Hollywood, Interrupted

Hollywood, Interrupted

Insanity Chic in Babylon-- the Case Against Celebrity

Book - 2004
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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 Democratic Party, Hollywood, Interrupted takes readers on a surreal field trip into the amoral belly of the entertainment industry. Each chapter - covering topics including warped Hollywood child-rearing, bad medicine, hypocritical political maneuvering and the complicit media - delivers a meticulously researched, interview-infused, attitude heavy dispatch which analyzes and deconstructs the myths created by the celebrities themselves.

Celebrities somehow believe that it's their god-given right to inflict their pathology on the rest of us. Hollywood, Interrupted illustrates how these dysfunctional dilettantes are mad as hell... And we're not going to take it any more.

Publisher: New York : Wiley, 2004.
ISBN: 9780471450511
Characteristics: xx, 394 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ebner, Mark C.


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Jun 22, 2016

Published in 2004, the book is outdated - many of the celebrities "exposed" are dead or have "fulfilled" the expectations of the writers.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 Tom Cruise"????!!!! (Never just Tom Cruise.)

susienor Feb 04, 2016

Still a relevant book. If all "dated" books were irrelevant, there wouldn't be much to read...

Nov 24, 2015

This might have actually been interesting when it was first published (back in 2004) but it is hopelessly dated now. Don't bother.

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