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This month’s film is a romantic comedy/fantasy about a Depression-era woman whose favorite movie actor steps off the screen and into her life. View the trailer here.
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Summer Movies 2016!
This summer film season has so much to offer---remakes of familiar tales as well as exciting new stories. Escape the upcoming heat and humidity by heading to your local theater to catch a newly-released film!
Summer Movie Highlights
Captain America: Civil War (May 6) starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr.
Dark Horse (May 6)
Dheepan (May 6) winner of the Palm d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
The Darkness (May 13) starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell
The Lobster (May 13) starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz
Love & Friendship (May 13) starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloé Sevigny
Money Monster (May 13) starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney
Sunset Song (May 13)
The Angry Birds Movie (May 20)
Maggie's Plan (May 20) starring Ethan Hawke, Greta Gerwig, and Julianne Moore
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (May 20) starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron
The Nice Guys (May 20) starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling
Song of Lahore (May 20)
Weiner (May 20)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27) starring Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp
Last Man Club (May 27)
Presenting Princess Shaw (May 27)
X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27) starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender
Me Before You (June 3) starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (June 3) starring Andy Samberg
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (June 3) starring Will Arnett and Megan Fox
Now You See Me 2 (June 10) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson
Warcraft (June 10) starring Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper
Central Intelligence (June 17) starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart
Finding Dory (June 17)
The Free State of Jones (June 24) starring Matthew McConaughey
Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24) starring Liam Hemsworth and Joey King
The Shallows (June 24) starring Blake Lively
The BFG (July 1) starring Mark Rylance
The Legend of Tarzan (July 1) starring Alexander Skarsgård
Captain Fantastic (July 8) starring Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella
The Secret Life of Pets (July 8) featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and others
Ghostbusters (July 15) starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig
Little Men (July 15) starring Greg Kinnear
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (July 22)
Ice Age: Collision Course (July 22)
Star Trek Beyond (July 22) starring Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pine
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (July 29) starring Kristen Stewart and James Franco
Bad Moms (July 29) starring Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell
Jason Bourne (July 29) starring Matt Damon
The Founder (August 5) starring Michael Keaton
Suicide Squad (August 5) starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie
Florence Foster Jenkins (August 12) starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant
The Hollars (August 12) starring Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski
Pete's Dragon (August 12) starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford
Ben-Hur (August 19)
War Dogs (August 19) starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller
Hands of Stone (August 26) starring Edgar Ramírez and Robert DeNiro
Max Steel (August 26) starring Ben Winchell and Andy Garcia
Mechanic: Resurrection (August 26) starring Jason Statham and Jessica Alba
The Light Between Oceans (Sept. 2) starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender
Sully (Sept. 9) starring Tom Hanks and Laura Linney
The Wild Life (Sept. 9)
Other People (Sept. 9) starring Jesse Plemons and Bradley Whitford
Featured Actor: Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton's show-business career began in 1899 at the tender age of three, when he toured on the vaudeville circuit with his parents in an act called The Three Keatons. Originally named Joseph, after his father, a young Keaton became known as "Buster" after he took a tumble down a flight of stairs and emerged from the fall unscathed. No less than Harry Houdini, who toured with the Keatons, christened the child with his new nickname, and it stuck.
The Three Keatons act revolved around the disciplining of a misbehaving child, played by Buster. Theirs was a very physical vaudeville show, with Buster participating in more daring and dangerous stunts, often involving his young self being tossed all over the stage and even into the audience. Throughout the entire act, Buster remained stone-faced, which became his acting trademark.
By the time he was 21, Buster Keaton's father was a chronic alcoholic, and the family's stage stunts became too dangerous to perform. The younger Keaton decided to try his hand at the film industry. He made his film debut, alongside Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, in The Butcher Boy in 1917. Keaton went on to star in 15 two-reeler films with Arbuckle.
After serving in France during World War I, Keaton starred in 1920's The Saphead, a production that established his Hollywood stardom. By 1921, Keaton had his own studio and produced one of his best films, The General, in 1926. Orson Welles once stated that The General is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." This was one of the last films over which Keaton exercised complete creative control.
An ill-conceived contract with MGM resulted in quashing Keaton's inventive approach to moviemaking. He managed to produce one film, The Cameraman, which retained some of his trademark innovation. Increasingly despondent over his loss of control and inability to follow his imaginative film impulses, Keaton began drinking heavily, hastening his professional and personal decline.
Keaton's increasingly erratic behavior, disregard for schedules, and chronic drinking led to a confrontation with MGM's studio head, Louis B. Mayer. The result was Keaton's termination. Ironically, his 1930s films were the most financially successful of his career. By 1933, fueled by failures in his personal and professional life, Keaton was in the grip of full-blown alcoholism.
Keaton spent several years seeking treatment for his drinking problem as he quietly faded into "B" movie roles and cinematic semi-obscurity. Occasionally, he would take a small part in a project, such as in The Good Old Summertime in 1949, a screen appearance that reinvigorated public interest in his earlier silent masterpieces. As a result, Keaton acted throughout the 1950s and 1960s in TV, film, and stage appearances.
Buster Keaton's last film role was in 1966's Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum, where he played the character of Erronius. The film premiered just months after Keaton had passed away from lung cancer.
Enjoy some of Buster Keaton's film performances in these DVDs in the Library's collection:
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before
In 1966, writer Gene Roddenberry's space-exploration series, Star Trek, debuted. Lasting only three seasons before its cancellation, the original series drew both cheers and jeers for its portrayal of intergalactic life in the 23rd century.
While short-lived, the original show managed to become a cultural phenomenon, spawning an animated series, movies, and several new television versions. The ardent fans of Star Trek became known as Trekkies or Trekkers, and they are perhaps best known for their annual conventions and encyclopedic knowledge of all things Star Trek.
This summer, a new Star Trek movie will be released on July 22. Here's your chance to watch the trailer: Star Trek Beyond.