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  • EmmyLast week, the nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmys were announced. As always, they were met with excitement from some and disappointment from others. Every year, it seems that network comedies are less represented in the nominations, but standout favorites like 30 Rock, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory continue to hold their own against the influx of cutting edge cable comedies. It will be interesting to see if Modern Family (the perennial favorite) or 30 Rock (which just celebrated its final season) can win voters over enough to take home trophies at this year's ceremony.

    Below, I have listed all the nominees in the Comedy categories. Who would you like to win? Was your favorite snubbed in this year’s nominations? Let me know in the comments!

    Outstanding Comedy Series:

  • Yep.  They’re here.  In fact, they’ve always been here.  From the earliest days of movies and television, Canadians have been a big part of our entertainment. 

    If you’ve read my previous blog entries, it should not come as a surprise that I love Canada.  It’s my second favorite country.  I’ve visited there several times.  My best friend is Canadian.  And while most people may not claim friendship with a citizen of Canada, there’s little doubt that many of our favorite actors and actresses have come from there.

  • movie theaterIt should come as no surprise that moviegoers love a good laugh. So far this summer, three very different comedies have been released in theaters: The Internship (a buddy comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn), This is the End (an apocalyptic comedy), and The Heat (a buddy action comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy). Even many of the big budget action films this summer have had enough funny moments and one-liners to keep audiences laughing. When real life is too overwhelming, we turn to movies for an escape into the light-hearted, the screwball and the gut-bustingly hilarious.

    In 2000, the American Film Institute released their list of the 100 funniest American movies: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs. Below, I have listed some of my favorite titles on the list. What are your favorites? What movies would you add from the years since the list was released?

  • Over the past few weeks, I’ve had fun watching some favorite old movies.  They included The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Princess Bride, and Scaramouche.  And one of the reasons I love these films is that they include a particular event that has enthralled audiences since the earliest days of theatre and then movies: a great sword fight.

    In my last blog entry, I wrote about women archers in movies.  This time, I thought I’d feature swordsmen.  In the past, sword fighting was not only a part of war, it might also be used in a duel to settle a matter of honor.  These days swordsmanship is most often on display as a sport, with special gear to protect the participants.

  • superman statueMan of Steel, the highly anticipated reboot to the Superman movie franchise opens in theaters today. Although I love the complexity and grittiness of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, the snark of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and the cleverness of X-Men, Superman will always be my favorite superhero. He is the superhero who flies around in a bright red cape, hides his identity behind a pair of glasses and a reporter’s pen, and dodges bullets and sees through walls. He is the superhero who goes out of his way to protect human life despite his own position as an outsider. In every incarnation, whether live action movie, long running TV series, or children’s cartoon, Superman stands for hope.

    If you can’t make it to the movie theater this week but want to catch up on Superman’s adventures, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!