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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><i>New York Times </i>bestseller—</b><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. 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. Actor Greg Sestero, Tommy’s costar and longtime best friend, recounts the film’s bizarre journey to infamy, unraveling mysteries for fans (like, who is Steven? And what’s with that hospital on Guerrero Street?)—as well as the most important question: how the hell did a movie this awful ever get made? 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>).
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show B...
by Neil Postman

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

December 27, 2005

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<b>What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's <i>1984</i>, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever.<br /><br /></b>"It's unlikely that Trump has ever read <i>Amusing Ourselves to Death</i>, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -<i>CNN</i><br /><br />Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. <i>Amusing Ourselves to Death</i> is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of  entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.<br /><br />“A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, <i>The Washington Post Book World</i>
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
by Martin McDonagh

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English

Pages

112

Publication Date

January 10, 2018

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<p>After months pass without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes pays for three signs challenging the authority of William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon, a mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement threatens to engulf the town.</p><p><i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i> is a darkly comedic drama from Martin McDonagh.</p><p>The film won Best Drama Motion Picture - Drama and Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes 2018.</p>
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the ...
by , Amy Wallace

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 08, 2014

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<b><b>From one of the co-founders of Pixar Animation Studios—the Academy Award–winning studio behind <i>Coco, Inside Out, </i>and <i>Toy Story</i>—comes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath.</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Huffington Post</i> • <i>Financial Times</i> • <i>Success</i> • <i>Inc.</i> • <i>Library Journal</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“[<i>Creativity, Inc.</i>]<i> </i>just might be the most thoughtful management book ever.”—<i>Fast Company</i></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 co-founding Pixar 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 /><i> </i><br />“Too often, we seek to keep the status quo working. This is a book about breaking it.”<b>—Seth Godin</b>
Save the Cat
by Blake Snyder

Language

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!
Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James ...
by Scott Eyman

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English

Pages

385

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.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess ...
by , Joe Layden

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in <i>The Princess Bride</i>, comes the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.<BR><BR><i>The Princess Bride</i> has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, <i>The Princess Bride </i>will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.<BR> <BR>Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In <i>As You Wish</i> he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.<BR> <BR>With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, <i>As You Wish</i> is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.
The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force (Star Wars)
by Daniel Wallace

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

January 15, 2012

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Unlock the secrets and share in the knowledge that has educated generations of Jedi—from the history and hierarchy of the Jedi Order to the mastery of the Force and the nuances of lightsaber combat. <br /><br />Handed down from Master to Padawan, each Jedi who has held and studied this copy has annotated the pages—adding his or her personal experiences and lessons they’ve learned. This copy is now passed to you.
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>
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!

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