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AVATAR Is the #1 Movie in North America -- This Time on Blu-ray and DVD by TCFHE Press Release (TCFHE, Variety.com 26 April 2010 / ) - It took only 4 days for the Blu-ray version of Avatar to sell 2.7 million copies and shatter the record of 2.5 million copies of The Dark Knight which was set in 18 months. This backs up industry assertions that more people are buying Blu-ray players in order to enjoy the superior audio and video quality and take advantage of the fact that Blu-ray discs are more scratch-resistant than DVDs, an important advantage in families with children. Furthermore, the number of studios offering combo packs with both Blu-ray discs and DVDs is increasing. (more ...)

Home Tree Initiative Kicks Off With James Cameron on Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/Earth Day Network Press Release (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/Earth Day Network 19 April 2010 / ) -

James Cameron, Jon Landau, and members of the AVATAR Cast Join in to Plant Symbolic Tree that Represents the One Million Trees Being Planted Throughout the World.

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George Scithers, 1929 - 2010 by ( 19 April 2010 / ) - Writer, editor, and publisher George H. Scithers, 80, died April 19, 2010 after suffering a massive heart attack on April 17. (Source: )

John Andrews (1952-2010) by John Lorentz ( 17 April 2010 / ) - Long-time Portland fan John Andrews passed away last Friday (April 9, 2010) at the age of 58. He'd been fighting muscular dystrophy for many years, but had in his mobie even when he was no longer able to walk.

John was instrumental in getting Portland fandom off the ground, both as treasurer for the Portland Science Fiction Society and for the early OryCons (personally fronting the money for the first OryCon in 1979, as well as the one-day Science Fiction Symposium that proceeded OryCon in 1978). OSFCI (the non-profit-group behind OryCon) started in his living room, and he kept helping out at Orycon as long as he could. (Last fall's OryCon 32 was the only one he ever missed.)
[with the permission of John Lorentz]

Avatar Innovative Digital Exhibition Launches With Home Entertainment Release by Fox Home Entertainment Press Release (Fox Home Entertainment 14 April 2010 / ) - After watching AVATAR (or even during the movie), did you dream of how you might look as a Na'vi like Neytiri (played by Zoe Saldana) or the avatar of Jake Sully (played by Sam Worthington)? If you live in Los Angeles your dream could be brought to life at The Grove at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16th. (more ...)

2nd Annual Streamy Award Winners Announced April 11, 2010 by Streamys Press Release (The Streamys.org, The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) 12 April 2010 / ) - With the success of YouTube and its competitors, the world of Web Television has become more and more important to our connected society. Hosted by Paul Scheer on Sunday April 11, 2010, 2nd Annual Streamy Awards were presented at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Front and center was Chad Hurley (Co-founder & CEO, YouTube), winner of the Streamy Visionary Award which honors leaders and innovators who have made a significant contribution to the digital entertainment community. (more ...)

Doctor Who Games Go Free Online by Carrie-Ann Skinner, PC Advisor (PC World.com, BBC 11 April 2010 / ) - If you're a loyal Doctor Who fan and your home computer is a Mac or PC, you'll be delighted to hear that the BBC will be offering four free games featuring Matt Smith, the newest Doctor and his newest companion Amy, played by Karen Gillian. The one proviso is that you'll have to wait until June 2010 to be able to download and play them. (more ...)

The Lovely Bones/In My Perfect World Contest - Announcement by Paramount Home Entertainment Press Release (Paramount Home Entertainment 07 April 2010 / ) -

In celebration of of THE LOVELY BONES on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD on April 20th, Paramount Home Entertainment is hosting the "In My Perfect World" sweepstakes where participants are asked to share what their perfect world would be like for a chance to win DVDs and more!

Entrants simply need to visit www.lovelybonessweeps.com between now and April 25th and submit a statement of what would be in their perfect world. One winner will be selected randomly each day to receive a copy of The Lovely Bones on DVD and one grand prize winner will be chosen at random following the entry period to receive a digital camera and photo printer.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Marvel, Stan Lee by Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn (Reuters 06 April 2010 / ) - After nearly 10 years of litigation in various state and federal courts in New York, California, and Colorado, U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty has dismissed the Abadin et al v. Marvel Entertainment Inc et al lawsuit. His 14-page opinion had no standing to sue since they purchased their shares more than a year after the alleged illegal conduct and that by waiting 10 years to file their lawsuit in January 2009, they had waited too long to file suit.

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2010 Hugo Nominees Announced by ( 04 April 2010 / ) -

Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the ballot for the 2010 Hugo Awards.

Best Novel
(699 Ballots)

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Harry Potter Theme Park Attraction To Open June 18 by Mitch Stacy, Associated Press Writer (USA TODAY.com, Universal Orlando 02 April 2010 / ) -

(Dumbledore's office in Hogwarts castle is an exact replica of the one seen in the Harry Potter films. The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando opens June 18. Photo by Kevin Kolczynski, AP)

ORLANDO - The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will open to Muggles for the first time on June 18. The Three Broomsticks Inn, Honeydukes sweets, and all the other quirky shops in Hogsmeade village will open then too.

That's when the non-wizarding public will be allowed to step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the much-anticipated new attraction inside Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure park that brings to life the weird and wonderful realm of the famous boy wizard.

Profiles in History Auction of the World's Largest Collection of Vintage Glamour Photography Yields Two Million Dollars in Sales by Profiles In History Press Release (Profiles In History 02 April 2010 / ) - If you couldn't attend last weekend's Profiles in History Auction of the "World's Largest Collection of Vintage Glamour Photography", you missed out on a unique opportunity to buy some amazing photos. The good news is that the auction raised more than $2,000,000, a portion of which will benefit many of the charitable organizations Messrs. Epstein and Schwimer passionately support. Click on More for the press release. (more ...)

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