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Hot Type: John Irving’s movie business

The Story

The film adaptation of The Cider House Rules was a critical and commercial success, netting author Jon Irving a Best Screenplay Oscar. But Irving's memoir My Movie Business doesn't look back fondly. Find out what's wrong with screenwriting, the movie business and why bestselling author Tom Wolfe "can't write" as Irving talks up his new book and kicks off a great literary feud.
(Warning: contains explicit language.)

Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: Dec. 17, 1999
Guest(s): John Irving
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 18:09
Film footage from The Cider House Rules courtesy FilmColony, The World According to Garp courtesy Pan Arts Productions, The Hotel New Hampshire courtesy Filmline Productions

Did You know?

• A former high school wrestler, Irving was inducted into the U.S. National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992.
• Irving sold the movie rights to his novel A Prayer For Owen Meany despite his doubts it would work as a film. The resulting film was called Simon Birch, since Irving demanded the main character's name be changed. The movie's credits say it was “suggested by” Irving's book, not based on it.




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