Film Craft: ‘Editing’ and Film Craft: ‘Cinematography’ Books Available Now!

December 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New York, NY – November 30, 2011 – Ever wanted advice from today’s most respected film insiders? Look no further than the FilmCraft Series, the latest books in filmmaking featuring a visually stunning look at each topic through the eyes of respected professionals in each field. The first releases in the series, entitled ‘FilmCraft: Editing’ by Justin Chang and ‘FilmCraft: Cinematography,’ by Mike Goodridge and Tim Grierson, each offer deep insight into the working practices of the world’s most distinguished professionals, covering their inspiration, collaboration, and work on set.  These two installments in the FilmCraft Series feature interviews from Bob Murawski, (Oscar-winning Editor for “The Hurt Locker,” “Spiderman”), Dylan Tichenor (Editor: “Boogie Nights,” “Brokeback Mountain”, “There Will Be Blood”), Pietro Scalia (Editor: “Gladiator,” “Good Will Hunting,” “JFK,” “Black Hawk Down”), and Vittorio Storaro (Cinematographer: “Apocalypse Now”) to name a few.

These two books provide readers with a fascinating inside look at the filmmaking art, and a wealth of knowledge that they can apply to their own work. For more information or to purchase your copies, visit: (Editing) & (Cinematography).

Each book in the FilmCraft Series features:
Discussions with the world’s most notable filmmakers, giving concrete examples of their craft and insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influences
Sidebars featuring practical advice on topics that filmmakers can apply to their own work
“Legacy Sections” focusing on the work of past filmmaking greats

‘FilmCraft: Editing’
This book employs stills and screenshots to show how an editor created a scene with the filmmaker and explores the complex relationship between a director who has just shot a movie and the editor who must complete the director’s vision. Click here for an excerpt from this book:

‘FilmCraft: Cinematography’
This book covers the complex craft of cinematography (motion picture photography) through interviews with well-known cinematographers. The book also features extraordinary photos and in-depth exploration of contemporary projects, such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, and Nine.’Cinematography’ gives readers exclusive access to lauded professionals, providing them with the perspective to think like professionals and create a compelling visual story. Click here for an excerpt from this book:

About The Authors:

Justin Chang – ‘FilmCraft: Editing’
Justin Chang is senior film critic at Variety, editing and overseeing the paper’s film reviews. He currently serves as secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He holds a journalism degree from USC. Before joining Variety in 2004, he was a freelance entertainment writer for the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times.

Mike Goodridge – ‘FilmCraft: Cinematography’
Mike Goodridge is the editor of Screen International and has been writing about film for over twenty years. He is an accomplished critic and has written for many outlets including The Times, The Independent, The Evening Standard, El Mundo in Spain, and Sight & Sound. He is is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the London Film Critics Circle, and FIPRESCI.

Tim Grierson – ‘FilmCraft: Cinematography
Tim Grierson is a film and music critic whose writing has appeared in Screen International, L.A. Weekly, Blender, Revolver, Vulture, Wired, and The Village Voice. He is the Rock Music guide at and the author of the forthcoming book “Blinking Lights and Other Revelations: The Story of Eels.” Tim has spoken at the Palm Springs International Film Society and the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. He is currently vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.



November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New Novel From VIZ Media’s Haikasoru Imprint Called The Greatest Japanese Science Fiction Novel Of All Time

San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2011 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the availability of the acclaimed novel, TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS, by author Ryu Mitsuse. The hardcover book is published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and carries an MSRP of $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN. The eBook edition is also available on the Amazon Kindle, the Nook, and Apple’s iBooks Store for $9.99.

Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation.

In TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS, the philosopher Plato, in his exploration of the ruins of the fabled city of Atlantis, travels through time and space to determine the secret history of the human race, encountering Christ, the Buddha, and other iconic religious figures on the way. This celebrated novel of philosophy and the future has been named the greatest Japanese science fiction novel of all time.

“TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS won the title of the greatest Japanese science fiction title ever written in a 2006 poll by Science Fiction magazine,” says Nick Mamatas, Haikasoru’s Editor. “The novel, which comes with a striking glow-in-the-dark dust jacket, delivers a cosmic adventure in the style of Arthur C. Clarke, covering the evolution of humanity, the lives of some of history’s most iconic religious figures, a future techno-dystopia, and the very death of the universe itself. Originally published in 1967, author Ryu Mitsuse revised the novel in later years and republished it in 1973. We’re truly honored to finally release this masterpiece to North American readers.”

Born in Tokyo in 1928, Ryu Mitsuse graduated from Tokyo University of Education with a degree in the sciences, after which he took up the study of philosophy. He debuted with “Sunny Sea 1979” in 1962, and his work—which often combines Eastern philosophy and hard science fiction—includes Tasogare ni kaeru (Returns in the Twilight) and Ushinawareta toshi no kiroku (The Chronicle of a Lost City). Mitsuse made SF history when his short story “The Sunset, 2217 A.D.” was translated into English for inclusion in Best Science Fiction for 1972. With artist Keiko Takemiya, he created the manga Andromeda Stories. Ryu Mitsuse died in 1999.

For more information on TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS and the Haikasoru imprint, please visit


“Eat, Drink and Be Married” by Rebecca Bloom – For Every Woman Who Has Attended A Best Friend’s Wedding – You’ll Recognize Your Own Friends Inside The Pages Of This Fun And Heartfelt Read…

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2011 – In Eat, Drink and Be Married (Self/iuniverse), Rebecca Bloom blended just the right amount of hilarious dialogue that women savor when in the company of their best friends, with the right amount of tender moments shared during life’s special events, to create a page-turning story that is chick lit at its finest!

When college girlfriends Kate, Nina and Zoë take a break from their busy schedules on opposite coasts to join their former roommate Hannah for her wedding in Lake Tahoe, they not only bring suitcases packed with ‘what-not-to-wear’ bridesmaid dresses, but baggage of a more emotional kind. Supported by a variety of eclectic characters determined to wreak havoc on their carefully organized lives, each woman is forced to come to terms with her past before she walks down the aisle.

Zoë must learn how to reveal a vulnerability that lies beneath her bravado before she can finally open her heart; Kate needs to reclaim her identity before she can regain her strut, and Nina must heal her own inner child so she can provide for another. And we can’t forget Hannah, the bride, who needs to release a ghost in order to recover her spirit.

It takes a bottle of booze, a host of laughs, a hankie or two worth of tears, and seventy-two hours in the presence of those who know and love them the most to make the perfect recipe for four women to Eat, Drink, and Be Married.

Rebecca Bloom has served as the executive editor then editor at large for Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. Her previous novels, Girl Anatomy and Tangled up in Daydreams were featured in numerous national and regional publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, In Style and others, in addition to various electronic outlets including EXTRA, Good Day Live and Dallas Morning News.

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(Book) The Dead Celebrity Cookbook – A Resurrection Of Recipes From More Than 145 Stars Of Stage And Screen by Frank DeCaro

October 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New York, NY, October 20,  2011 – For anyone who loves Hollywood memorabilia, is an entertainment junkie, and loves to eat and cook – they will treasure Frank DeCaro’s The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen (HCI Books). Frank compiled favorite recipes from some of Hollywood’s biggest names; including Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Sonny Bono, Liberace, Michael Jackson, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Rock Hudson, Humphrey Bogart, and Peter Falk, just to name a few.

“I love these dead celebrities! They’re the stars I grew up watching, and they deserve to be remembered even if they were more talented on screen than they were in the kitchen. Frank clearly worships them as much as I do, and after reading The Dead Celebrity Cookbook you will, too.” -Rosie O’Donnell

“Celebrities die–eventually–but their recipes live on, thanks to Frank DeCaro’s thorough and thoroughly delicious book. DeCaro’s dry wit is tasty, and judging from these yummy concoctions, most of these celebs died really happy!” –Michael Musto, Village Voice

Inspired by a “Dead Celebrity Party” during his college years, DeCaro thought the one thing missing from the event was the food of the dead. Since then, he’s been collecting recipes of the stars and lucky for us, he’s put them together in, THE DEAD CELEBRITY COOKBOOK: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen (HCI Books – October 2011- $19.95).

DeCaro, who is best known for his nearly 7-year stint as the movie critic on The Daily Show with John Stewart, and now heard weekdays on his own call-in radio show, gives us a giggle while feeding us treats from Tinsel Town like: Liberace’s Sticky Buns, Mae West’s Fruit Compote, John Ritter’s Favorite Fudge and Bea Arthur’s Vegetarian Breakfast.

THE DEAD CELEBRITY COOKBOOK is here to remind you that before there were celebrity chefs, there were celebrities who fancied themselves as chefs. They were whipping up culinary delights, and sometimes sharing them with us on shows like Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas or even Johnny Carson. DeCaro gives us some entertaining and informative commentary before each section of recipes in chapters that include: “Talk Show Chow,” “An All-Night Oscar Buff,” and “I Lunch Lucy,” a whole section dedicated to the red-haired TV goddess (and during the 60th anniversary of her show!).

Says DeCaro, “I miss those days when celebrities still had mystery about them, and a glimpse inside their radar ranges seemed, for any fan, like a window into the world of glamour and excitement, which is why I put together this book.” This book delivers recipes that the stars are dying for you to make.

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(Book) “The Lost Fountain” by Peter Sacco – What If A Centuries’ Old Legend Is The Basis For A Miracle Cure – Will This Twelve-Year Old Pass The Test Of Faith?

October 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Houston, TX, October 20, 2011 – Do you believe in miracles? What if a miracle was the only thing that could save your younger brother’s life? Such was the dilemma for Noah, a 12 year-old boy whose faith is put to the test. And because he believed he was the cause of his brother’s illness, he embarks on a mission determined to find the cure. Peter Sacco’s latest book, The Lost Fountain (Inkwater Press) is a beautiful tale of adventure, mystery and hope that is a must read for young adults.

Noah’s brother is inflicted with Progeria; an extremely rare, fatal genetic condition whose symptoms cause early aging and premature death. There was no way that Noah caused it, but he is bound and determined to be the one to find the cure. Together with his two friends the three set out to find the fabled Fountain of Youth – believing that if they find it, they will be able to turn back time and save Noah’s brother.

A beautiful story that is both inspirational and uplifting, The Lost Fountain is divided into four parts; beginning with why Noah believes he caused his brother’s disease and the not-so-clear direction he takes to identify his sense of guilt and remorse for believing he is the cause. Readers then get to share in the thrills and adventures that Noah and his friends encounter on their physical and emotional journey to find the Fountain of Youth and, finally, the perfect resolution he makes with his family, friends – and himself.

When the boys set out on their adventure, they have the ghost of Ponce de Leon on their side; the Spanish explorer who was originally associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth. What they don’t know is that they are in a race to find the fountain with a greedy and unscrupulous archeologist who is hot on their trail.

The Lost Fountain is a beautifully uplifting story of hope and faith with inspiring messages of goodness for today’s children and youth.

Peter Sacco’s qualifications blend real-life lessons with fantasy in this children’s story. As well as a talented author, he is a psychology professor who lectures at universities in both the U.S. and Canada. He knows first-hand the affect this debilitating disease can have on a family. While the book does a superb job of teaching children empathy for childhood diseases, it also brings much-needed awareness to the disease itself. In fact, the author is generously donating one-half of the royalties from his book to the Progeria Research Foundation of America. Of note is that Sacco’s story is based on an actual young boy who suffers with Progeria and who happens to be the nephew of Audrey Gordon, Esq., the president and executive director of this outstanding foundation.

Peter Sacco is a regular resident expert on several television programs and was the host of Mental Health Matters for two years. He is the author of many international, popular-selling books. He was the former Editor-in-Chief of Vices: The Magazine for Addictions, Habits and Well-Being, and author of over 500 magazine articles. Peter is a recipient of the Award of Excellence in Teaching and is an in-demand lecturer who specializes in relationships, criminal psychology, addictions and mental health.

Peter is currently working with a co-author on a series of books involving Noah and his friends and their discoveries of historical, ancient and lost sites that educators have praised as “Indiana Jones for Kids meets a Spiritual Harry Potter!” Please visit this talented writer at his website:


(Book News) “You Never Know” by Lilian Duval – An Accidental Lottery Winner – Find Out What Happens When An Ordinary Person Becomes Extraordinary

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

lan Caruba of The National Book Critics Circle: “You Never Know…explores what happens when extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. The author is a survivor of the 9/11 attack and lives in New Jersey where the novel’s protagonist, Tobias Hillyer, has a life filled with both tragedy and extraordinary luck…the characters intertwine in an ever-changing landscape of events, capped by Hillyer’s win of a MegaMillions lottery that, despite the millions involved, evoke a whole new set of problems. It an intriguing story filled with unexpected twists and turns.”

Emily Truman, Esq., Asst. Municipal Prosecutor, City of Newark: “Have you ever read a book you didn’t want to finish simply because it was so good that you didn’t want the experience to end? It’s a rare find, and one to be treasured. You Never Know is one of those books—it’s a book to be devoured in one night, but also a book you want to cherish and read slowly.”

K.L. Stover, Novelist, Philosopher, Conceptual Artist: “In her charming, fast-paced novel You Never Know, author Lilian Duval asks the timeless question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” And the answer for one small suburban nuclear family in New Jersey is a resounding “Yes!”

Ridgewood, NJ, October 19, 2011 – You Never Know (Wheatmark, Inc.) by Lilian Duval is a novel about two different families; one having suffered great tragedy and struggling financially, and the other affluent, and how making the choice to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket changed their lives forever.

Tobias Hillyer starts out in life with his own set of problems: a condescending father, alcoholic mother, and Simeon – his artistically gifted younger brother. While visiting them over Christmas, his life is changed forever when a tragic car accident leaves both parents dead and seriously injures his younger brother. This once-promising anthropology major, always one to do the right thing, is forced to abandon his dreams in order to care for his orphaned, brain-damaged sibling. Stuck in a low-paying job, he marries Carmela, a psychiatric nurse he met while his brother was in the hospital.

In contrast, Tobias’s college roommate Martin seems to get more than his fair share of good luck; having graduated college, married well, and landed a high-paying job with Lehman Brothers in New York. Yet despite the difference in their incomes, the two couples and their children keep in touch.

When Tobias buys a lottery ticket on a whim and wins the jackpot, everything changes for the better…or does it? Suddenly the roles are reversed, and Tobias and Carmela live out their fantasies while Martin faces bankruptcy. When problems begin and life gets more difficult and less predictable, Tobias nearly loses everything he holds most dear as he tries to get his mind around this staggering amount of money.

Simeon surfaces as the unexpected hero of this novel by realizing his own happiness and success as a result of his own efforts. As he departs the nest to embark on his personal life journey, he leaves his family with a gift that brings them full circle and grants Tobias inner peace – making this a story of triumph rather than defeat.

While the characters in You Never Know are unpredictable and surprising to the very end, they are nonetheless sincere and likeable with an inner strength that surfaces in times of struggle. Through her characters, Duval cleverly introduces moral values in a winning and inspiring way without coming across as boring or sermonizing.

Duval adds suspense to the story by intimating how the characters may be impacted by the eventual terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, drawing a parallel with what she and her husband experienced as actual survivors of 9/11 and how their lives were changed forever because of it. For more information, please visit her website at:


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