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The Devil's Guide to Hollywood

The Screenwriter as God!

Joe Eszterhas

St. Martin's Press

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.

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Part One 
Pursuing Your Dream
 
Lesson 1
 
They Can Snort You Here!
 
Why do you want to be a screenwriter?
 
The answer I get from most young wannabe screenwriters is, "Cuz I want to be rich."
 
I tell them what Madonna says: "Money makes you beautiful."
 
And I tell them that I've made a lot of money but that I'll never be beautiful.
 
Why do you want to write a screenplay?
 
Screenwriter/novelist Raymond Chandler (The Blue Dahlia): "Where the money is, so will the jackals gather."
 
You,
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Joe Eszterhas

  • Joe Eszterhas has written fifteen films which have made more than a billion dollars at the box office. Among them are Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Flashdance, Showgirls, Betrayed, Music Box and F.I.S.T. He is the author of the recent New York Times bestsellers AMERICAN RHAPSODY and HOLLYWOOD ANIMAL. In 1975, his second book, CHARLIE SIMPSON'S APOCALYPSE, was nominated for the National Book Award. He was a senior editor at Rolling Stone from 1971 to 1975. He lives with his wife, Naomi, and their four sons in Bainbridge Township, Ohio.
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The Screenwriter as God!

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