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Jason Statham: Taking Stock by Len Brown

By Len Brown

Hollywood's favorite motion hero

After an exhilirating ten years, Jason Statham has eventually proven his position within the Hollywood elite. And starring along his early life heroes Stallone, Schwarznegger, Willis and Jet Li, it really is tough to visualize him anyplace else.

Born in south London, Jason Statham has continuously been an action-man. As a boy, Jason selected to not stick to within the footsteps of his mom and dad and as a substitute cultivated his thirst for adrenaline in athletics and diving - a ability that took him to the realm Championships in 1992. however it was once at the athlectics music that he used to be first found via a modelling scout for Tommy Hilfiger and French Connection, which finally led Jason to the then fledgling director man Ritchie. A string of Hollywood blockbusters - Lock inventory, Revolver, seize - undefined. yet might be his most sensible identified position got here in 2002 whilst Jason was once solid as Frank Martin within the Transporter.
Statham's heritage in martial arts defies the norm of the action-hero as he plays his personal scenes and stunts in a few of Hollywood's such a lot death-defying motion scenes. an important field place of work hit, The Transporter spawned sequels and has earned the attractiveness of a cult vintage.

Len Brown's biography is an insightful, finished and gripping account of Britain's all-action hero.

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Tallulah: My Autobiography (Southern Icons) by Tallulah Bankhead

Her father and her uncle have been U.S. congressmen. Her grandfather was once a U.S. senator. even supposing born to privilege in Alabama and groomed in a convent institution, Tallulah Bankhead resolved to not be simply one other southern belle.

speedy she rose to the pinnacle and have become an acclaimed actress of London's West finish and at the Broadway level. Her performances in lots of performs of the Twenties introduced her to the awareness of Hollywood. She starred in such Paramount motion pictures as My Sin, Faithless, The satan and the Deep, and Thunder Below. even if she received a brand new York movie Critics Circle Award for her prime position in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944), she by no means accomplished the prominence in video clips that she loved within the theater and on radio. at the big apple level she originated the starring roles of Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes and of Sabina in Thornton Wilder's The dermis of Our Teeth.

Tallulah, like Eudora, Flannery, and Coretta, was once a southern lady identifiable by means of her first identify. Her flamboyant public character could be the such a lot totally discovered and noteworthy personality Bankhead ever performed. She turned well-known for her snappy repartee, candid prices, and scandalous way of life. She was once disposed to take away her outfits and chat within the nude. Overfond of Kentucky bourbon and wild events, she used to be a girl baritone who known as everyone "Dahling."

In Tallulah, first released in 1952 and a brand new York occasions bestseller for twenty-six weeks, Bankhead's literary voice is as energetic and forthright as her public personality. She information her early life and early life, discusses her commitment to the theater, and provides fun anecdotes approximately her existence in Hollywood, long island, and London. besides a searing safety of her way of life and rambunctious behavior, she presents a fiercely opinionated, wildly humorous account of yank level at a time while the flicks have been starting to solid theater into eclipse. this isn't just a memoir of an self sufficient girl but in addition an insider examine American leisure in the course of a golden age.

Tallulah Bankhead (1902Ð1968) headlined NBC's The immense Show, a ninety-minute weekly radio extravaganza that aired from 1950 to 1952. In 1965 she seemed in her final motion picture, a British movie titled Fanatic (Die, Die, My Darling! in U.S. release).

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Ingrid Pitt, Queen of Horror: The Complete Career by Robert Michael Bobb Cotter

By Robert Michael Bobb Cotter

Ingrid Pitt, icon of horror cinema: her existence and occupation. complete solid and construction credit, synopses, studies and notes are provided for all of her movie, level and tv appearances, in addition to a serious directory of her novels and different released works. An research of Hammer motion pictures’ Karnstein Trilogy—of which Pitt’s celebrated The Vampire Lovers (1970) was once the 1st installment—is incorporated, and likewise tested is the trilogy’s unique literary resource, Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla.” different good points are infrequent photos and different movie-related pix from each part of the actress’ profession and a foreword by way of Ingrid Pitt herself.

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Ira Aldridge: Performing Shakespeare in Europe, 1852-1855: 3 by Bernth Lindfors

By Bernth Lindfors

Ira Aldridge: acting Shakespeare in Europe, 1852-1855, the 3rd quantity of Bernth Lindfors's award-winning biography, strains the American-born black classical actor's itinerary on his firstContinental travel. beginning in Brussels and following Aldridge up the Rhine to Basel, directly to Berlin and Vienna, and towns in Prussia and Hungary, Lindfors recounts the key performances and analyzesaudience responses to them.
simply because eu audiences desired to see this "African" actor in Shakespearean roles instead of within the melodramas and farces that have been renowned in Britain, Aldridgeconcentrated nearly solely on acting as Othello, Shylock, Macbeth, and Richard III. He played the jobs in English even if appearing with neighborhood businesses who spoke in German, Hungarian, oranother ecu language. Aldridge's striking demeanour of examining those characters received him many honors, awards, and medals, a few bestowed by means of heads of country or through nationwide academies. Drawing on myriad reports, playbills, and letters, lots of them penned through Aldridge himself, Lindfors examines intimately Aldridge's interpretations of those undying characters and indicates why those have been Aldridge'sglory years.

Bernth Lindfors, professor emeritus of English and African Literatures, college of Texas at Austin, is the writer of Ira Aldridge: The Early Years, 1807-1833 and Ira Aldridge: The Vagabond Years, 1833-1852, either released by means of the collage of Rochester Press in 2011.

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Pa' habernos matao: Memorias de un calvo (Spanish Edition) by Antonio Resines

By Antonio Resines

Un hermoso y entretenido recorrido por l. a. vida de Antonio Resines, por sus películas y por los angeles historia reciente de España.

Antonio Resines, después de haber aprobado el Curso Preuniversitario que a finales de los setenta period conocido vulgarmente como «Preu», empezó en Madrid sus estudios universitarios, primero en Derecho y luego en Periodismo. Fue en esta época cuando, por casualidad, comenzó a actuar. Nada presagiaba entonces que llegaría a ser uno de los actores más reconocidos de su generación, a obtener distinciones tan importantes como el Goya al mejor actor y a convertirse en presidente de l. a. Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España.

En Pa' habernos matao el famoso actor rememora su vida y sus películas, al tiempo que hace un ameno y entrañable recorrido por l. a. historia reciente de nuestro país. Un libro lleno de anécdotas -algunas divertidas, otras cáusticas y otras muy reveladoras- por cuyas páginas desfilan un nutrido elenco de personajes -Fernando Trueba, José Luis Cuerda, Jorge Sanz, Fernando Colomo, entre otros- y momentos clave de las últimas décadas. Descubriremos también a un hombre bueno, con un gran sentido del humor y que disfruta de l. a. compañía de sus amigos.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Una verdadera delicia, sin excepciones.»
El correo Gallego

«Pa' habernos matao es un libro precioso. Las memorias de un actor único, Antonio Resines.»
El correo Gallego

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Marilyn Monroe: Cover to Cover by Kidder

By Kidder

The sensuality and glamour epitomized through Marilyn Monroe are immortalized within the pages of this e-book. greater than two hundred of Marilyn's most lovely and remarkable journal disguise appearances and showcased in complete colour, and are highlighted by way of life-revealing rates, anecdotes and collectible values. Marilyn's personality, spirit and unmatched attract are captured during this undying volume.

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Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life by Stephen Michael Shearer

By Stephen Michael Shearer

The across the world acclaimed actress Patricia Neal has been a celeb on level, movie, and tv for almost sixty years. On Broadway she seemed in such lauded productions as Lillian Hellman's Another a part of the Forest, for which she received the first actual Tony Award, and The Miracle employee. In Hollywood she starred contrary the likes of Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, and Tyrone strength in a few thirty movies. Neal anchored such vintage photos because the Day the Earth Stood nonetheless, A Face within the Crowd, and Breakfast at Tiffany's, yet she is likely to be most sensible identified for her portrayal of Alma Brown in Hud, which earned her the Academy Award for top Actress in 1963. yet there was a lot, even more to Neal's existence. She used to be born Patsy Louise Neal on January 20, 1926, in Packard, Kentucky, even though she spent so much of her youth in Knoxville, Tennessee. Neal speedy received cognizance for her performing skills in highschool, neighborhood, and faculty performances. Her early level successes have been overshadowed via the unforeseen loss of life of her father in 1944. quickly after she left long island for Hollywood in 1947, Neal turned romantically concerned with Gary Cooper, her married co-star within the Fountainhead, an attachment which introduced them either loads of notoriety within the press and loads of heartache of their own lives. In 1953, Neal married famed kid's writer Roald Dahl, a fit that might deliver her 5 kids and thirty years of dramatic ups and downs. In 1961, their son, Theo, used to be heavily injured in an motor vehicle twist of fate and required a number of neurosurgeries and years of rehabilitation; the next yr their daughter, Olivia, died of measles. on the top of her display occupation, Patricia Neal suffered a sequence of strokes which left her in a coma for twenty-one days. Variety even ran a headline erroneously pointing out that she had died. on the time, Neal was once pregnant along with her and Dahl's 5th baby, Lucy, who used to be born fit a number of months later. After a tricky restoration, Neal again to movie appearing, incomes a moment Academy Award nomination for the topic was once Roses. She seemed in a few tv motion picture roles within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties and gained a Golden Globe for most sensible Actress in a Dramatic television motion picture in 1971 for her position within the Homecoming.

Patricia Neal: An Unquiet existence is the 1st severe biography detailing the actress's outstanding movie profession and memorable own existence. writer Stephen Michael Shearer has performed various interviews with Neal, her expert colleagues, and her intimate pals and used to be given entry to the actress's own papers. the result's a good and entire portrait of an complete girl who has lived her existence with decision and bravado.

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Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, and Mickey Rooney: Hollywood’s by Charles River Editors

By Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures.
*Includes the kid stars' costs approximately their very own lives and careers.
*Includes bibliographies for extra reading.
*Includes a desk of contents.

Shirley Temple continues to be the main well-known baby megastar of all time, yet even this designation fails to mirror the value of her recognition through the period within which she labored. whereas it truly is real that she used to be no longer the 1st baby actor to arrive Hollywood status, she was once the 1st - and to at the present time, maybe the one - famous person who rose to the very top of the Hollywood elite sooner than she even became 10 years outdated. hence, it truly is no exaggeration to view Shirley because the progenitor for all the baby actors that succeeded her. additionally, her cultural significance constitutes an excellent extra very important barometer in which to degree her total value. not just was once Shirley a movie celebrity, yet she had a huge effect on a iteration of kids who grew up throughout the nice melancholy, together with her plucky optimism emotionally uplifting an American public suffering either financially and emotionally. She was once not just a tender actress but in addition a model identify, anyone who provided fathers and moms wish for his or her youngsters to accomplish an analogous luck because the recognized baby superstar. but, for all of Shirley Temple’s reputation, it's without doubt mind-blowing to many who her genuine motion pictures obtained scant severe acclaim. Her motion pictures have been by no means pointed out on severe “best of” lists, nor did they frequently look at the record of nominees for the Academy Awards.

In some ways, Judy Garland’s upward push to reputation turns out nearly predestined. not just was once she a countrywide sensation at a tender age, yet her mom and dad and sisters have been all vaudeville entertainers. On most sensible of that, Garland’s mom and dad owned and operated a film theater, making all of it the better to attract the realization that making a song and performing have been easily professions which she used to be born into via advantage of her pedigree. Judy’s early adolescence fast confirmed that she had a talented voice that constructed well past its years and possible didn't require any formal education which will be successful; her first functionality sooner than a public viewers got here while she used to be nonetheless a baby, and he or she could proceed to behave up till her loss of life, by no means pausing for quite a lot of months at a time. That Garland used to be in a position to safe starring roles shortly after signing a freelance with MGM in 1935 in simple terms corroborates the assumption that Garland was once essentially born having the ability to achieve exhibit enterprise and the movie undefined.

Of direction, Garland can be recognized this day established extra on her dying than anything, and there’s no denying that some of the most attention-grabbing (and tragic) points of her lifestyles tale is the way during which her downward spiral happened with a similar speedy development as her meteoric ascent. Garland died in 1969 on the age of forty seven, yet she had misplaced keep an eye on over her existence years previous and was once truly lucky to dwell so long as she did.

Alongside Shirley Temple and Judy Garland, with whom he acted in a sequence of flicks, Mickey Rooney was once one in all America’s so much cherished baby stars throughout the Thirties. Rooney had already made his mark in A relatives Affair (1937), yet he used to be the face of the quite profitable Andy Hardy sequence, which produced a number of field workplace hits and featured Rooney in thirteen videos, a number of along Judy Garland, who shot to repute as an adolescent within the Wizard of ounces.

At an identical time, the truth that the height of his luck got here whilst he was once so younger has helped imprecise the truth that he has acted in 10 diversified a long time. Rooney is without doubt one of the basically actors nonetheless alive who labored within the silent movie period, but he lately seemed in 2012’s final Will and Embezzlement. within the technique, Rooney has been presented a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, Golden Globes and an Emmy Award.

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Pete Duel: A Biography, 2d ed. by Paul Green

By Paul Green

most generally recognized for his starring position as outlaw Hannibal Heyes in television’s Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973), actor Pete Duel (originally Peter Deuel) led an unpredictable and sometimes tumultuous lifestyles, lower brief by way of his hugely publicized suicide on New Year’s Eve 1971, on the peak of his famous person. within the increased moment version, this biography of Duel unearths extra own features of his profession and dying, together with his adolescence in long island urban and Hollywood. the writer attracts on vast interviews with Duel’s closest friends and family, together with sister Pamela Deuel, former girlfriends Jill Andre, Beth Griswold, Kim Darby and Dianne Ray, besides actors, manufacturers, administrators and writers who labored with Duel.

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Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy (Screen Classics) by Gabriella Oldham,Mabel Langdon,Harry Jr. Langdon

By Gabriella Oldham,Mabel Langdon,Harry Jr. Langdon

Among silent movie comedians, 3 names stand out -- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd -- yet Harry Langdon no doubt merits to sit down between them because the fourth "king." In movies corresponding to The robust guy (1926) and Long Pants (1927) , Langdon parlayed his pantomime skills, expressive eyes, and childlike innocence into silent-era stardom. This in-depth biography, which positive factors behind-the-scenes bills and private reminiscences compiled via Langdon's overdue spouse, presents an entire and considerate photograph of this multifaceted entertainer and his meteoric upward push and fall.

Authors Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon discover how the actor built and honed his comedic abilities in beginner exhibits, medication indicates, and vaudeville. jointly they survey his early paintings at the degree on the flip of the 20th century in addition to his iconic workouts and characters. additionally they assessment his mess ups from the early sound interval, together with his determination to half methods with director Frank Capra. regardless of his dwindling acceptance following the advent of talkies, Langdon endured and persevered to accomplish in theater, radio, and picture -- actually until eventually his loss of life day -- forsaking a distinct and significant physique of labor.

Featuring never-before-published tales and photographs from his speedy relations, this biography is an engaging and revealing examine an unsung silent movie giant.

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