You can’t just-BARROW I can’t just what? You walk around here like you got my balls in a vise.. . INT.. the suits over in the corporate. BARROW (CONT’D) You know what they’re gonna say in corporate? LUCY The strap-on looks painful? Barrow slides the photos back across the desk at her. sweat pouring. She leans down into the mirror and we see her in extreme redeyed. enjoying a moment of success and celebration.
SUNSET BOULEVARD.MUSIC: Yoko Ono. door ajar.LATE NIGHT The Yoko Ono track surging now.. JULIA (CONT’D) She OD’d. “Listen The Snow Is Falling” INT. uses it to wrap around him and grind him in closer..VERY LATE The group stumbles out of the club.52. Sunset swirling around him.slow down.okay. EXT.... OUTSIDE CLUB -. Kira’s perfect. Holt stands there. Kira.. dirty-dogging him. Julia dances with Holt. to a brightly lit bathroom. Okay. pedicured feet. Back on the floor..what? What. Feather in.. Julia’s cell phone rings. The mirror. giving him her booty. White floor tile. KIRA KLAY’S HOUSE -. thanks... She turns around and pulls off his shirt. It’s Kira... JULIA Hello. END OF ACT THREE . but no TRACK through the darkened house.. the empty bottles. She looks at Holt.
A. SYDNEY POLLACK’S BUNGALOW -. SYDNEY POLLACK (CONT’D) I’m driving over here and on the way I get a call from Kira’s manager. it’s gotta be her or he’s out.says it’s too delicate. A movie I’ve been trying to get made for four years is cast.s run around preparing a table with bagels that none of the actors eat. He holds out a foot with a new shoe.enjoy some coffee and a bagel.she tells me Kira’s had a medical emergency. Amy Blenson.53. there are a dozen actresses who can play the part... I thought.. tries to calm his blown-out nerves. He mouths lines. as long as she’s okay. looks at his already-dogeared script. I get a call from Clooney. ACT FOUR INT. He opens his mouth wide. but she’s not only out of the movie. Holt sits at his place at the table... Can’t imagine anyone but Kira in the part.. The whole picture begins to dawn on Holt.but I’ve been doing this long enough to know how these things tend to play out. So today began as a high point for me. P. down. No sign of Clooney or Kira Klay. like gossamer. with a cast any director would die for.DAY A table read. impotently trying to get a breath. Not forty five seconds later. just two away from the star of the movie. I even got new shoes.. Actors laugh nervously. this is a crazy day. she’s going to be taking time off from the business and really re-evaluating her place here. SYDNEY POLLACK (CONT’D) So. I hope it all changes in the next 48 hours. All the actors are milling around. several just mill around. Some of the actors grab their bags and go. She’s okay. Sydney Pollack enters the room gravely. okay.. . like a fish on the deck of a boat. drinking coffee and checking each other out. Everybody quiets SYDNEY POLLACK Well.
see what they have to say... you talk to legal. going through his script.a friend just stopped by. LUCY (into headset) Right. EXT. THE ROAD -.DAY Holt sits watching Lucy on her wireless headset walking around. tries to interject. his careful notations. LUCY (CONT’D) Now. Kira is in the hospital because I told you-LUCY Kira’s in the hospital because she’s a drug addict. I have to run. but plows forward. LUCY (CONT’D) Anyway... she’ll be done in a sec. Alexander Barrow enters. not knowing what to do with himself.bye. storms out.well.. Not about my friends or my enemies. Now Holt is standing. Holt sits in his seat. but Lucy holds up her hand.54.. HOLT I’m not going to give you any more. .DAY Holt speeds through Hollywood in his old Carera. He looks at He His face sets into a mask of deep anger and resolve. INT. LUCY’S OFFICE -.. As she finishes up the call. Don sits at the other end of the couch. what can I do for the exceptionally talented Holt McLaren? Besides receiving his undying gratitude for the beautiful profile in NOW Magazine? Holt’s a little thrown. LUCY (CONT’D) Love to Raj. Lucy turns her gaze on Holt and Don and Barrow.. leaving his script behind. And she’s going to be fine. the highlighted lines. Holt stands up.
which any publicist would sacrifice a left nut for. actually a freelance contractor. that you people-- The point is LUCY First of all. Fuck you. You. Not that Don is an employee. HOLT Don’t give me that-LUCY When she finds out about your betrayal. Poor thing. you’re welcome for the nearly 800-word profile in NOW Magazine as well as the three other carefully crafted tidbits we’ve managed to pepper throughout our little media empire. Brave. HOLT You know what? She’ll either understand or she won’t.55. HOLT That’s not the point. Don looks around. you are now a source. LUCY HOLT Barrow shakes his head. You can tell her whatever you want. LUCY Poor Julia. I know she adores you. DON I like this office. Holt takes a deep breath. HOLT I don’t give a crap what he is. I love her and she loves me. And I feel that we can do great things together. me and Don here. I’m not gonna help you guys out anymore. Secondly. willing to lose it all. I don’t care. .
will you get the lights? HOLT What are you doing? Don goes over to the door and turns off the office lights. Broken down and pixilated. Blue-screen comes on. LUCY Don.. then again.. LUCY You know what we love here at Transcommunication Media? Home movies. takes off her shirt.don’t Really want to do this. It all moves very We move from the video to Holt’s face in the dim light. but ultimately JULIA MYERS sits on a messy bed.. JULIA Can’t even focus my eyes. He kisses her. THE VIDEO A poorly-lit DV.56. then.. JULIA . OFFSCREEN VOICE (unintelligible) JULIA What are you doing? OFFSCREEN VOICE (unintelligible) A body crosses frame. JOHNNY COLE Sits on the bed next to Julia. JULIA I am so wasted. then a home-made video flickers to life... quickly now. Starts kissing her... engaging. . Nothing has the smack of the genuine like home-made porn.. Lucy puts a DVD in the deck. JOHNNY COLE You know you do.
Hoo-ee. Stops at the door. Bad all around. DON BARROW So.. LUCY That’s enough. Lucy stops the tape. you supplement your thin little guest-spot income with our generous story fees.. LUCY (quietly) No. high) Yes. if that were to be released. Holt looks down at the floor. He wraps her long hair in a knot around his hand and snaps her head back. You can give your dirt to Don. RETURN TO VIDEO Now Johnny Cole is behind Julia. Holt stands up and starts to walk out. No rush. It’s all I ever wanted to do. it might not square too well with your gal’s wholesome image on her TV show. LUCY Or. Holt is shaking. . you wanted to be famous. HOLT (simply) I’m an actor. There’s a big difference. JOHNNY COLE You like that? JULIA (faintly. and get great press along the way. I honestly would rather not leak this. And you come off like a little cuckold bitch. Just make sure it comes regularly.57. Whenever. Walks over and turns up the lights. And you and Julia ride off into the sunset. quiet.
DON (CONT’D) It’s okay. . ancient and low... LUCY (CONT’D) You can go. They seem to be conferring over Don’s very soul. Several FIGURES now. Scumbag! The sun backlighting Holt.. TRANSCOMMUNICATION MEDIA -. charging into frame. EXT.. That’s my buddy. Oh-DON We see--but Don doesn’t--Holt HOLT You piece’a shit! Holt kicks him. Lucy sighs. as if in some bizarre druidic meeting. DON’S POV Looking up at Holt. The Figures talk in a strange.. whispering to himself. almost-identifiable language..58. Don still sits there. causing an DON It’s okay. HOLT SMASHES DON A roundhouse sucker punch to the ear. and other strangely powerful ANIMISTIC TOTEMIC FIGURES (think Miyazaki). angelic silhouette. Holt kicks him again. Tristan. We pick up the RINGING and IMPAIRED HEARING of Holt’s punch on DON’S POV. buddy. Holt is gone. They stand around in a circle. DON LUCY Both of you. Huh? Go. Don goes down hard onto the concrete. PARKING LOT. SOUND of HORSES GALLOPING. She looks exhausted. Don. Holt. disassociated. the Sad Cat Man. It’s okay.DAY Don walks toward camera.
Tyreese opens the envelope. Quickly picks it up. laughing their asses off. the kids hyped up on sugar and games. just shakes his head. JULIA’S HOUSE -. INT. Her long hair . down. walks in and approaches Tyreese. Prince and three of the kids are skeet bowling. chokes out: Paperwork. “Waltz #2 (XO)” Holt lays in the massive bed with its turbo thread count sheets. END DON POV Just Holt now. Looks. GIANT WINGS EMERGE. TYREESE INT. cutting loose. A brief moment of regret. The Totem Figures begin to gather in an ever-tightening circle around Don.EARLY EVENING MUSIC: Elliott Smith. We see a corner of one of the now-familiar photos. notices her husband receiving the envelope. then he turns and walks away. Drops it. with the younger kids. Boxer shorts and a wife beater. CHELLE What’s that? Tyreese. He quickly seals the enveloppe as Chelle calls over to him. ready to kick him again. his cocky demeanor gone. helmet on. Julia enters. Chelle. A MOTORCYCLE MESSENGER. CHELLE. visor up. filled with SCREAMING KIDS. knuckles raw and bruised. policing kids and pizza slices.59. His wife.DAY Wild. laying their hands on him. From one of the figures. then sees that he’s completely out of it. HOLT Fucking nutball. walking across the parking lot. leaving Don curled up on the ground. CHUCKY CHEESE -. PRINCE TYREESE and his brood front and center. He smokes a joint. Holt stands over Don. Hands him an ENVELOPE before he has time to react.
They sit up next to each other in bed. Yes. Julia doesn’t say anything. Why? HOLT JULIA It makes me too horny. Holt pushes Julia off of him and moves her to her stomach. She straddles him on the bed.. HOLT JULIA You know I can’t smoke this stuff. Just like Johnny Cole. violently. JULIA EXT. JULIA (CONT’D) Yes.60.. Just takes the joint and hits Smoking the joint. HOLT You like that? Julia GASPS. DON’S APARTMENT -.ohmygodyes. He takes her hair deliberately and wraps it in a knot around his hand.yes...... Takes the joint and puts it out. She moves on top of him. with pleasure or pain or recognition. His face is bruised and he .... Now he is grinding on top of her. limps. From behind her.NIGHT Don approaches his apartment.. Holt takes another hit. Snaps her head back. can’t really look at her.. Don opens his door. He pulls her boxer shorts off and is inside her almost instantly. More and more intensely. Finally: JULIA This from Surfer Sean? Yeah. deeply off it. Holt sees her long hair. They start kissing.
Some unspoken Insistent.....SILENCE INT... building in volume. And under it... No. DON He sobs. DON’S APARTMENT Don cradling Tristan.. His normally affectless demeanor drops away. INT. SMASH CUT TO: BLACK. He rocks him and rocks him..... WHISPERING VOICES.. DON’S APARTMENT CLOSE ON-A HAIRY PAW/HAND KNOCKING... EXT..NIGHT Holt drives.. Holt’s cell RINGS. KNOCKING WHISPERING KNOCKING KNOCKING WHISPERING KNOCKING WHISPERING KNOCKINGKNOCKINGKNOCKING.. A small pool of vomit haloing around his head. KNOCKING Louder and louder..... the dead body of Tristan the cat... . He falls to his knees.. DON’S APARTMENT -...NIGHT In the living room.. on the floor.... INT. HOLT’S CARERA -.... KNOCKING At the door.... Don walks in and looks at Tristan... picking up Tristan and cradling him in his arms. .. the WHISPERS louder and LOUDER... thing vibrating in the car between them..61.. Julia in the passenger seat.......
I’ll be there..62.yeah... whole car shakes.. doing 95 through Hollywood traffic. (beat) What? When? (beat) Yeah. God.... HOLT Hello? Oh. (beat) Yeah. She was a really good person. I heard about what happened to Kira.. Holt keeps driving.. JULIA Holt..Julia is crying. Pollack.Sydney..... have the part... She had a brain bleed. JULIA (CONT’D) Holt. Are you kidding? Of course I do. Doesn’t say anything. sorry. redlining the RPMs before shifting up.. JULIA Now they’re easily He double-clutches and blows into third. The car pulls around a line of cars. Yeah. what are you doing?! The engine SCREAMS. Oh..I haven’t booked anything else. No. maxing out. HOLT (CONT’D) Kira’s dead.. He pushes the car. “I Want to Die” by Brian Jonestown Massacre. HOLT And the movie’s back on. slow down... Holt smiles bitterly and floors it. ripping past all of them.at the memorial.really? That’s great news.. Okay.. (beat) Right... ON HOLT The . Julia just looks at him. hey Mr. I still Holt cranks up the STEREO. I can’t believe Angelina signed on to do the part.. waiting... Thank you.
. It’s okay.. I’m sorry. oh God. breathes deep. A grim smile. please. blood pooling in each ear.. beautiful shower of sparks through the L.. Sorry. awake... JULIA (CONT’D) HOLT It’s okay.. THE PORSCHE Grinds under the truck.. lands on its roof. Poof! A tiny fire ignites near the back of the car. eyes wide. staring at Julia.. JULIA (CONT’D) Holt. but suddenly she COUGHS. vomits. ticking beat of SILENCE on the tableau..A. A JACKED-UP TRUCK Doesn’t see the low-slung Porsche and goes to make a left turn.Holt wrenches himself free and out through the window of the car. gorgeous. HOLT Sighs with some perverse form of relief. JULIA Looks astonished as the big four-wheeler completely blocks their path..63. ohgodohgodohgod. Julia and Holt hang in their seatbelts.. oh God. . Julia. The car is smoking and ticking.. NOW ROTATING From upside down to right-side up. It is only when we arrive at both of them upside down that we reveal Holt. She looks at Holt in terror. Long... please. FASTER. She has been frozen in what appears to be death. unharmed. twice. oh God. then: STARTING RIGHT-SIDE UP Or so it appears.... sending up a bright. night. and dripping up.. The Porsche is smashed free of the truck and rolls once. surprised..
. Holt runs around and tries to open the door to get Julia out. KNOCKING At the door again. INT.” He does in fact look like a chiseled action hero..64.. Don sits slack-jawed.. Julia is bleeding badly. sheet-white from shock. one with a video camera. DON’S APARTMENT -. then proceeds to pry Julia loose from the car and drag her out. Another shot with the gruesome crash sight. but no emergency vehicles on scene. DON’S TV A live feed of the local news. Holt takes a rock and SMASHES the window. The FIRE creeps into the gas tank and IGNITES for real as now-shirtless Holt carries Julia away from the wreckage.. SIRENS WAIL. OUTSIDE THE PORSCHE A crowd is gathering.he sees-A CROWD OF ONLOOKERS Several holding up cell phone cameras.. . with the headline: “REAL LIFE ACTION HERO. ON THE TV MATCH CUT TV at-Don clutches Tristan and rocks him.and you can bet Hollywood is thinking the same thing.. Now the handi-cam footage of shirtless Holt carrying Julia from the crash site as the Porsche ignites in FLAMES behind him. He takes off his shirt and lines the door frame with it.. showing the outside of the nowfamiliar home of Kira Klay. An inserted RED CARPET SHOT from “Subliminal Velocity” of Holt and Julia with Kira. panicked...LATE NIGHT Don sits holding Tristan.. the only light coming from his television. Holt looks around.the HAWAIIAN music plays on the old hi-fi.. staring at the television. The flames are rising on the Porsche.
...with all the coroner’s people and cops. Pours herself a glass of Pinot... HOSPITAL ROOM HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONTINUES OVER: JULIA Intubated....VERY LATE NIGHT HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONTINUES Lucy looks at the tv.. Picks up the phone.. INT..see if he can get something. HOLT Sits there next to the bed.. “CELEBRITY SUICIDE?” Asks the Lucy draws a sharp breath..right. heavily bandaged. super.. LUCY’S HOUSE -.. DON Loading his cameras and packing up his photo gear. Now a HEADSHOT of Kira Klay. I know what time it is. Try to get someone into the house. you wanna look for another job? Okay..the footage of Holt carrying Julia from the wreckage.65.right..... match to it.yeah. puts a .just do it. tell acquisitions we need to lock up all the Holt McClaren footage. I’ll be there in an hour. it’s Lucy. PRINCE TYREESE In his office at home. We’ll go up to eighty... We can use some of the Don Konkey stills of Kira. unconscious.carefully places Tristan in a shoe box and takes him along... head in hands. KIRA He looks at one of the photos.. something giving way a little.uh huh...why.. Drinks unsteadily.. Fully herself again: LUCY Hi... motion and still.. INT. higher if we have to.Don’ll do it.
perfect and lifeless. The HAWAIIAN MUSIC continues in BLACK.. LUCY In her walk-in closet. ... Lying on the coroner’s slab.66. putting on another one of her signature sexy-but-efficient suits.. She stands there dressing. She looks straight into CAMERA.we are the mirror. alabaster. until she is suited up and turns abruptly and snaps the LIGHT OUT.
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