Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas

Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas Author Bob Carrau
ISBN-10 0810981394
Release 1996-03-30
Pages 64
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Describes the monsters and aliens created for the various universes of Lucasfilm, and provides a personal message from each creature



Who Is George Lucas

Who Is George Lucas Author Pam Pollack
ISBN-10 9780698171879
Release 2014-05-01
Pages 112
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As a child his passions were comics and cars, but George Lucas grew up to be one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. He is a producer, screenwriter, director and entrepreneur whose company Lucasfilms pioneered the movie effects that changed the world of animation. He founded Industrial Light and Magic, which transformed special sound and visual effects throughout the Hollywood film industry. He is best known, of course, as the creator of the Star Wars movie, television, gaming, toy and merchandise empire, as well as the archeologist-adventure series Indiana Jones. Discover the man behind the magic in Who Is George Lucas? From the Trade Paperback edition.



Identity Politics in George Lucas Star Wars

Identity Politics in George Lucas  Star Wars Author John C. McDowell
ISBN-10 9781476624501
Release 2016-03-04
Pages 208
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George Lucas spoke about the didactic role of cinema and about his own work being presented through the "moral megaphone" of the film industry. A considerable body of scholarship on the six-part Star Wars series argues (unconvincingly) that the franchise promoted neo-conservatism in American culture from the late 1970s onward. But there is much in Lucas' grand space opera to suggest something more ideologically complex is going on. This book challenges the view of the saga as an unambiguously violent text exemplifying reactionary politics, and discusses the films' identity politics with regard to race and gender.



George Lucas

George Lucas Author George Lucas
ISBN-10 1578061253
Release 1999
Pages 237
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A director, producer, and writer, George Lucas is the power behind "The Force." The son of a conservative small-town businessman, he grew up to become arguably the most identifiable and popular filmmaker in the history of the medium. Yet unlike his more publicly engaged contemporaries, Lucas rarely grants reporters an audience. This first book of Lucas's interviews affords fans and students of film and science fiction a rare opportunity. Editor Sally Kline collects conversations from the reticent director spanning Lucas's entire career, from the making of his first film, 1971's THX-1138, through American Graffiti, the triumph of the Star Wars trilogy, and even a 1999 interview given while awaiting the release of Star Wars: Episode One--The Phantom Menace. In interviews from venues such as Rolling Stone, Playboy, and American Film, Lucas reveals his distrust of the Hollywood establishment, his love for making movies, and his unambiguous values and how those values translate into the epic clash between good and evil created when he explores characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Lucas revolutionized the movie industry and created the most successful film series of all time. Along with films of his close friend Steven Spielberg, Lucas's releases invented the notion of blockbuster movies. Before the end of the millennium, he could count the loyal fans of the Star Wars trilogy in the millions. Sally Kline is film critic for The Journal newspapers. She has worked as a film commentator on a number of Washington, D.C. radio stations and as a guest lecturer at George Washington University. A freelance writer and researcher, she has contributed to two books, including a biography of Robert F. Kennedy.



Communicating Marginalized Masculinities

Communicating Marginalized Masculinities Author Ronald L. Jackson
ISBN-10 9780415623070
Release 2013
Pages 254
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For years, research concerning masculinities has explored the way that men have dominated, exploited, and dismantled societies, asking how we might make sense of marginalized masculinities in the context of male privilege. This volume asks not only how terms such as men and masculinity are socially defined and culturally instantiated, but also how the media has constructed notions of masculinity that have kept minority masculinities on the margins. Essays explore marginalized masculinities as communicated through film, television, and new media, visiting representations and marginalized identity politics while also discussing the dangers and pitfalls of a media pedagogy that has taught audiences to ignore, sidestep, and stereotype marginalized group realities. While dominant portrayals of masculine versus feminine characters pervade numerous television and film examples, this collection examines heterosexual and queer, military and civilian, as well as Black, Japanese, Indian, White, and Latino masculinities, offering a variance in masculinities and confronting male privilege as represented on screen, appealing to a range of disciplines and a wide scope of readers.



The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters Author Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
ISBN-10 9781317044260
Release 2016-04-01
Pages 640
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From vampires and demons to ghosts and zombies, interest in monsters in literature, film, and popular culture has never been stronger. This concise Encyclopedia provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative A-Z of monsters throughout the ages. It is the first major reference book on monsters for the scholarly market. Over 200 entries written by experts in the field are accompanied by an overview introduction by the editor. Generic entries such as 'ghost' and 'vampire' are cross-listed with important specific manifestations of that monster. In addition to monsters appearing in English-language literature and film, the Encyclopedia also includes significant monsters in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African and Middle Eastern traditions. Alphabetically organized, the entries each feature suggestions for further reading. The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters is an invaluable resource for all students and scholars and an essential addition to library reference shelves.



The Business of Media Distribution

The Business of Media Distribution Author Jeff Ulin
ISBN-10 9781136070709
Release 2013-10-15
Pages 580
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"The Business of Media Distribution, Second Edition BCC: "Endorsements" Transform your concepts into profits! Take charge of the film and television industry's most undervalued revenue generator: media distribution. In this updated edition of a bestselling industry staple, experienced media executive Jeffrey C. Ulin relates business theory and practice across key global market segments--film, television, video, and online--providing you with an insider's perspective that can't be found anywhere else. This new edition: Analyzes the growth of social media and social gaming - Discusses distribution of 3D movies and the impact of higher ticket prices - Explores the growing clout of Redbox and Netflix in the home video business - Illustrates how new services like Hulu and Roku are changing the way TV content is distributed - Examines the rise of transmedia storytelling and its impact on distribution - Features a companion website (www.businessofmediadistribution.com), which includes bonus material such as sample forms readers can use in their own media business plans Hollywood stars may make the headlines, but methodical marketing and distribution campaigns work behind the scenes to convert content into cash. Don't miss out! Regardless of your background and training, The Business of Media Distribution, Second Edition delivers the business practices you need to understand and manage the complicated media specialty markets"--



Androids Humanoids and Other Science Fiction Monsters

Androids  Humanoids  and Other Science Fiction Monsters Author Per Schelde
ISBN-10 9780814779958
Release 1994-07-01
Pages 292
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The Quartet of Causeries have been handed down as a collection of the most ancient monologue farces in classical Sanskrit. Though stylistically divergent, they share a common plot: the hero is an inept, bungling procurer, who mismanages his client's love-affairs to an unexpectedly successful completion. A wide spectrum of India's urban society is scandalized, from respected judges to clumsy poetasters, from hypocritical Buddhist monks to greedy madams, from spoiled scions of wealthy houses to criminal low-life. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit http://www.claysanskritlibrary.org



Stanley Kubrick s 2001 A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick s 2001  A Space Odyssey Author Robert Kolker
ISBN-10 0199724369
Release 2006-03-23
Pages 216
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Almost all students have seen 2001, but virtually none understand its inheritance, its complexities, and certainly not its ironies. The essays in this collection, commissioned from a wide variety of scholars, examine in detail various possible readings of the film and its historical context. They also examine the film as a genre piece--as the summa of science fiction that simultaneously looks back on the science fiction conventions of the past (Kubrick began thinking of making a science fiction film during the genre's heyday in the fifties), rethinks the convention in light of the time of the film's creation, and in turn changes the look and meaning of the genre that it revived--which now remains as prominent as it was almost four decades ago. Constructed out of its director's particular intellectual curiosity, his visual style, and his particular notions of the place of human agency in the world and, in this case, the universe, 2001 is, like all of his films, more than it appears, and it keeps revealing more the more it is seen. Though their backgrounds and disciplines differ, the authors of this essay collection are united by a talent for vigorous yet incisive writing that cleaves closely to the text--to the film itself, with its contextual and intrinsic complexities--granting readers privileged access to Kubrick's formidable, intricate classic work of science fiction.



The Achilles Effect

The Achilles Effect Author Crystal Smith
ISBN-10 9781450285001
Release 2011-02-07
Pages 240
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A discussion of pop culture messages about masculinity, their impact on boys, and the benefits of introducing more gender balance to boys’ lives. When most people think about gender stereotypes and children, they envision princesses, dolls, and pink clothing. Few consider the warriors, muscle-bound action figures, and T-shirts covered in graffiti and skulls that are assumed to signify masculinity. The pop culture environment that surrounds boys introduces them to a world where traditionally masculine traits—like toughness, aggression, and stoicism—are highly esteemed and where female influence is all but absent. The Achilles Effect explores gender bias in the entertainment aimed at primary school boys, focusing on the dominant themes in children’s TV shows, toy advertising, movies, and books: gender stereotypes of both sexes, male dominance, negative portrayals of fathers, breaking of the mother/son bond, and the devaluing of femininity. It examines the gender messages sent by pop culture, provides strategies for countering these messages, and encourages discussion of a vitally important issue that is rarely talked about—boys and their often skewed understanding of gender. The Achilles Effect is a guide for parents, educators, and students who want to learn more about male and female stereotypes, their continued strong presence in kids’ pop culture, and their effect on young boys.



Muslims in the Western Imagination

Muslims in the Western Imagination Author Sophia Rose Arjana
ISBN-10 9780199324934
Release 2015-01-02
Pages 224
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A Choice 2015 Outstanding Academic Title Throughout history, Muslim men have been depicted as monsters. The portrayal of humans as monsters helps a society delineate who belongs and who, or what, is excluded. Even when symbolic, as in post-9/11 zombie films, Muslim monsters still function to define Muslims as non-human entities. These are not depictions of Muslim men as malevolent human characters, but rather as creatures that occupy the imagination -- non-humans that exhibit their wickedness outwardly on the skin. They populate medieval tales, Renaissance paintings, Shakespearean dramas, Gothic horror novels, and Hollywood films. Through an exhaustive survey of medieval, early modern, and contemporary literature, art, and cinema, Muslims in the Western Imagination examines the dehumanizing ways in which Muslim men have been constructed and represented as monsters, and the impact such representations have on perceptions of Muslims today. The study is the first to present a genealogy of these creatures, from the demons and giants of the Middle Ages to the hunchbacks with filed teeth that are featured in the 2007 film 300, arguing that constructions of Muslim monsters constitute a recurring theme, first formulated in medieval Christian thought. Sophia Rose Arjana shows how Muslim monsters are often related to Jewish monsters, and more broadly to Christian anti-Semitism and anxieties surrounding African and other foreign bodies, which involves both religious bigotry and fears surrounding bodily difference. Arjana argues persuasively that these dehumanizing constructions are deeply embedded in Western consciousness, existing today as internalized beliefs and practices that contribute to the culture of violence--both rhetorical and physical--against Muslims.



Film Marketing Into the Twenty First Century

Film Marketing Into the Twenty First Century Author Nolwenn Mingant
ISBN-10 9781844578412
Release 2015-10-29
Pages 288
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This diverse collection draws on insights from renowned film academics and leading industry professionals to provide a comprehensive overview of film marketing in multiple global contexts. Straddling practical and theoretical considerations, the book explores modern film marketing, its evolution, and the key issues at stake in a global era.



Writing for Video Game Genres

Writing for Video Game Genres Author Wendy Despain
ISBN-10 9781439875391
Release 2009-02-26
Pages 300
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This book, written and edited by members of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game Writing Special Interest Group, follows the acclaimed Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing to deliver practical advice from seasoned veterans on the special challenges of writing for first-person shooter games (FPS), role-playing games (RPG), and everything in between, including massively multiplayer online games, real-time strategy games, sports games, horror games, serious games, casual games, handheld games, and more. Game writing samples are included with the book, and more are available online.



The Politics of Big Fantasy

The Politics of Big Fantasy Author John C. McDowell
ISBN-10 9780786474882
Release 2014-07-02
Pages 232
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Bringing critical attention to a particular set of Science Fiction and Fantasy films--Larry and Andy Wachowski's The Matrix, George Lucas' Star Wars saga, and Joss Whedon's Avengers--this book utilises a wide-ranging set of critical tools to illuminate their political ideologies, while also examining any resistant and complicating turns or byways the films may provide. What they all have in common ideologically is that they--or at least the genres they belong to--tend to be regarded as belonging to politically conservative frames of sociocultural reference. With the Star Wars saga, however, this idea is shown to be superficial and weak.



An Introduction to Visual Culture

An Introduction to Visual Culture Author Nicholas Mirzoeff
ISBN-10 9780415158763
Release 1999
Pages 274
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The author traces the history and theory of visual culture asking how and why visual media have become so central to contemporary everday life. He explores a wide range of visual forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, television, cinema, virtual reality, and the Internet while addressing the subjects of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, the body, and the international media event that followed the death of Princess Diana.



Strangers Gods and Monsters

Strangers  Gods and Monsters Author Richard Kearney
ISBN-10 9781134483877
Release 2005-06-29
Pages 304
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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.



The Hollywood War Machine

The Hollywood War Machine Author Carl Boggs
ISBN-10 9781351543606
Release 2017-07-05
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The newly expanded and revised edition of The Hollywood War Machine includes wide-ranging exploration of numerous popular military-themed films that have appeared in the close to a decade since the first edition was published. Within the Hollywood movie community, there has not been even the slightest decline in well-financed pictures focusing on warfare and closely-related motifs. The second edition includes a new chapter on recent popular films and another that analyzes the relationship between these movies and the bourgeoning gun culture in the United States, marked in recent years by a dramatic increase in episodes of mass killings.