Peter Bart

The Roth Regimen


Six months ago a curious thing happened to Joe Roth. He received two invitations essentially to the same party. The question: Would he consider taking over the production reins at the Disney studio…

Squirmy Over Sex


The easiest way to get a standing ovation these days is to denounce violence in movies and TV (even President Clinton can get applause this way), but try shifting the subject to sex and audiences get…


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H’wood’s Slow Shooters


When Martin Scorsese wrapped “Casino” in Vegas last week, he also inadvertently enrolled himself in a new “club” that’s attracting attention in Hollywood. It’s unofficially known as the Hundred Day…

Newtering The Arts


While it may be in vogue to dwell on the similarities between politics and showbiz, the reality is that Washington and Hollywood, circa 1995, pose sharp contrasts in style. In Hollywood, for example…

The Best Laid Dreams


If a serious economist ever tried to analyze the arcane ways of Hollywood, a nervous breakdown might quickly overtake him. Examine the inverse relationship between profitability and capital…

CAA’s Sounds Of Silence


At first glance, it doesn’t strike you as a world-class collectors’ item: On one side of the silver coin is the number 20; on the other side, the outlines of the Creative Artists Agency headquarters…

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