American film now : the people, the power, the money, the movies / by James Monaco
New York: New American library, 1979.
Call No: 71(73) MON Author: Monaco, James Source: US Place: New York Publisher: New American library PubDate: 1979 PhysDes: 544 p. : ill. ; 24 cm Subject: MOTION PICTURES - HISTORY; ALLEN, WOODY; ALTMAN, ROBERT; BOGDANOVICH, PETER; BROOKS, MEL; CASSAVETES, JOHN; COPPOLA, FRANCIS FORD; DE PALMA, BRIAN; LUCAS, GEORGE; MAZURSKY, PAUL; RITCHIE, MICHAEL; SCORSESE, MARTIN; SPIELBERG, STEVEN; SCHRADER, PAUL; SIMON, NEIL Summary: "Hollywood movies today are bigger - but are they better than ever? In this major examination of modern American cinema, one of our leading film critics ponders this question - and produces a wide-screen picture of the answer. Here in detail are the careers and creative milestones of the new "Whiz Kids" of hollywood - such glittering names as Scorsese, De Palma, Lucas, Spielberg, Altman, Mazursky, and Coppola. Here are the new masters of comedy - Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen. Here are the blockbusters that made fiscal history- Jaws, The Exorcist, the Godfather, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Nashville, Superman, and all the others. Here, too, are the masterpieces that passed unnoticed, and the disasters that Hollywood would like to forget. Here are the new writers turning out novelizations of screenplays and screenplays of novels, and the current and rising stars who collectively represent America's vision of glamour and aristocracy. Above all, here is a bottom-line report on the new economics that have turned Hollywood from an old-fashioned industry centered on making movies into a "leisure-time" business obsessed with making money for coporate owners. Add to this a complete rundown of the top critics' choice for the best films of the decade, and a comprehensive "Who's Who" in current American filmmaking, and you have American Film Now- the definitve guide to the film industry as it is today and as it will be tomorrow." BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes index. Donation: donated by Senses of Cinema, 2010 Contents: -- 1 Properties and packages: Getting started, building "projects", the rules of the game -- 2 Products and profits: conglomeration, the cash flow, slicing the pie, agenting -- 3 The entertainment machine: " Eat, swim, play, not talk!", the family of genres, the quarks of film -- 4: The people who make movies: the assets, Obiter Dicta: major contributors, the rest of the crew -- 5 The Whiz kids: Peter Bogdanovich, Billy Friedkin, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader -- 6 The black film ( and the black image): Hello, Sam; Ossie davis, Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles, Bill Gunn, Michael Schultz -- 7 The importance of being funny: comics and comedians: whats funny?, the genre and the style, the sunshine boys make movies: Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen -- 8 Myth, reality, and other ways of meaning: Realism and documentary, the mythos and ethos, myth for myth's sake, "If you want to send a message, call Western Union", The way we live now -- 9 Who's talking? Cassavetes, Altman, and Coppola: John Cassavetes and the mystiwue of the actor, Robert Altman and the myth of the character, Francis Coppola: the Stinky Kid as mogul -- 10 Who's talking? Ritchie and Mazursky: Michael Ritchie the ironist, Paul Mazursky the satirist -- 11 The fourth estate: Begelmania, A new constellation, What is to be done? -- The Data -- Critics and critical choices -- the best films of the decade -- ten major filmographies: Woody Allen, Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, Francis Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Paul Mazursky, Michael Ritchie, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg -- reading about American film now: a guide -- references -- Who's who in Americn film now?: writers, directors, actors, actresses, producers, cinematographers, composers, designers, special effects, sound -- index -- credits More info
The platinum age of television : from I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, how TV became terrific / David Bianculli
New York: Anchor Books ; a Division of Penguin Random House LLC, .
Call No: 730(73) BIA Author: Bianculli, David Source: US Place: New York Publisher: Anchor Books ; a Division of Penguin Random House LLC PubDate:  PhysDes: xiv, 576 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm Subject: TELEVISION; GROENING, MATT; BROOKS, MEL; BURNETT, CAROL; SMOTHERS, TOM; SCHUMER, AMY; BOCHCO, STEVEN; Chase, David; SPACEY, KEVIN; KELLEY, DAVID E.; LEAR, NORMAN; BROOKS, JAMES L.; SHANDLING, GARRY; REINER, CARL; NEWHART, BOB; C.K., LOUIS; APATOW, JUDD; SORKIN, AARON; WEINER, MATTHEW; BURNS, KEN Summary: "Television today is better than ever. From The Sopranos to Breaking Bad, Sex and the City to Girls, and Modern Family to Louie, never has so much quality programming dominated our screens. Exploring how we got here, acclaimed TV critic David Bianculli traces the evolution of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series, the medical drama, and the variety show. In each genre he selects five key examples of the form to illustrate its continuities and its dramatic departures. Drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history, Bianculli shows how the medium has evolved into the premier form of visual narrative art." - taken from back cover. Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages -555) and index. ISBN: 9781101911327 Contents: Introduction -- 1. Children's programs -- 2. Animation -- Profile: Matt Groening -- 3. Variety/ sketch -- Profile : Mel Brooks -- Profile : Carol Burnett -- Profile : Tom Smothers -- Profile : Amy Schumer -- 4. Soap operas -- 5. Crime -- Profile : Steven Bochco -- Profile : David Chase -- Profile : Kevin Spacey -- Profile : Vince Gilligan -- 6. Legal -- Profile : David E. Kelley -- Profile : Robert and Michelle King -- 7. Medical -- 8. Family sitcoms -- Profile : Norman Lear -- 9. Workplace sitcoms -- Profile : James L. Brooks -- Profile : Garry Shandling -- 10. Splitcoms -- Profile : Carl Reiner -- Profile : Bob Newhart -- Profile : Larry David -- Profile : Louis C.K. -- 11. Single working women sitcoms -- Profile : Judd Apatow -- 12. Sci-fi/ fantasy/ horror -- 13. Westerns -- Profile : David Milch -- 14. Spies -- 15. General drama -- Profile : David Simon -- Profile : Aaron Sorkin -- Profile : Matthew Weiner -- 16. War -- 17. Miniseries -- Profile : Ken Burns -- 18. Topical comedy -- Profile : Larry Wilmore -- Conclusion. More info