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Tommy Lee: SeaWorld Trainers 'Masturbate' Whale With 'A Cow's Vagina'

9 December 2010 5:50 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Musician Tommy Lee recently wrote a letter to Terry Prather, President of SeaWorld, as a response to SeaWorld's announcement that they would no longer allow trainers to have any personal contact with Tilikum, the orca whale involved with the death of three people. Lee, citing the support of PETA, expressed confusion and outrage over SeaWorld's latest decision, claiming trainers "masturbate" the whale with "a cow's vagina filled with hot water." He accused SeaWorld of not releasing the whale because it is their "chief sperm bank." Lee wrote: Even during my wildest days with Motley Crue, I never could've imagined something so sick and twisted. Simply put, how can SeaWorld claim that trainers no longer have direct contact with this whale when they are jacking him off?

SeaWorld was quick to respond to the Motley Crue drummer's allegation, as a SeaWorld representative told TMZ, "The process of collecting semen for [artificial insemination] doesn't »

- The Huffington Post

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John Leguizamo on His One-Man Show 'Ghetto Klown,' and 'Fugly'

4 November 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Genre-defying actor John Leguizamo ('Romeo + Juliet', 'Carlito's Way,' 'To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar') is set to debut his latest one-man show, 'Ghetto Klown,' for an 11-day run in Toronto beginning November 9. This is Leguizamo's fifth one-man show, and he promises it will raise the bar for one-man shows everywhere. The show is based on Leguizamo's life, and includes some of his deepest, darkest secrets that he previously only told his therapist. He enlisted long-time friend Fisher Stevens (who recently won an Oscar for his producing role on 'The Cove') to direct the show.

The famously-energetic Leguizamo has also just wrapped filming the movie 'Fugly,' which is a fictionalized version of 'Ghetto Klown.' He spent eight years nurturing this passion project, which he developed at the Sundance Institute's Writer's and Producer's Labs. On top of all of that, »

- Annette Bourdeau

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Could a Ric O'Barry Biopic Depreciate "The Cove"?

30 October 2010 4:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Documentaries, Movie News, Cinematical

Activist Ric O'Barry has been crusading against dolphin captivity for more than forty years, but it was the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Cove' that really put him and his cause in the public eye. The 2009 film depicts a mission in which O'Barry and a team of fellow preservationists went to Japan to capture footage of dolphin slaughter and raise general awareness of an illegal fishing operation in Taiji, Wakayama. Since then he has also had a mini-series on Animal Planet in which he returned to the titular Taiji cove and also exposed a similar dolphin trade in the Solomon Islands. Now according to Deadline, the former trainer and actor will get to have his whole life unveiled on the big screen in a biopic from 'Poseidon' producers Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs along with Ric's son, Lincoln O'Barry, who produced and directed that Animal Planet series. »

- Christopher Campbell

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Could a Ric O'Barry Biopic Depreciate "The Cove"?

30 October 2010 4:15 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Documentaries, Movie News, Cinematical

Activist Ric O'Barry has been crusading against dolphin captivity for more than forty years, but it was the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Cove' that really put him and his cause in the public eye. The 2009 film depicts a mission in which O'Barry and a team of fellow preservationists went to Japan to capture footage of dolphin slaughter and raise general awareness of an illegal fishing operation in Taiji, Wakayama. Since then he has also had a mini-series on Animal Planet in which he returned to the titular Taiji cove and also exposed a similar dolphin trade in the Solomon Islands. Now according to Deadline, the former trainer and actor will get to have his whole life unveiled on the big screen in a biopic from 'Poseidon' producers Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs along with Ric's son, Lincoln O'Barry, who produced and directed that Animal Planet series. »

- Christopher Campbell

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Mike Fleiss Plots Feature Biopic Of 'The Cove's' Dolphin Activist Richard O'Barry

28 October 2010 8:17 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Mike Fleiss, who created The Bachelor and other reality hits before branching into films, has acquired feature film rights to the life story of Richard O'Barry. He is the dolphin preservationist and the central figure in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. O'Barry started his career training the dolphins that starred in the TV show Flipper. When one of them died in captivity--and maybe had lost its will to live--o'Barry began a life long quest to free dolphins from captivity. He came to the forefront in the documentary, in which director Louie Psihoyos covertly filmed the carnage in a cove in the small former whaling village of Taijii. Fisherman annually herd thousands of dolphins into the cove, and slaughter them in a frenzy that actually makes the waters run blood red. The film created a global uproar. Fleiss and Lincoln O'Barry will produce under Next Films and BayRock Media, and »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Cactus Three sets fund to help complete films

14 October 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Production and distribution company Cactus Three has formed a new film-finishing fund for documentaries and independent pics.

As part of its mission to finance movies that focus on social issues, Cactus Three will identify five to seven films per year in need of capital and resources to be completed. Accepted projects, especially those with an eye on the festival circuit, can receive up to $100,000 for postproduction work.

The fund is a collaboration between C3 co-founders and executive producers Caroline Stevens and Krysanne Katsoolis and Canadian film financier John Margetis of Liquid Prods.

"As executive producers, we understand the importance of a fund to help those creating the best in their genre to realize their creative visions," Stevens said. "Too often even the best filmmakers are crippled by the inability to complete production financing, and this fund is specifically aimed to redress this situation."

In the past few years, Cactus Three »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Epix hires director of doc development

9 September 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- Epix is further strengthening its commitment to original programming and particularly documentaries. The premium TV service joint venture of Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM has hired Jill Burkhart as director of documentary development, effective immediately.

The new position was filled following Epix's recent first Emmy nomination for "Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story," which chronicles the comedian's rise to fame. Its slate of documentaries has also included Academy Award winner "The Cove" and Michael Moore classic "Bowling for Columbine," among others.

Burkhart most recently served as the executive director of the Nantucket Film Festival, which she founded along with her brother in 1996. Previously, she worked with Madstone Films as a curator for its Very Indie Film Series and led screenwriters' retreat the Screenwriters Colony.

"Jill's experience working with independent film producers, studios, and festivals uniquely qualifies her for this new role in deepening Epix's original programming slate," said Laverne McKinnon, »

- By Georg Szalai

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Cove star stages protest over Japanese dolphin hunt

2 September 2010 12:53 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ric O'Barry, who appeared in the Oscar-winning film, delivers petition signed by 1.7 million people to Us embassy in Tokyo

The star of an Oscar-winning film about dolphin hunting in Japan delivered a petition to the country's Us embassy calling for an end to the practice.

Ric O'Barry, 70 – who appeared in The Cove and trained dolphins for 1960s TV show Flipper – was flanked by police and dozens of supporters carrying banners. The petition was signed by 1.7 million people from 151 countries.

O'Barry had hoped to deliver it to the Japanese fisheries agency but cancelled the plan after threats from a nationalist group with a history of violence. The Cove, which won this year's Oscar for best documentary, shows fishermen from the town of Taiji who scare dolphins into a cove before killing them slowly by piercing them repeatedly.

O'Barry said: "I'm not losing hope. Our voice is being heard in Taiji."

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Handicapping the Contending 2010 Oscar Documentaries

26 August 2010 6:29 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

82nd Annual Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature winners for The Cove; Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens backstage with Paula DuPre Pesman and Ric O'Barry

Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S. With last week's release of The Tillman Story and A Film Unfinished, Oscar Doc season is officially in full swing. A perfect time to make some early predictions for the five films that will battle out for this year's Academy Award for best feature documentary.

The Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary has been one of the most difficult competitions to handicap over the years for several reasons. The rules were often confusing and the nomination process was quite unfair prior to 2002. That's when the Academy finally made significant changes based on the large number of complaints from both filmmakers and the public at large. Up until that time decisions were made by a handful of people and »

- Bill Cody

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'The Cove' and a Follow-Up Series Debut on Animal Planet

24 August 2010 12:15 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If you still haven't seen the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove after all the attention we've given it, I don't know what to tell you other than ... here's another recommendation for you to watch the film, which exposes the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. Both shocking and entertaining, director Louie Psihoyos (and producer Fisher Stevens) presents the cause with a narrative resembling that of a spy thriller. And now it's about to make its network TV debut on Animal Planet. The doc will premiere this Sunday (August 29) at 9pm, appropriately in the middle of a marathon of Whale Wars.

For those of us who have already seen The Cove and want updates, Animal Planet is also presenting a three-part series titled Blood Dolphin$, which follows activist Ric O'Barry, the star of the film, and his team on new missions to save dolphins in Taiji and other parts of the world. »

- Christopher Campbell

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After The Cove: Ric and Lincoln O'Barry Discuss Their New Series, Blood Dolphins

9 August 2010 11:14 AM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

This Friday, Animal Planet will premiere Blood Dolphins, a show inspired and created by the makers of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove. In the documentary, Ocean Preservation Society co-founder Louie Psihoyos and dolphin trainer-turned-activist Ric O'Barry teamed up to expose the secret annual slaughtering of 20,000 dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Now, O'Barry and his son O'Barry have developed a three-part TV miniseries to continue spreading their message. I spoke with the father-son duo about their mission, their Ocean's 11-style setup, and bringing their cause to TV.

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- Ilana Diamond

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News Shorts: August 9th 2010

9 August 2010 8:21 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Photos galore today including new stills from 127 Hours, Little White Lies, The Debt, The Tempest, Vanishing on 7th Street, Fair Game, The Winning Season, Never Let Me Go, Miral and Somewhere.

There's also promo photos of Lindsay Lohan for Inferno, and shots from the sets of Moneyball and Dark Tide.

""X-Men: First Class" and "Kick Ass" director says one reason why he took the 'X-Men' gig is that superhero films have "been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it’s supposed to be. People are just going to get bored of it"..." (full details)

"Ving Rhames confirmed on the late-night TBS talk show Lopez Tonight on Wednesday last week that he will return for "Mission: Impossible 4"..." (full details)

"Warner Bros is reportedly keen to take advantage of the New Orleans' tax incentives, which they're currently using for Martin Campbell's "Green Lantern", on »

- Garth Franklin

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Animal Planet's Blood Dolphins: Continuing The Work of The Cove

6 August 2010 10:48 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

The documentary The Cove won an Academy Award and highlighted the plight of dolphins in the Japanese fishing village of Taiji, but the activist featured in the film says his work is far from done.

It continues in Animal Planet's new series Blood Dolphins (premiering Aug. 27, 11/10c), which follows Ric O'Barry, Flipper trainer and The Cove's lead activist, and his son, filmmaker Lincoln O'Barry, as they continue their mission to save dolphins from slaughter in Japan.

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- Denise Martin

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Ghostface in 'Scream 4,' CG Thing, Jj's 'Boilerplate,' 'Super' Peek and New Release Dates

1 August 2010 12:20 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

A look at the Ghostface mask from Scream 4

Photo: Dimension Films A few weeks ago I delivered a massive update on the sometimes dramatic development of Scream 4. Last week, director Wes Craven offered up the above photo (via Twitter) of Ghostface, the franchise's maniacal killer, in what appears to be the set of the film, you can get a full-sized look at the shot in the RopeofSilicon gallery right here. Scream 4 will be released on April 15, 2011.

Anyone still interested in Steven Spielberg's proposed Abraham Lincoln biopic? Or have you lost interest after several years of delays? Well, we certainly aren't getting any closer to seeing the film now as Digital Spy's Simon Reynolds reports Liam Neeson, who has been attached to star as Lincoln since 2005, has quit the project claiming he is now too old to play the 16th president of the United States. Neeson »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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Capt. Watson of Sea Shepherd on the Faeroe Island slaughter and Gulf rescue

29 July 2010 9:54 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Captain Paul Watson of Animal Planet's "Whale Wars" has sent Monsters and Critics an update on all the sea battles and concerns the Sea Shepherd is involved in. Watson writes, "We have been fighting to stop the pilot whale slaughter in Denmark's Faeroe Islands since 1985 and we are not giving up! We intend to stop their cruel 'hunt,' which is very similar to the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter in Japan, documented in the award-winning film 'The Cove.'" The Sea Shepherd needs sponsors and donors to keep their working mission afloat. Watson says, "We couldn't be so effective without you. Please donate today to help us keep it up, so we can continue our vital efforts." Donate Faeroe Islands: »

- April MacIntyre

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Director of Dolphin Documentary ‘The Cove’ Will Next Make a 3D Doc About Mass Extinction

29 July 2010 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Louie Psihoyos became a documentary sensation thanks to his film The Cove, which documented the mass hunting and slaughter of dolphins in one town in Japan. Now he is planning to follow that effort with a much bigger film tentatively called The Singing Planet. The subject: the mass extinction of wildlife. Speaking to Momentum, Psihoyos says, We’re shooting a 3-D film whose working title is The Singing Planet. It’s a film about the mass extinction of wildlife caused by humanity – I think it’s the biggest story out there right now...We'll be all over the world for that one, The Gulf, Polynesia, all over the Pacific including Cocos and Galapagos, Europe and many places now being determined.... In March, just after Psihoyos won the Oscar for Best Documentary, there was word that the filmmaker was working on a new doc with Quentin Tarantino's producer Lawrence Bender »

- Russ Fischer

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'The Cove' Director Filming 3D Mass Extinction Movie Next

29 July 2010 11:51 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

After winning the Best Documentary Oscar for his directorial debut The Cove, one can only imagine how much pressure Louie Psihoyos has on him to follow that up with another documentary that's just as powerful (if not more) than his previous effort. While he continues to wage a war against the mass dolphin murders in Japan, Psihoyos has been hard at work on his next documentary, tentatively called The Singing Planet.

Speaking to Momentum, he says, "We're shooting a 3-D film about the mass extinction of wildlife caused by humanity--i think it's the biggest story out there right now. We'll be all over the world for that one, The Gulf, Polynesia, all over the Pacific including Cocos and Galapagos, Europe and many places now being determined...." Back in March, it was revealed that Psihoyos wanted to turn his camera on endangered species next, focusing on "the list of extinct-prone animals and organisms, »

- Erik Davis

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The Ugly Face of Beauty | Britain By Bike: North Devon | Danielle Lineker - My New Stepfamily | CSI: Miami | Shooting Stars | True Stories: The Cove | Watch this

20 July 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Ugly Face of Beauty | Britain By Bike: North Devon | Danielle Lineker - My New Stepfamily | CSI: Miami | Shooting Stars | True Stories: The Cove

The Ugly Face of Beauty

8pm, Channel 4

Here's a series to put you off cosmetic surgery forever, as Dr Christian Jessen outlines just what can go wrong. In particular, we're offered first-hand testimony by mother-of-two Kelly, whose tummy tuck led to such bad scarring that, in her own words, "People say it's like I've been bitten by a shark." Perhaps the most dispiriting moments here, though, arrive when a group of teenagers study the body of a perfectly ordinary young woman and decide that she needs £50,000 of procedures to conform to modern ideals of beauty. That's 12 operations "plus extensive liposuction", in case you're wondering. Jw

Britain By Bike: North Devon

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The Ugly Face of Beauty | Britain By Bike: North Devon | Danielle Lineker - My New Stepfamily | CSI: Miami | Shooting Stars | True Stories: The Cove | Watch this

19 July 2010 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Ugly Face of Beauty | Britain By Bike: North Devon | Danielle Lineker - My New Stepfamily | CSI: Miami | Shooting Stars | True Stories: The Cove

The Ugly Face of Beauty

8pm, Channel 4Britain

Here's a series to put you off cosmetic surgery forever, as Dr Christian Jessen outlines just what can go wrong. In particular, we're offered first-hand testimony by mother-of-two Kelly, whose tummy tuck led to such bad scarring that, in her own words, "People say it's like I've been bitten by a shark." Perhaps the most dispiriting moments here, though, arrive when a group of teenagers study the body of a perfectly ordinary young woman and decide that she needs £50,000 of procedures to conform to modern ideals of beauty. That's 12 operations "plus extensive liposuction", in case you're wondering. Jw

Britain By Bike: North Devon

8.30pm, BBC4

As part of BBC4's Call Of The Wild season, Clare Balding »

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Japan Court Blocks The Cove Protesters

26 June 2010 7:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A court in Japan has banned protesters from demonstrating at a cinema where bosses plan to show controversial documentary The Cove, about the slaughter of dolphins in the country.

Louie Psihoyos and Ric O'Barry's film follows a group of activists as they struggle with police and fishermen to gain access to a secluded cove in Taiji, southern Japan, where dolphins are hunted.

The film angered local fishermen, who argue dolphin hunting is part of their culture, and they slammed the covert techniques employed by the filmmakers.

Protesters took to the streets of Tokyo earlier this month to fight The Cove's presence in Japan, forcing initial screenings to be cancelled in fear of noisy boycotts.

The Yokohama New Theater, a small cinema near Tokyo which planned to go ahead with showings beginning 3 July, was specifically targeted by demonstrations.

However, the Yokohama regional court issued an order on Friday that has silenced angry mobs, and showings are scheduled to go on at the venue as planned. »

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