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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><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><b><br /></b><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

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?<b>A memoir of leadership and success</b>: 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 <i>themselves,</i> as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.鈥?/div>
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>
City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's
by Otto Friedrich

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English

Pages

739

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

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<p>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, the studios were faltering. The 1940s became the decade of Hollywood's decline: anticommunist hysteria excommunicated some of its best talent, while a 1948 antitrust consent decree ended many of the business practices that had made the studio system so profitable.</p><p>In this masterful work of cultural history, the legendary Otto Friedrich tells the story of Hollywood's heyday and decline in a vivid narrative featuring an all-star cast of the actors, writers, musicians, composers, producers, directors, racketeers, labor leaders, journalists, and politicians who played major parts in the movie capital during the turbulent decade from World War II to the Korean War.</p><p>Friedrich draws on sources from celebrity biographies to trade-union history, mingling lively gossip with analysis of Hollywood's seedier business dealings and telling the stories of legendary movies such as <em>Citizen Kane</em>, <em>The Maltese Falcon</em>, <em>Double Indemnity</em>, and <em>All About Eve</em>.</p><p>A classic portrait of a special place in a special time, City of Nets gives us a singular behind-the-scenes glimpse into a bygone era that still captivates our imaginations.</p>
Ayoade On Top
by Richard Ayoade

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English

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Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p>Richard Ayoade - in this foren, perhaps one of the most 'insubstantial' people of our age, takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don't care about. It's a journey deep within, in a way that's respectful and non-invasive; a journey for which we will all pay a heavy price, even if you've waited for the smaller paperback edition.</p><p>Ayoade argues for the canonisation of this brutal masterpiece, a film that celebrates capitalism in all its victimless glory; one we might imagine Donald Trump himself half-watching on his private jet's gold-plated flat screen while his other puffy eye scans the cabin for fresh, young prey."</p>
Life isn't everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his ...
by , Sam Kashner

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><b>An up close and personal portrait of a legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts鈥攆rom Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels.</b> </p><p>The work of Mike Nichols pervades American cultural consciousness鈥攆rom <i>The Graduate</i> and <i>Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</i> to <i>Angels in America</i>, <i>The Birdcage</i>, <i>Working Girl</i>, and <i>Primary Colors</i>, not to mention his string of hit plays, including <i>Barefoot in the Park </i>and <i>The Odd Couple</i>. If that weren鈥檛 enough, he was also one half of the timelessly funny duo Nichols & May, as well as a founding member of the original improv troupe. Over a career that spanned half a century, Mike Nichols changed Hollywood, Broadway, and comedy forever. </p><p>Most fans, however, know very little of the person behind it all. Since he never wrote his memoirs, and seldom appeared on television, they have very little sense of his searching intellect or his devastating wit. They don't know that Nichols, the great American director, was born Mikail Igor Peschkowsky, in Berlin, and came to this country, speaking no English, to escape the Nazis. They don't know that Nichols was at one time a solitary psychology student, or that a childhood illness caused permanent, life-altering side effects. They don't know that he withdrew into a debilitating depression before he "finally got it right," in his words, by marrying Diane Sawyer.</p><p>Here, for the first time, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner offer an intimate look behind the scenes of Nichols' life, as told by the stars, moguls, playwrights, producers, comics and crewmembers who stayed loyal to Nichols for years. <i>Life Isn't Everything </i> is a mosaic portrait of a brilliant and original director known for his uncommon charm, wit, vitality, and genius for friendship, this volume is also a snapshot of what it meant to be living, loving, and making art in the 20th century.</p>
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder

Language

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!
Tell Me Who I Am: The Story Behind the Netflix Documentary: Now ...
by , Marcus Lewis

Language

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>
Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge
by Sheila Weller

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English

Pages

418

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><b>A remarkably candid biography of the remarkably candid鈥攁nd brilliant鈥擟arrie Fisher</b><br /><b></b><br />In her 2008 bestseller, <i>Girls Like Us</i>, Sheila Weller鈥攚ith heart and a profound feeling for the times鈥攇ave us a surprisingly intimate portrait of three icons: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. Now she turns her focus to one of the most loved, brilliant, and iconoclastic women of our time: the actress, writer, daughter, and mother Carrie Fisher.</p><p>Weller traces Fisher鈥檚 life from her Hollywood royalty roots to her untimely and shattering death after Christmas 2016. Her mother was the spunky and adorable Debbie Reynolds; her father, the heartthrob crooner Eddie Fisher. When Eddie ran off with Elizabeth Taylor, the scandal thrust little Carrie Frances into a bizarre spotlight, gifting her with an irony and an aplomb that would resonate throughout her life. </p><p>We follow Fisher鈥檚 acting career, from her debut in <i>Shampoo</i>, the hit movie that defined mid-1970s Hollywood, to her seizing of the plum female role in <i>Star Wars</i>, which catapulted her to instant fame. We explore her long, complex relationship with Paul Simon and her relatively peaceful years with the talent agent Bryan Lourd. We witness her startling leap鈥攐n the heels of a near-fatal overdose鈥攆rom actress to highly praised, bestselling author, the Dorothy Parker of her place and time.</p><p>Weller sympathetically reveals the conditions that Fisher lived with: serious bipolar disorder and an inherited drug addiction. Still, despite crises and overdoses, her life鈥檚 work鈥攁s an actor, a novelist and memoirist, a script doctor, a hostess, and a friend鈥攚as prodigious and unique. As one of her best friends said, 鈥淚 almost wish the expression 鈥榦ne of a kind鈥?didn鈥檛 exist, because it applies to Carrie in a deeper way than it applies to others.鈥?lt;/p><p>Sourced by friends, colleagues, and witnesses to all stages of Fisher鈥檚 life, <i>Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge </i>is an empathic and even-handed portrayal of a woman who鈥攁s Princess Leia, but mostly as herself鈥攚as a feminist heroine, one who died at a time when we need her blazing, healing honesty more than ever.</p>
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.

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