New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

November 9, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Do you mind if I cancel? : (things that still annoy me)

November 8, 2019
Janetti, Gary, 1966- author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
159 pages ; 22 cm
"Fans of David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, and Tina Fey... meet your new friend Gary Janetti. Gary Janetti, the writer and producer for some of the most popular television comedies of all time, and creator of one of the most wickedly funny Instagram accounts there is, now turns his skills to the page in a hilarious, and poignant book chronicling the pains and indignities of everyday life. Gary spends his twenties in New York, dreaming of starring on soap operas while in reality working at a hotel where he lusts after an unattainable colleague and battles a bellman who despises it when people actually use a bell to call him. He chronicles the torture of finding a job before the internet when you had to talk on the phone all the time, and fantasizes, as we all do, about who to tell off when he finally wins an Oscar. As Gary himself says, "These are essays from my childhood and young adulthood about things that still annoy me." Original, brazen, and laugh out loud funny, Do You Mind if I Cancel? is something not to be missed"-- Provided by publisher.

Exactly as you are : the life and faith of Mister Rogers

November 5, 2019
Tuttle, Shea, 1983- author.
©2019
xiv, 197 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"A rich understanding of this good, kind, sometimes strange, deeply influential, holy man: the neighborhood he came from, the neighborhood he built, and the kind of neighbor he, by his example, calls all of us to be even now, in our own troubled time"--Provided by publisher.

Out loud : a memoir

November 4, 2019
Morris, Mark, 1956- author.
©2019
374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
From the most brilliant and audacious choreographer of our time, the exuberant tale of a young dancer's rise to the pinnacle of the performing arts world, and the triumphs and perils of creating work on his own terms--and staying true to himself. Before Mark Morris became "the most successful and influential choreographer alive" (The New York Times), he was a six year-old in Seattle cramming his feet into Tupperware glasses so that he could practice walking on pointe. Often the only boy in the dance studio, he was called a sissy, a term he wore like a badge of honor. He was unlike anyone else, deeply gifted and spirited. Moving to New York at nineteen, he arrived to one of the great booms of dance in America. Audiences in 1976 had the luxury of Merce Cunningham's finest experiments with time and space, of Twyla Tharp's virtuosity, and Lucinda Childs's genius. Morris was flat broke but found a group of likeminded artists that danced together, travelled together, slept together. No one wanted to break the spell or miss a thing, because "if you missed anything, you missed everything." This collective, led by Morris's fiercely original vision, became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group. Suddenly, Morris was making a fast ascent. Celebrated by The New Yorker's critic as one of the great young talents, an androgynous beauty in the vein of Michelangelo's David, he and his company had arrived. Collaborations with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Lou Harrison, and Howard Hodgkin followed. And so did controversy: from the circus of his tenure at La Monnaie in Belgium to his work on the biggest flop in Broadway history. But through the Reagan-Bush era, the worst of the AIDS epidemic, through rehearsal squabbles and backstage intrigues, Morris emerged as one of the great visionaries of modern dance, a force of nature with a dedication to beauty and a love of the body, an artist as joyful as he is provocative. Out Loud is the bighearted and outspoken story of a man as formidable on the page as he is on the boards. With unusual candor and disarming wit, Morris's memoir captures the life of a performer who broke the mold, a brilliant maverick who found his home in the collective and liberating world of music and dance.

The science of monsters : the truth about zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires, and other legendary creatures

November 4, 2019
Hafdahl, Meg, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2019]
232 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"If you love film that scares, and want to believe that zombies, vampires, and other deadly and terrifying creatures could be real, let Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence ... take you to the world where horror and science meet. How would a zombie really decompose in Night of the Living Dead? ... What is the science behind the night terrors that inspired the creation of Freddy Krueger? ... How does modern medicine and therapy differ from what would have been offered to Norman Bates in 1960?"--Publisher marketing.

The twilight man : Rod Serling and the birth of television

November 1, 2019
Shadmi, Koren, author, illustrator.
Los Angeles, CA : Life Drawn, [2019]
176 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
An illustrated biographical tale that follows Hollywood revolutionary Rod Serling's rise to fame in the Golden Age of Television, and his descent into his personal Twilight Zone.

The queens of animation : the untold story of the women who transformed the world of Disney and made cinematic history

October 30, 2019
Holt, Nathalia, 1980- author.
©2019
xiv, 379 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
One day when we were young -- Whistle while you work -- When you wish upon a star -- Waltz of the flowers -- Little April shower -- Baby mine -- Aquarela do Brasil -- You're in the army now -- Zip-a-dee-doo-dah -- So this is love -- In a world of my own -- You can fly! -- Once upon a dream -- Dalmatian plantation -- It's a small world -- Up, down, touch the ground -- Part of your world -- I'll make a man out of you -- For the first time in forever -- Happily ever after.
From Snow White to Moana, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions. But few fans know that behind these groundbreaking features was an incredibly influential group of women who fought for respect in an often ruthless male-dominated industry and who have slipped under the radar for decades. Holt shows how these women infiltrated the boys' club of Disney's story and animation departments and used early technologies to create the rich artwork and unforgettable narratives that have become part of the American canon. While battling sexism, domestic abuse, and workplace intimidation, these women also fought to transform the way female characters are depicted to young audiences. - Adapted from jacket

Dear girls : intimate tales, untold secrets & advice for living your best life

October 29, 2019
Wong, Ali, author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
xiii, 216 pages ; 22 cm
How I trapped your father -- The miracle of life -- Tips on giving birth -- Why I went back to work -- Hustle and pho -- Snake heart -- The DJ -- Mr. Wong -- A guide to Asian restaurants -- Bringing up bébés -- Uncle Andrew -- My least favorite question -- Bridin' dirty -- Wild child..

The contender : the story of Marlon Brando

October 25, 2019
Mann, William J., author.
©2019
718 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue: The man on the witness stand -- An imaginative young man -- The hoodlum aristocrat -- The American Hamlet -- The rabble-rouser -- A family man -- Epilogue: The bard of the Hollywood Hills.
"Based on new and revelatory material from Brando's own private archives, an award-winning film biographer presents a deeply-textured, ambitious, and definitive portrait of the greatest movie actor of the twentieth century, the elusive Marlon Brando, bringing his extraordinarily complex life into view as never before." -- Amazon.com

The journey of G. Mastorna : the film Fellini didn't make

October 22, 2019
Fellini, Federico.
New York : Berghahn, 2013.
xi, 212 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Screenplay and commentary on an unproduced motion picture.
"Film studies."--Back cover.

Where do I begin? : stories from a life lived out loud

October 18, 2019
Duran, Elvis, 1964- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
viii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Elvis Duran, host of one of the nation's top morning shows and the voice millions of Americans wake up to, shares his wildest stories and hardest-learned lessons all with his trademark heart, honesty, and plenty of humor. Elvis Duran's nationally syndicated radio program, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, is America's most-listened-to Top 40 morning show and one of the 10 most-listened-to programs in all of radio, heard live by nearly ten million people every morning. But his success didn't happen overnight. Elvis spent years navigating the wild world of radio as a DJ for hire, working (and partying) in markets around the country before taking over the morning shift at the legendary Z100 in 1996. Over the last twenty years, he has become one of New York City's signature voices (Variety calls him "a permanent fixture of the area's daily commutes") thanks to his show's exciting mix of music, new artist discovery, interviews, gossip, and live listener interaction. Along the way, Elvis has become known not just for his incisive interviews (and occasional feuds) with pop music's biggest stars, but for the show's commitment to kindness and positivity and Elvis's own candor and openness with his audience. Bold, funny, and totally candid, Where Do I Begin? is sure to be loved by anyone who listens to Elvis live every morning--or anyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes of the pop music machine. It reads like an old friend telling a new story you've been dying to hear.

How to survive a horror movie

October 10, 2019
Grahame-Smith, Seth, author.
©2019
175 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Includes filmography.
Edition statement from introduction.
A tounge-in-cheek guide to surviving a horror movie.

Magic journey : my fantastical Walt Disney imagineering career

October 9, 2019
Rafferty, Kevin P., author.
©2019
xv, 301 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 22 cm
"A forty-year storied career-beginning in the dish room at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland, Kevin Rafferty has conceived, designed, written, and overseen the creation of some of the Disney parks most memorable attractions including Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, Cars Land, Toy Story Mania, Test Track, Tower of Terror, MuppetVision, and many others.including the first-ever Mickey and Minnie Mouse attraction set to debut at Walt Disney World in 2019. For a young man who began studying for the priesthood at a seminary, the journey to halls of Imagineering has truly been a magical one. A master storyteller, Kevin chronicles his unimaginable career with great humor, honesty, and heart." -- Provided by publisher.

Barefoot to the chin : the fantastic life of Sally Rand

October 9, 2019
Lowe, Jim, (James R.), author.
Tallahassee, FL : Sentry Press, [2018]
756 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Obviously : stories from my timeline

October 8, 2019
Hughes, Akilah, 1989- author.
©2019
272 pages ; 22 cm
"In Akilah Hughes's world, family--and life--are often complicated, but always funny. Through intimate and hilarious essays, Akilah takes readers along on her journey from the small Kentucky town where she was born--and eventually became a spelling bee champ and 15-year-old high school graduate--to New York City, where she took careful steps to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer and performer. Like Tiffany Haddish's The Last Black Unicorn or Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for the YA set, Akilah pens revealing and laugh-out-loud funny essays about her life, covering everything from her racist fifth grade teacher, her struggles with weight and acne, her failed attempts at joining the cheerleading team, how to literally get to New York (hint: for a girl on a budget, it may include multiple bus transfers) and exactly how to "make it" once you finally get there."--Jacket flap.

Dare to see : discovering God in the everyday

October 8, 2019
Brown, Katie, 1963- author.
New York : Faith Words, [2019]
ix, 243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A bathtub -- Capital letters -- A plane -- A drink -- A cold -- Norman Rockwell -- A drive by -- A comment -- A movie -- A loaf of bread -- Oranges and cucumbers -- A beehive -- A mountaintop -- An apple tree -- A basement -- A talk -- A class -- George -- Broken plates -- A glass heart -- A GPS -- A temper -- Long arms -- An incubator -- A gypsy -- A parfait -- A seashore -- An island -- A design giant -- A sandy beach -- An uncle -- A flower -- A tree -- A cell phone -- Circles and squares -- A billboard -- A diving board -- An apron -- A bridge.
"TV personality and art-of-living expert Katie Brown shares 30 personal stories that offer hope, understanding, and healing"-- Provided by publisher.

Queen Meryl : the iconic roles, heroic deeds, and legendary life of Meryl Streep

October 7, 2019
Carlson, Erin, 1981- author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Gird your loins! -- From geek to Streep -- Runaway Meryl -- Mother Meryl -- Meryl goes nuclear -- Meryl the lion -- Meryl the heartbreaker -- Meryl the martyr -- Middle-aged Meryl -- Meryl the immortal -- Meryl the river goddess -- Meryl the romantic -- Mozart Meryl -- Meryl the wallflower -- Meryl the shape-shifter -- Meryl the editrix -- Meryl the nun -- Meryl masters the art of French cooking -- Meryl the stateswoman -- Meryl the superhero -- A Streeping genius.
"This is the story of how an awkward, ambitious suburban teen from humble beginnings transformed herself into a high school homecoming queen, and later, the most celebrated actress of our time. Meryl Streep came of age during the women's movement of the seventies, and has worn her activism on her sleeve even when it was unfashionable. As she reached forty, the age when many leading ladies fade away, Streep plunged forward, leaping into roles that interested her and winning a pile of awards along the way. Meanwhile, she remained an unlikely box-office draw, steering The Devil Wears Prada to blockbuster success and critical acclaim. She never tackles the same character twice. Instead, she leverages her rarified platform to channel a range of dynamic, complicated women--Joanna Kramer, Karen Silkwood, Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher, and Katherine Graham, to name a few--rather than play second fiddle to the male lead. Her Streepness will have none of that. Journalist and author Erin Carlson documents all of Meryl's Oscars, accents, causes, memes, friendships, and feuds. Curated with illustrations by artist Justin Teodoro, along with unexpected sidebars, lists, and intermissions, Queen Meryl is a captivating and inspiring portrait of an artis and trailblazer still at the top of her game"--Page 4 of cover.

Home work : a memoir of my Hollywood years

October 4, 2019
Andrews, Julie, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
340 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

The art of Disney costuming : heroes, villains, and spaces between

October 4, 2019
Kurtti, Jeff, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Editions, 2019.
174 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 37 cm
"A Welcome Enterprises book."
Dressing Disney -- A royal ball -- Dwelling in darkness -- Spaces between -- Living in the light.

Now accepting roses : finding myself while searching for the one... and other lessons I learned from the Bachelor

October 4, 2019
Stanton, Amanda, 1990- author.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2019]
x, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: Dear Amanda -- Introduction -- Broken vows -- Season twenty -- What to do with all that baggage (the good kind, that is) -- Bachelor's degree in dating -- Good talk -- Party of one, plus two -- Have kids, will travel -- Paradise, interrupted -- Before you vaycay -- Date expectations -- Social media butterfly -- Girl code -- Now accepting me -- Epilogue: letter to my daughters.
"Amanda Stanton, known for appearances on The Bachelor and The Bachelor in Paradise, shares exclusive behind-the-scenes stories from the iconic reality shows, as well as the life lessons she acquired along the way"-- Provided by publisher.

Inside out : a memoir

October 1, 2019
Moore, Demi, author.
©2019
262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Survival -- Success -- Surrender.
For decades, from iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight-- or the headlines. But throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, she battled addiction, body image issues, and round herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress-- and, always, if she was simply good enough. Here she opens up about her career and personal life in a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman's at once ordinary and iconic life. --Provided by publisher.

Over the top : a raw journey to self-love

September 27, 2019
Van Ness, Jonathan, author.
©2019
269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
All the parts -- Jack -- The loyal tea -- Roundoff back handspring full -- Lovestarved -- [image of an eggplant] -- Gutsy queen -- Mr. Clean -- Jonathan and the no good, very bad summer -- The Khaleesi within* *except that whole unfortunate ending -- Who is she? -- On the ice.
Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey. The truth is, it hasn't always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy. Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn't understand why he was so... over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma-- yet none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit. Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. JVN fans may think they know the man behind the stiletto heels, the crop tops, and the iconic sayings, but there's much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.

Generation Friends : an inside look at the show that defined a television era

September 24, 2019
Austerlitz, Saul, author.
©2019
x, 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the 15th anniversary of the show's premiere, including brand-new interviews with the series creators.

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 ("...in 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.
©2019
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!

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