Thursday, September 6, 2007

Boffo - a grab-bag of essays on blockbuster movies, TV series and stage shows.

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Boffo, slang for terrific, is one of the many terms coined in the pages of entertainment business magazine Variety over the years. Bart, Variety's editor in chief, offers a history of the movie business through the lens of the 100-year-old periodical. From the making of The Birth of a Nation in 1915 to The Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2001 and everything in between, Bart examines the many factors that make a movie a success--or a dismal failure. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, now a revered classic, was a risky and expensive venture in 1937. Batman was an odd choice for the next big superhero franchise in 1989, and visionary Tim Burton was a risky pick to direct it, but the movie was a hit, as was the merchandise it spawned. Bart also examines television successes, including how MTV's The Real World launched the reality TV genre in 1992 and how CSI braved almost insurmountable behind-the-scenes troubles to become television's number-one drama. Engrossing reading for anyone interested in the business of Hollywood. Kristine Huntley
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