High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess

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Doubleday, 1998 - Performing Arts - 294 pages
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"Using the life and career of producer Don Simpson as a point of departure, High Concept takes readers on a journey inside the Hollywood of the 1980s and 1990s. Throughout the period, Simpson and his partner, Jerry Bruckheimer, were the most successful independent producers in the history of moviemaking, responsible for the hit films Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Bad Boys, and The Rock." "But at the same time that his vision was driving the Hollywood bottom line, Simpson's lifestyle epitomized the pervasive dark side of the industry's power base. His legendary consumption knew no bounds. And as long as he continued to crank out box-office gold, his every desire was conspicuously indulged - an unrestrained excess that killed him and sent a warning cry throughout the entire industry."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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HIGH CONCEPT: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess

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Lots of sex, lots of drugs, and even a little rock ‘n' roll—there's something for every scandal lover in this rollicking, dirt-dishing account of the life and times of Hollywood producer Don Simpson ... Read full review

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Contemporary Hollywood takes it on the chin in these two books, written from widely different perspectives. Fleming, who has written extensively on Hollywood for Variety, Newsweek, and Entertainment ... Read full review

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Charles Fleming has reported exclusively on the business of Hollywood for more than ten years--as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Variety, and Newsweek.  As a freelance reporter, he has written extensively for Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and TV Guide.  He lives in Los Angeles.

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