Earthquake Weather You knew someone would give the Devil Wears Prada treatment to some soulless sap in Hollywood. In Assistant, the Anna Wintour-like antagonist is a superagent… Earthquake Weather You knew someone would give the Devil Wears Prada treatment to some soulless sap in Hollywood. In Assistant, the Anna Wintour-like antagonist is a superagent… 2004-04-27 Fiction
Book Review

The Second Assistant; Earthquake Weather (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 27, 2004; Writer: Terrill Lee Lankford; Genre: Fiction

You knew someone would give the Devil Wears Prada treatment to some soulless sap in Hollywood. In Assistant, the Anna Wintour-like antagonist is a superagent whose tell-all assistant, a hot ex-congressional intern, moves to L.A. and is quickly overwhelmed scouring the trades, highlighting her hair, and coveting a 7-Series Beemer. Coauthor Hare has worked in development on films like Jerry Maguire, but don't expect much insight from this subpar chick lit.

Lankford, a former screenwriter-director, shows a better grasp of the biz in Weather, a zippy noir about an ambitious D-boy and the not-so-surprising murder of his sleazy producer/boss. Lankford's take on L.A. is dead-on, like the ''tragic'' irony that ''people at the very bottom of the food chain are passing judgment on what should...be made into feature films.''

Originally posted May 07, 2004 Published in issue #764 May 07, 2004 Order article reprints