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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 »
- Jon Weisman
Review by Dan Clark
The topic of bullying has become quite a hot button issue in the last few years. We as a nation and as species have seen the horrific effects bullying can cause. With such an onslaught of tragedy the world has conducted a ceaseless debate and examination into what could possibly be done to counteract such a hostile concern. Lee Hirsch latest documentary Bully takes on that task by examining the lives of the children and families that have been affected by bullying. It paints a comprehensive picture of the victims by showing a wide range of those who have been negatively impacted by it. Although Bully does succeed at putting a face on this universal dilemma, it falters at providing any type of insightful context on the issue. While it will no doubt elicit an emotional response with its depiction of the absolute cruelty of human nature, »
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 »
If you haven't taken the time to watch the documentary Bully, you're missing out on a compelling probe into the world of adolescents, the sad, unnecessarily dangerous lives of those who are bullied, and the effect is has on their families. The documentary from Lee Hirsch followed five kids and their families over the course of a school year and highlighting a variety of stages each is enduring in the face of and in the wake of bullying that has gone too far. It's heartbreaking and inspiring, and every parent, child, teacher and student should see it. Now journalist Anderson Cooper is following up with some of the subjects for a CNN special called The Bully Effect, and thankfully, it shows the progress of some of these bullied kids. Watch! Here's the trailer for The Bully Effect, premiering tonight on CNN at 10pm Est: The Bully Effect reveals how individuals »
- Ethan Anderton
This Thursday join The Bully Project and CNN for a day of action against bullying! Set your DVR’s for 10pm Est, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 will be debuting the hour long special “The Bully Effect”, a chronicle of how Bully as a raw, powerful documentary helped ignite an inspirational, grassroots anti-bullying social movement over the course of a year. Last spring, tastemakers around the globe joined together to amplify the message that bullying impacts over 13 million children per year. That action in partnership with Twitter reached over 232 Million People – making it one of the most effective organic actions ever on Twitter. We must continue building on this momentum to help end bullying and this Thursday, we will do just that with your help. Be a part of the conversation by getting on twitter and tweeting the following throughout the day on Thursday: I’m standing with @AC360 & @bullymovie »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Hollywood News Team)
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, »
- Adam Chitwood
The subject of bullying in America’s schools has received lots of press in the last few years thanks in large part to the internet video movements offering support to gay or otherwise unfortunate youngsters in need of reassurance that there’s a light at the end of the sometimes dark, lonely tunnel of adolescence. Director Lee Hirsch’s documentary, Bully, claimed it wanted to shed light on the hostile conditions in our academic institutions and raise awareness so that some real change could occur—but it never really does that. All we really get are the neutered, fractured stories of a few youths reacting to bullying in different ways and the very unhelpful tactics of incompetent school administrators who come within inches of telling victims “they were asking for it”. Bully doesn’t break any new ground and it certainly doesn’t show us anything particularly shocking to move »
- Lex Walker
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 »
- Christopher Campbell
The Producers Guild Awards were awarded on Saturday (Jan. 26). Often considered the precursor to the Academy Awards, both the television and movie producing awards were handed out at the Beverly Hilton.
Check out the full listing of winners here.
Norman Lear Achievement Award
Stanley Kramer Award
David O. Selznick Achievement Award
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, »
PGA Awards 2013 winners Update: Ben Affleck’s Argo wins Theatrical Motion Picture PGA Award. Argo producer Ben Affleck tells Steve Pond “I had totally convinced myself they were going to read another name.” Affleck’s fellow Argo producers are George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Producers Guild of America is currently handing out its PGA Awards in a handful of film and television categories. Contenders for the PGA Award in the Theatrical Feature category include Ben Affleck’s Argo, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. [Note: This post will be continually updated, as more PGA Award winners are announced.] [See also: PGA Awards predictions and the possibility of The Weinstein Company threepeating this year.) Robert De Niro, one of the Oscar-nominated stars of The Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook was one of the presenters of the Milestone Award to Bob and Harvey Weinstein. As quoted by TheWrap's Steve Pond on Twitter, De Niro explained, "When (the Weinsteins) came to me with a movie about mental illness, I thought, which brother do they want me to play?" As for fellow Weinstein admirer Quentin Tarantino, whose Django Unchained was also distributed by TWC and whose Pulp Fiction was distributed by the Weinsteins' Miramax, he let the crowd know that "As far as I'm concerned, [Harvey Weinstein] is the only game in town.” In his acceptance speech, The Only Game in Town called Steven Spielberg’s 20th Century Fox-distributed Lincoln a masterpiece, and added: “For everybody whose movie I didn’t acquire over the years, »
- Andre Soares
Sorry Oscars. But after the Indie Spirit Awards, the number two spot in terms of Award Season importance are the Cinema Eye Honors. Seems like it was only yesterday when Aj Schnack & Thom Powers teamed up for one basic, logical concept: an event that would reward yearly output of documentary film in a rightfully sound manner. With the wind in their sails, the 6th annual edition was held last night and deservingly so, adding to its double wins at the Idfa and Sundance, it is 5 Broken Cameras that took the top honors for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. Co-directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi – political activism via you guessed it, five video cameras. The film was released via Kino Lorber.
- Eric Lavallee
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