MPAA Joins FOSI

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WASHINGTON -- Continuing the mission to bring leading voices concerned about online safety together, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has become the newest member to join the organization. The MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries and as a guardian of creative arts and artists. The MPAA will lend support to FOSI by promoting its guidelines for advertising content on the Internet, investigating innovative solutions for online child safety and helping educate children and families on the importance of digital citizenship. Orit Michiel, Vice President and Domestic Counsel, will serve on FOSI'S Board of Directors as the MPAA representative.

"The MPAA has made great strides in providing parents with information to help their kids avoid dangers in the online environment," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "As FOSI continues to promote Internet safety responsibility and digital citizenship among kids and their families, we know that the MPAA will be an invaluable partner in our mission."

"We are pleased to be part of such an important effort," said Michiel. "Through our Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), the movie rating system, the MPAA is firmly committed to helping parents make informed decisions as to what they consider appropriate viewing for their families, both on and offline. The MPAA is also looking forward to working with FOSI to help kids and parents understand the importance of respecting the intellectual property of others so that their own ideas and creative endeavors will be respected as well."

 

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LOS ANGELES -- The International 3D Society announced today that Panasonic Corporation will be the 2010 recipient of its prestigious Charles Wheatstone Award.

The Wheatstone Award named for inventor Charles Wheatstone, who invented the Stereoscope in1838 in England, was also a noted advocate and educator about stereoscopic vision and imaging. In recognition of their great contribution to increasing public knowledge about stereoscopy as a technical art and craft, the International 3D Society acknowledges Panasonic as an educational force for 3D in the 21st century. The Wheatstone Award will be formally presented to Panasonic at the 3D Technology Awards on Oct. 19 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

International 3D Society President Jim Chabin congratulated Panasonic on its achievement, and noted, "for serving as James Cameron's technology partner for "Avatar," to first developing Full HD 3D plasma home entertainment in 2008, to establishing the Advanced Authoring Center within Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory for collaboration with the industry on development of 3D Blu-ray in 2009, Panasonic has been a vital partner for 3D advocates. The Wheatstone award is the Society's opportunity to recognize that effort."

Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman & CEO, Panasonic Corporation of North America, expressed appreciation for the honor, stating, "Panasonic is pleased to be named the first recipient of the Wheatstone Award by the International 3D Society in recognition of our efforts worldwide to promote the innovation of stereoscopic Full HD 3D."

The 3D Technology Awards Show will feature MasterImage digital 3D cinema system technology and passive glasses as well as NEC projectors and equipment. For more Awards information please visit www.international3dsociety.com/techawardsparticipation.html.

XpanD and Panasonic are Platinum Sponsors of the 3D Technology Awards Show. NEC Display Solutions and Texas Instruments are Gold Sponsors; Nvidia and In-Three are Silver Sponsors. International 3D Society underwriters include Signature Sponsor XpanD and Founding Sponsors MasterImage 3D, Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory, The Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Dolby Laboratories and IMAX; and Member Sponsors Discovery Communications, Autodesk and DirecTV.

 

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated actress Annette Bening will be honored with the "Hollywood Actress Award" and Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall will receive the "Hollywood Actor Award" at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.

"It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Annette Bening's and Robert Duvall's extraordinary talent as well as remarkable work and to recognize their outstanding acting achievements," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala.

The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.

ABOUT ANNETTE BENING

Annette Bening has received three Academy Award nominations for her roles in "Being Julia," "American Beauty, " and "The Grifters." She can be seen recently in Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," which also stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, and Mia Wasikowska, and Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child."

Bening's other film credits include: Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child"; Diane English's "The Women"; Ryan Murphy's "Running with Scissors"; Kevin Costner's "Open Range"; Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"; Sam Mendes' "American Beauty"; Edward Zwick's "The Siege"; Warren Beatty's "Bulworth"; Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"; Rob Reiner's "The American President"; Richard Loncraine's "Richard III"; Glenn Gordon Caron's "Love Affair"; Neil Jordan's "In Dreams" Barry Levinson's "Bugsy"; Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry"; Irwin Winkler's "Guilty," Mike Nicols' "Postcards from the Edge"; Milos Forman's "Valmont"; and Howard Deutch's "The Great Outdoors."

ABOUT ROBERT DUVALL

Robert Duvall can be seen recently in Aaron Schneider's "Get Low" starring Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black. A leading man since the 1960s, Robert Duvall has specialized in taciturn cowboys, fierce leaders and driven characters of all types. He is respected by his peers and adored by audiences worldwide, he has earned numerous Oscar® nominations for his performances in "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now," "The Great Santini," "The Apostle" and "A Civil Action." Duvall won the Academy Award® as Best Actor for his role in "Tender Mercies," and later earned the Golden Globe for his performance in the title role of HBO's "Stalin." More recently, Duvall was honored with the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for his iconic portrayal of "Prentice Ritter" in AMC's "Broken Trail." Duvall made his big screen debut in 1962, as the creepy "Boo Radley" in "To Kill a Mockingbird." He has gone on to star in such classics as "Bullitt," "True Grit," "M*A*S*H," "The Conversation," "Network," "The Natural," "Colors," "Days of Thunder," "The Handmaid's Tale," "Rambling Rose," "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," "Phenomenon," "A Civil Action," "Open Range," and "Thank You For Smoking," among many others.

As a director and producer, Duvall got behind the camera for his labor of love project "The Apostle" in which he also starred. The film went on to earn many accolades, including being named on over seventy-five film critics. Top 10 Films for 1997 lists, including the "New York Times" and "Los Angeles Times." He also wrote, produced and starred in "Assassination Tango." Duvall was most recently seen as the Old Man in "The Road," which stars Viggo Mortensen and is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Previously announced honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sean Penn for the "Humanitarian Award"; Helena Bonham Carter for the "Supporting Actress Award"; Sam Rockwell for the "Supporting Actor Award"; Andrew Garfield for the "Breakthrough Actor Award"; Mia Wasikowska for the "Breakthrough Actress Award"; Danny Boyle and Chris Colson for the "Producer Award"; Aaron Sorkin for the "Screenwriter Award"; Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" and director Lee Unkrich for the "Animation Award"; Hans Zimmer for "Film Composer Award"; Wally Pfister for "Cinematographer Award"; Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for the "Hollywood Editor Award"; Paramount Pictures' "Iron Man 2" and visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Janek Sirrs for the "Visual Effects Award"; and Robert Stromberg for "Production Designer Award."

The festival and awards will mark their return on October 20 for a weeklong series of screenings, competitions and awards. The Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.

The festival and awards presenter is Starz Entertainment, LLC, a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.3 million and 31.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group.

For more information please go to

http://www.HollywoodFestival.com

 

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to partner with Universal Pictures to offer guests the chance to see the timeless film BACK TO THE FUTURE for a limited time, exclusively in more than 150 theatres spanning 40 markets.

Together with Universal, AMC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this phenomenally popular movie, which was originally released on July 3, 1985 and spent 11 weeks as the #1 movie in the United States.

"We are pleased to offer guests a convenient time for families to enjoy this ageless PG-rated movie, creating not only nostalgia for parents but also a new family sharing experience for children," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming at AMC.

"A quarter century after its initial release, BACK TO THE FUTURE remains a beloved cultural touchstone for a generation of moviegoers all over the world," said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "We are thrilled to offer new audiences the opportunity to enjoy this timeless, fun-filled action-adventure, with its iconic characters and prolific storytelling, on the big screen with these very special showings."
"BACK TO THE FUTURE is a beloved family classic and this is a great opportunity to allow families to come back to the theatre to see this iconic film," said Nikki Rocco, president of distribution at Universal.

"For our 25th anniversary, BACK TO THE FUTURE has been restored and remastered, and it now looks and sounds even better than it did in 1985," said Bob Gale, co-creator/co-writer/co-producer of BACK TO THE FUTURE. "In a word, it's glorious! If you've never experienced it on the big screen with an audience, then you absolutely must attend this special event!"

Showings will be at 12:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, Oct. 23 and 7 p.m. local time on Monday, Oct. 25, the same night that main character Marty McFly (portrayed by Michael J. Fox) went "back in time."

Guests who attend these showings will enjoy a free, full-sized, 25th anniversary BACK TO THE FUTURE poster to commemorate the event (while supplies last.) Plus, guests who "like" AMC Theatres on Facebook or who are members of the MovieWatcherTM network will be eligible to win a BACK TO THE FUTURE Blu-ray Disc or DVD trilogy set. The newly restored 25th anniversary BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD nationwide on Oct. 26.

Tickets for this limited-time, special event are now available online at www.AMCTheatres.com/bttf or at participating theatres. For participating markets and theatres, please visit www.AMCTheatres.com/bttf.

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