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Join our live Emmy chat with director Davis Guggenheim ('Teach') this Thursday

This Thursday, we'll talk with director Davis Guggenheim about his documentary "Teach," which premiered last September on Pivot, a network launched in August 2013 targeting millennial viewers. Join us for our live chat on June 12, at 3:30pm Pt/6:30pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Guggenheim is probably best known for directing the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in which former vice president Al Gore brought attention to the climate change crisis. A rare crossover box office success for a documentary, it won Guggenheim an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. With "Teach," Guggenheim continues to bring attention to the American education system; he previously directed two other films on the subject: "The First Year" (2001) and "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). Narrated ...
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Join our live Emmy chat with Davis Guggenheim ('Teach' director) this Thursday

This Thursday, we'll talk with director Davis Guggenheim about his documentary "Teach," which premiered last September on Pivot, a network launched in August 2013 targeting millennial viewers. Join us for our live chat on June 12, at 3:30pm Pt/6:30pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Guggenheim is probably best known for directing the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in which former vice president Al Gore brought attention to the climate change crisis. A rare crossover box office success for a documentary, it won Guggenheim an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. With "Teach," Guggenheim continues to bring attention to the American education system; he previously directed two other films on the subject: "The First Year" (2001) and "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). Narrated ...
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Singer John Legend To Perform at Oscar After-Party Governors Ball

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John Legend, nine-time Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter, will take the stage on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration, the Governors Ball.

John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists,” said Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball. “We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.”

Legend’s critically acclaimed 2004 debut album, “Get Lifted,” garnered eight Grammy nominations and earned him a win for best R&B album. That year he also won best new artist of the year and best male R&B vocal performance for the hit single “Ordinary People.” His fourth solo album, “Love in the Future,” is nominated for best R&B album at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Legend’s
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'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '14 with Ryan Seacrest': Minute-by-minute rundown

'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '14 with Ryan Seacrest': Minute-by-minute rundown
First off — Happy New Year! The 42nd Annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2014 with Ryan Seacrest on ABC features an extensive run of celebrity performances and interviews leading up to the famous Times Square ball drop midnight in New York. It also features the longest title of any ongoing annual television special.

Here’s a rundown of all the awkward moments and performances that you may have missed during your Nye festivities:

8:00-10:00 p.m. Et: I foolishly miss Icona Pop and Blondie’s performance during New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women
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'Playing it Forward' concert series launches with John Legend: On the scene

'Playing it Forward' concert series launches with John Legend: On the scene
It was just an ordinary day by the Culver City Farmer’s Market in Southern California. That was until John Legend showed up for a surprise performance for fans as the first artist in the new concert web series Playing it Forward.

Launched by Crackle, the multi-platinum entertainment network behind Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee among other ventures, Playing it Forward will feature surprise street performance of some of the biggest’s names in music across the country, all benefiting music education and charities of the artists’ choice with a $100,000 donation from Crackle. Playing it Forward is
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Is Oscar winner among PGA nominees for Best Documentary?

Is Oscar winner among PGA nominees for Best Documentary?
The Producers Guild of America has a pretty good track record presaging the Best Picture winner at the Oscars.  Since it began handiing out prizes in 1989, It first feted 16 of the 23 Oscar champs, including the last six in a row.  But how does it do when it comes to forecasting which Documentary Feature will win the Academy Award? Since the PGA began giving out this award in 2007, it has honored three of the six films that went on to win the Oscar while two of its champs were snubbed by the academy and one contended there but was defeated.  2007: "Sicko" (lost Oscar to "Taxi to the Dark Side") 2008: "Man on Wire" 2009: "The Cove" 2010: "Waiting for 'Superman'" (not nominated at Oscars)  2011: "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" (not nominated at Oscars)  2012: "Searching for Sugar Man" And just how many of the PG.
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Watch: 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai's Stunning, Eloquent Comment to Jon Stewart About Pacifism

Watch: 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai's Stunning, Eloquent Comment to Jon Stewart About Pacifism
It's hard not to get choked up while watching the incredible answer about Pacifism 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai gave to Jon Stewart last night on the Daily Show. Stewart himself seems to be struggling for words, but ultimately comes up with a witty follow-up: "Would your father mind if I adopted you?" Watch below. Yousafzai, a Pakistani advocate for women's and children's educational rights, survived a brutal Taliban assassination attempt last year. After being shot in the head and neck when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus, Yousafzai made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and bravely continues to campaign for access to safe education for Pakistani children. She is now poised to become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate ever, with that announcement coming on Friday (October 11). Meanwhile, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman") got underway on a documentary this past summer on Yousafzai's trip to the Un General Assembly for her.
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CBS' 'Teach': Four hero teachers making an impact on kids

The actions of teachers unions - whether protecting bad teachers, protesting against politicians (or marching for them), and promoting education "reforms" that often seem more about social issues than the three Rs -- often capture the interest of the media, overshadowing the day-to-day work of teachers trying to do the best job they can.

In 2010, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim directed and co-wrote "Waiting for Superman," a documentary that took a frank look at the failures of the American educational system as it showed parents trying to get their children in charter schools.

Much of the media attention for the film focused on a segment that showed how teachers unions fiercely protect political alliances and policies and teachers' job security, often at the expense of needed financial overhauls.

In a two-hour special called "Teach," airing Friday, Sept. 6, on CBS, Guggenheim puts the focus back on exceptional teachers, following four public-school instructors through the 2012-2013 school year.
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What to Watch Friday: Luther Closes the Case, CBS' Teachable Moment, 20/20 Returns and More

On TV this Friday: A baddie locks on Luther in the miniseries’ finale, CBS airs Teach for America, a Bones encore brings Booth’s mom to town (again) and Real Fear 2 shares more scary stories behind big-screen hits. Here are seven programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Teach (CBS) | Two-hour special: Celebs (including Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones, Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer and We Are Men‘s Jerry O’Connell) honor educators in this look at America’s school system. Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman) directs.

8 pm Dear Dumb Diary (Hallmark
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Finding Dory Ending To Be Changed After Backlash From Blackfish

Finding Dory will be getting a rewrite after the momentum that Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary, Blackfish has been picking up. For those who don’t know, Blackfish profiles orcas and the harsh treatment they have received at places like Seaworld. The film has been rated highly by critics thus far and many people who have seen it have stated that they will not be returning to marine parks in the future. Finding Dory was set to have an ending that took place in a marine park, but Pixar is now stating they will rewrite the ending due to the documentary.

Seaworld has received harsh criticism by viewers of Blackfish recently and the company has begun an intense PR campaign, which involved a detailed critique of the movie that was sent to reviewers before they screened the film.

This is an interesting development as it shows the cultural impacts that documentaries
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CBS Sets Date For Davis Guggenheim Docu That Celebrates Teachers

Just in time for back-to-school, the two-hour special Teach, which looks at the American education system through the eyes of teachers, will premiere at 8 Pm September 6 on CBS. Directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the documentary asks the question, “What does it take to be a teacher?” and traces a year inside the classrooms of a fourth-grade teacher and a high school algebra teacher in Denver, a middle school math educator in Kuna, Idaho, and an AP history teacher in Los Angeles. “We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and who we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today,” said Jack Sussman, Evp Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment. “This special celebrates those educators who, despite many hurdles and obstacles, aspire to bring inspiration to their students to succeed.” The special — Guggenheim
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CBS Airing 'Teach,' Davis Guggenheim's Look at Exceptional Teachers

CBS will air "Teach," a new two-hour special from "Waiting for Superman" director Davis Guggenheim, on Sept. 6, the network announced. The show, from Participant Media, follows four exceptional teachers through the 2012-13 school year and answers the question, "What does it take to be a teacher?," CBS said. The special comes at a time when 60 percent of America's teachers are expected to retire in the next decade, CBS said. It kicks off an 18-month campaign by Participant Media to encourage students and recent graduates to go into teaching. "We all have
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In the Works: Guggenheim Starts Doc on 15-Year-Old Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai, Survivor of Taliban Assassination Attempt

In the Works: Guggenheim Starts Doc on 15-Year-Old Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai, Survivor of Taliban Assassination Attempt
A July production start has been set for a feature-length documentary, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman"), on 15-year-old Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who last year survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban. She was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her community. After being shot in the head and neck when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus, Yousafzai made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and bravely continues to campaign for access to safe education for Pakistani children. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was listed as one of  Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2013. Next month, Yousafzai will speak in front of the Un General Assemly in the Us -- her first time in the country -- as a celebration of her 16th birthday. Guggenheim's documentary will capture the event. Count us excited for this one.
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Davis Guggenheim Directing Doc on Education Activist Malala Yousafzai

Davis Guggenheim Directing Doc on Education Activist Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani education activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban on her school bus, will be the subject of a feaure-length documentary that Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman," "An Inconvenient Truth") has signed on to direct. Walter Parkes and Laurie MaDonald are producing with Emirati film and TV production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi, which is fully financing the project. Also Read: Malala Yousafzai, Jay-z, Jennifer Lawrence,  Among Time's 100 Most Influential   Malala became an international symbol for education rights in the Middle East when a gunman shot her in
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Malala Yousafzai's story to be made into a documentary

Pakistani schoolgirl's attempted murder by the Taliban will be the subject of a film helmed by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim

The Oscar-winning director of Al Gore environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth is to bring the story of teenage Pakistani women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived an attack by the Taliban, to the big screen.

Davis Guggenheim, who also directed the acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman, about failures in the American public education system, will take charge of the cameras on the as-yet-untitled project.

Yousafzai, who gave a celebrated speech at the United Nations last week about her hopes for the future on her 16th birthday, was targeted by a gunman as she rode home on a bus after school last October. Militants hoped to silence the teenager and destroy her campaign for girls' education in the troubled Swat valley in Pakistan. But the bullet, which passed through
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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This National Conversation on Hunger Deserves "A Seat at the Table"

About once a year a documentary comes along that gets the public's attention by highlighting a major issue in the Us and all the ways it affects them. Last year it was Alex Hirsch's Bully, in 2011 it was The Interrupters, in 2010 it was Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman', and the list goes on. This year, there's no better contender than A Place at the Table which chronicles the struggles of trying to survive on America's food stamp program, the shortcomings of our schools' lunch programs, the detrimental effects hunger has on children's development, and the politicians whose solutions are little more than defunding one program the poor need to supplement another. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush bounce us between testimonials of parents trying to make ends meet, health professionals, volunteers, hungry children, and Jeff Bridges (who's made solving child hunger his philanthropic effort of choice).

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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Jury Announced

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Jury Announced
The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced its jurors for the 2013 fest, running June 13-23 in downtown L.A. Jury members include directors Sean Baker ("Starlet") and Clay Tweel ("The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters") and producers Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel") and Lesley Chilcott ("Waiting for Superman," "An Inconvenient Truth"). Full list below.The Narrative Competition Jury consists of Film Independent Spirit Award-winning producer Gina Kwon ("Me and You and Everyone We Know," "Chuck & Buck"), Spirit Award-nominated director Sean Baker ("Starlet," "Take Out," "Prince of Broadway") and actor-producer Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel," "Titus," the upcoming NBC series "The Blacklist").The Documentary Competition Jury is comprised of the 2010 La Film Fest Grand Jury award-winning director Clay Tweel ("Make Believe," "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters"), award-winning producer Lesley Chilcott ("Waiting For Superman", "An Inconvenient Truth"), and New York Times ...
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First Participant PanAmerica Film, El Ardor, Begins Production

Participant was founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature films, television, publishing and digital content that inspire social change. Participant's more than 40 films include Good Night, And Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting For Superman, The Help, Contagion and Lincoln. Participant’s social action campaigns and digital network TakePart.com continue the conversation and connect audiences to a wealth of content and actions. Its new millennial television network Pivot, this summer in 40 million-plus homes, is TV for The New Greatest Generation.

Launching earlier this year, Participant PanAmerica is an initiative to develop and finance 10-12 films over five years for and from Latin America with Mexico’s Canana (Sin Nombre, Miss Bala), Chile’s Fabula (Young and Wild, Gloria) and Colombia’s Dynamo (Undertow, The Hidden Face). Its first film, El Ardor starring Gael García Bernal and Alice Braga to shoot in Argentina.

Participant Media is reteaming with No star Gael García Bernal for the first film under their recently-launched Participant PanAmerica initiative, the Western-inspired action adventure El Ardor. Co-starring Alice Braga (Elysium, I Am Legend), El Ardor has begun filming in Argentina under the direction of Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, The Mugger), who wrote the screenplay.

García Bernal portrays a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter (Braga) of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his property.

Juan Pablo Gugliotta and Nathalia Videla Peña and García Bernal serve as the film’s producers, with Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, Canana’s Pablo Cruz and Telefe`s Axel Kuschevatzky as executive producers.

An Argentinean/Brazilian/French co-production being financed through Participant PanAmerica, the film’s co-producers are Magma Cine (Argentina), Bananeira Filmes (Brazil) and Manny Films (France). Magma’s Argentinian partners are Aleph Media and Telefe International. Bac Films is handling international sales outside North American and Latin American territories.

Participant CEO Jim Berk said, “After our terrific experience on No, we’re excited to be reuniting with Gael and Canana for our first Participant PanAmerica film and to be expanding our footprint into this important segment of the global marketplace.”

Jonathan King, Participant Evp of Production said, “Pablo Fendrik and his partners at Magma Cine are exactly the kinds of ambitious young filmmakers we are hoping to work with through PanAmerica. And it's always great to be in business with our friends at Canana."

Added Magma Cine Partner Juan Pablo Gugliotta, “We are truly glad to be shooting this project which represents the emergence of our main talent, Pablo Fendrik, as well as his comeback to the big screen and we are also really grateful for the support of all our associates at local, regional and international level. Magma Cine is proud to be part of the first film by Participant PanAmerica. We are absolutely positive that El Ardor will be on par with the expectations of all those who have granted us their trust.”

Pablo Cruz, Partner at Canana said, "Pablo Fendrik is perhaps one of the most interesting directors out of his generation, we met him years ago when his film El Asaltante was playing at the Critics Week in Cannes, we immediately wanted to work with him. It’s been a fantastic process and I know Gael has had the necessary time to develop with him an unforgettable character. We can't wait to see this film on the screen."

About Magma Cine

Magma Cine was set up by Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Pablo Fendrik and Nathalia Videla Peña in 2006.

Magma Cine is a production company that has produced 9 films over the past 7 years including many of the award winning films of what can be labeled as the “New Argentine Cinema,” films that, thanks to their continuing participation in the international scene, keep growing in number and garnering recognition.

Recently they’ve released Mala, Israel Adrián Caetano’s latest feature film distributed commercially in Latin America by Buena Vista-The Walt Disney Company.

It has also produced several documentary miniseries for Argentine TV and the multi-awarded horror film The Second Death, which has been showcased in the top genre film festivals in the world.

About Canana

Canana, founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pablo Cruz, and most recently joined by partner and CEO Julián Levin, is a pioneer of bringing Latin American talent to a global stage. Over the past 7 years, Canana has produced over twenty films including Abel, Luna's first feature length film, Sin Nombre, Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, and most recently, the English language film, Chavez, directed by Luna and based on the life of Mexican-American labor union organizer César E. Chávez. In 2012, Canana expanded its operations in the U.S. with Canana L.A., bridging the talent pool between Latin America and the U.S. with such projects as A Man Must Die, a political thriller produced in collaboration with Focus Features, with Naranjo set to direct. Canana’s television arm produced Soy Tu Fan, starring Ana Claudia Talancón, Niño Santo, which is production of its second season. The partners’ passion for film has also reflected through Documental Ambulante, a traveling documentary festival that has taken over 200 documentaries to communities across México, is in its 9th installment. Most recently, Canana has joined forces with Im Global to create a sales company focusing on the sales of Latin American films.
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Streaming Family Movies: Earth-Friendly Edition

Earth Day may have been on Monday, but this entire week schools and communities around the country have been celebrating the environment with various events and rallies. If you want to tie in your weekend entertainment with the environment, check out these three films, each of which provides an ecological message for preschoolers, kids and teens alike. After seeing these green movies, turn off the TV and computer and head outside to help the environment! Rated G Pick: "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (1992, 76 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Even though the animation is a bit dated, young kids will get caught up in this fantasy adventure about a young fairy who discovers that humans are cutting down all of the trees of her magical rainforest, so she shrinks a boy and teaches him about preserving their shared land. Magic and friendship (with a dash of romance) make for an exciting (and eco-friendly) tale.
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