The Men Who Would Be King: An almost epic tale of moguls, movies and a company called Dreamworks
This is the "movie business book" of the year. It is the cinematic saga of three Hollywood legends - friends and rivals who built the company of their dreams. "This book has all the right elements: deep-dish research, attitude to burn, page-turning readability and a great subject. It belongs right up there with the classics of Hollywood reportage." - Peter Biskind, Author, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Hardcover, 512 pp. $34.95.
Mark A. Vieira
Known as Hollywood's "Boy Wonder," Irving Thalberg created classics such as Ben-Hur, Tarzan the Ape Man, Grand Hotel, Freaks, Mutiny on the Bounty, and The Good Earth, but tragically he died and thirty-seven. His short but eventful life is brought to life in this compelling narrative of power and idealism, revealing for the first time the human being behind the legend. Hardcover, 504 pp. $41.95.
Conversations with Robert Evans
"My stories are not only not exaggerated, but they are underplayed. Because if I told the truth, nobody would believe me." So concludes Robert Evans after this marathon conversation with Lawrence Grobel. A brilliant and very candid look at the life and career of the youngest man ever to head Paramount Pictures. Softcover, 88 pp. $32.95.
Mainly On Directing Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals
by Arthur Laurents
Playwright, screenwriter, director, Arthur Laurents has been at the birth and rebirth of the American musical theatre's greatest creations for the past five decades. At the age of ninety one, he has just directed the wildly acclaimed new production of West Side Story on Broadway.
This book revels in the author's love for and understanding of, musical theatre, the people who make it and the audiences who attend.
He writes from experience, in rich detail about his work and the work of other great directors. There isn't a page in this book that doesn't entertain or give the reader a fascinating insight into the art of directing.
This is a book inspired by love, which we can be thankful for. Hardcover $28.95.
Hollywood: Dreams Made Real: Irving Thalberg and the Rise of MGM
Mark A. Viera
Ben-Hur, Flesh and the Devil, Tarzan the Ape Man, Grand Hotel, Mutiny on the Bounty, A Night at the Opera, The Good Earth -- all of these classic films have one man in common: Irving Thalberg. Running Universal studios at the age of twenty and cofounding MGM at twenty-four, he was the quintessential movie mogul, producing hundreds of films and launching dozens of careers. In this fascinating volume, acclaimed film historian Mark A. Viera tells the story of Thalberg's short but prolific life and confirms his role as the prime architect of the Hollywood studio system. Hardcover, 240 pp. $55.00.
Blade Runners, Deer Hunters, & Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies
Michael Deeley is the protean producer who is responsible for such varied classics as Blade Runner, The Deer Hunter, and The Italian Job, to name only a few. His adventures in motion pictures span the Swinging London of the 1960s, the New Hollywood of the 70s, and the blockbusting Spielberg era of the 1980s. In this candid memoir, Deeley offers a frank and humourous tour through his stunning career in the movies. Softcover, 273 pp. $20.00.
Ziegfeld: The Man Who Invented Show Business
In Ziegfeld: The Man Who Invented Show Business, Ethan Mordden re-creates the lost world of the Follies, a place of long-vanished beauty masterminded by one of the most inventive, ruthless, street-smart, and exacting men ever to fill a theatre on the Great White Way: Florenz Ziegfeld. Hardcover, $36.50.
I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History
In this insightful and humorous memoir Walter Mirisch, one of America's most prolific film producers, takes us on a moving, star-filled journey through his life and career. A producer with a passion for creative excellence, he offers insights into his innovative filmmaking process, revealing a rare ingenuity for working with auteur directors, weak-kneed studio executives, and troubled screen sirens. This book assures Mirisch's lasting legacy in Hollywood. Hardcover, 449 pp. $33.95.
Christine Vachon & Austin Bunn
In A Killer Life, Christine Vachon follows up her independent
producing handbook, Shooting to Kill,
with a behind-the-scenes memoir of the battle between creativity
and commerce. She recounts the rise of independent film and the evolution
of her company, Killer Films, revealing the stories behind star castings
and firings and films that never got made; how sexuality factors
into the films she produces; and how the often lethal combination of finance
and creativity affects what we see on the big screen. Softcover, 300 pp.
The Dream Team
In The Dream Team, Daniel M. Kimmel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Dreamworks' rise - and the end of the dream eleven years later, when most of the company was sold off or shut down. What caused the spectacular rise of fall of this seemingly unstoppable company? Kimmel offers intriguing answers, showing how the guys tilting at windmills unsually end up on the ground. Softcover, 238 pp. $18.95.
The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney
Walt Disney (1901-1966) was one of the most signifcant creative forces
of the twentieth century, a man who made a lasting impact on the art
of the animated film, the history of American business, and the evolution
of twentieth-century American culture. Based on decades of research
in the Disney studio's archives and dozens of public and private archives
in the United States and Europe, The Animated Man offers
illuminating accounts of Disney's childhood and young adulthood in
rural Missouri and Kansas City. Barrier describes how Disney transformed
himself from Midwestern farm boy to scrambling young businessman to
pioneering artist and, finally, to entrepreneur on a grand scale. Softcover,
393 pp. $22.95.
Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul
Sir Alexander Korda was one of the world's most important and charismatic
moguls. In Britain, with films like Rembrandt, The Thief of Bagdad, The
Four Feathers and The Third Man, he made movies that in their scale,
glamour and sophistication equalled and often surpassed Hollywood. Drawing on
a wealth of previously unpublished material, this is the first biography to go
behind the myths to reveal the many sides of one of the twentieth century's most
figures. Hardcover, 411 pp. $38.95.
Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood
Robert S. Birchard
Cecil B. DeMille -- director of such classics as The Ten Commandments, Samson
and Delilah, and The Greatest Show on Earth -- was one of the giants
of twentieth-century Hollywood. His box-office record was unsurpassed, and his
swaggering style established the public image for movie directors. This revealing
biography cuts through DeMille's mythic facade and provides a detailed and definitive
chronicle of the life and career of one of the true giants of cinema. Hardcover,
430 pp. $65.95.
Dino: The Life and Films of Dino De Laurentiis
Tullio Kezich & Alessandra Levantesi
In a career that has spanned six decades, Dino De Laurentiis has walked the cutting
edge of filmmaking, He has personified the powerful, visionary Hollywood producer
for one reason: he invented the role. This spellbinding biography celebrates
this living legend and his passionate, exhilarating life in the pictures. Hardcover,
Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars
Bernard F. Dick
The words "A Hal Wallis Production" grace the opening credits of several
of America's best-loved films. During nearly half a century of work in Hollywood,
this self-proclaimed "starmaker" produced countless timeless classics
and helped launch the careers of some of the era's biggest stars. This biography,
by film historian Bernard F. Dick, brings to vivid life the story of Hal Wallis.
287 pp. $57.95.
When Hollywood Had a King
As the head of MCA, Lew Wasserman ushered in the Hollywood that we know
today. He is the link between the old-school moguls with their ironclad studio
contracts and the new industry defined by multimedia conglomerates, power agents,
multimillionaire actors, and profit sharing. This telling biography reveals
what it took for this savvy businessman and entertainment visionary to, for
a time, reign over Tinseltown.
Softcover, 512 pp. $24.95.
The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up
Some of the most powerful men in entertainment -- including David Geffen, Barry
Diller, and Michael Ovitz -- began as trainees in musty talent agency mailrooms.
This book reveals why Harvard M.B.A.s turn down secure six-figure corporate salaries
to work at a major agency for less than $400 a week, as well as what you need
to know to work your way to the top. Softcover, 439 pp. $22.95.
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
More a bible than a dictionary, this revised edition of David Thomson's
definitive classic is required reading for anyone with even a passing
interest in film. With over 1300 concise yet astutely observed biographical
sketches of the most significant personalities in film history, this
book is as intelligent as it is comprehensive as it is entertaining.
Essential. Softcover, 963 pp. $32.95.
Shooting to Kill: How an Independant Producer Blasts
Through Barriers to Make Movies that Matter
Hailed by the New York Times as the "godmother to the politically committed
film," Christine Vachon has made her name with such bold, controversial
and commercially successful films as Boys Don't Cry, Kids, Safe,
I Shot Andy Warhol and Velvet Goldmine. Over the last decade, she
has become a driving force behind the most daring and strikingly
independant filmmakers and helped put them on the map. In this savagely
witty and straight-shooting guide, Vachon reveals the guts of the
filmmaking process and offers shrewd practical insights and troubleshooting
tips on handling everything from hysterical actors and disgruntled
teamsters to obtuse marketing executives. Softcover, $17.50.