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Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

In 1933, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers first danced their way across the silver screen as supporting characters in Flying Down to Rio. Over the next seven years, Astaire and Rogers would partner in eight more movies, easily dancing their way into moviegoers’ hearts. After The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle in 1939, Astaire and Rogers went their separate ways, each establishing their own solo careers. Rogers quickly won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie Kitty Foyle (1940), then continued on to act opposite stars like Cary Grant in Monkey Business (1952). Astaire, on the other hand, continued dancing in movie musicals like Holiday Inn (1942) with Bing Crosby and Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland, each with enduring universal appeal.

In 1949, Astaire and Rogers collaborated one last time in The Barkleys of Broadway after Judy Garland had to step down. (Incidentally, this was their first and only picture shot in Technicolor.) Over the course of their careers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in only ten films, but they will forever be remembered as the most iconic dancing duo in Hollywood.

2012 Primetime Emmy Winners

emmy awardLike many TV enthusiasts, last Sunday I watched the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards.  I have to confess, I wasn’t overly thrilled with the complete list of winners, but all of the nominees were deserving of recognition for their work in television. Even if my some of my favorites didn’t take home the statue, the telecast itself was enjoyable with moments both funny (an intentional speech mix-up in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category, and the faux In Memoriam to Jimmy Kimmel as sung by Josh Groban) and touching (a standing ovation for Michael J. Fox, and Ron Howard’s heartfelt tribute to Andy Griffith).

If you missed the nominations, check out these blog posts to find the complete list in the Drama and Comedy categories. And if you missed the ceremony on Sunday, the winners in Drama, Comedy and Miniseries or Movie are listed below.

Are You Ready for Fall TV?

tvSeptember is a month of beginnings: The beginning of school, the start of football season, the official first day of fall and, most importantly, the season premieres of many fall television shows. With many cable channels taking advantage of network reruns to air TV shows of their own, the summer months are no longer the TV dead zone they were previously. But there is nothing quite like favorite shows airing new episodes just in time to help push viewers through the slog towards Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. This fall, I’m most anxious to see how the huge cliffhangers at the end of The Vampire Diaries and NCIS are resolved. What shows are you most looking forward to watching?

If you’re out of the TV loop, or just want to catch up on previous seasons of current TV, browse the HCPL catalog and see what we have to offer! And if you’re still trying to prep the DVR for the upcoming seasons, check out this handy guide to all the primetime network shows.

Kimberly’s TV Picks:

A Thrill A Minute

north by northwestThis past weekend Premium Rush, an action-packed film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger in New York City, opened in movie theaters. The movie wasn’t thought provoking and certainly didn’t inspire introspection, but after spending ninety minutes watching chaotic bike chases through the busy streets and back alleys of NYC, I did leave the theater with phantom pains and an elevated heart rate. In 2001, the American Film Institute unveiled a list of the 100 Most Thrilling American Films. The list is a mix of silent and CGI, psychological thriller and high action. I’m not sure I agree with every movie on the list, but it is worth browsing. Did your favorite thriller make the list?

If you’re in the mood for a thriller this Labor Day weekend, watch an old favorite or browse the HCPL catalog and request a new movie today!

A Few Films on the AFI 100 Thrillers List:

2012 Adult Summer Reading Program Winner

TOM ASRP Winner 2012

Congratulations to Gayle Jackson, winner of one of the Adult Summer Reading Program prizes! Gayle was randomly selected from the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library customers who completed and logged their books in the 2012 Adult Summer Reading Program. A familiar face at the library, Gayle (seen at left with her daughter) is an enthusiastic reader, a member of two book clubs, and a faithful supporter of the library and its employees. With the help of her $30 Amazon gift card, she hopes to expand her reading horizons with an eReader. Congratulations to Gayle and happy reading! 

Teen Summer Writing Contest

pen and paperOn Tuesday, the winners of the Fourth Annual Teen Summer Writing Contest were announced at a reception held at the Tomball Library. Hosted in conjunction with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Writing Contest was a huge success. Poems and short stories were submitted by teens from both branches, various other HCPL branches, and several states across the country. Thanks to all the teens who wrote and submitted fantastic entries! We look forward to reading next summer's entries!

Congratulations to all our winners for their outstanding poems and short stories!

2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

emmyIn my last post, I blogged about the Emmy nominations in the dramatic categories. This week’s post is dedicated to the more lighthearted side of television: the comedies.  Last year, the big winner of the night was Modern Family and it looks like this year is shaping up to be the same, particularly in the supporting acting categories. It will be interesting to see if there are any upsets, or if Modern Family sweeps its categories yet again. 

Duct Tape & Movies & Books, Oh My!

duct tape roseDon’t miss the last of the teen summer reading programs next week! First, come make something awesome out of colorful duct tape! All supplies provided. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 7 from 3:00-4:30pm.

And don’t miss the last Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Call the library for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, August 9 from 7:00-9:00pm.

Have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? There’s still time, so what are you waiting for? All you have to do is read any 5 books (or for 600 minutes) this summer, log them online, and stop by the library for cool prizes!

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200

2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

EmmyA few weeks ago, the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmys were announced. I did see the list when it was first released, but I was too caught up in anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises to fully process. Now that I have had time to browse the entire list, I’m happy to see that some of my favorites (including a few surprises!) were nominated. Although I don’t care quite as much for the Emmys as I do for the Oscars, I do have firm opinions about who I think should win in each category (and who I think should have been nominated). Below, I have listed all the nominees in the Drama categories. Who would you like to win?

Teen Spa Day

sugar scrubHey teens! We’re counting down to the end of summer with a spa day! Stop by to make your own lip balm and sweet smelling sugar scrub, and decorate hair clips. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 31 from 3:00-4:30pm.

For more information, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: How To_Sugar Scrub-5 Photo by: Debra

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