Andrew Breitbart, the crusading conservative Internet publisher who passed away Thursday at the age of 43, spewed and inspired some of the most inflamed political vitriol. Even after his death, his enemies struggled to say a kind word. So it shouldn’t be surprising that an upcoming documentary about him is titled, Hating Breitbart. Slated for release sometime this year, the doc presents the provocateur as a martyr for the right-wing cause who is constantly attacked for standing up for what he believes is right. In colorful — and in one instance, explicit — language, Breitbart rants about the mainstream media’s efforts to malign him and denigrate the efforts of the Tea Party movement. He sounds almost as agitated and paranoid as some of his opponents on the Left, who make similar complaints about his side’s tactics. Take a look at the trailer for a film that will in no way change anyone’s mind about Breitbart and the political battles he waged. READ FULL STORY »
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In yet another update on the saga of the contentious documentary Bully – which lost its appeal to have its R rating changed to PG-13 and could now face a dreaded NC-17 – Rev. Jesse Jackson has released a statement supporting a PG-13 rating for the Weinstein Company film:
“Bully is a movie that depicts the nightmare that some kids face every day in schools across America. This harsh reality must not be edited especially considering how bullying has become a horrible form of violence. It drives individuals to suicide and even retaliation. Children are afraid to go to school and therefore their educational productivity decreases. It creates violent reactions in our children and they must be allowed to see the movie as it was intended to help raise awareness, increase empathy and change minds.”
Jackson joins the heated debate surrounding the documentary, which takes a brutal look at the epidemic of teen bullying in America, which has also been supported by more than 130,000 people who have signed a petition started by a bullied Michigan high school student admonishing the MPAA to reconsider its rating, as we reported yesterday. EW also caught up with Harvey Weinstein himself regarding the MPAA’s decision, which he called a “gigantic mistake” and “an injustice to a bunch of kids who’ve been beaten up and suffered a little too much at the hands of a crazy society that allows that kind of stuff.”
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Last Thursday, The Weinstein Company (TWC) lost an appeal to have the MPAA rating of its upcoming documentary Bully, about the epidemic of adolescent bullying in America, changed from R to PG-13.
But TWC has never been one to shy away from a fight, and now the studio is publicly challenging the MPAA’s decision. Its latest weapon: a Feb. 24 letter sent to TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein from National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) president and CEO John Fithian, who informs Weinstein that should the studio release Bully unrated, the film may be treated like an NC-17 movie by many exhibitors. READ FULL STORY »
The Weinstein Company lost an appeal this morning to have the MPAA rating of its upcoming documentary Bully changed from R to PG-13, the studio announced. The film, about the epidemic of adolescent bullying in America, was rated R for “some language.”
TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and one of the bullied children in the film, Alex Libby (pictured), delivered statements to the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Appeals Board today, arguing that an R rating would prevent Bully from reaching the adolescent audience that would most benefit from the movie. (The studio was planning on screening the documentary at various middle and high schools.) However, for an MPAA rating to be overturned, a two-thirds vote is required — and Bully was one vote short. READ FULL STORY »
I admit to being a bit skeptical about the idea of relentless self-promoters Stan Lee and Morgan Spurlock making a documentary about the revelrous self-promotion orgy known as Comic-Con. But the debut trailer for Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope focuses mostly on the regular citizens of the annual unreality invasion. One guy arrives with a bag full of drawings, looking to make a name for himself. One guy’s there for the collecting, and deadpans, “My wife’s not too ecstatic about this whole toy-collecting thing.” And then there’s the lady who wants to show off her clothing designs by cosplaying FemShep’s Mass Effect N7 Armor. Don’t understand a single word I just said? Me neither! Also, Kevin Smith. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY »
Weinstein Co. to appeal 'R' rating for 'Bully' doc: 'It is heartbreaking that the MPAA would keep this film from those who need to see it most'
It’s a tricky catch-22: How do you make an honest movie about the epidemic of adolescent bullying and not have it land an “R” rating? That’s exactly what’s happened to Bully, the Weinstein Company’s documentary from director Lee Hirsch (Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony): The MPAA assigned an “R” to the film for “some language.” The ruling means the film could not be screened for students in many middle and high schools.
TWC chief Harvey Weinstein announced today that he will appeal the rating personally at a hearing on Feb. 23. He’ll be accompanied by Alex Libby, one of the bullied kids featured in the doc (and in the film’s trailer, embedded below). READ FULL STORY »
Crime thrillers, gay-straight families, international journeys, genre-bending horror flicks, and foul-mouthed banter between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are some of the highlights of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, which announced its full line-up today for the eight-day event, running from March 9 – 17 in Austin, Texas. 21 Jump Street will have its world premiere at the festival as the Centerpiece film, and the music doc Big Easy Express — which chronicles a train ride with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show — will close the festival on March 17.
“This year we have this sense that there’s a lot of bold, risk-taking films,” festival producer Janet Pierson tells EW. “There’s a lot of in-your-face, edgy stuff.” Pierson says this year she and her staff waded through 5,243 submissions looking for films that focus on “taking chances, finding things that are culturally relevant, looking for stuff that’s not easy or too safe or too” — she pauses for a moment — “pleasant.” She laughs. “Although we have some pleasant, easy, audience-pleasing films in the line up. But we look for the unpredictable. When you actually see the films, it’s not like everything has been reinvented. A lot of these films are films you’ve seen: People in the woods, a relationship film, people in a house, starlets finding their way, having a baby. But we’re still looking for films that tell their stories in a fresh way.”
The festival previously announced that The Cabin in the Woods – from producer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard — will launch the festival. Also making their world premieres: The first three episodes of the HBO series Girls, from Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and exec producer Judd Apatow (the first time SXSW has showcase a television show); The Babymakers, a comedy about a man (Paul Schneider) who, unable to get his wife pregnant, attempts to rob a sperm bank holding his previously donated sperm; In Our Nature, starring Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and John Slattery (Mad Men) as a son and father who serendipitously end up at a vacation house with their girlfriends (Jena Malone and Gabrielle Union); and Small Apartments, from director Jonas Åkerlund (of Lady Gaga and Madonna music video fame), which sports the most eclectic cast in many a moon (Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple).
Also screening at the fest: Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre and Richard Linklater’s true-crime dark comedy Bernie, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine.
Click through to the next page for highlights from the line-up, and head over to the official SXSW Film Festival website for the full list of movies.
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