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Variety staffers cover the biz in new tomes excerpted here. Peter Bart’s “Infamous Players” explores the history of Mob influence in Hollywood; David Cohen’s “The Ballad of Rango” details the making of Gore Verbinski’s toon; Justin Chang’s “Filmcraft: Editing” features interviews with 17 top film editors, who share their insights into the biz.“I believe that audiences are always hungry for something new, something truly original,” (Gore Verbinski) says thoughtfully. “You sit in a big theater, and you go, ‘Oh, that was a little weird,’ or ‘Well, that was different!’ All those bumps and flaws and choices, that’s voice. And I just love movies that have a voice. So much of what we do is about elimination of voice. We need to find that moment that’s just a little awkward, a little off, and celebrate it, put a magnifying glass on it, champion it. I’ve been lucky enough to surround myself with very talented artists who I think also believe the same thing.” … To distinguish his movie, (Verbinski) knew he’d have to nurture it in isolation and on a relative shoestring. “With money comes opinions, and with opinions come a narrowing of voice,” he says. “It’s very important to create a bubble and a sort of sanctuary where you can just work on the canvas.” Physically, that sanctuary would be Verbinski’s former home in the hills below the Angeles National Forest. The house was soon dubbed Rancho Rango.