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The Book of Broadway: The Definitive Plays and Musicals by Eric Grode - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780760357347
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Published: Voyageur Press - June 1st, 2017

Among the other attributes of this lavishly illustrated history of the Great White Way is the fact that it features many plays and musicals that do not often appear in more conventional books about Broadway. Some of the entries date back into the 19th century, but the book also includes modern classics such as “Hamilton” and “Wicked.” This is the perfect gift for the discerning theater enthusiast. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Future Noir Revised & Updated Edition: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062699466
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 12th, 2017

Blade Runner flopped in theaters in 1982 but went on to become one of the most influential films of the century. Sammon was there from the beginning, reporting from the set for Cinefantastique. Packed with insight from Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford and more, this isn't just the epic history of a scifi masterpiece, but a must-read about Hollywood movie-making. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero by Nancy Schoenberger - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385534857
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 24th, 2017

The long, productive, and extremely complex relationship between an iconic movie star and a legendary director. John Ford carefully molded the image of John Wayne. It was a transformation willingly embraced by the actor, but Wayne, like many of the people who worked for Ford, endured the director's scorn and deliberate cruelty. This is a meticulous examination of a tortured soul and his adoring acolyte who, through the course of 14 films, both defined and celebrated the role of masculinity in American film. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials by Charles Solomon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781452110912
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 14th, 2012

If the Peanuts Holiday specials don't fill you with nostalgia, you might be broken inside. This book is a comprehensive look back at their creation. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781620409480
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 21st, 2017

Director Fred Zinnemann's tense western was made during one of the most tumultuous times in Hollywood history. This is a chilling chronicle of the impact that anti-communist witch hunts had on the entertainment business in general and on individuals associated with "High Noon" in particular. Distinguished careers vanished overnight as studio heads bowed to the pressure applied by politicians drunk with their own power. Very few people suffered more unjustly than the film's writer, Carl Foreman. Some of the elements that made this period one of the nation's most perilous seem to be ominously reasserting themselves today. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316257442
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 6th, 2016

Over the past 30 years, I've digested a lot of biographical information about George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, and countless other ventures. While the majority of his life has been tangled up in that galaxy far, far away, Lucas has experienced highs and lows very close to home.
His first marriage ended in a bitter divorce, sending a man already prone to depression deeper inside himself. Indiana Jones became an instant classic of course, while Howard the Duck became a classic of another sort. Then, of course, came the Star Wars prequels...
Author Brian Jay Jones has done meticulous research here, with footnotes accompanying a majority of quotes contained within the book. The prose is very readable, and picks up quickly after a somewhat slow start. Fans of Star Wars will also find new revelations about the behind the scenes disasters most of the films were, right up until the final edit. A great addition to any film fan's library. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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