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Hollywood Hills

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The legendary Hollywood Hills are home to wealth, fame, and power -- passing through the neighborhood, it\'s hard not to get a little greedy. LAPD veteran ...

  • L'auteur : ,
  • Editeur: Little, Brown
  • ISBN: 0316134627
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 448
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: The legendary Hollywood Hills are home to wealth, fame, and power -- passing through the neighborhood, it's hard not to get a little greedy. LAPD veteran "Hollywood Nate" Weiss could take or leave the opulence, but he wouldn't say no to onscreen fame. He may get his shot when he catches the appreciative eye of B-list director Rudy Ressler, and his troublemaking fiancée, Leona Brueger, the older-but-still-foxy widow of a processed-meat tycoon. Nate tries to elude her crafty seductions, but consents to keep an eye on their estate in the Hollywood Hills while they're away. Also minding the mansion is Raleigh Dibble, a hapless ex-con trying to put the past behind him. Raleigh is all too happy to be set up for the job -- as butler-cum-watchdog -- by Nigel Wickland, Leona's impeccably dressed art dealer. What Raleigh doesn't realize is that under the natty clothes and posh accent, Nigel has a nefarious plan: two paintings hanging on the mansion's walls will guarantee them more money than they've ever seen. Everyone's dreams are just within reach -- the only problem is, this is Hollywood. A circle of teenage burglars that the media has dubbed The Bling Ring has taken to pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebutants like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and when a pair of drug-addled young copycats stumbles upon Nigel's heist, that's just the beginning of the disaster to come. Soon Hollywood Nate, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the team at Hollywood Station have a deadly situation on their hands. Hollywood Hills is a raucous and dangerous roller coaster ride that showcases Joseph Wambaugh in vintage form.


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Get your drama on as the girls from New York Times bestseller SOUTH BEACH and its sexy sequel, FRENCH KISS, strut back into the limelight in another sizzli ...

  • L'auteur : Aimee Friedman
  • Editeur: Scholastic Inc.
  • ISBN: 9780545231251
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 352
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Get your drama on as the girls from New York Times bestseller SOUTH BEACH and its sexy sequel, FRENCH KISS, strut back into the limelight in another sizzling tale of romance, friendship, and crushes. Celebrity sightings. Sizzling nightlife. Endless shopping. Hollywood, here they come... Alexa: She's stopped believing in love at first sight....but can a Hollywood heartbreaker make her look twice? Holly: When a collision with destiny pulls her heart in two directions, which path will she choose? Either way, this trip will change everything. With one week to go before graduation, Alexa and Holly take off on a whirlwind trip to L.A. Can they handle the drama?


A Girl, a Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills

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When Holly's mother dies unexpectedly, she thinks things can't get much worse. But then her dad starts dating again. And his new girlfriend is Holly's aunt ...

  • L'auteur : Lizabeth Zindel
  • Editeur: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101444304
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 320
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: When Holly's mother dies unexpectedly, she thinks things can't get much worse. But then her dad starts dating again. And his new girlfriend is Holly's aunt-her mom's sister! Aunt Claudia is known in Hollywood as the Queen of B Movies. Horror films, zombie flicks, she's made them all. Holly never liked her aunt, but now she positively can't stand her. Especially once the ghost of her mother appears and tells Holly that Claudia was to blame for her death. Inspired by Hamlet, this funny novel about the danger of family secrets is a modern comic take on a classic Shakespearean tragedy.


The Actor's Survival Guide

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The Actor's Survival Guide: How to Make Your Way in Hollywood is a handbook and essential guide to the business of living and working as an actor in the Lo ...

  • L'auteur : Jon S. Robbins
  • Editeur: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1350039365
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Nombre de pages: 264
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: The Actor's Survival Guide: How to Make Your Way in Hollywood is a handbook and essential guide to the business of living and working as an actor in the Los Angeles area. Exploring the experience of relocating to L.A.; the casting process; and how to identify – and find work with – the key players in the film and television industry, the book offers a business-centered road map through the industry. It seeks to navigate the challenges and identify the pitfalls and wrong-turns that hinder too many promising careers and frustrate even the most dedicated of actors. In doing so, the book seeks to provide an extra-competitive edge of experience and know-how for those actors who have the skills and determination to persevere. This second edition features a number of new sections and topics including: Recent census data for the Los Angeles County Neighborhood Statistics Updates on casting diversity with the most recent SAG/AFTRA data Changes in contracts for film, television and stage, including information on AEA's new Hollywood Equity Waiver policy Details on new contracts for film, television and new media; ongoing contract negotiations for video game content; and the ramifications of the SAG/AFTRA merger The role of computer-generated images (CGI) and motion capture (MOCAP) Renewed emphasis on set safety, especially for stunt performers Audition workshops Recent prosecutions of casting directors for "Pay for Play" violations Emerging role of social media in an actor's marketing strategy Dos and don'ts of video self-taping of auditions Expanded glossary to include new media and performance capture vocabulary Written from the perspective of working actor and experienced career-guidance teacher Jon S. Robbins, this unique guide will help aspiring actors bridge the gap between training in drama schools and working in the epicentre of the film and television industries.


Birds of a Feather

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER, is the third in an ongoing series of books about the rivalry of two brothers: Michael the Archangel and his exiled sibling, Lucifer. In ...

  • L'auteur : Clara M. Miller
  • Editeur: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781469109664
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 501
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: BIRDS OF A FEATHER, is the third in an ongoing series of books about the rivalry of two brothers: Michael the Archangel and his exiled sibling, Lucifer. In volume three, we follow the lives of two young men mentioned in the other books. The book traces the violent history of Mitch Garfield, a former Marine and espionage agent and the rather more sedate life of Todd Bechtold, raised in Hollywood and more at home with art and music that violence. Nevertheless, inexorably, these two are drawn together and, serendipitously, wind up in Scajaquada where the battle between the two brothers is being waged. The backgrounds of both men serve to prepare them for their part in this battle and their courage and resilience under enormous pressure surprises even them. Though Mitch, as the apparently stronger of the two, assumes the role of protector to his younger mate, he soon learns that Todd has strength he, himself, lacks. The strength of both will be needed and tested when Lucifers ongoing campaign to initiate The Rule of Chaos on Earth begins to heat up with Mitch and Todd caught in the middle. How they handle this ongoing threat to mankind remains to be seen as future volumes will show. Despite the subject matter, this series is NOT religious, though it does contain religious elements and characters, casting many in a new light. As the story opens, Mitch is still a High School student with hopes of making something of himself. Fate intervenes, however, and the young man finds himself in a role thats foreign to him. As Mitch fights his way through Korea, a young man named Todd is growing up in Hollywood--hostile and disillusioned. While Todd attends College and meets some rather amazing people, Mitch winds up in the inferno of Vietnam where he and the unflappable Captain Truckner meet an uncompromising fate. Both the soldier and the art aficionado, however, receive help and guidance from a strange source: Mitch through a mysterious Phantom Soldier who twice saves him from death and Todd through the unlikely agency of a Voodoo priestess. These two disparate individuals finally come together and realize they are soul-mates. Their union leads them to Scajaquada and a rendezvous with destiny.....and Lucifer.


Juwelenraub in den Hollywood Hills

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Ein Juwelendiebstahl, ein Hollywood-Drama und ein (beinahe) filmreifer Tod – Lady Georgies nächster Fall führt sie nach Amerika Die zweite Staffel der ...

  • L'auteur : Rhys Bowen
  • Editeur: dp DIGITAL PUBLISHERS GmbH
  • ISBN: 3960879245
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: N.A
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Ein Juwelendiebstahl, ein Hollywood-Drama und ein (beinahe) filmreifer Tod – Lady Georgies nächster Fall führt sie nach Amerika Die zweite Staffel der Cosy-Krimi-Reihe von New-York-Times-Bestsellerautorin Rhys Bowen geht weiter ... England, 1934. Lady Georgies Mutter hört wieder einmal Hochzeitsglocken. Alles scheint perfekt im Leben der schönen Schauspielerin, wäre da nicht ihr letzter Ehemann, von dem sie sich zuerst scheiden lassen muss. Deshalb reist sie zusammen mit Georgie kurzerhand nach Amerika, um einen Strich unter ihre vorherige Ehe zu setzen. Kaum angekommen, wird die schillernde Schauspielerin von Filmmogul Cy Goldman entdeckt und für seinen nächsten Film gecastet. Währenddessen gerät Georgie in die geheime Untersuchung eines mutmaßlichen Juwelendiebstahls. Aber zu ihrem Glück ist der leitende Ermittler zufällig ihr Verehrer Darcy! Ein Hinweis führt die beiden direkt zu Cys Villa, wo sie nicht nur Bekanntschaft mit Charlie Chaplin machen, sondern auch ein hollywoodreifes Drama auf sie wartet. Denn die Tragödie scheint gerade erst zu beginnen, als Cys Leiche gefunden wird ... Erste Leserstimmen „Lady Georgie und ihre skurrilen Fälle wickeln mich jedes Mal wieder um den Finger.“ „Endlich ein neuer Roman von Rhys Bowen. Lady Georgie ist meine absolute Lieblingsermittlerin!“ „die schillernde Welt Hollywoods trifft auf britischen Charme" „Ein toller Cosy Krimi, der mich von der erste Seite an nicht mehr losgelassen hat.“ „Auch dieses Mal überzeugt Rhys Bowen mit ihrem Schreibstil und ihrer humorvollen Art auf ganzer Linie!“ Weitere Titel dieser Reihe Ein königlicher Todesfall (ISBN: 9783960879237)


Retrouvailles à Hollywood Hills - Pour le bonheur de Leo

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Hollywood Hills Clinic Lorsque travail et désir s’entremêlent à Los Angeles... Retrouvailles à Hollywood Hills, Amalie Berlin En apercevant Liam Cart ...

  • L'auteur : Amalie Berlin,Tina Beckett
  • Editeur: Harlequin
  • ISBN: 2280356317
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 288
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Hollywood Hills Clinic Lorsque travail et désir s’entremêlent à Los Angeles... Retrouvailles à Hollywood Hills, Amalie Berlin En apercevant Liam Carter, son amour de jeunesse, la chercher du regard depuis le bord de la piscine dans laquelle elle effectue ses longueurs quotidiennes, Grace n'a qu'une envie : disparaître instantanément. Car voilà six ans qu'ils ne se sont plus parlé. Six ans que Grace tente, en vain, d’oublier ce play-boy devenu star de cinéma. Alors quand Liam lui explique qu'il a besoin d’elle pour guérir, suite à la stupide blessure qu’il s’est faite lors de son jogging matinal, Grace ressent un violent pincement au cœur : elle aurait tant aimé que Liam veuille la revoir pour elle, et non pour ses compétences en médecine... Pour le bonheur de Leo, Tina Beckett : Mettre sur pied un partenariat avec la clinique Bright Hope ? James n'y verrait aucun problème, si celle-ci n'était pas dirigée par Mila Brightman, la femme qu'il a abandonnée devant l'autel quelques années plus tôt. Mila qui, il le sent dès leur première entrevue, ne lui a jamais pardonné sa trahison... Cependant, quand ils découvrent un soir Leonardo, un orphelin livré à lui-même, James reprend espoir. Car, immédiatement, Mila se tourne vers lui et lui demande de l’aider à recueillir le petit garçon. James accepte, soulagé. Enfin, il va pouvoir prouver à Mila qu’il a changé, et qu’il est désormais prêt à s’engager !


To Catch a Spy

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“Edgar winner Kaminsky offers plenty of nostalgic fun” as Hollywood PI Toby Peters teams up with Cary Grant in this World War II–era spy romp (Publis ...

  • L'auteur : Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Editeur: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1453232907
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 252
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: “Edgar winner Kaminsky offers plenty of nostalgic fun” as Hollywood PI Toby Peters teams up with Cary Grant in this World War II–era spy romp (Publishers Weekly). Since the start of World War II, Cary Grant has been working undercover in Hollywood as a spy for the British crown. When a ring of Nazi sympathizers gets wise, they start blackmailing the debonair leading man. Now Grant has hired Toby Peters to handle the payoff. But when the blackmailer is killed, the rumpled detective and the suave movie star are thrust into a complex plot of murder, money, and Nazi spies, leading to a literal cliffhanger . . . “For anyone with a taste for old Hollywood B-movie mysteries, Edgar winner Kaminsky offers plenty of nostalgic fun in his 22nd book to feature good-natured, unprepossessing sleuth Toby Peters . . . Toby and the acrobatic Grant at his lithe best make an appealing team. The tone is light, the pace brisk, the tongue firmly in cheek.” —Publishers Weekly


Hollywood Wives

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Newly repackaged—the iconic novel from New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins! Power. Sex. Money. Fame. The new Hollywood wives have it all. An ...

  • L'auteur : Jackie Collins
  • Editeur: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 150117343X
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 560
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Newly repackaged—the iconic novel from New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins! Power. Sex. Money. Fame. The new Hollywood wives have it all. And if they don’t have it—they want it. And whatever these women want—they get. Ambitious, young, smart, and lethal, the Hollywood wives are back with a vengeance, pushing their way to the forefront. Forget shopping—they’re into achieving everything their famous husbands have and more, and they don’t care how they do it. Three talented, ambitious dreamers have struggled for super-stardom—and lived hard and fast in a mind-bending whirl of parties, drugs, and sex. Now their fates collide at the plush Los Angeles estate of a powerful music industry magnate, where one man’s secret vendetta will trap them in its sudden, murderous heat... Nick and Lauren can never forget each other. Teenage small-town lovers—he from the wrong side of the tracks, she the prettiest girl in town—their love was the town scandal, forbidden, sizzling, and unforgettable, ending abruptly in a tragedy that sent them into separate orbits. As Nick and Lauren both rise to fame, haunted by the secret they share, they try to live without each other—only to find they can’t.


British Novelists in Hollywood, 1935–1965

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British Novelists in Hollywood, 1935-1965 calls attention to the shifting grounds of cultural expression by highlighting Hollywood as a site that unsettled ...

  • L'auteur : L. Colletta
  • Editeur: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137380764
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 201
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: British Novelists in Hollywood, 1935-1965 calls attention to the shifting grounds of cultural expression by highlighting Hollywood as a site that unsettled definitions and narratives of colonialism and national identity for prominent British novelists such as Christopher Isherwood, P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, and J.B. Priestley.


Shakedown

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A corrupt P.I. will do anything to make a buck and save his own skin Joe Puma didn’t kill Albert Target, but he is happy the pimp is dead. A small-time c ...

  • L'auteur : William Campbell Gault
  • Editeur: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1453273425
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 154
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: A corrupt P.I. will do anything to make a buck and save his own skin Joe Puma didn’t kill Albert Target, but he is happy the pimp is dead. A small-time creep whose niche was recruiting wannabe actresses, Target perjured himself for Puma’s sake, and the detective was afraid he might decide to talk. The cops know that Puma’s crooked, but they can’t prove a thing. He’s a slick operator with an itchy trigger finger and a flimsy moral code—two things he’ll need if his next case is to end as happily as his last. Fallen starlet Jean Roland comes to Puma with a plan to blackmail her lesbian lover’s father—a dangerous scheme that would put Puma off if Roland weren’t the most stunning woman in Los Angeles. Joe Puma likes money and he likes being alive, but he likes women even more. He’d die for a girl like Jean Roland—but he’d prefer it if someone else died first.


Performing Cities

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Performing Cities is an edited volume of contributions by a range of internationally renowned academics and performance makers from across the globe, each ...

  • L'auteur : N. Whybrow
  • Editeur: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137455691
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Nombre de pages: 254
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Performing Cities is an edited volume of contributions by a range of internationally renowned academics and performance makers from across the globe, each one covering a particular city and examining it from the dynamic perspectives of performances occurring in cities and the city itself as performance.


His Pregnant Sleeping Beauty

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Rescuing the runaway When paramedic Joseph Matthews rescues a vulnerable pregnant woman left in a coma, he vows to be there for his Sleeping Beauty. Even t ...

  • L'auteur : Lynne Marshall
  • Editeur: Harlequin
  • ISBN: 1488009678
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 192
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Rescuing the runaway When paramedic Joseph Matthews rescues a vulnerable pregnant woman left in a coma, he vows to be there for his Sleeping Beauty. Even though after his ex-wife's betrayal everything about innocent Carey Spencer evokes bittersweet memories…mixed with unexpected desire. As Joseph helps gorgeous Carey recover and build a safe new future for her unborn baby, can he gather his courage to give them the happy-ever-after they deserve?


The Uses of Cultural Studies

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'What McRobbie manages to do so skilfully is to show how each [author], regardless of his or her particular disciplinary location, makes a significant cont ...

  • L'auteur : Angela McRobbie
  • Editeur: SAGE
  • ISBN: 184860517X
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Nombre de pages: 224
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: 'What McRobbie manages to do so skilfully is to show how each [author], regardless of his or her particular disciplinary location, makes a significant contribution to the project of cultural studies. It should be essential reading for students studying culture' - THES 'I'll be recommending that students buy this text and teaching from it extensively over the course of the module. This is an excellent text by a concise, clear and important British scholar which will help introduce students to the opportuntities they have to study contemporary life meaningfully.' - Dr Stuart Robertson, University of Central England 'An inspirational take on cultural studies - past, present and future. It is both a student text and considerably more than that. It is written with admirable clarity, but so too with fire, passion and much good sense' - Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London 'This is an important book. It will be the first textbook in cultural studies that does what a truly useful textbook is supposed to do - in the very act of summarizing and representing the field, it recreates it anew and moves it further along' - Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 'This is one of the most useful textbooks in a long time' - Michele Barrett, Queen Mary, University of London Students of cultural studies frequently struggle with the subject's primary texts. For example, the work of Hall, Bhabha and Butler can be complex. Having grappled with these texts however, the student is then confronted with having to apply these insights to their own areas of study. The heart of this book comprises a series of extended critical chapters on six of the foundational theorists of cultural studies - Hall, Bhabha, Butler, Gilroy, Bourdieu and Jameson. By looking at the key themes and central dynamics of these writers work, Angela McRobbie introduces their work and their contribution. Alongside these chapters, McRobbie has added six shorter essays which demonstrate how one might actually do cultural studies using insights from these six key theorists. Aimed at students of cultural studies this book offers an introduction to both the theory and practice of cultural studies. It also provides readers with an opportunity to regard Angela McRobbie 'in dialogue' with six of today's leading cultural studies theorists. As such it will be eagerly welcomed by all students of media and cultural theory.


From Broadway to Hollywood - The Evolution of Sound in Film Musicals

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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,7 (A-), LMU Munich, 20 entries in the bibliograp ...

  • L'auteur : Christian Simon
  • Editeur: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3638315924
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Nombre de pages: 18
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,7 (A-), LMU Munich, 20 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: “Everybody comes to Hollywood; they wanna make it in the neighborhood. They like the smell of it in Hollywood (...)”, lines of a famous Madonna song from last year. Hollywood, the purpose-built dream factory at the West Coast of the United States and the filmic center of the world produces countless films and movies every year. The unprecedented success story of the Californian film industry is a summary of work, imagination, hopes, and dreams of many talented and gifted human beings. The HOLLYWOOD sign atop of Mount Lee was erected in 1923. Originally, it read HOLLYWOODLAND and intended to draw attention to new housing developments in the nearby Hollywood Hills. Nowadays, the sign symbols the world’s gateway for fantasies and dreams. In the United States, the film industry started to emerge in New York City and was later joined by steadily growing and stronger forces in California. Over time, the center of the industry moved across the country and set foot in Los Angeles. Films started out with static, silent pictures and without sound. In 1928, sound was added to movies for the very first time, in that way giving birth to the film musical. Film musicals further encouraged fantasies and became one of the industry’s largest and most successful genres at the beginning of a new era. In the following paragraphs, I want to explain the formation of the talkies by means of one of its most successful divisions – the film musical. Altogether, when things happened, where, why, and in which order is not clearly recognizable any more. For these causes, I want to develop a strongly intertwined scheme of a cycle of histories as well as analyzing sociological, political, technological, ideological and other relevant factors of the time to describe the evolution and outstanding success of the Hollywood musical. First, technical advancements at the beginning of the last century and the birth of Hollywood have to be given a close look to examine the entertainment industry which grew rapidly around and after the turn from the 19th to the 20th century. The reason for this shift towards more time for leisure activities went hand in hand with the fewer hours workers had to spend for their duties, tasks and responsibilities. Originally intended to save labor capacity, industrial innovations like the assembly line and other new, time-saving technologies passed their ways through in the employment market. [...]


Doodlebug Days

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Our 1935 black Oldsmobile and heavily-loaded trailer drew hostile looks as we drove into Bakersfield and stopped at a shady park to check the tires. When M ...

  • L'auteur : Dorothy Lockard Bristol,Nancy Lockard Gallop
  • Editeur: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781469114644
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Nombre de pages: 256
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Our 1935 black Oldsmobile and heavily-loaded trailer drew hostile looks as we drove into Bakersfield and stopped at a shady park to check the tires. When Mother, Daddy, we two girls and our young brother, Skippy, got out, two work-hardened men in ranch straw hats and short-sleeved cotton shirts stood staring suspiciously at our California license plates. "Had those plates on long?" the shorter man challenged Daddy. "Guess you'd say so," Daddy answered pleasantly. Mother's hands were settling on her hips, a sure sign her indignation would be expressed verbally at the first sign of an insult from the men. The taller man took a step toward Daddy. "Hope you're not looking for farm work in Bakersfield 'cause there isn't any." Deliberately the man spat on the curb. "Every damn fool in Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma is either here or on Route 66 trying to get here in some beat-up jalopy. Not enough cotton or potatoes in all of Kern County to keep half of them busy." "No," Daddy said evenly. "Not looking for work. Just looking to head out of here in a few minutes." While Daddy circled our car and trailer, Mother glared at the men, snapped open her white envelope purse and drew out a bottle of Coty's Emeraude, dabbing a drop behind each ear. "It's so much hotter here than in Lynwood," she said loftily. "I don't know how people can stand it." Turning her back on the Bakersfield men she added, "Come on, children, let's get back in the car. And don't step in that filth on the sidewalk." As Daddy pulled away from the curb, Mother fanned herself with her purse. "Imagine, Bruce, you, a civil engineer looking for farm work. I'd like to have given those Bakersfield men a piece of my mind, and I would have too if your work weren't so secret. They treated us as if we were Dust Bowl migrants!" In California in 1935 twenty percent of the country's labor force was unemployed, and hobos regularly knocked on back doors for handouts. To survive in the Great Depression, our father had taken a job with an oil exploration party in the San Joaquin Valley. Our family packed up and left southern California to join him. Between 1900 and 1936 California led the nation in petroleum production. Oil companies, certain that great reserves of oil still lay hidden, sent exploration crews, called doodlebug parties, throughout California to find new fields. The intense competition among oil companies mandated secrecy concerning doodlebug party movements. By setting explosives off in a series of holes, doodlebuggers would measure the echoes and make a seismic record that might indicate the presence of oil. Our new life was scary because we girls, Nancy, age 10 and Sunny, 12, had been allowed to make the decision whether to follow our father or remain in comfortably familiar Lynwood, just south of Los Angeles. Still, we knew that our father felt fortunate to be holding a job, even one that worked a hardship on his wife and children. We left our home in Southern California and headed north over the Ridge Route, towing our possessions behind our car in a small canvas-covered trailer. Even though the security of our family unit buffered us against hardships, we girls were apprehensive. Still, we were excited about the new life that was unfolding. DOODLEBUG DAYS takes place in a California with a population of only six million. The Valley towns in which we lived were small and agricultural with tight-knit established families. For the employed, life was less complicated than it is today. Radios, not televisions, were prominently enshrined in each living room. In the small towns up and down the Valley, people pulled their kitchen chairs close to their radio to listen to President Roosevelt's fireside chats as he discussed solutions to the problems that marked the era.


Jokes My Father Never Taught Me

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The loving yet brutally honest memoir of the daughter of comedy legend Richard Pryor Rain Pryor was born in the idealistic, free-love 1960s. Her mother was ...

  • L'auteur : Rain Pryor
  • Editeur: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061745960
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Nombre de pages: 224
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: The loving yet brutally honest memoir of the daughter of comedy legend Richard Pryor Rain Pryor was born in the idealistic, free-love 1960s. Her mother was a Jewish go-go dancer who wanted a tribe of rainbow children, and her father was Richard Pryor, perhaps the most compelling and brilliant comedian of his era. In this intimate, harrowing, and often hilarious memoir, Rain talks about her divided heritage, and about the forces that shaped her wildly schizophrenic childhood. In her father's house, she bonded with Richard's grandmother, Mamma, a one-time whorehouse madam who never tired of reminding Rain that she was black. In her mother's house, and in the home of her Jewish grandparents, Rain was a "mocha-colored Jewish princess," learning how to cook everything from kugel to beef brisket. It seemed as if Rain was blessed with the best of both worlds, but it didn't quite work out that way. Life at Mom's was unstable in the extreme, while at Richard's place Rain was exposed to sex and drugs before she had even learned to read. "Daddy," she told her father one day, sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner at the advanced age of eight, "the whores need to be paid." Jokes My Father Never Taught Me is both lovingly told and painfully frank: the story of a girl who grew up adoring her father even as she feared him—and feared for him—as his drug problems grew worse. In 1980 Pryor tried to kill himself by setting himself on fire, then joked that it had been an accident: "No one ever told me you couldn't mix cookies with two types of milk!" In his later years, Pryor succumbed to multiple sclerosis, and Rain watched in tears as her father became a shell of his former self. Once, in an unusually introspective mood, Pryor asked his daughter, "Why do you love me, Rainy, when I can be so mean?" Jokes My Father Never Taught Me answers that poignant question and many more. It is an unprecedented look at the life of a legend of comedy, told by a daughter who both understood the genius and knew the tortured man within.


The Presidency of Bill Clinton

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The presidency of Bill Clinton has an intrinsic historical significance: a marker of generational change, as he was the first 'baby boomer' to reach the Wh ...

  • L'auteur : Mark White
  • Editeur: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 0857732137
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Nombre de pages: 280
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: The presidency of Bill Clinton has an intrinsic historical significance: a marker of generational change, as he was the first 'baby boomer' to reach the White House; the first president whose personal life received no less attention than his policies; and the first elected Democrat President to win re-election since Franklin Roosevelt. This book provides wide-ranging coverage of Clinton's career, addressing the salient aspects of Clinton's life in politics: his governorship; the 1992 presidential campaign; the battle for health care reform; his economic policies; the issue of character, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal; his foreign policy - specifically his role in the peace process in Northern Ireland and in authorizing an aerial war in Kosovo; his handling of the issue of gay rights; and his relationship with the Hollywood film industry. Based on the latest research, this volume provides important new perspectives on Clinton's life in politics. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in American History, Politics and International Relations.


City of Bones

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When a dog unearths evidence of a murder in the Hollywood Hills, Detective Harry Bosch must tackle a cold case that sparks memories he's tried to forget. O ...

  • L'auteur : Michael Connelly
  • Editeur: Little, Brown
  • ISBN: 0759527628
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 448
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: When a dog unearths evidence of a murder in the Hollywood Hills, Detective Harry Bosch must tackle a cold case that sparks memories he's tried to forget. On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills -- and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. He can't let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart -- or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.


Chasing the Dime

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The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren't for him: "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site." Pierce has just moved into a ne ...

  • L'auteur : Michael Connelly
  • Editeur: Little, Brown
  • ISBN: 9780759527409
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 448
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren't for him: "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site." Pierce has just moved into a new apartment, and he's been "chasing the dime"--doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions. But he can't get the messages for Lilly out of his head. As Pierce tries to help a woman he has never met, he steps into a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions. A world where his success and expertise mean nothing...and where he becomes the chief suspect in a murder case, trapped in the fight of his life.