The Best Books about Hollywood & the Entertainment Industry!

A Listmania! list by E. Lacey (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
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The list author says: "This list focuses more on the contemporary film industry, as opposed to biographies of Old Hollywood stars and histories of the early eras of film production."
Hit and Run
1.  Hit and Run by Nancy Griffin
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  "Everyone in the business has read this and shuddered. So will you."
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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
2.  Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
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  "Want to write? Make this your Bible. I'm serious."
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Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
3.  Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting by William Goldman
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  "Interesting and inspiring tales from one of the great screenwriters of our time."
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Its All Your Fault: How To Make It As A Hollywood Assistant
4.  Its All Your Fault: How To Make It As A Hollywood Assistant by Bill Robinson
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  "Funny but very practical advice for getting into the business."
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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
5.  Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind
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  "Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, Biskind recounts some essential Hollywood history."
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High Concept
6.  High Concept by Charles Fleming
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  "The ultimate cautionary tale."
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Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches
7.  Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches by Lynda Rosen Obst
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  "Lynda Obst writes about her career."
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Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema
8.  Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema by John Pierson
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  "A great history of indie film."
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Shoot Out: Surviving the Fame and (Mis) Fortune of Hollywood
9.  Shoot Out: Surviving the Fame and (Mis) Fortune of Hollywood by Peter Bart
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  "Lessons from two guys who've been there."
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The Writer Got Screwed (But Didn't Have To): A Guide to the Legal and Business Practices of Writing for the Entertainment Industry
10.  The Writer Got Screwed (But Didn't Have To): A Guide to the Legal and Business Practices of Writing for the Entertainment Industry by Brooke Wharton
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  "Want to write? Read this."
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Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
11.  Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film by Peter Biskind
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  "Great history of the origins of Miramax."
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You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again
12.  You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again by Julia Phillips
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  "It's too dated to be useful at this point, but it's still a classic read."
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The Kid Stays in the Picture
13.  The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans
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  "Another oldie but goodie."
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The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook (All New American Edition)
14.  The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook (All New American Edition) by Genevieve Jolliffe
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  "A great handbook for independent filmmakers."
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The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale
15.  The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale by Michael Bamberger
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  "A look at the making of "The Lady in the Water," studio politics and creative hubris."
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The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood
16.  The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood by Dennis McDougal
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  "A portrait of one of the great Hollywood moguls."
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The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco
17.  The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco by Julie Salamon
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  "A fascinating look at the making of Brian De Palma's "The Bonfire of the Vanities.""
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Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker
18.  Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker by Anthony Lane
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  "Some memorable film reviews from one of the best critics of our time.  If you'd like to be a critic, read this book."
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Goldwyn: A Biography
19.  Goldwyn: A Biography by A. Scott Berg
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  "Okay, this one is a biography set in Hollywood's early days, definitely not about contemporary Hollywood, but it's a really magnificent tale and worth reading."
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Hollywood Creative Directory, 51st Edition
20.  Hollywood Creative Directory, 51st Edition by Hollywood Creative Directory
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  "Get the current issue and memorize it. These are the people you need to know."
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Hollywood Agents and Managers Directory (Hollywood Representation Directory)
21.  Hollywood Agents and Managers Directory (Hollywood Representation Directory) by Hollywood Creative Directory
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  "If you're looking for an agent, want to be an agent, are wondering if that agent who called you is for real.... this is the guide."
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