Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood by John Leguizamo

By John Leguizamo

Enthusiasts of John Leguizamo's smash-hit one-man exhibits (Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-rama, Freak, and Sexaholix) have already gotten a glimpse into his existence, yet this booklet tells the full tale, sporting readers alongside on a wild trip from his formative years in Queens to his present domestic on the best of the Hollywood pyramid. An acclaimed director, manufacturer, and play-wright, and one of many highest-paid Latin actors on the earth, Leguizamo stocks the tales at the back of his many roles--what encouraged them and what transpired as he created them--while dishing on his own relationships along with his relatives, neighbors, and superstar colleagues. here's either an intimate self-portrait and a different behind-the-scenes examine the magic and chaos of stardom, a keenly clever and insanely humorous e-book that celebrates a remarkably gifted artist's maximum fulfillment: becoming up Latino in the USA and succeeding on his personal phrases.

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Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya by Ethan Mordden

By Ethan Mordden

Famous historian of the Broadway musical chronicles the braided lives of 2 of the 20th century's such a lot influential artists  

For the 1st time, Ethan Mordden chronicles the romance of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya in Love Song, a twin biography that unfolds opposed to the history of the tumultuous 20th century, scored to song from Weil's maximum triumphs: Knickerbocker vacation, misplaced within the Stars, girl in the dead of night, satisfied finish, One contact of Venus and The upward thrust and Fall of the town of Mahagonny. The romance of Weill, the Jewish cantor’s son, and Lenya, the Viennese coachman’s daughter, replaced the background of Western track. With Bertolt Brecht, they created one of many definitive works of the 20 th century, The Threepenny Opera, a damage that will continue to exist in musical theatre historical past. Weill, the jazz Mozart, used to be the writer whose paintings is behind the curtain, unseen. Lenya, his epic-theatre femme fatale, used to be the performer who positioned the paintings into view. They heard a similar certain track, yet he gave it shape whereas she gave it life.  Love Song is eventually the tale of a very good romance scored to a couple of the 20 th century's maximum tune.

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Out on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine

By Shirley MacLaine

Her such a lot debatable publication is one you are going to always remember. An outspoken philosopher, a celebrated actress, a really self reliant girl, Shirley MacLaine is going past her past bestsellers to take us on an intimate but strong trip into her own lifestyles and internal self. An excessive, clandestine love affair with a fashionable baby-kisser sparks Shirley MacLaine's quest of self-discovery. From Stockholm to Hawaii to the mountain vastness of Peru, from disbelief to radiant confirmation, she ultimately discovers the roots of her very lifestyles. . . and the endless chances of lifestyles. Shirley MacLaine opens her center to discover the that means of a very good and enduring ardour along with her lover Gerry; the secret of her soul's reference to her ally David; the tantalizing secrets and techniques at the back of an exceptional actor's notion with the past due Peter . and during all of it, Shirley MacLaine's braveness and candor new doorways, new insights, new revelations-and a luminous new international she invitations us all to proportion.

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Errol Flynn: The Life and Career by Thomas McNulty

By Thomas McNulty

Errol Flynn set the normal for the trendy motion hero in motion pictures just like the Adventures of Robin Hood, avert urban, and the ocean Hawk. This biography follows Flynn from his delivery in Tasmania, Australia, in 1909, to his loss of life in Vancouver, Canada, in 1959. incorporated is research of his motion pictures, dialogue of the 1943 rape trial that modified his existence, a survey of the FBI's notorious surveillance, and the 1st exact account of his tv appearances within the Nineteen Fifties. First-hand interviews with Flynn's buddies and associates are complemented through learn from FBI records, correspondence, Flynn's diary, and different assets. Illustrated with infrequent and formerly unpublished photos, the examine additionally offers awareness to the historic backgrounds and cultural impacts that contributed to Flynn's popularity; the paintings takes an goal and analytical examine the actor's adventurous life.
The examine contains appendices: the 1st is a suite of quotations from a number of celebrities, from stories of his expertise and magnificence to anecdotes approximately his wild pool events. the second one appendix is a filmography together with all Flynn's paintings for movie, degree, and tv, with forged and staff information.

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Clint Eastwood: A Biography by Richard Schickel

By Richard Schickel

Via huge, unique interviews with Eastwood (and the buddies and associates of a lifetime), Time journal movie critic Richard Schickel has penetrated a posh personality who has continuously been understood too speedy, too superficially. Schickel pierces Eastwood's huge reserve to bare the anger and the shyness, the shrewdness and frankness, the humor and robust will that experience helped make him what he's this day. of photos.

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Wes Craven: The Man and his Nightmares by John Wooley

By John Wooley

The lifestyles and movie genius of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director Wes Craven

Wes Craven is likely one of the so much winning and iconic horror motion picture administrators in Hollywood. His masterful exam of the nightmarish nexus of desires and fact helped spark a occupation that has spanned just about 40 years. Then, with their mixture of horror, intercourse, and humor, Craven's Scream video clips helped revitalize the slasher movie genre.

• An soaking up portrait of cult movie director Wes Craven's existence and profession in film
• attracts at the author's new interviews with Craven, together with little-known information about the director's existence and work
• Insights into the making of the Nightmare on Elm highway videos and the Scream films—the number 1 horror franchise of all time
• interesting tales concerning the director's paintings with a variety of manufacturers, screenwriters, and actors, together with Robert Englund
• book timing ties in with the discharge of Scream 4

If you've ever had nightmares approximately Freddy Krueger or psychopaths donning Halloween scream mask, or if need to know extra concerning the director in the back of the hot Scream 4, this can be one ebook you just need to learn.

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Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

By Brian Jay Jones


For the 1st time ever--a entire biography of 1 of the 20 th century's so much cutting edge inventive artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson

He used to be a steady dreamer whose genial bearded visage used to be well-known worldwide, yet most folks received to grasp him basically during the iconic characters born of his fertile mind's eye: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, omit Piggy, monstrous poultry. The Muppets made Jim Henson a family identify, yet they have been simply a part of his impressive story.

This amazing biography--written with the beneficiant cooperation of the Henson family--covers the total arc of Henson's all-too-brief existence: from his early life in Leland, Mississippi, over the years of burgeoning status in the United States, to the last decade of overseas star that preceded his premature demise at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of hours of latest interviews with Henson's relatives, associates, and closest collaborators, in addition to extraordinary entry to non-public family members and corporate documents, Brian Jay Jones explores the production of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame highway and Saturday evening dwell, and his approximately ten-year crusade to convey The Muppet exhibit to tv. Jones presents the innovative context for Henson's non-Muppet tasks, together with the richly imagined worlds of The darkish Crystal and Labyrinth--as good as interesting misfires like Henson's dream of establishing an inflatable psychedelic nightclub.

An uncommonly intimate portrait, Jim Henson captures all of the points of this American unique: the grasp craftsman who revolutionized the presentation of puppets on tv, the savvy businessman whose dealmaking prowess received him a name as "the new Walt Disney," and the inventive staff chief whose collaborative ethos earned him the timeless loyalty of every person who labored for him. right here is also perception into Henson's intensely deepest own lifestyles: his Christian technology upbringing, his love of quickly vehicles and costly artwork, and his weak point for ladies. even though an optimist by way of nature, Henson was once haunted through the inspiration that he shouldn't have time to do everything he desired to do in life--a worry that his heartbreaking ultimate hours might end up all too good founded.

An up-close examine the charmed lifetime of a legend, Jim Henson provides the complete degree to a guy whose pleased genius transcended age, language, geography, and culture--and keeps to beguile audiences world wide.

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Reagan: The Hollywood Years by Marc Eliot

By Marc Eliot

Ronald Reagan was once probably the most strong and renowned American presidents. the main to figuring out his political luck and the notable likability and easy air of secrecy that made it attainable is hidden in his early years as a Hollywood motion picture star.

Other biographers and Reagan in his memoirs have skimmed over the thirty years he spent as an actor, union activist, and ladies' guy. Now, for the 1st time, during this hugely wonderful and provocative new paintings, acclaimed movie critic and historian Marc Eliot finds the reality of these early life and provides a much assorted and infinitely extra special portrait of Reagan than ever sooner than.

Based on unique examine and never-before-published interviews, records, and different fabrics, Eliot sheds new mild on Reagan's movie and tv paintings contrary the most proficient girls of the time, together with Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Ginger Rogers; his starlet-strewn bachelor days while his identify was once associated with Lana Turner and Susan Hayward; his first, rocky marriage to actress Jane Wyman and his career-making moment marriage to Nancy Davis; his debatable 8 years because the president of the reveal Actors Guild; his friendships with Jimmy Stewart and William Holden; his position within the "Irish Mafia" along Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Errol Flynn; and the the most important position of super-agent Lew Wasserman, who was once instrumental in constructing the character that may turn out necessary to Reagan's destiny as an international leader.

Set opposed to the glamorous and sometimes combative historical past of Hollywood's celebrated Golden Age, Eliot's biography offers a really nuanced exam of the guy and uncovers the startling origins of the legend.

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