New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


May 18, 2018
Itzkoff, Dave, author.
xii, 529 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
"A New York Times book."
Prologue -- Part one: Comet -- Punky and Lord Posh -- The escape artist -- Legalized insanity -- My favorite Orkan -- The Robin Williams show -- Mork blows his cork -- Bungalow 3 -- Part two: Star -- Mr. Happy -- Tough love -- Gooooooood morning -- O captain! -- Dreamlike parts, with phantasmagoric associations -- Father man -- Hot flashes -- Part three: Supernova -- Golden dude -- Fade to white -- Weapons of self-destruction -- The tiger in winter -- Gone -- Everything will be okay -- The big room -- Epilogue -- Robin Williams: Selected works and awards.
"From New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams-- a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his powerful Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative actor and comedian. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture, politics, and personal revelation-- all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. In his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation, bringing his characters to life and using humor to seek deeper truths. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a performer whose work touched so many of our lives"--Book jacket.

I find your lack of faith disturbing : Star Wars and the triumph of geek culture

May 17, 2018
Jameson, A. D., 1976- author.
288 pages ; 20 cm
pt. 1. The story so far -- "Oh, I'm back out in space again": the realism of Star Wars -- The children of Spielberg and Lucas -- Geek goes mainstream -- pt. 2. What every geek wants -- Do you bleed? -- Historical documents -- The great geek game -- Geeking out -- pt. 3. To be continued ... -- I've got a bad feeling about this: the importance of being geeky -- Why so serious? -- Back out in space again: the beauty of Star Wars.
"A.D. Jameson takes geeks and non-geeks alike on a surprising and insightful journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero franchises that now dominate pop culture. Walking us through the rise of geekdom from its underground origins to the top of the box office and the bestseller lists, Jameson takes in franchises such as The Lord of the Rings, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter, Star Trek, and in particular, Star Wars--as well as phenomena like fan fiction, cosplay, and Youtube parodies. Along the way, he blasts through the clichés surrounding geek culture: that its fans are mindless consumers who will embrace all things Spider-Man or Batman, regardless of quality; or that the popularity and financial success of Star Wars led to the death of ambitious filmmaking. A lifelong geek, Jameson shines a new light on beloved classics, explaining the enormous love (and hate) they are capable of inspiring, while exploding misconceptions about how and why they were made. I Find Your lack of Faith Disturbing tells the story of how the geeks have inherited the earth."--Page [2] of cover.

Celestial bodies : how to look at ballet

May 10, 2018
Jacobs, Laura, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2018.
252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. It communicates through movement, not words, and its history lies almost entirely abroad-in Russia, Italy, and France. In Celestial Bodies, dance critic Laura Jacobs makes the foreign familiar, providing a lively, poetic, and uniquely accessible introduction to the world of classical dance. Combining history, interviews with dancers, technical definitions, descriptions of performances, and personal stories, Jacobs offers an intimate and passionate guide to watching ballet and understanding the central elements of choreography. Jacobs begins with the most basic concepts, the five positions of the feet, before gradually leading us to the more complex and exciting ideas of dance-for example, using the Romantic ballet Giselle to discuss the two forms of energy present in ballet, Allegro and Adagio. Organized chronologically, Celestial Bodies presents an exhaustive history of the art's development through the last three centuries. Accessible to those who know little or nothing about classical dance, Celestial Bodies will also reach and enchant long-time ballet connoisseurs. Beautifully written and elegantly illustrated with original drawings, Celestial Bodies offers a comprehensive history and an essential guide to this celebrated art form for neophytes and devotees alike"-- Provided by publisher.

Like brothers

May 10, 2018
Duplass, Mark, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (The League, Transparent, Togetherness, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique personal memoir"-- Provided by publisher.

The last cowboys : a pioneer family in the new West

May 10, 2018
Branch, John (Sports reporter), author.
277 pages ; 24 cm
Branding day -- King of the rodeo -- Cowbells in the fog -- Blood and tradition.
Presents a portrait of the Wright family of Smith Mesa and their achievements as successful rodeo champions and cattle ranchers, tracing their battles against natural obstacles and injuries and how the changes of the twenty-first century are challenging their future.

Kenzie's rules for life

May 8, 2018
Ziegler, Mackenzie, 2004- author.
New York : Gallery Books, [2018]
xvi, 229 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Growing up is hard, but growing up in the spotlight is even harder. However, Mackenzie Ziegler is taking it all in stride, thanks to her positive attitude on life. From getting her start on Dance Moms, to her sold-out tour alongside Johnny Orlando, there’s nothing that she can’t do. In Kenzie’s Rules for Life, the dance prodigy, singer/songwriter, actress, and model offers her advice on friendship, family, fitness, style, and positivity. She shares lessons drawn from her own experiences for those navigating through their tween years on how to be happy, healthy, and confident in all aspects of their lives."


May 7, 2018
Cincinnati Ballet.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [Cincinnati Ballet]
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Title supplied by cataloger.

The seasons of my mother : a memoir of love, family, and flowers

May 3, 2018
Harden, Marcia Gay, author.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: My mother's flower path -- My mother is a brightly ribboned maypole -- My mother is a crescent moon -- My mother holds me like Mary holds Jesus -- My mother flies with Superwoman -- My mother is an orange hibiscus in a brown coffee cup - My mother is a miraculous bamboo -- My mother is a driftwood ballerina -- My mother is a bottle of extra virgin olive oil -- My mother is a silver-wrapped piece of Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum - My mother is a Harry Winston diamond -- My mother is a star navigator -- My mother is an Easter Bunny in a white confectioner's egg -- Epilogue.
"In this poetic and inspiring memoir, one of America's most revered actresses uses the imagery of flowers and the art of ikebana to depict the unique creative bond that she has had with her mother throughout the years--and how, together, they are facing her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Marcia Gay Harden knew at a young age that her life would be anything but ordinary. One of five lively children born to two Texas natives--Beverly, a proper Dallas lady, and Thad, a young officer in the US Navy hailing from El Paso--she always had a knack for storytelling, role-playing, and mischief-making. As a military family, the Hardens moved often, and their travels abroad eventually took them to a home off the coast of Japan. It was here that Beverly, amidst the many challenges of raising a gaggle of youngsters, found solace in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Using the imagery of flowers and ikebana as her starting point, Marcia Gay Harden takes us through the different seasons of her mother's life, all the while weaving in the story of her own journey from precocious young girl to budding artist to Academy Award-winning actress. With a razor-sharp wit, as well as the kind of emotional honesty that has made her performances resonate with audiences worldwide, Marcia describes the family's travels overseas, her flourishing career in New York and Hollywood, and, most poignantly, Beverly's struggles today to maintain her identity as she tackles her greatest challenge yet: Alzheimer's disease. Featuring photographs of gorgeous ikebana arrangements created specially for this book, this memoir illustrates the uniqueness, beauty, and unforgettable love of motherhood, as Marcia does what Beverly can no longer do: she remembers. Like a cross between Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Lisa Genova's Still Alice, this memoir is a lyrical, loving homage to one mother's strength as reflected in the tenacity and artistry of her daughter"-- Provided by publisher.

Go ask Ali : half-baked advice (and free lemonade)

May 1, 2018
Wentworth, Alexandra.
xii, 204 pages ; 22 cm
At once endearing and hilarious, thoughtful and far-fetched, this third collection offers Ali Wentworth at her wisest and wittiest as she delivers tips, pointers, and quips on a host of life's conundrums and sticky situations, including the funny, sometimes embarrassing yet unforgettable situations that have shaped her inimitable world view as a wife, mother, actress, comedian, and all around bon vivant.

Must-see sci-fi : 50 movies that are out of this world

April 30, 2018
De Forest, Sloan, author.
Philadelphia : Running Press, 2018.
280 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm

Mixing work with pleasure : my life at Studio Ghibli

April 23, 2018
Suzuki, Toshio, 1948 August 19-
235 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Translation of: Shigoto dōraku.
Preface to the English edition -- Preface to the revised Japanese edition -- About the Japanese revised edition -- In place of a preface: memories never to be forgotten -- 1. Mixing work with pleasure / trust means total trust: the animage era -- 2. The importance of shared interests in relationships: meeting Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki -- 3. The importance of being the director's ally: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the founding of Studio Ghibli -- 4. New ideas are within a radius of three meters: Hayao Miyazaki filmmaking -- 5. Filmmaking is like tumbling all together down a slope: the philosophy and practice of Isao Takahata -- 6. There is no end to worrying in this world: the life of Yasuyoshi Tokuma -- 7. For making things, small companies are best:Ghibli as a "small neighborhood factory" -- 8. The future opens up to the steady and steadfast: always think in the present tense -- Afterword to the original Japanese edition (2008): how films result from casual conversation -- Afterword to the revised Japanese edition (2014): a word about flowers -- Toshio Suzuki chronology -- Bibliography.

Caddyshack : the making of a Hollywood Cinderella story

April 20, 2018
Nashawaty, Chris, author.
294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
The Algonquin round table with a couple of wobbly legs -- If you don't buy this magazine ... -- Live from New York -- Knowledge is good -- Tinseltown gold rush -- Like the Dick Van Dyke Show -- Finally some respect -- Rolling Hills ... and action! -- Rappin' Rodney -- The pizza man -- Total consciousness -- Pool or the pond -- The dynamite caper -- The unkindest cut -- Enter the gopher -- Judgment day -- Welcome, Kenney mourners!
"In the summer of 1980, a group of authority-defying comedy geniuses from Saturday Night Live, the Second City improv troupe, and the National Lampoon magazine created the funniest sports movie ever made. Maybe the funniest movie ever made, period. But the movie we all know and love as a benchmark of comedic film didn't start that way.g. The story of Caddyshack began, improbably, at Harvard University, when three editors of The Harvard Lampoon (Doug Kenney, Rob Hoffman, and Henry Beard) decided to unleash their revolutionary humor on the world at large and publish the National Lampoon. The magazine quickly became a cultural juggernaut, expanding from page to stage and attracting the talents of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. Together, they set American popular culture on fire, and the Lampoon team quickly turned to film. After Animal House became a box office blockbuster, the brilliant and drug-addled minds of the Lampoon turned their focus on a story from Bill and Brian Doyle-Murray's childhood summers spent working at Chicago country clubs. The making of Caddyshack turned out to be even crazier and funnier than the film, as this ragtag group of party animal filmmakers descended on a Florida country club to shoot the movie over three very memorable months."--Dust jacket.

Giant : Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the making of a legendary American film

April 16, 2018
Graham, Don, 1940- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Long story short -- Beefcake baron -- Tell mama all -- Plantation life -- Lone star -- West of the Pecos -- Plein air -- Duel in the sun -- Being and nothingness in L.A. -- Love and marriage -- Last days at the Villa Capri -- Fanfare -- Meta-marfasis.
"A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology. Featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, Giant is an epic film of fame and materialism, based around the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the establishment of the King Ranch of South Texas."--Dust jacket.

Pretty mess

April 11, 2018
Jayne, Erika, author.
289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Without her alter-ego Erika Jayne, Erika Girardi says she'd just be "another rich bitch with a plane"--so get ready for the dishy, tell-all memoir from show-stopping performer, model, singer, and beloved star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika Jayne. Erika Jayne didn't make it this far by holding back. Now, in her first-ever memoir, the fan favorite star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills bares her heart, mind, and soul. In Pretty Mess, Erika spills on every aspect of her life: from her rise to fame as a daring and fiery pop/dance performer and singer; to her decision to accept a role on reality television; to the ups and downs of family life (including her marriage to famed lawyer Tom Girardi, thirty-three years her senior). There's much more to Erika Jayne than fans see on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Pretty Mess is her opportunity to dig deep and tell her many-layered, unique, and inspiring life story. As fun and fearless as its author, this fascinating memoir proves once and for all why Erika Jayne is so beloved: she's strong, confident, genuine, and here to tell all!"-- Provided by publisher.

True stories from an unreliable witness : a feminist coming of age

April 5, 2018
Lahti, Christine, author.
New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xviii, 200 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: Why write now? (Click) -- Free John Funky -- The smile of her -- Make-believer -- Hidden -- Walking -- Shit happens -- The wet towel -- The street where "they" lived -- Mississippi baby -- Losing virginity -- Kidnapped -- What I wish I'd known about love scenes -- Brave -- Dear pregnant women of a certain age... -- Running on empty -- Panic -- Brother -- Monster -- Mamma Mia -- Waiting.
A collection of interrelated personal stories by the actress best known for her work on such productions as "Chicago Hope" and "The Blacklist" focuses on the milestones of her childhood, early career, and midlife while reflecting on the realities of being a woman in Hollywood.

Something wonderful : Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway revolution

April 3, 2018
Purdum, Todd S., author.
x, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built. [This is a portrait of that creative partnership]"

Space Odyssey : Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the making of a masterpiece

April 2, 2018
Benson, Michael, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xii, 497 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film's release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece. Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn't yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001's resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence. Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick's widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001's leading man-ape; and many others. A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, Space Odyssey provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke's first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film's legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status"-- Provided by publisher.

This is me : loving the person you are today

March 30, 2018
Metz, Chrissy, 1980- author.
308 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Use the pretty napkin -- Bottle rocket in a beer bottle -- Too much but not enough -- Bee mindful: Say thank you -- Secret summer -- Be not afraid -- Bee mindful: Preschool rules still apply -- You're here for a reason -- These are the breaks -- Bee mindfuL; How to be an agent of change in your own life -- Woo me with your words -- Bee mindful: The shrouded supreme -- Lost Angeles -- If nothing changes, nothing changes -- Bee mindful: My new vows -- When you're so thirsty you're dehydrated -- Bee mindful: Don't call him back -- Falling forward -- The not-so-big easy -- Bee mindful: Hurt people hurt people -- Do whatcha wanna do -- Bee mindful: Wear what makes you happy -- Return on the investment -- Bee mindful: The power of an apology -- A reason, a season, or a lifetime -- Bee mindful: Give back to others (and to yourself) -- Forever never fades -- P.S.: A letter from Chrissy to Kate.
A book of inspirational and spiritual life lessons from the star of NBC's "This Is Us" examines the role of authenticity and sincerity in her successes, encouraging readers to claim their rightful places in a world that constantly undermines individuals.

Every day I'm hustling

March 30, 2018
Fox, Vivica A., 1964- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
xii, 273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The start of our hustle -- Find your dream-and actually make it happen -- A troubleshooting guide to the heart -- Look amazing at any age or budget -- Maintaining success as you grow through change.

Just the funny parts : ... and a few hard truths about sneaking into the Hollywood boys' club

March 29, 2018
Scovell, Nell, author.
xi, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Who is Nell Scovell? Every character needs a backstory ; Sports and SPY ; The setup ; The big twist ; The payoff -- Get me Nell Scovell! The Simpsons: Fugu me! ; Brush with greatness: working for Letterman ; The meet cute ; We're all Oompa Loompas ; So you want to run a TV show -- Get me a younger, cheaper Nell Scovell! Poetry is in the doing ; The ones that got away ; You sexy motherwriter ; The decade-long roller-coaster ride -- Who is Nell Scovell? "Fame whore" ; The one I'd been waiting for ; Lily Tomlin, the Kennedy Center ... and a surprise guest ; Our funny president ; Stage five of a Hollywood writer's career.
For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows. In 2009, she gave up her behind-the-scenes status. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers' rooms. Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account of a nerdy girl from New England fighting her way to the top of the highly-competitive, male-dominated entertainment field.

Unsuccessful thug : one comedian's journey from Naptown to Tinseltown

March 29, 2018
Epps, Mike, author.
269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
The stand-up comedian and actor best known for his appearances in the Friday and Hangover films traces his career and celebrity relationships as well as the early brushes with the law.

My days : happy and otherwise

March 28, 2018
Ross, Marion, 1928- author.
xiii, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
The actress best known for her portrayal of "Mrs. C" on "Happy Days" recalls her childhood in rural Minnesota, her early career in Hollywood, and her life-changing role on the popular TV sitcom, and pays tribute to the many people who helped to fulfill her dreams.

Black performance on the outskirts of the left : a history of the impossible

March 27, 2018
Gaines, Malik, author.
x, 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Introduction : a legacy of radical differences -- Nina Simone's quadruple consciousness -- Efua Sutherland, Ama Ata Aidoo, the state, and the stage -- The radical ambivalence of Günther Kaufmann -- The Cockettes, Sylvester, and performance as life -- Afterword : a history of impossible progress.
This book illustrates the black political ideas that radicalized the artistic endeavors of musicians, playwrights, and actors beginning in the 1960s. These ideas paved the way for imaginative models for social transformation through performance. Using the notion of excess its transgression, multiplicity, and ambivalence Malik Gaines considers how performances of that era circulated a black political discourse capable of unsettling commonplace understandings of race, gender, and sexuality. Following the transnational route forged by W.E.B. Du Bois, Josephine Baker, and other modern political actors, from the United States to West Africa, Europe and back, this book considers how artists negotiated at once the local, national, and diasporic frames through which race has been represented. Looking broadly at performances found in music, theater, film, and everyday life from American singer and pianist Nina Simone, Ghanaian playwrights Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo, Afro-German actor Gunther Kaufmann, to California-based performer Sylvester Gaines explores how shared signs of racial legacy and resistance politics are articulated with regional distinction. Bringing the lens forward through contemporary art performance at the 2015 Venice Biennial, Gaines connects the idea of sixties radicality to today s interest in that history, explores the aspects of those politics that are lost in translation, and highlights the black expressive strategies that have maintained potent energy.

From the left : a life in the crossfire

March 26, 2018
Press, Bill, 1940- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2018.
xiii, 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword: Don't take no shit -- Canal rat on the Delaware -- Joining God's army -- California dreamin' -- Lower your expectations -- Bill Press, true American -- Bill Press for Senate -- "Pat, you ignorant slut!" -- MSNBC and beyond -- Life inside the beltway -- Feel the Bern.
"Press hosted Crossfire and The Spin Room on CNN, and Buchanan and Press on MSNBC. A member of the White House Press Corps and columnist for Tribune Media Services and The Hill, Press was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders and hosted two of the Senator's first presidential strategy sessions in his living room."--from Dust jacket flap.

The world of Disney A Wrinkle in time : the making of the movie

March 22, 2018
Egan, Kate.
123 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Madeleine's world -- The world of the film -- First steps -- The Murrys' world -- The Mrs.'s world -- The world of Uriel -- The world of Orion -- The world of Camazotz -- The world of Ixchel -- The legacy of A wrinkle in time.
The Making Of A Wrinkle In Time is a perfect companion to Disney's upcoming movie adaptation of the timeless novel! This keepsake book takes readers behind the scenes of the film, complete with interviews, photographs, and details about production, costumes, characters, and the world of Wrinkle and its author, Madeleine L'Engle. Highly visual, entertaining, and informative, The Making of A Wrinkle In Time is perfect for moviegoers and fans of this iconic story.


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