Performing Arts

Life after Rita Hayworth

He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people. -- Marlene Dietrich, Touch of Evil

Orson Welles was only 26-years-old when he made his first movie. He spent the rest of his life basking in the admiration that Citizen Kane inspired and engulfed in the shadow it cast over the rest of his career. Welles had already made an impression upon the nation with a vivid and, as it turned out, notorious radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. It was done so convincingly that thousands of listeners believed the country was under attack by aliens from outer space. It was inevitable that Welles would be asked to apply his skill for evoking such visceral reactions from mass audiences to the big screen, but an aspiring young filmmaker is throwing down a mighty gauntlet when he writes, directs, and stars in what is generally regarded as the greatest American movie ever made his first time out.

Simon Callow has authored two previous books on Welles. The third volume, One Man Band, traces the years beginning in 1947 until 1964. Welles’ life was always tumultuous, but a more fitting adjective for this part of it might be chaotic; a frantic quest, not unlike that of the figure he most wanted to immortalize on film, Don Quixote...(READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780670024919
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Published: Viking - April 5th, 2016


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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101886960
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 3rd, 2015

Leah Remini takes us through her experience with Scientology with the same attitude and humor that she brought to her character on "King of Queens". From joining as a young teen in NYC to donating over $1 million as a celebrity, you get to see an inside view of the mysterious group founded by L Ron Hubbard. Fascinating! ~ Reviewed by Jess Elder

The Art of Star Wars

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By Phil Szostak, Rick Carter (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781419717802
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Published: Abrams - December 18th, 2015

An amazing look behind the scenes at the creation of my new favorite movie. This collection follows the entire creative process of the film, from pre-visualization, all the way up to finished shots from the movie. There's a wealth of content here, and some abandoned ideas that are absolutely credible to see for Star Wars fans. I mean, how cool would it have been to see Vader return as a Force Ghost? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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By Elaine Paige (Foreword by), DK
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ISBN: 9781465438867
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Published: DK - October 27th, 2015

A lavishly illustrated history of a uniquely American art form. The history of the musical -- in both its theater and Hollywood incarnations-- is traced from humble vaudeville origins to its major prominence today. This elegant book includes capsule biographies and interviews with some of the people whose names have become synonymous with the word musical. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck

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ISBN: 9781439194065
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 24th, 2015

A meticulous biography of the legendary film actress, who began her career as a chorus girl in New York. This extensive work encompasses the years from Stanwyck's birth in 1907 to 1940, when she was at the height of her fame. Tough childhood, tough business, one tough lady, who deserved a book as good as this one. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light by Carlos Santana - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316244909
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 3rd, 2015

From poverty in Mexico to the '60s in San Francisco to Woodstock and decades of touring and great music. A true musician and a great guy. What a fun read! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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