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Screen Plays How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater near You--For Better or Worse

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ISBN-10: 0061189197

ISBN-13: 9780061189197

Edition: 2007

Authors: David S. Cohen

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In this fascinating survey of contemporary screen craft, David Cohen of "Script and Variety" magazines leads readers down the long and harrowing road every screenplay takes from idea to script to screen. In interviews with Hollywood screenwriters from across the board--Oscar winners and novices alike--Cohen explores what sets apart the blockbuster successes from the downright disasters. Tracing the fortunes of twenty-five films, including "Troy," "Erin Brockovich," "Lost in Translation," and "The Aviator," Cohen offers insider access to back lots and boardrooms, to studio heads, directors, and to the over-caffeinated screenwriters themselves. As the story of each film evolves from the…    
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/5/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

David Steven Cohen is Senior Research Associate and Director of the Ethnic History Program at the New Jersey Historical Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction
"Get a Life": Gladiator
Scripter: Long Island Lolita was my Muse!: American Beauty
"I Didn't Think This was Really Going to Happen": Random Hearts
"It's Two People; Nothing Happens": Lost in Translation
"Gotta Stay on This Job": Black Hawk Down
"Let's Shoot Big": Troy
The Anti-Troy: Hero
"Can I Write Midnight Cowboy?": Pay it Forward
"Every Good Story is a Love Story": Erin Brockovich
Sith, Schmith. Thanks for all the Fish: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Roll Over, Cary Grant: My Best Friend's Wedding
Life's two Tragedies: Mona Lisa Smile
"It's Difficult Talking to Idiots": Bounce
Great Science Fiction-But Don't Tell Anyone: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Slaves to Desire: Happiness
Sex Ain't What it Used to Be: A Dirty Shame
"If You Talk to Earl, Tell Him to Call Me": Witness
The Best Script that Couldn't Get Made: Monster's Ball
The Golden Lion, Sure. But Did She Get an "A"?: Monsoon Wedding
Protecting Howard: The Aviator
Chance, Fate, and Homework: A Simple Plan
No Similar Movies: The Hours
Good Work Fails Sometimes: Evening
The Return of the (SPEC) King: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
"All You Need is one Person to Believe in You": The Caveman's Valentine
Acknowledgments
Index