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Starring the Computer film database

The next time you're working at the reference desk and someone wants to know what kind of computer was used in the classic 1973 movie "Invasion of the Bee Girls," well, now you have a place to turn. " The Verge directs your attention to the Starring the Computer which describes itself as, "...a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry."

Oscars 2012: 'Fantastic Flying Books' wins for animated short film

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” a 15-minute film about a man who cares for a library of lively books, won the Academy Award for animated short film on Sunday night.

More at L.A. Times

Walden Media Will Adapt Supernatural Librarian Comic Rex Libris

Walden Media Will Adapt Supernatural Librarian Comic 'Rex Libris'
Walden Media, the company behind the Chronicles of Narnia franchise adaptation, is looking to capitalize on both the supernatural and comic book trend Hollywood loves so damn much now with an adaptation of Rex Libris. Based on James Turner's comic book of the same name, it centers around a quirky librarian with fists of steel who battles zombies and wrestles monsters in order to protect Middleton Public Library from danger. Hunting down late fees from alien warlords and saving customers from falling into alternate realities is all in a day's work for Rex, who is a member of a secret society called Ordo Biblioteca. Read on!

Bad movies - Worse books

Bad movie/worse book, Part I: Why 'The Help' is hopeless
Editor's note: In the run-up to this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, we will be writing about three nominees for Best Picture that are not only unworthy of such distinction, but are all adaptations of even worse books. Hence the title of the feature. Enjoy.

To be fair, the film version of “The Help” was working from deeply flawed source material. The book, by Kathryn Stockett, was weak in both word and deed — rife with clichés, melodrama and a soupcon of racial uplift through the lens of a white woman.

Borrowers' Tiny World Comes Alive In 'Arrietty'

Positive veview of "Arrietty" on NPR by Kenneth Turan: Borrowers' Tiny World Comes Alive In 'Arrietty'

Official site for the movie: The Secret World Of Arrietty

Wikipedia entry for movie: The Secret World of Arrietty
Wikipedia entry for books: The Borrowers

Movies based on books are an opportunity for libraries to piggyback on the movie promotion to promote the books and the library.

Oscars' big winners will be books

Oscars' big winners will be books
Six of the nine nominations announced this week for Best Picture are based on books, reflecting a recent pattern in which the Oscar lists have consistently and gratifyingly affirmed cinema's dependence on literature. Apart from a modest lurch towards originality in 2010, the previous five years saw line-ups in which half or more of the shortlistees were adaptations, including the winners No Country for Old Men (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2009) and The King's Speech (2011).

Redbox rental prices to rise

The new rental rate will be $1.20 per day, instead of the current $1 daily rate. Redbox prices will remained unchanged for Blu-ray discs at $1.50 per day and video games at $2 per day.

See article in USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011-10-27/redbox-dvd-rental-prices/50970590/1

Announcement at Redbox website:
http://www.redbox.com/pricechange

Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster

The company said it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name.

Story in the NYT blog - Media Decoder

"Clearly" and Netflix

In a comment to a previous post this comment was made - How is Netflix "clearly" pushing people toward streaming?

Seems pretty clear now: Netflix Spins DVD Service Into Separate Business

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that Netflix is splitting into two businesses. It's an admission that Netflix just could not integrate its DVD service and its streaming service. The DVD business will now be called Qwikster. It will offer DVDs and video games. The streaming service will still be called Netflix.

Waste Land

Movie info at Rotten Tomatoes

DVD a Amazon.com: Waste Land

If you have Netflix the movie is available to watch instantly. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can watch the movie online free via Amazon. Link to Amazon digital version: Waste Land (free for Prime members, $3.99/3 day rental for others.)

Ebert's review - I am honestly shocked that he gave 3 and not 4 stars.

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