Benjamin Svetkey
February 16, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Big Picture

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Kevin Bacon, Christopher Guest, Jennifer Jason Leigh
author
Douglas Kennedy
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A

Hollywood has needed one of these for a long time — a user’s manual. This one could not be more complete — or readable — covering everything from the basic linguistics of the business (”pitch,” ”greenlight,” ”creative differences,” all the studio-speak buzzwords are in here) to elementary film-industry economics (it’s all about DVD sales) to the psycho-sociological significance of status totems among celebrities (e.g., why they so love their private jets). Keep it in your car along with the latest Thomas Guide, and you’ll never get lost in this town again.

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