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There are a lot of people out there who don't want the Harry Potter phenomenon to be over, and this news will surely give them some comfort.
In the March 10 issue of Newsweek -- available here -- an article cites Netflix's disapproval of the Sanbornton (NH) Public Library's use of the Netflix service to expand its offerings of DVDs. The library's original press release is available here. How Newsweek picked up on it is a bit of mystery. The Library has contacted Netflix and is waiting to see if any dialogue is possible.
Oops: A mislabeled calendar item for a recent Monday Matinee showing at the Kenton County Library prompted several residents to voice concerns last week. The movie in question was "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." Although the movie is rated PG-13, the library listed the event as appropriate for "Ages 7-12."
Instead, the movie was supposed to have been listed for "Grades 7-12."
"We certainly wouldn't allow a 10-year-old to see a PG-13 movie," said Becky Bowen, the new branch manager at the Independence library.
Netflix has a series of movies that you can watch on your computer for no additional cost to your subscription if you are a Netflix member. There is a documentary called "Stone Reader" that is available as a movie to watch instantly at Netflix.
The "Stone Reader" documentary receives very strong reviews. People either love it or hate it. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 4 in his review of the documentary.
The New York Times has an interesting article about the documentary and the book that the documentary is focused on. You can find the NYT article here.
So if you subscribe to Netflix you can watch the movie without having to wait for it to arrive in the mail. If you don't want to watch the movie on your computer it is also available on DVD from Netflix. Blockbuster also has the movie on DVD if you subscribe to their service. And don't forget your local library they probably have it to.
News from the world of cinema about a new movie in the works from Emilio Estevez entitled "The Public"...from Reuters.
Here's the April 2007 op-ed in the LA Times (plot source for the movie), written by Chip Ward, recently retired as the Assistant Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library System, entitled "What They Didn't Teach Us in Library School."
I'm "writing" (if you want to be generous) a strip called Black Shirts about two guys who work on a starship that looks like the USS Enterprise, but isn't. (To avoid possible legal problems; who know, IANAL.)
I'll post a few strips once a week on my blogger page, but all the strips will also be on the toondoo page:
you might notice that I use the same image for every panel: yes, I am lazy.
8 Kick-Ass Movies You Didn't Know Were Based on Books: Nobody reads books these days. After all, what's the point? There's no way some novel could ever kick as much ass as, say, watching Sylvester Stallone punch a guy's head off his shoulders. Or, could it? Believe it or not, a lot of the most kick-ass movies were adapted from kick-ass books. No, we're not just talking Lord of the Rings here. We're talking about ...
All Things Considered, December 17, 2007 · Few modern American films have achieved the cult status enjoyed by Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. But the picture's path to film legend was anything but straight, with bitter disagreement between director Scott and Warner Brothers about the film's original cut.
A flop when it premiered in 1982, Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford as Deckard, a cop who hunts renegade human-like androids — known as replicants — in a futuristic Los Angeles. It features a happy ending with a voiceover that explains how Deckard "gets the girl" — who is actually a replicant named Rachael.
Ten years later, in 1992, Ridley Scott released a director's cut of the film, in which he dropped the happy ending forced on him by the studio in 1982.
And now, 25 years after the original release, the director gets the final say. He has re-cut the original film and brushed up the visuals and sound quality to create the picture he had always intended.
In a brief piece in last Sunday's Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, journalist Cheryl Truman interviewed Anita Silvey, author of 500 Great Books for Teens, and university professor Mary Landrum about the Golden Compass brouhaha:
[Silvey] views the fracas over The Golden Compass as a cautionary tale about why writers in the children's and young adult book industry shy away from references to religion and spirituality: Individual perceptions of what it's appropriate to write about religion vary as widely as readers' perceptions of what God is.
"If a person's vision of God isn't your version of God, it begins to get books pulled from libraries," Silvey says.