Belfast ban on Frankenstein

Anonymous Patron writes "The more things change, the more they stay the same... has a story on a series of unfortunate events that happened in Belfast, Ireland, way back in 1932.
The first time Frankenstein came to Belfast was in April 1932 when James Whale’s 1931 classic was shown in cinemas throughout Ireland and Britain. In Belfast the film looked as though it was going to be a tremendous success as over 10,000 turned up for the first viewing. It was quickly banned, and how it ended up that way is a case study in censorship. They were, of course, thinking of the children:

"We had to think of the possible effect the picture might have on immature or unbalanced minds. In this connection let me observe that at almost every Court of Assize or Session defending counsel have advanced the plea that their youthful clients got the inspiration for their crimes at the cinema."

The Frankenstein ban was never lifted."

ALA- SRRT Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force List of Top Twenty Films on Poverty

Steve Fesenmaier writes "By Steve Fesenmaier with additions from the field Aug. 3, 2005

John Gehner, Coordinator of the ALA- SRRT Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force has asked me to create a list of "top 20 greatest films on poverty." I came up with the following list from my 30+ years as a professional film exhibitor, critic, etc. Please send me any films you think should be on the list....documentary or fictional...or short...or animated...

C S Lewis's family pleased with Narnia movie

Not Much To This but apparently The stepson of the creator of the much-loved Narnia books says C.S. Lewis would be pleased with the new movie.

"The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is due for release in December after being filmed mostly in New Zealand.

The movie is directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson, who also directed the award winning cartoon Shrek.


'Charlie' the film or book -- which one is sweeter?

The LA Times asks you to read the book and see the movie, then decide if you think the movie stays true to the story told by Dahl. Do the changes work for you? Would you recommend the book to a friend? What about the movie?


From Bad Book To Good Movie? The Da Vinci Code

From New York's picture newspaper, a little story about the Da Vinci Code movie, due out next May from Columbia Pictures, and starring Tom Hanks.


"The Da Vinci Code" starts filming in Paris

Anonymous Patron writes "Yahoo! News Reports Tom Hanks and the rest of the cast and crew of the upcoming movie "The Da Vinci Code" have started filming in Paris and are to take over the Louvre museum -- a key location --, the producers said."


Documentary Film on Librarians in Cinema and Society

Anonymous Patron writes "From the web site ( Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society is a full-length, feature documentary film now in production. The first of its kind, this film will show the realities of 21st century librarianship in the entertaining and appealing context of American movies. Dozens of interviews with real librarians will be intercut with film clips of cinematic librarians in order to examine such issues as stereotyping, censorship and intellectual freedom, books and literacy, library funding, equal access -- in short, the whole impact of librarians in our culture and society."


Librarian Documentary - Merchandise!

LibrariANN writes "The documentary-in-progress, "The Hollywood Librarian," now has merchandise available at Cafe Press. T-shirts, camisoles and tote bags, all made in the US."

Blockbuster Leery of The Competition--Libraries

In the dog eat dog world of 2005, the video rental places are a bit nervous about libraries lending recent videos...for free.

In this AP article , reporter John Seewer notes, "The nation's two biggest movie-rental chains, Blockbuster and Movie Gallery, said they have not seen evidence that librarians are stealing their customers. They contend that they offer more convenience and better selection than libraries.

"While it may be a creative alternative, it's really not a threat to our business," Blockbuster spokesman Blake Lugash said.

The number of video materials stocked by libraries nationwide has risen by 56 percent in four years, according to the most recent figures available from the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2000, the Toledo (OH) library circulated 104,639 DVDs. The number jumped to 807,169 by 2004.

Doesn't bode well for Blockbuster, not to mention the encroachment of Netflix, etc.


Frakes set to Direct "The Librarian: Part 2"

Star Trekker Jonathan Frakes announced this past weekend that he is pegged to direct the second of installment of the TNT movie, "The Librarian," which is set to air in April 2006. The announcement and discussion from Eclipse Magazine.

--He didn't want to be a hero. He only wanted a job


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