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March 25, 2011

US CC: MoPix Update and Announcement from WGBH - March 25

From: WGBH - Mar 25, 2011

Posting of the MoPix Update each week is ending with this issue. Information about currently available and upcoming captioned and described movies, as well as other movie access-related information, will continue to be updated regularly on the MoPix Web site, A list of mainstream movies on DVD and Blu-ray with optional description tracks will be updated regularly at

The Web site can be used as a resource to find captioned and described movies near you based on your zip code.

A general news posting from the Media Access Group will eventually replace this topic-specific update. For now, you can follow news from the Media Access Group on Facebook and Twitter (@AccessWGBH).

It has been a pleasure assembling this update each week for the last 10+ years. The growth in the number of theaters equipped with access technology, and in the number of movies released each year with captioning and description, has been dramatic. The future promises much more of the same.

Thanks to all of you for your support and advocacy, and to those in the film industry, for your efforts to make movies accessible to everyone.

- Mary and the WGBH/MoPix Team

MoPix Update from WGBH- March 25

1. MoPix Movies Opening Today
2. WGBH Collaborates with Netflix to Caption Streaming Video
3. Newly Released DVDs with DVS
4. MoPix Films Now Playing
5. MoPix Films Coming Soon
6. Credits

1. MoPix Movies Opening Friday, March 25

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(cc dvs) (rated PG)
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In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool, is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid" series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

Sucker Punch from Warner Bros Pictures
(cc dvs) (rated PG-13)
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A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.

2. Netflix Collaboration Now Public

We're proud to announce that we are working with Netflix to caption and subtitle movies and TV shows to watch instantly via their streaming service. Here's a link to Netflix's blog posting on the topic:

We have already begun talking with them about offering video description.

3. Newly Released DVDs with DVS

These four home movie releases are available now wherever DVDs are sold. The Media Access Group is an Amazon Associate. This means when you visit our Web page and use the "click thru" option to purchase the DVD from, we receive a small portion of the revenue (at no additional cost to you). Any other purchases you make during that visit to amazon will also yield revenue for the Media Access Group.

- How Do You Know from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, rated PG-13 and starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.

- Morning Glory from Paramount Pictures Home Video, rated PG-13 and starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. The description for this film was not produced by WGBH.

- Skyline from Universal Pictures starring, rated PG-13 and starring Eric Balfour.

- The Tourist from Sony Pictures Home Video, rated PG-13 and starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

4. MoPix Films Now Playing

Try (searches for captioned, subtitled and/or described films based on your zip code)

Available with closed captions using the Rear Window Captioning system, and audio descriptions utilizing the DVS Theatrical System. Films that also have a closed captioned digital cinema package to enable playout of captions in theaters equipped with digital cinema projection and Rear Window systems include (cc dcp) after the title.

The Adjustment Bureau from Universal Pictures (cc dcp)
Battle: Los Angeles from Sony Pictures (cc dcp)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son from Twentieth Century Fox Films (cc dvs dcp)
Cedar Rapids from Fox Searchlight (cc dvs dcp)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules from Twentieth Century Fox Films (cc dvs dcp)
Gnomeo and Juliet from Walt Disney Studios (cc dcp)
Hall Pass from Warner Bros. Pictures (cc dvs dcp)
I Am Number Four from Walt Disney Studios (cc dcp)
Just Go With It from Sony Pictures (cc dcp)
Mars Needs Moms from Walt Disney Studios (cc dcp)
Paul from Universal Pictures (cc dcp)
Rango from Paramount Pictures*
Red Riding Hood from Warner Bros. Pictures (cc dvs dcp)
Sucker Punch from Warner Bros Pictures (cc dvd dcp)
Unknown from Warner Bros. Pictures (cc dvs dcp)
Win Win from Fox Searchlight Films (cc dvs dcp)

Available with closed captions using the Rear Window Captioning system
(descriptive narration is not available for these films):

Beastly from CBS Films
The Eagle from Focus Features (cc dcp)
The Fighter from Paramount Pictures*
Jane Eyre from Focus Features (cc dcp)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never from Paramount Pictures*
Limitless from Relativity Media (cc dcp)
Take Me Home Tonight from Relativity Media (cc dcp)

5. MoPix Films Coming Soon
(plot descriptions from
Continue to learn about upcoming films by checking the MoPix site, specifically this page:

HOP from Universal Pictures
(Apr 1) (cc dvs)
#cc dcp#
The Easter Bunny is accidentally hit by a car, and it's up to the offending driver to save Easter. Featuring the voices of Russell Brand, James Marsden and Elizabeth Perkins.

Source Code from Summit Entertainment
(Apr 1) (cc only)
#cc dcp#
An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan.

Arthur from Warner Bros. Pictures
(Apr 8) (cc dvs)
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A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn't like. Starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner.

Hanna from Focus Features
(Apr8) (cc only)
#cc dcp#
A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.

Soul Surfer from Sony Pictures
(Apr 8) (cc dvs)
#cc dcp#
A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack. Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.

Your Highness from Universal Pictures
(Apr 8) (cc dvs)
#cc dcp#
When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her... accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous. Starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman.

Rio from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(Apr 15) (cc dvs)
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.

African Cats from Walt Disney Studios
(Apr 22) (cc dvs)
A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Born to Be a Star from Sony Pictures
(Apr 22) (cc only)
A kid from the Midwest moves out to Hollywood in order to follow in his parents footsteps -- and become a porn star.

Water for Elephants from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(Apr 22) (cc dvs)
A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet. Starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

Fast Five from Universal Pictures
(Apr 29) (cc dvs)
Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent. Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

Prom from Walt Disney Studios
(Apr 29) (cc dvs)
A group of teenagers get ready for their high school prom.

* WGBH has developed a conversion process to enable select Paramount films
to be available via Rear Window Captioning systems. Some of these titles
will also be available with descriptions. The latter will be designated
"desc" vs. DVS in our updates to indicate availability of that
feature, though WGBH did not create those descriptions.


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

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Media Access Group at WGBH
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Boston, MA 02135
617 300-3700 voice/fax