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Bad movie/worse book, Part I: Why 'The Help' is hopeless
Editor's note: In the run-up to this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, we will be writing about three nominees for Best Picture that are not only unworthy of such distinction, but are all adaptations of even worse books. Hence the title of the feature. Enjoy.

To be fair, the film version of “The Help” was working from deeply flawed source material. The book, by Kathryn Stockett, was weak in both word and deed — rife with clichés, melodrama and a soupcon of racial uplift through the lens of a white woman.

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Borrowers' Tiny World Comes Alive In 'Arrietty'

Positive veview of "Arrietty" on NPR by Kenneth Turan: Borrowers' Tiny World Comes Alive In 'Arrietty'

Official site for the movie: The Secret World Of Arrietty

Wikipedia entry for movie: The Secret World of Arrietty
Wikipedia entry for books: The Borrowers

Movies based on books are an opportunity for libraries to piggyback on the movie promotion to promote the books and the library.

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Oscars' big winners will be books

Oscars' big winners will be books
Six of the nine nominations announced this week for Best Picture are based on books, reflecting a recent pattern in which the Oscar lists have consistently and gratifyingly affirmed cinema's dependence on literature. Apart from a modest lurch towards originality in 2010, the previous five years saw line-ups in which half or more of the shortlistees were adaptations, including the winners No Country for Old Men (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2009) and The King's Speech (2011).

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Redbox rental prices to rise

The new rental rate will be $1.20 per day, instead of the current $1 daily rate. Redbox prices will remained unchanged for Blu-ray discs at $1.50 per day and video games at $2 per day.

See article in USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011-10-27/redbox-dvd-rental-prices/50970590/1

Announcement at Redbox website:
http://www.redbox.com/pricechange

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Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster

The company said it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name.

Story in the NYT blog - Media Decoder

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"Clearly" and Netflix

In a comment to a previous post this comment was made - How is Netflix "clearly" pushing people toward streaming?

Seems pretty clear now: Netflix Spins DVD Service Into Separate Business

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Waste Land

Movie info at Rotten Tomatoes

DVD a Amazon.com: Waste Land

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Masked Protesters Aid Time Warner’s Bottom Line

Time Warner owns the rights to a Guy Fawkes mask and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask worn by members of the hacker group Anonymous.

See story:
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/technology/index.html

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Netflix Sees Angry Clients Cutting Profit

Reaction to a price increase for DVDs by mail is expected to affect revenue for the third quarter.

Full article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/business/media/netflix-lowers-outlook-citing-disgruntled-c...

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Why Netflix Raised Its Prices

Pogue at NYT has this piece on Netflix: Why Netflix Raised Its Prices

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