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Battling Heaven

Not all cinematic angels are cherubs, or as kindly as Clarence. Angels, humans and demigods occasionally must be called upon to don armor and fight the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Defying destiny and clashing swords with evil incarnate, these brave few save mankind from doom and destruction.

The Hunt for Buried Treasure

The Goonies

When hunting for lost or buried treasure, brains always win out over brawn. Decipher the clues, outwit the bad guys, grab the loot and make a clean getaway. Why does it always sound easier than it really is?

  • Cutthroat Island - Geena Davis plays a pirate intent on recovering her inheritance with a snippet of a treasure map.
  • Fool's Gold - Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson encounter trouble at every turn on their hunt for sunken treasure off the Florida Keys in this delightful romp.
  • The Goonies - Misfit kids (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin,

Shakespeare's Comedies on Film

10 Things I Hate About You

Shakespeare's tragedies start with a wedding and end with a funeral, while his comedies start with a funeral and end in a wedding. As the Colorado Shakespeare Festival wraps up this weekend, let's end it on a happy note with these Shakespearean comedies made for the big screen.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You - Set in a Seattle high school, this adaptation of Taming of the Shrew was Heath Ledger's movie debut. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the merry cast.
  • As You Like It - Like many Shakespearean film adaptations, Kenneth Branagh is the director.

On This Day in History - August 5

Marilyn Monroe

August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, the circumstances of which are still shrouded in mystery. Born on June 1, 1926, Norma Jean Mortenson's transformation into Marilyn Monroe was not without tragedy. Today we honor her short but stellar life.

Shockingly, Marilyn never believed she was beautiful and struggled with her perceived appearance. She was married 3 times - at 16 to James Dougherty, then to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and finally to playwright Arthur Miller.

Movies that Blow Your Mind!

Were you amazed by Inception? Are you staying up at night trying to figure out the plot twists, dream worlds, and levels of reality?

If so, you might be interested in these other mind-bending movies:

2010 Emmy Nominees

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards airs on Sunday, August 29, with Jimmy Fallon as this year's host. The nominees were just announced! Who are you rooting for?

This year, actor George Clooney will be receiving the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. He will be the 4th person to receive this illustrious honor.

Nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series:

Happy 40th Birthday Kevin Smith!

Born August 2, 1970, Kevin Smith is the wizard behind the characters Jay and Silent Bob. His first film, Clerks, was made for $27,575 and was paid for by selling off a treasured comic book collection and maxing out 10 credit cards but made over $3 million in theaters!

Whether you love or loathe Kevin Smith, he has made an indelible mark on the film world. Candid about his New Jersey upbringing, his autobiography is coversational in tone.

Book to Movie News

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Book Cover Image)

Have you seen the film versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire based on the bestsellers by Stieg Larsson? These films based on books are just two of many recently released or in production.

More Book to Movie News:

Happy Birthday Ken Burns!

Born today in 1953, Ken Burns has been entertaining and educating audiences for 30 years, and is credited with perfecting the long documentary style, epitomized by his opuses Jazz and Baseball.

Calling PBS home, he has directed over 19 films, most recently The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
With only a few minor exceptions, the library owns Burns' complete works.

I love Freaks & Geeks

Great TV shows are constantly being released on DVD, and the library is a fabulous place to revisit wonderful shows that you may have missed. Freaks & Geeks was a comedy drama that aired during the 1999-2000 television series.

It was produced by Judd Apatow, who brought you various comedy hits such as Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

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