My first book, "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," puts the industry under the microscope as I look at the hits and misses of 2012, laying out the current movie ecosystem.
After the Oscars, the first stop on my book tour was New York City, where Peggy Siegal and documentarian Katharina Otto ("Absolute Wilson") threw a fantasy book party hosted by Eamonn Bowles, Bruce Cohen, Alex Gibney and James Schamus, among others. I was delighted that so many of my old friends came, from my Premiere pals James Meigs and Glenn Kenny and EW's Mark Harris and Owen Gleiberman, to recent Lincoln Center Film Society chief Rose Kuo, distributors Bob and Jeanne Berney, Ira Deutchman, and Daniel Battsek, producers Christine Vachon and Ed Pressman, critics Molly Haskell and Annette Insdorf, MoMA's Rajendra Roy and Dave Kehr, a HarperCollins contingent led by editor Esther Margolis, and my old friend and agent Eric Myers. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of "Detropia" checked out their section of the Sundance chapter, and Bob Weinstein flipped through the index. It was a great night.
During the week I talked about the future of the movie business on "The Street" and told Caroline Baron's NYU producing class not to think about the studios in their future plans, at all, before I hit the NYU Bookstore for my first book reading. SXSW was next, where I did two panels and book signings during the usual spate of fest screenings and interviews. And now it's L.A.'s turn.
So, this Sunday March 16, I'll be in the lobby of the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard signing books from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, followed by a Q & A with Kim Masters, Editor-at-Large of the The Hollywood Reporter & host of KCRW's "The Business," and that show's regular commentator, John Horn of the L.A. Times. We'll debate the state of the film industry and its future, as well as digging into Ben Affleck's Best-Picture winner "Argo," which will then screen at The Egyptian at 7:40 pm. (More details and tickets here.)
Then I'll be home until I serve on the narrative jury at Oregon's Ashland Film Festival in early April, return to New York for an April 24 panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a salon on May 5 at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Then I'll be covering Cannes in May, Seattle in June and Karlovy Vary in July. Nice work if you can get it.