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I Am comes to theaters on February 8th, 2011.
About I Am:
I Am, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit. I Am recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and decided to start life anew. Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a camera crew, Shadyac embarks upon a journey to »
- Terry Boyden
Last month there was an article in the L.A. Times  about director Tom Shadyac and his strange "spiritual awakening". The man behind such Jim Carrey blockbusters as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty had recently decided to turn his back on the Hollywood lifestyle by giving away all of his money and worldly possessions, eventually moving into a trailer park. After a cycling accident left him with post-concussion syndrome, he decided that it was time to make an honest movie about making the world a better place. When I first heard about it, it struck me that no one seemed to be taking him very seriously. Now that he has released the first trailer for his upcoming documentary I Am, I think it's clear that he is, indeed, serious about it. The movie finds Shadyac traveling the globe to talk to various well-known philosophers and philanthropists such as David Suzuki, »
In the 1990s Tom Shadyac was one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. From Ace Venture: Pet Detective, to The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar, he was making the kind of huge hit comedies studios dream of. Then Shadyac was in a bad bicycle accident that changed everything. His physical injuries healed but the experience changed his outlook on life. He sold his mansion, moved into a trailer, gave away his money and possessions and began thinking about a movie that would explore how we, as humans, can change the way we live and make the world better. That documentary, I Am, will be out in February. Check out the inspirational trailer and read the plot synopsis after the break. Here's the trailer for Shadyac's I Am. If you'd like to know about Shadyac's situation, the Los Angeles Times  did a great profile. That has Oscar 2012 written all over it, »
- Germain Lussier
The first trailer from director Tom Shadyac‘s I Am has been released online. The film is a non-fiction film from the director that brought us the fantastic Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura, Liar Liar and the like. It hits cinemas in February 2011.
Check out the official synopsis, and said trailer below.
Synopsis: I Am, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit. I Am recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, »
- Paul Heath
As profiled in a recent La Times article, Tom Shadyac – at one time the hottest comedy director in Hollywood, with hits like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty and Liar Liar to his credit – had a brush with death after a serious bicycle accident, suffered from a post-concussion depressive state and gave away most of his possessions, including his 17,000 square foot mansion.
Now Shadyac returns with a bare-bones documentary, I Am. We just got sent the trailer and you can view it below.
Here’s the synopsis:
“I Am,” a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit. “I Am” recounts what happened »
- Anthony Vieira
The Hollywood actor talks about his family
My father was a preacher – a kind, spiritual person. My mother owned a beauty shop. I grew up working in New York City barbershops and in church, which are where you find the best storytellers. Dad wasn't educated – he was a country boy. He encouraged his children to go to high school and then get a good job. My mother was a city girl, raised in Harlem. She was a go-getter and wanted more for us. My parents were inspirations by example.
They got divorced when I was 14. I was only around my father up until that time. I am sure the divorce affected me, but it was nothing special. I'd say I had a normal childhood. We went to church every week – my parents made me go. It wasn't fun.
As a teenager, in the late 60s, I started heading toward the streets, »
Dana Gluckstein has photographed indigenous peoples from America to Bhutan for over 30 years. See striking images, and commentary, from her new book Dignity.
For over three decades, I have photographed indigenous peoples-groups who maintain their ancestral culture and societies-fighting for their very lives.
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In the words of Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, "Indigenous peoples throughout the world have something profound and important to teach those of us who live in the so-called modern world...They teach us that the first law of our being is that we are set in a delicate network of interdependence with our fellow human beings."
View Our Gallery of Art Inspired by Indigenous Peoples
Dignity is also designed as a call to action. The United States is the only country that has not signed on to the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, »
- Dana Gluckstein
Guess The Whole Giving-Away-All-Your-Money-And-Living-In-a-Trailer Thing Didn't Quite Stick So we thought Tom Shadyac was done with Hollywood? The director of “The Nutty Professor,” “Liar Liar” and “Bruce Almighty” is just coming out of an odd few years following his last film, “Evan Almighty." The director has sold a 17,000-square-foot mansion in Pasadena, given away most of his money and possessions, now lives in a trailer park by choice and is currently hawking a new documentary called "I Am." The documentary finds Shadyac talking to folks like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky trying to figure out why mankind… »
Warm-hearted and heart-warming, this admirable documentary charts the gifted boys and girls of the Fezeka secondary school choir from a black township in Cape Town rehearsing under their dedicated and inspiring teacher, Phumi Tsewu, and then going to England to perform in Salisbury Cathedral. There's a wonderful rapport between the kids and their white, middle-class British hosts and an extremely funny and moving speech by Desmond Tutu in the cathedral close. One would have liked another 20 minutes of music.
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- Philip French
Jason Mraz will headline a special celebrity charity concert event for Free The Slaves next month.
Free The Slaves works with a wide variety of people, be it Restavek children in Haiti, war children in Uganda, women and children forced into prostitution in Nepal or entire villages in debt bondage in India. Free The Slaves rescues, rehabilitates and educates victims, and also does substantial advocacy on their behalf.
The organization will hold its Freedom Awards on November 7th, awarding those who actively work to eradicate human trafficking and slavery. Previous awards have been attended by Desmond Tutu, Camilla Belle and Demi Moore.
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You can tell a lot about Americans' state of mind by their Halloween costumes. This year's baddies are Bp and Lady Gaga
Certain developments over the past week have brought me enormous satisfaction. There was the fact that Desmond Tutu announced his retirement in the week of 10/10/10, which was, as numerically based news goes, only possible to better if his name was Tututu. Another was Martin Amis announcing that it is simply impossible for anyone to write good sex scenes, which would be like me claiming that it is simply impossible for anyone to understand quantum physics. And finally, there was the Nation's revelation regarding former CNN anchor, now professional wingnut and – as inevitably as night follows day – possible future independent presidential candidate Lou Dobbs.
Dobbs left the news network in 2009 to devote more time to raging against "illegal aliens" who deprive "hardworking millions of Americans" of jobs. Lo, it »
- Hadley Freeman
Tom Shadyac's first foray as a docu filmmaker appears to be lighting small fires on the U.S. film festival circuit and Mark Urman's Paladin are looking to give more oxygen to what might be one of those inspiring, highly personalized account by the man who gave us a slew of Jim Carrey comedies (Bruce Almighty). Simply titled I Am and coming with the tagline "the shift is about to hit the fan", the doc film represents a 180 in Shadyac's personal life. Hitting the Hamptons Film Festival next week, Paladin is planning an eventual February release. I Am recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, Shadyac emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and decided to start life anew. Armed with nothing »
Last we heard from Tom Shadyac, he'd captained the first giant flop of a mostly hit-filled resume, with the bloated Noah's Ark pic Evan Almighty. That led to his exit from the Universal lot where he generated such blockbusters as Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Patch Adams and The Nutty Professor. Turns out, Shadyac has been quite busy. Mark Urman's Paladin has made a deal to release I Am, a first person documentary that Shadyac directed that chronicles his unusual journey of self-discovery. Urman plans a February, 2011 release. The pic begins after a cycling accident left Shadyac with a concussion that didn't go away for months. It left him disoriented and unable to work or do much of anything but reflect on his life. By the time he came out of it, Shadyac was ready to throw away the trappings of his A-list life for something more fulfilling. After a slow recovery, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Tom Shadyac's documentary I Am to be released by PaladinI Am, the latest film by renowned director Tom Shadyac, will be released theatrically by Paladin, it was announced by the company's President and CEO, Mark Urman. A prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, I Am represents Shadyac's first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty to his credit. Paladin is planning a February, 2011 release for the film, and has already laid the groundwork for an intensive months-long screening program that includes major film festivals as well as a broad range of college and university campuses throughout the country. The film will next be seen at the Hamptons Film Festival later this week.
I Am recounts »
Wall Street star Michael Douglas will jet out to Hong Kong in September to speak to investors at a brokerage convention.
The Hollywood legend, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of greedy banker Gordon Gekko in the 1987 classic, will speak to businessmen at the investor event held by Clsa - Asia's leading investment group.
According to organisers, the star will speak about "filmmaking, nuclear abolition and the prevention of small arms proliferation".
Clsa spokeswoman Simone Wheeler says, "We try to present newsmakers to our clients - people who are shaping the news or have a particular cause. We don't expect (Douglas) to be speaking about finance or business."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a special guest on CNN’s Connect The World program this week, and answered some questions sent in from viewers around the world.
The leader answered questions about his new bible for children, and his work to make the world a better place.
As you retire, is the world a better place? And how do you think you’ve contributed to that better place, if, indeed, it is?
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A group of celebrities have put their names to a letter on behalf of Oxfam addressed to the G8 leaders meeting in Canada this week.
“G8 leaders meeting in Canada this week must face the fact that collectively their countries have failed to deliver on the promises made to the world’s poorest five years ago,” wrote the stars, who include Annie Lennox, Helena Christensen, Kristin Davis, Colin Firth, Gael Garcia Bernal, Scarlett Johansson, Jim Kerr, Angélique Kidjo, Bill Nighy, Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Martha Wainwright, Desmond Tutu, classic German rockers Die Toten Hosen and many more. "Had the promised aid been delivered it would have had a dramatic effect on the lives of poor people, allowing mothers to survive childbirth, children to attend school and people of all ages greater access to medicines and healthcare.
“Where aid has increased it has made a massive difference. The number of people receiving HIV treatment, »
DVD Playhouse—June 2010
The White Ribbon (Sony) On the eve of Ww I, a small village in Germany is struck by a series of tragic, seemingly unconnected events until the townspeople, and the audience, start to connect the dots. Shot in stark, beautiful black & white, director Michael Haneke has fashioned a haunting metaphorical drama that is as coldly chilling as anything made by Ingmar Bergman, and darkly unsettling as anything from the canon of David Lynch. A rich, tough, brilliant cinematic experience you’re not likely to forget. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bd bonuses: Interviews with cast and crew; featurettes. Widescreen Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Alice In Wonderland (Disney) Tim Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll classic finds young Alice (Mia Wasikowska), a 19th century girl who finds herself in an unhappy engagement to a boorish suitor, tumbling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she encounters magical cakes, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
In much the same way that recent Best Documentary Oscar winner The Cove wasn't really about Dolphin's, Craig Tanner's pointed, if simplistic, expose isn't really much about soccer. Like The Cove, this too is a scathing indictment of one nation's rich and powerful elite, in cahoots with big business, playing Pied Piper to an unsuspecting population and leading them right over a cliff. Indeed, World Cup Soccer in Africa: Who Really Wins? is first and foremost about politics, and you won't find a more political sphere of influence in the world than FIFA, soccer's international governing body: a Draconian organization comprised of fools, thieves, and career bureaucrats, riddled with enough gamesmanship, political infighting, and professional jealousy to shame a renaissance court.
Not to be misunderstood, Tanner iterates his point both early and often: No one is disputing the legitimacy of South Africa's bid to host a World Cup - »
- Neil Pedley
David Beckham has met with South African cleric Desmond Tutu while supporting England at the World Cup. The footballer, who was ruled out of playing after an Achilles tendon injury did not heal in time to allow him to take part, expressed his disappointment during a visit to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre on Thursday, reports The AP. "These things happen in life," he told Tutu. "Although I would have loved to have played, I'm here to support my team (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
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