New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

October 24, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

101 kids activities that are the bestest, funnest ever! : the entertainment solution for parents, relatives & babysitters

October 23, 2014
Homer, Holly, author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., 2014.
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Machine generated contents note: One.Boredom Busters -- Two.Crafts -- Three.Games -- Four.Simple Science.
Never again will you hear the all too common call of, I'm bored! with this kid pleaser for many ages. Whether your kid is 3, 5 or 12 years old it's hard to keep them entertained all day, or even for a few hours. But now, when they ask to watch television because they're bored, you'll have the perfect solution with this book. 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! has time tested, exciting activities to keep your children laughing and learning for hours. Activities range from catapult competitions and spray bottle freeze tag to how to make tissue box monster shoes and melted crayon fabric art. And with outdoor and indoor activities and tips for adjusting according to your child's age, you'll have hours and hours of never-ending fun with your family. This parenting life raft is the perfect way to spend enjoyable quality time with your kids, no matter their age.

Gangsters and G-men on screen : crime cinema then and now

October 20, 2014
Phillips, Gene D.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
xii, 191 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The rise of the gangster film -- Little Caesar and The public enemy -- The story of Temple Drake and No orchids for Miss Blandish -- Dead end and This gun for hire -- Criss cross and White heat -- John Huston's Key Largo and The asphalt jungle -- The lady from Shanghai and The great Gatsby -- Fritz Lang's You only live once and The big heat -- The godfather, part II -- Bonnie and Clyde and The untouchables -- The grifters and The departed -- Dillinger and Public enemies -- Gangster squad (2013) and other films.

Hitchcock's stars : Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood studio system

October 20, 2014
Coffin, Lesley L., author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xiv, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Hitchcock's livestock -- Rebecca -- Foreign correspondent -- Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- Suspicion -- Saboteur -- Shadow of a doubt -- Lifeboat -- Spellbound -- Notorious -- The Paradine case -- Rope -- Under capricorn -- Stage fright -- Strangers on a train -- I confess -- Dial M. for murder -- Rear window -- To catch a thief -- The trouble with Harry -- The man who knew too much -- The wrong man -- Vertigo -- North by Northwest -- Psycho -- The birds -- Marnie -- Torn curtain -- Family plot -- Hitchcock's influence.

Even this I get to experience

October 20, 2014
Lear, Norman.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
xvi, 448 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alone in a going world -- Those were the days -- Joyful stress -- Over and next.

Hollywood frame by frame : the unseen silver screen in contact sheets, 1951-1997

October 17, 2014
Longworth, Karina, 1980-
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"A treasure trove for any fan of Hollywood's Golden Age, Frame by Frame: The Story of Hollywood in Contact Sheets, 1951-97 is packed with images that have never before been published, offering a unique insight into the moments when movie history was made. Focusing on still photographers' contact sheets--a record of every shot they took--from the sets of some of the greatest films of the twentieth century, the book tells the story of Hollywood through images that have never been considered since the original shots were taken. The story of each movie's making--from King Kong to Some Like it Hot, from Taxi Driver to Pulp Fiction--is told in extended captions, providing insight into the art of moviemaking, the science of movie marketing, and the nature of stardom. Showing legends such as Woody Allen, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, and Frank Sinatra at work and at repose, this book is the perfect gift for any movie enthusiast"-- Provided by publisher.

Glamour, Gidgets, and the girl next door : television's iconic women from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

October 17, 2014
Pilato, Herbie J.
Lanham : Taylor Trade Publishing, [2014]
x, 314 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Based on exclusive celebrity interviews, this book runs the gamut of female television legends, from Donna Douglas (who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies) to the stars of the original Charlie's Angels.

You might remember me : the life and times of Phil Hartman

October 17, 2014
Thomas, Mike, 1970- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Hartman is best known for his eight seasons on Saturday Night Live, where his versatility and comedic timing resulted in some of the most famous sketches in the television show's history. He also starred as pompous radio broadcaster Bill McNeal in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio and voiced numerous classic roles on The Simpsons. His seemingly charmed life was cut short when he was fatally shot by his troubled third wife, Brynn, who turned a gun on herself several hours later. Thomas provides a celebration of Hartman's career and a warts-and-all examination of his often intriguing and sometimes complicated life.

As you wish : inconceivable tales from the making of The princess bride

October 14, 2014
Elwes, Cary, 1962-
New York : Touchstone, [2014].
viii, 259 pages, 16 (unnumbered) pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / by Rob Reiner -- Introduction -- Meeting Rob -- Pre-production and meeting Buttercup -- The table read and meeting Fezzik -- "En garde!" -- Wrestling the R.O.U.S in the fire swamp -- Storming the Castle and being mostly dead -- Rob's traveling circus -- True wuv -- Vizzini and Miracle Max -- A couple of mishaps -- The greatest swordfight in modern times -- All good things... -- A fairy-tale ending -- Epilogue / by Norman Lear.
From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

Neil Patrick Harris : choose your own autobiography

October 13, 2014
Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973-
New York : Crown Archetype, [2014]
ix, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The Emmy Award-winning star of How I Met Your Mother shares his experiences as a child star, Broadway performer and father in an over-the-top, humorous account creatively designed in the style of the popular interactive adventure series.

Taking flight : from war orphan to star ballerina

October 13, 2014
DePrince, Michaela, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
249 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates ; color illustrations ; 22 cm
Michaela DePrince lived the first few years of her live in war-torn Sierra Leone until she was adopted by an American Family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.

A little bit vulnerable : on Hollywood, God, sobriety, & politics

October 13, 2014
Turner, Janine, 1963-
©2014
xvii, 293 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Including never-before-seen personal photographs"-- Cover.
In this breathtaking sweep of her half a century of living, Janine journeys through the canyons of her life and how she sought horizons. Through the treasure chest of her private poetry to essays, opinion-editorials, radio interviews and letters, Janine reveals how she climbed out of the canyons of heartbreak, alcoholism, and the recent death of her father, as well as her call to action for American men, women and children to preserve American principles. Janine weaves wisdom from her ancestors, Publius, politicians and her own personal "life lessons," into a tapestry of triumph and takes the reader along with her.

Women in Game of thrones : power, conformity and resistance

October 10, 2014
Frankel, Valerie Estelle, 1980-
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2014]
viii, 206 pages ; 23 cm.
"Game of Thrones, one of the hottest series on television leaves hundreds of critics divided on how "feminist" the show really is. Certainly the female characters embody a spectrum of archetypes. However, the problematic area is that most of them play a single role without nuance. This book analyzes the women and their portrayals one by one"-- Provided by publisher.

Easy Street (the hard way) : a memoir

October 6, 2014
Perlman, Ron, 1950- author.
©2014
xi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm
"The engaging, passionate, always-honest, and often-hilarious memoir of actor Ron Perlman-his triumphant story of perseverance and determination navigating the slippery slopes of Hollywood.

Not my father's son : a memoir

October 3, 2014
Cumming, Alan, 1965-
New York : Dey Street Books, [2014]
294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

Not that kind of girl : a young woman tells you what she's "learned"

October 1, 2014
Dunham, Lena, 1986- author.
©2014
xvii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Love & sex. Take my virginity (no, really, take it) ; Platonic bed sharing : a great idea (for people who hate themselves) ; 18 unlikely things I've said flirtatiously ; Igor, or, My Internet boyfriend died and so can yours ; Sharing concerns : my worst email ever, with footnotes ; Girls & jerks ; Barry ; Falling in love -- Body. "Diet" is a four-letter word : how to remain 10 lbs. overweight eating only health food ; Sex scenes, nude scenes, and publicly sharing your body ; 15 things I've learned from my mother; What's in my bag? ; Who moved my uterus? -- Friendship. Girl crush : that time I was almost a lesbian, then vomited ; The best part ; 13 things I've learned are not okay to say to friends ; Grace ; 10 reasons I <3 NY -- Work. This is supposed to be fun? : making the most of your education ; Little leather gloves : the joy of wasting time ; 17 things I learned from my father ; Emails I would send if I were one ounce crazier/angrier/braver ; I didn't fuck them, but they yelled at me -- Big picture. Therapy & me ; Is this even real? : thoughts on death & dying ; My top 10 health concerns ; Hello Mother, hello Father : greetings from Fernwood Cove Camp for Girls ; My regrets ; Guide to running away.
"If I could take what I've learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I'm already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle."-- Provided by publisher.

Animal stars : behind the scenes with your favorite animal actors

October 1, 2014
Ganzert, Robin, author.
Notavo, California : New World Library, [2014]
xi, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Action! -- Horse stars and their trainers -- Bears, birds, snakes, monkeys, and other animal stars and their trainers -- Dog stars and their trainers -- Cat stars and their trainers -- Afterword: How you can help tomorrow's animals stars -- Appendix: Discussion questions for book clubs.
When cameras roll and directors call "Action," some of the most dependable, funniest, and most enthusiastic actors stand poised on four legs, with ears alert. What we see on screen is the result of meticulous preparation and professional teamwork. These eye-popping, heartwarming stories reveal the trainers, actors, directors, and animals in behind-the-scenes glory.

How Star Wars conquered the universe : the past, present, and future of a multibillion dollar franchise

September 26, 2014
Taylor, Chris, 1973-
©2014
xx, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Austin city limits : a history

September 24, 2014
Laird, Tracey E. W.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Andrea Martin's lady parts.

September 24, 2014
Martin, Andrea, 1947-
Toronto, Ont. : HarperCollins, c2014.
x, 352 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
A hilarious, entertaining, and often moving memoir, from the multiple Tony and Emmy-awarding winning actress and comedienne, and SCTV alum, Andrea Martin. Whether lighting up the small screen in her new TV series, Working the Engels, on NBC, or stealing scenes on the big screen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, or starring on the stage in her recent Tony award winning role as Berthe in Pippin, Andrea Martin has long entertained audiences with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances. Martin has worked stages, sets and even trapezes across North America, playing to houses packed with adoring fans, all of whom instantly recognize the star who has entertained us for nearly forty years. In Andrea Martin's Lady Parts, Martin, for the first time, shares her fondest remembrances of a life in show business, motherhood, relationships, no relationships, family, chimps in tutus, squirrels, and why she flies to Atlanta to get her hair cut. Martin opens up her heart in a series of eclectic, human, always entertaining and often moving essays. Lady Parts will make you giggle and may make you cry. This is a powerful collection of stories by a woman with a truly storied life.

The Trans Am diaries

September 23, 2014
Dupin, Steven.
Terra Alta, West Virginia : Headline Books, ©2014.
191 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A hillbilly's road trip from stand up comedy to cancer...and back again"--P. [1] of cover.

Just between us

September 22, 2014
Lopez, Mario, 1973-
©2014
x, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Straight outta Chula -- Child actor -- Saved by the bell -- Mi vida loca -- Life after A.C. Slater -- Turning points -- So you think you can host? -- Mazza.

Cosby : his life and times

September 15, 2014
Whitaker, Mark.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby's bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children's TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby's controversial stands on race, as well as "the Cosby effect" that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby's work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read. "-- Provided by publisher.

Normally, this would be cause for concern : tales of calamity and unrelenting awkwardness

September 15, 2014
Fishel, Danielle.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Will act for shoes -- Walk much? -- As seen on TV -- Sometimes they wish I was adopted -- Wannabe jock -- Never too old -- Before the ring -- I heart you with all my fart -- I do want to scream at everyone -- The poop whisperer -- I want to be a rapper.
"A romp through Danielle's own imperfections and mild neuroses, [this is] a book for anyone who, like Danielle, has ever tripped and fallen down a flight of stairs in a room full of people, had a romantic moment with their significant other that was ruined by horrendous gas, or taken a Halloween photo without realizing there was a huge chunk of chocolate-covered strawberry in their teeth. Here is the real, imperfect Danielle, who knows that a good sense of humor and a positive attitude makes life so much more enjoyable"--Amazon.com.

Theater of cruelty : art, film, and the shadows of war

September 11, 2014
Buruma, Ian.
New York : New York Review Books, [2014].
xiii, 423 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Theater of Cruelty has three main themes that frequently overlap: war, film, and the visual arts. Many of the movies discussed are about war and violence, often related to World War II, and more specifically deal with the two nations that unleashed the war, Germany and Japan: why they did what they did, and how they came to terms with it afterward or didn't. Other essays in the collection, about the diaries of Harry Kessler and Anne Frank, the bombing of German cities, Japan's kamikaze pilots further explore these themes. Many of the artists discussed by Buruma were German or Japanese, including Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Tsuguharu Foujita, as were the filmmakers Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, all of whom were affected in one way or another by fascism and its terrible consequences. Theater of Cruelty is less about war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.--Amazon.com.

Angry optimist : the life and times of Jon Stewart

September 10, 2014
Rogak, Lisa, 1962-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2014].
273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The author charts Jon Stewart's unlikely rise to political stardom, from his early stand-up days and the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show. Drawing on interviews with current and former colleagues, she reveals how things work behind the scenes at The Daily Show.

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