June 15, 1996 |
Ed Wood was just the beginning. If screenwriter Joe Eszterhas gets his way, moviegoers will be treated to the misadventures of yet another legendary awful Hollywood director. Hollywood has been laughing at itself all week as a spec script by one of the industry's highest-paid writers has been making its way around town.
January 10, 1999 |
Screenwriters are a wretched lot. Ask any screenwriter. Someone is always messing with your work--if you are fortunate enough to get work. You are vilified when the film you have written opens to bad reviews and all but forgotten when the notices are favorable. Producers don't want you sharing their profits, directors don't want you visiting their sets, and actresses (or actors) don't want you. Period.
October 30, 1989 |
Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has finished cleaning up the damage at his San Rafael home after this month's 7.1 Northern California earthquake. But more than 500 miles to the south, aftershocks are still shaking Hollywood over the letter--the one Eszterhas sent to Michael Ovitz Oct. 3, accusing the Creative Artists Agency president of threatening Eszterhas' career after he told Ovitz he was leaving the agency.
April 29, 1991 |
Filming the sexual murder thriller "Basic Instinct" in this city is turning into your basic nightmare. At every turn, Carolco Pictures seems to be running into difficulty with protesters, city officials and vandalism. Even the film's star Michael Douglas has had his bad moments.
February 8, 2004 |
Joe ESZTERHAS writes in short, punchy paragraphs. Like this one. He wants us to know, at the outset, that the movies he wrote -- among them "Flashdance," "Jagged Edge" and "Basic Instinct" -- altogether grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide. He wants us to know that he was paid $4.7 million for a script and that other sales approached that figure. He wants us to know that, by and large, they were done his way -- without the studio or the director imposing a lot of changes on his work.
February 1, 2004 |
In the year 2000, I was 56 years old, a Hollywood screenwriter, the author of 15 movies. Some of them ("Basic Instinct," "Jagged Edge," "Flashdance") were some of the biggest box-office hits of our time. Some ("Showgirls," "Jade," "Sliver") were some of the biggest critical disasters in recent memory. Some were pretty good: "Music Box," "F.I.S.T.," "Telling Lies in America," "Betrayed." Some were movies that I loved but few others did: "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn," "Big Shots."
March 12, 1995 |
On a bitter-cold January day in San Francisco, hundreds of extras gather on a narrow Chinatown street colorfully decorated with streaming banners and floats for a Chinese New Year's parade. Director William Friedkin, who staged celebrated chase scenes for "The French Connection" and "To Live and Die in L.A.," has worked up another one for his latest movie, "Jade," leading to this densely populated street. "Please, we're about to shoot," an assistant director shouts into a bullhorn.
July 7, 1990
In reference to Chris Willman's July 4 article about director Renny Harlin ("Renny Harlin Finds Plenty of Action in Hollywood"): Let's give credit where credit is due. (The coming movie) "Gale Force" is an original screenplay written not by me but by David Chappe. It is the product of Mr. Chappe's imagination and creativity.