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Shoot out : surviving fame and (mis)fortune in Hollywood
Bart, Peter.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002.
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vi, 278 pages ; 24 cm
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PN1993.5.U6 B2977 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Two of Hollywood's major players come together to share their insights and anecdotes about the art and business of filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Inspired by the graduate course that they have taught at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, Shoot Outis animated by observations from more than three decades in Hollywood. As Peter Bart and Peter Guber follow the path from the "eureka" of the original idea until the denouement of its appearance on late-night television, the driving force behind the narrative is the ever-present "shoot out"-the standoffs and confrontations, entanglements and dilemmas as writers, directors, producers, stars, and agents vie to put forward their own-often conflicting-agendas in the search for the Holy Grail. From the rise and fall of the studio system to the emergence of stars as entrepreneurs to the dynamic role of the independents, Shoot Outdraws on a vision of the future as well as the repeated and often unheeded lessons of the past.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Writing in a direct, refreshing and honest style, Bart (Variety's editor-in-chief and a former v-p for production at Paramount) and Guber (the founder and head of Mandalay Entertainment and one-time production head at Columbia Pictures) offer an intimate view of the film industry and its unending economic, political and artistic clashes. While a reliable guide to the mechanics of movie making, the book is best at telling fascinating illustrative anecdotes that range from the scary (e.g., Frank Sinatra sending "one of his goons" to ensure that Roman Polanski would ask Sinatra's wife, Mia Farrow, to do only two takes of each scene on the set of Rosemary's Baby) to the charming (as when Guber is thrilled that Jimmy Stewart asks his opinion of a scene, only to realize that the star is interested in everyone's opinion, even the cleaning man's). This isn't a tell-all expos, la Julia Phillips's You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, but rather an informal, highly entertaining step-by-step survey of how all the parts of filmmaking fit together. From a succinct history of how TV spots and trailers have been developed to the problem of casting and managing megastars (e.g., Bruce Willis ended up in the huge hit The Sixth Sense because he needed an $18 million loan to get out of an independent film), the authors convey with irony and good humor the reality that "[t]he so-called `creative industries' are big business," but despite the huge economic stakes involved, "the vision keepers will win in the end." (May 13) Forecast: Shoot Out's curious mix of behind-the-scenes mechanics and funny anecdotes will help it reach two audiences: die-hard industry followers and curious moviegoers. Bart and Guber are high-profile guys with plenty of PR and publicity contacts; expect boffo sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Most popular films are the end product of unique, creative filmmaking talent and technical expertise. However, sometimes the personalities involved in the production of a film steer the direction that the film takes. In this book, two filmmaking production veterans, Bart (editor in chief of Variety) and Guber (founder, Mandalay Entertainment), tell stories about the people who have affected the reality of popular film. Their years in the industry give them the wherewithal to relate all kinds of interesting anecdotes about famous directors, screenwriters, studios, and other members of Hollywood film production society past and present. In some entertaining asides, Bart and Guber trade off giving short sidebars on famous personalities in the film industry. The result is an insider's view of how some of the most popular films in history were made and subsequently consumed by the public. This will appeal to evolving filmmakers and others interested in learning about the day-to-day process of getting movies into production and up on the screen. Recommended for media libraries and academic libraries emphasizing popular film. David M. Lisa, Wayne P.L., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Roll Creditsp. 1
1. Eye of the Stormp. 5
2. The Holy Grailp. 31
3. The Mapmakersp. 61
4. The Alchemistsp. 81
5. The Illuminatip. 109
6. The Zookeepersp. 135
7. The Golden Rulep. 153
8. The Cruciblep. 187
9. The Dream Merchantsp. 211
Reshootsp. 255
Bibliographical Notep. 263
Indexp. 265
About the Authorsp. 275