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Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in <i>Mork & Mindy</i> and his Academy Award-winning performance in <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. </p><p>But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like <i>Dead Poets Society</i>; <i>Good Morning, Vietnam</i>; <i>The Fisher King</i>; <i>Aladdin</i>; and <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in <i>Good Will Hunting </i>he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.</p><p>Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, <i>Robin</i> is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.</p>
How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method (Advance...
by Randy Ingermanson

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English

Pages

146

Publication Date

May 18, 2018

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<h2>Want to Write a Dynamite Novel?</h2><br /><b>The secret</b> to writing a dynamite <i>novel</i> is to first write a dynamite <i>scene.</i><br /><b>Because if you can write</b> one terrific scene, you can write a hundred. And that’s a novel.<br /><b>This is a short book</b>, with just one goal—to teach you the simple principles you can use right now to design a powerful scene <i>before</i> you write it. <br /><b>If you’ve already written your novel</b>, you can use these same principles to make each scene better. <br /><br /><h2>About the Book</h2><br /><b>How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method</b> will give you the power tools you need to write scenes that move your reader’s emotions.<br /><br /><b>You’ll learn:</b><br /><ul><br /><li>The one thing your reader most desperately wants. And why.</li><br /><li>How to decide which character should have the point of view.</li><br /><li>The 2 kinds of scenes designed to give your reader a powerful emotional experience—and how to know which to use.</li><br /><li>5 ways to test that your lead character’s goal in each scene is perfect.</li><br /><li>How to end every scene so it leaves your reader <i>wanting more.</i></li> <br /><li>Why dilemmas are good, and how to know when they’re ruining your story.</li><br /><li>4 ways to know that your character’s decision will drive your story forward.</li> <br /><li>How to know when a scene is broken—and how to fix it.</li><br /></ul><br /><h2>Excerpt from Chapter 1:</h2><br />Your reader desperately wants one thing. <br />You have it in your power to give your reader that one thing.<br />And what is that one thing?<br />I could <i>tell</i> you what that one thing is, and you would nod and agree that yes, that one thing is clearly something all readers want. <br />But <i>telling</i> you that one thing wouldn’t make it stick in your mind forever.<br />I want it to stick. <br />I’d rather <i>show</i> you that one thing. Once you’ve seen it, once you’ve lived it, you’ll never forget it. That one thing will be inside you, fueling everything you write. <br />So let me tell you a quick story about one of our ancestors who lived many thousands of years ago in a small village on this planet we call home. <br />When I say he’s our ancestor, I mean it literally—he’s your ancestor and he’s my ancestor and he’s every human’s ancestor. <br />That ancestor of ours was once a thirteen-year-old boy, the newest man in the village, and the smallest.<br />Imagine you’re that boy on the day when word comes to the village that there’s a killer tiger ravaging the village’s herd of goats.<br />The Tale of the Tiger<br />You’re furious. A drought has been burning the land for many months. That herd of goats is all that keeps your village from starvation. <br />You’re also terrified. There’s only one way to get rid of a killer tiger. The village has to organize a hunt, find the tiger, and kill it. But that won’t be easy, because there’s nothing more dangerous in your world than a killer tiger.<br />The village headman sends word around to the whole village. <i>All men meet in the village square, and bring your spear.</i><br />When the messenger comes to your hut, he shakes his head and frowns. He thinks you’re too young to go.<br />In your heart, you’re afraid he’s right. You only just became a man in the last month. You’re small. You’re skinny. You’re weak.<br />But in your head, you know he’s wrong. <br />If the village doesn’t kill the tiger, it’s going to steal every last goat, and the village is going to die.<br />To save your people, you and every man in the village have to work together to kill the tiger.<br />You know very well you might not come back. A thousand times in the village square, you’ve heard the village story-woman tell the Tale of the Tiger. You know that when a tiger is surrounded by men with spears, it always looks for the weakest man—and attacks that man.<br />Sometimes the man kills the tiger. <br />Sometimes the tiger kills the man.<br />You’re terrified, but you know you have to go.<br />You grab your spear and run to the village square. <br /><br /><b>Click the book cover above to read more.</b>
Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
by Chris Nashawaty

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<p>“More fun to read than the movie was to watch… a scene-stealing book.”<br /><i><b>— The Washington Post</b></i> </p><p><b>An <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> "Must List" selection</b></p><p><i>Caddyshack</i> is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, a classic snobs vs. slobs story of working class kids and the white collar buffoons that make them haul their golf bags in the hot summer sun. It has sex, drugs and one very memorable candy bar, but the movie we all know and love didn’t start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn’t have the word “classic” in mind as the cameras were rolling.</p><p>In <i>Caddyshack:The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story</i> film critic for <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> Chris Nashawaty goes behind the scenes of the iconic film, chronicling the rise of comedy’s greatest deranged minds as they form <i>The</i> <i>National Lampoon</i>, turn the entertainment industry on its head, and ultimately blow up both a golf course and popular culture as we know it. <i>Caddyshack</i> is at once an eye-opening narrative about one of the most interesting, surreal, and dramatic film productions there’s ever been, and a rich portrait of the biggest, and most revolutionary names in Hollywood. So, it’s got that going for it…which is nice.</p>
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making ...
by Michael Benson

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.<BR><BR>Regarded as a masterpiece today, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey </i>received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of <i>Dr. Strangelove</i>, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and <i>2001 </i>was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. <i>2001</i>’s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.<BR> <BR>Author Michael Benson explains how <i>2001 </i>was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played <i>2001</i>’s leading man-ape; and many others.<BR> <BR>A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, <i>Space Odyssey</i> provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke’s first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film’s legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the ...
by , Amy Wallace

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

April 08, 2014

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<b><b>From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, the Academy Award–winning studio behind <i>Coco, Inside Out, </i>and <i>Toy Story,</i> this guide to turning a dream into success makes a perfect graduation gift.</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 /><br /></b><i>Creativity, Inc.</i> is 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 creativity—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>
Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Con...
by Potomac Books

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English

Pages

269

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<DIV>The most successful film franchise of all time, <I>Star Wars</I> thrillingly depicts an epic multigenerational conflict fought a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But the <I>Star Wars</I> saga has as much to say about successful strategies and real-life warfare waged in our own time and place. <I>Strategy Strikes Back</I> brings together over thirty of today’s top military and strategic experts, including generals, policy advisors, seasoned diplomats, counterinsurgency strategists, science fiction writers, war journalists, and ground‑level military officers, to explain the strategy and the art of war by way of the <I>Star Wars</I> films.<BR /><BR /> Each chapter of <I>Strategy Strikes Back</I> provides a relatable, outside‑the‑box way to simplify and clarify the complexities of modern military conflict. A chapter on the case for planet building on the forest moon of Endor by <I>World War Z</I> author Max Brooks offers a unique way to understand our own sustained engagement in war-ravaged societies such as Afghanistan. Another chapter on the counterinsurgency waged by Darth Vader against the Rebellion sheds light on the logic behind past military incursions in Iraq. Whether using the destruction of Alderaan as a means to explore the political implications of targeting civilians, examining the pivotal decisions made by Yoda and the Jedi Council to differentiate strategic leadership in theory and in practice, or considering the ruthlessness of Imperial leaders to explain the toxicity of top-down leadership in times of war and battle, <I>Strategy Strikes Back</I> gives fans of <I>Star Wars</I> and aspiring military minds alike an inspiring and entertaining means of understanding many facets of modern warfare. It is a book as captivating and enthralling as <I>Star Wars</I> itself.<BR /><BR />  <BR />  </DIV>
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!
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>
Goodnight Darth Vader
by Jeffrey Brown

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English

Pages

64

Publication Date

April 21, 2015

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It's bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader's parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout <em>New York Times</em> bestsellers <em>Darth Vader™ and Son</em> and <em>Vader's™ Little Princess</em>. In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream. As ever, Jeffrey Brown's charming illustrations and humor glow throughout, playing on children's book conventions to enchant adults and kids alike.
Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, an...
by Don Graham

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English

Pages

326

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<p><b>A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology.</b></p><p>Featuring James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor, <i>Giant</i> is an epic film of fame and materialism, based around the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the establishment of the King Ranch of south Texas. Isolating his star cast in the wilds of West Texas, director George Stevens brought together a volatile mix of egos, insecurities, sexual proclivities, and talent. Stevens knew he was overwhelmed with Hudson’s promiscuity, Taylor’s high diva-dom, and Dean’s egotistical eccentricity. Yet he coaxed performances out of them that made cinematic history, winning Stevens the Academy Award for Best Director and garnering nine other nominations, including a nomination for Best Actor for James Dean, who died before the film was finished.</p><p> In this compelling and impeccably researched narrative history of the making of the film, Don Graham chronicles the stories of Stevens, whose trauma in World War II intensified his ambition to make films that would tell the story of America; Edna Ferber, a considerable literary celebrity, who meets her match in the imposing Robert Kleberg, proprietor of the vast King Ranch; and Glenn McCarthy, an American oil tycoon; and Errol Flynn lookalike with a taste for Hollywood. Drawing on archival sources Graham’s <i>Giant</i> is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.</p>

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