After 'The Bling Ring,' Here Are 7 Other Movies About Reality Stars That Should Be Made
Alexis Neiers might have found fame in 2010 for starring on her own reality series, Pretty Wild, while facing burglary charges for being part of L.A.'s infamous celebrity-thieving gang "The Bling Ring," but she's about to face notoriety once again. Neiers, who has since cleaned up since burglary and drugs landed her in prison for six months, inspired Emma Watson's character in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, out this Friday. But she's hardly reality's only interesting star — read on to see seven stars from the genre who deserve big-screen treatment, and which famous actors and directors should bring their stories to the big screen.
Movie Title: LoudDirected By: Ron HowardStarring: Aaron EckhartLog Line: A biopic delving into the influential and tragic life of America's first reality star… who was also the first person to come out on national television. A member of PBS' American Family — the groundbreaking 1973 reality series — Loud parlayed his reality fame into life as a journalist and rock and roll legend until his 2001 death from HIV. Co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard as Patti Smith, even though Charlotte Gainsbourg would have played her better.
Movie Title: RenewedDirected By: Alexander PayneStarring: Matthew LillardLog Line: A decade after starring on The Real World: Boston, fading star Duffy feels a renewed sense of energy when he decides to defy odds and skeptics and run for Congress in Wisconsin. His main platforms: Economic reform, abortion, hating Merlot.
Movie Title: 9021-Oh No!Directed By: Robert LuketicStarring: Jennifer CoolidgeLog Line: Adrienne had everything — legacy, a fledging business, a successful marriage. Then, her life got a bit too real — after a multi-season stint on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she lost everything. Shunned by both her TV and socialite peers, Maloof tries to navigate life ahead while navigating a new life as a rock and roll cougar.
Movie Title: The SnakeDirected By: Andy TennantStarring: Matthew McConaugheyLog Line: An unassuming man wins a reality show, is jailed several times for tax evasion, and walks naked on the beach. A lot.
Movie Title: 22 MillionDirected By: David FincherStarring: Gwyneth PaltrowLog Line: A fast-paced, behind-the-scenes drama about Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? and the network executives that simultaneously made ER nurse Darva Conger a star… and ruined her. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the film — which follows the series, watched by 22 million people in 2000, and its winner's mission to denounce the show — also stars Rooney Mara as a sympathetic Fox intern and Timothy Busfield as Rick Rockwell.
Movie Title: American IdolDirected By: Ryan SeacrestStarring: Ryan SeacrestLog Line: A documentary unveiling the very busy and very successful life of Ryan Seacrest, as seen through the eyes of Ryan Seacrest. Produced by Ryan Seacrest.
Movie Title: CrasherDirected By: The Coen BrothersStarring: Felicity HuffmanLog Line: A demented reality star unwittingly causes national uproar after crashing the White House, then devolves into madness after disappearing and running away with a musician from Journey. At some point, someone is killed unexpectedly while a rendition of "Oh Sherrie" plays.
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