Award-winning entertainment industry journalist, author, broadcaster, and show business historian Alex Ben Block is Contributing Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, covering the business of both movies and television. He is also Editor of the book Blockbusting: The Business of Filmmaking: A Decade-by-Decade Survey, with coeditor Lucy Autrey Wilson, showcasing 300 blockbuster movies and an insider's look at more than a century of movie-making for HarperCollins and George Lucas Books. Block returned to The Hollywood Reporter in mid-2009, where he had been Editor for seven years in the 90s. While Editor, Block oversaw a major improvement in the news product, hired a top-notch staff, launched the first weekly international edition, and the first online edition, helping raise the standards of journalism. During his tenure, he edited The Hollywood Reporter Cannes festival dailies in France six times, produced the Key Art Awards, and moderated and spoke at numerous seminars, panels, and events. He went on to be founding Editor of TelevisionWeek, which he relaunched in print, and then oversaw redesign of the website. He moderated the TV Week Power Breakfast series, as well as panels on media, television, movies, advertising, and the media. Block is a widely quoted show business historian and contributor to the nationally syndicated radio program The Advertising Show, and frequently does commentary about show business on KNBC-TV and NBC Digital 4 serving Southern California. Block is a popular public speaker, toastmaster, emcee, and moderator. He provides behind-the-scenes insight on a hundred years of blockbuster movies. His panels at the Paley Center for Media included a one-on-one with Roseanne Barr, a look at Fox's Prison Break, and a dialogue about the image of Arabs on TV with producers of 24 and Lost. As Director of Programming, Block produced panels and created the first 3-D Day for the American Pavilion during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival that featured James Cameron. He's moderated at Digital Hollywood, NATPE, Showest, Hong Kong Market, Show Biz Expo, and many others. He has been Associate Editor of Forbes magazine, covering Hollywood; movie critic and entertainment editor for the Miami News; columnist and critic for the Detroit News; as well as Assistant City Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, overseeing coverage of Southern California. As a leader in the journalism community, Block served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Press Club for three years, helping reorganize it for nonprofit status, ramping up the awards program, and making it relevant to journalists in the digital age. As an honorary board member ever since, his contributions have included organizing a Los Angeles Herald Examiner reunion, numerous panels, and an event at the Annenberg School at USC called "Who Can Be Trusted?: A Seminar on Sourcing," also sponsored by the New York Times and Discovery Networks. Block was Editor-in-Chief and VP of eStar.com, a pioneering show business website where he organized the editorial team and built a celebrity database. He is author of the critically acclaimed books Outfoxed: The Inside Story of America's Fourth Television Network, and the international bestseller The Legend of Bruce Lee. Block was heard on NPR-affiliate KPCC-FM's "Call Sheet" for five years and remains a frequent contributor to John Rabe's "Off Ramp," "The Larry Mantle Show," and Patt Morrison's talk show. His expert commentary has been or heard on KNBC-TV, The Today Show, CNBC, NPR, NBC, The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, CNN, and many more outlets. Block's honors include three Los Angeles Press Club Awards for journalistic excellence, Hearst Awards, Crain Awards, a Detroit Press Club Award, a Will Rogers Foundation Willie Award, the (RIM) Angel in Media Award, and the prestigious Journalism Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Directors and Writers presented to him by CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves. A native of Syracuse, New
The movies have changed, and we are changing with them. The ways we communicate, receive information, travel, and socialize have all been revolutionized. In Streaming, Wheeler Winston Dixon reveals the positive and negative consequences of the transition to digital formatting and distribution, exploring the ways in which digital cinema has altered contemporary filmmaking and our culture. Many industry professionals and audience members feel that the new format fundamentally alters the art, while others laud the liberation of the moving image from the "imperfect" medium of film, asserting that it is both inevitable and desirable. Dixon argues that the change is neither good nor bad; it's simply a fact.
Hollywood has embraced digital production and distribution because it is easier, faster, and cheaper, but the displacement of older technology will not come without controversy. This groundbreaking book illuminates the challenges of preserving media in the digital age and explores what stands to be lost, from the rich hues of traditional film stocks to the classic movies that are not profitable enough to offer in streaming formats. Dixon also investigates the financial challenges of the new distribution model, the incorporation of new content such as webisodes, and the issue of ownership in an age when companies have the power to pull purchased items from consumer devices at their own discretion. Streaming touches on every aspect of the shift to digital production and distribution. It explains not only how the new technology is affecting movies, music, books, and games, but also how instant access is permanently changing the habits of viewers and influencing our culture.
David Kwong has astounded corporate CEOs, TED talk audiences, and thousands of other hyper-rational people, making them see, believe, and even remember what he wants them to. Illusion is an ancient art that centers on control: commanding a room, building anticipation, and appearing to work wonders. Illusion works because the human brain is wired to fill the gap between seeing and believing. Successful leaders—like Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, and Ted Turner—are masters of control and command who understand how to sway opinions and achieve goals.
In his years of research and practice, David has discovered seven fundamental principles of illusion. With these rules anyone can learn to:Mind the Gap—recognize and employ the perceptual space between your audience’s ability to see and their impulse to believe.Load Up—prepare to amaze your audience.Write the Script—discover the importance of shaping the narrative that surrounds your illusion.Control the Frame—explore the real life value of a magician’s best friend: misdirection.Design Free Choice—command your audience by giving them agency.Employ the Familiar—take secret advantage of habits, patterns, and audience expectations.Conjure an Out—develop backup plans that will keep you one, two, three, or more steps ahead of the competition.
With Spellbound you’ll discover a different way to sell your idea, product, or skills, and make your best shot better than everyone else’s.
Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the Nobel prize-winning physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself. In chapters on wormholes, black holes, interstellar travel, and much more, Thorne’s scientific insights—many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar—describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible.
Interstellar and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s14).
Once the sought-after video girl, this sexy siren has helped multi-platinum artists, such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly and LL Cool J, sell millions of albums with her sensual dancing. In a word, Karrine was H-O-T. So hot that she made as much as $2500 a day in videos and was selected by well-known film director F. Gary Gray to co-star in his film, A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. But the film and music video sets, swanky Hollywood and New York restaurants and trysts with the celebrities featured in the pages of People and In Touch magazines only touches the surface of Karrine Steffans' life.
Her journey is filled with physical abuse, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and single motherhood—all by the age of 26. By sharing her story, Steffans hopes to shed light on an otherwise romanticised industry and help young women avoid the same pitfalls she encountered. If they're already in danger, she hopes to inspire them to find a way to dig themselves out of what she knows first-hand
to be a cycle of hopelessness and despair.
Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably Snow White, Fantasia, and Bambi. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man–of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life.
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
USA Today Biography of the Year