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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>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>
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.
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 Great Movies
by Roger Ebert

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

April 09, 2002

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<b>America’s most trusted and best-known film critic Roger Ebert presents one hundred brilliant essays on some of the best movies ever made. </b><br /><br /> Roger Ebert, the famed film writer and critic, wrote biweekly essays for a feature called "The Great Movies," in which he offered a fresh and fervent appreciation of a great film. <i>The Great Movies</i> collects one hundred of these essays, each one of them a gem of critical appreciation and an amalgam of love, analysis, and history that will send readers back to that film with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm–or perhaps to an avid first-time viewing. <br /><br />Ebert’s selections range widely across genres, periods, and nationalities, and from the highest achievements in film art to justly beloved and wildly successful popular entertainments. Roger Ebert manages in these essays to combine a truly populist appreciation for our most important form of popular art with a scholar’s erudition and depth of knowledge and a sure aesthetic sense. Wonderfully enhanced by stills selected by Mary Corliss, the film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, <i>The Great Movies </i>is a treasure trove for film lovers of all persuasions, an unrivaled guide for viewers, and a book to return to again and again.<br /><br /> <i>The Great Movies</i> includes: <i>All About Eve • Bonnie and Clyde • Casablanca • Citizen Kane • The Godfather • Jaws • La Dolce Vita • Metropolis • On the Waterfront • Psycho • The Seventh Seal • Sweet Smell of Success • Taxi Driver • The Third Man • The Wizard of Oz</i> • and eighty-five more films.
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>
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
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>).
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.
Both of Us: My Life with Farrah
by , Kent Carroll

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

May 01, 2012

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Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett. He was the handsome Academy Award–nominated star of <i>Paper Moon </i>and the classic romance <i>Love Story. </i>She was the beautiful, all-American Charlie’s Angel, whose poster adorned the bedroom walls of teenage boys everywhere. One of the most storied love affairs in Hollywood history, their romance has captivated fans and media alike for more than three decades. In a tragic turn, the world lost Farrah after a tragic battle with cancer in 2009, but in his intimate memoir <i>Both of Us, </i>Ryan brings their relationship to vivid life.<br /> <br />Fans of each other from afar, Ryan and Farrah met through her husband, Lee Majors, and fell passionately in love. Soon, however, reality threatened their happiness and they struggled with some serious matters, including the disintegration of Farrah’s marriage; Ryan’s troubled relationship with his daughter, Tatum, and son, Griffin; mismatched career trajectories; and raising their young son, Redmond—all leading Ryan and Farrah to an inevitable split in 1997. <br /> <br />Ryan fought to create a life on his own but never stopped longing for Farrah. Eventually he realized that he had lost his true soul mate. Older and wiser, he and Farrah found their way back to each other and were excited to start a new life together. But their bliss was cut short when Farrah was diagnosed with cancer and passed away just three years later.<br /> <br />Ryan’s deep love for Farrah and his devotion to preserving her memory are evident in <i>Both of Us</i>. Drawing on decades’ worth of personal records and keepsakes, he has included never-before-seen photographs, letters exchanged between him and Farrah, and his own diaries, making this a poignant and compelling memento for her fans. Written with candor and emotional honesty, it is a true Hollywood love story.
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
by John Truby

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English

Pages

461

Publication Date

October 14, 2008

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<p>John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including <i>Sleepless in Seattle</i>, <i>Scream,</i> and <i>Shrek</i>. <i>The Anatomy of Story</i> is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all of his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, <i>The Anatomy of Story</i> draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach for how to build an effective, multifaceted narrative. Truby's method for constructing a story is at once insightful and practical, focusing on the hero's moral and emotional growth. As a result, writers will dig deep within and explore their own values and worldviews in order to create an effective story. Writers will come away with an extremely precise set of tools to work with—specific, useful techniques to make the audience care about their characters, and that make their characters grow in meaningful ways. They will construct a surprising plot that is unique to their particular concept, and they will learn how to express a moral vision that can genuinely move an audience.</p><p>The foundations of story that Truby lays out are so fundamental they are applicable—and essential—to all writers, from novelists and short-story writers to journalists, memoirists, and writers of narrative non-fiction.</p>

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