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on 27 February 2005
Los Angeles based reporters Mark Ebner and Andrew Breitbart have come together to produce "Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - The Case Against Celebrity". The book was written in response to celebrity bias in the media, and the corrosive effect this has on mass culture.
The book sets up celebrities as anti-role models, demonstrating how their success and luxury renders them great self-publicists, but utterly useless human beings, inable to properly look after themselves or their offspring. It is these same celebrities who take stands against the system that encourages their fame, and preach honest family values far removed from their own.
The book features in-depth investigations into Hollywood's sex and porn industry, Scientology, online Hollywood and how political correctness has destroyed comedy. The pair also expose a hideous Los Angeles sub-culture where out-of-work actors who meet at AA meetings are forced into selling non-stick frying pans under false pretenses to earn money.
There are a couple of missteps (including an unfunny running gag about 'the heterosexual Tom Cruise') and I thought the book could have explored the movie-making process a little more in the research (how do these films and songs get released with so many out-of-control celebrities?).
Nevertheless, "Hollywood, Interrupted" is vital reading. Although fundamentally a US-based tome, the proliferation of soaps and reality shows plus a tabloid fixation with celebrity, indicates a similar malaise may be developing over here.
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VINE VOICEon 20 May 2008
A good read for anyone interested in Hollywood, it's rare to find a book that actually dares to talk about living actors and actresses and see them in a critical light. The chapters on Scientology and the way nanny's are used and treated in Hollywood are particularly interesting. It falls over a little for me when looking at political correctness, I agreed with many of the authors points but I found them to be very preachy and heavy handed in places and just as bad as the "lefty" Hollywood people they were criticising. Not one for anyone looking for scandalous gossip, but a very interesting read and a refreshing change to our celebrity loving culture.
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on 4 March 2016
Wow, I'm truly speechless. This books has all the dirt you wanted to read about on the subject of Hollywood and the great thing about it is that the authors are very good writers too. This isn't some expose of little value written by someone in the show business. This is a book that you could read in a class on American culture. Those guys are bold and they know their stuff. Your jaw will definitely drop to the floor more than once. You won't look at those actors that you know so well (you'd think) in the same way again. Everyone aspiring to be an actor or celebrity should read this book. I just wish it was longer than the (circa) 300 pages because - as perverse as it sounds and you will understand why it's perverse once you start reading it - I didn't want it to end. Buy this book, borrow it from a library, or get a used copy. I got a used copy because I had no clue this book would be this good. Now I wish I'd spent a few extra pounds on a new one. This one is going to stay in my home library for years, no doubt about that.
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on 12 May 2014
This book doesn't do what it says on the tin, I'm afraid. It starts off well enough but soon tails off into pages and pages of far right wingnut ranting about Hollywood 'liberals', with a deeply misogynist bent. It's pretty unpleasant reading.
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