January Movies

Bio pic Defiance is based on the true story of the Bielski brothers. After fleeing occupied Poland, they holed up in a forest in Belarus where they managed against terrific odds to create a coherent community which continued to fight the Nazis. Read Nechama Tec's Defiance: The Bielski Partisans (1993).

There is still time to catch the Golden Globes Award for Best Picture of the Year Slumdog Millionaire.

Part Dickensian drama, part romance and part life-affirming fantasy, this indie release follows an 18-year-old orphan as he recalls the experiences that took him from the slums of Mumbai to being just one question away from winning India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” --- all for the love of a girl.

The Spirit is adapted from the graphic novels The Spirit Series by Will Eisner.

It tells the story of a rookie cop who comes back from the dead to protect the city he loves and the many women he loves more.

Made in Spain - Cooking an Empanada

If you're looking for a high energy cooking series look no further than Made in Spain with José Andrés. Here's a clip from the show on making an Empanada.

If this looks like your type of cooking show then AADL has both the 2 DVD set of the Made in Spain series and the cookbook that accompanies the series. Many of the episodes include a visit to regions of Spain and restaurants that make the regional specialties, so if you love Spanish food, pick it up. If Made in Spain doesn't fit your taste then we also have many other Spanish cooking items available.

Nip/Tuck Returns

Nip/Tuck returned to the airwaves on Tuesday night for its 6th season. The most recent season finds Dr. Sean McNamara and Dr. Christian Troy continuing their surgeries and dysfunctional relationships in the Los Angeles plastic surgery business. To catch up on the first four seasons of this addictively over-the-top drama, check out the DVDs here.

A New Doctor Who

Over the weekend, BBC announced Matt Smith as the face of the next Doctor Who. The 26 year old actor will replace David Tennant in the Tardis starting in 2010. Smith will be the eleventh and youngest Time Lord since the premiere of the show in 1963. New to Doctor Who? The series features the Doctor and his companion as they travel through time and space saving the world, meeting interesting historical figures, and fighting creatures like the Daleks and the Cybermen. The series eventually went off the air, but was resurrected in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role and Billie Piper as his companion. Are you looking forward to the new Doctor or will you pine for the days of Tom Baker and others?

Drama! Jealousy & Ugly Betty Stylings! Telenovela Writing Workshop!

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Saturday, October 11 & Saturday, October 18 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ the Malletts Creek Branch. For TEENS in grades 6-12.

Teens: do you have a flair for the dramatic? Do you love stories filled with greed, jealousy and deception? Entonces, the telenovela style of entertainment is just for you! The popular show, Ugly Betty is based on a Colombian telenovela called "Betty la Fea." In these two writing workshops we will write our own telenovela and film it. Si hablas Espanol, fantastico! If you know a little Spanish, that's great - if you don't know any, that's ok too. We'll write in both English and Spanish. Complimentary lunch will be served. Attendance at both workshops is encouraged, but your must register separately for each. Registration is required - call 327-8301, or visit any information desk.

New Series Premiering on CTN

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Sharing Miracles will feature stories of well-known individuals who have triumphed despite serious illness. The series debuts on CTN Channel 18 today at 4:30 p.m. and will feature Greg Louganis, gold medalist in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games. Mark Spitz, Bruce Jenner and Jerry Mathers are profiled in upcoming programs.

August 13th - Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899, in Leytonstone, London, England. One of the best-known and most popular filmmakers of all time, he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. Here at the AADL our DVD department is stocked with lots of classic Hitchcock films and television shows for your viewing pleasure. Watching Psycho, probably his best known film, will always make your next experience in the shower one to remember. My personal favorite has always been The Birds (love that schoolyard scene!), but we also have lots of other faves like Dial M for Murder, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Rebecca, which won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1940, Spellbound and Vertigo. Fans of Hitchcock's old television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents will find season one and two on our library shelves and, for anyone not familiar with Alfred Hitchcock, check out the Dick Cavett Show where he was featured as a guest way back in 1972. Hitchcock died from renal failure in April 1980, just four months after he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Honours.

The Real Comics from HEROES

If you are as addicted to the TV series HEROES as I am, then you'll be excited to hear that there is a series of comics that continues the stories of all the characters! The new comics are published online on the official NBC HEROES website each Tuesday. However, if you want to catch up on all of the juicy Season One background stories, the library has just what you need. Check out Heroes: Volume One, which collects all of the first season's comics into one hardcover book.

For links to all of the available comics so far, visit the graphic novel's Wikipedia page. And don't forget, we have episodes of the TV show available for check-out also!

Summertime, the living is easy

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"Summer parties are so easy: throw something on the grill, reach into the fridge for cold beverages and sides, call friends. But wait, it gets easier. Barbecue guru Steven Raichlen's Barbeque! Bible is available in a 10th anniversary edition this year, while newcomers to hosting will find everything they need to know in Party Basics for New Nesters, the latest book from Maria McBride, author of a series of wedding planning books".

And if you are a fan of the Foodnetwork and find yourself still watching those re-runs of HGTV programs, why not sign up for the Lifestyle newsletter from our new service - BookLetters.

Once a month, you will receive via email or RSS feed a list of the best new cookbooks, gardening guides, pet care manuals and more - from self-help and fitness to home decor, books designed to fit your active lifestyle and renew your spirit.

Lost Book Club

My mother is a huge fan of the television series, "Lost," and loves to discuss her theories about what is happening or will happen next. Unfortunately, I have only seen the show sporadically (someday when I have the time I'll borrow them, starting with the first season and catch up), so it's hard for me to understand the complexities of the plot. Finally, though, we have a point of mutual reference for the show! The show producers have started a Lost Book Club over on the official show website, which features books referenced in the show.

I checked out the list and found several of my old favorites, and I think that even non-fans will enjoy many of their selections. For instance, if you enjoy excellent humor carved out of serious situations, the list includes Joseph Heller's Catch-22, as well as Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. If classics are more your style, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens made the list, as did The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Even young fans can get in on the book club, with selections like William Golding's classic tale of schoolboys surviving on an island, Lord of the Flies, and even (no kidding) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which apparently got referenced in episode #117.

So, if you are a Lost fan, or if you are just in the mood for an eclectic book list, you can read them by season, or pick and choose from the entire list. Have a look at the list, and then head over to your local branch to check some of these out!

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