New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

December 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

What the eye hears : a history of tap dancing

November 30, 2015
Seibert, Brian.
vi, 612 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The first authoritative history of tap-dancing one of the great art forms originated in America"-- Provided by publisher.

Young Orson : the years of luck and genius on the path to Citizen Kane

November 30, 2015
McGilligan, Patrick.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
x, 820 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Before the beginning -- Rosebuds -- Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow -- Seventy years in a man's life -- After the end.
"In the history of American popular culture, there is no more dramatic story--no swifter or loftier ascent to the pinnacle of success and no more tragic downfall--than that of Orson Welles. In this magisterial biography, Patrick McGilligan brings young Orson into focus as never before. He chronicles Welles's early life growing up in Wisconsin and Illinois as the son of an alcoholic industrialist and a radical suffragist and classical musician, and the magical early years of his career, including his marriage and affairs, his influential friendships, and his artistic collaborations"--Publisher's description.

But enough about me : a memoir

November 24, 2015
Reynolds, Burt, author.
xvii, 302 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Big Burt -- Mo Mustaine -- Buddy -- Teammates -- Watson Duncan III -- Rip Torn -- Spencer Tracy -- Bette Davis -- Jim Brown -- John Boorman and Jon Voight -- Helen Gurley Brown -- Lee Marvin -- Roy Rogers -- Dinah Shore -- Frank Sinatra -- Johnny Carson -- Destaphanado -- Clint Eastwood -- Hal Needham -- Smokey -- Sally Field -- John Bassett and Donald Trump -- Charles Nelson Reilly -- Loni and Quinton -- Ossie Davis -- Jack Horner -- Jocks -- Actors and Movie Stars -- Directors -- Students -- Burt.
"Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom ... Reynolds has seen it all. [This book] will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey. In his words, he plans to 'call out the assholes,' try to make amends for being the asshole myself on too many occasions, and pay homage to the many heroes he has come to love and respect"--

William Cameron Menzies : the shape of films to come

November 24, 2015
Curtis, James, 1953- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
xiv, 416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plataes : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Atlanta rising -- An artist of the modern school -- The thief of Baghdad -- The hooded falcon -- Maturing period -- I could see the future clearly -- Profound unrest -- A few faintly repressed Bronx cheers -- Wonderland -- The shape of things to come -- What I've wanted to do all my life -- Production designed by ... -- GWTW -- Something quite bold -- The best spot in town -- Address unknown -- Ivy -- Making a living -- Worth every penny.
He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors' positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film. Here is the long-awaited book on William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood's first and greatest production designer, a job title David O. Selznick invented for Menzies' extraordinary, all-encompassing, Academy Award-winning work on Gone With the Wind (which he effectively co-directed). It was Menzies--winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Art Direction, and who was as well a director (fourteen pictures) and a producer (twelve pictures)--who changed the way movies were (and still are) made, in a career that spanned four decades, from the 1920s through the 1950s. Now, James Curtis, acclaimed film historian and biographer, writes of Menzies' life and work as the most influential designer in the history of film. Interviewing colleagues, actors, directors, friends, and family, and with full access to the Menzies family collection of artwork and unpublished writing, Curtis gives us the path-finding work of the movies' most daring and dynamic production designer: his evolution as artist, art director, production designer, and director. Here is a portrait of a man in his time that makes clear how the movies were forever transformed by his startling, visionary work.--Adapted from book jacket.

Monster mash : the creepy, kooky monster craze in America 1957-1972

November 23, 2015
Voger, Mark, author.
187 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm

Downton Abbey : a celebration

November 20, 2015
Fellowes, Jessica, author.
317 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
"The official companion to all six seasons"--cover.
"A Carnival Films / Masterpiece co-production."
At Home with the Family -- Behind the Green Baize Door -- The Estate and Village -- Beyond the Boundaries -- Episode guide.
Since the moment we first entered Downton Abbey in 1912, we have been swept away by its evocative world of romance, intrigue, drama, and tradition. Now, in 1925, as Downton Abbey prepares to close its doors for the final time, Jessica Fellowes leads us through the house and estate, reliving the iconic moments of the wonderfully aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as they navigate the emerging modern age. Includes in-depth interviews with the cast, as well as a complete episode guide for the first five seasons and a teaser for the sixth.

Mad men carousel : the complete critical companion

November 20, 2015
Seitz, Matt Zoller, author.
New York, NY : Abrams, 2015.
463 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This book is a time machine. It goes backwards and forwards through all seven seasons. It takes longtime fans to a place where they ache to go again. It guides new viewers on their first trip to 1960s Madison Avenue. It lets us think about the show the way a TV critic does. Around and around and back home again, to a place where we know why it's loved."--Jacket.

Star Wars psychology : dark side of the mind

November 19, 2015
xvii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This essay collection offers a fascinating psychological analysis of the compelling and complex universe of George Lucas's richly rendered Star Wars series. A group of expert contributors examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this psychologically spellbinding world." -- ONIX annotation.

The big bang theory : the official trivia guide

November 19, 2015
Faberman, Adam, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
vii, 374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Make 'em laugh : short-term memories of longtime friends

November 18, 2015
Reynolds, Debbie, author.
xiv, 268 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / Carrie Fisher -- A great honor -- The Cinderella story of the Texas tomboy -- Early days -- It's the pictures that got smaller -- A picture is worth a thousand woids -- The royal treatment -- Friends without benefits -- You got to have friends -- Family matters -- Happy Mother's Day 2015.
The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all, and done most of it.

I lost it at the video store : a filmmakers' oral history of a vanished era

November 18, 2015
Roston, Tom, interviewer.
154 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Losing it -- An education -- Clerk life -- The indie-horror paradigm -- Stocking the shelves -- The man with the keys -- Reservoir Dogs -- Follow the money -- Kevin Smith grabs the mic -- The second clerk generation -- Three nails in the coffin: Blockbuster, DVD, and the Internet -- Wake up streaming -- What's lost.
"In I lost it at the video store, Tom Roston interviews the filmmakers, including John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and Allison Adners, who came of age during the reign of video rentals"--jacket flap.

Doctor Who : the Time Lord letters

November 17, 2015
Richards, Justin, author.
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
"A unique collection of more than 100 never-before-seen letters, notes, and jottings both by and to the Doctor - correspondence by turns entertaining and inspiring, funny and flippant, brilliant and incredible drawn from all fifty-two years of the show. No one could travel through history - past present and future - as much as the Doctor does without leaving an impression. Much of what we know about this mysterious figure comes from what he does - the planets he saves and the monsters he defeats. But until now we've had little knowledge of his writings. These rich and diverse documents paint an extraordinarily detailed picture of the Doctor and include his plea to the Time Lords to help end the War Games, an extract from the written defense he submitted at his subsequent trial, his application for the post of Caretaker at Coal Hill School, his apology to the Queen for missing dinner, even telepathic messages to the High Council on Gallifrey and his famous letter to Santa Claus. Like the Doctor himself, the mood can change in an instant. The Time Lord Letters captures the best and most dramatic moments of an impossible life. You'll never see the Doctor in quite the same way again."--provided by publisher.

Creating the illusion : a fashionable history of Hollywood costume designers

November 17, 2015
Jorgensen, Jay, 1964- author.
416 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 32 cm
Marilyn Monroe made history by standing over a subway grating in a white pleated halter dress designed by William Travilla. Hubert de Givenchy immortalized the Little Black Dress with a single opening scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's. A red nylon jacket signaled to audiences that James Dean was a Rebel Without a Cause. For more than a century, costume designers have left indelible impressions on moviegoers' minds, yet until now, so little has been known about the designers themselves and their work to compliment and enrich stories through fashion. Hollywood Costume Design presents the history of fashion on film, showcasing not only classic moments from film favorites, but a host of untold stories about the creative talent working behind the scenes to dress the stars from the silent era to the present day.

The life and times of Mickey Rooney

November 16, 2015
Birnes, William J., author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
xx, 601 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographic references (pages 551-570) and index
Description based on hardcover edition.
Foreword / by Roger Kahn -- Introduction / by Jeanine Basinger -- Prologue: The last movie -- Born in a trunk -- Mickey McGuire -- Ma Lawlor and Universal Studios -- Selznick rescues Mickey : the start at MGM -- A midsummer night's dream -- The gates of hell -- Mickey and the Lion -- The make-believe world of Andy Hardy's America -- Mickey and Judy and the MGM backyard musicals -- Mickey goes wild -- Ava -- The first divorce -- Mickey and the pit bull -- Greetings -- Rooney Inc. -- The Lion strikes back -- The Mick, the Duke, and the deuce in the coconut -- Bigamy and Barbara Ann -- The Mickey jinx and the murder in Brentwood -- Career swings -- The seventies: aftermath of tragedy -- Escape from Los Angeles -- Sugar babies -- Mickey's back : the Oscars, and the Emmys, and Bill -- Going ungently into that good night -- Time may lie heavy between -- The last years -- His revels are now ended -- It's a wrap -- Afterword / by Paul Petersen -- Appendix: Mickey Rooney filmography and credits (in chronological order).
"A definitive biography of the iconic actor and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) and his extravagant, sometimes tawdry life, drawing on never-before-seen excerpts from Rooney's diary and exclusive interviews with Mickey, and with those who knew him best, including his heretofore unknown mistress of sixty years"-- Provided by publisher.

The bassoon king : my life in art, faith, and idiocy

November 13, 2015
Wilson, Rainn, 1968- author.
xvi, 301 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"With a foreword by Dwight Schrute"--Dust jacket.
What shall we name Baby Fathead? -- The worms of Nicaragua -- My seventies show -- Compendium of comic sidekicks -- The nerd of God -- The bassoonist -- How Elvis Costello made me an actor -- The greatest albums of the early eighties (in no particular order) -- A Chorus Line matinee -- The only living boy in New York -- An actor repairs -- Shitty jobs -- The face of God -- Volcano love -- Adventures in theater -- I bombed on Broadway -- Welcome to Los Angeles -- Dwight K. Schrute, Assistant (to the) Regional Manager -- Almost famous 2 -- Random Office memories -- Soul pancakes -- Ten things I know for sure.
A comedic memoir by the actor best known for his portrayal of Dwight on The Office traces his experiences as a young misfit, his early career struggles and his post-success reconnection with the artistic and creative values of his Baha'i faith.

Dear Mr. You

November 13, 2015
Parker, Mary-Louise, author.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
viii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Dear Mr. You -- Dear Grandpa -- Dear Daddy -- Dear Yaqui Indian Boy -- Dear Risk Taker -- Dear Movement Teacher -- Dear Blue -- Dear Abraham -- Dear Popeye -- Dear Man Out of Time -- Dear Father Bob -- Dear Miss Girl -- Dear Big Feet -- Dear Former Boyfriend -- Dear Mentor -- Dear Young Leman -- Dear Poetry Man -- Dear Cerberus -- Dear Rafiki Yangu -- Dear Firefighter -- Dear NASA -- Dear Mr. Cabdriver -- Dear Orderly -- Dear Storyteller -- Dear Uncle -- Dear Lifeline -- Dear Neighbor -- Dear Gem -- Dear Little Owl -- Dear Doctor -- Dear Gorgeous -- Dear Emergency Contact -- Dear Future Man Who Loves My Daughter -- Dear Oyster Picker.
"A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker. An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Readers will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jedi path : a manual for students of the force

November 11, 2015
Wallace, Daniel, 1970- author.
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, [2015]
160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
pt. 1. Introduction to the Jedi Order. The Jedi code ; The history of the Jedi order ; The prophecy of the chosen one -- pt. 2. Jedi initiate. Joining a clan ; Attire and comportment ; The three pillars of the Jedi ; The first pillar: the force ; The second pillar: knowledge ; The third pillar: self-discipline ; The initiate trials -- pt. 3. Padawan. Becoming an apprentice ; Padawan attire and conduct ; The reassignment conduct ; Lightsabers: their construction and use ; Sense abilities ; Field equipment and mission responsibility ; Advanced cultures and politics in the Republic ; Studying aboard Praxeum ships ; The Jedi trials ; The Knighting ceremony -- pt. 4. Jedi knight. Roles and duties of a Jedi knight ; Jedi guardian ; Jedi consular ; Jedi sentinel ; Alter abilities ; Advanced lightsaber techniques ; Enlisting new members ; The history of the Sith ; Threats to Jedi teachings ; Taking on a Padawan learner ; Becoming a master and grand master ; Transcending death.
Lost your copy of the Jedi training manual? Don't worry, you can borrow Luke Skywalker's -- it's been passed down through several owners, such as Yoda, Dooku, and Anakin, and now you can read their annotations and comments. You'll discover the history and lore of the Jedi Order, the ways of the Force and how to wield it, the subtle nuances of lightsaber combat, and the dangers of the Dark Side.

One little spark! : Mickey's Ten Commandments and The road to imagineering

November 11, 2015
Sklar, Marty, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney Editions, [2015]
xxv, 228 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Don't avoid the clichés -- Mickey's ten commandments -- The Mousecar and the Goof -- Commandment # 1: Know your audience -- Commandment #2: Wear your guest's shoes -- Commandment #3: Organize the flow of people and ideas -- Commandment #4: Create a wienie (visual magnet) -- Commandment #5: Communicate with visual literacy -- Commandment #6: Avoid overload- create turn-ons -- Commandment #7: Tell one story at a time -- Commandment #8: Avoid contradictions- maintain identity -- Commandment #9: For every ounce of treatment, provide a ton of treat -- Commandment #10: Keep it up (maintain it).
Walt Disney Imagineering is one of the most secretive places at The Walt Disney Company. No tours are allowed: the Imagineers- artists, writers, designers, scientists, engineers, architects, and those in almost 140 other disciplines- are always creating new projects to be unveiled four or five years later in one or more of the Disney parks around the world. One Little Spark! is everyone's "insider's view" into the world where Disney park dreams are born and built!

How to watch a movie

November 10, 2015
Thomson, David, 1941- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
242 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Are We Having Fun? -- Screens -- Alone Together? -- See It Once, Watch It Twice? -- Watching and Seeing -- What Is Cinematic Information? -- What Is a Shot? -- What Is a Cut, and Does It Hurt? -- What Do You Hear? -- What Is a Story, and Does It Matter? -- Who Makes These Movies? -- What Does a Hero Do? -- Can You See the Money? -- The Document and the Dream -- Where Is the Screen? -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
A critic shares professional insights into how to derive more from a film experience, analyzing a range of iconic films to reveal metaphorical artistry techniques in the acting, filming, dialogue, and music.

Troublemaker : surviving Hollywood and Scientology

November 10, 2015
Remini, Leah, 1970- author.
xiv, 234 pages, 24 unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
"The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an ... insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology"--Dust jacket flap.

Whoniverse : the unofficial planet-by-planet guide to the universe of the Doctor, from Gallifrey to Skaro

November 9, 2015
Parkin, Lance, author.
Hauppauge, New York : Barron's, 2016.
288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Includes index.
"An unofficial planet-by-planet guide to the universe of the Doctor, from Gallifrey to Skaro"--Cover.
Features plenty of facts, stats, trivia, data, illustrations, timelines, photographs and more about the universe of Dr. Who, in a book that covers all 12 doctors. --Publisher

David Lynch : the man from another place

November 6, 2015
Lim, Dennis, 1973- author.
184 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title from the jacket.

Woody : the biography

November 6, 2015
Evanier, David, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
384 pages : iilustrations ; 25 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Introduction: How I got to Woody -- Enchantment was the reason -- "Writing saved his life" -- The real Broadway Danny Rose -- "Woody, c'est moi" -- Bathing in honey -- "As tough and romantic as the city he loved" -- The woman who saves Leonard Zelig -- Dick and Woody -- "Startling intimations of greatness" -- Sex, lies, and videotapes -- Woody pulls the rabbit out of the hat-again -- Balls of steel -- Epilogue: Touching the entire world.
"In this first biography of Woody Allen in over a decade, David Evanier discusses key movies, plays and prose as well as Allen's personal life. Evanier tackles the themes that Allen has spent a lifetime sorting through in art: morality, sexuality, Judaism, the eternal struggle of head and heart. Woody will be the definitive word on a major American talent as he begins his ninth decade, and his sixth decade of making movies"-- Provided by publisher.

Shoot like Spielberg : the visual secrets of action, wonder and emotional adventure

November 6, 2015
Kenworthy, Christopher.
Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, 2015.
viii, 133 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Desperate chase: Raiders of the lost ark -- Guiding the eye: E.T. the extra terrestrial -- Revealing ideas: Jurassic Park -- Visual reveals: Empire of the sun -- Dynamic dialogue: Jaws -- Waves of suspense: Catch me if you can -- Depth staging: Schindler's list -- Symbolic heights: Amistad -- Rapid storytelling: Amistad -- Visual storytelling: Empire of the sun -- Conclusion.

I blame Dennis Hopper : and other stories from a life lived in and out of the movies

November 6, 2015
Douglas, Illeana, 1965-
New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"In 1969, Illeana Douglas' parents saw the film Easy Rider. Like many folks of that generation, the groundbreaking film transformed them. Taking Dennis Hopper's words, "That's what it's all about man", to heart, they abandoned what Illeana had hoped would be her comfortable upper middle class life for a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, "Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper like father at the center of it. Years later I would work with Dennis Hopper on the film Search and Destroy"-- Provided by publisher.


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