Movies & Television
Acclaimed actor and Michigan native Harry Morgan passed away on Wednesday, December 7 at the age of 96. Morgan might be best known as the beloved Colonel Potter in the long-running series M*A*S*H. If you wish to honor his memory but haven't seen M*A*S*H and his other works, or even if you have, we have many on our shelves for your choosing:
Inherit the wind [videodisc] by Metro-Mayer-Goldwyn Studios, Inc
High noon [videodisc] by Republic Entertainment, Inc
If you have read Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, the 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read try David Halberstram or Branch Taylor or one of the many documentaries about Civil Rights in America produced over the years.
Faith in the city: preaching radical social change in Detroit by Angela D. Dillard; with a foreword by Charles G. Adams
Race and remembrance: a memoir by Arthur L. Johnson
A Christmas carol — You know the holiday season has arrived when we receive another copy of A Christmas Carol for the collection. The original version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a special edition, which includes an introduction by Leonard Maltin. So take time out from the holiday shopping, gather up the family and make some popcorn and enjoy this holiday classic.
The upcoming weeks will see several new films released that are based on, or inspired by popular books. Here are some of the most anticipated:
The adventures of Tintin: the chapter book by adapted by Stephanie Peters — Directed by Stephen Spielberg
Extremely loud & incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer — Starring Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock
Every year in December a bumper crop of new Holiday Kids Movies makes their debut. This year is no exception with many of the new films starring characters kids recognize from their favorite movies. Many of these movies are available at CPL now, with more on the way in the coming weeks. These are great solutions when you need some down time to make dinner (or squirrel away to wrap some gifts). Here are some of this year's offerings:
Merry Madagascar [videodisc] by DreamWorks Animation LLC
Christmas with the chipmunks [videodisc] by Bagdasarian Productions LLC
Are you in the Thanksgiving mood? While you'll have to look elsewhere for the greatest Thanksgiving-themed TV episode ever, we have a number of movies from Moviefone's list of 21 Films About Turkey Day:
Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures
Pieces of April [videodisc] by United Artists and IFC Productions present an InDigEnt production in association with Kalkaska Productions
Unfortunately, fans of this popular new DVD will have to wait an extra 28 days to check out a copy from the Library due to a new policy recently instituted by Warner Home Video:
Warner Home Video will no longer distribute theatrical releases to libraries or home video rental stores until 28 days after they release the movies for sale at retailers. This Warner Home Video policy applies to all public libraries and video rental outlets such as Redbox, Netflix, and Blockbuster. In addition to being released 28 days after the retail version, Warner's rental version DVDs will not contain bonus features or extras. Please note that Warner’s new policy will only impact titles that have a theatrical release, perhaps amounting to about 12 titles per year. Non-theatrical Warner releases will not be affected by this policy.
The first three Warner theatrical titles affected by this new policy are Crazy, Stupid Love, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt.2, and The Hangover, pt.2. If you would like to express your opinions to Warner Home Video you can call toll-free at 1-866-373-4389 or by email.
Do you mind if I use my blog today to plug a fellow bear? One of my heroes, (for his ability to come up with brilliant ideas and eat lots of hunny) Winnie the Pooh, had a new movie come out next summer. It's aptly named Winnie the Pooh! If you haven't seen it yet, Miss Ruth tells me it will be here at the library very very soon. And if you can't wait, there are lots of Pooh's other adventures to check out as books or movies! I think I might just check out a couple myself! Until next time!
On Tuesday, November 29 TNT introduces Mystery Movie Night with six films based on the works of Scott Turow (11/29), Sandra Brown (11/30), Lisa Gardner (12/6), Richard North Patterson (12/7), April Smith (12/13), and Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark (12/20). Three additional films will be announced in 2012.
Innocent by Scott Turow
Ricochet by Sandra Brown
At today's Let's talk iPhone event, Apple VP Phil Shiller announced Siri, an advanced voice-activated control system included with the new iPhone 4S. Even though this is an exciting step forward, computers have had speech recognition for years, and movies and television have simulated it for even longer. Here are some examples of fictional computers in movies that could hold a conversation:
2001 [videodisc]: a space odyssey by Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer
When the weekend weather forcast is like this weekend's — cold, rainy, and dreary — Families start looking for something to do inside. Have a movie marathon! Pop some popcorn, blend up some milkshakes, and pick up some movies from Canton Public Library. Here are a few themes to get you started:
That movie that you loved as a kid that you can't find anywhere? We may have it here.
The parent trap [videodisc] by Walt Disney Productions
The great race [videodisc] by Warner Bros. and Patricia- Jalem-Reynard Co.
Uh, the Tigers are the AL Central Division Champs! Celebrate with some baseball themed movies:
The Sandlot [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox in association with Island World
Rookie of the year [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox
Angels in the outfield [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures
The Muppets return to the big screen in November. Get reacquainted with Kermit and friends by watching some of their many films.
The Muppet movie [videodisc] by Henson Associates; Incorporated Television Company
The Muppet Christmas carol [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents, from Jim Henson Productions a Brian Henson film
The great Muppet caper [videodisc] by Henson Associates; Incorporated Television Company; Universal Pictures
Looking for something that's fun and educational for your preschool children that are getting ready for kindergarten or that are already in kindergarten? Check out these wonderful dvds that allow your children to learn while having fun:
Meet the phonics. Digraphs [videodisc] by Preschool Prep Company
Meet the phonics. Blends [videodisc] by Preschool Prep Company