Wild and Crazy Guys

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Wild and Crazy Guys

Wild and Crazy Guys

How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever

  • Author: Nick de Semlyen
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 1984826654
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
  • View: 2873
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The behind-the-scenes story of the iconic funnymen who ruled '80s Hollywood—Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy—and the beloved films that made them stars, including Animal House, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEW YORK “An enjoyable romp that vividly captures the manic ups and downs of the remarkable group of funny folk who gave us a golden age of small and big screen comedy, from SNL to Groundhog Day.”—Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Wild and Crazy Guys opens in 1978 with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray taking bad-tempered swings at each other backstage at Saturday Night Live, and closes 21 years later with the two doing a skit in the same venue, poking fun at each other, their illustrious careers, triumphs and prat falls. In between, Nick de Semlyen takes us on a trip through the tumultuous '80s, delving behind the scenes of movies such as National Lampoon's Vacation, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and dozens more. Chronicling the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, it's got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes, and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S. Thompson while tied to a lawn chair. What's not to like? Based on candid interviews from many of the stars themselves, as well as those in their immediate orbit, including directors John Landis, Carl Reiner, and Amy Heckerling, Wild and Crazy Guys is a fantastic insider account of the friendships, feuds, triumphs, and disasters experienced by these beloved comedians. Hilarious and revealing, it is both a hidden history of the most fertile period ever for screen comedy and a celebration of some of the most popular films of all time. Praise for Wild and Crazy Guys “Eminently readable . . . Children of the 1980s, take note: this is a fond, engrossing look back at the making of movies that became cultural touchstones.”—Booklist (starred review) “Nick de Semlyen smartly charts the pinballing career paths of the stars of this new comic wave. . . . His punchy, nonstop narrative . . . tells a [story] where art and commerce smash hard against each other, sometimes causing destruction, but sometimes making sparks fly.”—The Sunday Times (UK)

Baseball's Boneheads, Bad Boys & Just Plain Crazy Guys

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Baseball's Boneheads, Bad Boys & Just Plain Crazy Guys

Baseball's Boneheads, Bad Boys & Just Plain Crazy Guys

  • Author: George Sullivan
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press
  • ISBN: 9780761323211
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
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Profiles past and present professional baseball players known for their quirky superstitions, joke-playing, outrageous behavior, or illegal play, and discusses superstitions and silly ways the players confuse their opponents. Simultaneous.

Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You About Winning Hold'em Poker

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Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You About Winning Hold'em Poker

Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You About Winning Hold'em Poker

  • Author: Lou Krieger,Sheree Bykofsky
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart
  • ISBN: 9780818406591
  • Category: Games & Activities
  • Page: 262
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It takes a special book to take a player to the next level, and this is that book. --Amy Calistri, Poker School Online While other highly touted books on hold'em poker offer enough tips to turn a committed beginner into a moderately successful player, none offers the strategies needed to turn an experienced player into a consistent winner--until now. This guide even goes one step further by exposing exactly what the pros don't want you to know. "My only worry is that they have given away too much information." --Matt Lessinger, author of The Book of Bluffs Revealed within these pages are the actual techniques--equally effective for virtually all poker games--that professional gamblers use to win consistently. You'll find out how to quickly recognize and capitalize on betting patterns, how to develop a table image that pays big dividends, advanced bank management techniques, and why the cards you hold are often less important than the way you play them, plus: * Why folding more can lead to winning more * How betting limits dramatically impact the way you should play your hands * Why women have an innate edge * Telltale signs to look for when choosing a casino table * Why it's smarter to be the one who bets and not the sucker who calls "Easy to understand, helpful, and fun to read." --Dave Scharf, author of Winning at Poker Take that next step--armed with the secrets of the pros! A popular columnist for several magazines, including Bluff and Fifth Street, the newspaper The Nevada Sunday, as well as the author of seven top-selling books on poker, Lou Krieger is one of gaming's biggest names. In 2000, he was dubbed "one of the most influential gaming writers of the past hundred years" by Casino Journal--an honor bestowed on only four others worldwide. Sheree Bykofsky has been the winner or first runner-up in hundreds of poker tournaments, both in casinos and online, and won a seat as a participant in the 2004 World Series of Poker. She is also a literary agent and the author of more than twenty books, as well as countless articles on a variety of subjects, which have appeared in major magazines and newspapers.

Asian Film Journeys

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Asian Film Journeys

Asian Film Journeys

Selections from Cinemaya

  • Author: Rashmi Doraiswamy,Latika Padgaonkar
  • Publisher: SCB Distributors
  • ISBN: 8183282083
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 200
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For lovers of Asian cinema and for those simply curious to know its trends and moods, experiments and innovations since it strode the world stage with assurance in the mid- 80s, Asian Film Journeys is a feast. It presents a selection of articles that appeared in the pages of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly between 1988 and 2004, articles that closely tracked the bold new film narrative of both the well-known and the lesser-known cinemas as it unfolded. The Quarterly remained, for fifteen years, the one and only serious yet lively platform for writing on the cinemas of Asian countries. Given that the writers were mostly Asian-apart from some keen and long-standing followers of Asian cinema from the West-the magazine offered, for the first time, a truly authentic point of view, a look at films from within their cultures. The book gives a bird’s eye view of the style and substance, art and craft of these cinemas and captures some of the Asian air it let in!

I'll Be The Parent, You Be The Child

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I'll Be The Parent, You Be The Child

I'll Be The Parent, You Be The Child

Encourage Excellence, Set Limits, And Lighten Up

  • Author: Paul Kropp
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0738212016
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 288
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With myriad parenting books available today, it's no wonder parents are confused by the range of opinions and quick fixes these books offer. I'll Be the Parent, You Be the Child leaves theories behind and gives parents of school-age children practical approaches for handling fundamental child-rearing issues. Out of a welter of parenting fads and on-going cultural upheavals, Paul Kropp answers parents' number-one question, "What is the right way to rear our children to become responsible, well-adjusted adults?"Kropp responds with irrefutable evidence that favors time-honored essentials for parenting success, from providing unconditional love to setting consistent rules-qualities we know are easily overlooked in favor of feel-good fads. Next he tackles specific, topical problems that concern parents most, offering advice that often runs counter to fashion but that parents will cheer. Topics include praise and its dangers; quality time, and why it never works; privacy, and why too much of it is a bad thing; allowance, and the true purpose of giving a child his own money; and much more.This is a bracing, often humorous, book that debunks easy, TV-style parenting and provides down-to-earth problem-solving that parents can really use, with lots of real-life examples.

Conversations with Steve Martin

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Conversations with Steve Martin

Conversations with Steve Martin

  • Author: Robert E. Kapsis
  • Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • ISBN: 1626743215
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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Conversations with Steve Martin presents a collection of interviews and profiles that focus on Martin as a writer, artist, and original thinker over the course of more than four decades in show business. While those less familiar with his full body of work may think of Martin as primarily the “wild and crazy guy” with an arrow through his head, this book makes the case that he is in fact one of our nation’s most accomplished and varied artists. It shows the full range of Martin’s creative work, tracing the source of his comic imagination from his early standup days, starting in the mid to late 1960s through the films he has written and starred in, and emphasizing his more recent creative outpourings as playwright, essayist, novelist, memoirist, songwriter, composer, musician, and art critic. “Standup is the hardest material in the world to write for someone else; it’s like trying to condense 10 years of experience into 20 minutes of new material.,” Martin says. But commenting on his fiction writing, he says. “I think you have to be able to find as a writer that state where you don’t know what you’re going to say or what the character is going to say or who the characters are. That’s the biggest thrill of all. When you start to trust that subconscious thing and you don’t censor yourself—just remember you can always throw it away—that’s when the good stuff comes out.” The selected materials consist not only of pieces focused primarily on Martin’s writings, but also broader profiles and conversations that help explain Martin’s development as a writer within the larger context of his many other accomplishments, talents, and performance skills.

Down and Dirty Pictures

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Down and Dirty Pictures

Down and Dirty Pictures

Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Fil

  • Author: Peter Biskind
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439127107
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 560
  • View: 555
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In this “dishy…superbly reported” (Entertainment Weekly) New York Times bestseller, Peter Biskind chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers who reinvented Hollywood—most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax Films an indie powerhouse. As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind “takes on the movie industry of the 1990s and again gets the story” (The New York Times). Biskind charts in fascinating detail the meteoric rise of the controversial Harvey Weinstein, often described as the last mogul, who created an Oscar factory that became the envy of the studios, while leaving a trail of carnage in his wake. He follows Sundance as it grew from a regional film festival to the premier showcase of independent film, succeeding almost despite the mercurial Redford, whose visionary plans were nearly thwarted by his own quixotic personality. Likewise, the directors who emerged from the independent movement, such as Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and David O. Russell, are now among the best-known directors in Hollywood. Not to mention the actors who emerged with them, like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ethan Hawke, and Uma Thurman. Candid, controversial, and “sensationally entertaining” (Los Angeles Times) Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for anyone interested in the film world.

Baseball's Boneheads, Bad Boys, and Just Plain Crazy Guys

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Baseball's Boneheads, Bad Boys, and Just Plain Crazy Guys

Baseball's Boneheads, Bad Boys, and Just Plain Crazy Guys

  • Author: George Sullivan
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780761319283
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
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Profiles past and present professional baseball players known for their quirky superstitions, joke-playing, outrageous behavior, or illegal play, and discusses superstitions and silly ways the players confuse their opponents. Simultaneous.

Steve Martin

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Steve Martin

Steve Martin

The Magic Years

  • Author: Morris Walker
  • Publisher: SP Books
  • ISBN: 9781561719808
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 273
  • View: 533
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The author shares memories of his long-time friendship with Steve Martin and their shared love for performing and magic, and describes Martin's rise as a comedian, entertainer, and actor.

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac

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Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac

8,888 Questions in 365 Days

  • Author: Ken Jennings
  • Publisher: Villard
  • ISBN: 9780345504722
  • Category: Games & Activities
  • Page: 544
  • View: 3224
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Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac is the ingeniously organized book where, for a change, the all-time Jeopardy! champ gets to ask the questions–and where every day of the year will give you the chance to test your trivia mettle. For example–February 21: In 1912, on this day, Teddy Roosevelt coined the political phrase “hat in the ring,” so Ken Jennings fires off a series of “ring” questions. What two NFL quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings each?* What rings are divided by the Cassini Division?** Also on this date, in 1981, the “goth” music scene was born in London, so here’s a quiz on black-clad icons like Darth Vader, Johnny Cash, and Zorro. Do you know the secret identities of Ivanhoe’s Black Knight*** or Men in Black’s Agent M****? In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know-it-alls, the 365 entries feature “This Day in History” factoids, trivia quizzes, and questions categorized by Jennings as “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Yeah, Good Luck.” Topics cover every subject under the sun, from paleontology to mixology, sports feats to Bach suites, medieval popes to daytime soaps. This addictive gathering of facts, oddities, devilishly clever quizzes, and other flights of fancy will make each day a fun and intriguing new challenge. From the Hardcover edition.