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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>
Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking in...
by Nell Scovell

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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<p>FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERG</p><p><strong>You’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.<em></em></strong></p><p><em>Just the Funny Parts</em> is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including <em>The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown,</em> <em>NCIS,</em> <em>The Muppets,</em> and <em>Sabrina, the Teenage Witch</em>, which she created and executive produced.  </p><p>In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers’ rooms. “One of the boys” came out hard for “all of the girls.” Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Two years later, Scovell was collaborating with Sheryl Sandberg on speeches and later on<em> Lean In</em>, which resulted in a worldwide movement. </p><p>Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account. Scovell knows what it’s like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, you’ll sit in the Simpson writers’ room… stand on the Oscar red carpet… pin a tail on Miss Piggy…bond with <em>Star Trek</em>’s Leonard Nimoy… and experience a Stephen King-like encounter with Stephen King. </p><p><em>Just the Funny Parts</em> is a fast-paced account of a nerdy girl from New England who fought her way to the top of the highly-competitive, male-dominated entertainment field. The book delivers invaluable insights into the creative process and tricks for navigating a difficult workplace. It's part memoir, part how-to, and part survival story. Or, as Scovell puts it, “It’s like <em>Unbroken</em>, but funnier and with slightly less torture.” </p><p> </p>
Diana Rigg: The Biography
by Kathleen Tracy

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

January 06, 2015

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<DIV><B>The true story of the award-winning actress who became an icon as Emma Peel on <I>The Avengers</I>.</B><BR />  <BR /> Voted the “sexiest television star of all time” by <I>TV Guide</I> readers, Diana Rigg is best known as the brilliant and seductive British agent Emma Peel on <I>The Avengers</I>. But the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress is famous not only for her talent, but for her keen intelligence and strong opinions as well.<BR />  <BR /> This biography reveals the fascinating professional and personal life of this rebellious, outspoken icon—from her childhood in India and early days with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to her tenure on <I>The Avengers</I>, her role in the Bond film <I>On Her Maiesty’s Secret Service</I>, and her distinguished stage career.<BR />  </DIV>
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pl...
by Amy Kaufman

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<b><b>*A <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller*<br /><br />The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America’s favorite guilty pleasure</b>.</b><br /><br />For sixteen years and thirty-six seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers’ lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show’s popularity and relevance have only grown—more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of<i> The Bachelor</i>.<br /><br /><i>Los Angeles Times</i> journalist Amy Kaufman is a proud member of Bachelor Nation and has a long history with the franchise—ABC even banned her from attending show events after her coverage of the program got a little too real for its liking. She has interviewed dozens of producers, contestants, and celebrity fans to give readers never-before-told details of the show’s inner workings: what it’s like to be trapped in the mansion “bubble”; dark, juicy tales of producer manipulation; and revelations about the alcohol-fueled debauchery that occurs long before the Fantasy Suite. <br /><br />Kaufman also explores what our fascination means, culturally: what the show says about the way we view so-called ideal suitors; our subconscious yearning for fairy-tale romance; and how this enduring television show has shaped society’s feelings about love, marriage, and feminism by appealing to a marriage plot that’s as old as the best of Jane Austen.
As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling
by Anne Serling

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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"A haunting and beautifully written memoir about the creator of <i>The Twilight Zone</i>." --Robert Redford <br /><br />"Beautifully written. . .I laughed and I cried. I plan to read it again once I catch my breath." --Carol Burnett<br /><br />In this intimate, lyrical memoir about her iconic father, Anne Serling reveals the fun-loving dad and family man behind the imposing figure the public saw hosting <i>The Twilight Zone </i>each week. After his unexpected, early death, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. But through talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories, Anne not only found solace, but gained a deeper understanding of this remarkable man. Now she shares her discoveries, along with personal photos, revealing letters, and scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together. A tribute to Rod Serling's legacy as a visionary, storyteller, and humanist, <i>As I Knew Him </i>is also a moving testament to the love between fathers and daughters. <br /><br />"A tender, thoughtful and very personal portrait of American genius Rod Serling." --Alice Hoffman<br /><br />"Richly told. . .a haunting memoir about grief, creativity, and a father-daughter bond as memorable and magical as any <i>Twilight Zone </i>episode." --Caroline Leavitt<br /><br /> "Filled with anecdotes and self-reflection. . .Serling still casts an outsized shadow." --<i>Variety</i><br /><br />"Lush memories of a remarkable father and adept analysis of his work." --<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>
Kind Is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously
by Candace Cameron Bure

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English

Pages

266

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<p><strong>“The world has a way of defining you if you don’t know who you are before you get out there.” —Candace Cameron Bure</strong></p><p>As a woman in today’s world, you know what it’s like to feel pressure on all sides from clashing cultural expectations. How can you stay true to who God has uniquely created you to be in the face of the script you’ve been given? What’s more, how can you stand your ground with grace?</p><p>The classy confidence you know and love—whether it’s on set at <em>Full House</em> or <em>Fuller House</em>, <em>Dancing with the Stars</em>, <em>The View</em>, or Candace’s Hallmark films—is no act. But it hasn’t come easy. In fact, learning to stay true to herself with grace has been one of the biggest fights of Candace’s life.</p><p>The secret, she has learned, is kindness: it’s classy, unexpected, even counter-cultural, and ultimately wins the day.</p><p>In <em>Kind Is the New Classy, </em>Candace reveals the thought patterns and practices that have empowered her to stay centered in who she is while practicing radical graciousness toward others. Whether you’re navigating major life choices, questions of calling and career, relationships, or personal goals, this book will show you how to:</p><ul><li>Keep your cool under pressure</li><li>Respond to criticism with grace</li><li>Stay grounded yet go places in life</li><li>Stay true to who you are despite the expectations of others</li><li>Stay centered in what ultimately matters the most</li></ul><p><em>Kind Is the New Classy </em>is your permission to go off-script, to say goodbye to society’s “should’s”, and to step into a new way to flourish as a woman today.</p><p>.</p>
Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday ...
by , Tom Shales

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English

Pages

760

Publication Date

September 09, 2014

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<strong>James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales's definitive oral history of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, hailed as "incredible" (<i>Vulture</i>) and "required reading" (<i>People</i>), rollickingly updated with nearly 100 new pages covering the decade since the book's original release.</strong><br /><br />When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.
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>
Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from ...
by , Mathew Klickstein

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English

Pages

318

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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<p><strong>In celebration of <em>The Simpsons</em> thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.</strong></p><p>Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on<em> The Simpsons</em> continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from <em>Simpsons</em> fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.</p><p>In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside <em>The Simpsons</em>—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. <em>Springfield Confidential</em> exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where <em>The Simpsons</em> is watched (ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, who also provided the foreword, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more. </p><p>Like Cary Elwes’ <em>As You Wish</em>, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s <em>Seinfeldia</em>, and Chris Smith’s <em>The Daily Show: An Oral History</em>, <em>Springfield Confidential</em> is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.</p>
Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends
by David Fantle

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

May 09, 2018

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 “What audacity!” exclaimed actor Robert Wagner when he heard about the authors’ adolescent exploits in nabbing interviews with Hollywood celebrities. In 1978, Fantle and Johnson, St. Paul teenagers, boarded a plane to meet with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. They had written the stars requesting interviews—and to their amazement, both agreed.<br /> Over the years, more than 250 other stars also agreed—Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, George Burns, Rod Steiger, Milton Berle, Frank Capra and Hoagy Carmichael, to name a few. Published for the first time and with exclusive photos, this selection of 75 interviews chronicles the authors’ 40-year quest for insights and anecdotes from iconic 20th century artists.

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