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Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess

Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess

William Stadiem

ISBN: 9781250044518

As wild and sexy and over-the-top as the decade it brings to life, "Moneywood"is the inside story of Hollywood producers in the 1980s. The purse strings were not controlled by adults, but by pop culture cowboys who couldn't balance their own checkbooks but could fast talk the talent. This is a meaty expos of the real hit men of Hollywood's last go-go decade.

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As wild and sexy and over the top as the decade author William Stadiem brings to life, "Moneywood" is the inside story of Hollywood producers in the '80s.From hits like "Beverly Hills Cop," "Top Gun" and "Batman" to flops like "Heaven's Gate," "Howard the Duck" and "Leonard Part 6," Hollywood was never more excessive than it was in the 1980s. In this, the "Moneywood" era, the purse strings were not controlled by reasonably consenting adults but by pop culture cowboys who couldn't balance their own checkbooks. What they "could "do was sweet talk the talent, seduce the starlets, snowball the Japanese and slither out of Dodge when the low grosses trickled in. Their out of control lifestyles and know-nothing, raging narcissistic personalities make the original brutal studio heads like Sam Goldwyn and Jack Warner seem like Oxford dons. Yet, for all their flops, these Scoundrels of Spago turned Hollywood into a Big Business that was catnip to Wall Street. They were The Producers, and they were way beyond anything Mel Brooks could dream up.The "Moneywood" cast of characters includes: -Simpson and Bruckheimer; Guber and Peters; Eisner/Katzenberg/Ovitz: the marquee teams of the era -Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna, the "Rambo" boys, who went from making wigs to making blockbusters.-David Begelman, the embezzler, gambler and sex addict who was rewarded for his sins by getting to run both Columbia and MGM.-David Puttnam The high-toned English advertising whiz who was supposed to raise the Hollywood bar, but ended up barred from Hollywood."Moneywood" is the ultimate expose of the real hit men of Hollywood's go-go decade.
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