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Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case Against Celebrity

Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case Against Celebrity - 04 edition

Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case Against Celebrity - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780471706243

ISBN10: 0471706248

Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case Against Celebrity by Andrew Breitbart - ISBN 9780471706243
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case Against Celebrity by Andrew Breitbart - ISBN 9780471706243

ISBN13: 9780471706243

ISBN10: 0471706248

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 04

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Summary

These are some of the reasons why Hollywood's misbehaving stars do what they do, but over the past few years, their stories have become so outrageous that it's hard to tell what they're actually thinking if they're thinking at all! In this entertainment industry expose, Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner pull back the curtain to reveal the twisted culture of Hollywood and the preposterous penchants of today's high-profile celebrities. From John Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Ann Heche to Eddie Murphy, Oliver Stone, and Courtney Love, ''Hollywood, Interrupted presents the mind-altered behavior of the most reality-challenged celebrities from all walks of life and every genre. ''Hollywood, Interrupted explores how the pathological behavior of celebrities has destroyed comedy, snuffed relationships, and demeaned family values. Each chapter delivers a meticulously researched, interview-infused, attitude-heavy dispatch which analyzes and deconstructs the myths created by celebrities and their way-too-protective handlers. You'll enter a world where: Celebrities and Hollywood power players engage in ''cyber,'' ''off-line'' sex and subterfuge with a young America Online customer service agent ''Young Hollywood'' swing clubs and ''porno-tainment'' become mainstream diversions Statutory rapist Roman Polanski can win a Best Director Oscar, but can't collect it because of the criminal conviction against him in the United States Some of the most famous stars send their children to an elite high school with a curriculum that includes extracurricular cross-dressing and a mandatory pseudo-therapeutic program called ''Mysteries'' Celebrity nannies get so stressed they've formed a BeverlyHills support group Mathew Perry, Robert Downwy Jr., and Ben Affleck, among others, vacation at ''five star'' rehab resort centers Hollywood Madame Heidi Fleiss can emerge from prison a born-again celebrity, ready to cash in Frequently hysterical and occasionally frightening, ''Hollywood, Interrupted digs deep to uncover how in Hollywood cults rule, Dr. Feelgood stands ready to fill your prescription, celebrity kids shoot speedballs, and your neighbor runs a brothel. Both entertaining and engaging, ''Hollywood, Interrupted reveals the real Hollywood and mocks the movie mavens, sitcom screwballs, and musical misfits who view being on medication, under house arrest, in rehab, or on deathwatch as just part of the job.

Author Bio

Andrew Breitbart has played the low-key online sidekick to Matt Drudge on the infamous Drudge Report for six years and is a regular commentator on FOX News, CNBC's Dennis Miller show, and talk radio. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Human Events, and the New York Post, among others, and he has worked as a researcher for Arianna Huffington. Mark Ebner is an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered all aspects of celebrity culture for Spy, Rolling Stone, Details, Los Angeles magazine, Premiere, Salon, Spin, and New Times, among others. He has produced for and/or appeared as a journalist-commentator on NBC, FOX, MSNBC, A and E, FX, Court TV, and E! Entertainment Television. Ebner is currently serving as staff reporter for American Media, Inc.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction.

PART I: IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR. 1. Hollywood Family Values: A New Weird Order. Hollywood families exposed for not only not upholding family values but pissing all over middle-class mores. Rethinking the life and death of River Phoenix. Familial implosions exposed. It's gotten so bad we argue for sterilization of the celebrity class. 2. In Loco Parentis: Hollywood Nannies. Hollywood nannies speak out and tell all-"There is no laughter in this house." Nannies so stressed they've formed a Beverly Hills support group. A nanny gets blacklisted. 3. Hollyweird High. Inside Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences, where Hollywood elite send their children, and we find, like any other school in the Western world, sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Unlike other high schools, we also discover Crossdressing Day, Menage a Prom, death, and a mandatory pseudo-therapeutic program called "Mysteries."

PART II: FEAR AND LOATHING IN LOS ANGELES. 4. Screwball Tragedy. Hollywood's strange history with insanity, drugs, and therapy. 5. Doctor Feelgoods. Not feeling so hot? Call the doctor. Top Gun producer overdoses. Winona's Dr. Feelgood loses his license. Oliver Stone signs a medic. Lily-livered Hollywood "heppers," including Stripperella, try anything. 6. From Rehab to Retox. Rehab centers to the stars get visits from Matthew Perry, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Affleck, among others. Celeb rehab spas offer a panoply of treatment programs from equine therapy to brain wave analysis. Not on the menu-sex in the bathroom.

PART III: THE BELIEVERS. 7. Karma Chameleons. Madonna and friends converge on Kabbalah. Hollywood cults run amok. Established religion is evil. 8. Shilling for Scientology: I Want Your Body-Thetans. Scientology rocks!

PART IV: CALIFORNICATION. 9. Sex in This City. The pornification of America. There's a whorehouse in Beverly Hills. Swing Kids club hop. Hugh Hefner is a porn baron. The Heidi Tapes. 10. "Sexual Perversity" in Los Angeles. Eddie Murphy plays good Samaritan to a Samoan transvestite hooker. Hollywood attorneys employ shady PIs to bend laws. Peter Pan picks a porn producer.

INTERMISSION. Heroine. Love Means Never Having to Say You're Courtney.

PART V: THE LEFT WING. 11. Reds. Celebs embrace hate speech. Everyone's "Friend" Jennifer Aniston calls Bush names and taunts daughter Jenna. Robert Altman and Alex Baldwin threaten to leave the country. We love dictators! Hollywood warmly embraces Castro. 12. Blue Country Haze. Hollywood ground zero for the culture war. Rosie, the lesbian, swoons over the heterosexual Tom Cruise. Oprah dictates politics. The war of the ribbons (can you support PETA and be for AIDS research?). Flacks make celebs pick a cause. 13. The Death of Comedy. Hollywood kills Andrew "Dice" Clay and Sam Kinison. Can't get no comic relief. "South Park" rails against Rob Reiner.

PART VI: LIES, MORE LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE. 14. Hollywood Pan Men. Hollywood A-Team of B-list celebs goes on the road to sell pans of lies for fast cash and cheap thrills. 15. The Lying Game. Fictionalized documentaries. Scripts are stolen. Friends cover up. We expose Hollywood's own Jayson Blair.

PART VII: AMERIKA ONLINE. 16. Hollywood Online. Where the stars go and what they do when they virtually get there. 17. www.americahateshollywood.com. Media Berlin Wall falls. Newfound freedoms expressed in cyberspace. The gigabyte is up. America talks back. Epilogue. Notes. Index.