- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471706248
- ISBN-13: 978-0471706243
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon -- The Case Against Celebrity 1st Edition
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" Literary assassinations don't come any more vitriolic than Hollywood Interrupted... fascinating stories and explosive revelations... " ("Daily Record, 24 April 2004)
" ... capitalises on our base interest in the more scandalous antics of the showbusiness elite... " ("Birmingham Post, 17 April 2004)
" ... makes for a riveting read." ("Hotdog, May 2004)
" ... lifts the lid on some of Tinseltown's weirdest and most notorious celebrities... " ("Western Daily Press, 3 April 2004)
..."the industry has never been without a scandal, as this jaw-dropping book reveals..." ("Hot Stars, 3 April 2004)
"has appeal and certainly it has shock value" ("The New York Post, Liz Smith, March 15th, 2004)
"terrific book, both snappy and snappish...." ("The Wall Street Journal)
"The next best thing to a Los Angeles friend with a nose for juicy gossip." ("The Wall Street Journal)
"A Hollywood horror-fest. Celebrities are skewered like shish kabobs in Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner's.... "Hollywood, Interrupted "Entertainment journalism...[is] a stampede of A-list a**-kissing...this bracingly impudent expose...declined to pucker up."("Penthouse, February 2004)
"Shockingly delicious!" ("Star magazine)
The entertainment industry ...takes a beating in [this] scathing collection of revelations about ... scores of luminous entertainment med ia personalities. ("Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"This is a fun book!" ("Jon Stewart, The Daily Show)
..."a wildly... entertaining jeremiad against the entertainment industry...against the perverts, flakes, egomaniacs, junkies, bullies andcriminals..." ("Rick McGinnis/Metro Toronto)
From the Inside Flap
These are some of the reasons why Hollywood's misbehaving stars do what they do, but over the past few years, their stories have become so outrageous that it's hard to tell what they're actually thinking-- if they're thinking at all!
In this entertainment industry expose, Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner pull back the curtain to reveal the twisted culture of Hollywood and the preposterous penchants of today's high-profile celebrities. From John Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Ann Heche to Eddie Murphy, Oliver Stone, and Courtney Love, "Hollywood, Interrupted presents the mind-altered behavior of the most reality-challenged celebrities from all walks of life and every genre.
"Hollywood, Interrupted explores how the pathological behavior of celebrities has destroyed comedy, snuffed relationships, and demeaned family values. Each chapter delivers a meticulously researched, interview-infused, attitude-heavy dispatch-- which analyzes and deconstructs the myths created by celebrities and their way-too-protective handlers.
You'll enter a world where: Celebrities and Hollywood power players engage in "cyber," "off-line" sex and subterfuge with a young America Online customer service agent "Young Hollywood" swing clubs and "porno-tainment" become mainstream diversions Statutory rapist Roman Polanski can win a Best Director Oscar, but can't collect it because of the criminal conviction against him in the United States Some of the most famous stars send their children to an elite high school with a curriculum that includes extracurricular cross-dressing and a mandatory pseudo-therapeutic program called "Mysteries" Celebrity nannies get so stressed they've formed a BeverlyHills support group Mathew Perry, Robert Downwy Jr., and Ben Affleck, among others, vacation at "five star" rehab resort centers Hollywood Madame Heidi Fleiss can emerge from prison a born-again celebrity, ready to cash in
Frequently hysterical and occasionally frightening, "Hollywood, Interrupted digs deep to uncover how in Hollywood cults rule, Dr. Feelgood stands ready to fill your prescription, celebrity kids shoot speedballs, and your neighbor runs a brothel.
Both entertaining and engaging, "Hollywood, Interrupted reveals the real Hollywood and mocks the movie mavens, sitcom screwballs, and musical misfits who view being on medication, under house arrest, in rehab, or on deathwatch as just part of the job.
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The book sells you on a promise of hidden Tinsel-Town gold of industry misbehavior and celebrity excess, but delivers only a sad pathetic tale which tells you more about the authors than it does about Hollywood.
Speaking of which, we all know who Andrew Breitbart is, the illustrious founder of right wing Breitbart News. But who is this Ebner guy? Mark Ebner is a frumpy old failed private investigator, former Scientologist, and compulsive liar. The latter of which is typically a lucrative advantage for a writer to possess. Some of the greatest liars are also some of the best story tellers. If only Mark wrote, as much, or as well, as he lied...if only.
These days he's been selling himself as a self-proclaimed "investigative journalist" to a variety of low rent media outlets. Since I've read some other things written by Breitbart, I can only assume that Ebner played a large role in making this book the disaster it is. As if swindling people into buying this garbage was not enough, the 'book' also insists on a laborious hyper-judgmental moralizing.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking: "You just don't like Breitbart's politics and that's why you are writing a bad review based on that..."
No, that's not what this is. This book is just plain bad.
The book contains unintentional comedic gems such as: "If you don't have AOL Messenger, GET IT NOW"
Below are some of the more cringey chapter titles:
"Dan Quayle Was Right"
The term Derivative just doesn’t seem adequate. It takes real talent to turn celebrity gossip, a subject which usually writes itself, into something of dull chore to read.
As Mr. Breitbart was, I am a conservative AND a fan of popular culture. However, as time goes by, it becomes more and more difficult for me to reconcile my patronage of the movies, television content, and music, as the Hollywood culture that produces it is hostile to my values. But, why is that? Breitbart and Mark Ebner document an entertainment community that is addicted to drugs/alcohol/sex, lacks basic morality, and is oddly out of touch with the rest of the world (and their own families). In short, Hollywood is insane. And, after reading this, one will question why we should ever care about the opinions that the "beautiful people" share with us.