Denise Richards’ new film “Reality Queen!” has been skedded for a wide theatrical release in January.
A film that takes the mickey out of today’s social media and reality television stars, the film is directed by Steven Jay Bernheim and stars Julia Faye West in the title role.
The film fixes on a Paris Hilton-esque heiress named “London” (newcomer Julia Faye West) who is struggling to regain fame after being pushed out of the limelight by three Kardashian-type sisters named “The Kims.” London’s life is a self-indulgent maelstrom of product endorsements, talent managers, pet psychics, private jets, fashion shows, yachts, and a celebrity posse. Despite her wackiness, she ultimately makes it back to the top of the heap. This parody of America’s infatuation with fame raises the question: are these celebs-for-no-reason marketing geniuses, or are they just the accidental beneficiaries of the American public’s stupidity?
In a recent interview, Bernheim said he’s “always loved comedy – I was the class clown in school, edited the Harvard Lampoon, wrote comedy spec screenplays, and co-wrote the horror-comedy The Backlot Murders. I’ve always felt that This is Spinal Tap is a comedic masterpiece, and I was inspired to do an homage to it. Hence the mockumentary form, and the central documentarian character through whose bemused eyes the audience experiences all the surrounding lunacy. And as to “London,” she was inspired by Paris-you-know-who. Specifically, I saw an online post by a woman in her early-twenties who was at a music festival attended by Paris. The young woman was struck by how ridiculous it was to see Paris trying so hard to fit in with kids half her age. That inspired me to ask, what if Paris tried to make a comeback?”
In addition to Richards and West, the film also features Mike Tyson and the late John Witherspoon.
“Reality Queen!” will be available on DVD and Digital as well as in select theaters across America – including L.A, New York City, Dallas, Houston and Seattle – beginning January 10.
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