TMP Reads: Lana, The Life and Loves of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

Published by St. Martin’s Press in 1995, Lana: The Life and Loves of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne promises to tell the “colorful” story of Lana’s life on and off of the silver screen. It’s as much a story of the men in Lana’s life as it is a story about Lana herself. The stories of Lana’s life and career are told side by … Continue reading TMP Reads: Lana, The Life and Loves of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

TMP Reads: The Ice Cream Blonde by Michelle Morgan

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of The Ice Cream Blonde by Chicago Review Press. I only accept books that are relevant to classic film or television, and only in exchange for an honest review; rest assured that the $0.00 price tag has not had an impact on my opinion of the book. For a great interview with the author and a chance to win a copy … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Ice Cream Blonde by Michelle Morgan

Could it be a movie?: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Jane Jenkins was an “it girl” in LA until she was arrested for the murder of her mother. Found at the crime scene, Jane was highly uncooperative with police, leading her to be tried for the crime and sent to jail. Though she was found at the scene, Jane remembers nothing about how her mother died, and has never been sure whether she is actually … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

TMP Reads: Vanity Will Get You Somewhere by Joseph Cotten

Born in Virginia in 1905, Joseph Chesire Cotten realized at a young age that he wanted to be an actor. Picking up the art of storytelling through summers spent with his uncle Benny, Jo began to dream of a career on the stage. Despite the doubts and disapproval of his parents, Jo decided to make his dream come true at the age of eighteen, starting … Continue reading TMP Reads: Vanity Will Get You Somewhere by Joseph Cotten

TMP Reads: “I’d Love to Kiss You…” Conversations with Bette Davis by Whitney Stine

Whitney Stine became a fan of Bette Davis before he’d seen even one of her films. Plagued by a series of illnesses as a child, Stine was often confined to his bedroom, unable to take up an outdoor hobby. His sister had a solution: she gave him a stack of fan magazines, left over from her own clip-collection of Jean Harlow, and told him to … Continue reading TMP Reads: “I’d Love to Kiss You…” Conversations with Bette Davis by Whitney Stine

TMP Reads: Ava Gardner – The Secret Conversations

It was either write a book or sell the jewels in order to make ends meet, and Ava Gardner chose to write a book. But she couldn’t do it on her own. She hired Peter Evans to listen to stories of her life, and to ghostwrite the book for her. In a series of lengthy interviews — some in person, some at odd hours over … Continue reading TMP Reads: Ava Gardner – The Secret Conversations

Could it be a movie?: Ordinary Beauty by Laura Weiss

Ordinary Beauty by Laura Weiss was published by MTV Books in 2011. I bought this book a few years ago when I was given a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas and have just now gotten around to reading it! So goes the life of a book collector and frequent library user — so much to read, so little time. Since I’ve finally taken … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Ordinary Beauty by Laura Weiss

TMP Reads: Understanding Movies by Louis Giannetti

Today as a part of the TMP Reads book review series, I’m taking a look at a beast of a book that rivals the film-school favorite Film Art in its level of detail and wealth of information: Understanding Movies by Louis Giannetti. Understanding Movies was first published in 1972 by Prentice-Hall. Though it clocks in at only 486 pages (not including the index), which seems … Continue reading TMP Reads: Understanding Movies by Louis Giannetti

TMP Reads: Cinema by Kenneth W. Leish

Kenneth W. Leish’s Cinema was published in 1974 by Newsweek Books. Blending his own research with excerpts other well-known, film-centric tomes, Leish’s book is also packed with stunning images and illustrations from all eras of classic film. Cinema covers film history, production, the development of certain genres, the transition from silents to talkies, Academy Award winners, box office hits throughout the years and more. With … Continue reading TMP Reads: Cinema by Kenneth W. Leish