New Releases 3/31

Moviesinterstellar
Interstellar
Wild
The Imitation Game
Silicon Valley season 1
Veep season 3
The Rewrite

Musickintsugi
Kintsugi by Death Cab for Cutie
Day of the Dead by Hollywood Undead
Southern Style by Darius Rucker
Human by Three Days Grace
American Nights by The Plain White T’s
Ludaversal by Ludacris
Blaster by Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
Postcards From Paradise by Ringo Starr
Sings by Angelique Kidjo
A Fool to Care by Boz Scaggs
Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards by various
The Album About Nothing by Wale
The Past, the Present, the Future by Jodeci
patriot threat
Audiobooks
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry
The Dead Play On by Heather Graham

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Staff Picks

Dragana’s Picks:inner circle
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Fast paced political thriller. If you want to know more about National Archives and the historical secrets, this is the must read.
benny goodman
Benny Goodman’s Greatest Hits
Benny’s clarinet will take you back to the sixties – he is the King of the Swing!

Jessie’s Picks:miss fishers
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Fun, fashionable mystery show set in 1920’s Australia. Based on a series of books, but it omits some characters. Miss Fisher solves murders with the aid of her household, friends, and the police. Very entertaining!

Jars of Clay by Jars of Clayjars of clay
Great debut album (and still my favorite album by them)! They are an acoustic-based rock group with a great lead singer. This album features the cross-over hit “Flood.”

Kim’s Picks:gods and monsters
Gods and Monsters
Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as James Whale, World War I veteran who in the 30s directed Frankenstein,The Invisible Man and Show Boat and afterward lived a reclusive life in California.

The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchestermen who united the states
Describes the adventures by which Lewis & Clark, John Wesley Powell, Samuel Morse, and others less well known knit the country together by road, water, train, Morse code, telephone, radio, TV and Internet. By the author of Krakatoa and The Atlantic.

Kristina’s Picks:return of the pink panther
The Return of the Pink Panther
Peter Sellers is back as the hilariously incompetent Inspector Clouseau. Once again the famed diamond, the Pink Panther, has been stolen and this time the only clue left behind is a white glove. A movie that will make the entire family laugh, Peter Seller’s comedic has never been better.

Landline by Rainbow Rowelllandline
When Georgie McCool connects an old land-line phone she finds in her closet, she unknowingly calls her past. Back in a pivotal point in her relationship with boyfriend, now husband Neal, Georgie reexamines her life. Rowell offers an insightful and funny perspective on love, marriage, and relationships in this entertaining and thoughtful story.

Stephanie’s Picks:wire
The Wire
This HBO series comes alive with precision storytelling and superb acting. It is deeply layered with political corruption, drug wars, and beginnings of surveillance that plagued the city of Baltimore in the early 2000s.
strict joy
Strict Joy by The Swell Season
This is one of my favorite albums.

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New Releases 3/24

Moviessong one
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Song One
Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida

Music
Chaos and the Calm by James Bay
Toto XIV by Toto
Vulnicura by Bjork
Short Movie by Laura Marling
Miracles Out of Nowhere by Kansas
Lost and Found by Buena Vista Social Club
Duets: Re-working the Catalogue by Van Morrison

Audiobookscuba straits
Fiction
Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White
The Stranger by Harlan Coben*
The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Precious One by Marisa De Los Santos
Nonfiction
What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas
*on order in the Playaway format

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What We Are Listening To: Jessie

Here is a playlist of great Irish music in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Want more of one of these Irish artists or bands? Check out their CDs that we have in the Chester County Library System.

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New Releases 3/17

Moviestheory of everything
The Theory of Everything
Dumb and Dumber To
Penguins of Madagascar
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Top Five
Annie
The Weather Station
The Way He Looks

Musicsing elliott smith
Run by Awolnation
Strangers to Ourselves by Modest Mouse
Froot by Marina and the Diamonds
Down to Believing by Allison Moorer
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith by Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield
It Was Triumph We Once Proposed: Songs of Jason Molina by Glen Hansard
Furious 7 soundtrack

Audiobooksbetter than before
Fiction
NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp *
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
Nonfiction
ISIS by Jessica Stern & J.M. Berger
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
*on order on Playaway

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New Releases 3/10

Movies
Nightcrawler kill the messenger
Rosewater
Kill the Messenger
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Turn: Washington’s Spies season 1
The Red Road season 1
Remote Area Medical
Happy Valley
Reach.
Listen Up Philip

Music
Rebel Heart by Madonna
Spring Break… Checkin’ Out by Luke Bryan
If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going to Eat For a Week by Lieutenant
Ultra Music Festival 2015 by various
Empire season 1 soundtrack by various

Audiobookslast one home
Fiction
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane*
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
Cold Betrayal by J.A. Jance
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
Endangered by C.J. Box
Nonfiction
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
*On order on Playaway format

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New Releases 3/3

Moviescaptive
Dracula Untold
Ouija
Foxcatcher
The Captive
Longmire season 3
Outlander season 1 volume 1
The Humbling
The Better Angels
Black November
The Last of Robin Hood
Messenger of the Truthlead us back

Music
Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship by Third Day
Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson
Aureate Gloom by Of Montreal
Let the Road by Rixton
The Firewatcher’s Daughter by Brandi Carlile
Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Tuxedo by Tuxedoassassin

Audiobooks
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce
Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne
The Assassin by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott

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The Movie Title Change as a Hollywood Distribution Ruse

Edge of Tomorrow is the large-scale 2014 science fiction actioner with Tom Cruise, but the front of the Dedge of tomorrowVD indicates that the title is LIVE, DIE, REPEAT, which was the tagline on the original poster and in larger letters than Edge of Tomorrow.  (The spine does reference Edge… after the new title.)  What gives?  The theatrical version was successful.  Does the studio feel potential purchasers of the DVD won’t realize Edge of Tomorrow is the same as LIVE, DIE, REPEAT?  The title change will make more money off DVD sales?  This unusual decision is reminiscent of a title change in 1968 and an advertising ploy in 1969.

Star! (1968) was a roadshow (reserved-seat) super musical  with she- who-could- do-no-wrong, Julie Andrews.  After her stage triumphs in The Boy Friend, My Fair Lady, and Camelot, she was signed by Walt Disney for the original screen musical,Star Mary Poppins (1964).  (Recall the hullabaloo over Audrey Hepburn not receiving an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in the film version of My Fair Lady that same year.  Andrews was not on the moviegoing  public’s radar so an established star like Hepburn was a natural to play Eliza Doolittle.)  Mary Poppins was a smash and Andrews received a nomination and won.  Andrews followed Poppins with an even larger musical, The Sound of Music (1965), a Best Picture winner with Andrews receiving her second Best Actress nomination.  Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) came next and was a hit despite the flimsiness of the plot and studio sets.  It seemed natural for Andrews to re-team with her Sound of Music director, Robert Wise, for another big extravaganza.  Star! (1968) was based on the life of legendary British stage star Gertrude Lawrence, who had played the original Anna on Broadway in The King and I in 1951 and won the Tony Award for her work.  But even Wise admitted that they were taking a chance with a musical biography based on the life of a mostly stage actress who died in 1952.  The studio went all out.  The musical numbers were excellent if sometimes artificial (camera zooming in on Andrews’ face in a way the audience never could) but besides Lawrence being almost unknown to most citizens,those were the happy times the film showed her warts as well as her strengths.  There was talk that this flawed character was not the Julie Andrews the public wanted to see.   The filming was much covered in the press, the world premiere at the Dominion in London in July, 1968, and in October at New York’s  UA Rivoli and in Los Angeles at the Fox Wilshire, a glitzy affair with proceeds earmarked for charity as were most roadshow premieres.  Nevertheless, Star! did not catch on and was such a disappointment that 20th Century-Fox  took the odd step of editing it down, letting it play continuously (no longer reserved-seat) and changing the title to Those Were the Happy Times.  It didn’t succeed.  The public sensed this was still Star! and stayed away.

The following year witnessed not a title but a promotional change for another roadshow, sweet charitySweet Charity.  Like Star!, this was hyped during filming, and its opening night was equally glittering.  The East Coast premiere took place at Boston’s Saxon immediately following a snowstorm.  The L.A. premiere  was covered live by Regis Philbin on assignment from The Joey Bishop Show.  Guests included Cary Grant Gregory Peck, Irene Dunne, Governor Reagan.  Shirley MacLaine had left the set of Two Mules for Sister Sara to attend.  There was talk she’d receive another  Best Actress nomination.  But that was before the movie premiered and  like Star! failed to attract crowds.  Many middle-aged people found it sacrilegious, especially Sammy Davis Jr.’s hippie-inspired “Rhythm of Life.”  Times were changing in real life and on film.  Young filmmakers who’d touched a nerve with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate were the toast of Hollywood.  The era of super musicals was about to close.  The youth audience followed their parents and stayed away from Sweet Charity despite her supposedly “hip” persona.

MacLaine certainly deserved a nomination and the film was moving and full of great songs Sweet Charity 2, including “Big Spender,” “If You Could See Me Now,” and “I’m a Brass Band.  Initial critical opinion was favorable.  It was dancer/choreographer Bob Fosse’s first assignment as film director, and except for slightly disconcerting stop-action scenes, he did well.  MacLaine carried the day, making her dancehall hostess (code for taxi dancer, code for prostitute) winning, charming and pitiable.  Universal attempted to salvage its investment by changing, not the title of course, but the ad campaign.  They played up the risqué nature:  “Men Called Her ‘Sweet Charity,” “They dig the way they live!,” “Meet the Pros!” and “Swingers All…Men Were Their Business.”  As with Fox’s attempt to save Star!, Universal’s ploy failed.

By Kim

References 

Elder, Robert K.  The Best Film You’ve Never Seen.  Chicago:  Chicago Review Press, 2013.  Director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls, two Twilight films) analyzes Sweet Charity.

Holston, Kim.  Movie Roadshows:  A  History and Filmography of Reserved-Seat Limited Showings, 1911-1973.  Jefferson, NC:  McFarland & Co., 2013.

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2015 Oscar Winners

Best Picture

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Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Costume Design

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Best Makeup

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Short

Feast

Best Animated Movie

Big Hero 6

Best Visual Effects

Interstellar

Best Live Action Short Film

The Phone Call

Best Documentary Short

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best Documentary FilmFeatured image

Citizen Four

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida

Best Sound Mixing

Whiplash

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper

Best Cinematography

Birdman

Best Editing

Whiplash

Best Production DesignFeatured image

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Song

“Glory” from Selma

Best Adapted Screenplay

Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

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New Releases 2/24

MoviesBig Hero 6
Big Hero 6
My Old Lady
Horrible Bosses 2
Whiplash
Beyond the Lights
Midsomer Murders set 25
Sons of Anarchy season 7
Code Black
The Shift
Outside Bet
Watership Down
Fellini Satyricon

Musicrace for space
First Kiss by Kid Rock
Melting the Crown by Z-Ro
The Race for Space by Public Service Broadcasting
Dope Machines by The Airborne Toxic Event
Sour Soul by Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood
Ultra Dance 16 by various

Audiobooksgirls of mischief bay
The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery*
Hush Hush by Laura Lippman
The Perfect Homecoming by Julia London
Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer*
Double Fudge Brownie by Joanne Fluke
* on order in the Playaway format

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