Peter Bart

The secret agent


MEMO TO: Joe Eszterhas FROM: Peter Bart SUBJECT: Career aims If my addition is correct, you stand to earn somewhere between $6 million to $10 million as a writer this year, and those are pretty good…

The whole town’s talking


I’d been standing outside the Peninsula Hotel for several minutes the other day, trying to figure out why the line of post-lunch customers waiting for cars seemed longer than usual, when I noticed…


The taint of terror


One of life’s brighter moments for a screenwriter is to show up on a movie set on the first day of principal photography and actually see one’s dialogue and characters transformed into reality. When…

A new ball game?


MEMO TO: Talent agency chiefs FROM: Peter Bart SUBJECT: Reality check In accordance with this column’s custom of giving advice where none is solicited, I would urge you to pause for a moment from…

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