The Big Show is one of the largest athletes on the planet. Detailing his rise as a WWE Superstar, this book is sure to spark interest in any young reader. Featuring full-color photographs, a detailed timeline of key events in Big Show’s career, and easy-to-read chapters, this book will show readers just how Paul Wight became the biggest and strongest grappler on the globe. It’s sure to satisfy even the most dedicated of wrestling fans.
High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards®
Author: Steve Pond
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Performing Arts
An unprecedented look at the machinations behind everyone's favorite Hollywood circus and what it reveals about the business of moviemaking. Oscar parties. Oscar pools. Oscar style. Oscar predictions. The Oscars breed their own peculiar mania and a billion people worldwide are alleged to watch the broadcast every year. While that figure may be the Academy's big white lie, the Oscars draw a viewership well into the hundreds of millions--a tremendous audience for what is essentially a television program. But this is no ordinary show. Love it or loathe it, the Oscars are an irresistible spectacle: a gloriously gaudy, glitzy, momentous, and foolish window into the unholy alliance of art and commerce that is the film industry. The Oscar statuette is a totem of such potency that millions are spent and careers laid on the line in the reckless pursuit of an eight-pound chunk of gold-plated britannium. The Big Show is a chronicle of the past fifteen years of the Academy Awards, the most tumultuous decade in Oscar's seventy-six year history. Written by the only journalist ever given carte blanche access to the planning, production, and backstage intrigue of the Oscars, it offers an unguarded, behind-the-scenes glimpse of this singular event, along with remarkable insight into how the Oscars reflect the high-stakes politics of Hollywood, our obsession with celebrities (not to mention celebrities' obsession with themselves), and the cinematic state of the union.
The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921
Author: Bertrand M. Patenaude
Publisher: Stanford University Press
The author sheds light on a little-known chapter of U.S.-Soviet relations, using diaries, memoirs, and letters to recall the efforts of nearly 300 relief workers in easing the suffering of Russians during one of the country's worst famines.
British Cinema Culture in the Great War, 1914-1918
Author: Michael Hammond
Introduction Part I Local Tracks: Exhibition Culture Chapter 1: The Local Entertainment Scene Chapter 2: The Crisis of Total War and New Audiences Part II The Front at Home: Cinema and the Homefront Imagination Chapter 5: Anonymity and Recognition: The Roll of Honour Films 1914-1917 Chapter 6: Education or Entertainment?: Public and Private Interpretations of Battle of the Somme (1916) Part III. Artful and Instructive: Respectability and the 'Superfilms' Chapter 7: "A Soul Stirring Appeal to Every Briton": The Reception of The Birth of a Nation (1915-16) Chapter 8: "A Spectacle That Thrills and Appalls": Thomas Ince's Civilization Part IV: Chaplin and the Transformative Properties of Comedy Chapter 9: Chaplin: "A Transatlantic Vernacular" Chapter 10: "Imagine Charlie At the Front" Shoulder Arms (1918) Conclusion Bibliography Filmography.
Only Big Show Coming is an amended and greatly enlarged version of articles published in Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society between 1982 and 1999. Volume I covers the routes, reviews and incidents surrounding circus and wild west performances in Kansas between 1853 and 1878, and provides an intriguing view of life in the Victorian west.
"The Big Tent relates the circus experience from the perspectives of its diverse audiences, telling what locals might have seen and done while the show was in town. Renoff digs deeper, too. He points out, for instance, that the performances of these itinerant outfits in Jim Crow-era Georgia allowed boisterous, unrestrained interaction between blacks and whites on show lots and city streets on Circus Day. Renoff also looks at encounters between southerners and the largely northern population of circus owners, promoters, and performers, who were frequently accused of inciting public disorder and purveying lowbrow prurience, in part due to residual anger over the Civil War.".
This is an encyclopedic reference work to 1,802 radio programs broadcast from the years 1924 through 1984. Entries include casts, character relationships, plots and storylines, announcers, musicians, producers, hosts, starting and ending dates of the programs, networks, running times, production information and, when appropriate, information on the radio show’s adaptation to television. Many hundreds of program openings and closings are included.