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

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780316257442
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
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


The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780399173592
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Published: Blue Rider Press - November 22nd, 2016

Another honest and hilarious memoir from Carrie Fisher, featuring excerpts from the diary she kept when she was 19, swept up in the role of a lifetime and in an affair with her married costar, Harrison Ford. ~ Reviewed by Marlsa Langlois


Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631490231
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Liveright - October 4th, 2016

Sorel's written portrait of Mary Astor is as delightful as his illustrations. Astor's career in silent films began as a teenager, leading eventually to her best known role in The Maltese Falcon, with her fair share of affairs and marriages in between. This isn't just a tale of the famous sex scandal, it's the story of a woman during Hollywood's Golden Age who persevered in a business dominated by men. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner


Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film - Book Review

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By Mel Brooks, Judd Apatow (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780316315470
Availability: Special Order
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 18th, 2016

In the year that we mark the passing of Gene Wilder, we celebrate the mad brilliance of Mel Brooks’ iconic 1974 film. With interviews, commentary and more than 200 photos, this is the perfect gift for every film lover from Equinox Mountain to Camel’s Hump. What hump? ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Not Dead Yet: The Memoir by Phil Collins - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101907474
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Crown Archetype - October 25th, 2016

If you don't like "In the Air Tonight" then a) there is no joy in your life and b) this book is not for you. For the rest of us, this finds the Genesis drummer/smooth balladeer in wry, self-deprecating form. It is like spending time with a pal you haven't seen in years. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Wishful Drinking

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781439153710
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 8th, 2009

A fun book I couldn't put down from the sassy, sarcastic, and hilarious Carrie Fisher. She tells about her history with Hollywood marriages and divorces, her struggle with addiction and bipolar disorder, and, of course, her time playing Princess Leia. ~ Reviewed by Marisa Langlois


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