Cartoon Network to air CNN’s ‘Bully Effect’

Cartoon Network will air sister network CNN’s original halfhour documentary “The Bully Effect” without commercials on April 28.

The presentation, part of Cartoon Network’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” initiative, will be accompanied by an online Q&A with bullying prevention expert Rosalind Wiseman. CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts the documentary and will also participate in a conversation about the subject.

“The Bully Effect,” which will also be available on Cartoon Network’s website beginning April 29, picks up the story of Alex Libby, one of the students featured in Lee Hirsch’s 2012 feature documentary “Bully.”

“For three years now through ‘Stop Bullying: Speak Up,’ Cartoon Network has served to provide valuable resources and materials to help educate and empower kids to speak up whenever bullying occurs,” said Cartoon Network prexy/COO Stuart Snyder, “‘The Bully Effect’ (goes) one step further, demonstrating how powerful empathy and understanding can be in helping
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Meet the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers #44: Alicia Dwyer's "Xmas Without China" Offers A Surprising Change of Pace for Documentarian

Meet the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers #44: Alicia Dwyer's
On first glance, "Xmas Without China" seems to be a surprising next subject for Alicia Dwyer, the filmmaker who last brought us "Bully" and "Pandemic: Facing Aids." But the film's humor is filled with an undercurrent of social commentary, discussing America's reliance on foreign goods and our holiday traditions that blend to make one of the festival's more fascinating documentaries. What it's about: A Chinese immigrant challenges his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without any Chinese products. Tell Us About Yourself: Alicia’s work recently appeared in theaters nation-wide in Bully, distributed by The Weinstein Company, for which she directed key material with the main character, Alex. Alicia was a director on The Calling, a four-hour PBS series that was a flagship of the 2010 Independent Lens season. She was associate producer of the 2004 Emmy Award-nominated HBO series Pandemic: Facing AIDS and of the 2001 Academy Award-winning feature...
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New to Blu-ray: Skyfall, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Weeds Season Eight and More

This week on Blu-ray the latest James Bond film hits home video, a swell new coming of age pic is released, and the final season of a Showtime staple hits HD. Briefly: Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (32% off) Bully [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (57% off) The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $30.38 (24% off) The Man with the Iron Fists (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Nurse Jackie: Season Four [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (37% off) The Sessions [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) Silent Hill: Revelation (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Weeds: Season Eight [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Hit the jump for special features details. Bully [Blu-ray] The anti-bullying documentary comes with the theatrical cut and a “special version” of the film that’s edited for a younger audience, though this new cut is only available on the Blu-ray. The extras also include a batch of deleted scenes,
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Take a Stand! And Win a ‘Bully’ DVD Pack

One of the most popular and powerful documentaries of last year, Lee Hirsch’s Bully is a film about the continuing crisis of bullying, which affects kids nationwide. In our own review, we call it “an intense, heartbreaking movie that every parent and school official should see.” Now it’s also a particularly important topic relevant to discussions of school violence. And it finally arrives on home video this Tuesday (February 12) on the heels of winning the Audience Choice award at the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors and finishing out the year as the fourth highest-grossing doc of 2012. You can go ahead and buy a copy right away, or you can try to win a DVD from Film School Rejects, and we’ll throw in a couple promotional anti-bullying rubber wristbands, on which are printed “It’S Time To Take A Stand.” The DVD, from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Compay, features
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Best Documentaries of 2012 (Part One)

Once considered by many as either high art, propaganda or educational videos, documentary film has developed into a popular and visible form of entertainment, sometimes breaking into the mainstream, and often having a greater effect on society. Every year it seems more and more docs are produced and thus not even our hard working staff can manage to get around to watching them all. But we try our best, and so every year we publish a list of the docs that received high praise from our team. This year, the films appearing range from poetic, semi-expository, strictly observational, participatory, reflexive and even groundbreaking. Here are the 20 best documentaries of 2012, list in alphabetical order, with one special mention. Enjoy!


5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

5 Broken Cameras is a cinematic achievement, a homemade movie and an extraordinary work of political activism. Co-directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi,
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Exclusive: Malcolm McDowell Talks Killing Santa Claus in Silent Night

Exclusive: Malcolm McDowell Talks Killing Santa Claus in Silent Night
Malcolm McDowell Talks Killing Santa Claus in Silent Night, in theaters this Friday and on Blu-ray December 4th

If you were a gore hungry kid in the 80s, nothing was more exciting than getting your hands on a copy of the banned VHS holiday horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, which featured a killer Santa Claus on a bloody rampage. Though five-year-olds shrug with indifference at the notion today, back in 1984, the idea of Jolly Saint Nick crawling down the chimney to axe your mom in the face was quite controversial. A certain kind of rush came from popping this in your video player for the first time. It didn't matter if the movie was any good. It only mattered that we weren't supposed to be watching such blasphemous filth.

Here, nearly 30 years removed from that quaint moment in time, the idea of a killer Santa is blas&#233. Films don't
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Bully Blu-ray and DVD Debuts February 12, 2013

Bully Blu-ray and DVD Debuts February 12, 2013
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD release of Bully, the critically-acclaimed documentary film that sparked a national movement that rallied people to stand up to bullying, hate, and intolerance. Directed by Lee Hirsch, Bully follows the lives of five students whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis, and the families that fight for them. A call to action, the film not only captured the attention of the country, but fostered a national dialogue about bullying, uniting parents, teachers, and students in the fight against the violence that has gone unchecked for too long in our schools. Timely and significant, Bully heads to retail on February 12, 2013 for an Srp of $29.99 for the Blu-ray Combo Pack and $24.98 for the DVD.

Time Magazine film critic Richard Corliss called Bully "A movie your kids must see." Wrote film critic Claudia Puig
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'Bully' Review: Actual Kids Grade the Documentary

Bully" Director: Lee Hirsch Documentary Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language -- all involving kids (initially rated R for some language) “Bully” follows a group of tweens and teens who've dealt with persistent bullying: lonely 12-year-old Alex faces daily physical and verbal abuse (particularly on the bus) in Sioux City, Iowa; out-and-proud 16-year-old Kelby is constantly besieged by the homophobia of her classmates and teachers in Tuttle, Oklahoma; and two sets of grieving parents attempt to honor their sons, who each committed suicide rather than live another day with the merciless taunting of their peers. Since Hirsch's documentary explores the many ways that bullying can affect and damage kids, I took two 13-year-old girls to see the film and discuss what they thought of the heartbreaking stories, and ultimately, the hopeful message. Which of the stories affected you the most? “The girl who came
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.Bully. Director Talks about the Movie, Being Bullied, and Winning the MPAA Battle

I salute Lee Hirsch! He created a documentary that is timely and much-needed. That movie, of course, is .Bully.. The Weinstein Co. film that was previously in limited release is slowly spreading across North America. So if it.s in your town, go watch .Bully!. ("Bully" Movie Review)

In this interview, we talked about:

*** The beginning of making the movie . how did .Bully. come about?

*** How did he choose the brave kids to be featured in the movie?

*** Why Alex.s story resonate the most

*** The MPAA battle . from R to PG-13

*** The film.s hopeful message . can we, as a society, really get over bullying?

But it.s all not dire seriousness in this interview, in the beginning, we were having mic issues, and Mister Hirsch blurted out that I have a lyrical voice, Ha!
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Film Review: Advocacy Film ‘Bully’ is a Must See, But for Who?

Chicago – The age-old problem of bullying has reached epidemic proportions. Or is it simply more openly discussed? It seems that for once a light is being pointed at the dark corners of this punishing coercion, and the perpetrators and enablers involved – the bully, his parents, school administrators – are scurrying from that light. The new film “Bully” is an illumination.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Hardly a complete documentary, the film projects a point-of-view by telling stories around the country about school kids in the middle of a bully situation, and families who have been affected by the actions of bullies. At the same time, these stories also showcase the underlying issues surrounding the bully situations – blind mice school systems, frustrated parents, the crueler outside world and a justice-system-by-way-of-no-justice. The stories are fraught with sadness and suffering, and have a emotional gut kick. The question after watching this is, who will be most affected by it?
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Movie Review: Bully – Uncovering The Desperate Cries For Help

In Alex Libby’s school, the principal is just as big a bully as the ones who victimize him on a daily basis, as shown when two of his classmates come back from recess soon after an altercation. One is a nice boy, offering his hand in apology, the other refuses to extend his hand or be sincere in returning the gesture. The principal pats the nice boy on the shoulder and sends him on his way and then proceeds to scold the other–the boy who was originally picked on. When he explains himself, he is denigrated while the guilty boy goes unpunished. That’s the tag team that plagues so many schools–bully and teacher–and is just one of the several real stories exposed in Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully.

David and Tina Long, hail from Murray Country, Georgia and found their 17-year old son Tyler hanging
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Directed by: Lee Hirsch

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: April 13, 2012 (Chicago)

Plot: A documentary that tells the stories of American youth who are bullied in their middle schools.

Who’S It For? Bully is made for both kids and their parents, but will provides little answers about dealing with such problems to either of them. The film’s main focus is to share horror stories (which are sadly true) about the damage that bullying does not just to children, but their parents as well.


For a “character-driven drama,” Bully is full of too many weakly developed subjects to squeeze much out of its audience other than relatable sympathy. We watch in anger the episodes of relentless bullying in Alex’s life, but showing a conclusion or a solution to his problems seems out of the question for the filmmakers. In not providing us this satisfaction,
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Bully Review

Bully Directed by: Lee Hirsch Written by: Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen This year over 13 million kids will be subjected to bullying in one form or another. The problem has increased in magnitude with the advent of social media, allowing kids to attack one another from behind a keyboard or phone. Lee Hirsch tackles the hot button issue in his new documentary, Bully. It follows the stories of five families who have been directly impacted by bullying. No doubt Hirsch knows the best way to engage viewers in this type of issue is to put a face on it. Hirsch and producer Cynthia Lowen “embedded” themselves at a middle school in Sioux City, Iowa in order to chronicle the life of Alex, who is relentlessly bullied at school. He suffers physical and mental abuse from schoolmates, and is essentially ostracized by the entire student body. Alex was born prematurely and
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Bully (2011) – The Review

Bully is a new documentary that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately, not because of its topical subject, but because of a battle with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over the rating the film was assigned. Due to an arbitrary ruling over language content (too many F-bombs) the doc was rated R, restricted. The film’s supporters led by distributor Harvey Weinstein believed that this would prevent many teenagers from seeing the film (and, hopefully, learning from it). But the MPAA would not budge, so Weinstein explored the possibility of releasing Bully unrated. Unfortunately many theatre owners will not book an unrated film and many outlets will not carry advertising for such a film. Finally, after a few cuts and lots of celebrity pressure, the rating has dropped to PG-13. Now that it’s finally in theatres we can get pass the big dust-up and see
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Bully Review

Bullying is a serious problem, or at least it's now being recognized as one.  But it's also a layered issue that can't simply be summed up by watching the suffering of kids and the gross negligence of school administrators.  Lee Hirsch's documentary Bully can never get beyond observing the problem, and the film's shapeless structure obfuscates more than it illuminates.  Hirsch finds a compelling central figure, but he's constantly distracted by the plight of other bullied kids, and yet he's unwilling to explore the details and questions raised by those kids' situation.  Worst of all, Bully relies on highly questionable manipulation in order to make its point, but it has no point when it comes to stopping bulling.  It just has a website. The movie opens with a heartbreaking scene of David Long telling how his son Tyler committed suicide because of bullying.  It's a powerful opening, and it
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Morning Meme: Britney Spears Reaches Deal For "The X Factor," Cameron Monaghan Heads To The "Mall," and a Sneak Peek At "Saturday Night Glee-ver"

In a Hollywood explosion seldom seen, Joe Eszterhas, the screenwriter for The Maccabees, the Jewish historical film Mel Gibson is making, published a nine-page letter accusing Gibson of being anti-Semitic and just doing the film to fix his reputation. Mel Gibson published a response saying Eszterhas was unprofessional and delivering a late, substandard script (that Warner Bros rejected).

Brian Moylan is stirring the pot again with an etiquette guide for straight people at gay bars. I have to admit though, I tend to agree with him. Back in my party days nothing could clear a dance floor full of shirtless circuit boys faster than some of this stuff, plus mixed drinks on the dance floor? Who does that?

Macy Gray is out with a new album and talking about her support for the Glbt community as well. The money line is "It’s a very powerful community in music. And,
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Yankees Go To Bat For ‘Bully’ Docu

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Yankees Go To Bat For ‘Bully’ Docu
The Weinstein Company docu Bully has really touched a nerve. In the latest promotion for the Lee Hirsch-directed film, New York Yankees stars Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and manager Joe Girardi took time to do a PSA to urge the audience to sign on to a website for the film and its Bully Project petition. The Yankees stars join an army of other celebs who’ve spoken out against bullying, on behalf of a film that already got more publicity than most documentaries before the MPAA changed the film’s R rating to a PG-13. Here’s the PSA:
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Bullies Harvey Weinstein and the MPAA Forced to Shake Hands, Re-Edited ‘Bully’ Gets a PG-13 Rating

After weeks and weeks of controversy, manufactured or otherwise, the tumultuous story of The Weinstein Company’s anti-bullying documentary Bully has finally come to a close. For those who haven’t been following all of the hullabaloo, the fun all started when the MPAA ridiculously gave a Lee Hirsch-directed documentary meant to expose the escalating problem of bullying in U.S. schools an R-rating. Even though the movie taught a good lesson, the fact that it used the F word a few too many times deemed it unsuitable for our children’s bruised little ears. Never one to take a chance at free publicity lying down, the film’s producer Harvey Weinstein made a big stink about how unjust the rating was, and vowed to have it appealed. He did as much, and he even brought one of the bullied kids from the film, Alex Libby, to speak during the appeals process. Nonetheless
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Nevermind: ‘Bully’ Gets PG-13 Rating

“Just think of all the people who learned about Bully solely through some report on CNN.”

That’s what I said two and a half weeks ago when Harvey Weinstein, being such an independent spirit, decided to shirk the awful MPAA and release Bully into theaters with the unrated tag. When this all went down — after a back-and-forth between the two raised some eyebrows in the mainstream — it felt like a brave and transgressive move on the part of, really, any studio forced to make concessions on behalf of illogical rulings by people who had nothing to do with a film’s construction.

Wrong! A press release on TWC’s part announces that a few uses of the f-word being the sole exception, the same cut of Bully will be going into a wider release on April 13th with a PG-13 rating — just in time for all that press attention
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'Bully' Pulls Some Punches For a PG-13

Bullies and non-bullies under 17 can now see "Bully" without an accompanying parent or adult guardian.

The Motion Picture Association of America has granted a PG-13 rating to a new cut of the controversial documentary, "Bully," that was recently submitted by The Weinstein Company. This decision by the MPAA is a "huge victory for the parents, educators, lawmakers and, most importantly, children everywhere who have been fighting for months for the appropriate PG-13 rating without cutting some of the most sensitive moments," according to a press release from TWC.

The Weinstein Company removed three instances of the "F" word in the new cut, but, oddly enough, the scene in which teen Alex Libby is bullied and harassed on a bus — an intense moment that has been at the forefront of the battle with the MPAA over the film's original R rating — remains completely intact and unaltered.

"I feel completely vindicated with this resolution,
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