Hollywood Huckster Goes Hollywood

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Producers Kris Meyer, from the Farrelly Brothers and Kevin Grady, from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions have just optioned the movie and TV rights to HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER  for a theatrical feature film. The book has already gone out to the potential lead — the role of Kevin Hartigan.

What makes this adventure truly amazing is that all parties, Peter & Bobby Farrelly, Adam Sandler, Kris Meyer, Kevin Grady and myself are all from New England.  Go Sox!

Keep checking back for updates. The film making process takes a while, but there will be breaking news along the way.

If you haven’t read the book yet, now would be a great time. Love to hear your comments.

Wrapping up 2014 With A Spectacular Send Off

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Happy New Year 2015

I’m proud to post the following review of HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER which recently came in. It’s from multi-award winning writer/producer, Sam Egan. 

David —
I was on a long flight yesterday from Montreal to San Francisco by way of Philadelphia, and I was glad to have the opportunity to read a book that I hadn’t had enough time to savor yet. It’s your masterpiece “Hollywood Huckster.” I can’t say enough good things about this book. It was brilliantly written, keen eyed, emotionally delivered, and was so honest it hurt. This is one of those true stories that makes fiction writers envious — our imaginations are left wobbling in the dust by the astonishing whirlwind of events it depicts. It’s such a deeply etched portrait of your long-time writing partner, the legendary Kevin Hartigan, that it stands as one of the great unflinching Hollywood tributes. I was riveted (much like the prison door on your first office). There is such tender affection in the piece that it stands in perfect contrast to the mile-a-minute chutzpah thrill rides that occupy every chapter. Honestly, David I was blown away. Kevin has to be smiling down from whatever perch he has taken over as his own celestial hustle. I have so many questions I would like to ask you. Maybe we can talk soon. But for now, suffice it to say that you have achieved something few writers in any medium can claim — that they have given us an essential part of our own history, because Hollywood’s story, like it or not, belongs to all of us. I feel privileged to have worked with you, and if you pass me down a hallway, I will never say “Hey, boys.” Just “boychik.” You really are something’.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

L.A. Public Reading of Hollywood Huckster

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Thanks to the wonderful folks over at Stories Books & Cafe in LA and also Peggy Dobreer who hosted last nights selected readings from Hollywood Huckster. The event was a huge success. 

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Hollywood Huckster Makes Big Impression

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David reading CSQAuthor David Garber Reading Latest Review

From the Maggie Award winning C-Suite Quarterly Magazine:

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The competitive edge means having the advantage to outperform the competition. The result is a “win,” be it in sports, entertainment, or brass-tacks business practice. This quarter we offer six variables, each leading to the same end, all detailing the slippery path to the top and how some individuals and companies successfully reached their goals by thinking both out of the box and within.

Hollywood Huckster: A Memoir of Hysterical Proportions  author: David Garber

Kevin Hartigan has been termed “the scourge of tinsel town dealmakers.” Author David Garber was his writing partner, and now vividly and accurately recalls the “anything goes” days of the ’70s and ’80s when he worked with Hartigan, a guy who would never take no for an answer. Among the anecdotes, read about how they stole a fighter jet from the Air Force, impersonated celebrities to get to a producer, or brought two full-grown lions to a meeting at MGM to show attendees how the cats really roared. Be prepared to laugh out loud.

To grab a copy, just click the picture below.

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Hollywood Huckster Author & Book Designer Celebrate

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The new edition of HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER is out and the book cover designer, Lindsay Garber came over to celebrate. As we point to the recently awarded Amazon Best Seller medallion, I want to thank all of you who’ve taken the literary journey into the crazy world of the Hollywood Huckster and hope that those of you who haven’t made the sojourn yet, hop on-board for adventures exciting and new.

Just click the picture below and let Julie, your cruise director take you back to the carefree days of The Love Boat.

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Hollywood Huckster Featured In CSQ Magazine

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THE HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER has been selected as a “MUST READ” book in this summer’s Maggie Award winning periodical, C-Suite Quarterly. This special entertainment and sports issue also features a cover story on 20th Century Fox Television’s CEO and Chairperson, Dana Walden. It, like HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER, was written by author David Garber which just goes to prove that the “touch” of the Huckster is still upon us.

It was said of Kevin Hartigan (the real Hollywood Huckster) that he had more issues than Time Magazine. Well now he’s got  more issues than Time AND CSQ combined.

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s perfect summer reading. It’s available in both print and eBook versions. Just click on picture below:

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Hollywood Huckster Awarded Best Seller Status

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THANKS AMAZON, AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO PURCHASED THIS UNFORGETTABLE TALE OF HOLLYWOOD AND THE HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER.

 

We All Think We’re Immortal

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There’s an old Hollywood parable that very appropriately sums of the Huckster’s philosophy of life. He was riding the crest of success and towering over those who would be his peers — the biggest names in Tinsel Town. With three feature films, three television pilots and a Broadway play all in the works at the same time, he felt invincible. And for a while he was. Then the realities of success took hold.

That famous telling incident took place long before the Huckster was born, but it’s pertinence summed things up pretty well. Understand it and you understood the Huckster.

In the waning days of silent films, popular actor George Bancroft was at the top of his game. He was cast in the lead of the 1928 film The Drag Net about  a fictional gangster.

The film was being directed by the famed and legendary tough guy director, Josef von Sternberg. He gave his star the following directions:

“George, start walking up the stairs, I will say bang, you clutch your chest and fall. Got it? OK, action.”

Bancroft took three steps up the stairs. “Bang!” shouted von Sternberg. No reaction. The director shouted, “Bang” again. Still with no stopping the determined actor. “Bancroft, didn’t you hear me? I said “Bang!” Bancroft continued up the stairs. “Bancroft, you are ruining the shot. BANG!!!”

The actor reached the top of the stairs and turned to the director. “Remember this, pal! It takes more than one bullet to kill Bancroft!”

von Sternberg got the last word, though. He succeeded to “execute” his star in the editing room, and with one shot.

And so it was with the legend of the Hollywood Huckster. You could tell Kevin to do one thing yet he’d only do what he wanted and his way — at least until life’s Josef von Sternberg took him out.

You can read more here: HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER.

Great Questions From The Hollywood Huckster

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The Hollywood Huckster had an inquisitive mind. He would constantly challenge authority and loved to pick at logic issues. Here are just a few of the questions he asked over the years:

Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Can a one Armed man shop at a second hand store?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

If an asp in the grass is a snake, then why is a grasp on the ass, a goose?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

If you choke a Smurf, what color would he turn?

How come we choose from just two people for President and fifty for Miss America?

If you O.D. on Viagra, how will they get the coffin lid shut?

You  have to admit, the Huckster does raise some good points.