Wednesday, September 1, 2010

“Temple Grandin: Who is She and Why Did the HBO Made for TV Movie Become a Success ... - Associated Content” plus 3 more

“Temple Grandin: Who is She and Why Did the HBO Made for TV Movie Become a Success ... - Associated Content” plus 3 more


Temple Grandin: Who is She and Why Did the HBO Made for TV Movie Become a Success ... - Associated Content

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 10:37 AM PDT

Temple Grandin. The name is spoken but nothing comes to mind for the majority of Americans. However, to those Americans raising autistic children and those who suffer with
autism themselves, Temple Grandin is a household name with real meaning, providing a beacon of hope and a great role model for those with autism.

HBO created the made for television movie, 'Temple Grandin,' based off, you guessed it, Temple Grandin's life. Many people do not have the privelage of knowing her story or did not hear about the made for TV movie until last night during the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards show. In case you missed last nights' Emmy Winners, 'Temple Grandin' made a very strong appearance with many notable Emmy awards including Best Made for TV Movie Actress, Claire Danes, who played Temple Grandin in the HBO film, and Best Made for Television Movie.

My education of Temple Grandin's amazing story began before last night however. This Valentine's Day my girlfriend and I sat down and watched the HBO movie, 'Temple Grandin.' Not your typical Valentine's night with your lover huh? However, my girlfriend is a behavioral therapist at a high-profile autism clinic in California, so for her this movie meant something. And if it meant something to her it definitely warranted my attention.

Let me tell you what a great movie it was and how completely shocked I was to discover this HBO film. Claire Danes, who played Temple Grandin in the movie, was brilliant in her portrayal of the autistic woman who dramatically changed the male-dominated cattle industry, surprising yes, and autism awareness across the country. Danes was so involved with the role it was made quite apparent that she had rehearsed and researched countless hours ensuring that justice was brought to Temple Grandin and that her performace was genuine.

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AT&T U-verse(R) Drops Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel - Forbes

Posted: 31 Aug 2010 10:53 PM PDT

BusinessWire - AT&T U-verse(R) TV has dropped Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel from its channel lineup due to an inability to reach a new carriage agreement. Both networks went dark for AT&T customers at 12:01 a.m., ET on September 1.

AT&T U-verse first notified its customers via postcards on August 1 that they could lose Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel if an agreement wasn't reached by that time. Negotiations hit a standstill as of Aug. 26.

Once news of the potential drop was circulated, Hallmark Channels' viewers were quick to send a strong message of support via Facebook, Twitter, e-mails and by phone asking AT&T to keep the networks.

Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Hallmark Channels, said, "When Hallmark Channels announced that we were likely to be dropped from AT&T U-verse's national channel lineup, I was moved by the immediate support from our loyal viewers. Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel represent the 100-year legacy of quality and trust of the Hallmark brand. We are the nation's family networks, and we will continue to produce quality programs that connect people emotionally."

Hallmark Channels is continuing to encourage its dedicated viewers to call 1-888-MADE-4-FAMILY or go to www.donttakemyhallmarkchannels.com to request that AT&T keep both channels.

Meanwhile, Hallmark Channels is willing to re-start negotiations toward the distribution agreement as long as they are fair and in good faith.

"I was stunned by the apparent disregard for the facts in AT&T's recent statement regarding our negotiations. However, if they are really serious, my team and I are ready for truly fair negotiations," said Abbott.

Hallmark Channel recently announced a programming deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to provide a daytime lifestyle programming block on the network which is slated to premiere on September 13 with the launch of season six of "The Martha Stewart Show."

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN), is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 90 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading network in providing quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, general entertainment and home and lifestyle content. Hallmark Channel's sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.

For more information, please visit www.donttakemyhallmarkchannels.com and www.HallmarkChannelPress.com

Become a fan of Hallmark Channel on Facebook and Twitter

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SOURCE: Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel Nancy Carr, 818-755-2643 ncarr@hallmarkchannel.com or Pam Slay, 818-755-2480 pslay@hallmarkchannel.com or Mindy Tucker, 914-725-8128 mindy@irfocusllc.com

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Kokomo company plans production of animated movie - msnbc.com

Posted: 31 Aug 2010 12:45 PM PDT

Kokomo - A new company founded by a children's book author and an illustrator plans to produce an animated movie in Indiana with the help of state film tax credits.

Kokomo-based Bach Morris Technologies Corp. said Tuesday it expected to spend $2.4 million on the movie based on author Othello Bach's 1984 book "Whoever Heard of a Fird?"

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says it offered the company up to about $111,000 in assistance through a program giving moviemakers a 15 percent tax credit.

Bach Morris plans to start production on what would be its first film next year for release in 2012.

The company expects to hire at least 20 artists and programmers for the project and receive production help from Ball State University's Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This story may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.)

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Lions Gate's `Last Exorcism' Is Top Weekend Movie With $21.3 Million Sales - Bloomberg

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 08:58 AM PDT

"The Last Exorcism" was the top film in U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, earning $21.3 million in ticket sales for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

The horror film's performance gives Lions Gate three consecutive No. 1 weekends. "The Expendables," directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, finished third with $9.5 million, after two weeks in the top spot, researcher Hollywood.com Box Office said today in an e-mailed statement.

"Takers" opened in second place with $21 million for Sony. The action-crime drama stars singer Chris Brown and Hayden Christensen, who lead a group of bank robbers chased by a veteran detective, played by Matt Dillon. "The Last Exorcism," along with "Takers," had an unexpectedly strong opening weekend for late August, although the horror movie sales are likely to slow, said Gitesh Pandya, chief executive officer of Box Office Guru.com.

"The end of August is a dumping ground for weak movies that don't work," Pandya said. "It's shocking to see two films open north of $20 million, especially non-sequels. It shows that there's still a lot of interest out there in moviegoers to see something different."

"The Last Exorcism" is filmed as a mock documentary and does not feature a Hollywood superstar. Rated PG-13, the movie depicts a camera crew assigned to follow a preacher performing his final exorcism before quitting the practice.

'Word of Mouth'

Ticket sales for the film fell 24 percent from Friday's $9.4 million to Saturday's $7.1 million. "The deceptive marketing campaign helped the Friday opening day, but then sales collapsed on Saturday," Pandya said of "Exorcism," which is being advertised as a movie in the horror genre. "Word of mouth is going to kill them."

"The Expendables," which follows a group of mercenaries paid to overthrow a dictator in South America, has a cast that includes Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and Steve Austin. It has taken in $82 million since Aug. 13.

"Eat Pray Love," starring Julia Roberts, dropped to fourth place from third in its third week of release with $7 million for Sony Corp. Roberts plays Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote a memoir detailing her divorce and world travels.

"Vampires Suck" was sixth with $5.3 million for News Corp.'s Fox studio. The movie parodies the recent vampire phenomenon, specifically Summit Entertainment LLC's "Twilight" series.

"Lottery Ticket" fell to 11th from fourth for Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. studio. Lil Bow Wow plays a teenager who wins a $370 million lottery and can't collect the cash until the end of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

'Avatar' Redux

"The Other Guys" remained fifth with $6.6 million. The buddy-cop spoof starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg has earned $99.3 million for Sony in four weeks.

The rereleased "Avatar" tied "Lottery Ticket" for 11th place, breaking $753.8 million for its domestic total, "which is pretty good for a movie that everyone's already seen," Pandya said.

Three films debut next week, including the Wednesday opening of George Clooney's "The American" from NBC Universal's Focus Features. "Going the Distance," starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, will attempt to draw in romantic-comedy fans for Warner Bros., while Fox's "Machete" targets the adventure seekers.

Despite strong showings from the top two movies, it was the weakest sales weekend of the summer, as the overall top 10 missed the $90 million mark, Pandya said.

Weekend sales for the top 12 films fell 11 percent to $97.5 million from $109.8 million a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to-date receipts total $7.53 billion, up 4.1 percent from $7.23 billion. Attendance has fallen 1.4 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for Aug. 27-28 and estimates for today.

Rev. Avg./ Pct. Total Movie (mln) Theaters Theater Chg. (mln) Wks ================================================================ 1 THE LAST EXORCISM $21.3 2,874 $7,411 -- $21.3 1 2 TAKERS 21.0 2,206 9,519 -- 21.0 1 3 THE EXPENDABLES 9.5 3,398 2,796 -44 82.0 3 4 EAT PRAY LOVE 7.0 3,108 2,252 -42 60.7 3 5 THE OTHER GUYS 6.6 3,181 2,075 -35 99.3 4 6 VAMPIRES SUCK 5.3 3,233 1,639 -57 27.9 2 7 INCEPTION 5.1 2,070 2,466 -35 270.7 7 8 NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS 4.7 2,798 1,695 -44 17.0 2 9 THE SWITCH 4.7 2,017 2,309 -45 16.5 2 10 PIRANHA 3-D 4.3 2,491 1,729 -57 18.3 2 11 LOTTERY TICKET 4.0 1,973 2,032 -62 17.4 2 12 AVATAR 4.0 812 4,926 -- 753.8 1

Top 12 Films Grosses

This Week Year Ago Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$97.5 $109.8 -11.2

Year-to-date Revenue

2010 2009

YTD YTD Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$7,528 $7,230 4.1

Year-to-date Attendance: -1.42%

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Sherman in New York at asherman6@bloomberg.net; Courtney Dentch in New York at cdentch1@bloomberg.net.

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