Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System

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Harper Collins, Feb 19, 2013 - Performing Arts - 464 pages
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The 1990s saw a shock wave of dynamic new directing talent that took the Hollywood studio system by storm. At the forefront of that movement were six innovative and daring directors whose films pushed the boundaries of moviemaking and announced to the world that something exciting was happening in Hollywood. Sharon Waxman, editor and chief of The and for Hollywood reporter for the New York Times spent the decade covering these young filmmakers, and in Rebels on the Backlot she weaves together the lives and careers of Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction; Steven Soderbergh, Traffic; David Fincher, Fight Club; Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights; David O. Russell, Three Kings; and Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich.


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Veteran screenwriter William Goldman has called the 1990s "by far the worst decade in Hollywood history," an era marked by an obsession with opening box-office grosses and pandering to an ever younger ... Read full review


Quentin Tarantino Discovers Hollywood
Spanking and Flirting Chewing
Hard Times on Hard Eight Flirting with
New Line Hits a Bump in the Road
David Fincher Takes on Fight Club 1996
The Essence of Malkovich
Pulling Punches on Fight Club
Shooting the Real Malkovich
Casting Three KingsGeorge Clooney Tries
Releasing John Malkovich
Fight Club Fallout The Fruits of Violence 1999
Insights Interviews More About the author
New Updated Epilogue
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Sharon Waxman is a Hollywood correspondent for the New York Times and previously was a correspondent for the Washington Post covering the entertainment industry. She lives in southern California with her family.

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