Download or read book Theater Geek written by Mickey Rapkin and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2010-06-01 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What do Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common? Before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers. Founded in 1975, Stagedoor continues to attract scores of young performers eager to find kindred spirits, to sing out loud, to become working actors—or maybe even stars. Every summer for the past thirty-five years, a new crop of campers has come to the Catskills for an intense, often wrenching introduction to professional theater. (The camp produces thirteen full-scale productions during each of its three sessions.) These kids come from varying backgrounds—the offspring of Hollywood players from Nora Ephron to Bruce Willis work alongside kids on scholarship. Some campers have agents, others are seeking representation. When Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ and self-proclaimed theater fanatic, learned about this place, he fled Manhattan for an escape to upstate New York. At Stagedoor, he tracked a trio of especially talented and determined teen actors through their final session at camp. Enter Rachael Singer, Brian Muller, and Harry Katzman, three high school seniors closing out their sometimes sheltered Stagedoor experiences and graduating into the real world of industry competition and rejection. These veteran campers—still battling childhood insecurities, but simultaneously searching for that professional gig that will catapult them to fame—pour their souls into what might be their last amateur shows. Their riveting stories are told in Theater Geek, an eye-opening, laugh-out-loud chronicle full of drama and heart, but also about the business of training kids to be professional thespians and, in some cases, child stars. (The camp has long acted as a farm system for Broadway and Hollywood, attracting visits from studio executives and casting directors.) Via original interviews with former and current campers and staff—including Mandy Moore, Zach Braff, and Jon Cryer—Rapkin also recounts Stagedoor Manor’s colorful, star-studded history: What was Natalie Portman’s breakout role as a camper? What big-time Hollywood director, then barely a teenager, dated a much older Stagedoor staff member? Why did Courtney Love (at Stagedoor visiting her daughter) get into an argument with a hot dog vendor who had set up shop at the camp? Theater Geek leads readers through the triumphs and tragedies of the three senior campers’ final summer in an absorbing, thought-provoking narrative that reveals the dynamic and inspiring human beings who populate this world. It also explores what the proliferation of theater camps says about our celebrity-obsessed youth and our most basic but vital need to fit in. Through the rivalry, heartbreak, and joy of one summer at Stagedoor Manor, Rapkin offers theater geeks of all ages a dishy, illuminating romp through the lives of serious child actors. Rich, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining, Theater Geek pulls back the curtain on an elite and intriguing world to reveal what’s really at its core: children who simply love to perform.
Download or read book Cinderella s Slipper written by Mike Nemeth and published by Mike Nemeth. This book was released on 2009-09 with total page 225 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Bowl Champion Series (BCS) is under fire from fans, the media, college coaches, Congress, and even our new President. They worry that the two best teams in the country aren't consistently selected by the polls and the BCS computers to play for the National Championship. At stake is prestige, a place in history, recruiting advantages, and boatloads of cash. The solution proposed most often is a playoff system to give more schools a shot at a title. However, the problem of team selection won't go away with a playoff system, it will be exacerbated. The lack of a credible ranking system is the Achilles' heel of the current BCS system. Cinderella's Slipper reveals why the polls get it wrong, why the BCS computers can't be expected to get it right, why traditional statistics aren't useful for ranking teams, and why won/lost records are misleading. Cinderella's Slipper introduces the performance metrics necessary for team ranking and explains the rating system that can accurately rank teams with similar records. When combined with NCAA sponsorship and an accurate ranking system, a playoff scheme will produce deserving champions and will restore public confidence in the college football National Championship process.
Download or read book Vintage Geek written by Marshall Julius and published by September Publishing. This book was released on 2019-10-10 with total page 226 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Vintage Geek is Marshall Julius's super-fun trivia treasure-chest for nerds of all ages. Essential reading.' Mark Hamill The ultimate quiz book for old school nerds, Vintage Geek celebrates a splendid selection of 20th-century fandoms, from Fifties' sci fi cinema, Sixties' Star Trek and Seventies' Stephen King to Eighties' actioners, Nineties' Batman 'toons and more. What does the sign say on the gate of Kananga's crocodile farm? What's the first Thing Mary Jane Watson ever said to Peter Parker? Why does Robby the Robot rarely partake of Altair IV's high oxygen content? No matter what we're into, geeks of the world share a few common traits: intense and unconditional enthusiasm and the relentless urge to know, and then prove we know, every last thing about the objects of our affection. With a foreword from Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, Vintage Geek additionally features a fabulous fifty celebrity-penned questions from the likes of Mark Hamill, John Carpenter, George Takei, Sam Neill, Mark Millar, Tom Savini, Pat Mills, Yeardley Smith and Sam J. Jones. Vintage Geek is here to chew bubblegum and assess the limits of your trivia knowledge and it's all out of bubblegum!
Download or read book Geek Chic written by S. Inness and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-04-30 with total page 202 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mainstream society has often had a deeply rooted fear of intelligent women. Why do brilliant women make society ill at ease? Focusing on the US, Sherrie Inness and contributors explore this question in the context of the last two decades, arguing that more intelligent women are appearing in popular culture than ever before.
Download or read book Cinderella s Stick written by Yannis Tzitzikas and published by Springer. This book was released on 2018-11-29 with total page 249 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explains the main problems related to digital preservation using examples based on a modern version of the well-known Cinderella fairy tale. Digital preservation is the endeavor to protect digital material against loss, corruption, hardware/software technology changes, and changes in the knowledge of the community. Τhe structure of the book is modular, with each chapter consisting of two parts: the episode and the technical background. The episodes narrate the story in chronological order, exactly as in a fairy tale. In addition to the story itself, each episode is related to one or more digital preservation problems, which are discussed in the technical background section of the chapter. To reveal a more general and abstract formulation of these problems, the notion of pattern is used. Each pattern has a name, a summary of the problem, a narrative describing an attempt to solve the problem, an explanation of what could have been done to avoid or alleviate this problem, some lessons learned, and lastly, links to related patterns discussed in other chapters. The book is intended for anyone wanting to understand the problems related to digital preservation, even if they lack the technical background. It explains the technical details at an introductory level, provides references to the main approaches (or solutions) currently available for tackling related problems, and is rounded out by questions and exercises appropriate for computer engineers and scientists. In addition, the book's website, maintained by the authors, presents the contents of Cinderella's “real USB stick,” and includes links to various tools and updates.
Download or read book The Geek s Guide to SF Cinema written by Ryan Lambie and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2018-02-15 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Awesome. Everything you've ever wanted to know about big-screen sci-fi' - James King, film critic 'Don't leave Planet Earth without it' - Dan Jolin, film critic 'A wonderfully accessible, fascinating, flat-out treasure chest of science fiction cinema, from an author whose love of the subject leaps off the page' - Simon Brew, Editor, Den of Geek Why do SF movies matter? What do they tell us about the interests of storytellers and the changing tastes of cinema-goers? How have SF movies evolved with filmmaking technology over the past 110 years? The Geek's Guide To SF Cinema provides an entertaining and in-depth history of the science fiction genre's pivotal and most influential movies. From the pioneering films of Georges Méliès to such blockbusters as Avatar and Inception in the 21st century, the book will explore how these key movies were made, how they reflected the mood of the time in which they were released and how they have influenced other filmmakers in the years since. Historians and experts contribute to answer questions such as: 'How important was Fritz Lang's contribution to cinema?' and 'What did Alien say about the cynical climate of the 1970s?'. Providing nostalgia for long-time SF addicts and context for those whose knowledge and love of the genre is still growing, this is a pop-culture book with depth.
Download or read book Cinderella s Lucky Ticket written by Melissa James and published by Harlequin. This book was released on 2014-05-15 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: TWO WINNING TICKETS Lucy Miles was outraged when a sexy playboy claimed her precious jackpot—a beautiful vacation home. It was a sweepstakes slipup. The company had accidentally issued two winning tickets. Now she'd have to share her beach bungalow—until the real winner was announced—with a hunk that made her heart beat faster… ONE EXTRAORDINARYPRIZE! Ben Capriati had intended to outlast his competition, but then his challenger, Lucy-the-Librarian, changed out of her charity-bin duds and got under his skin. The former little mouse was drop-dead gorgeous and Ben could feel himself falling. Suddenly, the tables were turned and now Ben had just one week to convince his winsome housemate to make their temporary living arrangement permanent…
Download or read book Seven Going on Seventeen written by Jacqueline Reid-Walsh and published by Peter Lang. This book was released on 2005 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The tween is the «new girl on the block» in girlhood studies. Although the study of tween life may have derived from a particular marketing orientation at the end of the twentieth century, it is not limited by it. On the contrary, this collection of essays shows that «tween» is not a simple or unified concept, nor is it limited to a certain class of girls in a few countries. This collection by an international group of authors highlights specific methodologies for working with (and studying) tween-age girls, provides challenges to the presumed innocence of girlhood, and engages in an analysis of marketing in relation to girlhood. In so doing, this book offers a reading on these three or four years in a girl's life that suggests that this period is as fascinating as the teen years, and as generative in its implications for girlhood studies as studies of both younger and adolescent girls.
Download or read book Geek Chic The Zoey Zone written by Margie Palatini and published by Harper Collins. This book was released on 2010-10-05 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Meet Zoey Age: Eleven. Well, almost eleven. Backspace. Halfway to eleven. Factoid: 198 days to sixth grade. Problem: Coolability (see glossary inside). Connect the dots: A bad hair situation . . . Growing earlobes . . . Wanted: 1. A fairy godmother. 2. A molto chic makeover [molto = very in Italian]. 3. A seat at the primo lunch table. [Primo is also Italian. It means best.] The solution: Tune in!
Download or read book Geektionary written by Gregory Bergman and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2010-12-18 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The last WoW module was clunky and a bit slow on my rig but it had a great toolset for building adventures for my avatar. Now I'm at sixtieth level! Awesome!" Whether it's about science fiction, Star Trek, sports, comics, or computers, geekspeak is full of mysterious words and phrases. But now there's an easy way to understand what it's all about. With this book you can dork out with the best of 'em. Here are more than 1,000 words and their definitions, including such gems as: LARP Red Shirt Wilhelm Scream Xenomorph Munchkin* So don't worry if you don't know what a midochlorian is or what to do with a proton pack. With this book, you'll never be confused again. Which doesn't mean what you think it means, unless you're a fan of roleplaying games.
Download or read book The Princess and the Fangirl written by Ashley Poston and published by Quirk Books. This book was released on 2019-04-02 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom—now with an excerpt from Ashley Poston’s latest, Bookish and the Beast. Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: to save her favorite Starfield character, Princess Amara, from being killed off. On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldn’t mind being axed. Jessica Stone doesn’t even like being part of the Starfield franchise—and she’s desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behind. Though Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one another—and a case of mistaken identity at ExcelsiCon sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives. When the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, with all signs pointing to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. The deal: Imogen will play Jess at her signings and panels, and Jess will help Imogen’s best friend run their booth. But as these “princesses” race to find the script leaker—in each other’s shoes—they’re up against more than they bargained for. From the darker side of fandom to unexpected crushes, Imogen and Jess must find a way to rescue themselves from their own expectations...and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
Download or read book The Totally Geeky Guide to the Princess Bride written by MaryAnn Johanson and published by Lulu Press, Inc. This book was released on 2014-04-13 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: You know how to avoid the Three Terrors of the Fire Swamp. You would never fall victim to one of the Classic Blunders. You’d love to surrender to the Dread Pirate Westley. Cult-favorite flick ‘The Princess Bride’ is funny, romantic, and one of the most quotable movies ever made... and this breezy deconstruction explores why this delightful film -- full of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and miracles -- has endeared itself to millions of moviegoers. From its unusual structure to its archetypal characters to its outrageous humor, discover the surprising depth and profound wisdom to be found in this wildly entertaining adventure/fantasy/romance/comedy. From popular and respected film critic and geek-watcher MaryAnn Johanson of FlickFilosopher.com.
Download or read book Age of the Geek written by Kathryn E. Lane and published by Springer. This book was released on 2017-10-29 with total page 297 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection examines the nerd and/or geek stereotype in popular culture today. Utilizing the media—film, TV, YouTube, Twitter, fiction—that often defines daily lives, the contributors interrogate what it means to be labeled a “nerd” or “geek.” While the nerd/geek that is so easily recognized now is assuredly a twenty-first century construct, an examination of the terms’ history brings a greater understanding of their evolution. From sports to slasher films, Age of the Geek establishes a dialogue with texts as varied as the depictions of “nerd” or “geek” stereotypes.
Download or read book Shakespeare and Geek Culture written by Andrew James Hartley and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2020-10-15 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From fantasy and sci-fi to graphic novels, from boy scouts to board games, from blockbuster films to the cult of theatre, Shakespeare is everywhere in popular culture. Where there is popular culture there are fans and nerds and geeks. The essays in this collection on Shakespeare and Geek Culture take an innovative approach to the study of Shakespeare's cultural presences, situating his works, his image and his brand to locate and explore the nature of that geekiness that, the authors argue, is a vital but unrecognized feature of the world of those who enjoy and are obsessed by Shakespeare, whether they are scholars, film fans, theatre-goers or members of legions of other groupings in which Shakespeare plays his part. Working at the intersections of a wide range of fields – including fan studies and film analysis, cultural studies and fantasy/sci-fi theory – the authors demonstrate how the particularities of the connection between Shakespeare and geek culture generate new insights into the plays, poems and their larger cultural legacy in the 21st century.
Download or read book Geek Proof Your Faith written by Greg Johnson and published by Zondervan. This book was released on 1995 with total page 180 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Presents Christian perspectives on issues such as evolution/creation, abortion, and the reliability of the Bible, and suggests responses which teenagers may offer in communicating their faith.
Download or read book Geek to Diva in 20 Seconds written by Kish Knight and published by Tintd Teen Press. This book was released on 2013-11-27 with total page 279 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: It’s timid Olivia, cynical Kaitlyn, and bold Tabitha ….. oops, Lydie, Kaori, and the gorgeous Camille, of course, back again. Strolling on the other side certainly has its consequences. Clearly, popularity isn’t all that it’s cracked to be, and Lydie was right: the alter egos are bad, bad, BAD! Especially since Kaori is falling in love….. with Camille’s boyfriend, and Camille herself is too busy to notice; she isn’t finished sneaking around with the other guy, the COLLEGE guy, the same one her mother disapproves of. And sweet, innocent, responsible Lydie? Well, she may be hiding the biggest secret of them all. ......Apparently, it’s pretty easy for a Geek to graduate to a Diva….that is, under the right circumstances.
|Author||: Karen M. Walsh|
|Release Date||: 2019-10-11|
|ISBN 10||: 9781440866418|
|Pages||: 347 pages|
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Download or read book Geek Heroines An Encyclopedia of Female Heroes in Popular Culture written by Karen M. Walsh and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2019-10-11 with total page 347 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Geek Heroines not only tells the stories of fictional and real women, but also explores how they represent changes in societal views of women, including women of color and the LGBTQ community. • Provides readers with an intersectional approach to geek culture that incorporates a variety of female identities • Details the historical problems of women's representation in geek culture including hypersexualization, bi-erasure, and transgender issues • Focuses on how characters and real-life women empower female identifications • Analyzes the geek community's history of sexism focusing on how social norms lead to one-dimensional characterizations