New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

March 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

American dance : the complete illustrated history

March 27, 2015
Fuhrer, Margaret.
Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2014.
288 pages : illustrations (some color ) ; 32 cm
"A lavishly illustrated history of American dance; covers more than four centuries, from Native American ceremonial dances to the early 21st century."-- Provided by publisher.

The ultimate Woody Allen film companion

March 25, 2015
Bailey, Jason, 1975- author.
Minneapolis : Voyageur Press, 2014.
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Includes filmography.
"A complete look at the extensive, ageless, unparalleled filmography of Woody Allen. Writer, actor, director, comedian, author, and musician, Woody Allen is one of the most culturally and cinematically influential filmmakers of all time. His films - he has over 45 writing and directing credits to his name - range from slapstick to tragedy, farce to fantasy. As one of history's most prolific moviemakers, his style and comic sensibility have been imitated, but never replicated, by countless other filmmakers over the years. In The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion, film writer Jason Bailey profiles every one of Allen's films: from his debut feature, What's Up, Tiger Lily, through slapstick classics such as Take the Money and Run and Sleeper; Academy Award-winning films such as Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters; and recent gems such as Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine. Bailey also includes essays on the fascinating themes that color Allen's works, from death and Freud to music and New York City. Getting up close and personal with the actors and actresses that have brought the iconic films to life, this book's behind-the-scenes stories span the entire career of a man whose catalog has grown into a timeless cornerstone of American pop culture. Complete with full cast lists, production details, and full-color images and artwork, The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion is the ultimate, indispensable reference to one of cinema's most beloved and important figures"-- Provided by publisher.

Charles Walters : the director who made Hollywood dance

March 25, 2015
Phillips, Brent, author.
Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, [2014]
xii, 322 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Anaheim hoofer -- A "new face" in town -- Beginning the beguine -- The show is on -- Broadway's "ranking dancing juvenile" -- Backstage -- "You think like a director" -- Putting his Best Foot Forward -- A company man -- Good News -- A swell couple -- Fred and Ginger -- Metro-Goldwyn-Schary -- Get happy -- "A dear dame" -- Playing the palace -- Hi-lili, hi-lo -- "A masterpiece of modern moisture" -- "Two-faced woman" -- Cinderella stories -- In High Society -- Branching out -- A virgin and a housewife -- Spoiled spinster -- "What elephant?" -- Ain't down yet -- After the lion -- Final ovation -- Appendix: the works of Charles Walters.
From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's last dance on the silver screen (The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland's timeless, tuxedo-clad performance of "Get Happy" (Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the iconic musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. During his career, this Academy Award--nominated director and choreographer showcased the talents of stars such as Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. However, despite his many critical and commercial triumphs, Walters's name often goes unrecognized today. Phillips chronicles his career, his Hollywood successes at MGM, and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American popular culture.

Travelling to work : diaries 1988-1998

March 24, 2015
Palin, Michael, author.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014.
xxii, 563 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Alfred Hitchcock : the man who knew too much

March 19, 2015
Wood, Michael, 1936-
©2015
129 pages ; 22 cm.

Conquering chaos

March 17, 2015
Lowell, Catelynn, author.
©2015
viii, 150 pages ; 22 cm
"How did two troublemaking kids from the trailer park make it through the storm of family dysfunction, teen pregnancy, and adoption without letting go of each other? What gave them the strength to conquer the chaos of their lives and go on to become people their children could be proud of? And what really happened when the [16 and pregnant and Teen mom] cameras weren't there?"--Amazon.com.

Cosplay world

March 17, 2015
Ashcraft, Brian, author.
©2014
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Why acting matters

February 27, 2015
Thomson, David, 1941-
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
178 pages ; 21 cm
Towards the end of the day -- Twilight -- A moment later -- That night -- Epilogue.

Becoming Richard Pryor

February 16, 2015
Saul, Scott, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xvi, 586 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the New Hollywood of the 1970s"--Amazon.com.

The Sound of Music story : how a beguiling young novice, a handsome Austrian captain, and ten singing Von Trapp children inspired the most beloved film of all time

February 12, 2015
Santopietro, Tom.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xii, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Published to coincide with the film's 50th anniversary, an ultimate fan book shares behind-the-scenes facts about The Sound of Music's filming in Austria and Hollywood and incorporates new interviews with production insiders, including Johannes von Trapp.

I'm not a terrorist, but I've played one on TV : memoirs of a Middle Eastern funny man

February 12, 2015
Jobrani, Maz, 1972- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
225 pages ; 24 cm
A "memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris"--Amazon.com.

Werner Herzog : a guide for the perplexed

February 9, 2015
Cronin, Paul, author.
©2014
xli, 542 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm.
An invaluable set of career-length interviews with the German genius hailed by Francois Truffaut as "the most important film director alive" Most of what we've heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. The sheer number of false rumors and downright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzog's body of work is one of the most important in postwar European cinema. His international breakthrough came in 1973 with 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God, ' in which Klaus Kinski played a crazed Conquistador. For 'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, ' Herzog cast in the lead a man who had spent most of his life institutionalized, and two years later he hypnotized his entire cast to make 'Heart of Glass.' He rushed to an explosive volcanic Caribbean island to film 'La Soufriere, ' paid homage to F.W. Murnau in a terrifying remake of 'Nosferatu, ' and in 1982 dragged a boat over a mountain in the Amazon jungle for 'Fitzcarraldo.'

Coney Island : visions of an American dreamland, 1861-2008

February 6, 2015
Frank, Robin Jaffee, author.
©2015.
xvi, 286 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the Wadworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, January 31-May 31, 2015.
Includes index.
Speculating at Coney Island (John F. Kasson) -- Visions of an American dreamland: Down at Coney Isle (1861-1894) / Robin Jaffee Frank -- The world's greatest playground (1895-1929) / R.J.Frank -- The nickel empire (1930-1939) / R.J. Frank -- A Coney Island of the mind (1940-1961) / R.J. Frank -- Requiem for a dream (1962-2008) / R.J. Frank -- Cinema by the seashore: Twins of the amusement world (1895-1920) / Charles Musser and Josh Glick -- Creating the Hollywood couple (1927-1949) / Josh Glick -- Cameras at Coney (1940-1953) / Charles Musser -- Nostalgia, nightmares, and the spirit of resilience (1971-2008) / Josh Glick -- Political in nature: the new Coney Island / Charles Denson.

Black Broadway : African Americans on the great white way

January 30, 2015
Lane, Stewart F., author.
©2015
xii, 275 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
African-American theater through the nineteenth century -- The turn of the century -- The 1920s and the Harlem Renaissance -- Breadlines to breakthroughs: the 1930s and 1940s -- Postwar Broadway: the 1950s -- The turbulent sixties -- The door has opened : the 1970s and 1980s -- Broadway now and tomorrow.
The African-American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it was not until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that the playing field began to level. In this remarkable book, theater producer and historian Stewart F. Lane uses words and pictures to capture this tumultuous century and to highlight the rocky road that black actors have travelled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. 0.

Respect for acting

January 30, 2015
Hagen, Uta, 1919-2004.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2008.
xiii, 226 p. ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Macmillan, 1973.
"This edition reprints the original without alteration."--p.[ii]
Part 1. The actor. Concept ; Identity ; Substitution ; Emotional memory ; Sense memory ; The five senses ; Thinking ; Walking and talking ; Improvisation ; Reality -- Part 2. The object exercises. The basic object exercise ; Three entrances ; Immediacy ; The fourth wall ; Endowment ; Talking to yourself ; Outdoors ; Conditioning forces ; History ; Character action -- Part 3. The play and the role. First contact with the play ; The character ; Circumstances ; Relationship ; The objective ; The obstacle ; The action ; The rehearsal ; Practical problems ; Communication ; Style.
This is the classic book on acting, now republished with a new foreword by actor David Hyde Pierce. Legendary actress and teacher Uta Hagen knew that an actor's finest work was often achieved for love rather than for money. She lived this philosophy, alongside her husband Herbert Berghof, at HB Studio, their acting school; together they turned a handful of scruffy old buildings into a workplace and spiritual home for actors. This work is Hagen's blueprint for the actor, her design for "enlightened stage acting." It has helped generations of actors hone their craft, and its advice is as useful now as it was in 1973, when it was first published. Graduates of HB Studio include Robert DeNiro, Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, and Bette Midler. It will continue to bring Hagen's techniques to actors and theater-lovers alike. Uta Hagen was the recipient of innumerable honors and awards during her long career, including the prestigious National Medal for the Arts in 2003. She died in 2004 at the age of 84. Haskel Frankel was the drama critic of the National Observer.

A Kim Jong-Il production : the extraordinary true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator's rise to power

January 28, 2015
Fischer, Paul, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
x, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
August, 1982 -- Reel one: a sense of destiny. A photograph on the blue house lawn ; Director Shin and Madame Choi ; Shrimp among whales ; A double rainbow over Mount Paekdu ; Kim Jong Il's first loves ; Fathers and sons ; Inside the Pyongyang picture show ; A three-second kiss ; Repulse bay -- Reel two: guests of the dear leader. The hermit kingdom ; Accused ; Musicals, movies, and ideological studies ; Taken ; The others ; Escape from Chestnut Valley ; Shin Sang-Ok died here ; The torture position ; Division 39 ; The hunger strike ; Director Shin is coming -- Intermission: the people's actress Woo in-Hee -- Reel three: produced by Kim Jong-Il. Together ; The tape recorder ; Lights, camera ; Out of the North ; Like a European movie ; The press conference ; Same bed, different dreams ; A full shooting schedule ; The rubber monster -- Vienna ; From Kim to Kim ; The stars and stripes -- 2013.
"A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, [this book] offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea's history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today"--Amazon.com.

Poirot and me

January 27, 2015
Suchet, David, author.
London : Headline, 2014.
x, 373 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Originally published: 2013.
Includes index.

For the right reasons : America's favorite bachelor on faith, love, marriage, and why nice guys finish first

January 26, 2015
Lowe, Sean, 1983- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xiii, 237 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The guy with potential -- Answering the call -- What a way to make a living -- A not-so-memorable first impression -- The big baby -- Getting on my soapbox -- The L word -- The one where I got my heart broken -- Newfound notoriety -- The driver's seat -- Moving out of the friend zone -- One step at a time -- Warning signals -- The decision -- Down on one knee -- Trying to dance with the stars -- The big day -- Bachelor no more.
"After The Bachelorette broke his heart, Sean Lowe suspected his 'nice guy' image hurt him. The show never emphasized it, but Sean committed to living according to biblical standards of sexuality, even as producers emphasized the risqué and promiscuous. A Texas boy from a Baptist home, Sean tells the story of how he went from a Division I college football player to a fan favorite on reality television, taking readers behind the scenes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to see the challenges of living out his values and faith--and ultimately winning his true loves heart"--Amazon.com.

Singing to a bulldog : from "Happy Days" to Hollywood director, and the unlikely mentor who got me there

January 22, 2015
Williams, Anson.
New York : The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., [2014].
167 pages ; 22 cm

Independent Ed : inside a career of big dreams, little movies, and the twelve best days of my life

January 21, 2015
Burns, Edward, 1968-
New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2015]
x, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Hou Hsiao-hsien

January 21, 2015
©2014
269 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
"For younger critics and audiences, Taiwanese cinema enjoys a special status, comparable with that of Italian neorealism and the French New Wave for earlier generations, a cinema that was and is introducing an innovative sensibility and fresh perspective. Hou Hsiao-hsien is the most important Taiwanese filmmaker working today, and his sensuous, richly nuanced films reflect everything that is vigorous and genuine in contemporary film culture. By combining multiple forms of tradition with a uniquely cinematic approach to space and time, Hou has created a body of work that, through its stylistic originality and historical gravity, opens up new possibilities for the medium. This new volume includes contributions by Olivier Assayas, Peggy Chiao, Chung Mong-hong, Jean-Michel Frodon, Hasumi Shigehiko, Ichiyama Shozo, Jia Zhang-ke, Kent Jones, Koreeda Hirokazu, Jean Ma, Ni Zhen, Abé Mark Nornes, James Quandt, Richard I. Suchenski, James Udden, and Wen Tien-hsiang, as well as conversations with Hou Hsiao-hsien and some of his most important collaborators over the decades."--Page 4 of cover.

Sci-fi chronicles : a visual history of the galaxy's greatest science fiction

January 20, 2015
Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, 2014.
576 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
1818-1925. Early science fiction : the birth of a genre -- 1920-50. The days of pulp : the 'golden age' of science fiction -- 1950-70. The era of the atom : the marvels and perils of science -- 1970-90. Dark futures : apocalypses and the war in space -- 1990-present. The adventure continues : modern science fiction -- Famous space ships -- The science fiction chronology -- Genre definitions.
This book is the definitive encyclopedia for the science fiction fanatic. From Barbarella to Blade Runner, from Solaris to Star Wars, and from 1984 to 2001, Sci-Fi Chronicles seeks out 200 of the greatest galactic creations. Presented in an arresting blend of incisive text, infographic timelines, and stunning photographs, each chronologically arranged entry features an entertaining overview written by a science fiction expert, plus: The lifespan of sci-fi creations, for example, from book to movie to television series; Other key media, such as comics, graphic novels, video games, manga, where appropriate; Film and television stills, book and comic covers, and other archive material. Larger franchises -- such as Doctor Who and The War of the Worlds -- feature lavish spreads of photographs illustrating how they have evolved from black-and-white beginnings to big-budget blockbusters. Seminal sagas like Star Wars and Star Trek enjoy not only a "real world" timeline of films and TV broadcasts, but also a fascinating spread detailing their role in the series' fictional universe. Sci-Fi Chronicles is a truly international guide, with entries focusing on everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Russian cult classics, and from European literature to Australian franchises. It is perfect for dipping into, while its memory-jogging mentions and illustrations make it impossible to put down. It will delight long-standing sci-fi aficionados, yet with a scope that extends from vintage volumes to amazing anime, Sci-Fi Chronicles will also entrance a younger generation. - Publisher.

Interstellar : beyond time and space : inside Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic

January 19, 2015
Vaz, Mark Cotta, author.
Philadelphia : Running Press, [2014]
153 pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 29 cm
A companion to Christopher Nolan's film, Interstellar, provides explanations of its underlying science and philosophy themes while offering cast and crew interviews, storyboards and pre-production sketches.

Sons of Anarchy : the official collectors edition

January 19, 2015
Bennett, Tara.
New York : Time Home Entertainment Inc, [2014]
207 p. : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Photographic history of the television series Sons of Anarchy.

The world of musicals : an encyclopedia of stage, screen, and song

January 19, 2015
Robinson, Mark A., 1973-
©2014
2 volumes : illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z ; Appendix 1. Most popular musicals performed by high schools : a teacher-friendly guide ; Appendix 2. Musical suggestions for schools looking for a challenge ; Appendix 3. Audition songs ; Appendix 4. Tony Award-winning best musicals ; Appendix 5. Theatrical rights licensing agents ; Appendix 6. Broadway theaters ; Appendix 7. Academy Awards for "Best song" ; Appendix 8. Musicals at the Academy Awards ; Appendix 9. Highest-grossing film musicals (adjusted for inflation) ; Appendix 10. Longest-running Broadway musicals (as of June 23, 2013)

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