What Just Happened?: Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line

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Now a major motion picture starring Robert De Niro, directed by Barry Levinson, written by Art Linson, and featuring appearances from Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn, John Turturro, and Stanley Tucci, What Just Happened? is an hysterical and candid memoir about Hollywood. Hailed by Variety as a "delicious, one-sitting reading," Linson's book gives us a brutally honest, funny, and comprehensive tour through the horrors of show business.
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Overview

Now a major motion picture starring Robert De Niro, directed by Barry Levinson, written by Art Linson, and featuring appearances from Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn, John Turturro, and Stanley Tucci, What Just Happened? is an hysterical and candid memoir about Hollywood. Hailed by Variety as a "delicious, one-sitting reading," Linson's book gives us a brutally honest, funny, and comprehensive tour through the horrors of show business.
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Publishers Weekly
In this latest addition to the spate of Hollywood tell-alls, the producer of The Untouchables and Fight Club details the planning, handholding and power games involved in making movies. Each film brings its own problems, which Linson recounts in sardonic discussions of his own less-than-boffo features, including Pushing Tin and Great Expectations (the 1998 remake). His account of The Edge is particularly remarkable, as it demonstrates the difficulties of putting together a deal (De Niro had a problem with fighting a fake bear), placating the stars (Alec Baldwin didn't want to shave his beard) and finding a title (The Bear and the Brain was a contender, as was the screenwriter's choice, Bookworm). Linson's insights into why some movies fail are revealing: no one wants to see John Cusack naked (which explains Pushing Tin), for one, and you don't stand a chance if an earlier, bigger release (Titanic) uses the same erotic scene as your movie (Great Expectations). To hear Linson tell it, it's a jungle out there, with loads of fussy, na ve, brazen and unlucky monkeys swinging from the trees. He reels out one conversation after another, unearthing the bar banter, telephone exchanges and studio t te- -t tes that reveal just how much quibbling goes on behind the scenes. Although Linson's book lacks the polish of William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade or the all-around savvy of Peter Bart and Peter Guber's Shoot Out, it provides a decent bird's-eye view on what a producer actually does and the pressures it involves. (May) Forecast: An excerpt in this month's Vanity Fair, blurbs from Sean Penn and Peter Biskind and author promos in New York and L.A. will help this one land on film groupies' shelves. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802143389
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/3/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Art Linson was born in Chicago and grew up in Hollywood. He has been producing movies for twenty-four years, and his credits include The Untouchables, Heat, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Fight Club, and Scrooged. In 1995, he published his first book, A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of How to Produce Movies in Hollywood.

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Table of Contents


Foreword ix
1 Negative Pickup 1
2 Two Guys and a Bear 11
3 Over the Edge 30
4 One plus One Equals Three 38
5 After Shave 53
6 Bookwormed 62
7 Great Expectations Dashed 68
8 A Glass Jaw 81
9 I'm Driving a Pinto 89
10 Pushing Tin Downhill 106
11 The Fox and the Hound 113
12 Fight Clubbed 116
13 Sunset Stripped Naked 130
14 I'm As Independent As a Dry Cleaner from Lebanon 142 Photos 154 Screenplay 159
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