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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.

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The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy
Two Screenplays
Written by David Mamet

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70664-6 (0-375-70664-X)

David Mamet’s dialogue—abrasive, rhythmic—illuminates a modern aesthetic evocative of Samuel Beckett, and his plots have inspired comparisons to such disperate masters as Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller. The two screenplays included here demonstrate the range and depth of his talent. The Spanish Prisoner, a neo-noir thriller about a research-and-development cog hoodwinked... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Writing in Pictures
Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless
Written by Joseph McBride

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74292-6 (0-307-74292-X)

Writing in Pictures is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.

Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Power of Movies
How Screen and Mind Interact
Written by Colin McGinn

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7720-5 (1-4000-7720-6)

How is watching a movie similar to dreaming? What goes on in our minds when we become absorbed in a movie? How does looking “into” a movie screen allow us to experience the thoughts and feelings of a movie’s characters? These and related questions are at the heart of The Power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Happens Next
A History of American Screenwriting
Written by Marc Norman

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-39388-3 (0-307-39388-7)

Los Angeles Times

A brilliant, wildly entertaining history of Hollywood from the screenwriters’ perspective

In this truly fresh take on the movies, veteran Oscar-winning screenwriter Marc Norman gives us the first comprehensive history of the men and women who penned some of the greatest movies of all time. Impeccably researched, erudite, and filled... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Acting as a Business, Fifth Edition
Strategies for Success
Written by Brian O'Neil

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80707-6 (0-345-80707-3)

The essential handbook for actors—a modern classic—in a newly updated edition.
Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge... Read more >

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Hello, He Lied

Written by Linda Obst

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0041-6 (0-7679-0041-3)

In this national bestseller, Lynda Obst, one of the most successful women in the film industry, reveals how Hollywood really works and provides students with the smart, on-target insights they need to make it in this demanding, high-powered industry. From what to wear to a meeting to how to pitch an... Read more >

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The Conversations
Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
Written by Michael Ondaatje

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2004
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70982-1 (0-375-70982-7)

The Conversations is essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.

It was on the set of... Read more >

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Stolen Images
Lumumba and the Early Films of Raoul Peck
Written by Raoul Peck
Translated by Catherine Temerson
Foreword by Bertrand Tavernier

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-393-3 (1-60980-393-0)

Among today’s leading filmmakers, none brings to the screen such a deep awareness of how power is channeled from First to Third World societies, or exhibits such great human sensitivity, as Raoul Peck, whose seminal film Lumumba, and three other early feature and documentary screenplays, are collected here for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Spite of Myself

Written by Christopher Plummer

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80322-1 (0-345-80322-1)

A vibrant, exuberant self-portrait of one of today’s greatest living actors.

Christopher Plummer’s magnificent book recounts the wild adventure that is his life, stretching from a privileged childhood in Canada to the glorious, star-studded New York of the fifties to a sensational career in film appearing in some of our most beloved... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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In Spite of Myself
A Memoir
Written by Christopher Plummer

Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-42162-7 (0-679-42162-9)

A rollicking, rich portrait of a life. And what a life! By one of today’s greatest living actors.

He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929—the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Pixar Touch

Written by David A. Price

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27829-6 (0-307-27829-8)

The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the “fraternity of geeks” who shaped it. With the help of animating genius John Lasseter and visionary businessman Steve Jobs, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Movies and Money

Written by David Puttnam

Format: Trade Paperback, 364 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 25, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76741-1 (0-679-76741-X)

“A fascinating history.”—Time Out New York

The acclaimed producer of such classic films as Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, and the only European ever to head a major Hollywood studio, former Columbia Pictures chief David Puttnam has written a fascinating behind-the-scenes history of the movie business and of the unique... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hedy's Folly
The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Written by Richard Rhodes

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74295-7 (0-307-74295-4)

What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary invention based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Studies in Terror: Landmarks of Horror Cinema

Written by Jonathan Rigby

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Signum
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-9566534-4-4 (0-9566534-4-8)

Acclaimed critic and broadcaster Jonathan Rigby brings his trademark wit and insight to bear on 130 of the key moments in screen horror.

His scope is wide, ranging from silent masterworks like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari to such 21st century milestones as The Descent and Let the Right... Read more >

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Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film

Written by Brian J. Robb

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: July 1, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84023-968-3 (1-84023-968-9)

From Blade Runner to A Scanner Darkly, via Total Recall, Screamers, Impostor, Paycheck and Minority Report, the legacy of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick has revolutionized Hollywood.

Counterfeit Worlds is the definitive history of all the adaptations of Dick's work, not only the films but also TV series, radio plays... Read more >

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Heroes, Lovers, and Others
The Story of Latinos in Hollywood
Written by Clara Rodriguez

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-111-2 (1-58834-111-9)

Heroes, Lovers, and Others tells the fascinating history of Latinos in film, from the birth of the movies to the present, through a series of stories about Hollywood’s most famous and enduring stars. The book features such Latino legends as Dolores del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Ramon Navarro, Desi Arnaz, Anthony Quinn... Read more >

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The Passionate Epicure
La Vie et la Passion de Dodin-Bouffant, Gourmet
Written by Marcel Rouff

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76080-8 (0-375-76080-6)

The definitive guide to the most significant independent and foreign films on both video and DVD.

“A little masterpiece.”—from the Preface by Lawrence Durrell

“Some of the finest and most enticing writing about food you’ll ever find.”—From the Introduction by Jeffrey Steingarten Read more >

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Storyboarding Essentials
SCAD Creative Essentials (How to Translate Your Story to the Screen for Film, TV, and Other Media)
Written by David Harland Rousseau and Benjamin Reid Phillips

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3694-0 (0-7704-3694-3)

A comprehensive guide to visual storytelling from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the world's leaders in sequential arts instruction. Storyboarding is the process of graphically organizing a project--a motion picture, animation, motion graphic, or interactive media sequence--in order to translate artists' ideas from story to screen. Whether... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Burning the Days
Written by James Salter

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75948-7 (0-394-75948-6)

In this brilliant book of recollection, one of America's finest writers re-creates people, places, and events spanning some fifty years, bringing to life an entire era through one man's sensibility. Scenes of love and desire, friendship, ambition, life in foreign cities and New York, are unforgettably rendered here in the unique... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Celluloid Skyline
New York and the Movies
Written by James Sanders

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71027-8 (0-375-71027-2)

Available September 2003

A tale of two cities—both called “New York.”

The first is a real city, an urban agglomeration of millions. The second is a mythic city, so rich in memory and association and sense of place that to people everywhere it has come to seem real: the New York of such... Read more >

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O.K. You Mugs
Writers on Movie Actors
Edited by Luc Sante and Melissa Pierson

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70092-7 (0-375-70092-7)

In this superb collection of essays edited by Luc Sante, author of Lowlife, and Melissa Holbrook Pierson, writers as diverse as John Updike, Patti Smith, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic pay to homage the famous and the lesser known actors (some megastars, some lesser lights) who illuminate our Hollywood dreams.

From... Read more >

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The Book of Alien

Written by Paul Scanlon
Illustrated by Michael Gross

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: March 1, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-85286-483-5 (1-85286-483-4)

In 1979, a movie was released that was that become a science fiction classic... Alien.

This exciting book takes you right behind the scenes of I and talks to the key people involved, including H. R Giger and director Ridley Scott. It shows every creative stage, through designs and sketches, models and... Read more >

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Clint Eastwood
A Biography
Written by Richard Schickel

Format: Trade Paperback, 570 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 21, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74991-2 (0-679-74991-8)

“Authoritative . . . highly nuanced . . . gives the reader a palpable sense of Mr. Eastwood’s career.” —The New York Times

From the moment The Man With No Name first fixed the screen with his murderous squint, from the first time audiences heard Dirty Harry Callahan growl “Make my day,”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conversations with Scorsese

Written by Richard Schickel

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38879-7 (0-307-38879-4)

Now in paperback, and with a new afterword: the history and process of moviemaking in general, and of Martin Scorsese's brilliant and varied films in particular, through the words and wit of the master director.

With Richard Schickel as the canny and intelligent guide, these conversations take us deep into Scorsese's life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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