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The Deal: A Novel of Hollywood By Peter Lefcourt,

  • Title: The Deal: A Novel of Hollywood
  • Author: Peter Lefcourt
  • ISBN: 9780743456449
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Washed up Hollywood producer Charlie Berns has mailed in his updated obit and is about to suck his Mercedes tailpipe and fade to black when a miracle materializes his nephew, a wannabe screenwriter from New Jersey, has scripted the life story of Queen Victoria s prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, which Charlie manages to turn into a hot property that reinstates him as a plWashed up Hollywood producer Charlie Berns has mailed in his updated obit and is about to suck his Mercedes tailpipe and fade to black when a miracle materializes his nephew, a wannabe screenwriter from New Jersey, has scripted the life story of Queen Victoria s prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, which Charlie manages to turn into a hot property that reinstates him as a player But as the deal heats up, a few conceptual changes morph the project into Lev Disraeli Freedom Fighter, an action thriller with a black Jewish superstar, a Yugoslavian location, a mad Polish director, and even a real life kidnapping Is Charlie Berns being eaten alive by the system Or is he giving the Hollywood hotshots a run for their money Peter Lefcourt s hilarious satire proves the old adage that in Hollywood you re never quite as dead as people give you credit for.
    The Deal A Novel of Hollywood Washed up Hollywood producer Charlie Berns has mailed in his updated obit and is about to suck his Mercedes tailpipe and fade to black when a miracle materializes his nephew a wannabe screenwriter fr

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    1. Peter Lefcourt offers an entertaining insider s look at the madness behind Hollywood and the absurd convolutions people follow in an attempt to get a film made There s a touch of the Roman a clef to the book, though not so much that it suffers from the rapid dating inflicted by the vicissitudes of popularity in the movie making business Down on his luck producer Charlie Berns in just likable and clever enough to hold the reader s sympathy through his prevarications and sleights of hand as he tak [...]

    2. Author Peter Lefcourt charmingly acknowledges the datedness of this 1991 novel in the reprint s new foreword, but he doesn t touch on the usual timeless limitations of tomes about Hollywood i.e the unconvincing savoir faux familiar name dropping and the informed cynicism and contempt for the industry at odds with a predictably unrealistic storyline and deus ex machina tooled characters Nevertheless, it s a light, upbeat read, and there are some decent laughs to be had at the expense of the typic [...]

    3. This is a very funny book which I heard on CD after seeing a movie of the same name A movie producer, who has had zero success in many years, is trying to commit suicide when his nephew suddenly and unexpectedly shows up, with a movie script in hand Uncle puts the suicide on hold and parlays this script into a fine movie which enjoys critical and commercial success This book is a lot of fun to read, listen to, or view in the movie.One oddity the star of the movie, William Macy, is also the reade [...]

    4. This was a very enjoyable Hollywood Insider though fiction look at getting a movie made and all the problems that occur during the process I was fascinated and riveted by the story though I did find that some of the minor characters were a little too one dimensional and not fleshed out enough for the reader to identify with them or care about them Other than that, I think it is a fun sometimes not altogether realistic ride.

    5. Lefcourt s best Warning If you work in showbiz you might find this story painful than funny.Logline In desperation, a suicidal producer options a script from his nephew, who is literally just off the bus Both fail upward Spoiler alert What does reading the script have to do with making a deal

    6. This was pretty mediocore and sadly I was dissapointed There were too many characters and a lot was going on for the sake of trying ot make the story interesting In fact I really didn t care what happened to any of the characters Aside from showing how a studio can completely change someone s script, there weren t no interest plot twists or new developments Nothing held my attention.

    7. Wow, what a ride this is Felt like I was being guided through Hollywood s seamy whacky inner chambers by a true insider Riveting, incredibly funny, and at the end of it all, pretty thrilling It is as Lefcourt says It s amazing movies every get made at all.

    8. I generally don t appreciate LA Hollywood humor but this book was pretty good Its a little outdated the world before cell phones but once the plot gets going, there are a lot of laughs.

    9. An amusing novel about the making of a Hollywood movie and the behind the scenes machinations and drama Set in the early 90s but still feels relevant Good fun.

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