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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 20, 2020 at 1:41 PM by Genesis Gaule
One of my favorite parts of home movie releases are the special features--especially the behind-the-scenes segments with the cast and crew. I love seeing who is behind iconic characters, their creative process, and what didn't make it to the final cut. So, let's take a look behind the scenes at a few of my childhood staples and the actors who brought these iconic characters to life.
As You Wish by Cary Elwes
Inconceivable tales from the making of The Princess Bride
Written and wonderfully narrated by Westley himself, Cary Elwes, As You Wish is a first-person account of the making of The Princess Bride. Along with interviews from the cast and crew, Elwes takes us from casting call to filming to home release, weaving in production details, bloopers, and insight into the people behind this cult classic. Humorous and heartwarming, the book overflows with genuine affection for the experiences had during the making of the film. For fans of The Princess Bride, I can't recommend this book enough!
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim
How I survived Nellie Oleson and learned to love being hated
With biting wit and stark honesty, Arngrim details her life (as well as a little behind-the-scenes gossip) on the set of Little House on the Prairie and how playing one of the most hated characters on television shaped who she is today. But off the set, Arngrim was struggling. Painfully shy and plagued with sexual abuse from her older brother, Arngrim found a strength and stability in Nellie she sorely needed in her life.
I am Big Bird
The Caroll Spinney story
DVD | NR (Suggested audience 13 and up) | 1h 30m
It has always seemed magical to me, the way a good puppeteer is able to make you believe that a bit of foam and wire is a living breathing creature. Truly great puppeteers even make you forget the puppeteer is present at all. Caroll Spinney was one such person. Covering a large swath of Spinney’s life and work--his triumphs and tribulations--I Am Big Bird gives the viewer a glimpse into the man behind the muppet and is uplifting homage to a person who’s touched countless lives.
Won't You Be My Neighbor
DVD | PG-13 | 1h 34m
Mixing footage from the iconic public television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and interviews with friends, family, and colleagues, this touching tribute poignantly reminds us of the overwhelming good Rogers gave to this world while also gently humanizing this legendary figure. Fred Rogers was a man who lived his life with grace, kindness, and integrity--on and off the screen--even in the midst of his own struggles. I think, especially now, those are good things to be reminded of and emulate in our own lives.
Tag(s): television, recommendations, nonfiction, movies, memoir, interview, Genesis Gaule, documentary, celebrities, autobiography
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 2, 2020 at 10:02 AM by Genesis Gaule
Fidelis by Teresa Fazio
In this coming-of-age story, Teresa—twenty-three years old and five foot one—was the youngest and smallest officer in her battalion, cutting an incongruous figure and commanding more experienced troops in an active war zone in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bundini: Don't believe the hype by Todd Snyder
Corner man and confidant of two of the greatest fighters ever—Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali—Drew “Bundini” Brown remains one of boxing’s most mysterious and misunderstood figures.
The Big Door Prize by M. O. Walsh
What would you do if you knew your life’s potential. This question is facing Deerfield, LO when the DNAMIX machine—a machine that uses the science of DNA to tell you your potential with a quick swap of your cheek and two dollars—appears in their local grocery store.
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
Eve was the only member of her family to survive the serial killer, the Nothing Man, and she’s now obsessed with finding him. Jim has just started reading The Nothing Man, the memoir Eve wrote about her efforts, and with each page, his rage grows. Because he is the Nothing Man.
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Tag(s): thriller, sports, soldiers, nonfiction, mystery, military, memoir, fiction, coming-of-age, boxing, book notes
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 19, 2020 at 2:19 PM by Genesis Gaule
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Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand
Harry and Meghan and the making of a modern royal family // The romance between the English prince and American actress captured the world’s attention, and Meghan and Harry continue to make headlines. Scobie and Durand, select reporters on the British Royal Family, go beyond the rumors in this book.
Into the planet : my life as a cave diver by Jill Heinerth
Heinerth—the first person to dive into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations—takes us face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth’s oceans.
Hella by David Gerrold
Hella is a planet where everything is oversized—especially the ambitions of the colonists. When an overburdened starship arrives, Kyle finds himself as the link between the colonists and the refugees from a ravaged Earth.
The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall
Old Order Amish Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. When she finds out that her life savings are gone and her husband was hiding a child with another woman, her entire world is shattered.
Tag(s): science fiction, royal family, oceanography, nonfiction, memoir, history, fiction, earth science, celebrities, book notes, amish fiction