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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.

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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

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