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

Critics Debate Time Mag's All-Time 100 Best Films

librarianscott writes "Two film critics talk about the snubs in the recent list from Time Magazine of the 100 All-Time Best Movies."


"The Librarian" Returning To TNT

Joy writes " Sci Fi Wire reports, "Cable network TNT announced that it is developing a sequel to the original fantasy adventure movie 'The Librarian: Quest for the Spear', which earned high ratings for the channel when it aired last December (ed-though LISNewsters reported mixed reviews).

The network told advertisers and reporters that star Noah Wyle will return in the sequel, which will once again be executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day) under his Electric Entertainment banner. Wyle will reprise his role as unlikely hero Flynn Carsen, a librarian with 22 academic degrees charged with protecting a treasure trove of magical artifacts hidden beneath the Metropolitan Library. The new original movie is tentatively scheduled to air on TNT in the fall.""


Another Librarian As Silver Screen Hero?

Director Gus Van Sant sees "The Time Traveler's Wife", a popular sci-fi romance by Audrey Niffenegger, in his future. He's in talks with New Line Cinema to turn the book into a movie.

The story centers on an adventurous librarian, Henry, who suffers from "chrono displacement" disorder, which causes him to involuntarily travel back and forth through time. Throughout his journeys, he's anchored by his relationship to his true love Clare, who lives a normal, sequential life and must await his unexpected appearances and disappearances.

News on the movie-to-be.


Popular movies spur kids to read

Anonymous Patron writes " From "Harry Potter" to "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events," more children are looking to the big screen to find out what book they should read next. Or so says The Home News Tribune (from New Jersey). Jean Ruch, a librarian at the North Brunswick Public Library, said some of the most popular books she sees children taking out are ones that were movies. "Things they see on television, they want a book about it," said Ruch, who has worked at the library since 1993."



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