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-Jim Carrey will take the role of Mr. Popper in Mr. Popper's Penguins. There were rumors of other actors (I was excited for Ben Stiller) but I think Jim Carrey will do a decent job. According to Cynopsis Kids “The movie will be somewhat different from the book, with Carrey's Mr. Popper a high-powered NYC business executive that inherits a small group of six penguins. Life changes for Popper as he becomes attached to the penguins, now living in his fancy NYC apartment, a big deal goes awry and he almost winds up in jail. In the end he discovers the importance of family.” I'm already planning on being annoyed by the movie with its modern updates and slapstick gross-out comedy that family movies all seem to have now.

-Cartoon Network has a 15-minute animated show airing in September based on MAD magazine. I'm always surprised at how well MAD is read at my library, so I'm sure the show will find an audience. Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-American Libraries Direct had a great interview with Rob Reiner, director of the movie Flipped which is based on Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel of the same name. Flipped is out this weekend!

-Love zombies? The Walking Dead, a new series based on Robert Kirkman's graphic novels, will premier on Halloween on AMC. Not a teen series, but with the rise in zombie popularity, this might end up with a teen audience as well. Thanks to IMDB for the news.

-Thank you to Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 for alterting me that there is a movie version of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life in the works. I agree with Betsy though, I don't know that I'd call the book "very popular"-but I do think a movie version could be good.

-With Mockingjay out, there’s buzz over who should play Katniss. Entertainment Weekly has suggestions up on their Shelf Life page. I wish Ellen Page was younger, I think she’d be good. Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan is voting for Anna Kendrick. Entertainment Weekly readers have a strong vote for Alexandra Daddario. Who do you want to see as Katniss?


  1. I am so ready for Flipped! I think it's gonna be great.

  2. Of all those mentioned, I actually think the girl from the "Lemony Snicket" movie might be able to do it...but really, I'd love to see someone new...someone who is JUST Katniss, not so and so playing Katniss in this role...


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