The Big Picture (2005) Hollywood has needed one of these for a long time — a user's manual. This one could not be more complete — or readable —… 2005-02-15 Nonfiction Random House
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The Big Picture (2005)

The Big Picture | ACCESS HOLLYWOOD Epstein's new book serves as a handy Tinseltown primer
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD Epstein's new book serves as a handy Tinseltown primer
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Feb 15, 2005; Writer: Edward Jay Epstein; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Random House

Hollywood has needed one of these for a long time — a user's manual. This one could not be more complete — or readable — covering everything from the basic linguistics of the business (''pitch,'' ''greenlight,'' ''creative differences,'' all the studio-speak buzzwords are in here) to elementary film-industry economics (it's all about DVD sales) to the psycho-sociological significance of status totems among celebrities (e.g., why they so love their private jets). Keep it in your car along with the latest Thomas Guide, and you'll never get lost in this town again.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints