Inside Inside Paperback – 7 Oct 2008
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About the Author
James Lipton is the creator, executive producer, writer, and host of Inside the Actors Studio. He is also the author of the novel Mirrors, which was adapted to film, and the book and lyrics for two Broadway musicals.
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on 26 October 2011
I am a big fan of the actors studio but to read how it came about in James Lipton's words is amazing. The book does take a little of getting into but I cant put it down. His love for his art, family, friends and students & the respect he gets is second to none. An absolutely fantastic read!
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Inside Inside is Spectacular
on 9 June 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
James Lipton is highly regarded in the field of entertainment. Many view Inside the Actors Studio as merely a show that interviews actors, it's much more than that. The students of Pace University major in writing, directing, acting, screen writing etc. When an actor such as Barbra Streisand or George Clooney are aired the research that James Lipton goes through to find every fascinating detail makes the show a success. I'm a great admirer of James Lipton and find each interview that spills over to the students question/answer period fascinating. Many also think that this program is an hour and then the actor leaves but they don't, they stay and in five hours of interviewing, students get to ask questions something not seen on television. Excellent program and fascinating book. Buy it!
Was he kidding...
on 22 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
When he said the book was going to be very little about himself? That's all it's about is him! I wouldn't have minded a little background on how he became involved with the Actor's Studio, and how the show came to be, but the first quarter thus far has been all about his life with very little about Inside the Actor's Studio. I thought I was going to be reading some thoughts on the interviews and some behind the scenes gossip/stories. The only things he's referenced so far about the show is quoting parts of episodes that if you have watched them, you've already heard what the guests have to say. And most of the quotes are in relation to a story about his life. There have been a few interesting tidbits thus far, like it takes 3-6 hours to tape each episode (that shows how much is cut out since the show is only an hour!), but so far, I'm super-disappointed. Maybe I just haven't gotten into all the things I was looking for when I bought this book, but if he wanted to just go on about himself, he should have written an autobiography instead.
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Definitely not a fast read
on 4 July 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I saw the latest show, which blurbed the book, in addition to interviewing Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, etc. I am having a hard time getting through it, and I usually have the Kindle books read in less than a week. I have come back to it after each of 20 other books, and can't even get to end of a chapter before breaking. Granted I am only 3% through it according to the K reader. I'll try it next on the iPad, where I can easily skip around chapters. Language is more pedantic than on the show.
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A Most Enjoyable Journey
on 10 August 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
James Lipton provides the reader with a modestly-written account of his multi-faceted career and his many accomplishments. It is easy to journey with him from his initial efforts to earn money for law school to his accomplishments on radio, in television, on the stage and, finally as a (the?) principal of the Actors' Studio. That's the first half of the book. The second half is a review of many of the actors, actresses, writers and directors who were interviewed by him on "Inside the Actor's Studio" arranged with emphasis less on the individuals and their fame and more on their mettle. For devotees of the program, it is another wonderful journey with Lipton. For those who have not watched his television series on Bravo and who don't know James Lipton, it is an introduction to a most talented and accomplished individual who has a wonderful story to tell. "Inside Inside" is a most enjoyable read.
9 people found this helpful.
Don't judge a book by its cover - half of this book isn't about The Actors Studio.
on 28 December 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
A lot of people will feel cheated - misled by the title of the book. As others on Amazon mention, too much of this book is just about Lipton writing about himself and glorifying his own "achievements," - for example, going into great detail about his arranging the Bob Hope birthday TV specials and Jimmy Carter's TV inaugural special. Boringly great detail, in my view -- the book has about 500 pages -- I'm now on page 254, where he apparently finally now starts to write about the Actors Studio in detail. (As someone else wrote, start with chapter 11 and skim the first half of the book.) I enjoy the Actors Studio interviews very much, and Lipton does a good job, there. This book should have a warning on the cover, though, that at least half of the book is not about The Actors Studio at all. Besides giving us lots of detail about his minor achievements, Lipton has the irritating habit of "place-dropping" - not just telling us that something happened, but being sure to tell us the name of the exclusive hotel in Paris where he had his honeymoon, being sure to mention "our table at Elaine's," where a conversation took place, "our summer home in the Hamptons" where another conversation took place, his friend George Plimpton, whose parties "were legendary," etc etc. Using superlatives about everybody and everything. Pages 201 to 241 are all about how he arranged the TV shows for Bob Hope's birthdays. (40 pages of a book called "Inside Inside.") ("Three times the birhday show was at the top of the week's Nielsen ratings; it was in the top-five six times and in the top-fifteen ten times," he makes sure to tell us.) Irritating self-praise that goes on much too much. What he did WAS interesting - the way he writes about himself for 254 pages becomes irritating. He did need a better editor for this book. (I still find his interviews fascinating, though!)