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The communicator is used for voice communication and serves as an emergency-signaling device for Starfleet. This kit includes a replica of the iconic communicator, which features light and sound, and a 48-page book on the history of communicators, complete with full-color photos.

Star Trek fans and collectors will love this one-of-a-kind, mini-size collectible communicator with light and sound.

The communicator is used for voice communication and serves as an emergency-signaling device for Starfleet. Kit includes a replica of the iconic communicator, with light and sound, and a 48-page book on the history of communicators, complete with full-color photos.

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  • Series: Star Trek
  • Paperback Box: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions
  • Antiques & Collectibles / Popular Culture
Chip Carter - Light and Sound Communicator Star Trek
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In this one-of-a-kind Hollywood history, Carla Valderrama-creator of Instagram's celebrated @ThisWasHollywood-reveals the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear.

From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the movies' biggest stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

The shocking fate of the world's first movie star. Clark Gable's secret love child. The film that nearly ended Paul Newman's career. A former child star who, at 93, reveals her #metoo story for the first time. Valderrama unfolds these stories, and many more, in a volume that is by turns riveting, maddening, hilarious, and shocking.

Drawing on new interviews, archival research, and an exhaustive library of photographs, This Was Hollywood is a compelling and visually stunning catalogue of the lost history of the movies.

About the Author

Carla Valderrama is an author, Hollywood historian, and the creator of the Instagram accounts @thiswashollywood and @thiswasfashion. This Was Hollywood is her first book. She lives in Los Angeles, where she can be seen wearing heart-shaped sunglasses and heard laughing anywhere within a five-mile radius.

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  • With Images Throuout
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video / History & Criticism
Carla Valderrama - This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars & Stories (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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Moviegoers know her as the housekeeper in White Christmas, the nurse in Now, Voyager, and the crotchety choir director in Sister Act. This book, filled with never-published behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway and Hollywood, chronicles the life of a complicated woman who brought an assortment of unforgettable nurses, nuns, and housekeepers to life on screen and stage.

Wickes (1910-1995) was part of some of the most significant moments in film, television, theatre, and radio history. On that frightening night in 1938 when Orson Welles recorded his earth-shattering "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, Wickes was waiting on another soundstage for him for a rehearsal of Danton's Death, oblivious to the havoc taking place outside.

When silent film star Gloria Swanson decided to host a live talk show on this new thing called television, Wickes was one of her first guests. When Lucille Ball made one of her first TV appearances, Wickes appeared with her?and became Lucy's closest friend for more than thirty years. Wickes was the original Mary Poppins, long before an umbrella carried Julie Andrews across the rooftops of London. And when Disney began creating 101 Dalmatians, Wickes was asked to pose for animators trying to capture the evil of Cruella De Vil.

The pinched-face actress who cracked wise by day became a confidante to some of the day's biggest stars by night, including Bette Davis and Doris Day. Bolstered by interviews with almost three hundred people, and by private correspondence from Ball, Davis, Day, and others, Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before includes scores of never-before-shared anecdotes about Hollywood and Broadway. In the process, it introduces readers to a complex woman who sustained a remarkable career for sixty years.

About the Author

Steve Taravella, Silver Spring, Maryland, and Rome, Italy, is a longtime journalist and communications specialist. He has received eleven writing awards, including the Dag Hammarksjold Award for Human Rights Advocacy in Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Award.

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  • Series: Hollywood Legends Series
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
 - Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before
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A guide to fifty-two examples of must-see cinema, The Essentials Vol. 2 -- based on the Turner Classic Movies series -- is packed with behind-the-scenes stories, illuminating commentary, moments to watch for, and hundreds of photos spotlighting films that define what it means to be a classic.

Since 2001, Turner Classic Movies' The Essentials has been the ultimate destination for cinephiles both established and new, showcasing films that have had a lasting impact on audiences and filmmakers everywhere. In this second volume based on the series, fifty-two films are profiled with insightful notes on why they're Essential, a guide to must-see moments, and running commentary from Essentials hosts past and present: TCM's Ben Mankiewicz and the late Robert Osborne, as well as Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Molly Haskell, Carrie Fisher, Rose McGowan, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Sally Field, William Friedkin, and Ava DuVernay.

Enjoy one film per week for a year of stellar viewing or indulge in your own classic movie festival. Spanning the silent era through the late 1980s with such diverse films as Top Hat, Brief Encounter, Rashomon, Vertigo, and Field of Dreams, it's an indispensable book for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of cinema and discover -- or revisit -- landmark films that impacted Hollywood forever.

About the Author

Jeremy Arnold is a film historian, commentator, and author of Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials (volumes 1 and 2) and Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season.

He has written more than 600 programming articles for the TCM website, and his writing has appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker, and the Directors Guild of America magazine.

He has also recorded audio commentaries for the Blu-ray or DVD releases of numerous vintage films.

He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Color and B&W photos throughout
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult
Jeremy Arnold - The Essentials Vol. 2: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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As screen icon Kirk Douglas approaches his 100th birthday, he and his wife of 62 years, Anne Buydens, share secrets to longevity in life and love told through candid commentary and priceless correspondence between each other and famous friends from celebrities to world leaders, spanning almost a century. Part of Turner Classic Movies publishing program.

This is the story of film legend and centenarian Kirk Douglas and his wife of nearly sixty-three years, Anne. Their stories of enduring love and a lifetime led on the world stage unfold through the couple's own candid commentary and priceless letters from their personal archives. Carefully maintained by Anne over the course of more than six decades and never before made public, the correspondence includes details of their courtship and marriage, set against the backdrop of Kirk's screen triumphs in films ranging from Lust For Life to Paths of Glory and Spartacus.

Through the letters themselves and Kirk and Anne's words, never-before-told stories emerge about the legendary figures they knew so well, including Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, the Kennedys, and the Reagans; fascinating first-hand accounts of film sets and star-studded dinner parties; and tales of travel to over forty countries as goodwill ambassadors. Complemented by previously unpublished photos, Kirk and Anne candidly details the adventurous, oftentimes comic, and poignant reality behind the glamour of a Hollywood life, as only a couple of sixty-two years (and counting) could tell it.

About the Author

Kirk Douglas, a living legend at age 100, has distinguished himself as an actor, producer, philanthropist, and author. His numerous recognitions for achievements both on and off screen include an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and France's Legion of Honor. Over a career spanning seventy years, he starred in some eighty films.

Anne Buydens Douglas built her career in the film industry as a publicist. She met Kirk Douglas during the making of Act of Love (1953) and they married soon after. Anne would become his closest advisor and eventually take the reins as president of their independent production company, Bryna Productions.

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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
Douglas, Kirk / Douglas, Anne / Douglas, Michael - Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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#1 bestseller Brad Meltzer is on a mission to give kids the right role models in this lively, funny picture book biography series.

The eleventh book in this inspiring, New York Times bestselling biography series features an unusual hero from the entertainment world who will be familiar to children and parents: the creator of the Muppets.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great-the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Jim Henson, for example, was always dreaming up something new, and always expressing his belief in the goodness of people. Henson was a born performer with a terrific sense of humor, and he used those talents to help create two of the most beloved programs in television history: The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. Through his Muppets, Jim showed the world that there's nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it's accompanied by laughter and kindness.

Each book in this series tells the story of one inspiring individual through lively text and art that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle and its recent sequel, The Fifth Assassin). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter were New York Times Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show Brad Meltzer's Decoded.

Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career as a letterer for Marvel, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.

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  • Series: Ordinary People Change World
  • Hardback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Juvenile Nonfiction \ Biography & Autobiography
 - I am Jim Henson (Ordinary People Change the World)
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Part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, this enormous full-color volume, packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography, chronicles every Murray performance in loving detail, recounting all the milestones, legendary "Murray stories," and controversies in the life of this enigmatic performer.

He's played a deranged groundskeeper, a bellowing lounge singer, a paranormal exterminator, and a grouchy weatherman. He is William James "Bill" Murray, America's greatest national treasure. From his childhood lugging golf bags at a country club to his first taste of success on Saturday Night Live, from his starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters to his reinvention as a hipster icon for the twenty-first century, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every aspect of his extraordinary life and career.

He's the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie's Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents, and he once agreed to voice the lead in Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen Brothers film. He's famous for crashing house parties all over New York City-and if he keeps photobombing random strangers, he might just break the Internet.

About the Author:

Robert Schnakenberg has written more than a dozen books about American history and pop culture. His three favorite Bill Murray movies are Rushmore, Lost in Translation, and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, but his favorite Bill Murray character is the host of Saturday Night Live's ¿Quién Es Más Macho? For the record, he believes Ricardo Montalbán es más macho. He lives in New York City.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Robert Schnakenberg - The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor
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The Devil Finds Work

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Baldwin's personal reflections on movies gathered here in a book-length essay are also a probing appraisal of American racial politics. Offering an incisive look at racism in American movies and a vision of America's self-delusions and deceptions, Baldwin challenges the underlying assumptions in such films as In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and The Exorcist.

Here are our loves and hates, biases and cruelties, fears and ignorance reflected by the films that have entertained us and shaped our consciousness. And here too is the stunning prose of a writer whose passion never diminished his struggle for equality, justice, and social change.

About the Author

James Baldwin was born in 1924 and educated in New York City. He is author of more than twenty works of fiction and non-fiction, including Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of Native Son, Giovanni's Room, Nobody Knows My Name, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, Going to Meet the Man, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone and No Name in the Street. He died in 1987.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Literary Criticism
 - The Devil Finds Work
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One of the foremost entertainers of the twentieth century-singer, actor, choreographer, and, of course, the most dazzling "hoofer" in the history of motion pictures-Fred Astaire was the epitome of charm, grace, and suave sophistication, with a style all his own and a complete disregard for the laws of gravity. Steps in Time is Astaire's story in his own words, a memoir as beguiling, exuberant, and enthralling as the great artist himself, the man ballet legends George Balanchine and Rudolf Nureyev cited as, hands down, the century's greatest dancer. From his debut in vaudeville at age six through his remarkable career as the star of many of the most popular Hollywood musicals ever captured on celluloid, Steps in Time celebrates the golden age of entertainment and its royalty, as seen through the eyes of the era's affable and adored prince. Illustrated with more than forty rare photographs from the author's personal collection, here is Astaire in all his debonair glory-his life, his times, his movies, and, above all, his magical screen appearances and enduring friendship with the most beloved of all his dancing partners, Ginger Rogers.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8 in (h) x 0.865 in (d)
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books
  • Biographies / Entertainment
 - Steps in Time: Fred Astaire An Autobiography
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Spanning nine decades and branded by the most trusted authority on film, Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Sci-Fi showcases 50 of the most shocking, weird, wonderful, and mind-bending movies ever made.

From A Trip to the Moon (1902) to Arrival (2016), science fiction cinema has produced a body of classics with a broader range of styles, stories, and subject matter than perhaps any other film genre. They are movies that embed themselves in the depths of the mind, coloring our view of day-to-day reality and probably fueling a few dreams (and nightmares) along the way.

In Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Sci-Fi, fifty unforgettable films are profiled, including beloved favorites like The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and Fantastic Voyage (1966), groundbreaking shockers like Planet of the Apes (1968) and Alien (1979), and lesser-known landmarks like Things to Come (1936) and Solaris (1972). Illustrated by astounding color and black-and-white images, the book presents the best of this mind-bending genre, detailing through insightful commentary and behind-the-scenes stories why each film remains essential viewing. A perfect gift for any film buff or sci-fi fanatic!

About the Author

Sloan De Forest is a writer, actor, and film historian who has written about film for Sony, Time Warner Cable, the Mary Pickford Foundation, and Bright Lights Film Journal. She has contributed essays to the books Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life by Manoah Bowman and Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman. She lives in Hollywood-mentally, spiritually, and geographically.

Roger William Corman is an American director, producer, and actor. He has been called "The Pope of Pop Cinema" and is known as a trailblazer in the world of independent film.

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  • With images throughout
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult
  • Performing Arts / Film / Genres / Science Fiction & Fantasy
De Forest, Sloan / Corman, Roger - Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies That Are Out of This World (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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The ultimate inside story of 60 Minutes, the program that has tracked and shaped the biggest moments in post-war American history.

From its almost accidental birth in 1968, 60 Minutes has set the standard for broadcast journalism, joining us in our living rooms each Sunday night to surprise us about the world. The show has profiled every major leader, artist, and movement of the past five decades, perfecting the news-making interview and inventing the groundbreaking TV expose. From legendary sit-downs with Richard Nixon in 1968 (in which he promised "to restore respect to the presidency") and Bill Clinton in 1992 (after the first revelations of infidelity) to landmark investigations into the tobacco industry, Lance Armstrong's doping, and the torture of prisoners in Abu-Ghraib, the broadcast has not just reported on our world but changed it too.

Now, Executive Producer Jeff Fager pulls back the curtain on how this remarkable journalism is done, taking the reader into the editing room with the show's brilliant producers and beloved correspondents, including hard-charging Mike Wallace, writer's-writer Morley Safer, soft-but-tough Ed Bradley, relentless Lesley Stahl, ace interviewer Charlie Rose, tireless Anderson Cooper, intrepid Scott Pelley, and illuminating storyteller Steve Kroft. He details the decades of human drama that have made the show's success possible: the ferocious (and encouraged) competition between correspondents, the door slamming, the risk-taking, and the pranks. Fager takes on the program's mistakes and describes what it learned from them. Above all, he reveals the essential tenets that have never changed: why founder Don Hewitt believed "hearing" a story is more important than seeing it, why the "small picture" is the best way to illuminate a larger one, and why the most memorable stories are almost always those with a human being at the center.

At once a sweeping portrait of fifty years of American cultural history and an intimate look at how the news gets made, Fifty Years of 60 Minutes shares the secret of what's made the nation's favorite TV program exceptional for all these years.

About the Author

Jeff Fager is in his fourteenth season as the Executive Producer of 60 Minutes. In 2011 he became the first chairman of CBS News and, drawing on the values of 60 Minutes, he led a revitalization of the news division, including the turnaround of CBS This Morning. He returned full-time to 60 Minutes in 2015. Fager was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He graduated from Colgate University in 1977 with a B.A. degree in English.

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  • With 4 color images throughout
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Performing Arts / Television
Jeff Fager - Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast
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Who You Gonna Call?

This collectible kit includes a mini replica of the ghost-debilitating proton pack and wand. Complete with light and sound features, this cool gadget allows aspiring Ghostbusters to light `em up and blast away if there's something strange in your neighborhood. Kit also includes full-color stickers.

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  • Series: Miniature Editions
  • Other Merchandise: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press
  • Humor
Running Press - Proton Pack and Wand Ghostbusters
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Third Edition of the definitive guide to classic films from one of America's most trusted film critics. Thanks to Netflix and cable television, classic films are more accessible than ever. Now co-branded with Turner Classic Movies, Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide covers films from Hollywood and around the world, from the silent era through 1965, and from The Maltese Falcon to Singin' in the Rain and Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Thoroughly revised and updated, and featuring expanded indexes, a list of Maltin's personal recommendations, and three hundred new entries-including many offbeat and obscure films-this third edition is a must-have companion for every movie lover.

The Author

Leonard Maltin lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Trim Size: 5.3 x 1.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Publisher: Plume
  • Movies / Entertainment / Reference
 - Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965: Third Edition (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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Turner Classic Movies & film historian Richard Corliss present Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate), the definitive, fully illustrated book that shares the many ways Hollywood has celebrated, vilified and otherwise memorialized dear old Mom. With a foreword written by Debbie Reynolds & her daughter Carrie Fisher, and sidebar essays by Eva Marie Saint, Illeana Douglas, Jane Powell, Sam Robards, & Tippi Hedren, this book is packed with an incredible collection of photographs and film stills. Mom in the Movies makes a great gift for any mom-and for anyone with a mother who oughta be in pictures. Here, you will meet the Criminal Moms, like Shelley Winters in Bloody Mama, and the eccentric Showbiz Moms, including those from Gypsy and Postcards from the Edge. You'll also find Great American Moms, as warm and nourishing as apple pie, in movies such as I Remember Mama and Places in the Heart, along with Surrogate Moms, like Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother, Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame, Dianne Wiest in Edward Scissorhands and Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. And who can forget the baddest mothers of all? No book on movie moms would be complete without Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate. From the cozy All-American mom to the terrifying Mommie Dearest or the protective Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, when it comes to mothers on the silver screen, it takes all kinds. With Mom in the Movies, Richard Corliss and Turner Classic Movies bring those many moms vividly to life, in words and pictures.

The Author

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM is the foremost authority in classic films. Richard Corliss is an esteemed film expert. The former editor of Film Comment, he has been a movie critic for Time magazine since 1980.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Trim Size: 8 3/8 x 10 7/8
  • 100 4/color photos throughout
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Non Fiction
  • Performing Arts
Richard Corliss - Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate) (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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For more than 50 years-in 200 comedy shorts, 25 feature films, and thousands of television, onstage, and personal appearances-The Three Stooges dished out their classic comedy mayhem to the delight of audiences of all ages around the world. And for the last 30 years, one book, indicative of the trio's enduring popularity and lasting legacy, has given fans the details they crave: The Three Stooges Scrapbook.

This lovingly assembled tribute to those cinematic clowns is a meticulously researched and written account of every aspect of the Stooges' lives and careers, copiously illustrated with more than 400 photographs and illustrations throughout. It is without doubt the most accurate and complete account of the Stooges' career and history ever written.

The only book to feature exclusive interviews with Stooges Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita and family members and friends, this authorized history is jam-packed with things Stooge fans want to know: intimate biographies; an in-depth, complete team history; information on Three Stooges merchandise, comic books, record albums, television appearances, and impersonators; and a filmography with details on every one of their films.

Now updated, The Three Stooges Scrapbook provides the most comprehensive coverage of the trio to date with a stunning wealth of material, including personal memories and reminisces, findings and revelations, historical facts and tidbits, and other addenda that will delight fans of all ages.

About the Author

Jeff Lenburg is an award-winning author of of more than thirty books, including several best-selling celebrity biographies. He and his twin brother Greg are the world's foremost authorities on the Three Stooges and longtime friends of Stooges Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita; they cowrote Joe Besser's autobiography Once a Stooge, Always a Stooge. Joan Howard Maurer is the daughter of Three Stooges founder Moe Howard and author of two editions of The Three Stooges Book of Scripts and Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
Lenburg, Jeff / Maurer, Joan Howard / Lenburg, Greg - The Three Stooges Scrapbook (Updated Edition)
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In the pre-Code Hollywood era, between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers, and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968.

Before then, women on screen had come in two varieties-sweet ingenue or vamp. Then two stars came along: Greta Garbo, who turned the femme fatale into a woman whose capacity for love and sacrifice made all other human emotions seem pale; and Norma Shearer, who succeeded in taking the ingenue to a place she'd never been: the bedroom. In their wake came a deluge of other complicated women-Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, and Mae West, to name a few. Then, in July 1934, the draconian Production Code became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later.

A thorough survey and a tribute to these films, Complicated Women reveals how this was the true Golden Age of women's films.

About the Author

Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and teaches a class at University of California at Berkeley on pre-Code film. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
 - Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood
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"Prince of Drones is the remarkable story of Reginald Denny, a forgotten luminary in Hollywood and aviation history. Kim Pucci's frank and compelling text, along with a trove of behind-the-scenes photographs, shines a light on Denny and brings him to life as an actor, family man, World War I fighter pilot, RC airplane hobbyist, and innovative visionary for military unmanned aircraft. It is the last category that will surprise most people. The tale of his trials and perseverance during the development of his

- Tony Chong, Bestselling Author and Sector Historian, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Aerospace Systems

"A story of stardom and early airplanes that spins like a propeller and reads like a captivating motion picture!"

- Pen Densham, Bestselling Author, Oscar Nominated Filmmaker, Motion Picture and Television Producer, Director, and Writer

"Kim Pucci has richly captured the essence of Old Hollywood through the life of iconic film legend, Reginald Denny. Not only did Denny star in over 200 films (silent and talkies), he was also a hit on Broadway and television. How he found the time and energy to also invent the drone is beyond comprehension, but his legacy lives on today because of it. A great read-I can't recommend it highly enough! Bravo, Kim!"

- Robin Hutton, New York Times Bestselling Author and Filmmaker

"Reginald Denny represents the early history of our American film industry and its connection to aviation. In Prince of Drones, Kim gallantly brings her grandfather's legendary legacy to life in this historically factual and magnificent account of the "Hollywood Drone-maker."

- Marc Wanamaker, Bestselling Historical Author, Award Winning Noted Hollywood and Film Historian

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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
Kimberly Pucci - Prince of Drones: The Reginald Denny Story
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A revelatory and touching tribute to the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds written by the person who knew them best, Todd Fisher-a poignant memoir filled with moving stories of growing up among Hollywood royalty and illustrated with never-before-seen photos and memorabilia.

"Poignant and joyous, genuine and reverential, Fisher's tribute to these larger-than-life creative ladies is a down-to-earth portrait of a loving mother and supportive sister."- Booklist

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses that occurred in less than twenty-four hours of each other. In the aftermath, the stunned public sought solace from Debbie's only remaining child, Todd Fisher, who somehow managed to retain his grace and composure as he confronted his own overwhelming grief.

Now, in this poignant, lively, and uplifting book, Todd pays homage to these two unsinkable women who shaped him, celebrating their outspoken legacies with a candid yet uproarious glimpse at life in their one-of-a-kind family. The children of "America's Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie and Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood, and here he shares stories from that incredible childhood-from dazzling parties to the MGM back lot-as he and Carrie learned to navigate life against the backdrop of Debbie's remarkable career. Detailing how this precocious youth and life with Debbie, a tender, hardworking career woman, set the stage for Carrie's own budding career and meteoric ascent in Star Wars, Todd sheds new light on Carrie's uneasy connection to fame and life as Debbie Reynolds's daughter.

Despite the success that surrounded all three of them, their lives were not without challenges, and Todd does not shy away from the family's most difficult moments. Speaking openly about Carrie's struggles with substance abuse and bipolar disorder as well as Debbie's lifelong difficulties with men, he provides an honest look at some of their most challenging times together, illustrating the depth of the bonds that connected the three of them, even as they were tested time and time again. He also examines the unfailing bravery that Carrie and Debbie each displayed as they dealt with their demons, demonstrating how through it all, no amount of darkness ever diminished their humor, talent, or spirit.

Equal parts love letter and family portrait, the end result is a deeply felt journey through love, laughter, and life with Carrie and Debbie. With thirty-two pages of never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from his family's private archives, My Girls is a moving account of two extraordinary women whose connection to each other proved so powerful not even death could separate them for long.

About the Author

Todd Fisher is a director, cinematographer, and producer of television, films, and documentaries. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife, Catherine Hickland.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
 - My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
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A lavish hardback containing Orson Welles' Portfolio, much of which has never been seen before.

Orson Welles, famous as an accomplished actor, writer, producer and visionary director, had originally aspired to become a musician or artist. Having studied at the Art Institute of Chicago for one summer, he continued to draw and paint throughout his life. The majority of his artwork, including costume and set designs and caricatures, has been unavailable to the public. Until now.

About the Author:

Braund edited the book The Greatest Movies You'll Never See and writes on cinema for Empire magazine, The Sunday Times, Q Magazine, The Observer, and Time Out

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
 - Orson Welles Portfolio: Sketches and Drawings from the Welles Estate
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For armchair travelers, film buffs, tourists, and city dwellers alike, Turner Classic Movies takes you on a one-of-a-kind tour of the cinematic sites of New York City.

Highlighting the great films set in the Big Apple since the dawn of cinema to the present, Cinematic Cities: New York City is both a trove of information including behind-the-scenes stories and trivia, and a practical guide full of tips on where to go, eat, drink, shop, and sleep to follow along the path of your favorite films set in NYC. Organized by neighborhood and featuring photographs and illustrated maps throughout, this is a love letter to the city and a one-of-a-kind history of the movies.

Featured films and locations include The Godfather, The Seven Year Itch, King Kong, North by Northwest, On the Town, West Side Story, When Harry Met Sally, the films of Woody Allen, and scores of others.

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Christian Blauvelt has been an entertainment and culture journalist for many years. He regularly appears on CBS New York to give previews of upcoming films and awards season analysis; has been a frequent contributor to BBC World News' Talking Movies; has hosted films on Turner Classic Movies; and has presented at South by Southwest and San Diego Comic-Con. Blauvelt is the author of books including Star Wars Made Easy, published by Random House, and is currently managing editor of the film industry and review website Indiewire. He lives in New York City.

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  • With images throughout
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
Christian Blauvelt - Cinematic Cities: New York: The Big Apple on the Big Screen (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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In Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film, a Shakespearean and a sociologist explore the fascination our popular culture has with Adolf Hitler. What made him . Hitler? Do our explanations tell us more about the perceiver than the actual historical figure? We ask such question by viewing the Hitler character in the movies. How have directors, actors, film critics, and audiences accounted for this monster in a medium that reflects public tastes and opinions?

The book first looks at comedic films, such as Chaplain's The Great Dictator or Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (1942), along with the Mel Brooks's 1983 version. Then, there is the Hitler of fantasy, from trash films like The Saved Hitler's Brain to a serious work like The Boys from Brazil where Hitler is cloned. Psychological portraits include Anthony Hopkins's The Bunker, the surreal The Empty Mirror, and Max, a portrait of Hitler in his days in Vienna as a would-be artist. Documentaries and docudramas range from Leni Reinfenstahl's iconic The Triumph of the Will or The Hidden Führer, to the controversial Hitler: A Film from Germany and Quentin Tarantino's fanciful Inglourious Basterds.

Hitler in the Movies also considers the ways Der Führer remains today, as a ghostly presence, if not an actual character. Why is he still with us in everything from political smears to video games to merchandise? In trying to explain this and the man himself, what might we learn about ourselves and our society?

About the Author:

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida and Visiting Professor at Jilin University in the People's Republic of China. The late Hernán Vera was Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; Reprint edition
Homan, Sidney / Vera, Hernan - Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Fuhrer on Film
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A romp through the worlds of film, fashion, and titillating journalism that made 1950s Rome the sexiest city on the planet.

From the ashes of World War II, Rome was reborn as the epicenter of film, fashion, creative energy, tabloid media, and bold-faced libertinism that made "Italian" a global synonym for taste, style, and flair. A confluence of cultural contributions created a bright, burning moment in history: it was the heyday of fashion icons such as Pucci, whose use of color, line, and superb craftsmanship set the standard for women's clothing for decades, and Brioni, whose confident and classy creations for men inspired the contemporary American suit. Rome's huge movie studio, Cinecitta, also known as "Hollywood-on-the Tiber," attracted a dizzying array of stars from Charleton Heston, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Frank Sinatra to that stunning and combustible couple, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who began their extramarital affair during the making of Cleopatra. And behind these stars trailed street photographers-Tazio Secchiarioli, Pierluigi Praturlon, and Marcello Gepetti-who searched, waited, and pounced on their subjects in pursuit of the most unflattering and dramatic portraits of fame.

Fashionistas, exiles, moguls, and martyrs flocked to Rome hoping for a chance to experience and indulge in the glow of old money, new stars, fast cars, wanton libidos, and brazen news photographers. The scene was captured nowhere better than in Federico Fellini's masterpiece, La Dolce Vita, starring Marcello Mastroianni and the Swedish bombshell Anita Ekberg. It was condemned for its licentiousness, when in fact Fellini was condemning the very excess, narcissism, and debauchery of Rome's bohemian scene.

Gossipy, colorful, and richly informed, Dolce Vita Confidential re-creates Rome's stunning ascent with vivid and compelling tales of its glitterati and artists, down to every last outrageous detail of the city's magnificent transformation.

About the Author

Shawn Levy is a former film critic for The Oregonian and the best-selling author of Rat Pack Confidential and Paul Newman: A Life. He reviews movies for KGW-TV and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • With photographs
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video / History & Criticism
Shawn Levy - Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome
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The films, the stars, the filmmakers-all get their due in Hollywood Black, a sweeping overview of blacks in film from the silent era through Black Panther, with striking photos and an engrossing history by award-winning author Donald Bogle.

The story opens in the silent film era, when white actors in blackface often played black characters, but also saw the rise of independent African American filmmakers, including the remarkable Oscar Micheaux. It follows the changes in the film industry with the arrival of sound motion pictures and the Great Depression, when black performers such as Stepin Fetchit and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson began finding a place in Hollywood. More often than not, they were saddled with rigidly stereotyped roles, but some gifted performers, most notably Hattie McDaniel in Gone With the Wind (1939), were able to turn in significant performances.

In the coming decades, more black talents would light up the screen. Dorothy Dandridge became the first African American to earn a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones (1954), and Sidney Poitier broke ground in films like The Defiant Ones and 1963's Lilies of the Field. Hollywood Black reveals the changes in images that came about with the evolving social and political atmosphere of the US, from the Civil Rights era to the Black Power movement. The story takes readers through Blaxploitation, with movies like Shaft and Super Fly, to the emergence of such stars as Cecily Tyson, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Whoopi Goldberg, and of directors Spike Lee and John Singleton.

The history comes into the new millennium with filmmakers Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Ava Du Vernay (Selma), and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther); megastars such as Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and Morgan Freeman; as well as Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, and a glorious gallery of others.

Filled with evocative photographs and stories of stars and filmmakers on set and off, Hollywood Black tells an underappreciated history as it's never before been told.

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Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in films and entertainment history. His nine books include the groundbreaking Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks; the award-winning Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams; the bestselling Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; and Brown Sugar, which the author adapted into a PBS documentary series. Bogle has appeared on numerous television and radio programs; and in such documentaries as Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American. He was a special commentator and consultant for Turner Classic Movies' award-winning series Race and Hollywood. Bogle teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Manhattan.

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  • With images throughout
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video / History & Criticism
Donald Bogle - Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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Get ready for your close-up with Galison's Hollywood Glamour Photo Props! Each set contains 10 sheets of pre-cut paper props, which pay homage to the golden age of film and its glamorous fashions. Illustrator Samantha Hahn lends watercolor elegance to a vintage movie camera, stylish top hat, classic jewelry, and more-all ready to attach to the included sticks. These photo props will add a touch of glam to any party!

  • 10 sheets
  • 21 pre-cut props
  • 15 bamboo sticks

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Samantha Hahn's lush and ethereal watercolors have been exhibited internationally. She works with a range of clients including Vogue Japan, the Paris Review, Elle Magazine, Marc Jacobs, Random House, Assouline, Abrams and Chronicle.

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  • Color and Black -and-white photos throughout
  • Novelty Book: 21 pages
  • Publisher: Galison
  • Books \ Fun
Galison / Hahn, Samantha - Hollywood Glamour Photo Props
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Los Angeles and the movies grew up together, and a natural extension of the picture business was the premium presentation of the product?the biggest, best, and brightest theatres imaginable. The magnificent movie palaces along Broadway in downtown Los Angeles still represent the highest concentration of vintage theatres in the world. With Hollywood and the movies practically synonymous, the theatres in the studios' neighborhood were state-of-the-art for showbiz, whether they were designed for film, vaudeville, or stage productions.

From the elegant Orpheum and the exotic Grauman's Chinese to the modest El Rey, this volume celebrates the architecture and social history of Los Angeles's unique collection of historic theatres past and present. The common threads that connect them all, from the grandest movie palace to the smallest neighborhood theatre, are stories and the ghosts of audiences past waiting in the dark for the show to begin.

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Suzanne Tarbell Cooper is the coauthor of Arcadia Publishing's Los Angeles Art Deco and Long Beach Art Deco.

Amy Ronnebeck Hall is the coauthor of Los Angeles Art Deco.

Marc Wanamaker, the author of more than a dozen books, owns Bison Archives, one of Southern California's largest repositories of historic photographs, from which these rare images were selected.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
Cooper, Suzanne Tarbell / Hall, Amy Ronnebeck - Theatres in Los Angeles (Images of America)
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Ultra-condensed and overflowing with more than 500 photographs, Film: A World History is the perfect gift for any movie connoisseur. In this compact, pocket-sized book, page after page is dedicated to significant cinematic movements, time lines that explore the evolution of the industry, and capsule biographies of great directors and actors and examinations of their oeuvre.

Organized chronologically and thematically, the book travels from the genesis of film through the two World Wars to the present, highlighting noteworthy examples of important genres, and showcasing the work of significant directors, including George Meliès, Walt Disney, Orson Welles, John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Steven Spielberg, and Quentin Tarantino. From Casablanca to The Godfather, Grace Kelly to Julia Roberts, Hollywood to Bollywood, Film: A World History takes the reader on a spectacular tour of the most unforgettable motion pictures from around the world.

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Daniel Borden, Florian Duÿsens, Thomas Gilbert, Adele Smith, and Heather Thompson are writers, journalists, and scholars who have written for numerous publications on the history, criticism, theory, and aesthetics of motion pictures. They live in Germany.

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  • 550 full-color and black-and-white illustrations
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
  • Performing Arts \ Film & Video
Daniel Borden  / Duysens,Florian / Gilbert,Thomas - Film: A World History
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Spanning nine decades and showcasing the most memorable songs, dazzling dancing, and brightest stars ever to grace the silver screen, Must-See Musicals is the guide to the greatest musicals of all time from the most trusted authority on film: Turner Classic Movies.

Movie musicals have been a part of pop culture since films began to talk, over nine decades ago. From The Jazz Singer in 1927 all the way to La La Land in modern times, musicals have sung and danced over a vast amount of territory, thrilling audiences the entire time. More than any other type of entertainment, musicals transport us to marvelous places: a Technicolor land over the rainbow in The Wizard of Oz; a romantic ballroom where, in Top Hat, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance cheek to cheek; a London theater where the Beatles perform before hysterical crowds in A Hard Day's Night; even to a seemingly alternate reality where eager throngs still throw rice as they watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show. These titles, and many more, show us that a great musical film is a timeless joy.

Covering fifty of the best spanning the dawn of sound to the high-def present, Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals-written by renowned musical historian Richard Barrios-is filled with lush illustrations as well as enlightening commentary and entertaining "backstage" stories about every one of these unforgettable films.

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RICHARD BARRIOS is the author of A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film, which was awarded the Theatre Library Association Prize. He has presented films at the Smithsonian Institute and the Film Forum; appeared as narrator in documentary films; and contributed audio commentaries to numerous DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Barrios lives in western New Jersey.

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  • Series: Color and black & white images throughout
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
Barrios, Richard / Feinstein, Michael - Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942.

It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood start to sacrifice her life in the War. The War Department offered Gable a funeral service with full military honors, but he refused it, knowing that his wife would not approve of such spectacle.

Based on extensive research rather than gossip, this investigation further explores the lives of the 21 others on the plane, including 15 members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and addresses one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. On a clear night full of stars, with TWA's most experienced pilot at the controls of a 10-month-old aircraft under the power of two fully functioning engines, why did the flight crash into that Nevada mountainside? This gripping page-turner presents the story of the people on the plane, the friends and families left behind, and the heroic first responders who struggled up a mountain hoping to perform a miracle rescue. It is a story of accomplishment, bravery, sacrifice, and loss.

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Robert Matzen is the author of bestselling books about Hollywood history, including Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe and Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3. He is a former NASA contractor, where he worked as a writer and filmmaker. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Communications
  • Biography & Autobiography \ Entertainment & Performing Arts
 - Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3
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This remarkable journey through the Hammer vault includes props, annotated script pages, unused poster artwork, production designs, rare promotional material and private correspondence. Hundreds of rare and previously unseen stills help to create a rich souvenir of Hammer's legacy, from the X certificate classics of the 1950s to the studio's latest productions. This new updated edition includes an extra chapter covering the years 2010 to 2015.

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Marcus Hearn is the acclaimed author of Titan's The Art of Hammer, Hammer Glamour and The Hammer Story (with Alan Barnes). His other books include authorised biographies of filmmakers George Lucas and Gerry Anderson, and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles' final world tour.

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  • Color images throughout
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
 - The Hammer Vault: Treasures from the Archive of Hammer Films
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After Betty Grable, but before there was Marilyn, America's penchant for popcorn blondes focused on LANA, the movie star who had it all: Looks to die for, money to burn, the romantic adulation of the world, and lovers who included the world's most desirable men. This expose of "The Ultimate Movie Star," is loaded with information that members of the movie-going public never knew. Tragic, myth-shattering, and uncensored, it focuses on MISS LANA TURNER, the most scandalous (and self-enchanted) of the blonde cult goddesses of the 1940s and beyond.

In her 1937 film, They Won't Forget, a 16-year-old Lana, without wearing a brassière, walked down the street with her boobs bouncing. Censors protested, but when it was shown, America cheered and nicknamed her "The Sweater Girl." From there, Lana competed with Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth as the pre-eminent pinup girl ("so many men, so little time") of World War II. Horny GIs referred to her as "the Girl We'd Like to Find in Every Port." From the start, her private life was marked with scandal: She aborted Mickey Rooney's baby; seduced a young John F. Kennedy; and fell for Frank Sinatra, who later caught her in bed with another love goddess, Ava Gardner. In the early 1940s, after a nationwide campaign promoting the sale of War Bonds, Carole Lombard frantically boarded a small plane headed back to Hollywood, suffering a fiery death when it crashed within 13 minutes of takeoff. The risk she took during that thunderstorm was motivated, it was said, by her obsession with rescuing her husband, Clark Gable, from the amorous clutches of Lana Turner. Tyrone Power-tall, dark, photogenic, and famous-eventually evolved into the greatest love of her life until the Aviator, Howard Hughes, arguably the most psychotic billionaire in the history of Hollywood, flew in to seduce both of them. Lana (aka "The Ziegfeld Girl") didn't hear The Postman Always Rings Twice because she was in bed with John Garfield. Later, in search of love, she spent a Weekend at the Waldorf before moving to Green Dolphin Street and later to the notorious Peyton Place, she found it during an experiment with an Imitation of Life. Gable took her to a Honky Tonk and vowed, "Somewhere I'll Find You," before their Homecoming reunion. With Ray Milland, she found A Life of Her Own before dancing to The Merry Widow waltz with sexy Fernando Lamas. Many notoriously hot men-many of them her filmmaking co-stars-lay in her future: Richard Burton, Sean Connery, and Errol "in like Flynn." Samson (Victor Mature) was said to be "Lana's Biggest Thrill." Lana rescued Peter Lawford from Elizabeth Taylor; Ricky Ricardo from Lucy; and, when not singing amore with Dean Martin, Kirk Douglas learned that she was Bad and Beautiful both on and off the screen. "The bombshell" once said, "I wanted one husband and seven babies, but I got the reverse-seven husbands and an only child!" She married Tarzan (Lex Barker) after his designation as "The Sexiest Man in the World," but the union ended when she caught him seducing her teenaged daughter. Opinions about Lana were as varied as her changing looks. "She was amoral," said MGM's CEO, Louis B. Mayer. Robert Taylor commented: "She was the type of woman a guy would risk five years in jail for rape." Gloria Swanson sniffed, "She wasn't even an actress.only a trollop." And Ronald Reagan--a man who later became U.S. president--asked, "In what cathouse did she learn those tricks?" And then there was that embarrassing murder: Did Lana fatally stab her gangster lover, Johnny Stompanato, known for his links to the Mob? Or was the heinous act committed by her daughter, a traumatized teenager who, after time in reform school, officially outed herself as a lesbian? How did these whirlwinds of scandal affect the gal who had it all? According to Lana, "I'd like to think that in some small way, I've helped to preserve the glamour and beauty and mystery of the movie industry."Never before has there been, until now, a definitive, uncensored, and comprehensive biography of "the Ultimate Movie Star," LANA TURNER. Until now.

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Hailed for their ability to skewer the inflated, long-standing myths and icons of American politics and show-biz, Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince are the world's most prolific and visible biographers of Hollywood celebrities. Residents of New York City, and winners of book awards from many literary competitions across the country, they're co-authors and co-producers, in partnership with Blood Moon Productions and the National Book Network, of streams of written entertainment about How America Interprets Its Celebrities.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
 - Lana Turner: Hearts & Diamonds Take All
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Clark Gable: A Biography

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For readers of classic Hollywood biographies, like Natasha and Cary Grant, and Clark Gable's many fans.

From a critically acclaimed Hollywood biographer, a candid, deliciously detailed portrait of the legendary movie star from his rough-and-tumble youth, his rise to success during the golden age of Hollywood, his relationship with Joan Crawford, his great love for Carole Lombard, and other aspects of his colorful life and career.

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WARREN G. HARRIS has written critically acclaimed biographies of Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and Sophia Loren, among others. He lives in New York City.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
 - Clark Gable: A Biography
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Harryhausen - The Movie Posters showcases the posters from all of Ray's movies, from 1949's Mighty Joe Young, to Clash of the Titans in 1981. There has never been a book published devoted solely to the promotional art associated with the films themselves. Featuring posters from all over the world, as well as commentary from The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, this is an essential addition to any fan's library.

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Richard Holliss is a freelance journalist specialising in the media. Work includes documentaries on animation, science fiction and film comedy for BBC Network Radio. The author of The Disney Studio Story and The James Bond Fact File, Richard has also written reviews and features for numerous film publications including Starburst, Home Cinema Choice, Dark Side, Fantastic Fifties and Sight and Sound. Other work includes hosting film events for the British Film Institute and editing the UK edition of Starlog magazine.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books
  • Performing Arts / Film / Genres / Science Fiction & Fantasy
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The Annotated Big Sleep

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The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler's 1939 classic The Big Sleep, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem, features hundreds of illuminating notes and images alongside the full text of the novel, and is an essential addition to any crime fiction fan's library. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL.

A masterpiece of noir, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep helped to define a genre and remains one of the most celebrated and stylish novels of the twentieth century. Now, this comprehensive annotated edition offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the novel, bringing the gritty and seductive world of Chandler's iconic private eye Philip Marlowe into full color. Notes on the historical context of Chandler's Los Angeles; excerpts from the author's personal letters and source texts; explorations of the issues of gender, sexuality, and race that permeate the story; and important interpretations and clarifications enrich the reader's understanding and situate the novel within the tradition of crime fiction that Chandler both built upon and made new.

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Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

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  • Series: A Philip Marlowe Novel
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Literary Criticism / Mystery & Detective
 - The Annotated Big Sleep
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Living with Grace is a captivating look at the elegant and unforgettable Grace Kelly who has been an inspiration for many and whose legacy enlightens a new generation of fans.

Poised, cultured, and unforgettable, Grace Kelly had the aura of a princess, even before she was crowned. She exuded grace, polish, flair, and serenity as a fashion icon, actor, and humanitarian. Living with Grace is a captivating look at this elegant woman who has been an inspiration for many and whose legacy enlightens a new generation of fans. Seldom seen photos and outtakes are complimented by inspiring quotes from and about Grace and the famous roles she played. These words and images highlight what made her so iconic on film and in life.

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Mary Mallory is a motion picture historian. She is the author of Hollywoodland, Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays, Hollywood at Play, and A Little Barn Started It All: The History of Hollywood Heritage's Lasky DeMille Barn. She is also a blogger on Los Angeles and motion picture history for the LA Daily Mirror. She lives in California.

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  • With images
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
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Anne Bancroft: A Life

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The first full-length biography of the woman critics hailed as America's greatest actor

"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" These famous lines from The Graduate (1967) would forever link Anne Bancroft (1931--2005) to the groundbreaking film and confirm her status as a movie icon. Along with her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in the stage and film drama The Miracle Worker, this role was a highlight of a career that spanned a half-century and brought Bancroft an Oscar, two Tonys, and two Emmy awards.

In the first biography to cover the entire scope of Bancroft's life and career, Douglass K. Daniel brings together interviews with dozens of her friends and colleagues, never-before-published family photos, and material from film and theater archives to present a portrait of an artist who raised the standards of acting for all those who followed. Daniel reveals how, from a young age, Bancroft was committed to challenging herself and strengthening her craft. Her talent (and good timing) led to a breakthrough role in Two for the Seesaw, which made her a Broadway star overnight. The role of Helen Keller's devoted teacher in the stage version of The Miracle Worker would follow, and Bancroft also starred in the movie adaption of the play, which earned her an Academy Award. She went on to appear in dozens of film, theater, and television productions, including several movies directed or produced by her husband, Mel Brooks. Anne Bancroft: A Life offers new insights into the life and career of a determined actress who left an indelible mark on the film industry while remaining true to her art.

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Douglass K. Daniel is a journalist and biographer. His previous books are Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks; Harry Reasoner: A Life in the News; and Lou Grant: The Making of TV's Top Newspaper Drama. He is an editor and writer with the Washington, DC, bureau of the Associated Press.

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  • With black & white photographs
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
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Roger Ebert

The Great Movies

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America's most trusted and best-known film critic Roger Ebert presents one hundred brilliant essays on some of the best movies ever made.

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. The Great Movies 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.

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, The Great Movies is a treasure trove for film lovers of all persuasions, an unrivaled guide for viewers, and a book to return to again and again.

The Great Movies includes: 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  and eighty-five more films.

About the Author

Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013, and was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. His television program, Ebert and Roeper, was syndicated in more than two hundred markets. His books include Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook, Roger Ebert's Book of Film, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, and The Perfect London Walk. He lived in Chicago.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
Roger Ebert - The Great Movies
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