New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

July 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The ballet lover's companion

July 27, 2015
Anderson, Zoe.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
xiv, 370 pages ; 25 cm
Ballet's beginnings -- The Romantic ballet -- Imperial ballet -- The Ballets Ruses and after -- National ballets -- Soviet ballet -- The ballet room -- International ballet: crossing boundaries.
"This engaging book is a welcome guide to the most successful and loved ballets seen on the stage today. Dance writer and critic Zoe Anderson focuses on 140 ballets, a core international repertory that encompasses works from the ethereal world of romantic ballet to the edgy, muscular works of modern choreographers. She provides a wealth of facts and insights, including information familiar only to dance world insiders, and considers such recent works as Alexei Ramansky's Shostakovich Trilogy and Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale as well as older ballets once forgotten but now returned to the repertory, such as Sylvia. To enhance enjoyment of each ballet, Anderson also offers tips on what to look for during a performance. Each chapter introduces a period of ballet history and provides an overview of innovations and advancement in the art form. In the individual entries that follow, Anderson includes essential facts about each ballet's themes, plot, composers, choreographers, dance style, and music. The author also addresses the circumstances of each ballet's creation and its effect in the theater, and she recounts anecdotes that illuminate performance history and reception. Reliable, accessible, and fully up to date, this book will delight anyone who attends the ballet, participates in ballet, or simply loves ballet and wants to know much more about it."--Publisher description.

You won't believe it : an autobiography

July 21, 2015
Moore, Thurston, 1926-
512 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm + 2 audio discs (4 3/4 in.) and 1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.).
Title from book jacket and spine.
"Thanks to Dale and Marion Carrison for editing the book, and to Dean Dowell for putting it all together"--Unnumbered introductory page.
Disc 1. "Here for you" / lyrics by Hollis Summers ; music by Thurston Moore (CD) -- disc 2. Tennessee Players Highlights. 1. Evening of entertainment, WDCN, Nashville, Tenn., August 28, 1988; grand finale of Fall fund campaign ; 2. Lincoln & the Civil War highlights, featuring Georgianna as Mary Todd Lincoln -- disc 3. The Theatre scene highlights, volume 4, host: Georgianna: Meredith Wilson's The Music Man.
"Thurston Moore has had a multi-faceted life of 87 years--from a newsboy to the President of Tennessee Players, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1987, by him and his late wife, Georgianna. Many chapters have opened and closed. Their Multimedia Musical Dramatization, Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach, has been presented in more than 150 churches and schools, including a presentation at The Washington National Cathedral. When it was presented at the Holy Trinity Church in New York City in 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a proclamation for Albert Schweitzer Day, and said "Further establishes the Tennessee Players' reputation as one of the nation's most innovative and conscientious arts organizations." In 2000 Moore conceived and produced a landmark 16-day international peace event, Symposium 2000-- World Peace Through Reverence for Life, sponsored by Vanderbilt University, which drew worldwide attention. In 2002 he delivered the Keynote Address at the International Conference on Universal Harmony through Reverence for Life, in New Delhi, India. Moore has enjoyed success in many careers and has rubbed elbows with countless personalities... For 25 years Moore published many books in country music...including the coveted Country Music Who's Who... In 136 chapters, readers will find many fascinating stories."--Book jacket.

My first hundred years in show business

July 20, 2015
Wilson, Mary Louise.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
219 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Mary Louise Wilson became a star at age sixty with her smash one-woman play, Full Gallop, portraying legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. But before and since, her life and her career--including the Tony Award for her portrayal of Big Edie in Grey Gardens--have been enviably celebrated and varied. Raised in New Orleans with a social climbing, alcoholic mother, Mary Louise moved to New York City in the late 1950s; lived with her gay brother in the Village; entered the nightclub scene in a legendary review; and rubbed shoulders with every famous person of that era and since. My First Hundred Years in Show Business gets it all down. Yet as delicious as the anecdotes are, the heart of this book is in its unblinkingly honest depiction of the life of a working actor. In her inimitable voice--wry, admirably unsentimental, mordantly funny--Mary Louise Wilson has crafted a work that is at once a teeming social history of the New York theatre scene and a thoroughly revealing, superbly entertaining memoir of the life of an extraordinary woman and actor"-- Provided by publisher.

Seinfeld FAQ : everything left to know about the show about nothing

July 9, 2015
Nigro, Nicholas J., author.
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theater & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2015.
viii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Acknowledgments -- Part I: In the Beginning -- Part II: The Core Four -- Part III: Supporting Characters and Actors -- Part IV: A World of Its Own -- Part V: The Episodes -- Part VI: The Legacy -- Appendix A: Episode Chronology -- Appendix B: Characters in Seinfeld Land -- Appendix C: Awards -- Appendix D: The Seinfeld Production Team -- Selected Bibliography -- Index.
"Is it a show about nothing or one of the greatest TV series of all time? It's both, of course! Seinfeld 's impact on popular culture was so profound that it continues to this day-years after it left prime time-thanks to its inimitable characters (Newman! Bubble Boy!), its wacky, memorable plots (who can forget "The Contest" or "The Puffy Shirt"?), and the many catchphrases we use regularly (not that there's anything wrong with that). Seinfeld FAQ is the first-ever comprehensive guide to the sitcom, tracing its path from modest beginnings to water-cooler-show status and to its infamous, love-it-or-hate-it finale. This humor-filled reference tells all about Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer, as well as the other unforgettable characters in their world. It features season-by-season episode reviews and a wealth of fun facts about everything from the characters' inevitably doomed relationships to their food obsessions and fashion sense (or lack thereof) as well as profiles of actors and other notables. Broad in scope and yet obsessed with detail (like the show itself), this FAQ is essential reading for anyone who wants to be master of the Seinfeld domain,"

Invisible girl

July 9, 2015
Hemingway, Mariel, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2015.
148 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"What is it like to be a teen with depressed addicts for parents, a mentally ill sister, and a grandfather who killed himself? In this moving, compelling diary, Mariel Hemingway writes as her teen self to share her pain, heartache, and coping strategies with young readers."--Provided by publisher.

As if! : the oral history of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling, the cast, and the crew

July 9, 2015
Chaney, Jen
[New York] : Touchstone Books 2015.
xiii, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Will we ever get tired of watching Cher navigate Beverly Hills high school and discover true love in the movie Clueless? As if! Written by Amy Heckerling and starring Alicia Silverstone, Clueless is an enduring comedy classic that remains one of the most streamed movies on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes even twenty years after its release. Inspired by Jane Austen's Emma, Clueless is an everlasting pop culture staple. In the first book of its kind, Jen Chaney has compiled an oral history of the making of this iconic film using recollections and insights collected from key cast and crew members involved in the making of this endlessly quotable, ahead-of-its-time production. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Emma influenced Heckerling to write the script, how the stars were cast into each of their roles, what was involved in creating the costumes, sets, and soundtrack, and much more" -- provided by publisher.

Playing scared : a history and memoir of stage fright

June 25, 2015
Solovitch, Sara, 1953-
New York : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.
272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Stage fright is one of the human psyche's deepest fears. Laurence Olivier learned to adapt to it, as have actors Salma Hayek and Hugh Grant. Musicians such as George Harrison and Adele have battled it and learned to cope. Others never do: In 1973, Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star pitcher Steve Blass suddenly could no longer find the strike zone; his career ended soon after. Surveys in the United States repeatedly rank public speaking as one of the top fears, affecting up to 74 percent of people. Sara Solovitch studied piano as a young child and fell in love with music. At ten, she played Bach and Mozart in her hometown's annual music festival, but was overwhelmed by fear. As a teen, she attended Eastman School of Music, where stage fright led her to give up aspirations of becoming a professional pianist. In her late fifties, Sara gave herself a one-year deadline to tame performance anxiety and play before an audience. She resumed music lessons, while exploring meditation, exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, biofeedback, beta blockers, and other remedies. She performed in airports, hospitals, and retirement homes before renting a public hall and performing for fifty guests on her sixtieth birthday. Using her own journey as inspiration, Solovitch has written a thoughtful and insightful examination of the myriad causes of stage fright and the equally diverse ways to overcome it, and a tribute to pursuing personal growth at any age"-- Provided by publisher.

Getting real

June 25, 2015
Carlson, Gretchen, 1966- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm.
Speaking my mind -- "Sparkles" -- Little girl in a big orchestra -- Seize the day -- Becoming Miss America -- American womanhood 101 -- The work I love -- Kindred spirits -- My miracle family -- Woman in the middle -- To whom much is given -- The music of my life.
"A candid, funny memoir from the charismatic FOX News channel anchor and Miss America Pageant winner Celebrity news anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways for women (and men) about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world. With warmth and wit, she takes readers from her Minnesota childhood, where she became a violin prodigy, through college at Stanford and her in-the-trenches years as a cub reporter on local television stations before becoming a national news reporter. She describes her rise to anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on FOX News channel as a testament to personal strength and perseverance. Carlson addresses the intense competitive effort of winning the Miss America Pageant, the challenges she's faced as a woman in broadcast television, and how she manages to balance work and family as the wife of high-profile sports agent Casey Close and devoted mother to their two children. An unceasing advocate for respect and equality for women, Carlson writes openly about her own struggles with body image, pageant stereotypes, building her career, and having the courage to speak her mind. She encourages women to strive for their goals, never give up, and always believe in themselves. In Getting Real, Carlson emerges as a living example of a woman not afraid to chase her dreams and embrace life fully"-- Provided by publisher.

Great Shakespeare actors : Burbage to Branagh

June 25, 2015
Wells, Stanley, 1930- author.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xiv, 308 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Keepers : the greatest films-and personal favorites-of a moviegoing lifetime

June 19, 2015
Schickel, Richard.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
vii, 304 pages ; 25 cm

We don't need roads : the making of the Back to the future trilogy

June 19, 2015
Gaines, Caseen, 1986-
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
xvii, 268 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the 30th anniversary. Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis, and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale, worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. During their journey to realize their dream, they encountered unprecedented challenges and regularly took the difficult way out. For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time. With a focus not only on the movies, but also the lasting impact of the franchise and its fandom, We Don't Need Roads is the ultimate read for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a Hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming. So, why don't you make like a tree and get outta here - and start reading! We Don't Need Roads is your density"-- Provided by publisher.

Down the rabbit hole : curious adventures and cautionary tales of a former Playboy bunny

June 19, 2015
Madison, Holly, author.
xii, 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 24 cm
Color map on endpapers.

Audrey at home : memories of my mother's kitchen with recipes, photographs, and personal stories

June 19, 2015
Dotti, Luca, 1970- author.
New York, NY : Harper Design, 2015.
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Holland : war and losing home -- Hollywood : discovering new borders -- Home : wife and mother -- Switzerland : her safe haven -- The basics : the definition of happiness -- What really matters : her legacy -- Audrey's biographical timeline.

The horror of it all : one moviegoer's love affair with masked maniacs, frightened virgins, and the living dead

June 17, 2015
Rockoff, Adam, 1974- author.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
xvi, 252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

Tyler Perry's America : inside his films

June 15, 2015
Lee, Shayne, author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
v, 193 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The dream and the nightmare: Perry's socioeconomic crossroads -- Wanting more: Perry's populist critique -- Redemptive madness: Perry's existential superwomen -- Relational religion: Perry's folk-modern spirituality -- Pragmatist cinema: Perrys five functions of ar.

Shailene Woodley

June 11, 2015
Sjonger, Rebecca.
New York : Crabtree Publishing Company, [2015]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Includes index.

In real life : my journey to a pixelated world

June 11, 2015
Graceffa, Joey, 1991- author.
New York : Keywords Press/Atria, 2015.
257 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality. It's not where you begin that matters. It's where you end up. Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair). Yet, Joey wasn't always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance. To his fans, Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn't afraid to get real. In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection. He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world. Funny, warm-hearted, and inspiring, Joey Graceffa's story is a welcome reminder that it's not where you begin that matters, but where you end up"-- Provided by publisher.

Sick in the head : conversations about life and comedy

June 11, 2015
Apatow, Judd, 1967-
New York : Random House, 2015.
xvi, 489 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Why comedy? -- The beginning: Jerry Seinfeld, 1983 -- Adam Sandler, 2009 -- Albert Brooks, 2012 -- Amy Schumer, 2014 -- Chris Rock, 2014 -- Eddie Vedder, 2013 -- Freaks and geeks oral history, 2013 -- Garry Shandling, 1984 -- Garry Shandling, 2014 -- Harold Ramis, 2005 -- Harry Anderson, 1983 -- James L. Brooks, 2014 -- Jay Leno, 1984 -- Jeff Garlin, 2013 -- Jerry Seinfeld, 2014 -- Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller, 2010 -- Jimmy Fallon, 2015 -- Jon Stewart, 2014 -- Key and Peele, 2014 -- Larry Gelbart and James L. Brooks, 2007 -- Lena Dunham, 2014 -- Leslie Mann, 2012 -- Louis C.K., 2014 -- Marc Maron, 2010 -- Martin Short, 1984 -- Mel Brooks, 2013 -- Michael Che, 2014 -- Michael O'Donoghue, 1983 -- Mike Nichols, 2012 -- Miranda July, 2013 -- Roseanne Barr, 2014 -- Sandra Bernhard, 1983 -- Sarah Silverman, 2014 -- Seth Rogen, 2009 -- Spike Jonze, 2014 -- Stephen Colbert, 2014 -- Steve Allen, 1983 -- Steve Martin, 2014.
"Before his name became synonymous with a new style of comedy; before he had written, directed, or produced his first movie or TV show; before he and his roommate Adam Sandler were performing stand up at dive bars in LA; before all that, Judd Apatow was a kid in Syosett, Long Island who was utterly obsessed with comedy. At 16, he started hosting a radio show for his local high school station, and he would call up the biggest comics of the day - comics like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Steve Allen, Sandra Bernhard; none of whom, by the way, had any idea they were talking to a kid in his parents' garage -- and talk to them about what got them into comedy, and what made them stay in. Thirty years later, Apatow is still that comedy nerd, and still interviewing comics about what drives them and why they do what they do. That obsession has made him one of the most recognizable and influential comedic filmmakers working today. This book is a collection of 30 years worth of conversations -- always funny, often poignant, and incredibly intimate -- that not only span Apatow's career, but his adult life. Featuring interviews with luminaries like Mel Brooks and Chris Rock and modern icons like Louis CK and Amy Schumer, this is a book for fans of comedy, from the nerdiest fan of all"-- Provided by publisher.

The science of TV's The big bang theory : explanations even Penny would understand : the unauthorized guide

June 10, 2015
Zobel, Dave H, author.
xxiii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Happily Ali after : and other fairly true tales

June 5, 2015
Wentworth, Alexandra, author.
x, 225 pages ; 22 cm
The actress, comedian, media darling, and New York Times bestselling author picks up where she left off in Ali in Wonderland, dissecting modern life--and this time, on a mission of self-improvement--in a series of laugh-out-loud comic vignettes.

Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & me ... : a memoir

June 4, 2015
Phillips, Stevie, 1936- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part 1 Beginnings -- 1. Who the Hell Is Stevie Phillips? -- 2. What Do You Do with a Jewish Princess? -- 3. Girl on the Bottom -- 4. Can I Tell You About "Menial"? -- 5. The New Kids on the Block -- 6. How Good Is Real? -- 7. Have You Heard of Haddonfield? -- 8. Boston -- 9. Reality Checks -- 10. Love--or Something Like It -- 11. Vegas -- 12. Back in New York -- 13. A Vacation -- 14. One Kind of Husband -- 15. Endings, Beginnings, and Endings -- 16. A Very Sad Day -- 17. Sometimes -- Part 2 Success -- 18. The Liza Start-up -- 19. Flying Solo -- 20. Starring Liza -- 21. What Is an Agent? -- 22. Moving On -- 23. Crazy -- 24. Fun in the Sun -- 25. The Success Effect -- 26. Betrayal -- Part 3 Maturity -- 27. A Different Kind of Whorehouse -- 28. Broadway Gets a Whorehouse -- 29. Hollywood Gets Another Whorehouse -- 30. My Last Marriage -- 31. The Pieces -- 32. TGIF (Thank God It's Finished)! -- 33. Climbing the Mountain.
"No star burned more ferociously than Judy Garland. And nobody witnessed Garland's fierce talent at closer range than Stevie Phillips. During the Mad Men era, Stevie Philips was a young woman muscling her way into the manscape of Manhattan's glittering office towers. After a stint as a secretary, she began working for Freddie Fields and David Begelman at Music Corporation of America (MCA) under the glare of legendary über-agent Lew Wasserman. When MCA blew apart, Fields and Begelman created Creative Management Associates (CMA), and Stevie went along. Fields convinced Garland to come on board, and Stevie became, as she puts it, "Garland's shadow," putting out fires-figurative and literal-in order to get her to the next concert in the next down-and-out town. Philips paints a portrait of Garland at the bitter end and although it was at times a nightmare, Philips says, "She became my teacher," showing her "how to" and "how not to" live. Stevie also represented Garland's fiercely talented daughter, Liza Minnelli, as well as Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, George Roy Hill, Bob Fosse, Cat Stevens, and David Bowie. She produced both films and Broadway shows and counted her colleague, the legendary agent Sue Mengers, among her closest confidantes. Now Stevie Phillips reveals all in Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me ..., a tough-talking memoir by a woman who worked with some of the biggest names in show business. It's a helluva ride"-- Provided by publisher.

Jurassic world : where dinosaurs come to life

June 4, 2015
Rowlands, Caroline (Children's book writer), author.
London : Carlton Books Limited, 2015.
29 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm.

Life is short (no pun intended) : love, laughter, and learning to enjoy every moment

May 28, 2015
Arnold, Jennifer, 1974- author.
New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
ix, 261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
My arrival! -- It's a boy! -- Dragons and fairies -- Kindergarten, here I come! -- Scootering around -- Down days and tough times -- Summers in Baltimore -- I will marry her someday -- No date for the dance -- Brains over brawn -- Miami or bust! -- Hot rods and custom suits -- Medical school -- DateALittle -- Going to the chapel -- Becoming "the little couple" -- Now a family.
"Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired millions as stars of TLC's hit show The Little Couple. Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive, can-do attitude. The show has featured the lives of Jennifer (a respected neonatologist) and Bill (a successful entrepreneur) from their marriage in 2009, to the launch of their pet shop, to the adoption of their children, to Jen's overcoming cancer" -- Provided by publisher.

You deserve a drink : boozy misadventures and tales of debauchery

May 26, 2015
Hart, Mamrie, 1983- author.
New York, New York : Plume, [2015]
xi, 274 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Mamrie Hart is a drinking star with a YouTube problem. As host of the bawdy cult hit You Deserve a Drink, [she's] been entertaining viewers with her signature concoction of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011. Finally, Hart has compiled her best drinking stories--and worst hangovers--into one ... volume"-- Provided by publisher.

When the balls drop : how I learned to get real and embrace life's second half

May 20, 2015
Garrett, Brad, 1960- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
In a refreshingly candid and wickedly funny look at life's second half, Garrett is irreverently honest about the gaffes, challenges, and ultimately the joys of middle age. From the pointlessness of overthinking diet and exercise and other demoralizing aspects of getting older., he teaches you the most important thing: no matter what, we're all in this together. So embrace it.


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