New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

April 16, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cecil B. Demille : the art of the Hollywood epic

April 15, 2015
Presley, Cecilia DeMille.
416 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
"Images and artifacts from the Cecil B. De Mille Archives photographed by Mark A. Vieira ; curated by Helen Cohen [et al.]..." --T. p.
Introduction / by Martin Scorsese -- Foreword / by Brett Ratner -- "My grandfather" / by Cecilia de Mille Presley -- Introduction -- Hollywood pioneer. The squaw man ; Learning his craft ; Social dramas ; The silent diva ; America's sweetheart -- An artist matured. A new era ; Gloria Swanson ; Into the past -- The religious epic. The ten commandments (1923) ; Secular epics ; The King of Kings ; The godless girl -- Talkies at M-G-M. Dynamite ; Madam Satan and the squaw man -- The best show in town. The sign of the cross ; This day and age, and, Four frightened people ; Cleopatra ; The crusades -- American history. The Plainsman, and, The Buccaneer ; Union Pacific ; North West Mounted Police, and, Reap the wild wind ; The story of Dr. Wassell ; Unconquered -- Blaze of glory. Samson and Delilah ; The greatest show on earth ; The ten commandments -- Epilogue.
More than any other filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. This volume combines Vieira's texts on the historical events, and Presley's insights on her grandfather's films.

Going off script : how I survived a crazy childhood, cancer, and Clooney's 32 on-screen rejections

April 13, 2015
Rancic, Giuliana, author.
266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"A ... memoir from ... Giuliana Rancic, ... best known for interviewing A-listers on E! News and the red carpet, skewering their most questionable sartorial decisions on Fashion Police, and giving viewers a front-row seat to her marriage and home life on her reality show, Giuliana and Bill ... [She] really bares all--from her childhood as an Italian immigrant to her rise to the top of entertainment journalism (and all the amusing stories from working the celebrity beat) to never-before-revealed details of her struggles with infertility and breast cancer"-- Provided by publisher.

So that happened

April 13, 2015
Cryer, Jon, 1965- author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
xi, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Subtitle in pre-publication: My unexpected life in Hollywood.
"A memoir"--Jacket.
A child slave for Zestabs -- Things were wonderful before you came -- The fish-in-a-barrel situation -- The fat man sits in row H -- No knob on the gearshift -- For some reason, a trenchcoat -- Jon? Jon! -- This is just how we are! -- And another. And another -- But now I have to shoot it -- My "Breakfast Club" fist moment -- People actually booed -- Fuck 1987 -- So we did something strenuous -- Don't make me Gary Sandy -- The Art Garfunkel role -- And this is Tuesday, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha -- Oh, yeah, Charlie Sheen -- That time the very worst thing happened -- Corn? When did I have corn? -- P-choo, P-choo! P-choo! -- Not really an answer to the winter part -- The mechanics of jokedom department -- We who labor in the shadow of giants -- Episodes of "Two and a half men" -- The tsunami is more important -- React to the good part.
"Cryer charts his ... journey in show business, illuminating his many triumphs and some missteps along the way. Filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Cryer offers his own ... perspective on Hollywood, the business at large, and the art of acting"

A fine romance

April 7, 2015
Bergen, Candice, 1946- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
x, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The arrival -- Louis at last -- The cutest cactus -- Murphy: Mike Wallace in a dress -- Time marshes on -- Au revoir l'enfant.
In a follow-up to Knock Wood by the Emmy Award-winning actress traces the milestone events of her life, including her first marriage, the birth of her daughter, her work on Murphy Brown and her struggles with widowhood.

Born with teeth : a memoir

April 6, 2015
Mulgrew, Kate, 1955- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2015.
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A star known for her strong female roles in Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black offers a deeply moving account of the price and rewards of a passionate life.

Peaceful neighbor : discovering the countercultural Mister Rogers

April 6, 2015
Long, Michael G., author.
Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2015]
xvii, 203 pages ; 23 cm
"Fred Rogers was one of the most radical pacifists of contemporary history. We do not usually think of him as radical, partly because he wore colorful, soft sweaters made by his mother. Nor do we usually imagine him as a pacifist; that adjective seems way too political to describe the host of a children's program known for its focus on feelings. We have restricted Fred Rogers to the realm of entertainment, children, and feelings, and we've ripped him out of his political and religious context. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and although he rarely shared his religious convictions on his program, he fervently believed in a God who accepts us as we are and who desires a world marked by peace and wholeness. With this progressive spirituality as his inspiration, Rogers used his children's program as a platform for sharing countercultural beliefs about caring nonviolently for one another, animals, and the earth.To critics who dared call him "namby-pamby," Rogers said, "Only people who take the time to see our work can begin to understand the depth of it." This is the invitation of Peaceful Neighbor, to see and understand Rogers's convictions and their expression through his program. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, it turns out, is far from sappy, sentimental, and shallow; it's a sharp political response to a civil and political society poised to kill"-- Provided by publisher.

Amish confidential

March 31, 2015
Stoltzfus, Levi, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
viii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
"'Lebanon' Levi Stoltzfus, star of the #1 top-rated Discovery Channel reality show Amish Mafia, delivers a ... tell-all about Amish life today. From the forbidden joyrides to the senseless shunnings to the colorful family feuds, he shares his frank insider's view of this fascinating and secretive society, ... [weaving] his never-before-told personal story through some high-profile Amish episodes that rocked the news in recent years, including the Nickel Mines shooting massacre, the Amish sisters' farm-stand kidnapping, and the Amish-Pagan drug gang"-- Provided by publisher.

Out came the sun : overcoming the legacy of mental illness, addiction, and suicide in my family

March 30, 2015
Hemingway, Mariel, author.
New York, NY : Regan Arts, 2015.
279 pages, 16 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

American dance : the complete illustrated history

March 27, 2015
Fuhrer, Margaret.
Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2014.
288 pages : illustrations (some color ) ; 32 cm
"A lavishly illustrated history of American dance; covers more than four centuries, from Native American ceremonial dances to the early 21st century."-- Provided by publisher.

The ultimate Woody Allen film companion

March 25, 2015
Bailey, Jason, 1975- author.
Minneapolis : Voyageur Press, 2014.
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Includes filmography.
"A complete look at the extensive, ageless, unparalleled filmography of Woody Allen. Writer, actor, director, comedian, author, and musician, Woody Allen is one of the most culturally and cinematically influential filmmakers of all time. His films - he has over 45 writing and directing credits to his name - range from slapstick to tragedy, farce to fantasy. As one of history's most prolific moviemakers, his style and comic sensibility have been imitated, but never replicated, by countless other filmmakers over the years. In The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion, film writer Jason Bailey profiles every one of Allen's films: from his debut feature, What's Up, Tiger Lily, through slapstick classics such as Take the Money and Run and Sleeper; Academy Award-winning films such as Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters; and recent gems such as Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine. Bailey also includes essays on the fascinating themes that color Allen's works, from death and Freud to music and New York City. Getting up close and personal with the actors and actresses that have brought the iconic films to life, this book's behind-the-scenes stories span the entire career of a man whose catalog has grown into a timeless cornerstone of American pop culture. Complete with full cast lists, production details, and full-color images and artwork, The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion is the ultimate, indispensable reference to one of cinema's most beloved and important figures"-- Provided by publisher.

Charles Walters : the director who made Hollywood dance

March 25, 2015
Phillips, Brent, author.
Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, [2014]
xii, 322 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Anaheim hoofer -- A "new face" in town -- Beginning the beguine -- The show is on -- Broadway's "ranking dancing juvenile" -- Backstage -- "You think like a director" -- Putting his Best Foot Forward -- A company man -- Good News -- A swell couple -- Fred and Ginger -- Metro-Goldwyn-Schary -- Get happy -- "A dear dame" -- Playing the palace -- Hi-lili, hi-lo -- "A masterpiece of modern moisture" -- "Two-faced woman" -- Cinderella stories -- In High Society -- Branching out -- A virgin and a housewife -- Spoiled spinster -- "What elephant?" -- Ain't down yet -- After the lion -- Final ovation -- Appendix: the works of Charles Walters.
From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's last dance on the silver screen (The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland's timeless, tuxedo-clad performance of "Get Happy" (Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the iconic musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. During his career, this Academy Award--nominated director and choreographer showcased the talents of stars such as Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. However, despite his many critical and commercial triumphs, Walters's name often goes unrecognized today. Phillips chronicles his career, his Hollywood successes at MGM, and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American popular culture.

Travelling to work : diaries 1988-1998

March 24, 2015
Palin, Michael, author.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014.
xxii, 563 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Alfred Hitchcock : the man who knew too much

March 19, 2015
Wood, Michael, 1936-
129 pages ; 22 cm.

Conquering chaos

March 17, 2015
Lowell, Catelynn, author.
viii, 150 pages ; 22 cm
"How did two troublemaking kids from the trailer park make it through the storm of family dysfunction, teen pregnancy, and adoption without letting go of each other? What gave them the strength to conquer the chaos of their lives and go on to become people their children could be proud of? And what really happened when the [16 and pregnant and Teen mom] cameras weren't there?"

Cosplay world

March 17, 2015
Ashcraft, Brian, author.
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Why acting matters

February 27, 2015
Thomson, David, 1941-
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
178 pages ; 21 cm
Towards the end of the day -- Twilight -- A moment later -- That night -- Epilogue.

Becoming Richard Pryor

February 16, 2015
Saul, Scott, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xvi, 586 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the New Hollywood of the 1970s"

The Sound of Music story : how a beguiling young novice, a handsome Austrian captain, and ten singing Von Trapp children inspired the most beloved film of all time

February 12, 2015
Santopietro, Tom.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xii, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Published to coincide with the film's 50th anniversary, an ultimate fan book shares behind-the-scenes facts about The Sound of Music's filming in Austria and Hollywood and incorporates new interviews with production insiders, including Johannes von Trapp.

I'm not a terrorist, but I've played one on TV : memoirs of a Middle Eastern funny man

February 12, 2015
Jobrani, Maz, 1972- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
225 pages ; 24 cm
A "memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris"

Werner Herzog : a guide for the perplexed

February 9, 2015
Cronin, Paul, author.
xli, 542 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm.
An invaluable set of career-length interviews with the German genius hailed by Francois Truffaut as "the most important film director alive" Most of what we've heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. The sheer number of false rumors and downright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzog's body of work is one of the most important in postwar European cinema. His international breakthrough came in 1973 with 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God, ' in which Klaus Kinski played a crazed Conquistador. For 'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, ' Herzog cast in the lead a man who had spent most of his life institutionalized, and two years later he hypnotized his entire cast to make 'Heart of Glass.' He rushed to an explosive volcanic Caribbean island to film 'La Soufriere, ' paid homage to F.W. Murnau in a terrifying remake of 'Nosferatu, ' and in 1982 dragged a boat over a mountain in the Amazon jungle for 'Fitzcarraldo.'

Coney Island : visions of an American dreamland, 1861-2008

February 6, 2015
Frank, Robin Jaffee, author.
xvi, 286 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the Wadworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, January 31-May 31, 2015.
Includes index.
Speculating at Coney Island (John F. Kasson) -- Visions of an American dreamland: Down at Coney Isle (1861-1894) / Robin Jaffee Frank -- The world's greatest playground (1895-1929) / R.J.Frank -- The nickel empire (1930-1939) / R.J. Frank -- A Coney Island of the mind (1940-1961) / R.J. Frank -- Requiem for a dream (1962-2008) / R.J. Frank -- Cinema by the seashore: Twins of the amusement world (1895-1920) / Charles Musser and Josh Glick -- Creating the Hollywood couple (1927-1949) / Josh Glick -- Cameras at Coney (1940-1953) / Charles Musser -- Nostalgia, nightmares, and the spirit of resilience (1971-2008) / Josh Glick -- Political in nature: the new Coney Island / Charles Denson.

Black Broadway : African Americans on the great white way

January 30, 2015
Lane, Stewart F., author.
xii, 275 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
African-American theater through the nineteenth century -- The turn of the century -- The 1920s and the Harlem Renaissance -- Breadlines to breakthroughs: the 1930s and 1940s -- Postwar Broadway: the 1950s -- The turbulent sixties -- The door has opened : the 1970s and 1980s -- Broadway now and tomorrow.
The African-American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it was not until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that the playing field began to level. In this remarkable book, theater producer and historian Stewart F. Lane uses words and pictures to capture this tumultuous century and to highlight the rocky road that black actors have travelled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. 0.

Respect for acting

January 30, 2015
Hagen, Uta, 1919-2004.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2008.
xiii, 226 p. ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Macmillan, 1973.
"This edition reprints the original without alteration."--p.[ii]
Part 1. The actor. Concept ; Identity ; Substitution ; Emotional memory ; Sense memory ; The five senses ; Thinking ; Walking and talking ; Improvisation ; Reality -- Part 2. The object exercises. The basic object exercise ; Three entrances ; Immediacy ; The fourth wall ; Endowment ; Talking to yourself ; Outdoors ; Conditioning forces ; History ; Character action -- Part 3. The play and the role. First contact with the play ; The character ; Circumstances ; Relationship ; The objective ; The obstacle ; The action ; The rehearsal ; Practical problems ; Communication ; Style.
This is the classic book on acting, now republished with a new foreword by actor David Hyde Pierce. Legendary actress and teacher Uta Hagen knew that an actor's finest work was often achieved for love rather than for money. She lived this philosophy, alongside her husband Herbert Berghof, at HB Studio, their acting school; together they turned a handful of scruffy old buildings into a workplace and spiritual home for actors. This work is Hagen's blueprint for the actor, her design for "enlightened stage acting." It has helped generations of actors hone their craft, and its advice is as useful now as it was in 1973, when it was first published. Graduates of HB Studio include Robert DeNiro, Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, and Bette Midler. It will continue to bring Hagen's techniques to actors and theater-lovers alike. Uta Hagen was the recipient of innumerable honors and awards during her long career, including the prestigious National Medal for the Arts in 2003. She died in 2004 at the age of 84. Haskel Frankel was the drama critic of the National Observer.

A Kim Jong-Il production : the extraordinary true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator's rise to power

January 28, 2015
Fischer, Paul, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
x, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
August, 1982 -- Reel one: a sense of destiny. A photograph on the blue house lawn ; Director Shin and Madame Choi ; Shrimp among whales ; A double rainbow over Mount Paekdu ; Kim Jong Il's first loves ; Fathers and sons ; Inside the Pyongyang picture show ; A three-second kiss ; Repulse bay -- Reel two: guests of the dear leader. The hermit kingdom ; Accused ; Musicals, movies, and ideological studies ; Taken ; The others ; Escape from Chestnut Valley ; Shin Sang-Ok died here ; The torture position ; Division 39 ; The hunger strike ; Director Shin is coming -- Intermission: the people's actress Woo in-Hee -- Reel three: produced by Kim Jong-Il. Together ; The tape recorder ; Lights, camera ; Out of the North ; Like a European movie ; The press conference ; Same bed, different dreams ; A full shooting schedule ; The rubber monster -- Vienna ; From Kim to Kim ; The stars and stripes -- 2013.
"A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, [this book] offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea's history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today"

Poirot and me

January 27, 2015
Suchet, David, author.
London : Headline, 2014.
x, 373 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Originally published: 2013.
Includes index.


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