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1. Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia : The A-to-Z Guide to Finding Your Favorite Actresses Naked
by Skin, MR. SKIN
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Asin: 0312331444
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 322353
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After turning his lifelong obsession with famous girls on film into the Internet phenomenon known as MrSkin.com, the Skinmeister General has now compiled his expert knowledge and skinsationally witty way with a phrase into an authoritative, uproarious book that you'll never tire of flipping through---single-handedly, of course!

Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia compiles exhaustive information on more than two-thousand starlets and the films in which you can witness them free of clothing. Every actress bio contains a complete list of movies in which she's appeared naked, as well as the specific body parts that are exposed. In addition, Mr. Skin picks each star's Skinfining Moment--- the single skinematic high point that defines her carnal career.

The Skincyclopedia also comes packed with top-ten lists, revealing quotes from the bare beauties themselves, and a host of rare, eye-popping photos---all delivered in Mr. Skin's signature puntastic style.

Spanning nearly a century of cinematic history, the Skincyclopedia unveils the silver screen's naked truth from the silent era to the blockbuster to the straight-to-DVD age of today, along the way revealing the answers to questions such as:

- Did Marcia from The Brady Bunch ever bust out her Brady bumps?

- Can you name the 1990 flick that features Jennifer Connelly sunbathing nude?

- Is it Farrah's right or left Fawcett that takes flight in Saturn 3?

- What are the Top Ten Most Leztastic Girl-Girl Scenes of all time?

- Which twentysomething Hollywood honey once declared, "My boobs are fine---they go with my body"?

- How many Academy Award--winning actresses have displayed their Golden Globes on film?

- Got "furburgerage"?

These and countless other fleshly film facts get laid bare in Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia, the definitive guidebook for the "movie buff" in all of us!
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2. The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume (Film Encyclopedia, 4th ed)
by Ephraim Katz, Fred Klein, Ronald Dean Nolen
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Asin: 0062737554
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: HarperResource
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Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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Long considered the undisputed bible of the movie industry, Ephraim Katz's The Film Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia on film. Unrivaled in its scope, this intelligent and engrossing A to Z reference contains nearly 8,000 entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of moviemaking, including:

  • Directors, producers, stars, screenwriters, and cinematographers
  • Styles, genres, and schools of filmmaking
  • Motion picture studios and film centers
  • Film-related organizations and events
  • Industry jargon and technical terms
  • Inventions, inventors, and equipment

Now in its fully revised and updated fourth editionk with hundreds of new entries, The Film Encyclopedia is the indispensable film book for moviegoers, students, critics, and everyone associated with the art and craft of motion pictures. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars It is NOT a FILM encyclopedia
A word of warning to the public. This is a mistitled book. It is NOT a film encyclopedia. You cannot look up specific films. Basically, it is a collection of brief biographies of people in the movie business with some unnecessary technical terms thrown in. At the end of each entry is a list of the films in which the subject has appeared.
Fine as far as it goes, but if you want reference work in which you can look up who played the role of Bubba in Le plus Vieux MŽtier du Monde, this is not it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Belongs on Every Movie Lover's Shelf
I wish it were possible to give this book more than five stars.

For precise, copious, detailed information on actors, film makers, and general technical questions this is the place to go. For the most part, this is a biographical dictionary. However, in addition to the 6700 biographies of actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, cameramen, etc., there are also about 1000 articles devoted to technical aspects of film making as well as to short histories of the various national cinemas. Each biographical article also includes, in almost all cases, a complete list of the feature films and shorts to which that individual contributed. Those cases where the list is not complete are usually for actors and film makers from the days of silent films, when accurate and complete recordkeeping was not common. Most silent films, sadly, have been lost anyway.

The articles in this book, in contrast to those in the not recommended "Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies," are long and detailed. It would be hard to ask for more. I sometimes spend hours pouring over this book.

This is the book that should be on the shelf of every serious cinephile. For quick looks, "Leonard Maltin's Encyclopedia of the Movies" is valuable as well, though it needs to be brought up to date. And for a different point of view on almost everyone associated with film, David Thomson's "New Biographical Dictionary of Film" is a pure delight. But if you must have one book on film, Katz is it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I don't know how this can be called a Film Encyclopedia when one cannot look up a film by its title.

2-0 out of 5 stars Goes only up to the 80's
Good book if you like classic movies. If part of your interests are focused from the 80's up to the present, forget about it. The writer died years ago, and nobody updated the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia o
Ephraim Katz does a fine job on this piece of artist' biographies. He introduces the actors/actresses real names, educational background, place of birth, and some personal yet public information on the artist' personal backgrounds.

The book is well worth the purchase. Mr. Katz's research, itself, is informative, well understood, and quite interesting. As a reference, the reader will find that this book is not only well written but also well worth the time to look up biographies. ... Read more


3. Star Wars Encyclopedia
by STEPHEN J. SANSWEET
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Catlog: Book (1998-06-30)
Publisher: Del Rey
Sales Rank: 11691
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Since 1977, the Star Wars universe, conceived by George Lucas, has been explored by authors and artists eager to build on the foundation laid by the blockbuster movies. The Star Wars Encyclopedia is the essential guide to every detail of the history, planets, vehicles, politics, aliens, and weapons described in countless books, comics, stories, and (of course) movies. You'll find extraordinary details about old favorites here--for instance, did you know that Luke Skywalker helped rescue Han and Leia's children from the dark side of the Force? Or that the primary food of Jawas is the hubba gourd? Endless hours of browsing pleasure await you, from A-1 Deluxe Floater (a luxury air speeder) to ZZ-4Z (Han Solo's housekeeping droid). Each item is cross-referenced to the book, movie, or comic in which it appears, but fans looking for "real-life" information about the Star Wars phenomenon won't find it here--this is strictly a resource for those who want to keep track of how all the stories and characters fit together, the clothes they wear, the foods they eat, and the planets they call home. --Therese Littleton ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE Star Wars reference for true fans!
Except for the fact of missing references to the prequels, but with so many people complaining of their (minor) inferiorities who's arguing? The undying classic trilogy is brought in splendid life with characters, droids, creatures, monsters, and technologies from A to Z.

Whether it's the history of the Skywalkers, Jabba the Hutt, droids, Imperial Commanders, Super Class Warships, alien species, or monsters from all sorts of galaxies - this book is the source of information bringing the evolution of how they came to be in each film. Given it was published in 1998 it gave audiences an even wetter appetite to view the trilogy in full splendor and understand how all of it came to be a story.

Stephen Sansweet, who also wrote earlier books of STAR WARS collectibles ranging from toys to audio cassettes gives classic depth to the classic trilogy. It's heavy and rich with information, so this is a must for any true fan. By the way, George Lucas, we can't wait until September 21, 2004 for the release of the trilogy on DVD! Even more so for EPISODE 3 in May 2005! MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

5-0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive Star Wars compendium available
Since the dawn of George Lucas' Star Wars Universe back in 1977, there have been numerous attempts to document some, if not all, aspects of that universe. Despite some fine efforts, all of the attempts to chronicle its vast and intricate details have felt somewhat incomplete. Perhaps editor Steven Sansweet felt the same way, for he has managed to develop what is simply the most comphrensive record of all things Star Wars. From the major characters and technology like Darth Vader and the Death Star to most minor detail in a comic rendering like the Knobby White Spider, Sansweet covers all the bases. Every piece of literature about the Star Wars Universe (including sanctioned and unsanctioned novels, comics, Adventure Journals, Customizable Card Game) are documented in this reference piece. The true beauty of the encyclopedia is not just its completeness, but also its ability to help the reader cross-reference all the listings. In parentheses as a footnote to every entry in the book, there is an acronym that indicates the source of the character, technology, or story. A key in the index of the book explains what each acronym stands for. Given the date of the encyclopedia's release, it obviously does not include material written after early 1998 (I strongly suspect that once Episode III has been released and the New Jedi Order Novel series has completed that a new edition will be released). I have owned the "Star Wars Encyclopedia" for almost 4 years now, and I still find myself referring to it for minute details about books I have read. Other times, I just sit down and browse through to see if I can find anything new. That is the mark of a truly fine reference document.

5-0 out of 5 stars Star Wars (before the prequels) from A wing to Zuggs....
Ever since the first Guide to the Star Wars Universe was published in 1984, there have been many reference books written about the characters, weapons, spacecraft, fauna, flora, and worlds of that "galaxy far, far away...." Raymond Velasco's first Guide had precious little to go on back in '84. Bill Slavicsek was luckier a decade later; the Expanded Universe had grown a bit larger with the new wave of Star Wars-related novels, role-playing game guides, graphic novels, and even young readers' books.

But even though Slavicsek's 1994 and 2000 Guides are very well-done, Steven J. Sansweet's huge Star Wars Encyclopedia is a treasure trove of information about the Star Wars saga's details. Following the same format as the Slavicsek "Guides," Sansweet's large and lavishly illustrated one-volume Encyclopedia covers every imaginable topic from the Rebel A-Wing to the Imperial officer known as Zuggs.

Because it was published in 1998, precious little information from the current "Prequel Trilogy" appears in this edition of The Star Wars Encyclopedia. Also, the Expanded Universe has gotten larger, so readers who want to find out about topics covered in the New Jedi Order series will be disappointed. Fans will have to wait until 2006 to see the second, updated edition.

Still, Sansweet's book is considered to be the best reference work, not only for its thoroughness, but because the author is a vice president at Lucasfilm and is the owner of one of the world's largest private Star Wars collections. He also appears frequently on the "Ask the Jedi Council" forum at www.starwars.com.

3-0 out of 5 stars A very complete textual condensation...
A very complete textual condensation, in thousands of entries, of probably every piece of important knowledge from the novels, comics and films. Although illustrations are included for many entries (there are multiple pictures on every page), I believe a truly comprehensive encyclopedia should include, for example, maps of locations of important star systems in the Galaxy and diagrams of spaceships, and so forth. I was looking forward to technical materials like this to be found in the book, and so I was a little disappointed. There is no question: they missed some great opportunities for additional pictorial information.

(There is a reason for the book's shortcomings: the Star Wars franchise doesn't want one single commercial item to be so comprehensive that it does away with the need for any of the plethora of other titles available. Instead you'll need to buy some of the other books to see the kind of info I feel the encyclopedia should have included. But, then, whoever said Lucas was dumb?)

As such, for an Encyclopedia it falls short of what could have been. However because of quality of information that *is* there - every single entry is highly readable - I rate this GOOD (3 stars). And be forewarned: being a few years old, it comes without any of the material from the latest trilogy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The A to Z of the galaxy
I love this book because it's packed with ingormation about every person.place and thing in the "Star Wars"galaxy!From Admiral ackbar to Zuckuss,you'll learn more than you ever thought there is to know.WHat's Jabba's full name?Who designed the first Death Star?Fimd the answers to these and other questions in this book.Hundreds of photographs and drawings make this THE MOST COMPLETE "STAR WARS" REFERENCE BOOK!!If you like "Star Wars"movies,books and collectibles THIS is the book for you> ... Read more


4. Encyclopedia of Orson Welles (Great Filmmakers)
by Chuck Berg, Tom Erskine, John C. Tibbetts, James M. Welsh, Thomas L. Erskine
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
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5. The Marilyn Encyclopedia
by Adam Victor
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Asin: 1585671886
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Overlook Press
Sales Rank: 193396
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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This stunning visual compendium of Marilyn's life includes hundreds of rare photographs and easy access to all of the information on Marilyn's life and times. With complete information on Marilyn's films, including comprehensive credit listings, cross-referencing, a comprehensive bibliography, and an extensive name index, The Marilyn Encyclopedia surpasses everything that has come before it. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Unweidly, unproofed
This huge, bulky book has categories of of information about things I'd never even think of asking about Marilyn but was glad to read. The photos are gorgeous and many are hard to find elsewhere. I had to deduct a star because, for all the effort that went into this book, it obviously was never proofread and is spattered with typos. I can live with the bulk of the book (which makes it hard to read) because it allows for the big, clear photos, but not with all the mistakes. It pulls the work down a notch.

4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and current
Collates existing information and mythology into an alphabetical format. Balances accepted facts with rumor and speculation. Includes a wide variety of photos, both posed glamour shots of the "Marilyn" persona and more natural, subdued glimpses of the woman behind the image. Refers to the Christie's auction, the Leaming bio, and several other late '90s happenings. (Negatives: Many typos, misspellings, and pointers to Web sites which are likely to vanish tomorrow.) Recommended overall, though dedicated fans will find few surprises. A great book to flip open to a random page and begin reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
As a rather new Marilyn fan/collector, this book is invaluable to me as a resource. It is a huge book, alphabetized and cross-referenced, covering everything from movies, music, books, and biographies to gowns, hotels, cars, cities, and family. There are also, of course, hundreds of gorgeous pictures! What I'm enjoying the most is that as I read other Marilyn books, I can fact-check and look up obscurely mentioned items to learn more, or gain perspective. An objective, fact-filled, exhaustive collection of Marilyn trivia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Updated Marilyn reference work recommended for MM students
The basis I'm using as comparison is with an earlier book, The Unabridged Marilyn-Her Life From A to Z. The Marilyn Encyclopedia's assets is that there is more information, there are splendid colour photographs not present in the earlier book. In fact, it boasts 170 full-clour photos and 205 b&w ones. Some of the colour ones take two pages. As for the entries, they compare favourably with the other book. And each letter, A,B,C,D... et cetera is heralded by a colour photo.

One key difference is that the entry for each movie lists the cast and credits, as well as any Academy Award nominations and wins. She herself wasn't nominated for any. It is also more up to date, 1999 compared to 1987. Much has happened re people. Inbetween those 12 years, Bette Davis, Dean Martin, Joe DiMaggio, and Frank Sinatra among others have died, and this book updates those facts. Yes, the domestic postage stamp that was released in 1995 is included. However, I was surprised Marilyn Manson wasn't included, as his stage name is an amalgam of Marilyn [Monroe], [Charles] Manson.

Yet the one factor that differentiates the two books is this entry: "Internet." As the first paragraph states, "The world's most popular woman has spawned thousands of tribute sites on the World Wide Web. Type in the world "Marilyn Monroe" on any of the major search engines and you get back a bewildering number of matches." And I was also amazed to see how many actresses have portrayed Marilyn-based characters or how many fictional novels have been written on her, so "most popular woman" does have some merit to it.

The Marilyn Encyclopedia easily supplants its earlier predecessor.

3-0 out of 5 stars THE SILVER SCREEN'S SEXY SIREN FROM A TO Z
Everything you always wanted to know about the silver screen's sexiest star --- from A to Z --- in one expensive, heavy book that belongs (only) on the shelves of die-hard devotees.
Topics include 'babysitting,' 'hair,' 'Arthur Miller' and more quotes about and by Marilyn than you can shake a Demerol at. One of our faves is this bon mot featuring Marilyn on (what else?) sex: 'No sex is wrong if there's love in it. But too often people act like it's gymnasium work, mechanical.' Proof that Marilyn supported the Olympics? ... Read more


6. The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daytime TV but Didn't Know Where to Look! from American Bandstand, As the World Turns, and Bugs Bunny, to
by Wesley Hyatt, Billboard Books
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Billboard Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very well done
For a book that covers so many disparate types of daytime programs (game shows, soap operas, sports, cartoons and kids' shows, and so on), the volume is remarkably accurate, well-written and heavily researched. You'd think the author was an expert on every genre. Maybe he is, but more likely, he just cared enough to get everything right. How refreshing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
This is the must have reference for all you TV buffs. Very interesting reading, not just a boring refernce guide. I read it cover to cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for TV buffs....higly recommended
found the book to be very thorough, reads well. Loved reading about the creation of these great daytime tv shows there casts and from the time they aired to the time they were cancelled ... Read more


7. Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters : From Mickey Mouse to Hercules
by John Grant
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-29)
Publisher: Disney Editions
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Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars No Disney fan should be without it!
First, while the title of this book is accurate, it is also misleading. This is no fluffy, flimsy book containing some fun descriptions of Disney characters from the latest popular films. This is an intense, in-depth look at EVERY Disney animated character since Walt began his career. The book is divided into two parts, "Shorts" and "Feature Films". The shorts have the usual gang, Donald, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, and so on. After each characters bio is a list of every Disney short they've appeared in. Don't be worried or fooled by by this truly encyclopedic book - it is not a boring A to Z book. Color photos pop off of every page, including some from rarely seen Disney shorts. The feature films section not only includes detailed character bios, but plot summaries and "making of" details, cast and crew credits, and more. You buy this book, you will have a list of EVERY Disney short ever made (including the early "Alice" shorts and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit), every feature film in chronological order, and enough information about each one to be the champ of any Disney trivia game!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reference book for Disney fans
This encyclopedia gives thoughtful, complete portrayals of every Disney character, from the shorts to the movies to the TV series. From the 9-page essay on Donald Duck to the paragraph or two on a minor character, it all makes for great reading. It is wonderful reference material and even as a good book; John Grant treats the characters like real people! It is very well reasearched, too. It's also got great animation stills of almost every character, too. Wonderful to read, browse through or look up stuff!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Disney Resource
This is a definite must-have for any Disney fan. The book is divided into three basic sections: Characters in shorts, characters in television shows, and characters in features. Each category has a mention of every Disney character created until 1997 including interesting articles about them. This is also a great place to find information on lesser-known or forgotten Disney characters such as Spike the bee from a number of Donald Duck cartoons and Little Hans, a star of his own wartime propaganda film. Combine this with hundreds of pictures from the films and you have a book that is sure to be a favorite of any Disney fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not with every characters
Excellent Disney historic resource. If you're a Disney fan you will enjoy it, unless you're locking for a line about Eega Beeva, because you won't find any- a pity. Daniel

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely STELLAR!
For anyone who ever had a longing for a complete, accurate, and all-encompassing critique of the treasure trove that is Disney animation, this is as good as it gets! From early, unheard-of black-and-white shorts to the latest animated programs and features, this anthology will enthrall readers/animation fans with its painstakingly exact analysis of every element of animation: the art, music, story, script, voice performances, characterizations, and basic dynamic of the film. In addition, the readers will find very well-researched analysis of other reviews of Disney's works and exactly where the given piece of work fits into the Disney cannon. One cannot possibly recommend this encyclopedia highly enough- it is DIVINE! Bravo for John Grant and his masterful evaluation of Disney animation. Those of us who have been lucky enough to discover this virtually sacred tome await with baited breath for the next installment, likely to be published in 2003. ... Read more


8. The Star Trek Encyclopedia
by Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda, Debbie Mirek
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Asin: 0671536095
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Star Trek
Sales Rank: 7391
Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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From 'audet IX to Zytchin III, this book covers it all. This is the ultimate reference book for all Star Trek fans!

Added to this edition are 128 new pages. This addendum highlights the latest episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine®, Star Trek: Voyager® and the newest feature film, Star Trek: Insurrection™.

The thousands of photos and hundreds of illustrations place the Star Trek universe at your fingertips. Planets and stars, weapons and ships, people and places are just part of the meticulous research and countless cross-reference that fill this book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Encyclopedia Can Be Read, Not Just Used for Reference
As the Star Trek Universe got bigger, with more spin offs, movies, books, and alien races, so did the base for its Star Trek fans, so it is no surprise that the standard and definitive one volume work on the subject should get bigger too. The newest edition of THE STAR TREK ENCYCLOPEDIA is a monumental reference book that is as comprehensive as it is physically imposing. In its more than 700 pages of a continually snowballing phenomenon that was the birthchild of the late Gene Roddenberry, the rabid Star Trek fan (who else would read this?) can cross-reference every human, alien, planet, creature, ship or any other proper noun that was mentioned even once in any of the Star Trek series or its descendants. Michael and Denise Okuda, the married duo who did most of the writing acknowledge in the Introduction that a large cast of helpers were required to painstakingly find and correct errors from past editions. This book is loaded with hundreds of beautiful photographs and drawings, each of which illustrate one item in the Star Trek universe. As in most encyclopedias, this one is in alphabetical order, with each entry given a complete description/analysis. Bold-Faced terms indicate they are further defined under their own names elsewhere. For example, do you remember the episode from the original series about the mirror universe with an evil Kirk and bearded Spock, where unreliable crew members were put in the 'agony booth?' Well, the term 'agony booth' is listed and fully described with appropriate cross-references. Unlike other reference texts, this one has a separate supplement to include references to episodes in the various ST reincarnations after the 1996-1997 seasons. Finally, it contains additional helpful sections on historical timelines of major events, complete listing of all episodes from each spinoff, and a cast of all characters who ever appeared in any show.
Exactly, what is the purpose of such a text? I know why I use it. When I see an episode that mentions even off-handedly a minor reference to a singular event, I flip open this book to see if it is there. And it always is. Now if I could only be so motivated about the mundane details of my non-Star Trek life. And that perhaps best defines who likes Star Trek and why.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still the definitive reference for Trekkies, er, Trekkers.
I can't imagine being a die-had Trekker without this book: the ultimate reference to people, places, things, events in the entire Star Trek universe from the original series of 1966 through all the movies and series right up to Voyager. This updated edition is not quite as smoothly integrated as previous updates--the last couple season's worth of shows and Star Trek: Insurrection are all treated in a separate (but extensive) section at the back, but a decent cross-referencing system lessens the inconvenience. I find it the ultimate can't put-down book-start to look up a subject of interest and you'll find yourself drawn from entry to entry until you've forgotten exactly what it was you were looking for but find yourself seized with the intense desire to rewatch several episodes. Unless you're the most serious Trek fan, you probably don't need the updated edition if you have an earlier one...but for those who do, it's a wonderful guide.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but alittle outdated!
This was the greatest book other than the bible, but that was in 1999. It's 2004 and I want an update. Their so much that has happened since and it won't even include all the books written.

5-0 out of 5 stars Trekkies Rejoice!
I bought this for my husband (then boyfriend) about four years ago. Since then, he has turned me into a Trekkie. This book is WONDERFUL for proving who's right when we get into a discussion about an episode, and it's so easy to read! Not like an ordinary Encyclopedia, this one is actually readable, and an entertaining read, too! A MUST for any Trekkie!

4-0 out of 5 stars So very close to perfection
A well researched, laid out and engrossing guide to the vast Star Trek universe. You stop to look up one thing and next thing you know it is 30 minutes later and you've read through an entire letter's worth of entries.

My ONLY complaint about this book (and what keeps it from it's fifth star) is that the new entires weren't integrated, but simply stuck in the back as add on. So let's say you want to read the complete entry on Capt Sisko. First you have to read the original entry and then flip to the back of the book to read the additional information. And since you are never sure what got an additional entry, you have to constantly flip to the back to make sure you aren't missing something.

Luckily the Pros far out weigh the cons, and this is still a must have for any die hard fan! ... Read more


9. A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
by BILL SLAVICSEK
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-03)
Publisher: Del Rey
Sales Rank: 108085
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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How did Exar Kun nearly destroy Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy?When did Han Solo first meet Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian? Where was Mara Jade when the Emperor died? What are the secrets of the terrible super weapons--the Death Stars, the Sun Crusher, and the World Devastators? What are the Qom Qae? How powerful is the Black Sun criminal organization?

Looking for facts about the characters, starships, weaponry, droids, alien species, and historic battles in the most amazing adventure of them all? From airspeeders to N-1 starfighters, Coruscant to Tatooine, Nom Anor to Leia Organa--you'll find the whole universe of Star Wars covered here:

 ¸  The original Star Wars trilogy movies
 ¸  The novels--from Star Wars to Vector Prime
 ¸  The animated TV series Droids and Ewoks
 ¸  National Public Radio dramatizations
 ¸  Young Adult novels
 ¸  The Star Wars comic-books
 ¸  Role-playing books
 ¸  Video games and CD-ROMs
. . . plus sourcebooks, storybooks, sketchbooks, portfolios, and more!

Featuring new material on Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace . . . the latest Star Wars series: The New Jedi Order . . . and the entire thrilling saga!
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference to the Star Wars Universe
The Guide to the Star Wars Galaxy is a handy reference for any fan of the books and movies. Because it was published in the year 2000, it came after a wave of new books and a new movie, thus making it up to date up until that time.
While not as complete as the Star Wars Encyclopedia, it has information that SWE did not cover. However, it does not contain the wealth of information that SWE has, and the illistrations are black and white, whereas the Encyclopeida's are color.
The Guide covers new information in the Han Solo Trilogy, the X-Wing series, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the New Jedi Order (Just Vector Prime) and several other novels.
So, this is just right if you are a fan that likes up to date information.
However,it is already out of date and does not contain everything that is new. There is nothing about the second and third parts of the X-Wing series, nothing beyond Vector Prime and several other books that are already out. Hopefully there'll be a new editon in the near future.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Guide, Not A 'Complete' Guide to the Star Wars Universe
'Completely revised and expanded' is what the cover of the Third Edition 'Guide to the Star Wars Universe' says, but when those who own previous editions flip through the pages, they find a great deal of what they have read before with scant passages of new information, and Slavicsek professes to be a huge Star Wars fan, I find it odd that he completely misses entire series of novels-like the Aaron Alston series of X-wing books. Plus Slavicsek touches on the Phantom Menace with character bios, places and equipment, but he ignores a lot of the other material-books and comics-that came out after the film. As well there is very little new art, and none of the art is original, rather pictures we have seen before, (and gives us one of the dumbest pictures of Corran Horn I have ever seen). He makes no mention of Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, which in my opinion is one of the best pieces of Star Wars related material released in the last five years.

Now, that is not to say that the book isn't worth the money. It is overflowing with all sorts of obscure facts from sources that many people might not otherwise read-like it draws heavily on the Star Wars role playing Game material (West End Games, not Wizards), though I suspect that it mainly because Slavicsek wrote a lot of those books as well. It takes from comics, novels, movies, even the forgettable Droid and Ewok TV shows, and the two Ewok movies, even the Holiday Special, which we won't talk about. Ever.

I think it falls apart because they released it too soon. It covers Vector Prime, but none of the five other books that followed it in the New Jedi Order series. No mention of 'Onslaught', 'Ruin', 'Heroes Trial', 'Jedi Eclipse' or 'Balance Point', and perhaps Del Rey should have waited until they had been published before releasing this to make it even more up to date. Still, it is an excellent source of Star Wars information, a great source for role playing material and a reference to all the books and comics you haven't yet read. Not great, but still pretty darn good.

May the Force be with you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, solid Star Wars guide, update forthcoming.....
Because the "Star Wars Universe" this guide covers is as vast and populated as George Lucas' "galaxy far, far away," it's impossible for even the most prolific researcher/writer to keep up with all the new additions as books, games, collectibles and even animated episodes appear almost on a monthly basis. For even though the Star Wars canon (read, "official version") only includes the six filmed Episodes, their novelizations, and their direct off-shoots (such as the National Public Radio dramatizations and the Cartoon Network's Clone Wars miniseries), there are also tons of Lucasfilm-authorized Expanded Universe novels, comic books, and games (roleplaying and computer games) that have added planets, political entities, droids, weapons, spacecraft, alien and human characters that go beyond Lucas' filmed works.

In some ways, Bill Slavicsek's 596 page A (as in A-3DO, a droid once owned by the Jedi Knight Andur Sunrider) to Z (ZZ-4Z, yet another droid, this time once Han Solo's mechanical housekeeper, last seen recovering from an attack by Boba Fett) book serves as a "poor man's Star Wars Encyclopedia," since the format is very similar and essentially covers the same territory -- down to the style of the entries -- as Steven J. Sansweet's more expensive and even more outdated (circa 1998) reference book.

The Guide is, obviously, a must-have reference work, and Slavicsek has done an excellent job at compiling all the data from not only the first four filmed Episodes (the cutoff point in this edition for the movies is Episode I: The Phantom Menace) but also every licensed media release, including young reader books (The Glove of Darth Vader), comic books (Tales of the Jedi Knights, the Dark Empire series), and such forgotten (and forgetable) TV offerings as the Droids animated series.

I don't know if there will be an interim Guide published by Ballantine Books before the release of Episode III next year; I had hoped to see a fourth edition this year that would cover Episode II and the New Jedi Order series after Vector Prime. Then again, Sansweet's more expensive Star Wars Encyclopedia has not been updated yet, so I am guessing the next editions of these two wonderful references will be released in a few years.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome
I got this book around the time it came out, and 3 years later it is still the first book I go to for Star Wars look ups. Its biggest problem is that it is dated and cuts off right after Vector Prime, so it is not much help for looking up things in the New Jedi Order. That being said, it is still very valid and apart from the NJO and various newer comic book series, it covers pretty much everything. This book is a must for any serious Star Wars reader, and I highly recommend it as such. I would like to see a new edition with up-to-date material released after Episode III comes out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost complete
This book is a very nice work in the Star Wars universe, since it encompass not only the classic Trilogy, but also the new Trilogy and the New Republic facts. The only problems that I see in it are that the entries are very shor in some cases, missing some information and the illustrations are very poor in most of the cases. However, it is a good book for a Star Wars fan. ... Read more


10. The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (Facts on File Film Reference Library)
by John C. Tibbetts, James M. Welsh, James Michael Welsh
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One of the great pleasures of moviegoing is seeing a beloved novel adapted for the screen; one of the big delights of novel reading is encountering a book that has been made into a favorite film. The Encyclopedia of Novels into Films is an expansive volume that will guide you through the rich history of film adaptation. Each entry falls into two parts: the first describes the original novel; the second assesses the film it inspired. Particularly interesting are records for books like Dracula, Les Misérables, Great Expectations, The Body Snatchers, and The Great Gatsby, which were each made into several radically different movies. Some entries may surprise you. Did you know that The Silence of the Lambs, Shaft, and Rear Window were bestselling books before they became famous films? Trivia like this, along with larger issues about how to transform literature into visual art are covered in this wonderful and informative guide. --Raphael Shargel ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars With a different title the right audience may have bought it
If this book had a more relevant title I think it would reach more of its target market and people not interested in its content wouldn't purchase it by mistake and be dissatisfied.
This huge book isn't an encyclopedia of every novel written which has had a film made from it or even every type or decade of literature.

95% of this book deals with either classic novels or black and white movies such as Huckleberry Finn, to Kill a Mockingbird, Wizard of Oz and that sort of thing. The modern era is severely neglected and the modern films mentioned seem there out of necessity so that the encyclopedia's facts are accurate. For example Emma is covered in depth, both the book and film with the same name but there are only a few brief paragraphs about the more modern version called Clueless.Reading these paragraphs you definitely pickup that the author wasn't too interested in informing us too much about the modern versions and doesn't consider them worthy of their time.

There are two Stephen King novels (why only two?) in here but that's about it for modern literature.These reports don't even compare the differences between the films and novels which make a lot of fans dislike the movie versions.Such as Carrie is a beautiful girl in the movie but in the novel was an ugly fat girl which made a lot more sense. With Misery the woman holding the author hostage cut off either his thumb or foot I can't remember which but in the movie only smashed it with a big hammer.This sort of controversial information is what I thought this encyclopedia would be full of.

This is a good book if you like literature or films from first half of last century but if you don't give this book a miss. ... Read more


11. Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, Four-Volume Set
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-07)
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Everyone agrees that we're living in the Information Age.How have we shaped the Information Age, and how has it shaped us?The Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications exhaustively explores the ways that editorial content--from journalism and scholarship to films and infomercials--is developed, presented, stored, analyzed, and regulated around the world.For readers and researchers of all levels, the Encyclopedia provides perspective and context about content, delivery systems, and their myriad relationships, as well as clearly drawn avenues for further research.

*Articles begin with easily understandable concepts and become increasingly sophisticated, satisfying the needs of all readers.
*Articles by leading authors from major institutions, organizations, and corporations around the world
*Contains approximately 220 separate articles, all original contributions commissioned for this work
*Extensive cross-referencing system links related articles; "further reading" lists appear at the end of each entry
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12. Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia: Career Profiles of More Than 2,000 Actors and Filmmakers, Past and Present (Penguin Reference)
by Leonard Maltin, Spencer Green, Luke Sader, Cathleen Anderson
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Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Useful Book to Own
Like all "so-called" movie encyclopedias, this is really a biographical dictionary, as stated (in different words) on the cover. Maltin's encyclopedia does not have the range or depth of Ephraim Katz' "The Film Encyclopedia," but that also works to its advantage. If you wish a short and sweet bio of an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, cameraman, etc., and a short list of what films by this individual to see first, this is the place to go. I usually find myself turning to this book before I examine any other.

On the negative side, the material in this book is now more than a decade old. A decade is a generation in cinema. Thus, the book is in need of updating. Also, many important figures (like director Sam Woods) are left out, and some very minor figures (like mostly-TV actress Kirstie Alley) are included. Hopefully, Mr. Maltin will fix these defects in the second edition of this book. Until he does, the present edition will please most people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great info on the stars
Leonard has done a great job on this. Tasty tidbits on the stars of yesterday and today. I have only one complaint, there are many of the old stars he did not include. Too bad.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but indispensable
Initially about a year ago I made the mistake of following the other reviews which panned the book, and did not buy it. I then gradually realized that some of my favorite short bios on IMDB.com were excerpted from Maltin's Encyclopedia. Of course at that point I bought it. There are few, if any, other volumes that quickly give you the sum-up and low-down on 2,000 movie industry people. To say the book has errors and omissions is to me ridiculous...a perfect book would cost a few thousand dollars. Meanwhile, IMDB.com is available as a backstop for searching out hundreds of thousands of details, which wouldn't fit in a reasonably sized volume anyway. Generally speaking, I've gone wrong far more often in rejecting something based on a review or an opinion about a book, movie, etc., than in consuming something recommended -- you can always bail out if a recommender was wrong.

1-0 out of 5 stars He calls it an "Encyclopedia", but it's not comprehensive.
When I first saw this book on the shelf, I was very happy. I have been an avid movie-goer and movie-lover for years, and the only other Movie Encyclopedia I had was several years old. Unfortunately, when I got this book home I realized that MANY names were misssing. For example, Pamelyn Ferdin who was in a Clint Eastwood movie called "The Beguiled" in 1971. It seems there is no consistency regarding who he includes in this book, and who is left out. It should be ALL or nothing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reference book
This is a an extremely informative book on film professionals. Loaded with fascinating facts, it constantly provides interesting information which entertains as well as informs. Maltin's dependable appreciation and high standards for film craft shine through in each entry. A most commendable source of information on key motion picture personnel. ... Read more


13. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio
by John Dunning
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Now long out of print, John Dunning's Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting. Now, in On the Air, Dunning has completely rethought this classic work, reorganizing the material and doubling its coverage, to provide a richer and more informative account of radio's golden age.

Here are some 1,500 radio shows presented in alphabetical order. The great programs of the '30s, '40s, and '50s are all here--Amos 'n' Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Lone Ranger, Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour, and The March of Time, to name only a few. For each, Dunning provides a complete broadcast history, with the timeslot, the network, and the name of the show's advertisers. He also lists major cast members, announcers, producers, directors, writers, and sound effects people--even the show's theme song. There are also umbrella entries, such as "News Broadcasts," which features an engaging essay on radio news, with capsule biographies of major broadcasters, such as Lowell Thomas and Edward R. Murrow. Equally important, Dunning provides a fascinating account of each program, taking us behind the scenes to capture the feel of the performance, such as the ghastly sounds of Lights Out (a horror drama where heads rolled and bones crunched), and providing engrossing biographies of the main people involved in the show.

A wonderful read for everyone who loves old-time radio, On the Air is a must purchase for all radio hobbyists and anyone interested in 20th-century American history. It is an essential reference work for libraries and radio stations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! An encyclopedia that's fun to read.
This book is an exhaustive works which contains complete information on just about every old time radio show that was ever on the air. It's written in an entertaining style, which not only brings back fond memories but which makes it fun to read. It's sure to become a collector's item.

5-0 out of 5 stars an excellant title
John Dunning's book is NOT for the casual fan or a college student who might want to know a thing or two about a legendary comedian or actor. i wouldn't want a person who really didn't like OTR to buy this book because you'll find a TON of information in here that'll blow you mind. however, for OTR fans, there is nothing that comes close to this. To the general public, OTR might be a series of letters. It means Old Time Radio, for those in the know. What i find great is the in-depth nature of the "classics" of OTR: Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Burns and Allen, The Great Gildersleeve, "Fibber McGee and Molly" with Jim and Marian Jordan, Red Skelton, Amos 'n' Andy, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor, and several dramatic programs like "Gunsmoke", "Suspense", "Dragnet", and "The Shadow", among many many others. This book is the radio equivalent to the Alex McNeil book "Total Television". Both books offer information on just about everything the mediums have to offer. Dunning also does a break down on the major news organizations and highlights many famed and not so famous news reporters. This section on the news is a sad glimpse into a by-gone era where journalism was a profession and NOT simply a means to harrass and embarrass political or entertainment figures which is so common now. the way Dunning describes it, there was a certain bit of good taste that followed the news reporters and they weren't motivated by tabloid and sleaze. MY HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED!! Dunning also provides a wealth of information on sports broadcasters of the era, highlighted by the quips and opinions from Red Barber, a legendary sportscaster who had respected opinions of his peers and his profession. Dunning is a bit harsh on the soap opera genre, which is stereotypically synonymous with ANY mention of old-time radio. Well, i should say Dunning doesn't come across as kind and gentle on some soap operas...primarily the LONG-RUNNING soaps from Frank and Anne Hummert. To me, those are the soap operas that define the genre despite others that were on the air {such as "Guiding Light", which hit in 1937 and is STILL airing some 67 years later by way of TV}. Despite Dunning's contemporary approach to the now hilariously campy Hummert soap operas, the look backs are STILL informative even behind his critques of the Hummert's writing style, a mark of professionalism. In one section, Dunning's review of why George Jessel and Milton Berle NEVER had such success on radio is accurate. Jessel's thick accent and style were suited for "live" programs that required little rehearsal and mostly ad-libs. Jessel is much more funny as a guest on other people's shows...Berle, of course, was a visual comedian and he too found radio as a limited format. All in all, the book is fabulous. With regards to "Amos 'n' Andy" and being a fan of old-time radio like i am, i find nothing wrong with this show. i've heard it countless times and i can't think of anything racial about it....UNLESS a person is hung-up on the fact that two white guys played the roles...but even then, a normal student of OTR will shrug that off as simply "that's the way it was" and move on. They won't crucify and protest the show, which, honestly had no intentional malice to begin with. The show was a victim of it's times in television and those same thin-skinnned pious protesters who practice reverse racism destroyed the show for the TV generation. For that, those responsible that couldn't laugh along with stereotypical humor should be ashamed. However, get this book...it'll teach everyone how to look at OTR even in these ridiculously politically-correct times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive and a pleasure to read
This review is going to be formatted differently than usual. Right off, I'm just going to start by saying that every old-time radio fan reading this needs to just stop reading right now and buy a copy of On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. John Dunning definitive encyclopedia of the golden age (and then some) of radio needs to be on the shelf of anyone who dares to call himself a fan.

Building from his earlier work, Tune in Yesterday, John Dunning (a long-time fan of radio himself) has written the encyclopedia of radio. I didn't have my copy for a long time and had no idea what I was missing. You'll not only be graced with full schedules and showtimes, but also the history of each show, sometimes with memorable quotes from favorite episodes.

The index alone is worth the price of the book, with actors cross-referenced to shows you didn't even know they appeared in. The bold page numbers steer the reader to the featured articles, but reading all the related articles is fun, too. Heck, even just browsing can while away hours of your time, as each show entry will remind you of another that you just have to look up. While looking up one show, the eye crosses the title of another on the page heading and, bang, you're away and have forgotten what you took the book down off the shelf for to begin with. In this way, you'll learn the names of favorite character actors whose voices you recognize from different shows, but whose name escape your memory (Frank Lovejoy and Elliott Lewis leap to my mind). Then, you can look them up in the index and discover more of their work for you to seek out.

Of course, even with a book this size, not all of the shows are going to have exhaustive articles, but Dunning has done as much as one man possibly can. He has compiled obscurities lovingly, interviewed living cast and crew members for memories, sought out archival copies of long-thought-lost shows, and researched like a madman to bring us On the Air. There is not likely to be another encyclopedia of radio that is so much fun to read. In this way, it equates the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll for sheer browsability.

I've read the Lackwanna book (The Encyclopedia of American Radio), and it's okay if you're on a budget or are interested in modern radio (which I'm not), but On the Air is the one that really gives you your money's worth, even though it costs considerably more. You'll be better off saving your money and buying this solid work than wasting less of it on an error-ridden lesser one. Also pick up Dunning's radio novel, Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime, for a terrific read that is also a behind-the-scenes look at World War II-era radio.

5-0 out of 5 stars all you wanted to know
defineitely for those that want to collect old time radio programs that are readily available on cassette and cd ,cd/mp3.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential old time radio book
If you only want to purchase a single book on the subject of old time radio then this has to be it. The alternative is probably Swartz & Reinehr's Handbook of Old-Time Radio. The latter covers a lot more different series than the Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, but there is only a brief amount of information on each one. In this John Dunning masterpiece there are comprehensive details on ALL of the major shows, hundreds of them. The reviews range from a few lines up to full-blown essays that detail everything from the history of the show through to the leading stars, directors and even sound effects personnel. Dunning manages to do this in a style that is anything but dull. He manages to make even the most mundane of shows seem worth listening to and his passion for this medium is evident on every one of it's 800+ pages. It isn't a cheap book, but to the old radio show fan it really is worth it's weight in gold (maybe that's a slight exaggeration as this is a BIG heavy book that could double-up as a door-stop). Happy listening! Ned Norris, Webmaster of RUSC Old Time Radio Shows... ... Read more


14. The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia, Newly Revised Edition
by Steven Jay Rubin
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-04)
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Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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The one and only Bond lover's bible--fully revised and just in time for the super secret agent's 50th anniversary

"A dream come true for any Bond fanatic."--Leonard Maltin

"A veritable who's who and what's what of every celluloid Bondian adventure."--Los Angeles Times "

A killer compilation of Bond data so meticulously researched that M would be jealous."--Prevue magazine

This A-Z listing of everything 007 is packed with hundreds of photographs, thousands of entertaining movie facts, and countless behind-the-scenes details, making The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia the most exhaustive compendium of Bond data ever published.

Now totally revised to include updated biographical information and a sneak peek at the upcoming Bond film, Die Another Day, this bestselling Bond bible has it all: the deathdefying stunts, the sexy smirks, the droll humor, the martinis (shaken, not stirred), and Q's battery of high-tech devices. For millions of moviegoers who love action, romance, and cliff-hanging suspense, the name of the game is Bond. James Bond.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The book is one of the best bond information books out there
The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia is truly a great book on the world of James Bond. It has information on all the characters including Goldeneye. It also has information on gadgets, cars, other things and trivial information that is definitely important to anyone who truly likes James Bond. It does not contain everything about bond, and the Goldeneye section in the addendum is less than lacking. Besides that and the fact that it needs to be updated to include TND, everything else about the book is really great.

4-0 out of 5 stars A paradise of facts for the true "Bond-o-phile"
The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Rubin offers its readers a cornucopia of trivial knowledge about arguably the world's most famous action hero. From more widely known facts, such as who the first man to play Bond was; to more obscure bits of information, such as the domestic and international grosses of all the Bond films; a true Bond fan is sure to spend hours delving into all the little quirks and idiosyncrasies that make agent 007 such an icon to so many.If there is one drawback to the book, it is that the book is an encyclopedia, and so it is presented in that form... alphabetical order, brief articles on many different entries... so the book tends to be somewhat of a tedious read at times. I would certainly not recommend it to someone who doesn't love Bond movies, but if you do, it is an absolute requirement to finish any Bond collection!

1-0 out of 5 stars From First to Worst
JUNK. What used to be the best 007 reference book ever has been ruined by the COMPLETELY ASININE way the entries are now organized. Not worth the paper it's printed on anymore.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is good, not the best!!
This book is good if you want some minor facts that have been exhaustively researched. I bought my copy in May of 2002. It makes it seem that the movies are junk and you are wasting your time. A better Bond book is The Essential Bond, by Lee Pfeiffer. This one tells you about gadgets, cars, villians, and the sexy Bond girls. I rate this one 5 stars!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Bond dictionary that all Bond fans should own!
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia is exactly what it says, a complete listing of many things that have been a part of the making of the the James Bond films from Dr. No to Goldneye, including the two versions of Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. Packed full with a personal review of each film and a list of cast and credits. Many people who have been a part of the movies is included in the films. From Adams, Maud to Zorin, Max, the relentless information doesn't stop coming. You will learn about all the directors, producers, stars and everyone that is a part of the Bond Family. A very long read with everything in order, many fans will be amazed with the large length of this book. (one note: fans of Roger Moore, (like me) may not be pleased with the quite terrible reviews of 3 of his films.) Hey everyone has their own opinion. All in all a fantastic Bond book that every bond fan should own! ... Read more


15. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts: 2nd Edition (Key Concepts)
by Susan Hayward
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Catlog: Book (2000-07)
Publisher: Routledge
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This new edition of Routledge's definitive Key Concepts in Cinema Studies has been extentively updated and expanded.

In addition to new entries, such as pornography and adaptation, all of the genre entries reflect the changes of the past few years, and numerous changes have been made in response to feedback from students of film. Featuring some 150 entries, Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts explores a wide range of genres, movements, theories and production terms with depth and clarity. This highly readable resource is both authoritative and accessible, making it an ideal guide for film students and a pleasurable reference for film lovers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Scholarly, Well Researched, Dense with Theory
Susan Hayward has done a good job putting together a compendium of cinema concepts. Her work is very scholarly and well researched with a good deal of additional references (for further reading.)

Professor Hayward's bio says she is a Professor of French Studies. It shows in her book. If you feel like you haven't had your fill of post modernism, semiotics and structuralist/post structuralist theory, this book will get your diet straight.

This isn't the kind of book you'd just sit down and read from cover to cover. It's more of a reference. My complaint is that the book is a little dry and dense.

However, if you need a reference book on cinema concepts, this is a good choice. ... Read more


16. Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, 15e : The 15th Edition of the Bestselling Encyclopedia of Film, Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers (Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies)
by Leslie Halliwell
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: HarperResource
Sales Rank: 16077
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Now in its 15th edition, this classic movie reference, formerly known as The Filmgoer's Companion, has informed and delighted film fans for more than thirty years. Opinionated, witty, and packed with more information per square inch than any other film guide, Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies is as wonderfully unclassifiable as it is impossible to put down.

Who's Who remains a treasure trove of information on who's who and what's what in the movies. Its more than 12,000 entries illuminate the stars of yesterday and today as well as the bit players and character actors, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, composers, and all the other talent involved in making movies. You'll find sections on movie sequels, series, and remakes; themes and genres; technical terms; studios and production companies; cinema around the world; year-by-year listings of Oscar winners and other major awards; and a brief history of the movies from Chaplin to Carrey, Garbo to Kidman, Capra to Cameron.

This updated edition features hundreds of new entries and offers scores of "quotable quotes," ranging from the revealing to the revolting; in addition to being exceedingly entertaining, they add a human dimension missing from every other guide to film facts and figures. Upholding the outstanding tradition of Leslie Halliwell, editor John Walker delivers the lively humor and keen insight that have always been the hallmarks of Halliwell's.

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2-0 out of 5 stars A Dissapointment
Unlike the excellent yearly "Halliwell's Film and Video Guide" "Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies" is a serious disappointment. True, there are more than 12,000 bios, but practically all of the biographical entries are taken up by a list of films with little actual biographical information.

For a director as important as François Truffaut the entire article consists solely of (1) the dates of birth and death; (2) the statement: "French 'new wave' director, former critic. Died of a brain tumour."; (3) the titles of his supposed autobiography and his book on Hitchcock; (4) the film list (UK titles only); and (5) two short quotes by Truffaut. I write "supposed autobiography" because the cited work is, in fact, not an autobiography at all but a collection of Truffaut's early film criticism. This makes one suspicious of other information in "Halliwell's Who's Who."

This inaccurate and stingy bio of Truffaut in "Halliwell's Who's Who" should be compared with the detailed bio in Ephraim Katz' "The Film Encyclopedia," where approximately 1000 words are devoted to his biography in addition to the complete list of his films (with both the US and French titles). Katz has had to limit the number of bios (about 7000 compared to Halliwell's 12,000) in order to be able to offer really useful information. I think his trade-off has been well judged.

For some film makers the biography in "Halliwell's" (apart from the film list) may be limited to two words, such as "American director." Eric Rohmer's bio is limited to a single smug and mildly insulting remark: "French director of rarefied conversation pieces." Robert Bresson fares little better. At the same time, UK directors like Ken Loach or Lindsay Anderson, worthy men indeed but whose importance is certainly far less than Truffaut's, receive extensive bios and a great many quotes.

There are about 120 pages of appendices in "Halliwell's Who's Who," many of which are both useful and unique to that publication. If you already own Ephraim Katz' "The Encyclopedia of Film" there is little reason to purchase "Halliwell's Who's Who in Film," except maybe for some of these appendices, an expensive purchase. On the other hand, if you already own "Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies," there is every reason to purchase Katz' encyclopedia.

2-0 out of 5 stars NOT the companion
Though advertised as a continuation (i.e. 14th Edition)of the "Filmgoers companion" it is only a list of people in the movies. Gone are Halliwell's definitions of movie tradecraft and lists of themes, individual classics and personal notes. A fine actor like Lee J. Cobb gets a single line, while Jayne Mansfield, known more for her off screen antics, gets many more. The quotes from the movie personalities is a nice touch, but when I look up somebodies filmography I do not want to see etc. at the end of an incomplete list.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Movie Book
If you were to have only one book on the movies, this would be it. It has almost everything and everyone connected to movies. About the only changes I'd recommend would be larger type and sections on writers, directors, photographers, stunt men, etc.

4-0 out of 5 stars A true classic of its kind!
Leslie Halliwell(1929-1989) was the publisher of this informative and extremely enjoyable reference book on many of the cinema's most influental figures. What sets Halliwell's great book apart from the others is that it includes not only the most famous of today and yesterday's stars/writers/producers/directors, but a great many obscure, but no less important names in the industry as well. Halliwell's book is also unique in that it includes a list of technical terms that are extremely vital in the motion picture industry, as well as a list of popular film series, and a complete list of Academy Award winners. Whether you are looking to be informed or entertained, Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies serves both purposes well, and is a compulsive read guaranteed to give die-hard film buffs hours and hours of endless reading pleasure. The book, formerly known as The Filmgoer's Companion, is actually a companion piece to an older favorite, Halliwell's Film Guide, also strongly recommended for the serious film buff.

4-0 out of 5 stars Formerly known as The Filmgoer's Companion...
This volume was titled "The Filmgoer's Companion" but this year changed to "Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies". Personally, I like the former title better. Fortunately, this is still the same book in regard to content. It has some great quips and quizzes for those movie buffs out there and great references for more obscure work that some of these actors/actresses/producers and directors did. Well worth the price! ... Read more


17. The Encyclopedia of Alfred Hitchcock (Library of Great Filmmakers)
by Thomas Leitch
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
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18. Horror (The Overlook Film Encyclopedia Series)
by Phil Hardy, Tom Milne, Kim Newman, Paul Willemen
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Catlog: Book (1995-12-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This is the best single volume book on the horror film, the definitive reference work devoted to the subject. It contains entries on every movie even remotely connected to the genre, whether it is a 19-century silent, a grade "Z" schlocker, or an "art" film by the likes of Fritz Lang or Ingmar Bergman.Each entry contains a full list of credits and a descriptive review. Hardy writes about horror movies with such enthusiasm and intelligence that you feel you're getting the low down on the genre from a sincere and learned friend. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive horror film reference
The fact that this encyclopedia has not been updated since its last reprinting in 1995 borders on the offensive. That's because it is simply the best reference of the genre I've ever encountered. The book is filled with short to medium length reviews of horror films from every period in film history (up to 1992) and every nation which dabbles in the genre.

The fact that the encyclopedia is that complete is not necessarily its biggest asset. The reviews which compose the book do not simply provide summary, a quick line or two of evaluation, and a useless star rating a la Leonard Martin. Instead, each review examines its subject in relation to other similar works by subject, studio, director, actor, etc. It refuses to provide star ratings, favoring a more detailed explanation of a film's strengths and weaknesses. Also, and this pleases me the most, many films are examined through a critical lense, looking at how the film explores gender, culture, politics, economics, etc.

Combine these strengths with the inclusion of just about every horror film ever made and you have a book horror fans will leave by their bedside.

This encyclopedia treats the horror film genre as it should be treated, an important and vital field of art with a history and voice to be heard. Any causal or serious student of horror films must own this book. It will deepen and enlive their enjoyment of horror, from the absurd and esoteric, to the classic and mainstream.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential depite it's flaws.
This book has it's flaws, there is no doubt about that, various films are missing, the writing is overly politically correct, almost every film is considered either racist or homophobic and every time a women is killed it is because the director either hates or fears women. Did they ever think that maybe the reason there are beautiful women in these movies is so that there is something to hold the viewers interest between killings rather than having them nod off because of the inane dialogue. Then there are the racist cannibal films. Most of these films are little more than a chance to show some extreme gore and nothing more should be read into them than that. I must say that I am surprised that they missed the right wing political views that are rife in ZOMBIE. They also give away the ending to half the films.

Still, it's a great book, and I'm not beiing sarcastic. As a reference guide for the horror fanatic it's second to none. I have certainly never read anything with as much information on each individual film as this, as I mentioned before there is sometimes too much information, ruining twist endings and giving away key plot elements before you have had a chance to discover them for yourself, but you just have to be careful how you read it. I've owned this book for a few years now, and have read it through about twenty times and I am still picking it up often and going over old ground and discovering new information. Any horror fan must own this, no two ways about it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty comprehensive, but flawed
I am still waiting for a perfect horror reference guide and this one comes pretty close. It is still missing dozens of titles that are elusive, but not THAT elusive! Most of the missing titles are still available on video at most video outlets! For anyone mildly interested in the genre, this should make you a hardcore addict! For those already hardcore addicts, you will probably cringe at some of the films missing but enjoy the extensive research put into the films. Yes, some pictures would look better in color, but the book's already a fortune, why have the price raised? Don't let the price discourage you, this is the best guide I've seen in the past few years (besides Michael Weldon's exhaustive PSYCHOTRONIC books). If you're still wary about buying it, look at the measurements of the book and how many pages it has. Nuff said.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best there is
I bought the first edition of this book back in 1985 and although I've bought a lot of other book on cinema and horror since then, this has to be the most valuable of them all.

Every - E-V-E-R-Y - horror film ever made - no matter where - is discussed. And in a way that shows that the authors really have seen it. There is so much to explore and so much to see - I still get excited about some strange little movie from a strange little country I've not heard of before.

Films like the Shogun-Assassin-Series or those of Coffin Joe would have been long forgotten if not this book had brought them to a broader public. The writing is very good. Research is excellent. The Photos are fine (if a bit sparse) and there is a short overview of each decade. The ideal research tool for every serious cinema-buff.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful For any Horror Buff
An attractive and indispensable guide to practically every horror film ever made, from the 1910's to the 1990's. It probably contains more out-of-print and foreign titles than most other guides. It is truly a massive book with hundreds of beautiful photos. However, the film reviews are a little awkward, and those photos would have looked a lot nicer in color. ... Read more


19. The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows
by David Schwartz, Steve Ryan, Fred Wostbrock
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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Fun and informative, this entertaining book is packed with facts about more than 500 game shows, from "You Bet Your Life" to "Jeopardy!" Each entry includes a summary of the program, rules of the game, air dates, hosts, celebrity guests, network affiliations, production companies, producers, and creators. It's been completely revised and updated to include more than 30 news shows, such as:

"Singled Out" "Debt" "Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?" "Idiot Savants" "Peer Pressure" "Pictionary" "Trivia Track" "My Generation" "Make Me Laugh."

More than 170 exclusive photographs offer a look at game show milestones and allow a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the most popular programs in the genre. Whether you'd rather name that tune, come on down, or buy a vowel, The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows is full of trivia and information that will delight every fan. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE GAME SHOW FAN'S BIBLE!
An important book for any TV GAME SHOW FAN!
This book lists ALL game shows from the start of TV until the publshing date. (I can't wait for the fourth edition.) This book includes all detailed information about each show including air dates, hosts , announcers even music theme names. It also contains great photos from shows... even more than the second edition. IF YOU LIKE GAME SHOWS YOU'LL LOVE THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TV GAME SHOWS!

5-0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly first rate encyclopedia of the TV Game Show
The Editors of "The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows" have done a surprisingly nice job of covering a particular niche in the history of television programming. Except for the mania over the big prize game shows in the early 1950's and the brief resurgence of their popularity with "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," game shows have mostly been the province of day time programming and syndication. Consequently, a reference book like the Brooks and Marsh "Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows" is only going to cover those relatively few series that went on the air at night. "The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows" not only has the virtue of covering every single Game Show in the history of television, it is done with an enviable balance between the historian's concern for air dates, hosts, assistants and rules of the game with the fans need for compelling pop culture details and television trivia with their "Did You Know" sections. Certainly, this is the best of both worlds collected into one reasonably priced volume. I picked up this book hoping it would be almost as good as Brooks and Marsh, but it turns out to be much better in terms of its particular corner of the television universe. Whatever you want to know about Game Shows, whether it is how many were hosted by Gene Rayburn, which has been on the air the longest, or which had the contestant who won the most money, you can bet this book has it and not even need to worry about what is behind Curtain #2.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Most Neglected Chapter of Television History!!!
One of the most sadly neglected styles of program in all of television history has been the TV game show. Despite the fact that throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, one or more of the top rated shows on TV has been a game show, whether "What's My Line" or "Wheel of Fortune," the format has been criticized by lovers of "serious" television as being "exploitive" of women, "anti-intellectual trash" or "merely entertainment" (as if entertaining the public is a bad thing.) However, The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows proves that these charges are, for the most part, without merit. In fact, during the medium's earliest days in the 1950's, some of the wittiest and most urbane shows were panel shows, i.e., a type of game show featuring a panel of celebrities, and not just movie stars, either! Great minds from the worlds of publishing, journalism, and the theatre such as Bennett Cerf, Abe Burrows, and Dorothy Kilgallen were regular guests into our homes each week as well. (The notion that game shows were "trashy" probably came from the popularity of the mostly horrible Chuck Barris-produced shows of the late sixites-early seventies, such as The Gong Show, The $1.98 Beauty Pagent, and Three's a Crowd. Thankfully, unlike Goodson-Todman and Merv Griffin, he does not rate his own chapter in this book.) Every single game show produced from the late 1940's until 1999 is covered here, and most are given their proper amount of space. (A few, such as Press Your Luck, seem to be shortchanged, but only a few.) An update is absolutely necessary as of this writing, as the game show has just made a marvelous comeback, thanks mostly to the success of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Also, a little more space might be devoted to individual personalities, such as the great Bill Cullen, arguably the greatest and certainly the busiest host in history, and a heartwarming success story in his own right. (He overcame polio at an early age, which left him with a permanent limp; if you watch his shows carefully, he is almost never shown walking.) But, these are minor quibbles. The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows is a great book for game show novice and aficionado alike, and is a welcome addition to a most neglected chapter of television history!

5-0 out of 5 stars 517 Game Shows from 1941 to 1995.
This is the ultimate game show book to end all other game show books. This book lists every game show ever aired on television including the Dumont Network and cable channels. This book covers 517 different tv game shows in alphabetical order from the first tv game show special "Truth Or Consequences" on NBC, July 1, 1941, the first continuing CBS tv game show, "CBS Television Quiz" on July 2, 1941 and hundreds of others to 1995. 341 pages full with 152 photographs that will stimulate your memory. This book includes a listing of when all network tv stations and some cable stations began tv service. Even DuMont is listed. A chronology of game shows from the first in 1941 to 1995. A list of tv game shows by network. A list of the longest-running television game shows. Game Show Award winners and Nominees. Top-rated game shows from 1952-1971. TV game shows that began on radio. Game Shows that have had multiple runs. Index of game show personalities. A game show index. Name index and profession index. It was good to see Geoff Edwards, Art James, Jim Lange and Tom Kennedy again.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great Game Show book!
I just love game shows,From Gene Rayburn on Match Game,Richard Dawson on Family Feud,Allen Ludden on Password,Wink Martindale on Tic Tac Dough,Bob Eubanks on The Newlywed Game,to Chuck Barris on The Gong Show,and so on. And this book is game shows to a science!It tells you what shows were on TV,even tells you who was the panelests,announcers,models,and more on those shows. For example,did you know Charles Nelson Reilly (panelist from Match Game) hosted a game show called Sweetharts?Or did you know Baseball announcer Joe Garagolia from the NBC Baseball game of the Week hosted To Tell The Truth in the mid '70's?How about Mrs. Allen Ludden,Betty White hosting her own game show called "Just Men"? It's all here and more!I enjoyed reading this forth edition,and I can't wait for the fifth version! ... Read more


20. The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes (Popular Reference)
by DAVID A. ROACH
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Catlog: Book (2005-10-04)
Publisher: Omnigraphics
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2-0 out of 5 stars not what i expected for
First of all i was looking for a book that describes each super heroe's style, character, super powers in detail, even i expected a scala or a chart showing his/her powers, intelligence, agility, dexterity out of say, 10 or 100 what ever. But none is available, just a brief explanation of how he /she is created, and etc. No description of his/her adventures, friends, the very popular speciality etc.

I bought this book with 2 other books "The comic book encyclopedia" (ron goulart) and "500 comic book villains" (Baron's production) and none of them satisfied me.

However only book which provides all superheroes with "pictures" is "The comic book encyclopedia" (ron goulart)this and the other book doesnt even provide picture for all characters but some mostly known ones.

i dont recommend this product for those who is familiar with the super heroes but to those who knows nothing about comics.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice , but...
If you believe that you are getting a book where you will SEE illustrations of many, or even about 10%, of the superheros that there are info/articles on...think again. You may, or may not, read about your favorites and learn some interesting facts, but, you will not see them. Bizarre for a book on a very visual medium. As to the selection of superheroes and the (dis)proportionate length of some articles...well, call it author's choice...or bias. A tad light on the founding fathers, so to speak, of the 1940's.I am immediately selling mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got a comic fan in your life? Make his/her day with this one
Their are other comic book encyclopedias out their. Some of them have flashier art (not that this doesn't) or higher page counts. But a when I read through this one I was impressed.

I challenged the book by looking for characters other than Spider-Man, such as MiracleMan and Phantom Lady and was pleased with the coverage they were given. Lots of nice tidbits and indepth coverage of many heroes including their crossovers into other media.

Buy it for the comic fan in your life. ... Read more


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