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Samsung SUPERHERO Video Competition Allows Kids to be Creative and Have Fun While Learning

“I found this program to be a great teaching tool with multiple benefits for my students,” said Michelle Lewis, teacher.
“I will definitely have my new class participate in the current Fall competition.”

Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division (www.samsungpresenterusa.com), a leader in document camera technology, today announced its Fall SUPERHERO Competition – where the student who wins gets $500 and their class receives a SAMCAM 860 document camera. “This competition was great,” said Ms. Lewis, whose students participated in the spring competition. “Students refined their research skills, while going beyond simply compiling facts, and they learned how to present the information in a way that was sensitive to an audience.” Visit www.samsungk-12.com for more information and to post your entry in the current competition.

Any student in grades K-12 who attends school in a United States or Federal Territory is eligible to enter a digital video of 1-3 minutes in length. Students are to portray a historical character and will be judged on presentation performance, character and content accuracy, and content quality. Fall competition entries are due November 30, 2011. One student winner will be selected and will receive $500. In addition, a SAMCAM 860 document camera will be given to their class. Students just need to go to www.samsungk-12.com to enter. The MSRP of the Samsung SAMCAM 860 is $799.

For more information about Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division and its full line of affordable and innovative document cameras, call 877-213-1222, ext. 3306 or go to www.samsungpresenterusa.com.

About Samsung Techwin America – Electronic Imaging Division
Samsung Techwin America is a market leader in document cameras for use in the education sector, ranging from K-12 to universities, courtroom applications, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies. Every Samsung document camera provides the quality and innovation that has built the Samsung name- quality optics, a robust feature set, a wealth of user-friendly features, and state-of-the-art digital imaging technology. Additionally Samsung Techwin markets a full line of security products under the CCTV Division. Samsung Techwin America is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd. in Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung is the world’s 11th largest company. www.samsungpresenterusa.com.

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LA Opera Announces November 5 Open House Celebrating 25 Years of LA Opera

Plácido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, invites the public to celebrate LA Opera’s 25th anniversary with an Open House, which will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center of Los Angeles County, from 9:30am to 5pm on Saturday, November 5, 2011. “We are thrilled to throw open our doors to welcome our community into our home for a daylong celebration of our 25-year history,” said Mr. Domingo. “Our first Open House will be our largest ever community event, featuring a series of exciting performances, behind-the-scenes tours and activities taking place throughout the theater. It is so important for parents to share the classical arts with their children, and I encourage families to come together to experience the magic of opera. Our Open House will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce new friends to our work and also to welcome returning friends into the opera house for a closer look at all of the elements that combine to create world-class opera.” The Open House will take place on the final weekend of OPERA America’s National Opera Week (October 28 through November 6), in which opera companies throughout the nation will host a variety of fun, free activities to showcase the fascinating world of opera. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012.


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Campaign Regulations Issued for 84th Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued regulations for how movies and achievements eligible for the 84th Academy Awards may be marketed to Academy members. The most notable change affects screening events that include filmmaker participation. Additional changes address digital delivery of movies to Academy members and public references to competing films or achievements via social media platforms.

"These campaign regulations play an important role in protecting the integrity of the Academy Awards process and the distinction of the Oscar®," said Academy President Tom Sherak. "Above all, we want Academy members to see movies as they were meant to be seen, in a theatrical setting."

Prior to the nominations announcement (January 24, 2012), there are no restrictions on screening events to which Academy members may be invited. These events may include the live participation of individuals involved with the film (Q&A panel discussions, etc.) as well as receptions with food and beverage. After the nominations have been announced, Academy members may continue be invited to screenings that have filmmaker participation elements but receptions are not permitted. While there is no restriction on the total number of screenings of a particular movie, no one individual from the film can participate in more than two panel discussions. Previously, Academy members could not be invited to any screening event that included live participation of the filmmaker(s) or a reception either before or after the nominations had been announced.

Additionally, after nominations are announced and until final polls close, members may not be invited to or attend any non-screening event that promotes or honors a nominated movie or individual nominee. Nominees themselves are also prohibited from attending such events. Academy-sanctioned events and awards ceremonies presented by the various guilds, critics groups and other organizations are exempt.

The regulations now emphasize that viewing motion pictures in a theatrical setting is highly preferred over any other viewing method. The distribution of screeners is still permitted, however, with specific restrictions on packaging and accompanying materials. The digital distribution of movies to Academy members is now acceptable, as long as the delivery method conforms to the regulations.

The long-standing ban on negative campaigning about other nominated films or individuals is now extended to social media platforms, and specific penalties are spelled out. Academy members will be subject to a one-year suspension for first-time violations and expulsion for any subsequent violations. As in the past, any form of advertising that includes quotes or comments – negative or positive – by Academy members is prohibited.

To read the complete Regulations Concerning the Promotion of Films Eligible for the 84th Academy Awards, go to: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/regulations.html.

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 on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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The Orange County International Auto Show Opens Thursday – Don’t Miss The Fun!

See over 500 of the Hottest New Cars and Trucks, Super Exotics, Tricked-Out Rides & More!

• Test Drive More than 40 Vehicles Right at the Show

• Ride Along at Camp Jeep Anaheim and Experience Jeep's 4x4 Capabilities

• High-End Exotics & Rare Sports Cars, Including a Rare Gumpert, Saleen S7R and Hennessey Ford GT1000

• World Debut of Honda CR-V Concept

• Pre-Production Models from Ford, Chevrolet, Lexus, Subaru, Toyota and More!

• Movie Cars Featured in Thor, Captain America and Kick Ass

• The RPM Lounge™ & DUB® Celebrity Car Showcase

• SHIFTR Automotive & Lifestyle Expo Featuring Tricked-Out Rides & DJ Entertainment, Fri — Sun Only

• The L.A. Lakers Girls — Fri, 5–7 pm

• Hooters' Miss OC International Auto Show Contest — Fri, 7 pm

• BAMMA Ring Girl Contest — Fri, 8:30 pm

• SMS Supercars Display and Appearance by Steve Saleen — Sat, 12–1 pm & 2:30–3:30 pm

• Music and Comedy by Robot King Robota — Sat, 12–7 pm & Sun, 12–2 pm

• Swimsuit International Model Search — Sat, 1 pm

• Hooters Wing Eating Contest — Sat, 3 pm

• MMA Cage Fighting, Presented by BAMMA USA — Sat, 6 pm

• A Main Hobbies RC Exhibit & RIDEMAKERZ' RC Experience

• FREE Subscription to Motor Trend (an $18 value) with Ticket Purchase


Entertainment Arts & Technology

JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES -.On September 27, The Walt Disney Studios will be releasing Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Yo Ho, Mateys Away!, a DVD packed full with seven episodes from the series and two incredible bonus features including Yo Ho, You Want To Be A Pirate?, where Jake teaches viewers how to talk like a pirate, and Pirate Party With Pirate-oke, a collection of music videos performed by The Never Land Pirate Band that allow viewers to enjoy with or without the sing-along/karaoke-like feature.

Retailing for the suggested price of $19.99 in the U.S. and $24.99 in Canada, the Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Yo Ho, Mateys Away! DVD also comes packaged with a bonus 7-track CD sampler and a pirate eye patch.

ARMY WIVES: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON - This exciting DVD debut showcases each emotional moment from the lives of the military families at Fort Marshall, SC in the riveting fifth season. The women‘s friendships continue to grow stronger as they band together through their most difficult challenges yet, including life with a newborn, career changes and the tragic loss of a loved one. This collectible release allows fans to own every heartfelt episode, plus never-before-seen bonus

Former aviation executive Emilio Romano has been named the new president of NBCU's Telemundo, the company announced Wednesday.

Google+ opens to the public, adds features
Google has ended its invitation-only Google+ test run, opening the network to everyone. The social network, which is estimated to have more than 25 million users, has been upgraded with a search capability and an enhanced "Hangouts" feature that allows users to hold video chats with contacts via smartphones and to broadcast their Hangout sessions for other users to see.

Facebook changes its news feed with site-curated stories, photos
Facebook is rolling out a redesign of its news feed, a move that Liz Gannes writes is intended to make the site more like a social magazine, giving extra weight to popular stories and pictures. The system replaces the "top news"/"most recent" feeds, instead presenting users with a selection of the top stories since the last time they logged on to the network. The revamp is rounded out by the addition of a news-ticker style display that offers real-time updates of virtually everything one's contacts do on the site.

Twitter seeks a slice of 2012 campaign cash
Twitter is looking to persuade political campaigns to splurge on marketing on the network during the run-up to the 2012 elections, executives say. Politicians' efforts to engage supporters are similar to brands' efforts to woo potential customers, says Twitter revenues chief Adam Bain. "We know politicians are active on the platform, and we know that consumers enjoy the messages from those politicians," Bain says.

Ning finds a new home at Glam Media
Digital-ad network Glam Media has bought Ning for a price estimated by observers at about $200 million. Ning will be run as a division of Glam under the leadership of its co-founder Marc Andreessen. The combined companies are expected to have about 240 million users.

John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki Allow Their Inner Selves To Shine in the Touching Indie Hit Emerging onto Blu-ray and DVD October 11

From the producers of Blue Valentine and Half Nelson comes the extraordinary original and loveable comedy TERRI, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD October 11 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. An official selection at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival, the critically-acclaimed cast includes Academy Award®-nominee John C. Reilly (Chicago, Cyrus), Creed Bratton (“The Office”) and newcomer Jacob Wysocki (“Huge”) in a bittersweet coming-of-age story that will leave you cheering.


NASHVILLE - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's many contributions to the music industry in Music City were recognized during a reception at CMA Tuesday night when Dean was presented the CMA Chairman's Award by CMA Board Chairman Steve Buchanan.

"Mayor Dean has shown, and continues to show, his support of the music industry in numerous ways," said Buchanan, Senior Vice President of Media and Entertainment for Gaylord Entertainment. "He understands the inherent power of the Music City brand as a positive differentiating identity, as well as the undeniable impact that music can have on a community, from tourism to education to economic development to quality of life. The CMA and the Country Music industry value our relationship with the Mayor as well as his commitment to make Nashville a better place to live and do business."

Digital Health Summit at CES 2012 Announced First Round of Speakers and Sponsors

ANT+, Continua Alliance, Ideal Life, Life Technologies, Scientific American and UnitedHealth Group have joined The Digital Health Summit at the 2012 International CES as platinum sponsors and AARP, Alcatel-Lucent and Tanita as gold sponsors, the conference organizers announced today. They join the more than twenty-five sponsors and media partners that have pledged their support of the summit, which will bring together more than 500 senior health and technology executives to examine the fast-growing digital health industry.

Now in its third year, The Digital Health Summit at CES will keep attendees apprised of the continued trajectory of this burgeoning market. Based on the wildly successful 2011 Digital Health Summit, which saw an increase in attendance of more than 300% from the year prior, this year's event will take a look at the technologies that will change the way consumers and providers manage health for themselves, loved ones and patients during an extended two-day event on January 11-12, 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, LVCC North Hall.


Gamers Can Now Get Their Hands on the Most Brutal Underground Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Game Ever

Global videogame publisher 505 Games and developer Kung Fu Factory today announced that their brutal, no-holds barred approach to the mixed martial arts genre, Supremacy MMA™, is now available in North America for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Supremacy MMA brings the brutality of unsanctioned, amateur and unlicensed MMA fighting to videogame fans that can follow the rise of several fighters and their individual stories as they work toward supremacy. Created in a fast-paced arcade style, the game gives players the opportunity to stylistically dispatch their opponents by choosing from a cadre of hardcore fighters, each with a unique MMA style. Fans master their abilities to perfectly execute fantastic fight sequences and become invincible in every match-up with a dizzying array of kicks, gravity defying moves and brutal finishing blows.

“Supremacy MMA delivers fast-and-furious gameplay and underground aesthetics over the slower simulation-style presentation found in traditional MMA games,” said Ian Howe, President of 505 Games, North America. “This unique style evokes a feeling of competitive compassion like no other game, featuring the hard-working underground MMA fighters and the dangers that they face every day, including broken bones and other serious injuries.”

Supremacy MMA is armed with arcade-like speed and real in-game fighters such as former UFC champ Jens Pulver and K1 kickboxing legend Jerome Le Banner, as well as the first female fighters in an MMA game, Felice Herrig and Michele Gutierrez.

“The Kung Fu Factory team is excited to offer a new level of strategy, fun fast combat and true-to-the-sport brutality in an MMA game,” said Ricci Rukavina, director at Kung Fu Factory.

Download the Supremacy MMA launch trailer here, or check it out on YouTube, set to Betraying the Martyrs’ song “Liberate Me Ex Inferis” from the band’s debut album Breathe in Life.

Rated ‘M’ for Mature by the Entertainment Software Review Board (ESRB), Supremacy MMA will launch in Europe on September 23. For more information about Supremacy MMA, please visit the official website www.supremacymma.com and YouTube page and then follow us on Facebook and Twitter.