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Parkes/MacDonald Prods. has acquired movie and TV rights to the book “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth.”
The deal comes less than four months after the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players for concussion-related compensation, exams and medical research.
The book, written by Espn reporters and brothers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, centers on the dangers of football-related head injuries and the NFL’s failure to protect its players. The book served as the basis of a PBS “Frontline” documentary that aired after Espn pulled out of what had been a joint investigation with PBS.
The tome centers on Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Webster, who played 16 seasons starting in 1974 and died in 2002 at age 50, and the pathologist who examined Webster’s brain.
- Dave McNary
Parkes/MacDonald Productions has acquired feature film and television rights to League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth.
The brothers investigate the dangers of head injuries in American football and the National Football League’s stance. The book formed the basis of an investigative documentary for PBS’ Frontline earlier this year.
Principal photography began last July on Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation’s first project, I Am Malala. Davis Guggenheim directs.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
“I Am Malala,” the memoir of Pakistani teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, has been banned from many of the private schools in her native country for being anti-Islam. Both the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association and the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation have banned the book from their libraries. The groups represent nearly 200,000 of Pakistan’s private schools. Both associations claimed the ban was in response to anti-Islam statements in the book as well as a perceived interference from the West. Also read: Davis Guggenheim Directing Doc on Education Activist Malala Yousafzai “Yes we have banned Malala’s book (‘I am Malala’) because it. »
- Sara Morrison
It's hard not to get choked up while watching the incredible answer about Pacifism 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai gave to Jon Stewart last night on the Daily Show. Stewart himself seems to be struggling for words, but ultimately comes up with a witty follow-up: "Would your father mind if I adopted you?" Watch below. Yousafzai, a Pakistani advocate for women's and children's educational rights, survived a brutal Taliban assassination attempt last year. After being shot in the head and neck when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus, Yousafzai made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and bravely continues to campaign for access to safe education for Pakistani children. She is now poised to become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate ever, with that announcement coming on Friday (October 11). Meanwhile, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman") got underway on a documentary this past summer on Yousafzai's trip to the Un General Assembly for her. »
- Beth Hanna
The actions of teachers unions - whether protecting bad teachers, protesting against politicians (or marching for them), and promoting education "reforms" that often seem more about social issues than the three Rs -- often capture the interest of the media, overshadowing the day-to-day work of teachers trying to do the best job they can.
In 2010, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim directed and co-wrote "Waiting for Superman," a documentary that took a frank look at the failures of the American educational system as it showed parents trying to get their children in charter schools.
Much of the media attention for the film focused on a segment that showed how teachers unions fiercely protect political alliances and policies and teachers' job security, often at the expense of needed financial overhauls.
In a two-hour special called "Teach," airing Friday, Sept. 6, on CBS, Guggenheim puts the focus back on exceptional teachers, following four public-school instructors through the 2012-2013 school year. »
With his 2010 documentary film Waiting for ‘Superman’, director Davis Guggenheim unleashed a vigorous, trenchant examination of the failures of the American education system. While the film earned praise and sparked on ongoing debate about our schools, controversy arose over the perception by some that he laid too much of the blame at the feet of teachers — namely, bad teachers being coddled by the powerful unions. But with his new project, Teach, those educators should be able to more easily embrace his approach. Hosted by Queen Latifah, whose mother was a teacher, the two-hour special airing at 8pm tonight [...]
The post “Teach”: CBS special celebrates educators who are making a difference appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Stacey Harrison
On TV this Friday: A baddie locks on Luther in the miniseries’ finale, CBS airs Teach for America, a Bones encore brings Booth’s mom to town (again) and Real Fear 2 shares more scary stories behind big-screen hits. Here are seven programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Teach (CBS) | Two-hour special: Celebs (including Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones, Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer and We Are Men‘s Jerry O’Connell) honor educators in this look at America’s school system. Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman) directs.
8 pm Dear Dumb Diary (Hallmark »
- Kimberly Roots
“There is no profession more essential than that of an educator, and it’s time for all of us to embrace and celebrate their importance and contribution to America’s children,” said Queen Latifah. “My mother was a teacher at the same high school I attended, and she was a great teacher who, in fact, was loved by all and played an important role in so many of her students’ lives. I’m proud to be a part of ‘Teach’ and help to shine a light on the individuals whose job it is to motivate and mentor our most important resource.”
Guggenheim, an Oscar-winning documentary producer, added: “As the daughter of a New Jersey public school teacher, »
- AJ Marechal
Just in time for back-to-school, the two-hour special Teach, which looks at the American education system through the eyes of teachers, will premiere at 8 Pm September 6 on CBS. Directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the documentary asks the question, “What does it take to be a teacher?” and traces a year inside the classrooms of a fourth-grade teacher and a high school algebra teacher in Denver, a middle school math educator in Kuna, Idaho, and an AP history teacher in Los Angeles. “We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and who we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today,” said Jack Sussman, Evp Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment. “This special celebrates those educators who, despite many hurdles and obstacles, aspire to bring inspiration to their students to succeed.” The special — Guggenheim »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
CBS will air "Teach," a new two-hour special from "Waiting for Superman" director Davis Guggenheim, on Sept. 6, the network announced. The show, from Participant Media, follows four exceptional teachers through the 2012-13 school year and answers the question, "What does it take to be a teacher?," CBS said. The special comes at a time when 60 percent of America's teachers are expected to retire in the next decade, CBS said. It kicks off an 18-month campaign by Participant Media to encourage students and recent graduates to go into teaching. "We all have »
- Tim Molloy
Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald Prep Documentary On Malala Yousafzai Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are to produce a feature-length documentary chronicling the story of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who last year survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban. Davis Guggenheim is directing the film that’s financed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck by gunmen who targeted her for speaking out on behalf of education for girls in her community. She recovered in Birmingham, England, and became the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Parkes says, “There are few stories Laurie and I have ever come across that are as compelling, urgent or important as the real-life struggle of Malala and her father Ziauddin on behalf of universal education for children. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to try to bring the lives »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
“Waiting for Superman” director Davis Guggenheim has started shooting a feature-length documentary on 15-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing.
Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt last October by the Taliban. She was shot in the neck and head when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley after being targeted for speaking out for girls’ education in her community.
The project is being produced in association with and fully financed by Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Parkes and MacDonald have a long-standing partnership with Imagenation.
Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest such nominee in history. The United Nations and Gordon Brown, the organization’s special envoy for education, declared July 12, 2013 as “Malala Day” in support of her global education campaign.
The film will include her July 12 speech to the Un General Assembly, her first major public address since being shot. »
- Dave McNary
Mark Seliger For Time
Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald announced today an early July production start for a feature-length documentary chronicling the story of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai and her courageous fight to ensure a safe education for every child. Davis Guggenheim has signed on to direct. The project is being produced in association with and fully financed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the Emirati film and television company with whom Parkes + MacDonald has a long-standing partnership.
Pakistani student activist Malala gained international recognition when she survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban at age 14. Shot in the head and neck when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community. Despite the senseless violence she endured, Malala did not waiver. Upon her recovery in Birmingham, England, she has courageously continued her campaign to ensure every child, »
- Michelle McCue
A July production start has been set for a feature-length documentary, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman"), on 15-year-old Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who last year survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban. She was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her community. After being shot in the head and neck when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus, Yousafzai made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and bravely continues to campaign for access to safe education for Pakistani children. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2013. Next month, Yousafzai will speak in front of the Un General Assemly in the Us -- her first time in the country -- as a celebration of her 16th birthday. Guggenheim's documentary will capture the event. Count us excited for this one. »
- Beth Hanna
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani education activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban on her school bus, will be the subject of a feaure-length documentary that Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman," "An Inconvenient Truth") has signed on to direct. Walter Parkes and Laurie MaDonald are producing with Emirati film and TV production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi, which is fully financing the project. Also Read: Malala Yousafzai, Jay-z, Jennifer Lawrence, Among Time's 100 Most Influential Malala became an international symbol for education rights in the Middle East when a gunman shot her in »
- Josh Dickey
The plight of Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai has captured the imagination of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who have signed Davis Guggenheim to direct Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s documentary about the teenager.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi will fully finance the story about 15-year-old Malala, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban last October and has gone on to become an internationally renowned advocate for children’s education rights.
Yousafzai became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Jul 12 was named Malala Day in support of her global education campaign.
The film will document her first visit to the Us next month, when she will celebrate her 16th birthday.
“There are few stories Laurie and I have ever come across that are as compelling, urgent or important as the real-life struggle of Malala and her father Ziauddin on behalf of universal education for children,” said Parkes.
“I have two daughters and they are inspired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Oscar-winning director of Al Gore environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth is to bring the story of teenage Pakistani women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived an attack by the Taliban, to the big screen.
Davis Guggenheim, who also directed the acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman, about failures in the American public education system, will take charge of the cameras on the as-yet-untitled project.
Yousafzai, who gave a celebrated speech at the United Nations last week about her hopes for the future on her 16th birthday, was targeted by a gunman as she rode home on a bus after school last October. Militants hoped to silence the teenager and destroy her campaign for girls' education in the troubled Swat valley in Pakistan. But the bullet, which passed through »
- Ben Child
Malala Yousafzai, the child advocate who became an international icon after she was shot by Taliban gunmen last October, will have her story told on the big screen. Davis Guggenheim is teaming with producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, backed by Image Nation of Abu Dhabi, for a documentary about the 16-year-old Pakistani, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Guggenheim helmed critically acclaimed docs Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2007 Academy Award for best documentary feature. Yousafzai first came to prominence after it was discovered that she was the anonymous author of a
- Rebecca Ford
A Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban in retaliation for her advocacy on behalf of girls' education will have her story told on the big screen, in a documentary by an Academy Award-winning filmmaker.
Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai will star in the doc from director Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"), which will focus on her rise to international prominence following her harrowing attack at the hands of terrorists last year.
When she was 11, Yousafzai authored an anonymous blog about her life is Swat Valley, an area notorious for the Taliban's ban on girls attending school, using the platform to promote her belief in equal educational opportunities. She continued her advocacy and revealed her identity to the public, culminating in a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize in 2011.
It was this fame that brought her unwanted attention from the Taliban, members of which boarded her school bus and shot »
- Katie Roberts
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