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"Hollywood, Interrupted "is a sometimes frightening, occasionally sad, and frequently hysterical odyssey into the darkest realms of showbiz pathology, the endless stream of meltdowns and flameouts, and the inexplicable behavior on the part of show business personalities.Charting celebrities from rehab to retox, to jails, cults, institutions, near-death experiences and the ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published March 15th 2004 by Wiley (first published February 6th 2004)
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Maria
Awesome book. Scathing eviscerations of most every arrogant celebrity in Tinseltown. Clear-cut, well-researched, meticulously quoted & detailed.
Breitbart catalogues the hypocrisy within the lives of those who would pontificate politically/socially to the American public while failing to adequately govern their own lives.
An example is the producer & his wife who aggressively lobbied President Clinton for bills providing universal health coverage to small businesses. The power couple voi
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Cwn_annwn_13
In a sense this is like an updated version of Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger except where Anger painted a sinister, evil picture of a Hollywood that chewed its "stars" up and spit them out, the authors of this book paints a humorous picture of the Hollywood sets dysfunctionality and kookery as well as portraying them as coddled and pampered as opposed to being exploited and used. Ivory tower trendy leftist political causes, kooky new age religious practices, weird sexual habits, substance ab ...more
Mina
I wasn't really impressed by this book. I understand that many celebrities are narcissists, shallow people who *think* they are profound and mirror the actions of profound people, all the while craving adulation, money, and prestige, while not thinking about anyone else (they also lack true empathy and conscience, somewhat in the sociopathic style). I understand that they are annoying and shouldn't be representatives of our politics; however, I see nothing wrong with vegetarian celebrities promo ...more
Ian
I really liked the first third of this book, and then it turned into a weird almost Republican rant. Despite the authors, frequently, referring to the trashy side of the Hollywood elite, the book just as often uses tabloid worthy bad puns far too often to be taken seriously. Also, I'm not so sure whose morals and ethics they are basing a counter argument from. I'll tell you, it's not just Hollywood people that have screwed up marriage, don't care about their children and are hopelessly materiali ...more
Kevin
Not since Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons have two journalists (Breitbart feeds stories to Internet scandalmonger Matt Drudge and Ebner wrote for Spy) gathered more mean-spirited gossip about celebrities they condemn as sick and depraved.

This diatribe is so unrelentingly negative that it loses all power to persuade. Breitbart and Ebner cover a variety of subjects they stand against, among them celebrities voicing their political views, a woman's right to choose, single motherhood and celebriti
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Karrel Buck
The story is dated but Breitbart tells the tale like no other. You think Hollywood is corrupted? You need to read this!
Alex Gregory
In an age where celebrity gossip is easily accessible through online blogs, news divisions devoted to the gossip beat and community forums, Hollywood, Interrupted feels woefully archaic and dated. Any "gold" that's to be mined is few and far between when the author isn't assaulting the reader with material pulled from websites.

To start with, the book is full of grammar errors, to the point of being distracting. Not a chapter goes by when there aren't punctuation, spelling or grammar inconsistenc
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Matt Champagne
Love this kind of stuff. Ribald though it is, it still feels well-researched. You can feel every piece of pavement that got pounded.
Douglaskenter
This book was clearly more fun for the authors to write than for me to read, but I still enjoyed it. I don't think about celebrity too much, but HA did persuade me that it is worth thinking about, at least a little bit. It was quite conservative in tone, but sensibly so, and offered good arguments for why we should detest the solipsism, liberalism, and righteousness of Hollywood. An easy read, though the authors are too enamored of alliteration.
Daniel
After only three hours alone in the basement laboratory I have finally created a phrase that perfectly combines both convenience and ceremony:

"Have a great day, and don't forget to check out our Website."

By the way, "our Website" is simply a daily advice column written by a man pretending to be a woman. Here is today's piece of advice:

Do not tease the person who is trying to sneak you into a casino.
Corbinia
This book articulated what I feel about so many celebrities who think I care about their shallow, incoherent, hypocritical political beliefs. Hollywood types are so self absorbed and live in such a shell of enabling sycophants that they believe that all of America cares about what they think. I don't know about anyone else but I don't care. I wish they all would just shut up and act.
Andrew
There were a few interesting chapters, and they do make some very good points about the culture of celebrity - but for the most part I was bored while reading, and some chapters got either skimmed or skipped. Can't say I really recommend the book.
Sergio GRANDE films
Imagine how lame Julia Phillips' "lunch in this town" would have been if the hadn't named the characters? Well, this is worse. Gossip about the unknown of un-mentioned is not gossip, it's nonsense. Just like this book. A true waste of time.
woody fanon
Very misleading as in the beginning, it was all about hollywood gossip and yet it turned into some weird ass right-wing mumbling. I had my suspicion when I read Ann Coulter's positive review on the jacket's cover.
Sharon
I didn't think I could have a lower opinion of Hollywood . . . but I can. Ugh. Good, funny book but major ick factor from the story told.
Recynd
Though the book is already out of date, it was a compelling read nonetheless. Tragic (in every way), but compelling.
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Andrew J. Breitbart was an American publisher, commentator for the Washington Times, author, an occasional guest commentator on various news programs who has served as an editor for the Drudge Report website. He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and helped launch her website, The Huffington Post.

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