Dangerous Company by Peter Bart

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In Hollywood, reality always teeters on the verge of ction. Outlandish paydays encounter outsize egos; fading beauties ght desperately to retain an illusion of youth; moguls plot and feud while bitter enemies air-kiss over lunch at the Ivy. The stakes are higher than anywhere else, and the dreams are crazier. No one else can capture the insanity like Peter Bart, the editor-in-chief of the showbiz bible, Variety. Bart has presided over the follies and iniquities of the business for many years, observing the ups and downs of the players with detached, knowing amusement. As Cindy Adams recently proclaimed in the New York Post, 'If Peter doesn't know it, it never happened.' Dangerous Company resonates as though it came from some of Hollywood's best and juiciest behind-the-scenes gossip. A literary agent covers up a surreal screenwriting scandal in order to close on a commission. A studio lawyer tries to reconcile a director-producer rift using an unspeakable secret about their children as leverage. And a stranger brokers a suspicious deal that lands him facedown in his own pool. Fascinating and pitch-perfect, full of masterfully crafted twists, Dangerous Company reads like Nathanael West crossed with Roald Dahl. And just to keep us on our toes, Bart throws in a few clues that may lead us to believe that what we're reading is, well, maybe not ction after all.

About Peter Bart

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Peter Bart is editor-in-chief of "Variety, Daily Variety, "and "Daily Variety-Gotham Edition. "A true Hollywood insider, he has been a studio executive at Paramount and MGM/UA, and a reporter for the "Wall Street Journal "and the "New York Times. "He is the author of "The Gross, Fadeout: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM, "and two novels. His columns in "GQ "and "Variety "are widely respected, if not feared, in the industry.
Published November 26, 2003 by Miramax. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Occasionally, Bart touches deeper chords, as with the conflicted censor determined to take an indiscreet shot out of an indie film that moved her or the two adopted teens who share more than a sex life and a congenital medical problem.

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In the next tale, "The Makeover," a 52-year-old actress whose visage has been frozen by Botox injections is about to lose a starring gig until her manager proves that she can still emote by driving her into a towering rage and videotaping her fit.

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Entertainment Weekly

While it's easy to understand why Miramax's publishing division would buy a debut fiction collection from ''Variety'' editor Peter Bart, innocent readers need not follow suit.

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