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The Screenwriter's Problem Solver
How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems
Written by Syd Field


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50491-7 (0-440-50491-0)

Bestselling author Syd Field, who works on over 1,000 screenplays a year, shows students how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems. Students will learn to: understand what makes great stories work; make their screenplay work in the first ten pages, using such hits as "Pulp Fiction," "Thelma & Louise" and... Read more >
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Selling a Screenplay
The Screenwriter's Guide to Hollywood
Written by Syd Field


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 1, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50244-9 (0-440-50244-6)

This book, an essential guide for every writer, is filled with frank, real-life advice from producers, agents, and screenwriters about what sells, how to pitch a product, developing a marketing strategy, how to get an agent, and much more.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Preface, Introduction, Part I: Buyers and Sellers; 1. The Market; 2... Read more >
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Hollywood Movie Stills

Written by Joel W. Finler


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78116-193-7 (1-78116-193-3)

Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe... It is through the eye of the stills camera that we experience and recall some of the cinema’s most memorable events and faces. Still images are so powerful that they can easily pass for actual scenes for the movies they represent - rather... Read more >

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Natasha
The Biography of Natalie Wood
Written by Suzanne Finstad


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80957-0 (0-609-80957-1)

Natalie Wood was always a star; her mother made sure this was true. A superstitious Russian immigrant who claimed to be royalty, Maria had been told by a gypsy, long before little Natasha Zakharenko's birth, that her second child would be famous throughout the world. When the beautiful child with the... Read more >
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The Three Stooges
An Illustrated History, From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons
Written by Michael Fleming


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0556-5 (0-7679-0556-3)

Variety columnist Michael Fleming traces the Three Stooges' career, from their vaudeville origins to theslapstick black-and-white films they starred in for Columbia Pictures. Illustrated with over 200 black-and-white photographs (many rare), this monumental contribution to Stooge studies includes interviews, a complete filmography, and etymology of the Stooge lexicon. Foreword by Mel... Read more >
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An Empire of Their Own
How the Jews Invented Hollywood
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 1989
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26557-7 (0-385-26557-3)

Winner of the Theater Library Association Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, this “wonderful history of the golden age of the movie moguls” (Chicago Tribune) is a provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of... Read more >
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Life: The Movie
How Entertainment Conquered Reality
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 29, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70653-0 (0-375-70653-4)

From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author of Winchell, the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has turned everything of importance-from news and politics to religion and high culture-into one vast public entertainment.

Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," those blockbusters written in... Read more >
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Walt Disney
The Triumph of the American Imagination
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75747-4 (0-679-75747-3)

The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history.
Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films—most notably Snow White... Read more >

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Mediabistro.com Presents Small Screen, Big Picture
A Writer's Guide to the TV Business
Written by Chad Gervich


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39531-3 (0-307-39531-6)

The book has been adopted for course use at Long Island University and California State University, Fullerton

From mediabistro.com, the media industry’s most well-respected source for jobs, professional development, and community, this inside-the-business guide gives readers the knowledge and tools needed to infiltrate Hollywood and land a job as a TV... Read more >
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Which Lie Did I Tell?
More Adventures in the Screen Trade
Written by William Goldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70319-5 (0-375-70319-5)

William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade was a classic for moviephiles, revealing all the secrets behind the business of the big screen. Now, screenwriter extraordinaire Goldman returns to give us the latest lowdown on Hollywood moviemaking. He dishes the dirt, adventure by adventure, from his most recent films -- the... Read more >
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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried
The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation
Written by Susannah Gora


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71660-6 (0-307-71660-0)

The films of the Brat Pack—from Sixteen Candles to Say Anything—are some of the most watched, bestselling DVDs of all time. The landscape that the Brat Packmemorialized—where outcasts and prom queens fall in love, preppies and burn-outs become buds, and frosted lip gloss, skinny ties, and exuberant optimism made us feel... Read more >
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Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition
The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers
Written by Chris Gore


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9971-9 (0-8230-9971-7)

The guerrilla guide to marketing and selling an indie film.

Some people are just there for the loot bags. But most of the people at a film festival are trying to market and sell an independent film. Don’t be just one of the horde. Use Chris Gore’s Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide... Read more >
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Good Stuff
A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant
Written by Jennifer Grant


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26710-8 (0-307-26710-5)

Jennifer Grant is the only child of Cary Grant, who was, and continues to be, the epitome of all that is elegant, sophisticated, and deft. Almost half a century after Cary Grant’s retirement from the screen, he remains the quintessential romantic comic movie star. He stopped making movies when his daughter... Read more >
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The Journals of Spalding Gray

Written by Spalding Gray
Edited by Nell Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47491-9 (0-307-47491-7)

Riveting, funny, heartbreaking, at once raw and lyrical: these journals reveal the extraordinary inner life of the actor-writer who invented the autobiographical monologue and perfected the form in such celebrated works as Swimming to Cambodia.

Begun when he was twenty-five, Spalding Gray's journals reflect on his childhood; his craving for success... Read more >
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I Don't Know What You Know Me From
Confessions of a Co-Star
Written by Judy Greer


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53788-9 (0-385-53788-3)

Like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and other (bestselling) co-stars, Judy Greer is taking pen to paper and in her honest, self-deprecating, and hilariously relatable way reminding us why she's not America's sweetheart but America's best friend.

You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going... Read more >

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Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Official 50th Anniversary Companion
Written by Sarah Gristwood
Foreword by Hubert de Givenchy


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3671-0 (0-8478-3671-1)

A celebration of a timeless classic timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic film. This gorgeously illustrated tribute to Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the only official companion to be published in association with Paramount Pictures and the Audrey Hepburn estate. It celebrates the film’s ongoing... Read more >

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The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II

Written by Oscar Hammerstein II
Edited by Amy Asch
Foreword by Alice Hammerstein Mathias
Introduction by Ted Chapin


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41358-2 (0-375-41358-8)

From every “beautiful mornin’” to “some enchanted evening,” the songs of Oscar Hammerstein II are part of our daily lives, his words part of our national fabric.

Born into a theatrical dynasty headed by his grandfather and namesake, Oscar Hammerstein II breathed new life into the moribund art form of operetta by... Read more >

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Killer Instinct

Written by Jane Hamsher


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0075-1 (0-7679-0075-8)

A startling look at the roller-coaster ride of two fresh-out-of-film-school producers, Jane Hamsher and her partner Don Murphy, through the ruthless Hollywood film scene after optioning the script for then-aspiring screenplay writer Quentin Tarantino's "Natural Born Killers."

"This lean, mean, scabrously honest account of the making of "Natural Born Killers" amply proves... Read more >

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Adaptations
From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films
Written by Stephanie Harrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: April 26, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5314-8 (1-4000-5314-5)

An Eclectic Collection of Fiction That Inspired Film

Memento, All About Eve, Rear Window, Rashomon, and 2001: A Space Odyssey are all well-known and much-loved movies, but what is perhaps a lesser-known fact is that all of them began their lives as short stories. Adaptations gathers together 35 pieces that have been... Read more >

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Haywire

Written by Brooke Hayward


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73959-9 (0-307-73959-7)

From the moment of its publication in 1977, Haywire was a national sensation and a #1 bestseller, a celebrated Hollywood memoir of a glittering family and the stunning darkness that lurked just beneath the surface.

Brooke Hayward was born into the most enviable of circumstances. The daughter of a famous actress and... Read more >
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Paul and Me
Fifty-three Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman
Written by A E Hotchner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47481-0 (0-307-47481-X)

A. E. Hotchner first met Paul Newman in 1955 when the virtually unknown actor assumed the lead role in Hotchner’s first television play, based on an Ernest Hemingway story. The project elevated both men from relative obscurity to recognition and began a close and trusted friendship that lasted until Newman’s death... Read more >
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Tales From Development Hell (New Updated Edition)
The Greatest Movies Never Made?
Written by David Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-85768-723-4 (0-85768-723-9)

A compulsively readable journey into the area of movie-making where all writers, directors and stars fear to tread: Development Hell, the place where scripts are written, actors hired and sets designed... but the movies rarely actually get made!

Whatever happened to Darren Aronofsky’s Batman movie starring Clint Eastwood? Why were there... Read more >
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Back Street
Vintage Movie Classics
Written by Fannie Hurst
Foreword by Cari Beauchamp


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7067-3 (0-8041-7067-3)

The bestselling story behind Ross Hunter’s classic melodrama starring Susan Hayward and John Gavin. 
 
When “fly girl” and gorgeous socialite Ray Schmidt first meets Walter Saxel in Cincinnati, their attraction is instant and everlasting. As their bond deepens, Ray finds herself envisioning a future with Walter, until one fateful day when the... Read more >
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My Movie Business
A Memoir
Written by John Irving


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44130-0 (0-345-44130-3)

A New York Times Notable Book. In this memoir, novelist John Irving's recounts the process of turning his novel The Cider House Rules into a workable screenplay. After two producers, four directors, thirteen years, and countless rewrites, the movie version of Irving's acclaimed novel at last made it to the big... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
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