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You're Only as Good as Your Next One : 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films and 100 for Which I Should be Shot - Mike Medavoy

You're Only as Good as Your Next One

100 Great Films, 100 Good Films and 100 for Which I Should be Shot

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Published: 7th January 2003
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"If I had a talent for anything, it was a talent for knowing who was talented."

Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, has remained well loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. What further sets him apart is his role in bringing to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time: "Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, " and "Sleepless in Seattle" are just some of the projects he green-lighted at United Artists, Orion, TriStar, his own Phoenix Pictures.

"The ultimate lose-lose situation for a studio executive: to wind up with a commercial bomb and a bad movie."

Of course, there are the box office disasters, and the films, as Medavoy says, "for which I should be shot." They, too, have a place in his fascinating memoir -- a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, and of working with the industry's brightest star power, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Meg Ryan, and countless others.

"Putting together the elements of a film is a succession of best guesses."

Medavoy speaks out on how movie studio buyouts have stymied the creative process and brought an end to the "hands-off" golden age of filmmaking. An eyewitness to Hollywood history in the making, he gives a powerful and poignant view of the past and future of a world he knows intimately.

Introduction: Movies Are Everybody's Second Businessp. xi
Making Sausagep. 1
The Lunatics in the Asylump. 21
The Madman in the Junglep. 53
Gypsies, Tramps, and Auteursp. 67
When Accountants Run Studios ...p. 83
You Can't Shoot the Dealp. 94
Movie by Committeep. 109
Trade Ads and Champagnep. 125
Finding the Beefp. 143
Orion's Constellationp. 151
Hollywood's Medicisp. 187
All the Money in the Worldp. 208
Captain Hook and Bugsy Siegel Take Over My Lifep. 224
The Fish Stinks at the Headp. 246
Hollywood, D.C.p. 269
Breaking Bread with Them What Wronged Youp. 274
A Phoenix Risesp. 291
The Thin Red Linep. 312
Surviving in a Bloodbathp. 329
Epilogue: The Seventh Act Breakp. 347
Acknowledgmentsp. 357
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780743400558
ISBN-10: 0743400550
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 7th January 2003
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41