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Documentary Superstars

by Marsha Mccreadie Allworth (February 23, 2010)

The first book to trace the rise of documentaries as mainstream entertainment. When did documentaries get glamorous? Documentary Superstars looks at the history of documentaries and traces their transition from...

How to Write a Movie in 21 Days

by Viki King Harper (March 03, 2015)

In this classic bestselling screenwriting guide, author and film consultant Viki King takes readers through the action and adventure of their own life to get the movie in their hearts onto the page.

For writers,...

Brick Flicks

by Sarah Herman Skyhorse (November 18, 2014)

  • Ideal choice for fans of the LEGO movie who want to try stop-motion animation in their own movies
  • Provides practical tips on how to film using stop-motion animation
  • Professional advice on art, lighting, effects,...

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

by Joe Layden, Cary Elwes & Rob Reiner Atria Books (October 14, 2014)

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the New York Times bestselling account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with...

Mom in the Movies

by Turner Classic Movies, Inc. & Richard Corliss Simon & Schuster (April 08, 2014)

Turner Classic Movies and film historian Richard Corliss present Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate), the definitive, fully illustrated book that shares the many...

John Wayne: The Life and Legend

by Scott Eyman Simon & Schuster (April 01, 2014)

The New York Times bestselling biography of John Wayne: “authoritative and enormously engaging…Eyman takes you through Wayne’s life, his death, and his legend in a detailed, remarkably knowledgeable yet...

Love Like the Movies

by Victoria Van Tiem Pocket Star (February 24, 2014)

In this irresistible romantic romp, movie fanatic Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style—when her gorgeous ex presents a series of big screen challenges to win back her heart.

What girl wouldn’t...

The Movies That Changed Us

by Nick Clooney Atria Books (May 11, 2010)

Nick Clooney, one of America's most respected film critics and historians, presents a distinctive catalog of movies that have influenced and altered not only the world of cinema, but also the world in which...

Movies and TV: The New York Public Library Book of Answers

by Melinda Corey, Diane Corey & George Ochoa Touchstone (July 01, 1992)

If you're a movie or television fan - how many of these questions can you answer?

  • What was the last picture show in The Last Picture Show?
  • Where was the stagecoach headed in Stagecoach?
  • What was the name...

  • Its All Your Fault

    by Bill Robinson & Ceridwen Morris Touchstone (June 15, 2010)

    An Essential Guide to Landing -- and Keeping -- Your first Hollywood Job

    A position as an assistant to a producer, agent, director, studio executive, or star can be the path to a fabulous career -- or a one-way...


    by A.V. Club & Chuck Klosterman Scribner (October 13, 2009)

    Each week, the writers of The A.V. Club issue a slightly slanted pop-culture list filled with challenging opinions (Is David Bowie's "Young Americans" nearly ruined by saxophone?) and fascinating facts. Exploring...

    City of Nets

    by Otto Friedrich Harper Perennial (March 18, 2014)

    In 1939, fifty million Americans went to the movies every week, Louis B. Mayer was the highest-paid man in the country, and Hollywood produced 530 feature films a year. One decade and five thousand movies later,...

    Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities

    by Guillermo del Toro & Marc Zicree Harper Design (December 31, 2013)

    Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and...


    by Tom Shone Free Press (December 07, 2004)

    It's a typical summer Friday night and the smell of popcorn is in the air. Throngs of fans jam into air-conditioned multiplexes to escape for two hours in the dark, blissfully lost in Hollywood's latest glittery...

    Independent Film Producing

    by Paul Battista Allworth (October 08, 2013)

    The number of independent films produced each year has almost doubled in the past decade, yet only a fraction will succeed. If, like many filmmakers, you have no industry connections, little to no experience,...

    Reading the Silver Screen

    by Thomas C. Foster Harper Perennial (September 13, 2016)

    From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes an indispensable analysis of our most celebrated medium, film.

    No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying...

    The Wizard of Oz

    by William Stillman & Jay Scarfone Harper Design (October 29, 2013)

    Commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, this collectible edition delivers an interactive experience, transporting readers over the rainbow and into the Land of Oz with its host of unpublished...

    The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

    by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell Simon & Schuster (October 01, 2013)

    New York Times bestseller—now a major motion picture directed by and starring James Franco!

    From the actor who somehow lived through it all, a “sharply detailed…funny book about a cinematic comedy of errors”...

    The Art of Motion Picture Editing

    by Vincent LoBrutto Allworth (January 01, 2012)

    Learn how to use images and sound to tell a motion picture story. This guide reveals how editing affects a motion picture’s pace, rhythm, structure, and story, and spells out exactly what an editor does. The...

    Makin' Toons

    by Allan Neuwirth Allworth (April 02, 2007)

    From the first drawing board sketch to wriggling TV character, Makin’ Toons illustrates the thrills and challenges of making animated cartoon movies as told by the industry’s most successful creators. Cartoon...

    Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting

    by Robert McKee HarperCollins e-books (September 28, 2010)

    Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane...

    Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made

    by Roy Blount, Jr. HarperCollins e-books (September 28, 2010)

    Bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the story of theclassic Marx Brothers wartime satire Duck Soup. As always, Blount isinformed yet informal, tongue-in-cheek yet tempered, providing the perfectvoice to...

    House, M.D.: The Official Guide to the Hit Medical Drama

    by Ian Jackman & Hugh Laurie HarperCollins e-books (August 17, 2010)

    The first authorized companion to the Emmy Award-winning medical drama House, M.D., starring Hugh Laurie, House M.D: The Official Guide to the Hit Medical Drama features full backstage access to the cast and...

    You're Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 for Which I Should Be Shot

    by Mike Medavoy & Josh Young Atria Books (June 25, 2013)

    “An under-read and engaging show-biz memoir.” –The New Yorker

    "If I had a talent for anything, it was a talent for knowing who was talented."

    Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who,...

    George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success

    by Alex Ben Block & Lucy Autrey Wilson Dey Street Books (March 30, 2010)

    A comprehensive look at 300 of the most financially and/or critically successful motion pictures of all time—many made despite seemingly insurmountable economic, cultural, and political challenges—set against...

    Hollywood Jock: 365 Days, Four Screenplays, Three TV Pitches, Two Kids, and One Wife Who's Ready to Pull the Plug

    by Rob Ryder HarperCollins e-books (March 02, 2010)

    Rob Ryder made that pledge to his wife, and he was determined to stick to it. As technical consultant on blockbuster sports films, he had seen up close how the film business works and what kind of chaos can,...

    Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen

    by Leonard Maltin Dey Street Books (February 09, 2010)

    Popular film critic and esteemed cinema historian Leonard Maltin offers a fresh look at underappreciated screen gems in Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. From the over 17,000 entries in...

    Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made

    by Michael Adams Dey Street Books (January 19, 2010)

    "Michael Adams's book is great fun! No one intends to make a truly bad movie, but when they do, Michael Adams will be there to watch it...and make it entertaining!" —John Landis, director of Trading Places...

    Green Porno

    by Isabella Rossellini & Everyday Pictures Inc. HarperStudio (September 22, 2009)

    From the beloved actress Isabella Rossellini comes Green Porno, a strange and enlightening visual exploration of the sex lives of insects and sea creatures, based on the wildly popular short videos of the same...

    Confessions of a Casting Director

    by Jen Rudin It Books (December 17, 2013)

    Confessions of a Casting Director is a must-have for any aspiring actor or stage parent—the definitive guide to breaking into film, television, theater, and even YouTube from longtime casting director and...

    Secrets of Breaking into the Film and TV Business

    by Dean Silvers William Morrow Paperbacks (March 04, 2014)

    A highly successful, award-winning independent producer shares his funny, practical, and innovative approach to breaking into film or television, whether you want to direct, act, write, or produce

    It doesn't...

    Screen Plays

    by David S. Cohen HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

    In this fascinating survey of contemporary screen craft, David Cohen of Script and Variety magazines leads readers down the long and harrowing road every screenplay takes from idea to script to screen. In interviews...

    Shooting to Kill

    by Christine Vachon HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

    Complete with behind-the-scenes diary entries from the set of Vachon's best-known fillms, Shooting to Kill offers all the satisfaction of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmakins, from...

    The Kid Stays in the Picture

    by Robert Evans It Books (June 04, 2013)

    Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film,...

    Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition

    by Michael Hauge Collins Reference (April 30, 2013)

    For more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. Now fully revised and updated...

    Knowing the Score

    by David Morgan Dey Street Books (April 16, 2013)

    This collection of interviews with Hollywood composers offers the most intimate look ever at the process of writing music for the movies.  From getting started in the business to recording the soundtrack, from...


    by John Anderson & David Morgan Harper Paperbacks (April 16, 2013)

    Every winter, 8,000 feet above sea level in the Utah snow, the hopes and dreams of young moviemakers are put on display at the Sundance Film Festival--the haven for independent films where you can show up a...


    by Steven Spielberg & The Shoah Foundation Newmarket for It Books (April 08, 2014)

    This illustrated, large-format book, Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation—A 20th Anniversary Commemoration combines, for the first time, the behind-the-scenes story of the...

    A Year at the Movies

    by Kevin Murphy Dey Street Books (May 14, 2013)

    For some of us, moviegoing is an occasional pleasure. Kevin Murphy made it his obsession, and he did it for you.

    Mr. Murphy, known to legions of fans as Tom Servo on the legendary TV series Mystery Science Theater...

    Last Night at the Viper Room

    by Gavin Edwards It Books (October 22, 2013)

    In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix—a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty...

    Green Shadows, White Whale

    by Ray Bradbury William Morrow Paperbacks (April 16, 2013)

    In 1953, the brilliant but terrifying titan of cinema John Huston summons the young writer Ray Bradbury to Ireland. The apprehensive scribe's quest is to capture on paper the fiercest of all literary beasts...

    Screenplay Story Analysis

    by Asher Garfinkel Allworth (June 29, 2010)

    Sometimes it seems like everybody’s writing a screenplay. But who reads those screenplays? Professional story analysts, that’s who. Screenplay Story Analysis explains exactly how to become a professional...

    Rebels on the Backlot

    by Sharon Waxman William Morrow (February 19, 2013)

    The 1990s saw a shock wave of dynamic new directing talent that took the Hollywood studio system by storm. At the forefront of that movement were six innovative and daring directors whose films pushed the boundaries...

    Splatter Flicks

    by Sara Caldwell Allworth (September 07, 2010)

    • Features dozens of detailed interviews with directors, producers, F/X pros, and more • Horror movies get better distribution deals—so they’re great for independent filmmakers • Entertaining and informative,...

    The Perfect Screenplay

    by Katherine Herbert Allworth (September 21, 2010)

    They say in L.A. everybody is writing a screenplay. With The Perfect Screenplay, everybody everywhere will be writing well-presented, saleable screenplays. Packed with tips from an insider on how Hollywood operates,...

    Making Real-Life Videos

    by Matthew Williams Allworth (September 07, 2010)

    Getting a good home video is hit-or-miss. Plenty of times, they're dark and fuzzy and Aunt Myrna is washed out and Junior . . . do his eyes always look like that? This unique, accessible guide for living room...

    Zero Dark Thirty

    by Mark Boal Newmarket for It Books (July 16, 2013)

    The hunt for Osama bin Laden preoccupied the world and two American presidential administrations for more than a decade. But in the end, it took a small, dedicated team of CIA operatives to track him down. Every...

    The Film Encyclopedia 7e

    by Ephraim Katz & Ronald Dean Nolen Collins Reference (February 26, 2013)

    Ephraim Katz's The Film Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive single-volume encyclopedia on film and is considered the undisputed bible of the film industry. Completely revised and updated, this seventh edition...

    Designs on Film

    by Cathy Whitlock It Books (February 05, 2013)

    Who can forget the over-the-top, white-on-white, high-gloss interiors through which Fred Astaire danced in Top Hat? The modernist high-rise architecture, inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the adaptation...

    Down and Dirty Pictures

    by Peter Biskind Simon & Schuster (January 08, 2013)

    In this “dishy…superbly reported” (Entertainment Weekly) New York Times bestseller, Peter Biskind chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers who reinvented Hollywood—most notably Sundance founder...