New American jet to offer broader choice of movies

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The new back-of-the-seat high-def screens on American Airlines’ new Airbus A319 jets have a filter that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for children or others in the next seat to see what you are viewing.

And that’s allowing the Fort Worth-based carrier to offer more films for adults that otherwise either wouldn’t be considered or might have particular scenes edited out, said Brian Richardson, director of in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

So American could be offering such edgy fare as True Blood, The Following and the serial-killer series, Dexter, Richardson told us during a tour of the new European-made plane.

However, any scenes, or even whole movies, that involve plane crashes will continue to be censored, although Richardson didn’t use the “c” word.

And don’t expect “R” rated films.

“There are some movies that we will edit for extreme violence/nudity and others we won't put on board at all, for example (Denzel Washington’s) Flight. We make it clear if a movie is edited or not.” (In Flight, Washington plays a pilot who saves most of his passengers but his plane crashes.)

In late 2014, the A319 will get a service called Live Text News so that passengers won’t feel so isolated at 39,000 feet. The American entertainment-connectivity chief said that breaking news about plane crashes, likely to be unnerving to some passengers, again will be “edited out.” (His words).

But Richardson noted that those paying for on-board WiFi can find all the news they want, good and bad, on their laptops.

Hulen Mall is turning purple

For the fifth season, the Fort Worth shopping center will again support the TCU Horned Frogs during football season with Go Purple Friday.

Participating retailers with a purple logo in their window will offer discounts to shoppers wearing purple. It starts Friday, Aug. 30, before the school’s opening game against LSU and will run for 12 weeks through Friday, Nov. 22.

In addition to retailer discounts, on select Fridays throughout the season, SuperFrog and the Go Purple Friday street team will make appearances at Hulen Mall.

“This year, the Fridays are going to be even more fun with SuperFrog and his fans dropping by on special Fridays,” said Debi Martinez, Hulen Mall’s marketing manager. “We don’t know the schedule as of yet, but we will post it on the Hulen Mall website and Facebook page as soon as we have the dates.”

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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