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Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed...
by Nick de Semlyen

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The behind-the-scenes story of the iconic funnymen who ruled '80s Hollywood—Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy—and the beloved films that made them stars, including <i>Animal House, Caddyshack, </i>and <i>Ghostbusters</i></b><br /><br /><b>“An enjoyable romp that vividly captures the manic ups and downs of the remarkable group of funny folk who gave us a golden age of small and big screen comedy, from <i>SNL </i>to <i>Groundhog Day</i>.”<i>—</i>Peter Biskind, author of<i> Easy Riders, Raging Bulls</i></b><br /><br /><i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i> opens in 1978 with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray taking bad-tempered swings at each other backstage at <i>Saturday Night Live,</i> and closes 21 years later with the two doing a skit in the same venue, poking fun at each other, their illustrious careers, triumphs and prat falls. In between, Nick de Semlyen takes us on a trip through the tumultuous '80s, delving behind the scenes of movies such as <i>National Lampoon's Vacation, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,</i> and dozens more. Chronicling the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, it's got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes, and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S. Thompson while tied to a lawn chair. What's not to like?<br /><br />Based on candid interviews from many of the stars themselves, as well as those in their immediate orbit, including directors John Landis, Carl Reiner, and Amy Heckerling, <i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i> is a fantastic insider account of the friendships, feuds, triumphs, and disasters experienced by these beloved comedians. Hilarious and revealing, it is both a hidden history of the most fertile period ever for screen comedy and a celebration of some of the most popular films of all time.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for <i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i></b><br /><br />“Eminently readable . . . Children of the 1980s, take note: this is a fond, engrossing look back at the making of movies that became cultural touchstones.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i> (starred review)</b><br />  <br /> “The irresistible <i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i> charts the roller-coaster ride of the groundbreaking comedy stars of the ’70s and ’80s, giving a fascinating look at the helium highs and crushing lows surrounding some of your favorite funny films. I couldn’t put it down. Although that may have been the glue.”<b>—Edgar Wright, director of <i>Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, </i>and<i> Baby Driver</i></b><br />  <br /> “There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and Nick de Semlyen’s <i>Wild and Crazy Guys</i> is a terrific contribution to the genre.”<b>—<i>The Guardian</i></b>
De Niro: A Life
by Shawn Levy

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English

Pages

626

Publication Date

October 28, 2014

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<b>REMARKABLE BIOGRAPHY OF AN ICON</b><br /><br /> There's little debate that Robert De Niro is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, screen actors of his generation, perhaps of all time. His work, particularly in the first 20 years of his career, is unparalleled. <i>Mean Streets, the Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, the Deer Hunter</i>, and <i>Raging Bull</i> all dazzled moviegoers and critics alike, displaying a talent the likes of which had rarely--if ever--been seen. De Niro become known for his deep involvement in his characters, assuming that role completely into his own life, resulting in extraordinary, chameleonic performances. <br />         Yet little is known about the off-screen De Niro--he is an intensely private man, whose rare public appearances are often marked by inarticulateness and palpable awkwardness. It can be almost painful to watch at times, in powerful contrast to his confident movie personae. In this elegant and compelling biography, bestselling writer Shawn Levy writes of these many De Niros--the characters and the man--seeking to understand the evolution of an actor who once dove deeply into his roles as if to hide his inner nature, and who now seemingly avoids acting challenges, taking roles which make few apparent demands on his overwhelming talent. Following De Niro's roots as the child of artists (his father, the abstract painter Robert De Niro Sr., was widely celebrated) who encouraged him from an early age to be independent of vision and spirit, to his intense schooling as an actor, the rise of his career, his marriages, his life as a father, restauranteur, and businessman, and, of course, his current movie career, Levy has written a biography that reads like a novel about  a character whose inner turmoil takes him to heights of artistry. His many friendships with the likes of Martin Scorsese,  Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Shelley Winters, Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, are woven into this extraordinary portrait of DeNiro the man and the artist, also adding a depth of understanding not before seen. <br />        Levy has had unprecedented access to De Niro's personal research and production materials, creating a new impression of the effort that went into the actor's legendary performances. The insights gained from DeNiro’s intense working habits shed new perspective on DeNiro’s thinking and portrayals and are wonderful to read.  Levy also spoke to De Niro's collaborators and friends to depict De Niro's transition from an ambitious young man to a transfixing and enigmatic artist and cultural figure.<br /> Shawn Levy has written a truly engaging, insightful, and entertaining portrait of one of the most wonderful film artists of our time, a book that is worthy of such a great talent.
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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<DIV>“Lovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.”—<B><I>Fortune</I></B><BR /><BR /> ”Enchanting,”—<B><I>New York Times</I></B><BR /><BR /> “I love this book! I think it is brilliant.”—<B>Ed Catmull,</B> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <I>Creativity Inc.</I><BR /><BR /><B>The revelatory saga of Pixar’s rocky start and improbable success</B><BR /><BR /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little‑known graphics company he owned called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard‑trained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure. <BR /><BR /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories. Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar’s story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives. <BR /><BR />  “Part business book and part thriller—a tale that’s every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It’s also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.”—<B>Dan Lyons</B>, best-selling author of <I>Disrupted</I><BR /><BR /> “A natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.”<B><I>—Success Magazine</I></B><BR /><BR /><B>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</B> • <B>A top pick on <I>Fortune</I>’s Favorite Booksof 2016 • A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</B></DIV>
Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
by Chris Nashawaty

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English

Pages

286

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>
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>
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>From a co-founder 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></b><br /><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.
Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service
by Gary Sinise

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.</strong></p><p><strong>"The book is called <em>Grateful American</em>, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." -- Clint Eastwood</strong></p><p>As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of <em>West Side Story</em>, he found his purpose--or so it seemed. </p><p>Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in <em>Of Mice and Men</em> (which he also directed) and <em>The Stand</em> before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning <em>Forrest Gump</em>.</p><p>The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like <em>Apollo 13</em>, <em>Ransom</em>, <em>Truman</em>, <em>George Wallace</em>, <em>CSI:NY</em>, and <em>Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders</em>, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.</p><p><em>Grateful American</em> is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.</p>
YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and...
by , Benji Travis

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English

Pages

196

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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YouTube has changed our world—from how we view video to how we connect and market—opening a new entrepreneurial landscape to ambitious individuals. Thousands of people generate six to seven figures annually from online video content. And, with the right roadmap, you too could be en route to real influence and income.<br /><br />In YouTube Secrets, online video experts Sean Cannell and Benji Travis draw on a decade of experience as well as interviews with more than one hundred top creators to give you a step-by-step YouTube success playbook. You’ll learn<br /><br />• The seven essential ingredients for a profitable channel<br />• New strategies for getting views and subscribers<br />• Ten ways to make money on YouTube<br />• And much more<br /><br />Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, this book will show you how to use YouTube to build a following, create a lucrative business, and make a massive impact in people’s lives.
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
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 Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost L...
by Mallory O'Meara

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<strong>The </strong><strong><em>Los Angeles Times</em></strong><strong> Bestseller<Br><Br>A Tor.com Most Anticipated Book of 2019<Br><Br>A </strong><strong><em>PureWow</em></strong><strong> “Book We Can’t Wait to Read in 2019”<Br><Br>A </strong><strong><em>Bustle</em></strong><strong> Nonfiction Book Coming Out In 2019 To Start Getting Excited About</strong><Br><Br><strong><em>The Lady from the Black Lagoon</em></strong><strong> uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters</strong><Br><Br>As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, <em>Creature from the Black Lagoon,</em> featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.<Br><Br>As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.<Br><Br>A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s <em>The Lady from the Black Lagoon</em> establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

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