New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

March 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


March 21, 2019
Cincinnati Ballet.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [Cincinnati Ballet]
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Title supplied by cataloger.

Funny man : Mel Brooks

March 20, 2019
McGilligan, Patrick, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A deeply textured and compelling biography of comedy giant Mel Brooks, covering his rags-to-riches life and triumphant career in television, films, and theater.

Ray Bolger : more than a scarecrow

March 18, 2019
Van Leuven, Holly, author.
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2019]
xi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Nobody's fool : the life and times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

March 14, 2019
Griffith, Bill, 1944- author.
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2019.
248 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 25 cm
"The story of Schlitzie's long career--from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small town carnivals and big city sideshows--is one of legend. Today, Schlitzie is most well-known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks (produced by MGM in 1932 and directed by Tod Browning), in which all of the sideshow performers were real, not actors. The making of Freaks and Schlitzie's role in the film is a centerpiece of the book. This graphic novel biography is not exploitative, but instead humanizes Schlitzie by providing never-before revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring some dignity to his life and recognizing his contributions to popular culture"--Provided by publisher.

Hollywood godfather : my life in the movies and the mob

March 11, 2019
Russo, Gianni, 1943- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set her brother Sonny--played by James Caan--up for a hit. Russo didn't have to act--he knew the mob inside and out: from his childhood in Little Italy, where Mafia legend Frank Costello took him under his wing, to acting as a messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination, to having to go on the lam after shooting and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas club. Along the way, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra, who became his son's godfather, and Marlon Brando, who mentored his career as an actor after trying to get Francis Ford Coppola to fire him from The Godfather. Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and scores of other celebrities. He went on to become a producer and starred in The Godfather: Parts I and II, Seabiscuit, Any Given Sunday and Rush Hour 2, among many other films. Hollywood Godfather is a no-holds-barred account of a life filled with violence, glamour, sex--and fun." --

Mostly sunny : how I learned to keep smiling through the rainiest days

March 7, 2019
Dean, Janice, 1970- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
244 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The "Fox & Friends" meteorologist discusses her marriage to a 9/11 firefighter, her battle with multiple sclerosis, and the impact of sexism on her career, revealing the strength of deliberate optimism in the face of any challenge.

Too much is not enough : a memoir of fumbling toward adulthood

March 7, 2019
Rannells, Andrew, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2019]
xii, 251 pages ; 22 cm
"From the star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City."--Publisher's description.

Era of ignition : coming of age in a time of rage and revolution

March 4, 2019
Tamblyn, Amber, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, 2019.
257 pages ; 21 cm
"A passionate manifesto with personal stories, anecdotes, and opinions from the front lines of modern American womanhood from the actor, filmmaker, and activist."--Provided by publisher.

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin : a Hollywood memoir

February 28, 2019
Riskin, Victoria, author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]
397 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The daughter of the actress best known for "King Kong" and the screenwriter for "It Happened One Night" presents a dual memoir that describes her parents' lives and work, her father's collaborations with Frank Capra, and his early death.

Karamo : my story of embracing purpose, healing, and hope

February 27, 2019
Brown, Karamo, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An insightful, candid, and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown--Queer Eye's beloved culture expert--as he shares his story for the first time."--Provided by publisher.

Voguing and the house ballroom scene of New York City 1989-92

February 27, 2019
Regnault, Chantal.
London : Soul Jazz Books, 2018.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Interviews. Hector Xtravaganza, grandfather of the House of Xtravaganza ; Kevin Ultra Omni, father and founder of the House of Omni ; David Ultima, former father of the House of Xtravaganza ; Danny Chislom, House of Mugler ; Tommie LaBeija, father of the House of LaBeija ; Muhammad Omni, voguer ; Adrian Magnifique, voguer, model and designer ; Anonymous, Femme Queen ; Robbie Saint Laurent, father of House of Saint Laurent.
'Listen, and you will hear all the houses that walked there before' : A history of drag balls, houses and the culture of Voguing.

Always Cedar Point : a memoir of the midway

February 20, 2019
Hildebrandt, H. John (Hugo John), author.
430 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"40 years of stories from the world's greatest amusement park."
The author provides an insider's look at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. It's pages are filled with 40 years of stories, drama, humor, and a few secrets. Part business brief, part Cedar Point history, part autobiography, part memoir.

Renegade women in film & TV

February 20, 2019
Weitzman, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2019]
125 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"A charmingly illustrated and timely tribute to the women who broke glass ceilings in film and television, debuting during an historic time of change in the entertainment industry. Renegade Women: 50 Game Changers in Film and TV blends stunning illustrations, fascinating biographical profiles, and exclusive interviews with icons like Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, and Sigourney Weaver to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 extraordinary women throughout the history of entertainment. Each profile highlights the groundbreaking accomplishments and essential work of pioneers from the big and small screens, offering little-known facts about household names (Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Nora Ephron) and crucial introductions to overlooked pioneers (Alla Nazimova, Anna May Wong, Frances Marion). From 19th century iconoclast Alice Guy Blache to 21st century trailblazer Ava DuVernay, Renegade Women honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the camera and behind the scenes"-- Provided by publisher.

Monsters of the week : the complete critical companion to the X-files

February 14, 2019
Handlen, Zack, author.
New York : Abrams Press, 2018.
xxii, 490 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction I -- Introduction II -- Season one -- Season two -- Season three -- Season four -- Season five -- The X-files : Fight the future -- Season six -- Season seven -- Season eight -- Season nine -- The X-files : I want to believe -- Season ten -- Season eleven.
"In 1993, Fox debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. It become one of the network's biggest hits-- and changed the landscape of television in the process. Handlen and VanDerWerff examine what made this genre-bending show so groundbreaking. Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series-- and the two motion pictures-- leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. Included are exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter." -- adapted from jacket

Professor at large : the Cornell years

February 14, 2019
Cleese, John, author.
xi, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction / Stephen J. Ceci -- Hare brain, tortoise mind / John Cleese, April 4, 1999 -- Screenwriting seminar / John Cleese and Bill Goldman, October 14, 2000 -- Sermon at Sage Chapel / John Cleese, April 22, 2001 -- The human face / John Cleese and Stephen J. Ceci, April 28, 2001 -- What is religion? : musings on "Life of Brian" / John Cleese, October 22, 2004 -- Creativity, group dynamics, and celebrity / John Cleese and Beta Mannix, April 19, 2009 -- A conversation with John Cleese / John Cleese and Dean John Smith, September 11, 2017.
"Comedian and actor John Cleese in the role of Ivy League professor at Cornell University, where he is currently professor-at-large. This book includes a selection of talks, essays, and lectures and provides a unique view of Cleese's endless pursuit of intellectual discovery across a range of topics"-- Provided by publisher.

Marvel Studios visual dictionary

February 13, 2019
Bray, Adam, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2018.
199 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes index.
Captain America -- Iron Man -- Thor -- The Avengers -- Ant-Man -- Black Panther -- Doctor Strange -- Guardians of the Galaxy.
In this unique and captivating showcase of the first ten years of Marvel Studios, Bray examines the characters-- and their weaponry-- of eight Marvel movie series. You'll discover their interconnectedness, their legacies, and the human spirit that carries them through the challenges they face. Each two-page spread covers the subject using movie stills and prop photography. -- Adapted from foreword.

Broadsword calling Danny Boy : watching "Where eagles dare"

February 12, 2019
Dyer, Geoff, author.
121 pages ; 20 cm
Geoff Dyer's hilarious tribute to a film he has loved since childhood, A thrilling Alpine adventure starring a magnificent, bleary-eyed Richard Burton and a dynamically lethargic Clint Eastwood, the apex of 1960s war movies, by turns enjoyable and preposterous.

The wild bunch : Sam Peckinpah, a revolution in Hollywood, and the making of a legendary film

February 12, 2019
Stratton, W. K., 1955- author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2019.
xiii, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"For the fiftieth anniversary of the film, W.K. Stratton's definitive history of the making of The Wild Bunch, named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute. Sam Peckinpah's film The Wild Bunch is the story of a gang of outlaws who are one big steal from retirement. When their attempted train robbery goes awry, the gang flees to Mexico and falls in with a brutal general of the Mexican Revolution, who offers them the job of a lifetime. Conceived by a stuntman, directed by a blacklisted director, and shot in the sand and heat of the Mexican desert, the movie seemed doomed. Instead, it became an instant classic with a dark, violent take on the Western movie tradition. In The Wild Bunch, W.K. Stratton tells the fascinating history of the making of the movie and documents for the first time the extraordinary contribution of Mexican and Mexican-American actors and crew members to the movie's success. Shaped by infamous director Sam Peckinpah, and starring such visionary actors as William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, and Robert Ryan, the movie was also the product of an industry and a nation in transition. By 1968, when the movie was filmed, the studio system that had perpetuated the myth of the valiant cowboy in movies like The Searchers had collapsed, and America was riled by Vietnam, race riots, and assassinations. The Wild Bunch spoke to America in its moment, when war and senseless violence seemed to define both domestic and international life. The Wild Bunch is an authoritative history of the making of a movie and the era behind it"-- Provided by publisher.

The encyclopedia of American animated television shows

February 11, 2019
Perlmutter, David, 1980- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xxvii, 773 pages ; 26 cm

The encyclopedia of racism in American films

February 11, 2019
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xviii, 805 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
From D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation in 1915 to the recent Get Out, audiences and critics alike have responded to racism in motion pictures for more than a century. Whether subtle or blatant, racially biased images and narratives erase minorities, perpetuate stereotypes, and keep alive practices of discrimination and marginalization. Even in the 21st century, the American film industry is not "color blind," evidenced by films such as Babel (2006), A Better Life (2011), and 12 Years a Slave (2013). The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film documents one facet of racism in the film industry, wherein historically underrepresented peoples are misrepresented--through a lack of roles for actors of color, stereotyping, negative associations, and an absence of rich, nuanced characters. Offering insights and analysis from over seventy scholars, critics, and activists, the volume highlights issues such as: -Hollywood's diversity crisis -White Savior films -Magic Negro tropes -The disconnect between screen images and lived realities of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians. A companion to the ever-growing field of race studies, this volume opens up a critical dialogue on an always timely issue. The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film will appeal to scholars of cinema, race and ethnicity studies, and cultural history.

The Hollywood Jim Crow : the racial politics of the movie industry

February 11, 2019
Erigha, Maryann, author.
New York : New York University Press, [2019]
vii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: race matters in Hollywood -- Representation and racial hierarchy -- Labeling Black unbankable -- Directing on the margins -- Making genre ghettos -- Manufacturing racial stigma -- Remaking cinema -- Conclusion: Hollywood's racial politics.
The story of racial hierarchy in the American film industry The #OscarsSoWhite campaign, and the content of the leaked Sony emails which revealed, among many other things, that a powerful Hollywood insider didn't believe that Denzel Washington could "open" a western genre film, provide glaring evidence that the opportunities for people of color in Hollywood are limited. In The Hollywood Jim Crow, Maryann Erigha tells the story of inequality, looking at the practices and biases that limit the production and circulation of movies directed by racial minorities. She examines over 1,300 contemporary films, specifically focusing on directors, to show the key elements at work in maintaining "the Hollywood Jim Crow." Unlike the Jim Crow era where ideas about innate racial inferiority and superiority were the grounds for segregation, Hollywood's version tries to use economic and cultural explanations to justify the underrepresentation and stigmatization of Black filmmakers. Erigha exposes the key elements at work in maintaining Hollywood's racial hierarchy, namely the relationship between genre and race, the ghettoization of Black directors to black films, and how Blackness is perceived by the Hollywood producers and studios who decide what gets made and who gets to make it. Erigha questions the notion that increased representation of African Americans behind the camera is the sole answer to the racial inequality gap. Instead, she suggests focusing on the obstacles to integration for African American film directors. Hollywood movies have an expansive reach and exert tremendous power in the national and global production, distribution, and exhibition of popular culture. The Hollywood Jim Crow fully dissects the racial inequality embedded in this industry, looking at alternative ways for African Americans to find success in Hollywood and suggesting how they can band together to forge their own career paths.

Grateful American : a journey from self to service

February 8, 2019
Sinise, Gary, author.
vii, 280 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Yearning to breathe free -- Baptism -- The start of Steppenwolf -- The corner of Hollywood and love -- When we started to look beyond ourselves -- Glimpses of glory -- Of mice and Gary -- Big movie years -- Darkness and light -- Turning point -- A bridge between worlds -- Honor. Gratitude. Rock and roll -- Perfect timing -- Helping children -- Flurry of activity -- The Gary Sinise Foundation -- Why I'm still on a mission.
Gary Sinise shares the never-before-told story of his journey from trouble-making Chicago kid to cofounder of the legendary Steppenwolf Theater Company, world-famous actor, and tireless advocate for America's active duty defenders, veterans, and first responders.

Sleeping with strangers : how the movies shaped desire

January 28, 2019
Thomson, David, 1941- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Surviving agent orange : and other things I learned from being thrown under the Partridge Family bus

January 28, 2019
Bonaduce, Gretchen, author
195 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
"A Genuine Rare Bird Book"

One heart at a time

January 16, 2019
Delilah, 1960- author.
New York, NY : RosettaBooks, 2018.
232 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
"The inspiring journey of the most listened-to woman on the radio"--Jacket.
The most listened-to woman on U.S. radio, who has distinguished herself as the "Queen of Sappy Love Songs" and America's ultimate romance guru, discusses her off-air life--one full of trials, forgiveness and faith.


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