When we first meet AJ in 1948, a number of weeks shy of his 13th birthday, he ranks as minor Hollywood royalty—Dad is the motion picture industry’s such a lot well-liked lawyer, mother is a retired actress whose uncle is Adolph Zukor, founding father of Paramount. yet this yr will end up to be the tip of the motion picture industry’s Golden Age and the start of exile for the Jastrow family.
When AJ returns to Tinseltown after a decade’s absence, he realizes that pleasing his father’s legacy of making a film empire will end up a life’s paintings. alongside the best way, AJ’s soldiers-in-arms comprise the Machiavellian manufacturer Ray Stark, who teaches him tips to win at Monopoly and studio politics; Wall road genius Charlie Bluhdorn, who coaxes AJ to fly below the radar on a mystery project; AJ’s spouse, Stephanie, who reminds him judgment of right and wrong isn’t a luxurious; and his daughter and protégée, Jessica, who refuses to depart his facet regardless of impossible to resist temptation.
His enemies are ambitious: studio president Paul Herzog, who seeks to spoil the son as he did the daddy; the wily agent Mike Ovitz, who intuits the weaknesses of any rival; AJ’s mom, Hollywood’s wealthiest lady, who can't abide disloyalty; and AJ’s son, Ricky, an actor of unusual skill, who holds a devastating grudge opposed to his dad.
By mixing and reworking truth into fiction, through introducing genuine characters to fictional ones, Robert Cort offers the reader an within account of Hollywood’s direction (and glide) from the top of worldwide struggle II to the current. And using his insider’s wisdom, received as one of many town’s most efficient manufacturers, he offers an intimate chronicle of the way videos are relatively made, how manufacturers paintings, and the way the has advanced, frequently on the rate of its collective soul. Provocative and greatly unique, Action! is renowned fiction at its top, a narrative that's either enlightening and nice enjoyable to learn.
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