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The Gross: The Hits, the Flops: The Summer That Ate Hollywood By Peter Bart,

  • Title: The Gross: The Hits, the Flops: The Summer That Ate Hollywood
  • Author: Peter Bart
  • ISBN: 9780312253912
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gross is an all access pass to the movers, shakers, and fakers who make Hollywood run Tinseltown is an edgy place where risk taking is a way of life and the risks now run into the hundreds of millions of dollars Summertime, when the studios unfurl their most expensive and effects laden tent pole pictures, has become the only season in which Hollywood makes money The Gross is an all access pass to the movers, shakers, and fakers who make Hollywood run Tinseltown is an edgy place where risk taking is a way of life and the risks now run into the hundreds of millions of dollars Summertime, when the studios unfurl their most expensive and effects laden tent pole pictures, has become the only season in which Hollywood makes money, and so, as this book illustrates, the summer season provides an ideal microcosm for scrutinizing the mega budget driven revolution that has forever changed the movie business Bart interviews all the key players, including studio executives, producers, directors, and stars, to show how creativity and commerce hang in a dangerous balance in the new Hollwood.
    The Gross The Hits the Flops The Summer That Ate Hollywood The Gross is an all access pass to the movers shakers and fakers who make Hollywood run Tinseltown is an edgy place where risk taking is a way of life and the risks now run into the hundreds of mill

    One thought on “The Gross: The Hits, the Flops: The Summer That Ate Hollywood”

    1. Interesting read, but at times the organization of information is sloppy Also, if the personal opinions of the writer were left out it would be interesting IMHO Let the reporting speak for itself, which is quite good overall Regardless, as a glimpse into the insanity of one Summer of moviemaking, it s worth a look if the subject intrigues you.

    2. Fascinating look at how movies really get made Tells the story of the wheeling and dealing that made the summer 1998, which had a lot of great blockbusters like Armageddon and the Truman Show.

    3. In 1969, William Goldman penned The Season, the quintessential insider s guide to the triumphs and failures of one Broadway season but no author has since managed to do the same for Hollywood Who better to attempt it than Bart, a former studio executive at Paramount, MGM UA and Lorimar and currently editor in chief of Variety Here Bart offers a savvy, gossipy, nuts and bolts look at the corporate machinations behind the summer films of 1998, a season of extravagant hype, box office records and c [...]

    4. Good book with Bart s insider knowledge of Hollywood about the creation then results of a summer movie blockbuster slate Even exciting for me as at that time I worked within the studio system and remember that summer well and read most of those scripts when they were in development Seeing how much has changed in the landscape since then, this was a good read overall My only annoyance was with how Bart decided he needed to describe every executive or agent with a one sentence descriptor Not sure [...]

    5. I don t know what the point is of this book 1998 wasn t a watershed or landmark year for film, and the focus anyways is on the marketing of that summer s movies rather than the movies themselves Still, it s well written and a nice reminder of a summer with some solid flicks Saving Private Ryan, Out of Sight, Deep Impact.

    6. I like the idea of looking at one summer and why some movies flopped and others thrived Unfortunately, this book was just o.k and provided some great facts and reporting but little interesting analysis about why things went down the way they did.

    7. Dry and boring Hoping for another Pictures at the Revolution by Mark Harris but got overly detailed business report.

    8. Like reading hundreds of pages of Variety box office receipts analysis, which maybe should have been expected But fuck, man.

    9. A good review of the Summer blockbuster syndrome that was spawned by Jaws Star Wars Tom Schatz has written some very interesting analysis on this too

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