New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

December 9, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The princess diarist

December 8, 2016
Fisher, Carrie, author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she had kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved--plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1976, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diariest is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time--and what developed behind the scenes ... Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty"--Jacket.

Kathy Griffin's celebrity run-ins : (my A-Z index)

December 8, 2016
Griffin, Kathy, 1960- author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
An A-Z compendium of the celebrities comedian and TV personality Kathy Griffin has met over the years and the anecdotes only she can tell about them.

The platinum age of television : from I love Lucy to The walking dead, how TV became terrific

December 6, 2016
Bianculli, David, author.
©2016
xiv, 576 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Children's Programs -- Animation -- Matt Groening -- Variety/Sketch -- Mel Brooks -- Carol Burnett -- Tom Smothers -- Amy Schumer -- Soap Operas -- Crime -- Steven Bochco -- David Chase -- Kevin Spacey -- Vince Gilligan -- Legal -- David E. Kelley -- Robert and Michelle King -- Medical -- Family Sitcoms -- Norman Lear -- Workplace Sitcoms -- James L. Brooks -- Garry Shandling -- Splitcoms -- Carl Reiner -- Bob Newhart -- Larry David -- Louis C.K. -- Single Working Women Sitcoms -- Judd Apatow -- Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror -- Westerns -- David Milch -- Spies -- General Drama -- David Simon -- Aaron Sorkin -- Matthew Weiner -- War -- Miniseries -- Ken Burns -- Topical Comedy -- Larry Wilmore.
Quality television: what is it, and, crucially, how did it get that way? Bianculli focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.

The Daily Show (the book) : an oral history as told by Jon Stewart, the correspondents, staff and guests

December 5, 2016
Smith, Chris, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
xviii, 459 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword by Jon Stewart -- Introduction to the beginning -- This just in -- Indecision 2000 : the Sunshine Wait -- America freaks out -- Check your soul at the door -- Mess o'potamia -- Indecision 2004 : crasstastic! -- Do you have the balls? -- Midwest midterm midtacular -- Not The daily show -- Indecision 2008 : clusterf@#k to the White House -- In Cramer we trust -- Oh, for Fox sake -- Worst responders -- Anthony and Cleopenis -- The amazing racism -- Minarets of menace -- World of class warfare -- Whoop-de-doo -- When Barry met Silly -- A man who was on TV -- Your moment of Zen.
For almost 17 years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show's seminal moments come together to share their memories of one of America's most groundbreaking shows.-- adapted from book jacket.

I loved her in the movies : memories of Hollywood's legendary actresses

December 5, 2016
Wagner, Robert, 1930- author.
©2016
244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both media. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day. I Loved Her in the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made as actresses as well as the choices they made as women."-- Jacket.

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood

December 5, 2016
Noah, Trevor, 1984- author.
©2016
x, 288 pages ; 25 cm
Run -- Born a Crime -- Trevor, Pray -- Chameleon -- The Second Girl -- Loopholes -- Fufi -- Robert -- The Mulberry Tree -- A Young Man's Long, Awkward, Occasionally Tragic, and Frequently Humiliating Education in Affairs of the Heart, Part I: Valentine's Day -- Outsider -- A Young Man's Long, Awkward, Occasionally Tragic, and Frequently Humiliating Education in Affairs of the Heart, Part II: The Crush -- Colorblind -- A Young Man's Long, Awkward, Occasionally Tragic, and Frequently Humiliating Education in Affairs of the Heart, Part III: The Dance -- Go Hitler! -- The Cheese Boys -- The World Doesn't Love You -- My Mother's Life.
Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.--Adapted from jacket flap

Star Trek encyclopedia : a reference guide to the future

December 2, 2016
Okuda, Michael, author.
New York : Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
2 volumes : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Volume one: A-L -- Volume two: M-Z
The Star trek saga now spans a half-century since Roddenberry's original series hit the airwaves in 1966. It's hard to keep track of everything happening in the richly detailed television series and feature films, and this classic encyclopedia has finally been updated and expanded to include everything from The Mantrap to J.J. Abram's Kelvin Timeline.

Who were the Three Stooges?

November 30, 2016
Pollack, Pam, author.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [2016]
106 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Discover more about the comedy team that perfected the art of the pie fight! The Three Stooges were the hardworking children of immigrants and discovered a love of performing at an early age. Starting out as a vaudeville act, they soon transitioned into movies, becoming a worldwide sensation in feature films and shorts. Never the critics' darlings, audiences loved them for their mastery of physical comedy and their willingness to do anything for a laugh. They remained popular over the years despite several personnel changes that revolved around the three Howard brothers from Brooklyn. Their comedies are still in syndication more than 50 years after they were first shown on TV and continue to delight old fans and attract new ones"-- Provided by publisher.

Wonderland : how play made the modern world

November 30, 2016
Johnson, Steven, 1968- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
322 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Fashion and shopping -- Music -- Taste -- Illusion -- Games -- Public space.
"Explores the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. Play has always been more important than most people realize. In this vivid examination of the power of play and delight, Steven Johnson offers a surprising history of popular entertainment. "--Dust jacket.

Superficial : more adventures from the Andy Cohen diaries

November 29, 2016
Cohen, Andy, 1968- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"The star-studded and sidesplitting follow up to The Andy Cohen Diaries The megapopular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back, better than ever, and telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night. Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother's conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC's Primetime New Year's Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo's Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa "Namaste" Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama's boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance. If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed "the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila" by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades--personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes--Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it"-- Provided by publisher.

Last girl before freeway : the life, loves, losses, and liberation of Joan Rivers

November 29, 2016
Bennetts, Leslie, 1949- author.
©2016
ix, 419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Nobody ever wanted it more : "But she has no talent!" -- Dying is easy. Comedy is hard -- Dicks and balls : breaking into the boys' club -- Stardom and wifedom : happily ever after? -- Westward ho : California dreamin' -- The first lady of comedy : nothing is sacred -- Victim as enforcer : terrorizing women into submission -- The temptation of Joan : poisoned apple -- A thankless child : "How sharper than a serpent's tooth" -- Debacle : the death of a show, a marriage, and a husband -- Recovery : the long road back -- Reinventing a career : "I can rise again" -- Art and commerce : all in a day's work -- Home sweet Versailles : Marie Antoinette meets Auntie Mame -- High society : putting on the Ritz -- But is it good for the Jews? : sex, politics, and religion -- Men are stupid : beauty and betrayal -- Back to the top : fighting like "a rabid pit bull" -- Fashion forward : triumph of the mean girls -- Daughter dearest : how to succeed in show business -- The time of her life : fame, friends, and fun -- The final mountain : gathering shadows -- Grand finale : sudden exit, pursued by bear -- Legacy : laughter and liberation -- Epilogue: Updates from the afterlife : "You WERE fat, you bitch!"
"Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers' career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life."--Amazon.com.

To Pixar and beyond : my unlikely journey with Steve Jobs to make entertainment history

November 29, 2016
Levy, Lawrence (Lawrence B.), author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xii, 259 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple in the early 1990's, while building his failed competitor NeXT, he made a side bet to develop a little-known, barely profitable video graphics company called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard-trained attorney, in the hope that Jobs could somehow persuade Levy to join forces with him in his quest to energize Pixar. Somehow, despite Pixar's very modest beginnings, Levy, Jobs, and studio chief Ed Catmull, were able to shape it into the world's most creative motion picture company. This is Levy's account of those early beginnings at Pixar, of his friendship with Jobs, and how they were able to join forces to transform Pixar into one of Hollywood's greatest success stories"-- Provided by publisher.

Scrappy little nobody

November 29, 2016
Kendrick, Anna. author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
xxiii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
My double life -- Origin story -- Jaded old chorus girl -- Hell, thy name is middle school -- Camp -- The Mayor of Squaresville -- Leaving the nest -- A little night music -- Moving to LA -- Boys -- Boys and the terror of being near them -- I guess we're doing this, or How does this scene end? -- He's just not that interesting -- Guys in LA -- Hollywood -- Fashion -- Making movies is a fool's errand -- Twilight -- Big breaks -- Award shows -- Scrappy little nobody -- My Grandmother's funeral -- Fake parties I have planned with the detail of a real party -- Batten down the hatches -- The world's most reluctant adult -- Scrappy little nobody.
At the ripe age of thirteen, Kendrick had already resolved to zkeep the crazy inside my head where it belonged.y Now she invites readers inside her brain, recounting the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture. From her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her rise dazzling on the stage and screen, we enter her sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious) world.

Maps of the Disney parks : charting 60 years from California to Shanghai

November 28, 2016
Neary, Kevin F., author.
Los Angeles : Disney Editions, 2016.
143 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 28 x 30 cm
Includes index.
"A Welcome Enterprises book."
Opening an atlas: Disneyland, 1955-1965 -- Charting new kingdoms, 1966-1980 -- Unfolding across the globe, 1981-1989 -- Moving to the next millennium, 1990-2000 -- Leading with a compass, 2001-2009 -- Constructing on a grander scale, 2010-2016.
Collects historical maps of the Disney Parks produced for diverse purposes, from the opening of Disneyland in 1955 through to maps of today from its parks, including its most recent in Shanghai.

Drawing the Iron Curtain : Jews and the golden age of Soviet animation

November 28, 2016
Katz, Maya Balakirsky, 1973-
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]
xi, 289 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction: Puppeteering a self in the Soviet Union -- Behind the scenes: Jews and the studio system, 1919-1989 -- Black and white: race in Soviet animation -- The Brumberg sisters: the fairy grandmothers of Soviet animation -- Big city Jews: setting and censoring the modern fairytale -- Tropical Russian bears: Cheburashka's Jewish roots -- The pioneer's violin: animating the Soviet holocaust -- Cartoon cosmopolitans: drawing Jews into Soviet culture -- Tale of tales: the rise of the Jewish auteur director -- Conclusion: Tell-tale signs and Soviet Jewish animation -- Glossary.

Peter O'Toole : the definitive biography

November 17, 2016
Sellers, Robert, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xv, 416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Sidgwick & Jackson, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title-page verso.
Through interviews with close friends and colleagues, a biography of the talented, charismatic British-Irish actor discusses his dislike of authority, what drove him to extremes, and why he drank so excessively for years.

Steppenwolf theatre company of Chicago : in their own words

November 16, 2016
Mayer, John, 1956- author.
London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016.
xvi, 261 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- The early years : the seventies -- In their own words : on growing up -- Balm in Gilead : the developing ensemble philosophy and moving forward -- In their own words : on getting into the ensemble -- Transitions, The Grapes of Wrath, and a new theatre -- In their own words : my favorite stories -- An "ongoing experiment," a new millennium, and August: Osage County -- In their own words : the essence of Steppenwolf -- Now and into the future -- In their own words : a short tribute.
"In 1974, a group of determined, young high-school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, eventually taking residence in the basement of a church in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Thus began their unlikely journey to become on of the most prominent theatre companies in the world. Steppenwolf Theatre Company has changed the face of American Theatre with its innovative approach that blends dynamic ensemble performance, honest, straightforward acting, and bold, thought-provoking stories to create compelling theatre. This is the first book to chronicle this iconic theatre company, offering an account of its early years and development, its work, and the methodologies that have made it one of the most influential ensembles in theatres today. Through extensive, in-depth interviews conducted by the author with ensemble members, this book reveals the story of Steppenwolf's miraculous rose from basement to Broadway and beyond. Interviewees include co-founder Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise, and Terry Kinney, along with a myriad of ensemble, staff, board members, and others." -- Page 4 of cover.

Dan and Phil go outside

November 16, 2016
Howell, Dan, 1991- author.
©2016
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) were just two awkward guys who shared their lives on the Internet until now. Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight, actually went outside. Traveling around the world on tour, they have collected hundreds of exclusive, intimate, and funny photos, as well as revealing and candid side notes, to show the behind-the-scenes story of their adventure."-- From publisher.

Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life

November 10, 2016
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author.
©2015
276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The child who never cried -- I'll do it -- Sound, please -- I was grey -- At home -- Fake it -- Oh dear -- I am typed -- Good evening -- Birds and beasts -- Back to basics.
Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition-- Hitchcock's childhood was an isolated one. As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of him, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. Ackroyd reveals a jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. The result is a gripping biography of one of the most respected directors of the twentieth century.

Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded

November 10, 2016
Hart, Hannah, 1986- author.
©2016
xiii, 256 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Heirloom -- Original kin -- My Drunk Kitchen -- Hello, Harto? -- That summer feeling -- Fear and ecstasy -- Casual travel asshole -- Keepsake -- Shadowboxer -- Body language -- Hocus focus -- No judging -- Film this moment -- (Un)packing a punch -- Nest -- Fables -- Epilogue.
As a professional Internet personality, Hannah Hart spends a lot of time walking the line between public and private. Here, she shares stories from her life that have taken her time to process, in the hope that it will help readers do some internal processing of their own.-- adapted from book jacket.

Thanks for the money : how to use my life story to become the best Joel McHale you can be

November 10, 2016
McHale, Joel, 1971- author.
©2016
303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Joel McHale pulls back the curtain on his personal journey to stardom! Here, for the first time, he reveals all that has molded him into the acclaimed comic actor he is today: a love of performance, a series of boyhood head injuries, and most importantly, a passion for financial compensation and free shoes."--Provided by publisher.

Seinfeldia : how a show about nothing changed everything

November 8, 2016
Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin, author.
©2016
ix, 307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: the baseball game -- The origin story -- The players -- The network -- The cult hit -- The production -- The writers -- The bizarros -- Seinfeld nation -- The show about something -- The Larry David-shaped hole -- The end -- Seinfeldia emerges -- The bizarros: the sequel -- The legend of the curse -- Seinfeldia.
"An uproarious behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the hit television series describes how comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld dreamed up the idea for an unconventional sitcom over coffee and how, despite network skepticism and minimal plotlines, achieved mainstream success, "--NoveList.

Better than new : lessons I've learned from saving old homes (and how they saved me)

November 7, 2016
Curtis, Nicole, 1976- author.
©2016
239 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Mistakes are knowledge waiting to happen -- You can't always choose what you keep, but you can choose what you let go -- The thing with having a big mouth is that you have to back it up -- Own the process or the process will own you -- Sometimes you have to skip the lemonade and deal with the lemons -- Passion allows the phoenix to rise from the ashes -- Live your normal, because there is no "normal" -- Make your home, friends, and family your sanctuary.
"For the first time, Nicole Curtis, the star of the megahit HGTV and DIY Network show Rehab Addict, reveals her private struggles, her personal victories, and the inspiring lessons we can all learn from them,"--Amazon.com.

The magnolia story

November 3, 2016
Gaines, Chip, 1974- author.
©2016
xvii, 184 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Blessings in (a big, ugly) disguise -- First dates and second chances -- New directions -- Something old, something new -- The honeymoon's over -- Opening up -- White picket fences -- One door closers -- Down to our roots -- Chipping in -- Flipping out -- Home-less -- Getting to the bottom -- Surviving or thriving -- Heeding the call -- The bloom.
"From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything, The Magnolia Story offers a peek behind the curtain of who Chip and Joanna [Gaines] are today. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors."--Provided by publisher.

Bolshoi confidential : secrets of the Russian ballet from the rule of the tsars to today

November 2, 2016
Morrison, Simon Alexander, 1964- author.
©2016
xxix, 507 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The swindling magician -- Napoleon and after -- Fleet as lightning: the career of Ekaterina Sankovskaya -- Imperialism -- After the Bolsheviks -- Censorship -- I, Maya Plisetskaya -- Epilogue.
A history of the Bolshoi Ballet from its dubious beginnings in 1776 to the present, exploring its political ties and importance under various Russian regimes and how it came to define both Russian culture and ballet itself.

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