Peter Bart

Love for sale


Mark Gill, the debonair marketing chief of Miramax, is one of those innovative people who from time to time says the right thing at the wrong time. Witness the fact that Gill chose last week to…

Mastering Megaspeak


The Hollywood creative community is transfixed by the new wave of megamergers. At the typical social gathering, conversation may occasionally veer to O.J. Simpson, but then the Topic of the Day takes…

The Fuhrman flap


MEMO TO: Laura Hart McKinny FROM: Peter Bart SUBJECT: Career Prospects Since you’ve been much in the news this week, Laura, I decided to read your screenplay – the one that transformed Mark Fuhrman…

Waiting for the revolution


We seem to have hit a brief lull in the storm of megamergers, so this may be an appropriate moment to assess what has happened. Not surprisingly, there’s been considerable pontification about the…

The man who hated success


David Begelman’s suicide last week resonated through the showbiz community – a fact that puzzled some of the younger players in Tinseltown. At least 15 years had passed since Begelman’s heyday; why…

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