The Devil's Guide to Hollywood

The Devil's Guide to Hollywood

The Screenwriter as God!

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
The author offers a candid look at his thirty years in the film business, offering advice and anecdotes on how to become a successful filmmaker, on writing and selling scripts, and on surviving the cutthroat, high-pressure world of Hollywood.

McMillan Palgrave
Mike Ovitz told him his Wilshire Blvd. "foot soldiers" would hunt him down. He's antagonized almost everyone at the top in Tinseltown. And now, Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows -- in brief, quotable bursts -- about the business, the history of Hollywood, and how to write screenplays that make millions. Idiosyncratic, gruff and as shaggy as Eszterhas himself, The Devil's Guide to Hollywood makes a character/leitmotif of Eszterhas' fellow Hungarian Zsa Zsa Gabor ("Money is like a sixth sense that makes it possible for you to fully enjoy the other five."), and makes the case that Marilyn Monroe was the sharpest tack in Hollywood ("Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents."). Refreshing, dirty, tough, there's no book like it.


Book News
Once called the "Che Guevara of screenwriters," Eszterhas, who penned such box office hits as Basic Instinct and Flashdance, shares such hardwon lessons as: "Make 'em feel smart and you'll get your way!" and "How to tell if your agent cares about you." With lots of name-dropping and b.s.-detecting, he offers insider translations of Hollywood studio exec-speak (e.g. "life affirming" really means "Will it make a million dollars?") and other pithy insights on the industry. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
Mike Ovitz told him his Wilshire Blvd. "foot soldiers" would hunt him down. He's antagonized almost everyone at the top in Tinseltown. And now, Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows -- in brief, quotable bursts -- about the business, the history of Hollywood, and how to write screenplays that make millions. Idiosyncratic, gruff and as shaggy as Eszterhas himself, The Devil's Guide to Hollywood makes a character/leitmotif of Eszterhas' fellow Hungarian Zsa Zsa Gabor (“Money is like a sixth sense that makes it possible for you to fully enjoy the other five.”), and makes the case that Marilyn Monroe was the sharpest tack in Hollywood (“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.”). Refreshing, dirty, tough, there's no book like it.


Baker
& Taylor

A successful screenwriter offers an idiosyncratic, candid look at his thirty years in the film business, offering helpful advice and anecdotes on how to become a successful filmmaker, on writing and selling scripts, and on surviving the cutthroat, high-pressure world of Hollywood. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312359874
031235987X
Branch Call Number: 808.23 ESZTE
Characteristics: xvi, 397 pages ; 25 cm
Notes: Includes index

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