New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

October 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

I must say : my life as a humble comedy legend

October 29, 2014
Short, Martin, 1950-
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
pages ; cm
An Ed-ucation -- Humble celebrity me -- Marty with parents -- Interlude: a moment with Irving Cohen -- Marty without parents -- In which I find Jesus -- Nancy's boy -- Interlude: a moment with Ed Grimley -- The nine categories -- Interlude: a moment with Jackie Rogers Jr. -- Workplace nirvana at SCTV -- Interlude: a moment with Lawrence Orbach -- Fast times at 30 rock -- Eighties-hot -- Marty throws a party just to sing -- Interlude: a moment with Franck -- When life hands you lemons, put on a fat suit and squash them between your thighs -- Interlude: a moment with Jiminy Glick -- Love, loss, and bumpkiss -- Kathie Lee wasn't wrong -- September of my years-but an unusually temperate September.
The Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actor and comic shares stories from his life that recount his early years with Saturday Night Live, the development of his numerous characters, his family life and his celebrity friendships.

So anyway...

October 29, 2014
Cleese, John, author.
New York : Crown/Archetype, [2014]
392 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

The making of Gone with the wind

October 29, 2014
Wilson, Steve, 1957 July 8- author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2014.
335 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Companion publication to the Harry Ransom Center's exhibition, September 9, 2014-January 4, 2015, marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the film's release.

Andy Kaufman : the truth, finally

October 29, 2014
Zmuda, Bob, 1949-
Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, Inc., [2014]
xiii, 210 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"For the first time ever, the two people who knew Andy Kaufman best open up about the most enigmatic artist of our generation. Comedian and Taxi star Andy Kaufman, known for his crazy antics on screen and off, was the ultimate prankster, delighting audiences with his Elvis and Mighty Mouse impressions while also antagonizing them with his wrestling and lounge lizard alter ego, Tony Clifton. In 1984, some say he died while others believe he performed the ultimate vanishing act. At last, in Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, Bob Zmuda, Andy's writer and best friend, and Lynn Margulies, the love of Andy's life, reveal all, including surprising secrets that Andy made Lynne and Bob promise never to tell until both of his parents had died. Hilarious and poignant, this book separates fact from fiction, and includes a candid inside take on the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, which starred Jim Carrey as Andy, Paul Giamatti as Zmuda, Courtney Love as Margulies and Danny DeVito as Andy's manager, George Shapiro. Zmuda and Margulies reveal what was truthful and what wasn't and share their behind-the-scenes Kaufmanesque antics they concocted with actor Jim Carrey, keeping him in character, at times, much to the chagrin of studio chiefs. Andy Kaufman also exposes intrigues of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Finally, Bob Zmuda shares-in detail-the reasons he believes Andy Kaufman did, in fact, fake his own death, including exactly how he did it and when and where Andy will return."-- Provided by publisher.

A year in the life of Downton Abbey

October 28, 2014
Fellowes, Jessica
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
320 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
January : the year abroad -- February : the children -- March : farming -- April : travel -- May : debutantes -- June : the London season -- July : summer -- August : Scotland -- September : the house party -- October : living on the estate -- November : the sporting season -- December : Christmas.

Brief encounters : conversations, magic moments, and assorted hijinks

October 28, 2014
Cavett, Dick.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xiv, 267 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A New York Times book."

Unbored games : serious fun for everyone

October 28, 2014
Glenn, Joshua, 1967-
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2014.
175 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Unbored Games has all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit of the original unbored, but with a laser-like focus on the activities we do for pure fun: to while away a rainy day, to test our skills and stretch our imaginations--games. There are more than seventy games here, 50 of them all new, plus many more recommendations, and they cover the full gambit, from old-fashioned favorites to today's high-tech games. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The lessons here: all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world"-- Provided by publisher.

The very witching time of night : dark alleys of classic horror cinema

October 28, 2014
Mank, Gregory W., author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2014]
vii, 436 pages ; 26 cm
"A very lonely soul": a tribute to Dracula's Helen Chandler -- Mad Jack unleashed: Svengali and the mad genius -- Paramount horrors: Murders in the zoo -- The mystery of Lionel Atwill: an interview with the son of the late, great horror star -- James Whale, Colin Clive, Lionel Atwill and the riding whip: the real-life horror story of the censorship of Universal's One more river -- "Baby-scarer!" Boris karloff at Warner Bros., 1935-1939 -- Libel and old lace -- Production diaries: Cat people and The curse of the cat people -- Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man revisited -- Horror propaganda: Hitler's madman -- John Carradine and his "traveling circus" -- Shock! theatre, the "half-witch and "half-fairy" and Dr. Lucifer -- Junior Laemmle, horror's "crown prince" producer.
"The book covers unusual and often surprising areas of horror film history from the harrowingly tragic life of Dracula's leading lady, Helen Chandler, as intimately remembered by her sister-in-law, to a tribute to Carl Laemmle, Jr., producer of the original Universal horror classics, including an interview with his lady friend of almost 40 years"-- Provided by publisher.

Turning point : 1997-2008

October 27, 2014
Miyazaki, Hayao, 1941-
San Francisco : VIZ Media, [2014]
452 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published as: Orikaeshiten, 1997-1998. Japan : Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, 2008.
"In the mid-1990s, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki moved from success to success as his work found an audience outside of Japan. His animated films of the era, including Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, were internationally lauded, and Miyazaki won an Academy Award in 2003 for his popular and critical hit Spirited Away. Follow Miyazaki as his vision matures, as cinema-lovers worldwide embrace his creations, and as critics such as Roger Ebert take up the cause of animation and Miyazaki's films. In a legendary career, these crucial years represent the turning point"-- Provided by publisher.

True love

October 24, 2014
Lopez, Jennifer, 1970-
New York : Celebra, [2014]
x, 276 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
One of the most influential Latina performers in history opens up about her life's most defining period, two years during which it took everything she had to rise above the greatest challenges she had ever faced.

Charlie Chaplin : a brief life

October 24, 2014
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
viii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A London childhood -- On stage -- Keep it wistful -- Making a living -- The rhythm -- The eternal imp -- Charlee! -- Mutual relations -- The little mouse -- The ostrich egg -- Home again -- Why don't you jump? -- The edge of madness -- The beauty of silence -- The machine -- The German tramp -- Let us work and fight -- Proceed with the butchery -- No return -- The shadows.
A concise portrait of the iconic film star traces his humble theatrical beginnings through his honorary Academy Award win, sharing anecdotes about his lesser-known antics and associations.

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.

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