New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

October 19, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Selena Gomez

October 18, 2016
Morreale, Marie, author.
New York : Children's Press, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2016]
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Meet Selena! -- The beginning -- Superstar -- Q & A -- Bits & pieces -- What's next.
The life and career of Selena Gomez.

You can't touch my hair : and other things I still have to explain

October 17, 2016
Robinson, Phoebe, author.
New York : Plume, [2016]
xxxii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Introduction -- From Little Rock Nine to nappy hair, don't care in eighteen & half-ish years -- A brief history of black hair in film, TV, music, & media -- My nine favorite not-so-guilty pleasures -- Welcome to being black -- Dear future female president: my list of demands -- How to avoid being the black friend -- Uppity -- Casting calls for people of color that were not written by people of color -- The angry black woman myth -- People, places, & things that need to do better -- Letters to Olivia.
Being a Black woman in American means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities. Robinson uses her trademark wit to explore examine our cultural climate and skewer our biases with humor and heart.

The birth of a nation : Nat Turner and the making of a movement

October 14, 2016
New York : 37 Ink/Atria Books, 2016.
183 pages : illustrations, chiefly color ; 22 cm
The birth of a movement. My journey with Nat Turner / by Nate Parker -- A history of resistance. The unbroken chain of enslaved African resistance and rebellion / by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry -- An illustrated time line of anti-slavery revolts / by Ruramai Musekiwa -- An illustrated time line of the life of Nat Turner / by Ruramai Musekiwa -- Further exploring the narrative. Slavery and (in)justice during the Nat Turner Rebellion : history and legacy of the "rule of law" in America / by Alfred L. Brophy -- Nat Turner at the crossroads : African iconography and cosmologies in The birth of a nation / by Kelley Fanto Deetz -- The film. The crew reflects / edited by Dominic Patten -- Commentary by the cast / edited by Briana Rodriguez -- Principal photography -- Nat Turner matters. Why Nat Turner matters : the importance of history in contemporary consciousness / by Brian Favors, MEd and Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq.
"This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner's relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations. Beautifully illustrated with stills from the movie and original illustrations, the book also features an essay by writer/director, Nate Parker, contributions by members of the cast and crew, and commentary by educator Brian Favors and historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry who place Nat Turner and the rebellion he led into historical context."-- Provided by publisher.

Star Trek : the art of Juan Ortiz

October 11, 2016
Ortiz, Juan (Juan M.)
London : Titan Books, 2013.
112 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 37 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- Season one -- Season two -- Season three -- index and commentary.
Unique retro designs depicting classic episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, captivating not only Trek fans but lovers of all sci-fi!

Woody Allen and philosophy : you mean my whole fallacy is wrong?

October 6, 2016
Chicago : Open Court, ©2004.
xii, 269 pages ; 23 cm.
Act I: morality, interpretation, and the meaning of life -- God, suicide, and the meaning of life in the films of Woody Allen / Mark T. Conrad -- Integrity in Woody Allen's Manhattan / Aeon J. Skoble -- Does morality have to be blind? : a Kantian analysis of crimes and misdemeanors / James Lawler -- Arguing interpretations : the pragmatic optimism of Woody Allen / Ian Jarvie -- Act II: Woody's craft -- The mousetrap : reading Woody Allen / James Wallace -- Woody on aesthetic appreciation / Jaspm Holt -- Art and voyeurism in the films of Woody Allen / Jerold Abrams -- "You don't deserve Cole Porter" : love and music according to Woody Allen / James South -- Dead sharks and dynamite ham : the philosophical use of humor in Annie Hall / Lou Ascione -- Reconstructing Ingmar : the aesthetic purging of the great model / Per Broman -- Act III: five films -- The dangers of Hedonism : a midsummer night's sex comedy / Sander Lee -- Inauthenticity and personal identity in Zelig / David Detmer -- It's all darkness : Plato, the ring of gyges, and crimes and misdemeanors / John Pappas -- Self knowledge in another woman / Jill Gordon -- Woody Allen's film noir light : self-knowledge, crime, and love in the curse of the jade scorpion / Mary P. Nichols.
Fifteen scholars explore philosophical ideas in the works of Woody Allen, including such films as "Manhattan," "Annie Hall," and "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy."

The Oliver Stone experience

October 5, 2016
Seitz, Matt Zoller, author.
479 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
Rejoice, o young man, in thy youth : 1946-1969 -- Who's gonna love me? : 1969-1970 -- The world is yours : 1979-1985 -- We fought ourselves : 1985-1987 -- Break on through : 1987-1991 -- Through the looking glass : 1991-1994 -- The darkness reaching out for darkness : 1995-1999 -- By steel and by suffering : 1999-2008 -- The freest man : 2009-present.
"Stone himself serves as guide to this no-holds-barred retrospective--an extremely candid and comprehensive monograph of the renowned and controversial writer, director, and cinematic historian in interview form"--Back cover.

They call me supermensch : a backstage pass to the amazing worlds of film, food, and Rock 'n' Roll

September 30, 2016
Gordon, Shep, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, [2016]
295 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An Anthony Bourdain Book."
"The legendary talent agent behind such superstars as Groucho Marx, Blondie and Raquel Welch chronicles his life and career in the entertainment industry, discussing such topics as his Jewish childhood in Long Island, his international travels at the sides of half a century of celebrities and the time he was punched by Janice Joplin,"--NoveList.

The Tao of Bill Murray : real-life stories of joy, enlightenment, and party crashing

September 30, 2016
Edwards, Gavin, 1968- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Author's Note -- Introduction -- The Ten Principles of Bill -- The Films of Bill Murray -- Acknowledgments -- Sources -- Index.
Bill Murray is one of the world's most beloved celebrities--but his off-screen antics rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Gavin Edwards traveled the country to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, and interviewed everyone from rock stars to bartenders, in search of the most epic, outrageous, and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported.

Television series of the 1960s : essential facts and quirky details

September 29, 2016
Terrace, Vincent, 1948- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A cornucopia of information about 1960s television shows, from Adam 12 to The wild wild West. Terrace covers shows from all three major networks-- ABC, CBS, and NBC-- as well as select syndicated programs. From Mister Ed's social security number to the name of John Steed's pet dog, this is the ideal reference for even the most knowledgeable trivia expert.

Based on a true story : a memoir

September 29, 2016
Macdonald, Norm, 1963- author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2016.
xiv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"As its title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life--more or less--from his origins in a rural small town in the-back-of-beyond Canada to an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search, to his possibly incredible account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir, it's a hilarious, inspired, very meta imagining of his life, as told to a deeply disturbed ghost writer whose teetering sanity and bruised ego threaten to take down the entire narrative--and possibly the comic with it. Peppered with classic jokes and long mythologized Hollywood stories, this wildly adventurous, tense, totally original, and absurdly funny memoir turns the conventional "comic's memoir" on its head and leaves the reader delightfully off kilter"--Provided by publisher.

Building the successful theater company

September 29, 2016
Mulcahy, Lisa, author.
xxiv, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction : what makes a theater company successful? -- Roots. How we came together -- Claiming space -- Our first business plan -- Funding and financing -- Finding our core acting troupe -- Into the fire. Mounting that first production -- Building word of mouth -- How social media helped us succeed -- The biggest problem we ever faced -- The biggest victory we ever enjoyed -- Adapting to growth -- Now & forever. Navigating financial realities -- Creating great partnerships -- Our current profile -- A day in the life -- The process of planning -- Our ultimate goals for the future -- Appendixes. Physical production details for the theater companies profiled within Building the Successful Theater Company -- National associations and organizations -- Regional associations and organizations -- Unions -- Talent banks -- Audition resources -- Publications/Web resources -- Theatrical supply resource list.
What makes a theater company successful? Lisa Mulcahy poses the question to leaders from nineteen of the countrys most diverse and vital theater companies from the recent past and present, and offers answers...-- ONIX annotation.

In such good company : eleven years of laughter, mayhem, and fun in the sandbox

September 26, 2016
Burnett, Carol, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
xi, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- In the sandbox -- A man's game -- Play! -- Variety shows in the seventies -- A typical week -- Let's bump up the lights! -- Some of my favorite Q&As -- Our gang -- Those behind the scenes for the entire eleven-year run -- "Life once removed": a conversation with Larry Gelbart -- Explaining a punch line -- Our recurring sketches of the years -- The famous blooper -- Cracking up -- "The pigeon lady" gets back at Tim -- Characters and auras -- The movie parodies -- Our trips to England, Ireland, and Italy -- "And then somebody asked me..." -- A miracle moment -- Down memory lane with some of our guests -- "Lovely story," "The Funn family," and other guests -- Embarrassing moments -- "Are those your own teeth?" and other questions I've answered -- The night I got even -- The mini-musicals -- Australia -- Lights, camera, action: more movie parodies I loved -- Stress relief -- The flip shows -- More special memories about some other amazing guest stars -- The night I fired Harvey -- The Emmys -- A conversation with Dick Cavett -- Harvey leaves our show -- Our final season and the last show -- Afterword -- The artist entrance -- Wrapping it all up -- Appendix 1: Shows and guests -- Appendix 2: Writers by season.
"Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show. Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation. Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars--the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day--Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. Here are all the topics readers want to know more about, including: how the show almost didn't air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents; how she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; anecdotes about guest stars and her close freindships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; the people behind the scenes from Bob Mackie, her costume designer and partner in crime, to the wickedly funny cameraman who became a fixture during the show's opening Q&A; and Carol's takes on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise. This book is Carol's love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it"-- Provided by publisher.

Reading the silver screen : a film lover's guide to decoding the art form that moves

September 23, 2016
Foster, Thomas C., author.
New York : Harper Perennial, 2016.
xlvii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Seeing is believing -- The camera does the thinking for us -- Shot, scene, sequence! -- Silence is golden -- In between the dark and the light -- Image is everything -- Near and far -- Art without color -- What happens during popcorn time -- Whose story is it? And what's his story? -- How many heads--and where are they? -- In the frame -- Highly generic -- Novels into films -- Movie magic -- You can't step into the same movies twice -- Listen to the music -- Figuratively speaking -- Masters of all that they survey -- Put it to the test.
"No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the house lights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect magic. While we're being exhilarated and terrified, our minds are also processing data of all sorts--visual, linguistic, auditory, spatial--to collaborate in the construction of meaning. Thomas C. Foster's Reading the Silver Screen will show movie buffs, students of film, and even aspiring screenwriters and directors how to transition from merely being viewers to becoming accomplished readers of this great medium. Beginning with the grammar of film, Foster demonstrates how every art form has a grammar, a set of practices and if-then propositions that amount to rules. He goes on to explain how the language of film enables movies to communicate the purpose behind their stories and the messages they are striving to convey to audiences by following and occasionally breaking these rules. In Reading the Silver Screen, readers will gain the expertise and confidence to glean all they can from the movies they love,"

Where am I now? : true stories of girlhood and accidental fame

September 21, 2016
Wilson, Mara, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2016]
259 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The junior anti-sex league -- Elementary existentialism -- The "C" word -- A letter -- Goddess Oracle -- Patterns -- I think I'm alone now -- National EnChoirer -- The Matilda-Whore complex -- Writing Robin -- WGAS Live from Brooklyn.
""Growing up, I wanted to BE Mara Wilson. Where Am I Now? is a delight."--Ilana Glazer, cocreator and star of Broad City "Genuine and authentic, funny and heartbreaking, Where Am I Now? reminds you that no matter how unique your life is, some things bind us all together." --Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the onlykid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything fromwhat she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer "cute" enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female"-- Provided by publisher.

Sorry not sorry : dreams, mistakes, and growing up

September 15, 2016
Rivera, Naya, 1987- author.
New York, New York : Tarcher Perigee, [2016]
ix, 241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Funny and deeply personal, Sorry Not Sorry recounts Glee star Naya Rivera's successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them,"

Star trek 50 artists 50 years

September 9, 2016
London : Titan Books, 2016.
110 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 38 cm
"To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic original Star Trek TV seires, artists from around the world, famous fans, and even the late, great Leonard Nimoy, have contributed lovingly made posters, photos, sculpture, comic strips, textiles and much more to this special commemorative Star Trek art collection"--Back cover.

A little thing called life : on loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and songs in between

September 9, 2016
Thompson, Linda, 1950- author.
xiii, 369 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The king is gone -- Made in Memphis -- Love at first sight -- A Vegas fairy tale -- The other Elvis -- TCB wtih TLC -- A little breathing room -- You'll always be safe with me -- Our hospital home -- The pain of too much tenderness -- Hee Haw honey -- A final goodbye at Graceland -- Gold medal love -- A model family -- I married a woman -- Music and lyrics by us -- Navigating life -- No filter -- Voices that care -- No Hallmark memories -- Academy Award-nominated songwriter -- Villa Casablanca -- Party of one -- Princes of Malibu -- Caitlyn coming out.
Songwriter and actress Linda Thompson breaks her silence for the first time to share the extraordinary story of her life, career, and her epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars--Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner. Contains lyrics to many of her songs.

A thousand cuts : the bizarre underground world of collectors and dealers who saved the movies

September 8, 2016
Bartok, Dennis, 1965- author.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
xix, 241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Hollywood vs. Evan H. Foreman -- An expensive hobby -- The Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society -- The Tuesday Night Film Club -- Rock Hudson's hidden film vault -- Lockdown -- South of Sunset Boulevard -- A dying art? -- The house of clocks -- Child of Frankenstein -- Have some onions, they'll make you fat -- Restoring the audience -- A woman in film -- Captain Ahab and The Triffids -- Something weird -- The theory of creative destruction -- A thousand cuts -- The score -- A younger generation of collectors -- The man who went to jail for the movies -- Epilogue -- Special thanks -- Notes -- Glossary.

Star trek, the movies.

September 7, 2016
[London] : Titan Books, 2016.
175 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Collecting the best articles and interviews from Star Trek Magazine." -- verso.
Making Star trek. Star trek (2009) & Star trek into darkness ; Star trek the motion picture ; Beyond The wrath of Khan -- Interviews -- Features.
Thirty-five years after the television series premiered, J.J. Abrams revitalized the franchise with a new series of films. In this collection of interviews and behind-the-scenes features, Abrams discusses the challenges he faced; Nimoy reflects on his own directorial experiences; and the cast of the new movies explore the secrets behind their reinterpretations of classic Trek characters.

You only live twice : sex, death and transition

September 7, 2016
Joynt, Chase, 1981- author.
Toronto : Coach House Books, [2016]
149 pages ; 20 cm
With the discussion of the work of the experimental filmmaker Chris Marker as a starting point, Chase Joynt and Mike Hoolboom engage in a dialogue based on their own life stories, comparing experiences before and after life-altering events, their "first" and "second" lives.

Fighting for freedom : a salute to the troops with John Wayne

September 2, 2016
203 pages ; illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Rallying Troops (Duke made it his personal mission to inspire America's soldiers.) -- Patriotic Pen Pal (Inside the heartfelt messages between an American legend and American heroes) -- Cinematic Soldier (Soldiers, critics and fans break down Duke's all-time greatest war films.) -- Red, White & Duke (Why Duke loved our country and the men and women who pledged to defend her.) -- Legacy of Honor (How John Wayne continues to serve as a beacon of hope for our military.)

Elizabeth and Michael : the queen of Hollywood and the king of pop : a love story

September 1, 2016
Bogle, Donald, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
391 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A dual biography of entertainment legends Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson that explores their individual careers and personal lives leading up to and including their 25-year friendship.

Bindi Irwin's wild life

August 30, 2016
Klein, Emily, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2016.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bindi Irwin is an Australian conservationist, actress, television presenter, and the latest winner of Dancing with the Stars. She grew up on camera, appearing with her dad, Steve Irwin, on The Crocodile Hunter and winning a Daytime Emmy when she was only 9-years-old. Today, she and her family live and work at the Australia Zoo! Learn all about Bindi and her awesome animal friends in this book full of color photos and fun facts!

The fifty-year mission : the complete, uncensored, and unauthorized oral history of Star Trek : the next 25 years from The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams

August 30, 2016
Altman, Mark A., author.
xi, 848 pages ; 25 cm
The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of post-Original Series Star Trek, told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words--sharing the inside scoop they've never told before--unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek and chronicling the trials, tribulations--and tribbles--that have remained deeply buried secrets... until now.

TV (the book) : two experts pick the greatest American shows of all time

August 30, 2016
Sepinwall, Alan, 1973- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
410 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"While working at the Newark Star-Ledger, Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall created a popular column debating the merits of then-current television. Eventually they went on to successful careers as critics elsewhere, but the debate raged on and now comes to an epic conclusion in TV (The Book). Alan and Matt have established The Pantheon of top TV shows using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing ranking system by which to order and stack them up against each other. With a mix of lively entries on critically acclaimed and commercially successful classics such as Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Star Trek, The Simpsons and Twin Peaks and illuminating essays on short-lived favorites such as Taxi, Freaks and Geeks, and My So-Called Life, TV (The Book) is sure to spark conversation and debate among readers. "--Provided by publisher.


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print