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WAITING FOR SUPERMAN DVD and Blu-ray Release Date

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) delivers another provocative film experience with his compelling and inspirational examination of American public education in WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD February 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Named the Best Documentary of the year by the National Board of Review, and cited by the American Film Institute as one of the year’s best movies, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” was called “an electrifying call to action” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), and has launched a movement to achieve real and lasting change in the nation’s schools. The film depicts the moving and poignant struggles of real-life students and their families and the efforts of educators and reformers who are working to find viable solutions within a dysfunctional system. A stirring, must-see clarion call that has left audiences inspired and motivated to make a difference, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” is truly “a powerful, passionate, revolution-inducing documentary” (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly).


o Changing the Odds – A poignant look into the challenges students and teachers have faced within the public school system and the successful programs that have been put in place to change the face of public education in the U.S.

o Updates—A look at what’s changed in education since the movie was filmed

o A Conversation with Davis Guggenheim

o The Future is in Our Classrooms

o The Making of “Shine”

o Deleted Scenes—Four additional stories of real-life students and teachers

o Commentary by director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott


60,000 People Pledge To See “WAITING FOR ‘SUPERMAN’”

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media announced today 60,000 people have pledged to see the award-winning documentary film WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” when it opens this fall, making it the fourth goal reached on the campaign’s “Pledge Progress Meter.” As a result, First Book and global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will distribute an additional $100,000 worth of new books to schools and programs in low-income communities across the country. First Book and HMH initially joined forces at the 50,000 level by donating 250,000 new books in a similar fashion. The books will be generously provided by HMH and distributed through First Book’s award-winning book distribution channels.

WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” directed by Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) will be released under the Paramount Vantage banner and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories. Designed to start a national conversation, the movie and corresponding “Take the Pledge” campaign aim to inspire everyone to create innovative and long-term solutions to help change the course of our kids’ lives for the better.

The “Pledge Progress Meter” launched in May as a way for non-profits, foundations and corporations to match individual pledge levels with powerful action items aimed at helping both students and public schools. First Book was the first organization to take the pledge.

The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on September 24, nationwide in October.

The film is produced by Lesley Chilcott, with Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann serving as executive producers. It is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.

Films for Fall that you haven’t thought of (but are worth checking out!)

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The cooler temperatures mean fall is just around the corner, and as we bundle up and pull out the sweaters and scarves, it’s time to find some indoor fun. Movies are going to be at the top of your list for the autumn entertainment – and while we’re all excited about the latest instalment of Harry Potter and fans of Facebook are keen to see just how Mark Zuckerberg rose to immeasurable fame – here are a few films coming out this fall that you might have missed, but are so worth checking out:

Bran Nue Dae, September 10 – this musical romp hails from Down Under. Well received by international critics, it;s set to hit US cinemas mid-September. Based loosely on the Australian hit musical, this classic road trip movie follows the adventures of 15-year-old Willie and his quest to win the heart of his true love. The story is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Australian bushland and features an unforgettable performance by Australian indigenous actor, Ernie Dingo. It’s definitely worth catching in the cinemas for a glimpse into native Australian heritage and culture. This film is in limited release but you can buy Bran Nue Dae from overseas if you have multi-region DVD player.

Waiting for Superman, September 24 – This year’s Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner for best documentary is Waiting for Superman, a moving in-depth look into American public schools. Following the stories of three young children and their families and their experiences with the system and the frustration that teachers and reformer battling to provide a real solution, Waiting for Superman empowers us to act and demand attention to this crisis before our children really are left behind.

Freakonomics, October 1 – if you’ve ever wanted to know about the “dark art” of Japan or how your name can determine how successful you’ll be in life, if you’re thinking about voting for your mayor based on his firm dealings with crime – well this film will transform the way you look at the world. What started as a humble column in the NYTimes, became an international best-selling book and is now coming to the big screen. For those who hate all things to do with “economics”, this is a documentary to revolutionise your thinking; you’ll have a newfound appreciation for those seemingly pesky numbers, unreliable stats and funny looking graphs.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, October 15 – following the hit sensation of the Stiegg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy comes the Swedish on-screen adaptations. Starring the stunning Scandinavian actress, Noomi Rapace as the unforgettable Lisbeth Salander, these films bring to life the brutal world of government corruption of the system that Larsson had so vividly and frighteningly depicted on the page. This final instalment sees our heroine trapped in the hospital recovering from what should have been fatal wounds as her “hero”, Mikael Blomkvist, attempts to find out the truth about her past and watch justice be served. Meanwhile, the American remake of the Millennium Trilogy is due out in 2011 and will feature Daniel Craig as Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Which films are you most looking forward to seeing this fall?

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Paramount Pictures 2010 Fall Film Preview

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Waiting for ‘Superman’
Paramount Vantage and Participant Media Present
U.S. Release Date: September 24, 2010 (Limited)

Director: Davis Guggenheim

Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with the highest of hopes. But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools where they have virtually no chance of learning–failure factories likelier to produce drop-outs than college graduates. And despite decades of well-intended reforms and huge sums of money spent on the problem, our public schools haven’t improved markedly since the 1970s. Why? There is an answer. And it’s not what you think.

From “An Inconvenient Truth” director Davis Guggenheim comes “Waiting for ‘Superman'”, a provocative and cogent examination of the crisis of public education in the United States told through multiple interlocking stories–from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system.

Tackling such politically radioactive topics as the power of teachers’ unions and the entrenchment of school bureaucracies, Guggenheim reveals the invisible forces that have held true education reform back for decades.


Case 39
Paramount Vantage
U.S. Release Date: October 1, 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper
Director: Christian Alvart

In CASE 39, family services social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all… until she meets 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) and the child’s cruel and dangerous parents. Her worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm Lily, their only daughter. Frightened for her life, Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (Ian McShane) and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family. Just as it seems as though Lily is on her way to a more loving home, under the guidance of Emily and psychiatrist (Bradley Cooper), dark forces surrounding this young girl come to light and, little do they know, their attempts to protect her will only bring on greater horror…


Jackass 3D
Paramount Pictures and MTV Films
U.S. Release Date:October 15, 2010

Cast: Johnny Knoxville
Director: Jeff Tremaine

Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are up to their daredevil comic antics again. And this time they’re coming at ya’ in 3D.


Paranormal Activity 2
Paramount Pictures
U.S. Release Date: October 22, 2010

Director: Kip Williams

The sequel to last year’s horror blockbuster.


U.S. Release Date: November 5, 2010

Cast: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill
Director: Tom McGrath

From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda.” “Megamind” is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. And the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A supervillain without a superhero. He realizes that achieving his life’s ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him. Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent called “Titan”, who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. Pretty quickly Titan starts to think it’s much more fun to be a villain than a good guy . Except Titan doesn’t just want to rule the world, he wants to destroy it. Now, Megamind must decide: can he defeat his own diabolical creation? Can the world’s smartest man make the smart decision for once? Can the evil genius become the unlikely hero of his own story?


Morning Glory
Paramount Pictures
U.S. Release Date: November 12, 2010

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum
Director: Roger Michell

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford).Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.


True Grit
Paramount Pictures
U.S. Release Date: December 25, 2010

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and Hailee Steinfeld
Director:Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’s (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

Waiting For Superman Trailer and Poster

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Here is the poster and trailer for Paramount Vantage’s WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim.

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN hit theaters this Fall.