“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...”

Download Shannon's story, "Beautiful Boy, Brandon Lee," in its full length, excerpted from her book, Smash, Crash & Burn.

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I “Heart” David O Russell

I met David O Russell yesterday (writer/director of Flirting With Disaster, The Three Kings, I “Heart” Huckabees and The Fighter for all you non-film geeks). While I won’t go into the details of why I met with him –  because I’m superstitious

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Demi Moore Encounter

It’s official. Demi Moore drinks the blood of virgin Alsace choir boys. I was waiting for a meeting in premiere Hollywood agency CAA for unknown and mysterious reasons which I will only report should something meaningful happen. As I checked

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Who Shot Rock and Roll?

I’m not a rock and rolla. I don’t go to concerts. I think I’ve been to twelve concerts in my life and one of them was Barry Manillow. Crowds and mosh pits terrify me. I don’t like jockeying for position

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An Open Letter to Kristen Stewart and My Book!

Here it is.  My newborn baby in its attractive swaddling: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to netflix Donnie Darko.  Get yours at Amazon HERE for $2.99 You can read my OPEN LETTER TO KRISTEN STEWART at AIMING LOW today.

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6 Pieces of Advice to my Former Self; An INXS Suicide Blonde

1. Throwing your expensive bachelors degree in journalism out the window to pursue acting despite everyone’s doubts will be the best thing that ever happened to you. (Portraying wild and dangerous characters helps you find your voice) 2. Failing to

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Lunch At Bergdorf Goodman

I love New York City.  I love the way it smells like bagels and urine.  I love that it causes sweat to run in rivulets under my butt and breasts in the sticky August heat.  I love the whistling workmen

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My Glamorous Experience Starring In A Movie! Smash, Crash & Burn

“I could get you a job here if this acting thing don’t work out,” Bea says. “Wow, thanks. I’m flattered.” I’m in the Torture Room at Fran’s Ranch, a whorehouse in Beatty, Nevada. We’re shooting a scene for a non-union 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, is trying to get in my pants.

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Katie Holmes: Her Desperate Plea to Stay-At-Home Mom!

(Note: This post is back by popular demand) The problem with being a mom in L.A. is that we’re celebrity magnets. Stars — who spend their lives jetting to location on the Seychelles where they down copious amounts of Cristal

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I Have A Gwyneth Paltrow Voodoo Doll!

Would you like to meet my Gwyneth Paltrow Voodoo Doll? If you would like to know more about my relationship with Gwyneth you can CLICK HERE. Or HERE.  I’ve asked her not to write about me on GOOP.  Which is

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I Don’t Want to Grow Up

One of my daughters wakes up crying and goes to sleep crying. My other daughter wakes up happy and goes to sleep happy. According to a report by John Stossel on 20/20it’s a simple matter of brain chemistry. Some people

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Is Angelina Jolie an Ice Queen Mom?

Cashier: Ma’am, are you buying that? Shannon: Me? What? This Star magazine? Oh, no no, I don’t read gossip magazines. I’m a college graduate; English Literature with a minor in Nuclear Disarmament. Shannon’s Internal Monologue: (“Angelina Jolie has a Nanny who tells

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I’m Co-Dependent with Octomom

Lenoard McCoyare you out of your Vulcan mind? No human can tolerate the (copious children) that’re in there! Spock: As you are so fond of observing, Doctor, I am not human! I’m worried about Octomom. Fourteen kids. Eight of them are 2. Yesterday

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Celebrity Stalkers — BlogHer "Voice of the Year 2011" Honoree in the Humor Category!

The problem with being a mom in L.A. is that we’re celebrity magnets. Stars — who spend their lives jetting to location on the Seychelles where they down copious amounts of Cristal Brut “Methuselah” and Magic Mushrooms while having meaningless (albeit

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Did Gwyneth Paltrow Steal My Life?

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one MOST traveled by … 1991 New Haven, Connecticut. The reputable Longwharf Theater and a production of the classic, William Inge’s Picnic. I’m cast as one of the leads,

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AMERICAN IDOL: 5 Reasons It’s Better To See It On TV Than To Be In The Audience

1. You won’t get sick and tired of JLo accusing you of trying to steal her People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World title during the commercial breaks. 2. You don’t have to refuse to sit front and center

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Celebrity Stalkers: Is Katie Holmes a Scientology Prisoner?

Needy Katie The problem with being a mom in L.A. is that we’re celebrity magnets. Stars — who spend their lives jetting to location on the Seychelles where they down copious amounts of Cristal Brut “Methuselah” and Magic Mushrooms while

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