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30Sep/110

14th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda Round 9 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Friday September 30, 2011 Pit Notes Presented by Porsche:

At 11:06 am, Checkered flag
Top three in class (overall in parentheses):
(1) #2-LMP1 Tom Kristensen (Audi R18) 1:10.179
(2) #7-LMP1 Anthony Davidson (Peugeot 908) 1:10.347 (0.168-)
(3) #1-LMP1 Romain Dumas (Audi R18) 1:10.680 (0.501-)
(4) #8-LMP1 Franck Montagny (Peugeot 908) 1:10.807 (0.628-)

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29Sep/110

14th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda Round 9 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Thursday September 29, 2011 Pit Notes Presented by Porsche:

At 9:00 pm, checkered flag.
At 9:00 pm, Simon Pagenaud (#7-LMP1 Peugeot 908), best lap of session for the car: 1:09.027, best overall.
At 9:01 pm, Niclas Jonsson (#57-GTE-AM Ferrari F430), best lap of session for the car: 1:21.637, best in
class.
Top three (plus) in class (overall in parentheses):
(1) #7-LMP1 Simon Pagenaud (Peugeot 908) 1:09.027
(2) #1-LMP1 Romain Dumas (Audi R18) 1:09.107 (0.080-)
(3) #8-LMP1 Stephane Sarrazin (Peugeot 908) 1:09.186 (0.159-)
(4) #2-LMP1 Allan McNish (Audi R18) 1:10.210 (1.183-)
(13) #26-LMP2 Jean-Karl Vernay (Oreca 03 Nissan) 1:13.864
(14) #055-LMP2 Marino Franchitti (HPD ARX-01g) 1:14.821 (0.957-)
(15) #33-LMP2 Christophe Bouchut (HPD ARX-01g) 1:15.942 (2.078-)
(18) #06-LMPC Gunnar Jeannette (Oreca FLM09) 1:17.982
(19) #89-LMPC Kyle Marcelli (Oreca FLM09) 1:18.573 (0.591-)
(20) #36-LMPC Jordan Grogor (Oreca FLM09) 1:18.582 (0.600-)
(25) #55-GT Augusto Farfus (BMW M3 GT) 1:19.747
(26) #062-GT Toni Vilander (Ferrari F458 Italia) 1:20.027 (0.280-)
(27) #56-GT Dirk Mueller (BMW M3 GT) 1:20.109 (0.362-)
(28) #51-GT Gianmaria Bruni (Ferrari F458) 1:20.111 (0.364-)
(29) #59-GT Frederic Makowiecki (Ferrari F458) 1:20.142 (0.395-)
(30) #4-GT Oliver Gavin (Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1) 1:20.149 (0.402-)
(31) #45-GT Joerg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) 1:20.326 (0.579-)
(32) #01-GT Johannes van Overbeek (Ferrari F458 Italia) 1:20.372 (0.625-)
(35) #57-GTE-AM Niclas Jonsson (Ferrari F430) 1:21.637
(36) #61-GTE-AM Rui Aguas (Ferrari F430) 1:21.717 (0.080-)
(41) #62-GTE-AM Tim Mullen (Ferrari F430) 1:22.382 (0.745-)
(49) #66-GTC Spencer Pumpelly (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 1:25.472
(50) #77-GTC Craig Stanton (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 1:25.846 (0.374-)
(51) #68-GTC Dion von Moltke (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 1:26.076 (0.604-)
Next session:Combined practice at 10:15 am EDT, Friday September 30.

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29Sep/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

When Bounce TV debuted this week, it became the first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans. But by the end of the year, it is quite possible that Bounce TV won’t be the only one.

TV industry sources say Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios has been shopping around KIN TV, a new multicast network targeting an African-American audience.

Costs at 3D Movie Theaters Keep Rising, But What About Quality?
Just as uneven box-office results have the industry reconsidering the value of 3D at the box-office, Sony is picking a fight with theater owners, declaring that it will stop paying for 3D glasses as the 2012 summer moviegoing season begins, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That means the cost of those glasses — which The Wrap estimates hits about $5 million for a $100-million release — has to be picked up by the exhibitors. That puts theaters in a tough spot

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES
NICHOLL SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP
FINALISTS FOR 2011

Beverly Hills, CA – Seven individual writers and three writing teams have been selected as finalists for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy's Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships.

This year's finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., "Guns and Saris"
  • Dion Cook, Altus, Oklahoma, "Cutter"
  • K.E. Greenberg, Los Angeles, Calif., "Blood Bound"
  • Ehud Lavski, Tel Aviv, Israel, "Parasite"
  • John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., "Outside the Wire"
  • Aaron Marshall, West Hollywood, Calif., "Fig Hunt: The Quest for Battle Armor Star Captain"
  • Khurram Mozaffar, Lisle, Illinois, "A Man of Clay"
  • Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., "Unicorn"
  • Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., "The Tiger’s Child"
  • Paul Vicknair & Chris Shafer, Los Angeles & Hermosa Beach, Calif., "A Many Splintered Thing"

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES HITS NASHVILLE NOV. 8 WITH DEANA CARTER, KELLEY LOVELACE, ERIC PASLAY, AND RIVERS RUTHERFORD
Tickets Go On Sale Sept. 30

NASHVILLE - As part of Country Music Month's 45 days of promotions, events, and activities spotlighting the genre and leading up to the annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the CMA Songwriters Series will return to Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 8 (10:00 PM/CT) at Limelight.

Featuring Deana Carter, Kelley Lovelace, Eric Paslay, and Rivers Rutherford, the CMA Songwriters Series allows music fans insight into the stories behind some of their favorite songs.

NBC'S TOP-RATED SUMMER SERIES 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' ANNOUNCES OPEN CASTING CALLS IN NEW YORK, ST. LOUIS, WASHINGTON, D.C., TAMPA BAY, ANAHEIM, AUSTIN AND CHARLOTTE BEGINNING IN OCTOBER

GRANDES ESTRENOS, ESTRELLAS QUE LO REVELAN TODO Y EVENTOS QUE CAMBIARAN EL GIRO DE LAS HISTORIAS EN ESTE SORPRENDENTE MES DE OCTUBRE DE TELEMUNDO

Retail employees get iPads, iPhones to better serve customers
To deal with customers who have done research and shopping on the Internet, retail establishments are equipping some employees with mobile devices so they, too, can connect with social media networks and other websites. Lowe's provides iPhones to sales associates, while Neiman Marcus hands out iPads and iPhones to its workers, according to this report

Samsung, Planar offer displays for artwork
Samsung Electronics is teaming up with Planar to develop prototype displays that will show artwork in homes and offices. The displays will incorporate Samsung's SM'ART Gallery Panels, which are LCD panels, in two sizes, the companies said.

Samsung agrees to pay Android royalties to Microsoft
Samsung Electronics will pay royalties to Microsoft to license technology used in the Android operating system, the companies said Wednesday. The agreement could deal a blow to Google's efforts to ensure that Android remains free to handset makers

Nokia goes its own way in developing phone software
Nokia is developing a Linux-based operating system for the lower end of its mobile phone line. The project, code-named Meltemi, is meant to provide an alternative to the Windows Phone operating system from Microsoft, which Nokia is using for its high-end smartphones, and Google's Android mobile operating system, which has

Social gamers grow more accustomed to ads
Interpret reports that 24% of social-game players have clicked on an advertisement in a social game and completed an online purchase as a result. The survey by the market research firm, commissioned by RockYou, involved about 2,000 social gamers in the U.S. and found that they respond to in-game ads because of the lure of real-world rewards, according to Interpret.

Access to content expected to be key to Kindle Fire's success
Amazon is betting on the new Kindle Fire's rich cache of available content and $199 price tag to quickly position the tablet as a rival to Apple's iPad and Barnes & Noble's Nook. The color device, which goes on sale in November, will include access to Amazon's warehouse of digital books, music and movies, as well as a virtual newsstand with magazine titles including Wired, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan. Amazon also said Wednesday that brick-and-mortar retailers Best Buy and Staples would sell the new gadget.

CEA Index: Consumer confidence in overall economy at all-time low
For the fifth consecutive month, consumer confidence in the overall economy has dropped, and it is now at its lowest point in the history of the CEA Indexes, which CEA established in January 2007. In September, the CEA Index of Consumer Expectations fell to 156.8, down two points from last month, putting it six and a half points lower than at this time last year. Been embraced by many manufacturers of mobile phones.

Two years ago, Snell & Wilcox and Pro-Bel merged to create one the leading suppliers of technology for TV production and distribution around the world.

Snell, as the combined U.K.-based company is now known, offers routers and other infrastructure gear, format and standards converters, production switchers and media management solutions.

But what's top of mind for CEO Simon Derry when he focuses on the key U.S. broadcast market is centralcasting and IT-based playout. With its Morpheus automation system and ICE "channel in a box," Derry says in this interview with TVNewsCheck, Snell has the tools that broadcasters need to take much of the capital and operating costs out of master control -- and do so without sacrificing quality or reliability

Warner Bros will release “Aim High,” which it has dubbed Hollywood’s first “social series,” October 18 on Facebook.

29Sep/110

Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda Round 9 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Thursday September 29, 2011 Pit Notes Presented by Porsche:

Welcome to Road Atlanta and the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda - the final round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón closes with the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. This is a global event in the truest sense with drivers, teams and manufacturers from around the world
set to tackle the demanding 12-turn, 2.54-mile layout.

This year’s 53-car grid will mark the largest field in Petit Le Mans history and would be the fourth-largest grid in ALMS history. Only the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1999 (58), 2002 (59) and 2003 (55) has had more starting cars.
Along with a stellar collection of full-season Series entries, Petit Le Mans also serves as the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. The seven-round championship began as part of the ALMS at Sebring and features factory and works-supported efforts from Audi, Peugeot, Toyota, Oak-Pescarolo

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28Sep/110

Etertainment Arts & Techonolgy

Police Say White Powder Sent to 'Dancing With the Stars' Is Harmless.

IT'S A STAR-STUDDED WEEK AT THE RANCH WHEN NFL SUPERSTARS DREW BREES, ERIC DICKERSON, TONY GONZALEZ, CLAY MATTHEWS, SHAWNE MERRIMAN AND TIM TEBOW GUEST STAR ON A SPECIAL, ACTION-PACKED EPISODE OF "THE BIGGEST LOSER" ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 , 8-10 P.M. ET, ON NBC

CNBC EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NAOMI CAMPBELL SPEAKS WITH CNBC ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD, HER EARLY BREAKTHROUGH INTO MODELING AND HOW HER LIFESTYLE CAUSED HER TO TAKE TIME OUT FROM THE INDUSTRY

SYFY'S SMASH HIT SERIES WAREHOUSE 13 WRAPS SEASON THREE WITH EXPLOSIVE TWO-HOUR FINALE, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 FROM 9-11PM (ET/PT)

TELEMUNDO BRINGS A SELECT GROUP OF DISNEY PIXAR ANIMATED BLOCKBUSTER FILMS TO U.S. SPANISH-LANGUAGE AUDIENCES

DAILYCANDY AND DOVE® HAIR LAUNCH "THE BIG BLOWOUT"" CONTEST-DRIVEN EVENTS GIVING CONSUMERS THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME TO STAR IN A NATIONAL DOVE® HAIR TV AD

The 2010 Oscar® nominees "Sun Come Up" and "Waste Land" will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series on Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Disney's Appmates to merge real-world and digital gaming
Disney is set to release an interactive application that it says turns an iPad into a children's game board. Appmates will be available on Saturday and will feature a free downloadable application based on "Cars 2"; handheld toy cars for the game can be purchased for $20 a set. Gamers will be able to play as one of six characters from the film as they navigate five digital racetracks

Paramount creates home-media unit as part of restructuring
Paramount Pictures has commenced a sweeping reorganization effort that will merge its digital entertainment and licensing businesses in a new Home Media Distribution unit. The move, which follows a similar restructuring by Paramount parent Viacom, is widely seen as a response to the increasing popularity of streaming media and the gradual obsolescence of digital-entertainment divisions

Hulu, Miramax reach Japan streaming deal
Miramax has expanded its content deal with Hulu to include movie-streaming services in Japan. Japanese subscribers can access Miramax films such as "The English Patient" and "Good Will Hunting." Miramax completed a similar deal with

BP seeks to buff its image with Web videos, social media
BP is continuing a social media push designed to help repair the company's image in the wake of last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Its latest effort is contained in a series of 28 YouTube videos showing life as its exists on the Gulf Coast today, with the project being promoted on BP's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Comcast gets interactive with local spots
Comcast Spotlight has completed more than 1,000 interactive local ad campaigns, which have generated more than 2.7 billion impressions, the company says. The interactive ads, which have a potential reach of 15 million homes in 50 markets, include various options, such as offering viewers the ability to get a sample or coupon mailed to them by clicking on a remote, or sending viewers to longer ads on video-on-demand.

Amazon opens Fire for a potential tablet war with the iPad
Amazon.com today introduced the Kindle Fire, a tablet computer priced at $199, presenting a competitive challenge to Apple's iPad, which sells for $499 or more. The Android-based Kindle Fire has a 7-inch touch screen, smaller than the iPad's, and will let users access e-books, games, movies, music and television shows. Amazon's tablet has competitors rethinking prices: A tablet-PC priced above $257 is too expensive for most consumers, according to research from Forrester, and that may be one reason companies such as Samsung and Research In Motion have slashed prices on their devices ahead of Amazon's debut today of its tablet PC.

Smartphone shoppers flocked to Android in August
Smartphone buyers were twice as likely to purchase an Android-based handset than an iPhone in August, according to Nielsen data. The Google-owned operating system expanded its share to 43%, compared with 40% in July. Apple's market share remained at 28%, but Nielsen analysts predict the company will recover after its expected release of the iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter

New at the 2012 CES -- International Academy of Web Television Awards!
The International Academy of Web Television will hold its inaugural IAWTV Awards at the 2012 International CES! The IAWTV awards will be the first awards show for the Web television Industry presented by content creators, for content creators. Studio content producers, YouTube celebrities and many others who successfully create entertainment for digital platforms will be celebrated through 33 categories of the IAWTV Awards.

THE LION KING: DIAMOND EDITION - The wait is over. For the first time ever, experience the majesty of Disney’s epic animated masterpiece as it roars onto Blu-ray™ and Disney Blu-ray 3D™, October 4, 2011. With a spectacular digital picture, spine-tingling high definition sound and immersive bonus features—you will feel the love for this critically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before. Embark on an extraordinary coming-of-age adventure as Simba, a lion cub who cannot wait to be king, searches for his destiny in the great “Circle of Life.” You will be thrilled by the breathtaking animation, unforgettable Academy Award®– winning music (1994: Best Original Score; Best Original Song, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”), and timeless story. The king of all animated films reigns on Disney Blu-ray.

DISNEYNATURE’S AFRICAN CATS - This coming October, don’t miss Disneynature’s latest home entertainment release, AFRICAN CATS, an epic film profiling two incredible families as they strive to make a home in the wilds of Africa. Disneynature AFRICAN CATS will debut as a 2-Disc Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack, a High Definition Movie Download and for On-Demand viewing on Tuesday, October 4, and is the perfect family-friendly film that provides an exciting journey into the wild while also raising consumer awareness for these incredible animals. For every movie purchased through October 10, 2011, Disneynature will be contributing a portion* of its home entertainment sales through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to the “See AFRICAN CATS, Save the Savanna” effort – an initiative developed between Disneynature and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to protect lions, cheetah, elephants, zebra, giraffe and a host other species in Africa

27Sep/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

“Revenge of the LA Opera
Costume Shop Sale”

Sunday, October 9

(Los Angeles) September 27, 2011 — On Sunday, October 9, just in time for Halloween, LA Opera will clear out its overstuffed costume racks with its second ever costume sale: “Revenge of the LA Opera Costume Shop Sale.” Trick-or-treating connoisseurs looking to stand out in a crowd of Snookis, Charlie Sheens and Captain Americas will have the opportunity to snag one-of-a-kind items that have been seen on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Prices range from $20 for individual accessories including masks, wigs, military items, plumed hats, belts and shoes, to $300 for complete costumes.
The sale will take place in the Costume Shop’s parking lot, 330 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles CA 90013. Street parking is available, and there will be secured pay parking in the Little Tokyo Galleria parking structure, directly across the street from the sale at 333 South Alameda.
The gates will open to the general public at 11am. Customers who have bought tickets to LA Opera’s November production of Roméo et Juliette can show their tickets at the gate for early entry beginning at 10am; each ticket shown will admit one person. The sale will continue until 4pm or until the stock is sold out (whichever comes first). Cash or credit cards will be accepted.

Andy Rooney Ends '60 Minutes' Commentary

NBC PARTNERS WITH YAHOO! TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE NEW EPISODES OF NEW COMEDIES 'UP ALL NIGHT' AND 'WHITNEY' TO BE STREAMED ON YAHOO! ON SEPTEMBER 27-28 BEFORE NETWORK BROADCAST

G4 AND THE UNITED STATES NAVY PARTNER FOR NEW GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY SERIES "BOMB PATROL: AFGHANISTAN" FOLLOWING AN ELITE SPECIAL OPERATION UNIT AS THEY PATROL WAR-TORN BATTLEGROUNDS TO DISARM DEADLY EXPLOSIVES

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen "Judgment at Nuremberg," in honor of the film's 50th anniversary, on Tuesday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by television and radio personality Larry King, the evening will feature an onstage discussion with Oscar®-winning actor Maximilian Schell; Oscar-winning documentarian Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; and Mrs. Karen Sharpe Kramer, widow of Stanley Kramer, the film's producer and director. Video messages from journalist Tom Brokaw, actor Alec Baldwin (who appeared in the "Nuremberg" TV miniseries) and "Judgment at Nuremberg" co-star William Shatner also will be presented.

BRAD PAISLEY AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL PERFORM "REMIND ME" ON "THE 45th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS"
CMA Awards Co-Hosts to Perform Their No. 1 Duet for the First Time On Live Television as Part of "Country Music's Biggest Night"

NASHVILLE - The star-packed lineup for "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" grows with today's announcement that co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will perform their duet "Remind Me" on "Country Music's Biggest Night(tm)." This will be their first live performance of the No. 1 hit song on national television.

Wall Street has a good day -- and so does cable
Cable fared well during Monday's rally on Wall Street, in which the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 11,043.86, an increase of 272 points. Among providers, Charter Communications increased 3.4% to $49.21 per share, Cablevision Systems increased 2.7% to $17.44, Comcast increased 2.3% to $21.90 and Time Warner Cable increased 2% to $66.11. Discovery Communications and Time Warner fared best among programmers, with the former up 4.4% to $41.66 and the latter rising 3% to $30.75.

Judge: Comcast filing in Tennis Channel dispute is "superfluous"
A supplementary filing by Comcast in response to Tennis Channel's program-carriage complaint has been thrown out by a Federal Communications Commission administrative law judge, who called it "superfluous." Comcast, which has been accused by Tennis Channel of giving preferential carriage treatment to its own sports network, Versus, in the extra filing identified Verizon and Cablevision as other operators that did not offer Tennis Channel

Time Warner Cable: FCC should let regional sports conditions end
The Federal Communications Commission should allow the regional sports network program-access stipulations created in the bankruptcy divestiture of Adelphia cable systems between Time Warner Cable and Comcast to expire in 2012, according to a filing by Time Warner Cable. The FCC, if it deems protections for "must-have sports programming" to be necessary, should review exclusive NFL and college programming on DIRECTV and the Big Four networks, the filing says. "[T]he commission cannot unilaterally extend or modify those conditions as some parties appear to assume," Time Warner Cable writes.

CNN is catching up to MSNBC in prime-time race
Third-place CNN is catching up to MSNBC in the prime-time cable news ratings this month. MSNBC in September had an average of 269,000 viewers in the 25-to-54 demographic, while CNN had 257,000. Fox News led with 526,000. Last September, MSNBC had Keith Olbermann in the 8 p.m. slot and tallied 256,000 viewers 25 to 54, while CNN had 173,000

FX scores big audience for "Sons of Anarchy" return
FX attracted its biggest audience ever for the season premiere of "Sons of Anarchy." The drama series garnered 6.5 million viewers overall, 4.3 million in the 18-to-49 demographic and 2.5 million among men in that age group, according to Nielsen. The figures are the best this year for a basic-cable drama series

Showtime Social app is now live
Showtime has released an iPad application to help fans connect with other viewers while watching TV, just in time for the ends of the seasons of "Weeds" and "The Big C." The Showtime Social app allows users to check out reviews, post to Facebook and Twitter, take part in polls, and view behind-the-scenes clips, photo galleries, webisodes and -- for certain shows -- full episodes

Pay-TV startup Sezmi exits the consumer market
Sezmi is dropping its pay-TV service for consumers to focus on selling its technology directly to other broadband video providers in the U.S. and abroad. The startup had promised to offer a cheaper alternative to cable TV but was not able to broker deals with popular channels, such as HBO and ESPN

SPEAKAL INTRODUCES CUTE “IHOG”  PINK & WHITE HOG-SHAPED IPOD DOCKING STATION  SPEAKER SYSTEM

-- JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS --

Take the Fun Outdoors with Portable Battery-Operated Hog-Shaped 28+ Watt Super Amplification Stereo System for Kids, Teens, & Adults 360 Degrees of Booming Crystal Clear Sound Fills a Room with Music – Perfect for Parties

– Speakal www.speakal.com, a lifestyle-oriented home entertainment company with intelligently designed technology solutions driven by a passion for sound, launched today iHog, the stylish hog-shaped iPod/iPhone docking station speaker system. Available in pink and white, the booming iHog speaker system makes a fun holiday gift for kids, teens and adults that love music.

26Sep/110

Breaking News

Johnny Depp's recently aborted "The Lone Ranger" director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have have lowered the film's production budget from a  $250 million to $215 million. And that was all Disney wanted in the first place.

An official announcement from Disney the film is back on, and that it will  start shooting sometime in the new year seems imminent. "The Social Network" star Armie Hammer is on board as the title character.

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26Sep/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

NBC NEWS WINS SIX NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARDS

BRAVO'S "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA" RETURNS NOVEMBER 6 AT 10 PM ET/PT

OXYGEN ANNOUNCES CASTING CALLS FOR THE NEXT SEASON OF "THE GLEE PROJECT"

Panasonic: Almost everyone thinks 3DTV beats HD
Half of all U.S. consumers wish they owned a 3D television, according to a survey commissioned by Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic. The poll, which was conducted by research firm Frank N. Magid Associates at the Disney D23 Expo in August, found that a whopping 99% of those asked said they believe 3DTVs are better than two-dimensional high-definition televisions

Wal-Mart's Vudu puts new emphasis on TV
Vudu, the over-the-top video service from Wal-Mart, will bulk up its TV inventory by the end of next month by making more than 10,500 TV series episodes available for single-episode purchase. Vudu currently lists more than five dozen TV series for "next-day air" viewings, including BBC America's "Doctor Who" (Season 6), TNT's "The Closer" (Season 7) and Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Season 2

Amazon takes a step forward in streaming with Fox deal
Subscribers to Amazon's Prime instant-video service will get access to content from Fox under an agreement signed by the companies. Market watchers see the move as a part of an attempt by Amazon to boost its standing in the streaming-content market and to take on Netflix. Amazon charges $79 a year for Prime, which has a library of 11,000 movies and TV shows, including content from CBS, NBC Universal, Sony and Warner Bros.

Record number of U.S. consumers watch video online, says comScore
American consumers cumulatively watched about 2.5 billion minutes of online ads in August, according to monthly metrics released comScore, which attributed the findings to a surge in the number of people watching online video. According to the report, about 86% of U.S. Internet users watched at least some online video content last month, more than half of it via YouTube.

Reports: Amazon is set to detail tabletlike e-reader
Amazon this week is expected to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-reader that may present a competitive challenge to the iPad tablet computer. The device reportedly will have a smaller touch screen than the popular Apple tablet but will cost about $250, which is half the price of a basic iPad

Samsung readies release of Omnia W "Mango"-based smartphone
Samsung Electronics said its first "Mango"-based phone will make its debut in Italy by the end of October. The Omnia W -- which has a 3.7-inch screen, a 1.4GHz processor and 8 gigabytes of storage -- will retail for about $420, the company said

LightSquared takes FCC spectrum fight to the soapbox
LightSquared made a formal appeal to the American public regarding the benefits of its planned Long-Term Evolution network by taking out advertisements in major U.S. newspapers to publicly contradict regulators' concerns about the plan. The Federal Communications Commission said the network, which would use spectrum traditionally reserved for satellite services, would interfere with GPS signals. In its ad, LightSquared insists it has resolved 99.5% of the interference problems and argues that the interference stems from the inappropriate use of the service.

Comcast launches Internet Essentials program to spur broadband
Comcast recently launched a low-cost Internet and hardware subsidization program dubbed Internet Essentials. The program enables households that contain at least one child who qualifies for free school lunches to get broadband Internet connectivity for $9.95 per month. Comcast executive David Cohen says the company has gotten about 100,000 phone inquiries about the program.

The president's visit to Los Angeles is already causing traffic congestion around West Hollywood and Beverly Hills -- and it's only going to get worse as the day goes on.

Panel: Brands do matter in mobile, social games
Panelists at Facebook's f8 developers conference concluded that brands are becoming more important to gamers on social media networks and on mobile devices. One branded success is "The Sims Social," the Facebook-based version of the popular game franchise from Electronic Arts, which quickly became the second-most-popular Facebook game, trailing only "CityVille" from Zynga

YouTube reportedly nears launch of scheduled video content
YouTube is completing contracts for the early 2012 launch of channels that will have scheduled video content on topics including fashion and sports, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the development. The Google subsidiary declined to comment

Gamers weigh in on 3D effects
Market research firm Interpret reports that 28% of Nintendo 3DS owners it surveyed said the 3D effects detracted from the game-playing experience. An additional 22% said 3D improved game playing on the handheld device.

Crestron touts universal "WorldSearch" in patent filing
Crestron Electronics has filed for a patent on technology that can search for content among multiple sources, such as home media servers, iTunes and Netflix. The so-called "universal search" technology, which the company brands as WorldSearch, is incorporated into Crestron's ADMS Intermedia Digital Media System.

Report: DLNA standard may promote Android as major media hub
Android-based devices could become a force as in-home media hubs under an open standard emerging from the Digital Living Network Alliance, according to an IMS Research report that suggests consumer-electronics equipment makers are lining up to support the technology. IMS' mobile analysts predict that Android devices could become the backbone of in-home networks, a trend that may pose a threat to Apple's proprietary AirPlay platform.

MTV, History show strength in key adult demos
Although USA kept its place atop the cable ratings last season, MTV and History logged the most growth, Nielsen ratings show. MTV, for the 52 weeks ending Sept. 18, moved from fourth to first among adults 18 to 34 and increased its share of the 18-to-49 segment by 34%. History, via its roster of reality shows, such as "Pawn Stars" and "Ax Men," went from seventh to fourth among 18-to-49 viewers, increasing it share by 32%

Hearst and HGTV are betting on new consumer mag
Hearst and HGTV have teamed up on a new publication that seeks to appeal to American consumers who are looking to accessorize and decorate their homes on a budget. HGTV Magazine, with Sara Peterson as editor in chief, will publish its first issue in October

Veria rebrands network to reflect broader wellness theme
Veria TV has a new name -- Veria Living -- and a new yellow and orange logo incorporating Eastern and Western elements that's meant to better convey its wider "pop wellness" focus. The network also has a new tagline, "Go Well."

Jane Seymour, Sara Paxton to star in ABC Family musical
ABC Family next year will present its first original movie musical. "Elixir" will star Jane Seymour as a former top Broadway dancer who is now the choreographer for her daughter. Meanwhile, her daughter, played by Sara Paxton, wants to stop dancing to get married

DreamWorks Animation drops HBO in favor of Netflix
Netflix has replaced HBO as the premium venue for DreamWorks Animation releases. The multiyear agreement marks the first time a major studio has opted for a streaming service over pay TV. The deal has been valued by analysts at $30 million per movie. The increasing number of Netflix competitors drives up the price of content, said Michael Nathanson, a media analyst for Nomura.

Turner makes case to advertisers for Conan's online success
Conan O'Brien's late-night show may not be living up to TV ratings expectations, but it is surpassing its rivals in its ability to connect with 18-to-49 viewers online, Turner Broadcasting executives say. O'Brien has 20 million online and TV viewers in the coveted age segment, and they have better ad recall than is typical of audiences of other late-night talk shows, Turner says. The show also has 1.7 million Facebook connections, a higher number than O'Brien's average audience during his freshman year on TBS

FX offers short-form, branded series to promote Audi model
FX Networks has teamed up with Audi to create a series of two-minute branded clips as a promotional vehicle for the automaker's 2012 A6 model. The "Untitled Jersey City Project" consists of eight two-minute episodes that were scheduled to debut Sunday during FX's prime-time movie and run on four Sundays

25Sep/110

"ZEBRA ROCK" PET CARRIER BRINGS OUT THE PARTY IN YOUR ANIMAL

Now your pet can travel like a rock star with Pet Flys latest carrier “Zebra Rock.” Heads will turn with the stunning black faux leather and bronze metallic zebra pattern accented with gleaming antique goldtone hardware.
Your pet will stay cool while cruising at any altitude with the three metal zippered windows and 12 air vents. Additional party favors (or travel essentials) can be put inside the 2 large snap pockets or the bigger zippered pouch. Inside is a safety chain and comfortable mat with removable machine-washable cover. Everything your pet needs to shine for the pup-erazzi!
The carrier retails for $135.00 and fits pets up to 18lbs. And don’t be surprised if your cat wants to crash the party! Available at your favorite pet boutique or www.petflys.com.
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25Sep/110

Billy Ball down the drain

The Lion King rules with 22.1 million