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Join us on Wednesday, August 20, at 1:00 pm

This month’s Midweek Movie is a beloved classic featuring a girl from Kansas, her little dog, and three unforgettable companions who join her on a journey to meet a powerful wizard. View the trailer here.

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Join us on Saturday, August 16, at 1:00 pm to view and then discuss this month's film.

Film Club’s selection this month features the Depression-era tale of a widow struggling to keep her family together on a Texas cotton farm. View the trailer here.

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Featured Actor: Robin Williams

robin williamsThis month's featured actor is the late multi-talented actor/comedian Robin Williams, who leaves behind an entertainment legacy ranging from voice-over work to dramatic roles in a variety of movies.

The son of an automotive executive, Williams grew up in Bloomfield Hills and attended Detroit Country Day School. Because his busy working parents were often not at home, Williams described his childhood as lonely: "My only companions, my only friends as a child were my imagination," he said.

After his family relocated to California, Williams studied at Claremont Men's College in Claremont, CA, and later garnered a full scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

After appearing in a short-lived TV show starring Richard Pryor, Williams' breakout role was a guest appearance on the popular television sitcom Happy Days, where he played an alien named Mork. 

Recognizing his gifts for improvisation and physical comedy, Happy Days producer Garry Marshall created a spin-off program to showcase Williams' talents. MorkMindy, co-starring Pam Dawber, launched in 1978 and made Williams a household name.

Williams later enjoyed film success, usually playing roles that combined humor tempered with pathos. He received Oscar nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Good Morning, Vietnam (in 1988), Dead Poets Society (in 1990), and The Fisher King (in 1992), ultimately winning in 1998 for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting.

Check out a selection of Robin Williams' films that the Library has in its DVD collection:

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"The Shawshank Redemption" Anniversary

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It's hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the screen adaptation of Stephen King's novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. This story features a Maine banker, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins),  who is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, and tells the tale of his time at Shawshank prison. A long-serving convict by the name of Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman) takes Andy under his wing and helps him adapt to life "on the inside".

Andy and Red's friendship breaks some of the monotony of daily prison life, but it becomes clear that, as Red says of Andy, "Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright."  And Andy makes the decision to "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

Watch the The Shawshank Redemption trailer here.

Check out Stephen King's book, Different Seasons, which includes the novella that served as the basis for the movie. The library also offers The Shawshank Redemption on DVD or Blu-ray.

And, read about the town of Mansfield, OH, where much of the filming of the movie took place, including the iconic Ohio State Reformatory location that stood in for the Shawshank prison. Learn how this Ohio town is celebrating the film's 20th anniversary:

 
 
 
photo credit: Warner Bros.

 

Fall Movies!

Autumn is fast approaching, and with it, the arrival of fall movie season. Some of the top movies to see this fall are:

A Walk Among the Tombstones (Sept. 19) starring Liam Neeson

This is Where I Leave You  (Sept. 19) starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman

The Maze Runner (Sept. 19 ) starring Dylan O'Brien

Gone Girl  (Oct. 3) starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

The Judge (Oct. 10) starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall

The Interview (Oct. 10) starring James Franco and Seth Rogen

St. Vincent (Oct. 24) starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts

Interstellar (Nov. 7) starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway

Fury  (Nov. 14) starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf

Dumb and Dumber To (Nov. 14) starring Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Nov. 21) starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson

Horrible Bosses 2 (Nov. 26) starring Jennifer Aniston and Chris Pine

Exodus: Gods and Kings (Dec. 12) starring Christian Bale and Aaron Paul

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Dec. 17) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Orlando Bloom

Night at the Museum 3 (Dec. 19) starring Ben Affleck and Rebel Wilson

Into the Woods  (Dec. 25) starring Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick

Unbroken (Dec. 19) directed by Angelina Jolie

Many of these films feature established Hollywood stars. Get excited about these new star vehicles by checking out some of their earlier films from the library's DVD collection!

Read more: Fall Movies!

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