WASHINGTON -- Federal District Courts have ordered the seizure of 82 domain names of commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works as part of Operation "In Our Sites v. 2.0," Attorney General Eric Holder and Director John Morton of the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today. The following is a comment from Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA):

"The federal government today engaged in a broad crackdown on dozens of the most notorious websites that illegally sell and distribute counterfeit goods and copyrighted works, including stolen digital content and movie and television boxed sets. These ‘worst of the worst' rogue websites, which cloak themselves in respectability yet traffic in counterfeit and stolen goods, victimize not only the buyers of these products, but the more than 2.4 million hardworking Americans whose livelihoods depend on a healthy motion picture and television industry. We thank the Department of Justice and ICE for their continuing efforts in addressing this serious problem."

A Note for Holiday Shoppers:

With the holiday season rush fast approaching, the MPAA offers the following tips to consumers to help them avoid being victimized by sites that offer counterfeit copies of motion pictures and television shows:

• Remember the Adage "You Get What You Pay For": Even if you are hoping to get your favorite movies or TV shows at a discount, new or used, extremely low prices might indicate illegal product.
• Order only from trusted Internet sites you know and are familiar with: If it is a new site, check to see if the site's contact information contains legitimate addresses and or phone numbers (counterfeit sites do not have phone contact numbers). Beware of sites that have poor quality photos, spelling mistakes, lack terms and conditions of sale, and are not secure. If the items are being sold on an auction site, do they appear to have far too many identical items for sale?
• Watch for Titles that are "Too New to be True": Movies that have yet to be released or which are still out in theatres are generally not available in the DVD/Blu-ray format. If very recent titles are being sold through an auction or other online retail sites, they are most likely illegal.
• Read the Description of the DVDs Being Offered: If the disc being offered is an "All-Region, "0-Region" or "No Region" product, it is highly likely that the DVD/Blu-ray is illegal. Furthermore, if the movie studio listed is a company you've never heard of, that should be a warning sign.
• Report illegal products: Many counterfeit and pirated goods are the product of complex illegal manufacturing and distributing operations. If you suspect an intellectual property crime, report it to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at http://www.ice.gov/iprcenter/ or to local law enforcement.


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The official release:

Beverly Hills, CA -- James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.

"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons- fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27," said Cohen and Mischer. "We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that."

Franco, who currently can be seen in "127 Hours," will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. His other film credits include "Eat, Pray, Love," "Date Night," "Milk" and "Pineapple Express." Franco is also known for his portrayals of Harry Osborn in the "Spider-Man" trilogy.

Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in "Alice in Wonderland" and currently can be seen in "Love and Other Drugs." Hathaway's other film credits include "Bride Wars," "Becoming Jane," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Princess Diaries." She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in "Rachel Getting Married."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Source: Deadline.com

Anne Hathaway and James Franco have reportedly been offered the job of co-hosting the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. While nothing is official yet, word is that both actors have accepted the offer. An official announcement could come this week. The awards will be handed out on March 7.

Both Hathaway and Franco are very much in contention for awards this year. Hathaway stars as a young woman with the early symptoms of Parkinson's disease in Love and Other Drugs, which has raked in an estimated $14 million since opening last Wednesday. As for Franco, he's winning praise for his turn in 127 Hours. The Fox Searchlight release has generated a modest $4.4 million in limited release.

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New York, NY -- Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, announced today a new exhibitor agreement with Cinema Entertainment Corporation (CEC Theatres). Through this agreement, Screenvision expands its presence in theaters across the Midwest, including the key Minneapolis DMA.

With this deal, Screenvision will have exclusive national selling rights exhibited within Screenvision's Premium PodTM and non-exclusive rights for promotions. The deal represents CEC Theatres' first foray into national advertisement display.

CEC Theatres currently operate 16 theatre locations and 123 screens across ten DMAs, including the Minneapolis market (DMA #15). Other key locations include Des Moines, Sioux City and Davenport, IA, as well as Fargo, ND.

"The deal with CEC Theatres further expands Screenvision's reach in key Midwest markets," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "We are proud that CEC has chosen Screenvision for its national cinema advertising needs and we look forward to providing them with a new stream of revenue."

"Creating a national advertising program through our agreement with Screenvision aligns with our strategy for growth and expansion while we continue to provide our guests with a superior cinematic experience," said Bob Ross, President, CEC Theatres.

CEC Theatres began in 1955, operating two drive-ins in St. Cloud, MN. In 1964, CEC Theatres began to focus on building and acquiring freestanding indoor theatres; including the purchase of 70 screens from Central States Theatres in 2002. Today, CEC operates 123 screens and continues to have plans to grow its screen count and install digital cinema projection systems.


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Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

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leslienielsennews.pngSource: FoxNews.com

Leslie Nielsen passed away on Sunday in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was 84. According to his nephew Doug Nielsen, "he just fell asleep and passed away."

Nielsen will be best remembered for legendary comedic turns in Airplane!, The Naked Gun series and a handful of other films from the Zucker Brothers. Yet his deadpan delivery was also put to use in dramatic roles on television shows such as The Fugitive and The Streets of San Francisco before  he switched gears and focused on comedy. Nielsen appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows during his career.


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