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One of the five "best actress" nominees would kill for an oscar... Fiona Covington - This lovely English rose wowed the world with her portrayal of a repressed lesbian nanny in a bold retelling of Mary Poppins. But her personal life is a far cry from Merchant-Ivory material. Amber Lyons - Three years ago she was folding khakis at the Gap. Now she's Hollywood's hottest discovery, with a passion for rock stars - and a problem the tabloids won't ignore. Connie Travatano - This well-preserved diva is a sentimental ...
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One of the five "best actress" nominees would kill for an oscar... Fiona Covington - This lovely English rose wowed the world with her portrayal of a repressed lesbian nanny in a bold retelling of Mary Poppins. But her personal life is a far cry from Merchant-Ivory material. Amber Lyons - Three years ago she was folding khakis at the Gap. Now she's Hollywood's hottest discovery, with a passion for rock stars - and a problem the tabloids won't ignore. Connie Travatano - This well-preserved diva is a sentimental shoo-in - if her notorious addictions to sex, vodka, and shoplifting don't get in the way. Lori Seefer - By playing a scientist who injected herself with a serum that left her deaf, dumb, and blind, Lori nabbed a nomination with ease. Karen Kroll - Porn star turned serious actress, her ambition and steamy blond looks hide a career-wrecking secret. For one nominee, it's all or nothing. If she doesn't win, she'll reach into her Chanel purse, pull out the pearl-handled revolver, and shoot the tramp who's been named Best Actress right between the eye tucks...
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's Oscar time and five nominees for Best Actress anxiously wait for the big night. All of them have skeletons in their walk-in closets, but one has rummaged through hers to get a gun for her Chanel bag. Veteran Hollywood flak Kane keeps his eyebrows firmly arched as he dishes out his tale of intrigue among Hollywood's oversexed and underoccupied, filling in the back story of each contender bit by juicy bit. Most of the fun is in figuring out who is based on whom. Although actual names and places are scattered along the way, made-up details tend toward the grotesque, and the venom-tongued narrative is less imaginatively wicked or high-spirited than recent L.A. gossip-fests like Bruce Wagner's I'm Losing You, Christian McLaughlin's Sex Toys of the Gods or Gary Indiana's Resentment. Kane's addition to this crowded field is funny and catty, but a little goes a long way: the mystery subplot is just a pretext for skewering the characters, and Kane's isn't the sharpest skewer in the drawer. (Feb.)
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A debut satire/thriller by former p.r. specialist and film and television writer Kane. The five women nominated for the best actress Oscar turn out to have some pretty weird secrets. We know from the first page that one of them will, if she loses, shoot the actress who wins it. Kane doesn't deny us this scene, or the frenzy following: "Arnold Schwarzenegger elbowed Tom Hanks and stepped on Julia Roberts's hand. Jodie Foster jumped over Tom Cruise and held onto the train of Jessica Lange's gown. Jack Nicholson leaned back and lit up a joint." The five actresses are Britain's Fiona Covington, married to the Shakespearean actor-director Colin Tromans (read Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh); reduced to orgasmic impotence after starring in a sleazy lesbian remake of Mary Poppins, Fiona is losing husband Colin to big-busted nominee Karen Kroll, an ex-porn star who recently played an American nun raped in El Salvador (in a Costa-Gavras film) and now wants to play Lady MacBeth to Colin's Big Mac; talented singer Connie Travatano (read Streisand), who hasn't performed in public in ten years and, when she's nominated, offers to sing at a presidential ceremony honoring Vietnam vets, only to damage her vocal cords severely while sword-swallowing her monstrously outsized Mexican houseboy; Lori Seefer, a lesbian fearful of exposure of her love life; and Amber Lyons, a vacuous former Gap salesgirl whose independent film won at Sundance and hit big-time. All are seen at their absolute worst: Sex is largely the stuff of pratfalls, while suicide, shoplifting, alcoholism, and drug addiction are thrown in for chuckles. Kane, unfortunately, lacks empathy for his characters of the kind that MichaelTolkin displayed in his novel The Player, where a murder is also the focal incident and real Hollywood folk fill in as background figures. Thinly amusing at best. Hard covers wouldn't have tarted it up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345420718
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/20/1998
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    GREAT

    Wonderful concept for a book and truly great and fun writing and reading. Thank you for a unique book... you know those nasty stars in Hollywood are dying to shoot someone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    Utter Trash, but Good Nonetheless

    Five women, one award, with numbers like that you know something will go wrong. This book is as trashy as any Jacqueline Sussan or Danielle Steele novel, but Kane's writing is cattier and much better paced than either of the previous mentioned women. Though, the book will leave a reader with questions and holes in the plot it is a must read for any film buff.

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