Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case against Celebrity

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Overview

Hollywood, Interrupted is a sometimes frightening, occasionally sad, and frequently hysterical odyssey into the darkest realms of showbiz pathology, the endless stream of meltdowns and flameouts, and the inexplicable behavior on the part of show business personalities.

Charting celebrities from rehab to retox, to jails, cults, institutions, near-death experiences and the Democratic Party, Hollywood, Interrupted takes readers on a surreal field trip into the amoral belly of the ...

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Overview

Hollywood, Interrupted is a sometimes frightening, occasionally sad, and frequently hysterical odyssey into the darkest realms of showbiz pathology, the endless stream of meltdowns and flameouts, and the inexplicable behavior on the part of show business personalities.

Charting celebrities from rehab to retox, to jails, cults, institutions, near-death experiences and the Democratic Party, Hollywood, Interrupted takes readers on a surreal field trip into the amoral belly of the entertainment industry. Each chapter — covering topics including warped Hollywood child-rearing, bad medicine, hypocritical political maneuvering and the complicit media — delivers a meticulously researched, interview-infused, attitude heavy dispatch which analyzes and deconstructs the myths created by the celebrities themselves.

Celebrities somehow believe that it's their god-given right to inflict their pathology on the rest of us. Hollywood, Interrupted illustrates how these dysfunctional dilettantes are mad as hell... And we're not going to take it any more.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Literary assassinations don’t come any more vitriolic than Hollywood Interrupted…fascinating stories and explosive revelations…” (Daily Record, 24 April 2004)

“… capitalises on our base interest in the more scandalous antics of the showbusiness elite…” (Birmingham Post, 17 April 2004)

“…makes for a riveting read.” (Hotdog, May 2004)

"...a wildly... entertaining jeremiad against the entertainment industry...against the perverts, flakes, egomaniacs, junkies, bullies and criminals..." (Rick McGinnis/Metro Toronto)

“…lifts the lid on some of Tinseltown’s weirdest and most notorious celebrities…” (Western Daily Press, 3 April 2004)

"...the industry has never been without a scandal, as this jaw-dropping book reveals..." (Hot Stars, 3 April 2004)

ANY ENTERTAINMENT hack worth his saltpeter understands that he is compromised - effectively neutered from word one . . . in toto, entertainment journalists are disgruntled; they are professionally castrated. 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 lowly gossip columnist myself, I'd say the authors hit the nail on the head.
This book, which will land on the best-seller list next week, is an unabashedly right-wing, conservative one-note samba on celebrity culture. 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 I enjoyed this one; it's tone is often nasty and even petty - "the aging actress" . . . "the portly actor . . . " But as an antidote to much of what passes for entertainment coverage - or even this column - "Hollywood Interrupted" has appeal and certainly it has shock value. After a while, however, shocks lose impact. Chapter after chapter on those bad people in show biz! And it's not as if anybody's going to stop attending the movies, buying records or being fascinated with celebrity just because these writers are able to reveal clay feet under every heavenly Hollywood body. (The New York Post, Liz Smith, March 15th)

Not since Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons have two journalists (Breitbart feeds stories to Internet scandalmonger Matt Drudge and Ebner wrote for Spy) gathered more mean-spirited gossip about celebrities they condemn as sick and depraved. (Publishers Weekly, February 2, 2004)

CELEBRITIES are skewered like shish kabobs in Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner's upcoming book, Hollywood Interrupted (Wiley). The veteran journalists air embarrassing anecdotes about everyone from egomaniacal producer Robert Evans to Tinseltown train wreck Courtney Love to fallen power agent Michael Ovitz. The authors disclose a previously unheard 1993 wiretap of Evans chatting with Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss in which Evans seems to be ordering up a 17-year-old girl he calls "the little one." A chapter titled "Heroine: Love Means Never to Have to Say You're Courtney" was so damning in its details of Love's many meltdowns that her agents at Vigliano & Associates demanded that it be cut from the book (it wasn't). The tome also recounts how, after being terrorized by Ovitz's spoiled b rat childre n, the power agent's nanny quit and was subsequently blacklisted from working in Hollywood households. (The New York Post, Page Six, February 5, 2004)

Celebrity excess is being skewered in a pointed new book about the alleged bad behavior of some of Tinseltown's bigger names.
Hollywood Interrupted is the work of writers *Mark Ebner* and *Andrew Breitbart.* While writing the book, the authors parted ways with their literary agent, *David Vigliano,* over a less-than-glowing chapter they penned on another of his clients, *Courtney Love.*
Some examples: *Barbra Streisand*'s ex, *Elliott Gould,* is criticized as an absent parent.
*Cher* gets praised as "a wonderful mother."
*Suzanne Hansen,* a nanny who worked for power agent *Michael Ovitz,* claims Ovitz and his wife, *Judy,* spent so little time together that they communicated via notes sent through the office mail of Ovitz's Creative Artists Agency, where Judy also worked.
The authors recommend mandatory sterilizations for aspiring celebrities. (Daily News, Rush & Molloy, February 5, 2004)

"The perfect Oscar-Night side dish...Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner's Hollywood, Interrupted is a terrific book, both snappy and snappish.... The next best thing to a Los Angeles friend with a nose for juicy gossip. (The Wall Street Journal

"A Hollywood horror-fest. Celebrities are skewered like shish kabobs in Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner's... Hollywood, Interrupted." (Page Six, New York Post)

"Entertainment journalism has become a stampede of a-list a**-kissing. The authors of this bracingly impudent expose, however, have declined to pucker up." (Penthouse, February 2004)

"In this juicy Hollywood exposé, a pair of investigative journalists talks to the hired help, including former butlers and nannies, to peer inside the bad behavior of stars like John Travolta, Liz Hurley and Winona Ryder. Shockingly delicious!" (Star magazine, March 1, 2004)

The entertainment industry ...takes a beating in [this] scathing collection of revelations about ... scores of luminous entertainment media personalities. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

"This is a fun book!" (Jon Stewart, The Daily Show)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471450511
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/26/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,036,179
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Breitbart has played the low-key online sidekick to Matt Drudge on the infamous Drudge Report for five years. From his newsroom-cum-home office in LA, Breitbart has shared site chores of keeping up with the demanding 24/7 news-cycle for an audience that now reaches well into the millions. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, and New York Post, among others. Breitbart also co-produced a documentary set to air on the History Channel in 2004. He has worked as a researcher and webmaster for Arianna Huffington and MAD TV, among others, and delivered pizzas to the stars in Brentwood. Breitbart lives in Los Angeles with his wife Susie and their two children.

Mark Ebner is an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered all aspects of celebrity culture for Spy, Rolling Stone, Details, Los Angeles magazine, Premiere, Salon, Spin, and New Times among others. He has repeatedly positioned himself in harm's way, conducting over 50 in-depth investigations into such subjects as Scientology, pit bull fighting in South Central Los Angeles, the Ku Klux Klan in Texas, celebrity stalkers, sports groupies, college suicides, and Hepatitus C in Hollywood. Ebner has produced for and/or appeared as a journalist-commentator on NBC, MSNBC, A&E, FX, E!, Entertainment television. He hosted the nationally syndicated radio program, Drastic Radio in 2000 and is Editor at Large for LA Innuendo magazine. Ebner lives in Venice, California, with his two dogs, Roxie and Poorboy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART I: IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR.

1. Hollywood Family Values: A New Weird Order.
Hollywood families exposed for not only not upholding family values but pissing all over middle-class mores. Rethinking the life and death of River Phoenix. Familial implosions exposed. It’s gotten so bad we argue for sterilization of the celebrity class.

2. In Loco Parentis: Hollywood Nannies.
Hollywood nannies speak out and tell all—“There is no laughter in this house.” Nannies so stressed they’ve formed a Beverly Hills support group. A nanny gets blacklisted.

3. Hollyweird High.
Inside Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences, where Hollywood elite send their children, and we find, like any other school in the Western world, sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Unlike other high schools, we also discover Crossdressing Day, Ménage à Prom, death, and a mandatory pseudo-therapeutic program called “Mysteries.”

PART II: FEAR AND LOATHING IN LOS ANGELES.

4. Screwball Tragedy.
Hollywood’s strange history with insanity, drugs, and therapy.

5. Doctor Feelgoods.
Not feeling so hot? Call the doctor. Top Gun producer overdoses. Winona’s Dr. Feelgood loses his license. Oliver Stone signs a medic. Lily-livered Hollywood “heppers,” including Stripperella, try anything.

6. From Rehab to Retox.
Rehab centers to the stars get visits from Matthew Perry, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Affleck, among others. Celeb rehab spas offer a panoply of treatment programs from equine therapy to brain wave analysis. Not on the menu—sex in the bathroom.

PART III: THE BELIEVERS.

7. Karma Chameleons.
Madonna and friends converge on Kabbalah. Hollywood cults run amok. Established religion is evil.

8. Shilling for Scientology: I Want Your Body—Thetans.
Scientology rocks!

PART IV: CALIFORNICATION.

9. Sex in This City.
The pornification of America. There’s a whorehouse in Beverly Hills. Swing Kids club hop. Hugh Hefner is a porn baron. The Heidi Tapes.

10. “Sexual Perversity” in Los Angeles.
Eddie Murphy plays good Samaritan to a Samoan transvestite hooker. Hollywood attorneys employ shady PIs to bend laws. Peter Pan picks a porn producer.

INTERMISSION.

Heroine.
Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Courtney.

PART V: THE LEFT WING.

11. Reds.
Celebs embrace hate speech. Everyone’s “Friend” Jennifer Aniston calls Bush names and taunts daughter Jenna. Robert Altman and Alex Baldwin threaten to leave the country. We love dictators! Hollywood warmly embraces Castro.

12. Blue Country Haze.
Hollywood ground zero for the culture war. Rosie, the lesbian, swoons over the heterosexual Tom Cruise. Oprah dictates politics. The war of the ribbons (can you support PETA and be for AIDS research?). Flacks make celebs pick a cause.

13. The Death of Comedy.
Hollywood kills Andrew “Dice” Clay and Sam Kinison. Can’t get no comic relief. “South Park” rails against Rob Reiner.

PART VI: LIES, MORE LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE.

14. Hollywood Pan Men.
Hollywood A-Team of B-list celebs goes on the road to sell pans of lies for fast cash and cheap thrills.

15. The Lying Game.
Fictionalized documentaries. Scripts are stolen. Friends cover up. We expose Hollywood’s own Jayson Blair.

PART VII: AMERIKA ONLINE.

16. Hollywood Online.
Where the stars go and what they do when they virtually get there.

17. www.americahateshollywood.com.
Media Berlin Wall falls. Newfound freedoms expressed in cyberspace. The gigabyte is up. America talks back.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Simply bad

    This book is simply bad. It's poorly written (even I noticed that and english isn't even my first language), it's mainly old news and the guys who wrote it (I refuse to call them authors as that would imply that they know how to work with words) are so right winged they make Charleton Heston look like Tim Robbins. They are also homophobic to a degree that calls for psychological treatment - or for a walk out of the closet ;-). In one chapter they bash Jessica Lange only for acting in the movie 'Normal' that showed some empathy for a transsexual. Another chapter is called 'Reds' and is about these oh so bad Hollywood Liberals. It's the old McCarthy dance - and these guys really mean it! I love gossip and I love sarcasm, but this book only is a bitter and joyless bashing of the rich and famous in L.A. You can't help but to ask yourself if these guys aren't just jealous for not being invited to the party. This book is not really about Hollywood, it seems to be a late payback to all the popular guys in Highschool that these guys most probably were bullied by.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2004

    I LOVE MOVIES BUT I HATE HOLLYWOOD

    I am completely obsessed with movies and know almost every little trivial fact about almost every movie. Despite the fact that I'm obsessed with Hollywood, I do agree with the authors of this book on how stupid it is to look at these celebrities as role models just because they're famous. Just because they're famous doesn't mean they know anything about morals, politics, or anything at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    Shocking!

    The writers give you the story straight--no chaser. They get really vicious at times, but it's still fun reading. The chapter on the Hollywood nannies is hilarious. Getting the unpublicized version of Eddie Murphy's involvement with the 'she-male' is eye-opening to say the least. If you want to know the decadent behind-the-scenes activities of the stars, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    Excellent - Shows just how pathetic Hollyweird is!

    Finally some sanity out of Hollywood. These authors have guts for exposing this to the 'regular people' or as the Hollywood elite refer to us - the 'fly-overs' (as in we 'fly over' these nobody's as we travel from coast to coast). I am so sick of celebrities thinking that we actually CARE about what their political views are or what 'socially conscious' causes they think we need to hear about. Their egos are huge and a driving force behind every move they make. Their actual lives are living nightmares that often self destruct. Being vocal about 'Saving the Whales' just makes them feel that much better about themselves and the grossly lavish and self centered lifestyles they lead. Just because they are high profile and are in front of a camera or get a hold of a microphone way too often doesn't mean their opinions actually stand for more than the average American's. The other night Diane Sawyer actually interviewed Madonna on what she felt about the War in Iraq - COME ON! Who gives a FIG what she thinks? She leads a supremely self centered, self indulgent life. She lives in the UK because she can't stand America - and is supremely vocal about it. Honestly, the lives these celebrities lead speak for themselves, and certainly as no role models for the rest of us. In my opinion, we should all RUN when they get on their soapboxes! The authors are great at giving you a feel for the TRUE messed up, self-centered Hollywood. A+!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    Mirror effect

    The only difference between them and most people is exposure, money, and luck. Most people put in the same circumstances would lose their minds in one way or another. Didn't like last chapter, but well done.Interesting look at celebrity life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    Couldn't put it down...

    I could not stop reading this book. I kept underlining parts of it. And calling my husband at work, to read it to him, and then calling my friends to read it to them. It was shocking but true. And the author's don't claim to be saints just reporters who want the rest of the story, told! I give this book 5 stars because there is a whole world out there that Hollywood doesn't understand! A world that will want to read this book! I recommend this book to every person who has ever watched TV or a movie, and said, 'Who writes this stuff, and why doesn't it reflect the values of middle America'? This book will tell you why. Yes, what goes on in Hollywood is shocking, but these authors don't make this up, they are just reporting what high powered media people don't want you to know. Read it and be shocked. Read it and be sad, that the 'stars' who determine what movies get made, and what shows get broadcast...are so incredibly out of touch with the values of middle America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    REHASHEDTITELATION

    THIS IS THE LAST TIME I LISTEN TO MY FAVORITE RADIO CONSERVATIVE(LAURA INGRAHAM)PUSH SOMEONE ELSE'S BOOK. I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT HERS.....FOR SOMEONE NOT AT ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE USUAL 'hollywood' TRASH TALK,THIS BOOK MIGHT RAISE AN EYEBROW OR TWO. FOR THE REST OF US/BEEN THERE(YAWN),HEARD THAT......

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    fun, fast, entertaining

    Oscars are over but this book will keep you entertained until next year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    Proof that Hollywood is Sick

    Got an early copy of this excellent book from the publisher's website, and in a one night read, all my darkest suspicions about preening Hollywood have been confirmed. This book is a must read for anyone who wants the truth about celebrities and incestuous Hollywood inbreeding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Rips open Hell-wood

    This book spills dirt, some fresh, some we've heard before--but the old stories (Jacko, Heidi Fleiss) are given fresh perspective with more and NEW details (Robert Evans on tape talking to Fleiss about his latest girl from heidi's stable is hysterical). The authors have great writing style as well--very hardboiled, witty. Great stories- B actors selling pots and pans at county fairs, a cyberstalker/cybersexer from the corporate halls of AOL (who ends up selling a book about her hacking a military computer to Disney where Hillary Duff will play her!), nannies who have to take the kids to shrink appts cuz the parents are too busy..a fun read with a point to make--who let's these nutbags set our agendas?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    Nothing New Here

    I was disappointed. And bored. The authors spend so much time airing their right wing views it interferes with the flow of material, which is old stuff anyway. I mean everybody knows this stuff already. Very little real meat in this overpriced tome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    Hooray for Hollywood unfortunately, not Hollywood Interrupted!

    I have to say I was looking forward to reading this book. I received a copy from a friend who works in the industry. The stories were not interesting. It seems like Andrew and Mark picked up the National Enquirer and Star magazines and elaborated. However, I did enjoy the part towards the back of the book about the internet. The stories about the various chat rooms and the teenager referred to as 'E-Girl', breaking into the industry via her laptop in another state. I would suggest saving your money and purchase the latest issue of National Enquirer if you are really interested in knowing what's really happening in Hollywood.

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