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Keeping Up With Teens at the New Potter Movie

Anastasia posts on Y Pulse Blog: "At 37, apart from the sprinkling of parents accompanying their teens, I think we may have been the oldest people in the theater. My husband seemed proud that he stayed awake while the pierced, teen guy sitting next to him crashed midway through the movie. I would say the average age of the audience was 16-17 — "Harry Potter teens" — who have, like the stars of the films, grown up reading the books and watching the movies.

In a way I was jealous of these teens for having such a beloved series of books and being able to experience them on so many platforms — the movies, online fan communities and next year, the amusement park. Even though I read fantasy as a teen (A Wrinkle In Time, The Hobbit), there was no well-oiled multi-media/multi-platform machine in place to create a universe on the scale of Harry Potter.

Keeping It Local

Little film by Jay O'Berski (www.littlegreenpig.com) focusing on how important it is to support your local bookstore.

Just Around the Corner asks: "Shopping on the web and consider yourself "green"? Think again chum! You may just be breeding an ecological disaster in your own backyard..." Hokey archival footage mixed with a few good live action segments make it an enjoyable two minute movie with a message.

TV's "The Librarian" a Winner

The best in sci fi, fantasy, and horror were honored last night at the 35th annual Saturn Awards in Los Angeles. THE LIBRARIAN 3: CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE (with actor Noah Wyle, the character of librarian/archivist) brought home the honors in the field of TV.

Here's a photo of him doing the typically challenging work of a librarian:

More from IF Magazine.

Graphic Novel 'Lunch Lady' to Become a Movie with Amy Poehler

From my friends over at The Hollywood Reporter:

Universal has picked up "Lunch Lady," a children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are penning the adaptation.

The "Lady" series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings. The books also feature three kids who try to figure out her double life.


The titles include "Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians" and "Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute," both of which are due this summer. "Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta" is scheduled to be released in December and "Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown" is set for summer 2010.

Librarian as Anti-Hero

Here we go again with another "mousy librarian" stereotype. But this one is covered in blood and the leading character in a cult horror movie.

"All About Evil" is a wicked black comedy set in the world of a horror movie; it's about a so-called mousy librarian (Natasha Lyonne) who inherits her father's beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer - and a legion of rabid gore fans - when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don't realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real!

The film was shot entirely in San Francisco and was born, nurtured, and birthed in the cult film underground. Writer / Director / Producer Joshua Grannell is also known as alter-ego and Midnight Mass impresario Peaches Christ. The movie is presently casting extras in S.F. if you're interested...

QUESTION:

If you had a paperback-sized device that allowed you watch any movie or show on demand, anywhere, for free, would you still read books?

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Indy Film About An Art Collecting Librarian & Her Husband

The film is "Herb and Dorothy" by Megumi Sasaki. It's a charming documentary about a married couple, who despite modest means — Herb was a postal clerk and Dorothy was a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library — amass one of the most important contemporary art collections ever.

In 1992, the Vogels made headlines that shocked the art world: their entire collection was moved to the National Gallery of Art, the vast majority of it as an outright gift to the institution. Many of the works they acquired at modest prices appreciated so significantly that their collection became worth several million dollars, yet the Vogels never sold a single piece to breakdown the collection. Included were the works of Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle and Chuck Close.

Herb and Dorothy still live in the same Manhattan apartment today- with 19 turtles, lots of fish, one cat -once completely emptied, now refilled again with piles of artworks.

Synopsis and trailer of the film tol be screened at the Little Rock Film Festival (among others); more about this fascinating couple and the award-winning film at the Herb and Dorothy website.

Everyone Poops: The Film Adaptation (trailer)

Inspired by the recently-released trailer for Spike Jonze's upcoming
film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, Landline TV has adapted another children's classic in this Jonze-spoofing trailer.

Comics Heroes Who Should've Stayed On The Page

I am posting this on LISNEWS because I think the review says something about the power of the printed page.

Review of the movie "Watchman" on NPR:

Watchmen was a landmark as a graphic novel, but as a film it's only pedestrian.

After I saw this movie, I went back to the graphic novel. I was struck again that what made Watchmen a sensation was not its plot, but a structural denseness and complexity — the way it used multiple elements to comment on the core story in an almost Talmudic way. That essence is close to impossible to re-create on-screen, even with a nearly three-hour running time.

Listen or read full review here.

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The Hollywood Librarian Documentary Now Available on DVD

The Media Education Foundation, which acquired the rights for the film's distribution earlier this year, has begun selling the DVD to both US and international customers through its website.

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