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Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System (P.S.)

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"Sharon Waxman's book Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System, is rife with gossip, filling a similar vein as Peter Biskind's Down and Dirty Pictures....All in all, while the book makes for some entertaining reading, and quite a few belly laughs, Rebels on the Backlot is about as substantive as a 300-page issue of Premiere magazine without either the ads or the fact checkers." Gerry Donaghy, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The 1990s saw a shock wave of dynamic new directing talent that took the Hollywood studio system by storm. At the forefront of that movement were six innovative and daring directors whose films pushed the boundaries of moviemaking and announced to the world that something exciting was happening in Hollywood. Sharon Waxman of the New York Times spent the decade covering these young filmmakers, and in Rebels on the Backlot she weaves together the lives and careers of Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction; Steven Soderbergh, Traffic; David Fincher, Fight Club; Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights; David O. Russell, Three Kings; and Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich.

Review:

"[A] triumph of journeywoman legwork....[A] rich and detailed if ultimately bleak portrait of the lives of young talent on the make and the games they play." The Washington Post

Review:

"[A] lively book with gossipy and readable stories about some obsessive guys who are as much rascals as rebels." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"Terrific...wildly informative and readable about the plight of the biggest young talents in modern movies." Buffalo News

Review:

"[R]iveting tales of Hollywood hubris....It's a fun, sometimes nasty read, although a bit sloppy with the facts in spots. (Grade: B-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Rebels might have been a classic of show-business reportage had Waxman had only two things: a better editor and a willingness to let loose with what she really thinks about some of these gifted jerks." Ken Tucker, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[I]f [the young turks of the '90s] evaded the self-destructive lifestyles that sabotaged many of their earlier counterparts, their self-indulgences were manifested in their films instead, as Waxman's sympathetic but clear-eyed account shows." Booklist

Review:

"Enjoyably dishy." Variety

Review:

"[Waxman's] thorough reporting results in a compulsively readable chronicle of the decade's auteurs and their work." Premiere

Review:

"Admirably reported....Waxman unearths juicy anecdotes that'll keep film fans cackling and turning the pages." Salon.com

Synopsis:

The 1990s saw a shock wave of dynamic new directing talent that took the Hollywood studio system by storm. At the forefront of that movement were six innovative and daring directors whose films pushed the boundaries of moviemaking and announced to the world that something exciting was happening in Hollywood. Sharon Waxman of the New York Timesspent the decade covering these young filmmakers, and in Rebels on the Backlotshe weaves together the lives and careers of Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction; Steven Soderbergh, Traffic; David Fincher, Fight Club; Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights; David O. Russell, Three Kings; and Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich.

About the Author

Sharon Waxman is a Hollywood correspondent for the New York Times and previously was a correspondent for the Washington Post covering the entertainment industry. She lives in southern California with her family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060540180
Subtitle:
Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System
Author:
Waxman, Sharon
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20060103
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.08x5.32x1.07 in. .84 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Perennial - English 9780060540180 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Sharon Waxman's book Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System, is rife with gossip, filling a similar vein as Peter Biskind's Down and Dirty Pictures....All in all, while the book makes for some entertaining reading, and quite a few belly laughs, Rebels on the Backlot is about as substantive as a 300-page issue of Premiere magazine without either the ads or the fact checkers." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "[A] triumph of journeywoman legwork....[A] rich and detailed if ultimately bleak portrait of the lives of young talent on the make and the games they play."
"Review" by , "[A] lively book with gossipy and readable stories about some obsessive guys who are as much rascals as rebels."
"Review" by , "Terrific...wildly informative and readable about the plight of the biggest young talents in modern movies."
"Review" by , "[R]iveting tales of Hollywood hubris....It's a fun, sometimes nasty read, although a bit sloppy with the facts in spots. (Grade: B-)"
"Review" by , "Rebels might have been a classic of show-business reportage had Waxman had only two things: a better editor and a willingness to let loose with what she really thinks about some of these gifted jerks."
"Review" by , "[I]f [the young turks of the '90s] evaded the self-destructive lifestyles that sabotaged many of their earlier counterparts, their self-indulgences were manifested in their films instead, as Waxman's sympathetic but clear-eyed account shows."
"Review" by , "Enjoyably dishy."
"Review" by , "[Waxman's] thorough reporting results in a compulsively readable chronicle of the decade's auteurs and their work."
"Review" by , "Admirably reported....Waxman unearths juicy anecdotes that'll keep film fans cackling and turning the pages."
"Synopsis" by , The 1990s saw a shock wave of dynamic new directing talent that took the Hollywood studio system by storm. At the forefront of that movement were six innovative and daring directors whose films pushed the boundaries of moviemaking and announced to the world that something exciting was happening in Hollywood. Sharon Waxman of the New York Timesspent the decade covering these young filmmakers, and in Rebels on the Backlotshe weaves together the lives and careers of Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction; Steven Soderbergh, Traffic; David Fincher, Fight Club; Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights; David O. Russell, Three Kings; and Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich.
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