1. For those of you interested in great 1970’s films or the world of television do we have an awesome free event tonight at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at 6:00pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium. The New York Times Culture Reporter Dave Itzkoff stops by to discuss his latest book MAD AS HELL: THE MAKING OF NETWORK AND THE FATEFUL VISION OF THE ANGRIEST MAN IN MOVIES. Dave is no stranger to The Library for the Performing Arts as he researched much of his book by using the Paddy Chayefsky Papers that can be found within The Billy Rose Theatre Division. You can also read an article Dave wrote about the collection for The Times from 2011 here. 

    For those of you interested in great 1970’s films or the world of television do we have an awesome free event tonight at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at 6:00pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium. The New York Times Culture Reporter Dave Itzkoff stops by to discuss his latest book MAD AS HELL: THE MAKING OF NETWORK AND THE FATEFUL VISION OF THE ANGRIEST MAN IN MOVIES. Dave is no stranger to The Library for the Performing Arts as he researched much of his book by using the Paddy Chayefsky Papers that can be found within The Billy Rose Theatre Division. You can also read an article Dave wrote about the collection for The Times from 2011 here

  2. Alright alright alright! Congratulations to all the winners at last nights 86th Academy Awards arguably the biggest night of the year for movies. Three of the biggest winners last night included Dallas Buyers Club (starring Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto), Gravity (for basically all the technical awards and Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director) and of course the great 12 Years A Slave which captured the biggest award of the night Best Picture. If you still need to catch up on these three great films you can currently find them available on dvd at branches throughout the NYPL system along with most of the other nominees and winners from last night. 

  3. Sad news from the comedy world as yesterday we learned of the passing of the legendary comedic writer, director, and actor Harold Ramis. He is a man largely responsible for some of the biggest and most memorable film comedies of all-time that include National Lampoon’s Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day. Of course most of us will forever remember him in the role of Dr. Egon Spengler (a man whose hobbies included collecting “molds, spores and fungus”) in the iconic 1984 film Ghostbusters. Ramis of course was no stranger to the NYPL as you can see in the photo above from the day of the Ghostbusters film shoot at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street. To purposely (mis)quote Dr. Peter Venkman at the end of Ghostbusters: “See you on the other side Mr. Ramis.”  You will be missed. 

    Sad news from the comedy world as yesterday we learned of the passing of the legendary comedic writer, director, and actor Harold Ramis. He is a man largely responsible for some of the biggest and most memorable film comedies of all-time that include National Lampoon’s Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day. Of course most of us will forever remember him in the role of Dr. Egon Spengler (a man whose hobbies included collecting “molds, spores and fungus”) in the iconic 1984 film Ghostbusters. Ramis of course was no stranger to the NYPL as you can see in the photo above from the day of the Ghostbusters film shoot at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street. To purposely (mis)quote Dr. Peter Venkman at the end of Ghostbusters: “See you on the other side Mr. Ramis.”  You will be missed. 

  4. June Squibb visited Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. The Oscar nominee reminisced over a couple of photos from her days on the stage, including one photograph from NYPL’s Billy rose Theater collection of her portraying the stripper Electra for the Broadway production of Gypsy.  Watch the clip to learn more!

  5. The world is mourning today the passing of legendary child actress Shirley Temple. Ms. Temple was arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic stars in the history of motion pictures and during the mid-1930’s she was the biggest movie star on the planet… doing it all under the age of 10. And although she retired from acting at the age of 22 and went on to have a successful career as a diplomat in the 1960’s, it is her film work that most will remember her from. Here at the NYPL you can find an assortment of great Shirley Temple images from our digital gallery including the image above, a cigarette card, from our George Arents Collection. You can also find books about Ms. Temple and dvd’s of some of her films at several branches of The New York Public Library. RIP to a legend. 

    The world is mourning today the passing of legendary child actress Shirley Temple. Ms. Temple was arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic stars in the history of motion pictures and during the mid-1930’s she was the biggest movie star on the planet… doing it all under the age of 10. And although she retired from acting at the age of 22 and went on to have a successful career as a diplomat in the 1960’s, it is her film work that most will remember her from. Here at the NYPL you can find an assortment of great Shirley Temple images from our digital gallery including the image above, a cigarette card, from our George Arents Collection. You can also find books about Ms. Temple and dvd’s of some of her films at several branches of The New York Public Library. RIP to a legend. 

  6. This morning the 86th Annual Academy Award nominations were announced. There were plenty of great nominees including 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Nebraska, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Street. And while many of those films are not yet available on dvd you can check out the books that some of those terrific films are based on including 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, most of which can be found at various branches of the NYPL. What did you think of the nominations? Who got snubbed? Who surprised you? 

    This morning the 86th Annual Academy Award nominations were announced. There were plenty of great nominees including 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Nebraska, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Street. And while many of those films are not yet available on dvd you can check out the books that some of those terrific films are based on including 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, most of which can be found at various branches of the NYPL. What did you think of the nominations? Who got snubbed? Who surprised you? 

  7. Tonight at 7pmat The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building we will have the special free program HOW TO ACT UP. Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots political activism from current and former members of the historic AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Veteran activists will share their experience with outreach, planning demonstrations, working with media, and civil disobedience. To attend you can register online or e-mail Jason Baumann at JasonBaumann@nypl.org
This program is in conjunction with the fantastic exhibition WHY WE FIGHT: REMEMBERING AIDS ACTIVISM currently on display through April 6 at the Schwarzman Building. 

    Tonight at 7pmat The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building we will have the special free program HOW TO ACT UP. Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots political activism from current and former members of the historic AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Veteran activists will share their experience with outreach, planning demonstrations, working with media, and civil disobedience. To attend you can register online or e-mail Jason Baumann at JasonBaumann@nypl.org

    This program is in conjunction with the fantastic exhibition WHY WE FIGHT: REMEMBERING AIDS ACTIVISM currently on display through April 6 at the Schwarzman Building. 

  8. Congratulations to Director Steve McQueen’s fabulous film 12 Years A Slave for winning the Golden Globe last night for Best Drama. The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from the North (Saratoga Springs, NY to be exact) who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum south. While the movie hasn’t been released on dvd yet you can check out the book the film is based on (published in 1853) which can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system. 

    Congratulations to Director Steve McQueen’s fabulous film 12 Years A Slave for winning the Golden Globe last night for Best Drama. The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from the North (Saratoga Springs, NY to be exact) who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum south. While the movie hasn’t been released on dvd yet you can check out the book the film is based on (published in 1853) which can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system. 

  9. In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

    In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

  10. There is breaking news this afternoon as we have learned that the 2013 Class for The National Toy Hall of Fame has been announced! Unfortunately those of you hoping that 2013 was finally going to be the year of the talking Macaulay Culkin Doll will have to continue to wait. Making the cut today is the iconic game of Chess and the beloved Rubber Duck. Benjamin Franklin - illustrated above playing chess - would be proud. To celebrate, the NYPL encourages you to check out the many books and dvds we have on chess - and even the Rubber Duck -  that can be found at branches throughout the entire system. The NYPL congratulates all you chess lovers and… and…uhm… Ernie?? on this prestigious honor.  What toy do you want to see get inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame?

    There is breaking news this afternoon as we have learned that the 2013 Class for The National Toy Hall of Fame has been announced! Unfortunately those of you hoping that 2013 was finally going to be the year of the talking Macaulay Culkin Doll will have to continue to wait. Making the cut today is the iconic game of Chess and the beloved Rubber Duck. Benjamin Franklin - illustrated above playing chess - would be proud. To celebrate, the NYPL encourages you to check out the many books and dvds we have on chess - and even the Rubber Duck -  that can be found at branches throughout the entire system. The NYPL congratulates all you chess lovers and… and…uhm… Ernie?? on this prestigious honor.  What toy do you want to see get inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame?