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MIA AND THE MIGOO

EXPANDS NATIONALLY APRIL 22

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EARTH DAY NETWORK

NEW YORK, NY – MAR 15, 2011 – Animation specialists GKIDS today announced the English language voice cast for  their award-winning animated feature MIA AND THE MIGOO by director Jacques-Rémy Girerd.  The new English language version is produced by US distributor GKIDS and Matthew Modine, and features John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, and James Woods, and introduces Amanda Misquez as Mia.  The film opens theatrically for an exclusive engagement at New York’s IFC Center on March 25, with national bow set for Earth Day, April 22, in partnership with Earth Day Network.

 

 

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MIA AND THE MIGOO is the second feature by animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd, founder of famed French animation studio Folimage and recipient of France’s Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of the nation’s highest honors.  The film was winner of Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards in December 2009 and is being released theatrically in the US by GKIDS with the support of MEDIA International.

 

 

JOHN DIMAGGIO

WHOOPI GOLDBERG

MATTHEW MODINE

WALLACE SHAWN

JAMES WOODS

 

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WINNER!

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

 

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Created from an astonishing 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, MIA AND THE MIGOO is a stunningly beautiful and thrilling family adventure that pits a plucky, wild haired young heroine Mia against profit-hungry developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance.  One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother’s grave, she sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a disaster-plagued construction site on a remote tropical lake. In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants. It is the Migoo who have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site – and now together with Mia they join in a fight to find Mia’s father and save the Tree.

 

MIA AND THE MIGOO opens March 25 for an exclusive one week engagement at New York’s IFC Center, where GKIDS has opened previous animated films Azur and Asmar, Sita Sings the BluesThe Secret of Kells, andSummer Wars.  The film will then open nationally on Earth Day, April 22, in partnership with Earth Day Network, the environmental organization behind the global Earth Day celebration.  All theatrical proceeds from the film’s opening weekend will support Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project, a world-wide tree-planting initiative. Each tree planted counts towards A Billion Acts of Green®, the world’s largest environmental campaign.

 

About Earth Day Network – The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.  www.earthday.org

 

About GKIDS – GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in independent animation for both adults and children. GKIDS is also producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include John Turturro, Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Modine, Gus van Sant, and James Schamus.

 

 

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>Mayor V. of L.A. Publicly Commits To Meatless Mondays

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Antonio Villaraigosa

The dashing Los Angeles mayor is fitter than ever before: In a Los Angeles Times interview in January, he boasted about his recent 20-pound weight loss, thanks to regular yoga workouts and a healthy eating plan that includes Meatless Mondays.

For More Meatless Monday Celebs Read Up on The Red, White and Green >>>

by Josie Roman

Thank you everyone who attended the Home Tree Celebration with James Cameron and/or helped us spread the LOVE about the event.

Earth Day became a unique lifetime experience for 5,000+ inter-city at-risk 12-17 year old teens who were bused in for a special Avatar screening, including Q&A with James Cameron and cast, and special Eco-training. All of them left inspired Eco-Warriors!

Then, the evening started with an intimate Strategic Summit with a selective group of environmentalists, film makers, media and celebrities, where everyone showed their commitment to a long-term peaceful Eco-War and Eco-Life. During this meeting James got the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to publicly commit to Meatless Mondays. For those of you who wonder how this can affect the environment, please read the report below and feel free to do your own research:

Agriculture is responsible for an estimated 14 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. A significant portion of these emissions come from methane, which, in terms of its contribution to global warming, is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization says that agricultural methane output could increase by 60 percent by 2030 [Source: Times Online]. The world’s 1.5 billion cows and billions of other grazing animals emit dozens of polluting gases, including lots of methane. Two-thirds of all ammonia comes from cows.

Read More On How Stuff Works >>>

Finally a Green Carpet and a private reception where we showed our support to the Amazonian indigenes who are fighting to stop the depletion of the so-called “Earth lungs”, Cameron received the first Home Tree award, Rosario Dawson showed she could easily win the Oscar for the Best DJ of the Year and all celebrities showed their friendly nature and support. An unforgettable day!

Blessings and remember to love your Planet every day of the year!!!

The Green Blog Network 
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>Oceans With Disney On Earth Weekend!

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”Down here,” intones the film’s narrator, Pierce Brosnan, ”it’s like nature has given anything a try.”

“On a clear night, the ocean draws her secrets close,” goes Pierce Brosnan’s sonorous narration for Oceans, the latest Earth Day docu-spectacle (following last year’s Earth) from Disneynature. In time for an Earth Weekend matinee, Disney’s Oceans opened in wide theatrical release on Friday. It’s G Rated.

Photographed in locales around the world, from the corals of the Great Barrier Reef to the dwindling ice floes of the North Pole, Oceans doesn’t stay in one place — or with any one creature — for too long. In stark contrast to Earth, which linked fully formed vignettes with larger stories of migration, there doesn’t seem to be an organizing principle at work here. Directors Perrin and Cluzaud just cast their net out over four oceans and gather in all the marvels they can snare, whether it’s the contours of a humpback whale in Alaska or the luminous “silk scarves” of a blanket octopus in Australia.  Read More on NPR >>>

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>All About The Follow Through

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Governor Schwarzenegger celebrates Earth Day From left to right: Flextronics President E.C. Sykes, SunPower Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Labor Workforce and Development Agency Secretary Victoria Bradshaw and Milpitas Mayor Robert Livengood.

Today, Governor Schwarzenegger joined SunPower Corporation and Flextronics in Milpitas to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and announce that SunPower has partnered with Flextronics and will locate its new manufacturing operations in California. Click here to read more. The above photo was taken at Flextronics in Milpitas, California.

Milipitas, California; April 22nd, 2010

The following are excerpts from today’s speeches:

Governor Schwarzenegger

Today 190 countries are celebrating Earth Day, over a billion people around the world are celebrating Earth Day.This is a very, very important day.

But even though we can celebrate I don’t think we should sit on our laurels, because there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done. I do not accept a future in California where we have every sixth child in the Central Valley go to school with an inhaler. I don’t accept that we have so many people, because of pollution, die. More people are dying because of pollution than of car accidents. I don’t accept that kind of a future. I don’t also accept a future where we rely on fossil fuels. So this is why what we are doing here and what you are doing is so important.

I will do everything that I can, while I’m in office and even after I’m finished with this job, to fight for the environment and to fight for alternative fuels and to fight for solar and renewables and all of those kind of things.

So we’re going to go and work together for many more years to come, because it’s all about follow through. You know, what they teach you in sports, when you do the golf, follow through. In tennis it’s about follow through. In skiing it’s about follow through, making the turns and finishing your turns. And the same is also with this. I get a lot of my lessons from sports because you can really learn some really good lessons. So it’s all about follow through, so we’re going to follow through.

I always say that the government ought to go and make laws and regulations and so on and then get out of the way. Let businesses do what businesses do best. We have to be a partner in prosperity rather than an obstacle to success

 

From SunPower Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner

We’re thrilled to bring manufacturing back to California. Can you imagine being able to say that? And I would like to welcome you to SunPower’s solar panel manufacturing facility

About SunPower. When I started in 2003 we had 35 employees and $6 million in revenue. Today we have over 5,000 employees and over $1.5 billion in revenue.

We manufacture and design the world’s highest-power density solar system, the world’s highest.If you buy a SunPower system you know it’s going to work. You also know that you’re future-proof. You know the technology isn’t going to be obsolete. I have a system on in my house; it’s already paid for itself.

Governor Schwarzenegger

SunPower is building with PG&E one of the largest, if not the largest, solar farm in the world down in San Luis Obispo. So this is really extraordinary. Again, it will put the spotlight on California because of the great technology we have here.

It’s one thing to set goals with AB 32, to say we’re going to reduce our greenhouse gases by 25 percent by the year 2020. But how are you going to get there? Only through technology — only through technology. Because I don’t believe that people should stop anything. I don’t believe that people should stop with their Jacuzzis or with their flat screen TVs, (Laughter) or with driving big cars and flying the planes.

No, we’ve just got to change the technology, that is the most important thing. And that is technology that’s being developed right here by SunPower. You make it possible that we will have one day renewable energy — renewable energy, 33 percent of renewable energy — only because of this kind of technology. So this is why I am so excited about it.

President of Flextronics, E.C. Sykes

You each spoke about technology. From time to time, technology needs a little push to get it to the next level and if it doesn’t get that push it may die or maybe it’s slow to get there. 

Governor Schwarzenegger

If the special interests push me around I will push back. That’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to push back and we’re going to go and keep our great environmental laws in place.

The Green Blog Network 
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>Green It. Mean It. Says Fox Talent

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>Save The Beers!

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By Maggie Koerth-Baker  April 17, 2010

Originally Posted on Boing Boing

Treehugger’s Chris Tackett brings this sad story of corporate waste and legal sillyness to our attention.

Two employees of the Columbia, Missouri Solid Waste Division and beer rescuing heroes, Beer Heroes or Beeroes, if you will, have made headlines for rescuing some 50-odd cases of beer from being needlessly destroyed at the landfill, at which they work. … And it was a victory, one to be celebrated with say a couple truck loads of free beer, even, that is until word got back to the fun haters in the main office who are going by the book on this one and calling the beer salvaging rescue effort, which some are now calling Operation Safe Suds, a theft and possibly a matter for the police. See, because anything left at the landfill officially becomes city property, these city employees were technically stealing this beer.

America, we cannot allow this injustice to stand! If there’s one thing that can bring America together it is a love of beer. We’ve got problems when we criminalize attempts to reduce waste…even more so when we’re talking about rescuing beer! It’s time we do something about it! I hereby am launching the Save the Beers Campaign. This is an effort to bring attention to Beer-related waste. Share this story with your friends, family and elected representatives. Post our “Save the Beers!” image on your blog, Facebook profile or any spare billboards you have access to as a sign of solidarity. And don’t waste ANY beer yourself. One drop wasted is one drop too many!

Beers, they’re kind of like whales if you think about it real hard.

Extra: Included in this story is possibly the greatest understatement ever written in an American newspaper.

When explaining the motives behind why one would want to take some free beer, the evil man responsible for dumping the beer, Joe Priesmeyer said, “Beer is a popular product.”

Treehugger: Save the Beers!, includes helpful list of 8 ways to use beer instead of throwing it out
Columbia Tribune: Discarded Beer Causes Stir

Please Click Over to Boing Boing to see These and Other Fabulously Intelligent and Eco Comments:

Obviously, the salvagers need to:

a) recover each bottle for recycling at the city waste department, thus returning the containers to the city in an environmentally-responsible manner;

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b) return to the dump to empty their bladders after drinking the beer, thus returning the contents to the city in an environmentally-responsible manner.

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>Run, Walk, Race For Earth Day 2010

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Earth Day. Yes, it’s baaaack! Earth Day 2010 is nearly here and the plans have begun to roll out.  From Global Water Challenge and its sponsors they are promoting a 6km run/walk during Earth Week. Why 6km? It is the average distance women and children in rural parts of the globe walk for their daily water needs.

Musicians Melissa Etheridge and Rob Thomas among other Grammy winners have joined in and signed up to provide musical entertainment at the end of the Run/Walks for Water along with water education villages.

“I am thrilled to be participating in this important event to bring clean, safe drinking water to the women and children around the world walking 6km every day to sustain their families,” said Rob Thomas.

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The Dow Live Earth Run For Water events will take place in nearly 100 cities across 50 countries around the world on April 18, 2010, to raise awareness and funds to help solve the global water crisis.

Sign Up at Run For Water Los Angeles and Run For Water New York.

“I’m a long-time environmental advocate and believe strongly that it is our duty as a society and as individuals to preserve our planet and its resources,” said Melissa Etheridge. “I want to lend my name and time to this event because the global water crisis is an environmental issue that affects nearly one billion people on the planet and through this event we can raise awareness and money to help address it.”

Read More AT >>>>Global Water Challenge

At the Long Beach Grand Prix this year, there is a one-day event, April 16th, 2010, bringing together car racing professionals from around the country and world to discuss the viability of Green Car Racing. Focus of the conference, called Selling Green – Making Money, the future of racing, is on making money through green performance technologies, “Hear leading business and technical experts explain the profit potential in developing green performance technologies and  the booming future for green racing and high performance products.”  Read More HERE>>


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