Book Review: New Titles for Smart Moviegoers

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“Understanding Movies,” Louis Grannett’s essential student guide to the formula of filmmaking, hitting shelves this February with its 11th Edition. The Prentice-Hall Humanties/Social Science publication has been a staple in classrooms for generations and has been updated to include the newest films and techniques.

“There’s No Business Like Soul Business: a Spiritual Path to Enlightened Screenwriting, Filmmaking and the Performing Arts” will be available in bookstores this winter. Author Derek Rydell, a screenwriter and script “doctor” himself, promises this book with help the reader not just more purposeful, but also prosperous. Now that’s quite a promise, isn’t it?

“Buster Keaton, Tempest in a Flat Hat,” by Edward McPherson, makes its paperback debut in February. Other releases from Newmarket Films Books include the Shooting Scripts for DreamGirls, The Good Shepard, Little Children and United 93 and Little Miss Sunshine. Coming in March, to coordinate with the release of the film, The Namesake: A Portrait of the Film based on the Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Joanna Langfield

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Joanna Langfield

Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).