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    1. What Would Sipowicz Do?: Race, Rights And Redemption In Nypd Blue (Smart Pop Series)
    by Glenn Yeffeth
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    Catlog: Book (2005-01-28)
    Publisher: Benbella Books
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    Taking an entertaining, intelligent look at the culturally influential 11-year television run of NYPD Blue, this examination includes a collection of essays on topics ranging from the series' portrayal of race relations in New York City to Sipowicz's famously thorny demeanor. A media critic, two police psychologists, and addiction, interrogation, and sex experts contribute essays that take an accessible, intelligent look at a show that has redefined the police drama genre. From insightful analysis of the show's evolution to lighthearted jabs at its quirks, this is a work that will deepen any fan's Blue experience.
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    2. Big Russ and Me: Father and Son--Lessons of Life
    by Tim Russert
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    Asin: 1401352081
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-10)
    Publisher: Miramax Books
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    Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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    Veteran newsman and Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert is known for his direct and unpretentious style and in this charming memoir he explains why. Russert's father is profiled as a plainspoken World War II veteran who worked two blue-collar jobs while raising four kids in South Buffalo but the elder Russert's lessons on how to live an honest, disciplined, and ethical life are shown to be universal. Big Russ and Me, a sort of Greatest Generation meets Tuesdays with Morrie, could easily have become a sentimental pile of mush with a son wistfully recalling the wisdom of his beloved dad. But both Russerts are far too down-to-earth to let that happen and the emotional content of the book is made more direct, accessible, and palatable because of it. The relationship between father and son, contrary to what one would think of as essential to a riveting memoir, seems completely healthy and positive as Tim, the academically gifted kid and later the esteemed TV star and political operative relies on his old man, a career sanitation worker and newspaper truck driver, for advice. Big Russ and Me also traces Russert's life from working-mjkjclass kid to one of broadcast journalism's top interviewers by introducing various influential figures who guided him along the way, including Jesuit teachers, nuns, his dad's drinking buddies, and, most notably, the late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whom Russert helped get elected in 1976. Plenty of entertaining anecdotes are served up along the way from schoolyard pranks to an attempt to book Pope John Paul II on the Today Show. Though not likely to revolutionize modern thought, Big Russ and Me will provide fathers and sons a chance to reflect on lessons learned between generations. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Cats in the cradle...Harry Chapin's song comes to life!!!
    The background story behind this book is learning from your elders. In this particular one, we are talking about Tim Russert and how he explains the way that his father's knowledge (something that most children never appreciate until after the fact) and experience shaped his life. We learn of Big Russ, as he refers to his father, and how he was raise in poverty, was a WWII vet with an admirable record and his ability to raise his four children and support his household while holding down two jobs for a good part of his life. That, in itself, shows the character of Big Russ.

    As is the dream of every parent, Russert's life is anything but representative of the suffering his father witnessed. A wealthy lawyer, Capital Hill insider and married to a celebrity journalist, Russert is the success story his father could brag about to any and everyone.

    The book provides a nostalgic walk through time as the author reflects on his own life as well as that of his country. By the time you finish the book, you can understand why Big Russ earns the biggest title that any father can ever dream of. That of being seen as a hero in his own son's eyes. No amount of money or honors can ever top such a title as that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Gift to Big Russ
    Bookstores have been gearing up for Father's Day for some time now, lining their front displays with titles dad is sure to enjoy: sports, grilling, amusing how-tos. Pretty standard stuff. But once in a while a book comes along that supersedes the silly.

    BIG RUSS & ME, by Tim Russert, is one of these rare finds.

    Russert, the popular host of NBC's "Meet the Press," wrote this tribute to his father, Tim Senior, a member of what has become known as "the greatest generation." A hard-working, spiritual and devoted family man who served his country during World War II, the elder Russert represents the millions of fathers (and mothers) who sacrificed to make their children's lives better.

    The Russert family grew up in a blue-collar section of Buffalo, NY, where Tim Senior instilled in the author and his three sisters the qualities of discipline, respect, honesty and faith that, for whatever reason, are sometimes lacking from parents today.

    In the minds of younger readers, Russert might as well have written his book a hundred years ago. Imagine having to walk to school, including "sir" or "ma'am" when addressing adults, or having to do chores. It wasn't punishment --- it was expected and not open to discussion or bargaining.

    Writers of a certain age often recall a time and place in which television shows were broadcast in black and white, no one locked their doors, kids always had friends to play with and people watched out for one another. Compare that with today's omnipresent security alarms, motion detectors and play-dates.

    Russert writes fondly of his Jesuit education. Its extension of discipline helped him focus on excelling in college and law school. He worked hard to put himself through school, not just because his parents could ill-afford tuition and other expenses. As Big Russ said, you appreciate it more when you earn it yourself. The era in which he grew up was difficult: the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. had profound effects on his circle, as did the social unrest of the sixties. Through it all, however, he remained close to his father while many of his contemporaries rebelled against their parents' values.

    Russert is not a name-dropper. He was fortunate enough to know several people who were very influential to his maturation, and he mentions these relationships (his chapters on Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Pope John Paul II are especially warm) more in thankfulness than to inflate his own ego. His self-effacement ("I have a face for radio") seems genuine, not put-on, which makes BIG RUSS & ME even more enjoyable.

    The saying goes (approximately): "When I was a teenager I thought my father didn't know anything. It's amazing how much smarter he became once I got older." This is definitely not Russert's credo. Indeed, he has always sought his dad's advice and opinions; even now, in his high-powered capacity as host of one of television's venerated staples, he is not satisfied until Big Russ gives his feedback. (Not to psychoanalyze, but one doesn't get the impression that Russert, Jr. is in dire need of Senior's approval.)

    Being "men," it's not unusual that expressive feelings exchanged between fathers and sons are underplayed. This is one reason why BIG RUSS & ME is so welcome. And the love and respect between the generations continues through the author's son, Luke.

    Relationships, especially for today's parents, seem much more difficult, thanks in no small part to the myriad distractions and competitions for their kids' attention that simply didn't exist fifty years ago. All vie for the child's attention and some can be very seductive, especially when the folks want him to do something that isn't cool, like get good grades or clean up his room.

    Russert's apotheosis is a wonderful gift to Big Russ, an expression of love and gratitude that makes all the hard work seem worthwhile. It's even better that the old timer is still around to enjoy the accolades the book will no doubt engender.

    So, what did you say you were doing for your dad this year?

    --- Reviewed by Ron Kaplan

    1-0 out of 5 stars Ack! Ack!
    Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Endearing & heart-felt memoir.
    Refreshing and light read written by a man with a genuine and, in many ways, a new-found love and appreciation for the most important man in his life.

    In a society that seems less determined to be self reliant and accountable and more determined than ever compete over who can be the biggest victim, Big Russ is living testimony that absolutely nothing beats a strong family bond and a solid work ethic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Engaging, nostalgic, well-written
    This is a great book. I can't believe how many Amazon "reviewers" are getting their facts wrong, or dragging politics, or other issues into this simple, straightforward ode to one's father.

    One reviewer says Tim does a disservice to mothers everywhere by writing a book about his father. If you didn't check out the title of the book clearly before purchasing it, maybe you should go do that now: "Big Russ and Me: Father and Son--Lessons of Life." He mentions his mother reverently a few times in the text, but the book is mainly about his dad. Enough Said. I'm sure his mother knows how much he loves her. Maybe he'll write a book about her someday. But I don't see how he's disrespecting all mothers. That's ludicrous.

    Secondly, a few reviewers have remarked about Big Russ blowing his paycheck on booze every week. Obviously these readers didn't read carefully. Tim was writing about another man in town who would take his paycheck to the bar every payday and drink it away. Tim contrasts this man with his father, who would enjoy a few cold ones every now and then, but knew that providing for his family was much more important. Big Russ was not a drunk. Maybe you reviewers should go back and re-read that chapter.

    Another reviewer complains that Tim Russert's book is "full of errors," and backs up this claim by saying he got one word wrong when remembering a prayer from his youth. This reviewer says a half-decent editor would've caught this. I'd like to enlighten this reader by letting him know that not all prayers are taught or recited exactly the same way. It depends on the school or church, I suppose. To call it an error is wrong. It's a variation. I'm sure some people think the way you recite it is wrong. Whether it's "THROUGH thy bounty," or "FROM thy bounty," it hardly makes much difference, does it? Means the same thing.

    I could go on, but for some readers there's no hope. It's a great book about a father's influence on his son's life. Read it. Pass it on. ... Read more

    3. Film Directing Shot by Shot : Visualizing from Concept to Screen
    by Steven Katz
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    Asin: 0941188108
    Catlog: Book (1991-07-31)
    Publisher: Michael Wiese
    Sales Rank: 5525
    Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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    Film Directing Shot by Shot offers a good introduction to the rudiments of film production. Steven D. Katz walks his readers through the various stages of moviemaking, advising them at every turn to visualize the films they wish to produce. Katz believes that one of the chief tasks of filmmaking is to negotiate between our three-dimensional reality and the two-dimensionality of the screen. He covers the number of technical options filmmakers can use to create a satisfying flow of shots, a continuity that will make sense to viewers and aptly tell the film's story. Katz provides in-depth coverage of production design, storyboarding, spatial connections, editing, scene staging, depth of frame, camera angles, point of view, and the various types of stable compositions and moving camera shots. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ...fantastic
    I wish I had this book when I was in 6th form. If I had, the last 5 years of my life could have been very different. Unfortunately, I only got hold of this book 6 months ago, and quickly read it cover to cover.

    I'm not going towrite an in depth review, but I will tell you the 2 most important things that this book deals with...

    1) Shot composition/storyboards
    2) Blocking

    It tells you everything they don't have time for when you take media studies in your senior high school years. It quickly gets past the basic information about shot types etc, and then takes you WAY BEYOND into a far more in depth and professional level, the kind of stuff you pay tens of thousands for in a film school.

    The book is that...good.

    If you only ever buy 1 book on filmmaking/directing, this is the one to get. I'm not kidding.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Far from complete
    A competent text in regards to the visualization of camera placement and movement required of directors. At the very least, it will aid you in communicating with the various people necessary to make films. However, this book falls far short of being a complete manual for a film director. It fails to address basic directing principles, such as the director's roles in shaping performances for the screen and breaking down the script emotionally. The latter being an essential step in "visualizing from concept to screen." Using this book as a resource as a director is fine, but make sure you supplement it with other texts, such as "Directing Actors" by Judith Weston. Do not buy this book assuming you are getting a comprehensive guide. If it's a more comprehensive guide you seek then I would recommend Michael Rabiger's "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy for film makers
    This reference is worth the money. I learned everything I needed to know about setting up shots for my first two films from this book. Diagrams, pictures, instructions. Wonderful!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The title says it all
    If you're expecting, that you will learn how to direct actors or get dramatic an unique performances with this book you're wrong, this book it's about visualizing, how to move the camera, why, continuity styles, storyboarding, etc,

    It is an excellent tool for the film & videomaker, you can use it for quick reference, if you're shooting a conversation, it explains, how you can do it without breaking the axis..

    If you're starting to study film, let Steven Katz, be your teacher, and make your first shorts knowing how to doing them right

    3-0 out of 5 stars Katz takes simple concepts and makes them seem confusing
    This book really gets you thinking about shot design and blocking, but Katz uses four times as many pages as he should. Katz takes simple concepts and makes them seem confusing. ... Read more

    4. The Real Deadwood: True Life Histories of Will Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Outlaw Towns, and Other Characters of the Lawless West
    by John Ames, John Edward Ames
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    Asin: 1596090316
    Catlog: Book (2004-08)
    Publisher: Chamberlain Bros.
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    Supported by strong ratings and a rich history, The Real Deadwood provides background and historical accuracy for the figures depicted on the hit HBO series, and takes a broader look at the times that spawned them. Covering law and order, politics, journalism, and early medicine, and examining some "historical guest stars" who may play a factor in future Deadwood episodes (Teddy Roosevelt was an acquaintance of series protagonist Seth Bullock and made several visits to the lawless town; Bullock turned away Wyatt Earp when he offered his services as a lawman)-The Real Deadwood will allow readers to traverse the unpaved streets of an outlaw town without ever getting their boots dirty. ... Read more

    5. The Book of Shadows : The Unofficial Charmed Companion
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    Asin: 0609806521
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-10)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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    Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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    The ultimate guide to the hit program Charmed, this is both a book of spells and a key to the mysteries of the show. The Book of Shadows celebrates the best of Charmed, from its roots in the ancient tradition of Wicca to insider information on the show's stars.N.E. Genge not only provides fascinating background details for the show's Wiccan elements, but also guides readers in performing their own magic. Fans with a witchy bent will learn about the tools of magic and divination and the casting of spells. Recipes and rituals -- from those that beckon love or bless a new business venture to those that bequeath strength or bestow fortune -- are all included.The Book of Shadows is a sassy celebration of witches, sisterhood, and magic.

    This book has not been prepared, approved, licensed, endorsed, or in any way authorized by any entity that created or produced Charmed.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The Book of Shadows: The Unofficial Charmed Companian
    Like many other reviewers here when I first opened this book I expected to find reviews on each episode and stuff like that. Instead I found spells and other magic things. Reading this inspired me to become a Wiccan, however when I researched on the web I found that most of the information in this book doesn't actually follow any Wiccan laws. It also doesn't touch at all on the religion that is involved whenever you become a Pagan.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Gimmicky book with SOME good info.
    I thumbed through this book at a bookstore. While it does have SOME relevant information on the religion of Witchcraft, overall I found it to be ridiculous. Charmed is a television show; it does not represent the REALITY of the life of a practicing witch. Anyone who seeks this book out as a guide to "true" Wicca of witchcraft is kidding themselves. There are no hard and fast rules in these religions. Also, the reader needs to keep in mind that these religous paths are very serious, and the practice therein is not to be taken lightly. You cannot be a witch just by reading a book. Especially one about a fantasy television show. However, the author does attempt to explain the differences between Wicca, traditional witchcraft, and the show. But I'm afraid that many readers will assume that this book holds much spiritual truth and will use it as a guidebook to an entire religious movement that they do not understand.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Book of Shadows : The Unofficial Charmed Companion
    I expected more information pertaining to the TV series, Charmed. This book is interesting, yet not entirely consistent with the TV series, as I had hoped. I find the show entertaining - as it claims on the commercials, takes you away for an hour. Although I believe to some degree that witchcraft is a viable practice, I was interested in the entertainment value of a book that strictly adhered to the series use of it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment
    I purchased this book thinking that it was at least a decent guide to Charmed. True, there are no other Charmed guides, but this one isn't even updated; there are about 5 seasons missing. In the first section of the book, the author attempts to explain Wicca. It's o.k. if one has no prior knowledge of the religion. My main complaint is the childish manner in which it was written. I expected more depth and intelligence. It was poorly written. Hopefully someone else will write a better guide to Charmed. Don't waste your money on this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty dissapointed!!!
    Well, I thought overall this book was okay but it was definitly not what I expected it to be. I expected this book to have a lot of information on charmed, behind the scenes stuff, and to have all the spells that they said in each of the episodes. There was some behind the scene type stuff and like 5 spells. It was more for a beginner in witchcraft explaining what certain ingredients are for and where and when to do witchcraft which I didn't expect so much of. I also didn't expect it to be so old, it only features 2 seasons of the charmed show. Now there are 7 seasons, I thought it would have been more updated, it doesn't even have Paige in it! All in all I was pretty dissapointed in it and I wouldn't recommend this book to charmed lovers, maybe to beginners of witchcraft. But that's just what I think, hope you found this review helpful! ... Read more

    6. American Idol Season 4: Behind-the-Scenes Fan Book : Prima's Official Fan Book
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    Asin: 0761549463
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-13)
    Publisher: Prima Games
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money-Entertaining, colorful & well-written!!
    I love American Idol and I loved reading this book. The photos are great and so are the interviews. I read stuff in this book that I didn't hear anywhere else. Anyone who is an American Idol fan will really enjoy the inside look that this book provides. Kudos to the author and the photographer! The book gives great insight into the whole audition process and what it's really like to be a contestant trying out for the show. The free poster was a great bonus too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love American Idol!!!
    This book is awesome. It has tons of great interviews and photos. I love this show and I love this book. If you want to learn all about American Idol and see behind-the-scenes stuff, read the book!!! ... Read more

    7. Bewitched Forever: 40th Anniversary Edition
    by Herbie J. Pilato
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    Asin: 1930819404
    Catlog: Book (2004-10)
    Publisher: Tapestry Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    It's magical:Bewitched is Nickelodeon's most popular series in the network's ten year history. Pilato has chronicled the classic witchuation comedy in BEWITCHED FOREVER, an enchanting television companion that mixes more than 150 photos, behind the scene facts, and twitch-bits, as well as exclusive cast interviews, including one up close and personal one about when Herbie met Elizabeth and their ongoing friendship. Everything you ever wanted to know about the series and the people is here. The book includes episode summaries, anecdotes, and biographies of the entire cast and crew, plus a special section on the television sequel Tabitha, which starred Lisa Hartman. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Be Bewitched
    As we await the release of the upcoming Bewitched movie, we have been enjoying great tie-in features. I have all the Bewitched books and can tell you that you should just stick to Bewitched Forever, Bewitched: Behind the Magic and Elizabeth Montgomery, A Bewitching Life. They are three great, fun spellbinding books. ALSO, you MUST get the Bewitched DVD's. And if you really want a complete Bewitched experience, go for the Tabitha DVD, too. All are available on Amazon at the best prices.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Fresh!
    From the author that inspired a renewed interest in Bewitched, and dozens of classic TV websites, comes this 40th Anniv. Edition of Bewitched Forever. Presented in a clean and crisp manner, I found it incredibly easy to look up whatever bit of data or trivia was interesting me at the moment.

    Yes, there's a lot of Bewitched websites out there now, but there's nothing like curling up with a real honest-to-goodness book on a rainy or snowy day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful, absolutely wonderful
    wow! this is the only word that can describe Herbie J Pilatos book. i received it three days ago and read the entire book in only 3 hours. i was an absolute pleasure to read!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Agree
    This is the year of Bewitched. I received my third Bewitched book this month and am now posting reviews. Actually I had this book for a while, but never posted a review until now. After reading the review that complained about the book not really having a lot of actual show information, I had to go get mine and see just how many pages we were talking about. I hate to admit it but that review is correct. There are well over 225 pages devoted to an episode guide and cast and crew biographies but much less to actual show history. Maybe these were relevent years ago, but with the internet now boasting many Bewitched and television sitcom sites, all with episode guides, this does seem something of a rip off now. Without those two sections, this would have been a very small book. Also, I disagree that there are tons of photos. There are aa lot of photos, but nothing candid or really overly interesting. Most are promo shots. Of course when this book first came out 13 or 14 years ago, it was the only Bewitched item around. NOW it has been overshadowed by the internet sites and other works.I will always have a soft spot for Bewitched in my heart and am looking forward to the film and other related items.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Bewitched Bible
    Though this review comes from my review of the previous edition, it still pertains to this new 40th Anniversary edition, which has a little bit about the upcoming movie.

    If, ever, you have been watching 'Bewitched' and wondered just who is that pretty little witch with a twitch or who her party pooper of a husband is, or even if you do know (I'm assuming you read the credits at the first of the show) and you want to know more about them this book is THE definitive and extensive source for all things Bewitched. With tons of pictures and numerous interviews with the original cast all combined into a fun read Herbie J. Pilato brings all the magic of Bewitched to the written word. All 254 episodes are shared along with a small section devoted to Bewitched's little known spin-off Tabitha. This book is recommended to anyone who has ever fallen under the magic spell of Samantha and her family. ... Read more

    8. Television Production Handbook (with InfoTrac)
    by Herbert Zettl
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    Asin: 0534563775
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-26)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 167494
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    This classic, best-selling text introduces students to the basic skills required in all aspects of television production, including camera and studio, field equipment and production, and multicamera directing, all while emphasizing the latest production techniques and technology, such as audio workstations, non-linear editing, and HDTV. This text introduces cutting edge developments in the field, while maintaining its name as the reference text for the TV Production course. This is the most current, technically accurate text available and offers the most extensive teaching and learning package. Zettl's TELEVISION PRODUCTION HANDBOOK is the reference text and standard for the course. ... Read more

    9. Lighting for Digital Video & Television, Second Edition
    by John Jackman
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    Asin: 1578202515
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-10)
    Publisher: CMP Books
    Sales Rank: 46816
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Digital video students and enthusiasts must learn lighting fundamentals and techniques to enhance the visual quality of their work. Moreover, since lighting specifications for digital video differ significantly from those for analog video or film, professional videographers and cinematographers must learn how to adapt their lighting skills for this new digital medium to ensure that the final product meets broadcast standards.This complete course in digital video and television lighting begins with how the human eye and the camera process light and color, progresses through the basics of equipment and setups, and culminates with practical lessons on how to solve common problems. It features clear illustrations and real-world examples that demonstrate proper equipment use, safety issues, and staging techniques. Detailed diagrams, figures, and photos illustrate techniques that enable novices to complete basic lighting setups. This new edition also features a 16-page color insert and new chapters on interview setups and lighting for low budgets. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars More than just a lighting book
    I bought this book to help me to set up lighting for Digital Video for instructional work. I gained full understanding about lighting without suffering through attempts of an author to fulfill a writers self image. Read easily and quickly. It is a great information book. Also, he list contact information for equipment vendors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Too good to be true
    I'm not really good at writing reviews, but I love this book so much that I have to say something. First of all, let me say that this book is for everyone who is interested in lighting. It doesn't matter if you're a photographer or cameraman, you'll learn from reading this book. John Jackman is a real expert and is passing along his knowledge in this book.

    Personally, I'm a digital photographer and videographer that has been perplexed by the whole lighting thing for years. I'm no pro if you're wondering. This is the third book that I've bought about lighting and the prior two books really didn't teach me anything at all (see my very bad review of the Lighting Cookbook). The authors of the other books are just spoon feeding you tips and diagrams without explaining the logic behind them. It's as if they don't want you to learn anything. Well, John Jackman doesn't just give you a fish, he teaches you to fish and once you finish this book you'll have enough knowledge of lighting to do just about anything and actually understand what you're doing and why.

    I received this book in the mail about four days ago and already finished. I just couldn't stop reading it. Once I read the first few pages, I knew that I had bought the right book and I felt like I was actually learning something the whole time.

    I'm a digital photographer and if you shoot digital with a prosumer camera, you should know that you can't use the same equipment that they use at your local studio. It's just not very compatible. So, I have to use continuous lighting like they do for video and film making. It has many advantages and is every bit as good. I do video too, so the lighting equipment can be used for both. Anyway, I've got this huge lighting catalog from B&H photo and it's got pretty much any kind of light and accessory that you could want. The only problem is that it doesn't explain what they are and how to use it. This book explains all of this and that's actually why I bought it in the first place. If it wasn't for the "look inside" feature here at, I wouldn't have been able to tell what the book covered. So, after seeing the table of contents I bought it. Now when I flip through the catalog, I know what I'm looking at and what it does. Instead of just blindly buying something, I know exactly what I need for my purposes.

    Unlike other books that claim to give you low to no budget solutions, this book actually has quite a few. Although much of the equipment mentioned is very expensive. Another one of my favorite things about this book is the glossary with plain language that's easy to read. Almost every term that I didn't know could be found in the back with a simple explanation.

    My only complaint and it's really a non-complaint is the excruciatingly boring detail the author would go into when explaining the way our eyes work and some other things. I know that it is relevant and useful information and he means well, but I almost fell asleep through that part. The studio lighting chapter is pretty boring too unless you're going to be a gaffer for CNN. It shouldn't be skipped, but maybe skimmed through.

    All in all, I knew this book would be good, but it exceeded my expectations. When they say "expert series" they mean it because this guy knows it all and doesn't mind making an expert out of you either. The great thing about this book is that it assumes that you don't really know anything like a "for dummies" book, but it's not insulting to your intelligence. The author doesn't try to keep you interested by telling stupid jokes or using childish examples. He isn't so full of himself that the book is about him or his work. The book is about lighting and he takes you from the very basics to the advanced Hollywood style lighting.

    I'm sorry if this review was annoyingly over-positive, but I'm just very happy with it and I highly recommend it. I also recommend getting a lighting catelog from B&H Photo or some other place so you can see photos of all the lights and tools that are mentioned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent easy to read book...
    I been using lights for a couple of years now but really did not have much of a clue until I read this book. I felt the scales drop off of my eyes as I read though the book. It's a very easy read as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EN-LIGHTNING
    In the 1st Chapter of his book the author invites us to join him along for the journey in the lighting world of television and video with a promise that by the end of this journey i.e. of the book, we will be able to understand and create with the lights in our own digital frames.
    I finished the book, it realy was a journey and Mr. Jackman kept his promise.
    Thank you Mr.Jackman

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    Hey all,

    I'm a long time worker in multimedia and the performing arts (with a theatrical education). I did a lot of theatrical lighting as slave labor back in college, but beyond that, most of my experience in film and video was from the acting side.

    So before shooting my next short, I decided I needed a primer in film lighting. I bought Mr. Jackman's book about a week and a half ago and, well, for geeks like me, it was a real page turner.

    Aside from the fact that I needed to covert all of my theater vocab (cables) to film vocab (stingers) I also found the perspective on DV film making to be dead on in this book.

    This book starts out outlining the technical aspects of electrics and lighting. While not the most exciting for a lot of people (although I got excited and immediatly tested all of my wall sockets with my old fluke multimeter) these sections read quick and are a necessary setup for the rest of the book. After the technical aspects are discussed, the book goes in a direction which I genually appreciate.

    Instead of treating DV and Video lighting like bad flat TV lighting, Mr. Jackman really goes out of his way to help all of us little guys with PD-150s and the like to light our DV dynamically and artistically. Often the book shows more thrifty workarounds for expensive concepts.

    While this book isn't going to contain much new information for the experienced gaffer. It will definetly help any novice, new-comer, or, like me, semi-knowledged person increase their skills in the art of lighting.

    Hopefully more people will read this book and less badly lit short films will infest the world. Then we can give all those die hard film guys a run for their money. To paraphase the book: The camera and medium are just tools, they don't think, we do.

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    10. Finding Serenity : Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly (Smart Pop series)
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    Asin: 1932100431
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Benbella Books
    Sales Rank: 1659
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    In this eclectic anthology of essays, former cast member Jewel Staite, "Kaylee," philosopher Lyle Zynda, sex therapist Joy Davidson, and noted science fiction and fantasy authors Mercedes Lackey, David Gerrold, and Lawrence Watt-Evans contribute to a clever and insightful analysis of the short-lived cult hit Firefly. From What went wrong with the pilot? to What's right about Reavers? and how the correspondence between the show's creator Joss Whedon and the network executives might have actually played out, the writers interrogate the show's complexity and speculate about what might have been if the show Firefly had not been cancelled.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to Firefly
    I love Firefly and so I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Although there were a couple of essays I didn't really care for (what was the purpose of the one comparing Firefly to The Tick?), I liked seeing FIrefly from so many different points of view. One of my favorite essays was about how the music adds to the show. It makes me want to watch it all again right now so I can hear the music for myself. I also loved the essays about the relationship between Wash and Zoe and also about how freedom is used on the show and what it means for each character. I can't wait for the movie!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Review from
    For a brief period of time at the end of 2002, Joss Whedon, the man responsible for "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," had a science fiction series on FOX television called "Firefly."Only eleven episodes aired before the show was unceremoniously cancelled, but the show lived on for its fans when all eleven episodes, plus three unaired shows, were released as a box set.In this way, the show kept its original fans and gained many more.The boxed set sold so well that Universal Studios acquired the rights to make a film based on "Firefly."

    Jane Espenson, the "Firefly" writer who announced news of the film in 2003, has now edited Finding Serenity, a collection of essays about the television show, its universe, and characters.These essays run the gamut from larks, such as Glenn Yeffeth's attack on the FOX executives who cancelled the show to Keith R.A. DeCandido's well reasoned explanation for why the pilot-as-aired did not manage to attract an audience, to Lyle Zynda's complex look at the existential philosophy found in the series.

    Many of the essays tend to focus on the same topics, although from different points of view.One of those topics is the strength and abilities of the women of the cast and crew.However, even as Tanya Huff describes the abilities of the second-in-command, Zoe Warren, or Robert Taylor lauds the women as the stronger portion of the crew, Nancy Holder sees them as weak and stereotypical.

    One of the strengths of "Firefly" is that in just over a dozen shows (including the un-aired episodes), Whedon was able to create enough hooks and mysteries that the twenty authors represented in Finding Serenity are able to tackle a wide variety of topics, from the aforementioned question of the strength of characters to the existence of the Reavers, a bogeyman who the crew of the spaceship Serenity meet up with.Nevertheless, there are numerous other questions which are only touched upon in the essays, such as the mysterious history of Shepherd Book (played by Ron Glass) or the agenda of the equally mysterious Blue Sun corporation.

    Several articles compare "Firefly" to other television shows, most notably Star Trek and its sequels, but also Don DeBrandt's comparison to the cult show "The Tick."These articles rely, to some extent on familiarity with not only "Firefly" but also the other show."Mirror/Mirror:A Parody" requires the reader to have some idea about the characters and situations of "Enterprise," as well as share Roxanne Longstreet Conrad's opinions of the two shows.

    One of the high points of the anthology is the inclusion of an article by Jewel Staite, who portrayed the Serenity's mechanic Kaywinnet Lee Frye.Staite's essay looks at her five favorite moments from each of the episodes of "Firefly" and provides an adjunct actor's commentary to the various commentaries available on the DVD sets.It also serves to demonstrate that the actors, or at least one of them, is as big a fan of the show as the people who watched it.

    While the essays in Finding Serenity can't provide a replacement for new episodes of the series or the upcoming film (scheduled for release in September, 2005), the book can help fans of the series scratch the itch to discuss the show and perhaps get a little more feeling for the various characters, secrets and subtexts, or at least the ideas of other fans of the show.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Oh man oh man does my head hurt
    Having never fallen in love with a TV show until I met Firefly, I bought this book hoping it would help me understand why I like the show so well.Unfortunately, the book hasn't helped much. I thought I liked the show in part because of the importance it placed on the value of freedom.However,the essay "Freedom and the Illusion of Freedom in Joss Whedon's Firefly" discussed how the characters aren't really free at all. I've watched my favorite episode, "Objects in Space," several times, sensing that there's many layers of meaning there, if only I could find them.There's a whole essay on "Objects in Space," but the arcane references to existentialism and post-modern subjective truth go right over my head.There's also about half a dozen long fairly academic essays about the mighty power of The Women of Firefly which don't really float my boat.What's missing are pieces that address the ship "Serenity" as a character, the interesting fusion of science fiction and the western genres, and even the basic question of why Firefly resonates with so many people.

    What I like best are the less academic pieces.There's a funny essay that contrasts the three dimensional richness of Firefly to the dull flatness of the recent incarnations of Star Trek. There's a nice piece by Keith DeCandido in which he convinced me that the original Serenity pilot should have been limited to an hour because it truly is a little slow in parts.Best of all is Jewel Staite's piece combining her perspectives as an actress and a fan of the show to show us her favorite moments of each episode.

    Also, the book cover and the title make it look as if it's some sort of new age self help book on how to use crystals to achieving holistic healing.This book is possibly worth a look if you're a big fan of the show.You can always skip the parts that make your head hurt.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile addition to my Whedonverse Collection
    As with any collection of essays, it varies with the author.I have not finished the book but am 2/3 through.I have found interesting insights, giggled, and just shared the love.I love that some of my fav scifi authors are just as big fan as I am.Even the few criticisms are tempered with love.If you like this type of book, definitely buy it. ... Read more

    11. Titan, Book One : Taking Wing (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
    by Michael A. Martin, Andy Mangels
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    Asin: 0743496272
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Star Trek
    Sales Rank: 89951
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    12. Sex and the City : Kiss and Tell
    by Amy Sohn
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    Asin: 0743457307
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-23)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 2027
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    After six wildly successful and critically acclaimed season, HBO's Sex and the City lowered its curtain with an extraordinary finale befitting its remarkable run. Now Sex and the City, the first true comedy about sex and love from a female point of view (and the show that made cosmopolitans and designer shoes part of every single woman's night out), lives on in this luscious, uniquely entertaining, and one-of-a-kind book.

    Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell, the official companion book, celebrates the show with behind-the-scenes stories on all six seasons and original interview with each of the primary actors. Ever wonder which designer made that outrageous outfit of Carrie's? What real-life stories inspired those shocking episodes? How many dates the fabulous foursome have really been on? Packed with over 750 full-color photographs, this stunning volume will answer all these questions and more with information not available anywhere eels. Topped off with a introduction by Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell will excite anyone who has experienced even the slightest flirtation with the sexiest, funniest show on television.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
    This book is a real gem! It's packed with tons of photographs and inside information about the series. There are interviews with all of the cast that are interspersed throughout the book. There are wonderful photographs of the fashions, the locations, and of the cast. HBO and the cast thoroughly endorsed this book and it shows. Every episode of the past four seasons is discussed and all the tidbits of information are there. What a delight for the fan of this show. And the beautiful pink cover of the book is just to die for. This book is lots of fun that you'll be pouring over for hours and hours.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What Sex and The City fan WOULDN'T find this book fab?
    My roommate brought this book home and although I myself had been skeptical to purchase it, I'm glad she did because it's so fabulous, I'm thinking about getting one for my own collection.

    First of all, if you're a big fan of this hit HBO series, then you'll absolutely love this book. Each of the 4 female characters on the show are spoken about in detail by their counterparts (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis). In addition to that, the actresses themselves have their own little bio as well as how they became involved in the show in the beginning.

    In addition to the girls themselves, there's detailed pages on each characters' style (from wardrobe to home furnishings to the men they choose).

    So as not to leave any SATC fanatic unfulfilled, they've even got sections devoted to the SATC men (Mr. Big, Aidan, Steve, Trey, etc.) and the actors bios that play them on the series.

    Overall, the book is filled with brilliant, four-color photographs and designed with style (that reflects the show itself, nonetheless). A great stocking-stuffer for girlfriends (especially if they're an avid watcher).

    1-0 out of 5 stars What was this?
    This book could be the absolute worst piece of garbage I have ever seen in my life. I was so angry after reading this, that I flipped my car into a river. Well, actually that had nothing to do with the book, I was just drunk. But still, this book makes The Rock's biography look like War & peace.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect!
    Would've been perfect had there been more photos and info of the entire 6th season. Lots of behind the scenes info that will appeal to the SATC fan. I know I'm being greedy but I wouldn't mind if they add more photos if they will revise it again. Also, more info from the vantage point of the other stars please.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Book! I'd give it 100 stars if I could!
    Great book, low price! Cheaper on here then at the bookstore (...) I just had to have it when I saw it at the store! Here's what it includes:-Full episode recaps and summaries! Seasons 1-6 (Part1)-Many colorful pics and behind the scenes info!-Pics of all the men the girls have slept with and (not slept with!) -Lots of commentaries!-Quiz at the end (for true fans!)-And much much more!Must Have for any Sex and the City fan! Very good reference guide to look for those special episodes that are hard to find (since the series is 94 episodes long) ... Read more

    13. Hollow Men (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
    by Una McCormack
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    Asin: 0743491513
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Star Trek
    Sales Rank: 338480
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    14. Directing the Documentary
    by Michael Rabiger
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    Asin: 0240806085
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-30)
    Publisher: Focal Press
    Sales Rank: 187661
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Tens of thousands of readers have benefited from Michael Rabiger's classic text on documentary filmmaking, now updated to reflect the revolutionary switch to digital video equipment and software. You will learn how to research and focus a documentary film or video idea, develop a crew, direct the crew, maintain control during shooting, and oversee postproduction. Practical work is emphasized, with dozens of exercises and questionnaires to help focus your ideas and give you hands-on practice. The documentary is treated as an important genre in its own right, as well as a useful prelude to directing feature films.

    The fourth edition is a significant update. The book's emphasis has always been on concrete steps you can take to become a documentary filmmaker, and there are loads of new projects to help, along with assessment tables that allow you to gauge your progress. In addition, there is new material on location sound, the reality TV trend, top documentaries to see, and more.

    *The definitive guide to making a documentary
    *A hands-on approach with dozens of exercises
    *A fully updated 4th edition of the classic textbook
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An in-depth resource that spares no detail

    Now in its fourth edition, Directing The Documentary is a no-nonsense guide by veteran documentary director Michael Rabinger, who has directed or edited more than 35 films including many documentaires for the BBC. A comprehensive resource, Directing The Documentary covers issues of aesthetics and authorship, how to develop one's artistic identity while staying true to the source material, skills of screencraft, issues to keep a close eye on in preproduction, production, and postproduction, the educational background needed to direct documentaries and how to go about getting work in one's chosen field, and more. From knowing when to use narration and when to be aware of its drawbacks, to being acutely aware of schedule logistics with respect to different types and lengths of documentaries, to important legal issues to remain aware of - not the least of which is the personal release form in which signatory individuals allow one to make public the material that has been shot - Directing The Documentary is an absolute "must-have" for any would-be nonfiction movie director. An in-depth resource that spares no detail, positive or negative, about the highlights (and headaches) of documentary direction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother underlining because every sentence is important
    This book is the most comprehensive book I've seen in this field.The author begins with a basic coverage of camera operation, lighting, sound, etc. Then, he goes in depth to documentary idea, organization, planning, budgeting, dealing with the crew, dealing with the "talent".The editing section was a surprise bonus for me.I've learned more about editing from this book than from any other book I've read.The author is obviously a great filmmaker and a great teacher.Many other books about filmmaking or video production contain a lot of extraneous words that are entertaining at best and insulting at worst.This author treats the reader as an intelligent person with a serious desire to learn about making documentaries.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for every serious documentarist
    Rabiger is simply one of the basics for any willing filmaker. His insigth and the way he handdles documentaries goes beyond anything that I have seen before. I belive the most impotant thing on the book is his emphasis on the human side of this kind of films.
    The last chappters of the book really fall a little, but I belive it is an excusable flaw because of the high quality of the rest of the book. Thanks to Mr. Rabiger I am very ahead of the rest of my documentary class in production, language and structure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a book!
    Yeah! This book rocked! Get this book! Go Documentary Institute! ;) Yeah!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Directing the Documentary
    An excellent book, especially for those who are new in the field. Amongother things, Michael Rabiger guides you through a brief history of thedocumentary genre, helps you discover your creative identity, acquaintesyou with the film vocabulary, and introduces you to the genre through avariety of projects that you are encouraged to undertake. Directing theDocumentary is definitely a textbook (no wonder it's one of the "mustread" books at the Department of TV Documentary in Goldsmith's Collegein London) and Michael Rabiger is an excellent teacher. Lacking thepretentiousness of many other teachers, he uses simple language to describevarious aspects of the documentary and never underestimates his reader /student. A lover of the genre himself, he knows how to make you feelconfident for having chosen the documentary as a career. He neverpatronizes you and all the advice that he gives is given with a friendlyand generous tone. Mr Rabiger is a thoughtful and sensitive teacher, butalso an excellent author, or "storyteller," as he prefers to callthe documentarist. His words flow, like in a good novel, making you want toread on and on, while at the same time they are so pregnant with meaningthat they make you stop and think about them. Having read his book, andbeing a student myself, I would like to say a warm "thank you" toMr Rabiger for his sensitivity and generosity as a teacher. ... Read more

    15. Electronic Media (with InfoTrac) (Radio/TV/Film Series)
    by John E. Craft, John E. Craft, Donald G. Godfrey, Frederic A. Leigh, Donald G. Godfrey John E. Craft, Frederic A. Leigh
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    Asin: 0534195660
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-20)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 614133
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    This introduction to electronic mass media balances coverage of cutting-edge new technologies with the history, regulation, and programming topics that are equally important in providing students with a strong foundation for future careers. The text offers broad-based coverage of business structures, sales and economics, radio and television programming, and broadcast news, as well as an up-to-date look at transmission technologies, both audio and video systems, and electronic media distribution technologies. A unique Part IV examines media and media systems in other countries, as well as research into how the media affect our society. ... Read more

    16. Introduction to Documentary:
    by Bill Nichols
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    Asin: 0253214696
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-15)
    Publisher: Indiana University Press
    Sales Rank: 44971
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    Noted film scholar Bill Nichols provides a one-of-a-kind overview of the most important topics and issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visual evidence and persuasive strategies, from the law to anthropology, and from history to journalism, this book spells out the issues and concepts that characterize documentary film and video production and provides the foundational key to furhter explorations in this exceptionally vital area of filmmaking today. ... Read more

    17. TV Guide: Fifty Years of Television
    by TV Guide, Mark Lasswell
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    Asin: 1400046858
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-29)
    Publisher: International Thomson Publishing
    Sales Rank: 38921
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Imagine the greatest week of television ever.In celebration of its 50th anniversary, TV GUIDE has done just that.Picking and choosing from classic programs, unforgettable characters, hilarious moments and broadcast-interrupting tragedies, TV GUIDE has created in this deluxe and nostalgic history the ultimate week of programming.Here are fifty years of riveting innovation distilled into one unforgettable book.

    From Saturday morning cartoons through prime time and late night, Fifty Years of Television pays tribute to hundreds of the most important shows of all time.More than 250 color and black-and-white photographs capture the giants of TV in their prime—from "The Great One," Jackie Gleason, to his latter-day descendant Homer Simpson, from Jack Webb of Dragnet to James Gandolfini of The Sopranos.The exciting, graphic covers of TV GUIDE offer a fantastic voyage through generations of pop culture.More than 400 collectible covers are included, featuring the work of artists such as Charles Addams, Salvador Dalí, Al Hirschfield, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol.Landmark essays from the pages of TV GUIDE by Oprah Winfrey, John F. Kennedy, Alex Haley and other American icons shed light on the seductive power of the medium.In original interviews, some of TV's best known and most beloved personalities reminisce about the shows that made the country tune in. A sweeping appreciation of TV, this is the ultimate book of its kind.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What a fun look at TV history!
    I got this book for my TV buff husband for Christmas... he has been reading it ever since. The whole family has enjoyed reading it. This book is a must for any true TV buff... and what man isn't one! Looking for a great gift for a man in your life... this is a must, especially if he's a babyboomer or prior. Highly recommended for the money!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
    Be prepared for a flood of memories from your youth. Great look back at what's kept us entertained from the most powerful cultural medium of the last 50 years.
    Also recommended - "No One's Even Bleeding" & "Delano" ... Read more

    18. C'mon, Get Happy - 8 Copy Prepack : Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus
    by David Cassidy
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    Asin: 0446395315
    Catlog: Book (1994-07-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 137354
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Blunt, Frank and Honest
    Cassidy does not hold back in telling his story. Blunt, frank, and sometimes searingly honest, David tells all. Especially interesting was how he and his agent were tricked out of millions of dollars due to a misleading contract. I like the fact that Cassidy and his co-author wrote the book in his own voice. When you read it, it's like David is telling you his story, rather than having a sanitized version written in perfect prose by a ghost writer. It's a definite must-read for all Cassidy fans. My only criticism is that David wrote about his Partridge Family years in great detail, but glossed over his post-Partridge years. Hopefully he'll consider doing a fuller autobiography.

    5-0 out of 5 stars C'mon, Reprint It....
    Last night I should have been reading our book club's latest selection, but instead I watched a documentary on The Partridge Family. I tuned in expecting to remember, laugh and wonder at my adolescent fascination with David Cassidy, but ended up amazed at my 36-YEAR-OLD fascination with David Cassidy. I can't believe that I find this guy just as charismatic, likable, and compelling as I did when I was 12. I would love to read his book, but can't find it. Amazon, do you have any influence with the publisher? You might have quite a few copies pre-sold...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book , Brutally Honest
    I LOVED this book! I was a VERY young David Cassidy fan when he was in his heyday. This guy seemed like he was on top of the world when it was actually crashing in around him. The language and events described can be a little unnerving...but hey...he told it like it holds barred. I personally was not offended at all. It was actually a little erotic! Honesty is so rare in today's glossy Hollywood autobigraphies. I commend David for being so candid about his experiences, both good and bad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A total RIOT!
    Gotta read this one!! I still giggle when I think about "Sam, the Hairy One"!! :-)):-))ROTFL

    5-0 out of 5 stars WISH IT WERE UP TILL NOW/GREAT BOOK

    19. Screenwriting for Dummies
    by LauraSchellhardt, JohnLogan, Laura Schellhardt
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    Asin: 0764554867
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-02)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 14423
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Includes all the essentials for writing a screenplay, from crafting dialogue to marketing a script
    Packed with easy-to-understand guidelines and writing projects, Screenwriting For Dummies makes film writing accessible to novices and helps more experienced writers improve their scripts. This engaging guide walks readers through the essential elements of every good screenplay, from character development, to creating a story, to writing compelling dialogue, to adopting a screenplay from a different source. It also includes all the specific formatting details that go into writing a visual screenplay from scripting character introductions, to writing the camera into the script, to creating a cinematic collage. In addition, Screenwriting For Dummies covers the important task of selling a screenplay, including tips for getting a spec script into the proper marketing format, protecting intellectual property rights, and securing an agent.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Schellhardt provides clear analysis of structure
    Screenwriting for Dummies provides comprehensive information about how to construct a screenplay, from concept to pitch, but its most valuable aspect is Schellhardt's coverage of film structure. She shows the bones of a good screenplay in a manner that doesn't seem so much formulaic as archetypal: a movie starts with its status quo, hits an inciting incident; its protagonist forms a plan of action at plot point one, hits the high or low of his story at the midpoint, renews his efforts at plot point two, and earns his reward, or tragedy, in the conclusion. Schellhardt clued me in to the pattern, and now, when I sense a movie petering out or losing its focus, I have a notion why it happened.

    Schellhardt also covers outline writing in detail and takes a couple of pages to discuss the purpose and interleaving of subplot, as well as the usual stuff about formatting and marketing. This has not only become my favorite book on screenwriting, but has proven useful in my evolving understanding of plot in fiction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Thorough
    Laura Schellhardt, author of the book, spells it all out. I am always daunted when I set out to write a screenplay, but this book allowed me to break down that process into managable tasks. This book covers it all from the pre-writing phases of research, character development, outlines and plot structure to the writing phase of screenplay format, scene development and overall layout and ends with suggestions on how to further develop and revise your work when it is finished and eventually sell it. I recommend this book to anyone, as it covers topics that will make any screenwriter's work (whether beginner or pro) fuller and richer and the process all the more simpler. ... Read more

    20. The Gospel According to The Simpsons:The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family
    by Mark I. Pinsky
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    Asin: 0664224199
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-20)
    Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
    Sales Rank: 10580
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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    The Simpsons is one of the longest running, funniest, most irreverent, and, according to some religious leaders, the most theologically relevant show on television today. Journalist Mark Pinsky explores the religious and spiritual aspects of Bart, Homer, and the rest of cartoon’s first family––a show strongly denounced by many conservative Christians back in 1989, but now viewed favorably by fans from all across the theological spectrum.

    Pinsky looks at the use of God, Jesus, heaven and hell, the Bible, prayer in the Simpson household, the evangelistic next-door neighbor Ned Flanders, and the town’s church and pastor, Rev. Lovejoy. He also discusses whether the character of Lisa is the voice of Jesus, and explores the many moral dilemmas that the characters, in particular Bart and Homer, face. Pinsky concludes with a discussion that suggests that, on the whole, The Simpsons is supportive and not subversive of faith. This is must reading for any Simpsons’ fan, and an insightful exploration of how religion and faith influences popular culture. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finding God In Unexpected Places
    In THE GOSPEL ACCORDING THE THE SIMPSONS, Mark Pinsky shows us that it's possible to find God in some of the most unexpected places. Originally, The Simpsons was largely eschewed by the evangelical Christian community, because of Bart's rebellious ways. But as the show grew older, and the focus turned more towards Homer, Pinsky shows that people of faith who weren't watching were missing out on some of the most "Christian" television around. Seriously.

    The Simpsons not only contains blatantly Christian characters but it explores issues of faith that other shows would never touch with a 50 foot pole. Ned Flanders, though ragged on by Homer a lot, is perhaps the best depiction of an evangelical-type Christian in mainstream television history. Lisa Simpson seems to present the side of the social Gospel. Marge's real faith in God also shines through. Though characters with faith are often made fun of, in the end the show always seems to prove that the joke is on the joker, not the jokee. The Simpsons isn't trying to evangelize, but it is surprisingly fair and evenhanded in its presentations, and with how it deals out the humor. In its history the show has dealt with subjects like cults, hypocricy, why God allows evil, hell, and forgiveness.

    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE SIMPSONS surprised me, made me laugh out loud multiple times each chapter, and was just an all-around enjoyable read. The picture of Christianity that is presented isn't perfect. The writers stumble on theological points many times (such as grace vs. works). This will happen when you're not a theologian and, in most cases, not even a Christian. But in spite of that, Pinsky shows that the Springfield world of Homer is one that is rich in faith and religious devotion. For Christians who can let their hair down and roll with a few jokes, The Simpsons proves that even in the midst of our post-Christian culture, in Hollywood, and even on the Fox Network, God can be found if you dare to look for Him. As Homer might say, "Mmmmm.... a FIVE STAR book..."

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is better than okily-dokily!!
    As a lover of God and a lover of "The Simpsons", I couldn't resist picking up this book. It's a very entertaining look at a show that deals with religion more blatantly than any other show this side of "Touched by an Angel". But does the show uphold Christianity and other religions, or does it attempt to subvert them? Probably both, but even by trying to be subversive it inevitably affirms the important part religious beliefs and activities play in the life of America.

    The character most evangelical Christians like myself identify with the most is the Simpsons' next-door neighbor Ned Flanders. While the show often pokes fun at the evangelical subculture at Ned's expense, it ultimately presents Ned in a very positive light, as a sincere lover of God who is portrayed as possessing human foibles at times without being a hypocrite. Lisa Simpson is less obviously religious, seeming to be the most "liberal" of the cast, but in her questioning of faith and championing of causes such as animal rights and environmentalism fits in with the thinking of the more liberal, mainline denominations. Homer is more like a typical churchgoer than many would like to admit: basically a believer who is often wishy-washy, gullible, and theologically clueless but is basically honest and moral when all is said and done. Marge is the most religious and upright of the Simpson family. Other faiths are also portrayed in the characters of Krusty (Judaism) and Apu (Hinduism).

    Rather than a true evangelical faith of salvation by grace, however, the show displays a religion of works. Of course, works are easier to deal with in a TV show than grace. The author also discusses the place of God, the Bible, Jesus (who is usually alluded to in a more indirect manner than God), and Satan in the Simpsons' universe. God, more than once, has himself interacted directly in the lives of the Springfield inhabitants.

    This book give a very thorough, entertaining analysis of the role of religion on what has been, in my opinion, the best show on TV over the last ten-plus years. I highly recommend "The Gospel According to the Simpsons" to anyone interested in religion and culture studies, and to all fans of the show.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than a box of D'ohnuts!
    I am a Christian and I really enjoy watching The Simpsons. There are millions of others who can say the same, but there are just as many who would find my confession to be self-contradictory or maybe even sacrilegious. And most viewers probably have no opinion, one way or the other, about the Simpsons moral agenda. But no matter who you are, you will be enlightened by this book about the "good news" according to the Simpsons.
    Love it or hate it, the fact is that The Simpsons is definitely one of the most theologically relevant programs in prime time today. Pinsky points out that the unique thing about the show is that it does not shy away from exposing the religious underpinnings or "convictions" of its characters. Each chapter of his book focuses on a different theme or character, and surveys how they react to their many moral dilemnas. How is that theme presented by the show's writers? It's very interesting. Most of us know that the Bible asks, "What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Well, then there's Homer, who says in one episode "I'd sell my soul for a donut." What are we to make of this guy? Or Bart, for that matter? A lot of people turn the show off or avoid it entirely because of the irreligious worldview of these (and other) characters. But Pinsky shows us that the writers do not leave anyone in a favorable light until the moral dilemnas are resolved, usually in a way that is consistent with values we would all like to emulate. In other words, the show does not glorify sloth, irresponsibility, laziness, disobedience, gluttony, hypocrisy, or all-around "sin" as much as it appears to on the surface. There actually IS some "good news" to be found in The Simpsons.
    Pinsky proves this with a simple question at one point. He asks, "Who would you rather have as a neighbor? Homer or Ned Flanders?"

    4-0 out of 5 stars A look at religion on The Simpsons
    The author is a journalist (one well-versed in both religion and popular culture), and this book definitely reads like the work of a reporter, as opposed to a preacher, a theologian, or a TV critic. Much of the book consists of summaries, descriptions, and retellings of the show's religion-related situations, characters, lines, and gags. This makes the book entertaining and fun to read, but there isn't a whole lot you can learn from the book that you couldn't learn just by sitting down and watching the episodes Pinsky quotes from (with the exception of an informative chapter on the religious backgrounds of several of the book's writers and producers). Probably the target audience for the book is, not those Simpsons fanatics who have every episode memorized, but rather, people with a passing familiarity with the show who still need to be convinced of the book's thesis: that The Simpsons depicts religious people and issues in a surprisingly sympathetic (yet still humorous and critical) way.

    4-0 out of 5 stars NICE STUDY OF THE SIMPSONS
    This book is an interesting analysis of The Simpsons. Well worth the read. It's interesting to read about how The Simpsons portrays various religions.
    I also recently read "The Simpsons and Society" by Steven Keslowitz. This book analyzes The Simpsons from a sociological/political perspective. I enjoyed "The Simpsons and Society" as well. If you like The Simpsons, I'd recommend that you check both books out. In fact, I recently found articles about the books in the NY Daily News ("The Simpsons and Society" was written up here), and the NY Post (a couple of years ago, the Post printed an article about Pinsky's book).
    Highly recommend BOTH books... ... Read more

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