You’re Only As Good As Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 For Which I Should Be Shot by Mike Medavoy, with Josh Young (Pocket Books, $27) As the documentary version of Robert Evans’ The Kid Stays in the Picture schmoozes its way into theaters, you might want to balance your biz-history diet with this slightly more sober Hollywood memoir starring Medavoy, former production head of United Artists (where he oversaw Annie Hall and Apocalypse Now) and cofounder of Orion Pictures (Dances With Wolves, The Silence of the Lambs). With help from EW contributor Young, the sexagenarian player looks back on 40-odd years in the motion picture racket, where producers can gamble on worthy projects like The Great Santini, then turn around and throw cash at The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu. The remembrances are all business — don’t expect any casting-couch foolishness — but there’s plenty of drama in Medavoy’s missteps, including his dismissive treatment of a young filmmaker named Steven Spielberg.
Posted February 15 2002 — 12:00 AM EST
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