Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Give Violence A Chance
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In Chapter 35 of NOWHERE GIRL, Homeland Security agent April Street and her long-lost sister, stripper Cherry Nation arrive at black ops spook Sledge Crafton's secret lair, hidden inside the Capitol Records building in Hollywood, to confront him about his dastardly deeds ...
EXT. CAPITOL RECORDS BUILDING - MORNING
The famous circular landmark gleams in the morning light.
April and Cherry pull up in a red Mini Cooper convertible.
INT. MINI COOPER - CONTINUOUS
April shuts off the engine.
They jump out of the car.
EXT. VINE STREET - CAPITOL RECORDS BUILDING - CONTINUOUS
April looks down at John Lennon’s plaque on the Walk of Fame.
Look. Lennon’s star.
Hey. Give Violence A Chance.
They walk to the front door. It’s LOCKED.
Cherry peers in the window.
Sees a GUARD sitting at a desk.
I’ve got an idea.
She KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCKS on the glass.
Looks up. Shakes his head.
Mouths WE’RE NOT OPEN.
STOMPS her foot. Shouts --
We’re here for the RECORDING SESSION.
Looks puzzled. What recording session?
POUNDS on the glass.
MICHAEL JACKSON! Hurry up and LET US IN.
Walks over to the door.
Unlocks it. Opens it a crack.
Did you say MICHAEL JACKSON?
Yeah. We’re background singers.
And we’re late.
There’s no recording here anymore.
And he’s DEAD.
EXACTLY. Quincy Jones is mixing
some new tracks that were just discovered.
That’s why he’s using the basement studio.
You know how he is about secrecy.
April KICKS the door into the guard’s face, THWUNK.
He goes down.
She pushes it open.
Walks in. Cherry follows.
INT. CAPITOL RECORDS BUILDING - LOBBY - CONTINUOUS
April and Cherry drag the guard over to his desk.
Prop him up in his chair.
Dash over to the elevator banks.
A SECURITY CAMERA
On the ceiling moves in their direction.
INT. INTELLIGENCE OFFICE - LOBBY - AT THAT MOMENT
A FEMALE OPERATIVE (20’s) sits at a desk
in the lobby of Crafton’s suite of offices
watching video monitors.
She dials a number. Listens.
Chief? We’ve got company.
INT. CRAFTON’S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
Crafton WHIRLS his chair around.
Leans into his speakerphone.
Who is it Donner, Street?
Yeah. And she’s got someone with her.
Some chick dressed like a go-go girl.
I had a feeling.
Put them in the interrogation room.
Tell them I’ll be right there.
Sledge WHIRLS around in his chair.
Faces a table behind his desk.
He leans over.
SNORTS a line of coke.
(rubs his nose)
Alright, ladies -- it’s SHOWTIME.
INT. ELEVATOR - CONTINUOUS
April and Cherry arrive at the top floor.
The doors OPEN.
They walk out into the corridor.
A LARGE METAL DOOR faces them.
No name. No number.
Just a small lit button on a silver panel.
April pulls out her Sig Sauer.
Cherry pulls out her Glock.
Let’s do it.
April presses the button.
The door SLIDES OPEN.
INT. INTELLIGENCE OFFICE - LOBBY - CONTINUOUS
They walk into the lobby.
We now see that Donner’s desk is in
a bullet-proof glass cubicle
in a corner of the room.
What is this, Austin Powers?
He always had a flair for the dramatic.
Donner’s voice comes over hidden speakers.
Ladies, glad you could join us.
Mr. Crafton has been expecting you.
April walks over the cubicle.
Stares down Donner.
Well, isn’t that a coincidence.
A steel door SLIDES OPENS in the wall.
Right through that door, please.
He’ll be right with you.
The girls look at the open doorway suspiciously.
How do we know this isn’t a trap?
Cover me, and I’ll go take a look.
Cherry walks over to the doorway.
Stops. Looks in.
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS
Steel walls. A table with chairs.
Glass window. Shades drawn.
Turns her head.
Looks fine to me.
April marches over, and they walk in --