New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

June 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Springfield confidential : jokes, secrets, and outright lies from a lifetime writing for The Simpsons

June 14, 2018
Reiss, Mike, 1959- author.
xv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The longest-serving writer and producer for "The Simpsons" offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.

And then we danced : a voyage into the groove

June 13, 2018
Alford, Henry, 1962- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xxi, 226 pages ; 23 cm
Social entrée -- Politics -- Rebellion -- Emotion and release -- Pure physicality -- Religion -- Nostalgia -- Intimacy and socializing -- Healing -- Epilogue.
"Tackling a wide range of forms (including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, ballroom, tap, contact improvisation, Zumba, swing), this grand tour takes us through the works and careers of luminaries ranging from Bob Fosse to George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp to Arthur Murray. Rich in insight and humor, Alford mines both personal experience and fascinating cultural history to offer a witty and ultimately moving portrait of how dance can express all things human"-- Provided by publisher.

The electric woman : a memoir in death-defying acts

June 12, 2018
Fontaine, Tessa, author.
x, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: The trick is there is no trick -- The architecture of a wave -- The snake charmer -- Human history -- Open the gates -- The dragon -- Snickers T. Clown -- Cake -- Hair ingredients -- Let's us have fun -- The moon is apple pie -- The softest skin of anyone in the entire world -- Daughters -- Mud -- And the low sky opens -- The departure -- Emergency -- Fresh meat -- The Titanic was child's play -- Monsters -- Premium footlong corn dogs -- Where your name is writ -- Cash money -- Wildewoman -- The sword swallower -- The animal undone -- Sounds past the noises -- Behind the night's dress -- Christmas fish -- Dr. Frankenstein's hushed blood love song -- Normalaphobia -- Invisibilia -- Bloodlust -- The heroes -- Electricity -- By ship into the sea -- Twinklers -- The great reveal -- Out of the mist -- Epilogue: Where you will float electric.
"Follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother"

My girls : a lifetime with Carrie and Debbie

June 11, 2018
Fisher, Todd 1958- author.
x, 388 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- 813 Greenway Drive -- The good life -- Ignorance is bliss -- Time of my life -- 154 East 74th Street -- The trouble with Harry -- Innocents abroad -- Cultural exchange -- 619 Oakhurst Drive -- The wrong girl -- For better or for worse -- Woman of the year -- True colors -- Wandering in the desert -- Double life -- Exodus -- What's a Pigeon Forge? -- The end of the rainbow -- Bright lights -- Full circle -- Good-bye, dear -- Epilogue.
In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, occurring less than 24 hours apart. Debbie's only remaining child, Todd Fisher, somehow retained his grace and composure under the glare of the media spotlight as he struggled with his own overwhelming grief. In My girls, Todd shares his heart and his memories of Debbie and Carrie with deeply personal stories from his earliest years to those last unfathomable days.

Bruce Lee : a life

June 8, 2018
Polly, Matthew, author.
X, 640 pages, 16 unnumberred pages of plates ; illustrations (some color), genealogical table ; 24 cm
"A biography of the movie icon Bruce Lee"-- Provided by publisher.

Sex and the city and us : how four single women changed the way we think, live, and love

June 7, 2018
Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xxii, 232 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the iconic television series, Sex and the city and us tells the story of how a columnist, two gay men -- Darren Star and fellow executive producer Michael Patrick King -- and a writers' room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. Featuring interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the city and us presents a behind-the-scenes look at a TV series that changed the way women everywhere see themselves.

Ghostbuster's daughter : life with my dad, Harold Ramis

June 7, 2018
Ramis Stiel, Violet, author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, 2018.
368 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Seth Rogen -- Introduction: Life is messy -- Young love -- Don't go into retail -- Harold + Anne = Violet -- National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) -- It takes a village... -- Caddyshack (1980) -- Tell me about when you were little -- Grown-up stuff -- Stripes (1981) -- My dad, my hero -- Ticket to ride -- National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) -- No more tangles -- Our AV club -- Ghostbusters (1984) -- Ch-ch-ch-changes -- Club Paradise (1986) -- The split -- Mystery baby -- One in three -- A swiftly tilting planet -- Ghostbusters II (1989) -- Harold and Erica, husband and wife -- Terrible tweens -- Groundhog Day (1993) -- So you wanna be a gangsta? -- Pass the pipe -- You go your way, I'll go mine -- Stuart saves his family (1995) -- Your walls will not protect you -- Concord Class of 1995 -- Multiplicity (1996) -- Go, slugs! -- What now? -- Analyze This (1999) -- Un bon voyage (et vérité) -- Bedazzled (2000) - I can make it there... -- Baby on board -- Jew-ish -- Orange County (2002) and I'm with Lucy (2002) -- Do good -- Nerd alert -- Sister act -- The Ice Harvest (2005) -- Big head, big heart -- Ob-la-di, ob-la-da -- Knocked up (2007) -- Same boat, different ocean -- Year One (2009) -- Breaking up is hard to do -- So a very funny old Jewish guy dies and goes to Heaven -- Old dog, new tricks -- The last supper -- The long goodbye -- Life after death.
Harold Ramis was a filmmaker and actor who brought warmth and humor to the big screen. To Violet Ramis, he was best known as an amazing father, confidant, and friend. Here she reflects on the life and legacy of her father, taking readers into the personal life of an American comedy icon, from his humble roots in Chicago and his ascension into Hollywood super-stardom to his personal philosophies on life, love, and filmmaking.

Take you wherever you go

June 1, 2018
Leon, Kenny, author.
x, 229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Grandma Mamie -- St. Petersburg -- Mr. Irresistible -- Be in the room -- Wilsonian soldiers.
Discusses the theater director's long climb to the top, from his childhood home in rural Florida off a dirt road and with no electricity to working with A-listers like Alicia Keys and Angela Bassett.

Become an American ninja warrior : the ultimate insider's guide

May 31, 2018
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2018.
264 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
The show -- The course -- The ninjas -- The training -- Go time -- Ninja nation.
Published to coincide with the show's tenth anniversary, an official behind-the-scenes guide shares stories from its hosts, creators, and top contestants on how American Ninja Warriors train on the show's legendary obstacle courses.

So close to being the sh*t, y'all don't even know

May 30, 2018
Retta, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
viii, 262 pages ; color illustrations ; 22 cm
Eff you, Effie! -- The darkest of magic -- From roaches to riches, bitches! -- Louis and Gucci and Pucci, oh my! -- What's up Doc? -- You do? I don't -- Knock knock -- I think I might be lazy -- Food, water, oxygen, television -- 'Tis better to give than to receive...another fkn candle -- Ginuwine isn't really my cousin -- Membership has its privileges -- I would puck witchu -- It's an unforgettable life -- Stretch marks fo life! -- That year I went Lin-sane -- Which came first? The chicken, obv!
"Whether reminiscing about her days as a contract chemist at GlaxoSmithKline, telling 'dirty' jokes to Mormons, feeling like the odd man out on Parks, fending off racist trolls on Twitter, flirting with Michael Fassbender, expertly stalking the cast of Hamilton, or glamming it up on the set, Retta's voice is unique and refreshing"--Front jacket flap.

The Twilight Zone encyclopedia

May 24, 2018
Rubin, Steven Jay, 1951- author.
ix, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An A Cappella book."
"A rich, fact-filled collectible, packed with vibrant history, amazing trivia, and rare photographs, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia, assembled with the full cooperation of the Rod Serling estate, includes biographies of every principal actor involved in the series and hundreds who toiled behind the scenes - producers, writers, and directors. It is an exhaustive and engrossing guide, a compendium of credits, plot synopses, anecdotes, production details, never-before-seen images, and interviews with nearly everyone still alive who was associated with the show."--Page 4 of cover.

Jim Henson's the Dark crystal : the ultimate visual history

May 23, 2018
Gaines, Caseen, 1986- author.
188 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes facsimile items and memorabilia tipped in throughout the book.
A true masterpiece brought to life by the ingenious puppetry and peerless storytelling of Jim Henson, Dark Crystal is revered by an entire generation of fans. For the first time, this deluxe and highly comprehensive book tells the complete story of this deeply personal Henson project, highlighting the unique creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen. Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film's behind-the-scenes creative team, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the entire production, from the initial concept based on themes close to Henson's heart to the ingenious conceptual design, puppet construction, and logistics of the shoot itself. The book also delves into the wider world of Dark Crystal, exploring the creation of comics, novels, and other official projects inspired by the film. The book also features a plethora of amazing removable items, such as script pages, notes and sketches from Henson, and other unique treasures. Definitive, enthralling, and revelatory,

Well, that escalated quickly : memoirs and mistakes of an accidental activist

May 22, 2018
Ramsey, Franchesca, 1983- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
viii, 244 pages ; 24 cm
"In this sharp, funny, and incredibly timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded, Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of Twitter rants and call-out wars"-- Provided by publisher.

Failure is an option : an attempted memoir

May 22, 2018
Benjamin, H. Jon, author.
New York : Dutton, [2018]
viii, 245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"H. Jon Benjamin--the lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers--helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure. Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to family ("wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family") to career ("how I failed to sell a pilot"). As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place. a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom. With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless"-- Provided by publisher.


May 18, 2018
Itzkoff, Dave, author.
xii, 529 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
"A New York Times book."
Prologue -- Part one: Comet -- Punky and Lord Posh -- The escape artist -- Legalized insanity -- My favorite Orkan -- The Robin Williams show -- Mork blows his cork -- Bungalow 3 -- Part two: Star -- Mr. Happy -- Tough love -- Gooooooood morning -- O captain! -- Dreamlike parts, with phantasmagoric associations -- Father man -- Hot flashes -- Part three: Supernova -- Golden dude -- Fade to white -- Weapons of self-destruction -- The tiger in winter -- Gone -- Everything will be okay -- The big room -- Epilogue -- Robin Williams: Selected works and awards.
"From New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams-- a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his powerful Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative actor and comedian. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture, politics, and personal revelation-- all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. In his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation, bringing his characters to life and using humor to seek deeper truths. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a performer whose work touched so many of our lives"--Book jacket.

I find your lack of faith disturbing : Star Wars and the triumph of geek culture

May 17, 2018
Jameson, A. D., 1976- author.
288 pages ; 20 cm
pt. 1. The story so far -- "Oh, I'm back out in space again": the realism of Star Wars -- The children of Spielberg and Lucas -- Geek goes mainstream -- pt. 2. What every geek wants -- Do you bleed? -- Historical documents -- The great geek game -- Geeking out -- pt. 3. To be continued ... -- I've got a bad feeling about this: the importance of being geeky -- Why so serious? -- Back out in space again: the beauty of Star Wars.
"A.D. Jameson takes geeks and non-geeks alike on a surprising and insightful journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero franchises that now dominate pop culture. Walking us through the rise of geekdom from its underground origins to the top of the box office and the bestseller lists, Jameson takes in franchises such as The Lord of the Rings, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter, Star Trek, and in particular, Star Wars--as well as phenomena like fan fiction, cosplay, and Youtube parodies. Along the way, he blasts through the clichés surrounding geek culture: that its fans are mindless consumers who will embrace all things Spider-Man or Batman, regardless of quality; or that the popularity and financial success of Star Wars led to the death of ambitious filmmaking. A lifelong geek, Jameson shines a new light on beloved classics, explaining the enormous love (and hate) they are capable of inspiring, while exploding misconceptions about how and why they were made. I Find Your lack of Faith Disturbing tells the story of how the geeks have inherited the earth."--Page [2] of cover.

Celestial bodies : how to look at ballet

May 10, 2018
Jacobs, Laura, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2018.
252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. It communicates through movement, not words, and its history lies almost entirely abroad-in Russia, Italy, and France. In Celestial Bodies, dance critic Laura Jacobs makes the foreign familiar, providing a lively, poetic, and uniquely accessible introduction to the world of classical dance. Combining history, interviews with dancers, technical definitions, descriptions of performances, and personal stories, Jacobs offers an intimate and passionate guide to watching ballet and understanding the central elements of choreography. Jacobs begins with the most basic concepts, the five positions of the feet, before gradually leading us to the more complex and exciting ideas of dance-for example, using the Romantic ballet Giselle to discuss the two forms of energy present in ballet, Allegro and Adagio. Organized chronologically, Celestial Bodies presents an exhaustive history of the art's development through the last three centuries. Accessible to those who know little or nothing about classical dance, Celestial Bodies will also reach and enchant long-time ballet connoisseurs. Beautifully written and elegantly illustrated with original drawings, Celestial Bodies offers a comprehensive history and an essential guide to this celebrated art form for neophytes and devotees alike"-- Provided by publisher.

Like brothers

May 10, 2018
Duplass, Mark, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (The League, Transparent, Togetherness, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique personal memoir"-- Provided by publisher.

The last cowboys : a pioneer family in the new West

May 10, 2018
Branch, John (Sports reporter), author.
277 pages ; 24 cm
Branding day -- King of the rodeo -- Cowbells in the fog -- Blood and tradition.
Presents a portrait of the Wright family of Smith Mesa and their achievements as successful rodeo champions and cattle ranchers, tracing their battles against natural obstacles and injuries and how the changes of the twenty-first century are challenging their future.

Kenzie's rules for life

May 8, 2018
Ziegler, Mackenzie, 2004- author.
New York : Gallery Books, [2018]
xvi, 229 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Growing up is hard, but growing up in the spotlight is even harder. However, Mackenzie Ziegler is taking it all in stride, thanks to her positive attitude on life. From getting her start on Dance Moms, to her sold-out tour alongside Johnny Orlando, there’s nothing that she can’t do. In Kenzie’s Rules for Life, the dance prodigy, singer/songwriter, actress, and model offers her advice on friendship, family, fitness, style, and positivity. She shares lessons drawn from her own experiences for those navigating through their tween years on how to be happy, healthy, and confident in all aspects of their lives."


May 7, 2018
Cincinnati Ballet.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [Cincinnati Ballet]
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Title supplied by cataloger.

The seasons of my mother : a memoir of love, family, and flowers

May 3, 2018
Harden, Marcia Gay, author.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: My mother's flower path -- My mother is a brightly ribboned maypole -- My mother is a crescent moon -- My mother holds me like Mary holds Jesus -- My mother flies with Superwoman -- My mother is an orange hibiscus in a brown coffee cup - My mother is a miraculous bamboo -- My mother is a driftwood ballerina -- My mother is a bottle of extra virgin olive oil -- My mother is a silver-wrapped piece of Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum - My mother is a Harry Winston diamond -- My mother is a star navigator -- My mother is an Easter Bunny in a white confectioner's egg -- Epilogue.
"In this poetic and inspiring memoir, one of America's most revered actresses uses the imagery of flowers and the art of ikebana to depict the unique creative bond that she has had with her mother throughout the years--and how, together, they are facing her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Marcia Gay Harden knew at a young age that her life would be anything but ordinary. One of five lively children born to two Texas natives--Beverly, a proper Dallas lady, and Thad, a young officer in the US Navy hailing from El Paso--she always had a knack for storytelling, role-playing, and mischief-making. As a military family, the Hardens moved often, and their travels abroad eventually took them to a home off the coast of Japan. It was here that Beverly, amidst the many challenges of raising a gaggle of youngsters, found solace in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Using the imagery of flowers and ikebana as her starting point, Marcia Gay Harden takes us through the different seasons of her mother's life, all the while weaving in the story of her own journey from precocious young girl to budding artist to Academy Award-winning actress. With a razor-sharp wit, as well as the kind of emotional honesty that has made her performances resonate with audiences worldwide, Marcia describes the family's travels overseas, her flourishing career in New York and Hollywood, and, most poignantly, Beverly's struggles today to maintain her identity as she tackles her greatest challenge yet: Alzheimer's disease. Featuring photographs of gorgeous ikebana arrangements created specially for this book, this memoir illustrates the uniqueness, beauty, and unforgettable love of motherhood, as Marcia does what Beverly can no longer do: she remembers. Like a cross between Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Lisa Genova's Still Alice, this memoir is a lyrical, loving homage to one mother's strength as reflected in the tenacity and artistry of her daughter"-- Provided by publisher.

Go ask Ali : half-baked advice (and free lemonade)

May 1, 2018
Wentworth, Alexandra.
xii, 204 pages ; 22 cm
At once endearing and hilarious, thoughtful and far-fetched, this third collection offers Ali Wentworth at her wisest and wittiest as she delivers tips, pointers, and quips on a host of life's conundrums and sticky situations, including the funny, sometimes embarrassing yet unforgettable situations that have shaped her inimitable world view as a wife, mother, actress, comedian, and all around bon vivant.

Must-see sci-fi : 50 movies that are out of this world

April 30, 2018
De Forest, Sloan, author.
Philadelphia : Running Press, 2018.
280 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm

Mixing work with pleasure : my life at Studio Ghibli

April 23, 2018
Suzuki, Toshio, 1948 August 19-
235 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Translation of: Shigoto dōraku.
Preface to the English edition -- Preface to the revised Japanese edition -- About the Japanese revised edition -- In place of a preface: memories never to be forgotten -- 1. Mixing work with pleasure / trust means total trust: the animage era -- 2. The importance of shared interests in relationships: meeting Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki -- 3. The importance of being the director's ally: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the founding of Studio Ghibli -- 4. New ideas are within a radius of three meters: Hayao Miyazaki filmmaking -- 5. Filmmaking is like tumbling all together down a slope: the philosophy and practice of Isao Takahata -- 6. There is no end to worrying in this world: the life of Yasuyoshi Tokuma -- 7. For making things, small companies are best:Ghibli as a "small neighborhood factory" -- 8. The future opens up to the steady and steadfast: always think in the present tense -- Afterword to the original Japanese edition (2008): how films result from casual conversation -- Afterword to the revised Japanese edition (2014): a word about flowers -- Toshio Suzuki chronology -- Bibliography.


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