New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

January 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Single state of mind

January 22, 2018
Dorfman, Andi, author.
©2018
282 pages ; 22 cm
"Andi Dorfman, star of ABC's The Bachelorette, became a New York Times bestseller with IT'S NOT OKAY, her story of searching for love on national TV. In her new book, readers can follow her adventures as a still-single gal living in NYC--it's Sex and the City for the reality TV generation"-- Provided by publisher.

Pixar : a pop-up celebration

January 18, 2018
Reinhart, Matthew, author.
©2017
[10] unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Cover title.
Toy story (1995) -- A bug's life (1998) -- Toy story 2 (1999) -- Pixar shorts (1984-97) -- Monster's Inc. (2001) -- Finding Nemo (2003) -- The Incredibles (2004) -- Cars (2006) -- Pixar shorts (2001-06) -- Ratatouille (2007) -- Wall-E (2008) -- Up (2009) -- Toy story 3 (2010) -- Pixar shorts (2008-2010) -- Cars 2 (2011) -- Brave (2012) -- Monsters University (2013) -- Inside out (2015) -- Pixar shorts (2006-2013) -- The good dinosaur (2015) -- Finding Dory (2016) -- Cars 2 (2017) -- Coco (2017) -- Pixar shorts (2014-2017).
"Featuring five spreads with over 30 pop-ups from New York Times best-selling author, artist, and pop-up master Matthew Reinhart, this breathtaking work of art revisits Pixar's impressive history. Like each Pixar movie, each pop contains Easter eggs to other Disney Pixar films. Disney Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration is a vibrant tribute to the beloved canon of Disney Pixar films and characters" -- Google Books.

Bruce Lee : the authorized visual history

January 18, 2018
Kerridge, Steve, author.
©2018
224 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm
"Bruce Lee was a man of action in all aspects of his life. Before he made a name for himself in Seattle in the USA he had appeared in nearly 20 Hong Kong movies. He wrote poetry and philosophy as well as film ideas, scripts and notes on martial arts and cha-cha dancing. This book shows Bruce Lee's life in photographs, all sourced from the extensive family archives. Bruce Lee was a prolific photographer and took thousands of photographs, from time spent with family and on set to intensive training and martial arts demonstrations. This book gathers hundreds of great images, from classic, iconic poses to the extremely rare and never before published."--Back cover.

Michael Curtiz : a life in film

January 18, 2018
Rode, Alan K., 1954- author.
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2017]
xix, 681 pages ; 24 cm.
In the first biography of Michael Curtiz, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction.

The vixen diaries

January 17, 2018
Steffans, Karrine, 1978-
New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
xiv, 192 pages ; 21 cm
Includes new bonus chapter material for 2008.
The hip-hop star discloses intimate details about her star-studded lifestyle, from her interactions with fellow celebrities who helped or hindered her career to rumors of her relationship with Bobby Brown.

1001 movies you must see before you die

January 11, 2018
Hauppage, New York : Barron's Educational Series, Inc., [2017]
960 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes indexes.
"A Quintessence book."
Preface -- Introduction -- Film Index and Checklist -- 1900 -- 1910 -- 1920 -- 1930 -- 1940 -- 1950 -- 1960 -- 1970 -- 1980 -- 1990 -- 2000 -- 2010 -- Contributors -- Genre Index -- Director Index -- Picture Acknowledgments.
"This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Every film profile is packed with details including the director and cast, a plot summary and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film's history, "--Amazon.com.

Ink & paint : the women of Walt Disney's animation

January 11, 2018
Johnson, Mindy, author.
©2017
384 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 34 cm
Includes "What I Know About Girls" by Walt Disney, Parents magazine from January 1949.
Foreword -- "What I know about girls" / Walt Disney -- Beginnings -- An invisible history -- Celluloid beginnings -- The women of Walt's world -- 1920s -- Kingswell beginnings -- Hyperion horizons -- 1930s -- Hyperion heydays -- Assembly line approach -- World of ink & paint -- The fairest one of all -- Feature film expansion -- 1940s -- Burbank beginnings -- The war years -- Rebuilding -- 1950s -- Animating classics -- Wide-screen horizons -- Xerographic beginnings -- 1960s -- Triumphs & loss -- 1970s -- Transitions & training -- 1980s -- Low points & redemption ; Computers & characters -- Digital frontiers -- Preservation -- Retaining the artistry -- Artists.
"In her latest landmark book... author Mindy Johnson pulls back the celluloid curtain on the nearly vanished world of ink pens, paintbrushes, pigments and tea... meet the pioneering women who brought hand-rendered animated stories to vibrant, multicolored life at Walt Disney Studios and beyond. Extensively researched with the full support of the entire Walt Disney Studios archival resources, plus a multitude of private collections, firsthand accounts, newly discovered materials, and production documentation, as well as never-before-seen photography and artwork, this essential volume redefines the collective history of animation."--Inside front jacket flap.

Sense of occasion

January 11, 2018
Prince, Harold, 1928- author.
©2017
xiii, 343 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In this fast-moving, candid, conversational, and entertaining memoir, Harold Prince, the most honored director in the history of the American theater (22 Tony Awards and counting), looks back over his 70-year (and counting!) career. Featuring original material from Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre, Prince provides a fresh, new perspective on his writing from the vantage point of today. Sense of Occasion gives an insider's recollection of the making of such landmark musicals as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera, with Prince's perceptive comments about his mentor George Abbott and his many celebrated collaborators, including Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Boris Aronson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Zero Mostel, Carol Burnett, and Joel Grey. As well as detailing his titanic successes that changed the form and content of the American musical theater, Prince even-handedly reflects on the shows that didn't work, most memorably and painfully Merrily We Roll Along . Throughout, he offers insights into the way business is conducted on Broadway, drawing sharp contrasts between past and present. This thoughtful, complete account of one of the most legendary and long-lived careers in theater history, written by the man who lived it, is an essential work of personal and professional recollection." -- provided by publisher.

You ain't heard nothin' yet : interviews with stars from Hollywood's golden era

January 11, 2018
Bawden, James, interviewer, editor.
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2017]
415 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction : How to talk to a movie star -- A comedy giant. Buster Keaton -- The leading men. Anthony Dexter ; Henry Fonda ; Victor Mature ; Walter Pidgeon ; Robert Preston ; James Stewart ; Cornel Wilde ; Robert Young -- The leading ladies. Bette Davis ; Yvonne De Carlo ; Janet Leigh ; Joan Leslie ; Patricia Neal ; Maureen O'Sullivan ; Jane Russell ; Jean Simmons ; Alexis Smith ; Elizabeth Taylor : my seven minutes alone with Elizabeth Taylor ; Esther Williams ; Jane Wyatt -- Child stars and how they grew. Bonita Granville ; Johnny Sheffield ; Anne Shirley -- Famous monsters of filmland. John Carradine ; Lon Chaney Jr. ; Boris Karloff ; Anthony Perkins ; Vincent Price -- Unforgettable heavies. Ernest Borgnine ; Victor Buono ; Jack Elam ; Lee Marvin -- Great character actors. Richard Farnsworth ; Hurd Hatfield ; John Houseman ; Raymond Massey ; Reginald Owen ; Jay Robinson ; Rod Steiger.
Journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller spent their careers interviewing the greatest stars of Hollywood's golden age. They visited Lee Marvin at home and politely admired his fishing trophies, chatted with Janet Leigh while a young Jamie Lee Curtis played, and even made Elizabeth Taylor laugh out loud. In You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet, Bawden and Miller return with a new collection of rare interviews with iconic film stars including Henry Fonda, Esther Williams, Buster Keaton, Maureen O'Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon, and many more. The book is filled with humorous anecdotes and incredible behind-the-scenes stories. For instance, Bette Davis reflects that she and Katharine Hepburn were both considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara but neither was "gorgeous enough" for the part; Janet Leigh analyzes the famous shower scene in Psycho (1960), which was shot in seven days and gave the actress nightmares for years; and Jimmy Stewart describes Alfred Hitchcock as a "strange, roly-poly man, interested only in blondes and murder." Popular horror film stars from Lon Chaney Jr. to Boris Karloff and Vincent Price are also featured in a special "movie monsters" section. With first-person accounts of Hollywood life from some of the most distinguished luminaries in the history of American cinema, this entertaining book will delight classic movie fans.

Improv nation : how we made a great American art

January 8, 2018
Wasson, Sam, author.
©2017
xiii, 449 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Hi, how are you? -- We the Jews: 1940-1968 -- We the punks: 1969-1984 -- We the nerds: 1984- -- Goodnight, everyone.
A history of the uniquely American art form of improv, from its beginnings during the McCarthy Era through the rise of such institutions as Second City, the Groundlings, and the Upright Citizens Brigade and such performers as Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Bill Murray.

The last black unicorn

January 8, 2018
Haddish, Tiffany, 1979- author.
©2017
278 pages ; 24 cm
Invitation -- Mascots and Bar Mitzvahs: high school years -- Laugh Factory Comedy Camp -- Family and foster care -- Titus the boyfriend -- The pimp gets pimped -- Roscoe the handicapped angel -- How I got (restarted) in comedy -- Dating -- The ex-husband -- The long road to comedy success -- Tiffany's true Hollywood stories -- She ready.
Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles and felt she never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system, and certainly not the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive-- and finally realized she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. The obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way, but she got there. Here she tells of how she was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

Balancing acts : behind the scenes at London's National Theatre

January 2, 2018
Hytner, Nicholas, author.
©2017
vi, 312 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part one: Set-up -- National identity: 2001 -- Imaginary forces: 2002 -- A really good time: 2003 -- Part two: New things -- Ourselves and each other: new plays -- A way of looking at things: Alan Bennett -- Knowing nothing: movies -- Part three: Old things -- A reason to do it: Shakespeare -- The original production: staging the classics -- The age and body of the time: more Shakespeare -- Part four: Show business -- On the bandwagon: musicals -- What they best like: entertainment -- One night only: packing them in -- Prologue.
The former director of London's National Theatre presents a candid, behind-the-scenes memoir about his career directing theater, producing films and opera, and working closely with some of the world's most celebrated actors.

The mother of Black Hollywood : a memoir

December 27, 2017
Lewis, Jenifer, 1957- author.
©2017
320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Career overview": pages 313-320.
black-ish to greenish -- Shoulders back, titties first -- Don't tell Mama -- Dick diva -- Love versus Dreamgirls -- "Ma'am, are you a delegate?" -- A doll named "Killer" -- Hollywood not swinging -- Kinloch -- "It ain't that kind of call, motherfucker" -- Dismissing the diva -- Kicking down doors -- Jackie's back! -- Mother Courage -- On the back of a two-humped camel.
The star of "Black-ish" traces her journey from poverty to fame, sharing insights into her battles with undiagnosed mental illness and sex addiction while citing the support of loving friends and her philosophy about self-acceptance that enabled her success.

Growing up Fisher : musings, memories, and misadventures

December 27, 2017
Fisher, Joely, 1967- author.
©2017
308 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The road is my middle name -- The fishbowl -- Hail Connie full of grace -- Oh my papa -- Les animaux: it's a zoo in here -- Mother...daughter...sister...Fisher -- 243 Delfern -- Always a soubrette, never an ingénue -- I'm not a lesbian...but I play with one on TV -- The courtship of Eddie's daughter -- The apple doesn't fall apart very far from the tree -- Leading lady plays house -- Blind trust -- Come fly with me -- #CarrieOn -- Home -- After thoughts.
A memoir by the half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in Hollywood, her personal struggles with identity, her experiences as a mother to five children, and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie's death.

Two's company : a fifty-year romance with lessons learned in love, life & business

December 20, 2017
Somers, Suzanne, 1946- author.
©2017
xiii, 284 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
In the beginning -- Getting to know you -- Sausalito -- What doesn't kill you... -- Three little words -- Feelin' groovy -- Three's Company -- Just married -- Fantastic voyage -- You gotta have friends -- Fired -- Vegas, baby! -- The road less traveled -- No more secrets -- Reinvention -- There's always more to learn -- Life goes on -- Broadway -- Fire -- Knockout -- Epilogue: Today.
"In her most personal and inspiring book yet, ... bestselling author Suzanne Somers shows readers how to shape a healthy, lasting relationship through the lens of her fifty-year love affair with her husband, Alan Hamel. For the first time, Suzanne will expose the inner workings of her marriage: a winning combination of love, business, and family. Starting from the very beginning, when a big-city guy from Toronto met a small-town girl from San Bruno, California, readers will get a behind-the-scenes perspective on Suzanne's groundbreaking success as a TV star and Las Vegas diva, multiple-bestselling author, and successful entrepreneur and businesswoman, along with her more personal life as a mother, partner, and ultimately self-fulfilled woman. Through fame, fortune, sickness, and blended families, Suzanne and Alan have kept the vitality of their marriage alive--together 24/7 (not having spent a night apart in thirty-seven years) and combining business savvy in their constantly evolving relationship. Now Suzanne reveals hard-won advice on how to rely on another person without sacrificing individual strengths. In this mixture of love story, memoir, and practical guide, readers, too, will discover how to forge and maintain a true partnership that's built to last."--Dust jacket flaps.

Victoria & Albert : a royal love affair

December 19, 2017
Sheridan, Sara, 1968- author.
©2017
303 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Official companion to the Masterpiece series on PBS"--Dust jacket.
"A Co-Production of Mammoth Screen and MASTERPIECE(TM)"--Dust jacket.
Introduction -- Modern royals -- The never-ending love affair -- The expectant queen -- Raising a royal family -- At home with Victoria & Albert -- Reforming the royal household -- The power couple -- The face of an empire -- A very public life -- Epilogue : a royal legacy.
"More than sixteen million viewers watched the first season of the Masterpiece presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin--the highest-rated PBS drama in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless round of duty? This all-new companion book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan transports us to the private world of Victoria and Albert. Though first cousins, they could not have been more different: Victoria was impulsive, emotional, and capricious, Albert cautious, self-controlled, and logical. But together they forged a bond--with each other and with their people--that would change the world. Drawing on letters and diaries and fresh insights into royal history, this gorgeous book charts the constant ebb and flow of power within the couple's surprisingly ardent and modern marriage. Sumptuously illustrated and full of rich insider detail, Victoria & Albert takes us behind the scenes of the magnificent TV drama, including fascinating, in-depth information on the actors, the props, and the costumes--and bringing an extraordinary royal marriage even more fully to life."--Dust jacket flap.

Star Wars super graphic : a visual guide to a galaxy far, far away

December 19, 2017
Leong, Tim, author.
©2017
174 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents Star Wars trivia in an all-new way--through playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda's idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin's management decisions, Star Wars Super Graphic shines a new light on the much-adored universe. Equal parts playful and informative, this visual love letter to the vast Star Wars universe will enchant fans of all ages"-- Provided by publisher.

The actor's life : a survival guide

December 18, 2017
Fischer, Jenna, 1974- author.
©2017
xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Getting started -- Headshots, getting in the union, and building your resume -- How to find, get, and keep an agent or manager -- Auditioning, rejection, and how to persevere -- You got a job! how things work on a television or film set -- The journey -- Actor interviews: sharing the brushstrokes.
"Jenna Fischer moved to Hollywood at age 22 with a theater degree in hand, ready to work hard. But it would be eight long years of struggle, rejection, and doubt before she landed her iconic role on The Office. If only she'd had someone to show her the way--an established actor who could manage her expectations and reassure her in moments of despair... With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences. She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work. She provides helpful hints on how to take risks and not to fall for scams, as well as tricks to good auditioning and callbacks."--Back cover.

Future Noir : the making of Blade runner

December 11, 2017
Sammon, Paul, author.
New York : Dey Street Books, an imprint of William Morrow, 2017.
xxv, 594 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Including new interviews with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. Plus, an update on Blade Runner 2049"--Cover.
The film -- The book -- Development -- The director and the deal -- Script wars -- Designing Blade Runner -- The cast and crew -- The shoot -- "Blood Runner": friction on the set -- The special effects -- Postproduction and the music -- Sneaks and panic -- Voice-overs, San Diego, and a new happy ending -- The theatrical release -- The cult -- The workprint -- The director's cut -- The legend grow -- The final cut -- Blade Runner 2049 -- Check the gate -- Interviews -- Credits.
"This revised and expanded edition of Future Noir includes : An overview of Blade Runner's impact on moviemaking and its acknowledged significance in popular culture since the book's original publication An exploration of the history of Blade Runner: The Final Cut and its theatrical release in 2007 An up-close look at its long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049. A 2007 interview with Harrison Ford now available to American readers. Exclusive interviews with Rutger Hauer and Sean Young. A fascinating look at the ever-shifting interface between commerce and art, illustrated with production photos and stills, Future Noir provides an eye-opening and enduring look at modern moviemaking, the business of Hollywood, and one of the greatest films of all time."--Back cover.

A body of work : dancing to the edge and back

December 7, 2017
Hallberg, David, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
424 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as 'the most exciting male ballet dancer in the Western world,' presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career. While rich in detail ballet fans will adore, this is a book that anyone interested in a life of creativity will love. Hallberg reflects on themes like inspiration, ego, self-doubt, 'the artistic calling', and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily classes, rigorous rehearsals, and triumphant performances, searching for new inspiration and interpretations of ballet's greatest roles. He reveals the vicious bullying he endured as a child, the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons behind his headline-grabbing decision to be the first American to join the top ranks of the Bolshoi Ballet. Then, as Hallberg circled the globe performing at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a crippling injury that led to two surgeries, an agonizing retreat from ballet, and the decision to commit to a radical rebuilding of his body and technique that resulted in his miraculous return to the stage as a new artist and a new man. Combining his impressive powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight, David Hallberg has written a thrilling dance memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion, and wisdom."--Dust jacket flap.

Heart and darkness : scary adventures and the evolution of Disney's dark rides

December 7, 2017
Farrell, Shawn Patrick, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Theme Park Press, [2017]
vii, 200 pages ; 22 cm
"The definitive book of Disney Dark Rides"--Back cover.
"The dark rides in Disney theme parks have delighted --and sometimes terrified-- millions of people. The history of these attractions is a fascinating story of creativity, engineering, and pop culture, and it's told here for the first time. From their primitive beginnings in the 1800s, to their perfection by the Disney Imagineers, dark rides are an ingenious way to tell a visually exciting story to guests who "travel" through the action, scene by scene, aboard vehicles ranging from boats to (Doom) buggies. Despite their popularity, dark rides still retain an aura of mystery: when did they originate? how did Disney transform them from curiosities into crowd pleasers? why are they such a draw to young and old? [This book] dispels the darkness with the definitive history of Disney's dark rides, from Disneyland's Peter Pan, Mr. Toad, and Snow White, to Disneyland Shanghai's cutting-edge version of Pirates of the Caribbean. Farrell also explores notable dark rides not in a Disney park, the many that have gone into the gloom, and some hints of what's to come"--Back cover.

Breaking bad 101 : the complete critical companion

December 6, 2017
Sepinwall, Alan, 1973- author.
New York : Abrams Press, an imprint of ABRAMS, 2017.
284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"AMC's Breaking Bad is among the most beloved, critically acclaimed American television series of our time. Created by Vince Gilligan, the series charts the transformation of high school science teacher Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) into a cold, calculating meth kingpin. Breaking Bad 101 collects esteemed critic Alan Sepinwall's (HitFix) popular Breaking Bad recaps in book form, featuring new, exclusive essays and completely revised and updated commentary-as well as insights from and interviews with the creative masterminds behind Breaking Bad. The ultimate critical companion for one of the greatest television dramas of all time, Breaking Bad 101 offers fans Sepinwall's smart, funny, and incisive analysis of the psychology and filmmaking craft behind each episode and celebrates the series' unique place in pop-culture history."--Publisher.

Joan Rivers confidential : the unseen scrapbooks, joke cards, personal files, and photos of a very funny woman who kept everything

December 6, 2017
Rivers, Melissa, 1969- author.
©2017
336 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Introduction -- The '50s & before -- The '60s -- The '70s -- The '80s -- The '90s -- The 2000s -- Credits.
"Joan Rivers is an enduring icon of the 20th century, and her wildly popular humor has appealed to generations of fans. With a career that began in the late 1950s, Joan kept mementos over the course of her entire working life, and Joan Rivers Confidential is a compilation of never-before-seen personal archives. Assembled by her daughter Melissa with Scott Currie, the book contains scripts and monologues, letters from famous friends, exchanges with fans, rare photographs, as well as classic and never-before-heard jokes--many simply scribbled on everything from hotel stationery to airplane boarding passes. Touching on subjects from her 50 years in show business (The Tonight Show, Las Vegas, Elizabeth Taylor, Heidi Abromowitz, the red carpet, and Fashion Police), this is a revelatory and humor-filled insider look at the popular, multitalented comedian."--provided by Amazon.com.

Mastering stand-up : the complete guide to becoming a successful comedian

November 22, 2017
Rosenfield, Stephen, author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review, [2018]
xiv, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Things I know about you -- The road ahead -- "No!" -- Observational stand-up -- Anecdotal stand-up -- The stand-up sketch -- Act-outs -- Put-down humor--celebrity put-downs -- Put-down humor--people in your life -- Put-down humor--hecklers -- Put-down humor--insult comedy -- Put-down humor--self-deprecating humor -- Crowd work -- The comic flaw -- Character stand-up comedy -- Edgy stand-up comedy -- Specialties -- Ad-libbing -- Preparing your first draft -- The first draft -- Trying out your first draft -- Setup and punchline -- Working backward -- Creating your set list -- Nerves and the three gifts they give you -- The single most important thing: joyous communication -- Coming alive onstage: emotional fullness -- Be in the room -- Delivery -- The things to do before you get to the club -- Before the show starts -- Showtime -- Building an all "A" set -- Creating your persona -- The six characteristics of a successful persona -- The seventh characteristic -- The "this used to kill and now it's bombing, what the hell is going on" checklist -- Hosting -- The voice -- Everything you need to know about the business of stand-up comedy.
"This entertaining and sharply written guide--for both beginners breaking into comedy and professionals seeking to improve their sets and advance their careers--examines the work of great comedians such as Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, and more as a means of illustrating the most important techniques of performing and writing stand-up. Here, Stephen Rosenfield lays out a clear plan for achieving success, candidly explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. Including a 12-item "Successful Comedian's To-Do List," Rosenfield states, "Get undeniably good at each of these and you can kiss your day job good-bye. You will be a pro." -- Page 4 of cover.

Wayne and Ford : the films, the friendship, and the forging of an American hero

November 20, 2017
Schoenberger, Nancy, author.
©2017
240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was a son of Irish immigrants and was renowned as a director for both his craftsmanship and his brutality. John "Duke" Wayne was a mere stagehand and bit player in "B" Westerns, but he was strapping and handsome, and Ford saw his potential. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a star in Stagecoach, and from there the two men established a close, often turbulent relationship. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But by 1960 the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne's subsequent films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western, but viewed together the careers of these two men changed moviemaking in ways that endure to this day.

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