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How much time do you spend thinking about GODZILLA?

Well Bill Tsutsui, a history professor at the University of Kansas and author of the book "Godzilla on My Mind," thinks about him quite a lot, and has planned a three day scholarly conference at the University of Kansas for the 50th anniversary of the first Godzilla film. He's been collaborating with Japanese studies librarian Michiko Ito.

The conference begins Oct. 28 and offers speeches, panel discussions and free screenings of Godzilla films, including "Gojira," the Japanese movie that started Godzilla's career in November 1954. Atop the movie theater will be an inflatable 28-foot Godzilla balloon.

The notion of a serious Godzilla conference drew puzzled looks on campus.

"It's kind of odd," said freshman Kathleen Schafer said. "I didn't think scholars would be interested."

But they are...and they're coming from Duke, Harvard and Vanderbilt. More here .


Mad About Monsters

Librarian and film archivist Steve Frederick is putting together a film series for his favorite time of year...Halloween, in his favorite locale, Hawaii.

Long a buff of the most popular horror movies of the 20th Century (Frankenstein--and House of, Bride of, Son of and Meets the Wolfman among them), Frederick's program is called "It's Alive!" and is slated to run at the Kailua Public Library next Thursday. Patrons from eight and up will enjoy such stars as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr., in "The Mummy" and the five previously mentioned Frankenstein films.

Be prepared for some blood-curdling thrills and chills...Honolulu Star Bulletin .


Library Action Heroes

egy writes "Here's a pair of links for the pop culture mavens:

This December on TNT, Noah Wyle will take a spin as the protector of mythological items deep under New York Public as "The Librarian." (Link to USA Today story)

Also, what superhero held a day job as a librarian?" (Click on Fun Facts.)

Theater of Documentary Intrigue

An Anonymous Patron writes "Theater of Documentary Intrigue, The National Archives has solved a longtime quandary: How can it showcase some of the more than 300,000 reels of motion picture film and 200,000 video- and audiotapes in its possession? The solution is to be unveiled this week in the form of a new 290-seat theater at the Archives building at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Officials hope the William G. McGowan Theater will become a national center for documentary film, showcasing rare archival footage as well as frequent documentary features and hosting panel discussions, all free."


Proposed Series at Donnell Library in NYC

Steve Fesenmaier writes: "While discussing the need for a film exhibition policy, I asked Marie
Nethus, director of the Donnell Media Center in the NYPL, if anyone had
ever shown a series of films made by librarians. As far as she knew, no
one has. She asked me to program such a series for spring 2005. I was in
NYC in March 2004 to introduce a week of 17 films made in West Virginia
at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater. I have known Marie for many years,
meeting with her during American Film Festivals.

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Michael Moore takes on copyright

stacy writes "Michael Moore is ok with users pirating his new movie and is not going to oppose the distribution of the film via the internet, so says
The Sunday Herald."
"I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labour. I would oppose that," he said.


Earthsea miniseries

GregS* writes "Sci-Fi channel mini-series based on Ursula K LeGuin's Earthsea books coming in December. Description here:"


Moore's 9/11 banned by theater owner

mdoneil writes "Fridley Theaters owner has banned Farenheit 9/11 because it incites terrorism.

I'm not as sure about that as R.L. Fridley is, but I think his idea not to show propaganda films from either the left or the right is on target.

If it is political propaganda, and I do think it is simply that and not by any strech of the imagination a documentary, the parties should arrange for its showing."


'I, Robot' More Smith Than Asimov

GregS* writes "A petition is out to get 20th Century Fox to change the name of their new movie 'I, Robot' back to its original 'Hardwired'. Apparently the movie came first, the Asimov references came second for marketing purposes. Everyone complains that movies butcher books but when the message is a complete 180 of the original then people feel the need to act.
Background article here."


AlterNet: Movie Mix: By Way of Deception

Fang-Face writes "Following up the non-library story of interest that is Michael Moore's film: Stuart Klawans, of The Nation, had his review of Fahrenheit 9/11 posted to All will not like it, of course, but there is one anamolous factor in the controversy Klawans notes:

For clarity's sake, then, let's start with the politics: the film's bill of particulars against Bush, and also against the Democratic leadership, which in Moore's view has colluded most shamefully in the misrule the world now suffers. [...] Moore's antagonists, being Republican, won't go so easy on him. Their attacks will no doubt include the charge that his film is Democratic Party propaganda. You should understand from the preceding the flimsiness of this accusation --

Moore apparently didn't criticize Bush alone, he bashed the whole government and the part played by the Democrats. "



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