Book of the Month

Some of you may have not been aware that Media Morgue also has a link to select books over at We have selected some titles that we think might be of interest to our readers and as a service to you (and an opportunity for us to make a couple of pennies in the process) here is this month's pick from our collection:

Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops

A longtime industry insider and acclaimed Hollywood historian goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of 15 of the most spectacular movie megaflops of the past 50 years, such as Cleopatra, The Cotton Club, and Waterworld. He recounts, in every gory detail, how enormous hubris, unbridled ambition, artistic hauteur, and bad business sense on the parts of Tinsel Town wheeler-dealers and superstars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, and Francis Ford Coppola, conspired to engender some of the worst films ever.

Personally, I don't consider Cleopatra to be a flop, as the film eventually turned a profit despite being one of the most expensive films ever shot and is to this day a benchmark of cinematic achievement. But the behind-the-scenes information that James Robert Parish provides on the making of this film gives a lot of insight as to what went wrong and how studios can work to resolve those issues today.

For more books like this one, check out Media Morgue's "Snarky Hollywood Bullshit" section in the menu bar on the right.

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