Netflix just spent almost a billion dollars buying movies to stream

At a cost of nearly one billion dollars, Netflix on Tuesday said it would add films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM to its online subscription service.

It was a coup — albeit a costly one — for Netflix, which knows its needs to lock up the digital rights to films as customers stop receiving DVDs by mail and start receiving streams via the Internet. The deal will commence Sept. 1.

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Movie in the Works About Homeless at Libraries

It's something Chip Ward saw every year when he was assistant director of Salt Lake City's public library system. Ward was trained to organize information, to file papers and data. But his job, he says, was as much about knowing regulars as it was shelving books. He wrote an arresting piece on the subject entitled How the Public Library Became the Heartbreak Hotel. Emilio Estevez is now reportedly producing a movie based on its themes; the working title is "The Public" and it will be based in L.A.

There was Crash, a happy drunk with a deep scar that cleaved his face from forehead to chin. There were Mick and Bob who suffered seizures. Margi had dementia. John, open wounds he wouldn't treat. For each, the library was as much a home as anywhere else.

Ward worked at Salt Lake City's central branch, an architecturally arresting five-story structure that opened in 2003. A wedge-shaped, glass-fronted wonder that features cafes, an art gallery and one of the world's largest collections of graphic novels, the branch is also the Utah capital's de facto daytime shelter for the homeless and a default hangout for street kids and misfits.

Ward spent five years at the branch. After he retired, he wrote an essay about his work. Published online, the piece became a minor sensation. It was e-mailed from library to library before breaking into the mainstream.

Movie Poster Books

Movie poster books that cover the 30's through the 90's.

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Red box in front of public library

Red box in front of public library... Hmmm, signs of the times?

See picture here.

Typically businesses get paid for vending machines that are placed at their location. I would assume that the city/county or the library would be receiving money for the placement of this Redbox.

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If you are a sci-fi movie fan and you liked Bladerunner, 2001, Outland, and Alien you should see Moon.

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Celebrate Library Week with a Librarian Movie

An exhaustive list can be found here, courtesy of Martin Raish, David O. McKay Library, Brigham Young University - Idaho.

Review of Alice in School Library Journal

Purists will be perplexed and the average moviegoer ultimately disinterested by director Tim Burton’s pedestrian spin of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, Alice in Wonderland. Those hoping to see the heroine swim in the pool of tears, the pig-baby, or the Mock Turtle will leave disappointed. Instead of losing her way in Wonderland, this Alice takes the Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings route, fighting evil as an empowered warrior.

Full review here.

Get the full text of the book here.


Behind the Wheel of a Bookmobile

From Book Patrol: It started innocently enough. Over dinner a friend mentioned that he saw a used bookmobile for sale on Craigslist and wished he could by it. That was all the impetus Tom Corwin needed.

He was soon off to suburban Chicago to buy the decommissioned bookmobile. He paid $7500 for it.

Corwin has already garnered the support of the National Book Foundation, the Association of American Publishers and the American Library Association for the project and has signed a deal with Whitewater Films in Los Angeles for the documentary which will be titled "Behind the Wheel of the Bookmobile." The film will also include information on the history of bookmobiles.

Authors that have already signed up in support include Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Junot Diaz, Tom Robbins and Scott Turow, with many of them to take a turn at the they are.

Follow the tour on the website and on Twitter.

Wal-Mart Adds Its Clout to Movie Streaming

Wal-Mart’s purchase of the startup Vudu represents a major move into selling movies over the Internet.

Full article in the New York Times

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Paperback Dreams, The Tale of Two Bookstores

A trailer from the documentary about the struggle of independent bookstores to survive in a big box/internet culture... Paperback Dreams.

Paperback Dreams Trailer from abeckstead on Vimeo.

Paperback Dreams is a co-production of Alex Beckstead, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and KQED Public Television, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).


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