New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

April 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Giant : Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the making of a legendary American film

April 16, 2018
Graham, Don, 1940- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Long story short -- Beefcake baron -- Tell mama all -- Plantation life -- Lone star -- West of the Pecos -- Plein air -- Duel in the sun -- Being and nothingness in L.A. -- Love and marriage -- Last days at the Villa Capri -- Fanfare -- Meta-marfasis.
"A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology. Featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, Giant is an epic film of fame and materialism, based around the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the establishment of the King Ranch of South Texas."--Dust jacket.

Pretty mess

April 11, 2018
Jayne, Erika, author.
289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Without her alter-ego Erika Jayne, Erika Girardi says she'd just be "another rich bitch with a plane"--so get ready for the dishy, tell-all memoir from show-stopping performer, model, singer, and beloved star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika Jayne. Erika Jayne didn't make it this far by holding back. Now, in her first-ever memoir, the fan favorite star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills bares her heart, mind, and soul. In Pretty Mess, Erika spills on every aspect of her life: from her rise to fame as a daring and fiery pop/dance performer and singer; to her decision to accept a role on reality television; to the ups and downs of family life (including her marriage to famed lawyer Tom Girardi, thirty-three years her senior). There's much more to Erika Jayne than fans see on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Pretty Mess is her opportunity to dig deep and tell her many-layered, unique, and inspiring life story. As fun and fearless as its author, this fascinating memoir proves once and for all why Erika Jayne is so beloved: she's strong, confident, genuine, and here to tell all!"-- Provided by publisher.

True stories from an unreliable witness : a feminist coming of age

April 5, 2018
Lahti, Christine, author.
New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xviii, 200 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: Why write now? (Click) -- Free John Funky -- The smile of her -- Make-believer -- Hidden -- Walking -- Shit happens -- The wet towel -- The street where "they" lived -- Mississippi baby -- Losing virginity -- Kidnapped -- What I wish I'd known about love scenes -- Brave -- Dear pregnant women of a certain age... -- Running on empty -- Panic -- Brother -- Monster -- Mamma Mia -- Waiting.
A collection of interrelated personal stories by the actress best known for her work on such productions as "Chicago Hope" and "The Blacklist" focuses on the milestones of her childhood, early career, and midlife while reflecting on the realities of being a woman in Hollywood.

Something wonderful : Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway revolution

April 3, 2018
Purdum, Todd S., author.
x, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built. [This is a portrait of that creative partnership]"

Space Odyssey : Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the making of a masterpiece

April 2, 2018
Benson, Michael, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xii, 497 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film's release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece. Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn't yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001's resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence. Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick's widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001's leading man-ape; and many others. A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, Space Odyssey provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke's first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film's legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status"-- Provided by publisher.

This is me : loving the person you are today

March 30, 2018
Metz, Chrissy, 1980- author.
308 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Use the pretty napkin -- Bottle rocket in a beer bottle -- Too much but not enough -- Bee mindful: Say thank you -- Secret summer -- Be not afraid -- Bee mindful: Preschool rules still apply -- You're here for a reason -- These are the breaks -- Bee mindfuL; How to be an agent of change in your own life -- Woo me with your words -- Bee mindful: The shrouded supreme -- Lost Angeles -- If nothing changes, nothing changes -- Bee mindful: My new vows -- When you're so thirsty you're dehydrated -- Bee mindful: Don't call him back -- Falling forward -- The not-so-big easy -- Bee mindful: Hurt people hurt people -- Do whatcha wanna do -- Bee mindful: Wear what makes you happy -- Return on the investment -- Bee mindful: The power of an apology -- A reason, a season, or a lifetime -- Bee mindful: Give back to others (and to yourself) -- Forever never fades -- P.S.: A letter from Chrissy to Kate.
A book of inspirational and spiritual life lessons from the star of NBC's "This Is Us" examines the role of authenticity and sincerity in her successes, encouraging readers to claim their rightful places in a world that constantly undermines individuals.

Every day I'm hustling

March 30, 2018
Fox, Vivica A., 1964- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
xii, 273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The start of our hustle -- Find your dream-and actually make it happen -- A troubleshooting guide to the heart -- Look amazing at any age or budget -- Maintaining success as you grow through change.

Just the funny parts : ... and a few hard truths about sneaking into the Hollywood boys' club

March 29, 2018
Scovell, Nell, author.
xi, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Who is Nell Scovell? Every character needs a backstory ; Sports and SPY ; The setup ; The big twist ; The payoff -- Get me Nell Scovell! The Simpsons: Fugu me! ; Brush with greatness: working for Letterman ; The meet cute ; We're all Oompa Loompas ; So you want to run a TV show -- Get me a younger, cheaper Nell Scovell! Poetry is in the doing ; The ones that got away ; You sexy motherwriter ; The decade-long roller-coaster ride -- Who is Nell Scovell? "Fame whore" ; The one I'd been waiting for ; Lily Tomlin, the Kennedy Center ... and a surprise guest ; Our funny president ; Stage five of a Hollywood writer's career.
For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows. In 2009, she gave up her behind-the-scenes status. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers' rooms. Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account of a nerdy girl from New England fighting her way to the top of the highly-competitive, male-dominated entertainment field.

Unsuccessful thug : one comedian's journey from Naptown to Tinseltown

March 29, 2018
Epps, Mike, author.
269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
The stand-up comedian and actor best known for his appearances in the Friday and Hangover films traces his career and celebrity relationships as well as the early brushes with the law.

My days : happy and otherwise

March 28, 2018
Ross, Marion, 1928- author.
xiii, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
The actress best known for her portrayal of "Mrs. C" on "Happy Days" recalls her childhood in rural Minnesota, her early career in Hollywood, and her life-changing role on the popular TV sitcom, and pays tribute to the many people who helped to fulfill her dreams.

Black performance on the outskirts of the left : a history of the impossible

March 27, 2018
Gaines, Malik, author.
x, 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Introduction : a legacy of radical differences -- Nina Simone's quadruple consciousness -- Efua Sutherland, Ama Ata Aidoo, the state, and the stage -- The radical ambivalence of Günther Kaufmann -- The Cockettes, Sylvester, and performance as life -- Afterword : a history of impossible progress.
This book illustrates the black political ideas that radicalized the artistic endeavors of musicians, playwrights, and actors beginning in the 1960s. These ideas paved the way for imaginative models for social transformation through performance. Using the notion of excess its transgression, multiplicity, and ambivalence Malik Gaines considers how performances of that era circulated a black political discourse capable of unsettling commonplace understandings of race, gender, and sexuality. Following the transnational route forged by W.E.B. Du Bois, Josephine Baker, and other modern political actors, from the United States to West Africa, Europe and back, this book considers how artists negotiated at once the local, national, and diasporic frames through which race has been represented. Looking broadly at performances found in music, theater, film, and everyday life from American singer and pianist Nina Simone, Ghanaian playwrights Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo, Afro-German actor Gunther Kaufmann, to California-based performer Sylvester Gaines explores how shared signs of racial legacy and resistance politics are articulated with regional distinction. Bringing the lens forward through contemporary art performance at the 2015 Venice Biennial, Gaines connects the idea of sixties radicality to today s interest in that history, explores the aspects of those politics that are lost in translation, and highlights the black expressive strategies that have maintained potent energy.

From the left : a life in the crossfire

March 26, 2018
Press, Bill, 1940- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2018.
xiii, 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword: Don't take no shit -- Canal rat on the Delaware -- Joining God's army -- California dreamin' -- Lower your expectations -- Bill Press, true American -- Bill Press for Senate -- "Pat, you ignorant slut!" -- MSNBC and beyond -- Life inside the beltway -- Feel the Bern.
"Press hosted Crossfire and The Spin Room on CNN, and Buchanan and Press on MSNBC. A member of the White House Press Corps and columnist for Tribune Media Services and The Hill, Press was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders and hosted two of the Senator's first presidential strategy sessions in his living room."--from Dust jacket flap.

The world of Disney A Wrinkle in time : the making of the movie

March 22, 2018
Egan, Kate.
123 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Madeleine's world -- The world of the film -- First steps -- The Murrys' world -- The Mrs.'s world -- The world of Uriel -- The world of Orion -- The world of Camazotz -- The world of Ixchel -- The legacy of A wrinkle in time.
The Making Of A Wrinkle In Time is a perfect companion to Disney's upcoming movie adaptation of the timeless novel! This keepsake book takes readers behind the scenes of the film, complete with interviews, photographs, and details about production, costumes, characters, and the world of Wrinkle and its author, Madeleine L'Engle. Highly visual, entertaining, and informative, The Making of A Wrinkle In Time is perfect for moviegoers and fans of this iconic story.

Ginger kid : mostly true tales from a former nerd

March 21, 2018
Hofstetter, Steve, 1979- author.
New York : Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, 2018.
289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hofstetter grapples with life after seventh grade... when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his readers through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds.

The man who made the movies : the meteoric rise and tragic fall of William Fox

March 20, 2018
Krefft, Vanda, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
ix, 927 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: Beginnings, 1879-1903 -- Part II: The greatest adventure, 1904-1925 -- Part III: The one great independent, 1925-1929 -- Part IV: Despair, 1930-1943 -- Part V: Acceptance, 1943-1952.
A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur--like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary--who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire. Although a major Hollywood studio still bears William Fox's name, the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure. Now, in this fascinating biography, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox's legacy is central to the history of Hollywood. At the heart of William Fox's life was the myth of the American Dream. His story intertwines the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York, the city's vibrant and ruthless gilded age history, and the birth of America's movie industry amid the dawn of the modern era. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a rich, compelling look at a complex man emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history. Growing up in Lower East Side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, Fox began selling candy on the street. That entrepreneurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, and the Warner brothers, and launched stars such as Theda Bara. Amid the euphoric roaring twenties, the early movie moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. A fearless risk-taker, Fox won and was hailed as a genius--until a confluence of circumstances, culminating with the 1929 stock market crash, led to his ruin.

The boys in the band : flashpoints of cinema, history, and queer politics

March 14, 2018
x, 324 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Introduction : On returning to The boys in the band / Matt Bell -- Let's hear a round of applause for the camps in the band / Steven Cohan -- "Turning" : alcohol and affect in The boys in the band / Joe Wlodarz -- Gothic spatiality and the limits of gay visibility in The boys in the band / Ryan Powell -- Closet dramas : masculinity and claustrophobia in William Friedkin's films / Nick Davis -- "Who does she hope to be?" : celluloid ghosts, queer utopias, and The boys onstage / James Wilson -- The boys in the city : disintegration, transformation, and the cinematic flash in William Friedkin's New York City films (1970-80) / David A. Gerstner -- "Nobody's goddamn business but my own" : Leonard Frey and the politics of gay and Jewish visibility in the 1970s / Stephen Vider -- "Beware the hostile fag" : acidic intimacies and gay male consciousness-raising in The boys in the band / Ramzi Fawaz -- "A credit to the homosexual" : The boys in the band and the appearances of queer debt / Matthew Tinkcom -- The tragedy and hope of love between gay men : The boys in the band and the emotionality of gay love in the 1960s and '70s / J. Todd Ormsbee -- The sounds of silence : acoustics and politics / Amy Villarejo.
The Boys in the Band's debut was revolutionary for its fictional but frank presentation of a male homosexual subculture in Manhattan. Based on Mart Crowley's hit Off-Broadway play from 1968, the film's two-hour running time approximates real time, unfolding at a birthday party attended by nine men whose language, clothing, and behavior evoke a range of urban gay "types." Although various popular critics, historians, and film scholars over the years have offered cursory acknowledgment of the film's importance, more substantive research and analysis have been woefully lacking. The film's neglect among academics belies a rich and rewarding object of study. The Boys in the Band merits not only the close reading that should accompany such a well-made text but also recognition as a landmark almost ideally situated to orient us amid the highly complex, shifting cultural terrain it occupied upon its release-- and has occupied since. The scholars assembled here bring an invigorating variety of methods to their considerations of this singular film. Coming from a wide range of academic disciplines, they pose and answer questions about the film in remarkably different ways. Cultural analysis, archival research, interviews, study of film traditions, and theoretical framing intensify their revelatory readings of the film. Many of the essays take inventive approaches to longstanding debates about identity politics, and together they engage with current academic work across a variety of fields that include queer theory, film theory, gender studies, race and ethnic studies, and Marxist theory. Addressing The Boys in the Band from multiple perspectives, these essays identify and draw out the film's latent flashpoints-- aspects of the film that express the historical, cinematic, and queer-political crises not only of its own time, but also of today.

Stay hungry

March 14, 2018
Maniscalco, Sebastian, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Intro: I'm starving -- Leftovers -- Cooking lessons -- Two drink minimum -- The pizza bagel -- Hot dish -- Hungry heart -- Sous chef -- The dry swallow -- Icing on the cake -- Coffee date -- Chip -- Acting chops -- Last bite.
"At twenty-four, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway. At forty-four, he's on the Forbes' list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime. Stay Hungry tells the story of the twenty years in between. On the way from clueless rube to standup superstar, Seb was booed off stages; survived on tips and stolen food; got advice from mentors Andrew Dice Clay, Vince Vaughn, Tony Danza, and Jerry Seinfeld; fell in love; and stayed true to his Italian-immigrant roots. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day, you'll make it." --

Double entendre : the parallel lives of Mae West and Rae Bourbon

March 13, 2018
Byrne, Patrick C., author
Albany, Georgia : Bear Manor Media, 2017.
384 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Out of the mouths of babes -- A dame of drag -- The queen of sex -- Rehearsal -- Blurring the boundary -- Very loud, very fast, and all together -- Making explicit what used to be implied -- Lights, Camera -- Touring the sticks -- Up the ladder, wrong by wrong -- Only pansies know how -- Grab a Dyke, it's a raid: the law, the Latin lover, La-La Land -- East is East, West is West -- Gallery of photographs -- Cut, Don't print that! -- Command performance, Controversy, Cabaret -- I've been famous wicked women before; I can be the woman I've always wanted to be -- Taking IT on tour -- I damn well need the dough! -- You've gotta hold on to fame -- Appendix A: Rae and Mae comment on longevity, show business, and life -- Appendix B. Films and plays of Mae West -- Appendix C. Films of Ray/Rae Bourbon -- Appendix D. Sound recordings of Ray/Rae Bourbon -- Appendix E. Cookin' with Mae and Rae.

Bachelor nation : inside the world of America's favorite guilty pleasure

March 12, 2018
Kaufman, Amy (Journalist), author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
viii, 310 pages ; 24 cm
A budding idea -- Why I'm a fan: Amy Schumer -- The reality of creating the fantasy -- Why I'm a fan: Allison Williams -- The roots of television romance -- Why I'm a fan: Nikki Glaser -- The road to the mansion -- Why I'm a fan: Heidi and Spencer Pratt -- Drafting a game plan -- Why I'm a fan: Melanie Lynskey -- Inside the bubble -- Why I'm a fan: Diablo Cody -- Method to the madness -- Why I'm a fan: Paul Scheer -- Under the covers -- Why I'm a fan: Joshua Malina -- Falling for the fairy tale -- Why I'm a fan: Donnie Wahlberg -- Basking in the afterglow -- Why I'm a fan: Jason Ritter -- Riding the coattails -- Why I'm a fan: Patti Stanger -- Intoxicated by Happily ever after.
Draws on interviews with producers and fans to present a behind-the-scenes look at the reality television phenomenon and explores the show's cultural influence and significance.

I'll never change my name : an immigrant's American dream from Ukraine to the U.S.A. to Dancing with the stars

March 9, 2018
Chmerkovskiy, Valentin, author.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2018]
xi, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- I am Valentin Alexsandrovich Chmerkovskiy -- A journey in dance. DWTS ; First season ; Steps -- A journey in life. Family ; Odessa ; Immigrant ; School ; Music -- A journey in dance. Zendaya ; My teenage dreams come true ; Rumer has it -- A journey in life. Rising stars ; Choices ; Competition (1) ; Competition (2) ; Dance with me ; Lust ; The Ukrainian bachelor ; Leaving -- A journey in dance. Two pair ; Laurie ; Harmony ; Final thoughts -- Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Competitive ballroom dance record.
The ballroom dancer famed for his appearances on "Dancing with the Stars" relates the failures and successes that have shaped his life, from his early childhood in Ukraine, to growing up as an immigrant in the U.S., to his rise to international fame.

The films of Wes Anderson : critical essays on an Indiewood icon

March 5, 2018
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
viii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: the Wonderful Worlds of Wes Anderson / Peter C. Kunze -- The Short Films of Wes Anderson / Nicole Richter -- Cast of Characters: Wes Anderson and Pure Cinematic Characterization / Kim Wilkins -- The Jellyfish and the Moonlight: Imagining the Family in Wes Anderson's Films / Steven Rybin -- "Max Fischer Presents": Wes Anderson and the Theatricality of Mourning / Rachel Joseph -- "Who's to Say"?: The Role of Pets in Wes Anderson?s Films / C. Ryan Knight -- "American Empirical" Time and Space: The (In)Visibility of Popular Culture in the Films of Wes Anderson / Jason Davids Scott -- From the Mixed-Up Films of Mr. Wesley W. Anderson: Children's Literature as Intertexts / Peter C. Kunze -- A Shared Approach to Familial Dysfunction and Sound Design: Wes Anderson's Influence on the Films of Noah Baumbach / Jennifer O'Meara -- Bill Murray and Wes Anderson, or the Curmudgeon as Muse / Colleen Kennedy-Karpat -- Life on Mars or Life on the Sea: Seu Jorge, David Bowie, and the Musical World in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou / Lara Hrycaj -- The Andersonian, the Quirky, and "Innocence" / James MacDowell -- "I Always Wanted to be a Tenenbaum": Class Mobility as Neoliberal Fantasy in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums / Jen Hedler Phillis -- Objects/Desire/Oedipus: Wes Anderson as Late Capitalist Auteur / Joshua Gooch -- Systems Thinking in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Moonrise Kingdom / Laura Shackelford.
"Wes Anderson's films can be divisive, but he is widely recognized as the inspiration for several recent trends in indie films. Looking at Wes Anderson's shorts and films from Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom, this collection considers how Anderson's distinctive form and content work together to create films that are simultaneously reverent toward their sources and original in their execution. Using both practical and theoretical lenses, the contributors address and explain the recurring stylistic techniques, motifs, and themes that dominate Anderson's films and have had such an impact on current filmmaking"--Page [4] of cover.

Stealing the show : how women are revolutionizing television

March 2, 2018
Press, Joy, 1966- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2018.
viii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Look back in anchor: Diane English's Murphy Brown and the culture wars -- From rage to riches: Roseanne Barr and Roseanne -- Walking and talking as fast as they can: Amy Sherman-Palladino's Gilmore Girls -- The vajayjay monologues: the prime-time empire of Shonda Rhimes -- Sitcom and the single girl: Tina Fey's 30 Rock, Liz Meriwether's New Girl, and Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project -- A voice of a generation: Lena Dunham's Girls -- Gross encounters: Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City -- Crime family values: Jenji Kohan's Weeds and Orange Is the New Black -- Body politic: Jill Soloway's Transparent.
"Female writers, directors, and producers have radically transformed the television industry in recent years. Extraordinary women have shaken up the entertainment landscape, making it look like an equal opportunity dream factory. But things weren't always this rosy. It took decades of determination in the face of preconceived ideas and outright prejudice to reach this new era. Here is the story of the maverick women who broke through the barricades, starting with Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) and Diane English (Murphy Brown), whose iconic shows redefined America's idea of "family values" and incited controversy that reached as far as the White House. Drawing on deep research and interviews with the key players, this is the exhilarating behind-the-scenes story of a truly groundbreaking revolution in television"--Provided by publisher.

The B word : bisexuality in contemporary film and television

March 2, 2018
San Filippo, Maria.
Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, [2013]
x, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of California, Los Angeles.
Prologue: Chasing Amy and bisexual (in)visibility -- Introduction: binary trouble and compulsory monosexuality -- Unthinking monosexuality: bisexual representability in art cinema -- Power play/s: bisexuality as privilege and pathology in sexploitation cinema -- Of cowboys and cocksmen: bisexuality and the contemporary Hollywood bromance -- Bisexuality on the boob tube -- Conclusion: queer/ing bisexuality.
The B Word explores the ways bisexual fantasy opens a space for bi-curious engagement, creating a fluid range of identifications and pleasures. In films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain, The Wedding Crashers, Persona, Chasing Amy, and Mulholland Drive, Maria San Filippo finds that bisexual tropes reveal the workings of our culture's logic of desire. Viewing these and other films through a bisexual lens, which views subjectivity and eroticism as malleable, The B Word transforms understandings of films previously read exclusively as either homosexual or heterosexual. As San Filippo's analysis of the promotion and popular reception of these films reveals, the entertainment industry both exploits and effaces bisexuality in its appeal to diverse audiences.

I've got this round : more tales of debauchery

February 22, 2018
Hart, Mamrie, 1983- author.
viii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction -- The Poc-oh-no's -- Starr-spangled manners -- That's so-noma -- Long-lasting friendsips -- Singled out -- I think I Cannes -- Moulin rouge -- Amster-dayum -- Pure cunt'ry -- Sliding into my DMs -- Pros and cons -- Backstreet's whack, all right! -- Pity party -- Get online, fellas! -- Just the (unsolicited) tips -- Get a clue! -- Love at first fight -- Somebody rockin' knockin' da boots -- Weirdest day -- The Irish hello -- Frasierween.
"When Mamrie simultaneously enters her 30s and finds herself single for the first time since college, the world is suddenly full of possibilities. Emboldened by the cool confidence that comes with the end of one's 20s plus the newfound independence of an attachment-free lifestyle, Mamrie commits herself to living life with even more spirit, adventure, and heart than before. Mamrie dives into new experiences at full-tilt and seeks out once-in-a-lifetime opportunities (like meeting the Dixie Chicks), bucket-list goals (like visiting the Moulin Rouge), and madcap adventures (like going anchors-away on a Backstreet Boys cruise)--all while diving back into the dating world for the first time in a decade."-- Provided by publisher.

All the pieces matter : the inside story of The wire

February 21, 2018
Abrams, Jonathan P. D., 1984- author.
xi, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
An argument of dissent -- Like a novel -- Character research -- Build a city -- A real rom-com -- No one was ever safe -- The bastard child of HBO -- Kids don’t vote -- Turn the camera back -- We opened the conversation.
"The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation. Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba, Dominic West, and Michael B. Jordan, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice to sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 20th century. But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy"-- Provided by publisher.


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