King Cohn: The Life and Times of Harry Cohn

King Cohn: The Life and Times of Harry Cohn, written by the late Bob Thomas, is the definitive portrait of the Columbia Pictures co-founder. First published in 1967, the book was reprinted by New Millennium Press in 2000.  Thomas spoke to 250 plus people in gathering comments and anecdotes about the late Cohn.  Interestingly enough, both Columbia and Warner Brothers had a pair of brothers named Harry and Jack.  Maybe it’s just a mere coincidence…

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The Brothers Warner by Cass Warner Sperling

The Brothers Warner, written by Cass Warner Sperling, tells the definitive story of the Warner Brothers, their family, and the studio. If you want to learn more about how the studio came to be, this is the book for you.  This is the book that shows how Harry, Abe, Sam, and Jack Warner would come together to start a studio.  They took a similar motto from The Three Musketeers in that they were all for…

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Warner Bros by David Thomson

Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by David Thomson tells an abbreviated history of the studio’s founding and filmography. The book was published through the Jewish Lives series at Yale University Press in 2017.  A paperback came out in the fall of 2019.  Compared with The Brothers Warner, which I’m writing about tomorrow, it’s only a snippet into their lives.  If you want a look into their lives without all the in-depth…

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Voice Lessons by Rob Paulsen

In writing Voice Lessons, voice actor Rob Paulsen writes about his battle with throat cancer in addition to sharing memories throughout his life and career. Yakko from Animaniacs.  Pinky from Pinky and the Brain.  Raphael from the original animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.  These are but a few of the many characters that Rob Paulsen has helped bring to life.  In his memoir, he writes about what led him to obtain these various jobs.…

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Sidney Lumet: A Life by Maura Spiegel

Maura Spiegel’s recently published book, Sidney Lumet: A Life, is the definitive look at the Oscar-nominated filmmaker. After getting his start as a child actor on the stage, Sidney Lumet would transition to directing.  By the time he retired from filmmaking, he directed some 45 films in his career.  Some would also go onto earn Oscar nominations.  Others would be critically panned.  In the mid-90s, Lumet would pen his own book in hopes of being…

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Robert Iger: The Ride of a Lifetime

Walt Disney Company CEO/Chairman Robert Iger recently published his memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime, a few months ago with memories and leadership lessons. Bob Iger is the 6th CEO of The Walt Disney Company.  Iger took over the reigns following the Save Disney campaign that led to Michael Eisner’s ouster.  He’s currently set to step down from the post when his contract ends in 2021. People will be interested in reading the book because…

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A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee

Danny Fingeroth, an award-winning Marvel Comics writer and editor, gives us a beautifully written biography in A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee. Spider-Man. The Fantastic Four.  X-Men. The Avengers.  The list goes on and on when it comes to the many comic books co-created by Stan Lee and the likes of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. There are the people who came to know Stan Lee by way of his many cameos…

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Wild and Crazy Guys: A Must-Own Comedy Book

Nick de Semlyen’s Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever is a must-own for comedy fans. When one thinks of the greatest comedies of the 1980s, you can’t help but think of sketch comedy series such as Saturday Night Live and SCTV.  These two series gave rise to some of the greatest comedy films and in some instances, some of the best comedy duos of all-time. This book…

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Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan

In Funny Man: Mel Brooks, author Patrick McGilligan takes an in-depth look at the life of the legendary comedian Mel Brooks. The legendary comedian has gifted us both films, television series, records, and Broadway musicals.  He is one of a number of entertainers to win the coveted EGOT.  But the Mel Brooks that we see in public is a wholly different person from the Mel Brooks on set or in his private life. If there’s…

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The Big Picture by Ben Fritz: A Must-Read Book

The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies by Ben Fritz likens the current era of Hollywood to the end of silent film and the studio system. The minute that Netflix decided to pursue original content is the moment that changed things.  For better or worse, Netflix is a player and they’re far from the only content provider from the streaming world.  They’re joined by both Amazon and Hulu as well.  When we…

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