Despite being one of the biggest industries in the United States, indeed the World, the internal workings of the 'dream factory' that is Hollywood is little understood outside the business. The Hollywood Studio System: A History is the first book to describe and analyse the complete development, classic operation, and reinvention of the global corporate entitles which produce and distribute most of the films we watch. Starting in 1920, Adolph Zukor, Head of Paramount Pictures, over the decade of the 1920s helped to fashion Hollywood into a vertically integrated system, a set of economic innovations which was firmly in place by 1930. For the next three decades, the movie industry in the United States and the rest of the world operated by according to these principles. Cultural, social and economic changes ensured the dernise of this system after the Second World War. A new way to run Hollywood was required. Beginning in 1962, Lew Wasserman of Universal Studios emerged as the key innovator in creating a second studio system. He realized that creating a global media conglomerate was more important than simply being vertically integrated. Gomery's history tells the story of a 'tale of two systems 'using primary materials from a score of archives across the United States as well as a close reading of both the business and trade press of the time. Together with a range of photographs never before published the book also features over 150 box features illuminating aspect of the business.
A little wooden doll dreams of life outside her china cabinet, a teenage boy is stuck babysitting a mermaid, a foster child used to abuse finds herself suddenly adopted by a celebrity family with plans of their own for her, and sometimes there are sharks. The characters in this collection of short stories often find themselves in uncomfortable, frightening, or heartbreaking situations where family is not always a source of comfort, and where the monsters under the bed are sometimes real...
CHARLIE MAJORS PUT HIMSELF IN A BIND when he blurted out in class that there was a ghost in Fowler's Woods. Now half of the class is agreeing with bully Delmar Weeks that the voice Charlie is hearing is in his head. Johnny Moss is the only other person that has heard the noise that sounds like a young girl screaming for help, and he is beginning to wonder if he really heard it. Kimberlee North, one of Charlie's best friends, and a classmate, tutors Charlie every afternoon after school. She knows and Charlie knows that without her help he is never going to learn math. She also knows it is going to be a long school year for Charlie if they can't find a way to stop Delmar Weeks from his tormenting teasing. Since Charlie doesn't seem to have any ideas how to stop the harassment, Kimberlee decides she is going to have to solve this problem on her own. Can Kimberlee find the mystery to the haunting voice, and restore some peace in Charlie's life, and calm his and Johnny's fears about the ghost in Fowler's Woods.
Ruff Day? Need quick entertainment? Don't scratch and sniff. Open this book and read about a calculating canine diva.
This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
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