Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Scandal

Author(s): Jamie Madden
Location: Melbourne, Australia

“The Scandal”

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Produced by Scott Rudin
Written by David Koepp
Original Score by Alan Silvestri

Principal Cast:

Helena Bonham Carter as Vanessa Sexton-Wales
Johnny Depp as Adam Wales
Scarlett Johansson as Cherie
Amanda Peet as Claire

Tagline: “They made her a star. They can make her a deranged knife-wielding maniac"

Synopsis: Adam Wales, and his wife Vanessa, are a Hollywood power couple. But Adam meets Cherie and Claire, Hollywood’s power lesbians, on the set of his new film, and as their relationship heats surprisingly up, a suspicious Vanessa finds comfort in vodka, whiskey, gin and rum, and develops a fondness for speaking her mind. One late night, Vanessa, fresh from doing some publicity from her latest blockbuster light hearted romance pic, has a drink, and drive up to the studio Adam is shooting at. What she finds sends her into a mental, crazy, drunken stint. As she drives back to her mansion in the Hollywood Hills, she is pulled over by the police.

Mug shots, drunken screams, and bail warrants throw Vanessa into the limelight. As Vanessa is dealing with her inner demons, speculation mounts with Adam and his growing fondness for his latest co-stars and their three adopted African children. Vanessa, fresh from reading the gossip columns and on parole, becomes inconceivably angry, and swears revenge on the home wrecking, African adopting bitches that has stolen Adam. The result is one that will have a body count of over 6, and will leave Vanessa in jail for the rest of her life, giving her ultimate fame and infamy.

What the press would say:

Robert Zemeckis and David Koepp reunite in this original social satire on celebrity, alcoholism, and the power of words in the media. The result, is a surprise success, even with Hollywood, and seems to be a modern day “Sunset Boulevard.” Alan Silvestri’s hauntingly grim but comic score highlights David Koepp’s wonderful innovative story. Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Peet are a force to be reckoned with, as Hollywood’s African adopting, power lesbian couple, who develop a fondness for a ménage à trios, with Adam Wales, Hollywood’s hunk, who is played to perfection by Johnny Depp. However it is very talented Helena Bonham Carter who is transcendent in her role as a woman scorned. She ups the ante with each film, and this one is no exception. Carter makes the film. A must see!

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (Comedy categories for GG)
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Original Screenplay
Best Original Score
Best Actress (Carter)
Best Supporting Actor (Depp)
Best Supporting Actress (Johansson, Peet)

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