For sixty years, since the birth of United Artists, the studio landscape was unchanged.Then came Hollywood's Circus Maximus-created by director Steven Spielberg, billionaire David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave the world The Lion King-an entertainment empire called DreamWorks. Now Nicole LaPorte, who covered the company for Variety, goes behind the hype to reveal for the first time the delicious truth of what happened.
Audiences will feel they are part of the creative calamities of moviemaking as LaPorte's fly-on-the-wall detail shows us Hollywood's bizarre rules of business. We see the clashes between the often otherworldly Spielberg's troops and Katzenberg's warriors, the debacles and disasters, but also the Oscar-winning triumphs, including Saving Private Ryan. We watch as the studio burns through billions, its rich owners get richer, and everybody else suffers. We see Geffen seducing investors like Microsoft's Paul Allen, showing his steel against CAA's Michael Ovitz, and staging fireworks during negotiations with Paramount and Disney. Here is Hollywood, up close, glamorous, and gritty.
I had no clue how corrupt and interbred Hollywood is. More shocking, the book is more than 18 hours and every minute is filled with intrigue, betrayal, and criminal actions. And then comes the corrupt politics and the truth about the movie business. If you love movies, don’t read this. If you think Dims are the party of the little people, read this twice.
Wow. It's amazing ANY movie EVER gets made. This is a fascinating look behind the scenes of all the politics that go into make movies, music, etc., stuff we all just take for granted.
Your learn a lot
I thought I knew a lot about the movie industy, boy was I wrong, and the stuff about the Oscars, I had no idea! Great Book!