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ISBN:
0375718958
Author:
Joe Eszterhas
Category:
Industries
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage; Reprint edition (March 15, 2005)
Pages:
752 pages
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Eszterhas has written several best-selling books, including Hollywood Animal, an autobiography about politics in Hollywood, which superimposes his life as a young immigrant in the United States on his life as a powerful Hollywood player

Eszterhas has written several best-selling books, including Hollywood Animal, an autobiography about politics in Hollywood, which superimposes his life as a young immigrant in the United States on his life as a powerful Hollywood player His book Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith was published in 2008. It tells the story of his return to the Roman Catholic Church and his new-found devotion to God and family after surviving a throat cancer diagnosis in 2001.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Joe Eszterhas had everything Hollywood could offer. A combination of insider and rebel, he saw and participated in the fights.

Hollywood Animal book. He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps.

Joe Eszterhas is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and .

Joe Eszterhas is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one person has called him "the devil. He has been referred to as "the most reviled man in America. But "Time asked, "If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?" and he was the first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry's 100 Most Powerful People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his best friend and equal partner.

Joe Eszterhas is also the author of American Rhapsody and Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse, which was nominated for the National Book Award. His screenplays include Basic Instinct, Flashdance, Jagged Edge, Telling Lies in America, Showgirls, Sliver, Jade, Music Box, Betrayed, . and An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn. He lives in Bainbridge Township, Ohio, with his wife and four sons. He is also the father of two grown children from his first marriage.

COLT We’re going to be zombies when we get to New York. ANNE Then you can do your zombie act. New York expects it of you. COLT All right, fuck me! Zombies we will be!

COLT We’re going to be zombies when we get to New York. COLT All right, fuck me! Zombies we will be! Hearts of Fire SHARON STONE AND. Bill Macdonald were sitting across from each other at the little restaurant around the corner from Paramount and I saw how their eyes sparkled and how they laughed. This was the first moment they’d spent any real time together-they’d seen each other on the set and said a few word. ut even this lunch had happened almost accidentally. Bill had come to the set with me and Sharon.

Joe Eszterhas Hollywood Animal. Price for Eshop: 150 Kč (€ . ). The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous - or infamous - screenwriter in Hollywood. You can ask us about this book and we'll send an answer to your e-mail.

He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps.

Joe Eszterhas had everything Hollywood could offer. A combination of insider and rebel, he saw and participated in the fights, the deals, the backstabbing, and all the sex and drugs.

Joe Eszterhas had everything Hollywood could offer. A combination of insider and rebel, he saw and participated in the fights, the deals, the backstabbing, and all the sex and drugs. But here, in his candid and heartwrenching memoir, we see therest of the story: the inspiring account of the child of Hungarian immigrants who, against all odds, grows up to live the American Dream. Hollywood Animal reveals the trajectory of Eszterhas's life in gripping detail, from his childhood in a refugee camp, to his battle with a devastating cancer. It shows how a struggling journalist became the most successful screenwriter of all time, and how a man who had access to the most beautiful women in Hollywood ultimately chose to live with the love of his life in a small town in Ohio. Above all, it is the story of a father and a son, and the turbulent relationship that was an unending cycle of heartbreak. Hollywood Animal is an enthralling, provocative memoir: a moving celebration of the human spirit.
  • Xirmiu
It's a good read! It's a long book, too, but the pace is brisk. You'll cover pages and then look up and say, "Wow! I'm that far into the book?"

My biggest complaint is that Joe spends WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON HIS CHILDHOOD. I agree that it is interesting in parts, but people aren't reading this book to learn about his childhood. People read it because they are interested in his Hollywood screenwriting career.

Joe disguises the length, somewhat, by skipping between the two subjects. You'll read about Hollywood, then you'll cut back to his childhood. Then back to Hollywood, then childhood. There's just too much detail about what Joe experienced growing up, and as I read, I kept saying to myself, "OK, here we go again with his crazy mother...what? He's only ten years old here? OMG! How long until we get back to the Hollywood stuff?"
  • asAS
Gosh ... I don't know about this book. I think the author's brash self agrandizement and repetitive bragging get in the way of what could be an interesting story. A friend of mine who is pretty high up in the enterainment business recommended I read this book when I visited him in LA. I was expecting a tawdry tale of studio execs backstabbing each other, an orgy of sexual tales infused with excess and some dirt about the industry players. To some degree this book delivers on that but it is more the tale of Joe Eszterhas. An interesting tale (although often over the top embelished) about how a refugee kid from Hungary who did not even speak English would grow to become one of the highest paid screenwriters in Hollywood.

Clearly Eszterhas (by choice or by exile) hasn't been a Hollywood player for quite some time as most of his stories revolve around the 1980s and 1990s but there are still some relevant people here and there that stand out. Hollywood is a town that eats its old instead of its young, so it is not surprising that someone with vast amounts of success can be completely irrelevant in a period of 10 years.

The best thing I can say about this book is at first I groaned when I flipped through and saw so many chapters about Eszterhas growing up in war torn Hungary, coming to Ohio in the 1950s and growing up as an immigrant with an 'interesting' family life. (I will leave it there to avoid spoiling part of the book for you.) However, while reading it ... those parts became my favorite part of the book because while embelished, I am sure, they represent real feelings that people can connect with. My favorite part of the book was reading about the author's experiences as a young immigrant.

Where Eszterhas lost me is the constant repetition and bragging. It is clear that Joe Eszterhas is in love with himself and very good at selling the image of the hard a++ writer who bucked the system, took on Mike Ovitz (which is why my industry friend had such respect for him) and basically made millions of dollars on movies that didn't always work out. It is one thing to brag and repeat one's self while being drunk at a bar. But to sit and write a book like this and use the same 'I am great' stories over and over throughout the chapters makes you eventually resent the author. Partly for falling in love with himself and partly for wasting one's time.

Cocky is something Eszterhas has down to a science, which is probably why he rose so high in Hollywood circles where 'manhood measuring contests' are as common as handshakes. Several times Eszterhas disparages and mocks those 'unsucessful hacks' who were unable to get projects greenlighted and make tons of money. At times reading this book is very much like sitting next to a bitter drunk who sits on his barstool and talks about how great he was and how everyone else is a hack or wannabe. It just gets not fun to read.

I certainly respect Eszterhas as a writer ... he is the Howard Stern of screenwriting. Fascinated by sex, no filter and very good at self publicity. He turned his boorish personality into a way to make millions of dollars and a comfortable living. Eszterhas seems like the guy who moves into the multi-million dollar neighborhood that you don't want as your neighbor for various reasons. But he is/was good at what he did ... and by that I don't mean writing. I mean exploiting the red meat machismo culture of Hollywood and gaming the system to become incredibly relevant.

My favorite chapters were the heart breaking stories where he basically lets us all into the crazy life he had as a child. A close second were the faux-diary entries of his wife which highlighted the exploits of coked out oversexed super producer, Bob Evans (who's book 'And The Kid Stays in the Picture' I will next read). I could have dealt without the chapters dealing with the end of his marriage to his wife because they made me like Eszterhas less. While he made no apologies for what he did to his wife/family by leaving them for a friend's wife ... he certainly did not own up to his role in the situation.

Overall, this isn't the easiest book to get through because of the repetition and the fact it jumps all over the place. But, it gives you a small taste of what life in Hollywood would be like. It gives you a few funny stories. A few heartbreaking stories. And a ton of pages of a guy you probably wouldn't care to know about if he wasn't a Hollywood Animal.
  • Hinewen
I will be the first to admit that I bought this book because it was touted as "THE MUST READ Hollywood TELL-ALL." Then I started reading it...and at first I decided that this book was probably not going to be one I finished because it was just about Joe and the not-so-nice (animal) man that he is in Hollywood...But then I started to get wrapped up into his childhood, being an young immigrant in the USA and his experiences growing up and an immigrant and a child whose mother suffered from mental illness.

This book is telling, but so much more than that - it is an honest view of a life lived hard and fast, in the not-so-honest world of Hollywood. You will get more information about Hollywood than you ever wanted to know...and throughout this book you will see Joe Eszterhas not as a "Hollywood person" or a writer but as a person- a person who readily admits he made mistakes in his professional and personal life...but a man who stuck up not only for himself but for the written word and his creative process.
This book was so much more than I bargained for but I loved it all the same.
  • Elastic Skunk
the rise and departure of Joe Eszterhas. Notice I did NOT say 'Fall' of Joe Eszterhas. a great look at this screenwriter in the turbulent coke-filled 80's and 90's
  • Brialelis
to destroy himself, but he finally stopped his smoking and drinking. Joe is a one of a kind, rebellious Hungarian who is truly a self-made man. I enjoy his writing immensely. He is good looking in a sinister sort of way. This book covers his life from childhood to the present. His conflict in leaving his first wife for his present wife, Naomi, is a book in itself. The screenplays he has written were excellent movies: Sliver, Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Showgirls, Flashdance...how can you beat that. He was an intimate of Sharon Stone and has had his fair share of women. He is now a father of 6 children and a faithful husband. This book reads like fiction it is so good. The stories of his Hollywood escapades and his opinions are worth reading. I loved the book and couldn't put it down. Joe is recovering from throat cancer and so far he has won the battle. I wish him well.
  • Wenyost
'Hollywood Animal' follows the story of Joe Eszterhas, from a child in Hungarian prison camps to being arguably the most famous, successful and powerful screenwriter of all time.

It's a supercharged memoir of life, love, marriage, success, power games, betrayal and redemption. All the while interspersed with priceless anecdotes about the Hollywood elite.

It's a long slog of a book, but well worth it.