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Marlene Dietrich: The Life
by Maria Riva

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English

Pages

789

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I></B><B> Bestseller: A “greatly entertaining” biography of the glamorous, mysterious German-born actress, written by her daughter (<I>The New York Times</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> With intimate detail, author Maria Riva reveals the rich life of her mother, Marlene Dietrich, the charismatic star of stage and screen whose career spanned much of the twentieth century. Opening with Dietrich’s childhood in Schöneberg, Riva’s biography introduces us to an energetic, disciplined, and ambitious young actress whose own mother equated show business with a world of vagabonds and thieves.<BR />  <BR /> Dietrich would quickly rise to stardom on the Berlin stage in the 1920s with her sharp wit and bisexual mystique, and wearing the top hat and tails that revolutionized our concept of beauty and femininity. She comes alive in these pages in all her incarnations: muse, collaborator, bona fide movie star, box-office poison, lover, wife, and mother.<BR />  <BR /> During World War II, Dietrich would stand up to the Nazis and galvanize American troops, eventually earning the Congressional Medal of Freedom. There were her artistic relationships with Josef von Sternberg (<I>The Blue Angel</I>, <I>Morocco</I>, <I>Shanghai Express</I>), Colette, Erich Maria Remarque, Noël Coward, and Cole Porter, as well as her heady romances. And in her final years, Dietrich would make herself visibly invisible, devoting herself to the immortality of her legend.<BR />  <BR /> Capturing this complex and astonishing woman, Maria Riva’s insightful profile of her mother has the depth, range, and resonance of a novel, and takes us on a journey through Europe and old Hollywood during an era that is gone but not forgotten.<BR />  <BR />  </DIV>
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Mo...
by , Tom Bissell

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

October 01, 2013

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<b>Now a major motion picture—directed by and starring James Franco</b><BR> <BR> From the actor who somehow lived through it all, a “sharply detailed…funny book about a cinematic comedy of errors” (<i>The New York Times</i>): the making of the cult film phenomenon <i>The Room.</i><BR><BR>In 2003, an independent film called <I>The Room</I>—starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau—made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as “like getting stabbed in the head,” the $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Ten years later, it’s an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons. <BR> <BR>Hailed by <I >The Huffington Post</I> as “possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed,” <I>The Disaster Artist</I> is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of a deliciously awful cinematic phenomenon as well as the story of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship. Greg Sestero, Tommy’s costar, recounts the film’s bizarre journey to infamy, explaining how the movie’s many nonsensical scenes and bits of dialogue came to be and unraveling the mystery of Tommy Wiseau himself. But more than just a riotously funny story about cinematic hubris, “<I>The Disaster Artist</I> is one of the most honest books about friendship I’ve read in years” (<I>Los Angeles Times).</I>
Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James ...
by Scott Eyman

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life’s twists and turns.<BR><BR>Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as <i>The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, </i>and <i>On Golden Pond;</i> and <i>Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo,</i> and <i>Rear Window.</i><BR> <BR>They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies’ man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.<BR> <BR>For <i>Hank and Jim</i>, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda’s widow and children as well as three of Stewart’s children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men—in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.
How to Write Pulp Fiction
by James Scott Bell

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English

Pages

124

Publication Date

October 30, 2017

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<h1>Type Hard. Type Fast. Make Dough.</h1><br /><br />That was the formula of old-school pulp fiction—plot-driven, popular and gobbled up by a reading public hungry for more.<br /><br />And it produced many writers who hammered out a living selling “cash-and-carry” stories and novels. Some of these writers were among the best America has ever produced. Writers like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and John D. MacDonald. Others are numbered among the bestselling authors of all time, including Erle Stanley Gardner, Lester Dent, and Frederick Faust (better known by his pen name, Max Brand). <br /><br />What were the secrets of these successful pulp writers? And how can any writer, of any genre, use them to produce fiction that sells?<br /><br />How to Write Pulp Fiction will teach you:<br /><br />• how to be more prolific <br />• the secrets of pulp plotting<br />• how to elevate your pulp prose<br />• the fiction “formulas” of some of the best pulp writers of all time<br />• the bestselling genres<br />• how to harness the power of the series character<br />• the most effective publishing strategies <br />• how to market your pulp fiction<br /><br />Added bonus! The Start-A-Plot Machine, a brainstorming partner that will help you instantly generate a story or novel idea. You’ll never again wonder what to write next. <br /><br />There has never been a better time to be a writer. By tapping into the vibe of the pulp writers of old, and making use of the tools of publication available now, any hard-working writer has a serious shot at realizing steady income from their fiction. <br /><br />“James Scott Bell is my go-to writing guru!” - Terri Blackstock, New York Times bestselling writer
Coreyography: A Memoir
by Corey Feldman

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

October 29, 2013

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<p><b>"Spares no details." —<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (Starred Review)</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"</b><b>An incredible read." —Richard Donner, Director</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of children in the industry? My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives." —Corey Feldman</b><br /><b></b></p><p>The<i> New York Times </i>Bestseller<br /><i>A deeply personal and revealing Hollywood-survival story.</i></p><p>Lovable child star by age ten, international teen idol by fifteen, and to this day a perennial pop-culture staple, Corey Feldman has not only spent the entirety of his life in the spotlight, he's become just as famous for his off-screen exploits as for his roles in such classic films as <i>Gremlins, The Goonies, </i>and <i>Stand by Me</i>. He's been linked to a slew of Hollywood starlets (including Drew Barrymore, Vanessa Marcil, and adult entertainer Ginger Lynn), shared a highly publicized friendship with Michael Jackson, and with his frequent costar Corey Haim enjoyed immeasurable success as one half of the wildly popular duo "The Two Coreys," spawning seven films, a 1-900 number, and "Coreymania" in the process. What child of the eighties didn't have a Corey Feldman poster hanging in her bedroom, or a pile of <i>Tiger Beats</i> stashed in his closet?</p><p>Now, in this brave and moving memoir, Corey is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.</p><p>While Corey has managed to overcome the traps that ensnared so many other entertainers of his generation—he's still acting, is a touring musician, and is a proud father to his son, Zen—many of those closest to him haven't been so lucky. In the span of one year, he mourned the passing of seven friends and family members, including Corey Haim and Michael Jackson. In the wake of those tragedies, he's spoken publicly about the dark side of fame, lobbied for legislation affording greater protections for children in the entertainment industry, and lifted the lid off of what he calls Hollywood's biggest secret.</p><p><i>Coreyography</i> is his surprising account of survival and redemption.</p>
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the ...
by , Amy Wallace

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 08, 2014

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<b><b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Huffington Post • Financial Times • Success • Inc. • Library Journal</i></b><br /><br />From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, the Academy Award–winning studio behind <i>Inside Out </i>and <i>Toy Story, </i>comes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership—sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath. <i>Fast Company </i>raves that <i>Creativity, Inc. </i>“just might be the most thoughtful management book ever.”</b><br /><br /></b><i>Creativity, Inc.</i> is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”<br /><br /> For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the <i>Toy Story</i> trilogy, <i>Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, </i>and <i>Inside Out, </i>which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really <i>is</i>. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.<br /><br /> As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later, <i>Toy Story</i> was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success—and in the thirteen movies that followed—was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:<br /><br /> • Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.<br /> • If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead. <br /> • It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.<br /> • The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them. <br /> • A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Creativity, Inc.</i></b><br /><br />“Over more than thirty years, Ed Catmull has developed methods to root out and destroy the barriers to creativity, to marry creativity to the pursuit of excellence, and, most impressive, to sustain a culture of disciplined creativity during setbacks and success.”<b>—Jim Collins, co-author of <i>Built to Last </i>and author of<i> Good to Great</i></b><br /><br /> “Too often, we seek to keep the status quo working. This is a book about breaking it.”<b>—Seth Godin</b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Save the Cat
by Blake Snyder

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English

Pages

215

Publication Date

May 25, 2005

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
Enchantment
by Donald Spoto

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

September 19, 2006

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<b>While her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace, this poignant, funny and deeply moving biography, reveals the private Audrey Hepburn and invites readers to fall in love with her all over again. </b> <br /><br />Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unprecedented access to studio archives, friends and colleagues who knew and loved Audrey, bestselling author Donald Spoto provides an intimate and moving account of this beautiful, elusive and talented woman.<br /><br /> Tracing her astonishing rise to stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling ballet dancer in London and her Tony Award–winning Broadway debut in <i>Gigi</i>, Spoto illuminates the origins of Audrey’s tenacious spirit and fiercely passionate nature. She would go on to star in some of the most popular movies of the twentieth century, including<i> Roman Holiday</i>, <i>Sabrina</i>, <i>Funny Face</i>,<i> The Nun’s Story</i>, <i>Breakfast at Tiffany’s</i> and <i>My Fair Lady</i>. A friend and inspiration to renowned designer Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey also emerged as a fashion icon and her influence on women’s fashion virtually unparalleled to this day.<br /><br /> Behind the glamorous public persona, Audrey was a different and deeper person and a woman who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto offers remarkable insights into her professional and personal relationships with her two husbands, and with celebrities such as Gregory Peck, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary Grant, Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney and Ben Gazzara. The turbulent romances of her youth, her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry children, and the thrills and terrors of motherhood prepared Audrey for the final chapter in her life, as she devoted herself entirely to the charity efforts of an organization that had once come to her rescue at the end of the war: UNICEF.
Hollywood Stories: a Book about Celebrities, Movie Stars, Gossip,...
by Stephen Schochet

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English

Pages

334

Publication Date

February 20, 2010

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2012 Global Ebook Award Winner - Entertainment and Performing Arts Non-Fiction<br /><br />“A WILD, FUN RIDE THROUGH TINSEL TOWN, PAST AND PRESENT!” <br />-- Jan Wahl, KCBS AM/FM & KRON-TV<br /><br />At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued their challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his film in the pseudo-intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him and after the Q and A session, they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from both gout and the after effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had five years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had.<br /><br /><br />Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book -- a special blend of biography, history and lore.<br /><br />Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been a part of the world's most fascinating, unpredictable industry!<br /><br />What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won't realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story. The Midwest Book Review says Hollywood Stories is, "packed from cover to cover with fascinating tales." <br /><br />A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney. Tim Sika, host of the radio show Celluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose has called Stephen," The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard."<br /><br />Full of funny moments and twist endings, Hollywood Stories features an amazing, all-star cast of legendary characters and icons and will keep you totally entertained! <br /><br />If you are interested in stories about Hollywood Celebrities, Movie Stars, Movie Gossip, Directors, Famous People, and Movie History, this book is for you!
GoPro: How To Use The GoPro Hero 6 Black
by Jordan Hetrick

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English

Pages

114

Publication Date

November 04, 2017

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The newest release <b>FROM THE #1 AMAZON BEST SELLING AUTHOR ON GoPro CAMERAS.</b><br /><br /><b>Specifically for the GoPro HERO 6 BLACK</b>, this is the perfect guide book for anyone who wants to learn how to use the GoPro HERO 6 Black camera to capture unique videos and photos.<br /><br />With more than 100+ color images, this book provides clear, step-by-step lessons to get you out there using your GoPro HERO 6 Black camera to document your life and your adventures.<br /><br />This book covers everything you need to know about using your GoPro HERO 6 Black camera. The book teaches you: <ul><li>how to operate your camera; </li><li>how to choose your settings; tips for the most useful GoPro mounts; </li><li>vital photography/cinematography knowledge; </li><li>simple photo, video and time lapse editing techniques and </li><li>how to share your first edited video and photos.</li></ul><br /><br />Through the SEVEN STEPS laid out in this book, you will understand your camera and learn how to use FREE software to finally do something with your results.<br /><br />This book is perfect for beginners, but also provides in depth knowledge that will be useful for intermediate camera users.<br /><br />Written specifically for the GoPro HERO6 Black camera.

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