Friday, May 08, 2009

Press Release: MOPIX And Star Trek

A good friend sent this to me knowing I was off to see "Star Trek" as I am a huge Simon Pegg fan. Love "Spaced" and recommend it highly for Geek entertainment. Anyway, I forget about MOPIX sometimes. Here is a PR letting everyone know that some hit movies are already described right out of the gate on the day of their release.




Star Trek from Paramount Pictures*
(cc desc) (rated PG-13)
A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.


This article (link below) from Traverse City, MI tells the story of yet another community raising funds for a MoPix installation. They’ve been at it for many months now, and it looks like they’re in the home stretch, with an installation coming before too long. Great news!

Technologies help more enjoy movies

And this article is about a soon-to-be-equipped AMC theater in Houma, Louisiana, again, with community advocacy playing a part...

Captioning coming to a theater near you


The Media Access Group has been working for several years now with the good folks at Disney’s Themepark division and an innovative company called Softeq to deliver captioning and descriptive narration of park attractions via handheld devices. The description feature has just debuted (captioning and assistive listening support via these devices was already available to park guests). See a nice article about same from the Orlando Sentinel this week:,0,2498532.story


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:

Carmike Theatres:

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

Cerrito Speakeasy Theatre:

Cineplex Theatres (Canada):

Clearview Cinemas:

Cobb Theatres: (link to equipped theater near you)

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

Celebration! Cinema RiverTown and Lansing Michigan: (select RiverTown or
Lansing from list of locations)

Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres: (select City North, Block E or the Glen 10 from the list of locations)

Megaplex Theatres:

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

Regal Cinemas:

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


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

12 Rounds from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(action - rated PG-13)

Dragonball Evolution from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(action/sci-fi - rated PG)

Fast and Furious from Universal Pictures
(action - rated PG-13)

Fighting from Universal Pictures
(drama - rated PG-13)

Knowing from Summit Entertainment
(drama/mystery - rated PG-13)

The Last House on the Left from Universal Pictures
(horror - rated R)

Miss March from Fox Atomic
(comedy - rated R)

Monsters vs. Aliens from Paramount Pictures*
(animation/sci-fi - rated PG)

Race to Witch Mountain from Walt Disney Studios
(comedy/thriller - rated PG)

Star Trek from Paramount Pictures*
(action/sci-fi - rated PG-13)

State of Play from Universal Pictures
(drama/thriller – rated PG-13)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine from Twentieth Century Fox
(action/adventure - rated PG-13)

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

17 Again from Warner Bros. Pictures
(comedy – rated PG-13)

Earth from Buena Walt Disney Studios
(nature documentary - rated G)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past from Warner Bros. Pictures
(romance/comedy - rated PG-13)

Hannah Montana: The Movie from Walt Disney Studios
(comedy/family/musical - rated G)

I Love You, Man from Paramount Pictures*
(comedy/romance - rated R)

Observe and Report from Warner Bros. Pictures
(comedy - rated R)

Obsessed from Sony Screen Gems
(drama/thriller - rated PG-13)

(plot descriptions from

Angels and Demons from Sony Pictures
(May 15) (cc dvs)
In this sequel to The DaVinci Code, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

Dance Flick from Paramount Pictures*
(May 22) (cc only)
Street dancer Thomas Uncles is from the wrong side of the tracks, but his bond with the beautiful Megan White might help the duo realize their dreams as the enter in the mother of all dance battles. A comedy from the Wayans brothers.

Night in the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(May 22) (cc dvs)
Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan), who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.

Terminator Salvation from Warner Bros. Pictures
(May 22) (cc dvs)
After Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors led by John Connor (Christian Bale) struggles to keep the machines from finishing the job.

Drag Me to Hell from Universal Pictures
(May 29) (cc dvs)
A loan officer ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse, which turns her life into a living hell. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Up from Walt Disney Studios and Pixar
(May 29) (cc dvs)
By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

The Hangover from Warner Bros. Pictures
(Jun 5) (cc with dvs tba)
A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.

Land of the Lost from Universal Pictures
(Jun 5) (cc dvs)
On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist (Danny McBride). In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures. Can they all make it back to our world alive, and if so: Will Dr. Marshall can go from zero to hero with his discoveries?

My Life in Ruins from Fox Searchlight
(Jun 5) (cc dvs)
A travel guide (Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) rediscovers her romantic side on a trip around Greece.

* 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 "description" 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 617 300-3700 v, 617 300-2489 TTY.

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Media Access Group at WGBH
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One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
617 300-3700 v/fax, 617 300-2489 TTY

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