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Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making ...
by Michael Benson

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English

Pages

513

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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.
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>
Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
by Chris Nashawaty

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English

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304

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<p>“This is a tough, sharp history of comedy and competitiveness, of rising stars and brilliant upstarts. Of difficult egos, awful behavior, fragile friendships, bursts of inspiration, and blizzards of cocaine<b>—</b>told by the survivors and shaped by Chris Nashawaty's welcome insight and perspective.”<br /><b>— Mark Harris, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Pictures at a Revolution</i> and <i>Five Came Back</i></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>
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>
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>
What Are You Laughing At?: How to Write Humor for Screenplays, St...
by Brad Schreiber

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English

Pages

280

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<DIV>“People have forgotten how to be funny,” says Chris Vogler in his foreword to <EM>What Are You Laughing at?</EM> Luckily, experienced and award-winning humor writer Brad Schreiber is here to remind us all how it’s done. If laughter is the best medicine, be prepared to feel fit as a fiddle after perusing these pages. Brad’s clever wit and well-timed punch lines are sure to leave you grasping your sides, while his wise advice will ensure that you’re able to follow in his comedic footsteps.<BR><BR>With more than seventy excerpts from such expert prose and screenwriters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., as well as unique writing exercises for all situations, this comprehensive tutorial will teach you how to write humor prose for any literary form, including screenwriting, story writing, theater, television, and audio/radio. Additionally, readers are given sage advice on different tactics for writing comedic fiction versus comedic nonfiction. Some of the topics discussed include:<BR><BR><li>Life experience versus imagination<BR><li>How to use humor to develop theme/setting, character, and dialogue<BR><li>Rhythm and sound of words<BR><li>Vulgarity and bad taste<BR><li>How to market your humor prose in the digital market</li><BR>Thoroughly revised and updated, and with new information on writing short, humorous films, <EM>What Are You Laughing at?</EM> is your endless source to learning the art of comedy.<BR></DIV>
Anime Impact: The Movies and Shows that Changed the World of Japa...
by Chris Stuckmann

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English

Pages

350

Publication Date

April 15, 2018

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<h3><strong>#1 Amazon New Release — The life-changing power of anime</strong></h3><p><strong>Iconic movies and TV shows from Japan:</strong> Japanese animation—or anime—holds a special place in the hearts of countless fans around the globe. Since the early days of Osamu Tezuka’s <em>Astro Boy</em> to Makoto Shinkai’s astounding success with <em>Your Name</em>, anime has left an undeniable impact on our culture.</p><p><strong>Insights from filmmakers, authors, and YouTube stars:</strong> <em>Anime Impact</em> explores the impression the medium has left on various fans with detailed discussions on television shows and movies from the 1960s all the way to the present. You’ll hear from YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann and many others like <em>Ready Player One</em> author Ernest Cline and YouTube stars “Nostalgia Critic” Doug Walker, Robert Walker, Bennett “BennettTheSage” White, Tristan "Arkada" Gallant of Glass Reflection and manga artist Mark Crilley. Learn how anime has impacted culture from authors, artists, critics, anime enthusiasts, and super fans such as John Rodriguez, Alicia Malone, Emma Fyffe, and many more.</p><p>Each writer has detailed their personal experiences of discovery and how anime has changed their life. Many discuss the implications that some anime shows and movies have on our society. Readers will learn about the impact of:</p><ul><li>anime classics such as <em>Gundam</em>, <em>Akira</em>, <em>Sailor Moon</em>, <em>Spirited Away</em> and other Studio Ghibli films</li><li>the biggest names in anime like <em>One Piece</em>, <em>Dragon Ball Z</em>, <em>Pokémon</em>, <em>Naruto</em>, and <em>Attack on Titan</em></li><li>movies and shows both legendary and niche alike</li><li>truly unique hidden gems rarely seen outside of Japan</li><li>and much more</li></ul><p><strong>Anime from the heart:</strong> While many books on anime simply offer a list of “essential titles” and recommendations, <em>Anime Impact</em> goes deeper by showcasing the many voices of anime’s biggest fans. You’ll find many distinct stories that only each specific writer could tell, all painting a fun and surprisingly touching portrait of the true impact of anime over multiple generations.</p><p><strong><em>Anime Impact</em> explores the effects and lasting appeal of anime across all genres and across five decades!</strong></p>
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>
Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir
by Mark Weinberg

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English

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289

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February 27, 2018

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Former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan shares an intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the Reagan presidency—told through the movies they watched together every week at Camp David.<BR><BR>What did President Ronald Reagan think of <i>Rocky IV</i>? How did the Matthew Broderick film <i>WarGames</i> inform America’s missile defense system? What Michael J. Fox movie made such an impression on President Reagan that he felt compelled to mention it in a speech to the Joint Session of Congress?<BR> <BR>Over the course of eight years, Mark Weinberg travelled to Camp David each weekend with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. He was one of a few select members invited into the Aspen Lodge, where the First Family screened both contemporary and classic movies on Friday and Saturday nights. They watched movies in times of triumph, such as the aftermath of Reagan’s 1984 landslide, and after moments of tragedy, such as the explosion of the <i>Challenger</i> and the shooting of the President and Press Secretary Jim Brady.<BR> <BR>Weinberg’s unparalleled access offers a rare glimpse of the Reagans—unscripted, relaxed, unburdened by the world, with no cameras in sight. Each chapter discusses a legendary film, what the Reagans thought of it, and provides warm anecdotes and untold stories about his family and the administration. From Reagan’s pranks on the Secret Service to his thoughts on the parallels between Hollywood and Washington, Weinberg paints a full picture of the president <i>The New Yorker </i>once famously dubbed “The Unknowable.”<BR> <BR><i>Movie Nights with the Reagans</i> is a nostalgic journey through the 1980s and its most iconic films, seen through the eyes of one of Hollywood’s former stars: one who was simultaneously transforming the Republican Party, the American economy, and the course of the Cold War.

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