April 24, 2014

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“The King’s Speech,” now on DVD, honored in New York

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Oscar winner for Best Picture, Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” continues to collect accolades, particularly from an organization that has praised the film’s message from day one.
The Stuttering Foundation and The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children recently honored the film at a gala event in New York City tied to the film’s release on DVD today, Tuesday, April 19.
Even better for the organization, the Stuttering Foundation’s captivating public service announcement plays a starring role on every copy of the DVD.
“The King’s Speech has raised awareness of stuttering beyond any level we could ever have imagined. The actors’ incredibly accurate portrayal of the anguish faced by people who stutter has been instrumental in opening up honest dialogue about stuttering and its treatment,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation.
She also thanked the film’s director and screenwriter “for giving us a hero and a movie we can look to for inspiration, much as my father looked to King George VI more than six decades ago.”
“We hope a copy of The King’s Speech DVD will end up in the home of every person who stutters and in schools and universities around the world,” added Fraser. “It is a story worth seeing over and over again for years to come.”
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Stuttering Reigns King at the Oscars

HollywoodNews.com: Jane Fraser, president, The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org), issued the following reaction to the Oscar awards:
“It is an eloquently golden night for people who stutter. The King’s Speech has been a godsend for the entire stuttering community.
“Tom Hooper gave us an inspirational hero, David Seidler gave us an impassioned voice, Helena Bonham Carter gave us a forceful yet supportive spouse, and Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush portrayed the perfect relationship between therapist and patient, an alliance built upon unbreakable trust, mutual respect and lifelong friendship.
“We salute tonight’s Oscar winners, including Best Movie The King’s Speech, Best Director Tom Hooper, Best Original Screenplay David Seidler, Best Leading Actor Colin Firth, and the entire cast and crew, for their courage, grace and humanity in making this film for audiences to appreciate.
“The real winners tonight, however, are people who stutter, especially those who require the courage of a King to cope with stuttering on a daily basis.”
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Oscars: Special-interest groups speak out on “Speech,” “True Grit”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held this Sunday, Feb. 27. Ballots have been turned in, so there isn’t much more we can do regarding the lengthy awards race except sit back, wait … and see what a few special interest groups have to say about their favorite Best Picture nominees.
“‘The King’s Speech’ has truly given a voice to the voiceless, hope to those who had none, and courage to those who struggle daily to be heard,” said Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser in a release this morning.
The foundation has shown steady support for Tom Hooper’s period drama for months, and used this last frame ahead of the Oscar ceremony to let audience members know, once again, how pleased they are at the dialogue “Speech” has stimulated.
“By enlightening the public to the challenges that people who stutter face, ‘The King’s Speech’ has raised awareness to a level never before seen and won the heartfelt support of the 68 million people who stutter worldwide,” Fraser said. “This movie is far more than just entertainment to people who stutter. Our world has truly been turned upside down.”

From the serious to the lighter side of entertainment … unless, of course, you’ve been bit by a snake.
One company who sells a medication for snakebites claims that Joel and Ethan Coen’s Best Picture-nominated “True Grit” perpetuates the “Hollywood myth” of snakebites by having Jeff Bridges’ character, Rooster Cogburn, doing “precisely the opposite of proper snakebite protocol, although the hero does get it right when it comes to the need for speed in seeking immediate treatment.”
“Although nowadays we don’t cut and suck snakebites like the cowboys used to do, Rooster knew the best thing for Mattie was to get her to a doctor as fast as he could,” said Sean Bush, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA.
“The same is true today. The difference now is that there is a treatment to prevent the progression of a venomous pit viper bite.”
They do know this is a movie, right?

And speaking of movies, the man whose life story led to Danny Boyle’s Best Picture-nominated “127 Hours” will be speaking at his college, Carnegie Mellon University, during the school’s May 15 commencement ceremony.
Alumnus Aron Ralston notoriously amputated his own limb after being trapped beneath a boulder in Utah. Think he has a [...]

Oscars: Stuttering Foundation tosses awards support behind “King’s Speech”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Stuttering Foundation has been a vocal supporter of Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” ever since the movie premiered last year.
“Since its debut, The King’s Speech has provided context for understanding the plight of those who stutter,” said Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation, in a release.
The historical drama, which has seen an increase in interest at the box office, is having an impact outside of theaters, Fraser notes.
“Therapists are seeing an upturn in referrals and inquiries. More families are discussing treatment options. Myths are being debunked. Valuable and accurate information is being traded across email, Facebook and Twitter. Hope and healing is displacing ridicule and snickering.
“For people who stutter, The King’s Speech brings understanding and acceptance, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for so many to talk about stuttering in an atmosphere that is supportive, to sympathetic ears patiently waiting for each complete thought to end,” Fraser adds. “People who stutter can hold their heads high. This is the movie’s greatest accomplishment.”
But Fraser and the Stuttering Foundation have one more accomplishment they’d like to see “King’s Speech” check off it’s list: Win the Best Picture Oscar on Feb. 27.
“Sixty-eight million people around the world stutter. If you ask the stuttering community what movie has helped them the most, The King’s Speech would surely receive at least 68 million votes,” Fraser said.
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‘The King’s Speech’ gets a Hero’s Welcome

HollywoodNews.com: Jane Fraser, president, The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org), issued the following reaction to today’s Oscar nominations:
“The Stuttering Foundation gives a hero’s welcome to The King’s Speech, which has brought overwhelmingly positive attention to the plight of people who stutter. The King’s Speech, with its 12 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations, continues to put a much-needed spotlight on stuttering. For the stuttering community, there are few, if any, more accurate portrayals of the anguish faced by people who stutter, or of the hardship it places on family and friends, than in this movie. Stuttering is most often the province of comic relief, and never of the hero. The King’s Speech gives the stuttering community a hero who inspires and a movie that promotes understanding and acceptance of the complexities of stuttering. We congratulate the directors, producers, writers and actors for their work, and their humanity in helping millions of people who stutter with understanding and hope.”

About the Foundation
Malcolm Fraser felt the same dread of speaking in public that King George VI experienced in the 1940s. Inspired by the plight of “Bertie,” Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, went on to establish and endow the 64-year-old nonprofit Foundation in 1947. The Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Website, www.stutteringhelp.org, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. Please visit us at www.stutteringhelp.org.
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The King’s Speech ‘More Than Entertainment to People Who Stutter’

Hollywoodnews.com: Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org), issued the following reaction to tonight’s “Golden Globe Awards”:
“A tsunami called The King’s Speech has turned our world upside down,” said Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation. “This movie has done in one fell swoop what we’ve been working on for 64 years – raising awareness of the complexities of stuttering and the help that is available to those in need. The King’s Speech, with its seven Golden Globe nominations and tonight’s much-deserved “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” award for Colin Firth, is more than entertainment to people who stutter.
We have heard universal praise for both the movie and the actors’ performances from the stuttering community across the world. People who stutter have a movie and a hero they can call their own. We congratulate the director, producers, writers and actors for their work, and their humanity in helping millions of people who stutter with understanding and hope.”
SOURCE Stuttering Foundation of America
Foundation Spokesperson Jane FraserJane Fraser is president of The Stuttering Foundation and co-author of “If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents, 8th edition”. She is also vice president of the Association for Research into Stammering in Childhood in London. Ms. Fraser is available for interviews by contacting Greg Wilson, 571-239-7474 or email: gregwilsonpr@gmail.com.
About the Foundation: Malcolm Fraser felt the same dread of speaking in public that King George VI experienced in the 1940s. Inspired by the plight of “Bertie”, Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, went on to establish and endow the 64-year-old nonprofit Foundation in 1947. The Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Web site, www.stutteringhelp.org, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. Please visit us at www.stutteringhelp.org.
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