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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 ...
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.
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 inthe 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.
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.
Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Courtney.
PART V: THE LEFT WING.
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.
Media Berlin Wall falls. Newfound freedoms expressed in cyberspace. The gigabyte is up. America talks back.
Posted May 19, 2004
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.
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Posted December 5, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2004
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+!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2004
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2004
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......
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Posted March 1, 2004
Posted February 23, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2004
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?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.