Title: The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The ...
Publisher: NY: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition, FIRST PRINTING, hardback with dustjacket, unread in MINT condition (no marks/flaws, not book-club ed., not price-clipped, etc); SIGNED & DATED by JOE ESZTERHAS on the title page (simply signed, not inscribed to anyone; the date is in the month of publication); comes with a GLOSSY PHOTO of the author at the signing event. A great & informative book from one of Hollywood's most controversial screenwriter. Bookseller Inventory # 5441
Synopsis: 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.
From the Inside Flap:
In The Devil?s Guide to Hollywood, bestselling author and legendary bad-boy screenwriter Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows about the industry, its players, and screenwriting itself?from the first blank sheet of paper in the Olivetti to the size of the credit on the one-sheet.
The Devil?s Guide to Hollywood distills everything one of Hollywood?s most accomplished screenwriters knows about the business: from writing advice to negotiation tricks, from the wisdom of past players to the feuds of current ones. Eszterhas dispenses advice as only he can: with his tongue firmly in cheek and a certain finger extended good-naturedly toward the sky. His tips on how to survive in Hollywood are based on his own rugged and real-life experiences: they are not just useful but vastly entertaining. He reveals what he?s seen in Hollywood and what he?s learned about writing and selling scripts there for record amounts. He also recounts bite-sized takes from personalities he either admires or loathes, sharing the richest, best industry lore that has inspired, amused or enraged him over the years.
The Devil?s Guide to Hollywood is hilarious, ornery, colorful and wise. It could only have been written by someone who loves the business as much as Eszterhas does?but who also has its number.
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