FTC Approves Children’s Protection Program I Supported

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

I am very pleased that the Federal Trade Commission has voted unanimously to approve a program I supported to increase the protection of children and teens online.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online services directed to children under the age of 13, and those who knowingly collect personal information from children to post comprehensive privacy policies on their sites, notify parents about their information practices, and obtain parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing any personal information from children.  Companies that have proven systems for protecting children can apply to the FTC for “safe harbor” status, so that any site that uses their protections will be in compliance with the law.

I only wrote to endorse one system, the Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program developed by Aristotle, and I am pleased that the Federal Trade Commission agreed with my assessment that it is a big improvement over current systems to verify parental permission that are easily circumvented by computer-savvy kids.

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Sneak Preview for “Titanic 3D”

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

The Best Picture Oscar winner and box office record-breaker is back to remind us that our hearts will go on.   Moviegoers across the U.S. and Canada will be among the first audiences anywhere to experience Titanic in 3D at the exclusive “sneak preview” fan screening events, set for Monday, April 2nd in Canada and Tuesday, April 3rd in the U.S. Presented exclusively in RealD®, these one-night only special advance screenings will take place at 6:30pm at select 3D movie theaters across North America.  It opens in theaters April 4 for a special engagement.

Each TITANIC in 3D Sneak Preview Pack* includes:

  •     One ticket to the movie sneak preview
  •      A collectors edition pair of TITANIC RealD® 3D glasses
  •      A limited-edition TITANIC movie art lithograph

*While supplies last

 

Tickets for these April “sneak preview” events are on sale now both on-line, and at participating theatres. For event locations around the country, to purchase tickets, or to learn more about this exclusive event, please go to Titanic Fan Sneak Preview.

 

James Cameron, who directed the film has digitally re-mastered it using the latest technology of StereoD. The re-release of TITANIC also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail on April 10, 1912. Written, directed and produced by James Cameron, TITANIC is the second highest grossing movie of all time, following Cameron’s “Avatar.” It is one of only three films to have received a record 11 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director; and launched the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

 

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And the Oscars Go To…..

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

There were no big surprises but there were many touching and inspiring moments in the midst of the glamour at the Oscar ceremony.  Billy Crystal returned for the ninth time as the modern era’s most adept host, making gentle fun of the stars and of the theater’s losing its name in the midst of a bankruptcy proceeding.  Stay tuned for my Gallery on the best and the worst of the Oscar broadcast.  In the meantime, here’s a look at the winners:

 

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Short Film (Animated): The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Short Film (Documentary): Saving Face

Short Film (Live Action): The Shore

Writing (Original Screenplay): Midnight In Paris

Writing  (Adapted Screenplay): The Descendants

Music (Original Song): “Man Or Muppet,” The Muppets

Music (Original Score): The Artist

Visual Effects: Hugo

Animated Feature: Rango

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Costume Design: The Artist, Mark Bridges

Art Direction: Hugo

Cinematography: Hugo


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