Peter Bart

The secret agent

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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

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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…

Marketplace

The taint of terror

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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?

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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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