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My Movie Business
A Memoir
Written by John Irving


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Jim Henson
The Biography
Written by Brian Jay Jones


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-52611-3 (0-345-52611-2)

For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson

He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile... Read more >

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Groucho
The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70207-5 (0-375-70207-5)

This definitive biography of one of the world’s greatest comedians unflinchingly yet affectionately uncovers the man behind the cigar.

Here is the amazing career of the man the world recognized as Groucho: the improbable disasters of the vaudeville years; the Marx Brothers, an act so funny W.C. Fields refused to follow it... Read more >

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Somebody
The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7804-2 (1-4000-7804-0)

Stefan Kanfer, acclaimed biographer of Lucille Ball and Groucho Marx, now gives us the definitive life of Marlon Brando, seamlessly intertwining the man and the work to give us a stunning and illuminating appraisal. Beginning with Brando’s turbulent childhood, Kanfer follows him to New York where he made his star-making Broadway... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tough Without a Gun
The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45581-9 (0-307-45581-5)

In this comprehensive biography of one of the great movie icons of our time, Stefan Kanfer, the acclaimed biographer of Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, and Marlon Brando, illuminates the life and career of Humphrey Bogart. Along the way, Kanfer gives us a wide-reaching cultural appraisal of the movies many of us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Tough Without a Gun
The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27100-6 (0-307-27100-5)

Humphrey Bogart: it’s hard to think of anyone who’s had the same lasting impact on the culture of movies. Though he died at the young age of fifty-seven more than half a century ago, his influence among actors and filmmakers, and his enduring appeal for film lovers around the world, remains... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Frank
The Voice
Written by James Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2423-8 (0-7679-2423-1)

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra’s... Read more >

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Kazan on Directing

Written by Elia Kazan


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27704-6 (0-307-27704-6)

Elia Kazan was the twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work. Kazan’s list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few—is a testament to his profound... Read more >
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The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

Written by Elia Kazan
Edited by Albert J. Devlin


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26716-0 (0-307-26716-4)

This collection of nearly three hundred letters gives us the life of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such an important and formidable stage director (A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman), film director (On the Waterfront, East of Eden), novelist, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Then Again

Written by Diane Keaton
Contribution by Anna Quindlen


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8095-0 (0-8129-8095-6)

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Janet Maslin, The New York Times • People • Vogue

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Financial Times • Chicago Sun-Times
The Independent •
Bookreporter
The Sunday Business Post

Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on... Read more >

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The Back Stage Guide to Stage Management, 3rd Edition
Traditional and New Methods for Running a Show from First Rehearsal to Last Performance
Written by Thomas A. Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9802-6 (0-8230-9802-8)

The Most Widely Used Manual For Aspiring And Veteran Stage Managers - Now Revised and Expanded


The next best thing to shadowing a Broadway stage manager, this detailed, behind-the-scenes book as been brought completely up to date. First published in 1991, it is widely used and has been lauded as the most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Movies
From the Silent Classics of the Silver Screen to the Digital and 3-D Era
Edited by Philip Kemp


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2262-3 (0-7893-2262-5)

Prolifically illustrated, this is the perfect introduction to the history of film for students and budding cinephiles alike. This extensive yet accessible book traces the evolution of cinema, from the great silver screen-classics through postwar movements from film noir to nouvelle vague, and up to the present day with the emerging... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Something Like An Autobiography

Written by Akira Kurosawa


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1983
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71439-4 (0-394-71439-3)

Translated by Audie E. Bock.

"A first rate book and a joy to read... It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book.... Also indispensable for budding directors are the addenda, in which Kurosawa lays out his beliefs on the primacy of a good... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nobody's Perfect
Writings from The New Yorker
Written by Anthony Lane


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71434-4 (0-375-71434-0)

In an aside that reads like a declaration of intent, Anthony Lane writes that he “never quite thrilled to the battle pitched between mainstream and art cinema”—which is to say that he glories in highbrow and lowbrow alike, and respectfully suggests that “the ideal literary diet consists of trash and classics... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conversations with Woody Allen
His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking
Written by Eric Lax


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 18, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3149-8 (1-4000-3149-4)

In discussions that begin in 1971 and end in 2009, Allen talks about every facet of moviemaking through the prism of his own work as well as the larger world of film, and in so doing reveals an artist’s development over the course of his career. He speaks about his influences... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rat Pack Confidential
Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party
Written by Shawn Levy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 20, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49576-9 (0-385-49576-5)

Acclaimed biographer Shawn Levy describes the careers and private lives of the five performers known as the "Rat Pack" during the peak of their popularity in the 1960s. Includes photographs.

"A smart, fluid, anecdote-packed synthesis of the literature and sub-literature, speculative wisdom and fiction."–The Boston Globe

"Superb... Levy's ambitious (and entirely successful) biography... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Luck and Circumstance
A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond
Written by Michael Lindsay-Hogg


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59468-6 (0-307-59468-8)

From acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Normal Heart, The Beatles’ Let It Be, Brideshead Revisited, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, etc.), son of glamorous Warner’s movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald: a magical dreamscape memoir of his boyhood, coming-of-age, and making his way in the worlds of theater, film, and television... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Before Sunrise & Before Sunset
Two Screenplays
Written by Richard Linklater


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9604-6 (1-4000-9604-9)

In one volume, the screenplays to two contemporary classics, directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, about the immediate and life-altering attraction between two strangers.

On a train from Budapest to Vienna, Jesse, a young American student, at the end of a romance and his European trip, meets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Top of the Rock
Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
Written by Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73976-6 (0-307-73976-7)

Top of the Rock is an absorbing insiders’ account of an incredible time and place in television history: the years when Must See TV—led by Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends, ER, and Law & Order—made NBC an unstoppable success. Here the story is vividly told through the words of the actors, writers, producers... Read more >

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You Can Count on Me
A Screenplay
Written by Kenneth Lonergan


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71392-7 (0-375-71392-1)

Acclaimed playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me is one of the most highly praised independent films of recent years, earning many of the major screenplay awards.

This is the lovingly drawn story of a sister and brother’s complicated, fragile, but somehow enduring bond. Sammy and Terry Prescott were orphaned as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Totally, Tenderly, Tragically

Written by Phillip Lopate


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 20, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49250-8 (0-385-49250-2)

This new collection by master essayist Phillip Lopate is ideal for courses in criticism and the essay, and as a reader for expository writing courses centered around a particular theme. The theme is movies, and over the past 25 years, tackling subjects ranging from Visconti to Jerry Lewis, from the first... Read more >

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My First Movie, Take Two
Ten Celebrated Directors TAlk About Their First Film
Written by Stephen Lowenstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7990-2 (1-4000-7990-X)

NOBODY FORGETS THEIR FIRST TIME—AND FILM DIRECTORS ARE NO EXCEPTION.

In these strikingly candid interviews, ten internationally acclaimed directors—Richard Linklater, Richard Kelly, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Takeshi Kitano, Shekhar Kapur, Émir Kusturica, Agnès Jaoui, Lukas Moodysson, Terry Gilliam, and Sam Mendes--talk about the struggles and rewards of making their first film.

Each chapter is... Read more >

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Making Movies

Written by Sidney Lumet


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75660-6 (0-679-75660-4)

Both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture, Making Movies is an essential work for students of cinema.  Using as his reference point such triumphs as 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Network, The Verdict, Daniel, and Running on Empty, Lumet addresses in turn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bambi vs. Godzilla
On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3444-4 (1-4000-3444-2)

From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always played by his own rules.

Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? How is a screenplay like a personals ad? Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits?... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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