New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

September 12, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Once upon a time in the West : shooting a masterpiece

September 11, 2019
Frayling, Christopher, author.
London : Reel Art Press, 2019.
335 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Sergio Leone's film 'Once Upon a Time in the West' set out to be the ultimate Western-a celebration of the power of classic Hollywood cinema, a meditation on the making of America and a lament for the decline of one of the most cherished film genres in the form of a "dance of death." With this film, Leone said a fond farewell to the noisy and flamboyant world of the Italian Western, which he had created with A Fistful of Dollars and sequels , and aimed for something much more ambitious-an exploration of the relationship between myth ("Once Upon a Time..."), history (" the West") and his own autobiography as an avid film-goer. This would be a horse opera in which the arias aren't sung, they are stared. Once Upon a Time has since inspired several generations of filmmakers worldwide. Its combination of "film about film" with an angry historical epic, told with great style, has resonated for half a century, and its reputation has steadily grown. This book, by the world-renowned authority on Sergio Leone, Christopher Frayling, includes revealing personal interviews with all the key players involved in the movie (in front of the camera and behind it) a wealth of never-before-published documents, designs and photographs, and the latest research into the making of a masterpiece, shot by shot. It is introduced with a foreword by Quentin Tarantino. This year is the 50th anniversary of 'Once Upon a Time in the West' and this richly illustrated book is a suitably spectacular birthday tribute.

Charlie and me : a memoir

September 11, 2019
Bronson, Harriet.
Woodland Hills, CA : Timberlake Press, ©2011.
204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Love at the Bessie V. Hicks School of Stage, Screen and Radio -- Helen Hayes, move over -- Sam Tendler -- Radio days -- I can see your face up on the silver screen -- Pasta perfect -- Emily Street -- Aunt Sophye -- The proposal -- The announcement -- Scooptown -- New York, New York -- On the boardwalk of Atlantic City -- I thee wed -- The Buchinsky five year plan for success and happiness -- Location blues -- Red flags and green eyed monsters -- Hollywood and Bronson -- The wives' code of secrecy -- Famous friends -- Mrs. Famous.

The Shawshank redemption revealed : how one story keeps hope alive

September 5, 2019
Dawidziak, Mark, 1956- author.
xxi, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A 25th anniversary history and celebration of The Shawshank Redemption, one of the most cherished American films of the late twentieth century and one of the finest movies made from a Stephen King story. Featuring behind the scenes photography and new interviews with the cast and crew!

Wild and crazy guys : how the comedy mavericks of the '80s changed Hollywood forever

September 5, 2019
De Semlyen, Nick, author.
xvii, 331 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Mr. Careful and Mr. Fuck It -- The jerks -- Hit it -- Dr. Gonzo and the gopher -- A rise and a fall -- Confidence man -- New-model Chevy -- Brain power -- Crossing the streams -- Murphy's Law -- European vacations -- Going west -- Eddie Murphy -- Partners in crime -- "We're back!" -- Exit the nice guys -- Getting serious -- Time out.
"Wild and Crazy Guys is a fantastic insider account of the friendships, feuds, triumphs, and disasters experienced by some of the most beloved comedy mavericks of the '80s. Hilarious and revealing, it is both a hidden history of the most fertile period ever for screen comedy and a celebration of some of the most popular films of all time."--Provided by publisher.

Television series of the 1990s : essential facts and quirky details

August 19, 2019
Terrace, Vincent, 1948- author.
viii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Ally McBeal -- Angel -- Becker -- Beverly Hills, 90210 -- Blossom -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- Caroline in the City -- Charmed -- Clueless -- Cybill -- Dharma and Greg -- Dinosaurs -- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman -- The Drew Carey Show -- ER -- Evening Shade -- Everybody Loves Raymond -- Frasier -- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air -- Friends -- Good Sports -- Grace Under Fire -- Harry and the Hendersons -- Hearts Afire -- Home Improvement -- The Hughleys -- Just Shoot Me -- The King of Queens -- King of the Hill -- Law and Order -- Law and Order: Special Victims Unit -- Living Single -- Mad About You -- Moesha -- The Nanny -- Nash Bridges -- Northern Exposure -- Parker Lewis Can't Loose -- The P.J.'s -- Profiler -- Relic Hunter -- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch -- Seinfeld -- 7th Heaven -- Sex and the City -- Sisters -- Spin City -- Star Trek Voyager -- Step by Step -- The Steve Harvey Show -- Suddenly Susan -- Third Rock from the Sun -- Touched by an Angel -- Unhappily Ever After -- Veronica's Closet -- V.I.P. -- Walker, Texas Ranger -- The West Wing -- Will and Grace -- The X-Files.
"This book profiles characters who were featured in some of the most popular television shows of the 1990s. Each entry includes personal details that were revealed during each show's run: names, addresses, maiden names, nicknames, date of births, phone numbers, relatives, and other fascinating details"-- Provided by publisher.

Finding Zsa Zsa : the Gabors behind the legend

August 14, 2019
Staggs, Sam, author.
xii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Introduction: Five nights in the fifties -- Gábor úe és Gáborné (Mr. and Mrs. Gabor) -- The mother of them all -- The best little finishing school in Switzerland -- Tempest on the Danube -- Starter marriages -- Turkish rondo -- Eva and Eric -- E.G., phone home -- It was a B-picture only to those too lazy to go down the alphabet -- The California gold rush -- Inferno -- The hour of lead -- West Hills Sanitarium -- The world was all before them -- We were both in love with George -- Backstage at... We Were Both in Love with George -- An actress prepares -- Pink Danube -- Husbands get in the way -- Moulin Rouge -- The destroyer -- Honky-tonk Gabor -- It didn't stay in Vegas -- Mama, don't cry at my wedding -- Ruszkik haza! (Russians go home!) -- If mama was married -- The Trujillo stink -- The queen of negative space -- Shatterproof -- Dahling, I love you, but give me Park Avenue -- Another one gone, and another one bites the dust -- Don't cry for me, Philadelphia -- The ninth circle -- He who gets slapped -- Foul deeds -- Not waving but drowning -- Could this perhaps be death? -- They are all gone into the world of light.
In 1945, after barely escaping Hitler's invasion of Hungary followed by "liberation" of the country by the Red Army, three members of the Gabor family--Jolie, her ex-husband Vilmos, and their daughter Magda--arrived in New York City. In Hollywood, their other daughters, Zsa Zsa and Eva, had worked feverishly throughout the war years to secure their rescue from the Nazis' plan to exterminate the Jews. Stepping off the boat, Jolie, the iron-willed matriarch, already had a golden future mapped out for her sharp-witted, cosmopolitan beauties. Over the next six decades, with twenty-three husbands between them (suave All About Eve star George Sanders would wed both Zsa Zsa and Magda), scores of lovers, and roller-coaster rides in film, television, theater, and business, the elegant yet gloriously bawdy, addictively watchable Gabors carved a niche in the entertainment industry that made them world-famous pop-culture icons. But beneath the artifice of Dior and diamonds was another side to the story they never revealed: the whole truth. This first verifiable history of the Gabors casts a startling new light on these extraordinary women. Finding Zsa Zsa reveals the tumultuous and often unforgiven battles between mother and daughter, sister and sister, wife and husband; Eva's "bearded" romance with Merv Griffin that allowed them both to seek same-sex lovers; Zsa Zsa's involuntary confinement in a mental hospital; her life-long struggle with bipolar disorder; and her last--unconsummated--marriage to the manipulating faux prince Frederic von Anhalt. Here too is the untold story of Zsa Zsa's daughter, Francesca Hilton, a gifted photographer who eschewed the Gabor lifestyle and paid a sad price for her independence. The story of family patriarch Vilmos Gabor, who returned to Hungary only to be trapped behind the Iron Curtain, reads like a Cold War spy thriller. Culled from new interviews with family, colleagues, and confidantes, and the unpublished memoirs of the author's friend Francesca Hilton, Finding Zsa Zsa finally introduces fans to the Gabor family they never knew, including many never-before-seen photos. It's a riveting, outrageously funny, bittersweet, and affectionately honest read of four women who were vulnerable, tough, charitable, endlessly fascinating, and always glamorous to a fault.-- Publisher's description.

Barnum : an American life

August 1, 2019
Wilson, Robert, 1951 February 21- author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
x, 341 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
"A new biography of P.T. Barnum gives a vivid account of the forefather of American entertainment"--Provided by publisher.

Eyes wide shut : Stanley Kubrick and the making of his final film

July 25, 2019
Kolker, Robert Phillip, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
xiv, 228 pages ; 25 cm
It's probably going to be the hardest film to make: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Schnitzler, and the long gestation of Eyes wide shut -- The Jewish tailor: writing the screenplay of Eyes wide shut -- The knishery: pre-production -- "They absolutely took their skin off": the production of eyes wide shut -- "Mayhem": postproduction -- "A genuine work of honest art": the reception and afterlife of Eyes wide shut -- Non-submersible units: an analysis of key scenes in Eyes wide shut -- Epilogue: Eyes wide shut, Kubrick's films, and the history of cinema.

Becoming Superman : my journey from poverty to Hollywood with stops along the way at murder, madness, mayhem, movie stars, cults, slums, sociopaths, and war crimes

July 24, 2019
Straczynski, J. Michael, 1954- author.
xiii, 460 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood's Changeling and Marvel's Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret."--Amazon.

Cleveland's Playhouse Square

July 22, 2019
Mote, Patricia M., 1930-
Charleston, SC : Arcadia, ©2006.
128 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.

The Simpsons : a cultural history

July 22, 2019
Fink, Moritz, author.
xvi, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Yellow planet -- Part one: From counterculture to couch culture ; "So, we meet again, Mad magazine" : the Simpsons' comics ancestors ; The birth of The Simpsons ; The Simpsons' road to success -- Part two: Springfield on the map. At home at 742 Evergreen Terrace ; A town called Springfield ; Pop culture institution -- Part three: Simpsonized. The renaissance of animation -- Merchandising The Simpsons -- The Simpsons in remix culture -- Conclusion: The future of The Simpsons -- Appendix: Thirty years and thirty landmark episodes : an opinionated compendium.
This book looks at The Simpsons place in the pop culture firmament, from inspirations like Mad magazine to its critical role in the renaissance of animated television. The author recounts the birth of the show, discusses its remarkable merchandising success, and examines the show's popularity as the longest running episodic program in TV history.

The nice and accurate Good omens TV companion : your guide to Armageddon and the series based on the bestselling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

July 15, 2019
Whyman, Matt, author.
320 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"Following the original novel's chronological structure--from "the Beginning" to "End Times"--this official companion to the Good Omens television series, compiled by Matt Whyman, is a cornucopia of information about the show, its conception, and its creation. Offering deep and nuanced insight into Gaiman's brilliantly reimagining of the Good Omens universe"--Publisher's website.

A savage life

July 3, 2019
Savage, Michael, 1942- author.
New York : Willam Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
ix, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Originally published as : Train tracks : family stories for the holidays.

Historic theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

July 2, 2019
Posey, Sean T., author.
Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2017.
155 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Make my day : movie culture in the age of Reagan

July 1, 2019
Hoberman, J., author.
New York : The New Press, 2019.
xii, 396 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: the department of amusement -- Nashville contra jaws, 1975 -- Born again in the U.S.A., 1976-80 -- Bad trips, 1981-82 -- "I ain't afraid of no ghost!," 1983-84 -- Forward into the past, 1985-86 -- Once upon a time in the eighties, 1987-88 -- Epilogue: remake my day.

I like to watch : arguing my way through the TV revolution

June 25, 2019
Nussbaum, Emily, 1966- author.
ix, 366 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"From her creation of the first 'Approval Matrix' in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize-winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has known all along that what we watch is who we are. In this collection, including several substantive, never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television beginning with Buffy--as she writes, a show that was so much more than its critical assessment--the evolution of female protagonists over the last decade, the complex role of sexual violence on TV, and what to do about art when the artist is revealed to be a monster. And, she also explores the links between the television antihero and the rise of Trump. The book is an argument, not a collection of reviews. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism that resists the false hierarchy that places one kind of culture over another. It traces her own development as she has struggled to punch through stifling notions of 'prestige television,' searching for a wilder and freer and more varied idea of artistic ambition--one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity, and that opens to more varied voices. It's a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean"-- Provided by publisher.

Behind the laughter : a comedian's tale of tragedy and hope

June 24, 2019
Griffith, Anthony, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2019]
viii, 215 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: standing on the star -- Losing the straitjacket -- Finding laughter and love -- Living in black and white -- Moving up and out -- Star-and soul-searching -- Patient and profiled -- Rising stars -- Road to "Tonight" -- The first "Tonight" set -- No one wants to know the jester's pain -- The second "Tonight" set -- The final days -- The aftermath -- The third "Tonight" set -- The zombie march -- Pump the brakes -- One more thing -- Finding our voices -- Catharsis -- The last reveal -- Ties bound tight.
"A couple's powerful story of how God comforts us so that we can comfort others. Anthony Griffith, a stand-up comic from Chicago's South Side, has lived on the borderline of comedy and tragedy. At the very time his career as a stand-up comedian was taking off, and he had finally achieved his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show, he was also enduring an unimaginable personal nightmare: his two-year-old daughter, Brittany Nicole, was dying from cancer. While Anthony performed under bright lights, he struggled not to succumb to the darkness of losing a child"-- Provided by publisher.

Forbidden Hollywood : the pre-Code era (1930-1934) : when sin ruled the movies

June 20, 2019
Vieira, Mark A., 1950- author.
Philadelphia, PA : Running Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2019.
271 pages : illustrations, some color ; 27 cm
Part one: The Roaring Twenties. New gods and new rules ; The censors ; The Trial of Mary Dugan ; The Cock-Eyed World -- Part two: 1930. The real pre-Code films ; The 1930 Production Code ; The Divorcee ; Howard Hughes and Hell's Angels -- Part three: 1931. Little Caesar ; The Public Enemy ; Dracula ; Frankenstein ; A Free Soul ; Possessed -- Part four: 1932. Scarface ; Red-Headed Woman ; The M-G-M gloss ; "The new shady dames of the screen" ; Call Her Savage ; The Paramount glow ; Island of Lost Souls ; "Decadent imaginations" ; The Sign of the Cross -- Part five: 1933. She Done Him Wrong ; "Such things are not for America" ; So This is Africa ; The Warner Bros. flash ; Baby Face ; The Story of Temple Drake ; Convention City ; Queen Christina -- Part six: 1934. Tarzan and his mate ; "Purify Hollywood or destroy Hollywood!" ; The Production Code Administration ; Forbidden Hollywood.
"Filled with rare images and untold stories from filmmakers, exhibitors, and moviegoers, Forbidden Hollywood is the ultimate guide to a gloriously entertaining and strikingly progressive era, when a lax code of censorship let sin rule the movies. Forbidden Hollywood is a history of "pre-Code" like none other: you will eavesdrop on production conferences, read nervous telegrams from executives to censors, and hear Americans argue about "immoral" movies. You will see decisions on content artfully wrought, so as to fool some of the people long enough to get films into theaters. You will read what theater managers thought of such craftiness, and hear from fans as they applauded creativity or condemned crassness. You will see how these films caused a grass-roots movement to gain control of Hollywood--and why they were "forbidden" for fifty years. The book spotlights the twenty-two films that led to the strict new Code of 1934, including Red-Headed Woman, Call Her Savage, and She Done Him Wrong. You'll see Paul Muni shoot a path to power in the original Scarface; Barbara Stanwyck climb the corporate ladder on her own terms in Baby Face; and misfits seek revenge in Freaks. More than 200 newly restored (and some never-before-published) photographs illustrate pivotal moments in the careers of Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Greta Garbo; and the pre-Code stardom of Claudette Colbert, Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, James Cagney, and Mae West. This is the definitive portrait of an unforgettable era in filmmaking."--Dust jacket.

Baby, don't hurt me : stories and scars from Saturday night live

June 18, 2019
Kattan, Chris, 1970- author.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2019]
xii, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
No, peepers! no! -- I may have killed the poodle -- Studio 8H -- Life on Mount Baldy -- Zip zing -- What is love? -- Chris on a hot tar roof -- "So, what do you want? You want me to fu -- Girls love funny guys -- Below the belt -- You can't have-a da mango -- From Russia and the West Side -- Charlie's angels -- Yeah, but have you seen them live? -- "You guys want some cookies?" -- Broken -- This love -- Coupling -- That's kip for you -- P.S. : life is good.
"SNL veteran Chris Kattan offers a look behind the scenes and at his personal life, complete with celebrity-filled stories and photos"-- Provided by publisher.

A life in movies : stories from 50 years in Hollywood

June 14, 2019
Winkler, Irwin, author.
New York : Abrams Press, 2019.
286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Coney Island to William Morris to Hollywood -- Actually making movies, Double Trouble, and a very tough Lee Marvin in Point Blank -- A rebuff of Shakespeare, a welcome from Jack Warner, and diversity -- From the college campus uprising, to decadence in London, to a Hollywood dance marathon, to the Cannes Film Festival -- Starting a long friendship with the great actor Bob De Niro, the 1970s drug culture, and two different looks at the Los Angeles Police Department -- From African with Barbra Streisand to Charlie Bronson and a fine script that went sour -- To quote Rick in Casablanca, "This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." -- From Rocky to Oscar -- A very different fight film -- De Niro and Pacino have The Right Stuff -- The Cold War stars in one movie, the Revolutionary War in another, and one very fine movie doesn't get made -- A trip to Paris pays off -- Two political films and a couple of Goodfellas -- A career change from producer to director, back to producer (almost) -- Working with some special ladies--Sandra Bullock and Demi Moore--and a special actor, Oliver Sacks -- Live with Kevin Kline is De-Lovely; a director gets bullied into not making a film -- From Camp Polk, Louisiana, to the Iraq War -- A wild ride to Wall Street, a gamble turning over a classic to a new generation, a sad loss, and a long-delayed Silence -- Old friends.
Shares the life and career of the producer, writer, and director charting the changes in Hollywood over the decades.

Bullfighter from Brooklyn : an autobiography of Sidney Franklin

June 10, 2019
Franklin, Sidney, 1903-1976.
[New York] : Prentice-Hall, 1952.
245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The beautiful no : and other tales of trial, transcendence, and transformation

June 6, 2019
Salata, Sheri, author.
xvi, 265 pages ; 22 cm
The former executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and co-host of the popular podcast series This Is Fifty with Sheri + Nancy shares candid insights and transformational wisdom from her storybook career and her dramatic middle of life reinvention.

Alfred Hitchcock : the complete films

June 3, 2019
687 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Introduction. Fear of falling -- part one. 1899-1939 : a young man with a master mind - part two. 1940-1954 : the kind of guy who restores your faith in this whole lousy business ; 1954-1980 : an absolute master -- The complete Hitchcock : all 53 movies -- Cameos.

Dutch girl : Audrey Hepburn and World War II

May 31, 2019
Matzen, Robert D., author.
xiii, 373 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Map and genealogical table on end papers.
Part I: Cauldron. Rapture ; The blood of Frisia ; Exile ; Edda ; The unthinkable ; Dancer -- Part II: Long live Oranje!. Pencil scratches ; Unacceptable ; Born for the spotlight ; Death certificate ; Paranoid ; The secret -- Part III: Resistance. Soul sister ; Just Dutchmen ; Warmest praise ; Black evenings ; Het vaderland ; If, if, if ; The hun on the run -- Part IV: The liberators. The Netherlands in five days ; Ultimatum ; The devil's picnic ; Cakewalk ; Aflame ; Champagne for one -- Part V: Toys. The princess ; Hunters ; The magic stamp ; Streaking evil ; Peace on earth. Yeah, right -- Part VI: Pursued. A tree ; The race ; Gates of hell ; First cigarette ; Sorting ; Crossroads ; Completely nuts ; Peace.
Near the end of 1939, ten-year-old Audrey Hepburn flew from boarding school in England into the Netherlands, which would soon become a war zone. What she experienced in five years of Nazi occupation has never been explored until now. Dutch Girl sets the story straight, revealing the Nazi past of Audrey's parents and how their daughter dealt with this information. The book examines her career as an acclaimed young ballerina, her involvement with the Dutch Resistance, an active role tending wounded, and dark months in the line of fire as the end drew near for the Nazi regime.

Naturally Tan

May 31, 2019
France, Tan, author.
267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, color portraits ; 24 cm
"From the star of Netflix's Queer Eye"--Cover.
"In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix's Emmy Award-winning smash-hit Queer Eye reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious home became a fashion icon -- and the first openly gay, South Asian man on television -- simply by being Naturally Tan. Before he became famous as one of the Fab Five makeover experts, Tan France was the youngest child in his family, growing up in South Yorkshire, England. As a member of one of the very few South Asian, Muslim families living in the predominantly white community, he was routinely bullied for both his culture and his skin color. Knowing he was gay from an early age, Tan harbored that secret to avoid further racial harassment and potentially cause a rift between him and his family. It was a secret he would keep from them until finally coming out at the age of 34 -- happily married to Rob, a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan shares his journey and the lessons he's learned along the way about being a successful businessman, a devoted spouse, and self-acceptance. From navigating the gay community, to finding the love of his life, to creating a popular ladies' clothing lines for Kingdom & State and Rachel Parcell, Inc. to joining Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness on Queer Eye as positive, representative celebrity role models for LGBTQ people, Tan followed his own path to develop his signature style and embrace life on his own terms. Full of his candid observations about US and UK cultural differences, social media behavior, celebrity encounters, behind-the-scenes realities of reality TV, and -- of course -- fashion tips, Tan gives his unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself." -- Provided by publisher.


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