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Finally, the media is making a movie to create awareness of the dramatic global phenomenon of the extinction of many of the earth’s species.

The New York Times article is based on the release of two movies on similar missions “Racing Extinction” and “This Changes Everything,” both exploring the devastation humanity has wrought on the natural world. Both films offer messages of hope, profiling people who have helped stop, animal by animal, acre by acre, the pillaging of wildlife and land.

This will be a global event. On December 2, the Discovery Channel plans to broadcast it in prime time in about 220 countries and territories. We have to say to the world and to each other ‘For a moment, stop, and look at the issues that the film raises.’

Promoters and Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and his company Vulcan, are pushing for laws banning the trafficking of endangered species, among other initiatives, and exhorted, via social media and a website, supporters to do the same. Director Psihoyos is professing that each voice and each act, no matter how small, counts. Outrage generated by his movie “The Cove” helped reduce dolphin killings in Japan to 6,000 a year from 23,000.

The same concern led to the photo exhibit at the Fremont Main Library showing the beauty of the African Grey Parrot thriving in the wild in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. Being exploited by the government and illegal traders the parrots are trapped in nets, bound to each other wing to wing, then stuffed by the hundreds into crates. Half of the parrots die in transport.

The legal quota is 5,000 parrots a year from the Congo and 7,000 from Cameroon. These countries can no longer sustain this kind of trade, the parrots are near extinction. The cruelty to these birds is extreme and unnecessary, the number exported are in the thousands, and their habitats are being destroyed. This lucrative trade points to the greed of the Congolese government and that of illegal traders. The birds who survive are exported mostly to Asia and the Middle East. Europe has agreed to ban imports.

How can you help?

If greedy governments cannot be stopped, then petitions sponsored by the World Parrot Trust and FLY FREE can make a difference. Help petition CITES to stop the imports into their member countries. CITES is an organization of governments who propose to protect nature and wildlife on earth. They need to be convinced of the necessity to stop this greed and brutality.

Birds belong in nature, they need to be wild and free, they need to fly and thrive, not end up in our cages for our amusement picking their feathers and mutilating themselves.

Come see our exhibit and be a witness to the sadness we have inflicted. Help those innocent lives who cannot help themselves.

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Join everybody for a Friday Night Movie this Summer.

On Friday, August 21, movie HOME* will be shown on a big screen at the Central Park Performance Pavilion.  Grab a picnic dinner, blanket and beach chairs, and come to have a fun night with your community fellows.

Pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and much more will be available for purchase.

The movie will start after the sun sets, and is free.

For more information and updates, visit here.

*Featured movie may be subject to change.

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The Fremont Main Library continues to offer movies on Sundays.  With the start of a new year (Happy New Year!), movies in January will show people in their personal pursuits, new beginnings.  Shows start at 2 p.m. in Fukaya Room B.  Scheduled for showing are:

 

awakeningsJanuary 11 – Awakenings (Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro; PG-13).  Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams), a research physician, uses an experimental drug to “awaken” the catatonic victims of a rare disease. The awakening of the first patient proves a rebirth for the doctor.

 

better lifeJanuary 18 – A Better Life (Demian Bichir, Jose Julian; PG-13).  Carlos Galindo dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S.  When his wife leaves him, Carlos’s only goal becomes to make sure his son Luis is given the opportunities he never had.

 
PleasantvilleJanuary 25 – Pleasantville (Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire; PG-13). A brother and sister are magically transported through their television set and into the black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville.

 

 

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The two movies lined up for free showings at the Library this month will take viewers to Washington D.C.  Showtime is 2 p.m. movies rotator The movies are:

 July 6      Being There (Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine; PG)

July 20     National Treasure (Nicolas Cage; PG)

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible.  Please call 510-745-1401 for more information.

 

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In honor of Sunday movies rotatorFather’s Day, the Sunday movies in June at the Fremont Main Library will feature fathers and fatherhood.  Showtime is 2 p.m.  Scheduled for showing are:

June 1          Father of the Bride (Steve Martin, PG)

June 8          John Q (Denzel Washington, PG-13)

June 15        Big Fish (Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, PG-13)

June 22        Warrior (Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, PG-13)

June 29        Martian Child (John Cusack, PG)

Please call 510-745-1401 for more information.

 

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Here is the April update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned on this blog to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made.

If you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let me know.

The current “books to film” list:

1776: In development with a release date sometime in 2009.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is in post-production with a US release date on 5 March 2010. (Johnny Depp is apparently playing the Mad Hatter.)

The Amulet of Samarkand: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

Angels & Demons: Due in US theaters on 15 May 2009.

Anita Blake: No IMDB information as yet, nor do we know what they will be calling the project. Personally, I want to know who will be playing Edward.

Atlas Shrugged: Status currently unknown, as the project has lost its director. Release date is now listed as 2011.

Beastly: In pre-production with a 2010 release date.

The Bell Jar: The status for this project is currently listed as in development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

The Box of Delights: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Chocky: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010. (I’ll be very interested to see this one as I saw the old TV miniseries of this title.)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: In post-production with a U.S. release date on 18 September 2009.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Announced, with a U.S. release date of 10 December 2010.

Cirque du Freak: This movie is reported to include the first three books of the series. It has been completed, and The U.S. release date is 15 January 2010.

The Cry of the Icemark: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

Deal Breaker: Announced with a release date sometime in 2011.

Dinotrux: In development with a 2012 release date.

The Doubtful Guest: In development. U.S. theatrical release expected sometime in 2010.

Dragonriders of Pern: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

Dune: (Yes, another version of Dune.) Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Eye of the World: In development with a release date in 2011.

Fahrenheit 451: Announced with a release date in 2010 sometime.

Far from the Madding Crowd: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Giver: In development with a 2011 release date.

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Great Gilly Hopkins: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: Currently filming. Due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Due in U.S. theaters on 15 July 2009.

The Hobbit: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2012.

It: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Life of Pi: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Lovely Bones: In post-production. Due in U.S. theaters 11 December 2009.

Magic Kingdom for Sale: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010 sometime.

Mars Needs Moms!: In pre-production with a release date in 2010.

Maximum Ride: In pre-production with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2010.

My Sister’s Keeper: Due in U.S. theaters on 26 June 2009.

Neuromancer: In development with a release date in 2011 sometime.

The NeverEnding Story: In development with a 2012 release date.

New Moon: Currently filming with a U.S. release date on 20 November 2009.

On the Road: Status currently listed a “Unknown” on the IMDB with a theoretical release date still listed as 2009.

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: In pre-production. U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

Race to Witch Mountain: Not yet on DVD.

Ramona and Beezus: In pre-production and due in U.S. theaters on 19 March 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Shantaram: In development and due in U.S. theaters sometime in 2011.

A Spell for Chameleon: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Stargirl: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Subtle Knife: Now listed as “Unknown” with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

The Sword of Shannara: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Thirteenth Hour: In development with a release date in 2011.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Due in U.S. theaters on on 14 August 2009.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2011.

The Tripods: In development with a 2012 release date.

Uglies: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag: In development with a 2011 release date.

Where the Wild Things Are: In post-production with a U.S. release date on 16 October 2009.

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Here is the March update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned on this blog to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made.

If you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let me know.

The current “books to film” list:

1776: In development with a release date sometime in 2009.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is in post-production with a US release date on 5 March 2010. (Johnny Depp is apparently playing the Mad Hatter.)

The Amulet of Samarkand: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

Angels & Demons: In post-production and due in US theaters on 15 May 2009.

Atlas Shrugged: Status currently unknown, as the project has lost its director. Release date is now listed as 2011.

Beastly: In pre-production with a 2010 release date.

The Bell Jar: The status for this project is currently listed as in development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

Chocky: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010. (I’ll be very interested to see this one as I saw the old TV miniseries of this title.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Announced, with a U.S. release date of 10 December 2010.

Cirque du Freak: This movie is reported to include the first three books of the series. It has been completed, and The U.S. release date was 23 October 2009, but has now disappeared.

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Not yet available on DVD.

Coraline: Not yet available on DVD.

The Cry of the Icemark: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

Deal Breaker: Announced with a release date sometime in 2011.

Dinotrux: In development with a 2012 release date.

The Doubtful Guest: In development. U.S. theatrical release expected sometime in 2010.

Dragonriders of Pern: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

Dune: (Yes, another version of Dune.) Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Eye of the World: In development with a release date in 2011.

Fahrenheit 451: Announced with a release date in 2010 sometime.

Far from the Madding Crowd: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Giver: In development with a 2011 release date.

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Great Gilly Hopkins: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: Currently filming. Due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Due in U.S. theaters on 17 July 2009.

He’s Just Not That Into You: Not yet on DVD.

The Hobbit: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2012.

Inkheart: Not yet on DVD.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Life of Pi: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Lovely Bones: In post-production. Due in U.S. theaters 11 December 2009.

Magic Kingdom for Sale: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010 sometime.

Marley & Me: DVD available on Mar 31, 2009.

Mars Needs Moms!: In pre-production with a release date in 2010.

Maximum Ride: In pre-production with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2010.

My Sister’s Keeper: Due in U.S. theaters on 26 June 2009.

Neuromancer: In development with a release date in 2011 sometime.

The NeverEnding Story: In development with a 2012 release date.

New Moon: Currently filming with a U.S. release date on 20 November 2009.

On the Road: Status currently listed a “Unknown” on the IMDB with a theoretical release date still listed as 2009.

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: In pre-production. U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

Race to Witch Mountain: Currently in U.S. theaters.

Ramona: In pre-production and due in U.S. theaters on 19 March 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Shantaram: In development and due in U.S. theaters sometime in 2011.

A Spell for Chameleon: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Stargirl: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Subtle Knife: Now listed as “Unknown” with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

The Sword of Shannara: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Tale of Despereaux: On DVD April 7, 2009.

The Thirteenth Hour: In development with a release date in 2011.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: In development with a theoretical release date in 2009.

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Completed with a U.S. release date on 14 August 2009.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2011.

The Tripods: In development with a 2012 release date.

Uglies: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag: In development with a 2011 release date.

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