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Book Signings

This is a list of some of the authors who are scheduled to attend Cinecon 53. The book signings are part of the Cinecon Memorabilia Show which will be at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Avenue. Authors will be located in the third floor meeting area of hotel unless otherwise noted.

 
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A THOUSAND CUTS: the Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies
University Press of Mississippi
By Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph

This book is a candid exploration of one of America’s strangest and most quickly vanishing subcultures. It is about the death of physical film in the digital era and about a secretive and sometimes obsessive group of film-mad collectors who made movies and their projection a private religion in the time before DVDs and Blu-rays. It also examines the FBI’s and Justice Department’s campaign to harass, intimidate, and arrest film dealers and collectors in the early 1970s. A Thousand Cuts explores the obsessions of the colorful individuals who created their own screening rooms, spent vast sums, negotiated underground networks, and even risked legal jeopardy to pursue their passion for real, physical film.

Mr. Bartok will be signing books at the Egyptian Theater at noon on Friday.

 
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THEDA BARA MY MENTOR: Under the Wings of Hollywood's First Femme Fatale
McFarland
By Joan Craig with Beverly F. Stout

As movie patrons sat in darkened theaters in January 1914, they were mesmerized by an alluring temptress with long sable hair and kohl-rimmed eyes. Theda Bara—“the vamp,” as she would come to be known—would soon be one of the highest paid film stars of the 1910s, earning an unheard of $4,000 per week, before retiring from the screen in 1926. Although Theda was retired she was very much a part of Hollywood. Hollywood celebrities flowed through her front door!

In 1946, at age five, the author met Bara—then 61—at her Beverly Hills home and the actress became her mentor. This memoir is the story of their friendship.

 
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MIRIAM HOPKINS: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel
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By Allan R. Ellenberger

A long time Cinecon friend and volunteer, author and film historian Allan Ellenberger has written a new book about Miriam Hopkins. It is not due to be released until January of next year. Allan will be signing his earlier books at our show: RAMON NAVARRO: A Biography of the Silent Film Idol, 1899-1968 and THE VALENTINO MYSTIQUE: The Death and Afterlife of the Silent Film Idol.

Allan will be introducing the Miriam Hopkins film Woman Chases Man at the Egyptian theater on Friday morning.

 
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BEBE DANIELS: Hollywood's Good Little Bad Girl
McFarland
By Charles L. Epting

Bebe Daniels had one of the most diverse and lengthy careers in show business. Best remembered for her work in silent films, Daniels was a child actress in the earliest days of the West Coast film industry before becoming Harold Lloyd’s first leading lady. Later she was one of Cecil B. DeMille’s vamps before reaching the pinnacle of success with Paramount in the 1920s. With the advent of talkies, she was able to reinvent herself, enjoying a resurgence in the 1930s until her eventual retirement to England. Daniels’ life was filled with determination and steadfast principles but also high-profile romances and the glitz and glamour of early Hollywood.

 
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JOI LANSING: A Body to Die For
BearManor Media
By Alexis Hunter

This book gives an intimate portrait of the final 4 years of talented ‘50’s “blonde bombshell” Joi Lansing’s fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young of breast cancer at the age of 43. Author Hunter’s personal memoir doesn’t just dwell on the dark aspects of Lansing’s last years, it instead focuses on their time together and the joys of being with someone who is your true soulmate. Stunning black and white photos of Lansing by Maurice Seymour, the era’s Superstar Photographer, make this book a collectors dream.

 
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MABEL NORMAND: The Life and Career of a Hollywood Madcap
McFarland
By Timothy Dean Lefler

American silent film star Mabel Normand (1892–1930) appeared in a string of popular movies opposite the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle during the 1910s and 1920s, before dying of tuberculosis at age 37. Her brief but remarkable career, which included director and writer credits as well as heading her own studio and production company, was marred by scandal—police connected her to the unsolved 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor—that defined her legacy. This book highlights Normand’s substantial yet long overlooked contributions to film history and popular culture, tracing her life from humble beginnings on Staten Island to the heights of world superstardom.

 
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ELEMENTARY ART: 100 Years of Sherlock Holmes
Silver Screen Collectibles
By William S. Major

Featuring more than 350 photos, this book chronicles over 100 years of movie posters and images from Sherlock Holmes films, spanning silent pictures to present day. Along with great Sherlock images, Holmes’ impact on popular culture through the years is highlighted through multiple Holmesian inspired parody film poster images.

Author Bill Major is one of our memorabilia dealers so don't look for him at an author table, his book will be available in the dealers room at his Silver Screen Collectibles table.

 
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THREE CHORDS FOR BEAUTY'S SAKE: The Life of Artie Shaw
Norton
By Tom Nolan

This is a biography of the celebrated and internationally popular clarinetist and big-band leader of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. In addition to selling millions of copies of such records as "Begin the Beguine," "Frenesi," "Summit Ridge Drive," and "Star Dust," Artie appeared in movies (Dancing Co-Ed, Second Chorus), dated such stars as Judy Garland, Alice Faye, and Betty Grable; and was married to Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Evelyn Keyes -- and four other women. The book draws on several interviews done by Nolan with Shaw between 1990 and 2004, and with other interviews with some 200 of Artie's friends and associates.

 
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FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD FORGOTTEN HISTORY
Book Publishers Network
By Manny Pacheco

Nothing grabs the mind like a finely crafted image film. Memorable lines strike an instant impression, and imagery provides celluloid art to enjoy time and again. Bypassing the legendary stars from the studio era's golden age, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History focuses on the character actors and actresses that consistently delivered stellar performances, and it offers a bold fresh new take of our human journey.

And Manny will also be bringing his follow-up book - Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

 
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LAUREL & HARDY: The Magic Behind the Movies
Bonaventure Press
By Randy Skretvedt

This is a massively expanded and updated edition of the book, which was originally published in 1987. The new hard cover edition with 632 pages has twice as much text as the original and four times as many photographs (now 1,000 of them). Most of the photos are previously unpublished and many of them are one-of-a-kind items from Oliver Hardy's personal collection. The text is based on interviews done in the 1970s and early '80s with 65 of Laurel and Hardy's working associates, along with original scripts and studio files.

 
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WILD BILL WELLMAN: Hollywood Rebel
Pantheon
By William Wellman, Jr.

William Wellman, Jr. has written this great new biography about his legendary father, famed director William "Wild Bill" Wellman. Here is a revealing, boisterous portrait of the handsome, tough-talking, hard-drinking, uncompromising maverick juvenile delinquent whose own life story was more adventurous and more unpredictable than anything in the movies. William Wellman is famous for directing such iconic pictures as: the pioneering World War I epic Wings (winner of the first Academy Award for best picture), Public Enemy, Nothing Sacred, the original A Star Is Born, Beggars of Life, The Call of the Wild, The Ox-Bow Incident, Battleground, and The High and the Mighty.

Wellman is scheduled to introduce his father's film, The President Vanishes, at the Egyptian Theater on Monday September 4. He will be signing books at the theater after the film and will also sign at the hotel on Friday from 11am to 4pm.

 
 

This list of authors is subject to change without notice.

 

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