Popcorn by Ben Elton

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An international success, Popcorn tells the story of a hot, young Hollywood director who makes movies about killers. His killers are style icons--very cool--and getting shot by one of them would be a fashion statement. Enter Wayne and Scout--real killers. Now, on Oscar night, with the world at his feet, the director has his life hijacked. Optioned for film by Warner Bros.

About Ben Elton

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Born May 3, 1959 in Catford, South London, Ben Elton began life as a member of an upper-class academic family. During the war his family had been forced to flee Prague when Hitler invaded. In Godalming Grammar School young Elton participated in amateur dramatics and wrote his first play when he was fifteen years old. He later attended Manchester University and earned a degree in drama. He started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1980. Joining Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson in the Comedy Store in Leicester Square in London, Elton soon became one of the regular masters of ceremony. He continued to do stand-up in order to perform his own material. Soon, however, he branched out into plays, novels, and films. His first novel, Stark (1989), sold well in Britain and Australia. Popcorn, published in 1996, opened as a play in April 1997 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for best comedy in 1998.
Published August 5, 1996 by Simon & Schuster Ltd. 298 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Crime. Fiction

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SWAT teams storm Bruce's house, and everyone is killed but Bruce and Scout.

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Publishers Weekly

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Less successful are the extended parodies of Tarantino's screenplays and Elton's heavy-handed attempts to make a serious point about media culture, namely, that Americans are too quick to blame the media for social ills for which they should be taking responsibility.

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Entertainment Weekly

In this ruthlessly funny satire of Quentin Tarantino — which will itself become a Warner Bros.

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