Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV pdf

Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV  pdf

Title: Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV pdf

Author: Lucas Mann

Genre: ,Autobiography,Memoir,Nonfiction,Culture,Pop Culture,Adult,Sociology

Pages: 258 pages

Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV pdf

An intimate portrait of a marriage intertwined with a meditation on reality TV that reveals surprising connections and the meaning of an authentic life.,In Lucas Mann’s trademark vein–fiercely intelligent, self-deprecating, brilliantly observed, idiosyncratic, personal, funny, and infuriating–Captive Audience is an appreciation of reality television wrapped inside a love letter to his wife, with whom he shares the guilty pleasure of watching “real” people bare their souls in search of celebrity. Captive Audience resides at the intersection of popular culture with the personal; the exhibitionist impulse, with the schadenfreude of the vicarious, and in confronting some of our most suspect impulses achieves a heightened sense of what it means to live an authentic life and what it means to love a person.,“Over and over again, while reading Captive Audience, I was struck by Lucas Mann’s refusal to be satisfied by the insights that might satisfy another writer. Instead, he questions each of these insights: digs under it, complicates it, wonders why he felt inspired to utter it, wonders if its opposite might be just as true. The idea of epiphany makes him restless, but this restlessness is a gift to the rest of us. And running like a passionate ribbon through all of his ferocious questioning—about authenticity, presence, self-awareness and self-possession—is an unapologetic love story, full of the daily performances and unexpected grace of reality itself.” —Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams,“I was initially drawn to Captive Audience’s smashing critical analysis and savvy pop culture apologies, but what I ended up cherishing most of all is this book’s vivid portraiture. Mann has written a soulful recounting of not just a decade of watching reality TV as it has evolved past entertainment into something more complex, public, and even sinister, but a story of doing so alongside another person—a beloved life partner, nonetheless, with whom his shared reality also evolves and deepens. Who could have imagined that one of the most evocative love stories I’ve read in ages would be mixed into heady investigations of Joe Millionaire, COPS, and Vanderpump Rules?” —Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses,“This is book is about what it means to see and be seen. And more: it is about what it means to see and be seen in love. Lucas Mann always writes openly, even ecstatically, at the boundaries of the essay form. Captive Audience offers the pleasure of reading all these things: memoir, lucid cultural analysis, TV Guide, journalism, and, most of all, glorious love letters hurting with shared joys and naked vulnerability.” —Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana,“There is no cultural critic in America like Lucas Mann. Perhaps that’s because he turns on the television and sees what you don’t—in the vulgar and striving world of reality television, he finds beauty and heart in the ambition that drove these over-tanned and underfed people to perform for us—and that brought us in to watch. Mann’s voice is filled with empathy, irony, and a tenderness that will make you laugh and then ache, sometimes within the span of a single, perfectly constructed sentence. Captive Audience is the definitive book on the aging but perennially renewed genre of reality TV, and there isn’t an author alive who could have written it better.” —Kristen Radtke, author of Imagine Only Wanting This

 

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television pdf

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television  pdf

Title: Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television pdf

Author: Joy Press

Genre: ,Nonfiction,Feminism,History,Culture,Pop Culture,Media Tie In,Tv

Pages: 320 pages

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television pdf

From a leading cultural journalist, the definitive cultural history of female showrunners—including exclusive interviews with such influential figures as Shonda Rhimes, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, and many more. “An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). ,In recent years, women have radically transformed the television industry both behind and in front of the camera. From Murphy Brown to 30 Rock and beyond, these shows and the extraordinary women behind them have shaken up the entertainment landscape, making it look as if equal opportunities abound. But it took decades of determination in the face of outright exclusion to reach this new era.,In this “sharp, funny, and gorgeously researched” (Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker) book, veteran journalist Joy Press tells the story of the maverick women who broke through the barricades and the iconic shows that redefined the television landscape starting with Diane English and Roseanne Barr—and even incited controversy that reached as far as the White House. Drawing on a wealth of original interviews with the key players like Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), and Jill Soloway (Transparent) who created storylines and characters that changed how women are seen and how they see themselves, this is the exhilarating behind-the-scenes story of a cultural revolution.

 

Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star pdf

Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star  pdf

Title: Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star pdf

Author: William J. Mann

Genre: ,Biography,Nonfiction,History,Culture,Film,LGBT,LGBT,Gay

Pages: 480 pages

Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star pdf

In 1930 William Haines was Hollywood’s number-one box-office draw–a talented, handsome, romantic lead. Offscreen, he was openly gay. This bestselling biography captures the rich gay subculture of Hollywood before the Production Code–before studio intimidation led to the establishment of the Hollywood closet. Alone among his contemporaries, Billy Haines (1900-1973) refused to compromise and was ultimately booted out by Louis B. Mayer. Forced to give up acting, Haines went on to become a top interior designer to the stars and to clients such as Nancy Reagan. By his side through it all was his lover, Jimmie Shields; their fifty-year relationship led their best friend, Joan Crawford, to call them the “happiest married couple in Hollywood.” Wisecracker is an astounding piece of newly discovered gay history, a chronicle of high Hollywood, and–at its heart–a great and enduring love story.

 

Flicker pdf

Flicker  pdf

Title: Flicker pdf

Author: Theodore Roszak

Genre: ,Fiction,Horror,Mystery,Culture,Film,Thriller,Novels

Pages: 608 pages

Flicker pdf

From the golden age of art movies and underground cinema to X-rated porn, splatter films, and midnight movies, this breathtaking thriller is a tour de force of cinematic fact and fantasy, full of metaphysical mysteries that will haunt the dreams of every moviegoer. Jonathan Gates could not have anticipated that his student studies would lead him to uncover the secret history of the movies—a tale of intrigue, deception, and death that stretches back to the 14th century. But he succumbs to what will be a lifelong obsession with the mysterious Max Castle, a nearly forgotten genius of the silent screen who later became the greatest director of horror films, only to vanish in the 1940s, at the height of his talent. Now, 20 years later, as Jonathan seeks the truth behind Castle’s disappearance, the innocent entertainments of his youth—the sexy sirens, the screwball comedies, the high romance—take on a sinister appearance. His tortured quest takes him from Hollywood’s Poverty Row into the shadowy lore of ancient religious heresies. He encounters a cast of exotic characters, including Orson Welles and John Huston, who teach him that there’s more to film than meets the eye, and journeys through the dark side of nostalgia, where the Three Stooges and Shirley Temple join company with an alien god whose purposes are anything but entertainment.

 

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist pdf

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist  pdf

Title: Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist pdf

Author: Chuck Jones,

Genre: ,Biography,Art,Nonfiction,Humor,Culture,Film

Pages: 302 pages

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist pdf

The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening. ,Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros. cartoons and the creator of such memorable characters as the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, and Marvin Martian. In this beguiling memoir, Chuck Jones evokes the golden years of life at “Termite Terrace,” the Warner Bros. studio in which he and his now-famous fellow animators conceived the cartoons that delighted millions of moviegoers throughout the world and entertain new generations of fans on television. Not a mere history, “Chuck Amuck” captures the antic spirit that created classic cartoons-such as Duck Dodgers in the 241/2 Century, One Froggy Evening, Duck Amuck, and What’s Opera, Doc?-with some of the wittiest insights into the art of comedy since Mark Twain.

 

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics pdf

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics  pdf

Title: The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics pdf

Author: Nancie Clare

Genre: ,History,Culture,Film,Nonfiction

Pages: 288 pages

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics pdf

The untold history of Beverly Hills and how, against all odds, it remained an independent, exclusive, and glamorous enclave through the efforts of Hollywood’s film pioneers.,If you look at a map of the sprawling city lines of Los Angeles, you’ll notice a distinct hole in the middle. That is Beverly Hills, and there’s a reason why it remains an island in the sea of LA. It’s a tale inextricably linked with the dawn of cinema, a celebrity couple using their reputation to get what they wanted politically, and of course, the age old conundrum of California: water.,For film stars who moved out to California in the early 20th century, Beverly Hills was a refuge from tabloid-heavy Los Angeles. It was also a societal blank slate: unlike Los Angeles, saddled with the East Coast caste system, Beverly Hills’ developers were not picky about who settled there. It was the perfect place for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who both came from mixed-ethnic, impoverished backgrounds. It allowed them to become among the first actors to reach ‘superstar status’ through hard-work and keen entrepreneurial instincts—and to keep their steamy affair out of the press.,Today, listening to a celebrity advocating a cause doesn’t raise an eyebrow. But in 1923, it was something new. This is the story of how the stars battled to keep their city free from the clutches of a rapacious Los Angeles and lay the groundwork for celebrity influence and political power. With a nuanced eye and fantastic storytelling, The Battle for Beverly Hills is an irresistible tale of glamour, fame, gossip, and politics.