The LA Times‘ Patrick Goldstein visits Budd Schulberg, a screenwriter (of, most notably "On the Waterfront") and the author of one of the more brutal novels about Hollywood, (and they’re a sharp-elbowed bunch) 1941’s "What Makes Sammy Run?." The novel follows the adventures of Sammy Glick as he shamelessly and ruthlessly hustles his way up the Hollywood ladder, and still rings true today â€” Goldstein recounts anecdotes about David Geffen‘s "UCLA degree" and agent Jay Sures’ "close friendship with Sony Pictures head Peter Guber" (neither of which existed). Schulberg’s father was the head of Paramount Pictures 75 years ago, and Schulberg is a remnant of another Hollywood age:
[W]ho else is still around who can say he wrote a screenplay with F. Scott Fitzgerald, yakked about movies with Sergei Eisenstein and is still owed $100 by Harry Cohn? When Fitzgerald opens "The Last Tycoon" by saying "Rudolph Valentino came to my fifth birthday party â€” or so I was told," he’s using an anecdote Schulberg told him about his own childhood.
"The Twins of Tribeca," former Miramax publicist Rachel Pine’s thinly (and we’re talking a sheer, maybe powder-based layer of foundation at best here) disguised story of a pair of powerful, difficult brothers and the film company (named after their mother) they created, hits shelves this week. If the above description isn’t ringing any bells, the New York Daily News lays out all the main characters and their real life counterparts for greater ease. We’re hardly expecting, well, "On the Waterfront" here, but it’s possible this won’t even be as mean-spirited as is reasonable, as it’s actually being published by Miramax Books. Though this may be the most insidious publicity technique yet â€” generating your own disgruntled former employee gossipy chick lit. Whatev, we’ll probably flip through it at the bookstore.