Critics on the New Episodic Narrative TV Series

A critical symposium on the New Age of episodic, narrative storytelling in “True Detective”, “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, “The Sopranos”, “The Wire”, “Battlestar Gallactica”, “Deadwood” in the new issue of “Cineaste” vol. XXXIX, no.4 $8.00.  Also interviews with Richard Linklater on “Boyhood”, Amos Vogel on the history of Cinema 16. Profile on Toshiro Mifune on his career in Kurosawa films. thFYGPKRB3


Johnny Cash Man in Black FAQ

Musical phenomena Johnny Cash released an album every year from 1956 through his death in 2003. Find out about the stories behind the hits, his key relationships and collaborators including his partnership with June Carter Cash. “Johnny Cash FAQ All That’s Left to Know about the Man in Black” by C. Eric Banister, $24.99 paper. thBXWI2SN7


Where Did They Film That? The Warner Bros. Backlot

Did they film the Paris scenes from “Casablanca” on the Warner Bros. backlot Viennese Street or French Street? There is evidence on both sides. Warner Bros. had an English Street and even an Moorish Street where they filmmed the scenes for the Blue Parrot nightclub.  Enter into the fabulous world of Hollywood Studio sets and studio locations in “Warner Bros. Hollywood ‘s Ultimate Backlot” by Steven Bingen with Marc Wanamaker, Bison Archives $29.95 cloth, Foreword by Doris Day.thEKBY4LL1


Lee Grant from Blacklist to Peyton Place

Lee Grant burst into the movie scene with her role in “Detective Story”.   But the Blacklist derailed her career . However she kept at it and took any job she could and went on to win an Oscar for her role in Warren Beatty’s “Shampoo”.  Grant enjoyed success in roles in films from “Valley of the Dolls” to “In the Heat of the Night”. In her new memoir she relates stories about her co stars Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Sidney Poitier and Warren Beatty. “I Said Yes to Everything A Memoir” by Lee Grant, $28.95 cloth.th17FL9ILM


Richard Kiel “Jaws” Dies at 74

Richard Kiel 7’2” actor played “Jaws” one of the most popular James Bond adversaries of all time in two movies “The Spy Who Love Me” 1977 and “Moonraker” 1978 opposite Roger Moore. Kiel passed away at 74 after breaking his leg last week. He also appeared in “Happy Gilmore” 1996 and voiced the character ‘Vlad’ in the Disney film “Tangled”. Kiel appeared in a number of James Bond video games and popularly in the “Everything or Nothing” game. thI3NV1SGE


Batteries Low? Pick Up the Book. It’s Always Charged Up

Got a question right now? Don’t wait for  charging. Pick up the reference book. Who directed that? Who is that actor? Like the music well you can look up the composer. Hated the script? Check out that screenwriter. How about a movie set in Jamaica or a submarine movie. Was it nominated for an Oscar or a BAFA. You can find out all this and much more in the Hound. “VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever 2015 The Complete Guide to Movies on All Home Entertainment Formats” ed. by  Jim Craddock, $25.95 paper.000000000001389647_1


Elia Kazan — The Director of Great American Writers

thHQXO8CNUElia ‘Gage’ Kazan directed back to back the greatest works of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. He also collaborated with with writers Thorton Wilder, Clifford Odets, John Steinbeck and Budd Schulberg. He directed actors Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Natalie Wood and Julie Harris among the greatest stars of mid twentieth century America. Read more about his thoughts and collaborative techniques in “The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan” edited by Albert J. Devlin with Marlene Devlin, $40.00 cloth.thJP70IUH4