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ALA's Public Programs Office has sent out the following announcment:
TNT will premiere its original movie, The Librarian Sunday, December 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office would love to hear from librarians and library workers who are able to catch the movie on cable and willing to take a few moments to respond to the short questionnaire below. Responses will be used in media relations and may be published. Please send email (including your name, city and state) to firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 a.m. Central Time Monday, December 6. Thanks!
((Also, check out ALA member and Entertainment Weekly librarian Heidi Weinkam's article in tomorrow's magazine highlighting some of the best librarians and library workers from TV and film history.))
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Preview from the San Jose Mercury News (registration required):
â€¢ ``The Librarian: Quest for the Spear'' (8 p.m. Sunday, TNT) clearly is meant to be a send-up of the adventure film genre. But it's not nearly clever enough or produced with enough camp to avoid coming off as a second-rate ``Romancing the Stone'' or a third-rate (maybe even fourth-rate) version of an Indiana Jones film.
Still, this tale of a nerd who finds himself responsible for the protection of the world's legendary artifacts has one thing going for it: the chemistry and charm of its star, Noah Wyle, who plays librarian Flynn Carsen.
Well, we've been hearing about TNT's made-for-TV movie for months and months, and now that it's "in the can", the producers have announced (approximately) when it will be aired...in December.
Here's the scoop on Dean Devlin's "The Librarian", starring Noah Wylie as the heroic"guybrarian" (ed-italics mine).
The family tuned in to Jeopardy! this Labor Day, ready and willing to watch Ken-Jen (Ken Jennings, 30, of Salt Lake City, UT) be bested by another contestant this evening...but once again (for the 39th time), he has prevailed.
We've now discovered his secret ...HIS MOTHER IS A LIBRARIAN.
Friend and former Brigham Young University roommate Earl Cahill said "He's just smarter, and there is not some magic pill you can take that will make you like him".
Jennings says he doesn't know his IQ, and his mother won't reveal it. But she says that when he was tested as a pre-kindergartner, it was off the charts. Jennings also won't share his precise SAT score â€” he says only that it was between 1500 and a perfect 1600.
More on Ken and how he has become a millionaire plus on ABC's TV show Jeopardy! from USA Today.
UPDATE: Rumors of the end of a swell run at CNN.com.
From PBS, the Jim Lehrer NewsHour focuses on our current president and President Lincoln, who both served during wartime.
Gwen Ifill speaks with presidential historian Michael Beschloss; Richard Norton Smith, director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library; and Meena Bose, a professor of American politics at West Point, to explore the risks and rewards for a wartime president.
After talking with 800 authors, Brian Lamb will close the book on Booknotes, his weekly C-SPAN interview series. The final broadcast will be Dec. 5, the network announced Tuesday.
Here's an opinion piece from the Morning Call (PA) about how reading is affected (positively and negatively) by TV and other sources of information and entertainment. The author, RenÃ©e A. James, points out the findings in recent polls (including the NEA poll) regarding the decrease in the number of people who read independently, and concludes that perhaps there are ways to make TV a better ally of the written word. Included in her suggestions are a (at least one) reading channel on TV (and not just a show or two).
What thinkst you all?
Appearing to lack basic common sense and good judgement, TV writers and producers have gotten themselves into a pickle. They've been pushing the envelope so long that they don't know where to stop. It seems that ever since the infamous Janet Jackson Superbowl incident, and the ensuing fallout, the entertainment industry can no longer tell the difference between what's acceptable and what's not acceptable programming, in terms of nudity, foul language, and violence. It's also making them nervous knowing that Congress is considering raising the fines from a few-thousand dollars to $3 million
per-day, when they don't get it right. Read more. [requires registration]
There should be a standard code of ethics when it comes to content ratings in the film industry, but it appears that when no one's watching [no pun intended] things start slipping through the cracks that haven't always been acceptable. According to this article, "a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that a decade of "ratings creep" has allowed more violent and sexually explicit content into films, suggesting that movie raters have grown more lenient in their standards." What it boils down to is that a PG-rated movie today was likely considered an R-rated movie ten years ago. A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America has this to say: "the standards for judging acceptable depictions of sex and violence in American society are constantly changing, and it would not be surprising if it changed for movie ratings as well." Read More. [requires registration]
Hope all of our American friends have a very happy Fourth of July, and in addition to beer, hamburgers, sunstroke & fireworks, you may want to include some tube time: ABC's rebroadcast of "The Music Man", starring Matthew Broderick as Harold Hill and Kristin Chenowith as Marian, taking a bit of time off from the library in River City. Here's the info from Playbill .