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High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess free read â 106 Æ Veteran show biz news hound Charles Fleming argues that the short insanely foolish life of producer Don Simpson Flashdance Top Gun Bad Boys stands as a larger indictment of Hollywood and it's hard to argue with him For one thKe an excellent case that the entertainment industry as a whole is nutty and slutty Even the levelheaded stars who turn up in High Concept turn out to be appalling Fleming documents the behavior that earned Demi Moore the Hollywood nickname Gimme MoreDespite his 60000 a month drug habit Simpson actually did come up with smart ideas according to many witnesses and he was sharp enough to know how dumb so many of his colleagues were Sylvester Stallone for instance almost starred in Beverly Hills Cop and had he not left the project in favor of his notorious stink bomb Rhinestone viewers would have been stuck with Stallone's rewrite of Cop from which the star had removed every trace of humor the very concept that made an ordinary action film in Murphy's talented hands. The writing itself is smug and sanctimonious and all its look how stinky and depraved Hollywood is posturing has not aged all that well but man Don Simpson was a fascinating character An awesome blustering self loathing out 0f control mogul a figure of all Id and insecurity and 10000 a day in coke and hookers that helped invent modern action movies Its very inside baseball for a Hollywood 20 years gone but that just makes it appealing for me RIP Don

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A smash hit In his detailed account of Simpson's bizarre life Fleming demonstrates why modern movies are the way they areHe also proves what a strangely tiny town Hollywood is Simpson was mixed up with Heidi Fleiss whose indicted dad was Madonna's pediatrician; his doctors had treated Kurt Cobain and Margaux Hemingway and one had helped design Miss Piggy; Don Simpson's drug dealer claims he sold drugs to OJ Simpson the day Nicole Brown Simpson died The most shocking thing about the book is the Pulp Fiction like combination of decadent horror and slapstick comedy that constituted everyday life for Don Simpson's cronies The high life as described in Fleming's addictively readable book exemplifies Carrie Fisher's Hollywood mantra Good anecdote bad reality Tim Appel. I enjoyed this book The subject is garish There’s plenty of dirty gossip and scandal The image of Hollywood as a whole is fascinating But the problem is Charles Fleming seems to have glued the whole thing together from articles and not bothered rereading it There are so many repetitions a blow bag full of cliched phrases and the order is at times incoherent So great material but like one of Simpson’s movies a bit careless in execution

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High Concept Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of ExcessVeteran show biz news hound Charles Fleming argues that the short insanely foolish life of producer Don Simpson Flashdance Top Gun Bad Boys stands as a larger indictment of Hollywood and it's hard to argue with him For one thing Simpson helped create Tom Cruise Richard Gere Will Smith and Eddie Murphy and his loud high concept low I school of filmmaking helped launch Arnold Schwarzenegger Mel Gibson and Bruce Willis to new heights or depths Others may have been responsible for 14 Top Ten pop tunes and 10 Oscar nominations but nobody had thought to combine pop music and movies in a synergistic wayWhile Fleming concentrates on Simpson's own antics car wrecks career crackups whacked out drug and sex orgies whimsical overspending on brain dead blockbusters he does ma. Outrageous shocking but not surprising and ultimately sad account of mega producer Don Simpson as well as a dissection of excess driven Hollywood movie making in the 1980s This was such an enjoyable read and I’d recommend it to any cinephile seeking to further understand the insane process of how a giant blockbuster gets to the big screen Well researched and expertly written this ranks as one of the best tomes on Hollywood ever written A true expose