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History And Geagraphy Test

Dare to Invent

Big-Screen Home Theater
Academy Awards

Fun Ways to Lose weight

Help Children Get To Sleep

Playing By The Ratings

Skip The Wait And Have More Fun Today

(NAPSI)-Whoever coined the proverb "patience is a virtue" most likely didn't live in today's rush-rush, "I want it yesterday" world. There are real-time traffic updates, overnight delivery and high-speed Internet-so why should anyone wait days, even weeks for a DVD to arrive in the mail or take their chances with the leftovers in a vending machine? And waiting for a movie to be available for viewing through a legal online subscription service? Unthinkable.

Fortunately, with Movies On DemandR on cable, the wait is over. Many of the latest releases are available the same day as the DVD-instantly, right at home. All it takes is a click of the digital cable remote. Customers can save even more time before they watch by visiting www.rentmoviesondemand.com to see what's playing and what's coming soon.

So don't fret if you still haven't seen Martin Scorsese's five-time Academy AwardR winner "Hugo" or witnessed Milla Jovovich as the world's deadliest assassin while Orlando Bloom rules the sky in "The Three Musketeers." Nor do you need to wait any longer to see Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen vie for the attention of an attractive patient (Keira Knightley) in "A Dangerous Method," or to laugh out loud watching the exploits of Jonah Hill in "The Sitter." These films and more are all conveniently available on Movies on Demand.

There are also a number of terrific releases that the whole family can enjoy, such as "The Muppets," brought to life with the performances of Amy Adams and Jason Segel, and starring the lovable Kermit the Frog. And the battle for Easter is on in "Hop," starring James Marsden and featuring the entertaining voices of Hank Azaria and Russell Brand. Plus, everyone will love the ferociously funny exploits of the irresistible and legendary cat "Puss in Boots," voiced by Antonio Banderas. Or take one small penguin step with the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in "Happy Feet Two."

So wait no longer-they're all just a mere click away on digital cable, and the hot, buttered popcorn can be ready almost as fast.

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Test Your Knowledge Of History And Geography

(NAPSI)—If Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s rollicking film “The Adventures of Tintin” has you and your family dreaming of your own world travels, here’s a fun quiz to test your knowledge of some of the exotic locations portrayed in the movie:

1. Some people visit this African country for the waters, others for the history of its ancient Roman and Islamic sites, the mountains, the desert or the bargains. Is it (a) Morocco (b) Tunisia (c) Zaire?

2. This city, which has changed its name a few times in the last century, is known for the mysterious twilight of its White Nights, an extraordinary history and some of the modern world’s greatest literature, music and art. Is it (a) Stockholm (b) St.Petersburg (c) Quebec?

3. This French- and Dutch-speaking city, known for an infamous fountain, is also a great place for the latest in art and design. Is it (a) Lucerne (b) Brussels (c) Monte Carlo?

Answers

1. (a) Morocco . You won’t find the fictional town of Bagghar that Tintin visits there but Casablanca and Marrakech are legendary cities that are worth the trip. (b) St. Petersburg, Russia , had its name changed to Petrograd and then Leningrad during the Soviet era and back again in 1991. 3. (b) Brussels, the charming capital of Belgium , is also known for its chocolates and two world-famous boys. One, the Manneken Pis, is a fountain sculpted in the shape of a small boy who is often dressed in several costumes a year, including one for Elvis Presley’s birthday. The other is Tintin, the beloved fictional reporter created by author and Belgian native Hergé.

The 2012 Golden Globe− winning movie “The Adventures of Tintin” is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Featuring visually stunning motion capture animation and a thrilling story filled with nonstop action, the wildly imaginative journey has been called “fun for the whole family” by critics. Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune-and an ancient curse-Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy are drawn into a centuries-old mystery as they outwit a diabolical villain in a breathless chase around the world. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes over 90 minutes of special features that show how the filmmakers brought the characters to life and created the magical and adventure-filled world of Tintin.

Learn More

You can find out more about Tintin and his world at bookstores and by visiting www.us.movie.tintin.com.

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Dare To Invent

(NAPSI)—If you have an idea for a new invention but don’t know what to do with it, inventor George Davison can help. “Dare to Invent” is his prized motto.

“But inventing is about more than just a good idea,” Davison offers. “It’s also about taking a chance.”

As the founder and CEO of Davison, an award-winning new products development company that creates more than 150 new product samples each month, he knows a thing or two about inventing.

More than 20 years ago, Davison’s very first invention was a toothbrush sterilizer, but a larger company beat him to market. That failure sowed the seeds for what Davison calls his most successful invention—his nine-step method for shepherding ideas from sketch to prototype to market—and fueled his determination to give every idea person the opportunity to see his or her big idea realized.

One first-time inventor, Joy Clymer of Fruita, Colorado, was so frustrated by trying to transport deviled eggs to a picnic that she conceived of the idea for a covered platter with egg-shaped cutouts. Her successful product, called Party Traveler, is licensed under the name Party on the Go for QVC.

Most inventions solve a problem. For EMS pilot Joseph Springer of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, his invention was born out of his fondness for the crispy edges of homemade brownies. His Silicone Dessert Bar Pan, which ensures firm edges no matter what’s baked in it, was a hit, especially on QVC.

Some inventions improve on an existing idea. Kay Thompson of Clarkston, Michigan, found that walking her two Shelties in winter was anything but fun for her canine friends, whose paws always became cold, wet and salt soaked. So she created boots that would not slip off in the snow like the many she had tried. Now, her stay-put and fashionable Pugz Shoes for Dogs are all the rage.

Davison offers these tips to those who “dare to invent”:

Dare to Take Action: Do your research to see if there is already something similar on the market.

Dare to Share: Share your idea with others. A nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement will protect you from having your idea stolen.

Dare to Evaluate: Evaluate your idea honestly and think about how to market the product.

Dare to Ideate: Shape your creation with sketches, illustrations and photos.

Dare to Leave a Paper Trail: Use a notebook to write down all your ideas.

To see real-life stories of everyday inventors, tune in to the “Dare to Invent” webisode series at www.davison.com/webisodes.

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Living Large With Big-Screen Home Theater

(NAPSI)—There’s a new dimension to entertainment, bringing on what many have called a second golden age of 3D.

The number of movies filmed in 3D is growing, as well as the number of movies that are being converted from 2D to 3D to boost their box office appeal.

Since the smash hit “Avatar,” many more films have been shot in 3D, including “ Alice in Wonderland,” “Sanctum,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Mars Needs Moms” and “The Green Hornet.” Films such as “Green Lantern” and “The Smurfs” were filmed in 2D and converted, while “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Puss in Boots” were shot in 2D but also shown in Imax 3D.

This year, many more are coming to theaters while old movies are now available in 3D Blu-ray discs for home enjoyment. And with the increasing popularity of this medium, more people want to enjoy the bold images of 3D on a large screen at home.

To meet that demand, there’s growing interest and innovation in 3D projectors. For example, Mitsubishi Electric’s new 3D projector, the HC7800D, brings the 3D experience home. The projector uses DLP technology to create exciting, vibrant 3D images in full high-definition, 1080p resolution. When paired with a Blu-ray disc player capable of 3D movie playback, 3D projectors like this bring movie enjoyment to a whole new level never before experienced at home.

The projector shows impressive 3D images viewable through its high-performance proprietary active-shutter glasses. The HC7800D also boasts one of the industry’s best 2D to 3D conversion technologies that can transform ordinary 2D classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Ben-Hur” into a seamless 3D experience with near-perfect 3D simulation that makes content jump off the screen.

The projector’s frame rate conversion technology also produces high-speed image reproduction for showing fine, smooth details and reducing any motion blur, especially in fast action scenes, so even watching sports and games becomes an event to look forward to, whether it’s in 2D or 3D.

With a long life of up to 5,000 hours in low mode, the lamp provides years of typical use before you need a new one. With a rich 100K:1 contrast ratio, the projector produces images that are smooth, dazzling and true to the original 2D and 3D content from Blu-ray discs, cable or satellite subscription services.

For more information about Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, visit www.mevsa.com. You may also connect with Mitsubishi on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MitsubishiDisplays) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/MitsuDisplays).

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A Tough Competition For The Greatest Honor

(NAPSI)-An Oscar nomination signifies that a movie is among the year's best. Although the emblematic statuette stands just slightly above 13 inches, it reigns supreme as the motion picture industry's greatest honor.

The competition is tough. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a total of 265 films are eligible for consideration in the 2011 Academy AwardsR competition. In the original movie score category alone, there are 97 musical scores from eligible feature-length movies in contention for nominations. Awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in up to 25 categories.

Movie critics and cinephiles are already placing their bets on who will win Oscar gold, while the average movie buff may still have some serious catching up to do before making any educated predictions. In fact, ReelzChannel's popular critic Leonard Maltin just issued "The 11 Best Films You May Have Missed In 2011." But there's good news for enthusiasts who want to join the fun. Without ever leaving the house, and with the push of a button, Movies on Demand on cable means they can discover or relive some of the finest films in cinematic history throughout the awards season.

Oscar prognosticators can easily find out what's currently available and what's coming soon to Movies on Demand at www.rentmoviesondemand.com. Current buzz-generating flicks such as "The Help," "Bridesmaids," "Midnight in Paris," along with past winning greats such as "Slumdog Millionaire," "Erin Brockovich," "The Pianist" and "Million Dollar Baby," are among thousands of films available on Movies on Demand on cable.

In addition, many of the latest films are also on MOD, weeks before they can be rented on DVD and years before they become available via legal streaming subscription services. Plus, there's no waiting in line at a vending machine or waiting for a movie to arrive in the mail.

A few of the new titles now playing on Movies on Demand include "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who assembles a successful baseball team on a budget, and "Real Steel," in which Hugh Jackman turns a discarded robot into a boxing champ. Two young sisters befriend an invisible entity that lives in their home in "Paranormal Activity 3." And Seth Rogen and Bryce Dallas Howard star in a comedic tale with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose chances of beating cancer are "50/50."

Lights, camera, action! It's time for a "close-up." It's Oscar season, the Super Bowl of movies.

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An Interactive Way to Lose Weight

(NAPSI)-TV viewers may soon gain a whole new perspective on weight loss.

That's because social TV APP Miso has teamed up with Halogen TV to provide a new way to connect and interact with "The Biggest Loser." It's a compelling weight-loss drama in which celebrity fitness trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper join top health experts to help 12 overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and, ultimately, their lives.

Caroline Rhea hosts the unscripted, one-hour series featuring unique challenges, surprising alliances and irresistible temptations. In the end, the winner has a healthier body and $250,000.

Unlike other "makeover" shows, it focuses on exercising the right way, losing weight naturally and promoting positive and healthy living. This cast of diverse and dynamic individuals gets a chance to be self-confident about their accomplishments and physical appearance.

The Miso platform provides viewers with innovative and fun ways to discuss the show, get behind-the-scenes information, take polls and post instant reactions to each of the episodes (whether you watch live, on demand, via DVR or on your iPhone).

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Simple Ways To Help Children Get To Sleep

(NAPSI)-Taking the battle out of bedtime may be less of a nightmare with the help of some pediatric sleep specialists.

For example, many parents don't know that some kids have trouble falling asleep because they are too tired, says Jennifer Waldburger, LCSW, one of the co-founders of Sleepy Planet.

Some children can become overtired and some parents may be trying to put them to bed too late. Most children need to go to bed between 7 and 8 p.m., and if they don't, they may become too stimulated.

Even with an early bedtime, many children may need some activity before bedtime-some games or playtime after dinner-to help them calm down.

If your child is still stalling, he or she may want to talk about something that is causing anxiety, such as their day at school. Offering kids some choices can help. Ask which pajamas they want to wear or which stories they want you to read.

A bedtime routine can be soothing, whether it's reading together or watching a show such as "Pajanimals," a series co-produced by 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout, The Jim Henson Company, and Northern Ireland 's Sixteen South Television. Airing on Sprout in the U.S. , the series was designed to help parents and caregivers establish a bedtime routine for their preschoolers. Waldburger and fellow co-founder of Sleepy Planet Jill Spivack lend their expertise to the bedtime themes and song lyrics that cover topics such as encouraging preschoolers to stay in bed, dealing with nightmares and missing your parents at night.

"Pajanimals" characters-Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo-were designed by the world famous OscarR and EmmyR Award-winning Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

"Parents have told us that bedtime is one of the most challenging times of the day," said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming at Sprout. "This new full-length series provides loveable characters modeling the typical day-to-bedtime transitions that preschoolers encounter every day."

"Puppets are a great way to connect with young children and encourage them to explore their fears and curiosity," said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company.E"These cuddly friends welcome viewers to snuggle up for a story and a song."

For more information call 1.8.SPROUT.411 or go to www.SproutOnline.com.

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Playing By The Ratings

(NAPSI)—Buying a video game the whole family can enjoy is not just fun and games. You may want to do your homework.

Whether you’re buying a game as a gift or for your own family to enjoy, it’s important to make informed decisions about which games are most suitable for younger players.

Here are some tips to help:

• Check the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating on the front of every box to gauge age appropriateness, from E for Everyone to M for Mature. And don’t forget to look at the content descriptors and other information on the back.

• Most games have rating summaries available at ESRB.org that provide further details and examples of the game’s content.

Download the free mobile app from ESRB to check a game’s rating summary right from the store.

• Visit game review websites, which often have gameplay videos to help parents get a better feel for the content.

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