WASHINGTON - Joining creative industries all across the globe today, Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), issued the following statement to help commemorate World Intellectual Property Day:

"I join today with others in the motion picture and television community along with other creators throughout the world in recognizing the importance of the workers and businesses involved in the creation and distribution of creative works," Senator Dodd said. "This is a day to celebrate the most valuable asset of any society -- the product of intellectual creativity which drives innovation, spurs economic development and defines the culture of every community."

"Respect for intellectual property is essential to the success of nations that aspire to greater development as well as key to maintaining the economies of developed nations. World Intellectual Property Day is a time to reflect on the economic as well as cultural contributions intellectual creativity has produced and renew our commitment to value intellectual creation as we do physical creation."


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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today.

The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. A 90-minute red carpet show will immediately precede the ceremony broadcast.

Key dates currently scheduled are:

Thursday, December 1, 2011: Official Screen Credits forms due
Tuesday, December 27, 2011: Nominations ballots mailed
Friday, January 13, 2012: Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, January 24, 2012: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Wednesday, February 1, 2012: Final ballots mailed
Monday, February 6, 2012: Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, February 11, 2012: Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
Tuesday, February 21, 2012: Final polls close 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 26, 2012: 84th Academy Awards presentation


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Source: Comingsoon

Johnny Depp is set to contribute a cameo appearance in 21 Jump Street, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's big-screen reimagining of the Fox TV series that helped launch the actor's career more than 20 years ago. After Jonah Hill announced that he wrote a small role for Depp, who played Officer Tom Hanson in 80 episodes of the show, Comingsoon confirmed that the Pirates of the Caribbean star will indeed make an appearance, although the site did not confirm whether he will reprise his original role.

21 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two young police officers assigned to undercover work in high schools, and will feature performances by Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco, and Jake Johnson. Miller and Lord previously helmed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Jump Street marks their first big-screen foray into live-action direction.


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Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Universal Pictures announced today that Fast Five will be released in the immersive IMAX® format on Friday, April 29th. In this fifth installment, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed. The film will open on 245 IMAX screens domestically, simultaneous with its North American wide release. The film will also open on at least 10 IMAX screens internationally in the weeks to come.

Fast Five has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


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KITCHENER, Ont. -- For the second consecutive year, Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc. a Toronto publishing firm. The winners were announced April 22 in a special supplement in the Globe and Mail and on Eluta.ca, Mediacorp's job search engine.

"Christie is honored to receive this award and it is a reflection of our commitment to the preservation of the environment today and for future generations," said Gerry Remers, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. "We have numerous initiatives in place that are reducing our environmental footprint and will continue to explore new options for recycling and the reduction of waste."

Each employer was evaluated by: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.

The environmental initiatives Christie has undertaken include:
- Achieving a greater than 82 percent waste diversion rate at the Canadian manufacturing facility through effective management of recycle streams including electronic waste and organics (food waste)
- Employing an innovative heat recovery system to recycle heat from its manufacturing processes to heat the facility in the fall, winter and spring
- Introducing a new environmental metric showing C02 emissions/standard cost of goods produced as an indicator of the overall efficiency of the company. The metric shows a significant improvement in overall operational and environmental efficiency
- Solar film on all south facing windows to reduce solar gain in the summer months and reflect heat back inside the plant in the winter
- A program where employees can purchase local organic food
- Carpooling and employee environmental awareness programs
- Successfully registering two manufacturing plants to the internationally recognized environmental standard, ISO 14001
- Products that are among the highest lumen per watt output efficiency for 3‐chip DLP® projectors
- Continuing to introduce energy-efficient products and expand on environmentally friendly, solid state LED illumination technology

Canada's Greenest Employer Awards will be presented at the MaRS Collaboration Center in Toronto, Monday May 30, 2011 beginning at 5:00 p.m.


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