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

Extended Audio Sample The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks (Unabridged), by Nicole LaPorte
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4.75 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicole LaPorte Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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For 60 years, since the birth of United Artists, the studio landscape was unchanged. Then came Hollywood's Circus Maximus---created by director Steven Spielberg, billionaire David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave the world The Lion King---an entertainment empire called DreamWorks. Now Nicole LaPorte, who covered the company for Variety, goes behind the hype to reveal for the first time the delicious truth of what happened.

Audiences will feel they are part of the creative calamities of moviemaking as LaPorte's fly-on-the-wall detail shows us Hollywood's bizarre rules of business. We see the clashes between the often otherworldly Spielberg's troops and Katzenberg's warriors, the debacles and disasters, but also the Oscar-winning triumphs, including Saving Private Ryan. We watch as the studio burns through billions, its rich owners get richer, and everybody else suffers. We see Geffen seducing investors like Microsoft's Paul Allen, showing his steel against CAA's Michael Ovitz, and staging fireworks during negotiations with Paramount and Disney. Here is Hollywood, up close, glamorous, and gritty.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Joe C | 2/19/2014

    " Entertaining look at the beginning and end of a vanity created studio. It hurts not having the participation of Spielberg, Katzenberg or Geffen - but since the book is not very flattering, it's not surprising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Andy | 2/12/2014

    " An intriguing insight into the business of Hollywood via the chronological history of Dreamworks. Although, as with any othese stories, you have to question the motivation of Nicole Laporte's motivations for writing such a book considering she was is a former Variety journalist. Writing about the three main characters in this book who are part of the (if not, THE) Hollywood elite, and their business affairs, is surely a career limiting move. Nonetheless, wonderful read and startling to see how truly enormously egocentric humans can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Pat | 2/12/2014

    " Intriguing back story of the formation of the Dreamworks empire; and the egos that made it work; and helped it falter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Wendy Darling | 1/26/2014

    " A well-written, fascinating look at the founding and early days of Dreamworks SKG. It's interesting to learn more about each of the major players, as well as to mull over the astronomical sums spent/received on films. An immensely readable book for anyone who's interested in films. "

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