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The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Hollywood Life
The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Hollywood Life
by Robert Evans
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE Hollywood Memoir, 7 Mar 2003
This has to be one the best inside Hollywood books ever written. Robert Evans Actor turned Paramount Production head turned the studio around from the dark uncertain days of the mid sixties to the glory of, Rosemary's Baby, The Godfather Pts 1 & 2 and Love Story. Evans cuts a path through Hollywood like a man possessed with a desire to see Paramount rise from the ashes of its bloated existence. The cast list is far greater than any Hollywood epic before or since as Evans counts Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty as close friends. His use of Godfather terminology and the importance of his brother highlight his passion for loyalty.
Although Evans has lead shall we say a full life the cost of this on him personally has been great. Divorce (many times), Public Disgrace on a murder charge that he had nothing to do with, and a predatory attitude towards women which is at times far from honourable. He counts his son Joshua as his greatest production but saw the breakdown of his marriage caused by a movie. This man was married to the movies and no-one else.
If you love the movies then by this book. It will certainly open your eyes to the goings on behind the scenes and in the ivory towers of Hollywood and one mans struggle to make great movies.


L.A. Times
L.A. Times
by Stuart Woods
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Player meets The Godfather, 7 Feb 2003
This review is from: L.A. Times (Mass Market Paperback)
This is, quite simply, a riveting read and well worth the wait that ordering demands. A young Mafia hood and child from a violent home graduates from New York Film School and makes his way to LA via making low budget feature film, stealing his directors girl and getting revenge on in his violent father. He reinvents himself as Michael Vincent a young brilliant producer who has an eye for a good story and a ruthless drive to succeed.
This is a cracking good story and well worth the read imagine "The Player" meeting "The Godfather". The pace is quick and the ever present atmosphere of revenge and the dangers of moviemaking are there on every page. Featuring great characters, The ruthless studio mogul, The down on her luck fallen starlet, the merciless mafia don Woods has peppered his prose with lines from a true movie lover and expert thriller writer. From the mean streets of New York to the sun drenched boulevards of Los Angeles this book will have you hooked!
If I could make only one movie of a book then this would be it.


Martinis, Girls and Guns: 50 Years of 007
Martinis, Girls and Guns: 50 Years of 007
by Martin Sterling
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Breed, 3 Feb 2003
This book is a rare breed in that it aims to cover both the films and the books behind the James Bond phenomenon. From tracing Ian Fleming's childhood and previous occupations before entering the employ of the government during the Second World War and his journalist career. The background to his creating James Bond is put across very well. The struggles as a writer to be taken seriously and his eventual eclipsing by his own creation (parallels with Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle). The toll the various law suits which were held against him in the 50's and 60's are shown to have taken 007s creators vim and vigour away are written honestly and with feeling. The authors have taken great pains to observe the links between 007s literary adventures and those of his creator.
The story carries on with the intervention of Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli into the world of Bond and start of the film series. The Authors do not leave Fleming behind and keep the reader up to speed as to what Fleming was doing while writing his final Books up to his death in 1964. The production stories and adventure continue through the Connery, Lazenby and Moore years till the arrival of John Gardner on the scene with his novel Licence Renewed.
The Authors are quick to defend each portrayal of James Bond by placing each one into there context. Many details about Bonds 5 year hiatus between 1989 and 1995 are revealed and which courses and styles the series has had to take setting fashion then following it.
Complete with thoughts on Bond from each holder of the Walther PPK this is a lovely book constructed with real affection and charm.


Martinis, Girls and Guns: 50 Years of 007
Martinis, Girls and Guns: 50 Years of 007
by Martin Sterling
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Overview of 007, 17 Jan 2003
This book is a rare breed in that it aims to cover both the films and the books behind the James Bond phenomenon. From tracing Ian Fleming's childhood and previous occupations before entering the employ of the government during the Second World War and his journalist career. The background to his creating James Bond is put across very well. The struggles as a writer to be taken seriously and his eventual eclipsing by his own creation (parallels with Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle). The toll the various law suits which were held against him in the 50's and 60's are shown to have taken 007s creators vim and vigour away are written honestly and with feeling. The authors have taken great pains to observe the links between 007s literary adventures and those of his creator.
The story carries on with the intervention of Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli into the world of Bond and start of the film series. The Authors do not leave Fleming behind and keep the reader up to speed as to what Fleming was doing while writing his final Books up to his death in 1964. The production stories and adventure continue through the Connery, Lazenby and Moore years till the arrival of John Gardner on the scene with his novel Licence Renewed.
The Authors are quick to defend each portrayal of James Bond by placing each one into their context. Many details about Bonds 5 year hiatus between 1989 and 1995 are revealed and which courses and styles the series has had to take setting fashion then following it.
Complete with thoughts on Bond from each holder of the Walther PPK this is a lovely book constructed with real affection and charm.


James Bond 30th Anniv.Ltd Edit
James Bond 30th Anniv.Ltd Edit

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Bond Collection, 3 Jan 2003
This is probably the best James Bond Music and Song compilation ever. Produced in 1992 for the 30th Anniversary of 007 on the big screen this is a fantastic 2CD set which although minus the songs from the Brosnan era it certainly marks a milestone in the film career of James Bond.
So you may have already bought one (or in my case a number) of James Bond Compilations for you listening pleasure and effectively Disc 1 is just that but in the instance the care has been taken to place each song in the correct chronological order. The real prize is to be had from Disc 2!
Disc 2 kicks off in fine style with a rousing rendition of "The James Bond Theme" by The John Barry Orchestra quick followed by the secondary bond theme "007" as featured in From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. Although each time it is reprised it gets progressively slower.
The real rarities now come to the fore with a rare demo version of Goldfinger sung by the lyricist Anthony Newley. Imagine a lounge singer performing Shirley Basseys calling card song in a smoke filled room and only an a Drum, Guitar and Double Bass combo behind he - it is a real gem.
Tracks 4 through to 7 are again rare in that they have never been released in this form anywhere else. These are the original recordings from the soundtrack of Goldfinger which never made it on to the album due to space on the LP or just time constraint. They are pure Barry at his best with soaring string, warm horns and soothing melodies which hit all the right notes. These original recording from 1964 of Pussy Galore's Flying Circus, Golden Girl, Death of Tilley and The Laser Beam are to be found no where else. Other performances are available but the original movie score can only be found here.
Next the turn of the biggest Bond movie of the 1960s Thunderball and the song which was intended for the title Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang sung by Dionne Warwick (Track 8) and Shirley Bassey (Track 10). Again not released anywhere else! Sandwiched between these track is the Thunderball Suite again from John Barry. This is a collection of the parts of the Thunderball soundtrack which never made it on to the album. This I believe was because of the amount of time which was left to press the album and get it into the shops in time for the movie and the re-recording of some of the music because of the change of title. There are elements of the MKKBB theme in the finished movie but not I believe on the original album. This suite includes the Gun Barrel from the start of the movie, Some of the underwater themes and the climactic battle with Largo in the Disco Volante.
To round of the album is the classic We Have All the Time in the World performed by Louis Armstrong from On Her Majesty's Secret Service probably one of the best songs ever written. This is then follow by three classic radio spots for You Only Live Twice, Thunderball and Live and Let Die. A fantastic package for any Bond fan.


Bond on Set
Bond on Set
by Greg Williams
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real insiders guide, 14 Nov 2002
This review is from: Bond on Set (Hardcover)
The usual making of a movie book are heavy on text and light on images. This book is quite the opposite it a fantastic portfolio of the production process of the 20th James Bond Adventure Die Another Day.
The images which are a mixture of Black and White and Colour are of outstanding clarity and give a rare insight into the World of James Bond. The size and scale of the sets. The logistical challenge which presents itself with each new instalment. The book is Bond fans dream come true.
Eon Productions are rightly careful to not let just anyone on their sets to witness the filming of a Bond films so this is the ideal gift for fans of the series or anyone with a passing interest in film production. The images show Brosnan in and out of character and certainly enjoying himself.
Well worth the price - you will look at this book again and again. But so not to spoil the new film look at it after the movie ok.
Worth hunting around for in the Bond makings of books is the Making of Licence to Kill - well worth it.


Roger Waters: In The Flesh - Live [DVD] [2002]
Roger Waters: In The Flesh - Live [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Roger Waters
Price: 5.99

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Concert, 14 Nov 2002
This has to be one of the best concert films - the quality of sound and image is crystal clear. Roger Waters previously of The Pink Floyd is a man who lets his music do the talking. The stunning visuals only enhance the experience of the concert.
The Classic Floyd standards of Breathe, Comfortably Numb and Shine On are played with passion and a real commitment playing this music well. Roger appears in his element playing the music he wrote or co-wrote. As you can imagine this is more Roger than Floyd and bears some of his hallmarks - David Gilmours tendency to rearrange (which for me works very well) some of the songs is not evident here. The band assembled from various backgrounds includes Snowy White who played on The Wall concerts and Jon Carin who talents are shown by playing various instrument throughout the concert, and Andy Fairweather-Low a Waters Stalwart providing guitar and bass support.
This is also an good introduction to Rogers music for those who haven't had that opportunity. The Bravery of Being Out of Range is partially well timed with the current situation, The the reworking of Wish You Were Here is a real favourite and where else is the solo so long that the band can have a game of cards in the middle of it! I did go to his concert Wembley Arena where Nick Mason joined Roger on stage and watching this DVD brings back memories of a good night.
The Extras on the disc are good too. A thirty minute documentary which shows a jovial Roger preparing his band on the East Coast United States. From practicing in a local theatre moving on to a USAF Aircraft Hanger. Getting the visual and introductions right. Roger also has a quick play of a new song "Flickering Flame" and teaches the band how to play a new game of cards he has invented. Andy Fairweather-Low and his search for his missing socks is a little bit of Spinal Tap in the real world.
This disc is probably more for Roger fans than purely Floyd fans and fans of the early Floyd Material from Animals (Great to hear Dogs live) and Wish You Were Here. But rest assured that the music is lovingly cared for and played extremely well by some one who knows how to play it.
In short - It's Floyd as we know it but with a twist. Happy Viewing.


Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
by Christiane Kubrick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 23.15

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Insight, 6 Nov 2002
This book is a must have for Stanley Kubrick fans and any interested in film-making. This well presented book is really a companion to the documentary which was released with the DVD box set. The images contained within the book reveal rather playfully SK on the set of his film, playing chess with George C. Scott, relaxing with Jack Nicholson. They also show the focus on his work - the trademark Kubrick stare when setting up a shot is present on all his films. His dedication to getting a shot from butchering a wheelchair to make a new dolly for the camera (Clockwork Orange) to balancing in the edge of a bed (Strangelove) to lying flat on his face on the pavement (Killer Kiss).
There are also a few of Christiane Kubricks own oil paintings - Some of her work is hanging on the walls of the Harfords flat in Eyes Wide Shut. These show SK at home in Herfordshire, including a relaxed SK sitting in a deck chair by a pond.
There are also a good collection of SK at home with his three daughters and numerous dogs and cats! At ease both at home and on set Stanley Kubrick - a life in pictures is a wonderful insight into a man whole played fame his way. Being one of the most famous people in the world but maintaining his family life and privacy - I wonder want David & Victoria Beckham would give for that now!
Thank you Mrs Kubrick for allowing us into the world of your late husband. A fitting tribute.


The Best of Bond ...James Bond
The Best of Bond ...James Bond
Offered by westworld-
Price: 3.98

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Does It Better, 17 Oct 2002
So you may have bought previous efforts at bond collections but this is the best yet narrowly beating the 30th anniversary double CD pack which is well worth the hunting. The major bonuses are the extra tracks from all three to date Brosnan films.
Sit back and enjoy 60+ minutes of pure musical joy with all the classics from John Barry's perfect arrangement of Monty Normans legendary James Bond Theme. To the silky smooth John Barry Strings on From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker. The Beyond Bombastic Goldfinger and Thunderball, and of course the unofficial 007 anthem Nobody Does It Better.
The Three Brosnan themes are clumped together at the end in chronological order along with Moby's great reworking of The James Bond Theme (can't wait to hear Paul Oakenfold's version from Die Another Die). The Real Gem though is the version of the theme from he trailers which has been crying out for release since it was first shown in 1994!
Now Pay Attention 007 play this CD on the Motorway not in built up areas you have a licence to kill not to break the traffic laws! Drivers on the A2 can PLAY IT LOUD as the retrace the chase in Moonraker (the book) between Hugo Drax and 007.
Well worth the money. . . . . . penny.
Why not also buy
Shaken and Stirred - The David Arnold 007 Project


A Bug's Life - 2 Disc Collector's Edition [DVD] [1999]
A Bug's Life - 2 Disc Collector's Edition [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 29.99

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underated, 19 Sep 2002
This films one of those gems which seems to play second fiddle in a companies back catalogue. OK so it isn't as reveared as Toy Story 1 or 2 and it did come out just after DreamWorks Antz but it is Pixar at its best. Although with technology moving very fast in digital film-making it may lack some of the fine detail of Sullys hair in Monsters Inc. But take another look.
The SE version has been available in the US for over a year and it has finally arrived in the UK. It is worth a good look, the packaging does let the promotion down somewhat as there is no mention of the informative commentary by the production team. The proof in this well formed pudding is the cast of Bugs and the spot on voice selections. From Kevin Spaceys fantastic bad guy Hopper to Dennis Leary as Francis the male ladybird. Each charater has its own identity which make for a good story.
But talking of Good Stories this is the classic Seven Samuri in Miniature. It you like classic stories then this is what you need. OK its been done before in Battle Beyond the Stars and The Three Amigos but it is a classic story.
The Animation is superb with the detail shining through - the rain sequence, Flick's Dandylion seed flight and the thriving Bug City complete with Gershwinesque music score.
This has the sentiment of Toy Story but with the Sentimentality and fortunately without any songs - HURRAH! Randy Newman please just songs at the end please no more in the middle.
A Hidden Gem in the Pixar Back Catalogue. Now please release the early Pixar Shorts! They are fantastic!
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