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Category: FILM, THEATRE & TV

FILM, THEATRE & TV

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  • ‘Picture abhi baaki hai… ‘

    If there’s one experience that unites India, it is cinema. In Reel India, award-winning film critic Namrata Joshi journeys through the interiors of the country intimately chronicling little-known accounts about the nation’s incessant obsession with the movies.

    In Lucknow, she encounters a Shah Rukh Khan fan who has embraced an alternate reality in which he lives and breathes the star. In Wai, she finds an entire economy fuelled by the film industry as the town transforms into a film set. An activist filmmaker in Odisha demonstrates how he teaches local tribal people the basics of his craft, empowering them to train the spotlight on issues threatening their habitat and livelihood. From the fever pitch of the ‘first day first show’ in makeshift halls to the rivalries of regional cinema, this is India’s immersion in the movies like it’s never been seen before.

    Filled with real-life stories that are as fascinating as the revelations and insights they offer, Reel India raises the curtain on the starry-eyed dreams and big-screen passions that live on after the final ‘cut’ is announced.

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  • ‘Is kahani mein drama hai, emotion hai, tragedy hai…’

    A non-linear, light-hearted rollercoaster ride of a book, Bioscope presents a quirky history of Hindi cinema through unconventional, curated ‘lists’ that will delight die-hard fans and novices alike.

    Highlighting 10 aspects that give Hindi films their distinctive flavour, the selections – of villainous types and hit pairs, genius compositions and unforgettable lyrics, memorable scripts and filmy fashion from the pre-Independence days right down to the present – pack in trivia, gossip, recommendations and deep insight.

    By turns opinionated and emotional – and always superbly entertaining – Bioscope will inspire its readers to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of Hindi cinema.

     

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  • ‘Diverting… pleasurable… entertaining’ New York Times

    ‘Relevant and fresh… [Good Omens] still has a lot to say about the world’ Empire

    ‘Even if you’re very familiar with the original novel this is a different experience… so damned charming and quirky that it feels like a must’ Starburst

    Neil Gaiman’s glorious reinvention of the iconic bestseller Good Omens adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman launched on Amazon Prime Video this year to great acclaim. Soon to be shown on the BBC the series is written and show-run by Neil himself and stars David Tennant Michael Sheen Jon Hamm and Miranda Richardson to name but a few.

    Before he died Terry Pratchett asked Neil Gaiman to make a television series of the internationally beloved novel they wrote together about the end of the world.

    What followed was almost… ineffable. Over six glorious episodes Neil brought an angel Aziraphale and a demon Crowley (the only things standing between us and the inevitable Armageddon) to life in some of the most extraordinary television ever made.

    Here you will find the scripts that Neil wrote containing much that is new and revelatory and even several scenes throughout that never made the final cut. For the very first time this edition collects all the missing bits – from a certain Other Four Horsemen to a little demonic shopping trip – and reveals the secrets of the show which by its very nature is known to ask for the impossible.

    Step backstage and see the magic for yourself.

    **This edition of The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book contains an introduction by Neil Gaiman about bringing Good Omens to the screen and all cut scenes**

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  • Collect your own one-of-a-kind keepsake replica of the Quidditch trunk complete with bludgers quaffle and snitch! Set includes:
    • 1 Quaffle
    • 2 Bludgers
    • 1 non-removable Snitch
    • 16 x 24-inch full-color poster
    • All packaged in a Quidditch trunk which doubles as a keepsake box complete with lock and key

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  • The official behind-the-scenes book of the record-breaking award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most celebrated stage productions of the past decade. Opening in London’s West End in 2016, on Broadway in 2018 and in Melbourne in 2019 – and with more productions worldwide still to come (including San Francisco later this year) – the play has smashed records, collected countless rave reviews and awards, and captivated audiences night after night.

    Now readers are invited behind the scenes to experience the show’s journey to the stage – from the earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne, and to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors together to bring this new part of Harry’s story to life.

    With stunning photography, insightful interviews and never-before-seen sketches, notes, candid backstage photos and more, this full-colour deluxe edition offers readers unparalleled access to this unique production, and is a beautiful gift for Harry Potter fans and theatre-lovers alike.

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  • For fans of The Sidemen, a hilariously spooky choose-your-own-adventure book from YouTube sensation Joe Weller.

    Join Joe as he explores a haunted hotel, where petrifying paranormal surprises can lurk in every dark corner. You can stick with Joe or you can choose your own path and make your way through the building as you encounter long eerie corridors, experience horrific chills and not to forget, you may witness Joe behaving like an absolute nut-job.

    Enter at your own peril. And be sure to bring a torch with you as it’s going to be one unforgettable adventure.

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  • The Hunger Games movie based on the internationally-bestselling novel of the same name has smashed box office records grossing nearly $700m worldwide – and future installments of the series are hotly anticipated. Jennifer Liam and Josh: An Unauthorized Biography of the Stars of the Hunger Games lifts the lid on the movie’s three stars who have become icons and pin-ups for millions of fans.
    Jennifer Lawrence is the kid from a Kentucky farm who won best actress at the 2013 Oscars for Silver Linings Playbook and was hailed as ‘the most talented young actress in America’ by Rolling Stone. Off-screen she has become a role model for a generation of girls dated British pin-up Nicholas Hoult and signed a modelling deal with Dior.
    Liam Hemsworth the Aussie heart-throb got his big break on leading soap Neighbours and has since appeared in films including The Last Song. The saga of his on/off relationship with his famous fiancée the US pop superstar Miley Cyrus has become a source of daily fascination for the celebrity press.
    Josh Hutcherson has appeared in a string of television roles and starred in films including The Polar Express and the Academy Award nominated The Kids are All Right. A pin-up for girls across the globe his personal life has been followed closely the media.

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  • Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help.

    Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in DEAR CANCER, LOVE VICTORIA she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn’t planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum.

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  • In ‘The Ace of Spades’, Motörhead’s most famous song, Lemmy, the born-to-lose, live-to-win frontman of the band sang, ‘I don’t want to live forever’. Yet as he told his friend of 35 years, former PR and biographer Mick Wall, ‘Actually, I want to go the day before forever. To avoid the rush…’. This is his strange but true story.

    Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, and always beautifully told, LEMMY: THE ACE OF SPADES is the definitive story of the only rock’n’roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the devil, as he put it, ‘very close to my side’. From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-60s with the Rockin’ Vicars (‘We were very big up north, I had a Zephyr 6’); from being Jimi Hendrix’s personal roadie (‘I would score acid for him’), to leading Hawkwind to the top of the charts in 1972 with ‘Silver Machine’ (‘I was fired for taking the wrong drugs’); from forming Motörhead (‘I wanted to call the band Bastard but my manager wouldn’t let me’), whose iconoclastic album NO SLEEP ‘TIL HAMMERSMITH entered the UK charts at No. 1 – and its title into the lexicon of hip-speak.

    Based on Mick’s original interviews with Lemmy conducted over numerous years, along with the insights of those who knew him best – former band mates, friends, managers, fellow artists and record business insiders – this is an unputdownable story of one of Britain’s greatest characters. As Lemmy once said of Wall, ‘Mick Wall is one of the few rock writers in the world who can actually write and seems to know anything about rock music. I can and do talk to him for hours – poor bastard.’

    With the hard part of his journey now over, Lemmy is set to become a legend. LEMMY: THE ACE OF SPADES explains exactly how that came to be.

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  • Pre-order your own sacred text: Fleabag: The Scriptures includes new writing from Phoebe Waller-Bridge alongside the filming scripts and the never-before-seen stage directions from the award-winning series.

    ‘Perfect’ Guardian
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    ‘Perfect’ Stylist
    ‘Perfect’ Independent
    ‘Perfect’ Evening Standard
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    ‘Perfection’ Financial Times

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  • Water is the most every day of substances. It pours from our taps and falls from the sky. We drink it, wash with it, and couldn’t live without it. Yet, on closer examination it is also a very strange substance (it is one of only a very small number of molecules which expand when cooled). Look closer again and water reveals itself as a key to a scientific story on the biggest of canvases.

    Water is crucial to our survival – life depends on it – but it was also fundamental in the origins of life on Earth. The millions of gallons of water which make up our rivers, lakes and oceans, originated in outer space. How it arrived here and how those molecules of water were formed, is a story which takes us back to the beginning of the universe. Indeed, we know more about the depths of space than we do about the furthest reaches of the oceans.

    Water has also shaped the world we live in. Whether it is by gently carving the Grand Canyon over millennia, or in shaping how civilisations were built; we have settled our cities along rivers and coasts. Scientific studies show how we feel calmer and more relaxed when next to water. We holiday by the seas and lakes. Yet one day soon wars may be fought over access to water.

    The Water Book will change the way you look at water. After reading it you will be able to hold a glass of water up to the light and see within it a strange molecule that connects you to the origins of life, the birth (and death) of the universe, and to everyone who ever lived.

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  • Nick Cave has spent over three decades living on the artistic edge, buiding up a sizable following, but never compromising his vision. His global wanderings have taken in Melbourne, London, Berlin, Sao Paolo, New York, and, currently, Brighton. He now has a major body of work behind him — some 20 albums, two novels, films scores and an acting career. From his strung-out Birthday Party days in London and Berlin in the early eighties, battling heroin addiction and overcoming the premature death of his father; through his artistic and personal relationships with the likes of PJ Harvey and Kylie Minogue, and, finally, the redemptive turns of marriage, family life and sobriety, Cave has emerged with his creativity undiminished and his reputation growing in acclaim. Tender Prey, Mark Mordue’s doorstep of a biography, leaves no stone unturned. It’s written with the input of Cave and his close colleagues but retains an independent, critical spirit. In Mordue’s words the book tells ‘the story of a man on the run from himself and his demons, and how he has documented that journey in song; a movement through hell and high water with one of the world’s greatest musical artists.

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  • Spooks is a stylish, gripping spy thriller series, shown on BBC1 where it regularly draws audiences of over seven million viewers, making it one of the most popular drama series in British TV. Its enormous appeal is brought about because the subject matter is so close to events on the news, the superb performances of the cast, and because the outcome is always in doubt (rarely have the leads in a show had such a high mortality rate).

    Now in this fascinating book, we get right behind the scenes to understand how the shows are made, how the plots are devised, and the enormous amount of work that goes into making it seem as authentic as possible. There is also a full episode guide to the first four series. Featuring interviews with the cast and writers, and packed with exclusive stills of the making of the programmes, this book provides all the information about how the series is made and the truth that lies beyond the fiction.

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  • First we learnt about their backgrounds from their personnel files, then we learnt how Harry Pearce really feels about the world we live in from his secret diary. Now, learn further secrets about the crack MI5 team, otherwise known as the Spooks, in this brand new and exciting title from Headline.

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  • Coronation Street is the world’s longest-running TV soap-opera and a hugely popular national institution. From the moment the very first episode flickered onto our screens on 9 December 1960, the very heart of the show has always been the Rovers Return public house. It may just be a backstreet boozer, but TV’s most famous pub has been at the centre of the action week in week out for the last 53 years. As longest-serving barmaid Betty once sagely noted: ‘If you’re not being talked about in this pub, you’re not worth serving’, and under the watchful eye of legendary landladies such as Annie Walker, Bet Lynch and Liz McDonald, the Rovers has witnessed everything from births, deaths, brawls and break-ups, to weddings, wakes and even its own ghost. But despite any drama that may be about to unfold, regulars are guaranteed a warm welcome, a shoulder to cry on and more often than not the waft of a hearty hotpot seeping through from the kitchen out back. This year proved to be the Rovers’ most explosive to date when the pub was ripped apart by a devastating blaze, rocking the lives of the residents forever. As the boozer was gradually restored to its former glory, it hit home to the regulars just how much the heart of their community really meant to them… Including previously unpublished photography and exclusive access to the Coronation Street archives, THE ROVERS RETURN STORY celebrates over five decades of tears and laughter inside Weatherfield’s iconic watering hole. It’s the book no fan would want to be without.

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  • Could a Fifties Western sell as many tickets as 2014’s Secret Cinema run of Back To The Future? (The BTTF event made £3.5 million over five weeks last summer). And in thirty years’ time, who really believes that pop culture will be buzzing about actors from those Noughties ‘found footage’ films in the way it’s still fascinated by former Eighties teen stars to this day?

    Here are films about ends of terms, life-changing vacations and days off. What teenager wouldn’t want to watch something so perfectly in tune with their own life? Hollywood in the Eighties was perfectly poised to exploit such teenage emotions. Vietnam was over, Nixon was gone, the economy boomed. The serious Seventies were done and dusted. Marketing teams revelled in the chance to make the most of soundtrack albums, merchandise and MTV, turning adolescent dreams into a commodity like never before. Fast Times and Excellent Adventures echoes popular film histories such as Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind, Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes by John Pierson and the Don Simpson-biog High Concept by Charles Fleming; all books that combine incident with information and where social history, Hollywood gossip and mise-en-scène combine.

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  • A hilarious window into the world of comedian and social-media star Arron Crascall.

    In the same vein as his favourite TV show, The Wonder Years , old Arron (full of See Ya Later wisdom) meets young 13 year-old Arron (who needs a firm steer) and tackles all the big stuff.

    In See Ya Later , social media star Arron Crascall embarks on a life-changing journey of discovering what truly makes him happy. As he revisits some of the key moments in his life, Arron will give his young self some words of wisdom on how to navigate the big issue of being a contented and fulfilled grown-up.

    Using a mixture of autobiographical narrative, diaries to his 13 year-old self, love letters, early letters to Santa and a collection of his favourite playlists and TV shows, the book will cover all the key life milestones.

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  • Why do SF movies matter? What do they tell us about the interests of storytellers and the changing tastes of cinema-goers? How have SF movies evolved with filmmaking technology over the past 110 years?

    The Geek’s Guide To SF Cinema provides an entertaining and in-depth history of the science fiction genre’s pivotal and most influential movies. From the pioneering films of Georges Méliès to such blockbusters as Avatar and Inception in the 21st century, the book will explore how these key movies were made, how they reflected the mood of the time in which they were released and how they have influenced other filmmakers in the years since.

    Historians and experts contribute to answer questions such as: ‘How important was Fritz Lang’s contribution to cinema?’ and ‘What did Alien say about the cynical climate of the 1970s?’. Providing nostalgia for long-time SF addicts and context for those whose knowledge and love of the genre is still growing, this is a pop-culture book with depth.

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  • Part autobiography, part self help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican’s debut book How To Be Champion delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life’s blips – like being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom post divorce.

    If you’ve ever worn glasses at the age of six, worn an off-the-shoulder gown with no confidence, been contacted by an old school bully, lived in your childhood bedroom in your thirties, been gloriously dumped in a Frankie and Benny’s, cried so much you felt great, been for a romantic walk with a dog, worn leggings two days in a row even though they smelt of wee from a distance, then this is YOUR BOOK. If you haven’t done those things but wish you had, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. If you just want to laugh on a train/sofa/toilet or under your desk at work, THIS IS YOUR BOOK.

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  • This book delves into some of the greatest innovations in practical and digital effects seen on film, showcasing how particular shots, characters and creatures were made and revealing to the reader the techniques involved.

    Special effects are regularly used to imagine alien worlds, place actors into exotic locations, create incredible action sequences and bring to life never-before-seen creatures and characters.How To Destroy a City, and Other Special Effects offers a unique perspective on the most captivating effects shots in cinema history by outlining the key research and development, on-set solutions and software and hardware breakthroughs in photochemical processing, miniatures, animatronics, make-up, animation, stunts and computer graphics – and then introducing to the reader how they too can employ these techniques themselves.

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