New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

April 15, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Testimony : the legacy of Schindler's list and the USC Shoah Foundation

April 14, 2014
New York, NY : Newmarket Press for It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
xvii, 334 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
"A 20th Anniversary Commemoration."

Everything you always wanted to know about acting (but were afraid to ask, dear)

April 14, 2014
West End Producer.
London : Nick Hern Books 2013.
233 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
The overture -- The pre-show: training -- Act one: auditioning -- Act two: rehearsing -- The interval -- Act three: performing -- A quick scene change in the middle of Act three: touring -- Act four: important people and how to deal with them -- Act five: the business -- The curtain call.
A useful book for theater practitioners and fans of celebrity gossip alike, penned by an anonymous impresario. Have you ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes of a major West End production? West End Producer reveals all (except his true identity!) in this book that blows the lid off the theatre business.

Making theatre : the frazzled drama teacher's guide to devising

April 14, 2014
Bennathan, Joss, author.
©2013
xiii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

How to succeed in business without really crying

April 14, 2014
Leifer, Carol, author.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, 2014
239 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys' club--until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way--and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, and all incredibly funny,How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying offers tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way, and opening locked doors--even if you have to use a sledgehammer" -- from publisher's web site.

The little girl who fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America

April 14, 2014
Kasson, John F., 1944-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Smile like Roosevelt -- Such a happy little face! -- Dancing along the color line -- The most adored child in the world -- Keeping Shirley's star aloft -- What's a private life? -- Epilogue: Shirley visits another president.
Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer's cabin in South Carolina to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's recreation room in Washington, DC. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world's box-office champion, a record never equaled. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers. To do so, she worked virtually every day of her childhood, transforming her own family as well as the lives of her fans.--From publisher description.

Lee J. Cobb : characters of an actor

April 14, 2014
Dewey, Donald, 1940-
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014].
xi, 303 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ;c24 cm
The actor: Characters and actors -- Pressrooms and prodigies -- Theactor : Stanislavsky in America -- Group experiences -- The actor: how was school? fine. -- Golden (and not so golden) opportunities -- Married to more than the mob -- The actor: all in the family -- Clashes in the East -- Clashes in the West -- The actor: the thought that counts -- Trotting with Fox -- Attention being paid -- The actor: studio of the stars -- The un-American dream -- Going door to door -- On all fronts -- Matters of the heart... and head -- All the guilty men -- The actor -- tele-emoting -- Jewish and other kinds of westerns -- Comedy is hard -- Between the dragon and his wrath -- Bullies and connivers -- The actor: the journeyman -- Finishing touches -- The actor.

American cocktail : a "colored girl" in the world

April 14, 2014
Reynolds, Anita Thompson Dickinson, 1901-1980.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
viii, 333 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Rollicking, never-before-published memoir of a fascinating woman with an uncanny knack for being in the right place in the most interesting times. Of racially mixed heritage, Anita Reynolds was proudly African American but often passed for Indian, Mexican, or Creole. Actress, dancer, model, literary critic, psychologist, but above all free-spirited provocateur, she was, as her Parisian friends nicknamed her, an "American cocktail." One of the first black stars of the silent era, she appeared in Hollywood movies with Rudolph Valentino, attended Charlie Chaplin's anarchist meetings, and studied dance with Ruth St. Denis. She moved to New York in the 1920s and made a splash with both Harlem Renaissance elites and Greenwich Village bohemians. An émigré in Paris, she fell in with the Left Bank avant garde, befriending Antonin Artaud, Man Ray, and Pablo Picasso. Next, she took up residence as a journalist in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and witnessed firsthand the growing menace of fascism. In 1940, as the Nazi panzers closed in on Paris, Reynolds spent the final days before the French capitulation as a Red Cross nurse, afterward making a mad dash for Lisbon to escape on the last ship departing Europe.

A comprehensive encyclopedia of film noir : the essential reference guide

April 14, 2014
Grant, John, 1949-
Milwaukee, WI : Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2013.
vii, 765 pages, 56 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
"Featuring rumpled PIs, shyster lawyers, corrupt politicians, doublecrossers, femmes fatales, and of course losers who find themselves down on their luck yet again, film noir is a perennially popular cinematic genre. It is also an international one. A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir contains the most extensive coverage yet of the US output of film noir, with entries on well over 2,000 US noirs and neonoirs. But the book goes far further than this, including entries on over a thousand films noirs from elsewhere around the world; in all, nearly sixty countries are represented--from every continent except Antarctica. The scope is broad not just in geographical terms but also chronologically. Entries cover some of noir's ancestors (protonoirs, in this book's terminology), from both Hollywood and European cinema, and make the case by example that film noir, as we can recognize it, began not in 1941 with The Maltese Falcon, as many claim, but years before. Likewise, the encyclopedia's coverage of the neonoirs of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries is unusually exhaustive, including movies from all over the world and from such offshoot genres as the erotic thriller, animated noir (e.g., Sin City [2005]), and sciencefictional noir (e.g., Blade Runner [1982]). In addition to over 3,250 alphabetically arranged main movie entries, the encyclopedia is supported by about 1,500 cross-references. These guide readers through the maze of alternative titles and also lead to briefer discussions of several hundred additional movies within the main entries. In a copious appendix, there are filmographies of prominent directors, actors, and writers. With coverage of blockbusters and program fillers from 1916's Going Straight to 2013's Broken City, via Nora Inu (Japan 1949), O Anthropos tou Trainou (Greece 1958), El Less Wal Kilab (Egypt 1962), Reportaje a la Muerte (Peru 1993), Zift (Bulgaria 2008), and thousands more - not to forget innumerable Hollywood classics like Citizen Kane (1941), Casablanca (1942), Double Indemnity (1944), Laura (1944), Gilda (1946) and Out of the Past (1947) - this is an engrossing and essential reference work that should be on the shelves of every cinephile." - Publisher's description.

James Gandolfini : the real life of the man who made Tony Soprano

April 9, 2014
Bischoff, Dan, 1953- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xi, 258 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Draws on interviews with family members, castmates, and other insiders to trace the life and career of the late star of "The Sopranos," providing coverage of his Rutgers education, complicated relationships, and breakout roles.

I am Walt Disney

April 9, 2014
Norwich, Grace, author.
New York : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
127 pages : illustrations , portraits ; 20 cm

I don't know what you know me from : confessions of a co-star

April 7, 2014
Greer, Judy, 1975-
New York : Doubleday, [2014]
xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The prolific actress best known for her appearances in such productions as the Oscar-winning The Descendants presents a collection of comedic essays on topics ranging from stepmotherhood to midnight shopping trips at the pharmacy.

Love life

April 2, 2014
Lowe, Rob, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
ix, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rob Lowe offers up a collection of personal stories in an honest and celebratory memoir about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and son, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.

Teach yourself accents : Europe : a handbook for young actors and speakers

April 1, 2014
Blumenfeld, Robert.
Milwaukee, WI : Limelight Editions, 2014.
xv, 138 pages ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.)

A funny thing happened to me on the way to my funeral

April 1, 2014
Calvert, Mel.
Charleston, SC : [CreateSpace], 2013.
181 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Salute to Bill Carty -- Las Vegas, Nevada, part I -- "Pilot to co-pilot" -- Las Vegas, Nevada, part II -- Reno, Nevada -- Fore! -- Doggone it! -- Gullible's travels -- Gran Canaria, Spain -- Family matters -- Mara -- Todd -- Laurie -- Rick -- Lisa -- Mike -- London -- Never-forgotten friends -- Barcelona and Solou -- USA! USA! -- And then some.
Full of wit and stories, some well-known. Plus, a recap of memories of famous comedians he's known and places where he's been the entertainer.

Sitcom : a history in 24 episodes from I love Lucy to Community

March 27, 2014
Austerlitz, Saul, author.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
406 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
I love Lucy : Lucy does a TV commercial -- The honeymooners : Better living through TV -- The Phil Silvers show : Doberman's sister -- Leave it to Beaver : Beaver gets 'spelled -- The Dick Van Dyke show : Forty-four tickets -- Gilligan's Island : St. Gilligan and the dragon -- The Mary Tyler Moore show : Chuckles bites the dust -- All in the family : The first and last supper -- M*A*S*H : Yankee Doodle doctor -- Taxi : Latka the playboy -- Cheers : Strange bedfellows, pt. 2 -- The Cosby show : Pilot -- Roseanne : Terms of estrangement, part 1 -- The Simpsons : 22 short films about Springfield -- Seinfeld : The pitch -- The Larry Sanders show : The Mr. Sharon Stone show -- Friends : The one with the embryos -- Sex and the city : My motherboard, my self -- Freaks and geeks : Dead dogs and gym teachers -- Curb your enthusiasm : Seinfeld -- Arrested development : S.O.B.s -- The office : Casino night -- 30 Rock : Rosemary's baby -- Community : Modern warfare.
"Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America--until suddenly the artificial boundary between the world and television entertainment collapsed. In this book we track the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from I LOVE LUCY to THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW; from THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW to THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW; from M*A*S*H to TAXI; from CHEERS to ROSEANNE; from SEINFELD to CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM; and from THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW to 30 ROCK. In twenty-four episodes, SITCOM surveys the history of the form, and functions as both a TV mix tape of fondly remembered shows that will guide us to notable series and larger trends, and a carefully curated guided tour through the history of one of our most treasured art forms"-- Provided by publisher.

John Wayne : the life and legend

March 26, 2014
Eyman, Scott, 1951-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
658 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A revelatory biography of the enduringly popular John Wayne that draws on more than 100 interviews as well as exclusive access to the files of Wayne's film production company to answer the question why he became and remains an iconic American figure"-- Provided by publisher.

The women of Duck Commander : surprising insights from the women behind the beards about what makes this family work

March 25, 2014
Robertson, Kay, 1946-
New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.
xvii, 260 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Matriarch Miss Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica, and Lisa Robertson speak out in this insightful book about their roles in the crazy Robertson family and the core values that make this family work. Fans of Duck Dynasty already know that the women behind the men with the beards know their own minds and know how and when to speak out to their men. But this insightful book will give readers a look into what goes on behind the scenes and the real character and spunk of the women who love these bearded men. In this delightful book, readers will find that the Duck Commander women have real depth and character and, in addition to being the perfect companions for the Duckmen, are strong women of substance in their own rights. In each section of this book, our leading ladies share their hearts and their thoughts on the spiritual foundation that guides their lives as well as some of the difficulties and challenges they have faced in a chapter titled "'Happily Ever After' Sometimes Takes a While." They share about how each one became a Robertson and challenge myths about their motives for marriage into this family. The wives of these beloved men share precious stories about their love for Phil and Kay--with chapters titled "Oh, Kay!" and "Getting Our Phil"--as well as the core values that govern their lives. You'll learn about all their children, their own parents and grandparents and what made them the women they are today"-- Provided by publisher.

From the score to the stage : an illustrated history of continental opera production and staging

March 24, 2014
Baker, Evan (Opera historian)
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
xxiii, 439 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
1637-1700 : The beginnings -- 1700-1750 : Perspectives with a new view -- 1750-1800 : Theater for the greater public -- 1800-1850 : Romanticism in Germany -- 1800-1850 : French grand opera -- 1800-1850 : Italy, center of opera -- 1850-1900 : Two giants, a devil, and a gypsy -- 1900-1945 : Clearing the stage -- 1945-1976 : Postwar revolution.

Grin and bear it : how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way

March 20, 2014
Pulos, Jenni, 1973-
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
v, 232 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Confessions of a recovering me-aholic -- The wannabes -- Bloom where you are planted -- Nanny-cam diaries -- Go toward the hit -- Over and beginning are the same word -- Navigating around negativity -- Work, don't worry! -- Top 10 surefire ways to fail -- Man up: a little Deb in all of us -- Failing forward and lessons learned -- Finding guidance, wisdom, family, and a home -- OPA! It's chic to marry a Greek -- And baby makes three.
"Jenni Pulos has specialized in a lifetime of disappointments. She's been publicly humiliated, dumped by her spouse on national television, told she'd never make it in Hollywood, encouraged by her family with inspiring questions like, "when are you getting a real job?" and has not only survived but thrived as a result. Despite her struggles and setbacks, Jenni has gone from a "wannabe" aspiring actress and comedian to becoming one of Bravo's most beloved personalities. With hilarious reality meets insanity anecdotes from her life and career, Jenni writes candidly on how to go from victim to victor . . . most of the time. Her book is more of an advice how-not-to story that includes: Jenni's top ten tested and proven ways to fail forward How she turned her negative self-talk into positive self-beliefs; How Jenni handles people who didn't want her to succeed; How she stopped fretting over things she didn't have control over; How she found her self-worth and finally found the love she never thought she'd have; Grin and Bear It is the spark we all need to ignite our passion, to get out there and be positive, find the funny in life, to be present, and learn how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way"-- Provided by publisher.

The hippest trip in America : Soul Train and the evolution of culture and style

March 20, 2014
George, Nelson.
New York : William Morrow, c2014.
xiii, 236 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Windy City -- Love, peace, and soul -- It's star time -- Dick Clark's Soul unlimited -- TSOP -- Right on -- Stylin' -- Whites on Soul train -- Disco fever -- Jody and Jeffrey (and O'Bryan) -- 1980s -- Hip-hop vs. Soul train -- Overseas soul -- Sex and Soul train -- Ahmir Thompson : Soul train fanatic -- Soul train awards -- New jack swing -- New hosts -- Selling soul -- The hippest trip in America -- Last days.
"When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of radio announcer Don Cornelius, the show's producer and host, Soul Train featured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Christine Aguilera and R. Kelly; Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block and Stevie Wonder. The Hippest Trip in America tells the full story of this pop culture phenomenon that appealed not only to blacks, but to a wide crossover audience as well. Famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Barry White, and Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time--a period of extraordinary social and political change. Colorful and pulsating, The Hippest Trip In America is a fascinating portrait of a revered cultural institution that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness"--Publisher's web site.

Life in motion : an unlikely ballerina

March 20, 2014
Copeland, Misty.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"Touchstone Book"
As the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a groundƯbreaking ballerina.

Majestic Hollywood : the greatest films of 1939

March 17, 2014
Vieira, Mark A., 1950-
Philadelphia : Running Press, [2013]
223 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
JANUARY: Son of Frankenstein -- Idiot's Delight -- Jesse James -- They Made Me a Criminal -- FEBRUARY: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Gunga Din -- You Can't Cheat an Honest Man -- MARCH: Stagecoach -- The Little Princess -- Midnight -- The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle -- APRIL: Love Affair -- Wuthering Heights -- Dodge City -- The Story of Alexander Graham Bell -- Dark Victory -- MAY: Union Pacific -- Confessions of a Nazi Spy -- Rose of Washington Square -- Only Angels Have Wings -- JUNE: Young Mr. Lincoln -- Juarez -- Five Came Back -- JULY: Beau Geste -- Goodbye, Mr. Chips -- AUGUST: Bachelor Mother -- In Name Only -- Stanley and Livingstone-- The Wizard of Oz -- SEPTEMBER: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -- The Women -- The Old Maid -- Golden Boy -- The Rains Came -- Fifth Avenue Girl -- Intermezzo: A Love Story -- OCTOBER: Babes in Arms -- Hollywood Cavalcade -- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- At the Circus -- The Roaring Twenties -- NOVEMBER: Ninotchka -- The Cat and the Canary -- Drums Along the Mohawk -- The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex -- Tower of London -- DECEMBER: Of Mice and Men -- Destry Rides Again -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- Gone with the Wind.
Showcasing fifty films from 1939, during which the world braced for war, brings to life the most glamorous era in movie history by discussing such works of cinematic art as "Gunga Din," "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," and "Gone With the Wind."

Teach yourself accents : the British Isles : a handbook for young actors and speakers

March 14, 2014
Blumenfeld, Robert.
Milwaukee, WI : Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, [2013]..
xv, 122 pages ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.)
Teach yourself accents: the elements -- Standard upper- and middle-class British accents -- London accents -- English provincial accents: the Midlands, Yorkshire -- Scottish accents -- Welsh accents -- Irish accents.

Teach yourself accents -- North America : a handbook for young actors and speakers

March 14, 2014
Blumenfeld, Robert.
Milwaukee, WI : Limelight Editions, [2013].
xv, 134 pages ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.)

Peter and the starcatcher : the annotated script of the Broadway play

March 11, 2014
Elice, Rick, 1955-
New York : Disney Editions, c2012.
xix, 171 p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 26 cm.
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
"A Welcome book."

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