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13Oct/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

8 DOC SHORTS ON OSCAR'S 2011 SHORTLIST

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 84th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations.

Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 35 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company.

  • "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement," Purposeful Productions, Inc.
  • "God Is the Bigger Elvis," Documentress Films
  • "In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution," Downtown Docs
  • "Incident in New Baghdad," Morninglight Films
  • "Pipe Dreams," Leslie Iwerks Productions
  • "Saving Face," Milkhaus/Jungefilm
  • "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," Supply & Demand Integrated
  • "Witness," Buche

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the Academy.

CNBC PRESENTS "MEETING OF THE MINDS: THE BUSINESS OF SCIENCE" ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 17TH AT 9PM ET

IT'S DELIVERY TIME ON BRAVO AS RACHEL WELCOMES A BABY BOY ON "THE RACHEL ZOE PROJECT" ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 AT 9 P.M., ET/PT

SYFY TO LAUNCH NEW HOLIDAY THEMED SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIES BEGINNING THIS HALLOWEEN WITH ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, STARRING VING RHAMES, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 AT 9PM

DAILYCANDY ROLLS OUT ITS CURATED LOCAL DEALS BUSINESS IN FOUR ADDITIONAL MAJOR CITIES: DALLAS, MIAMI, SEATTLE, AND WASHINGTON, D.C., MARKING THE INTRODUCTION OF DAILYCANDY DEALS IN ALL ITS U.S. MARKETS   

Hulu sale dead

11Oct/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today launched GreenerGadgets.org, an online resource that helps meet consumers’ desire to be both tech-savvy and environmentally-friendly. The site addresses the lifecycle of electronics products, with tips on how to buy green, live green and recycle electronics responsibly.

“We created GreenerGadgets.org so that consumers can understand how better to use their electronics products in eco-friendly ways,” said Walter Alcorn, vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability, CEA. “Many of the products on the market today are much more energy-efficient than their predecessors, and consumers need to be able to calculate their energy costs. Further, consumers need to know where to take their older products when they are ready to dispose of them. GreenerGadgets.org will provide these answers and more.”
GreenerGadgets.org features a powerful energy use calculator to help consumers understand their usage, and an electronics recycling locator to help consumers quickly and easily find responsible electronics recycling centers nearby.

The energy use calculator illustrates clearly what a consumers’ usage costs them on their energy bill on a monthly and yearly basis. Research indicates the more consumers know about their energy use, the more likely they are to consume less and save money.

The electronics recycling locator tool enables consumers to punch in their zip codes and see nearby drop-off locations. This list only includes manufacturer and retailer programs, which use the strictest standards, and third-party certified recyclers, ensuring consumers that their products will be recycled safely and responsibly. The industry set a goal to recycle one billion pounds of electronics annually by 2016, and this site will help educate consumers in an effort to reach that goal.

Starting today, everyone across America is invited to lend their voices – and their votes – for their favorite videos in the GLEE “Give a Note” campaign to help save music and arts programs in public schools.

$1 dollar for every GLEE Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD sold goes towards the $1 million dollar guaranteed commitment. The GLEE “Give a Note” campaign was created by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in partnership with the National Association for Music Education to help save music and arts programs in public schools. With more than 300 public schools nationwide submitting videos for grant consideration, your vote will be critical in determining the outcome.

After a month-long submission phase that started in September and ended this morning, each video entry is up on www.GleeGiveANote.org and now you can cast your vote to decide the finalists. Visit www.GleeGiveANote.org to view videos, and vote once per day until voting ends on November 8, 2011 at midnight. The schools receiving the most votes will move on to a final selection made by the National Association for Music Education. In December, the winning schools will be announced, with three grand prizes of $50,000 each; 10 first prizes of $25,000 each; and 60 second prizes of $10,000 each.

For more information, including official rules, visit www.GleeGiveANote.com. GLEE Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD is now available in stores everywhere.

Children Adapt, Endure in Academy Doc Series

Strangers No More

Beverly Hills, CA –Oscar®-winning documentary short subject "Strangers No More" and the documentary feature "Precious Life" will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series on Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Directed and produced by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, "Strangers No More" introduces the students from 48 countries attending the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, many of whom are refugees from war, as they learn to deal with the diversity of their new environment. The film received an Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject.

"Precious Life" tells the story of a Palestinian infant with a life-threatening immune disorder awaiting a bone marrow transplant in an Israeli hospital during the 2008–09 blockade of Gaza. As filmmaker Shlomi Eldar uses his influence to seek financial help for the family, the complexities of life in the volatile area give rise to troubling exchanges between Eldar and the baby’s mother. The film was directed by Eldar and produced by Ehud Bleiberg and Yoav Ze’evi.

The 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series continues through December 7, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2010 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., except for the IMAX presentation on December 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

Big & Rich Rock the 'Footloose' Soundtrack
By Kip Kirby

© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

How do you remake an iconic movie with a classic soundtrack that’s still timeless 27 years later? If you’re Paramount Pictures and the movie is Footloose, the answer is — very carefully. Three years in the making, with multiple cast changes, the film seemed at one point destined to be one of those “great ideas in the works” projects that never materialized.

But patience on the part of those connected with the movie prevailed, and the result is a film heavily laced with music that borrows from the old while showcasing the new. The 1984 pop/rock soundtrack was replete with radio smashes that even today still get airplay. Original Footloose tracks including “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Almost Paradise,” “Holding Out for a Hero” and of course the title cut remain instantly identifiable and linked to the careers of the artists who sang them. So obviously it was crucial to the success of the remake to cast the songs smartly and give them a fresh start while still paying homage to the originals. And with the new Footloose set in the South (Georgia), the movie presented a perfect opportunity to showcase Country acts.

Grammy-winning producer Randy Spendlove, President of Motion Picture Music, Paramount Pictures, has been integrally involved with Footloose from the outset. He believes its soundtrack will boost some already-established careers — Big & Rich, Cee Lo Green, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band — at the same time that it showcases newer artists including Whitney Duncan, Hunter Hayes and Jana Kramer. Paramount joined forces with Atlantic Records in New York and Warner Music in Nashville to coordinate a vigorous marketing campaign centered on Country radio and Country dance clubs across the U.S. Spendlove couldn’t be more pleased with the final product.

E! SCORES MOST-WATCHED EVENT EVER WITH "KIM'S FAIRYTALE WEDDING: A KARDASHIAN EVENT" DRAWING 10.5 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS ACROSS TWO-PART EVENT

TORI & DEAN: HOME SWEET HOLLYWOOD" PREMIERES NEW SEASON TUES, NOV. 29TH AT 10PM ET/PT

TELEMUNDO HACE REALIDAD EL SUEÑO DE JOVENES HISPANOS EN LA GRAN FINAL DEL TALLER DE ACTORES PARA LA NOVELA "FISICO O QUIMICA"

Toy Story" screenwriters turn to video games
Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, among the screenwriters for the first "Toy Story" animated feature, have turned their talents to scripting video games, with "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure" making its debut this week. The writers criticized the increased use of 3D by Hollywood studios, saying the trend may be a passing fad, as it was in the 1950s. "The audience adapts to any technological thing quickly but what keeps them in their seat is the quality of the storytelling," Cohen said

Strong global growth seen in non-Facebook social gaming
Globally, Facebook is far from dominant in social gaming, with other platforms outside the U.S. accounting for a much larger share of the market, according to Viximo and SuperData Research. Boosted by the most active players in Asia as well as the Western market, games on platforms other than Facebook are projected to see revenue grow to $5.6 billion by 2014, up from the current $3.2 billion, according to Viximo. "What we uncovered with this study was just how quickly non-Facebook social gaming is exploding around the world," said Viximo chief Dale Strang

Microsoft preps dual-core phones, counts on more marketing dollars
Microsoft will introduce dual-core and Long-Term Evolution-based phones running its Windows Phone 7 software, according to Windows Phone President Andy Lees, who provided few details. On the marketing side, Lees said Microsoft is depending on Samsung Electronics and other handset makers to increase their retailer incentives and other in-store promotions to sell the phones.

Analysts: Tablets bring about changes in the market, technology
In a report on the tablet computer market, Gartner sees tablets making dramatic changes in computing, forging a new product category that melds computers and consumer electronics. Separately, comScore reports that the iPad accounted for more than 97% of all Internet traffic generated by tablets in the U.S. in August and that the Apple tablet's share of all Internet traffic from iOS-based devices was nearly 47%, compared with just under 43% for the iPhone.

Comcast adds Charleston, S.C., to markets with MyStarter packages
Comcast has expanded the availability of its lower-priced MyTV Choice option to Charleston, S.C., after testing it in western New England and Seattle. The packages include a $45-a-month MyStarter Plus bundle that includes ESPN and a $25 MyStarter option without ESPN. Additional bundles for children's programming, news, movies and entertainment are available for $10 each, a move some see as a way to enhance the MSO's flexibility without embracing a true a la carte channel selection

Drama series about transgender subculture heads to Showtime
Showtime will develop a drama series about the underground ball subculture celebrated by minority transgender young people that inspired the 1990 documentary "Paris Is Burning." Director Lee Daniels ("Precious") and writer W. Merritt Johnson ("Temple Grandin") are executive producers of the series

NFL might create RedZone channel in Spanish
The NFL, as part of its effort to attract more Hispanic fans, is mulling whether to launch a Spanish-language edition of its RedZone channel, a source says. The 2-year-old companion to the NFL Network offers live Sunday afternoon coverage of every game just as a team comes within scoring range

10Oct/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

ACADEMY TACKLES STATE OF NONFICTION

Contemporary documentarians will explore the rapidly-changing landscape and increasing profile of documentary filmmaking in "The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest installment of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ John Huston Lecture series, on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will be moderated by R.J. Cutler, producer-director of "The September Issue" (2009) and producer of "The War Room" (1993).

While information may be spreading faster and distribution choices are evolving at a dizzying pace, non-fiction filmmakers continue to find cutting-edge solutions and storytelling forms to prove that truth is often better than fiction. Despite the significant hurdles their producers and distributors often face, theatrical documentaries have gained a newfound popularity, in many cases because of their willingness to challenge the status quo and delve into the drama, humor and fascination of real life.

BILLBOARD RENDIRÁ HOMENAJE A LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA, JENNI RIVERA Y PAQUITA LA DEL BARRIO DURANTE LOS PRIMEROS PREMIOS BILLBOARD DE LA MUSICA MEXICANA PRESENTADOS POR STATE FARM EN TELEMUNDO

E! AND ADRIANNA PAPELL TEAM UP FOR DRESS DESIGN CONTEST THAT GIVES AMATEUR FASHION DESIGNERS THE CHANCE TO MAKE THEIR RED CARPET DREAMS COME TRUE

2 studios to offer movies, TV shows via UltraViolet
With the official launch of the UltraViolet "digital locker" set for Tuesday, Sony and Warner Bros. will be the only major studios offering movies and television shows through the cloud-based service in the first few months. Other Hollywood studios and digital-content providers are expected to follow suit early next year, according to the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, the industry consortium behind UltraViolet

Hulu weighs acquisition offers, considers alternatives to sale
Advisers for Hulu reportedly are busy weighing the merits of competing offers from DISH Network, Amazon.com and Google following last week's deadline for bidding on the online video service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The prospective buyers have reportedly offered between $1.5 billion to $2 billion for Hulu, but sources say the company is still not certain a sale is its best option and is considering an alternative course.

Netflix drops controversial DVD spinoff plan

Online-streaming giant Netflix has abandoned plans to break off its DVD rental business into a separate unit called Qwikster, following a public backlash against the plan, which was announced just three weeks ago in a blog posting by company CEO Reed Hastings. Subscribers will now be able to get both streaming and DVD content using the same Netflix.com account, although a 60% price hike for disc rentals remains in effect. News of the decision to drop Qwikster sent Netflix stock up 10%, a reversal of weeks of declining share prices

Report: Advertisers turning to rich media, video in lieu of display
The rise of interactive video and social media as popular advertising platforms is stealing the thunder from traditional online mediums such as banner ads and display, Frost & Sullivan reports in its Australian Online General and Mobile Advertising Market Report 2011. In the study, the research firm finds that overall online ad budgets are on the rise, but that money is increasingly flowing away from general advertising into rich-media content, especially video. The report also found ad campaigns continue to go mobile despite persistent challenges such as insufficient industry and agency awareness

Samsung puts off launch of phone with latest Android wares
Samsung Electronics will delay the launch of its new smartphone powered by Android's Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Google operating system. The company decided a new product announcement was not appropriate "while the world was expressing tribute" to Steve Jobs, a Samsung spokesman said, adding that the company has not set a revised date for the release. Separately, Verizon Wireless reportedly will release the Samsung Stratosphere

Charting the potential demise of the PC
Research shows that smartphones and tablet computers continue to make solid headway with consumers -- a trend that is undermining three decades of dominance by the personal computer. While it's too soon to say goodbye to the PC, shifts in buying habits are leading developers to focus on mobile devices. In this special report from The Economist, commentators and analysts look at the implications of this shift

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) today announced that 37 films from 19 countries and areas have been nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film.

APSA 2011 International Jury President, Nansun Shi, made the announcement from the Busan International Film Festival, which was founded by APSA Patron Kim Dong-ho.

Films from the Islamic Republic of Iran, People’s Republic of China, Turkey and India will vie for the Best Feature Film Award.

Best Feature Film nominees in the 2011 APSAs are Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation, Islamic Republic of Iran), Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly, People’s Republic of China – Mainland China / Hong Kong), Bé Omid É Didar (Goodbye, Islamic Republic of Iran), Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Band Baaja Baaraat (Wedding Planners, India).

A total of 240 films were entered into this year’s competition. Thirty-seven have received nominations for the 2011 awards, with winners to be announced at the ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on November 24.

Winners in the fifth annual APSAs will be determined by an International Jury headed by leading Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi. These awards, an initiative of the Queensland Government, Australia, in unique collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations – acclaim films from 70 countries and areas. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.

9Oct/110

‘Real Steel’ earns $27.3M

The Ides of March" was the runner-up, opening at No. 2 with $10.4 million.

7Oct/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

NICK JONAS AND TONY AWARD WINNER BERNADETTE PETERS TO GUEST STAR ON NBC'S MIDSEASON MUSICAL DRAMA "SMASH"

'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' TIES FOR #1 FOR THE DAYTIME WEEK OF SEPT. 26-30 IN THE VALUABLE WOMEN 18-34 DEMOGRAPHIC

CNBC TO SERVE AS OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER OF THE DARDEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS' JEFFERSON INNOVATION SUMMIT

ANDREW LUCK LEADS #7 STANFORD AGAINST COLORADO IN PRIMETIME ON VERSUS THIS SATURDAY AT 7:30 PM ET

ACADEMY UNSPOOLS A WEEKEND OF HOME MOVIES

Hollywood Home Movies

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off a weekend of home movie-related events on Saturday, October 15, at noon, with "Home Movie Day: A Celebration of Amateur Films and Filmmaking." At 7 p.m., the Academy will present "Hollywood Home Movies III: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive Collection," and then on Sunday, October 16, at 7 p.m., the weekend will conclude with "Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives." All three programs will take place at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually on the third Saturday in October at many venues worldwide. These local events provide an opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors' in turn. The Academy Film Archive organizes the Los Angeles-area event, which will be hosted this year by author and humorist Charles Phoenix. Film check-in is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and screenings will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Brian Drischell at bdrischell@oscars.org or Sean Savage at ssavage@oscars.org. For more information on Home Movie Day events

The Steve Jobs legacy: Getting consumers to buy music, elegance
Among Steve Jobs' notable contributions was the creation of the iTunes Store, which convinced consumers that paying for songs and other digital content could be convenient and easy, writes Robert Andrews. His legacy also extends to the multitude of elegant and wildly successful products Apple introduced under his tenure as CEO, such as the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, observers noted.

Automation systems come home for more people
Home automation systems, once reserved for wealthy consumers who could afford to hire professional installers, are coming down in price and becoming more practical for the do-it-yourself homeowner, according to this article. One crucial advance is the availability of remote control through mobile devices, such as Android phones and the iPad, notes one industry observer

Western Digital debuts media player with Wi-Fi, Spotify app
Western Digital has introduced the WD TV Live, a media player with built-in Wi-Fi data connectivity. The media player has one HDMI port, one Ethernet port and two USB ports for connecting with external hard drives. The WD TV Live also comes with an application for streaming music from Spotify and can stream content from Blockbuster On Demand, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora and YouTube as well

Automakers outfit vehicles with technology to keep drivers awake
Mercedes has debuted technology that seeks to cut down on traffic accidents by helping drivers stay awake at the wheel. Mercedes' Attention Assist uses in-car computers to establish a baseline for a driver's behavior, such how the driver sits, and notifies the driver when he deviates from it. A similar offering from Saab relies on cameras to monitor eye movements, while a solution called Anti-Sleep Pilot uses sensors to gauge 26 variables that indicate potential drowsiness

The latest in social media: Watch this TV show, and discuss
Watching television is becoming less of a passive activity as more people discuss what they're watching in real time on social media networks, according to Ovum. The market-research firm reports that almost three-quarters of TV viewers with broadband access use the Internet as they watch TV, and more than half of viewers in the 16-to-23 age bracket post and tweet while they watch TV shows.

Is Sony looking for full control of Sony Ericsson?
Sony reportedly is close to buying out Ericsson's 50% stake in their 10-year-old Sony Ericsson cellphone venture, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that Sony wants to integrate its smartphone operations with its other products. Analysts estimated Ericsson's stake to be worth $1.3 billion to $1.7 billion and said the deal would highlight the increasingly important role smartphones are playing in the field of consumer electronics

Miramax CEO: Consumers want to own movies
While much attention is focused on new avenues of movie rentals and video on demand, many consumers are still interested in owning movies, particularly high-quality and popular releases, according to Michael Lang, chief executive of Miramax. The ownership prerogative helps spur purchases of DVDs and Blu-ray discs even when many alternatives exist for streaming content and digitally storing movies, he added

How a hit show can set the tone for a network's identity
A hit show, such as Bravo's "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy" or AMC's "Mad Men," can help redefine a network and establish its brand, according to a panel at CTAM in New York. "You get that first show and then the work really starts because no network wants to be just one show. So you have to convert that show into a mandate," said Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks

Discovery gives major ad, promo push for OWN "reset"
Discovery Communications reportedly is putting out $15 million to promote the Monday launch of shows by Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell on OWN, the network created by Winfrey. Discovery also plans to run the first episodes of the two programs at the same time on five of its channels to provide a "reset" for OWN, which has struggled to build its viewership since its debut in January.

Bloomberg TV to host its first presidential debate
Bloomberg TV, in conjunction with The Washington Post, will hold its first presidential debate Tuesday. The event, featuring the field of Republican presidential candidates, will be focused mainly on economic issues and is part of Bloomberg's drive to compete against CNBC, its top rival.

"Scary Tales," Indy 500 special are part of 3net slate
Several new shows are set for 3D network 3net this month: "Scary Tales," a four-part drama series about fears; "The Ancient Life," which will explore Pompeii and other lost societies over six episodes; and "Indy 500: The Inside Line," which will go behind the scenes at the famous race

Comcast to try out home rental for movie still in theaters
Comcast and its Universal Pictures subsidiary will test a high-end movie rental service next month that will allow viewers to screen a film at home while it's still playing in theaters. "Tower Heist," a comedy co-starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller that comes out Nov. 4, will be offered to about 500,000 digital-cable subscribers with HDTVs in Atlanta and in Portland, Ore., beginning Nov. 23. Subscribers will be charged $60 for the film, which they will be able to watch as many times as they wish in a 48-hour period.

in other cities, visit www.homemovieday.com

LA Opera Presents Charles Gounod's

Roméo et Juliette

Nino Machaidze and Vittorio Grigolo to Sing Leading Roles;
Plácido Domingo to Conduct

(Los Angeles, CA) October 7, 2011 – Plácido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, announced that LA Opera will present Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, opening at 2pm on Sunday, November 6, 2011, and running for six performances through Saturday, November 26. “When we first presented Roméo et Juliette in 2005, it proved to be one of our most successful productions,” said Mr. Domingo. “I am looking forward to conducting this opera again, with original director Ian Judge returning to stage the revival. I am also very happy to present two wonderful artists in the leading roles: Nino Machaidze as Juliette and Vittorio Grigolo in his Company debut as Roméo.”

Roméo et Juliette blends the intoxicating romance of French opera with the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, whose secret love affair blossoms against an epic backdrop of fierce family rivalries. Gounod’s opera thrills the eyes and ears with exquisite arias and duets, dramatic choruses, and swirling waltzes that fill the stage.

World-Class Cast Featured in Signature Production
Plácido Domingo conducts the highly anticipated return of one of LA Opera’s landmark productions. Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo makes his West Coast operatic debut as Roméo, with Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze returning as Juliette after recent LA Opera triumphs in The Elixir of Love and The Turk in Italy. The cast also includes Ukrainian bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Frère Laurent, Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov as Count Capulet and bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos as the Duke of Verona. Italian mezzo-soprano Elena Belfiore makes her LA Opera debut as Stéphano. Mezzo-soprano Ronnita Nicole Miller, an alumna of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, returns as Juliette’s nurse, Gertrude, and two current members of the program, Korean baritone Museop Kim and Russian tenor Alexey Sayapin, perform the roles of Mercutio and Tybalt.

Director Ian Judge created this staging of Roméo et Juliette for LA Opera in 2005, with scenery designed by John Gunter and costumes designed by Tim Goodchild. Three other members of the original creative team will return for this season’s revival: lighting designer Nigel Levings, choreographer Kitty McNamee and fight choreographer Ed Douglas. The associate conductor and chorus master is Grant Gershon.

Performance Dates and Times
LA Opera’s performances of Roméo et Juliette will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012, on the following dates:

  • Sunday, November 6, at 2pm
  • Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, November 12, at 7:30pm
  • Thursday, November 17, at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 20, at 2pm
  • Saturday, November 26, at 2pm

Tickets range from $20 to $270 and can be purchased at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at www.laopera.com. For disability access, call (213) 972-0777 or email wehelpyou@laopera.com.

6Oct/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

Based on the divine novel Love Finds a Home, discover how Janette Oke’s touching “Love Comes Softly series began in LOVE BEGINS, arriving on DVD November 22 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

After their father's passing, Ellen Barlow (Julie Mond, “General Hospital”) and her sister Cassie (Abigail Mavity, “Summerland”) struggle to maintain the family farm in Anderson's Corner. When Clark Davis (Wes Brown, “True Blood”) finds trouble in town on his way to California, Ellen agrees to hire him at the farm to work off his debts. Before long, Clark and Ellen unexpectedly develop feelings for each other. Ultimately, a turn of events inspires the pair to begin a legacy of love and faith together in this heartwarming family drama.     

NEW E! REALITY SERIES GOES BEYOND THE RUNWAYS AND FASHION MAGAZINES TO SHOWCASE THE DISCOVERY PROCESS OF MILLION-DOLLAR FACES IN THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL MODELING IN "SCOUTED," BEGINNING MONDAY NOVEMBER 28TH AT 10:00PM ET/PT

mun2's '18 & OVER LIVE' WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL LATIN SUPERSTAR LUIS FONSI LIVE THIS SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 AT 12 PM ET/PT

FAITH HILL TO PERFORM ON "THE 45th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS

NASHVILLE - The star-packed lineup for "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" shines even brighter with today's announcement that former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Faith Hill will return to give her first performance on "Country Music's Biggest NightT" in five years. Hill will debut the new single from her forthcoming new album due out early next year.

"The 45th Annual CMA Awards," hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban, plus Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song "Remind Me."

5Oct/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

The "Simpsons" voice actors have commissioned a study estimating the show has made $1 billion in profits as ammunition in their negotiations with 20th Century Fox TV over its demand that they agree to have their salaries cut nearly in half. The study projected that the studio will eventually make about $2.8 billion from the show through 23 seasons

Transformers’ Conquers Sales and Rental Charts

As expected, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' stormed to the top of the national home video charts its first week in stores, scoring a sweep of the sales and rental charts for the week ended Oct. 2.

Steve Jobs dies at age 56.

Universal Tests Early VOD 'Heist' 3 Weeks After Movie Hits Theaters

ACADEMY TO SALUTE ANIMATOR JOHN HUBLEY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar®screening series will celebrate the life and art of John Hubley, one of animation’s most innovative and influential designer-directors, with a special evening featuring rarely seen films, on Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The event will be hosted by Academy Award®-winning animator John Canemaker ("The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation"), who will be joined onstage by one of Hubley's daughters, filmmaker Emily Hubley, and animator Michael Sporn.

Hubley (1914 – 1977) is known primarily for two decades of film collaborations with his wife, Faith Elliott Hubley. The couple, who opened their studio in 1955, focused a number of their animated films on such subjects as the creative process, the Cold War and overpopulation. The resulting innovative work garnered many awards, including three Oscars® (for "Moonbird," "The Hole" and "Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature").

The Hubleys’ collaboration, however, represented a second blossoming of the career and life of John Hubley, who had already personified new directions in animation and a rebellion against traditional Disney studio style and content.

DIRECTV's New ‘Nick and Artie Show' Coming to a Radio (and TV) Near You

New Sports Talk Radio Program Featuring Comedians Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange to Deliver ‘The Funny' On Sports and Entertainment

Sports talk radio has been turned on its ear with the DIRECTV launch of the "Nick and Artie Show," a manic, late-night look at the world of sports and entertainment from the perspective of two fans, who also happen to be hilarious stand-up comedians.

Congratulations to the Samsung 2011 Scholarship Winners!

High school students across America give their viewpoints on the question
“Is technology critical to a live presentation? Or, is technology just a crutch?”

Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division (www.samsungpresenterusa.com), a market leader in document camera technology, today announced the ten high school students who each earned $1,000 scholarships. “On behalf of Samsung, it is my honor to announce the winners of our 2011 Scholarship Essay competition,” said Richard Bellomy, V.P. of Sales for the Electronic Imaging Division. “The quality of the compositions we received was impressive. We found the essays to be persuasively crafted, filled with originality, and infused with the indomitable spirit that is indicative of our youth. I would like to congratulate the ten winners and thank everyone who participated.”

Students were asked to submit up to a 300 word essay answering the question “Is technology critical to a  live presentation? Or is it just a crutch?” The papers were judged on original thinking, relevance to the real world, and writing quality.

The ten winners for 2011 are:
Sam Blitz, Jess Schwartz Academy (Scottsdale, AZ)
John Fuller, Seneca High School (Wattsburg, PA)
Colin Jacobsen, White Bear Lake Area (White Bear Lake, MN)
Amelia Ricketts, Plainview-Old Bethpage (Plainview, NY)
Jaclyn Nguyen, Westchester Academy (Houston, TX)
Karla Dia-Hernande,z Tift County (Tifton, GA)
Alexa Suess, Greenport High School (Greenport, NY)
Joshua Yang, University City (San Diego, CA)
Natalie Roy, Franklin High School (Franklin, MA)
Garrett Montague, Chariho Regional (Wood River Junction, RI)

E! PRESENTS "KIM'S FAIRYTALE WEDDING: A KARDASHIAN EVENT" PREMIERING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 8:00PM ET/PT AND CONTINUING MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 AT 9:00PM ET/PT

Hulu entered into a multi-year content agreement with Univison today that gives Hulu a way to sell advertising to a growing Hispanic population and entice them to pay for subscriptions that unlock more content. Univision gets a chance to make the kind of money from reruns that English-language programs have long enjoyed. Hulu subscribers will get the majority of Univision's primetime offerings the day after airing on regular TV.

Online entertainment grabs children's attention, NPD says
Digital entertainment is gaining favor among children, but physical media such as CDs and DVDs remain the preferred technology for content such as music, movies and games, according to research from The NPD Group. Children now spend 21 cents of each entertainment dollar on downloaded content, a 6% increase in two years, and younger children are getting more savvy about digital entertainment options

Paramount goes direct to consumer with streaming option
Paramount Pictures has cut out the online-video middleman with its decision to stream its film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" directly from its website, a move some consider to be pioneering. The studio is charging $3.99 for 48 hours of unlimited viewing or $4.99 to stream the film in high definition. The option, which is being powered by Viacom subsidiary Zukor, follows a similar move by Time Warner, which made some older titles available for viewing via Facebook.

Kindle tablet could set Android sales record
Amazon's Kindle Fire has drawn more than 254,000 pre-orders since it was announced, according to Internet reports, which say the device is on pace to sell more than 2.5 million units this year. If that number is met, it would make the Kindle Fire the top-selling Android tablet.

Facebook, Twitter make pitch to marketers
Twitter and Facebook executives were at advertising industry events Tuesday to pitch their services to marketers and advertisers. Facebook's global advertising chief, David Fischer, said the network's new Timeline and sharing features will give marketers new ways to target and engage consumers. Twitter revenue chief Adam Bain said his site now has 1,600 advertisers and an 80% advertiser-retention rate

Why aren't Google's bosses using Google+?
Google executives aren't doing their part when it comes to promoting Google+, Ben Parr writes. An analysis found that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had made less than two dozen public Google+ postings, while Chairman Eric Schmidt has yet to sign up for an account. "It doesn't matter how you slice it: if Google's management truly believed in Google+ as the future of the company, they would be more engaged," Parr writes

ESPN, Foursquare tout new partnership
ESPN and Foursquare are both benefiting from their new partnership, say executives at the companies. ESPN views the alliance as one that will "be valuable for years to come," said Michael Cupo, ESPN's director of social media. Jonathan Crowley, Foursquare's director of partnerships, said the deal had made new users aware of the social network.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: The Difference Between a Fundraising Demo and a Marketing Trailer

Story Consultant Fernanda Rossi answered the following question for our NALIPsters in anticipation of the upcoming program Doing Your Doc to take place in Durham, NC, October 14-16. In addition to the two full day workshops on story structure and trailers, funders and industry professionals will be in attendance for lectures and one-on-one mentorship sessions. All info and registration

Fundraising and marketing trailers are very VERY different. At the dawn of fundraising trailer history, some 10 years ago, people thought that a sample was a cross between a music video and a film preview. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

A fundraising demo has to convince a few people to spend a long time with you and a lot of money on the film, so there better be a story somewhere there. The marketing trailer has to entice a huge number of people to commit a few hours and little to no-money; in that case eye candy goes well with the popcorn.

Therefore a fundraising sample is more like a short without an ending: it has full scenes revealing excerpts of the story to-be and a cliffhanger in the end to imply potential for a longer story. On the other hand, the marketing trailer also known as a film preview is more like a music video: catchy sound bites, flashy montages and graphics. The main goal is to dazzle prospective lay audiences not to reassure investors and funders.

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Entertainment Arts & Technology

MGM’s exhilarating WEST SIDE STORY, the iconic Oscar®-winning film, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with its memorizing songs and electric dance numbers by reaching a whole new generation of fans. Song classics “Somewhere” and “Something’s Coming” were recently featured on the hit Fox show GLEE with additional songs from West Side Story to be featured over the coming weeks.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing a special collector’s edition of MGM’s WEST SIDE STORY for the first time on Blu-ray November 15, featuring four discs, a collectible booklet, soundtrack CD and more. Earlier this year the film was honored at both The Hollywood Bowl and over two nights at the New York Philharmonic.

NBC GIVES FULL-SEASON PICKUPS TO NEW COMEDIES 'UP ALL NIGHT' AND 'WHITNEY'

MILLIONS OF VIEWERS WATCHED OVER 1,800 EDUCATION REPORTS ON NBC NEWS, NBC AFFILIATE STATIONS AND NBCUNIVERSAL NETWORKS AS PART OF "EDUCATION NATION"

THE STYLE NETWORK LAUNCHES 'MAKEOVER MONDAYS' WITH DEBUT OF NEW SPIN-OFF SERIES "CLEAN HOUSE NEW YORK" AND RETURN OF "HOW DO I LOOK?," BEGINNING OCTOBER 17 AT 8PM ET/PT

From the maker of some of the world's finest ultra high-performance tires comes a new commercial featuring Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner of the premiere high-end modification shop, West Coast Customs. Continental Tire and West Coast Customs teamed up for the commercial and plan to release the 30-second spot in October during the airing of West Coast Customs' TV show, Inside West Coast Customs, on Discovery's HD Theater Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol) in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on December 6th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The whole family will be full of laughs watching Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life until he inherits six, “adorable” and mischievous penguins.

As Mr. Popper quickly gets acquainted with – and increasingly attached to – his winged roommates, his life quickly unravels: the deal he’s long been working on with a formidable socialiate, Mrs. Van Gundy, played by the acclaimed Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast), is derailed and Popper almost lands in jail. While Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - they teach him valuable lessons about family- human and otherwise!

On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

* Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
* Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
* Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
* The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D – and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”

LADY ANTEBELLUM, MIRANDA LAMBERT, AND THE BAND PERRY TO PERFORM ON "THE 45th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS"

NASHVILLE - The star-packed lineup for "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" continues to grow with today's announcement that the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum, reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, and one of this year's top nominees, The Band Perry, have joined the performer lineup.

"The 45th Annual CMA Awards," hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban, plus Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song "Remind Me."

Twitter struggles to find a way to open marketers' wallets
Twitter is a vast social media platform, but it's struggling to turn its scale into a tool marketers are willing to pay for, Joe Hagan writes. "To convince advertisers to pay Twitter, and not Kim Kardashian, Twitter needs mass scale, to 'surface' all manner of customers to advertisers in a predictable and measurable way, over and above what they can achieve with one or two celebrity Twitter feeds. Twitter's not there yet," he writes.

MySpace prepares for a comeback
Executives from MySpace and Specific Media have unveiled their vision for retooling the ailing social network at New York's Advertising Week. But the network's strategy, which focuses on leveraging its trove of videos and music, leaves some experts unimpressed.

Yahoo! to take plunge into social ad targeting
Yahoo! is following the lead of Facebook and Google to launch a social ad-targeting service. The site hopes to use log-in data and information from Yahoo! Answers to sketch out best-guess versions of its users' social graphs, helping marketers to focus their ads on specific groups of users.

Apple to unveil new iPhone, other products today
Apple is widely expected to debut the newest model of the iPhone today and to make a number of other product announcements, including iOS 5 and more details about the iCloud service. Recently installed CEO Tim Cook will lead the media event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., taking the customary place of chairman and co-founder Steve Jobs.

Toshiba rolls out Blu-ray server with 5TB drive
Toshiba has introduced the Regza Blu-ray DBR-M190, a player with a hard-disk drive that has 5 terabytes of storage space. Four terabytes of that is devoted to the server's Time Shift recording capacity; the device can hold 15 days of high-definition content from six tuners.

Mitsubishi still sees value in rear-projection DLP TVs
Mitsubishi Electric is the last major manufacturer of DLP-based rear-projection large-screen television sets, with most TV makers having shifted their focus to LCD TVs and light-emitting diode TVs. The company points out that its rear-projection models are often priced at half the cost of a comparable-size LCD TV

Online music service Rhapsody has sealed a deal to acquire Napster subscribers and other assets from Best Buy for an undisclosed amount. Rhapsody expects the deal to help it expand and stay competitive.

Report: YouTube is making content deals with Tony Hawk, others
The Wall Street Journal reports that YouTube is wrapping up agreements with skateboard mogul Tony Hawk and big media companies to provide original content for new channels on the video website, citing people familiar with the matter. Other parties that may launch video channels on the Google subsidiary's site include Warner Bros. and the ShineReveille unit of News Corp., according to the report

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Entertainment Arts & Technology

Arriving just in time for the holidays, our deliciously sweet girl next door takes a new turn as STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG DREAMS comes to DVD November 1 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

It's time to dazzle and dream with Strawberry and her friends as they compete for some berry special prizes. Whether it’s spinning and twirling in the annual dance-off, or beating a world record, there is nothing these girls can’t try. But when the road to success seems overwhelming, they soon discover that the real key to being a winner is just having fun with your friends.

NBC NEWS, NATIONAL JOURNAL, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, AND FLORIDA COUNCIL OF 100 REPUBLICAN DEBATE SET FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012OXYGEN'S "LOVE GAMES: BAD GIRLS NEED LOVE TOO" RETURNS ON DECEMBER 5 AT 10PM

SYFY'S ANNUAL 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN SPOOK-A-THON UNLEASHES OVER 600 HOURS OF BONE-CHILLING PROGRAMMING, OCTOBER 1-31

LAS ESTRELLAS DE NOVELA MARITZA RODRÍGUEZ, GABRIEL PORRAS, CATHERINE SIACHOQUE, MIGUEL VARONI, DAVID CHOCARRO, JORGE LUIS PILA Y CARMEN VILLALOBOS LLEGAN A MIAMI PARA EL PREMIADO CLUB DE NOVELERAS DE TELEMUNDO

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2012 International CES®. Jacobs' keynote will be part of the Technology and Evolving Countries (TEC) Program at the 2012 CES, focused on the role mobile technology plays in global innovation and economic growth in consumer electronics. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, is scheduled January 10-13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Jacobs' keynote is slated for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, in the Venetian, following a State of the CE Industry keynote address delivered by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. To hear Dr. Paul Jacobs' thoughts on the significance of this keynote and what he will cover, please visit his new post on Qualcomm's OnQ blog.

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES RETURNS TO LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NOV. 16
Clint Black, Patty Loveless, and Tim Nichols Join Host Bob DiPiero

NASHVILLE - The wildly popular CMA Songwriters Series will return to the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00 PM/ET).

"The Library of Congress is home to some of America's greatest treasures," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "I can think of no better place to showcase some of Nashville's greatest treasures, our incomparable songwriters."

Rethinking Facebook's value for marketers
Facebook is sucking up more and more of the time that people spend online -- but that's not necessarily good news for online marketers, Simon Dumenco writes. The site's dominance creates a captive audience but not necessarily a receptive one, and makes it harder for marketers to reach audiences elsewhere, he writes. "Mark Zuckerberg's dorm-room project is becoming, quite simply, the media world's black hole, and effectively devaluing the rest of the non-Facebook Web in the process," Dumenco writes

Mashable wins influence by reporting on, using social media
Social media news site Mashable has won a following through an early understanding of the importance of social media in creating awareness. The site uses Twitter and other tools to build buzz for its stories, and is looking to use social tools to manage its advertising. Founder Pete Cashmore and his team "understood how to use social media when a lot of people were still trying to figure out what it was," says Staci Kramer, executive vice president of ContentNext Media

Live fast and die young. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the tragic love story between a flawed and fascinating punk rock icon and the American groupie who adored him when SID & NANCY: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION arrives on Blu-ray December 27.

Gary Oldman (Harry Potter franchise, The Dark Knight) and Chloe Webb (The Newton Boys) “execute performances that are nothing short of phenomenal” (Los Angeles Times) as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his unforgettable junkie girlfriend, two social misfits who literally love each other to death. In this “riveting biography of burnt-out icons” (The Washington Post), visionary writer/director Alex Cox (Repo Man) creates “a great film” (“Siskel & Ebert”) about the destructive lives of two 1970's punk legends. Their love affair is one of pure devotion. Sid falls hard for groupie Nancy Spungen, who seduces him with her affection and addiction to heroin. Their inseparable bond to each other and their drugs eventually corrodes the band, sending Sid and Nancy down a dark road of despair. Out of money, hope and options, the despondent pair hit rock bottom while living in squalor at New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel. But their journey takes yet another tragic turn as they face their final curtain and attempt to fulfill their destiny of going out in a blaze of glory!

COUNTRY MUSIC MONTH GETS TENNESSEE SEAL OF APPROVAL

NASHVILLE - Country Music Month is in full swing and has received a State of Tennessee Proclamation by Governor Bill Haslam. The Country Music Association is celebrating October as Country Music Month with promotions, events, and activities designed to drive awareness of the format leading up to the annual CMA Awards, "Country Music's Biggest Night(tm)," on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

In the state document proclaiming October as Country Music Month in the state of Tennessee, Governor Haslam cited the origins of the format in the Appalachian foothills, the values and principles of the music, and the undeniable impact Country Music and the Country Music Association has had on the community, state, and society as a whole.