Rondo Awards 2018, Best Book of the Year Runners-Up:
NOPE, NOTHING WRONG HERE: The Making of Cujo by Lee Gambin
MONSTER SQUAD: Celebrating the Creators Behind Cinema’s Most Memorable Creatures by Heather A. Wixson
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Being the curious sort, I was eager to see what inside stories Mr. Knopf revealed in this book. I wasn't disappointed. He's been a much-sought-after writer for decades and has received many awards as a result, so he's had a vast array of experiences, both happy and sad. So now I know what it's like to be a successful writer of movies, TV shows, and mini-series.
Excellent biography of actor Sydney Greenstreet who had a prolific stage career before starting in films at age 61 with 1941's The Maltese Falcon. The photographs alone in this book are well worth it showing Greenstreet in his various stage roles. One minor error on page 32 where Rhett and Scarlett's daughter Bonnie is referred to as Bonny. The book has an extensive notes section as well as an appendix listing his films, stage work, and radio programs. This book really gives you a good look at Greenstreet.
A good book on character actor Marvin Kaplan with many funny stories. However the author or editor should have done some spell checking on the star’s names - Katharine Hepburn is not Katherine and Dan Dailey is not Daily.
I just received my copy of Hollywood Lights Nashville Nights. I haven’t been able to put it down. It is SO well written and am loving the story. Can’t wait to finish it and read it again!
Looking forward to reading it. Cheers from Canada .
A fascinating, candid look into the life & career of Hollywood’s First Pioneer Make-Up Woman Dorothy “Dottie” Ponedel. A remarkable story of fearlessness & friendships- Worth it for the Pictures alone... but Well worth the read!
Have been a Flynn fan since I was a little girl. I have several other books as well as all his movies on DVD. The other books pale in comparison to this special one. I had the softcover but had to have the new edition, it’s a great read, photos and now hardcover. The author just released a James Dean Quest for an Oscar book as well
This book is a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at all the work and strategies it took to bring the beloved Lassie to us on both the large and small screens. How heartwarming it is, too, to learn of the visits they made to sick children in the hospital! I'm very grateful to Bob for sharing his life story with us, as well as his love for the dogs they trained.
So many people ordered this book, that I had to get one, too, to see what the excitement was about. Now I understand. I just adore this book! It's not often that a star this huge turns the spotlight on her coworkers, but the authors do that beautifully. We, the readers, become the beneficiaries of Patty's (Anna's) extensive experience with some of the biggest stars of our lives, as well as some of the lesser-known ones. I'm envisioning Patty/Anna breathing a sigh of relief when they completed the writing, and feeling a sense of satisfaction. It is indeed a masterpiece.
What a fantastic inside view Paula gives us of the wonderful Lucille Ball! And what an honor it was for her to have Lucy's devoted friendship for the rest of her life! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their fun, educational, and even sad times together. Thank you for writing this book, Paula.
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