The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole LaPorte
An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks

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...in telling the DreamWorks corporate story (the wheeling and dealing, the personality conflicts, the betrayals), she has trouble with structure and organization. Still, the saga’s central irony does emerge...
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For sixty 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.

Readers 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 likeMicrosoft’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.

 

 

About Nicole LaPorte

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NICOLE LAPORTE is a former reporter for Variety, where she covered the Hollywood movie industry for several years. She wrote "The Rules of Hollywood" column for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Observer, and W Magazine. She is currently a West Coast reporter for the Daily Beast.
 
Published May 4, 2010 by Mariner Books. 517 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jamie Portman on Jul 17 2010

...in telling the DreamWorks corporate story (the wheeling and dealing, the personality conflicts, the betrayals), she has trouble with structure and organization. Still, the saga’s central irony does emerge...

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