New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

December 1, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Who were the Three Stooges?

November 30, 2016
Pollack, Pam, author.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [2016]
106 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Discover more about the comedy team that perfected the art of the pie fight! The Three Stooges were the hardworking children of immigrants and discovered a love of performing at an early age. Starting out as a vaudeville act, they soon transitioned into movies, becoming a worldwide sensation in feature films and shorts. Never the critics' darlings, audiences loved them for their mastery of physical comedy and their willingness to do anything for a laugh. They remained popular over the years despite several personnel changes that revolved around the three Howard brothers from Brooklyn. Their comedies are still in syndication more than 50 years after they were first shown on TV and continue to delight old fans and attract new ones"-- Provided by publisher.

Wonderland : how play made the modern world

November 30, 2016
Johnson, Steven, 1968- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
322 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Fashion and shopping -- Music -- Taste -- Illusion -- Games -- Public space.
"Explores the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. Play has always been more important than most people realize. In this vivid examination of the power of play and delight, Steven Johnson offers a surprising history of popular entertainment. "--Dust jacket.

Superficial : more adventures from the Andy Cohen diaries

November 29, 2016
Cohen, Andy, 1968- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"The star-studded and sidesplitting follow up to The Andy Cohen Diaries The megapopular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back, better than ever, and telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night. Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother's conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC's Primetime New Year's Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo's Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa "Namaste" Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama's boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance. If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed "the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila" by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades--personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes--Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it"-- Provided by publisher.

Last girl before freeway : the life, loves, losses, and liberation of Joan Rivers

November 29, 2016
Bennetts, Leslie, 1949- author.
ix, 419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Nobody ever wanted it more : "But she has no talent!" -- Dying is easy. Comedy is hard -- Dicks and balls : breaking into the boys' club -- Stardom and wifedom : happily ever after? -- Westward ho : California dreamin' -- The first lady of comedy : nothing is sacred -- Victim as enforcer : terrorizing women into submission -- The temptation of Joan : poisoned apple -- A thankless child : "How sharper than a serpent's tooth" -- Debacle : the death of a show, a marriage, and a husband -- Recovery : the long road back -- Reinventing a career : "I can rise again" -- Art and commerce : all in a day's work -- Home sweet Versailles : Marie Antoinette meets Auntie Mame -- High society : putting on the Ritz -- But is it good for the Jews? : sex, politics, and religion -- Men are stupid : beauty and betrayal -- Back to the top : fighting like "a rabid pit bull" -- Fashion forward : triumph of the mean girls -- Daughter dearest : how to succeed in show business -- The time of her life : fame, friends, and fun -- The final mountain : gathering shadows -- Grand finale : sudden exit, pursued by bear -- Legacy : laughter and liberation -- Epilogue: Updates from the afterlife : "You WERE fat, you bitch!"
"Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers' career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life."

To Pixar and beyond : my unlikely journey with Steve Jobs to make entertainment history

November 29, 2016
Levy, Lawrence (Lawrence B.), author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xii, 259 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple in the early 1990's, while building his failed competitor NeXT, he made a side bet to develop a little-known, barely profitable video graphics company called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard-trained attorney, in the hope that Jobs could somehow persuade Levy to join forces with him in his quest to energize Pixar. Somehow, despite Pixar's very modest beginnings, Levy, Jobs, and studio chief Ed Catmull, were able to shape it into the world's most creative motion picture company. This is Levy's account of those early beginnings at Pixar, of his friendship with Jobs, and how they were able to join forces to transform Pixar into one of Hollywood's greatest success stories"-- Provided by publisher.

Scrappy little nobody

November 29, 2016
Kendrick, Anna. author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
xxiii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
My double life -- Origin story -- Jaded old chorus girl -- Hell, thy name is middle school -- Camp -- The Mayor of Squaresville -- Leaving the nest -- A little night music -- Moving to LA -- Boys -- Boys and the terror of being near them -- I guess we're doing this, or How does this scene end? -- He's just not that interesting -- Guys in LA -- Hollywood -- Fashion -- Making movies is a fool's errand -- Twilight -- Big breaks -- Award shows -- Scrappy little nobody -- My Grandmother's funeral -- Fake parties I have planned with the detail of a real party -- Batten down the hatches -- The world's most reluctant adult -- Scrappy little nobody.
At the ripe age of thirteen, Kendrick had already resolved to zkeep the crazy inside my head where it belonged.y Now she invites readers inside her brain, recounting the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture. From her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her rise dazzling on the stage and screen, we enter her sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious) world.

Maps of the Disney parks : charting 60 years from California to Shanghai

November 28, 2016
Neary, Kevin F., author.
Los Angeles : Disney Editions, 2016.
143 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 28 x 30 cm
Includes index.
"A Welcome Enterprises book."
Opening an atlas: Disneyland, 1955-1965 -- Charting new kingdoms, 1966-1980 -- Unfolding across the globe, 1981-1989 -- Moving to the next millennium, 1990-2000 -- Leading with a compass, 2001-2009 -- Constructing on a grander scale, 2010-2016.
Collects historical maps of the Disney Parks produced for diverse purposes, from the opening of Disneyland in 1955 through to maps of today from its parks, including its most recent in Shanghai.

Drawing the Iron Curtain : Jews and the golden age of Soviet animation

November 28, 2016
Katz, Maya Balakirsky, 1973-
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]
xi, 289 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction: Puppeteering a self in the Soviet Union -- Behind the scenes: Jews and the studio system, 1919-1989 -- Black and white: race in Soviet animation -- The Brumberg sisters: the fairy grandmothers of Soviet animation -- Big city Jews: setting and censoring the modern fairytale -- Tropical Russian bears: Cheburashka's Jewish roots -- The pioneer's violin: animating the Soviet holocaust -- Cartoon cosmopolitans: drawing Jews into Soviet culture -- Tale of tales: the rise of the Jewish auteur director -- Conclusion: Tell-tale signs and Soviet Jewish animation -- Glossary.

Peter O'Toole : the definitive biography

November 17, 2016
Sellers, Robert, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xv, 416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Sidgwick & Jackson, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title-page verso.
Through interviews with close friends and colleagues, a biography of the talented, charismatic British-Irish actor discusses his dislike of authority, what drove him to extremes, and why he drank so excessively for years.

Steppenwolf theatre company of Chicago : in their own words

November 16, 2016
Mayer, John, 1956- author.
London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016.
xvi, 261 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- The early years : the seventies -- In their own words : on growing up -- Balm in Gilead : the developing ensemble philosophy and moving forward -- In their own words : on getting into the ensemble -- Transitions, The Grapes of Wrath, and a new theatre -- In their own words : my favorite stories -- An "ongoing experiment," a new millennium, and August: Osage County -- In their own words : the essence of Steppenwolf -- Now and into the future -- In their own words : a short tribute.
"In 1974, a group of determined, young high-school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, eventually taking residence in the basement of a church in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Thus began their unlikely journey to become on of the most prominent theatre companies in the world. Steppenwolf Theatre Company has changed the face of American Theatre with its innovative approach that blends dynamic ensemble performance, honest, straightforward acting, and bold, thought-provoking stories to create compelling theatre. This is the first book to chronicle this iconic theatre company, offering an account of its early years and development, its work, and the methodologies that have made it one of the most influential ensembles in theatres today. Through extensive, in-depth interviews conducted by the author with ensemble members, this book reveals the story of Steppenwolf's miraculous rose from basement to Broadway and beyond. Interviewees include co-founder Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise, and Terry Kinney, along with a myriad of ensemble, staff, board members, and others." -- Page 4 of cover.

Dan and Phil go outside

November 16, 2016
Howell, Dan, 1991- author.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) were just two awkward guys who shared their lives on the Internet until now. Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight, actually went outside. Traveling around the world on tour, they have collected hundreds of exclusive, intimate, and funny photos, as well as revealing and candid side notes, to show the behind-the-scenes story of their adventure."-- From publisher.

Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life

November 10, 2016
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author.
276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The child who never cried -- I'll do it -- Sound, please -- I was grey -- At home -- Fake it -- Oh dear -- I am typed -- Good evening -- Birds and beasts -- Back to basics.
Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition-- Hitchcock's childhood was an isolated one. As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of him, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. Ackroyd reveals a jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. The result is a gripping biography of one of the most respected directors of the twentieth century.

Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded

November 10, 2016
Hart, Hannah, 1986- author.
xiii, 256 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Heirloom -- Original kin -- My Drunk Kitchen -- Hello, Harto? -- That summer feeling -- Fear and ecstasy -- Casual travel asshole -- Keepsake -- Shadowboxer -- Body language -- Hocus focus -- No judging -- Film this moment -- (Un)packing a punch -- Nest -- Fables -- Epilogue.
As a professional Internet personality, Hannah Hart spends a lot of time walking the line between public and private. Here, she shares stories from her life that have taken her time to process, in the hope that it will help readers do some internal processing of their own.-- adapted from book jacket.

Thanks for the money : how to use my life story to become the best Joel McHale you can be

November 10, 2016
McHale, Joel, 1971- author.
303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Joel McHale pulls back the curtain on his personal journey to stardom! Here, for the first time, he reveals all that has molded him into the acclaimed comic actor he is today: a love of performance, a series of boyhood head injuries, and most importantly, a passion for financial compensation and free shoes."--Provided by publisher.

Seinfeldia : how a show about nothing changed everything

November 8, 2016
Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin, author.
ix, 307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: the baseball game -- The origin story -- The players -- The network -- The cult hit -- The production -- The writers -- The bizarros -- Seinfeld nation -- The show about something -- The Larry David-shaped hole -- The end -- Seinfeldia emerges -- The bizarros: the sequel -- The legend of the curse -- Seinfeldia.
"An uproarious behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the hit television series describes how comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld dreamed up the idea for an unconventional sitcom over coffee and how, despite network skepticism and minimal plotlines, achieved mainstream success, "--NoveList.

Better than new : lessons I've learned from saving old homes (and how they saved me)

November 7, 2016
Curtis, Nicole, 1976- author.
239 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Mistakes are knowledge waiting to happen -- You can't always choose what you keep, but you can choose what you let go -- The thing with having a big mouth is that you have to back it up -- Own the process or the process will own you -- Sometimes you have to skip the lemonade and deal with the lemons -- Passion allows the phoenix to rise from the ashes -- Live your normal, because there is no "normal" -- Make your home, friends, and family your sanctuary.
"For the first time, Nicole Curtis, the star of the megahit HGTV and DIY Network show Rehab Addict, reveals her private struggles, her personal victories, and the inspiring lessons we can all learn from them,"

The magnolia story

November 3, 2016
Gaines, Chip, 1974- author.
xvii, 184 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Blessings in (a big, ugly) disguise -- First dates and second chances -- New directions -- Something old, something new -- The honeymoon's over -- Opening up -- White picket fences -- One door closers -- Down to our roots -- Chipping in -- Flipping out -- Home-less -- Getting to the bottom -- Surviving or thriving -- Heeding the call -- The bloom.
"From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything, The Magnolia Story offers a peek behind the curtain of who Chip and Joanna [Gaines] are today. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors."--Provided by publisher.

Bolshoi confidential : secrets of the Russian ballet from the rule of the tsars to today

November 2, 2016
Morrison, Simon Alexander, 1964- author.
xxix, 507 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The swindling magician -- Napoleon and after -- Fleet as lightning: the career of Ekaterina Sankovskaya -- Imperialism -- After the Bolsheviks -- Censorship -- I, Maya Plisetskaya -- Epilogue.
A history of the Bolshoi Ballet from its dubious beginnings in 1776 to the present, exploring its political ties and importance under various Russian regimes and how it came to define both Russian culture and ballet itself.

The world of Poldark

November 2, 2016
Marriott, Emma, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
221 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
"A Mammoth Screen production for BBC and Masterpiece."

Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South

October 31, 2016
Macy, Beth, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
x, 420 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
Prologue: I am the true vine -- Sit down and shut up -- White peoples is hateful -- And still the cry against us continues -- Your momma is dead -- Some serious secrets -- A paying proposition -- He who hustleth while he waiteth -- Comma, colored -- The prodigal sons -- Not one single, solitary, red penny -- Adultery's Siamese twin -- Housekeeping! -- Practically imbeciles -- Very good old colored woman -- Wilbur and John -- God is good to me -- Epilogue: markers.
"Beth Macy, master chronicler of life in the South, combines exhaustive research, exclusive interviews and sources, and attention to detail in this riveting American story about race, greed, and a mother's love. George and Willie Muse from Truevine, Virginia were two little boys born in a brutal time, sharecropping a field in the segregated South, stolen away by a white man offering candy, and set on a path of events that would forever change their lives--and their family's destiny." -- adapted from dust jacket.

Reel wisdom : everything I know about life I learned at the movies

October 27, 2016
Smith, Sean K., compiler.
xi, 99 pages ; 19 cm
Reel Wisdom collects over 125 timeless quotes from the movies and film characters who have long captured the hearts and minds of all who see them. Assembled and organized into easy-to-use sections, based around themes like love, determination, common sense and more, these quotes offer the sort of guidance, strength and inspiration only found on the silver screen.

A life in parts

October 25, 2016
Cranston, Bryan, 1956- author.
274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A memoir and meditation on creativity by the star of "Breaking Bad" chronicles his theatrical childhood and recommitment to acting in the aftermath of his father's disappearance, describing his early acting jobs and the performances that earned him Tony and Emmy Awards.

Around the way girl : a memoir

October 20, 2016
Henson, Taraji P., author.
vii, 243 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Fearless -- Authentic -- Drama -- Hustler -- My one and only love story -- Single mother -- Going to Hollywood -- Raising a black boy -- Breathing life into art -- Building characters -- On Being a black woman in Hollywood -- My squad -- Grown woman.
Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. Here she also opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. With humor and candor, Henson shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

Mary Astor's Purple diary : the great American sex scandal of 1936

October 20, 2016
Sorel, Edward, 1929- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
167 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1936 newspapers were ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor; the story pushed Hitler and Franco off the front pages. George S. Kaufman, then the most successful playwright on Broadway and a married man to boot, had been Astor's lover. The scandal revolved around Mary&#x;s diary, which her ex-husband, Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, had found when they were still together. Mary, he claimed, had not only kept a tally of all her extramarital affairs but graded them-- and he already alerted the press in order to obtain a divorce and get custody of their daughter. Sorel provides all the juicy details of this particular slice of Hollywood Babylon, including Mary's life as a child star, and her teenage love affair with the much older John Barrymore.

Selena Gomez

October 18, 2016
Morreale, Marie, author.
New York : Children's Press, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2016]
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Meet Selena! -- The beginning -- Superstar -- Q & A -- Bits & pieces -- What's next.
The life and career of Selena Gomez.


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