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Comic-Con gets dissed by an anonymous publicist who questions the value of Hollywood pouring marketing dollars into that fanboy audience. This essay was published anonymously in the Hollywood Reporter. Plus, documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield makes The Queen of Versailles, then gets sued by one of the subjects of the film. The movie set out to document the the extravagant life of Jackie and David Siegel and the building of their dream house -- a sprawling 90,000 square foot mansion with 10 kitchens, a bowling alley, two tennis courts, an ice skating rink and a wing for their many children. But when the recession hit, the Siegel's business -- the largest time-share company in the world -- is affected and their fortunes are reversed. Now Siegel is suing Greenfield for defamation.

Banner image: David and Jackie Siegel in The Queen of Versailles. Photo by Lauren Greenfield, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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Main Topic Comic-Con Commentary 3 MIN, 21 SEC

This commentary was originally published in the Hollywood Reporter. It was written by 'Anonymous' who's described in the magazine as, "A veteran Hollywood publicist who has attended Comic-Con for perhaps too many years."

Guests:
Anonymous, publicist

Main Topic Making 'The Queen of Versailles' 18 MIN, 18 SEC

Lauren Greenfield's new documentary, The Queen of Versailles, tells the story of billionaire couple Jackie and David Siegel, who were in the midst of building the largest home in the United States when the financial crisis hit and they had to face their excess and delusion. The film premiered at Sundance, where Greenfield won an award for her directing. But just prior to the premiere David Siegel sued her for defamation. Greenfield discusses the process of making the film, the degree to which she was open with the Siegels about the story she was telling, and how she sees their story as an allegory for America's drive towards consuming more and more.

 

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(L-R) Jackie Siegel and Lauren Greenfield
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

 

Guests:
Lauren Greenfield, photographer and documentary filmmaker (@QofVersailles)

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