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The Devil's Guide to Hollywood

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.


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:...


Praise for The Devil's Guide to Hollywood

"Aspiring and practical would-be screenwriters looking for good advice will find this offering inspiring and hilarious."—Booklist

"An unedifying spectacle, maybe, but an entertaining one."—The Guardian

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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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