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The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The…
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The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God!

by Joe Eszterhas

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useful compedium of titbits, observations and examples of old hollywood lore.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031235987X, Hardcover)

Mike Ovitz told him his Wilshire Blvd. "foot soldiers" would hunt him down. He's antagonized almost everyone at the top in Tinseltown. And now, Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows -- in brief, quotable bursts -- about the business, the history of Hollywood, and how to write screenplays that make millions. Idiosyncratic, gruff and as shaggy as Eszterhas himself, The Devil's Guide to Hollywood makes a character/leitmotif of Eszterhas' fellow Hungarian Zsa Zsa Gabor ("Money is like a sixth sense that makes it possible for you to fully enjoy the other five."), and makes the case that Marilyn Monroe was the sharpest tack in Hollywood ("Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents."). Refreshing, dirty, tough, there's no book like it.

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The author offers a candid look at his thirty years in the film business, offering advice and anecdotes on how to become a successful filmmaker, on writing and selling scripts, and on surviving the cutthroat, high-pressure world of Hollywood.

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