“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

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How Annette Bening Is Dangerously Radical

As I watched Bening portray Dorothea Fields in “20th Century Women,” (which should finally be her Oscar-winning role) a fresh, radical idea came to me …

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The Effects of Divorce on Children: How My Parents’ Divorce Turned Me Into Jason Bourne

“I always thought I should be a spy. I’d have supreme efficiency in handling numerous vehicles, and would possess a Brazilian passport with a Portuguese name: ‘Gilberta de Piento.’ I felt qualified because my parents divorced when I was three and I orbited two homes as disparate as Jupiter and Mars. My mom remarried a police officer who had two sons that were three and six years older than me and we lived on a 69-foot sailboat in a white-trash, run-down harbor in Antioch, California, where Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped and kept as a sex slave for 18 years.” Keep Reading …

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Is Chad from The Bachelorette a Serial Killer? My Pick to Win!

Excerpt: “How dare he cut in on her private conversations with poor erectile dysfunction salesman Evan? (Who Chad definitely thinks is a pussy) and find dark alcoves to pull JoJo into and kiss her (you just know Chad’s not kissing with a closed mouth!) Keep reading:

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Oscar Predictions of 2016 from a Hollywood Screenwriter (aka me)

Excerpt: “the emotional life of The Revenant, a father’s love for his son, fell flat for me and DiCaprio’s ability to walk and fight after so many near-death injuries stretched the limits of my willingness to believe. After injuries like that he wouldn’t have any functioning internal organs let alone unbroken bones.” Keep Reading:

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What do Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, James Dean and Me Have in Common?

I don’t know what’s happening, but a hole opens in my chest. It’s a vortex that everything dark and broken gets sucked down into. “I’m not the good girl! I’m so sick of trying to make everyone happy I could explode!” Over this Jeff yells, “Go To Scene!” The lines from the play aren’t on the page anymore; they erupt out of my mouth, “I had no right to do what I did! It was too bad a thing to do. There’s no happy thing possible because a me. I can’t leave this house cause it’s my crime!” Keep Reading.

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Daniel Radcliffe Fails Epically in his New Role (Video)

Well I think we always knew that Mr. Radcliff was a one-act pony. (I suppose this can also serve as a pun for his desnuded turn with a horse in Eqqus on Broadway). Monsieur Harry Potter, how could you be so adept at killing Voldemort and now this? (Don’t let your children watch, it may scar them.)

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That Time I Was Offered Work in a Brothel

Excerpt: I’m in the Torture Room at Fran’s Ranch, a whorehouse in Beatty, Nevada. We’re shooting a scene for a low-budget movie called Leta Has Two Lovers, and I’m worried the only reason I have a part in the film is because the director, Benjamin, who resembles a woodchuck with mossy teeth, is trying to get in my pants. Bea is one of the “girls” at the ranch. She sits next to me holding a riding crop across her pale, dimpled thighs. Her corset’s too small and her soft baby-bottom flesh squeezes out through the gaps in the trusses. Keep Reading:

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Is it Just Me or is Lady Mary of Downton Abbey an Asshole?

Initially it’s true I thought Lady Edith a bit, how shall we say, church mouse-ish in appearance, but how she grows on you with her vulnerability, her dewy eyes, her gentle, yet steely resolve to raise her own child, while that fucking Lady Mary sees her own baby for five minutes between teas and vagina kegels to create the steel glove that entraps unsuspecting lords and dignitaries! Keep reading!

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Am I The Only One Who Loved 50 Shades of Grey? (Videos)

I asked Henry if I could stay and watch “50 Shades of Grey” while he and the girls went home. Did I see, in the gleam of his eye, the memory of how I pounced on him during my reading-the-books phase? His “yes” came at the speed of light and I wondered whether I’d return home to find him rigging an equestrian harness to our head board.

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My Cat Fight With Gwyneth Paltrow and my Fear of Failure

The year is 1991. I’ve been senior class president, most popular girl and Homecoming queen in high school. It is obvious I am destined for greatness. This is only confirmed when I get a phone call from the casting agent for then-Broadway director, Arvin Brown, telling me that out of hundreds of actresses (many of them from New York where the real actors live) I’ve won the role of Madge

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8 Picks for Best and Worst Movies of 2014. And my Oscar Predictions!

Do NOT go see Interstellar. Because the time continuum — on which relativity, gravity and the unquantifiable algorithm of love is unspooled by that easy-on-the-eyes Texan, Matthew McConaughey, as he goes on ahead into outer space just as nervous-as-a-cat-inna-room-fulla-rocking-chairs and gets busier-thana-cat-coverin’-shit-onna-rockpile tryin’a get back home to his kin — makes no fucking sense at all!

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One of the Many Reasons to Swoon Over Jimmy Fallon. Oh, and Brad Pitt too.

Brad Pitt Jimmy Fallon break dancing. Me laughing uncontrollably. Tween daughters thinking we are all lame. Dog eating his own poo.

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Girl on the Edge; a Powerful film about Healing from Date Rape

I realize that our daughters are coming of age in a time where date rape is not only still a threat but there is also the possibility of the crime being documented and disseminated on social media.

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My Sexcapades at Cannes

It is our driver, Jean-Christophe, who has caught my eye. He’s an older man of twenty-three and alluringly poker-faced. His eyes are a cerulean blue, his hair a tangle of black curls one could twist one’s fingers into.

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Seducing the Leading Man is no Picnic

It’s 1991. Joanne Woodward approaches me in my dressing room. Yes, the actress who won an Oscar for The Three Faces Of Eve circa 1957, (and who also happens to be married to that God among men, Paul Newman) is about to tell

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What Happened When I Fell in Love With a Hollywood Femme Fatale

Excerpted from my book Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales From the Edge of Celebrity. This story includes a love triangle and imminent danger and begs the question, Am I Gay? Spring 1988 The squealing of tires.  The wrenching open and slamming

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Whose Oscar Date 2014 was the Hottest Last Night?? (Photos)

Last night Henry and I threw an Oscar suaré  in order to distract ourselves from the fact that neither of us, inexplicably, was nominated for an Oscar. Didn’t anyone see my performance (starring as myself) screaming at Henry, “No more napping

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My Night With Michael Hutchence and INXS

I’ve written a book called, Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales From the Edge of Celebrity, which includes the tale of my stint as a Suicide Blonde for Michael Hutchence and INXS. Not since Pamela Des Barres’ I’m With the Band:

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Video: A Scene from David Mamet’s “Edmond” with Brandon Lee and me

While digging up memorabilia to write my post Remembering Former Love Brandon Lee 20 Years After His Death on the set of The Crow and my book Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales From the Edge of Celebrity I came across

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My Husband’s Two Degrees of Separation From Queen Latifah

My husband co-wrote the John Woo action film Face/Off which was heralded by IMDB as John Travolta’s best film ever. So imagine my surprise when I discovered Queen Latifah’s first guest on the premiere week of her new show was going

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My New BFF Queen Latifah

I’m not the groupie type. My husband forced me to meet Tom Cruise at one of the Mission Impossible premieres and I was really annoyed. Tom didn’t seem to notice my undeniable irresistibility.  Apparently he has plebeian taste in women.

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Why Cory Monteith’s Death Breaks Moms’ Hearts

He’s the boy you want your daughters to fall in love with; tall, affable, unthreateningly handsome — like a schoolboy with his shirt untucked playing tag on the lawn after Sunday school. He’s the boy who is polite when meeting

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Kissing and Telling on David Schwimmer ‘cuz that’s just how I roll

Before I married the most delicious man in the world I kissed my share of frogs. But I also kissed one sweet Prince. Here’s an excerpt of our moment from my auto-biographical tome, Smash, Crash and BurnL Tales From the

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Remembering Former Love, Brandon Lee, 20 Years After His Death on the Movie Set of “The Crow”

I watch the actor named Brandon shoot pool. Robin told me earlier that he’s Bruce Lee’s son, which I thought was kind of cool. But it wasn’t until he walked onstage, chock-full of charisma, that my heart throbbed like a teeny-bopper at a David Cassidy concert circa 1975.

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I Knew Roman Coppola Before Oscar Did

I woke up yesterday and did what I usually do this time of year, which is check to see who got nominated for an Oscar. I’m always a bit surprised to discover that none of the nominees is me? I’m

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