Monday, July 21, 2014

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Full Frontal Tenudity by Judy Tenuta

 
"Do illiterates get the full effect of alphabet soup?" asked comedian Judy Tanuta.

We wondered, too. We had to get Judy's new comedy book,
 Full Frontal Tenudity!to find out the answer to that and many other questions. Fortunately, Judy answers none of them. Instead, she plunges you into one sidesplitting story after another. I laughed so hard doubled over that I had the book upside down after I wiped my eyes. 

 
If you need a good laugh and if you love the offbeat, wisecracking comedy of Sam Kinison and Steven Wright, then you're probably already a fan of Judy Tenuta, the Grammy Award-nominated comedian justly renowned for her brash persona, insult comedy, and hilariously shameless self-promotion as a "Love Goddess."

Judy brazenly states, “Move over, Marianne Williamson! My new book is the greatest guide to happiness, fulfillment, and gut-wreching hilarity, and victims of Los Angeles public school system will especially love it because you don’t even have to know how to read! The pictures alone will put you into a fit of uncontrollable laughter!” Then, she paused, gazing wistfully into the distance to reflect. “My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, 'Just wait.’”

Judy Tenuta gained notoriety as an accordion-playing stand-up comic in the mid-1980s. She has appeared on The Weird Al Show, music videos for Headline News and White & Nerdy,  Hollywood SquaresStreet Smarts, and the 1998-1999 revival of Match Game. Her HBO, Showtime, and Lifetime comedy specials earned her a loyal following. She is also well-known for her voice work in as Edna on Duckman,as the Black Widow on Space Ghost Coast to Coastand as herself in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.

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MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION
The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is a three-day festival held inside the Hunt Valley Wyndham. Here, you can watch dozens of screenings of vintage movies, world premiere documentaries, Hollywood celebrities posing for photos and signing autographs for fans, slide show seminars from authors and historians, over 200 vendor tables with retro merchandise, antiques and collectibles and... well, it is a lot of fun.
Bear Manor Media authors will be signing copies of their books to more than 2,200 people coming to see the films and the stars, including Shirley Jones, Patty Duke, David Hedison, Davy Jones, Celeste Holm, Marsha Hunt, Ed Asner, Julie Newmar and many others. Our authors will include Michael J. Hayde, Joe Martelle, Michael Hoey, Scott Allen Nolen, Jim Rosin, Martin Grams, Jr., and Linda Alexander. 
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Author JoAnn M. Paul 

OUR INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JOANN M. PAUL  


1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
I am an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. Prior to writing this book, my only writing experience was technical research papers and book chapters. My research is in brain-inspired computer architecture, specifically "Computational Dreaming," which could result in your cell phone organizing itself while plugged in and not otherwise in use, inspired by the way we reorganize our brains when we dream at night.
2) What books have you written for BearManor, and what are they about?
I am the author of And Now, Back to Mannix, which is the only book ever written about the classic TV series that is all about character, and so is my nearly philosophy book built around my love for the series.
3) Why did you choose this particular subjects?
As a kid, I was a big fan of Mannix, but I went away from it, thinking it was kid stuff. After the season 4 DVDs of Mannix were released, I started to watch the series again, uncut and restored. The quality of the series and the Mannix character astounded me. Wanting to see the rest of the series released, I started to write on the "Mannix is Coming!" thread of the Home Theatre Forum. I researched the series, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, and the importance of storied heroic myth in our lives. I had already read widely about philosophy, psychology, and religion. To my surprise, a few people suggested I write a book on Mannix. I put together an introduction and decided to send it to Mike Connors. After he called me back, writing the book easily became the single most enjoyable endeavor I have ever undertaken.
4) How long did it take you to write the book, and did you find it an easy task?
The first draft of the book was written in seven months, but the thinking and research behind it was ongoing for well over a year before that. All of this was a hobby. The subject matter was so interesting and so much fun, the writing was easy. When the book was finished, it was harder to stop writing than to continue. I still miss writing it!
5) What can we expect to find in the book?
This book blends description of scenes from the episodes with deep reflection, including consideration of how our culture has changed from the Greatest Generation to the Baby Boomer generation. Our heroes have changed, and not for the better. The book explains why certain kinds of heroes are important to us as a culture and as individuals. They reflect our values, our individuation, and our ability to endure hardship and do more with our lives. The character of Joe Mannix has been in my head for four decades, during which I endured quite a few difficult things. Love for a character that helped me endure those things comes across in the book. The book also includes reflections on why stories are unique in their ability to help us be better people and do more with our lives.
6) What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer?
Writing takes more guts than I anticipated. Putting words down on paper puts you in a position to be unfairly judged by others, who might not be inclined to get it or who might have their own unresolved issues. Putting yourself out there like that and possessing that kind of guts is the heart and soul of what life and Joe Mannix are all about.
7) Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My writing is about helping others discover or re-discover the series and character. I am very happy to say that some people have done that. The book solidifies and extends that writing. Storied heroes are in a unique position to help us be better individuals when we are the most alone. That is the essence of character. What else is there?  



 
Mannix featured fistfights; cars careening off cliffs and exploding; running on a bridge; dodging a helicopter; the dune buggy roll; iconic convertibles; signature sports jackets; 17 Paseo Verde; and L.A. at its coolest.
 
Then there was Peggy.

Throughout the world for generations, these images have brought a smile to the face and a single word to mind: Mannix.
 
The American television series, Mannix, ran on CBS-TV from 1967-1975 during the Golden Age of Television. Mannix starred Mike Connors, and the series was the last production of Desilu, the studio owned by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
 
Mannix was syndicated in over seventy countries during its first run, won Golden Globe and Emmy awards, and innovated the concept of the personalized crime-fighter. Star Mike Connors, who embodied his alter ego, wanted Mannix to show emotion, a departure from type. With such style up-front, the substance behind the character has been overlooked-until now.



And Now, Back to Mannix is more than a TV log or behind the scenes book. The author has carefully crafted a behind the myth book, making the case that Mannix, like other fictional characters, possessed a  singular power to make societies and individuals better. The book intersperses a discussion of the richness of character, symbolism, and scenes in the series between a Foreword by Mike Connors, a Prologue by writer and co-Executive Producer David Breckman, and a season by season replay of the thrilling episodes that are still loved today.
 
Author JoAnn M Paul says, "My childhood hero was shot, drugged, poisoned, beaten, tortured, and dumped down hillsides to be left for dead. Nothing could have prepared me better for life!"
 
JoAnn M. Paul, Ph.D.: she is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. 
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IN MEMORIUM
Elaine Stritch

Per TMZ July 17, 2014, "Broadway actress Elaine Stritch, who also starred in movies and TV shows including 30 Rock, has died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan.  She was eighty-nine years old.

Stritch had a seventy-year career in show business. Her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, earned her a Tony Award in 2001.  Most recently, she played Alec Baldwin's mother on 30 Rock. She won an Emmy for that role.

Some of her biggest Broadway productions include Noel Coward's Sail Away and Stephen Sondheim's Company. Elaine was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995. She had been battling diabetes, but her cause of death has not been disclosed yet."


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The Firesign Theatre is an American comedy troupe consisting of Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Philip Proctor. Their brand of surrealistic humor is best known through their record albums, which acquired an enthusiastic following in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The troupe began as live radio performers in Los Angeles on radio stations KPPC-FM and KPFK during the mid-1960s.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD, SUMMER MOVIES, AND SUMMER MOVIE BOOKS ! 



Get ready for the summer movie tsunami about to flood every major city around the world. More than fifty new titles are hitting theaters in July in full run and limited editions, and you can bet that we’ll be publishing books about these stars and their films some day down the road.   

This week at BearManor Media, we're celebrating the movies by treating ourselves to a new BearManor Media book on our coffee table or downloaded to our e-book reader.

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Listen to some Oscar-winning movie songs while you're deciding which new book to get this week:

Click on any song and it will open in a new window. Then, just minimize it, return to your e-mail, and continue reading this week's blog.

"LET IT GO"
"I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU" 
"MOON RIVER" 
"SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW"
"
MONA LISA"
"CHIM CHIM CHEREE"
"WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND"
"RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD"


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M*A*S*H* by Ed Solomonson and Mark O'Neill
Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story by David W. Menefee

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story by John O'dowd
Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices by Ben Ohmart
Radio Pro: Radio Pros & Legends Share Their Secrets to Success by Joe Martelle
This Day in Game Show History Vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Adam Nedeff 


 
      
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The Marx Brothers and I'll SAY SHE IS
The Return of the Lost Musical Review


Our Marx Brothers books are such best sellers because their comedy tickles every new generation. Their follies and foibles, when pitted against Margaret Dumont and other pawns, even make curmudgeons chuckle. 

  
  


If you'll be in New York during August 8-24, plan to attend the premiere of the lost musical, I'll Say She Is. You're required to carry one of our Marx Brothers books under your arm to enter the theater. Click on any book or audio book above and order yours right now. Then, get your tickets.

  


I'll Say She Is was the the first Marx Brothers Broadway show. Its opening in 1924 was what finally put the team on the map after twenty years in Vaudeville. Their fans knew them, but not the highbrows. The show earned them there first major reviews by critics, such as Alexander Woolcott. Their increased visibility fit handily into topsy turvy Hollywood, which was going through chaos converting from silent movies to talking movies. The Marx Brothers were quickly tapped to transpose their comedy to talking movies. 

Unlike The Marx Brothers' second and third Broadway shows, The Coconuts andAnimal Crackers, I'll Say She Is was never made into a movie and has never been revived since . . . until now!

Coming soon, ninety years later, this Holy
 Grail of classic comedy revues rises like a phoenix at The New York International Fringe Festival. The potpourri of sketches, combined with new material and songs by Will B. Johnstone and Tom Johnstone and dance numbers promises to be the theater event of the year.


Cast lookalikes Seth Shelden, Robert Pinnock, Melody Jane, and Noah Diamond.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS
We Can Be Who We Are: Movie Musicals from the 1970s 
By Lee Gambin




Into the 1970s, the movie musical became a daring, dangerous, and divinely decedent cinema experience. Lee Gambin’s We Can Be Who We Are: Movie Musicals from the 1970s explores this explosive energy and diversity.

The movie musical has been a much loved genre since motion pictures found a voice and learned to sing. Throughout the decades, audiences thrilled to the glamour of the musicals of Busby Berkley and were emotionally invested in stories about Austrian nuns and the King of Siam with the musicals from Rodgers and Hammerstein. With the advent of Rock ’n Roll, Heavy Metal, R&B, Motown, Punk Rock, and Disco entering the public consciousness, musicals started to sing a very different tune. From the quirky sophistication of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and the dark unnerving genius of Cabaret to the sweet sentimentality ofCharlotte’s Web, Gambin’s book offers insightful film criticism while exhaustively covering the decade.

Some of the films Gambin examines include Phantom of the Paradise, Grease, The Wiz, Rock’n’Roll High School, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, All That Jazz, Godspell, Hair, The Rose, Saturday Night Fever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Pete’s Dragon, Tommy, Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park, and many more.

The book also features incredible brand new interviews from dozens of extremely talented artists who made these movies possible: director John Carpenter discussing his biopic Elvis; Lesley Ann Warren giving fascinating insight into the made for TV production It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman; auteur filmmaker Norman Jewison delivering two very different musicals with Fiddler on the Roof andJesus Christ Superstar. This book is loaded with numerous production stories and candid insights into how these films were made and received. Gambin’s book also features loads of wonderful photos, many of which have never before been seen including wonderfully candid behind the scenes stills.


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Diane McBain, so beautiful yesterday, even more lovely today. 

OUR INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR / ACTRESS DIANE MCBAIN


What made you decide to write your autobiography, Famous Enough: A Hollywood Memoir?
People kept asking me why I didn't. They seemed to think that the stories about my life were interesting enough to make it in a memoir. Really, the only reason I hadn't was that there was no point. My career was only fascinating to my family and a few good friends. There were a few fans, too, but, regrettably, not enough to make a difference. One day, I found my theme. I finally figured out why my life in show business had happened at all. 
Was it difficult to examine your life objectively?
Oh yes! My determination was to be honest about it, not to  pull any punches and to describe it in a way that others could understand what I barely understood myself. Finally, I settled on a device, a way of separating that part of me that could be an actress, a movie-star if you will, and the part of me that didn't want to have anything to do with it. Public life was not her thing. I called this part of me "Danny," a nickname that my family gave me, and the other part I called "Diane," the movie star. 
What did you learn about yourself during the process of writing your story?
That there was a part of me, "Diane," who was self-created as a way to deal in the world. I thought she was the real me, but I discovered that the real me, the authentic me, is Danny, that little girl who just wanted to grow up, get married, and be a mom. Nothing fancy. Danny just wanted to be herself. 
Was the process more challenging or painful than you expected?
More challenging than painful. When it was all finished and I read it for the final time, then I felt all the pain as if it was just yesterday. It was cathartic, yes (everyone always asks that).
In examining your life and your life choices, do you have any regrets?
Tons. I would also have to ask, what is a lifetime without regrets? No one is that perfect, and anyway, what a bore that would be. Even a purely authentic life will have regrets because our mistakes are stepping stones to growth. I always feel regretful when my honesty hurts another. Also, I"m most regretful when I am acting out of the selfish demands of my ego, "Diane." 
Are you still in contact with many of your co-stars? Most of them are dead. Tippi Hedren is still a dear friend. Whenever I see fellow actors, it is always a wonderful reunion. I love actors, I love crew-people, I love the writers and directors and all of the folks involved in the creative process. I'm actually looking forward to joining my industry friends at the retirement center just outside of Los Angeles. I don't look forward to the time when I can no longer take care of myself, but I'll love all of the people who will surround me then. 
Throughout much of you career, show business was male dominated.  Do you think women have made advances in Hollywood since you began acting in the late 1950s?Yes and no. There are wonderful roles for women today, roles that depict them as they really are, not the fantasy version that was so fashionable in my day. Women are portrayed in many movies as being extremely strong, physically as well as emotionally. Yet, there are stories that still try to pigeonhole the female character in certain ways, especially weak and subservient. After all, the Catholic church has yet to accept women in the role of priest, and there are other Christians, religions, and cultures that force women into subservient roles. Equality is a tough thing to achieve in society and there are many groups who have yet to experience it. 
The empowerment of teenagers, civil rights legislation, women's liberation, and the gay rights movement informed a modern day cultural revolution. How did these advances affect your personal and professional lives.My personal life has been affected profoundly. When I started out, the women's movement was just gaining strength and women were beginning to practice things that had been forbidden before. It began in the area of sexual activity, something women weren't to engage in willingly and certainly not until she was married! If she had good sexual feelings, she felt guilty for having them and I remember trying to hide them. Then, I decided it was okay to enjoy sex even out of wedlock. However, sexual promiscuity is not at all what I would recommend to any woman, or man, for that matter. Professionally, I never felt that the roles I played were about real women. I tired to make them real for myself, but honestly, outside of "Claudelle English," who was forced into sexual maturity by her mother, there weren't any other roles for me that had real authenticity. Even Claudelle's life story was about sex. It certainly had nothing to do with liberation. 
If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently? There are always consequences to everything we do in life and every decision we make about partnering up sexually has a deep affect, even when we don't think it should, or could. If I had the chance to do it over again, I would have fewer sexual liaisons and I would concentrate more on making career moves that would have taken me out of the box of traditional career choices. I might have pursued directing, cinematography, or even editing jobs to round out my creative life. I didn't think I could do those things; my culture hadn't yet really condoned those kinds of jobs for women and I was just stupid enough to believe it. In my personal life, I would have settled down earlier and had the family that "Danny" wanted. That was then, and now I feel my life is just as it was supposed to be. There are regrets, but there is also a lot of growth and a kind of knowing that is invaluable. Unconditional love is the first value and after that it is all good. 
Diane's life story is now an exclusive BearManor Media book, and one of the best written, multi-layered, and fascinating autobiographies recently published. What separates her autobiography from so many others is thatshe had a life outside of movies and television. Her story is no vapid I-did-this-show and then-I-did-that-show. No indeed. Her personal story reverberates with funny, stinging, and candid accounts of behind-the-scenes work in film and television production, yet rebounds quickly into the scintillating, harsh, joyous, funny, and sad realities of life.

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IN MEMORIUM
Richard Jones

He was the original voice actor portraying Pinocchio. 

Richard Percy Jones, who voiced the title character in Disney's 1940 animated film Pinocchio, died July 7, 2014 at his home in Northridge, Calif. He was 87. He was found dead Monday by his wife on the bathroom floor of their Northridge home. She called 911, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Jones voiced the role of the puppet who wants to be a boy — and whose nose grows each time he tells a lie — in the classic Disney film as a child actor. He also performed on the songs "Give a Little Whistle," "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee," and "I've Got No Strings."

Also known as Dickie or Dick Jones, he additionally had small roles in the Our Gang movies, as well as Babes in Toyland (1934), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Knute Rockne All American (1940), and Heaven Can Wait (1943).

Jones was born Feb. 25, 1927, in Snyder, Texas, and was the son of a newspaper editor. He reportedly worked in Hoot Gibson's rodeo as a trick rider and roper before moving to Los Angeles with his mom to pursue acting.

His first role was an uncredited part in 1934's Burn 'Em Up Barnes. He went on to have small roles in several Westerns, in both film and TV. From 1951-53, Jones played Dick West/Jimmy the Kid in 78 episodes of the TV series The Range Rider. He also made several appearances as various characters on the 1950-54 series The Gene Autry Show and the 1954-55 series Annie Oakley. He went on to play the title character in 1955-56's Buffalo Bill Jr. His last credit was the 1965 film Requiem for a Gunfighter.

According to City News Service, Jones pursued a career in real estate and banking after he retired from acting in the 1960s.

We celebrate all the famous voice actors this week. BearManor Media specializes in publishing outstanding biographies and autobiographies of those unseen men and women who give voice to some of the most famous characters in film and television.

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CLASSIC EDITION:
Guy Williams The Man Behind the Mask by Girginti LaneBen Ohmart
 



At last, a richly researched biography of Guy Williams, the popular American actor and star of televisions series, such as Zorro and Lost in Space.

Author Antoinette Girgenti Lane's honest, loving account of Disney's dashing TV star contains the first ever detailed information on the man behind the legend, including many rare photographs.

“He was apparently a walking paradox, masculine yet sensitive, firm yet gentle, conservative yet non-conformist, macho yet intellectual, simple yet complicated . . . Lane worked for over five years with Williams' widow and dozens of co-workers, such as Dennis Weaver, Wright King, Britt Lomond, Don Diamond, Buddy Van Horn, Suzanne Lloyd, and dozens more. Extremely detailed and well-written . . . .” – Western Clippings

The book overfilles more than 500 pages with rare photos and features a deailed list of Guy’s stage, film, and TV work. Over 500 pages with many personal rare photos.

“One of my objectives in writing this book,” the author writes, “was to make the reader feel he had met him too." Guy had some predictable traits, but he was also a walking paradox: masculine yet sensitive, firm yet gentle, conservative yet nonconforming, macho yet intellectual, simple yet complicated. There is a slight tendency to go overboard with minutia, however, and a little trimming should have been in order. But, as I always say, I would rather have too much than too little.” 

“The Zorro section is especially well done. She really gets into the series, helped considerably by her interviews with the cast and the son of the show’s director, Norman Foster. There’s an excellent section on Walt Disney’s problems with ABC, and how it effected Guy’s life. And, never before published, Guy’s life in Argentina is exhaustively explained. And, thankfully, his death is no longer a mystery to me. - Laura Wagner/Classic Images


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