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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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