Steve Fesenmaier writes "I have been writing about West Virginia movies since 1978, first for The Appalachian Intelligencer, an indie newspaper, then The West Virginia Arts News, and since 1989 for West Virginia's largest monthly, Graffiti. It was purchased by Ogden Newspapers in December 2005, and reorganized with a new publisher in December 2006. West Virginia's largest daily, The Charleston Gazette, offered me a blog since no one covers WV films on a regular basis in any WV publication. http://www.thegazz.com/gblogs/wvfilm/
I also have published an annual list of new films on West Virginia and Appalachia, with postings at — http://www.ferrum.edu/applit/bibs/WVFilmIndex.htm
People from all over the world have contacted me because of this AppLit website including major filmmakers such as Lars Von Trier."
Ann Seidl writes "THE HOLLYWOOD LIBRARIAN A LOOK AT LIBRARIANS THROUGH FILM. The first documentary film devoted to real lives and work of librarians will have its World Premier at ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC this summer. The filmmaker is blogging about the process of post-production, the red carpet premiere event and lots of inside scoop (including AUDIO DIARIES). Come see for yourself!"
"The Librarian", directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Noah Wyle, debuted Sunday night on the TNT network with a strong 6.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The number was only slightly down from the original installment, THE LIBRARIAN: THE QUEST FOR THE SPEAR, which averaged nearly 7 million viewers in its Dec. 5, 2004, premiere. Even Better News, Although the movie is still slated to air half a dozen more times (this is TNT after all), Return to King Solomon's Mines has been announced for a December 19th DVD release date, meaning you can pick up Flynn Carsen's latest adventure just in time for Christmas.
I tried to be a good sport and watch last night's sequel to 2004's "The Librarian: Quest of the Spear." But, alas, I gave up on "Return to King Solomon's Mines" after about 30 minutes. What little review I have is here at Tinfoil+Raccoon. Let us know if you reviewed it on your blog or leave your review here, if you like.
As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."
bean writes "Today's Palm Beach Post reports Foley's role in action flick unearthed. "Filmed in Palm Beach County and released in 2001 as The Librarians, ... it was re-released two years later as Strike Force." The movie didn't attract much attention until a freelance writer recently discovered former Congressman Mark Foley's involvement as an actor. The Librarians is the name of a "noble mercenary group" in the movie."
"Basic Instinct" (1992) has been checked out 22 times since the Rogers, AR library added the racy, donated VHS tape to their collection in December. But the question on the table is, will it stay there? Story from N.W. Arkansas News.
42 years ago, Michael Apted began filming a group of seven year-olds plucked from the extremes of the British class system. Since then, he's followed their lives with a new film every seven years. What began as a one-off BBC program has become one of the most important histories on film, and a prototype for our reality-TV culture. On the occasion of 49Up's opening this weekend, Apted speaks to Bob about the series. Complete transcript here. (Radio show - "On the Media") When you are at the transcript you can click on "Listen Now" and hear the story as well as read it.
Angelina Jolie (YES!) will star in the movie adaptation of Atlas Shrugged , the ambitious 1,100-page novel (circa 1957) by Russian-born American writer and philosopher Ayn Rand, Variety reported yesterday (and here reported by The Book Standard).
Rand, who also wrote the novels Anthem and The Fountainhead , which was made into a movie in 1949, was also known for her Objectivist philosophies, which she developed and included in many of her books, including Atlas Shrugged. This movie has been 'in the works' for several years now.