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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
 - Light and Sound Communicator Star Trek
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This is classic Hollywood history as told through the life and career of one of its most iconic actresses. The book benefits tremendously from the author's meeting with Olivia de Havilland after he was assigned to handle her projected memoir at the Delacorte Press in 1973. Amburn also knew many of the key figures in her life and career, a veritable pantheon of Hollywood royalty from the 30s, 40s, and 50s: Jimmy Stewart, George Cukor, and David O. Selznick, and he was an editor at William Morrow when the company published the autobiography of de Havilland's difficult sister Joan Fontaine.

Superbly researched and full of delicious anecdotes about Clark Gable, John Huston, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Montgomery Clift, Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Bette Davis--particularly the bloody, bone-crunching fistfight Flynn and Huston waged over Olivia--this book not only profiles one of the finest actresses of her time, but also the culture of the film industry's Golden Age. It details de Havilland's relationships with the men who sought her--Howard Hughes, Jimmy Stewart, Errol Flynn, John F. Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, and John Huston, as well as her friendships with Grace Kelly, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Ronald Reagan, Victor Fleming, and Ingrid Bergman.

Woven throughout this biography is de Havilland's feud with her reckless and beautiful sister and archrival for men and movie roles, Joan Fontaine, a lifelong conflict that lays bare the complex character of both women. Joan, whose arch behavior is dissected in the author's interview with her Morrow publicist, tried to hijack Howard Hughes, who'd asked Olivia to marry him. He also proposed to Joan. Here, too, are the fabulous and often surprising back stories of her 49 films, including Gone With the Wind, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Snake Pit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and the two for which she won Oscars, The Heiress and To Each His Own.

The account of the filming of Gone With the Wind is unique in that the author interviewed many of the people involved in the epic making of this masterpiece as Lois Dwight Cole, who discovered the novel, producer David O. Selznick, director George Cukor, agents Kay Brown and Annie Laurie Williams, Radie Harris, Vivien Leigh's closest friend in the press, and both Edie Goetz and Irene Mayer Selznick, daughters of Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, the studio that funded, released, and ended up owning Gone With the Wind. Also included in this biography are Olivia's adventures with Bette Davis. They appeared together in four movies and Davis tried to destroy her, but Olivia stood up to Davis as no other actress had ever dared to do. She won Davis's respect, and by the time they made their biggest hit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, a lasting friendship had blossomed. Undertaking a joint national publicity tour, they attracted mobs of boisterous fans and, in private, reminisced about the Golden Age of movies, evaluated the current crop of stars, and exchanged observations about love goddesses, nudity, and parenthood.

About the Author

A 1954 graduate of Texas Christian University, Ellis Amburn worked as a reporter for Newsweek before going into the book publishing industry where, he rose to the position of editor, working for such well-known publishers as Delacorte Press, Coward-McCann, and William Morrow. During his career, Amburn was an editor for such authors as John le Carré, Belva Plain, Muriel Spark, Joshua Logan and Jack Kerouac, who would be the subject of Amburn's 1998 book Subterranean Kerouac. Amburn served as editorial director for G. P. Putnam's Sons and in addition worked as a ghostwriter for Priscilla Presley, Shelley Winters, Peggy Lee and Zsa Zsa Gabor. In 1990, he produced his first biography on fellow Texan Roy Orbison. Amburn lives in High Springs, Florida, outside of Gainesville and in Tifton, Georgia.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
 - Olivia de Havilland and the Golden Age of Hollywood
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Ghostbusters: P.K.E. Meter

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This deluxe kit includes a 4" mini replica of the Psychokinetic Energy (P.K.E.) Meter from the 1984 classic film, Ghostbusters!

Complete with light and sound features, this cool gadget will help aspiring Ghostbusters to locate and track anything strange in their neighborhood, be it a ghost, paranormal substances, or a cursed artifact. Kit also includes a mini book of full-color stickers.

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  • Format Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions
  • Performing Arts / Film / Genres / Science Fiction & Fantasy
 - Ghostbusters: P.K.E. Meter
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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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John Wayne Cast Iron Official Cookbook

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Discover what America's most enduring icon loved to create with cast iron in this deluxe cookbook full of rare family and film photos, along with personal anecdotes and heartwarming stories.

Cast iron cooking is as American as John Wayne. Everyone is rediscovering the joy of cooking with classic cast iron. Cast iron cooking is popular in most kitchens with its even heating, and the ability to use it in the kitchen, on the grill or over an open fire. The John Wayne Cast Iron Cookbook pairs down home John Wayne inspired recipes with tips, sidebars and stories that will appeal to any fan and inspire many to create sumptuous hearty meals for the entire family.

About the Author

The Editors of The Official John Wayne Magazine publish a highly successful bimonthly magazine with a circulation of over 225,000 copies worldwide. The John Wayne magazine boasts a devoted loyal following dedicated to his memory. The John Wayne brand includes a successful, growing line of cookbooks and cookware.

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  • With color images
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Media Lab Books
  • Cooking / Methods
 - John Wayne Cast Iron Official Cookbook
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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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The Essential Humphrey Bogart

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This book looks at approximately 45 of the best movies featuring screen icon Humphrey Bogart, from his early films as a second lead to his starring roles in such classics as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen.

Many film fans consider Humphrey Bogart the ultimate star of Hollywood's golden era. He rose from supporting roles in the early 1930s to become a superstar by the end of the decade. Bogart appeared in more classic films than just about any other actor in American cinema. In addition to The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, and The African Queen, Bogart starred in dozens of other highly regarded films until his death in 1956. In The Essential Humphrey Bogart, Constantine Santas looks at the most important films of this Hollywood legend's career. Along with the established classics, this book discusses other films that showcase Bogart's superb acting talents, such as High Sierra, To Have and Have Not, Key Largo, In a Lonely Place, Beat the Devil, The Caine Mutiny, Sabrina, and The Desperate Hours. Presented in chronological order, these films chart the actor's ascent from stereotypical roles as gangsters in The Petrified Forest and Dead End to iconic roles like that of Sam Spade, Rick Blaine, and Philip Marlowe. In all of these performances Bogart showed his versatility, playing a variety of characters from tough detectives and war heroes to a lawyer, writer, gold prospector, river rat, and even a priest. Containing a brief biographical sketch of the actor, this volume then looks at each of Bogart's most significant films. Each entry states why the particular movie was included and is followed by a plot analysis, critical views from film historians, and DVD/Blu-ray availability. A key to the ranking system helps the reader select what film to view at his or her leisure. Highlighting more than thirty-five films, The Essential Humphrey Bogart is a must-have companion for every fan of this actor's work and will no doubt introduce viewers to other films to put on their must-see list.

About the Author

Constantine Santas is professor emeritus and former chair in the Department of English at Flagler College, Florida. He is the author of Responding to Film, The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster, and The Epic Films of David Lean, as well as coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Epic Films, all published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
 - The Essential Humphrey Bogart
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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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Film noir is all about style, even more than it is about crime.

The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and an iconography all its own. During noir's golden age, studios commissioned these arresting illustrations for even the lowliest "B" thriller. The Art of Noir is the first book to present this striking artwork in a lavishly produced, large-format, full-color volume. The more than 300 dazzling posters and other promotional material range from the classics to rare archive films such as The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Blonde Kiss. With rare offerings from around the world and background information on the illustrators, The Art of Noir is the ultimate companion for movie buffs and collectors, as well as artists and designers.

About the Author

Eddie Muller, "The Czar of Noir," is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, and provides commentary for noir films and specials on Turner Classic Movies. He created his own graphics firm, St. Francis Studio, and is the author of Grindhouse, Dark City Dames, and Dark City. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
 - The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Film Noir
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"[An] excellent book. Author Arnold distills why each movie is a must-see, and augments his knowledgeable text with sidebar quotes from various TCM hosts... Handsomely designed and packed with great photos, The Essentials would be a perfect gift for a young person who's just dipping his or her toe into these waters.but I found it equally appealing." -Leonard Maltin, leonardmaltin.com

"An entertaining read... Beautifully-designed and illustrated... Author Jeremy Arnold does a superb job presenting the reasons why a particular film matters." -Raymond Benson, Cinema Retro

Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter by Jeremy Arnold with foreword by Robert Osborne. Spanning eight decades of films and featuring the brightest stars ever to grace the silver screen, The Essentials is THE guide to must-see movies from the most trusted authority on film-Turner Classic Movies.

Showcasing 52 Essential films from the golden age to the present, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. These are movies that define what it means to be a classic. Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival.

About the Author

Jeremy Arnold is a writer and film historian who has written more than 500 programming articles for TCM.com and has contributed to Moviemaker, Variety, Premiere, and DGA magazines. He has recorded audio commentaries for the DVD releases of several classic films and is the author of Lawrence of Arabia: The Fiftieth Anniversary, a coffee-table book companion to that film's Blu-ray release. Jeremy resides in Los Angeles.

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  • Color and B&W photos throughout
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video / Guides & Reviews
Arnold, Jeremy / Osborne, Robert - The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds-an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising again to the top-that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present

In the closing pages of her 1988 autobiography Debbie: My Life, Debbie Reynolds wrote about finding her "brave, loyal, and loving" new husband. After two broken marriages, this third, she believed, was her lucky charm. But within a few years, Debbie discovered that he had betrayed her emotionally and financially, nearly destroying her life.

Today, she says, "When I read the optimistic ending of my last memoir now, I can't believe how naïve I was when I wrote it. In Unsinkable, I look back at the many years since then, and share my memories of a film career that took me from the Miss Burbank Contest of 1948 to the work I did in 2012. . . . To paraphrase Bette Davis: Fasten your seatbelts, I've had a bumpy ride."

Unsinkable shines a spotlight on the resilient woman whose talent and passion for her work have endured for more than six decades. In her engaging, down-to-earth voice, Debbie shares private details about her man and money troubles, including building and losing both her Las Vegas dream hotel and her treasured Hollywood memorabilia collection. Yet no matter how difficult the problems, the show always goes on.

Debbie also invites us into the close circle of her family life, speaking with deep affection and honesty about her relationships with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher. She looks back at her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age-"the most magical time you could imagine," including her lifelong friendship with (and years-long estrangement from) the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Here, too, are stories that never reached the tabloids about numerous celebrities such as Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger, Gene Kelly, and many more. She takes us on a guided tour through her movies with delightful, often hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes about every film in which she was involved, from 1948 to the present.

Frank and forthright, and featuring dozens of previously unseen photos from her personal collection, Unsinkable is a poignant reminder that there is light in the darkest times. It is a revealing portrait of a woman whose determination is an inspiration.

About the Author

Debbie Reynolds, often referred to as "America's Sweetheart," is an actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, and author best known for her leading roles in Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and on TV as Bobbi Adler in Will & Grace. After more than sixty years in the entertainment industry, she is truly a Hollywood icon. Today, she continues to thrive, performing her one-woman show around the world, making films and television appearances, and writing a weekly syndicated advice column. She lives in Beverly Hills, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Biography & Autobiography \ Personal Memoirs
Reynolds, Debbie / Hannaway, Dorian - Debbie Reynolds: Unsinkable: A Memoir
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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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Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents Star Wars trivia in an all-new way-through playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda's idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin's management decisions, Star Wars Super Graphic shines a new light on the much-adored universe. Equal parts playful and informative, this visual love letter to the vast Star Wars universe will enchant fans of all ages.

About the Author

Tim Leong is the design director at Entertainment Weekly magazine, founder of the Eisner Award-nominated Comic Foundry magazine, and author of Super Graphic. He lives in New York.

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  • Series: Star Wars
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Art / Popular Culture
 - Hammer Glamour: Classic Images From the Archive of Hammer Films
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Charlie Chaplin once said, "Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot."

Chaplin released the first of his four autobiographies in 1916 when he was on top of the world. He had just signed to appear in films for Mutual Company for the massive sum of $670,000. Three years earlier, he was earning $150 per week.

However, within weeks of its release, his autobiography was withdrawn by its publisher, and all copies were thought to have been destroyed due to accusations of "ghost-writing" and Chaplin being less than accurate with the truth of his life.

Charlie Chaplin's Own Story covers Chaplin's earliest life through his first brushes with fame and depicts Chaplin as he wished to be seen in 1916. Its naivete and pseudo-Dickensian portrayal of Chaplin's childhood give us an invaluable glimpse into the psyche of the man behind "The Little Tramp."

Honoring the 130th anniversary of Chaplin's birth, this unique edition is illustrated with more than 20 black-and-white photographs. Professor Harry M. Geduld provides a unique and authoritative introduction to Chaplin's earliest theatrical career, which Chaplin himself discussed only sporadically.

About the Author

Harry M. Geduld was the founder of Indiana University's Film Studies Program and its first Director of Film Studies. He is the author of more than 20 books including Birth of the Talkies, Prince of Publishers, and Filmguide to Henry V.

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Harry M. Geduld - Charlie Chaplin's Own Story
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Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"An inspiring story that manages to be painful, honest, shocking, bawdy and hilarious." -The New York Times Book Review

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn't beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money-as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman-to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she's still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can't avoid being funny-it's just who she is, whether she's plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person's mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is-humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she's ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

About the Author

Tiffany Haddish is a comedian, actress, and producer who was the breakout star of the smash comedy Girls Trip, where she appeared as the scene-stealing "Dina" alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall. Her additional film and television work includes The Last O.G., Night School, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, and a turn as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Her debut stand-up special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood, debuted on Showtime in August 2017. In November 2017, she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Humor / Topic / Adult
Tiffany Haddish - The Last Black Unicorn
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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
 - Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies That Are Out of This World (Turner Classic Movies, TCM)
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Dave Itzkoff

Robin

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From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, 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.

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 Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.

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, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

About the Author

Dave Itzkoff is the author of Mad as Hell, Cocaine's Son, and Lads. He is a culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music, and popular culture. He previously worked at Spin, Maxim, and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, and other publications. He lives in New York City.

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  • With images
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Dave Itzkoff - Robin
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Go under the hood of the Ghostbusters' iconic car and discover the secrets of the team's ghoul-trapping gadgets with this comprehensive users manual for Ecto-1 and the equipment it carries.

Discover the secrets of the Ghostbusters' iconic specter-smashing automobile, Ecto-1, with this comprehensive owner's workshop manual. Along with a detailed breakdown of Ecto-1's capabilities and exclusive cutaway images that show the car's souped-up engine and onboard ghost-tracking equipment, the book also focuses on the Ghostbusters' portable tools of the trade, including proton packs, ghost traps, and PKE meters. The book also looks at various models of Ecto-1, including the Ecto-1A from Ghostbusters II and the version of Ecto-1 seen in 2016's Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. Featuring commentary from familiar characters, including Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Jillian Holtzmann, Ghostbusters: Ectomobile: Owner's Workshop Manual is the ultimate guide to the Ghostbusters' legendary vehicles and the ghost-catching equipment the cars haul from one job to the next.

About the Author

Troy Benjamin is a Los Angeles-based author who has written exhaustive fan guides, including the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Declassified book series and was a co-writer of the official Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's also written and produced several Ghostbusters-based projects over the years, including fansites, podcasts, and more.

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  • Series: Ghosrbusters
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions
  • Fiction / Media Tie-In
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In 1931 Universal Studios released Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. This box office success was followed by a string of films featuring macabre characters and chilling atmospherics, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man. With each new film, Universal established its place in the Hollywood firmament as the leading producer of horror films, a status it enjoyed for more than twenty years.

In The Monster Movies of Universal Studios, James L. Neibaur examines the key films produced by the studio from the early 1930s through the mid-1950s. In each entry, the author recounts the movie's production, provides critical commentary, considers the film's commercial reception, and offers an overall assessment of the movie's significance. Neibaur also examines the impact these films had on popular culture, an influence that resonates in the cinema of fear today.

From the world premiere of Dracula to the 1956 release of The Creature Walks among Us, Universal excelled at scaring viewers of all ages-and even elicited a few chuckles along the way by pitting their iconic creatures against the comedic pair of Abbott and Costello. The Monster Movies of Universal Studios captures the thrills of these films, making this book a treat for fans of the golden age of horror cinema.

About the Author

James L. Neibaur is a film historian and educator who has written hundreds of articles, including more than forty essays in the Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of several books on film, including The Fall of Buster Keaton (2010), Chaplin at Keystone (2012), The Silent Films of Harry Langdon (2012), and The Charley Chase Talkies (2013), all published by Scarecrow. He is also the author of The Elvis Movies (2014), The Clint Eastwood Westerns, (2015), The Essential Mickey Rooney (2016), and The Essential Jack Nicholson (2017)-all published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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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
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From the editors of Duke In His Own Words, this leather-bound collection of quotes, anecdotes and advice for living life like Duke makes a great gift for John Wayne fans.

John Wayne was more than a movie star. He was a symbol for everything good and decent about America, inspiring everyday people to reach just a little bit more and try a little bit harder. During his 72 years and more than 150 movies, John Wayne imparted a seemingly-endless amount of advice, wisdom and good old-fashioned common sense to his audiences, and that wealth of knowledge has been collected together for the first time by the people who loved and knew him best. The John Wayne Code is filled with the icon's most insightful quotes, personal stories from his family and friends, and advice for how to be a better person. This personal collector's item encased in faux leather with gilded edges makes the perfect companion for any fan of Duke's who wants to make their life a little more legendary.

About the Author

The Editors of The Official John Wayne Magazine publish a highly successful bimonthly magazine with a circulation of over 225,000 copies worldwide. The John Wayne magazine boasts a devoted loyal following dedicated to his memory.

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Media Lab Books
  • Reference / Quotations
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For the 75th anniversary of its premiere-the incredible story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films.

Casablanca was first released in 1942, just two weeks after the city of Casablanca itself surrendered to American troops led by General Patton. Featuring a pitch-perfect screenplay, a classic soundtrack, and unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and a deep supporting cast, Casablanca was hailed in the New York Times as "a picture that makes the spine tingle and the heart take a leap." The film won Oscars for best picture, best director, and best screenplay, and would go on to enjoy more revival screenings than any other movie in history. It became so firmly ensconced in the cultural imagination that, as Umberto Eco once said, Casablanca is "not one movie; it is `movies.' "

We'll Always Have Casablanca is celebrated film historian Noah Isenberg's rich account of this most beloved movie's origins. Through extensive research and interviews with filmmakers, film critics, family members of the cast and crew, and diehard fans, Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind Casablanca's production, exploring the transformation of the unproduced stage play into the classic screenplay, the controversial casting decisions, the battles with Production Code censors, and the effect of the war's progress on the movie's reception. Isenberg particularly focuses on the central role refugees from Hitler's Europe played in the production (nearly all of the actors and actresses cast in Casablanca were immigrants).

Finally, Isenberg turns to Casablanca's long afterlife and the reasons it remains so revered. From the Marx Brothers' 1946 spoof hit, A Night in Casablanca, to loving parodies in New Yorker cartoons, Saturday Night Live skits, and Simpsons episodes, Isenberg delves into the ways the movie has lodged itself in the American psyche.

Filled with fresh insights into Casablanca's creation, production, and legacy, We'll Always Have Casablanca is a magnificent account of what made the movie so popular and why it continues to dazzle audiences seventy-five years after its release.

About the Author

Noah Isenberg is director of screen studies and professor of culture and media at The New School, the author of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins and editor of Weimar Cinema, and the recipient of an NEH Public Scholar Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • With illustrations
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
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Shirley Temple: American Princess

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At the age of five, Shirley Temple became the world's most famous and acclaimed child-the most talented, beautiful child performer ever to capture the public's imagination. By the time she was ten, she had either met or had received words of admiration from almost everyone of distinction. Nine-tenths of the world could recognize her on sight. She single-handedly cheered an entire nation caught in the firm grip of a depression. Her films saved a major studio from bankruptcy. She earned more than the President of the United States and lived in her own junior-sized San Simeon.

As lionized, idolized and protected as royalty, Shirley Temple was the one and only American Princess. Shirley Temple is brought into focus in this definitive, intimate portrait of her as a child and as the woman that child became: a woman forced to live her entire life in the shadow of her own past glory. We follow the tumultuous events and disappointments that marked Shirley Temple's meteoric rise to unprecedented fame as a child star, her fall as an adolescent who had outgrown her appeal, and her surprising ascent into a word figure as ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of Protocol for the United States, and Ambassador to Ghana; her "princess in the tower" upbringing that isolated her from friends and real child's play and from studio co-workers as well; her obsessive relationship with her mother, Gertrude, who lived her life through her famous daughter; her power over one of Hollywood's greatest despots-Darryl Zanuck; her fairy-tale marriage to John Agar that became a nightmare filled with flaunted infidelities and alcoholism; her romance with Charles Black and her transformation from film start to society matron, television tycoon, to American diplomat; her courageous battle with cancer; and her ever-present realization that "little Shirley Temple's" greatness would always exceed that of the grown woman.

Shirley Temple's most notable diplomatic achievement was her appointment by President H.W. Bush as the first and only female ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She was present during the Velvet Revolution, which brought about the end of Communism in the country, and she played a critical role in hastening the end of the Communist regime by openly sympathizing with anti-Communist dissidents and later establishing formal diplomatic relations with the newly elected government led by Václav Havel. She took the unusual step of personally accompanying Havel on his first official visit to Washington, riding along on the same plane. Anne Edwards has had the cooperation of those who have been closest to Shirley Temple in all stages of her unique life. She has written a book that does not spare the truth, and is as glittering an expose of Hollywood and its power brokers as any bestselling novel of that genre. Shirley Temple: American Princess is a moving and inspirational story that gives great insight into the privileged corridors of fame and glory where only the legendary figures of our times have walked.

About the Author

Anne Edwards is the New York Times bestselling author of Vivien Leigh: A Biography and Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor as several other biographies, novels, and children's books. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
  • Biography & Autobiography \ Entertainment & Performing Arts
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This book provides profiles of characters who were featured in some of the most popular television shows from the 1950s. Each entry includes personal details that were revealed during each show's run: names, addresses, maiden names, nicknames, date of births, phone numbers, relatives, and other fascinating details.

Often regarded as the first golden era of television, the 1950s was a decade when many classic programs-from I Love Lucy and Gunsmoke to The Honeymooners and Perry Mason, among others-made their debuts. Even after these shows departed the airwaves, they lived on in syndication, entertaining several generations of viewers.

Devoted and casual fans alike can probably remember basic facts about these shows-like the names of Lucy and Ricky's neighbors or the town where Marshall Matt Dillon kept the law. But more elusive facts, like the location of the most successful defense attorney in Los Angeles (Suite 904 of the Brent Building), might be harder to recall. In Great TV Shows of the 1950s: Characters, Settings, and Other Essential Facts, Vincent Terrace presents readers with a cornucopia of information about 100 programs from the decade. Did you know, for example, that the middle initial of Dobie Gillis' friend Maynard G. Krebs, stood for Walter? Or that Ralph Kramden's electric bill came to only 39 cents a month? Or that on I Love Lucy, Ricky originally performed at Manhattan's Tropicana Club? These are but a few of the hundreds of fun and intriguing trivia facts contained within this volume. Shows from all four networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and DuMont)-as well as select syndicated programs-are represented here.

This is not a book of opinions or essays about specific television programs, but a treasure trove of the facts associated with each of these programs. Readers will discover a wealth of fascinating information that, for the most part, cannot be found anywhere else. In some cases, the factual data detailed herein is the only such documentation that exists currently on bygone shows of the era. Great TV Shows of the 1950s is the ideal reference for fans of this decade and anyone looking to stump even the most knowledgeable trivia expert.

About the Author

Vincent Terrace is a television historian for BPOLIN Productions, a film-TV production company. He has written more than thirty books, including Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed. (2011) and Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949 (Scarecrow, 2013).

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Performing Arts / Television
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The history of Hollywood is often seen only through the lens of the major studios, forgetting that many of Tinseltown's early creations came from micro-studios stretched along Sunset Boulevard in an area disparagingly known as Poverty Row.

Here, the first wave of West Coast moviemakers migrated to the tiny village of Hollywood, where alcohol was illegal, actors were unwelcome, and cattle were herded down the unpaved streets. Most Poverty Row producers survived from film to film, their fortunes tied to the previous week's take from hundreds of nickelodeon tills.

They would routinely script movies around an event or disaster, often creating scenarios using sets from more established productions, when the bosses weren't looking, of course. Poverty Row quickly became a generic term for other fly-by-night studios throughout the Los Angeles area. Their struggles to hang on in Hollywood were often more intriguing than the serialized cliffhangers they produced.

About the Author

E.J. Stephens is a historian, writer, and tour guide from Newhall, California. Marc Wanamaker is a founder of the Hollywood Heritage Museum. In 1973, he established Bison Archives, one of Southern California's most notable repositories of entertainment heritage. Images of America: Early Poverty Row Studios is their fourth cowritten Arcadia publication.

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  • Series: Images of America
  • With images throughout
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
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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
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"A frank, intriguing memoir." --People

"Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos." --The New York Times Book Review

"Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence, gentle humor, and a clear, sweet, surprisingly powerful voice . . . In warmly nostalgic later chapters, the book begins to glow." --Entertainment Weekly

"A delightful remembrance of her own childhood, and an engrossing prelude to her cinematic career . . . Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Frank and fascinating . . . Andrews comes across as plainspoken, guilelessly charming and resoundingly tough." -Time

In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie Andrews takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America.

About the Author

Julie Andrews' career has flourished over seven decades. Most recently she's played the queen in both the Princess Diaries and Shrek films. Her bestselling children's books include The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Mandy, and The Great American Mousical. She currently lives with her husband of 38 years, the acclaimed film director Blake Edwards, and they have five children and seven grandchildren.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
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Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the Master of Suspense and the most widely recognized film director of all time. In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films - including The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds - Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his life and extraordinary work, challenging perceptions of Hitchcock as the "macabre Englishman" and sexual obsessive, and reveals instead the ingenious craftsman, trickster, provocateur, and romantic.With insights into his relationships with Hollywood legends - such as Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly - as well as his 54-year marriage to Alma Reville and his inspirations in the thriller genre, the book is full of the same dark humor, cliffhanger suspense, and revelations that are synonymous with one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in cinema.

The Author

Patrick McGilligan is the author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light; Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast; and George Cukor: A Double Life; and books on the lives of directors Nicholas Ray, Robert Altman, and Oscar Micheaux, and actors James Cagney, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. He also edited the acclaimed five-volume Backstory series of interviews with Hollywood screenwriters and (with Paul Buhle), the definitive Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, not far from Kenosha, where Orson Welles was born.

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  • Trimsize: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 1.781 in (d)
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books
  • Biography / Autobiography / Entertainment / Performing Arts
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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
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Dashiell Hammett

The Thin Man

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In Dashiell Hammett's famous crime novel, we meet one of the detective-story master's most enchanting creations, Nick and Nora Charles, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a classic murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

About the Author

Dashiell Samuel Hammett worked as a detective before he turned to writing, and in the late 1920s Hammett became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. In The Maltese Falcon (1930) he first introduced his famous private eye, Sam Spade. The Thin Man (1932) offered another immortal sleuth, Nick Charles. Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most successful novels. Hammett's later life was marked in part by ill health, alcoholism, a period of imprisonment related to his alleged membership in the Communist Party, and by his long-time companion, the author Lillian Hellman, with whom he had a very volatile relationship. His attempt at autobiographical fiction survives in the story "Tulip," which is contained in the posthumous collection The Big Knockover (1966, edited by Lillian Hellman). Another volume of his stories, The Continental Op (1974, edited by Stephen Marcus), introduced the final Hammett character: the "Op," a nameless detective (or "operative") who displays little of his personality, making him a classic tough guy in the hard-boiled mold-a bit like Hammett himself.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Fiction / Mystery & Detective
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Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye

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In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

About the Author

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: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Fiction / Mystery & Detective
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Farewell, My Lovely

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In hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely, Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

About the Author

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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  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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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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  • Publisher: BearManor Media
  • Performing Arts / Film & Video
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