New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

July 10, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The art of Star Wars : the rise of Skywalker

July 9, 2020
Szostak, Phil, author.
251 pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 30 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / Doug Chiang -- Introduction / Phil Szostak -- Who's who -- Return of the last Jedi -- The costume department. The light side ; The dark side -- The props department -- The creature and droid effects department -- Aliens from a thousand worlds -- The art, set decoration, and computer graphics departments. An adventure unlike anything on your planet ; The story of a boy, a girl, and a universe -- Industrial Light & Magic and post-production. A spectacle light-years ahead of its time.
The official behind-the-scenes book of concept, production, and post-production art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Go inside the creative process behind the most anticipated film of the century. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars film series brings the Skywalker Saga to a close and The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will take readers into the creative process behind visualizing the epic worlds, creatures, characters, costumes, weapons, and vehicles of the landmark conclusion more than 40 years in the making.

The office : the untold story of the greatest sitcom of the 2000s

July 8, 2020
Greene, Andy, author.
[New York] : Dutton, [2020]
xvi, 447 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors"--Provided by publisher.

The art of the Hollywood backdrop

July 7, 2020
Isackes, Richard M., author.
xxxix, 312 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 37 cm
Preface -- Foreword / Thomas A. Walsh -- Introduction : The scene unseen -- The artists : George Gibson (1904-2001) -- Ben Carré (1883-1978) -- Duncan Alanson Spencer (1911-1999) -- The Coakleys & J.C. backings : John Coakley Sr. (1880-1936) ; John Harold Coakley (1918-1970) ; Gary Coakley (1939- ) ; Chris Coakley (1950- ) -- The Strange family & Warner Bros. : Verne Strang (1907-1978) ; Ronald Strang (1933- ) ; Ed Strang (1957) -- The future of the hand-painted backing in film.
The definitive behind-the-scenes history of one of Hollywoods most closely guarded cinematic secrets finally revealedpainted backdrops and the scenic artists who brought them to the big screen.

Barry Sonnenfeld, call your mother : memoirs of a neurotic filmmaker

July 1, 2020
Sonnenfeld, Barry, author.
xvii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Barry Sonnenfeld. Call your mother. -- CM the CM, part 1 -- Depression central -- White shirts -- Can't be beat -- Miami beach -- Fear of flying -- A Christian bar mitzvah -- "My" dog -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- The button -- The flip side -- The promise of suicide -- Yet more promised suicides -- On the road : Barry does Kerouac -- NYU Graduate Film School -- Superman -- Kidney stones -- An actress short, a cum shot behind -- Insult to injury -- My life begins. I meet Sweetie. -- The cash machine -- Delores -- The Coens -- Blood simple -- Big -- Pay or play -- Addams family -- Sophie's choice -- Kids -- Get Shorty -- A Christmas miracle -- A final promise of suicide -- Reenactors -- Calabasas -- Captain's table -- CM the CM, part 2 -- Burying the lede -- Epilogue: "A miracle is what seems impossible but happens anyway".
"Film and television director and notable raconteur Barry Sonnenfeld's outrageous and hilarious memoir, tracing his idiosyncratic upbringing in Washington Heights, his breaking into film as a cinematographer with the Coen brothers, and his unexpected career as the director behind such huge film franchises as The Addams Family and Men in Black, and beloved work like Get Shorty and A Series of Unfortunate Events"-- Provided by publisher.

The hunt for history : on the trail of the world's lost treasures-- from the letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the secret recordings onboard JFK's Air Force One

July 1, 2020
Raab, Nathan, 1978- author.
New York : Scribner, 2020.
xv, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Early Days : Babe Ruth and Teddy Roosevelt -- Lessons from my father -- What is it worth? -- The gold medal, the top hat, and the martini shaker -- The auction game -- The art of the fake -- The real Ronald Reagan -- The mystery of the Washington survey -- Taking the reins -- The report of the death of Napoleon -- Provenance, or, where's this stuff been hiding? -- Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein -- "I know you think women are the pets of society" -- Thomas Jefferson's library -- The JFK tapes -- The legacy of MLK -- Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears -- Smuggled out of Nazi Germany -- Vein of gold.
"A work that compellingly draws back the curtain on the activity of finding, authenticating, purchasing, and selling to collectors some of the most significant historical documents and artifacts of the past"-- Provided by publisher.

Save yourself

July 1, 2020
Esposito, Cameron, author.
229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Cameron Esposito is on her way to becoming a household name, thanks to her unique brand of comedy that doesn't shy away from the issues women (and many men) face today. From sexism and sexuality to white male privilege and self acceptance, Cameron uses humor to break down the barriers that keep us from speaking openly about these topics. Cameron offers funny and insightful essays about everything from coming out (at a Catholic college where being gay can get you expelled) to how joining the circus can help you become a better comic (so much nudity) to accepting yourself for who you are--even if you're an awkward tween with an eyepatch (which Cameron was). Full of heart, humor, and cringe-worthy stories anyone who has gone through puberty can relate to, Cameron's debut collection is for that timid Catholic kid in all of us and the fearless stand up comic yearning to break free"-- Provided by publisher.

Living in color : what's funny about me

July 1, 2020
Davidson, Tommy, author.
245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 22 cm
In 1990, Tommy Davidson burst onto the scene in the Emmy Award-winning show In Living Color, a pioneering sketch comedy show, featuring a multi-racial cast of actors and dancers who spoke to an underrepresented new generation. In this memoir, Tommy shares his unique perspective on making it in Hollywood, being an integral part of television history, on fame and family, and on living a life that has never been black and white--just funny and true.

Legendary children : the first decade of RuPaul's drag race and the last century of queer life

March 10, 2020
Fitzgerald, Tom (Thomas), 1966- author.
xii, 274 pages ; 20 cm
In the werk room with Marsha and Sylvia -- Shady dames in the library -- Serving snatch to Middle America -- Watch out for those sketchy queens, gurl -- Sing out, queen -- For every tuck, there must come a bulge -- Serving sickening lewks -- The gorgeous artifice and devastating truth of the lip-sync -- Untucking the queer family -- The ministry of drag.
"A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul's Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the popular pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo"-- Provided by publisher.

Louise Edna Trotter theater handbill collection,

March 6, 2020
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [producer not identified] , [1906-1923]
2 folders (86 handbills and programs) : illustrations ; 38 cm
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collection located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room consists of theater handbills and programs housed in two folders.
A collection of theater programs collected by Louise Edna Trotter from performances dating from 1906-1923 at various theaters primarily located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati theaters include: the Lyric Theatre, Grand Opera House, Walnut Street Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, B.F. Keith's Theater, and Cincinnati Music Hall. Also includes several newspaper clippings about Cincinnati area theaters.

Why I failed charm school : my mother, actress Ann Sothern, and our lives together ; a memoir

March 2, 2020
Sterling, Tisha.
Morgan Hill, California : Bookstand Publishing, [2016]
241 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
In the words of television and movie actress Tisha Sterling, the daughter of renowned Hollywood actress Ann Sothern: "My cards were dealt generously. From my parents and the good Lord, I inherited beauty and was blessed with a sparkling future. On the surface, I had a life most people could only dream of having." However ... "Every morning for four years, I had been swallowing 100 milligrams of methadone, mixed with Kool-Aid from a little white paper cup. Like clockwork, I dressed in yesterday's dirty clothes picked up from my tiny apartment I shared with my 16-year-old daughter and headed for the West Los Angeles Methadone Clinic. That morning what I felt inside: anger, fear and shame. I thought about my mother, a one-time important film actress whose career had flourished from the 1920's to the present time and stupidly compared it to my own career that was by now in the toilet, almost nonexistent. Yet I stubbornly hung on to a glimmer of hope (maybe my only salvation) that some successful auditions for me on television and film would be forthcoming and that soon I would be back to work on a Hollywood set doing what I did best acting." And thus Tisha begins her heartfelt memoir chronicling what on the surface appeared to be a dream life as Ann Sothern's daughter, but which at times was precisely the opposite. Along the way, Tisha paints an intimate portrait of Hollywood and its personalities during Hollywood's bygone Golden Age in the 1930s through the 1960s, a portrait that only one who lived and worked inside the Hollywood of that glamorous era could present."-- from Amazon.

Phantom lady : Hollywood producer Joan Harrison, the forgotten woman behind Hitchcock

February 27, 2020
Lane, Christina, author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, 2020.
384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The untold story of Hollywood's most powerful female writer-producer of the 1940s, Joan Harrison, who grew from being the worst secretary Alfred Hitchcock ever had to one of his closest collaborators, critically shaping his brand as the "Master of Suspense.""-- Provided by publisher.

The big goodbye : Chinatown and the last years of Hollywood

February 25, 2020
Wasson, Sam, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
397 pages ; 25 cm
"From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, Five A.M. and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpiece. Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history. Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of "The Kid" Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written. Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story, The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie-world books ever written. Praise for Sam Wasson: "Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalities...More than that, he understands that style matters, and, like his subjects, he has a flair for it." - The New Yorker "Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out, lovingly." - Hilton Als"-- Provided by publisher.

Nobody does it better : the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of James Bond

February 25, 2020
Altman, Mark A., author.
New York : Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2020.
720 pages ; 25 cm
Just say (Doctor) no : "Why is it that people who can't take advice always insist on giving it?" / Mark A. Altman -- Tomorrow never lies : "I'm putting on a little scientific demonstration in Iceland this weekend. Perhaps you could join us?" / Edward Gross -- Bond, James Bond : "The name is Bond, James Bond" -- The road to Bond : "You seem to have this nasty habit of surviving." -- The sixties : the Doctor is in -- "This never happened to the other fella" -- The seventies : Go Mr. Big or go home -- The eighties : endings & beginnings -- The nineties : golden years -- The 2000s : Bourne again -- The 2010s : it's your SPECTRE against mine . . . -- James Bond will return.
"For over five decades, the cinematic adventures of James Bond have thrilled moviegoers. Now, bestselling authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross take you behind-the-scenes of the most famous and beloved movie franchise of all-time filled with reflections from over 150 cast, crew, critics and filmmakers who reflect on the impact of this legendary movie franchise as well as share their thoughts about their favorite (and least) favorite 007 adventures and spy mania which gripped fans the world over in the wake of the success of the James Bond films"-- Provided by publisher.

Historical dictionary of African American theater

February 24, 2020
Hill, Anthony D., 1947- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xxxvi, 699 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Contains a chronology, introduction, list of acronyms and abbreviations, in-depth chronology, appendixes, and more than 700 cross-references dictionary entries on African American theater"-- Provided by publisher.

The Hollywood book club : reading with the stars

February 17, 2020
Rea, Steven, author.
116 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Classic film stars: They're just like us! They too love books! This collection of photography captures a range of stars taking a break with a good book. On set or shot, in films, or during quiet moments in the stars' own homes and libraries. Each photo will have a fun caption about the star, what they are reading, and when and where the moment was captured. The photography covers a range of book categories--novels, non-fiction, thrillers, cookbooks, and more--all in the clutches of luminaries from the world of film, including: Brando, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Lana Turner, Natalie Wood, and much more. TCM with a library card!"-- Provided by publisher.

Brother & sister

February 7, 2020
Keaton, Diane, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
157 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"A memoir by the award-winning actress about her younger brother, Randy, and the ways in which siblings' lives can diverge and then come back together"--Provided by publisher.

Work in progress : unconventional thoughts on designing an extraordinary life

February 4, 2020
Ford, Leanne, author.
xxvii, 191 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Avocado be gone! -- Grow slow -- Dead broke and filthy rich -- Show up anyway -- The lucky ones -- Find the light -- No guts, no story -- Roam on home -- I want my HGTV -- Forever, and then some -- Be excellent to each other -- Ignore everyone -- Leanneisms -- So far, so good.
"How did a couple of quirky siblings from suburban Pittsburgh end up as the king and queen of eclectic-design chic with their own HGTV show? They never let fear get in the way of a great idea. Leanne and Steve Ford share their secrets for how to turn dreams into reality. What makes you feel most alive? Siblings Leanne and Steve Ford discovered early in their lives that creativity--in very different forms--was what made them happy. It just took a few years to realize what to do with that passion. In Work in Progress, the HGTV design duo who failed their way to success tell the story of living their dreams simply to showing up again and again. From a middle-class Pittsburgh childhood to a hit design show, Leanne and Steve have learned that sometimes life's detours bring you home again. If you think you should have life figured out by now, if you wonder why you still don't know what you want to be when you grow up, Leanne and Steve want to remind you that it's never too late to pursue your next dream--because life is a creative process. So come enjoy their delightful back-and-forth conversation about growing up creative, never letting fear stop you, and appreciating the ways God created you to live a beautifully designed life"-- Provided by publisher.

I love the bones of you : my father and the making of me

January 27, 2020
Eccleston, Christopher, author.
London : Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2019.
326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends In The North, Maurice in The A Word, or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way - his father Ronnie. In I Love The Bones Of You, Eccleston unveils a vivid portrait of a relationship that has shaped his entire career trajectory, mirroring and defining his own highs and lows, from stage and screen triumph to breakdown, anorexia, self-doubt, and a deep belief in the basic principles of access and equality denied to generations. The actor reveals how his background in Salford, and vision of a person, like millions, denied their true potential, shaped his desire to make drama forever entwined with the marginalised, the oppressed, and the outsider. Movingly, and in scenes sadly familiar to increasing numbers, Eccleston also describes how the tightening grip of dementia on his father slowly blinded him to his son's existence, forcing a new and final chapter in their connection, and how 'Ronnie Ecc' still walks alongside him today. Told with trademark honesty and openness, I Love The Bones Of You is a celebration of those on whom the spotlight so rarely shines, as told by a man who found his voice in its glare. A love letter to one man, and a paean to many.

Sci-fi scenes and monster dreams : 16 comedy scenes for student actors

January 27, 2020
Ewen, Jan Peterson, author.
Denver, Colorado : Meriwether Publishing, A division of Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., 2015.
iv, 119 pages ; 22 cm
These hilarious scenes include spoofs of popular movies, television shows, and books, as well as original stories. A valuable resource for any group of actors, this laugh-out-loud collection also builds essential skills like pantomime, comedic timing, using accents, and physical characterization. All scenes are easy to stage with fun roles for everyone!

Television series of the 2000s : essential facts and quirky details

January 27, 2020
Terrace, Vincent, 1948- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
x, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
According to Jim -- Alias -- Arrested development -- The Bernie Mac show -- The big bang theory -- Bones -- Burn notice -- Castle -- The closer -- Cold case -- Criminal minds -- Crossing Jordan -- CSI : crime scene investigation -- CSI: Miami -- Dark angel -- Desperate housewives -- Dexter -- Dollhouse -- Simple rules -- The George Lopez show -- Ghost whisperer -- Gilmore girls -- Girlfriends -- Grounded for life -- Hannah Montana -- Hope and Faith -- House, M.D. -- How I met your mother -- Joan of Arcadia -- Malcolm in the middle -- The mentalist -- The middle -- Modern family -- Monk -- Numb3rs -- The office -- Parks and recreation -- Psych -- Reba -- Scrubs -- Sheena -- Still standing -- 30 Rock -- Tru Calling -- True blood -- 24 -- Two and a half men -- Veronica Mars -- What I like about you.
"This book profiles characters who were featured in some of the most popular television shows of the 2000s. 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.

The sound of music family scrapbook : the inside story of the beloved movie musical, revealed by the actors who starred as the von Trapp children

January 20, 2020
Bronson, Fred, author.
168 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm.
The sound of music has touched many generations, as parents have share the magic of this movie with their children. Seven very special people experienced The sound of must firsthand -- the seven young actors cast as the von Trapp children. They tell their fascinating stories, from the auditions to rehearsals in Los Angeles and an incredible spring and summer in Salzburg, Austria. What was it like to work with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer? How did they learn the songs and dances for the musical numbers? What was it like to attend the gala Hollywood premiere? What were their lives like after starring in the legendary movie? And how did they become a family in real life, remaining as close as any brothers and sisters for 55 years? The answers are revealed in this fully updated edition that contains cherished memorabilia, such as letters sent home to their families from Europe, a page from the script with edits written in the margin, and a ticket to the premiere. Also included are the lyrics to many of your favorite songs.


January 15, 2020
Cincinnati Ballet.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [Cincinnati Ballet]
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Title supplied by cataloger.

Life isn't everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends

January 15, 2020
Carter, Ash (Editor), author.
xxv, 336 pages, 16 unumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: The Burton stakes -- Dybbuks and golems -- To sell another drink -- Premise envy -- Don't act it funny -- It all started in the alley -- The Citizen Kane of disaffected youth -- Icarus was falling -- We must work together -- No new worlds to conquer -- Can I get a wild take? -- Caviar for the general -- A means to egress -- Like church, but a fun church -- Making friends with death -- Coda: That guru thing.
"An up-close and personal portrait of legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian Mike Nichols, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts-from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels"-- Provided by publisher.

First grand pic-nic excursion of the Independent American Continentals at Parlor Grove, on Monday, July 23rd, 1860 on the pleasure-boat "Champion No. 3."

January 14, 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio : Independent American Continentals, 1860.
1 sheet : illustration ; 22 x 28 cm, folded to 22 x 14 cm
The boat will leave the foot of Walnut Street at half-past seven o'clock precisely, touching at Fulton, Covington, and foot of Fifth Street at eight o'clock and then proceed to the Grove. Capt. Menter's Brass and String Bands are engaged for the occasion. Tickets, one dollar."
"Committee of Arrangements: Capt. J. A. Remley, Serj. W.A. Curry, Lieut. C. Stewart, E.M. Dristol, J. Lawler, A.W. Osler. Floor managers: J. Lawler, C. Signor, S. Stewart, J. Schwabe, R. Barrett, G. Thorp. Capt. J.A. Remley, Chief -- Corp'l J. Ellick, Assis't Chief."
Invitation to the first Grand Picnic Excursion that was planned to be held on July 23, 1860 at Parlor Grove by the Independent American Continentals, a local social club that was active in Cincinnati, Ohio during the 1860s. The picnic was eventually canceled due to poor weather.

Hard on Hollywood : a memoir

January 13, 2020
Darwin, Robert.
xvii, 334 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"The good and the bad about Hollywood from the perspective of a working actor during the 1950s; a tell-all about an industry based primarily on sex, money and a modicum of art"--Jacket.
Welcome to Hollywood -- Scotty Bowers -- Betty A and Yvette Duguay -- Sammy Davis Jr. -- Lookout Mountain Drive -- New business, new name -- Marlon Brando -- The Academy Awards -- The man with the golden penis -- George Hoyningen-Huene -- Beverly Glen -- George Cukor -- Gay Hollywood -- Vivien Leigh -- John Darrow -- The death of James Dean -- The Jack Benny program -- Mulholland Drive -- Vivien Leigh, Act II -- The Rock Hudson enigma -- The post-Benny craze -- The Harvey Weinstein syndrome -- Marilyn Monroe -- The Oliviers -- The Rat Pack -- The Beverly Hills Health Club -- The Estelle Harman Actors Workshop -- The Catalina trip -- Doris Day -- A House of Sand -- The Venice Film Festival -- Paris and Dorothy Marchini -- The Via Veneto and Jack Palance -- Paris pre-production ; The Olympia Music Hall fiasco -- Philippe Forquet -- Post-production woes -- Sale of A House of Sand ; The James Bond era ; Patrick Curtis and Jo Raquel Tejada -- Après Hollywood -- Fin.


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