The Guild

The Official Companion

The Guild

A tie-in to the comedy web series about a dysfunctional group of online gamers features an introduction by creator Felicia Day and includes character profiles, behind-the-scenes extras, and in-depth interviews with the cast and crew.

Falco: The Official Companion

Falco: The Official Companion

One of the stories from the bestselling historical fiction Falco series. As the girl came running up the steps, I decided she was wearing far too many clothes...So, in 1989, readers were introduced to Marcus Didius Falco, the Roman informer, as he stood on the steps of the Temple of Saturn, looking out across the Forum: the heart of his world. Twenty years and twenty books later, Falco fans want a companion volume. Only here will you learn the author's private background, including her descent from a failed assassin and how atheism improved her knitting. Here too are the real glories and heartache involved in research and creation: why the baby had to be born in Barcelona, which plots evolved from intense loathing of management trainees, what part a thermal vest played in the iconic Falco's conception. It can't be a complete handbook to ancient Rome, but it covers perennial issues. There are a hundred illustrations, some specially commissioned, others from family archives. Enlightening quotations come from the Falco books and from eminent sources: Juvenal, through Chandler, to 1066 and All That. Readers have asked for this book. Their paranoid, secretive author agrees it is now or never. Time to spill beans on the travertine...

Open TV

Innovation beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television

Open TV

How the internet transformed television Before HBO’s hit show Insecure, Issa Rae’s comedy about being a nerdy black woman debuted as a YouTube web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, her response to the absence of diverse black characters on the small screen. Broad City, a feminist sitcom now on Comedy Central, originated as a web series on YouTube, developed directly out of funny women Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson’s real-life friendship. These unconventional stories took advantage of the freedom afforded outside the traditional television system: online. Open TV shows how we have left “the network era” far behind and entered the networked era, with the web opening up new possibilities for independent producers, entrepreneurs, and media audiences. Based on interviews with writers, producers, show-runners, and network executives, visits to festivals and award shows, and the experience of producing his own series, Aymar Jean Christian argues that the web brought innovation to television by opening up series development to new producers, fans, and sponsors that had previously been excluded. Online access to distribution provides creative freedom for indie producers, allows for more diverse storytelling from marginalized communities, and introduces new ways of releasing and awarding shows. Open TV is essential reading for anyone interested in the changing environment of television and how the internet can inspire alternatives to what’s on TV tonight.

Bill and Ted's Most Excellent Movie Book

The Official Companion

Bill and Ted's Most Excellent Movie Book

Bill S. Preston Esquire and Theodore 'Ted' Logan (Alex Winter & Keanu Reeves) were the stars of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventureand Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. The hotly anticipated Bill & Ted Face the Musicreleases August 2020 and stars Winter and Reeves as well as Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Atypical), William Sadler, Kid Cudi, Hal Landon Jr., Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live), Anthony Carrigan (Barry), Amy Stoch, Jayma Mays, Erinn Hayes and more... With a foreword by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon - the creators of Bill & Ted - this bodacious companion to all three movies features photographs, quotes and interviews: a most excellent publication.

The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters

An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the epic movie from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. Packed with beautiful concept art, on-set photography, and detailed insight from key members of the production, this beautiful book tells the story of how Godzilla and his foes were brought to life. Following the global success of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' cinematic Monsterverse, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species--thought to be mere myths--rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

Ghost in the Shell

The Official Movie Novelization

Ghost in the Shell

THE OFFICIAL NOVELIZATION TO THE MOTION PICTURE "GHOST IN THE SHELL" FROM PARAMOUNT PICTURES, DREAMWORKS PICTURES AND RELIANCE ENTERTAINMENT. Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, "GHOST IN THE SHELL" follows the Major, a special ops one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology.

Justice League

The Art of the Film

Justice League

Presents concept artwork, behind-the-scenes photographs, production stills, and quotes from the film's cast and crew.

Alita - Battle Angel

The Art and Making of the Movie

Alita - Battle Angel

Delve into the world of Alita in this glossy hardback filled with concept art, stills and interviews with the creatives, including Rodriguez and Cameron. From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), comes Alita: Battle Angel, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love. Delve into the world of Alita in this lavish hardback packed with concept art, character and production designs, stills and behind-the-scenes photos, and interviews with director Robert Rodriguez, producers James Cameron and Jon Landau, and key creative talent.

Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon

Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon

Ever since the premiere of the small-screen incarnation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997, the television worlds of Joss Whedon—which have grown to include Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse—have acquired a cult following of dedicated fans and inspired curious scholars. The quest for power and control over humans and other animals is a constant theme running throughout all four series. This study explores the myriad natural and supernatural methods Whedon’s characters use to achieve power and control over unsuspecting friends and foes, including witchcraft and other paranormal means, love, aggression, and scientific devices such as psychosurgery and psychopharmacology. A catalog of characters and a complete list of episodes for each series completes this valuable addition to the growing body of scholarship on television’s “Whedonverse.”

The Great Wall: the Art of the Film

The Great Wall: the Art of the Film

The Great Wall: The Art of the Film chronicles the making of this landmark East-meets-West production, accompanied by insight and interviews with key cast and crew, including a foreword by the director. This official companion book takes an in-depth look at the artwork and design of this extraordinary film. It explores the intricate inner workings of the wall and its arsenal of weaponry, designs of The Nameless Order's livery, blueprints of key locations and vivid concept art of the terrifying monsters created for the movie in lush detail. Packed with fascinating storyboards, sketches, final film frames and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, The Great Wall: The Art of the Film is a stunning celebration of an epic movie that no fan should miss. © 2016 LEGENDARY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.