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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
by Julie Andrews

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, <i>Home</i>, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as <i>Mary Poppins</i>, <i>The Sound of Music</i>, and <i>Victor/Victoria</i>.</b> <br /> In <i>Home</i>, the number one <i>New York Times</i> international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. <br /> With this second memoir, <i>Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years</i>, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films--<i>Mary Poppins</i> and <i>The Sound of Music</i>. Andrews describes her years in the film industry -- from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including <i>Victor/Victoria</i>, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.<br /><br /> Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews's trademark charm and candor, <i>Home Work</i> takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of t...
by Robert Iger

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of聽<i>Time</i>鈥檚 most influential people of 2019,聽shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.</b> <br /><br />Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time.聽Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company鈥檚 history.聽His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger鈥攖hink global鈥攁nd turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. <br /><br />Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.<br /><br />In聽<i>The Ride of a Lifetime</i>, Robert Iger shares the lessons he鈥檚 learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:<br /><br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Optimism.</b>聽Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.<br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Courage.</b>聽Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. <br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Decisiveness.</b>聽All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.<br /> 鈥⒙?lt;b>Fairness.</b>聽Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. <br /><br />This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It鈥檚 also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the聽<i>Star Wars</i>聽mythology.<br />聽<br />鈥淭he ideas in this book strike me as universal鈥?Iger writes.聽鈥淣ot just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently聽<i>themselves</i>, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.鈥?/div>
We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywo...
by Noah Isenberg

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English

Pages

344

Publication Date

February 14, 2017

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<p><strong>A <em>Los Angeles Times</em> bestseller<br /><br />A <em>New York Times Book Review</em> 鈥淓ditor鈥檚 Choice鈥?Selection<br /><br /><br /><br />鈥淓ven the die-hardest Casablanca fan will find in this delightful book new ways to love the movie they were certain they could never love more.鈥?鈥擲am Wasson, best-selling author of <em>Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.</em></strong></p><br /><p><em>Casablanca</em> is 鈥渘ot one movie,鈥?Umberto Eco once quipped; 鈥渋t is 鈥榤ovies.鈥欌€?Film historian Noah Isenberg鈥檚 <em>We鈥檒l Always Have Casablanca</em> offers a rich account of the film鈥檚 origins, the myths and realities behind its production, and the reasons it remains so revered today, over seventy-five years after its premiere.</p>
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

Language

English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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鈥淟ovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.鈥濃€?lt;b><i>Fortune</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥滶nchanting,鈥濃€?lt;b><i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淚 love this book! I think it is brilliant.鈥濃€?lt;b>Ed Catmull,</b> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <i>Creativity Inc.</i><br /><br /><b>The revelatory saga of Pixar鈥檚 rocky start and improbable success</b><br /><br /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little鈥慿nown graphics company he owned called Pixar.聽One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard鈥憈rained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure.聽<br /><br /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood鈥檚 greatest success stories.聽Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar鈥檚 story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives.聽<br /><br /> 聽鈥淧art business book and part thriller鈥攁 tale that鈥檚 every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It鈥檚 also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.鈥濃€?lt;b>Dan Lyons</b>, best-selling author of <i>Disrupted</i><br /><br /> 鈥淎 natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擲uccess Magazine</i></b><br /><br /><b>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</b> 鈥?<b>A top pick on <i>Fortune</i>鈥檚 Favorite Booksof 2016 鈥?A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</b>
Movies (And Other Things)
by Shea Serrano

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>AN INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b> <b><b><br /></b><b>Featuring exclusive bonus chapters, including "When Was Hans Gruber's Subtlety the Most Threatening?" and "Which Trip Turned Out the Worst for Tom Hanks?"</b><b><br /></b>Shea Serrano is back, and his new book, <i>Movies (And Other Things)</i>,<i> </i>combines the fury of a John Wick shootout, the sly brilliance of Regina George holding court at a cafeteria table, and the sheer power of a Denzel monologue, all into one.</b><br /> <br /> <i>Movies (And Other Things)</i> is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things).<br /><br /> One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in <i>McFarland, USA</i>, and white saviors Native Americans in <i>Dances with Wolves</i>, and white saviors Black people in <i>Black or White</i>, and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in <i>Draft Day</i>? <br /><br /> Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George's circle of friends if we opened up the <i>Mean Girls</i> universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from <i>The Breakfast Club</i> is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from <i>Bring It On</i> is out...). Another of the chapters, for a third example, creates a special version of the Academy Awards specifically for rom-coms, the most underrated movie genre of all. And another of the chapters, for a final example, is actually a triple chapter that serves as an NBA-style draft of the very best and most memorable moments in gangster movies.<br /><br /> Many, many things happen in <i>Movies (And Other Things)</i>, some of which funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the smallest details and pockets of pop culture that only a book by Shea Serrano can provide.
Tell Me Who I Am: The Sunday Times Bestseller and Netflix Origin...
by , Marcus Lewis

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

July 04, 2013

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<p>Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin.</p><p>Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.</p><p>This has been Alex's reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.</p><p>Marcus his twin brother has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens. </p><p>Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and 90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heart-breaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus's determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.</p>
Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television
by Ying Zhu

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English

Pages

300

Publication Date

May 04, 2010

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<b>鈥淭he definitive work on Chinese television聽.聽.聽. A pioneering picture of CCTV and its crucial role in the contemporary Chinese political economy鈥?</b><b>(Robert W.聽McChesney, author of <i>Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> As China navigates the murky waters of a 鈥渢hird way鈥?with liberal economic policies under a strict political regime, the surprising battleground for China鈥檚 future emerges in the country鈥檚 highest rated television network鈥擟hina Central Television, or CCTV.<br /> 聽<br /> With 16 internationally broadcast channels and over 1.2 billion viewers, CCTV is a powerhouse in conveying Chinese news and entertainment. The hybrid nature of the network has also transformed it into an unexpected site of discourse in a country that has little official space for negotiation. While CCTV programming is state sponsored鈥攁nd censored鈥攖he popularity and profit of the station are determined by the people. And as the Chinese Communist Party seeks to exert its own voice on domestic and international affairs, the prospect of finding an amenable audience becomes increasingly paramount.<br /> 聽<br /> Through a series of interviews with a fascinating cast of power players including a director of a special topic program that incited the 1989 student movement, current and past presidents of CCTV, and producers at the frontline of the network鈥檚 rapidly evolving role in Chinese culture, celebrated media analyst Ying Zhu unlocks a doorway to political power that has long been shrouded in mystery.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎n indispensable guide to the Chinese media landscape.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New Inquiry</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淯p until <i>Two Billion Eyes</i>, the view of Chinese media has often been limited聽.聽.聽. Ying Zhu expands the periphery of our vision.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Los Angeles Review of Books</i>
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the ...
by , Amy Wallace

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 08, 2014

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<b><b><b>From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios鈥攖he Academy Award鈥搘inning studio behind聽<i>Coco, Inside Out,聽</i>and聽<i>Toy Story</i>鈥攃omes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath.</b></b><br /><br /> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Huffington Post</i> 鈥?<i>Financial Times</i> 鈥?<i>Success</i> 鈥?<i>Inc.</i> 鈥?<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /></b><i>Creativity, Inc.</i> is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation鈥攊nto the meetings, postmortems, and 鈥淏raintrust鈥?sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity鈥攂ut it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, 鈥渁n expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.鈥?lt;br /><br /> For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the <i>Toy Story</i> trilogy, <i>Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up,聽WALL-E, </i>and <i>Inside Out,聽</i>which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really <i>is</i>. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired鈥攁nd so profitable.<br /><br /> As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his co-founding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, <i>Toy Story</i> was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie鈥檚 success鈥攁nd in the thirteen movies that followed鈥攚as the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:<br /><br /> 鈥?Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.<br /> 鈥?If you don鈥檛 strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead. <br /> 鈥?It鈥檚 not the manager鈥檚 job to prevent risks. It鈥檚 the manager鈥檚 job to make it safe for others to take them.<br /> 鈥?The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them. <br /> 鈥?A company鈥檚 communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.
Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams 鈥?a compelling portrait of one of America鈥檚 most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in <i>Mork & Mindy</i> and his Academy Award-winning performance in <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations 鈥?all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. </p><p>But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams鈥檚 comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like <i>Dead Poets Society</i>; <i>Good Morning, Vietnam</i>; <i>The Fisher King</i>; <i>Aladdin</i>; and <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in <i>Good Will Hunting </i>he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.</p><p>Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression 鈥?topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews 鈥?and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, <i>Robin</i> is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.</p>
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder

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English

Pages

215

Publication Date

May 25, 2005

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

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