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Stephen Colbert: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Catherine Andronik

By Catherine Andronik

This booklet explores how comic Stephen Colbert's satiric perspectives of yank existence have captured the mind's eye of audience round the world—and sharpened those members' personal serious interpretations and reviews on present events.

• photos depicting Stephen Colbert liven the text

• A bibliography provides extra assets, comparable to web pages and journal and magazine articles

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Samuel Fuller: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers by Gerald Peary

By Gerald Peary

In the early 20th century, the paintings international was once captivated by means of the innovative, absolutely unique work of Henri Rousseau, who, likely with out formal artwork education, produced works that astonished not just the general public yet nice artists equivalent to Pablo Picasso. Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) is called the "Rousseau of the cinema," a ordinarily "B" style Hollywood moviemaker deeply well-known by means of "A" filmmakers as various as Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and John Cassavetes, them all dazzled by way of Fuller's wildly idiosyncratic primitivist variety.

A high-school dropout who grew to become a brand new York urban tabloid crime reporter in his youth, Fuller went to Hollywood and made videos post-World battle II that have been completely in response to his exploitative newspaper paintings: daring, blunt, pulpy, excitable. the photographs have been as stunning, rude, and in-your-face as a Weegee picture of a gangster bleeding on a sidewalk. Fuller, who made twenty-three beneficial properties among 1949 and 1989, is the very definition of a "cult" director, favored through people with a undeniable bent of subterranean style, a penchant for what critic Manny Farber famously categorised as "termite art."

Here are many of the loopy, lurid, comic-book titles of his video clips: surprise hall, The bare Kiss, Verboten!, Pickup on South highway. Fuller is not for everyone. His lovers need to get pleasure from reasonably priced style motion pictures, together with westerns and warfare videos, and make room for a few hard-knuckle, gruesome bursts of violence. in addition they need to make allowance for plenty of vast, crass performing, and scripts (all Fuller-written) that may be stiff, occasionally campy, usually laboriously didactic. Fuller is if you happen to love cinema--images that bounce, shout, dance. As he placed it in his recognized cigar-chomping cameo, performing in Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (1965): "Film is sort of a battleground . . . love, hate, violence, dying. in one notice: emotion."

After directing, Sam Fuller's maximum ability was once dialog. He may possibly speak, speak, speak, from his extraordinary reports battling in global warfare II to the time his brother-in-law dated Marilyn Monroe, and vibrant tales approximately his moviemaking. Samuel Fuller: Interviews, edited by way of Gerald Peary, is not just informative concerning the filmmaker's profession yet sheer enjoyable, following the wild, absolutely uninhibited move of Fuller's chatter. He was once an important storyteller, and, irrespective of the interview, he had tales galore for all types of readers, not only teachers and picture historians.

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The Stage Struck Me! by Neville Phillips

By Neville Phillips

"The level Struck Me!" is a humorous, informative and occasionally unhappy account of the lifetime of a jobbing actor and author within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties, packed with anecdotes concerning the recognized, the notorious, the captivating and the downright crazy humans he met alongside the best way. After becoming a member of the South African military and serving as a gunner within the coastal artillery, Neville Phillips was once transferred to the leisure unit the place he spent 4 years doing indicates for the Allied troops in North Africa and Italy. In 1946 he used to be demobbed to London and it was once right here that Neville Phillips met and received to grasp a few actually impressive humans, in addition to writing West finish stories, pantomime, cabaret, and a musical starring Pat Kirkwood. "The level Struck Me!" is an engaging and occasionally poignant account of instances, locations and other people that performed such an enormous half in a tender aspiring actor's life.

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Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge by Joan Howard Maurer,Michael Jackson

By Joan Howard Maurer,Michael Jackson

While the 3 Stooges have been the longest energetic and most efficient comedy staff in Hollywood, their creative top coincided with the years Curly used to be with them, and this can be his definitive biography. From 1932 to 1946 Curly was once the zaniest of the Stooges, changing into recognized for his high-pitched voice, his “nyuk-nyuk-nyuk” and “why, soitenly,” and his spectacular athleticism. He was once a real ordinary, an untrained actor with a knack for improvisation, but for many years, little information regarding him was once on hand. Curly’s niece Joan Howard Maurer accrued a wealth of Curly memorabilia—a mix of written fabric and infrequent photos of Curly’s kin, movies, and private life—and her exhaustive learn and unique interviews led to this primary and basically in-depth examine a loopy comedic genius. lots of intimate information are integrated approximately his superb dating along with his mom, his 3 marriages, and his interactions together with his daughters and neighbors. The e-book used to be so loved between 3 Stooges lovers that it even garnered a foreword from Michael Jackson, the King of dad himself. This new, redesigned edition of a undying vintage is bound to be preferred via 3 Stooges enthusiasts new and old.

While the 3 Stooges have been the longest-active and most efficient comedy staff in Hollywood, their inventive peak coincided with the years Curly used to be with them, from 1932 to 1946. To their fanatics, Curly could be the zaniest of the 3. recognized for his high-pitched voice, his “n’yuk-n’yuk-n’yuk” and “why, soitenly,” and his excellent athleticism, Curly was once a real typical, an untrained actor with a knack for improvisation. but for many years, little was once recognized approximately his own life.

            Then, in 1985, Joan Howard Maurer, Curly’s niece, released this definitive biography.

            while she first got down to write the e-book, there has been nearly no biographical info to be had approximately Curly. So she spoke at size to his kin, acquaintances, and co-workers. She accumulated a wealth of Curly memorabilia, a mix of written fabric and infrequent images of Curly’s relations, movies, and private existence. In Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge, she placed all of it jointly to return up with the 1st and in basic terms in-depth examine this loopy comedic genius. She integrated lots of intimate information about his dazzling courting along with his mom, his marriages, and his interactions along with his daughters and neighbors.

            regardless of its excellence as a well-rounded portrait of the main unpredictable—and so much popular—Stooge, Curly has lengthy been out of print. This new version of a undying vintage, now up to date with formerly unpublished proof, is bound to be favored by means of 3 Stooges enthusiasts new and old.

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Hold That Joan - The Life, Laughs and Films of Joan Davis by Ben Ohmart

By Ben Ohmart

eventually, a biography of 1 of the funniest, most ignored comediennes of the 20 th century. The celebrity of television's I Married Joan and picture classics carry That Ghost, express enterprise, skinny Ice and plenty of extra, little or no has been documented approximately Joan's comical profession - before.

"In a few respects, Ben Ohmart’s brief biography of Joan Davis’ lifestyles and profession is as fast paced, casual and irreverent as Joan Davis herself. throughout the converging “gold a while” of radio, movie and tv, the comedic Ms. Davis appeared an agreeable and ubiquitous determine, partially, possibly, simply because laughter appeared significantly very important in the course of tricky instances and as the comedienne played her chores with seen zest and vitality."
- Gary Coville, Radiogram

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Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored by Rishi Kapoor,Meena Iyer

By Rishi Kapoor,Meena Iyer

purely, Rishi Kapoor was once and is much more. Few actors in Hindi cinema have had this type of a occupation arc: from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher (Mera Naam Joker, 1970) to the naughty ninety-year-old (Kapoor & Sons, 2016), Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for with regards to fifty years. He gained a countrywide Award for his debut, grew to become an in a single day sensation along with his first movie as a number one guy (Bobby, 1973), and carved a distinct segment for himself with a string of romantic musical blockbusters in an period identified for its angst-ridden movies. He was once the formative years icon that remains the toast of the satellite tv for pc television circuit. The songs he lip-synced are the bread and butter of all radio stations even this day. Then there has been the second one coming after a short hiatus within the Nineteen Nineties - as one of many best actors in mainstream Hindi cinema with powerhouse performances in movies like Do Dooni Chaar, D-Day, Agneepath and others. typically candid, Rishi Kapoor brings Punjabi brio to the writing of Khullam Khulla. this is often as up shut and private a biography as any fan can have was hoping for. He writes approximately growing to be up within the shadow of a mythical father, skipping tuition to behave in Mera Naam Joker, the workings of the musical hits of the period, an come across with Dawood Ibrahim, his heroines (their operating courting, the gossip and the frisson that used to be occasionally real), his method of his craft, his tryst with scientific melancholy, and extra. A foreword via Ranbir Kapoor and a stirring afterword via Neetu Singh bookend the warmest, so much dil se biography an Indian megastar has ever penned.

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No Strings - In Search of Dickie Jones by Ann Snuggs

By Ann Snuggs

In an period while aspiring actors desperately sought studio connections, younger Dickie Jones didn't. Possessor of a load of a number of skills and less than the assistance of his mom, he moved from studio to studio – dancing, performing, using. Dickie had that the majority fascinating present for each actor – believability.

In his independence, Dickie walked off with one of many plum juvenile roles of his time – the voice of Pinocchio for Walt Disney. As he organized to sing “No Strings on Me” he could have been making a song his own topic song.

In NO STRINGS: looking for DICKIE JONES, Ann Snuggs has shared Dick’s tales from his days at the silver display together together with her study at the motion pictures and folks concerned. Come look for the genuine Dick “Dickie” Jones.

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Richard Jaeckel, Hollywood’s Man of Character by Gene Freese

By Gene Freese

personality actor Richard Jaeckel labored 5 a long time in Hollywood along the industry's largest names. famous for tough-guy portrayals, he seemed in such vintage westerns and conflict movies as Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The Gunfighter (1950), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), and The soiled Dozen (1967). Bringing energy and integrity to his roles, he was once nominated for a top assisting Actor Oscar for Sometimes a superb Notion (1970).
a global conflict II veteran and service provider Marine, he was once revered within the browsing and health groups for his ageless athleticism. His functionality as Turk in Come again, Little Sheba (1952) was once groundbreaking for iron-pumping actors desirous to be taken heavily for his or her dramatic abilities.
This revealing portrait of the lifetime of a operating personality actor covers Jaeckel’s noteworthy profession via each one of his movie and tv appearances, from Guadalcanal Diary (1943) to Baywatch (1994). memories and backstage tales from these he knew and labored with provide an in-depth examine the commitment and professionalism it takes to make it in Hollywood.

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