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Moneywood

Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess

William Stadiem

St. Martin's Press

As wild and sexy and over the top as the decade it brings to life, author, William Stadiem, tells the inside story of Hollywood producers in the 80s. From hits like Beverly Hills Cop,  Top Gun and Batman to flops like Heaven’s Gate, Howard the Duck and Leonard Part 6,  Hollywood was never more excessive than it was in the 1980s. In this, the Moneywood era, the purse strings were not controlled by reasonably consenting adults but by pop culture cowboys who couldn’t balance their own checkbooks.  What they could do was sweet talk the talent, seduce the starlets, snowball the Japanese and slither out of Dodge when the low grosses trickled in.  Their out of control lifestyles and know-nothing, raging narcissistic personalities make the original brutal studio heads like Sam Goldwyn and Jack Warner seem like Oxford dons.  Yet, for all their flops, these Scoundrels of Spago  turned Hollywood into a Big Business that was catnip to Wall Street.  They were The Producers, and they were way beyond anything Mel Brooks could dream up. The Moneywood cast of characters includes: -Simpson and Bruckheimer; Guber and Peters; Eisner/Katzenberg/Ovitz:  An unusual fresh take on the usual subjects. -Ray Stark, the wizard of Holmby Hills,  the most powerful producer of the 80s. -Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna, the Rambo boys, who went from making wigs to making blockbusters.-Menahem Golan-Yoram Globus, the Israeli schlockmeisters who proved that every star had a price.-David Begelman, the embezzler, gambler and sex addict who was rewarded for his sins by getting to run both Columbia and MGM.-Roland Betts, the aristocratic Silver Screen Partners founder and former Yale frat-mate of George W. Bush who was a master at playing the Reagan White House card.-Giancarlo Parretti, the Italian cannery worker who bought MGM, with a little help from his (Sicilian) friends.-David Puttnam  The high-toned English advertising whiz who was supposed to raise the Hollywood bar, but ended up barred from Hollywood. Moneywood is the ultimate expose of the real hit men of Hollywood’s go-go decade. 

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CHAPTER 1
 

CAPITAL HILL

WITH THE EXCEPTION of the McCarthy witch hunt, the public face of Hollywood had never before seemed as Republican as it did on the night of January 19, 1981. The scene was the ball celebrating the next day’s inauguration of America’s first “Hollywood” president, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Reagan had been California’s first Hollywood governor. His way had been paved by the state’s first Hollywood senator, song-and-dance man (and, incongruously, Yale man) George Murphy. Reagan in turn would pave the way for California’s
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  • William Stadiem

  • WILLIAM STADIEM is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Marilyn Monroe Confidential; Dear Senator;  and Mister S: My Life with Frank Sinatra.  A Harvard JD-MBA, he abandoned Wall Street for Sunset Boulevard, where as the screenwriter for Franco Zeffirelli’s Young Toscanini, he wrote one of the biggest flops of the 80s.  As a screenwriter, a columnist for Andy Warhol’s Interview, and the restaurant critic for Los Angeles, Stadiem has enjoyed a ringside seat for the decadence and outrageousness he recounts in Moneywood.  He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess

William Stadiem

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