"'The movies: they tear you away from your home, draw you into a pigsty of people, make you do stuff that disgusts you, rip out all your ambition of inventiveness, reduce you to a hack - and what do you get for it? A fortune.' Screenwiter Samuel Hoffenberg 'Will you accept three hundred per week to work for Paramount Pictures? All expenses paid. The three hundred is peanuts. Millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around.' Telegram from Herman Mankiewicz (who wrote Citizen Kane) to Ben Hecht (who wrote The Front Page) 'They're destroying my script. They're wrecking my beautiful story' Paddy Chayefsky on the filming of Altered States 'Naa, you know, what he did was cross out a lot of stuff that I wrote, and he told me to do this and that, and we usually fought about it, and sometimes he really f**ked things up.' Robert Towne, on being asked if Warren Beatty, who got the first credit, had written any of the script for Shampoo"