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30Oct/110

Puss and Boots Opens at $34 million

Rum Diary tanks

16Oct/110

"Real Steel" came in barely ahead of the remake "Footloose," which opened with $16.1 million.

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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

12Oct/110

Something wrong with android phone

Shall we say something smells in the android world. Tried to text the simple words government motors this morning and was not allowed to do such, government was replaced by word google no matter how many times I tried to write and send government.

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12Oct/110

CEA Launches Green Consumer Website Today

Today the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® unveils GreenerGadgets.org – a new online resource for consumers that highlights the industry trend toward “greener gadgets” – smaller, smarter, more energy efficient devices that can do more than ever before.
Tech-savvy shoppers now have more eco-friendly options. Check out these great tools at GreenerGadgets.org

  • A powerful energy use calculator with the most up-to-date products and energy use figures to help consumers better understand their energy usage. Research indicates the more you know about your use, the more likely you are to consume less and save more.
  • An electronics recycling locator tool. When it comes to end-of-life electronics many people are concerned with what happens after they drop off their products. The recycling locator database includes industry programs, which use strict standards, and third-party certified recyclers, so rest assured your device will be safely recycled! We believe this tool is the best available on the web.

Visit GreenerGadgets.org today for information on how to use devices efficiently, shop for the most sustainable products and understand the energy-saving trends in the industry.

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12Oct/110

Breaking news on the blackberry

Not a joke in the business world.

Hollywood was paralyzed in its tracks on Wednesday as a global Blackberry email outage spread to North America frustrating moguls, actors and anyone not on the iPhone.

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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

Chip Foose to Appear at 3M SEMA Booth No. 12025 on November 1, at 11 a.m.

Legendary Designer and Spokesperson for 3M Latin America Automotive Aftermarket Division to Illustrate Automotive History of 3M

At this year’s SEMA show, 3M is bringing its history of innovation and technology to life – in a live presentation by one of the world’s top car designers.

Join industry legend Chip Foose at the 3M SEMA Booth No. 12025 on Tuesday, November 1, from 11 a.m. PT to 12:30 p.m. PT as he puts pen to paper and illustrates Automotive History in a unique and engaging presentation.

Owner and chief designer of Foose Design and star of TLC’s “Overhaulin”, Foose is the spokesperson for 3M Latin America Automotive Aftermarket Division, and will take the stage creating a one-of-a-kind illustration live. Chip Foose’s creative visual presentation will illustrate how 3M Automotive evolved from providing sandpaper and tape in the early days of the automotive industry, to the advanced technology and engineering solutions it delivers for vehicles around the world today. Encompassing three large panels, and measuring over 20 feet long, Foose will talk and draw his way through a 3M Automotive chronological timeline.

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.