There´s little debate that Robert De Niro is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, screen actors of his generation, perhaps of all time. His work, particularly in the first 20 years of his career, is unparalleled. Mean Streets, the Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, the Deer Hunter, and Raging Bull all dazzled moviegoers and critics alike, displaying a talent the likes of which had rarely - if ever - been seen. De Niro become known for his deep involvement in his characters, assuming that role completely into his own life, resulting in extraordinary, chameleonic performances. Yet little is known about the off-screen De Niro - he is an intensely private man, whose rare public appearances are often marked by inarticulateness and palpable awkwardness. It can be almost painful to watch at times, in powerful contrast to his confident movie personae. In this elegant and compelling biography, best-selling writer Shawn Levy writes of these many De Niros - the characters and the man - seeking to understand the evolution of an actor who once dove deeply into his roles as if to hide his inner nature, and who now seemingly avoids acting challenges, taking roles which make few apparent demands on his overwhelming talent. Levy has had unprecedented access to De Niro´s personal research and production materials, creating a new impression of the effort that went into the actor´s legendary performances. Levy also spoke to De Niro´s collaborators and friends to depict De Niro´s transition from an ambitious young man to a transfixing and enigmatic artist and cultural figure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Deakins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004016/bk_rand_004016_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Hamburg is a very funny guy. Hamburg wrote and directed the crime comedy Safe Men, which played at Sundance and spawned a devoted cult following. A sure-thing comedy closer, the New York City native built hilarious set pieces and character work into Meet the Parents, Zoolander, and Meet the Fockers, which not only helped lift them to huge box office but also pushed a few new catchphrases into the American lexicon. A veteran of the uncredited production rewrite, Hamburg also wrote and directed the romantic comedy Along Came Polly in 2004. In this amusing interview, Hamburg discusses how he developed his talent for writing actor-hooking dialogue in the humorous monologues he performed in college, why he´d do a thousand test screenings if he could, and what it´s like to hand a new scene to Robert De Niro and stand there waiting to see if he likes it.Your Host: Producer Mike De Luca is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking films of the last 15 years. After enrolling in New York University´s film studies program at 17, De Luca dropped out four credits shy of graduation to take an unpaid internship at New Line Cinema. He advanced quickly there under the tutelage of founder Robert Shaye and eventually became president of production. The Mask (1994), Se7en (1995), Boogie Nights (1997), Dark City (1998), Pleasantville (1998), and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) were all released under his supervision. In 2003, De Luca left New Line to become president of production at DreamWorks. After a brief tenure there, he left and signed a deal with Sony Pictures, where he produced Zathura (2005) and Ghost Rider (2006). A writer as well, De Luca wrote the screenplays for Freddy´s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and In the Mouth of Madness (1994). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike DeLuca. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/dial/000011/sp_dial_000011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He is the marker. There´s ´before Brando´ and ´after Brando´. - Martin Scorsese A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute. And they can do so while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Marlon Brando. Few names in the acting profession evoke such a strong, almost visceral reaction. Over the course of his long, prolific career, he was considered perhaps the greatest actor of the 20th century, as well as one of the most complicated and misunderstood. Uniquely able to be both emotionally charged and technically constrained in the same performance, he single-handedly changed the direction of not only the American style of acting, influencing successors such as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and even Johnny Depp, but the acting profession on a global scale. His iconic interpretations of characters such as Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), Terry Malloy (On the Waterfront) and Vito Corleone (The Godfather) have been forever burned into the collective memory of film and theatre aficionados, scholars, and critics for their immense passion, rage, love, defiance, vulnerability, cruelty, and tenderness - basically, the full spectrum of the human condition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Weippert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033291/bk_acx0_033291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The list of films Irwin Winkler has produced in his more-than-50-year career is extraordinary: Rocky, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Creed . His films have been nominated for 52 Academy Awards, includingfive movies for Best Picture, and have won 12. And Winkler is still working . Creed II, starring MichaelB. Jordan, opens this fall, followed by Martin Scorsese´s The Irishman , a major mafia saga for Netflixstarring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. In A Life in Movies , his charming and insightful memoir, Winkler tells the stories of his careerthrough his many films as a producer and then as a writer and director, charting the changes inHollywood over the past decades. Winkler started in the famous William Morris mailroom and made hisfirst film-starring Elvis-in the last days of the old studio system. Beginning in the late 1960s, and thenfor decades to come, he produced a string of provocative andinfluential films, making him one of the most critically lauded,prolific, and commercially successfulproducers of his era. This is an engrossing and candid book, a beguilingexploration of what it means to be a producer, from howrights get purchased and scripts developed to actors cast,directors managed, film edited, and awards won. Filled withtales of legendary and beloved films, as well as some not-so-legendaryand forgotten ones, A Life in Movies takes readersbehind the scenes and into the history of Hollywood.Irwin Winkler is an American film producer, writer, and director. He is the recipient of numerous American and international honors.
Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014 Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans. Ballsy, hilarious, and revealing, How I Slept My Way to the Middle winningly combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers with fan favorites and Kevin’s own thoughts about how he made it. He turned down his first invitation to do stand-up on The Tonight Show because he knew that he’d make a bigger splash if he sat on the couch next to Johnny. That huge risk — which paid off in spades — was just the beginning. Find out how he brought John Belushi to his knees, tortured Paul Reiser (twice), bamboozled Larry King, stole Alan Arkin’s soul, almost killed Warren Beatty, and sucked face with Robert De Niro’s girlfriend. Now a new media entrepreneur, Kevin is laughing proof that if you follow your gut and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want — except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pollak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004353/bk_brll_004353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.