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Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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"[A] witty and wise new primer" (The Washington Post)
“[A] must-read on the ever-evolving movie industry…accessible and entertaining…Obst pulls back the curtain on an industry built on lies and illusion, allowing readers to get in on the ongoing joke.” (Publishers Weekly)
“From her unique perch as a maker of real movies—not sequels, prequels, or reboots—Lynda Obst explains why the movies we all loved growing up don't get made anymore. With her sharp wit, she gives an inside account of how the industry has changed but also offers hope that Hollywood will meet the challenges of the digital age and the global marketplace. If you love movies, this is a must read.” (Arianna Huffington)
"A useful primer if you haven't quite figured out why so many blockbusters take place in China these days.” (Forbes)
"A real pro—Lynda Obst—has written a realistic book about making film into reality in these days of extremes....She describes what might, may, will happen...A wonderful text book full of mysteries, loss and longing. I just couldn't stop reading it, even though I have never had movie-making impulses." (Liz Smith, Huffington Post)
“If you find yourself reaching for any excuse not to walk into a movie theater these days, here's producer Lynda Obst to explain why in her wildly readable X-ray of contemporary Hollywood. A must read for anyone wondering what happened to the movies we used to love.” (Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls)
“Written in warm, conversational prose, Obst’s tales from the movie front together offer an engrossing look at the state of the entertainment industry today.” (Booklist)
“Obst...casts a sharp eye over recent developments in Tinseltown. Depth of detail and shrewd illustrative examples make this a must-read for anyone interested in the movie business.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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I had hoped to get some insight into the transition of Hollywood, how it has adapted to the radical changes taking place due to all kinds of pressures (the Internet, internationalization, demise of DVD, bigger budget movies, etc). There is some of that to be had, but it is presented as a personal rant against this change (no more two martini lunches! the world is coming apart!). The author comes across as incredibly entitled, provincial, and naive. You think world hunger is bad? You have no idea, Hollywood is now being run as a business! The nerve!
There is an entire chapter dedicated to a hyperventilating, name-dropping personal rant about corporate governance and her inability to understand what it means and to deal with it. This is not overly harsh, the author herself is quick to point out that she doesn't know how to deal with it (other than take a Xanax) and runs from big name to big name (look at who my friends are!) to ask them to explain what is going on. This is one person's he-said, she-said version of events, a transcript of a particularly nasty corporate water cooler discussion where you don't know who the players are. You are listening intently and nodding your head but mentally thinking about all that laundry you need to do.
There are some offensive bits here, which the author rattles off easily (Kaliningrad might be in Poland, Hollywood can be like a pogrom descending on a Jewish ghetto) . This was a fairly brazen show of ignorance or lack of sensitivity. If the New Abnormal marks a change here then I am all for it.
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Must read...great insight. Wonderful from her skewed priviledged POV. Get it.Published 11 months ago by Rae Dawn Chong
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Funny, engaging, bright observations by a pro. No film lover should miss this one.Published 13 months ago by cinejevu