New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

September 16, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cosby : his life and times

September 15, 2014
Whitaker, Mark.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby's bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children's TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby's controversial stands on race, as well as "the Cosby effect" that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby's work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read. "-- Provided by publisher.

Normally, this would be cause for concern : tales of calamity and unrelenting awkwardness

September 15, 2014
Fishel, Danielle.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Will act for shoes -- Walk much? -- As seen on TV -- Sometimes they wish I was adopted -- Wannabe jock -- Never too old -- Before the ring -- I heart you with all my fart -- I do want to scream at everyone -- The poop whisperer -- I want to be a rapper.
"A romp through Danielle's own imperfections and mild neuroses, [this is] a book for anyone who, like Danielle, has ever tripped and fallen down a flight of stairs in a room full of people, had a romantic moment with their significant other that was ruined by horrendous gas, or taken a Halloween photo without realizing there was a huge chunk of chocolate-covered strawberry in their teeth. Here is the real, imperfect Danielle, who knows that a good sense of humor and a positive attitude makes life so much more enjoyable"--Amazon.com.

Theater of cruelty : art, film, and the shadows of war

September 11, 2014
Buruma, Ian.
New York : New York Review Books, [2014].
xiii, 423 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Theater of Cruelty has three main themes that frequently overlap: war, film, and the visual arts. Many of the movies discussed are about war and violence, often related to World War II, and more specifically deal with the two nations that unleashed the war, Germany and Japan: why they did what they did, and how they came to terms with it afterward or didn't. Other essays in the collection, about the diaries of Harry Kessler and Anne Frank, the bombing of German cities, Japan's kamikaze pilots further explore these themes. Many of the artists discussed by Buruma were German or Japanese, including Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Tsuguharu Foujita, as were the filmmakers Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, all of whom were affected in one way or another by fascism and its terrible consequences. Theater of Cruelty is less about war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.--Amazon.com.

Angry optimist : the life and times of Jon Stewart

September 10, 2014
Rogak, Lisa, 1962-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2014].
273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The author charts Jon Stewart's unlikely rise to political stardom, from his early stand-up days and the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show. Drawing on interviews with current and former colleagues, she reveals how things work behind the scenes at The Daily Show.

The complete tips for actors

September 8, 2014
Jory, Jon, author.
Hanover, NH : Smith and Kraus Publishers, [2013].
236 pages ; 22 cm
Basics -- The Inside -- Technique -- Adding Dimension -- The Work Needs. . . -- States of Being -- Stations on the Line -- Building the Role -- The Director -- No-No's -- People Stuff -- Character -- Comedy -- Strategy -- Text -- Movement in Space -- Veterans.

Being Miss America : behind the rhinestone curtain

September 5, 2014
Shindle, Kate, author.
Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2014.
x, 236 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Teaching Will : what Shakespeare and 10 kids gave me that Hollywood couldn't

September 2, 2014
Ryane, Mel, author.
©2014
214 pages ; 23 cm

UnPHILtered : the way I see it

August 29, 2014
Robertson, Phil, 1946-
New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 213 pages ; 24 cm
The controversial patriarch of A&E's Duck Dynasty series outlines his decidedly opinionated philosophy on life, sharing his views on faith, family, work and a range of modern-day issues, including gun control, prayer in school and the government.

Hope for film : from the frontline of the independent cinema revolutions

August 25, 2014
Hope, Ted, author.
Berkeley [California] : Soft Skull Press, [2014]
x, 308 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry's most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration. Ted Hope, whose films have garnered 12 Oscar nominations, draws from his own personal experiences working on the early films of Ang Lee, Eddie Burns, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz and other indie mavericks, relating those decisions that brought him success as well as the occasional failure. Whether navigating negotiations with Harvey Weinstein over final cuts or clashing with high-powered CAA agents over their clients, Hope offers behind-the-scenes stories from the wild and often heated world of low-budget cinema-where art and commerce collide. As mediator between these two opposing interests, Hope offers his unique perspective on how to make movies while keeping your integrity intact and how to create a sustainable business enterprise out of that art while staying true to yourself. Against a backdrop of seismic changes in the indie-film industry, from corporate co-option to the rise of social media, Hope for Film provides not only an entertaining and intimate ride through the ups and downs of the business of art-house movies over the last 25 years, but also hope for its future"-- Provided by publisher.

What I know for sure

August 22, 2014
Winfrey, Oprah.
New York : Flatiron Books, [2014].
x, 228 pages ; 19 cm
"After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life," Oprah has penned one column a month over the last fourteen years, years in which she retired The Oprah Winfrey Show (the highest-rated program of its kind in history), launched her own television network, became America's only black billionaire, was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, watched friends and colleagues come and go, lost beloved pets and adopted new ones, and celebrated milestone birthdays. Throughout it all, she's continued to offer her profound and inspiring words of wisdom in her "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine.Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful book packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme--joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power--these essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and dynamic, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of wisdom and truth that readers will turn to again and again. "-- Provided by publisher.

I'll be back right after this : my memoir

August 15, 2014
O'Brien, Pat, 1948 February 14--
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xiii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Growing up, Pat O'Brien was the skinny Midwestern kid with the divorced parents and the alcoholic father ... His life was unceremonious--until he was picked up in [a] student center by a professor who envisioned his future as the household television name he would become. From that day forward, Pat's life became anything but ordinary: from afternoons in the late Bobby Kennedy's living room with Muhammad Ali, to Rangers games in President Bush's suite, to the drugs and drinking and party lifestyle of Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Pat has met everyone: the Beatles, the Kennedys, Neil Young, and Magic Johnson"-- Provided by publisher.

Much love, Jac

August 13, 2014
Weaver, Jacki, 1947-
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
280p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm.

I just remembered

August 4, 2014
Reiner, Carl, 1922-
Beverly Hills, CA : Random Content, c2014.
xix, 324 p. : ill. (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Sequel to "I Remember Me" in which the author shares ninety years of reminiscences from his private life as a son, husband and father, and from his public life as a comedian, actor, director, TV writer and author.

Saturday night live : shaping TV comedy and american culture

August 4, 2014
Kaplan, Arie.
Minneapolis., MN : Twenty-First Century Books, [2015]
64 pages : some color illustrations ; 24 cm

Taking the lead : lessons from a life in motion

August 1, 2014
Hough, Derek, 1985- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xi, 189 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The only four-time champion of the hit ABC reality show "Dancing with the Stars" shares the lessons he has learned on and off the dance floor that helped him embrace and overcome daily challenges, along with behind-the-scenes stories from the show.

Frozen in ice : the story of Walt Disney productions, 1966-1985

August 1, 2014
Arnold, Mark, 1966- author.
©2013
592 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Mark Arnold explores the major accomplishments of Walt Disney Productions during the years 1966-1985, paying particular attention to their theatrical film output, but also discussing the various new theme park attractions and the TV shows produced during that period."--Back cover.

Inside The maze runner : the guide to the glade

July 31, 2014
Deets, Veronica.
New York : Delacorte Books for Young Readers, [2014]
121 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"The photo companion to The Maze Runner movie based on the New York Times bestselling series by James Dashner"-- Provided by publisher.

Behind the curtain : an insider's view of Jay Leno's Tonight show

July 24, 2014
Berg, Dave, 1948-
Gretna : Pelican Publishing Company, 2014.
272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Varsity's ultimate guide to cheerleading

July 23, 2014
Webber, Rebecca.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2014]
142 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

The Wizard of Oz FAQ : all that's left to know about life according to Oz

July 18, 2014
Hogan, David J., 1953-
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, An Imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, [2014].
xix, 447 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

Charlie Chaplin, director

July 18, 2014
Kornhaber, Donna, 1979- author.
Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, [2014].
xiii, 341 pages, 18 numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. Chaplin in context -- Chaplin at Keystone, Griffith at Biograph -- The slapstick exemption -- Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and the classical style -- Part II. The silent era -- Chaplin's filmmaking technique -- Chaplin's filmmaking philosophy -- A masterpiece of mediation: City lights -- Part III. The sound era -- Dangerous voices: modern times and the great dictator -- Substituting speech for style: Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, and A king in New York -- Return to form: A countess from Hong Kong -- Epilogue: the Chaplin century.

Edgar G. Ulmer : a filmmaker at the margins

July 18, 2014
Isenberg, Noah William.
©2014
xiv, 365 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Preface -- Traces of a Viennese youth -- Toward a cinema at the margins -- Hollywood horror -- Songs of exile -- Capra of PRC -- Back in black -- Independence days -- Postscript.

Star wars rebels : the visual guide

July 16, 2014
Bray, Adam, author.
New York : DK Publishing, 2014.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Lucas Books."
"Characters, weapons, vehicles, locations."

Joss Whedon : the biography

July 16, 2014
Pascale, Amy.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2014].
viii, 440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.

Watching them be : star presence on the screen from Garbo to Balthazar

July 15, 2014
Harvey, James, 1929-
New York : Faber and Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xiii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Icons. Garbo ; Dietrich and Sternberg ; Bergman and Selznick ; Wayne and Ford ; Davis and Wyler ; Charles Laughton -- Realists. Robert De Niro ; Altman's Nashville ; Jackie Brown and others ; Godard's closeups -- Transcenders. Bergman and Rossellini ;Dreyer's heroines ; Balthazar.

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