April 22, 2014

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The inexplicably wonderful “Meet the Robinsons”

This is the next entry of a reoccurring feature of sorts, spotlighting the movies that aren’t just my favorites, but films that I probably hold in higher esteem than anyone else out there in the critical community.
Next up is a film that celebrates its sixth-anniversary this Saturday. But I saw it six years ago today at a press screening. No, I’m not talking about Blades of Glory, but the inexplicably wonderful Meet the Robinsons.
I walked into said press screening for this one knowing almost nothing about it, save for a few pieces of promotional art and something about musical ‘wiseguy’ frogs. I distinctly remember walking out of the press screening, my eyes more than a little watery, and immediately calling my wife to inform her that I had just wasted a Wednesday afternoon. I had just seen something truly special and she was going to have to accompany me for a repeat viewing as soon as possible.
It was that kind of remarkable discovery, a completely unexpected masterpiece during a time when Disney animation of the non-Pixar variety had fallen into a bit of a rut. Six years later, it is perhaps my favorite film of the prior decade and in a just world would stand alongside the Katzenberg Waking Sleeping Beauty era as one of Disney’s modern crown jewels. At the time, what stood out about Meet the Robinsons was how unassuming it was. It was not a fairy-tale story, it was not a talking animal comedy, and it was not a would-be animated epic of any kind.
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“BULLY” it’s time to take a stand!

This Thursday join The BULLY Project and CNN for a day of action against bullying! Set your DVR’s for 10pm EST, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 will be debuting the hour long special “The BULLY Effect”, a chronicle of how BULLY as a raw, powerful documentary helped ignite an inspirational, grassroots anti-bullying social movement over the course of a year.
Last spring, tastemakers around the globe joined together to amplify the message that bullying impacts over 13 million children per year. That action in partnership with Twitter reached over 232 Million People – making it one of the most effective organic actions ever on Twitter. We must continue building on this momentum to help end bullying and this Thursday, we will do just that with your help.
Be a part of the conversation by getting on twitter and tweeting the following throughout the day on Thursday:
I’m standing with @AC360 & @bullymovie by joining the movement to end bullying in our generation! RT now bit.ly/feBbaH #bullyeffect
Don’t forget that our Educator’s DVD and Toolkit is now available for pre-order! It comes with an in-school public screening license, as well as tools to help you powerfully use BULLY in your schools, and resources to help create year round lasting change that are FREE to implement – and much more! Valued at over $200.00, we are making the Educator’s DVD and Toolkit available for only $29.99 with your pledge to implement the tools within the kit. Pre-order now, shipping begins March 25th!
Thank you so much for your continued support! We very much look forward to your participation as we continue to grow this movement and stand up to bullying in our communities!
Warm regards,
Lee Hirsch
Director/Producer
The BULLY Project
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Kris Jenner puts divorce rumor to rest

HollywoodNews.com: Kris Jenner wants the public to know that her marriage with Bruce Jenner is just fine.
The two recently faced rumors that he was getting ready to file for divorce, but it seems it is just a rumor, states E! News. “I said, ‘Honey, I think we’re getting a divorce.’ He said, ‘Honey don’t bug me with this. I’m at the hobby store buying helicopter parts,’” Kris commented.
And it seems she is so not bothered by the rumors that she doesn’t even care to deal with them all: “These kind of stories have been circulating for the last couple of years … If we had to chase down and comment on every rumor we’d be working overtime.”
Do you think they’ll last?
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Neil Patrick Harris talks end of ‘How I Met Your Mother’

HollywoodNews.com: Rumors are running wild that ‘How I Met Your Mother’ will only continue for two more seasons, and now Neil Patrick Harris has offered some hints in regard to that rumor.
Harris recently revealed that he isn’t sure when the show will end, but it could be sooner than expected, states UsMagazine.com. “Our contracts end at [Season] 8, so it’s one of those, you know, if they wanna do 9, they’re welcome to, but we have a lot of other things [going on],” Harris commented.
He also added that they are all anxious to move on from the show but would probably stay if the pay is right: “I think the only way . . . a season 9 or any longer would happen would be [if it were] financially right — that’s the reality of it.”
How long do you think the show will last?
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‘Housewives of OC’ star talks castmate’s bullying accusations

HollywoodNews.com: Apparently ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star Alexis Bellino seems to think that her castmate’s bullied her this season, but Gretchen Rossi won’t stand for that accusation.
Rossi recently addressed some comments from Bellino about the women sitting her down for a talk during a trip to Costa Rica, states RadarOnline. “She’s been out talking a lot in interviews and in her blogs about the fact that she’s participating in anti-bullying stuff. Which quite honestly, I think is kind of grotesque, because none of us were bullying her by any means,” Rossi commented.
“We were actually approaching her about something that was causing her to be alienated from the group and we were trying to let her know that we didn’t want her to be alienated anymore,” Rossi added about what the situation was really like.
Who do you agree with?
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Justin Bieber opens up about being bullied

HollywoodNews.com: Justin Bieber is certainly popular these days, but it sounds like he struggled with being bullied in the past.
Bieber recently opened up about being bullied and how just about everyone can relate to that kind of situation, states E! News. “I was bullied. Most people in their lifetime have been bullied at some point. I think that it’s about time that people start making a change. A lot of the time, principals let it go, or teachers let it go, or other students just let it go,” Bieber commented.
Bieber is speaking out against bullying as he lent his song “Born to Be Somebody” to the new documentary ‘Bully.’
What do you think about him speaking out?
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NO MORE BULLYING: 13 million kids get bullied every year

HollywoodNews.com: Today is Twitter Tuesday! Dedicate your Tweets to Stop Bullying. NO MORE BULLYING: 13 million kids get bullied every year. It’s time to take a stand. RT to STOP Bullying. #BULLYMOVIE
“BULLY,” the highly anticipated anti-bullying documentary (in theaters March 30th), has sparked a protest and now a movement, as a number of major movie stars, theater owners, and Members of Congress have joined forces to protest the film’s R rating. In a clear triumph for the film, Gerry Lopez, CEO of AMC Theaters, one of the most prominent theater chains in the world, spoke out against the R-Rating, saying, “To ‘automatically default’ BULLY is a mistake. Automatic default to a rating, a category, a genre… doesn’t matter, is a mistake. The message, the movie and its social relevance defy that kind of formulaic, conventional thinking. AMC will show this movie, and we invite our guests to engage in the dialogue its relevant message will inevitably provoke.”
Mr. Lopez is one of almost 300,000 people to get behind a petition started by a junior in high school named Katy Butler. Ms. Butler, who has experienced severe bullying herself, started the petition on Change.org after the MPAA ruled by one vote that “Bully” should receive an R rating due to six swear words. When Mr. Lopez asked one of his sons about the film, curious as to whether the debate had reached the demographic the film is geared toward, his son had already signed onto Ms. Butler’s petition.
The support from Hollywood has been on a steady increase since Katy Butler launched her petition. On March 20, Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer will co-host a screening of the film with and David Boies, one of the two attorneys responsible for overturning Proposition 8 in California, and his daughter, Mary Boies. The screening will be held in New York City.
Johnny Depp has also signed on to lend his support; Ellen DeGeneres has devoted time to the film on her television show; and in the sports arena, Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, has also added his voice to the movement. Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper came on board as news anchor partners, hosting a screening in New York City last week, that was presented by Bing, the search engine from Microsoft. In addition to the screening in NYC, Bing will also be supporting the [...]

BULLY News: Powerhouses David Boies and Ted Olson spoke out against the MPAA’s R rating of the documentary film BULLY

HollywoodNews.com: Last night at The Paley Center for Media legal powerhouses David Boies and Ted Olson spoke out against the MPAA’s R rating of the documentary film BULLY, at a special screening. In front of a high-profile audience including cohost Meryl Streep and legendary activist Billie Jean King, Boies stated, “How ridiculous and unfair and damaging it is to have a film of this power and importance that is being censored by a rating system that has got simply no rational basis. You can kill kids, you can maim them, you can torture them and still get a PG13 rating, but if they say a couple of bad words you blame them. I hope, for heaven’s sake, that they find some rational basis before we have to sue them to revise the rating system.”
Olson, who served as President George W. Bush’s Solicitor General, followed Boies in agreement and stated, “Young people can be tough on one another but young people are also extraordinarily compassionate. And when they see the damage that is done to their brothers and sisters, they will speak out. They will decide to be courageous and say, ‘Don’t do that,’ or come to the defense of someone who’s being picked on. That’s why it’s important that everyone in America see BULLY to talk about it, but in particular, the young people. So Dave was right, this is an irrational decision, and I’ve heard it defended as ‘[The MPAA] really can’t do anything about it because if we make an exception here, they’ll be all sorts of people lined up wanting to have exceptions made with respect to their movies.’ What a reason for not doing something. So they better shape up, or here we come.”
The evening included appearances by Martha Stewart, Tiki Barber, Mariel Hemingway, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, and others. Attendees came to show their support for the film, which is being distributed by The Weinstein Company, and congratulate the film’s award winning director, Lee Hirsch, and producer, Cynthia Lowen, as well as cast member Kelby Johnson and activist Katy Butler, who started the petition to change the rating on Change.org which now has almost half a million signatures: http://www.change.org/petitions/mpaa-dont-let-the-bullies-win-give-bully-a-pg-13-instead-of-an-r-rating?utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

About “BULLY”: Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of [...]

“BULLY” MPAA Protest Becomes a Movement – Join the Cause CHANGE.ORG/petitions

HollywoodNews.com: “BULLY,” the highly anticipated anti-bullying documentary (in theaters March 30th), has sparked a protest and now a movement, as a number of major movie stars, theater owners, and Members of Congress have joined forces to protest the film’s R rating. In a clear triumph for the film, Gerry Lopez, CEO of AMC Theaters, one of the most prominent theater chains in the world, spoke out against the R-Rating, saying, “To ‘automatically default’ BULLY is a mistake. Automatic default to a rating, a category, a genre… doesn’t matter, is a mistake. The message, the movie and its social relevance defy that kind of formulaic, conventional thinking. AMC will show this movie, and we invite our guests to engage in the dialogue its relevant message will inevitably provoke.”
Mr. Lopez is one of almost 300,000 people to get behind a petition started by a junior in high school named Katy Butler. Ms. Butler, who has experienced severe bullying herself, started the petition on Change.org after the MPAA ruled by one vote that “Bully” should receive an R rating due to six swear words. When Mr. Lopez asked one of his sons about the film, curious as to whether the debate had reached the demographic the film is geared toward, his son had already signed onto Ms. Butler’s petition.
The support from Hollywood has been on a steady increase since Katy Butler launched her petition. On March 20, Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer will co-host a screening of the film with and David Boies, one of the two attorneys responsible for overturning Proposition 8 in California, and his daughter, Mary Boies. The screening will be held in New York City.
Johnny Depp has also signed on to lend his support; Ellen DeGeneres has devoted time to the film on her television show; and in the sports arena, Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, has also added his voice to the movement. Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper came on board as news anchor partners, hosting a screening in New York City last week, that was presented by Bing, the search engine from Microsoft. In addition to the screening in NYC, Bing will also be supporting the film in a number of ways, including hosting an additional screening in LA.
Iconic American designer Tommy Hilfiger will design an exclusive t-shirt inspired by the Bully movie poster which will [...]

Demi Lovato talks cyber bullying on Twitter

HollywoodNews.com: Demi Lovato has taken a stand against cyber bullying after revealing her personal issues, and now she is continuing to talk about the issue close to her heart.
Lovato took to Twitter to address cyber bullies for the hurtful things they say to others far too often over the Internet, states Hollyscoop.
“Praying for all the people in the world who feel it’s okay to bully people over the internet. Because if you are one of those people, then you must have had something really terrible happen to your childhood or you’re really sick in the head. Must suck to be born without a heart,” Lovato commented.
What do you think about how she handles cyber bullies?
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