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Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon — The Case Against Celebrity

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  184 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
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 D ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published March 10th 2005 by John Wiley & Sons (first published February 6th 2004)
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
With all due respect to Andrew Breitbart (RIP), this book is a mess. As near as I can tell, the overall point is that celebrities are out-of-touch and out-of-control, so therefore the general public ought to stop putting them on a pedestal and taking their opinions seriously. That's all well and good, except that several chapters don't fit in with this theme, resulting in a book that feels thrown together willy-nilly according to whatever information Breitbart just happened to have on file. Over ...more
Alex Gregory
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: given-away
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
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Karrel Buck
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, political
The story is dated but Breitbart tells the tale like no other. You think Hollywood is corrupted? You need to read this!
Sean Mcdermott
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some great, original writing by both the late Breitbart and current Mark Ebner. This book was written in '04, published in '05 and still very prescient.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first half is a history of celebrity dysfunction and debauchery since the 1960's and a scathing criticism of what the authors characterize as an unscrupulous Hollywood PR machine that covers for these big name adherents to a particular political philosophy.

Breitbart and Ebner underscore the hypocrisy of celebrities who celebrate the secularism of the "left wing" while pushing Scientology on their fans, of performers who advance feminist politics while themselves employing only males, and of
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had a long trip ahead of me, and wanted a "brain mush" book of gossip to make the trip seem shorter. I hadn't heard of either author going in, but the book reads as though Rush Limbaugh wrote Hollywood Babylon. I expected a gossip book and got a mean-spirited, disjointed rant about how and why celebrities are idiots.

I already know most celebrities are bozos, and as this book's about a decade old I learned nothing new. The authors, purportedly journalists, seemed to accept the word of an AOL af
Patty Corwin
Published in 2004, the book is outdated - many of the celebrities "exposed" are dead or have "fulfilled" the expectations of the writers. At first the book was entertaining - then it got mean. I ended up skim reading the last half, especially the parts about AOL (!) and cyber cafes. While much of this information is probably true, unlike the Enquirer, the content never justified the authors' apparent disgust with everything Hollywood. And what was with the constant reference to "the heterosexual ...more
Tea Garner
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Awful. It's my fault that I did not see the back cover blurbs otherwise I would not have picked it up once I saw a blurb from Ann C-word Coulter. I don't mind reading dirt on the rich and famous and I don't mind authors throwing some of their beliefs in their writings. It's a free world. However this book's writing is choppy and it comes off as a stream of right wing consciousness. Fans of Fox News would love this book. To others, it is just a book of stale gossip and bad writing with a heavy do ...more
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.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
As others have mentioned, I didn't think I could be more disgusted with the scourge that is hollywood (hollyweird). An entertaining read, for sure, and humorous. I am filled with dread that people in positions of power are listening to, and using these entitled people with no perspective to create policy that affects us all.
woody fanon
Mar 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
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.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Though the book is already out of date, it was a compelling read nonetheless. Tragic (in every way), but compelling.
Matt Champagne
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this kind of stuff. Ribald though it is, it still feels well-researched. You can feel every piece of pavement that got pounded.
Lana Glover
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I don't think I can ever sit through another Hollywood movie starring any of the moronic hypocrites cited in this work.
Nov 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Kathi Jackson
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good review of Hollywood but it's out of date.
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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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