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May 19, 2006

US CC: MoPix Update from WGBH- May 19

From: WGBH - May 19, 2006

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MoPix Update from WGBH- May 19


The Da Vinci Code from Columbia Pictures, rated PG-13
(cc dvs)
In Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to the Louvre — a museum employee has been murdered. Near his body is a strange cipher. To solve the riddle, Langdon joins with the victim's daughter, French cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), and learns of a centuries-old conspiracy surrounding the Priory of Sion, a secret society dating back to the days of Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci. The brainy duo must race through Paris, London and elsewhere to solve the puzzle and the ancient conspiracy before the answer is lost forever. Directed by Ron Howard (Cinderella Man, A Perfect Mind).


New York City
AMC Lincoln Square 12 (Yes! Happy Manhattan MoPix Fans Rejoice!)
Auditorium 4
New York, 212 336-5020
The Da Vinci Code plays with closed captions and dvs this week

North Carolina
Consolidated White Oak 14 Cinemas (south of Raleigh, NC, another big win for advocates!)
Auditorium 7
1205 Timber Drive
Garner, 919 779-7499 voice
The Da Vinci Code debuts in the MoPix-equipped auditorium this week with closed captions and dvs. Fri-Thurs, May 19-25: 1:00 4:30 8:00PM

AMC Northpark 15 (Everything is big is Texas, and this location will soon have a second equipped auditorium)
Auditorium 7
8687 North Central Expressway
Dallas, 972 724-8000
Da Vinci Code plays with closed captions and dvs this week in the MoPix-equipped auditorium
Fri-Thurs, May 19-25: 1:00 4:30 8:00 (+11:15 Fri/Sat night)

Megaplex 20 at the District (First full MoPix installation in Utah!!)
Auditorium 12
3761 West Parkway Plaza Drive
South Jordan, 801 304-4020 voice

An always articulate movie fan from the Bay Area in California shared his experience seeing United 93 with dvs last week. Here is an excerpt:

"This film demands audio description. While the story is centered on the action aboard United Flight 93, the large cast of characters, the frequent scene changes and the sub-titles of some of the Arabic conversations of the terrorists will leave you in confusion without the help of description. This is especially true as the film approaches its climax, the wild battle for control of the aircraft. I suspect we could get quite a few more co-sponsors for the Video Description Restoration Act if we could send audio CD's of the described sound track to every member of congress, so they'd be able to appreciate the full impact of audio description."

See below for great news about DVS on the eventual DVD release of United 93.


AMC 12 at Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA (system to debut in May/June)
AMC Covina 30, Covina, CA (May/June debut)
AMC Ontario Mills 30, Ontario, CA (summer debut)
AMC Palm Promenade 24, San Diego, CA (summer debut)
2nd MoPix system to be added at AMC Mission Valley 20, San Diego, CA (summer debut)
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose, CA (summer debut)
AMC Rolling Hills 20, Torrance, CA (summer debut)
AMC Flatiron Crossing 14, Broomfield, CO (summer debut)
National Amusements Showcase Cinemas Southington, Southington, CT (July debut)
AMC West Oaks 14, Ocoee, FL (summer debut)
AMC Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL (summer debut)
AMC North Dekalb 16, Decatur, GA (summer debut)
AMC Barrett Commons 24, Kennesaw, GA (May/June debut)
AMC Southlake Pavilion 24, Morrow, GA (summer debut)
AMC Studio 30, Olathe, KS (summer debut)
AMC Newport on the Levee 2, Newport, KY (summer debut)
Celebration Cinema Lansing, A Jack Loeks Theatre, Lansing, MI (summer debut)
AMC Livonia 20, Livonia, MI (summer debut)
AMC Forum 30, Sterling Heights, MI (summer debut)
AMC Creve Coeur 12, Creve Coeur, MO (May/June debut)
Clearview South Orange Performing Arts Theatre, South Orange, NJ (theater debut scheduled for Aug/Sept)
2nd MoPix system to be added at AMC Bay Plaza 13, Bronx, NY (May/June debut)
2nd MoPix system to be added at AMC Empire 25, New York, NY (May/June debut)
AMC Kips Bay Theaters, New York City (MoPix to debut soon)
AMC Magic Johnson Theatre-Harlem, New York City (MoPix to debut soon)
AMC Rotterdam Square Mall 6, Schenectady, NY (MoPix to debut soon)
AMC Stony Brook 15, Stony Brook, NY (MoPix to debut soon)
AMC Town Square 9, Vestal, NY (MoPix to debut soon)
Consolidated Beaver Creek 12 Cinemas, Apex, NC (west of Raleigh) (May debut)
AMC Carolina Pavilion 22, Charlotte, NC (May/June debut)
New! National Amusements The Green 14 Cinema de Lux, Beavercreek, OH (August debut)
AMC Southroads 20, Tulsa, OK (summer debut)
Consolidated Providence 14 Cinemas, Mt. Juliet, TN (east of Nashville) (summer debut)
AMC Deerbrook 24, Humble, TX
AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston, TX
AMC Katy Mills 20, Katy, TX
AMC Hampton 24, Hampton, VA (summer debut)
AMC River Park Square 20, Spokane, WA (summer debut)

Link to the full list of over 250 MoPix-equipped theater locations at

So the Oscar®-nominated film Munich was released last Tuesday, you know The Inside Man is coming next with the DVS track on the mainstream DVD and now, Universal has given us the next title... United 93. A big thanks to everyone at the studio for integrating description into their normal theatrical and home entertainment business! Anyone want to say thanks? Let us know and we'll give you the contact info.

Many users of description in movie theaters have expressed to us their interest in seeing more video description available on broadcast and cable television programs. The American Council of the Blind has important information regarding two bills in Congress that would effect the availability of video description. Take a look at the most up-to-date information on this page of ACB's site if you'd like to learn more:


As several theater chains are now listing accessible films and showtimes on their Web sites, we want to take this opportunity to provide you with those site addresses. Helpful hint, some chains require you to know which theater in your area is equipped prior to finding the info on their sites. For a full list of MoPix locations, searchable by state, first go to and link to "View Theaters".

You can also search for captioned movies near you at

AMC Theatres:

CEC Theatres: (link to state, and then theater)

Clearview Cinemas:

Consolidated Theatres:, link to RWC/DVS on left side of home page

Crown Theatres:

Empire Theatres (Canada): (link to province, then to theater)

Jack Loeks Celebration Cinema Studio 28/Michigan: (select Studio 28 from list of locations)

Loews Cineplex/Famous Players theatres (Canada):

National Amusements Showcase Cinemas and Cinema de Lux locations:
(link to state, and then theater)

Additional chains with MoPix systems are not yet listing MoPix-accessible film information on their sites at this time: Carmike Theatres, Douglas Theaters, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres and Megaplex Theaters


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

American Dreamz from Universal Pictures
(comedy, satire - rated PG-13)

The Da Vinci Code from Columbia Pictures
(mystery, thriller - rated PG-13)

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(animated, family, adventure - rated PG)

The Inside Man from Universal Pictures
(action, thriller - rated PG-13)

Just My Luck from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(romantic comedy - rated PG-13

Poseidon from Warner Bros. Pictures
(action, adventury - rated PG-13)

Roving Mars, a large format film from Buena Vista Pictures
(space, documentary - unrated)

RV from Sony Pictures
(comedy - rated PG)

The Sentinel from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(political, thriller, drama - rated PG-13)

United 93 from Universal Pictures
(docudrama - rated R)

Now playing with captions only (DVS is not available for these films):

Benchwarmers from Sony Pictures
(comedy - rated PG-13)

Scary Movie 4 from The Weinstein Company
(comedy, horror - rated PG-13)

Silent Hill from Sony Pictures
(horror - rated R)


X-Men: The Last Stand, an action-adventure film starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry from Twentieth Century Fox Films (May 26) (cc dvs)
A "cure" for the mutant X gene has been discovered, which threatens the very existence of mutants like Magneto and Professor X. The two leaders have opposing viewpoints on the situation: Magneto insists on a violent revolution to stop humans from exterminating their kind, while X prefers tolerance and working with the government on a compromise. But the balance is shifted by the shocking return of Dr. Jean Grey, who appeared to die in a great flood. Now she's more powerful than ever as Dark Phoenix, and if Wolverine can't persuade her not to join Magneto's crew, a war could be at hand.

The Break-Up starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn from Universal Pictures (Jun 2)
(cc dvs)
After their latest squabble, art dealer Brooke decides to break up with her boyfriend, Gary, who hosts bus tours of Chicago. But breaking up and moving out is hard to do, especially when the former couple's friends, family and even complete strangers offer their advice on how to deal with the situation. Eventually Brooke begins to think that maybe she doesn't want to leave Gary after all.

The Omen starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Mia Farrow from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jun 6)
(cc dvs)
This remake of 1976's The Omen focuses on an American government official who begins to have the suspicion that his son, Damien, may be the Antichrist.

Cars, an animated film with the voices of Paul Newman, Owen Wilson and Bonnie Hunt from Buena Vista Pictures and Pixar Entertainment (Jun 9)
(cc dvs)
Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car, embarks on a trip down Route 66, headed to California and the big Piston Cup Championship race. Along the way, he meets Sally, a snazzy 2002 Porche, Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet, and Mater, a rusty tow truck. Together they help Lightning realize there's more to life than first place.

The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift starring Lucas Black and Bow Wow from Universal Pictures (Jun 16)
(cc dvs)
Street racer Sean Boswell is sent to live with his estranged father, a military officer stationed in Tokyo. Sean doesn't exactly fit in, until an American buddy, Twinkie, introduces him to the underground world of drift racing. In his first race, Sean unknowingly takes on the Drift King, a local champ with ties to the Yakuza, Japan's organized crime ring.

The Lake House from Warner Bros. Pictures (Jun 16)
(cc only)
A lonely doctor (Sandra Bullock) and a frustrated architect (Keanu Reeves) begin exchanging love letters only to discover they are living two years apart.

Click from Sony Pictures (Jun 23)
(cc only)
A workaholic architect (Adam Sandler) is faced with a dilemma: go on a vacation with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and kids or work overtime to land a high-profile design job. Saving him from making this choice is an eccentric Bed, Bath & Beyond product developer (Christopher Walken), who gives him a universal remote that allows him to rewind, fast-forward, slow down and pause his own life.

Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties, an animated film from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jun 23)
(cc dvs)
Garfield (Bill Murray) follows his owner, Jon (Breckin Meyer), to England, where he's mistaken for a lookalike regal cat who has inherited a castle. Garfield loves the royal treatment afforded by his loyal subjects, but when the evil Lord Dargis learns of the deception, he sets out to expose the furry impostor and turn the castle into a tourist resort.

The Devil Wears Prada from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jun 30)
(cc dvs)
Andrea Sachs, a small-town woman (Anne Hathaway), gets a job working in New York City for Runway fashion magazine, where she has to cope with a high-powered, dictatorial editor, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep).

Superman Returns from Warner Bros. Pictures (Jun 30)
(cc dvs)
After a mysterious absence, Superman (Brandon Routh) returns to Earth only to find that his beloved Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on with her life. Meanwhile, the Man of Steel's nemesis, Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), is ready to hatch a plot that will render Superman powerless forever.


Closed captioning and description of 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 <>, e-mail or call 617
300-3700 v, 617 300-2489 TTY.

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125 Western Avenue
Boston, MA  02134
617 300-3700 v/fax, 617 300-2489 TTY