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What Just Happened? : Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line

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Forget everything you've heard about Hollywood. What Just Happened: Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line is the real deal. In Art Linson's true and uproarious tale of what it is to make movies, we get to explore, at close range, finicky directors, clueless executives, shameless marketers, famous actors, battered screenwriters, and hapless producers crossing paths in such calamitous ways that it's a miracle these films get made at all. Whether he's trying to persuade an executive that Gwyneth Paltrow has enough chin to carry the lead in a movie, forcing an enraged Alec Baldwin to shave off his mountain-man beard, discussing ankle hair loss with Dustin Hoffman, or sitting through an excruciating reading of a David Mamet script as Robert DeNiro toys with the notion of heading up the cast, Linson gives us a brutally honest, funny, and comprehensive tour through the horrors of Hollywood, from script to screen. If you love the movies or not, you won't be able to resist the stories behind them. You also won't be able to resist Linson, a born story-teller whose wicked sense of humor leaves nobody safe-not even himself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 14mm | 158.76g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747562059
  • 9780747562054
  • 370,555

About Art Linson

ART LINSON was born in Chicago and grew up in Hollywood. He has been producing movies for twenty-four years, and his credits include The Untouchables, Heat, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Scrooged, Fight Club, and Heist. In 1995, he published his first book, A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of How to Produce Movies in Hollywoodshow more

Review quote

"Art Linson's dark gem of a book is a wickedly funny and sardonic insider's look at life in the belly of the beast. It is the best user's manual to Hollywood I know." --Peter Biskind, author of Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film"Art Linson puts a film freak exactly where he or she wants to be: in the Fox screening room during the studio brass's horrified first look at Fight Club. . . . Linson gives readers a glimpse into a bizarre world where 'It's good' is the absolute worst thing you can say about a movie." --Entertainment Weekly"Art Linson sings of Hollywood in a low, guttural, animal wail, alternately hysterical, biting, humiliating, and wise." --Sean Pennshow more

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256 ratings
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2 13% (34)
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