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Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera Companion
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera Companion
Paperback      ISBN: 186205763x

One of the most successful musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom Of The Opera' has now been adapted for the cinema. This book traces the 'Phantom' legend from Gaston Leroux's original story, covering both the history of the stage musical and the making of Joel Schumacher's film adaptation.

Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Episode I: The Complete Guide to the Incredible Locations from the Phantom Menace
Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Episode I
The Complete Guide to the Incredible Locations from the Phantom Menace
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789466929

This complete guide to the planetary locations in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace contains illustrative maps, routes taken by characters, and full-color artwork and stills from the film.

Everybody's Talkin': The Top 101 Hollywood Films of 1965-1969
Everybody's Talkin'
The Top 101 Hollywood Films of 1965-1969
Paperback      ISBN: 1557836183

(Applause Books). Screen World editor Barry Monush tells the reader why his top film selections stood out among all the others released between 1965 and 1969. The text is accompanied by illustrations of movie ads, tie-in book covers, soundtrack albums, sheet music, and other oddities.

The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made
The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made
Paperback      ISBN: 031220082x

Think you know Hollywood movies? Think again
No matter how many movies you've seen, no matter how many trivia contests you've won, this book is sure to have some surprises for you.
The fifty flicks featured here aren't playing at the local Google-Plex or renting at your video store. These films never actually made it to the big screen---they're the gems that got lost in the Hollywood shuffle, consigned to Development Hell. Imagine, if you will:
* Alfred Hitchcock's "The Blind Man," about a pianist suddenly given the ability to see
* "Destino," the surreal fusion of two gigantic artistic talents: Salvador Dali and Walt Disney
* The unmade Star Trek film, "Starfleet Academy"
* Greta Garbo's triumphant return to the screen that never happened, "Lover and Friend"
* A senior citizens' "Animal House? ?"
Each movie here is a treat for the imagination, and also a lesson in the dos and (mostly) don'ts of Hollywood. In here are dramas, sci-fi flicks, comedies, sequels, animated films, and biopics certain to stir the imagination For the movie enthusiast, this book is a speculative joy, and for the aspiring filmmaker, it's a crash course in cinematic survival.

Have You Seen...?: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
Have You Seen...?
A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307264610

In 1975, David Thomson published his Biographical Dictionary of Film, and few film books have enjoyed better press or such steady sales. Now, thirty-three years later, we have the companion volume, a second book, of more than a thousand pages in one voice--that of our most provocative contemporary film critic and historian. Juxtaposing the fanciful and the fabulous, the old favorites and the forgotten, this sweeping collection presents the films David Thomson offers in response to the question he gets most often--What should I see? This new book is a generous history of film and an enticing critical appraisal written with as much humor and passion as historical knowledge. Not content to choose his own top films (though they are here), Thomson has created a list that will surprise and delight--and send you to your best movie rental service. But within it, he probes the question: after one hundred years of films, which ones are the best, and why? Have You Seen . . . ? suggests a true canon of cinema and one that's accessible now thanks to DVD. This is a must for anyone who loves the silver screen: the perfect confection to dip into at any point for a taste of controversy, little-known facts, and ideas about what to see. This too is a volume you'll want to return to again and again, like a dear but argumentative friend in the dark at the movies.

The Rock & Roll Film Encyclopedia
The Rock & Roll Film Encyclopedia
Paperback      ISBN: 1557836930

(Applause Books). "One great rock show can change the world" says Jack Black's character Dewey Finn in the 2003 Richard Linklater comedy The School of Rock . This exhaustive, highly-detailed, yet reader-friendly A-to-Z encyclopedia takes that lesson to heart by gazing at half-a-century of rock 'n' roll films, big screen epics both celebrated and obscure. From the 1950s and the age of "juvenile delinquents" in films such as Blackboard Jungle to more intimate, twenty-first century rock band portraits such as Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, this book by noted film authority John Kenneth Muir also features entries on rock documentaries such as Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, movies starring rock stars including the Sting vehicle The Bride, and even films boasting extensive rock soundtracks, for example George Lucas's paean to the age of cruising, American Graffiti . The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia includes: * 230 film entries from 1956 through 2005, including cast list, creative personnel, M.P.A.A. rating, running time, and DVD availability. * Entries on the familiar conventions of this unique cinematic form, such as the Vietnam War, the ubiquitous press conference (in which band members wax philosophical), the rampant destruction of property (hotel rooms, specifically) and even the Yoko factor (meddling girlfriends). Biographical entries on players who made significant impact on the silver screen, from Elvis Presley and The Beatles to Alice Cooper and Prince. Interviews with rock movie directors Allan Arkush ( Rock 'n' Roll High School ), Martin Davidson ( Eddie and the Cruisers ) and Albert Magnoli ( Purple Rain ). Peter Smokler, the cinematographer who shot the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter, the Jimi Hendrix film Jimi at Berkeley, and This Is Spinal Tap is also interviewed. * In addition to pure rock 'n' roll, the films included cover all genres of popular music, ranging from Johnny Cash to Madonna, rock-influenced musical theatre ( Jesus Christ Superstar ), tejano ( Selena ), disco ( Can't Stop the Music, Xanadu ), and reggae. Whether your "one great rock show" is a beach movie starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, a misbegotten horror/rock fusion like The Horror of Party Beach, or a rib-tickling, heavy metal mockumentary like This Is Spinal Tap, you'll find all your favorites remembered in the pages of The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia .

Action!: Establishing Your Career in Film and Television Production
Establishing Your Career in Film and Television Production
Paperback      ISBN: 1557835845

A life in the movies has been an American dream for a century. Many people dream of becoming Hollywood professionals, but either aim too high (by trying to produce their own feature film) or too low (by hanging around restaurants frequented by movie stars) and end up frustrated. Wouldn't it be great if someone who knew what to do, someone who had achieved acclaim in the field, would walk us through the steps to success? At last, here is a book by a seasoned movie and television professional, Emmy winner Sandra Gordon, that is filled with practical, yet highly effective ways to build a career in entertainment. Gordon calls upon her own experience working on the television series PARTY OF FIVE, the movie RUDY and many more. There are many books that teach job-seekers how to write resumes or ace interviews, but not many books like ACTION Uniquely designed for individuals who are interested in a career in the entertainment industry, whether they are recent college graduates or middle-aged career changers, ACTION takes the formula out of the job-hunting book to the next step, telling its readers not only how to write their resumes, but where to send them, how to keep their jobs once they are hired, and how to advance in their career.

The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 MGM Classic
The Wizardry of Oz
The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 MGM Classic
Paperback      ISBN: 1557836248

The story of one of the most popular and beloved movies of all time Celebrating its 65th birthday this year, The Wizard of Oz has been seen by more than one billion people worldwide since its 1939 premiere. Why does Oz endure? This lavishly illustrated book reveals all as it explores the making of the movie at the height of Hollywood's Golden Age. Details of Oz's costumes, make-up, and special effects are revealed, accompanied by rare stills, Technicolor test frames, over 300 colour and b and w illustrations (many published for the first time) and much, much more.

Easy Riders Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock 'n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Easy Riders Raging Bulls
How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock 'n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Paperback      ISBN: 0684857081

When the low-budget biker movie Easy Rider shocked Hollywood with its success in 1969, a new Hollywood era was born. This was an age when talented young filmmakers such as Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg, along with a new breed of actors, including De Niro, Pacino, and Nicholson, became the powerful figures who would make such modern classics as The Godfather, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, and Jaws. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s -- an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both onscreen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme. Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this is the full, candid story of Hollywood's last golden age.
MARTIN SCORSESE ON DRUGS: "I did a lot of drugs because I wanted to do a lot, I wanted to push all the way to the very very end, and see if I could die."
DENNIS HOPPER ON EASY RIDER: "The cocaine problem in the United States is really because of me. There was no cocaine before Easy Rider on the street. After Easy Rider, it was everywhere."
GEORGE LUCAS ON STAR WARS: "Popcorn pictures have always ruled. Why do people go see them? Why is the public so stupid? That's not my fault."

Variety Film Reviews, 1930-1933
Variety Film Reviews, 1930-1933
Hardcover      ISBN: 082405203x