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  • 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy'

    On Where Eagles Dare

    by Geoff Dyer ...
    **A Telegraph and Evening Standard Book of the YearFrom the acclaimed writer and critic Geoff Dyer, an extremely funny scene-by-scene analysis of Where Eagles Dare - published as the film reaches its 50th anniversary**A thrilling Alpine adventure starring a magnificent, bleary-eyed Richard Burton and a coolly anachronistic Clint Eastwood, Where Eagles Dare is the apex of 1960s war movies, by turns ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Hollywood Cartoons

    American Animation in Its Golden Age

    In Hollywood Cartoons, Michael Barrier takes us on a glorious guided tour of American animation in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, to meet the legendary artists and entrepreneurs who created Bugs Bunny, Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, Wile E. Coyote, Donald Duck, Tom and Jerry, and many other cartoon favorites. Beginning with black-and-white silent cartoons, Barrier offers an insightful account, taking us ... Read more

    $29.91 AUD

  • Coreyography

    A Memoir

    by Corey Feldman ...
    **"Spares no details." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"****An incredible read." —Richard Donner, Director"People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of children in the industry? My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives." —Corey Feldman**The New York Times BestsellerA deeply personal and revealing ... Read more

    $15.17 AUD

  • Jimmy Stewart

    The Truth Behind the Legend

    by Michael Munn ...
    Many of the stars of the silver screen in twentieth-century Hollywood became national icons, larger-than-life figures held up as paragons of American virtues. Unfortunately, the private lives of actors such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Errol Flynn rarely lived up to the idealistic roles they portrayed. However, James Stewart was known as the underdog fighter in many of his films and in real ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • The Science of Star Wars

    The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More!

    Discover the science behind the most popular sci-fi franchise of all time!Capturing the imagination and hearts of crowds worldwide, Star Wars is a fantastic feat of science fiction and fantasy. The Science of Star Wars addresses 50 topics that span the movies’ universe such as battle technology, alien life, space travel, etc. You’ll find fascinating explorations of the physics of Star Wars, its ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • As You Wish

    Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    by Cary Elwes ...
    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Peter Lawford Story

    Life with the Kennedys, Monroe, and the Rat Pack

    As the brother in law to JFK and a member of the Rat Pack, Peter Lawford was one of America's most acclaimed movie stars.Lawford led an extraordinary life. His story, as told by the woman who knew him best, is the always candid, sometimes shocking unveiling of the most intriguing show business personalities and significant political events of our time.Now fully updated and revised for 2014 this is ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Tom Cruise

    An Unauthorized Biography

    by Andrew Morton ...
    Andrew Morton uncovers the true story of the biggest celebrity of our age.Everyone knows Tom Cruise—or at least what he wants us to know. We know that the man behind the smile overcame a tough childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, several Mission: Impossible movies, and more. We know he has taken ... Read more

    $12.20 AUD

  • Grace

    A Biography

    by Thilo Wydra ...
    Thirty years ago, Grace Kelly was tragically killed when her vehicle tumbled forty meters from the serpentine roads of Monaco. She has since become a myth, a style icon existing between the glamour of Hollywood and the royalty of Monaco. As Hitchcock’s favorite actress to work with, Kelly acted in classic films including Rear Window and To Catch a Thief, opposite actors such as Frank Sinatra and ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • Feel Free

    Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR CRITICISM 2019From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Changing My Mind and Swing Time - discover a second unmissable collection of essays from Zadie Smith'Generous, courageous, and tough-minded... [A] classic English essayist in the vein of Orwell, Woolf and Angela Carter' Financial Times'Engrossing, astute... ... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Jimmy Stewart

    A Wonderful Life

    by Jonathan Coe ...
    Over a career that spanned forty-three years and seventy-seven films, Jimmy Stewart went from leading man to national idol. Classics such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, Harvey, and, of course, It’s A Wonderful Life are far more than mere movies; they are visions of America as it wanted to be seen. With his inimitable (though widely mimicked) down-home drawl, Jimmy Stewart ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

    A “meticulous history” of the classic suspense film based on exclusive interviews with the director, writers, cast, and crew (The New York Times Book Review).First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it, which has been adapted as a movie starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas

    This book explores characters’ agendas, from Sansa’s secret schemes to Arya’s ultimate goal. What is Cersei’s true fear? What do trout or golden roses symbolize? Is the show a feminist success or a male playground? This book answers all these and more, revealing the enigmas and surprises hidden deep within the series. Martin’s interviews, homages, and past works hint at the pattern he’s chosen, ... Read more

    $3.77 AUD

  • Tallulah!

    The Life and Times of a Leading Lady

    Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited, Tallulah Bankhead was an actress known as much for her vices -- cocaine, alcohol, hysterical tirades, and scandalous affairs with both men and women -- as she was for her winning performances on stage. In 1917, a fifteen-year-old Bankhead boldly left her established Alabama political family and fled to New York City to sate her relentless need for attention ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Darker Side Of The Moon

    Travel to the DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON and discover:- "They" Are Watching Us!- The Mysterious World of UFOs- Lethal UFO Encounters, Actual Cases- Hidden Alien Bases, Evidence from NASA’s Report- Deadly Interference by Ancient Aliens- The Alien Agenda- Alien Abductions- Aliens—Are Not Our "Friends"DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON “They” Are Watching Us!" is an entirely new approach to these subjects. Citing ... Read more

    $4.16 AUD

  • Alfred Hitchcock

    A Life in Darkness and Light

    Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the Master of Suspense and the most widely recognized film director of all time.In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films – including The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • The Book of Illusions

    by Paul Auster ...
    The Book of Illusions, written with breath-taking urgency and precision, plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, and the violent and the tender dissolve into one another.One man's obsession with the mysterious life of a silent film star takes him on a journey into a shadow-world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. After losing his wife ... Read more

    $11.43 AUD

  • The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex

    by Mark Kermode ...
    If blockbusters make money no matter how bad they are, then why not make a good one for a change?How can 3-D be the future of cinema when it's been giving audiences a headache for over a hundred years?Why pay to watch films in cinemas that don't have a projectionist but do have a fast-food stand?And, in a world where Sex and the City 2 was a hit, what are film critics even for?Outspoken, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Scandals of Classic Hollywood

    Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema

    Celebrity gossip meets history in this compulsively readable collection from Buzzfeed reporter Anne Helen Peterson. This guide to film stars and their deepest secrets is sure to top your list for movie gifts and appeal to fans of classic cinema and hollywood history alike.Believe it or not, America’s fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Cardi B, Kanye's ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • The Sound of Pictures

    Listening to the Movies, from Hitchcock to High Fidelity

    by Andrew Ford ...
    The Sound of Pictures is an illuminating journey through the soundtracks of more than 400 films. How do filmmakers play with sound? And how does that affect the way we watch their movies? Whether pop or classical, sweeping or sparse, music plays a crucial role in our cinematic experience. Other sounds can be even more evocative: the sounds of nature, of cities and of voices.In The Sound of ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

    The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor

    by Ellis Amburn ...
    Ellis Amburn's magnificent biography of the Academy Award®-winning actress and legendary beauty captures the unparalleled Elizabeth in all her tragedy and splendor—her tumultuous loves, her doomed affections, her shocking excesses, her courage, and her inimitable style. Filled with stunning revelations about the men in her life—Burton, Clift, Hilton, Dean, Fisher—it is a glorious celebration of ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD

  • Hellraisers

    The Life and Inebriated Times of Burton, Harris, O'Toole and Reed

    'God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell.' Richard Burton'I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties.' Richard Harris'Booze is the most outrageous of all drugs, which is why I chose it.' Peter O'Toole'I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think I would be ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making - Includes Two Unpublished Poirot Stories

    by John Curran ...
    A fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie’s 73 recently discovered notebooks, including illustrations, deleted extracts, and two unpublished Poirot stories.When Agatha Christie died in 1976, aged 85, she had become the world's most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide in more than 100 countries, she had achieved the impossible - more than one book ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Hollywood's Dark History

    Silver Screen Scandals

    by Matt MacNabb ...
    Thirteen sensational tales of sex, lies, violence, and murder from the early decades of Hollywood.The dawning of the nineteenth century brought with it a new era for entertainment. Vaudeville was the preferred form of entertainment, until the popularization of the silent film. This new medium proved to be a draw for many of the stars of the Vaudevillian stage and soon they migrated to the exciting ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus