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Another Night at the Museum
Who could have predicted that a single picture book could launch a three-movie franchise? But that's what happened to The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc. It was published in 1993, and the first Night at the Museum movie debuted in 2006. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian came out in 2009, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters this weekend.
Want more museum adventures? Take a look at this blast from the past blog post.
It's a Hard Knock Life
Don't it feel like the wind is always howl'n? / Don't it seem like there's never any light?
When I'm stuck with a day that's gray and lonely / I just stick up my chin and grin and say /
The sun'll come out tomorrow / So you got to hang on til tomorrow, come what may! /
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow / You're always a day away.
And we're just a day away from the 2014 big screen version of the musical Annie. It features a multitalented, multiracial cast and a comtemporary spin on the popular story. "Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around."
The Hoover Public Library has the 1982 movie version of Annie as well as the 1999 made-for-TV movie version. Check one out today and decide which one puts the biggest smile on your face. Remember, you're never fully dressed without a smile.
The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry transports the reader to 2893 A.D., where (or should that be when?) the Hashoones (a family of space privateers) become embroiled in a solar system-wide conspiracy. And, to make matters even more complicated, the three siblings are also competing to determine who will become the next captain of the ship, when their mother steps down. The saga continues in the sequel, The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris. The Hashoones intercept a ship with a long-dead crew and a series of clues. The family embarks on a treasure hunt but ends up uncovering more than lost riches. They also manage to dig up some family secrets.