The Hollywood Economist

C+
type
Book
Genre
Nonfiction
February 17, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

In 2005’s The Big Picture, Epstein did a terrific job of shedding light on some of the film industry’s most puzzling business practices, such as the head-scratching division of profits between stars and studios. But his new book, while just as fact-packed, does readers a disservice by ? using one of Hollywood’s own long-treasured tactics: repackaging.

Made up mainly of reworked entries from Epstein’s Slate columns, The Hollywood Economist is essentially a spruced-up retread of The Big Picture. The book’s watercooler points (theaters make money on concessions, not movies; tax credits and presales can make a film profitable before it ever hits theaters) won’t come as a shock to amateur box office gurus. Still, there’s fun to be had in knowing specifics, and Epstein? offers plenty, including a breakdown of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator 3 contract.

And then there’s Avatar. Or, more to the point, there isn’t — Avatar is totally absent from the book, which went to print before the movie broke records. That’s not Epstein’s fault. But without so much as a word about how 3-D technology is reshaping the business, The Hollywood Economist ?is a portrait of an industry that’s already evolved beyond it. C+

See all of this week’s reviews

The Hollywood Economist

type
Book
Genre
Nonfiction
author
Edward Jay Epstein
publisher
Melville House
Complete Coverage
The Hollywood Economist

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST