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James Bond Celebrates 50 Years on Film with “Global James Bond Day” on October 5, 2012

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise on the anniversary of Dr. No, which enjoyed its world film premiere in London on October 5, 1962, and in anticipation of the worldwide release of the 23rd James Bond adventure SKYFALL™, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that October 5, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world.

A new feature documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, will be also be unveiled, country-specific details to follow.  Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon), Everything or Nothing focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming.  It’s the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962.

Further worldwide events celebrating Bond’s golden anniversary include a global online and live auction charity event of 50 lots to benefit twelve charitable institutions organized by Christie´s in London (full details at www.christies.com/bond), a global survey to discover the favorite Bond film by country, a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a Music of Bond night in Los Angeles hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and an exhibition, “Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style,” at TIFF in Toronto.  Leading up to Global James Bond Day, for the first time ever fans can own all 22 films in the franchise on Blu-ray Disc in one comprehensive collection with BOND 50, releasing worldwide beginning September 24.  Further updates by country will be announced in due course on 007.com and facebook/JamesBond007.

Commenting on Global James Bond Day, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of SKYFALL, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be celebrating James Bond’s golden anniversary on film with this special day of events for Bond fans around the world.” Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.  In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.  As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.  The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Directed by Sam Mendes.  Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.  Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.

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Penguins of Madagascar, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sesame Street Take Primetime Emmy Awards

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 2011-12 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the 64th Emmy Awards presentation at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles over the weekend.

During the ceremony, the Governors Awards was presented to the “It Gets Better Project,” an organization that supports LGBT young people via its website, initiatives and the original videos offering messages of understanding and encouragement for appositive future. The award was accepted by its co-founders, Dan Savage and Terry Miller. An edited version of the event will air as a special on Saturday, September 22, at 8p on ReelzChannel. Some of the winners in kid-targeted programming announced over the weekend include the following categories:

Outstanding Animated Program
The Penguins of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole – Nickelodeon

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
Regular Show  Eggscellent  Cartoon Network

Outstanding Children’s Program
Wizards of Waverly Place  Disney Channel

Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger  PBS

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation
Jill Daniels. Background Paint for
Disney Phineas and Ferb: Doof Dynasty Disney Channel

Bill Schwab, Character Design for
Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice ABC

Robertryan Cory, Character Design for
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: Nightmare Sauce Cartoon Network

Chris Tsirgiotis, Background Design for
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: Nightmare Sauce Cartoon Network

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Tribeca Film Institute Invites Entries With Scientific Themes for Sloan Filmmaker Fund

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund provides grants and professional guidance in support of innovative and compelling narrative features that offer a fresh take on scientific, mathematic and technological themes.

Project Status: For films in any stage
Region: For filmmakers based anywhere
Funding: Grants range from $25,000-$50,000

Deadline: Nov. 5, 2012
In addition to financial support, grantees will receive professional guidance and mentorship through the Tribeca Film Institute, as dictated by the unique needs and status of the project and the level of experience of the filmmaking team.  This ancillary support may include project notes, networking assistance, and exposure to financing and distribution executives.


Three to six filmmakers will each receive a grant of $25,000 – $50,000 to use towards the development, production or post-production of their film. Grantees will participate in panels, workshops, and one-on-one meetings with industry executives during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.


In order to qualify for the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, applicants must comply with ALL of the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements. Failure to comply with these rules will render a submission ineligible.

Grantees will be selected from an open call for submissions. Consideration will be given not only to the creative merit of each project, but to the accuracy of the script’s scientific content, and the team’s ability to see the project through to completion.  Initial rounds of evaluation will be conducted by Tribeca Film Institute staff while final grantee selections will be made by an Deliberation Committee comprised of noteworthy professionals from the science and film industries.

September 5, 2012 – Submissions Open

November 5, 2012 – Submissions Close


There is no entry fee to apply to the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.


All materials must be sent prepaid to:
Attn: (select one) Feature Programming

Tribeca Film Institute
32 Avenue of the Americas, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-8080 x27 / x28


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Kids Pick the President with Nickelodeon

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Nickelodeon jumps into the Presidential campaign for a seventh time with its Kids Pick the President initiative and Nick News with Linda Ellerbee – each providing election-related educational coverage on-air and online. The election coverage all leads up to Nickelodeon’s popular week-long kids’ vote on October 15, 2012.  This time around Nickelodeon launches its Kids Pick the President effort with two Nick News specials, the first is Kids Pick the President: The Issues on Monday, September 17, at 8p, followed by Kids Pick the President: The Candidates on Monday, October 15, at 8p. Immediately following the October 15 special, kids will have the opportunity to cast their vote for who they want to be President at www.nick.com/kpp. The site also offers lots of information about the issues and candidates for this election. A series of new spots featuring kids and Nickelodeon stars will roll out on TeenNick at the end of September. The TeenNick’s Make It Count spots, hosted by Nick Cannon, will focus on the power of voting and the importance of civic engagement. New educational spots with kids discussing the candidates and the electoral process will roll out October 7 on Nickelodeon. The winner of the Kids Pick the President vote will be announced on October 22 on Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President has been a pretty good early predictor of how adults will vote, with kids choosing the same president as adults in five out of six previous presidential elections. More than two million kids cast their votes online in the last election.

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Indiana Jones Newly Re-Mastered “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Begins Extended Thetrical Run this Friday

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Due to the extraordinary response for the newly re-mastered “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” during its one-week IMAX engagement, Paramount Pictures Corporation, a division of Viacom, Inc., has announced that the film will have an extended theatrical run beginning Friday, September 14.

The unforgettable and beloved film from director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas will play in more than 300 digital theaters across the United States and Canada.  Tickets can be purchased now. Check your local listings for participating locations and showtimes.

“The re-mastering efforts by Steven, George and their team were incredible and the movie’s hugely successful run in Imax last week was a sure sign that audiences were excited to see the film again on the big screen. We are thrilled that audiences will have that chance again as part of this extended theatrical run,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” was released for an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX® theaters on September 7, 2012.  Under the supervision of Spielberg and renowned sound designer Ben Burtt, the film was meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving its original look, sound and feel for a highly-anticipated release in theaters and on Blu-ray.

“INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES” debuts on Blu-ray September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution with seven hours of fascinating bonus material, including a brand new two-part documentary titled “On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark – From Jungle to Desert and From Adventure to Legend.”  Featuring nearly an hour of rarely seen footage from the set of the film and archival interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, this captivating piece transports fans back to where the legend began.

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Finding Nemo 3D Opens Today in Theaters.

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Disney-Pixar’s feature film Finding Nemo in 3D opens nationwide in theaters today. Running in front of the movie is the new Toy Story Toon titled Partysaurus Rex. Directed by Mark Walsh, the short features Rex, the insecure and kind of neurotic T-Rex toy voiced by Wallace Shawn, as finds his inner soapy strength and new persona when Bonnie, his new owner, takes him into a bubble bath with some of her other toys.

Our youth critics reviewed Finding Meno 3D earlier this week and here are are the comments from Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8. Watch the video review by both Cheyenne and Morgan Bertsch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRhQ87qMeh0

Watching Finding Nemo 3D is like you are snorkeling and looking through your goggles and enjoy the colorful fish and sea life. This story is about Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks), an overprotective father of Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould), as a clown fish with a defective fin.

It all started with Nemo’s mom and dad looking at all 400 eggs and try to determine names for each of the egg.  Suddenly, a barracuda came to the coral and knock Marlin unconscious.  When Marlin wakes up, the reef is empty; with no fish around, the only egg left under the coral was Nemo.  Marlin became very protective dad and will not let Nemo out of his sight.  However, Nemo is the opposite of his dad.  He always wants to swim into the unknown.
On the first day of school, Nemo wander off outside the reef and was captured by a dentist.  This started Marlin’s journey to find his son.  He swims as fast as he can and asks for help finding Nemo.  The only fish stopped to help Marlin is Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres).  Dory has a big heart and always positive.  The only problem is she has short term memory loss.
The story line is the father and son love, unpredictable, and very funny.  There are so many punch lines in this movie that will keep you laughing throughout the movie. The clear and crisp color with 3D is magical.  It feels like I am snorkeling and ready to touch these sea creatures.  I can see the layers of rainbow coral reef, several rows of teeth in Bruce the shark mouth, the pelican beak and jelly fish seem so soft and real.  The best 3D part is with the whale and the krill swimming toward the audience.

I love how production and design makes Dory velvety, Marlin and Nemo soft and gummy.  The rest of the fish are metallic, typical scaly fish.  This makes Dory, Marlin and Nemo more lovable. The sound effects of water sloshing and crashing are very realistic.

The only part I did not like is what happens to Nemo mom.  Will Disney come back with Nemo reunited with his mom? The lessons in this movie are Marlin deal with his fear and swims all the way to Australia to find his son Nemo and he learn to have faith.

My favorite character is Dory with her big heart and Crush the laid back father turtle and his children. The message of this movie is listens to your parents, they only try to protect you and give you good advice.  Parents are alive longer so they know a lot more than their children.

I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I give this age ranged 3 and up.

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