If there is a more archetypical tale of Hollywood in the '80s than the buccaneers' adventures of Jon Peters, Barbra Streisand's former hairdresser, and his business partner Peter Guber, it hasn't been written yet. This thorough, stylish book recounts the rise of Peters and Guber, who together earned fortunes by schmoozing their way to the top, seducing gullible investors, and shoving aside the filmmakers who actually turned out successful films like "Rain Man" and "Batman." The Japanese executives at Sony, in this delightful insider account, were just the most recent and most hoodwinked in a long line of Peters' and Gubers' dupes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is basically the story of two boys who never grew up, but ended up running Sony-owned Columbia Pictures into the ground. Peters, whom the Los Angeles Times described as a "seventh-grade dropout and reform school graduate who began his show-business career as Barbra Steisand's hairdresser-boyfriend-manager," was a master at self-promotion; only semi-literate but able to count well enough to make it big in Hollywood. Bostonian Guber earned several academic degrees before "going Hollywood," somehow managing to indifferently run several studios and make high profits and only a few good films. This book will leave film fans drooling at charges that Peters hired Heidi Fleiss's prostitutes as gifts and that he either bedded or assaulted his numerous conquests (Jacqueline Bisset and Lesley Ann Warren, among others). Guber, the quintessential New Age yuppie, is seen heading off his divorce because it would cost him too much, and participating in hand-holding group-therapy sessions with business-partner Peters. The business side of this book is also intriguing, recounting internecine financial twists and turns that finally have a top Sony executive exclaiming: "Huh! You bankrupt Sony!" Griffin, the West Coast editor of Premiere magazine, and Masters, a reporter for the Washington Post, present a shocking read that will have readers gasping at the obscene overindulgence of Hollywood. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brutal to read how two guys almost drove a studio into the ground, smiling all the way.Published 26 days ago by The joker 308
Facinating tale of how the movie industry REALLY works...Astonishing, brilliant and like eves-dropping in on Hollywood's party line!Published 1 month ago by Nan Johnson
This is an extremely readable account of how two larger-than-life fakers were able to take Hollywood for a ride. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Larry Gevirtz
Bit of a tough read, too many descriptions of unknowns. It's a pick up read, put down wk later pick up again. Glad I spent $4.00 for shipping and .02 for the actual bk. Read morePublished 2 months ago by isyss
The SONY Hacking debacle reminded me of this book which I read back when it first came out. This should be required reading for all people who are planning to go on TV and talk... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marguerite Chipp Matthews
It's really interesting to learn about people who are seen as now the elder statesmen of the entertainment industry seen as what they are truly are, hucksters. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Pretty cool true story about scamming your way to the top. Fake it til you make it they say.
I bought this book YEARS ago. Can't believe I'm just rating it now.
Maybe if you're a movieland insider this book would resonate better. Interesting, but not highly recommended.Published on September 26, 2010 by Jimmy C