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Ellen supports 350.org's »10:10:10 Global Work Party« / 350 - more than a number / Get involved and make a difference!

On Sunday, October 10, over 5,000 events are planned in 180 countries for the »10:10:10 Global Work Party«, the largest day of carbon-cutting action in Earth's history. 10:10:10 is a day for people across the planet to get to work on climate solutions and pressure their politicians to do the same. Ellen will join this global campaign organized by 350.org and 1010global.org in cooperation with hundreds of organizations around the world. Here is a brief listing of some of the top events:
  • President Nasheed of the Maldives installing a set of solar panels on his roof on October 7 to kick off the weekend
  • 10,000 schools planting trees in Russia and Croatia
  • Mexico City, Lisbon, and Paris all committing to reduce their CO2 emissions 10% over the next year
  • Over 1,000 events in the United States, from parishioners weatherizing their church in Atlanta to citizens in Nebraska planting native grasses to restore the prairie to a hip-hop show at an urban farm in Oakland, California
  • Students in Iraq hosting a clean energy rally to put solar panels at the University of Babylon and youth in Afghanistan planting trees outside Kabul
  • Over 100 cyclists from Jordan, Israel and Palestine taking part in a 3-day bicycle relay to carry water from the Yarmouk River and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea to symbolize the need for cooperation to stop climate change and save precious water resources.
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Whether you want to help tackle climate change or just get your bills down to size, we all know that cutting our carbon footprint makes sense. Even so, it can be hard to know where to start or how one person can make a real difference. What’s needed is something straightforward, immediate and meaningful. How about joining thousands of people and organisations across the countries in adopting a simple goal: cutting our carbon by 10% in 2010? This is without a doubt a bold target, but for most of us it’s an achievable one, and it is also in line with what scientists say we need right now. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a huge problem like climate change, however by combining our individual efforts under one banner we can make a difference. Let's find out what’s possible when we work together by signing up to the 10:10 campaign and supporting a national drive to make this happen across every sector of society!

"People will be doing very practical things on 10/10/10," said Bill McKibben, 350.org Founder. "But they also will be sending a pointed political message. When they put down their shovels, many will pick up their cell-phones to call their leaders and say: ‘We’re getting to work, what about you?’"

What does the number 350 mean? 350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Accelerating arctic warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 392ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to below 350 ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points as well as disastrous and irreversible climate impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt. In this way, 350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet!

We need to stop taking carbon out of the ground and putting it into the air. Above all, that means we need to stop burning so much coal and start using solar and wind energy and other such sources of renewable energy, while ensuring the Global South a fair chance to develop. If we do, then the earth’s soils and forests will slowly cycle some of that extra carbon out of the atmosphere, and eventually CO2 concentrations will return to a safe level!

Check out 350.org to get involved, explore ideas for local climate action like organizing a tree planting, working on a solar project, community garden or an organic farm or recycling the garbage you find and start planning your own event today!

Date: 09/30/2010 - 15:51:45 Posted by Dominik
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»SUPER« makes its world premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival / First photos, reactions and video

Just 198 days after filming was completed in January 2010 and around 1 year after Ambush Entertainment agreed to produce the film at the last Toronto International Film Festival, »SUPER« premiered in the sold out Ryerson theatre last night at midnight with over 1200 people watching it. Among those in attendance for this exciting event were members of the cast including Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Sean Gunn, Stephen Blackehart, Don Mac and Steve Agee. Director James Gunn with his girlfriend Mia Matsumiya, producers Ted Hope and Miranda Bailey, actor Justin Long and »Juno« director Jason Reitman were also there.

James Gunn told us via Formspring a while ago that people are going to freak out when they see Ellen because her character Libby / Boltie is so funny and hilarious. In fact, the audience reacted as expected. If you consider all the latest Twitter tweets and read the early reviews, you come to the conclusion that our favourite Canadian actress steals the show in every scene she's in. Overall, moviegoers seemed impressed with the film since over ¾ of the crowd stayed for the Q&A. »SUPER« unfortunately doesn't have a distributor yet, but it's surely only a matter of time until a company takes a leap of faith and picks it up for release!

Update - 09/11/2010 @ 05:00 PM

Variety reports that potential buyers circled James Gunn's »SUPER« in the early hours today. Apparently, there are already multiple offers and high interest in the film. Keep your fingers crossed for a great distribution deal!

Update - 09/11/2010 @ 07:00 PM

A scene from the film made its online debut on comingsoon.net. Please note, the clip contains strong language and is NSFW!

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Update - 09/12/2010 @ 07:00 PM

James Gunn just reported via Twitter the US rights for »SUPER« have been sold to IFC Films. According to the official press release, the American film distribution company has paid seven figures for it which reflects the aforementioned interest in the film and implies that there was some stiff competition from other potential buyers such as Magnolia Pictures.

james_gunn Well it's out! After numerous offers IFC is distributing SUPER! 1st big sale of TIFF! I couldn't be more stoked!!!

Here is the official press release:


Star-studded cast includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon

New York, NY (September 12, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights to James Gunn’s shockingly hilarious SUPER after an all-night auction that concluded this morning. IFC Films will release SUPER under its new IFC Midnight banner. SUPER was also written by Gunn, and was produced by Miranda Bailey via her LA-based production company, Ambush Entertainment and Ted Hope, via his Gotham-based production company This is that. Ambush’s financing arm, Cold Iron Pictures, financed the film which was executive-produced by Matthew Leutwyler of Ambush Entertainment and Rainn Wilson. The film which stars Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, premiered Friday night at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival to tremendous audience response.

Hanway Films is handling international sales and has already sold the film in over 15 foreign territories including: Italy (M2 Pictures), Australia (Village Roadshow), and Scandanavia (Svensk).

In Super, Frank’s (Rainn Wilson) wife leaves him for a seductive, psychopathic drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), Frank is transformed and the Crimson Bolt is born. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife (Liv Tyler). The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!

Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said, "James Gunn has made one of the most creative and subversive films of the year with an outstanding cast including Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. This is exactly the kind of film we want the IFC Midnight brand to be associated with."

"I never had to compromise in the making of this movie and I couldn't be more excited to have found a distribution partner wanting to embrace the extremities and balls-to-the-walls qualities of SUPER" said James Gunn.

"SUPER is special because it has lots of unique qualities that make it an indie film and we are thrilled IFC Films is releasing it because they are independent cinema and totally get the spirit of the film and what it’s about" said producers Miranda Bailey and Ted Hope.

The deal for Super was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers at IFC Films and by Graham Taylor at WME Global and Rich Klubeck at UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Update - 09/12/2010 @ 07:10 PM

The premiere screening on Friday was followed by a discussion / Q&A with Rainn, Ellen, Liv, Sean, Stephen, Don, James, Ted and Miranda. Please be aware the video clips below contain spoilers, so watch them at your own risk! Many thanks and credit to toronto1207, Crazy Critics, crimking19, teenfilmbuff07 and highlandertn who shared their recordings!

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Update - 09/13/2010 @ 06:50 PM

And finally, here are some video interviews from the red carpet. Enjoy!

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This is what the experts have to say:

"Gunn said in the intro that the film cost very little and everyone involved worked for almost nothing — and it shows. The movie looks and feels like a weird mixture of a feature length SNL digital short, Kick-Ass and a Troma Film" [...] "There are moments of brilliance, surrounds by moments of bad sketch comedy. The highlight of the film for me is Ellen Page, who is just hilarious as the psychotic sidekick who is just looking to fight crime (even where/when it might not exist). Super also has some good character-based emotional moments which I’d better expect in a Jason Reitman film, but feel a bit out of place and unearned in this movie." [...] "I wish I liked this movie more than I did (that’s not to say I didn’t like it…). Comic Book and Rainn Wilson fans will definitely want to check out this movie, although I feel it ranks closer to The Defendor than Kick-Ass on the spectrum of cinematic costumed vigilantes."

Rating: 7 out of 10
Peter Sciretta, /Film, slashfilm.com

"It's a fun story, it's a great cast, it's a bit better than Defendor, it's crazy violent and overly realistic, but it didn't really take the comedic vigilante concept to the next level like I was really hoping this would. [...] I don't know if I loved it, but definitely I had a fun time." [...] "It's so damn fun to watch." [...] "That said, if you're a fan of James Gunn or Rainn Wilson or you really like this concept, Super is a must see, just because it is so fun and it is very well done for an extremely low budget film."

Alex Billington, FirstShowing.net, firstshowing.net
"I was hoping Super would be awesome. While it didn’t reach the level I hoped for walking in, there was enough cool stuff that you should definitely be excited to check it out when it eventually gets released. Also, while Rainn Wilson was great as the lead, Super was the Ellen Page show. Trust me, you have never seen Ellen Page like this, and she had the entire theater laughing at some of the insane stuff she does on screen." [...] "If you are a fan of James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson, you surely need to see it."

Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub, Collider, collider.com
"Gunn displays a noticeable zeal for the pulpy aspects of genre movies, relishing in the blood, gore and body count."

Tim Murray, Screen International, screendaily.com
"Super is destined to become a cult classic, this film is pure movie magic, it has everything, gore, comedy, violence, hot ladies, hell of a lot of heart, story and it’s got something to say."

The Freeman, Ain't It Cool News, aintitcool.com
Page doesn't just save the movie; she tears the roof off the theatre, steals the whole film, and runs away cackling. Playing a dumber, meaner, hella crazier version of her clever girl persona, Page is a rampaging psychosexual berserker in Sprite colours and a Riddler mask. She gets the best lines, the best fights, the best fuck, the second-best costume, and the single filthiest line reading I've seen since the early works of John Waters. The words "it's all gushie" will haunt me until death." [...] "The film needs a tighter edit to really finesse the comedy, and its pound-you-over-the-head-with-a-wrench Christian moralizing is just downright creepy. It goes for immensely dark jokes on occasion, half of which land, half of which don't. But the balls on this thing, the sheer exploitationist zeal, is infectious. It knows what it's trying to do, and it has a mountingly enjoyable time doing it grinds towards its flat-out batshit finale."

Supergirl, Ain't It Cool News, aintitcool.com
"If there’s any early favorite on that list of bidding-war candidates coming out of Toronto. This would probably be the one." [...] "Remember that movie Kick-Ass? About that kid and his cohort of ordinary folks who strive to battle crime in bad costumes and without the benefit of superpowers? Yeah, well, you probably won’t after this."

S.T. VanAirsdale, Movieline, movieline.com
"Page is incredibly funny and downright unhinged as Libby, but the characters gets so crazy at times that she slips away from being a human being at all." [...] "Even with limited CGI and not particularly strong action directing skills, Gunn keeps Super at a brisk and entertaining pace, and deftly balances the extreme violence with the feeling that Frank, on some level, speaks for us all." [...] "The movie never quite manages its constant shifts between extreme violence, physical comedy and pathos, particularly when it takes a hard turn toward the sentimental in the final scenes that's neither earned nor in keeping with what came before it. It's as if Gunn came up with a lot of good ideas and then put the movie together before he realized he couldn't follow through on them." [...] "Especially on the heels of the underperforming Kick-Ass, it's unclear what kind of future there can be for Super, which doesn't yet have a distributor. Not only is it far more violent and cynical than that film but it treats its characters far worse, allowing only hollow redemption for some and none at all for others. That cynicism isn't necessarily a bad thing-- the movie worked for me overall, though others I saw it with were generally appalled-- but it's a tough sell outside the bloodthirsty midnight movie crowd. I enjoyed the time I spent with Super for the most part, but I may wind up just glad I caught it before it gets stuck in distribution limbo."

Katey Rich, Cinema Blend, cinemablend.com
"Yet the film really comes to life when Ellen Page joins the fray as "Boltie" in an act of cosplay gone too far. The actress has been featured too often playing precocious young women who talk and act beyond her years, so it is refreshing to see her play a bit of an unhinged (but enthusiastic) dolt. She dives into her role with such gusto, it almost runs the film off the rails, but ultimately is endearing precisely for its naughty excess and savvy against-type casting." [...] "Make no mistake, Super is very rough around the edges (having Lloyd Kaufman show up instead of Stan Lee is a dead giveaway!), its musical cues are at times a bit obvious and blunt, and may be perceived as a low-rent Watchmen (which up to a point it is), but there is a solid and unconventional story of how to find your own form of personal happiness and enjoy a bad hand dealt your way."

Kurt Halfyard, Twitch, twitchfilm.net
"As Frank's reign of terror gets more attention, he ends up crossing paths with Libby (Ellen Page), a girl who works at a comic book shop, and she becomes the only person he can talk to about his new calling. She designs her own costume so she can become Boltie, his kid sidekick, but almost as soon as she gets that costume on, something tears open inside Libby and she seems to lose all moral compass. Her performance alone would get me to recommend the movie. She's like a crazy little animal in the film. It's kind of amazing. She's not Hit Girl, either. She's not played as particularly competent or, you know, sane. And through her character, Gunn is able to further mutate certain tropes of the genre, like the tension inherent to the hero/sidekick relationship, explored here in a way I've never seen before." [...] "'Super' is never going to be a mainstream giant hit. No way. It's too outrageous, too filthy, too pleased about all of that. But it ripped the roof of with this midnight crowd, and I think the cult audience for the movie will be a vocal and energetic one, and for good reason. I may not love every moment of "Super," but I think it's an embarrassment of riches, and a great personal way into the superhero genre."

Drew McWeeny, HitFix, www.hitfix.com
"It's different all right, an alternately wild and moody film that is equal parts love story, portrait of mental instability and raucous comic-book-inspired action picture. [...] "Page sets aside her over-it smart-alecky persona to play a young woman desperate to live a life with gusto. Once she assumes her own role as the kid sidekick Bolty, her lusty yells and excited exclamations as she whales on yet another criminal are strange and jarring." [...] " Without giving away any spoilers, let it be said that the film takes some wildly unexpected turns in its final stretch and its ending strikes just the right tension between success and failure, triumph and heartbreak."

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, latimesblogs.latimes.com
"As is often the case with weird indie comedies, Super benefits from a fantastic cast, all of whom seem gleefully willing to dive into Gunn's dementia." [...] "Chock full of insanely graphic violence, awash in thoroughly un-PC perspectives, and more than willing to keep on punching long after the audience is virtually incredulous, Super is fun and funny, dark and twisted, semi-schizophrenic and certifiably insane. What I liked most was its simple audacity. And Ellen Page."

Scott Weinberg, Cinematical, www.cinematical.com
"While Rainn Wilson, taking "Office" leave, strikes the perfect pushed-to-the-brink tone as a short-order cook-turned-masked avenger, the film's true secret weapon is awesome Ellen Page as a comic book nerd-turned-way overzealous sidekick." [...] "Page is an absolute delight in both guises, but her Boltie's a real blast -- a gung-ho dynamo given to laughing maniacally while bashing in a supposed bad guy." [...] "A seriously twisted, ridiculously amusing entry in the DIY superhero genre that finally gets it right."

Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter (THR), www.hollywoodreporter.com
"Super is a cult-classic in the making. It may sound a lot like another recent film on the surface, but by the closing credits, Kick-Ass seems as tame as an episode of Sesame Street in comparison." [...] "Writer/director James Gunn (Slither) must have known he needed an impressive all-star cast to pull off such purposefully gratuitous violence and crude humor, because he definitely got one." [...] "Super isn’t high art, though. You’re not going to leave the theater with a new lease on life or find yourself thinking about it for very long after it’s over. We don’t really care what happens to the characters as long as it’s funny or entertaining. The ending is surprisingly inspired for a film this ridiculous, but if you’re sensitive to gore or vulgar comedy, you won’t sit through the movie long enough to get to it."

Rating: 6 out of 10
James Battaglia, The Film Stage, thefilmstage.com

"Waiting for "Super" to deliver the funny is an experience as long as the film itself. This would-be comedy about a cuckolded greasy spoon fry cook-turned-costumed vigilante (Rainn Wilson) wants to weld "Kick-Ass" to "Taxi Driver," but writer-director James Gunn fires only blanks on the satiric side of things. Investing more in their characters than the movie deserves, Ellen Page, as the hero's sadistic "kid sidekick," and Kevin Bacon, as a gold-toothed, rail-thin sleazebag, would seem to give "Super" some strength in the sales realm, as evidenced by its IFC pickup at Toronto, although the pic's exceedingly grotesque violence and dearth of genuine humor equate to commercial kryptonite." [...] "The cast does what little it can with the disturbingly formulaic material. Playing the bloodthirsty, comicbook-loving Libby, the highly animated Page comes across best, even summarizing the viewer's mood while scratching her itchy trigger-finger in costume as Boltie: "Oh, this is so boring!"

Rob Nelson, Variety, www.variety.com
"Beginning with the film’s opening credits – a colorful, bloody and crudely drawn cartoon that features the characters in a lively dance sequence – you know you’re about to witness something special." [...] "As for the performances, Ellen Page steals the show as Frank’s overzealous sidekick. Page, who often plays characters too wise and mature for her age, is convincing as a maniacal and over-stimulated 20-something-year-old with possible ADD." [...] "While not exactly a new or original concept, "Super" is a refreshing addition to the superhero genre. Both "Defendor" and "Kick-Ass" explored the consequences of ordinary people donning masks, but "Super" twists these films’ realistic treatment, adding a hero who isn’t easy to root for, and a sidekick who treats life and death as if in a video game."

Kyla Drewette, It's Just Movies, itsjustmovies.com
"Once audience members witness the cartoon opening credits that look remarkably like Gregg Araki’s Smiley Face opening sequence, viewers who are familiar with James Gunn’s style will know they are in for another cinematic experience that blurs the borders between the horror and satire genres like his previous effort." [...] "SUPER spends a good amount of time examining the realism of how miserable and unfulfilling life can truly be at times. While others can meander through their entire lives living blissful yet ignorant lives, there are others like Frank who relish in life’s very few perfect moments as the world is a fairly boring and cold place most of the time. I applaud Rainn Wilson for proving that he is capable of taking on such an unexpectedly multi-layered role. The rest of the cast also gave superb performances; however, it’s Ellen Page who really steals the show by taking on such a risky role of playing a loud, annoying and dim-witted character (a character miles away from the roles she usually takes)." [...] "Despite it being fairly rough around the edges, it is SUPER's off-kilter composition that makes this such a scabrously hilarious film that will most likely be treasured for years to come."

Rating: 3,5 out of 5
Serena Whitney, Dread Central, www.dreadcentral.com

"James Gunn's SUPER is just that. SUPER." [...] "If KICK ASS was the big budget, 'regular guy' superhero satire, SUPER is the ultra low-budget indie flavored take on the genre." [...] "In the lead, THE OFFICE's Rainn Wilson does a bloody fantastic job. This is the second indie Wilson's completely rocked in 2010 (HESHER being the other), and making low-budget, hip fare like this is going to give him a career that I imagine will still be going strong after THE OFFICE inevitably ends." [...] "However, the real scene-stealer here has to be Ellen Page. Wow. You've never seen Page like this folks. Her role as a totally unhinged, murderous, nymphomaniac comic book store worker, with a passion for slicing drug dealers faces up with her Wolverine-like claws might be downright iconic." [...] "The balance between humor, pathos, and hardcore action is absolutely pitch perfect. Bring on SUPER 2!"

Rating: 8 out of 10
Chris Bumbray, JoBlo, www.joblo.com

"The movie is decidedly non-mainstream, but what will likely confuse people even further is the fact that the cast is full of recognizable faces. Rainn Wilson is now a household name thanks to The Office, but to see him taking a risk in something like this is pretty damn refreshing. He manages to make Frank both relatable and slightly frightening, and his deft handling of both the dramatic and the comedic reminds me of his performance as Arthur on Six Feet Under." [...] "Although Ellen Page seems initially to be playing just another snarky teenager, her character takes a surprising turn and she fearlessly dives into the role. She is sure to be a fan favourite in the same way that Hit Girl was in Kick-Ass, but in this case, no real suspension of disbelief required." [...] "Make no mistake, there have been plenty of movies over the past few years to tackle the concept of a "real-life superhero", but Super manages to set itself apart and proves that there is yet another angle worth exploring. It’s funny without resorting to cheap laughs or fanboy pandering, and it’s shocking in all the right ways. The Crimson Bolt may be losing his mind, but it’s exhilarating to see him step up and do the things no one else has the balls to do. The same can be said of director James Gunn, who has succeeded in delivering what is surely the edgiest superhero flick made to date."

Rating: 3,5 out of 4
Sean, Film Junk, www.filmjunk.com

"A violent and often entertaining take on the everyman superhero" [...] "The selling point here is over-the-top violence peppered with a few solid one-liners, but most important, a commitment to its subject matter that brings the packaged together." [...] "Adopting the role of The Crimson Bolt's sidekick, Page adds the boost Super needs about midway through and helps bring the film home."

Grade: B
Brad Brevet, RopeOfSilicon, www.ropeofsilicon.com

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Date: 09/11/2010 - 17:19:54 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen on CBC's »The Bottom Line« with David Suzuki / »Inception« receives 15 nominations at the 2010 Scream Awards

CBC Radio aired the 10th and last episode of »The Bottom Line« yesterday. David Suzuki met Ellen in a Halifax park to talk about how nature grounds us amidst the chaos and also the things that sparked her interest in environmentalism. You can listen to it on www.cbc.ca, in the audio clip section or via iTunes (Podcasts > CBC > The Bottom Line from CBC Radio > Episode 10). The whole podcast is worth listening to, but if you just want to hear the actual interview then fast forward to the 35 minute mark.

Although the subject is too complex to discuss here at length, I'd like to share my thoughts and quote Suzuki's final statement because I think there is so much truth and wisdom in these words:

"As humans on this planet, what is our role? For decades, scientist has been informing us that human activity is driving tens of thousands of species to extinction every year, that forests are vanishing, oceans depleted, air polluted and climate's changing. Human beings have become a new kind of force. Our numbers, technological power, consumptive demand and global economy are using up the productivity and regenerability of the biosphere, while spreading our waste throughout the air, water and soil. The economy has become our dominant priority, but that economy fails to recognize that everything that we use comes out of the earth. And whatever we are finished with, goes back into it. Our technological power has exploded and has amplified our ability to exploit the world around us. As the growth explosion has revealed, our technologies are powerful, but we have not designed them so that we can deal with their consequences in the worst case scenarios. I believe we can work our way out of our problems, but only if we can all agree that the source of our health, happiness and wealth is nature itself, the air, water and land and the web of life they support. That is the very source of all that really matters. That truly must be the bottom line!"

Personally, I was shocked when David told his Vancouver story. Can you imagine children who live near the beach, but have never seen a crab, never built a sand castle or rolled a rock before? Like both said, there is so much "disconnect" nowadays and I believe this is not an isolated case. Just ask yourself when was the last time that you walked through a forest, hiked a canyon, went to a lookout spot to enjoy the fantastic view or simply listened to birds twitter? I think a major problem is that many people live from one day to the next without thinking of tomorrow. They live in the moment and only do the things they need to continue with their day-to-day existence. These individuals are often trapped in their daily routine and are too focused on their own lives to care enough to go out of their way. However, we should not condemn them because it's not always their fault.

One of the many reasons for this misery is the above mentioned "technological power". The world seems to spin faster each day in its technological whirlwind of cellular phones, pagers, TV, Internet access and so forth. We are buried in information, e-mails, text messages and new products and services. Money moves around the world in a fraction of a second and most people living anywhere in the world can know within minutes if anything happens - like who Tiger Woods had sex with or that Paris Hilton was arrested for cocaine possession. But these are not the things we should care about.

Just look around - we are faced with or are still facing the financial crisis in Greece, the flood in Pakistan, earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand, the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, world hunger, the East-West conflict or such problems such as the vanishing of the bees to name one of the things that Ellen is really concerned about. Just because these subjects are not on the front page of the daily newspaper anymore doesn't mean they no longer exist. And if nothing changes, we are slowly but surely heading for a global collapse. This may not happen tomorrow or in this decade, but sometime it will. So the big question is when will human kind as a whole open up it’s eyes, stop destroying itself and realize we all inhabit this planet and the future lies in our hands? Think about it and help to change the world! There is something everyone can do to make it a better place!

Some people think Ellen is too young to know about such things or see the bigger picture. Others, in turn, are questioning her qualifications to offer advice to anyone and even call her a hypocrite. That's ridiculous. I can assure you she really cares about Nature and the things happening around her. At the same time, she is in fact smart, passionate and widely read. Her occupation allows her to read a lot of books and deal with environmental matters. Unlike the rest of us who have a working day of 10 hours or more and a very limited free time each day, she can also take some time to study permaculture for example or do other things she is interested in. Basically, we should be happy to have people like her in high profile positions that use their celebrity status to bring forth knowledge and talk about important issues.

Last Wednesday, the nominations for the 2010 Scream Awards were announced. The awards, given out by Spike TV, honour the best in Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Comic Book genres and the more fan-friendly type of movies, TV shows and comic books respectively. Christopher Nolan's »Inception« picked up 15 nominations in 14 categories, including "Ultimate Scream«, "Best Science Fiction Movie«, "Best Ensemble« and "Fight Scene of the Year«. Ellen has been nominated for »Best Science Fiction Actress« alongside Scarlett Johansson (»Iron Man 2«), Mila Kunis (»The Book of Eli«), Evangeline Lilly (»Lost«), Gwyneth Paltrow (»Iron Man 2«) and Zoe Saldana (»Avatar«).

The great thing is you can vote daily for your faves without registering. So get over to the official website and don't miss out on having your say! The 2010 Scream Awards will be taped in Hollywood on October 16 and aired on Spike TV on October 19.

Cast your vote on www.spike.com/event/scream!

Stay tuned for the next update, which will feature the latest information on James Gunn's »SUPER« as well as photos from the world premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival!

Date: 09/06/2010 - 23:08:55 Posted by Dominik
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Screening dates for »Super« @ TIFF 2010 / 1st ever pic of Libby / Bee the Change National Campaign has been funded

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the entire slate of its 35th annual edition. Overall, 246 titles across more than 10 programs will screen at this year's festival, which takes place September 9 - 19. Some of my personal favorites are »Black Swan« (with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis), »Kaboom« (with Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple and Haley Bennett), »Trigger« (directed by Bruce McDonald, with Molly Parker), »Tamara Drewe« (with Gemma Arterton and Luke Evans), »Let Me In« (with Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elias Koteas), »Never Let Me Go« (with Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley) and »The Whistleblower« (with Rachel Weisz and the talented German actress Paula Schramm). I hoped to see Johnathon Kay's »Na Nai'A Legend of the Dolphins« in the line-up, but it looks like he didn't submit his epic feature film documentary.

The celebrity guest list includes names such as Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Danny Boyle, Hilary Swank, Robert Redford, Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Milla Jovovich, Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Paul Giamatti, Marion Cotillard, Keanu Reeves, Abigail Breslin, Ryan Gosling, Blake Lively, William H. Macy, Malin Akerman, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Josh Hartnett, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Spacey, Megan Fox and Harvey Keitel.

Here are the official description and screening dates for »Super«:

TIFF 2010 - Official description
(written by Colin Geddes)

With the recent onslaught of superhero send-ups, it seems as though this premise has become somewhat of a genre unto itself. No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006’s Slither. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humour with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core.

When sad sack Frank D’Arbo (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself unable to cope. But when the finger of God blesses his brain (don’t ask), D’Arbo decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. In order to get his wife back, he must first fight his way up the criminal ranks, and he begins by taking a monkey wrench to the foreheads of a couple who cut in line at the movies. As Crimson Bolt begins to make the headlines, a young woman from the local comic book store (Ellen Page) joins in on the fun as his sexually charged sidekick, Boltie.

The cast is dead-on, with Wilson making the heroic leap to leading man status. Page and Bacon are equally impressive and self-effacing in their supporting roles; both say and do things you could never imagine and we could never print. Rounding out the cast are appearances from longtime genre icons Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) and Troma’s own Lloyd Kaufman.

While Crimson Bolt bears likeness to the Watchmen, Defendor and Kick-Ass, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. If this outlandish dark comedy is not the zenith of its breed, God help us from what’s to come. Whether you’re new to the graphic novel game or a seasoned fanboy, you will find SUPER to live up to its name.

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TIFF 2010 - Screening Dates

Friday, September 1011:59:00 PMRyerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Monday, September 13 9:30:00 AMVarsity 8, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Saturday, September 186:00:00 PMScotiabank Theatre 4, 259 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Get tickets: 416-968-FILM | 1-877-968-FILM (3456)

Single Tickets will be on sale September 3. Patrons and eligible donors can start purchasing single tickets beginning August 26. For more information and a closer look at the schedule and line-up, visit the official TIFF website: tiff.net.

Director James Gunn talked about his upcoming dark superhero comedy and some previous projects in last Sunday's episode of »This Week in Movies«, a live weekly show about movie news. Check out the video below!

» This Week in Movies - James Gunn Interview - 22nd August 2010 «

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Thanks to the help of 235 backers, the Bee the Change National Campaign has been successfully funded. This was definitely a step in the right direction. But the truth is the filmmakers need about $100,000 to reach all their goals, such as hiring a publicist, editing an educational version for the scheduled campus tour and bringing the film to theaters in the spring of 2011. So please do continue to donate via the PayPal link on the official website!

You may also support the project by organizing event screenings in local theaters, venues like churches, libraries and schools or other spaces for smaller groups like your own home. No venue is too small or too big! Download a PDF copy of the Bee the Change materials campaign overview, toolkit and screening application for further details. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Maryam Henein & George Langworthy at info@vanishingbees.com.

Date: 08/26/2010 - 20:30:42 Posted by Dominik
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Biosolid fight in Halifax gets a little help from Ellen Page / James Gunn confirms world premiere of »Super«

The city of Halifax recently spread biosolids - a fertilizer that includes treated human waste - on large swaths of roadside grass, in a suburb where rows of rose bushes were removed. Now people are complaining about a foul smell and are upset that they weren't informed of the move. After visiting the Clayton Park neighbourhood and assessing the situation, Ellen made an appearance on CBC News Nova Scotia on Monday to express her displeasure over the inappropriate use of the controversial fertilizer. "The government should not be letting this happen," she told anchor Tom Murphy. "It's taking industrial waste, waste from hospitals, businesses, households, full of man-made chemicals, highly toxic, proven carcinogens, radioactive material, and they're putting it on our soil. They're putting it into our ecosystem. You know what? They can practise on their own lawns." In her opinion, a lot more research is needed into whether it's safe and there should be more public input surrounding the use of the substance.

» CBC News Nova Scotia - 16th August 2010 «

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Admittedly, this is not my fight and as an outsider I can only comment based on the information provided by the media. But I implicitly trust Ellen's judgement and if she stands up and says something is not right then we should listen. I am firmly convinced she really cares about her hometown and isn't doing all this just to get attention. At the same time, she is not the only one who thinks this way. According to the latest online polls, almost 70 percent don't want biosolids to be used in Halifax Regional Municipality's urban areas. That should make us think, shouldn't it?

(Homemade signs put up along a portion of Dunbrack Street. Photos by Jason White)

However, Richard MacLellan of the city’s Sustainable Environment Management Office takes another position. "There are no health concerns with this. Biosolids in Nova Scotia have the highest and most stringent regulations by far in Canada. They do not require approval for land application and they are labelled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as a fertilizer."

Regardless of the effect the mixture might have on people's health, I personally can't understand why Halifax city council decided to spread biosolids on medians along Dunbrack Street and in Point Pleasant Park without asking or alerting residents. Did they think nobody would notice the smell that can be compared to a sewer or a messy toilet? Why aren't they using normal compost instead, which is high in organics and a much more reliable alternative? Anyway, I hope the situation will be resolved soon and the Haligonians can work out a solution that is acceptable to all concerned!

From the interview Ellen did on CBC Radio last week we have learned that »Super« is set to debut at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Today director James Gunn has finally confirmed that his movie will make its world premiere on September 10, 2010 as part of this year’s »Midnight Madness« line-up and Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Sean Gunn, Stephen Blackehart, Andre Royo and others will be in attendance for the event. Check the calendar here on EPO, where I will add screening dates and ticket information as they become available. Also visit the official website thecrimsonbolt.com for updates on the movie!

Date: 08/17/2010 - 23:19:16 Posted by Dominik
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