[tabi] Fw: MoPix Update April 16

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  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:23:47 -0400

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MoPix Update from WGBH- April 16

1. MoPix Film Opening this Week
2. Comcast Customers and Descriptive Video Service
3. Captions and Description for Digital Cinema
4. MoPix Films Now Playing
5. MoPix Films Coming Soon
6. Credits

1. MoPix Film Opening This Week 

Death at a Funeral from Sony Screen Gems 
(cc dvs) (rated R)
A funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced 
bodies. Starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Zoe Saldana.

2. Comcast Customers and Descriptive Video Service

In some areas of the country, Comcast customers are having trouble receiving 
DVS on programs. Here in Boston, to enable DVS on Comcast's set-top cable box, 
you need to go into the on-screen menu (using the remote control of the cable 
box, not using the remote control that came with your TV), select Set-up and 
then Audio set-up. The twist... you need to enable Spanish. No it is not 
intuitive, yes, you will need sighted assistance, and no, Comcast customer 
service usually does not know how to enable the service. This is not the case 
in all areas (either lack of awareness of the service by Comcast operators or 
the Spanish to get DVS trick) as technical setup at different Comcast 
facilities can be handling the TV signal in different ways. The FCC, which set 
up industry working groups to identify and solve problems with description and 
captioning in digital television distribution, continues to look at all the 
issues. We'll continue to keep you informed.

3. Captions and Description for Digital Cinema

Will captioning and description, and MoPix systems specifically, continue to 
work with digital cinema equipment? Can Rear Window work with 3D movies? The 
answers are yes and yes. The Media Access Group has been working with film 
industry standards groups for over two years to ensure captioning (open and 
closed) and description remain available to theaters and their patrons. We'll 
keep this item, and a link to the latest information on the subject on our Web 
site, in future weekly MoPix Updates. 
Access to Digital Cinema Systems/Frequently Asked Questions: 

4. MoPix Films Now Playing

Helpful Links:
- www.mopix.org for a list of theaters that list accessible films and showtimes 
on their
- captionfish.com (searches for captioned, subtitled and/or described films 
based on your zip code)
- fomdi.com and deafaccessfilms.com (search for captioned films based on your 
zip code or city)

Available with closed captions using the Rear Window Captioning system, and
audio descriptions utilizing the DVS Theatrical System:

Alice in Wonderland from Walt Disney Studios 
Avatar from Twentieth Century Fox Films
The Bounty Hunter from Sony Pictures
Date Night from Twentieth Century Fox Films 
Death at a Funeral from Sony Screen Gems 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid from Twentieth Century Fox Films 
Green Zone from Universal Pictures
How To Train Your Dragon from Paramount Pictures*
Repo Men from Universal Pictures 

Available with closed captions using the Rear Window Captioning system
(descriptive narration is not available for these films):

Clash of the Titans from Warner Bros. Pictures 
The Crazies from Overture Films 
Hot Tub Time Machine from MGM
The Last Song from Walt Disney Studios 
Remember Me from Summit Pictures
Shutter Island from Paramount Pictures*

5. MoPix Films Coming Soon
(plot descriptions from imdb.com)

Oceans from Walt Disney Studios 
(Apr 22) (cc only)
Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters 
that sustain all of mankind-exploring the playful splendor and the harsh 
reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within.

The Back-Up Plan from CBS Films 
(Apr 23) (cc only)
A romantic comedy centered on a woman (Jennifer Lopez) who conceives twins 
through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very 
same day.

The Losers from Warner Bros. Pictures 
(Apr 23) (cc only)
After being betrayed and left for dead, members of a CIA black ops team root 
out those who targeted them for assassination.

Furry Vengeance from Summit Pictures 
(Apr 30) (cc only)
In the Oregon wilderness, a real estate developer's new housing subdivision 
faces a unique group of protesters, local woodland creatures who don't want 
their homes disturbed.

A Nightmare on Elm Street from Warner Bros. Pictures
(Apr 30) (cc only)
A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a 
glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their 
dreams, resulting in their real death in reality. 

Iron Man 2 from Paramount Pictures 
(May 7) (cc desc)*
With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, 
billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces pressure from the 
government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the 
military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts 
(Gwyneth Paltrow), and James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, must 
forge new alliances -- and confront powerful enemies.

Letters to Juliet from Summit Pictures 
(May 14) (cc only)
An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- 
one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, 
which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes 
on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.

Robin Hood from Universal Pictures 
(May 14) (cc dvs)
The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against 
the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood. 
Starring Russell Crowe.

MacGruber from Universal Pictures 
(May 21) (cc dvs)
A Saturday Night Live skit comes to the big screen. Ex-special operative 
MacGruber is called back into action to take down his archenemy, Dieter Von 
Cunth, who's in possession of a nuclear warhead and bent on destroying 
Washington, D.C.

Shrek Forever After from Paramount Pictures 
(May 21) (cc desc)*
A bored and domesticated Shrek pacts with deal-maker Rumpelstiltskin to get 
back to feeling like a real ogre again, but when he's duped and sent to a 
twisted version of Far Far Away -- where Rumpelstiltskin is king, ogres are 
hunted, and he and Fiona have never met -- he sets out to restore his world and 
reclaim his true love.

MoPix Films Coming in Late May/June

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time from Walt Disney Studios (May 28) (cc dvs)
Sex and the City 2 from Warner Bros. Pictures (May 28) (cc with dvs tba)
Get Him to the Greek from Universal Pictures (Jun 4) (cc dvs)
Marmaduke from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jun 4) (cc dvs)
Splice from Warner Bros. Pictures (Jun 4) (cc only)
The A-Team from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jun 11) (cc dvs)
Karate Kid from Sony Pictures (Jun 11) (cc dvs)
Jonah Hex from Warner Bros. Pictures (Jun 18) (cc with dvs tba)
Toy Story 3 from Walt Disney Studios (Jun 18) (cc dvs)

* WGBH has developed a conversion process to enable select Paramount films
to be available via Rear Window Captioning systems. Some of these titles
will also be available with descriptions. The latter will be designated
"desc" vs. DVS in our updates to indicate availability of that
feature, though WGBH did not create those descriptions.


Closed captioning and description of films provided by the Media Access
Group at WGBH, a nonprofit division of Boston public broadcaster WGBH. The
Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical systems were developed by WGBH to
make feature films accessible the date films open in theaters nationwide-
and during regular showtimes- to movie fans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing,
blind or visually impaired.

For more information on the WGBH's Motion Picture Access (MoPix) efforts,
including how to encourage a theater in your area to install the access
systems, please visit <www.mopix.org>, e-mail access@xxxxxxxx or call 617

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Media Access Group at WGBH
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One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
617 300-3700 voice/fax

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