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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Bart Narrator: Stuart Langton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When movies cost hundreds of millions to make and market, the magnitude of the wagers is astonishing. Vast riches rain down on those who gamble wisely, and careers are made and lost in one weekend. But never is this box office race more feverish than during the summer blockbuster season, when the studios roll out their most expensive, effects-laden pictures in a feverish race to win the box office derby.

Peter Bart, editor-in-chief of Variety, brings us a marvelously entertaining behind-the-scenes portrait of moviemaking, spotlighting the summer of 1998. He takes us through the entire cycle of would-be summer blockbusters, from script through casting and production and finally into release. Interviewing dozens of the most powerful names in Hollywood, Bart gives an in-depth account of why some succeeded and others failed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bart’s insider status ensures that we get the lowdown…[This book] has a far more compelling story line than any of the summer films he dissects, and the characters are far better developed.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Bart brings a remarkably plugged-in perspective to the movie community’s annual demolition derby.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] savvy, gossipy, nuts-and-bolts look at the corporate machinations behind the summer films of 1998, a season of extravagant hype, box office records and corporate disquiet…Bart has that rare bird’s-eye view of the business that allows him to discern, even in this one fairly random crop of movies, the economic forces shaping American cinema.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Stuart Langton] serves up this entertaining read with a cocky air that perfectly complements the author’s tone. His rapid tempo makes the text sound even cleverer than it is.”

    AudioFile

  • “His insider’s perspective, and his ability to gain access to the major players in the business, serve him well here. The Gross is filled with juicy behind-the-scenes stories…a captivating snapshot of an industry in flux.”

    Amazon.com Review

  • “[A] fascinating inside look at filmmaking that leaves one wondering how anything cohesive is ever projected on the big screen.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 6/20/2012

    " A good review of the Summer blockbuster syndrome that was spawned by Jaws & Star Wars. Tom Schatz has written some very interesting analysis on this too "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jamel | 10/30/2011

    " The all-time best insider account of the cut-throat business of making movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Betsy | 4/21/2010

    " I like the idea of looking at one summer and why some movies flopped and others thrived. Unfortunately, this book was just o.k. and provided some great facts and reporting but little interesting analysis about why things went down the way they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 8/12/2009

    " A good review of the Summer blockbuster syndrome that was spawned by Jaws & Star Wars. Tom Schatz has written some very interesting analysis on this too "

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About the Author

Peter Bart was the editor of Variety from 1989 to 2009. He was a studio executive at Paramount, Lorimar, and MGM/UA and a journalist with the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He has authored several books on the movie industry and now cohosts Shootouton AMC. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.