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Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches Paperback – September 2, 1997
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The best thing about this book is that it is written for women by a woman. It has a lot of ideas and tips I haven't seen in other "how to make it in Hollywood"-type books. Most tend to ignore the sexism that still exists there. However, Linda Obst is honest and straightforward.
Read this book, whether you want to make it in Hollywood or if you're just a huge movie fan. It's a great read.
Ambitious and driven (and obviously intelligent) though Obst may be, the deal-making she painstakingly describes is the art form, the pictures themselves mere adjuncts.
Shopping witless scripts to a tiny group of hugely overpaid stars and directors insures a steady stream of 'product' and little beyond the most common entertainment and certainly rarely anything approaching art. Sheer persistence overcomes all. A project moves forward only when the right people are 'attached'. Risky, personal pictures do not fit into this equation and subsequently rarely get produced. Instead the motion picture audience receives a steady stream of generic diversions, soulless to the extreme, dull, predictable and adolescent, near perfect reflections of their creators.
You think you want to be a Hollywood producer? This book might be for you: the author worked her way up partway (she was, after all, listed as a producer on Interstellar) and has some amusing examples of conversations with footnotes as to the true motives behind the words. She also provides useful rules for various aspects of the business. In fact, these may be the true value of this work, as these rules are applicable well beyond the craziness of Hollywood. She also provides useful information for women in business, where there is plenty of room for improvement. Also in academe.
If you are reading this for insights into individuals, it may be less useful, as it was published in 1996.
If you are a wannabe writer, director, agent or studio mogul, reading this or anything else will not help.
Towards the end it gets a bit self-serving, as others have noted.
It's one of the few excellent business books I've ever read (including the ones I had to read in business school). Even though it's centered on the movie business, the author has shared many nuggets that are relevant to all kinds of endeavors. Very high recommendation! Plus it's quite entertaining from start to finish.
P.S. The negative comments of some reviewers are a mystery to me. Complaints about "Hollywood movies" (whatever that stereotype means), and unsettling business practices are common enough feelings, but these feelings are not sufficient as critiques of Hello He Lied. If you truly want to learn more about how big deals are done, read this book.
I agree wholeheartedly with the Reader who found her account self-serving. Obst is never wrong about anything. She is truly a legend in her own mind!
That's too bad, because she has some valid points to make.
You would be far better off reading a book by a true movie maker, director Sidney Lumet. It's called "Making Movies".
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Book is a total snooze-fest, and aside from some Hollywood schmoozing, there's little to hold fans of the entertainment industry.Published on December 11, 2013 by Christopher Valera
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If you are an INDIE Producer, This Book has the Golden Chalice in IT. A No Friles Cover but who cares
every Page is Like Torn from the authors Personal Black Book. Read more
Well written, entertaining and easy to read, this book is a fun exposition of Hollywood culture, politics and the personalities involved. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Robi Ganguly
This poignant, funny, and accurate view of the industry is very well written. I was both amused and entertained by tons of anecdotal and personal stories from her broad experience... Read morePublished on September 26, 2008 by Eric J. Robertson
"Hello, He Lied" is a Hollywood book that bridges the gap to become a mainstream read. I originally picked it up to learn more about the reality of life in Hollywood, for women... Read morePublished on February 6, 2008 by JoyNiles
Sorry guys, but I was unfortunate enough to have bought this book years ago from some hollywood bookclub I can't even remeber anymore, but this is THE MOST SUCK UP book, on how to... Read morePublished on September 5, 2007 by PanicAttack
HELLO HE LIED is written by Lynda Obst one of the top female producers in Hollywood. (I only say female because she does talk about the challenges of being a woman in Hollywood). Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by Joyce Schwarz