The Book Was Better

I think that we all agree that, 9.9 times out of 10, whenever someone makes a movie based on a book, the book is better.

Entertainment Weekly has a decent list of the 23 most disappointing book to movie adaptations. Included are some real gems like The Golden Compass and (shudder) A Sound of Thunder. Whether you agree the movie was good or bad, I think most all of us will agree that the book was most definitely better.


The Hollywood Librarian's financial predicament

Lynne writes: "Greetings to all librarians. I am Lynne Martin Erickson. I have been the fiscal agent for The Hollywood Librarian documentary film since 2004. I post this in the hope that librarians will respond immediately and repost widely.

As many of you know, this wonderful film is the result of the tireless efforts of one person: Ann Seidl. She single-handedly raised $200,000 to make and distribute this movie, worked on it for over 8 years and she is still working to get it seen by as many members of our public as possible. She is traveling throughout the US and the world to promote the film. Thanks to the librarian network, the film is being seen in dozens of locations by hundreds and even thousands of people.

While Ann has devoted her full-time work to this cause, she has been paid very little. She insists she is not in it for the money. I can guarantee that is the case. She wouldn't say this to you, but I can assure you that Ann is broke.

During the Banned Book Week release, when tickets sold for $8, we took in about $10,000, but less than $400 was profit. These days, she is asking for a small fee to screen the film but that money is to fund the editing and authoring process for the DVD which she wants to make available this fall. But she must have some financial support to go on working on the film. We can't let her stop working on the film to take other employment when she is so close to finishing.

If you are a fan of The Hollywood Librarian or of Ann, I am asking you to send her your financial encouragement.

Iowa Senate Votes down Proposal on Libraries and R-rated movies

From <b><a href="">Radio Iowa News</a></b>: "The Iowa Senate Wednesday voted down a proposal to require libraries which get state funds to restrict loaning R-rated movies to kids under 18-years old. Brad Zahn, a Republican from Urbandale, offered the amendment to an education appropriations bill. . . . The proposed ban was defeated by a vote of 31 to 17."

Free movies! Line forms at the library

Gas and food prices might be siphoning cash from Minnesotans' wallets, but thousands are saving on one of life's small pleasures by checking out free DVDs from the local library for their movie night.

The service is wildly popular: The suburban branches of the Hennepin County Library have 58,244 DVDs comprising 11,180 titles -- with 70 percent of discs for grownups being checked out at any given time. By comparison, the average Blockbuster store in the Twin Cities has 5,000 titles.

18 Sexy Trips to the Library Stacks

<a href=",,20190897,00.html">Photo Gallery from</a> "Okay, maybe all these library scenes aren't as ''sexy'' as the naughtiness in ''Atonement'' but it's National Library Week -- why quibble?" and yes, they expect you to click "Next" 18 more times to see all the photos...... aaarrrgh!

He's back!

"The Librarian" will be returning to TV again sometime later this year. It will be called "Curse of the Judas Chalice," and apparently deal with a vampire and the Judas Chalice, whatever that may be.

Last 'Harry Potter' Film To Be Released in Two Segments

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.


Newsweek outs Netflix-using public library

In the March 10 issue of Newsweek -- available <b><a href="">here</a></b> -- 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 <b><a href="">here</a></b>. How Newsweek picked up on it is a bit of mystery.

Resident complains about library movie showing

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.

If you have Netflix...

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.



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