Actor Josh Hutcherson has been chosen as the official spokesperson for Teen Read Week 2008.  15-year old Josh has appeared in many movies, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Bridge to Terabithia.  He recently finished filming Cirque du Freak, based on the series by Darren Shan.  Here’s a brief excerpt from a recent interview:How has reading helped you become a movie star?

Well, I have to read a lot of scripts first of all. Also, reading helps you learn about the type of character that you are going to play. For example, if you are going to play a role of someone who lived in the 18th century, you have to read about life back then in order to understand your character.

Visit the ALA website to read more about Josh and Teen Read Week!

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Now that Breaking Dawn has finally debuted, what do you think?  Have you finished reading it yet?  How long did it take? Is it predictable?  Shocking?  What do you think of the ending?  Did you love it?  Hate it?

If you’ve read it, submit your review at our website for a chance to win free stuff!

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What do you think of the official teaser trailer?

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Interesting fact: You probably know Ralph Fiennes plays Voldemort.  11-year old Tom Riddle is played by Fiennes’ nephew, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin.

Update: Unfortunately, we will now have to wait until next summer for the next installment in the Harry Potter series.  Warner Brothers recently pushed the premier back to July 17, 2009.  Here’s the story: http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/08/news-flash-harr.html.

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Hey, ever thought of writing about your life, but didn’t know where to start?  Come to our Six-Word Memoir Workshop and begin crafting stories about yourself in just one sentence!  Check out the SMITH Magazine website  to read life stories submitted by other people.

When: 7:00pm, Wednesday July 30
Where: Large Meeting Room, Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles

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Hitchcock delves into the genre of legal dramas with this one…with Gregory Peck as a British barrister who defends a woman he is convinced is innocence…mostly because he’s in love with her. Peck is miscast here, not even trying to fake an English accent. We know he can pull off a good “lawyer” act (as he does flawlessly in To Kill a Mockingbird), but he just doesn’t even seem to be trying here. Laughton and Barrymore are hardly used at all…I’m sure they were just cast for big name appeal…their roles are both minute, especially Barrymore’s. The one saving grace to this film is the plot. It’s a strong story that holds up through the years. Not packing as much of a “thriller” punch as most Hitchcock titles, this one is more about the drama and less about the suspense, though there is a crucial piece of plot that is revealed in the end. Compared to titles like Billy Wilder’s legal classic Witness for the Prosecution, the ending is not as intense, but the movie on a whole is a fine legal drama.

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I remember how excited I was when I got to this one during my “in order” Hitchcock phase as a child. Coming right between Rear Window (1954) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), and the same year as To Catch a Thief, this one would have to be great, right? Well, to a 10-year-old, it was…for lack of a better term, boring. Why? Because it is a dark comedy and the humor, I guess, was over my head. I was expecting another thriller like the ones before and after it. But, instead I got a sweetly innocent story about a small New England town and a newly widowed single mother. Harry, the title character, is/was her husband and the beginning of the film shows his dead corpse lying on the grass under some autumn trees. How, why, and by whom Harry died contributes to both the story and the humor of this tale. And, watching it again as an adult, I liked it quite a bit. It’s sharp and original and clever. But, it’s not Rear Window. Hitchcock didn’t take that many chances throughout his career. He discovered early on that he was good at and liked directing thrillers so he mainly stuck to that. This is one of the few times he deviated and not only does it showcase Hitchcock’s versatility, it also proves he can poke fun at thrillers…in The Trouble with Harry murder/death is pretty dang funny!

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