WASHINGTON -- The following is a statement by Greg Frazier, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), regarding the recent round of negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

"ACTA is an important step forward in strengthening international cooperation and enforcement for intellectual property rights. It is also an important signal that the world's largest economies recognize the critical value of intellectual property rights to their global competitiveness and are committed to moving ahead together to protect the jobs of the millions of men and women working in film and other creative industries.

We continue to believe ACTA must include robust protections for intellectual property online, building on established international norms if it is to meet its potential as a state-of-the art agreement to combat counterfeiting and piracy.

We commend the U.S. Trade Representative and the other international negotiators for their hard work in resolving nearly all major issues.

The ability to finance, create and distribute entertainment, and the livelihood of the more than 2.4 million talented and dedicated men and women who work in our industry are dependent upon our ability to protect the intellectual property that is the lifeblood of our industry. No business can sustain itself if forced to compete against the widespread theft and unlawful distribution of its products."

 

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Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) will reportedly step on to direct a new Superman film. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas.

Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole has raked in a modest $30 million+ since opening on September 24.

The action director beat out other candidates such as Matt Reeves and Jonathan Leibesman.

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Tony Gilroy will take over directing duties from Paul Greengrass on fourth installment of The Bourne Identity franchise, which is tentatively titled The Bourne Legacy. Unfortunately, there is no word yet as to whether Matt Damon will return to the lead role. Gilroy was already on board as a writer.

The Bourne franchise has generated more than $920 million worldwide in box office receipts.

 

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif., - A winner with audiences and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: DWA) "spectacular" ("Access Hollywood"), "funny and touching" (Rolling Stone) action-adventure HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON soars onto DVD and Blu-ray FRIDAY, October 15, 2010 with even more fun, excitement and, of course, more Dragons! Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and laughs into a captivating and original story. The tale of a young Viking named Hiccup who defies tradition and befriends a dragon mesmerized audiences and grossed over $492 million at the worldwide box office.

Giving fans more of what they loved, DreamWorks Animation will unveil LEGEND OF THE BONEKNAPPER DRAGON, an all-new animated adventure that introduces a brand-new, never-before-seen dragon and features the original voice cast. DreamWorks Animation's signature bonus adventure will be available for a limited time only in a Double DVD Pack and also in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack. The Venice Film Festival Persol Award-winner for "the most creative 3D film of the year," HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON will also be exclusively available on Blu-ray 3D as part of Samsung's 3D starter kit for a limited time period.
Dragon Weekend

Making the Blu-ray and DVD debut of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON a fun-filled, weekend-long event, viewers can get their first look at the all new DreamWorks Animation dragon in LEGEND OF THE BONEKNAPPER DRAGON when it has its broadcast premiere on Cartoon Network October 14th at 8 p.m. Kids can also log onto www.cartoonnetwork.com between October 7-October 31 to create their very own dragon. Kids' imaginations can take flight as they describe their dragon, including its name, special powers, unique features and, most importantly, how to train it-the sky's the limit!

Additionally, retail locations across the country will be celebrating Dragon Weekend with special premiums throughout the weekend, including activity booklets, free photo opportunities and more. Plus fans can enjoy an all-access look at the making of the film as previously unreleased footage hosted by the film's directors, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, is made available via BD-Live. The enthralling behind-the-scenes feature, "Finding The Story" gives viewers a chance to experience the phenomenal amount of work and creativity that went into producing the delightfully original story and visually breathtaking film.
DVD and Blu-ray

The DreamWorks Animation's Dragon Double DVD Pack and Blu-ray/DVD Combo boast a wealth of Viking-sized extras. The Blu-ray includes the Animator's Corner featuring Picture-in-Picture storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage and insightful interviews; a chance to uncover more dragon fun facts through pop-up trivia, build 3D Dragons, a race for the gold in the Viking Winter games, deleted scenes, a tutorial on drawing Toothless, a Viking personality test and much more fiery fun. The DVD includes filmmakers' commentary and featurettes on the Viking-sized cast and the technical artistry behind the dragons. Offering tremendous value and hours of entertainment for the whole family, the Dragon Double DVD Pack and Blu-ray/DVD Combo will be available as low as $19.99 and $24.99 respectively.
DreamWorks Animation's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Double DVD Pack

The HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Double DVD Pack delivers more high-flying fun with bonus features including the following:
Disc 1:

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

* Filmmakers' Commentary
* The Technical Artistry of Dragon
* Viking-Sized Cast
* DWA Trailers

Disc 2:

LEGEND OF THE BONEKNAPPER DRAGON

* Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
* The Story Behind the Story
* Racing for the Gold
* How to Draw a Dragon
* Your Viking Profile
* DWA Video Jukebox
* Dragon Activity Center (DVD Rom)
o Build Your Own Dragons
o Viking Zone
o Links

DreamWorks Animation's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Blu-ray/DVD Combo

The HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack includes the following:
Blu-ray (all bonus features in HD)
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
LEGEND OF THE BONEKNAPPER DRAGON

* The Animators' Corner (BD Exclusive)
* Trivia Track (BD Exclusive)
* Filmmakers' Commentary
* The Technical Artistry of Dragon
* Viking-Sized Cast
* Deleted Scenes
* DWA Trailers
* The Story Behind the Story
* Racing for the Gold
* How to Draw a Dragon
* Your Viking Profile
* DWA Video Jukebox
* BD-Live - "Making The Story" - Directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois take fans behind-the-scenes for a fun and in-depth look at the two year process of making the smash hit

DVD

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

* Filmmakers' Commentary
* The Technical Artistry of Dragon
* Viking-Sized Cast
* DWA Trailers

DreamWorks Animation's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON DVD

The single-disc DVD includes the following:
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

* Filmmakers' Commentary
* The Technical Artistry of Dragon
* Viking-Sized Cast
* DWA Trailers

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Synopsis

A winner with fans and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation'sHOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and laughs into a captivating and original story. Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes - a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both their worlds in this "wonderful good-time hit." (Gene Shalit, Today).
LEGEND OF THE BONEKNAPPER DRAGON Synopsis

Set sail for an all-new dragon adventure in DreamWorks Animation's LEGEND OF THE BONEKNAPPER DRAGON. Hiccup and the Viking gang are back to battle Gobber's archenemy - the legendary Boneknapper dragon - in this full-"scale" action-adventure. Shipwrecked on a mysterious island, the courageous kids devise a plan to capture the cagey creature...if he even exists!
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