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MoPix Update from WGBH- Oct 1-7

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  • Mary Watkins
    If you received this message via a friend or a listserv and would like to learn about closed captioned and described films directly from the Media Access Group
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2004
      If you received this message via a friend or a listserv and would like to
      learn about closed captioned and described films directly from the Media
      Access Group at WGBH, please subscribe at
      http://ncam.wgbh.org/mailinglist.html
      Showtimes are also available at www.mopix.org and at AOL Keyword MoPix.  

      MoPix Update from WGBH- Oct 1-7
      (Chicagoland location info only)

      FISH AND FIREMEN, FIREMEN AND FISH
      Shark Tale, an animated film from DreamWorks Pictures with the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro and others, opens with closed captions and descriptive narration in select theaters equipped with MoPix systems. And Ladder 49, starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta opens with closed captions only in select MoPix-equipped theaters.

      AMC CUSTOMER SERVICE PHONE NUMBER
      Now there's a toll-free number you can call, answered by a real live person(!), who will assist with any customer service issues that come up at AMC Theaters (including any issues with the MoPix equipment or a staff member's use of the equipment). Here is that number: 1 877-262-4450. This number will become a fixture of these e-mails, and we'll also add it to the www.mopix.org Web site. Now the AMC folks can't help if there are customer service issues at another chain's theaters. We'll pass along info about customer service info for other chains when we have it.

      NEW JERSEY THEATERS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO FILMS
      AMC Theaters, Clearview Cinemas, Loews Cineplex and National Amusements Theaters in New Jersey will install Rear Window Captioning in at least one auditorium in each of their movie theater complexes in the state. This is a result of negotiations between the theater chains and the state's Attorney General, Peter Harvey, who seeks to improve access for NJ's citizens who are deaf and hard of hearing. The theater chains were asked to make films accessible during the most popular showtimes, including all shows on weekends. The chains could choose a closed captioned system (WGBH's Rear Window Captioning) or an open caption projection system (which projects captions on the screen for the entire audience to see). The chains chose the Rear Window system.

      AMC, Clearview and National Amusements also plan to install DVS Theatrical, the system which makes films accessible to patrons who are blind or have low vision (Loews has no current plan to install DVS systems in NJ). These agreements, announced September 15, will result in a total of 34 accessible theater locations in the state. Most will be installed and running within 90 days. The agreement also covers improvements in notifying patrons about accessible screenings via mainstream advertisements, as well as improved signage at theaters and training of staff on use of the systems.

      The fifth major theatre chain with properties in New Jersey, Regal Cinemas, did not agree to install movie access systems (either Rear Window or open caption projection systems) in its thirteen NJ theaters. The Attorney General announced a complaint against Regal for failing to comply with the state's antidiscrimination laws.

      Additional information about the movie access proceedings in New Jersey, including all the legal documents, press releases and statements from NJ deaf and hard-of-hearing community representatives, can be found at the Web site of the state's Division of Civil Rights: www.NJCivilRights.org.

      UPDATE ON ADDITIONAL MOPIX INSTALLATIONS

      California:
      AMC Santa Anita 16, Arcadia - System to debut shortly

      Minnesota - New Chain!
      CEC Lakes 10 Theater, Hermantown (near Duluth) - System to debut shortly

      New Jersey:
      Clearview Mansfield Cinema 14, Hackettstown - System to debut shortly
      Clearview Kinnelon 11, Kennelon - System to debut shortly
      Clearview Middlebrook Cinema 10, Ocean Township - System to debut shortly
      Clearview Succasunna Cinema 10, Succasunna, NJ - System to debut shortly
      National Amusements Town Center Multiplex, East Windsor - System to debut shortly
      National Amusements Amboy Cinemas, Sayreville - System to debut shortly
      National Amusements All Jersey Multiplex, Newark - System to debut shortly
      National Amusements Hazlet Multiplex Cinemas, Hazlet - System to debut shortly
      National Amusements Edgewater Multiplex, Edgewater - System to debut shortly
      National Amusements Atco Multiplex Cinema, Atco - System to debut shortly

      Ohio:
      New listing! National Amusements Showcase Cinemas 12 at Levis Commons, Perrysburg, OH - System to debut shortly

      Texas:
      AMC Studio 30, Houston - System is installed, more info when we have it

      WHERE DID THE "COMING SOON" FILM SECTION GO?
      It now runs at the bottom of this e-mail underneath all the MoPix location and film time information, and includes new titles!

      ROADMAP TO MOVIE ACCESS
      Read an interview with Omaha's star advocate Bob Burns who raised half the
      money for a MoPix installation (AMC Theatres matched the funds), available
      in text online at the MoPix site:
      http://ncam.wgbh.org/mopix/roadmap.html

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

      Shark Tale, with the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro and Renee
      Zellweger from DreamWorks Pictures
      (rated PG)

      First Daughter starring Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) and Michael Keaton from Twentieth Century Fox Films
      (rated PG)

      The Forgotten starring Julianne Moore from Sony Pictures
      (rated PG-13)

      Wimbledon starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany from Universal Pictures (rated PG-13)


      Now playing with closed captions only (no descriptions are available for these films)

      Ladder 49 starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta from Buena Vista Pictures (rated PG-13)

      Resident Evil: Apocalypse from Sony Pictures
      (rated R)

      Collateral starring Tom Cruise from DreamWorks Pictures
      (rated R)

      MOPIX LOCATIONS
      MoPix-equipped theater locations, films and showtimes, movie descriptions and more are available on the Web at AOL Keyword MoPix or at <http://ncam.wgbh.org/mopix/nowshowing.html>.  (It's always a good idea to double check films and showtimes by calling the theaters before heading out as schedules are subject to change. Also, please try arrive a bit early, 15-30 minutes if possible, to leave time for the visit to the customer service desk to get your Rear Window reflector and/or DVS Theatrical headphones.)

      ILLINOIS

      AMC Cantera 30, Warrenville, 630-836-8265
      Auditorium 25
      CC
      Ladder 49
      Fri-Sun Oct 1-3: 12:45 3:45 6:45 9:45PM
      Mon-Thurs Oct 4-7: 3:45 6:45 9:45PM

      AMC City North, Chicago, (773) 394-1600
      Auditorium 2
      * No Information Available at Time of Posting

      AMC River East 21, Chicago, (312) 596-0333 ext. 0
      Auditorium 13
      * No Information Available at Time of Posting

      AMC Yorktown, Lombard, (630) 495-0012
      Auditorium 6
      CC/DVS
      Shark Tale
      Fri-Sun Oct 1-3: 1:45 4:10 7:30 9:45PM
      Mon-Thurs Oct 4-7: 2:00 4:10 7:30 9:45PM

      Crown's The Glen, Glenview, (847) 729-7291 (2 auditoriums equipped, 2 films)
      Auditorium 1
      CC/DVS
      Shark Tale
      Fri-Thurs Oct 1-7: 12:30 2:50 5:10 7:30 9:50PM

      Auditorium 2
      CC/DVS
      Wimbledon
      Fri-Thurs Oct 1-7: 12:20 2:40 5:00 7:20 10:00PM

      WISCONSIN

      AMC Mayfair Mall, Wauwatosa, (414) 777-0467
      Auditorium 10
      * No Film Scheduled This Week

      OMING SOON
      Debut dates noted below are subject to change by the studios. Additional
      titles to be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

      * Taxi from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Oct 8) (cc dvs)
      * Friday Night Lights starring Billy Bob Thornton from Universal Pictures (Oct 8) (cc dvs)
      * The Grudge starring Sarah Michelle Gellar from Columbia Pictures (Oct 22) (cc only)
      * Surviving Christmas from DreamWorks Pictures (Oct 22) (cc dvs)
      * Ray (Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story) starring Jamie Foxx from Universal Pictures (Oct 29) (cc dvs)
      * The Incredibles, a Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios Film (Toy Story and Finding Nemo) (Nov 5) (cc dvs)
      * The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari and Michael Jeter from
      Warner Bros. Pictures (Nov 12) (cc dvs)

      More films...

      * Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason from Universal Pictures (Nov 19) (cc dvs)
      * Alexander starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins from
      Warner Bros. Pictures (Nov 24) (cc dvs)
      * Christmas with the Kranks, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis from Sony Pictures (Nov 26) (cc dvs)
      * Closer starring Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, and directed by Mike Nichols, from Columbia Pictures (Dec 3) (cc only)
      * Ocean's Twelve starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts from
      Warner Bros. Pictures (Dec 10) (cc dvs)
      * The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio from Warner Bros. Pictures (Dec 17)
      (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * Spanglish starring Adam Sandler from Sony Pictures (Dec 17) (cc dvs)
      * Flight of the Phoenix from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Dec 22) (cc dvs)
      * Meet the Fockers (the sequel to Meet the Parents) from Universal Pictures (Dec 24) (cc dvs)
      * Fat Albert from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Dec 24) (cc dvs)
      * White Noise starring Michael Keaton from Universal Pictures (Jan 7 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Electra starring Jennifer Garner (Alias) from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jan 14 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Hide and Seek starring Robert DeNiro from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jan 28 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Are We There Yet? from Sony Pictures (Feb 5 '05) (cc only)
      * Constantine starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz from Warner Bros. Pictures (Feb 11 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Hitch starring Will Smith from Sony Pictures (Feb 11 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Because of Winn-Dixie from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Feb 18 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Man of the House starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Archer from Columbia Pictures (Mar 4 '05) (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * The Cave (Mar 11 '05) (cc only)
      * Robots from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Mar 11 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Guess Who starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher from Sony Pictures (Mar 18 '05) (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * The Ring 2, starring Naomi Watts from DreamWorks Pictures (Mar 18 '05) (cc only)
      * Rebound from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Mar 25 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Walk the Line (a biography of Johnny Cash) from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Apr 22 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Kingdom of Heaven starring Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom from Twentieth Century Fox Films (May 6 '05) (cc dvs)
      * XXX: State of the Union from Sony Pictures (May 13 '05) (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (May 19 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Madagascar, with the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith
      and David Schwimmer from DreamWorks Pictures (May 27 '05) (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo from Sony Pictures (Jun 10 '05) (cc only)
      * Mr. & Mrs. Smith starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jun 10 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Fun with Dick and Jane from Sony Pictures (Jun 24 '05) (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * Fantastic Four from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jul 1 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Bewitched starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell from Sony Pictures (Jul 8 05) (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * The Island starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson from DreamWorks Pictures (Jul 22 '05) (cc with dvs to be determined)
      * Legend of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones from Columbia Pictures (Sept 23 '05) (cc dvs)
      * Stealth from Sony Pictures (Sept 23 '05) (cc with dvs to be determined)

      ... and many more to come.

      --
      CREDITS

      Closed captioning and description of all 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@... or call 617
      300-3400 v, 617 300-2489 TTY.

      Thanks to AMC Theatres, CEC Theaters, Clearview Theaters, Consolidated Theaters, Crown Theatres, Famous Players, Gateway Theaters, Loews Cineplex, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres, and National Amusements Theatres, IMAX and OMNIMAX theatres, Disney themeparks, Busch Gardens Adventure Parks, SeaWorld, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/MIT the Hollywood studios and to all the movie fans out there.  

      - -
      Media Access Group at WGBH
      mary_watkins@...
      <http://access.wgbh.org>
      125 Western Avenue
      Boston, MA  02134
      617 300-3700 v/fax, 617 300-2489 TTY
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