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Tom Shadyac’s documentary I Am will kick off Own: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday programming block on January 1, 2012. Onetime hit feature director Shadyac’s life took quite a turn after he suffered a concussion in a cycling accident that left him unable to work for months. The director of Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective underwent a profound transformation that he chronicles in the movie. I Am follows Shadyac’s quest to answer two questions: “What’s wrong with the world” and “What can we do about it?”. He interviews notable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia and faith — including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks and Marc Ian Barasch. Oprah Winfrey’s separate interview with Shadyac introduces the documentary. Super Soul Sunday airs 8-11 Am with an encore beginning at noon. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Alfre Woodard, Deborah Santana, Sharon Gelman, Kitsaun King, Marlene Saritzky and noted guests will attend an afternoon of food, drink, enjoyment and a special program on October 30, where Artists for a New South Africa pays tribute from afar to Desmond Tutu.
The event will celebrate the publication of Tutu: Authorized, an extraordinary new book, celebrating eighty years of Archbishop Tutu’s life,
The book features interviews with President Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Aung San Suu Kyi and Ansa supporters Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Hugh Masekela, Deborah Santana, Blair Underwood, Alfre Woodard and many more.
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The Chinese are currently practising neocolonialism on a vast scale all over Africa, one of its manifestations being the South African government's reluctance to grant the Dalai Lama a visit to attend Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday. This quietly revealing documentary looks at the situation in Zambia (where the Chinese seem to have taken over copper mining) with special reference to three people: Felix Mutati, the bland Zambian minister of trade; a hard-driving Chinese entrepreneur who owns four farms and rides roughshod over his labourers; and a dedicated Chinese road builder who has trouble on all sides, including his soft shoulder.
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- Philip French
A disappointing night for full-time humanitarians
Once more, dear friends, to a familiar furrow, as we must ask: when did philanthropy stop being its own reward? The inquiry is prompted this time by news that Angelina Jolie has been garlanded with yet another humanitarian award. According to the Un Refugee Agency's own report on the matter, the agency "paid lavish tribute" to the Hollywood star on Monday night in "a slick ceremony".
Of course, this not the first award that the Un has bestowed upon Angelina. They confected another one in 2005, giving her their first Global Humanitarian Action Award, which was presented at a glittering black-tie dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, attended by 700 diplomats and dignitaries.
Back in 2002, another glitzy New York ceremony had attended Angelina's receipt of the inaugural Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program Humanitarian Award. Then, in 2003, she beat what we must »
- Marina Hyde
Last week, during the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative event, President Bill Clinton welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize laureate, peacebuilder, and general secretary of the National League for Democracy via satellite and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chairman of The Elders in a first-time conversation between the two visionary leaders.
Suu Kyi spoke about her own struggles for human rights, democratic governance, and ethic reconciliation, while Archbishop Tutu discussed his recent work to end child marriage. The highlight of the conversation was the overwhelming admiration Tutu and Suu Kyi expressed for each other’s efforts to promote world peace and democracy.
“The lives and accomplishments of Aung San Suu Kyi and Archibishop Desmond Tutu are an inspiring testament to the tremendous good than can be achieved by a boundless reserve of courage, humility, and conviction,” said President Clinton. “Suu Kyi and Archibishop Tutu exemplify the positive work of CGI members »
The film festival that aims to change the world.
"These films and events bring to light stories from across the planet which – like South africa's injustices, courage and beauty – were once hidden. During this festival, you will see the change you want in the world," said Archbishop Desmond Tutu, welcoming the launch of the Take One Action film festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Now in its third year, the festival celebrates the work of filmmakers who are trying to make a difference.
The festival will open with bicycle-powered screenings at the Royal Botanic Gardens in »
- Jennie Kermode
Despite unsettling rumors swirling around Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, the "other royal wedding," believed to cost upwards of $65 million, is still on for this weekend. The most glamorous, high-profile event in Monaco since the 1956 wedding of Albert's late parents, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, kicks off Thursday night with a major concert by the Eagles free for all residents of the tiny principality. Albert, 53, and his 33-year-old bride-to-be, a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, will wed in a small civil ceremony inside the palace Friday and in a larger religious ceremony in the palace courtyard Saturday. »
- Dana Kennedy
Kate and Jamie Hince and Albert and Charlene Wittstock will both be married this weekend in two of the biggest ceremonies of the year, but who will have the grander affair?
All of European, and some of American, society will be heading to some very lavish weddings this weekend in Europe — the question is which will they attend? Kate Moss will be marrying her rocker boyfriend Jamie Hince in a three day affair in the English countryside dubbed Mosstock, while Prince Albert will marry South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in Monte Carlo at a weekend long ceremony that is rumored to put the royal wedding to shame. Decisions, decisions…
According to the Daily Mail, Albert’s guest list includes; “Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Virginia McKenna, Topshop’s Philip Green, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.” Many of these guests however, most notably Karl and Sir Philip, »
- HL Staff
Join me from 8.30pm as the candidates create a free magazine – who will get spiked?
Good evening, and welcome to The Apprentice Week 7 liveblog! Tonight our teams are diving headlong into the world of publishing, developing ideas for a new free magazine. Just based on that summary, it's clear that the number of things that could go wrong with this task is on an unimaginable scale, so huge that even Professor Brian Cox couldn't define it without expansive hand gestures and gratuitous airmiles. Is everyone ready?
We're down to just nine contestants now – five girls and four boys, all prepared to do whatever it takes to make it into the final eight. Thankfully there is no casting couch, but instead we can expect plenty of back stabbing and machiavellian boardroom tactics. As discussed here earlier, I'm very much hoping this series is about to move into a new gear, so let's see what tonight brings. »
- Heidi Stephens
Leading actors Scarlett Johansson and Kristin Davis, photographer Rankin, supermodel Helena Christensen and TV presenter Zoe Ball are among the stars joining Oxfam in putting out a call to fix the broken global food system, which is failing to feed nearly a billion people each day.
The international food system – which takes food from the fields to our plates – is currently leaving one in seven people going hungry every day and, according to Oxfam, the situation is getting much worse. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Angélique Kidjo and international actor Gael Garcia Bernal are also among the names joining Oxfam calling for governments and big businesses to act now and fix it, to avoid the first ever global food crisis.
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Don't call him a national treasure. Don't call him a national treasure. I repeat the instruction to myself all the way to a meeting with Sir Trevor McDonald. Why? Because the phrase is such a cliché and might embarrass him, and what can he really say back? Trouble is, we're meeting in Coutts, a grand old Regency-era bank on the Strand, and before I know it we're sitting opposite each other on claret-coloured armchairs and I'm pouring him tea from a pot and there are biscuits on a little tray and it's all so British I can't hold back. "Are we in a bank," it comes blurting out, "because you're a national treasure?"
An embarrassed pause. Oh god. "I don't know what I can really say to that." Mercifully, then, he smiles. »
- Tom Lamont
A double helping of The Apprentice plus a football documentary was far too much Sugar for one week
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Who has got what it takes to go all the way with the seventh series of The Apprentice? That is the question to which all of us, at the end of the day, and going forward, must front up, yeah? And after completing the task of watching last week's double-episode bonanza, the answer seems likely to be: not me, yeah?
Call me a gutless layabout who's never done an honest day's work in his life, but it wasn't the contestants' habit of finishing every platitude-filled statement with a questioning "yeah?" that sapped my spirit. For we must all do battle with the evil of banality. No, »
- Andrew Anthony
The Apprentice 2011: Join me from 8.30pm as we meet the latest batch of Britain's brightest business brains
8.21pm: Good evening! It's nearly time!
8.25pm: Welcome to the Apprentice liveblog! Over the next 12 weeks, 16 self-deprecating, considerate, intelligent hopefuls will demonstrate teamwork, respect and humility, in the hope of earning the enduring regard and esteem of benevolent grandpa Lord Sugar and his cuddly helpers.
Oh, who am I kidding? It's going to be a bloodbath.
So there's an exciting new format for Series 7 – rather than a job as chief bootlicker at Brentwood's finest purveyor of joyless digital signage, this year's winner will get £250k to start their own venture, with Lord Sugar as their business partner. This in theory opens up the field to some genuine entrepreneurs, rather than the usual swaggering wideboy salesmen doing dinosaur impressions and hostile fembots smashing their shoulder pads through the glass ceiling, but only time will tell. »
- Heidi Stephens
Melody says she's a pupil of Desmond Tutu. Edward has psychic wounds. The little horrors are back
Melody Hossaini is over-qualified to win The Apprentice (BBC1). "I was trained by Al Gore," she said. "I was personally taught by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama." Only 26, she runs a global social entrepreneurship company. She told her local newspaper that she speaks five languages, was bombed and kidnapped in Iran before fleeing with her family to – this is where her story tugged my heartstrings – Walsall.
With that CV, she should be Un Secretary-General, our next queen, or Nick Clegg's missing spine. Melody reminds me of her chilling fighter pilot killer namesake from Captain Scarlet (don't pretend you don't know who I mean). It was Melody who, with Rhapsody and Harmony, were the go-to puppets to battle the evil Mysterons after mere plastic men had failed. Episode one of The Apprentice »
- Alex James, Stuart Jeffries
Chicago – Tom Shadyac was on top of the world. He had directed several blockbuster comedies including “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Bruce Almighty.” “The Nutty Professor,” and more. When he got into an accident and found himself the victim of a syndrome that made him welcome coming death, he reached that revelatory moment that often happens to people in horrible situations as he reassessed not only his value system but that of the entire world. He chronicled his journey for “I Am,” a well-intentioned documentary that is just too unfocused, scattered, and philosophically thin to matter.
Shadyac’s film starts with the filmmaker asking two questions — “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?” He wraps his personal story around interviews with a wide variety of subjects from CEOs to writers to Noam Chomsky and Desmond Tutu. With a shocking lack of focus, “I Am »
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The new documentary I Am, which charts director Tom Shadyac's journey of self-discovery, will be released in theaters on March 11 and we certainly have to celebrate this new release. We have a contest running and we're giving away a DVD pack full of Tom Shadyac's movies, all of which are signed by the director himself. These signed DVDs will surely go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.
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Opening in theaters on March 11th is the new documentary I Am from Bruce Almighty director Tom Shadyac. The film features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Coleman Barks, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Tom Shadyac about the new film, his accident, what he's learned and how its changed his life. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.
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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: Pet Detective, Liar, Liar, and Bruce Almighty to his credit. I Am recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, »
Rango $38 millionThe Adjustment Bureau $20.9 millionBeastly $10.1 millionHall Pass $9 millionGnomeo and Juliet $6.9 millionUnknown $6.6 millionThe King's Speech $6.5 millionJust Go with It $6.4 millionI Am Number Four $5.7 millionJustin Bieber: Never Say Never $4.3 million
The new comedy Hall Pass just barely managed to beat out Gnomeo and Juliet last week to take the top spot at the box office in its debut. But with four new films entering the box office race this week including the animated Western Rango, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, the teen drama Beastly, and the '80s comedy Take Me Home Tonight, the Owen Wilson comedy was unable to retain its box office crown for a second week in a row.
Debuting at number one this week is the new computer animated Western from Pirates of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski called Rango. The film stars Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), as well as Isla Fisher »
Australian model Miranda Kerr has announced that she is a global ambassador for Earth Hour 2011.
“Each of us has a responsibility for the sustainability of our planet and each of us can make a difference if we choose to do so,” says Miranda, the wife of Orlando Bloom “I am pleased to be a global Ambassador for Earth Hour this year and I personally will be participating in Earth Hour on 26 March 2011, and will continue to adopt sustainability practices thereafter in my everyday life. Together we can make a difference.”
Earth Hour is a global annual event created by the WWF that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Miranda joins present and previous ambassadors for Earth Hour including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Un Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, actress Cate Blanchett, »
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Running Time: 1 hr 15 min
Release Date: February 18, 2011
Plot: After a life-changing bike accident, a successful Hollywood director (Shadyac) goes off in search of meaning.
Who’S It For? Anyone who reads spirituality books like those by the Dalai Lama.
Expectations: I thought the trailer looked a little contrived, so I didn’t have high hopes for the film.
Tom Shadyac as himself: Best known for directing films like Ace Ventura and The Nutty Professor, Shadyac was a successful man with a huge house and lavish lifestyle. Then he had the double whammy of a bicycle accident and a film flop (Evan Almighty, which grossed $100 million so it wasn’t a Huge disaster). How you feel about him will depend on your reaction to that story. A man with ridiculous amounts of money has an epiphany. »
- Megan Lehar
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