The 2022 /Film Holiday Gift Guide (Part 3): Hollywood Memoirs And History, Behind The Scenes And Art Books, Comics & More

The 2022 /Film Holiday Gift Guide (Part 3): Hollywood Memoirs And History, Behind The Scenes And Art Books, Comics & More

Here at /Film, we're obviously obsessed with movies and TV. But sometimes it's nice to crack open a good book. Of course, since our brains are always thinking about cinema and television, that means we love books that allow us to dig deeper into the big screen and the increasingly large flickering box that isn't much of a small screen anymore. That's why, after Part 1 and Part 2 of the 2022 /Film Holiday Gift Guide highlighted a bunch of movies and TV shows on physical media, Part 3 is focused on a truckload of books for the pop culture nerd in your life. 

We've assembled a huge list of books here, including memoirs from your favorite actors like Alan Rickman, Steve Martin, Geena Davis, Bob Odenkirk, Viola Davis, and the late Michael K. Williams. There are plenty of in-depth, behind-the-scenes chronicles of classics such as "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and new blockbusters like "Avatar: The Way of Water." Take a look back at the history of Hollywood, including impressive special effects and makeup. There are even cookbooks inspired by beloved films like "Ghostbusters" and the Studio Ghibli catalog. There's a book here for fans of all kinds, so take a look below and get your shopping list ready. 

Memoirs From Hollywood's Finest

Screen Legends

The best actor memoirs are full of captivating and sometimes downright funny anecdotes, pieces of trivia, and behind-the-scenes stories about the making of your all-time favorite movies. If you're a fan of "Only Murders in the Building," you might want to check out Steve Martin's own memoir, "Number One is Walking." Or maybe you're a child of the '80s, in which case "The Karate Kid" star Ralph Macchio's "Waxing On" could be more your speed. Then there's William Shatner's "Boldly Go" for all you Trekkies out there, along with a pair of books that look back at the fascinating lives of genuine Hollywood icons Paul Newman and Buster Keaton. Last, but certainly not least, there's "Dying of Politeness," a memoir by Geena Davis -- because who amongst us doesn't love the star of "Beetlejuice," "Thelma & Louise," "A League of Their Own" and so much more? (Sandy Schaefer)

Funny People

Matthew PerryFlatiron / Random House / Ecco

Sometimes you need to get your giggles in perhaps the most classic form of comedy outside of stand-up — the written word. There are some great new books by famous funny people ready to be read this holiday season, like Molly Shannon's "Hello, Molly!: A Memoir," highlighting the performer's extensive comedy career from "Saturday Night Live" to "The Other Two." There are memoirs by "Friends" star Matthew Perry, playwright and scratchy-voiced actor Harvey Fierstein, and even the world's greatest pretend lawyer/Cinnabon-employee, Bob Odenkirk. If you need pictures with your text, there's Kevin Nealon's latest, which includes portraits of famous friends painted by the comedian along with his celebrity stories. (Danielle Ryan)

From Across the Pond

Alan RickmanGrand Central Publishing / Henry Holt & Co.

Meanwhile, from across the pond, four of our most talented, acclaimed, and very British actors in recent memory -- Brian Cox, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Bonneville, and the late Alan Rickman -- all have autobiographies and memoirs published this year. Cox's contributions to the arts span Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann's "Manhunter" to Logan Roy in HBO's "Succession," and now you can read all about his journey in "Putting the Rabbit in the Hat." Grant's memoir, titled "A Pocketful of Happiness," mixes industry insights and nostalgic recollections with a touching tribute to his late wife, Joan. Bonneville's "Playing Under the Piano" will surely be an invaluable addition to any fan of the "Notting Hill" and "Downton Abbey" star, while Rickman's intimate diaries give readers a unique perspective into the mind of the world-famous, if somewhat enigmatic, actor of stage and screen. (Jeremy Mathai)

An Eclectic Ensemble

Tom Felton

Here we have a varied array of memoirs from eclectic actors of film and television. Living legend Viola Davis released "Finding Me: A Memoir," a book she describes as "a story of hope, survival, and acceptance of oneself." Constance Wu made waves earlier this year when she discussed the way backlash to tweets she had made about her time on "Fresh Off The Boat" impacted her mental health, which she describes in detail in her memoir, "Making a Scene." As for superhero fans, Simu Liu's memoir "We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story" is a touching and inspiring story for anyone worried they'll be defined by the circumstances of their younger years. If you're looking for a gripping celebrity story that is also a deeply tough and personal examination, "iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy's "I'm Glad My Mom Died" is the perfect book. There's truly something for everyone with this collection of celebrity stories. (BJ Colangelo)

Behind the Camera

Ian McShaneKevin Winter/Getty

The creator of acclaimed television shows like "NYPD Blue" and "Deadwood" would be worth listening to at the best of times, but even more so considering a tumultuous personal life filled with all sorts of highs and lows apart from success in Hollywood. Few know this better than David Milch (above between Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant), whose struggles with his own demons -- on top of an Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2015 -- have been well-covered to this point. But what about from the writer's own perspective? That's exactly what he's provided with his autobiographical "Life's Work: A Memoir," which charts his difficult path from a troubled youth to an oftentimes complicated adulthood, all while grappling with how he established himself as a creative force to be reckoned with. This is one gift that won't be easily forgotten. (Jeremy Mathai)

For The True Movie, TV, And Pop Culture Nerd

Quentin Tarantino Cinema Speculation

Love him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino knows a thing or two about movies — and he's not shy about sharing. Now, Tarantino has channeled his movie knowledge and love into a new book, "Cinema Speculation." The book is very much in the style of film writers like J. Hoberman, and has Tarantino examining several films from the '70s; films like "Dirty Harry" and "Taxi Driver." As is always the case with Tarantino, some of his opinions are truly out there (example: he says the fantastic "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" is "overrated," which, no). But Tarantino's wild opinions are part of his mystique, and even if you don't agree with him, he usually backs them up with his own reasoning. Those who can't stand Tarantino and his whole aura will likely not want to go near "Cinema Speculation," but film fans are in for a real treat here. (Chris Evangelista)

The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

Have a "Big Bang Theory" fan in your life? Don't worry, we won't judge if you do. In fact, we've got the perfect gift in mind. This "all-access" oral history of the hit comedy series features co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and more as they look back on the creation of the show. This account is as official as it gets, from its initial conception to its series finale after twelve seasons. There is a ton for fans and even casual television enthusiasts to learn in this extensive deep dive, including plenty of details you've never heard before. Although this book has behind-the-scenes drama in spades, it ultimately serves as a love letter to a show that continues to be an example of just how influential a simple television sitcom can become. (Erin Brady)

TCM Underground: Classic Cult and Late Night

TCM Underground: Classic Cult and Late Night CinemaRunning Press

The streaming algorithms have been fantastic at ensuring films find their audience, but we've lost the magic provided by video stores and curated TV programming that would often introduce viewers to all sorts of wild, weird, and wonderful films they may otherwise not seek out on their own. For the cable-cutters longing for the days of "TCM Underground" the weekly late-night cult film showcase airing on Turner Classic Movies every Friday, you're in luck. This holiday season welcomes the book "TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Films from the World of Classic Cult and Late-Night Cinema." This book isn't just a laundry list of recommendations either, because it also includes reviews, behind-the-scenes retellings, and gorgeous photography to celebrate some of the most unique and notorious films from around the globe, like "Ganja and Hess," "The Decline of Western Civilization," "Hausu," "Possession," "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," "Xanadu," and the works of John Waters. This is the perfect guide for movie lovers willing to explore the cinematic world of camp, kitsch, shock, schlock, and unforgettable films that must be seen to be believed. (BJ Colangelo)

Hollywood: The Oral History

Hollywood: The Oral HistoryHarper

For as much as filmmakers enjoy making "love letters to cinema" every time awards season rolls around (which, by my calculations, is right about now!), no fictionalized story could ever rival the real-world history behind Hollywood. This industry has undergone some incredible changes over the decades, to say the least, from filmmaking trends and styles to legendary filmmaker-friendly studios rising and falling to the art form's intrinsic relationship with contemporary social and political movements. There are precious few industry figures left who can say they personally witnessed such upheaval, but luckily, most of them banded together to contribute to "Hollywood: The Oral History." The American Film Institute opened up its interview vaults so readers could get a fresh look at the inside story of the movie business -- from famous figures both past and present. The essential book, written by film scholar Jeanine Basinger and author Sam Wasson, compiles the thoughts of no less than 400 industry titans to paint an unforgettable picture of Hollywood as a whole. Treat yourself (or a loved one) this holiday season and get a copy now! (Jeremy Mathai)

Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic

Masters of Make-Up EffectsWelbeck Publishing

There are few visual experiences quite as awe-inspiring as witnessing the transformation of an actor into an out-of-this-world creature using practical FX and a little bit of elbow grease. Featuring a foreword by Guillermo del Toro and an afterword by Seth MacFarlane, "Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic" is a stunning book that celebrates the unbelievable talents of makeup and makeup FX artists from the world of film and television. Presented by authors Howard Berger and Marshall Julius, the book includes hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and first-hand accounts of how some of the most memorable makeup designs came to be. The book covers a wide range of genres, including films like "Planet of the Apes," "An American Werewolf in London," "The Thing, "Star Trek," "Star Wars," the "Harry Potter" franchise, "Dune," and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over 50 makeup effects legends and creature actors (like Doug Jones, Robert Englund, and Doug Bradley) contributed to the book, making this one of the most in-depth looks at the movie makeup industry ever assembled. This is an absolute must-read for lovers of practical FX and an appreciation for the artistry behind movie magic. (BJ Colangelo)

Mad Dreams and Monsters: The Art of Phil Tippett and Tippett Studio

Mad Dreams and MonstersAbrams

The father of the AT-AT, ED-209, the bugs from "Starship Troopers," and the man the internet loves to point out had "only had one job, Phil" as the Dinosaur Supervisor on Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" is a legend in the movie effects community. Now Phil Tippett has put out a fancy, high-end book brimming with behind the scenes pictures and decades-earned effects knowledge called "Mad Dreams and Monsters" which covers everything from "Star Wars" to "RoboCop" all the way up to his recent surreal stop-motion feature, "Mad Gods." Written by Gilles Penso, this hardcover special edition comes packed with thousands of images never before seen by the public and will surely make the day of any big movie nerd in your life. (Eric Vespe)

Directed by James Burrows: Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, and More

Directed by James BurrowsBallantine Books / NBC

For as much as we film and TV buffs talk about movie directors, we spend far less time discussing full-time TV helmers. There are some exceptionally skilled ones out there, too, including the legendary James Burrows. The "Cheers" co-creator has been calling the shots on TV shows since the 1970s, starting on classic sitcoms like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Taxi," and going on to "Frasier," "Will & Grace," and "Mike & Molly." All in all, he's directed more than 1,000 (!) episodes of TV across nearly 50 years. As you can imagine, he's someone with lots of insights to provide on the entertainment industry -- not to mention many, many behind-the-scenes stories that have never been made public before. For more on that, you'll just have to check out his memoir, "Directed by James Burrows." (Sandy Schaefer)

The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There

The Office BFFsDey Street Books / Earwolf

In case you haven't heard, "The Office" stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey have been hosting a hit podcast called "The Office Ladies," where the two actresses dive into all the behind-the-scenes details from their time as Pam and Angela on the hit comedy series. If the podcast isn't enough for you, the two have also teamed up for a book that digs even more into the real-life friendship of the two stars alongside their time spent at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. These two are an absolute delight, and you can feel the love that they had for their co-stars and characters, so this will be a treat for any fans of "The Office" in your life. (Ethan Anderton)

The Imagineering Story: The Official Biography of Walt Disney Imagineering

The Imagineering StoryDisney Editions

Theme park design is one of the great unsung art forms, and no one did more to advance the medium and define it for the modern era than Disney theme parks' Imagineers. This group of designers, engineers, artists, and technicians represent a wholly unique collective with an ambitious goal: storytellers from dozens of diverse backgrounds who create worlds for people to explore and enjoy.

The story of Disney's Imagineers was chronicled in the illuminating documentary series "The Imagineering Story" on Disney+, and now, filmmaker Leslie Iwerks has turned her filmmaking into a book. And you'll be pleased to know it's the kind of book that could be used in place of a large brick if push came to shove — at 752 pages, this is the kind of comprehensive tome that any Disney theme park fan needs on their shelves.

Honestly, a book like this is long overdue. While there have been plenty of books written by individual Imagineers and tons of coffee table publications collecting concept and behind-the-scenes art, the full story of how theme park design matured and found its voice starting in the 1950s has yet to be collected in one place. This is the kind of story that's not only essential to theme park fans, but essential to understanding the voice of the Disney company, and how our obsession with immersive experiences took root. (Jacob Hall)

My First Movie Vol. 1 (My First Film Noir, My First Giallo Horror, My First French New Wave)

My First Movie Vol. 1Cinephile

It's never too early to teach your kids about true cinema, and that's why Cinephile (the folks behind the card game of the same name) is releasing a trio of books aimed at educating them on a few prestige genres. "My First Movie" is the first volume in a series of brilliantly colored books that cover the traits and tropes of French New Wave, Film Noir, and Giallo Horror. 

My First Movie Giallo HorrorCinephile

If you need any more convincing, the official website for the book series features plenty of praise from the likes of Edgar Wright, David Lowery, and Alex Ross Perry, as well as a bunch of other critics and pop culture experts. Head to Cinephile to grab the box set or pick up just one of the books individually if you're so inclined. There are even bundles that include a print with artwork from the book. Enjoy! (Ethan Anderton)

Behind The Scenes

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio: A Timeless Tale Told Anew

When sifting through potential gifts for the movie-lover in your life, particularly during this time of the year, you'll want to gravitate towards the kind of storyteller who understands the appeal of the holiday season deep down in their bones. That means capturing hopefulness and joy ... as well as the underlying darkness. Perhaps no living filmmaker embodies those two extremes better than Guillermo del Toro, who surprised no one by setting his stop-motion animated take on the classic, heartwarming "Pinocchio" story in fascist, World War II-era Italy while telling one of his most personal stories yet. As "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio" has already released in limited theaters (with a Netflix premiere set for early December), what better time to dig into the behind-the-scenes story of how this passion project came to be? Packed with exclusive interviews, eye-popping concept art, and other essential tidbits, you'll want to make some room for "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio: A Timeless Tale Told Anew." (Jeremy Mathai)

Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece

The Jungle Book: Making a MasterpieceThe Walt Disney Family Museum

Having been with Disney as a top animator since 1980, there is no one better than Andreas Deja to take us on a guided tour through the making of their 1967 classic "The Jungle Book." Who better than the man who brought us Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast," Jafar in "Aladdin," or Scar in "The Lion King" to discuss the Milt Kahl's brilliant work bringing Shere Khan to villainous life? You also get an inside view of development on the four buzzards inspired by The Beatles, along with original model sheets of beloved characters like Baloo the bear and, of course, that little orphan scamp Mowgli. You don't just get a look at the animation process, though. There's also extensive looks at the promotion and merchandising of the film with numerous posters from foreign territories, lenticular postcards, figurines, plush toys (made from sawdust!), lunch boxes, and so much more. (Max Evry)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Ultimate Visual History

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: The Ultimate Visual HistoryInsight Editions

This year sees the 40th anniversary celebration of director Steven Spielberg's signature 1982 hit "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," which for many years held the title of the highest-grossing movie of all-time. Insight Editions' new visual history of the film — which features both a foreword by Drew Barrymore and an introduction by producer Kathleen Kennedy — is a visual marvel in and of itself, with numerous foldout sections depicting concept art, set construction plans, storyboards, and other cool goodies. There's even an intro discussing Spielberg's original, darker take on the alien visitors titled "Night Skies" before it morphed from a tense horror movie into the heartwarming "space Jesus" tale we all know and love. With Spielberg himself looking back on his own childhood this holiday season with the autobiographical film "The Fablemans," why not reconnect to your own childhood with this look at how one of the most beloved sci-fi fairy tales of all time came to be? (Max Evry)

Jurassic World: The Ultimate Visual History

Jurassic World: The Ultimate Visual HistoryInsight Editions

There's already a visual history for the original "Jurassic Park" franchise that was released just last year, so it only makes sense that we get a follow-up about the "Jurassic World" trilogy now that the latest round of blockbuster dinosaur movies has come to an end. Filmmakers Colin Trevorrow, J.A. Bayona, Frank Marshall, Bryce Dallas Howard and many more take us behind-the-scenes of one of the biggest franchises of the 21st century. Packed with rare and never-before-seen imagery and exclusive interviews with key creatives, this chronicle of "Jurassic World" digs into the entire production process of all three action adventure films, as well as Netflix's "Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous" animated series, companion video games, theme park attractions, and much more. (Ethan Anderton)

Clive Barker's Dark Worlds

Clive Barker's Dark WorldsCernunnos

The holidays can be a horror, and no one knows horror like writer and director Clive Barker, who created the "Hellraiser" franchise, "Candyman," and more. Fans of the legendary creator's work can put a little hell in their holidays with the lush coffee table book "Clive Barker's Dark Worlds." (Check out our sneak peek!) "Dark Worlds" by Phil and Sarah Stokes offers behind-the-scenes artwork, photos, and even handwritten notes from Barker himself during the making of his seminal 1987 film, "Hellraiser." Get a look at this book if you can — it has such sights to show you. (Danielle Ryan)

The Northman: A Call to the Gods

The Northman: A Call to the GodsInsight Editions

Robert Eggers' first two films, "The Witch" and "The Lighthouse," are meticulous in their attention to historical detail, from their period-accurate dialogue to the creaky, grimy barns and cottages where the movies' characters gradually turn against one another. His Viking epic "The Northman" is no exception. It's a muddy, bloody revenge drama full of grisly axe-swinging battles, a fight to the death atop an erupting volcano, and morbid mystical entities that may not actually be real. One imagines there are even more wild stories about the making of the film that its cast and crew have yet to share, many of which have been collected in "The Northman: A Call to the Gods." The book also includes storyboards and never-before-seen photos from the set, along with insights from Eggers about his creative process and the real-life Norse history that informed the movie's story. Vallha awaits those brave enough to check out "A Call to the Gods" -- either that or a fascinating read. (Sandy Schaefer)

Star Trek: First Contact: The Making of the Classic Film

The Making of Star Trek: First ContactTitan Books

It's been 25 years since "Star Trek: First Contact" hit the silver screen with its tale of the Enterprise traveling back through time to stop the machinations of the Borg, and now there's a gorgeous coffee-table book to give fans all of the delicious details. "Star Trek: First Contact: The Making of the Classic Film" features all of the behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and archival material fans could ever ask for, plus new and exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. Resistance may be futile for "First Contact" fans trying not to buy this, but that's one kind of assimilation we're okay with! (Danielle Ryan)

Godzilla: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide

Godzilla: The Official Guide to the King of the MonstersWelbeck Publishing

Godzilla has existed as an entertainment giant, a scathing historical counterpunch, and a fascinating cultural icon for well over a half century. The Japanese kaiju may have crossed over into mainstream pop culture here in the West, somewhat diluting the figure's original thematic origins, but true fans remain well aware of the thematic power inherent within the atomic-breathing Gojira. With dozens upon dozens of movies already to the character's name and many more to come, legendary movie studio Toho has gathered together all the most vivid, evocative, and definitive imagery created over the last 60+ years into one handy source: "Godzilla: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide." Published by Toho and written by Graham Skipper, this essential compilation brings together the entirety of Godzilla's history on film for the most passionate kaiju fans out there. Long live the king, indeed. (Jeremy Mathai)

The Making of Netflix's Cowboy Bebop

The Making of Cowboy BebopTitan Books

John Cho, a live-action adaptation of the beloved anime "Cowboy Bebop," and the most popular streaming service in the world seemed like a match made in heaven. While the buzzy Netflix series ultimately only lasted for one season, nobody can take away the gloriously jazz-infused soundtrack, the neon-drenched visuals, or the pitch-perfect casting of (a sometimes shirtless) Cho as Spike Spiegel. Thankfully, even the most hardcore purists out there can appreciate the official making-of book that dives into the behind-the-scenes production adapting the famously influential bounty hunter series, written by authors Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki. From concept art to interviews with the cast and crew to deep-dives into each and every one of the main characters, "Cowboy Bebop: Making The Netflix Series" has something for everyone. (Jeremy Mathai)

The Art Of Movies And Television

The Art of Superheroes

As many of us know, big time fandom doesn't end when the show ends. For so many people, it goes well beyond that. The fans in our lives want to dig deeper into the shows and movies that they love, particularly if they are connected to a major franchise or some pre-existing IP. Art of books are one of the best ways to go deeper and, fortunately, some of the biggest comic book shows of the last few years have some excellent options in that department. On the Marvel side, consider "The Art of WandaVision" or "The Art of Loki," which offer a deep-dive look behind the scenes at two of the most beloved projects of Phase 4 of the MCU. On the more R-rated side of things, we have "The Art and Making of The Boys," which takes us behind the curtain of Prime Video's no-holds-barred adaptation of Garth Ennis' beloved comic. These are surefire welcome additions to the right fan's bookshelf. (Ryan Scott)

The Art of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Action

The Art of Avatar: The Way of WaterDK

Oftentimes, the storyboards and production art behind the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood are just as gorgeous as the actual films (if not more so). Those who are eager to spend more time exploring Pandora's oceans after watching James Cameron's long-awaited "Avatar" sequel may do so by perusing "The Art of Avatar: The Way of Water." You can also check out the original designs for David Leitch's quirky assassin action/comedy by reading "Bullet Train: The Art and Making of the Film," or learn about MinaLima, the graphic design studio behind the magical locations and fantastical creatures of the Wizarding World, by taking a gander at "The Magic of MinaLima: Celebrating the Graphic Design Studio Behind the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Films." Finally, Richard Bennett's various storyboards for MonsterVerse movies like "Kong: Skull Island" and "Godzilla vs. Kong" will be collected together for the first time in "Godzilla and Kong: The Cinematic Storyboard Art of Richard Bennett." (Sandy Schaefer)

The Art of Animation

Strange World / Star Wars VisionsChronicle Books / Dark Horse Books

Art books can be a great holiday gift, but art books celebrating the making of animated movies and television shows are even more magical. There have been some beautiful recent animated releases and there are some equally beautiful coffee table art books for fans to enjoy what's involved in bringing these animated stories to life. There's a bit of something for everyone, from family-friendly fare like "The Art of Lightyear" to the adult cyberpunk future of "The Art of Blade Runner: Black Lotus." Whichever art book you decide to go with, you're sure to learn something about animation and give your eyes a real treat. (Danielle Ryan)


Ghostbusters: The Official Cookbook

If bustin' makes you feel good, then you might want to try your hand at cookin' this holiday season. The official "Ghostbusters" cookbook features over 50 recipes for a variety of dishes, drinks, desserts and more inspired by the paranormal comedy. Inspired by the podcasts of ... Podcast from "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," the book provides a playful array of things you can make with your friends and family. Yes, there are plenty of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Slimer-inspired items, which will make this all the more fun for the kids in your life. But there's plenty for adults to enjoy, too. Yes, have some! (Ethan Anderton)

Avengers Campus: The Official Cookbook

Avengers Campus CookbookInsight Editions

If you haven't been able to make it over to the Avengers Campus theme park expansion over at Disneyland's California Adventure Park, this will help you get a little bit closer to the Marvel experience. This official cookbook gives you recipes for some of the food you'll find in the park, whether it's chicken shawarma wraps after a big battle or the sweet "Guardians of the Galaxy"-inspired Cosmic Cream Orbs. There are also plenty of little items inspired by the Pym Particles that play an integral part in the dining options in the Marvel theme park land. The book itself is framed as being narrated by Ant-Man's daughter Cassie Lang, so there's plenty of playful culinary activities for the Marvel fan in your life to enjoy. (Ethan Anderton)

Studio Ghibli Cookbook

Studio Ghiblo CookbookInsight Editions

Whether it's Mei chomping on fresh cucumbers in "My Neighbor Totoro," the title fish girl's yen for ham in "Ponyo," or Sen's parents making literal pigs of themselves in "Spirited Away," the animated classics of Studio Ghibli are filled with great eating scenes. Now you can recreate many of those onscreen delectables with Insight Editions' "Studio Ghibli: The Unofficial Cookbook." You can whip up perfect Ghibli-themed bento boxes for your kids, a deliciously simple mushroom & chicken stir-fry from "The Tale of the Princess Kaguyal," or a nut cake inspired by "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind." Since the studio's founder, Hayao Miyazaki, continues to churn out new animated films well into his 80s, with his next one "How Do You Live?" currently well into production, you can take that as your cue to let your own creativity in the kitchen soar like Kiki on her magical broom. (Max Evry)

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Cookbook & Entertaining Guide

The Nightmare Before Christmas CookbookInsight Editions

Tim Burton and director Henry Selick's stop-motion classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas" has become a perennial favorite of both the Halloween and Christmas holidays. Now you can relive the magic of Jack Skellington and his Halloween Town crew all year round with Insight Editions' "The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Cookbook & Entertaining Guide." As you might be able to surmise from the title, the book is broken down into two distinct halves. The first half features individual recipes for everything from "The Mayor Chocolate Pretzel Spiderwebs" to "Ooogie Boogie Guacamole With Ghost & Christmas Tree Chips." The second half focuses on "Nightmare"-themed parties, including DIY decorations and craft projects as well as games and other activities for your guests to participate in. There are also online resources like downloadable templates. Bring out your inner holiday goth with this book that will make everybody seem so happy, you'll have possibly gone daffy. (Max Evry)

Comic Books, Novels, And More

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Illustrated Edition

Thanks to J.K. Rowling and her treacherous transphobic rhetoric, it can be pretty hard to get excited about anything tied to the Wizarding World these days. But there are tons of people who work to keep the magic alive, even as the creator continues to tarnish the franchise's legacy. That's why we'd still like to call attention to the latest in the series of spectacular illustrated editions of the original "Harry Potter" books. "Order of the Phoenix" is the longest book in the entire series, so you'll be in for a real treat with the gorgeous artwork accompanying the game-changing rise of Lord Voldemort and the efforts of Harry Potter and his friends and mentors to stop him. Every single illustrated edition of these books so far has been incredible, and we're sure this one will be no different. (Ethan Anderton)

Star Wars: The High Republic and More

Star Wars BooksRandom House

Those who have only ever seen the "Star Wars" movies and TV shows are missing out on a whole galaxy's worth of interesting stories. The upcoming Disney+ series "The Acolyte" will take viewers deep into the troubled final days of the High Republic and the return of the Sith, but you can get a jump-start on that by reading Claudia Gray's High Republic novel "The Fallen Star" and listen to Cavan Scott's audio drama "Tempest Runner." Alternatively, those in the mood for a Clone Wars-era adventure with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker can read Mike Chen's novel "Star Wars: Brotherhood." Or forget Anakin; how about a solo story about a troubled teenage Obi-Wan in the form of Kiersten White's book "Star Wars: Padawan?" Finally, if you want to know more about what, exactly, Luke and Lando got up to in-between "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens," then Adam Christopher's "Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith" is a must-read. (Sandy Schaefer)

The Rise of the Dragon: An Illustrated History of the Targaryen Dynasty, Volume One

The Rise of the DragonTen Speed Press

If "Game of Thrones" and its spin-off/prequel series "House of the Dragon" weren't enough to fill the dragon-shaped hole in the hearts of fans, then perhaps a long-awaited book by original author George R.R. Martin would do the trick? No, no, sorry, that was a bit cruel. Not that one. While fans of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels have been conditioned to hurry up and wait for the procrastinating novelist's penultimate book, "The Winds of Winter," the author hasn't been shy about releasing other works of fiction set within the same world as the story that has now led to two smash-hit HBO blockbusters and some upcoming spin-off shows, as well. One such is "The Rise of the Dragon: An Illustrated History of the Targaryen Dynasty, Volume One," which acts as a companion to Martin's "Fire & Blood," comes packed with brand-new artwork, and would be a great introductory guide to any fans looking to dig into more lore after watching "House of the Dragon." (Jeremy Mathai)

Stranger Things: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book

Stranger Things Pop-Up BookInsight Editions

Have you ever wanted to own some of the intricate "Stranger Things" sets in real life? Well, unfortunately, you likely can't actually own a real piece of Starcourt Mall or the Byers residence. However, "Stranger Things: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book" is probably the closest you can get. The book collects five scenes from throughout the series, including Eleven's encounter with the Demogorgon and the cracking of the Russian code at Scoops Ahoy! Illustrated by series mainstay Kyle Richards and produced by experts in the pop-up industry, this "explosive 3D journey through the world of Netflix's hit series" will be the perfect gift for any "Stranger Things" fan in your life. (Erin Brady)

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Omnibus Vol. 1

The Smpsons: Treehouse of Horror Omnibus Vol. 1Abrams

"The Simpsons" began the "Treehouse of Horror" tradition in the second season of the animated series back in 1990, and the award-winning comics followed five years later. Just like the anthology episodes of the series, each comic book contained a few stories that typically riffed on familiar horror and sci-fi tropes from film and television, often directly parodying beloved titles. Within the first collection of comics contained in the recently released "Ominous Omnibus Vol. 1," you'll find stories inspired by "Little Shop of Horrors," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "The Exorcist," "Frankenstein," "Nosferatu," "Rosemary's Baby," "Ghostbusters," the stories of Alfred Hitchcock, the tales of Edgar Allen Poe, and so much more. They're a lot of fun, and "The Simpsons" fan in you life will love having them in a big collection like this. (Ethan Anderton)

Marvel Anatomy

Marvel AnatomyInsight Editions

Are you one of those Marvel fans that wants to know how everything ticks? Ever wondered what lurks in the bone matter and sinew beneath their colorful costumes? Then Insight Editions' "Marvel Anatomy" is the book for you, my friend. In this fully illustrated tome, you'll discover the inner workings of Captain America's enhanced physiology, get the inside scoop on Daredevil's radar senses, and an up-close view of The Hulk's gamma-reinforced muscle fibers -- and that's just for starters. After the recent release of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," the movie may leave you wondering about the makings of Namor's hybrid human/undersea physiology. "Marvel Anatomy" has got you covered there, too. There are even some comics characters who have yet to have their day in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or anywhere else in live-action, such as Red Hulk, Jocasta, Squirrel Girl, Throg, and more. This book will truly make you see your favorite heroes and villains in a whole new light. (Max Evry)

Batmobile Manual: Inside The Dark Knight's Most Iconic Rides

Batmobile ManualInsight Editions

Batman is arguably the most popular superhero on the planet. Sure, the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets a lot of attention these days, but the Caped Crusader is an unparalleled icon that was able to sustain big Hollywood blockbusters before superheroes became extremely popular on the big screen. Over the years, we've had many iterations of Batman, and that includes many different takes on Bruce Wayne's classic ride, the Batmobile. For the Bat-fan in your life, "Batmobile Manual: Inside the Dark Knight's Most Iconic Rides" might be the perfect gift. Written by Daniel Wallace, it goes over the various incarnations of the Dark Knight's whip over the decades, going into great detail with extensive photographs, illustrations, and a wealth of information from behind the scenes. It's the kind of gift a Batman fan would love to receive, but may not have on their radar. In other words, it's a home run as far as gift-giving goes. (Ryan Scott)

Batman Returns: One Dark Christmas Eve

Batman Returns: One Dark Christmas EveInsight Editios

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Gotham town, not a creature was stirring —not even the clown! If you love "Batman Returns" and like your holiday stories in rhyming couplets, then this is the perfect book for you! This storybook retells the tale of Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" like you've never heard it before, complete with gorgeous illustrations from artist JJ Harrison of characters like Catwoman, the Penguin, and of course, Batman himself. It might be the best gift you can get for the "Batman" fan in your life, given you can't put a bow on justice. (Danielle Ryan)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last RoninIDW Publishing

Ready for a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic unlike any you've ever seen? The Foot Clan have taken over New York City, and all but one of the heroes in a half-shell have perished. Now only one of the turtles remains to protect the city. But which of the mutant brothers remains? He carries the weapons of Leonardo, Donatello, Rapahel, and Michelangelo, and he doesn't wear any of the traditional mask colors. Who is the Last Ronin? In this best-selling hardcover collection, you'll find out, and it's a lot of fun if you go in without knowing any of the spoilers. "Cowabunga" doesn't even begin to cover how badass this comic arc is. You won't be disappointed. (Ethan Anderton)

The Illustrated Al: The Songs of Weird Al Yankovic

The Illustrated Al: The Songs of Weird Al YankovicZ2 Comics

With the arrival of "Weird: The Al Yaknovic Story" on Roku Channel recently, the musical legacy of the parody song master is all the rage again. Now you can celebrate "Weird Al" and his song catalog with a collection of artwork that interprets over 20 of his classic songs. Featuring artwork from Bill Plympton, Aaron Augenblick, Peter Bagge, Steve Chanks, Danny Hellman, Felipe Sobreiro, Gideon Kendall, Michael Kupperman, Wes Hargis, and many more, you'll find plenty of zany imagery coming at you like a blast from Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse firehose. There's even a foreword from legendary comic Emo Philips. But be sure to look at all the different ways you can get this book, because there are a few different editions, like the one seen above. It's time to get weird! (Ethan Anderton)

That's all for Part 3 of the 2022 /Film Holiday Gift Guide. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the gift guide, and come back tomorrow for Part 4, featuring soundtracks and artwork.

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