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

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

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by Andrew Breitbart, Mark Ebner
     
 

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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

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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471450511
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/26/2004
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.39(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Fearless. Vicious. Hilarious. Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner prove conclusively that radical family values + infinite financial resources + cultural idol worship = moral chaos.
Celebrity is the modern American version of aristocracy. Hollywood, Interrupted shows that our celebrities are every bit as mad, corrupt, and unaccountable as their Medieval European counterparts (albeit with better teeth). And like the old aristocracy, they really are one big, incestuous family.
What you don’t understand—what you could not possibly understand—is that not only are these people nuts: They’re nuts who all know each other. Hollywood is the most dysfunctional family in the history of the world and Hollywood, Interrupted reads like a transcript of their therapy session. It’s cheeky, sophisticated, and authoritative.”
—Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard

“Hollywood hypocrites are going to simmer with fury at the painful barbs, backed up by plenty of facts, that these two sleuthing authors toss at some of the i ndustry’s most beloved stars and wags. If you love Larry King and Oprah, you’d better get ready to defend their honor, because this book deftly melts the shine off their armor.”
—Jill Stewart, “Capitol Punishment” syndicated columnist, radio and television political commentator

“‘The rich are not like you and me,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald said. Hollywood, Interrupted demonstrates that the rich and famous are not like anybody—at least anybody you’d want to be, or even shake hands with. In the deliriously scandalous tradition of Hollywood Babylon, Breitbart and Ebner’s juicy dispatch from the spiritual capital of the Porn Belt reveals Tinseltown to be a glorified cathouse populated by collagened sociopaths. These also happen to be the people who drive American popular culture. Be afraid, be very afraid.”
Rod Dreher, Dallas Morning News

“In Hollywood, Interrupted Breitbart and Ebner dig deeply into the very heart of our greatest export—pop culture—as produced by Hollywood, the movie industry and the people who affect and infect America. You cannot take a more fascinating or terrifying trip. There are tales of the fabulously famous here you would never know if not for their work. Hollywood, Interrupted is a book you have to put down frequently in order to catch your breath. Absolutely riveting.”
Lucianne Goldberg, Publisher, Lucianne.com
News Forum and Talk Radio Network host

“This book blew me away. It’s more than I wanted to know, but I couldn’t stop reading it.”
—Orson Bean, actor

“Reading Hollywood, Interrupted is like sitting on a stakeout and having a telescopic view into the darkest reaches of the corruption and perversity of today’s celebrity culture.
From the very first page to the last, Breitbart and Ebner’s probing reporting spells out in graphic detail how Hollywood lives by a set of norms the rest of America finds appropriately appalling—and endlessly fascinating. The authors have the unusual courage to take on Scientology. They provide revelations about Michael Jackson’s sickness that go beyond even today’s headlines. They rip the phony veneer off the political correctness of Rosie O’Donnell and Barbra Streisand.
They give readers a behind-the-scenes understanding of how snooping private eyes and ruthless information brokers feed scoops to the tabloids. And, in one riveting chapter, they document how a young woman in the AOL backroom unmasked the bizarre fetishes of some of Tinseltown’s top names. Hollywood, Interrupted is no ‘E’ channel fluff.
It’s disturbing stuff. But it’s all too real and it’s utterly riveting.”
—Richard Gooding, investigative reporter

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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Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - The Case Against Celebrity 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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+!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oscars are over but this book will keep you entertained until next year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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......