How To Fail In Movies

Three insider studies of the film business offer brutal lessons about three heartbreaking jobs

Moviemaking--it's all so easy. Actors earn $25 million for a few months' work. Directors talk about the vision thing even when they are making a slasher or snowboarding epic. And producers...well, what do producers do anyway, besides read scripts and do lunch?

Whatever movie people do, they sure do a lot of it--to judge from three new TV documentaries on the business of show. All these alpha males and alpha gals spend 16-hour days and way too much nervous energy making pitches, going on auditions, issuing ultimatums and pleading. In other words, the job of moviemaking is like your life, only...

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