Offers a sweeping overview of the history of film that critically assesses one thousand movies, including old favorites, forgotten gems, and modern classics, with little-known facts, trivia, and ideas about what to see.
An updated edition of the film reference provides almost 1,500 entries on leading international actors and actresses, directors, and producers, along with critical essays, profiles, and film analyses.
The Emmy Award-winning comedian shares the stories of his years in stand-up comedy in a humorous memoir that recalls a first job selling guidebooks at Disneyland, his early magic and comedy act, his years of honing his craft, and the sacrifice, discipline, and originality it took to take him to the top, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. 350,000 first printing.
The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love
Provides an informative guide to these low-budget and relatively unpredictable cult classics through movie critic reviews of some of the most revered science fiction, western, and midnight movies ever produced. Original.
Highlighted by full-color photography, a bilingual celebration of the contributions of Hispanics to the entertainment world profiles one hundred of the most famous celebrities, chronicling the life stories of icons ranging from Jennifer Lopez to Celia Cruz.
The story of the first and last interracial comedy team in show business is chronicled in a firsthand volume that unearths a largely forgotten chapter in the history of comedy.
A volume of critical interpretations of significant modern films features the writer's scholarly and cultural observations about such works as Brokeback Mountain, World Trade Center, and Troy, accompanied by his insights into the theater and literature, from Euripides to Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex. By the author of The Lost. 25,000 first printing.
The author explains how late-night programming plays its own role in shaping public perception of government and the political process in this exploration of what Americans have found so funny about our political institutions and the people who inhabit them.
An international ballet star traces his childhood in the impoverished suburbs of Havana, his adolescent participation in break-dancing and delinquency that prompted his enrollment in ballet school, and his prestigious performances throughout Cuba, the United States, and Europe. 20,000 first printing.
A history of the WPA's Federal Theater Project in the 1930s traces the role of project leader Hallie Flanagan in transforming the Roosevelt administration relief effort into a platform for some of performing art's most inventive and controversial achievements. 25,000 first printing.
A social and cultural history of New York's 1849 Astor Place Riots describes how a petty feud between two celebrated Shakespearean actors of the era—William Charles Macready and Edwin Forrest—led to a violent and bloody public disturbance that resulted in the deaths of more than thirty people. 25,000 first printing.