Admit One: My Life in Film [NOOK Book]

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First set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how Emmett James escaped the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. With wry, self-deprecating humor and observation, the author reflects on, obsesses over, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. The author finds that his true calling is in transiting one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor - ...
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Overview

First set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how Emmett James escaped the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. With wry, self-deprecating humor and observation, the author reflects on, obsesses over, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. The author finds that his true calling is in transiting one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor - America.
We then follow the author on his numerous Hollywood adventures, watching as he glides smoothly from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated screenwriter, and eventually stumbles into acting in the highest-grossing movie of all time, Titanic. At every turn, the films that inspired Emmett James as a child resurface, and they serve to contextualize his humorous collection of stories in which he provides unique insights into the fascinating world of film.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984258116
  • Publisher: FizzyPop
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Emmett James spent his childhood in Croydon, South London, and finished his schooling in Cambridge, England. While studying acting at Strasberg Actors Studio in London, he began working in theater, eventually moving to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to pursue an acting career in film and television. He has worked extensively as a thespian in every medium, from voicing a #1 video game franchise to having a recurring role on America's oldest running soap opera. Projects he has lent his television to have been honored with Oscars, Golden Globe, SAG, Emmy, and BAFTA awards. He was also presented with a prestigious ADA Award for his work on the Los Angeles stage.

In addition to acting, he has produced, taught, and directed film, stage, and television productions in Hollywood and London. Coming from a family of authors that includes J.B. Priestley, Emmett James continues to live and work in Hollywood.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Prologue: The Best of the Best, and an Open Letter to Steven Seagal xiii

The Jungle Book 1

Grease 8

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 16

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 23

The Wizard of Oz 30

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 38

E. T. 47

The Elephant Man 55

Ghostbusters 62

The Karate Kid 69

The Amityville Horror 78

Batsman Forever 87

Coming to America 101

Beverly Hills Cop 103

Four Weddings and a Funeral 113

Running on Empty 123

Green Card 132

Honeymoon in Vegas 133

Lap Dancing 143

Taxi Driver 153

Titanic 164

2001: A space Odyssey 175

It's a Wonderful Life 185

Epilogue 191

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Snarky, fun, and fascinating!

    This book was not what I was expecting. For some reason, I thought it would be a gossipy book about Hollywood stars. Instead, it was much, much better! It's an amusing trip down memory lane as James recounts how weekly trips to the cinema shaped his entire life,eventually leading him to Hollywood.

    There is a little Hollywood gossip, but nothing mean or unbecoming. Kate Winslet, Frances Fisher and James Cameron (who he met during his stint filming Titanic) all sound like lovely people. And the actresses from Lap Dance come off as very professional, despite him classifying it as soft porn! James has the ability to laugh at himself and the situations he finds himself in, but never becomes mean-spirited or vindictive. He even makes sleeping on the floor in his empty room at the Y sound worthwhile!

    James is a very talented writer, with a snarky sense of humor that I fell in love with. He makes his life story fascinating and fun, while at the same time highlighting certain films that had an impact on his life. This was a fast read for me, and I really enjoyed getting to know James. Gave it a 4/5 rating as I enjoyed reading the book and think the author is incredibly talented! Who would have guessed that a pornographic forger imposter would have such an interesting life? ;)

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    Admit One

    Emmett James' life from childhood in England to his life now in Hollywood can be summed up with the various movies he favors. Well, at least that is how ADMIT ONE is written. Movies were an escape for him as a child and hard for him to break into as adult. I found his writing amusing and witty. It's a tough world in Hollywood and Emmett takes his punches and lives to write about it. This was a very amusing memoir. And now, I have to go an re-watch "Titanic" so I can view his greatest accomplishment to date.

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