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article imageThe Ultimate Book (Film, TV & Music) Christmas gift-giving guide Special

By Earl Dittman     Dec 22, 2012 in Entertainment
Have a book lover on your list? How about a cool coffee table book on their fave movie ('Godfather,' 'Harry Potter', 'Dark Knight'), TV series ('Supernatural', 'Fringe') or group/singer (Stones, Freddie Mercury, Whitney) to put under the Christmas tree?
Everyone loves some form of entertainment. Whether it’s music, motion pictures or television, devoted, and even casual fans – especially those who actually love to read a book with paper pages instead of a computer screen – enjoy possessing big, glossy, photo-heavy souvenirs of their favorite movie, TV show or music group/singer. This year, Insight Editions has released a bevy of impressive, jaw-dropping and relatively inexpensive coffee table books focusing on such hit television series as Supernatural and Fringe, a bio (by Narada Michael Walden) about working with the late pop music icon and diva Whitney Houston, a picture-filled biography tracing the career of Queen’s late lead singer Freddie Mercury and two brilliant photo essays about the career of The Rolling Stones (who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary as a band in 2013 by hitting the road again for a year of live shows). Batman fans would love to own the pair of books about director Christopher Knight’s The Dark Knight trilogy of motion pictures and Harry Potter aficionados would fall head over heels for the eye-popping collectable poster and image books about the eight-film franchise. Longtime followers of the epic motion picture classic The Godfather, and its two sequels, would treasure this visual companion to the iconic film. And, finally, fans both young and old would enjoy reading about and looking at the details that went into the making of the recently-released DreamWorks animated motion picture The Rise Of The Guardians.
Christian Bale as Batman in director Christopher Nolan s  The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale as Batman in director Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises'
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In addition to detailed descriptions of each book, their are exclusive, original quotes (expect where noted) from the actors, producers and directors from the films and television series and even the subject themselves (Whitney Houston). Each of these celebrities discuss the projects that the books are showcasing and/or they offer up a personal anecdote about their lives. Each book entry is accented by a video about the artist, original theatrical trailers for the films or series, a rare live performance and music videos.
If you are unable to find any of these Insight Edition books at your local Barnes & Noble or at your favorite online book retailer, go straight to Insight’s website @ - you can also Twitter @ or visit their Facebook site @ Looking for that unique and special gift for the good friend or loved one? The gift of reading is always timeless.
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in  Supernatural
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in 'Supernatural'
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Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) on...The Essential Supernatural: "This is, easily, the most complete and extensive compilation of all things Supernatural. Five pages in, I had already learned things that even I never knew! This will remain by my side as my reference book for the remainder of Supernatural, and, many years from now, when Sam Winchester is no longer with us, this is what I will hold in my hands when I need to walk down memory lane."
The Esssential Supernatural: On The Road With Sam and Dean Winchester
The Esssential Supernatural: On The Road With Sam and Dean Winchester
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The Essential Supernatural: On The Road With Sam And Dean Winchester
By Nicholas Knight, Foreword By Eric Kripke
Fill a flask with holy water and make sure your car is stocked with rock salt and shot guns, you're about to drive headfirst into the world of Sam and Dean Winchester, hunters of demons, ghouls, vampires, and all things supernatural! Take a comprehensive and exhaustively detailed look at the hit Warner Bros. and CW TV show, from an insider's perspective.
The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester is a stunning 192-page visual companion for fans for the beloved hit show – now in it's eighth thrilling season on the CW in the United States – airing Wednesdays at 9:00pmEST/8pmCST (check local listings) Haunted by the death of their parents in a mysterious supernatural conspiracy, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) hunt down demons, monsters, and otherworldly creatures lurking in darkness. This stunningly comprehensive coffee-table book dissects all seven seasons of the thrilling show and looks ahead to Season Eight – with deep insights from extensive cast and crew interviews, beginning with a revealing foreword written by the show's creator, Eric Kripke. The book is visually breathtaking, with candid behind-the-scenes photos, revelatory production art, and collectible pullout elements, such as postcards, stickers, photos, and a map that details the cross-country adventures of Sam and Dean.
Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in  Supernatural
Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in 'Supernatural'
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Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) on...The Essential Supernatural: "A, through the years, playbook of all the Heroes, Enemies, wins, loss, ups, downs, laughs, and tears both on camera and off. Thank you, Nick."
The series returned for its eighth season this fall on The CW, Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester. Created by Eric Kripke and executive produced by Robert Singer, Jeremy Carver, Phil Sgriccia, McG and Adam Glass, the series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
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Get ready to drive full-speed into the hidden world of Sam and Dean Winchester, hunters of demons, ghouls, vampires, and all things ... supernatural!
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Award-winning writer, director and former executive producer of Supernatural (current producer of Revolution) Eric Kripke on...his favorite parts of The Essential Supernatural: "Some of my favorite parts in the book are the conceptual artwork. Not even the stuff that made it into the show, but stuff that Jerry Wanek's incredible department were putting together as we were even just doing some initial R&D in terms of what the creatures looked like. That really brought me back. As we were in the nitty-gritty of producing the show and having arguments and debates about what Bloody Mary should look like in the early years of the show, the artwork in the book is the photos and images we would have those debates over. It's very honest in terms of what it would look like to produce this show. There's also several awkward photos of me directing sprinkled throughout the book. For some stupid reason, I chose, during the season 4 finale, to go on a diet. I got so dizzy on set that I thought I was going to pass out. I always think it's funny because there's really no way to demonstrate leadership to your crew than to faint in front of them. I had to grip the edge of my director's chair, go back to my trailer and then I spent the rest of the shoot eating burritos."
Nicholas Knight has more than 300 writing credits, spanning action, adventure, comedy, romance, science fiction, and young-adult fiction. He has written Supernatural episode guides for every season and is a regular interviewer for the Official Supernatural Magazine.
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) on...if he ever said to himself, "I want to act for the rest of my life," while filming a Harry Potter film: "Yeah, it was on the third film (Prisoner Of Azkaban), probably. I think a combination of working with Gary Oldman and also the direction I was given from (director) Alfonso Cuaron that just sort of gave me more confidence or a greater insight into what it was to be an actor. Those moments were…it was definitely around that time, working with Gary. And also, the confidence that Gary gave me, because he was really supportive and really great to work with. I thought, “I want to work with more people like you. I don’t want to walk away from this. I don’t want this suddenly to end and suddenly for me not to be in this industry.” The other thing is that I absolutely love… And this is not something I had then so much, but now particularly, I love being on film sets. There’s an incredible comfort level that I have on film sets because it’s where I’ve grown up. There’s very few…I know where I am on a film set. I know what to do. I know what everybody’s doing. There is nothing that will happen on a film set that I won’t have experienced in some form before. So, there are very few situations that arise that I do not know how to react to. And that level of comfort is quite confidence inspiring, so that it makes you want to stay around longer, I suppose."
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Harry Potter: The Definitive Movie Poster Collection
By Insight Editions, Warner Brothers Entertainment
Harry Potter: The Quintessential Images
By Insight Editions, Warner Brothers Entertainment
Leap into the breathtaking fantasy world of Harry Potter with two distinct image collections. Harry Potter is the most successful literary and film franchise in history with $5.5 billion in box office revenue, $7 billion in merchandise sales, and 400 million books sold in 67 languages across 200 countries. Eight in ten people have seen a Harry Potter movie or read a Harry Potter book. Harry Potter's striking visual aesthetic has transported legions of fans into a mystical wonderland. Now, in one stunning book, Harry Potter: The Definitive Movie Posters, fans can enjoy all the most iconic movie posters created during Harry Potter's phenomenal eight-film run.
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The Harry Potter experience is global, and Harry Potter: The Definitive Movie Posters artfully anthologizes forty display-worthy movie posters of international renown from the film's culturally transforming films. This elegant, large-scale format captures the magic and sense of the mounting excitement that surrounded the screenings worldwide. Beloved characters, powerful emotions, and thrilling moments leap from the page. The posters are printed on glossy cardstock inside a protective cover. Easily removable as full sheets, they're crease-free and perfect for displaying. Featured images include the iconic depiction of Hagrid and young Harry looking up at Hogwarts castle; the all-knowing gazes of Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall; the romantic Yule Ball costumes; the chilling face of Voldemort; and many others. You'll want to display each and every image!
Harry Potter: The Quintessential Images gathers forty-four large-scale posters of cherished characters from all eight of the franchise's installments into one handsomely displayable book. These artful and iconic images celebrate pivotal plotline moments and highlight each character's evolution through the years. Both books have been translated into numerous languages, for people to enjoy all over the world.
Emma Watson
Emma Watson
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Emma Watson (Hermione) on...some of the character traits she might share with her Harry Potter character, Hermione: "Character traits? Not so much now, but earnestness, an eager to please and do the right thing. Being terrified that I am going to get into trouble. I’m very heady and she is constantly thinking three, four moves ahead. I try to intellectualize a lot and she does as well, obviously. She is very determined, and I am as well. I like to think that I’m very loyal, the same way as she is. We are both a bit of a feminist. And, in the same way as she is, I will speak my mind. It feels so much of me went into her and she went into me, I can’t really differentiate much anymore! It’s all a bit of a blur!" (laughs)
The Rolling Stones
Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones' guitarist) on...the reason the ticket prices are so high for their current 50th Anniversary tour (The Telegraph, November, 2012): "We've already spent a million on rehearsing in Paris. And the stage is going to be another few million. And the lights. We feel no bad thing about ticket prices. We've got to make something."
Insight Editions
Rolling Stones 50 X 20
Edited By Chris Murray, Introduction By Richard Harrington, Afterword By Chris Salewicz
The Rolling Stones are synonymous with rock n' roll and Rolling Stones 50 X 20 celebrates the remarkable fifty-year career of "The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band." In this exquisite tome, the finest music photographers chronicle the band from scruffy upstarts to rock n' roll royalty. This epic book documents the meteoric rise of one of rock's most beloved, controversial, and intriguing groups. The ride begins with Gus Coral's photos of the Rolling Stones' first tour of England in fall of 1963 and continues into the fevered creativity of such high watermarks as Between the Buttons, shot by Gered Mankowitz, Their Satanic Majesties Request, shot by Michael Cooper, and Beggar's Banquet, shot by Michael Joseph. 50 x 20 totals over 80 shots and, in addition to the esteemed aforementioned lens men, features the work of world-class photographers including Fernando Aceves, William Coupon, Claude Gassian, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Eddie Kramer, Dick Waterman, and Baron Wolman. A statement from the photographer discussing the significance and circumstances surrounding the image accompanies each pictire. The photos are a mix of iconic and intimate with all the heady proceedings contextualized by a wonderfully insightful introduction by Richard Harrington, music editor for the Washington Post. Rolling Stones 50 X 20 is a privileged access experience just in time to celebrate half century of this infamous rock n' roll institution. The Rolling Stones are rock n' roll and 50 X 20 is an essential for all rock n' roll buffs.
Chris Murray is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C.
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One on One: Rolling Stones
By Gered Mankowitz, Essay by Sean Egan
Rolling Stones, the next in Insight Editions' One on One series, is the definitive photo anthology of the band's landmark first American tour. The Rolling Stones touched down on American soil in October 1965 to embark on the landmark tour that would make them stateside superstars. Until now, there has never been a large-scale comprehensive release devoted to photos from this pivotal pilgrimage. With Rolling Stones – a definitive 240-page, value-priced epic – fans can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band by savoring that exact time in America when the Stones went from being an exotic English import to a household name.
In September 1965, a nineteen-year-old photographer in London named Gered Mankowitz received a phone call asking if he wanted to accompany the Rolling Stones on the band's first U.S. tour. The assignment: Photograph everything the up-and-coming Stones did in America. From the start, Mankowitz was made to feel like one of the boys. His privileged access to a world-class band in its youthful prime was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He spent two months with this rock 'n' roll caravan as it made its way across Canada and the United States.
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Mankowitz's astounding photographs are both intimate and iconic as they breathtakingly narrate the band's meteoric rise to stardom. Throughout the sixties, his relationship with the band blossomed, and he documented the Stones' ongoing successes. Mankowitz also went on to shoot album covers for the seminal albums December's Children and Between the Buttons. Esteemed rock scribe Sean Egan adds insightful commentary alongside the photos, eloquently elaborating on this transformative time.
In time to celebrate 50 years of rock 'n' roll's most infamous institution, take an affordable trip back to the band's exciting beginnings. Rolling Stones is essential, not only for Stones fans, but also for rock 'n' roll fans. After all, the Rolling Stones are "The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band."
Gered Mankowitz is an accomplished photographer best known for his portraiture of rock musicians. His portfolio includes sessions with the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, and George Harrison, among others.
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Paul Rodgers (former frontman for Free, Bad Company and a post-Mercury Queen) on...the brilliance of Freddie Mercury's singing: "There will never another Freddie Mercury, he was one of a kind. When I spent those few years singing with Queen (2004-2008), I never tried to imitate him, I just try to do the songs that he wrote, some sort of justice. We lost something special when we lost Freddie."
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Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
By Seán O'Hagan
Iconic singer and celebrated showman Freddie Mercury was hugely popular throughout his brilliant music career as the lead singer of Queen and as a solo artist. The world mourned his untimely death in 1991, but he was incredibly prolific and left behind a stunning legacy of groundbreaking recordings. Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender gives fans unprecedented access to one of the world's greatest performers.
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This officially sanctioned book is a loving and intimate tribute to one of rock's most enduring legends. It's an all-access pass to Freddie Mercury's epic life, with cherished childhood pictures from his parents, formative snapshots of his first singing efforts, and revelatory images of his early days with Queen, courtesy of guitarist Brian May. In addition to this treasured private collection of images, the book features myth making live and studio shots by esteemed photographers such as Snowdon, Mick Rock, and Neal Preston. This ambitious portrait, lovingly and painstakingly recounted in pictures and insightful text, celebrates the electric showman through the many stages of his extraordinary life.
Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender is a poignant commendation of the mythic entertainer. The book's release also coincides with a reissue of the landmark recording he made with Montserrat Caballé. Packaged with a fascinating one-hour bonus CD of Mercury interviews, this is a must-have keepsake for Queen aficionados and rock buffs alike.
Seán O'Hagan was named British Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards in 2003 for his work with footballer Roy Keane and the musician Brian Wilson. In 2011, O'Hagan won the J Dudley Johnston award from the Royal Photographic Society for what they described as "major achievement in the field of photographic criticism."
Christian Bale is Batman in  The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale is Batman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
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Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) on...if he felt as though he was born to play Batman: "That's pushing it to say I was born to play this part. But I definitely only have an interest in playing Batman the way (director) Chris Nolan likes to have him portrayed. And, I think that this third movie (The Dark Knight Rises) has surpassed the first and second, and it stands as a great movie regardless of genre."
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Batmobile: The Complete History: Engineering, Aesthetics and Function Through The Decades
By Mark Cotta Vaz, Foreward By Paul Levitz and Nathan Crowley
Batmobile: The Complete History puts you in the cockpit for the seven-decade evolution of The Caped Crusader's iconic ride. Batmobile has been immortalized in nearly every imaginable medium, including film, television, toys, and video games. Most recently it was given breathtaking new life in Christopher Nolan's extraordinary Dark Knight film trilogy. His The Dark Knight, released on July 2008, is the eleventh highest-grossing film of all time and received eight Academy Award nominations. This July Nolan followed it up with The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of his Batman trilogy. Just in time for this long-awaited epic savor everything about the Dark Knight-era "Tumbler" Batmobile, and every other revered ride in Batman's iconic seven-decade history, with Batmobile: The Complete History.
Christian Bale portrays Batman in  The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale portrays Batman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
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Batmobile: The Complete History explores each incarnation of the Batmobile since 1939 in incredible detail and scope-from its humble beginnings in the pages of Detective Comics, to coming to life with 1960s angular chic on the Batman TV series, to the 1990s voluptuous Bat vehicle, to the current rugged magnificence of Dark Knight-era "Tumbler" Batmobile. This 148-page comprehensive book features insights and stories from creators and conceptualists that not only reveal the nuts and bolts of putting together these dream machines, but detail the philosophies behind each design in its nearly seven-decade evolution. With stunning gatefolds, detailed specs, blueprints, and historical comparisons, Batmobile: The Complete History is an informational and visual delight for auto and Batman fans alike.
Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 25 published books, including the critically acclaimed Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong.
Christian Bale portrays Bruce Wayne/Batman in  The Dark Knight Rises   the final installment of dire...
Christian Bale portrays Bruce Wayne/Batman in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman cinematic trilogy
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Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) on...the way the Bat-Suit was improved for the final two films of the Batman Trilogy, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises: "Obviously the suit has to evolve. But there were certain personal requests that I’d made and I know Chris had been very adamant about we’ve got to be able to move the head, you know? I liked it a whole lot better, so much better. I don't like whiners and complainers. I'm playing Batman, for God's sake. I can just put up with it, but the thing is that this was so much vastly better. In the way that the story has evolved the suit should evolve as well. There's a hundred and ten parts to this suit versus three. I could take the cowl off and I could move my head. In the previous film for the fight sequences I was having to fight against the Bat-Suit because the fighting style that we used, the Bat-Suit was not conducive to it whatsoever as this one was designed to actually aid the fighting style. It was heavier, but it didn't feel that way at all. I had so much more energy and it was so much easier to breathe inside of this one than the other one."
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The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles & Documents From The Batcave
With the recent release of director Christopher Nolan’s final installment of The Dark Knight trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD comes The Dark Knight Manual. Just in time for Christmas, Bruce Wayne divulges key sketches, diagrams, observations, and other classified documents about the process of becoming Batman in The Dark Knight Manual. For the first time, the Dark Knight’s secrets are revealed in The Dark Knight Manual, which details all of Wayne’s cutting-edge collaborations with Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) at Wayne Enterprises.
Batman (Bale) battles Bane (Hardy) in  The Dark Knight Rises
Batman (Bale) battles Bane (Hardy) in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
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The Manual gives readers unprecedented access to Batman’s amazing arsenal featuring numerous documents and items including: designs and upgrades for the Batsuit, the specifications of the Utility Belt, blueprints for the Batcave, detailed dossiers on foes and allies, plans for the Dark Knight’s latest vehicles, and much, much more. All these, and a plethora of never-before-published materials, shine a light on how the mysterious Bruce Wayne operates as Gotham City’s greatest protector.
Whitney Houston on...her reasons for singing: "I thank the Lord, every day, for the gift he gave me – my voice. I grew up singing Gospel, so I am used to singing his praises – and I still do. But, I also sing pop and R&B songs. If I can make people happy and help them get through the day, then I know I am still singing his praises. I'm a very lucky woman, but I try not to take it for granted. I'm not always successful. But, everything I do, from singing my big hits to church hymns, are done in His name. And, I'm going to keep doing it, because it makes people, myself and God happy."
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Whitney Houston: The Voice, the Music, the Inspiration
byNarada Michael Walden, Richard Bushkin, Chaka Khan (Foreword by)
Whitney Houston's voice. A voice of raw power and angelic sweetness, tremendous range, and incredible control. When the world first heard it back in 1984, a new chapter was written in the annals of popular music. Author Narada Michael Walden sat in the cockpit alongside Whitney while her career skyrocketed, producing many of the hits that today comprise her musical legacy-among them, "How Will I Know," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "One Moment in Time." His intimate stories of their unforgettable times together, both inside and outside the recording studio, draw a portrait of a smart, funny, compassionate woman whose striking physical beauty was matched by her inner strength and justifiable self-confidence. As the cousin of Dionne Warwick and daughter of Cissy Houston, Whitney was able to draw on her lineage to make an unprecedented impact. And, at the same time, she and Narada enjoyed a rock-solid bond, fostered through their shared musical and spiritual backgrounds.
It is for Whitney's legion of loving fans-several thousand of whom crowded outside the church where Narada attended her funeral service in February 2012-that he is now telling the story of the fabulously gifted artist and caring, charismatic woman he knew during her peak years. She remains the only artist to have seven consecutive U.S. chart-topping singles, and is the most awarded female act of all time.
Narada Michael Walden is an Emmy and Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter for artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Tom Jones. He has earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist and in 2012 will release his solo album Thunder. He lives in San Rafael, California.
Director Francis Ford Coppola on...the surprise that The Godfather was even made: "There were so many times when it seemed like we weren't going to do The Godfather. There was a lot of people who didn't believe in it. But, things all fell into place at the right time. It still surprises me that we got it made. Then, for it to become this phenomenon is something none of us – including myself – expected...I'm still very proud of it and of the two sequels that followed it. If it is the one film that I will always be remembered for...well, that's fine with me."
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The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives
This book contains rare, removable memorabilia from the Godfather movies. One of the most iconic franchises in the history of cinema, The Godfather celebrates the fortieth anniversary of its theater debut. The American Film Institute ranked this masterpiece Number 2 in its poll "100 Greatest Movies of All Time." The captivating saga of an Italian-American family and its immersion in mafia traditions was a galvanizing moment for thirty-one-year-old director Francis Ford Coppola. It was also career defining for actors Al Pacino and Marlon Brando. Now go behind the scenes with The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives and experience what it was like to make one of the greatest movies of all time.
The Godfather trilogy has amassed 52 Oscar nominations, 29 Oscar wins, and netted $484,000,000.00 in worldwide box office sales. This stunning book of memorabilia and never-before-published photos takes you behind the scenes to reveal the seldom-told story of how this epic was created against great odds. Despite the critical acclaim and financial success of the venture, the initial Paramount production was made under pressure-cooker conditions. Coppola was Paramount's third choice for director; no one wanted to gamble on an unknown actor named Al Pacino; and the studio initially wanted Robert Redford or Ryan O'Neal to play Don Corleone. This unexpected box office smash is brought to life through previously unpublished photos of experiences on the set and on-location filming that captures the grit of 1970s New York. Fans will also savor the book's rare stills from deleted scenes.
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With each passing decade, the stature of The Godfather grows, not just among film buffs but also among new and revisiting audiences throughout the world who are discovering the film on television and DVD. This treasure of American cinema has been imitated and satirized, but never equalled. To celebrate forty years of The Godfather, Paramount studios has granted replications of fifteen items of archival memorabilia, including a poster publicizing the original film, a special leaflet on the prosthetic teeth worn by Marlon Brando, and a page from Mario Puzo's novel annotated during the writing of the screenplay. The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives is the definitive behind-the-scenes guide to the making of one of modern film's greatest works.
Peter Cowie is a film historian who has written extensively on the work of Francis Ford Coppola, and in particular The Godfather trilogy. He is the author of some thirty books (including biographies of Ingmar Bergman, Orson Welles, Louise Brooks, and Francis Coppola) and was formerly international publishing director of the show-biz bible Variety.
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Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop) on...Fringe remaining on the air for a Fifth and Final Season: "Fringe has never been the kind of series that fits in a neat little box. Sure, we are a sci-fi show, but Fringe is so much, much more than that. It works on some many different levels. There has always been talk of it not being renewed, but I think, thanks to the great, devoted fan following we have, Fringe lasted five really intense seasons...I think it's always been a series that's been ahead of it's time. One of these days, people are going to look back at Fringe and go, 'That was a pretty revolutionary little series.' I think is going to be a show that lives on and on."
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Fringe: September's Notebook
By Tara Bennett and Paul Terry
With Fringe: September's Notebook, sneak inside FOX network's most captivating science-fiction thriller, from the perspective of "September," an otherworldly Observer on the periphery of the series' compelling story. Clandestinely collecting data on series characters Walter Bishop, Peter Bishop, Olivia Dunham and their ever-changing universe, this mind-blowing 192-page tell-all gathers all of September's data and is the perfect keepsake following the show's final episode in early-2013.
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Having entered its Fifth and Final season this past fall (airing Fridays at 9pmEST/8pmCST on FOX in the United States), Fringe is a series that follows main characters Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and Walter Bishop (John Noble) as members of a Boston-based FBI branch called the "Fringe Division" for its use of "fringe" science and investigative techniques. With the help of fellow agents and allies Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick), Nina Sharp (Blair Brown), Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole), Charlie Franics (Kirk Acevedo), Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) and John Scott (Mark Valley), the FBI's Fringe Division investigates a series of mysterious and chilling occurrences revealing the existence of a parallel universe. The Observer September chronicles the main characters' personal stories and elements of the show's mythology including as the Fringe Division, Massive Dynamic, the Machine, the alternate universe "Over There," and the Amber timeline. A revelation for fans and super fans alike, this book includes exclusive photos, concept art, and reveals quirks and little-known facts about each character, insight into fringe science, and much more. Design features throughout the book build upon the many symbols and codes woven into the show's fabric, uncovering truths never before revealed.
The critically-acclaimed Fringe has a rabid and devoted fan base, and the Fringe phenomenon has spawned two six-part comic book series and an alternate reality game. Fringe: September's Notebook, is the first comprehensive guide to the Fringe mythology. It's a must-have companion following the show's exciting conclusion this winter.
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"It goes without saying that Fringe fans are the heart of the show," explains J.H. Wyman, one of the show's executive producers. "We would not be here telling the final chapter of this story without them. As a way of acknowledging their amazing support and dedication, we'd like to give them the opportunity to truly become a part of the Fringe canon. Interested fans can enter a sweepstakes [For sweepstakes details, go to ] for a chance to see their names as a part of the Fringe Division. Rest assured, this is only the beginning of many opportunities that will involve our fans this season."
Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, Fringe is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series' creative team over five seasons has included Abrams, J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, Bryan Burk, Joe Chappelle, Kurtzman, Orci and Akiva Goldsman.
Tara Bennett is the author of a variety of movie and television companions, including 300: The Art of the Film and several official companions to hugely successful television shows like Lost and 24. Paul Terry coauthored (with Tara Bennett) the LOST Encyclopedia and was the editor of Bad Robot/ABC's official magazines for LOST and Alias.
Executive producer Guillermo del Toro on...the job of being a producer on a project like Rise Of The Guardians: “The beauty of a producer is to be half consigliore, half confessor, more than half – a third – and then a third bodyguard and thug. You are there to be a shoulder for the director, or another producer, to cry on. You’re there to admonish them to be better, and it’s a job that really makes you be in their corner. If you make the mistake of thinking you are directing, then you’re not producing right.”
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The Art of Rise Of The Guardians
Written by Ramin Zahed, Foreword By Alec Baldwin, Preface by William Joyce
In Rise of the Guardians, North, Bunny, Tooth, and Sandy recruit the mysterious Jack Frost to help them stop Pitch from putting an end to childhood belief and sending the world into eternal darkness. Based on the children's book series by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians is both an exciting adventure and a poignant exploration of the hopes and dreams of youth.
Rise of the Guardians is one of DreamWorks Animation's most ambitious films to date. Its mythic premise allowed the artists at the studio to let their imaginations loose, producing a truly unique take on the imaginary figures of childhood, the worlds they inhabit, and the innocence and joy they represent.
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With more than four hundred pieces of meticulously reproduced art, including storyboards, character designs, visual development art, and effects concepts, The Art of Rise of the Guardians is an insider's tour of DreamWorks Animation's dynamic development process. Included is exclusive commentary from the director, producers, production designer, and crew that paints a fascinating picture of the way these filmmakers collaborated to create a stunning CG movie.
Ramin Zahed is the editor-in-chief of Animation Magazine and the author of The Art of Puss In Boots.Alec Baldwin is a veteran actor with over forty film credits who stars in the award-winning television show 30 Rock. He lives in New York City.
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