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The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System [Hardcover]

Anne Thompson
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062218018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062218018
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The $11 Billion Year "This chronicle of 2012 is a slice of what happened during a watershed year for the Hollywood movie industry. It's not the whole story, but it's a mosaic of what went on, and why, and of where things are heading."What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence a film's fate, as it did for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Searching for Sugar Man, which both went all the way to the Oscars? Why did John Carter misfire and The Hunger Games succeed? How did maneuvers at festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and New York and at conventio...

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An interesting read by a journalist who knows her stuff. Unfortunately the bias towards Oscar bait films such as Lincoln ,Life of Pii and Zero Dark thirty means that the book is not really an overview of the year as intended , more a document of the oscar campaign and on that level the mystifying lack of insight on Argo, the winner and best film (in my opinion) means the book has a flat feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the movie industry. 21 May 2014
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Anne Thompson achieves with the movie industry what William Goldman did with Broadway (in his book 'The Season'), by examining a year in the life of Hollywood. We see the progression of different films during 2012, including festival favourites, blockbusters and Oscar contenders. A great snap shot of a year in the life of the system, but also a revealing exploration of an industry undergoing seismic changes.
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This book is an interesting read any my rating is between 3-4 star. It profiles all the major releases and festivals of 2012 and follows the trail of films that are Oscar hopefuls from their launch to their ultimate success or failure such as John Carter. It's probably a book more for people in the business then just film-goers but my main disappointment is the construction of the book which has been culled from blog articles throughout the period with some extra fleshing out. Unfortunately this shows and it just lacks that coherency of a book and does feel like a series of separate articles that have tried to be woven together and not really pulling it off. A shame as there is the potential for a good insider book there but perhaps the author would have needed six months off from blogging to put it together.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The $11 Billion Year 22 April 2014
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I bought this book because I have always been a big fan of Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley's podcast on the 'In Contention' site which keeps one up to date with nearly everything going on in the movies through out the year. This particular podcast, now sadly defunct, was without question the best one out there. It was great to hear the two critics intelligently articulating views and trends in the cinema's awards season. Therefore, I was very excited to obtain and read Anne's book. However, I must admit to being somewhat disappointed with it. I think the problem is that everything in it I already knew from the sites themselves so there was nothing to particularly stimulate any further interest. This is not to say that it is a bad book because it is definitely worth a read. It's just if you follow films as closely as I do then everything discussed feels repetitive and second hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 11 Billion Cheers ... 6 Mar 2014
By Rebecca G. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fast-moving, totally fascinating look at the movie industry today -- how it works, what it is happening now, and where it may be heading in the highly competitive digital future. Thompson knows her industry, writes beautifully and leads us through the pivotal events of the $11 billion year with style and verve
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Knows the Plan 4 April 2014
By Parsons 210 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read Anne since 1985 and she remains the only person in Hollywood who understands the nuances of the actual business. This book is one for the ages. Clear, well written and Smart... BUY IT
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's Explainer in Chief 16 Mar 2014
By R. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Anne Thompson knows what leads to movies making it or flaming out; she also knows how to explain it to those who aren't (currently) running major studios. By taking 2012 and dissecting the year's releases, she shows the impact of festivals, the intricacies of movie releasing and marketing, and the importance of story to success. Her daily blog, Thompson on Hollywood, is a must read for those in the business; this book gives the same insider's information marinated over a longer period of reflection. Well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super analysis 15 Mar 2014
By jrh in nyc - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything I thought I knew about Hollywood is now outdated. It has changed. Thompson lets us know about all those changes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insider's Look at the Hollywood Movie Industry! 1 April 2014
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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Hollywood uber-insider Anne Thompson provides a compelling, authoritative, behind-the-scenes dissection of how Hollywood does business in THE $11 BILLION YEAR, a 2014 HarperCollins release. Zeroing in on 2013 - the industry's box-office recordbreaker - Thompson takes the reader through the year-long machinations that took place involving studios, stars, exhibitors, marketers, assorted deal-makers, etc. and resulted in memorable mega-hits and colossal flops.

Thompson's book is aptly sub-titled FROM SUNDANCE TO THE OSCARS, AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CHANGING HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM. Despite the record profits, change is afoot in Tinseltown whether Hollywood bigwigs desire it or not. Quality films are facing far harder sledding getting made than in the past. Increasingly, studios are banking on cookie-cutter sequels with non-stop action and tons of CGI. Getting funding for dream projects is no longer a sure thing even if your name is Steven Spielberg! Lesser talents are forced to shop their skills at HBO or cable. The glamour of new movie openings has been diluted by developments such as Netflix and online streaming and so on.

Thompson's guided tour interweaves insightful summaries of business at major studios like Columbia, Disney and Universal with intriguing descriptions of the wheeling-and-dealing at festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes, Cinemacon and the South by Southwest Conference along with fascinating summaries of the changing face of technology.

THE $11 BILLION YEAR is one of the very best books I've read in recent years on the movie industry. Movie buffs will enjoy this fascinating, perceptive and hugely entertaining look at how the Hollywood system works. Highly recommended.

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