Gross: The Hits, the Flops: The Summer That Ate Hollywood

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Gross: The Hits, the Flops: The Summer That Ate Hollywood

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Written By: Peter Bart       
Narrated By: Stuart Langton
Date: 31 December 2006
Duration: 10:14:00

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TV & Radio Art & Music

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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.

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

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Peter Bart

Peter Benton Bart (born July 24, 1932) is an American journalist and film producer, writing a column for Deadline.com since 2015. He is perhaps best known for his lengthy tenure (from 1989–2009) as the editor in chief of Variety, an entertainment-trade magazine and as a long-time enabler of Harvey Weinstein.

Bart was also a co-host, with film producer Peter Guber, of the weekly television series, Shootout (formerly Sunday Morning Shootout), carried on the AMC television channel from 2003 to 2008 and subsequently seen in syndication and in 53 countries around the world.

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