1. We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Elaine Stritch, whose acerbic personality and memorable stage and screen performances have captured hearts for decades. This 1954 promotional photo from our Billy Rose Theatre Division features Stritch as Peggy Porterfield in a revival of “On Your Toes,” and captures her personalty perfectly. Learn more about the American Theater Hall of Famer by checking out materials from your local NYPL branch.  

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Elaine Stritch, whose acerbic personality and memorable stage and screen performances have captured hearts for decades. This 1954 promotional photo from our Billy Rose Theatre Division features Stritch as Peggy Porterfield in a revival of “On Your Toes,” and captures her personalty perfectly. Learn more about the American Theater Hall of Famer by checking out materials from your local NYPL branch.  

  2. Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

    Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

  3. Sad news today in the world of film as it was announced this morning that the great British actor Bob Hoskins passed away at the age of 71. The actor known for playing tough guys in great films such as the amazing THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY and MONA LISA (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award) is best known to American audiences for his performance as Detective Eddie Valiant in Robert Zemeckis’ brilliant 1988 film WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. You can check out most of Bob Hoskins films at branches throughout the entire NYPL system. RIP

    Sad news today in the world of film as it was announced this morning that the great British actor Bob Hoskins passed away at the age of 71. The actor known for playing tough guys in great films such as the amazing THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY and MONA LISA (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award) is best known to American audiences for his performance as Detective Eddie Valiant in Robert Zemeckis’ brilliant 1988 film WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. You can check out most of Bob Hoskins films at branches throughout the entire NYPL system. RIP

  4. Big news in e-books as it was announced today that Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will be released for the first time as an e-book on July 8, HarperCollins Publishers announced today. Of course for those of you who want to read the original, print edition you can check it out at most branches of The New York Public Library OR you can check out the dvd of the classic film as well! The announcement today was made in connection to it being the 88th Birthday of the book’s author Harper Lee. So the NYPL wishes Harper Lee a Happy Birthday as well! 

    Big news in e-books as it was announced today that Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will be released for the first time as an e-book on July 8, HarperCollins Publishers announced today. Of course for those of you who want to read the original, print edition you can check it out at most branches of The New York Public Library OR you can check out the dvd of the classic film as well! The announcement today was made in connection to it being the 88th Birthday of the book’s author Harper Lee. So the NYPL wishes Harper Lee a Happy Birthday as well! 

  5. 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

  6. 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. 

  7. 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. 

  8. 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!

  9. 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. 

  10. 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?