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From the Publisher“Literary assassinations don’t come any more vitriolicthan Hollywood Interrupted…fascinating stories and explosiverevelations…” (Daily Record, 24 April 2004)
“… capitalises on our base interest in the morescandalous antics of the showbusiness elite…”(Birmingham Post, 17 April 2004)
“…makes for a riveting read.” (Hotdog,May 2004)
"...a wildly... entertaining jeremiad against the entertainmentindustry...against the perverts, flakes, egomaniacs, junkies,bullies and criminals..." (Rick McGinnis/Metro Toronto)
“…lifts the lid on some of Tinseltown’sweirdest and most notorious celebrities…” (WesternDaily Press, 3 April 2004)
"...the industry has never been without a scandal, as thisjaw-dropping book reveals..." (Hot Stars, 3 April 2004)
ANY ENTERTAINMENT hack worth his saltpeter understands that heis compromised - effectively neutered from word one . . . in toto,entertainment journalists are disgruntled; they are professionallycastrated. And to top it off, these masochists are in turn,castigated and hated by the stars they've just fluffed up."
So write Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner in"Hollywood Interrupted." Hmmm . . . interesting point. As a lowlygossip columnist myself, I'd say the authors hit the nail on thehead.
This book, which will land on the best-seller list next week, is anunabashedly right-wing, conservative one-note samba on celebrityculture. Is it the truth? Sure - from the authors' point of view,but with no balance. All stars are the devil here. I can't say Ienjoyed this one; it's tone is often nasty and even petty - "theaging actress" . . . "the portly actor . . . " But as an antidoteto much of what passes for entertainment coverage - or even thiscolumn - "Hollywood Interrupted" has appeal and certainly it hasshock value. After a while, however, shocks lose impact. Chapterafter chapter on those bad people in show biz! And it's not as ifanybody's going to stop attending the movies, buying records orbeing fascinated with celebrity just because these writers are ableto reveal clay feet under every heavenly Hollywood body. (TheNew York Post, Liz Smith, March 15th)
Not since Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons have two journalists(Breitbart feeds stories to Internet scandalmonger Matt Drudge andEbner wrote for Spy) gathered more mean-spirited gossipabout celebrities they condemn as sick and depraved. (PublishersWeekly, February 2, 2004)
CELEBRITIES are skewered like shish kabobs in Andrew Breitbartand Mark Ebner's upcoming book, Hollywood Interrupted(Wiley). The veteran journalists air embarrassing anecdotes abouteveryone from egomaniacal producer Robert Evans to Tinseltown trainwreck Courtney Love to fallen power agent Michael Ovitz. Theauthors disclose a previously unheard 1993 wiretap of Evanschatting with Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss in which Evans seems tobe ordering up a 17-year-old girl he calls "the little one." Achapter titled "Heroine: Love Means Never to Have to Say You'reCourtney" was so damning in its details of Love's many meltdownsthat her agents at Vigliano & Associates demanded that it becut from the book (it wasn't). The tome also recounts how, afterbeing terrorized by Ovitz's spoiled b rat childre n, the poweragent's nanny quit and was subsequently blacklisted from working inHollywood households. (The New York Post, Page Six, February5, 2004)
Celebrity excess is being skewered in a pointed new book aboutthe alleged bad behavior of some of Tinseltown's biggernames.
Hollywood Interrupted is the work of writers *Mark Ebner*and *Andrew Breitbart.* While writing the book, the authors partedways with their literary agent, *David Vigliano,* over aless-than-glowing chapter they penned on another of his clients,*Courtney Love.*
Some examples: *Barbra Streisand*'s ex, *Elliott Gould,* iscriticized as an absent parent.
*Cher* gets praised as "a wonderful mother."
*Suzanne Hansen,* a nanny who worked for power agent *MichaelOvitz,* claims Ovitz and his wife, *Judy,* spent so little timetogether that they communicated via notes sent through the officemail of Ovitz's Creative Artists Agency, where Judy alsoworked.
The authors recommend mandatory sterilizations for aspiringcelebrities. (Daily News, Rush & Molloy, February 5,2004)
"The perfect Oscar-Night side dish...Andrew Breitbart and MarkEbner's Hollywood, Interrupted is a terrific book, bothsnappy and snappish.... The next best thing to a Los Angeles friendwith a nose for juicy gossip. (The Wall Street Journal
"A Hollywood horror-fest. Celebrities are skewered like shishkabobs in Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner's... Hollywood,Interrupted." (Page Six, New York Post)
"Entertainment journalism has become a stampede of a-lista**-kissing. The authors of this bracingly impudent expose,however, have declined to pucker up." (Penthouse, February2004)
"In this juicy Hollywood exposé, a pair of investigativejournalists talks to the hired help, including former butlers andnannies, to peer inside the bad behavior of stars like JohnTravolta, Liz Hurley and Winona Ryder. Shockingly delicious!"(Star magazine, March 1, 2004)
The entertainment industry ...takes a beating in [this] scathingcollection of revelations about ... scores of luminousentertainment media personalities. (Fort WorthStar-Telegram)
"This is a fun book!" (Jon Stewart, The Daily Show)