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…"Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan"
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…"The Big Picture by Ben Fritz: A Must-Read Book"
This past October, two-time Emmy nominee Ellie Kemper joined the ranks of sitcom stars to pen a humorous memoir when My Squirrel Days was published. Before Kemper starred in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on the Netflix sitcom, American audiences knew her from The Office and Bridesmaids. With her roles in NBC sitcom and the Paul Feig-directed film, it would only be a matter of time before the actress would be starring in her own sitcom. Sure…"Gift Idea: My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper"
Paul Myers’ newest book, The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy, is an authorized biography that celebrates the Canadian sketch comedy group. Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson came together in 1985. The rest as they say is history. They found their way to TV in 1988 so this book is the perfect way to mark the 30th anniversary. Their television series would run through 1995–airing on the CBC for…"The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy"
In Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom, film critic/historian Leonard Maltin takes us on a time machine back to Hollywood’s Golden Era. Maltin has been writing about film for many years–dating back to when he contributed to Film Fan Monthly. In fact, some of the pieces in the book originally appeared there or his newsletter. Divided into four sections, it wouldn’t be unfair to call this book a time machine of…"Gift Idea: Hooked on Hollywood by Leonard Maltin"
The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism by Peter Biskind makes for some fascinating reading. Peter Biskind has a good grasp on what he’s talking about. Make no mistake that popular culture somehow finds a way to influence our political culture. Other times, it’s vice versa (cough Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith cough). In any event, Biskind goes through Hollywood’s history in under 300 pages. In using…"Gift Idea: The Sky is Falling by Peter Biskind"
Broad City star Abbi Jacobson may draw on her experiences from taking a post-breakup road trip but the comedian gets honest with herself in the process. There’s no joke that breakups can serve as an inspiration for new material. Sometimes, the end result is a song (see Swift, Taylor). With Abbi Jacobson, the end result is a new book in which she finds herself in a vulnerable position. There’s nothing wrong with feeling vulnerable as…"Gift Idea: I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson"
The Librarians, recently renewed for their fourth season, has spun off into a trilogy of books written by Greg Cox. It started with 2016’s The Librarians and The Lost Lamp. This book flashes back between 2006 and present day. With Flynn Carsen off doing who knows what, the flashbacks are the only way to keep the Librarian involved. Given the title, it’s an easy guess to say that there’s a focus on Aladdin’s lamp. The…"The Librarians spins off into book trilogy"