Movies

Year's End at the National Film Registry

The Chicago Tribune reports on the 2006 additions to the National Films Registry at the Library of Congress; "Rocky" is among them. The National Film Registry list, begun in 1989, now numbers 450.

Watched The Librarian? You Weren't Alone

"The Librarian", directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Noah Wyle, debuted Sunday night on the TNT network with a strong 6.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The number was only slightly down from the original installment, THE LIBRARIAN: THE QUEST FOR THE SPEAR, which averaged nearly 7 million viewers in its Dec. 5, 2004, premiere. Even Better News, Although the movie is still slated to air half a dozen more times (this is TNT after all), Return to King Solomon's Mines has been announced for a December 19th DVD release date, meaning you can pick up Flynn Carsen's latest adventure just in time for Christmas.

Did you watch "The Librarian?"

I tried to be a good sport and watch last night's sequel to 2004's "The Librarian: Quest of the Spear." But, alas, I gave up on "Return to King Solomon's Mines" after about 30 minutes. What little review I have is here at Tinfoil+Raccoon. Let us know if you reviewed it on your blog or leave your review here, if you like.

Noah Wyle as the Librarian - Tonight

As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."

<i>The Librarians</i> action flick With a Cameo Appearance by Mark Foley

bean writes "Today's Palm Beach Post reports Foley's role in action flick unearthed. "Filmed in Palm Beach County and released in 2001 as The Librarians, ... it was re-released two years later as Strike Force." The movie didn't attract much attention until a freelance writer recently discovered former Congressman Mark Foley's involvement as an actor. The Librarians is the name of a "noble mercenary group" in the movie."

Is "Basic Instinct" Too Basic for Arkansas Library?

"Basic Instinct" (1992) has been checked out 22 times since the Rogers, AR library added the racy, donated VHS tape to their collection in December. But the question on the table is, will it stay there? Story from N.W. Arkansas News.

Longitudes and Attitudes

42 years ago, Michael Apted began filming a group of seven year-olds plucked from the extremes of the British class system. Since then, he's followed their lives with a new film every seven years. What began as a one-off BBC program has become one of the most important histories on film, and a prototype for our reality-TV culture. On the occasion of 49Up's opening this weekend, Apted speaks to Bob about the series. Complete transcript here. (Radio show - "On the Media") When you are at the transcript you can click on "Listen Now" and hear the story as well as read it.

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Coming to the Silver Screen

...get ready

...the one

the only...

Angelina Jolie (YES!) will star in the movie adaptation of Atlas Shrugged , the ambitious 1,100-page novel (circa 1957) by Russian-born American writer and philosopher Ayn Rand, Variety reported yesterday (and here reported by The Book Standard).

Rand, who also wrote the novels Anthem and The Fountainhead , which was made into a movie in 1949, was also known for her Objectivist philosophies, which she developed and included in many of her books, including Atlas Shrugged. This movie has been 'in the works' for several years now.

Not Everyone Likes Comic Books...Like Heath Ledger

Despite being cast as The Joker in the upcoming Batman sequel "the Dark Knight", actor Heath Ledger doesn't care a whit about comic books (but that's not how he phrases it); read about it in comicbookmovie.com.

Film Sees End Near for Libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "One from MercuryNews.com on "Specflic 2.0"-- a speculative discourse on the future of libraries -- What ''Specflic 2.0'' has to say about the end of the library as we know it is more prophetic than cynical, director and star agree. In the age of Google and Web surfing, libraries are not being used as they once were. Indeed, director Jenik, the West Wing's Allison Janney and the crew couldn't remember the last time they'd visited a library."

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