Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops

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Wiley, Jan 11, 2006 - Performing Arts - 368 pages
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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.

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There’s a certain satisfaction to watching the best-laid plans of self-important people dissolve into messy chaos. If there wasn’t, there’d be a lot fewer movie scenes involving pie fights at fancy ... Read full review

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What actually constitutes a flop? According to Parish (Katharine Hepburn: The Untold Story ), films that are flops have big-name stars (Cleopatra ), an idea without substance (The Last Action Hero ... Read full review


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James Robert Parish is a former entertainment reporter and publicist and the author of numerous books on Hollywood. He appears frequently as an expert on network and cable television documentaries like A&E's Biography and E! Television's True Hollywood Stories.

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