Sleepless in Hollywood by Lynda Obst
Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business

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It's a did-I-forget-anyone listing of all Lynda's best friends, not to mention the best bestest.
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The veteran producer and author of the bestseller Hello, He Lied takes a witty and critical look at the new Hollywood.

Over the past decade, producer Lynda Obst gradually realized she was working in a Hollywood that was undergoing a drastic transformation. The industry where everything had once been familiar to her was suddenly disturbingly strange.

Combining her own industry experience and interviews with the brightest minds in the business, Obst explains what has stalled the vast moviemaking machine. The calamitous DVD collapse helped usher in what she calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood was never normal to begin with), where studios are now heavily dependent on foreign markets for profit, a situation which directly impacts the kind of entertainment we get to see. Can comedy survive if they don’t get our jokes in Seoul or allow them in China? Why are studios making fewer movies than ever—and why are they bigger, more expensive and nearly always sequels or recycled ideas?

Obst writes with affection, regret, humor and hope, and her behind-the-scenes vantage point allows her to explore what has changed in Hollywood like no one else has. This candid, insightful account explains what has happened to the movie business and explores whether it’ll ever return to making the movies we love—the classics that make us laugh or cry, or that we just can’t stop talking about.
 

About Lynda Obst

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Lynda Obst began in films working with Peter Guber at Casablanca, where she developed Flashdance. She worked with David Geffen at Geffen films, then began as a producer and teamed with Debra Hill at Hill/Obst, where she worked on such films as Adventures in Babysitting and The Fisher King. She produced Nora Ephron’s directing debut, This Is My Life, and Sleepless in Seattle among sixteen movies at various studios. She is executive producer on TVland’s Hot In Cleveland and is producing TV and movies out of her office at Sony.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 305 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 27 2013

Depth of detail and shrewd illustrative examples make this a must-read for anyone interested in the movie business.

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Reviewed by David Thomson on Jul 05 2013

It's a did-I-forget-anyone listing of all Lynda's best friends, not to mention the best bestest.

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Reviewed by Edward Jay Epstein on Aug 06 2013

Although it is a sad tale of economic displacement in the dream factory, she tells it with humor and flashes of brilliant insight...Even so, "Sleepless in Hollywood" is a great read that illuminates what is really shaping today's movie business.

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