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Sunday Morning Shootout: The New Breed of Leading Men/Women in Film

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From the Studio:

Peter Bart (Editor-in-Chief of Variety Publications) and Peter Guber (Chairman and CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment Group) present your favorite stars, directors and film industry heavyweights in SUNDAY MORNING SHOOTOUT, the definitive guide to mastering the secrets of success in Hollywood. Over the course of the show, superstar guests including Clint Eastwood, Jude Law, Charlize Theron, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson and many more share personal stories and experiences illustrating the skills and confidence that are absolutely necessary to understanding the business of entertainment and achieving superstardom. From indie filmmaking to big budget blockbusters, from opening weekend box office grosses to what it’s like to win an Academy Award, the Shootout Experience is a must-have resource for aspiring filmmakers and everyone who loves movies.

Disc One & Two:

Disc Three & Four:

ADDITIONAL BONUS FEATURES include a glimpse into Season 2 with such high-wattage talent as George Clooney & Bruce Willis and a Behind-The-Scenes look at what really happens when the cameras stop rolling on the Shootout set. The documentary, A Day In the Life features insightful and candid interviews with Bart and Guber as they manage their respective empires before heading to the studio to shoot another installment of the show.

Disc Five & Six:

Sunday Morning Shootout is the ultimate film-industry talk show. These first-season episodes originally aired on American Movie Classics in 2003-04, and cohosts Peter Guber and Peter Bart bring decades of show-biz experience to their amiably heated discussions. Boston-born Guber was a former head of Columbia Pictures, coproducer of the Batman franchise, and current president of Mandalay Entertainment Group, while Manhattan-born Bart had been a successful producer and top-level executive before becoming an acclaimed book author and editor-in-chief of Hollywood's venerable trade-paper, Variety. Guber is an outspoken, opinionated champion of film as a corporate enterprise, and Bart is a soft-spoken, even-tempered defender of film as an art form. They complement each other perfectly as opposite sides of the Hollywood coin, attracting A-list guests who discuss their careers with remarkable candor. Enhanced by pop-up boxes containing facts, figures, and industry terms relevant to the movies and issues being discussed, each episode begins with topical questions exploring a timely facet of show-biz strategy (for example, "Was splitting Kill Bill into two movies a good idea?"), followed by the weekly guest interview, brief news items from show-biz reporter Linda Grasso, and answers to viewer e-mail.

This two-disc set (one of three in the Best of Season One boxed set, available separately) is divided into two guest categories: "The New Breed of Leading Men" (disc 1) and "Women in Film" (disc 2), and both are packed with fascinating revelations and opinions. Disc 1 highlights include Edward Norton's assertion that "dumbing down" of big-budget movies is unnecessary and ill-advised; Samuel Jackson's confession that substance abuse fueled his early career, and his ongoing quest for diverse roles; Robert Downey Jr.'s candid admission that drug addiction damaged his career ("I incurred some ill will"), and his jaded attitude toward Hollywood in general; Jack Black making a hilarious and obviously drunken appearance at the Aspen Comedy Festival, prior to landing his role in King Kong; Jim Caviezel on getting identified with his role in The Passion of the Christ and the experience of making that film; and Andy Garcia's passionate defense of independent films as an outlet for more personal and substantial filmmaking.

On disc 2, Laura Linney describes the pleasure and challenge of working simultaneously on Love Actually and Mystic River, the difference between "well known" and "celebrity," and the hazards of over-preparing for a role; Charlize Theron discusses her Oscar®-winning role in Monster and the trade-off of working for scale (minimum pay) to find more rewarding roles. Former Fox and Paramount studio chief Sherry Lansing discusses the cyclical nature of success in Hollywood ("market share has nothing to do with profitability") and the importance of her personal life. Stacy Sher, Paula Weinstein, and Lucy Fisher illuminate their roles as producers, the rise of women in the industry, emphasis on storytelling passion over business, and their symbiotic relationship with directors; and directors Nancy Meyers, Barry Levinson, and Chris Weitz discuss the long-term value of comedy over earnest "serious" films. Disc 2 bonus features include a behind-the-scenes preview of Shootout Season 2, and in-depth profiles of Guber and Bart, how they met, and the book that inspired Sunday Morning Shootout. As always, some of these shows will grow dated over time, but they also provide lively and historically valuable perspective on the workings of Hollywood in the early 21st century. --Jeff Shannon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Guber, Jeff Brenner, Clint Eastwood, Charlize Theron, Laura Linney
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Delta
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 363 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000CEXG5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sunday Morning Shootout: The New Breed of Leading Men/Women in Film" on IMDb

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Let me start by telling those unfamiliar with the series about its tone: Peter Bart and Peter Guber are interested in what makes Hollywood tick. They are not interested in the tabloid side of Hollywood stars' lives, they want to know why and how their guests make movies. Don't mistake this for a technical view of Hollywood, because even though it does look at the business and art side much more than what you get in Newsweek or even Entertainment Weekly, it is very accessible for non-film fact, people who are inspiring film buffs must start here!

Now as to what this contains. Each disc has five or six complete episodes. An episode starts out with Guber and Bart discussing some topic (for example, "Are blockbusters crowding out Oscar-worthy films?" or "Do film critics really matter?" or "Do actors make good directors?"). These discussions are lively and animated with the Peters' wearing their passions on their sleeves and both sides not only represented but articulated well. The second half of the approximately 30-min show is an interview with the featured guest which tends to focus not only on their work and how they perform their craft, but also the guests' input on topics that are critical to the movie business today.

The Cons: The only cons are technical. Not only is there not a "Play All" button on the main menu (something I thought would be standard on all TV show DVD sets from now on), when you choose an episode you are required to scroll down to the "Play Episode" button. The plus side of all this is that each show is nicely chopped up into logical and easily accessible chapters for those who just want to hear the conversion on "Do movie trailers misrepresent movies?" or just want to skip to the interview of Mel Gibson.

This is an incredible set...
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