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Roeper brings his distinctive style of investigative reporting and compelling storytelling to bear on the most persistent legends involving the people who bring us the movies, TV shows, and music we love so much.


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Roeper brings his distinctive style of investigative reporting and compelling storytelling to bear on the most persistent legends involving the people who bring us the movies, TV shows, and music we love so much.

30 review for Hollywood Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Delightfully Persistent Myths of Film, Television, and Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Daniel

    Snarky, entertaining and loads of fun. The Urban Legend (or UL for those in the know) that most intrigued me was the one regarding Marilyn Monroe's size. It has been oft quoted that "she wore a size 16". The author's research proved this wrong by measuring the dimensions of some of her dresses that are on display finding her to have a perfect but no where close to size 16 proportions of 36-26-36. That would put her at a about a size 6 or at best an 8 still healthier than some of the skeletal ska Snarky, entertaining and loads of fun. The Urban Legend (or UL for those in the know) that most intrigued me was the one regarding Marilyn Monroe's size. It has been oft quoted that "she wore a size 16". The author's research proved this wrong by measuring the dimensions of some of her dresses that are on display finding her to have a perfect but no where close to size 16 proportions of 36-26-36. That would put her at a about a size 6 or at best an 8 still healthier than some of the skeletal skanks prowling Hollywood these days but in no way a "big girl". I am disapointed that Muppets Bert and Ernie are not a gay couple. I was hoping that one was true.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This book stunk. Sorry. It was all I could do to get through it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Interesting to read but Roeper's degrading opinions overshadowed the point of the book. For example, while speaking about Fred Grandy he says, "He was on that lame-ass show for all those years, playing that idiot Gopher." After reading this book, my huge take-away is that Roeper hates everything, so, let alone actually enjoying the "urban legends" and learning how they came about, I know what Roeper hates. Gilligan's Island, The Love Boat, Great White, Joannie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, pe Interesting to read but Roeper's degrading opinions overshadowed the point of the book. For example, while speaking about Fred Grandy he says, "He was on that lame-ass show for all those years, playing that idiot Gopher." After reading this book, my huge take-away is that Roeper hates everything, so, let alone actually enjoying the "urban legends" and learning how they came about, I know what Roeper hates. Gilligan's Island, The Love Boat, Great White, Joannie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, people who LOVE their football team, Green Acres, The Little Rascals, and on and on and on. Ugh!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Xanthi

    This was a lot of fun to read. In fact, I read it in one sitting. Admittedly I skim read parts of the book, as they covered people and shows I had never heard about. I had heard of a few of these myths and was surprised to note a few that I had believed. I enjoyed the humour and conversational style of the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessy

    This was a fun casual easy read. Some of the Urban Legends I have heard of as I grew up. Others were new to me. Even though the book was a fun read I felt like it was more of a biography of some sort instead of a thing on Urban Legends. Or at least that is how felt it was written while I read this book. Other than that I very much enjoyed it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bonni Sweet

    Boring.....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dean Anderson

    Such a useless thing in the era of the internet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Nichols

    Roepers obnoxious commentary completely ruined what should have been a very interesting read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Many people (including myself) feel Richard Roeper, of "Ebert & Roeper" fame, was a poor choice to replace the late movie critic Gene Siskel, who died in 1999. Why Roeper? Aside from looking good on camera (a primary factor?) your guess is as good as mine. Still, I'm all for giving the new guy a chance, so I continued watching the show...for a time. At some point, however, I threw in the towel. One can only take so many inane comments¹. In "Hollywood Urban Legends" Roeper eschews film criticism (w Many people (including myself) feel Richard Roeper, of "Ebert & Roeper" fame, was a poor choice to replace the late movie critic Gene Siskel, who died in 1999. Why Roeper? Aside from looking good on camera (a primary factor?) your guess is as good as mine. Still, I'm all for giving the new guy a chance, so I continued watching the show...for a time. At some point, however, I threw in the towel. One can only take so many inane comments¹. In "Hollywood Urban Legends" Roeper eschews film criticism (why bother, right?) to explore various myths surrounding film, television and music. I won't keep you in suspense. "Hollywood Urban Legends" is underwhelming, to say the least. Mostly it's filler-type material. I mean, I can count on one hand the number of urban legends I found even moderately amusing. Many of these we've heard before. There aren't a lot of people, I suspect, who still entertain the notion that Mama Cass died choking on a ham sandwich (I heard pizza) or that "the Beaver" died in Vietnam or that the Gerber baby was none other than Humphrey Bogart. Yet that doesn't stop Roeper from trotting 'em out. Ditto: "The Curse of James Dean". This story, which involves Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood and others associated with the movie Rebel Without a Cause has been done to death (no pun intended). Since the basic facts behind it are true, the urban legend (if this even qualifies as such) concerns the alleged "curse," and who believes that anyway? Roeper gets it wrong at least once. In "The Newlywed Game Blooper," for instance, he recounts how Bob Eubanks, the host, asked a female contestant: "Where's the most unusual place you've made whoopee?" Her response: "In the butt, Bob" (or similar verbiage). According to Roeper it "never happened" but that's simply not true as a recent airing of the uncensored clip attests. The Joanie Loves Chachi urban legend is somewhat interesting. The word chaji in Korean means penis and so, the story goes, the show was a huge hit in Korea because everyone thought they were watching something called Joanie Loves Penis. The problem here is that this can be explained in a couple of sentences. Roeper, however, is looking to fill an entire book, and thus launches into an ad hominem attack of Scott Baio. I did get a chuckle out of the Martha Stewart one: backing out of her driveway one day, she allegedly runs over the neighbor's dog. Nonplussed over the animal's death, she sues the owner for damage to "the back bumper of her fancy SUV." There are others, but they're less remarkable. Trust me, not enough here to warrant your attention. --- ¹Roeper "challenges" an unimpressed Roger Ebert over the relative merit of a dueling Yoda in "Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones": Roeper: And there's this whole "Crouching Yoda, Hidden Dragon" thing that's just... Ebert: You like the fact that Yoda turns into an action figure now with his light saber? Roeper: I think that that is a scene [with Yoda] that "Star Wars" fans are going to absolutely love, I loved it. Ebert: It's totally out of character for him. Roeper: It's not totally out of character for him! That's part of his skills. He's not just this brilliant philosopher, he's also a Jedi warrior! Ebert: Listen, if you're Yoda and you have the Force... Roeper: He's a Jedi master. Ebert: If you encompass the Force, you don't need no lightsaber! Roeper: You do when you're going up against another Jedi dude who's also got super-duper mind powers! Ebert: You've just got to go like this [makes a mind-reading gesture]. You're Yoda, nobody can stop you. Roeper: Well, he was being stopped mentally, so he had to go to the physical stuff. Ebert: OK. Roeper: It's a lot of fun, and there's a lot of great action sequences. Ebert: OK, well, I'm sure that a lot of people will agree with you. Roeper: I hope so. Originally published on Epinions.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I always find it interesting to read about urban legends and it is kind of scary knowing that so many people believe these things. This book is centered on urban legends about Hollywood, etc. Many of these I have heard repeated over the years. Very entertaining book, lots of fun to read. I will definitely read his other book on the subject.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Several Hollywood based ULs are debunked in this quick little read. I don't think I was surprised any of the ones he mentioned were not true, and in fact there were a few I hadn't even heard of. An enjoyable read. Several Hollywood based ULs are debunked in this quick little read. I don't think I was surprised any of the ones he mentioned were not true, and in fact there were a few I hadn't even heard of. An enjoyable read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samra

    Very revealing

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paul Baker

    Very entertaining. A fast read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Keli Wright

    I had so much fun reading this book a lot of these I already knew..but it was still fun to read them and I liked this guys sense of humor. great, fun quick read..

  15. 4 out of 5

    ERIN SCHMIDT

    I ate this book up like cotton candy. It may be a "guilty" pleasure, but danged if it isn't fascinating! I ate this book up like cotton candy. It may be a "guilty" pleasure, but danged if it isn't fascinating!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane Medoro

    A very funny, quick and easy read. A good beach book full of fun trivia.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Funny Hollywood urban legends

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Richard Roeper is hilarious. I had heard a lot of these Urban Legends before, but Roeper's narratives make the stories a lot funnier. Definitely worth a read if you are into this kind of stuff. Richard Roeper is hilarious. I had heard a lot of these Urban Legends before, but Roeper's narratives make the stories a lot funnier. Definitely worth a read if you are into this kind of stuff.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Breezy read about Hollywood urban legends... told with more humor than you'd expect from watching him on "At the Movies". Breezy read about Hollywood urban legends... told with more humor than you'd expect from watching him on "At the Movies".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angie and the Daily Book Dose

    I wasn't feeling well today and so I read this. Don't judge me. I wasn't feeling well today and so I read this. Don't judge me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Some interesting stuff here. But the authors unneccessary nasty comments were somewhat distracting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Davis

  24. 4 out of 5

    X

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ken

  26. 4 out of 5

    James Hill

  27. 5 out of 5

    Q

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jochen Rathmann

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angel Singer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elsenft

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