A Brief Guide to Star Trek by Brian J. Robb

By Brian J. Robb

For over forty years "Star Trek" has made a gorgeous cultural impression. Now extra renowned than ever - J.J. Abrams' reinvented "Star Trek" motion picture was once one of many field workplace hits of 2009, grossing $385 million around the world - the 'franchise' keeps to have cultural, social and political resonance worldwide. "Star Trek" has replaced not only the way in which we glance at area but in addition our personal global. It gave the tradition a lexicon of catchphrases, from "Beam me up, Scotty" to Dr McCoy's many proceedings starting "I'm a physician, no longer a [...]"! a lot of the 'future' know-how depicted on "Star Trek" has come to add in way of life, from the communicator-like cellular phone to laptop contact monitors now taken without any consideration. a number of the world's such a lot sought after scientists have been encouraged to pursue their careers (as have been many writers and artists) because of an early publicity to "Star Trek". In "A short advisor to celebrity Trek", specialist Brian J Robb charts the increase of the express and explores its effect on our tradition.

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Drones, Clones, and Alpha Babes: Retrofitting Star Trek's by Diana Relke

By Diana Relke

The famous person Trek franchise represents probably the most profitable emanations of well known media in our tradition. The variety of books, either renowned and scholarly, released with reference to celebrity Trek is very large, with increasingly more titles published each year. only a few, although, have checked out megastar Trek when it comes to the dialectics of humanism and the posthuman, the pervasiveness of complicated know-how, and the problems of gender id. In Drones, Clones and Alpha Babes, writer Diana Relke sheds mild on how the superstar Trek narratives effect and are encouraged via transferring cultural values within the usa, utilizing those as portals to the sociopolitical and sociocultural landscapes of the united states, pre- and post-9/11. From her Canadian point of view, Relke specializes in famous person Treks uniquely American model of liberal humanism, extends it right into a broader research of ideological good points, and avoids a totally confident or unfavorable critique, identifying as a substitute to honour the contradictions inherent within the complexity of the topic.

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Church on TV: Portrayals of Priests, Pastors and Nuns on by Richard Wolff

By Richard Wolff

Sister Bertrille, Father Dowling, and Reverend Camden - those 3 characters span the heritage of television's depiction of church leaders, from "The Flying Nun (1967-1970)" to "The Father Dowling Mysteries (1989-1990)" and "7th Heaven (1996-2007)". every one exemplifies one among 3 traits in television's chronicle of the church, from indicates of the 1960s-70s that concentrate on inner conflicts within the church, to these of the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties that illustrate the church's fight for relevance within the smooth international, and eventually these of the Nineties via this day that painting the church within the relatives context. alongside the best way, the publication discusses the courses' depiction of varied concerns dealing with the church in their instances, together with: the function of ladies within the church; clerics reconsidering their name; the sexuality of clerics; the ecumenical circulate; and the church's reaction to abortion, homosexuality, racial injustice and unlawful immigration. "The Church on television" appears to be like at American broadcast community courses that concentrated usually and largely on church leaders. It takes a historical-critical procedure, discussing seventeen courses in-depth and looking out not just at how every one depicted the church and its leaders but in addition evaluating this depiction to genuine church background. What tendencies emerged? Why? How actual used to be the portrayal? What does the depiction say approximately American pop culture and its view of faith in American society? it truly is those probing questions and solutions that convey the present study modern.

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Primetime Princess by Lindy DeKoven

By Lindy DeKoven

High heels, hijinks, and head honchos in Hollywood

Alexa Ross has risen to the pinnacle of the Hollywood boys’ membership. because the vp of comedy improvement at Hawkeye Broadcasting procedure, Alexa has placed her early years operating as an assistant to Jerry Kellner, her sex-crazed former boss, at the back of her.
However, nepotism lands Jerry a plum spot at HBS…reporting to Alexa! quickly Jerry’s malicious habit is destroying every little thing strong in Alexa’s lifestyles, from the younger pupil she tutors to the romance she suggestion she’d by no means locate. Can Alexa win the conflict for rankings and holiday throughout the glass ceiling, no matter if it destroys her—and every little thing she loves?
Sharp, witty, and heartwarming, Primetime Princess is an unforgettable sneak peek into the specific behind-the-scenes drama that happens over the process one television improvement season.

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Documentary Screens: Non-Fiction Film and Television by Keith Beattie

By Keith Beattie

Documentary productions surround striking representations of unusual realities. How do documentaries in attaining their ends? What forms of documentaries are there? What components are implicated of their creation? Such questions animate this attractive research. Documentary monitors offers a accomplished and significant advent to the formal good points and histories of important different types of documentary movie and tv. one of the different types tested are autobiographical, indigenous and ethnographic documentary, compilation movies, direct cinema and cinema verite and tv documentary journalism. The publication additionally considers fresh so-called renowned actual leisure and the way forward for documentary movie, tv and new media. This provocative and available research situates wide-ranging examples from every one type in the greater fabric forces which impression on documentary shape and content material. the real connection among shape, content material, and context explored within the ebook constitutes a brand new and vigorous ''documentary studies'' method of documentary illustration.

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Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming

By Alan Cumming

'One of the main memorable, heart-stopping autobiographies i've got ever read' STEPHEN FRY

A manhattan occasions BESTSELLER

Alan Cumming grew up within the grip of a guy who held his kin hostage, an individual who meted out violence with a daunting ease, who waged a silent struggle with himself that usually spilled over onto every person round him. That guy was once Alan's father, Alex Cumming.

Alex was once the darkish, enigmatic center of Cumming kin lifestyles. yet he used to be no longer the one secret. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the some distance East after the second one international battle. The final time Alan's mom observed her father she was once 8 years outdated. whilst she used to be 13, the kinfolk used to be expert that he had died in an unintended shooting.

Curious to discover this moment secret, Alan dedicated to filming an episode of the BBC's Who Do you think that you're? Then abruptly, his father, who Alan and his brother had now not obvious or spoken to for greater than a decade, known as. He had a mystery he needed to proportion, person who could surprise his son to his very center and set in movement a trip that may swap Alan's lifestyles forever.

At occasions suspenseful, from time to time deeply relocating, yet continually courageous and sincere, no longer My Father's Son is a robust tale approximately embracing the easiest points of the previous and triumphantly pushing the darkness apart.

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Four Feet Tall and Rising: A Memoir by Shorty Rossi, SJ Hodges

By Shorty Rossi, SJ Hodges

Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing big name of Animal Planet’s hit convey Pit Boss, might stand in basic terms 4 toes tall yet that hasn’t stopped him from dwelling huge, changing into a profitable businessman and an outspoken suggest for pit bulls, the main misunderstood breed of puppy within the world.

A 3rd new release dwarf, ex-gang member, and ex-con, Shorty is aware what it’s wish to be misunderstood and during this candid memoir, he stocks his own tale for the 1st time. nobody anticipated Shorty to reside not to mention prevail, and but he has, overcoming each problem, from an abusive domestic to the violent streets and gangs of South important los angeles, to the infamous mobile blocks of Folsom criminal the place he used to be imprisoned for tried murder.

After 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days in the back of bars, Shorty received his freedom and the opportunity to place his entrepreneurial and negotiation abilities to the try. He reduce the ribbon on his personal enterprise, Shortywood, with 3 objectives: to show his lifestyles round, act as a expertise agent for little humans and identify and fund charities that suggest for, rescue and position deserted or abused pit bulls into secure homes.  within the approach, he turned a reality-TV superstar. Now, with Hercules, his rescued pit bull and newly proficient carrier puppy by way of his facet, Shorty keeps to avoid wasting pits from the basements and backyards of breeders and abusers whereas taking up new or even greater demanding situations.  And not anything is gonna stand in his way.
Shorty Rossi is 4 toes tall—and emerging.

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Tele-Visionaries: The People Behind the Invention of by R. C. Webb

By R. C. Webb

This glorious book presents a historic heritage of the dream of sight/sound extension by way of electrical capacity and id of the key individuals is given. The ebook examines the major challenge delaying the early development of tv and explores how the advance of full-colour tv by means of analyzing the innovations had to in achieving the dream, the folks who produced them, the function of the movie undefined, and extra. * deals either a private ancient viewpoint of the improvement of tv and an summary of the expertise * a special chance to benefit of the beginnings of tv from one in every of RCA's pioneering engineers

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Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works by Matthew R. Bradley

By Matthew R. Bradley

Even though innumerable biographies were written approximately novelists, playwrights, and poets, screenwriters are infrequently granted this contrast, even ones as prolific and profitable as Richard Matheson. He has occupied a distinct place in cinema because the author or unique writer of movies from The brilliant Shrinking guy in 1957 via i'm Legend in 2007. This ebook records his upward push to prominence, parallel literary profession, and position within the horror and technological know-how fiction renaissance. In chronological order, the exhaustively listed narrative examines every one movie written through Matheson or in accordance with his paintings, with sections dedicated to episodic tv (including The Twilight quarter) and unproduced initiatives.

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