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The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts
by , Kinky Friedman

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English

Pages

323

Publication Date

May 15, 2012

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There is—and could only ever be—one Billy Bob Thornton:  actor, musician, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and accidental Hollywood badass. In <em>The Billy Bob Tapes</em>, he leads us into his Cave Full of Ghosts, spinning colorful tales of his modest (to say the least) Southern upbringing, his bizarre phobias (komoda dragons?), his life, his loves (including his marriage to fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie), and, of course, his movie career. Best of all, he’s feeding these truly incredible stories and righteous philosophical rants through his close friend, Kinky Friedman—legendary country music star, bestselling author, would-be politician, and all-around bon vivant. Put these two iconoclasts together and you get a star’s story that’s actually an insightful pop culture manifesto—a hybrid offspring of <em>Born Standing Up</em> with <em>Sh*t My Dad Says.<br /></em>
The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies
by Ben Fritz

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<DIV><B>The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film</B><BR /><BR /> In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and the toy biz. The future of Hollywood is being written by powerful corporate brands like Marvel, Amazon, Netflix, and Lego, as well as censors in China.<BR /><BR /> Ben Fritz chronicles this dramatic shakeup with unmatched skill, bringing equal fluency to both the financial and entertainment aspects of Hollywood. He dives deeply into the fruits of the Sony hack to show how the previous model, long a creative and commercial success, lost its way. And he looks ahead through interviews with dozens of key players at Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Amazon, Imax, and others to discover how they have reinvented the business. He shows us, for instance, how Marvel replaced stars with “universes,” and how Disney remade itself in Apple’s image and reaped enormous profits.<BR /><BR /> But despite the destruction of the studios’ traditional playbook, Fritz argues that these seismic shifts signal the dawn of a new heyday for film. <I>The Big Picture </I>shows the first glimmers of this new golden age through the eyes of the creative mavericks who are defining what our movies will look like in the new era.</DIV>
Life is an Adventure: What I Learned Walking (Modeling), Talking ...
by Warner Roberts

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

May 04, 2018

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<p>Warner Roberts made Nancy Reagan cry, Queen Elizabeth laugh, and Billy Graham pray; great photographer Scavullo called her a classic beauty; Joan Rivers called her a great interviewer; Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris instructed her in self-defense and famous artist Leroy Neiman sketched her during an interview.<br /></p><p>In Life is an Adventure, Warner shares what she has learned from her life’s journey -- one that weaves its way from a small town in East Texas to the big city of Houston, Texas, to marriage, motherhood and many careers.  The journey takes readers through Warner's adventures in the world of modeling, interviewing hundreds of celebrities and White House politicians, publishing books, creating a museum, acting in theater and films, raising millions of dollars for charitable organizations and her favorite -- marriage and motherhood.  Along the way, she details how she discovered her eight-step program for a truly happy life.<br /></p><p>Warner Roberts has had successful careers as a fashion model, award-winning television journalist, actress, writer, publisher, wife, mother, and grandmother. What she calls her “Miracle Adventure” set her on the road to an extraordinarily blessed and happy life. <br /></p><p><strong>Warner shares her adventures:</strong><br /></p><ul><li>In the world of fashion, with Bill Blass in his New York showroom, on runways with famous designers</li><li>In the theatre world, playing Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes</li><li>In writing and performing hundreds of television commercials</li><li>In interviewing Roslynn Carter in the White House</li><li>In producing Supermom’s Country Cookin’ Cookbook to honor her mother</li><li>In film with Cloris Leachman and Shelly Duvall</li><li>In creating The Social Book</li><li>In creating the Celebration of Hearts museum in the Texas Heart Institute</li><li>In raising funds for a multitude of charities<br /></li><li>In her favorite: the world of marriage and motherhood<br /></li></ul><p>Warner shares eight steps that she attributes to her happy life that has helped her through all the bumps, glitches, highs and lows, challenges, disappointments, sadness, pain, and joy.  As she says “I am sharing with you what I learned from my life’s journey; things that have worked for me; these steps guide me every day:” Number one on the list is “LOVE Your Unique SELF!”<br /></p><p><em>"Barbara and I have long admired your generosity and compassion, as well as your tremendous success as a fundraiser."</em></p><p><em><strong>~George H.W. Bush</strong></em><br /></p><p><em>“Warner’s symbol is the heart. No one's heart is bigger. She is universally loved, but there's a reason when she gives her word she gives her heart, and she's been creating miracles ever since. Warner's life is a lesson for every working woman, every woman who has struggled to succeed. She has raised an extraordinary family, sustained a great marriage while becoming a public figure. Houston celebrities have come and gone, but Warner will never be forgotten. Everyone that meets her remembers her, admires her and wants to be like her. Including me.”</em></p><p><em><strong>~The Honorable Joanne King-Herring</strong></em><br /></p><br />
The Girl on the Train (Oberon Modern Plays)
by , Duncan Abel

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

May 12, 2018

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<b>Adapted from Paula Hawkins' novel - an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide - this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.</b></p><p>Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears.</p><p>When Rachel learns that the woman she's been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.
Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-...
by Ian Nathan

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English

Pages

593

Publication Date

May 03, 2018

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<p>The definitive history of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga, Anything You Can Imagine takes us on a cinematic journey across all six films, featuring brand-new interviews with Peter, his cast & crew. From the early days of daring to dream it could be done, through the highs and lows of making the films, to fan adoration and, finally, Oscar glory.</p><p>Lights<br />A nine-year-old boy in New Zealand’s Pukerua Bay stays up late and is spellbound by a sixty-year-old vision of a giant ape on an island full of dinosaurs. This is true magic. And the boy knows that he wants to be a magician.</p><p>Camera<br />Fast-forward twenty years and the boy has begun to cast a spell over the film-going audience, conjuring gore-splattered romps with bravura skill that will lead to Academy recognition with an Oscar nomination for Heavenly Creatures. The boy from Pukerua Bay with monsters reflected in his eyes has arrived, and Hollywood comes calling. What would he like to do next? ‘How about a fantasy film, something like The Lord of the Rings…?’</p><p>Action<br />The greatest work of fantasy in modern literature, and the biggest, with rights ownership so complex it will baffle a wizard. Vast. Complex. Unfilmable. One does not simply walk into Mordor – unless you are Peter Jackson.</p><p>Anything You Can Imagine tells the full, dramatic story of how Jackson and his trusty fellowship of Kiwi filmmakers dared take on a quest every bit as daunting as Frodo’s, and transformed JRR Tolkien’s epic tale of adventure into cinematic magic, and then did it again with The Hobbit. Enriched with brand-new interviews with Jackson, his fellow filmmakers and many of the films’ stars, Ian Nathan’s mesmerising narrative whisks us to Middle-earth, to gaze over the shoulder of the director as he creates the impossible, the unforgettable, and proves that film-making really is ‘anything you can imagine’.</p>
Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business S...
by Esther Choy

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

July 30, 2017

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People forget facts, but they never forget a good story. It sounds so simple: Incorporate a story and people will remember your message. But when you get down to crafting one, there's nothing easy about it. Material for stories surrounds us. Yet few people are skilled at sharing personal anecdotes and even fewer know how to link them to professional goals. Whether you want to stand out in the interview process, add punch to a presentation, or make a compelling case for a new initiative, Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care. Packed with enlightening examples, the book explains how to find the perfect hook, structure your story...and deliver it at the right time in the right way. You'll discover how to use stories to: Capture attention * Engage your audience * Change minds * Inspire action * Bring facts and data to life * Clarify challenging concepts * Pitch persuasively * Fundraise effectively * And more Never underestimate the power of a great story. Learn to leverage the elements of storytelling-and turn everyday communications into opportunities to connect, gain buy-in, and build lasting relationships.
What Are You Laughing At?: How to Write Humor for Screenplays, St...
by Brad Schreiber

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English

Pages

280

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<DIV>“People have forgotten how to be funny,” says Chris Vogler in his foreword to <EM>What Are You Laughing at?</EM> Luckily, experienced and award-winning humor writer Brad Schreiber is here to remind us all how it’s done. If laughter is the best medicine, be prepared to feel fit as a fiddle after perusing these pages. Brad’s clever wit and well-timed punch lines are sure to leave you grasping your sides, while his wise advice will ensure that you’re able to follow in his comedic footsteps.<BR><BR>With more than seventy excerpts from such expert prose and screenwriters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., as well as unique writing exercises for all situations, this comprehensive tutorial will teach you how to write humor prose for any literary form, including screenwriting, story writing, theater, television, and audio/radio. Additionally, readers are given sage advice on different tactics for writing comedic fiction versus comedic nonfiction. Some of the topics discussed include:<BR><BR><li>Life experience versus imagination<BR><li>How to use humor to develop theme/setting, character, and dialogue<BR><li>Rhythm and sound of words<BR><li>Vulgarity and bad taste<BR><li>How to market your humor prose in the digital market</li><BR>Thoroughly revised and updated, and with new information on writing short, humorous films, <EM>What Are You Laughing at?</EM> is your endless source to learning the art of comedy.<BR></DIV>
Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical T...
by Penn Jillette

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

August 02, 2016

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Penn Jillette’s <i>New York Times </i>bestselling account of his “extremely funny and somewhat profane journey to discovering a healthy lifestyle…that will motivate others to seek weight-loss solutions” (<i>The Washington Post</i>).<BR><BR>More than three hundred and thirty pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading at dangerous heights, legendary magician Penn Jillette found himself at a crossroads. He needed a drastic lifestyle change if wanted to see his small children grow up. Enter Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise changed Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.”<BR> <BR>In <i>Presto</i>, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, <i>Presto</i> is an incisive, rollicking read. In the end, it is “undeniably inspiring” (<i>Booklist</i>).
The Moth
by Hachette Books

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

September 03, 2013

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For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents fifty spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive (fifteen-plus years and 10,000-plus stories strong). Inspired by friends telling stories on a porch, The Moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to national acclaim with the wildly popular podcast and Peabody Award-winning weekly public radio show <i>The Moth Radio Hour</i>.<br /><br />Stories include: writer Malcolm Gladwell's wedding toast gone horribly awry; legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' obsession with a Sarah McLachlan song; poker champion Annie Duke's two-million-dollar hand; and A. E. Hotchner's death-defying stint in a bullring . . . with his friend Ernest Hemingway. Read about the panic of former Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart when he misses Air Force One after a hard night of drinking in Moscow, and Dr. George Lombardi's fight to save Mother Teresa's life.<br /><br />This will be a beloved read for existing Moth enthusiasts, fans of the featured storytellers, and all who savor well-told, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories.
How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Build...
by Ari Herstand

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

December 20, 2016

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<p>"Ari is at the front of the front. He gets it. I've read a hundred how-to-make-it-in-the-music-biz books, and this one is today's definitive, comprehensive manual." —Jack Conte, 150+ million YouTube views, Pomplamoose, CEO of Patreon</p><br /><p>Forget everything you think you know about the odds of “making it” in the music industry. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. It’s about conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising and simply working harder and being smarter than everyone else. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record companies desperately struggling to maintain their prominence, as a subculture of dedicated, DIY (do-it-yourself) musicians have taken over. These days talent is a given and success has to be earned.</p><br /><p>In 2008, Ari Herstand boldly turned in his green Starbucks apron to his manager, determined to make a living off his craft as a singer/songwriter. Almost a decade later, he has become a founding member of the new DIY movement and a self-sustaining musician, all without the help of a major label. Now, drawing from years of experience, Herstand has written the definitive guide for other like-minded artists, the ones who want to forge their own path and not follow the traditional markers of success, like record sales, hits on the radio or the amount of your label advance. Incredibly comprehensive and brutally honest throughout, <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> covers every facet of the "new" business, including how to:</p><br /><ul><br /><li>Build a grass-roots fan base—and understand the modern fan</li><br /><li>Book a profitable tour, and tips for playing live, such as opening vs. headlining etiquette, and putting on a memorable show</li><br /><li>Become popular on YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud</li><br /><li>Get songs placed in film and television</li><br /><li>Earn royalties you didn’t know existed and reach your crowdfunding goals</li><br /></ul><br /><p>Musicians will not only be introduced to all the tools available today but will be shown how to effectively leverage them to actually make money. More important, they will develop the mindset to be aware of new advancements both online and in the real world and always stay in tune with a constantly evolving landscape.</p><br /><p>There has never been a better time to be an independent musician. Today, fans can communicate with their idols by simply picking up their phones, artists are able to produce studio-worthy content from their basement and albums are funded not by "record men" but by generous, engaged supporters. As result, <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.</p>

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