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The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks

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For sixty years, through Oscars and earthquakes, the lineup of Hollywoods majors varied little, with Universal, Warner Bros., Fox, and Paramount heading the list. Then came the circus maximus created by director Steven Spielberg, billionaire David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg (who gave us The Lion King). Nothing in decades had approached the excitement surrounding the empire called DreamWorks, where hype, glory, and investors vying to kick in billions gave way to blowups, battles, and betrayals worthy of The Godfather.

 Nicole LaPorte reveals for the first time the delicious truth of what happened behind the scenes. From a previously unequaled vantage, we see the slightly otherworldly Spielberg, so rich and famous that the borders of reality, much less his admiring new partners, can barely contain him. As Steven spends, offers lucrative contracts to friends, and makes blockbusters for other companies, Katzenberg attempts to create an animation kingdom that will become the new companys cash cow and annihilate his old rivals at Disney. (His shock comes when the one movie he does not micromanage — the tale of a green ogre called Shrek — becomes a four-billion-dollar franchise while his own projects tank one by one.) After hes charmed investors (including Microsofts Paul Allen), Geffen hovers above the fray in his Gulfstream IV, occasionally jetting in to zap enemies who violate his rules of business, a code less flexible than omerta.[add accent grave to a]

There are clashes between Spielbergs blue-jeaned troops and Katzenbergs steely, Disney-trained warriors, and the seduction of stars such as George Clooney and Nicole Kidman (who cant believe the mess made of DreamWorks first movie, The Peacemaker). LaPorte shows us the making of Oscar-winning triumphs, including Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, and Gladiator, a box-office crowd pleaser whose star, Russell Crowe, threatened homicide in bizarre late-night phone tirades. Behind the high jinks, however, is the very serious business of producing films, among Americas biggest exports. Yet we watch as the partners alternately obsess and ignore their company as it burns through billions. We see Geffen showing his mettle against superagent Michael Ovitz, and staging a fireworks display during the negotiations that ultimately took DreamWorks to Paramount and then to Disney.

Here are three larger-than-life personalities, moguls that hark back to the days of Mayer and Goldwyn, making moves that remind us that in Hollywood, big business calls for memorable performances.

Synopsis:

The cinematic saga of DreamWorks where three Hollywood legends - alternately friends and rivals, brilliant and savage - created a studio which proved that in Hollywood business is always a grand performance.

Synopsis:

Here is the archetypal tale of todays Hollywood, the cinematic saga of three entertainment legends—friends and rivals, brilliant and savage, ultraconfident and a little crazy—who built the company of their dreams, but wound up with more than a few nightmares.

"Power, grandiosity, arrogance, and incomprehensible ego. Its Hollywood, of course, and Nicole LaPortes exhaustive nonfiction narrative of DreamWorks and the bizarre triumvirate of Spielberg, Geffen, and Katzenberg is stunning. The book reads like a novel and the reporting is impeccable. If you pick up one book about Hollywood, make it this one." — Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and former coproducer of NYPD Blue

"Here is the brilliant, brutal, misguided, narcissistic history of DreamWorks in all its glory, with David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg working unscripted, without handlers or publicists dimming the lights into in a rosy glow. Nicole LaPorte has written a lively, cunning studio history that should be required reading for all students of modern Hollywood." — Mimi Swartz, author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron

"This book has all the right elements: deep-dish research, attitude to burn, page-turning readability, and a great subject. It belongs up there with the classics of Hollywood reportage." — Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood and Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America 

"Nicole LaPorte may never be able to eat lunch in Hollywood again, but her potential loss is our gain: The Men Who Would Be King is a riveting and honest portrayal of three of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry. I couldn't put it down, and neither will you." — William Cohan, author of House of Cards

Synopsis:

Former Variety reporter Nicole LaPorte draws from years of inside-the-filmmakers-studio access to spin a smart, gritty tell-all about a clash of industry titans in The Men Who Would Be King.

 

DreamWorks—the mega-million-dollar brainchild of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen—heralded a new age of entertainment empires when it launched in 1994, and their competitive strategy was fierce. For avid business readers, among others, seeing David Geffen in action as he seduces investors like Microsoft's Paul Allen and takes on CAA's Michael Ovitz is worth the price of admission. Their creative battles cost them untold billions on the way to the box office, but this is no rags-to-riches story: in fact, as they grow DreamWorks into one of the most influential film brands operating today, these rich men get richer, even as the stakes get higher.

About the Author

NICOLE LAPORTE is a former reporter for Variety, where she covered the Hollywood movie industry for several years. She wrote "The Rules of Hollywood" column for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Observer, and W Magazine. She is currently a West Coast reporter for the Daily Beast.

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Gold Gato, January 5, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
This was a book I was definitely looking forward to reading, as it brought back memories of working in the film industry in the 1990s, when the SKG boys (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) had everyone in a spin. The town was a'twitter with constant gossip about their quest to become an old-time studio, one which treasured the talent and the customer.

While Dreamworks never ended up being more than just a major production company, it caused enough storm and stress to be the headline in any conversation one might have had while standing in line for groceries (in Los Angeles of course). Nicole LaPorte, who used to report for the industry bible, Variety, has done some extensive research to provide the full story of why the three filmdom titans decided to get together to turn Hollywood upside down.

Reading this book is a good exercise in reminding oneself of how hubris can overwhelm any goal, but it also provides an intimate look at the inner workings of C-Level Tinseltown.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547520278
Author:
Laporte, Nicole
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
no art
Pages:
516
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.68 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
The cinematic saga of DreamWorks where three Hollywood legends - alternately friends and rivals, brilliant and savage - created a studio which proved that in Hollywood business is always a grand performance.

"Synopsis" by ,
Here is the archetypal tale of todays Hollywood, the cinematic saga of three entertainment legends—friends and rivals, brilliant and savage, ultraconfident and a little crazy—who built the company of their dreams, but wound up with more than a few nightmares.

"Power, grandiosity, arrogance, and incomprehensible ego. Its Hollywood, of course, and Nicole LaPortes exhaustive nonfiction narrative of DreamWorks and the bizarre triumvirate of Spielberg, Geffen, and Katzenberg is stunning. The book reads like a novel and the reporting is impeccable. If you pick up one book about Hollywood, make it this one." — Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and former coproducer of NYPD Blue

"Here is the brilliant, brutal, misguided, narcissistic history of DreamWorks in all its glory, with David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg working unscripted, without handlers or publicists dimming the lights into in a rosy glow. Nicole LaPorte has written a lively, cunning studio history that should be required reading for all students of modern Hollywood." — Mimi Swartz, author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron

"This book has all the right elements: deep-dish research, attitude to burn, page-turning readability, and a great subject. It belongs up there with the classics of Hollywood reportage." — Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood and Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America 

"Nicole LaPorte may never be able to eat lunch in Hollywood again, but her potential loss is our gain: The Men Who Would Be King is a riveting and honest portrayal of three of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry. I couldn't put it down, and neither will you." — William Cohan, author of House of Cards

"Synopsis" by , Former Variety reporter Nicole LaPorte draws from years of inside-the-filmmakers-studio access to spin a smart, gritty tell-all about a clash of industry titans in The Men Who Would Be King.

 

DreamWorks—the mega-million-dollar brainchild of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen—heralded a new age of entertainment empires when it launched in 1994, and their competitive strategy was fierce. For avid business readers, among others, seeing David Geffen in action as he seduces investors like Microsoft's Paul Allen and takes on CAA's Michael Ovitz is worth the price of admission. Their creative battles cost them untold billions on the way to the box office, but this is no rags-to-riches story: in fact, as they grow DreamWorks into one of the most influential film brands operating today, these rich men get richer, even as the stakes get higher.

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