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Screened a big, fat, fun, stupid action movie last night -- SWAT. Now, in case you're wondering why I'm watching pretty much nothing but big budget crime stuff like this, well -- there's a method to my madness. I'm still a student of noir and classic films, but right now I'm doing research. I wanna write one of these. In fact, my next screenplay, after I"m done with a draft of LITTLE GIRL BLUE, is gonna be one.
So I'm researching.
Back to SWAT. I had no interest in it when it came out -- sounded stupid. A big-screen version of a questionable TV show from the 80's? Well, guess what. It works. Sam Jackson, LL Cool J, Michelle Rodriguez, and a pre-rehab Colin Ferrell are terrific in this fast, violent shoot-em-up Check it out if you haven't ..
Onto today's bleak scene from WILSHIRE BOULEVARD. Carrie goes to the beach with a bottle, and calls Gay Flender, wife of a certain dead movie producer. The plot indeed thickens ...
EXT. VENICE BEACH - SHORELINE - ROCKS - AFTERNOON
Carrie sits on the rocks watching the waves.
The surfers doing their thing.
She drinks from a new bottle. Winces.
Pulls out her cell phone. Dials. Listens --
Yeah, it’s me. Your pigeon. Your frame.
Tell me why you did it.
I want some answers, NOW.
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INT. YAVO/FLENDER FILMS - OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
Gay paces the floor. Smoking a cigarette.
A Cheshire cat.
Answers? To what?
I hired YOU to get ME some answers --
Don’t play dumb with me,
you vacant, airbrushed strumpet.
I’ve been framed for your husband’s murder,
and I’ve got a funny feeling
you had something to do with it.
The door opens. Modi slides in.
Sees Gay’s on the phone.
Gay raises a finger, ‘shushes’ him.
Softly places the receiver in its cradle.
You mean to tell me you think
I hired you to find my husband’s killer,
and then I FRAMED you?
That doesn’t make sense.
Yeah. Kinda like one of your late husband’s
fucking piece-of-shit movies.
A bad rip-off of THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE.
Oh, wait -- that’s quality source material.
This reeks of Jackie Collins.
Maybe Danielle Steele.
Modi shoots Gay a look.
Gay shakes her head.
Kinda early in the morning for cocktails, detective.
And I don’t like your attitude.
Consider yourself fired.
Go find yourself a gutter to roll around in.
Not so fast, bitch.
We’re going to ‘take a meeting.’
I’m sorry, but my schedule’s pretty full.
Booked solid the rest of the month.
Not at your office, dummy.
You think I’m gonna walk into a trap?
I’ll let you know where.
And when. And watch your back.
One way or another,
I’m gonna getcha-getcha-getcha.
She hangs up. CLICK.
Drains the bottle. Wipes her mouth.
FLINGS it into the sea.
Slowly, carefully stands up.
CARRIE (CONT’D) (V.O.)
But first, let’s pay a little visit to the hospital.
Visiting hours are almost over,
and I need to go pay my disrespects.