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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

Film Sees End Near for Libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "One from 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."


Preserving Memories on Film

Historic home movies from the collections of the Library of Congress and screenings of films brought by the public will be featured at the fourth annual Washington Home Movie Day ( The website inquires of its readers: Did you know...- Your home movies may be easier to watch if you transfer them to videotape or DVDs, but the original films will actually last MUCH longer than any new media?

Press release for the August 12 event from Managing Information, and here is a list of locations and organizations.

"The Librarian"...soon to be a Comic Book

Mike Gordon writes "To coincide with the December 2006 broadcast premiere of the much-anticipated sequel to Turner Network (TNT)'s "Librarian: Quest of the Spear", Electric Entertainment has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Atlantis Studios to produce a graphic novel adaptation of the sequel and produce an original comic book series based on the characters from the two films. The sequel, entitled "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines",continues the action-packed adventures of Flynn Carson, a man charged with protecting a repository of humanity's greatest secrets, all hidden beneath the monolithic Metropolitan Library from the forces of evil who, if given the chance, would use the priceless treasures for their nefarious plans." More on the production company here.

All are invited to submit 52-second films

An old friend of mine is involved with an arts organization called Hall Farm. He's helping get the word out about their upcoming 52-second film festival.

The 52-Second Film Festival - With the first public screening of a motion picture on December 28, 1895, brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiére ushered in the age of cinema. The event was a demonstration of their device, the cinematograph, which served as camera, projector, and printer. The length of the Lumiéres' original reels was 52 seconds.

The 52-Second Film Festival poses the challenge of the original motion picture and presents the opportunity for artists working in a variety of media to revisit and re-invent this most original of mediums. Judges will include filmmakers, writers, visual artists, and performers, who will watch every entry and select finalists and winners.

I know we don't have a lot of filmmakers on this list, but come on. You can make a 52-second film using your cellphone! I'm encouraging everyone to put something together and submit it. Wouldn't it be cool if a librarian won the prize?


CIA Altered End of "Animal Farm" Animated Film

Kelly writes "The Memory Hole has acquired a list of films that were produced or used by the Central Intelligence Agency. Among the films on the list is a 1955 animated version of George Orwell's "Animal Farm," with its `chilling finale in which the farm animals looked back and forth at the tyrannical pigs and the exploitative human farmers but found it `impossible to say which was which.' The article also lists a number of other films the CIA - call them the CIA Director's cut - altered: Via ThinkProgress"


Review: Christian rock music documentary

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? 91 min. Directed by Vicki Hunter and Heather Whinna. $20 from Blank Stare Films. Sample clips online at RightRightRight Films. No MPAA rating.

I highly recommend this recently-released indie DVD for libraries that collect documentaries. (WorldCat currently shows 7 holding libraries.) Through interviews and snippets of performances, Why Should the Devil ... ? peeks into the world of evangelical Christian rock music -- encompassing punk, metal, ska, rap, and other styles. This disc will especially appeal to aficionados of slice-of-a-subculture films like Word Wars and Trekkies. It should also be of interest to fans of the featured acts, but anyone watching for the music is bound to get frustrated by the brevity of the concert clips.


Montana State library cancels ACLU film amid criticism

The Montana State Library has canceled a showing of a movie critical of the U.S. Patriot Act after people complained about the American Civil Liberties Union being involved. The State Library said it originally thought the film, ‘‘The ACLU Freedom Files,’’ would be a good pick for its monthly seminar series because parts of the Patriot Act affects libraries.

But the library decided Tuesday the presentation might be one-sided in its criticism of the Patriot Act and canceled a viewing scheduled for Friday.

A State Library spokeswoman said complaints came from residents and state employees who didn’t like the idea of the ACLU getting a forum.


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