New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

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

Ultimate Star Wars

April 27, 2015
Barr, Patricia, author.
319 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes index.
"Characters, creatures, locations, technology, vehicles"--Cover.
Characters and creatures -- Locations -- Technology -- Vehicles.
Become an expert on the Star Wars galaxy! This book is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This is a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels. Ultimate Star Wars will get new and old fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.

Whatever... love is love : questioning the labels we give ourselves

April 27, 2015
Bello, Maria, 1967- author.
New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2015]
221 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
The acclaimed actress and dedicated activist shares her personal journey of discovery, and destroys outdated ideas about partnership, love and family that will resonate with anyone in an unconventional life situation.Actress and activist Maria Bello made waves with her essay, Coming Out as a Modern Family, in the New York Times popular Modern Love column, in which she recalled telling her son that she had fallen in love with her best friend, a woman--and her relief at his easy and immediate acceptance with the phrase Whatever Mom, love is love. She made a compelling argument about the fluidity of partnerships, and how families today come in a myriad of designs.In her first book, Bello broadens her insights as she examines the idea of partnership in every woman's life, and her own. She examines the myths that so many of us believe about partnership--that the partnership begins when the sex begins, that partnerships are static, that you have to love yourself before you can be loved, and turns them on their heads. Bello explores how many different relationships--romantic, platonic, spiritual, familial, educational--helped define her life. She encourages women to realize that the only labels we have are the ones we put on ourselves, and the best, happiest partnerships are the ones that make your life better, even if they don't fit the mold of typical. Throughout this powerful and engaging read, Bello shares intimate stories and lessons on how she has come to discover her happiest self, accept who she is, and live honestly and freely, and tells the stories of those who came to her after her Times' columns, grateful that someone gave voice to their life choices.Love is Love is not a memoir about an actress. It is a frank, raw, and honest book about the way every woman questions the roles she plays in love, work, and life, filled with wisdom, questions, and insights relevant to us all.

Monologue : what makes America laugh before bed

April 24, 2015
Macks, Jon.
New York : Blue Rider Press, 2015.
226 pages ; 22 cm
"Ever since Johnny Carson first popularized the late-night talk show in 1962 with The Tonight Show, the eleven p.m. to two a.m. comedy time slot on network television has remained an indelible part of our national culture. More than six popular late-night shows air every night of the week, and with recent major shake-ups in the industry, late-night television has never been more relevant to our public consciousness than it is today. Jon Macks, a veteran writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, takes us behind the scenes of this world for an in-depth, colorful look at what really makes these hosts the arbiters of public opinion. From the opening monologue--what's funny, what's dangerous, what's untouchable--to the best vs. worst guests, Macks covers the landscape of late-night comedy and punctuates the narrative with hysterical personal anecdotes, shining the spotlight on some of the very best late night jokes, and drawing from more than half a million of his own jokes written over the span of twenty years. With an insider's expertise and a laugh-out-loud voice, Macks explains how late-night TV redefines the news and events of any given day, reshapes public opinion, and even creates our national zeitgeist"-- Provided by publisher.

The Sound of music FAQ : all that's left to know about Maria, the Von Trapps, and our favorite things

April 24, 2015
Monush, Barry.
xvii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A comprehensive, encyclopedia-like reference to the worlds most popular movie musical. Rather than focusing on the often-told stories of this classic movie, this book looks at the 1965 Oscar-winner in relation to its source, including the true von Trapp family story and the Broadway musical from which it was derived.

Shirley, I jest! : a storied life

April 24, 2015
Williams, Cindy, 1947 August 22-
Lanham : Taylor Trade Pub., 2015.
x, 166 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Ed Begley, Jr -- Valley Texas gal -- Love, peace and happiness -- Back to the valley -- High hopes -- Some enchanted evening -- Raw talent -- The big show -- The mirthful mouse -- The adventures of Laverne and Shirley -- Outtakes -- Epilogue.
The star of Laverne & Shirley tells stories of her struggles as a child growing up with meager means and dreaming of becoming an actress. She also shares many misadventures and amusing anecdotes about some of the most famous actors in Hollywood.

In the company of legends

April 23, 2015
Kramer, Joan, author.
408 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Includes appendix with productions referenced (page 397).
"Starting with their award winning profiles of Fred Astaire in 1980, Joan Kramer and David Heeley documented the lives and careers of many Hollywood legends, establishing a reputation for finding the unfindable, persuading the reluctant, and maintaining unique relationships long after the end credits rolled. These were recognized as high-quality, definitive film portraits, which revitalized the genre and made it a mainstay of television programming. This is their insiders' view of the famous and the powerful: Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Lew Wasserman, Ronald Reagan, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jane Fonda, Richard Dreyfuss, Audrey Hepburn, and Bette Davis, among others. Kramer and Heeley's behind the scenes stories of the productions and the personalities involved are amusing, sometimes moving, often revealing, and have never been told before"--Page [2] of book jacket.

The Quentin Tarantino FAQ : everything left to know about the original reservoir dog

April 23, 2015
Sherman, Dale.
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2015.
xiii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The Clint Eastwood westerns

April 23, 2015
Neibaur, James L., 1958- author.
Lanham ; Boulder ; New York ; London : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xiii, 181 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Early life, first films, and TV success -- A fistful of dollars -- For a few dollars more -- The good, the bad, and the ugly -- Hang 'em high -- Coogan's Bluff -- Paint your wagon -- Two mules for Sister Sara -- The beguiled -- Between the westerns (1968-1971) -- Joe Kidd -- High plains drifter -- Between the westerns (1973-1976) -- The outlaw Josey Wales -- Between the westerns (1976-1979) -- Bronco Billy -- Between the westerns (1981-1985) -- Pale rider -- Between the westerns (1986-1991) -- Unforgiven -- After the westerns.

The Elvis movies

April 23, 2015
Neibaur, James L., 1958- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xiv, 281 pages ; 24 cm
In addition to his phenomenal career as a singer, Elvis Presley was also a box office star, from his first film, Love Me Tender, to his final feature, Change of Habit, playing opposite Mary Tyler Moore as a nun. A film-by-film look at the 31 features starring the king of rock 'n roll, this definitive study provides a wealth of information about each production, including interviews with people involved with Presley, reviews, marketing strategies, box office successes and failures, and how well each film holds up over time.

Orson Welles's last movie : the making of The other side of the wind

April 22, 2015
Karp, Josh, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
336 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
In the summer of 1970 legendary but self-destructive director Orson Welles returned to Hollywood from years of self-imposed exile in Europe and decided it was time to make a comeback movie. Coincidentally it was the story of a legendary self-destructive director who returns to Hollywood from years of self-imposed exile in Europe. Welles swore it wasn't autobiographical. The Other Side of the Wind was supposed to take place during a single day, and Welles planned to shoot it in eight weeks. It took twelve years and remains unreleased and largely unseen. Orson Welles' Last Movie is a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes account of the bizarre, hilarious and remarkable making of what has been called "the greatest home movie that no one has ever seen."

Audrey and Bill : a romantic biography of Audrey Hepburn & William Holden

April 22, 2015
Epstein, Edward Z.
240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"Here for the first time is the complete, captivating story of an on-set romance that turned into a lifelong love story between silver screen legends Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. In 1954, Hepburn and Holden were America's sweethearts. Both won Oscars that year and together they filmed Sabrina, a now-iconic film that continues to inspire the worlds of film and fashion. Audrey & Bill tells the stories of both stars, from before they met to their electrifying first encounter when they began making Sabrina. The love affair that sparked on-set was relatively short-lived, but was a turning point in the lives of both stars. Audrey & Bill follows both Hepburn and Holden as their lives crisscrossed through to the end, providing an inside look at the Hollywood of the 1950s, '60s, and beyond. Through in-depth research and interviews with former friends, co-stars, and studio workers, Audrey & Bill author Edward Z. Epstein sheds new light on the stars and the fascinating times in which they lived"-- Publisher's description.

Wild Bill Wellman : Hollywood rebel

April 22, 2015
Wellman, William A., 1937- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
xi, 640 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Wild Bill Wellman -- The rebel -- The recruit -- The pilot -- The war hero -- The Hollywood ladder -- The directors' board -- Road to a classic -- Battlefield wings -- Consequences and achievements -- Pranks and misdemeanors -- I ain't so tough -- The neon violin -- Looking for trouble -- Passions and prizes -- The golden year -- The road to Ox-bow -- Picture patchwork -- Battleground sends a message -- Goodbye MGM, hello John Wayne -- The final straw -- The flame is flickering.
The extraordinary life of the legendary, under-celebrated Hollywood director known in his day as "Wild Bill" Wellman, whose 82 movies (six of them uncredited) ranged from adventure and gangster pictures to comedies, aviation, romances, westerns, and searing social dramas. Among his iconic pictures: the pioneering World War I epic Wings (winner of the first Academy Award for best picture), Public Enemy (the toughest gangster picture of them all), Nothing Sacred, the original A Star Is Born, Beggars of Life, The Call of the Wild, The Ox-Bow Incident, Battleground, The High and the Mighty. Wellman directed Hollywood's biggest stars for three decades, including Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, and Clint Eastwood. It was said he directed "like a general trying to break out of a beachhead." Here is a revealing, boisterous portrait of the handsome, tough-talking, hard-drinking, uncompromising maverick, whose own life story was more adventurous and more unpredictable than anything in the movies. A juvenile delinquent, professional ice-hockey player as a kid, World War I flying ace at 21, Wellman was a wing-walking stunt pilot in barnstorming air shows, recipient of the Croix de Guerre with two Gold Palm Leaves and five United States citations; a bad actor but good studio messenger at Goldwyn Pictures who worked his way up from assistant cutter. Now William Wellman, Jr., drawing on his father's unpublished letters, diaries, and unfinished memoir, gives us the first full portrait of a profoundly American spirit and visionary, a man's man who was able to put into cinematic storytelling the most subtle of feeling, a man feared, respected, and loved.--From publisher description.

The great parade : Broadway's astonishing, never-to-be-forgotten 1963-64 season

April 22, 2015
Filichia, Peter, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
ix, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The rainman's third cure : an irregular education

April 22, 2015
Coyote, Peter, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2015]
272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Cecil B. Demille : the art of the Hollywood epic

April 15, 2015
Presley, Cecilia DeMille.
416 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
"Images and artifacts from the Cecil B. De Mille Archives photographed by Mark A. Vieira ; curated by Helen Cohen [et al.]..." --T. p.
Introduction / by Martin Scorsese -- Foreword / by Brett Ratner -- "My grandfather" / by Cecilia de Mille Presley -- Introduction -- Hollywood pioneer. The squaw man ; Learning his craft ; Social dramas ; The silent diva ; America's sweetheart -- An artist matured. A new era ; Gloria Swanson ; Into the past -- The religious epic. The ten commandments (1923) ; Secular epics ; The King of Kings ; The godless girl -- Talkies at M-G-M. Dynamite ; Madam Satan and the squaw man -- The best show in town. The sign of the cross ; This day and age, and, Four frightened people ; Cleopatra ; The crusades -- American history. The Plainsman, and, The Buccaneer ; Union Pacific ; North West Mounted Police, and, Reap the wild wind ; The story of Dr. Wassell ; Unconquered -- Blaze of glory. Samson and Delilah ; The greatest show on earth ; The ten commandments -- Epilogue.
More than any other filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. This volume combines Vieira's texts on the historical events, and Presley's insights on her grandfather's films.

Going off script : how I survived a crazy childhood, cancer, and Clooney's 32 on-screen rejections

April 13, 2015
Rancic, Giuliana, author.
266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"A ... memoir from ... Giuliana Rancic, ... best known for interviewing A-listers on E! News and the red carpet, skewering their most questionable sartorial decisions on Fashion Police, and giving viewers a front-row seat to her marriage and home life on her reality show, Giuliana and Bill ... [She] really bares all--from her childhood as an Italian immigrant to her rise to the top of entertainment journalism (and all the amusing stories from working the celebrity beat) to never-before-revealed details of her struggles with infertility and breast cancer"-- Provided by publisher.

So that happened

April 13, 2015
Cryer, Jon, 1965- author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
xi, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Subtitle in pre-publication: My unexpected life in Hollywood.
"A memoir"--Jacket.
A child slave for Zestabs -- Things were wonderful before you came -- The fish-in-a-barrel situation -- The fat man sits in row H -- No knob on the gearshift -- For some reason, a trenchcoat -- Jon? Jon! -- This is just how we are! -- And another. And another -- But now I have to shoot it -- My "Breakfast Club" fist moment -- People actually booed -- Fuck 1987 -- So we did something strenuous -- Don't make me Gary Sandy -- The Art Garfunkel role -- And this is Tuesday, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha -- Oh, yeah, Charlie Sheen -- That time the very worst thing happened -- Corn? When did I have corn? -- P-choo, P-choo! P-choo! -- Not really an answer to the winter part -- The mechanics of jokedom department -- We who labor in the shadow of giants -- Episodes of "Two and a half men" -- The tsunami is more important -- React to the good part.
"Cryer charts his ... journey in show business, illuminating his many triumphs and some missteps along the way. Filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Cryer offers his own ... perspective on Hollywood, the business at large, and the art of acting"

A fine romance

April 7, 2015
Bergen, Candice, 1946- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
x, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The arrival -- Louis at last -- The cutest cactus -- Murphy: Mike Wallace in a dress -- Time marshes on -- Au revoir l'enfant.
In a follow-up to Knock Wood by the Emmy Award-winning actress traces the milestone events of her life, including her first marriage, the birth of her daughter, her work on Murphy Brown and her struggles with widowhood.

Born with teeth : a memoir

April 6, 2015
Mulgrew, Kate, 1955- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2015.
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A star known for her strong female roles in Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black offers a deeply moving account of the price and rewards of a passionate life.

Peaceful neighbor : discovering the countercultural Mister Rogers

April 6, 2015
Long, Michael G., author.
Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2015]
xvii, 203 pages ; 23 cm
"Fred Rogers was one of the most radical pacifists of contemporary history. We do not usually think of him as radical, partly because he wore colorful, soft sweaters made by his mother. Nor do we usually imagine him as a pacifist; that adjective seems way too political to describe the host of a children's program known for its focus on feelings. We have restricted Fred Rogers to the realm of entertainment, children, and feelings, and we've ripped him out of his political and religious context. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and although he rarely shared his religious convictions on his program, he fervently believed in a God who accepts us as we are and who desires a world marked by peace and wholeness. With this progressive spirituality as his inspiration, Rogers used his children's program as a platform for sharing countercultural beliefs about caring nonviolently for one another, animals, and the earth.To critics who dared call him "namby-pamby," Rogers said, "Only people who take the time to see our work can begin to understand the depth of it." This is the invitation of Peaceful Neighbor, to see and understand Rogers's convictions and their expression through his program. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, it turns out, is far from sappy, sentimental, and shallow; it's a sharp political response to a civil and political society poised to kill"-- Provided by publisher.

Amish confidential

March 31, 2015
Stoltzfus, Levi, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
viii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
"'Lebanon' Levi Stoltzfus, star of the #1 top-rated Discovery Channel reality show Amish Mafia, delivers a ... tell-all about Amish life today. From the forbidden joyrides to the senseless shunnings to the colorful family feuds, he shares his frank insider's view of this fascinating and secretive society, ... [weaving] his never-before-told personal story through some high-profile Amish episodes that rocked the news in recent years, including the Nickel Mines shooting massacre, the Amish sisters' farm-stand kidnapping, and the Amish-Pagan drug gang"-- Provided by publisher.

Out came the sun : overcoming the legacy of mental illness, addiction, and suicide in my family

March 30, 2015
Hemingway, Mariel, author.
New York, NY : Regan Arts, 2015.
279 pages, 16 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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.


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