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Tiger Is Headed for Sundance
Dog actor premieres at the big festival
Remember Tiger, the adorable Terrier-mix who had to learn to grab a pants leg and shake it for his role in Son of No One? His guardian and manager, Lorraine Goodman, wrote about his adventures on the set of the new Al Pacino film for Bark (October 2010) and she shared a few tips on getting your dogs into showbiz for TheBark.com.   Yesterday, the full lineup for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival...
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Hachi Debuts on Hallmark
Story of epic canine loyalty
From what I hear and read, it appears people either love the movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale or, well, hate it. I’ve surprised myself by falling in with the fans. First, it’s hard not to swoon over the beautiful dogs portraying Hachi through the years—with their profound eyes and noble carriage. But more than that, I was impressed by the simple story, the slow pace and an unexplained melancholy that...
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Tulip on the Big Screen
My Dog Tulip world theatrical premiere, Sept. 1
The animated film version of J.R. Ackerley’s best-selling memoir, My Dog Tulip, will have its world theatrical premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the New York Film Forum. Written, directed and animated by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, this decidedly adult story traces the small details of the 14-year relationship between Ackerley (voiced by Christopher Plummer) and his Alsatian in post-war England...
Culture: Reviews
Celebrating Photobooth Dogs
Photobooth Dogs
Photobooth Dogs is a one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the age-old bond between dogs and their people. Featuring happy and beloved pets in more than 100 portraits taken in photobooths over the last 80 years, these images are a testament to the devotion people have felt—and will always feel—for their dogs. Photobooth Dogs is published by Chronicle Books with an October 1, 2010 release date....
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And Man Created Dog?
Nat’l Geo special explores canine evolution
Recently, I had the chance to preview a National Geographic Channel special, And Man Created Dog (airing Sunday, August 8, 9p.m. ET/PT). This show is about canine evolution; one of our favorite topics! I must admit I had trouble with its title (too human-centric) and its diorama-like reenactments that confidently state scientific conjecture as proven fact. There is also too much of a “golly gee”...
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My Dog Tulip
J.R. Ackerley’s classic memoir adapted masterfully to film
I had the good fortune of viewing a very special film at the recent San Francisco International Film Festival—an animated adaption of J.R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip. Ackerley’s memoir, first published in Britain in 1956, revolves around his 14-year relationship with an Alsatian named Tulip. The book’s perceived raunchiness, highlighted by the author’s mediations on “defecation and mating” caused...
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New Movie Promotes Adoption
Provide a back-up for a dog in need
JLo is back in a movie that promotes adoption for dogs and artificial insemination for cougars. After a baby-making hiatus in real-life, Jennifer Lopez returns to the screen this month in a rom-com about baby-making entitled The Back-up Plan. So why do we care at The Bark? Because Lopez plays Zoe, the owner of Hudson Mutts, a Greenwich Village pet boutique that sets a good standard by emphasizing...
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The Dog in Greenberg
Small role, big impact
When I realized I hadn’t seen any of the Oscar-nominated films, I ratcheted up my movie-viewing in the days before the Academy Awards. That momentum has carried over and I continue to play catch-up on recent releases. Seeing so many major movies back to back (including Up at last. Hooray for Doug!), I’ve been surprised by the number of times dogs make significant appearances in what are by all...
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More Tech to the Rescue
Petfinder.com launches an iPhone app
As a rule, I steer clear of Petfinder.com, the mega database of adoptable companion animals. I have two rescue dogs in my home—and that’s pretty much my capability max. And I don’t trust myself to scroll through the photos and profiles without wanting to adopt—or strong-arming a loved one to the point of alienation over adopting—another dog. But, in the interest of research, I downloaded the new...
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Animals in the Spotlight
Some not-quite-Oscars nominations for pup-stars
This weekend, I did a little pre-Oscar cramming with The Hurt Locker on Saturday night followed by a Sunday matinee of A Single Man. They’re both excellent films, the sort that inspire you to remain in your seat as the credits role and the soundtrack fades. The credits of A Single Man included a disclaimer from the American Humane Association’s Film and TV Crew, which vouched for the fact that no...

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