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  • Semiotics for Screenwriters

    Break Down Your Favorite Movies Then Write Your Own

    You're trying to finish a screenplay, but there's a voice in your ear whispering, “You should know more about how cinema story works.” Perhaps you've heard how many successful screenwriters deconstruct or “break down” films and study them. You'd like to try this method but ask yourself, “How do I start?” Semiotics for Screenwriters can help you with this daunting task by taking you on a unique ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Big Bosoms and Square Jaws

    The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film

    What do you need to make money making movies? The answer, according to cult hero, creator of the sexploitation film, and the man the Wall Street Journal once dubbed the King Leer of Hollywood, Russ Meyer, is: “big bosoms and square jaws.” In the first candid and fiendishly researched account of the late cinematic instigator’s life, Jimmy McDonough shows us how Russ Meyer used that formula to turn ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Confessions of a Video Vixen

    Part tell-all, part cautionary tale, this emotionally charged memoir from a former video vixen nicknamed 'Superhead' goes beyond the glamour of celebrity to reveal the inner workings of the hip-hop dancer industry—from the physical and emotional abuse that's rampant in the industry, and which marked her own life—to the excessive use of drugs, sex and bling.Once the sought-after video girl, this ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • 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

    $10.99 USD

  • Jack L. Warner: Last Of The Hollywood Empire Builders

    by Daniel Alef ...
    Jack Warner epitomized the great Hollywood studio chief. He was admired as much as he was feared, engaged in battles with some of Hollywood's greatest legends from Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney to Olivia de Havilland and Bette Davis. Under his tutelage Warner Bros. gave us some of the most memorable and iconic movies, including The Jazz Singer, Casablanca, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Damn ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Oscar Wars

    A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears

    A Best Book of 2023The author of the New York Times bestseller Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep returns with a lively history of the Academy Awards, focusing on the brutal battles, the starry rivalries, and the colorful behind-the-scenes drama.America does not have royalty. It has the Academy Awards. For nine decades, perfectly coiffed starlets, debonair leading men, and producers with gold in ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Creativity, Inc. (The Expanded Edition)

    Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    **The co-founder and longtime president of Pixar updates and expands his 2014 New York Times bestseller on creative leadership, reflecting on the management principles that built Pixar’s singularly successful culture, and on all he learned during the past nine years that allowed Pixar to retain its creative culture while continuing to evolve.“Might be the most thoughtful management book ever.” ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    by Mark Twain ...
    Mark Twain’s tale of a boy’s picaresque journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work has done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken father and the ‘sivilizing’ Widow Douglas with the runaway slave Jim, he embarks on a series of adventures that draw him to feuding families and the trickery of the unscrupulous ‘Duke’ and ... Read more

    $1.99 USD $0.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV

    The Art & Craft of Raising Your Voice on Screen

    Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV is a practical guide that provides you, the screenwriter, with a clear set of exercises, tools, and methods to raise your ability to hear and discern conversation at a more complex level, in turn allowing you to create better, more nuanced, complex and compelling dialogue.The process of understanding dialogue writing begins with increasing writers’ ... Read more

    $38.99 USD

  • Surely You Can't Be Serious

    The True Story of Airplane!

    **NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COMEDY BOOKS OF 2023 AT VULTURESurely You Can't Be Serious is an in-depth and hysterical look at the making of 1980's comedy classic Airplane! by the legendary writers and directors of the hit film.**Airplane! premiered on July 2nd, 1980. With a budget of $3.5 million it went on to make nearly $200 million in sales and has influenced a multitude of comedians on both sides ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions

    My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood

    by Ed Zwick ...
    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLERThis heartfelt and wry career memoir from the director of Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai**, Legends of the Fall, About Last Night, and Glory, creator of the show thirtysomething, and executive producer of My So-Called Life, gives a dishy... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Into the Woods

    A Five-Act Journey Into Story

    by John Yorke ...
    An analysis of the fundamental narrative structure, why it works, the meanings of stories, and why we tell them in the first place.The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Becoming Nick and Nora

    The Thin Man and the Films of William Powell and Myrna Loy

    by Rob Kozlowski ...
    As Nick and Nora Charles in the six Thin Man movies from 1934 to 1947, the team of William Powell and Myrna Loy showed that marriage didn’t have to mean the end of the romantic comedy. From the comedic delight that was the initial The Thin Man through its five sequels as well as eight other films (including the Oscar-winning The Great Ziegfeld and Manhattan Melodrama), Powell and Loy were cemented ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**"A superb chronicle of how Marvel Studios conquered Hollywood…. This definitive account of the Hollywood juggernaut thrills." —Publishers Weekly, starred reviewThe unauthorized, behind-the-scenes story of the stunning rise—and suddenly uncertain reign—of the most transformative cultural phenomenon of our time: the Marvel Cinematic Universe.**Marvel Entertainment ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • Space Odyssey

    Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

    The definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, and of director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke—****“a tremendous explication of a tremendous film….Breathtaking” (*TheWashington Post*).**Fifty years ago a strikingly original film had its premiere. Still acclaimed as one of the most remarkable and important motion ... Read more

    $17.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong's Rendezvous with American History

    by Yunte Huang ...
    **A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2023New York Times • 10 Best California Books of 2023Best Books of 2023: Smithsonian, BookRiotBest Books of August 2023: New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, InsideHook, BookRiot, WNET AllArts, Arlington MagazineA trenchant reclamation of the Chinese American movie star, whose battles against cinematic exploitation and endemic ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Super Black

    American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes

    by Adilifu Nama ...
    “A welcome overview of black superheroes and Afrocentric treatments of black-white relations in US superhero comics since the 1960s.” –ImageTexT JournalWinner, American Book Award, Before Columbus FoundationSuper Black places the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture, which reveals how black superheroes are not disposable ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties

    The Collapse of the Studio System, the Thrill of Cinerama, and the Invasion of the Ultimate Body Snatcher--Television

    by Foster Hirsch ...
    A fascinating look at Hollywood’s most turbulent decade and the demise of the studio system—set against the boom of the post–World War II years, the Cold War, and the atomic age—and the movies that reflected the seismic shifts“The definitive book on 1950s Hollywood.” —Booklist“Lavish. . . insightful, rich, expansive, penetrating.” —KirkusHollywood in the 1950s was a period when the film industry ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Connecticut in the Movies

    From Dream Houses to Dark Suburbia

    Illeana Douglas has long been known for shining new light on forgotten films. Now the celebrated actress and film historian turns her focus to a heretofore unrecognized brand: the Connecticut movie! Told from the passionate perspective of the author who grew up here, and filled with behind-the-scenes stories as well as her own personal snapshots of the places where these films were made, Illeana ... Read more

    $27.99 USD

  • Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled

    Series series Film Theory in Practice
    The Film Theory in Practice series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. The third book in the series, Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled, offers a concise introduction to Critical Race Theory in jargon-free ... Read more

    $23.99 USD

  • Screaming for Pleasure

    How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy

    by S.A. Bradley ...
    Horror has the gripping ability to captivate…and enthrall. It hooks you with unnerving stories of dread and evil, pushes your limits and pokes every phobia. Audiences love to be scared but behind every muffled scream is something deeper and even more fascinating.In Screaming for Pleasure, S.A. Bradley takes you on a wild journey exploring horror, where you’ll discover what is so tantalizing about ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Twee

    The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film

    by Marc Spitz ...
    New York Times, Spin, and Vanity Fair contributor Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that’s embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee’s roots from ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Kindness of Strangers

    A memoir about showbiz in the early 20th century that travels from the theaters of Vienna, Prague, and Berlin, to Hollywood during the golden age, complete with encounters with Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, and Greta Garbo along the way.Salka Viertel’s autobiography tells of a brilliant, creative, and well-connected woman’s pilgrimage through the darkest years of the twentieth century, a journey ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Church of Baseball

    The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit

    by Ron Shelton ...
    LA TIMES BESTSELLER • From the award-winning screenwriter and director of cult classic Bull Durham, the extremely entertaining behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film, and an insightful primer on the art and business of moviemaking."This book tells you how to make a movie—the whole nine innings of it—out of nothing but sheer will.” —Tony Gilroy, writer/director of Michael Clayton and The ... Read more

    $13.99 USD