Already seen “Once” on stage? Must see musicals and then over and over again? Time to update your guide? “Broadway Musicals Show by Show” eighth edition by Stanley Green revised and updated by Cary Ginell, $24.99 paper. Includes indices to shows, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, choreographers, major cast members and theatres from 1866 through 2013. ,
Director of photography Alec Mills recalls his career and work on seven different James Bond films beginning on 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” as a young cameraman. He also worked on “The Empire Strikes Back” and was the camera operator on the 1966-1968 tv series “The Saint” starring Roger Moore. “Shooting 007 and Other Celluloid Adventures” by Alec Mils, $24.95 paper.
New collection of the poster art of artist John Alvin 1948-2008. “The Art of John Alvin” by Andrea Alvin, $34.95 cloth, foreword by Jeffrey Katzenberg. Alvin created the poster artwork for 135 movies from “Blazing Saddles” to “The Lion King”. His artwork includes posters for “Bladerunner”, “Star Wars”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Batman”, “Jurassic Park”
r Remember the remarkable cartoons of your childhood? Who could forget “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle”? With those great supporting players Boris and Natasha and Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties. Read more about the whole history of cartoons in “America Toons In A History of Television Animation” by David Perlmutter $55.00 paper.
Fascinated by Scandinavian crime dramas? How about the Danish film “Hour of the Lynx” 2013? Did you fall in love with “Inspector Montalbano” the Andrea Camillieri novels and Italian television series 1999 – ? Go to this handy little guide to the great writers, movies and television series in the genre: “Euro Noir The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film & TV” by Barry Forshaw, $16.95 paper. Country by country from France to Romania.
Richard Attenborough 1923-2014 has died at ninety. He began his film career in Noel Coward’s 1942 “In Which We Serve”. His memorable performance in “Brighton Rock” led to a long career in American film: “The Great Escape”, “The Sand Pebbles” and “The Flight of the Phoenix”. But his greatest success came from his making of “Ghandhi” 1982 which led to his winning the Oscar for best director.
Richard Harris was a champion racket ball player who was perfectly cast as a ruby player in “This Sporting Life”, His physical strength was again on display in “A Man Called Horse”. Harris also had phenomenal success with his recording of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park”. Harris enjoyed a long career in British and American films:”Mutiny on the Bounty”, “Camelot”, “Major Dundee”, “Unforgiven”, “Gladiator” and the first two Harry Potter films. “A Man Called Harris The Life of Richard Harris” by Michael Sheridan and Anthony Galvin, $27.95 cloth.