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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TRON the event

"Tron: Legacy" may revisit the videogame-based world Disney introduced in the early 1980s, but the way the company is marketing the pic signals just how serious the studio is about using the Mouse House's various divisions to market future tentpoles.

Disney on Monday revealed a 10-week plan to promote "Tron: Legacy" that will involve the company's theatrical, dotcoms, consumer products, music and theme park operations leading up to "Tron: Legacy's" bow in theaters Dec. 17.

The overall idea is to turn "Tron: Legacy" into an event to lure moviegoers to the megaplex where they can be introduced to a world they'll want to revisit through other platforms.

Above: Disney has created elaborate 'Tron'-themed installations in its theme parks to help turn 'Tron: Legacy' into a multiplatform hit.

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Harry Potter to go 3D afterall (on Blue Ray 3D in 2012)

Warner Bros. is adding more 3D magic to the "Harry Potter" franchise after all.

Warner's home entertainment division has engaged Prime Focus to convert two back titles in the series for 3D Blu-ray: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Work has begun on "Half-Blood Prince," the sixth pic in the franchise. Prime Focus London is the lead facility on the conversion, with additional work being done by company's Hollywood and India facilities.

Prime Focus and Warner took a lot of heat after the 3D version of "Clash of the Titans" was rushed; in contrast, work on the conversion of "Half-Blood Prince" is proceeding methodically. Including Warner's plans to put both parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in 3D, all four "Potter" pics directed by David Yates have been in line for 3D conversion.

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Republicorp Merger Interactive Document

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Spanish as America's official language and heritage

By 2070 the US will have a majority Spanish Speaking citizens, and by the early 22nd century (2100's) the US will be the larges Spanish speaking nation in the world.

2070 is only 60 years from now, and less than a century to a major shift is unheard of in most of world history (most, not all).

These predications are based on statistics and actuarial data. Scholars say that unless the US codifies English as the official language of this country, the vote will be there to switch to Spanish as the official language may come by the end of this century.

Unlike  previous immigration trends, Hispanics hold onto their heritage longer and stronger, including the primary use of their language. This varies by country and by education level however the largest growth is in the groups least likely to accept or identify with the "Anglo" language and culture.

Living with Disabilities

Los Angeles – Actor Danny Woodburn was honored October 8 with the Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award at the Media Access Awards in Beverly Hills. He received the recognition for his union advocacy on behalf of performers with disabilities.
Woodburn is one of the most successful Little People working in the entertainment industry today and perhaps best known for the recurring role he played as Mickey Abbott on Seinfeld. He has made more than 120 television appearances, on comedies and dramas alike, and had featured roles in such films Watchmen andDeath to Smoochy. He is also an accomplished stand-up comic.

In accepting the award, Woodburn said, “I was told, ‘No—you can never be a truck driver, you’re arms won’t reach around the wheel. No—you can never be a doctor; people won’t take you seriously. No—you can never be a police officer.’
“I can be all of those things. I’m an actor. I can portray them in film and someone might be inspired to ignore those nos and live their own dream.”
Harold Russell, the award’s namesake, was the first actor with a disability to receive an Academy Award for 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives.

“From its very inception over 75 years ago, Screen Actors Guild has represented a diverse membership and 
has long advocated non-discrimination, fair representation and inclusion,” said Robert David Hall, national chair of the I AM PWD campaign (Inclusion in the Arts and Media of People with Disabilities) in his remarks introducing Woodburn. “Today, with 54 million Americans identifying themselves as living with a disability, SAG continues that civil rights struggle into the 21st century.”
Click here to see Part 1 of Hall’s interview with Woodburn regarding his life, career and disability advocacy.
The 2010 Media Access Awards were celebrated at a press breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Collectively, the awards honor individuals and organizations in the entertainment and broadcast industries for their efforts in promoting the awareness of the disability experience, accessibility for people with disabilities and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities.
Actors RJ Mitte, Danny Woodburn and Robert David Hall
Actors RJ Mitte, Danny Woodburn and Robert David Hall

Co-sponsors were SAG, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, AFTRA, CSA, PGA, WGAW, Friends of Californians with Disabilities, the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and actor RJ Mitte.

Other award winners were: 
·       AFTRA Disability Awareness Award – Darcy Pohland, a successful newscaster in a wheelchair (posthumously, WCCO-TV)
·       CSA Award – Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, for diverse casting of actors with disabilities (Glee)
·       WGAW Joan Young Award – Vince Gilligan, for creating realistic characters with disabilities (Breaking Bad)
·       Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award - Mike Tollin (Radio, SmallvilleCoach Carter) led a group of 12 Special Olympians up Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1990, which resulted in an Emmy Award-winning film, Let Me Be Brave
·       Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship – Christopher Thornton (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Brothers & Sisters), who became paraplegic in a climbing accident in 1992 and wrote and co-starred with longtime friend Mark Ruffalo in Sympathy for Delicious, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 2010
·       RJ Mitte Diversity Award - Atticus Shaffer (The Middle), for an actor with a physical or emotional disability with limitations that would make an acting career seem implausible.
The awards were produced by Deborah Calla of Calla Productions.
This year’s Media Access Awards marks the 20th anniversary of the American’s With Disabilities Act. Signed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has fostered independence, empowerment and inclusion for millions of Americans. With an aging society in America, combined with a growing number of disabled veterans, recognizing the talents of disabled persons in the entertainment and broadcast industries is even more important than ever.    
There are an estimated 56 million Americans living with disabilities. The entertainment unions and guilds recognize the social impact of films, television and broadcasting, and strive for an open dialogue regarding the portrayal of disability and increased employment opportunities in front of and behind the scenes.

Internet freedom of access and Web security statement from unions

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (“AFTRA”), Directors Guild of America (“DGA”), International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (“IATSE”) and Screen Actors Guild (“SAG”) (collectively, the “Guilds and Unions”) respectfully offer their comments in response to the Commission’s “Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding.”

In its latest inquiry, the Commission has solicited comments on “the application of openness principles to wireless,” a potential requirement for wireless broadband providers to “allow any non-harmful device to connect to their network,” and a potential prohibition for wireless broadband providers from “denying or restricting access to applications . . .” 1 As the Guilds and Unions have noted in both this proceeding and the related Framework for Broadband Internet Services proceeding, the online theft of copyrighted content is an imminent concern for the 300,000 members of the Guilds and Unions.2 This theft occurs by way of both wired and wireless broadband. The deployment and adoption of wireless broadband is likely to grow in the coming years, and may therefore become increasingly utilized for purposes of the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. Therefore, the Commission should ensure that wireless broadband access providers are clearly permitted to take adequate measures to detect and prevent the distribution of content distributed in contravention of copyright, regardless of any application of openness principles to wireless broadband access.

1 Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, GN Docket No. 09-191, WC Docket No. 07-52 (FCC 10-1667, rel. Sept. 1, 2010) at 4, 5.

See, e.g., Reply Comments of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of the Theatrical and Stage Employees, and Screen Actors Guild in Dockets 09- 191 and 07-52 (April 26, 2010) at 10; see also Comments of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, and Screen Actors Guild in Docket 10-127 (July 15, 2010) at 4.

Click here to view SAG, AFTRA, DGA and IATSE's comments in response to the Commission’s “Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding.”
SAG Contact:
Pamela Greenwalt
(323) 440-2892

AFTRA Contact:
Christopher de Haan                                   
(323) 634-8203

DGA Contact:
Sahar Moridani
(310) 289-5333

IATSE Contact:
Katherine Orloff    
(212) 730-1770