[tabi] MoPix Update November 13

  • From: "K4NKZ Jim" <k4nkz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:54:37 -0500

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MoPix Update from WGBH- November 13

1. MoPix Films Opening this Week
2. Disney-Pixar's "Up" with DVS on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes
3. WGBH and Apple Publish "Creating Accessible Content for iTunes U"
4. AMC Changes Web Site, Accessible Movie Page
5. MoPix Films Now Playing
6. MoPix Films Coming Soon
7. Credits

1. MoPix Films Opening This Week

2012 from Sony Pictures
(cc dvs) (rated PG-13)
An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world
and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(cc dvs) (rated PG)
Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get
rid of their opponent and his family.

2. Disney-Pixar's "Up" with DVS on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes

The Media Access Group is proud to share the news that the DVS created for 
Disney-Pixar's Up in theaters last May is included on the film's Blu-ray and
DVD releases and- a first for Disney, Apple and WGBH- as a digital iTunes 
release available to download at this page of the iTunes site:

"Up" (For blind viewers, audio description, DVS) <

iTunes does not yet enable multiple audio stream options for the same film, so 
this separate version was created. You can also find the DVS version by
doing a search in the iTunes store for Up DVS. We received so much great 
feedback for the previous DVS on DVD news, it would be great to receive some 
"Up" that we can share with Pixar, Disney and Apple! One more piece of great 
news, Sony's The Ugly Truth debuted on DVD and Blu-ray with DVS this past
Tuesday. Next up, Universal's Bruno with DVS on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov 17.

3. WGBH and Apple Publish "Creating Accessible Content for iTunes U"

WGBH/NCAM wrote guidelines for content providers who would like to create 
accessible iTunes U media via captions, subtitles and audio descriptions. The
document provides step-by-step documentation on creating fully accessible 
media, as well as eight video and audio clips that illustrate the various forms
of accessible media discussed therein. Link to the guidelines on this page of 
Apple's site:


4. AMC Theatres Redesigns its Web Site

AMC has redesigned its Web site. Patrons looking for information on accessible 
theater locations, films and showtimes will need to link to the AMC Theater
Locator (and enter a zip code) to see a list of all AMC locations near them. 
Each theater has a link for Theatre Details, which in turn has a link to the
Features, Amenities and Accessibility information for the location. Once you 
know the theater has access equipment, click back to Overview to learn the
film/s available at the theater and the showtimes. Once you locate your 
favorite MoPix equipped theatres, you can bookmark each theatre page and, for 
searches, skip all the steps that got you there. Here is a link to the page of 
AMC's site which explains accessibility of their theaters, and provides
a link to the Theatre Locator:


5. MoPix Films Now Playing
(Link to list of theaters that list accessible films and showtimes on their
sites at www.mopix.org. Link to captionfish.com and fomdi.com to locate a
captioned film near you.)

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

2012 from Sony Pictures 
Amelia from Fox Searchlight Films
A Christmas Carol from Walt Disney Studios
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant from Universal Pictures
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs from Sony Pictures
Couples Retreat from Universal Pictures
Fame from MGM
The Fantastic Mr. Fox from Twentieth Century Fox Films
The Fourth Kind from Universal Pictures
Love Happens from Universal Pictures
Whip It from Twentieth Century Fox Films
Zombieland from Sony Pictures

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

Astro Boy from Summit Entertainment
The Box from Warner Bros. Pictures
Capitalism: A Love Story from Overture Films
The Fantastic Mr. Fox from Twentieth Century Fox Films
The Informant! from Warner Bros. Pictures
The Invention of Lying from Warner Bros. Pictures
Law Abiding Citizen from Overture Films
The Men Who Stare At Goats from Overture Pictures
Michael Jackson's This Is It from Sony Pictures
Pandorum from Overture Films
Surrogates from Walt Disney Studios

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

The Blind Side from Warner Bros. Pictures 
(Nov 20) (cc only)
A poor, oversized and under-educated teenager is recruited by a major college 
football program where he is groomed into an athletically and academically
successful NFL prospect. Based on Michael Lewis' book, "The Blind Side: 
Evolution of a Game."

The Twilight Saga: New Moon from Summit Entertainment 
(Nov 20) (cc dvs)
After Bella recovers from the vampire attack that almost claimed her life, she 
looks to celebrate her birthday with Edward and his family. However, a minor
accident during the festivities results in Bella's blood being shed, a sight 
that proves too intense for the Cullens, who decide to leave the town of Forks,
Washington for Bella and Edward's sake. Initially heartbroken, Bella finds a 
form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with
Jacob Black. Danger in different forms awaits.

Planet 51 from Sony Pictures 
(Nov 20) (cc dvs)
American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker lands on Planet 51 thinking 
he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this
planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white 
picket fence world, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien
invaders...like Chuck.

Old Dogs from Walt Disney Studios 
(Nov 26) (cc only)
Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when 
strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins.

Ninja Assassin from Warner Bros. Pictures 
(Nov 27) (cc only)
A young ninja turns his back on orphanage that raised him, leading to a 
confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan.

Armored from Sony Screen Gems 
(Dec 4) (cc only)
A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers 
to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly
foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution.

Up in the Air from Paramount Pictures 
(Dec 4) (cc only)
With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan 
Bingham (George Clooney) leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his 
does the unexpected: ground him.

MoPix Titles Coming in December and January:

Invictus from Warner Bros. Pictures (Dec 11) (cc only)
The Lovely Bones from DreamWorks Pictures (Dec 11) (cc only)
Princess and the Frog from Walt Disney Studios (Dec 11) (cc dvs)
Avatar from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Dec 18) (cc dvs)
Did You Hear About the Morgans? From Sony Pictures (Dec 18) (cc dvs)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Dec
25) (cc dvs)
It's Complicated from Universal Pictures (Dec 25) (cc dvs)
Sherlock Holmes from Warner Bros Pictures (Dec 25) (cc dvs)
Book of Eli from Warner Bros. Pictures (Jan 15 '10) (cc with dvs tba)
The Back Up Plan from CBS Films (Jan 22) (cc only)
The Tooth Fairy from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jan 22) (cc dvs)
The Edge of Darkness From Warner Bros. Pictures (Jan 29) (cc with dvs tba)
When in Rome from Walt Disney Studios (Jan 29) (cc only)

* 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
"description" 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 
or call 617

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