HIts, Flops, and Other Illusions by Ed Zwick

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In this candid, engaging memoir, Edward Zwick looks back at his career as a leading director, producer, and writer, offering revealing stories and keen observations about some of the stars he’s worked with, including Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and others. But like Zwick’s movies, which have tended to be not just entertaining but about something, the book goes beyond these Hollywood insider tales. It’s a reflective and instructive examination of his own evolution as a filmmaker and professional storyteller. And it’s a rumination on what’s become of the business of moviemaking—how hard it actually is to get anything made, given the budget issues, studio demands, and capriciousness of actors.

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ISBN: 9781668046999
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Published: Gallery Books - February 13th, 2024

Opposable Thumbs by Matt Singer

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Before IMDB or Letterboxd, movie fans got their talking points from a public television show hosted by two guys who obviously hated each other's guts. This rollicking history of the Siskel & Ebert double act tells a very funny story of two egomaniacal frenemies who became true allies while creating a format that endures in podcasts and beyond. The team also inspired a national debate about movies that continues to this day. Thank 'em!   

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ISBN: 9780593540152
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 24th, 2023

Erotic Vagrancy by Roger Lewis

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Some celebrity bios are just juicy. This one is a four-course dinner fit for a cannibal. When Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton first met on the set of Cleopatra, they didn't merely set off sparks. Their combustible relationship laid waste to the media landscape as we know it, as fans gorged on details of the yacht they kept for their pets, Taylor's endless ailments, and the bitchy war of words that spilled over into movies like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Lewis wields his pen like a rapier dipped in acid as he sketches the definitive look of two outsized personalities who didn't so much squander talent as redefine it. 

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ISBN: 9780857381729
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Published: Mobius - March 26th, 2024