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Angelina Jolie has teamed up with the BBC to executive produce a weekly current affairs program for children aged seven to 12, titled “BBC My World.” Via Variety. One of the main objectives of the ten-episode series is to promote global media literacy among children. According to BBC-commissioned research, children start to become aware of the news at age seven, and sign up for social media accounts at around 12 years old, on average. The program aims to capture kids between seven and 12 years of age, and teach them the value in questioning what they consume, as well as developing critical thinking skills.
“There has never been a time when it was more important to introduce the next generation to objective, impartial news and factual explanation of the events and issues shaping our world,” Jolie said in a statement. “Children today are exposed to a lot of opinion, but not necessarily to information that is fact-based and reliable.”
BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus added: “No parent can completely isolate their child from fake news. But what we can do is give kids the tools to distinguish the genuine from the false and encourage them to develop critical thinking — to ask themselves: who produced the video and why? Are they a reputable organization? Are they just telling one side of the story? Is there another view?”
BBC cites a 2017 US survey by Common Sense Media which found that 69 percent of 10-18 year-olds agreed that news media has no idea what the lives of tweens and teens are really like. Additionally, 74 percent think that the media should show more people their age, rather than adults talking about them.
And the same survey revealed that the news left 45 percent of tweens feeling fearful.
The weekly half-hour show will air on BBC World News, the BBC’s most-watched channel, each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET. It will come with additional digital and broadcast elements, including learning segments, and lesson plans made available through Microsoft Education.
The program will start with an English-language version, but the BBC will share the content with 42 different language services and will also make it available on its YouTube channel.
“As a mother, I am very pleased that the BBC World Service is taking this step,” Jolie said. “It is also important to me that the project is global, and will help young people in different countries to be connected to each other and to have greater awareness and understanding of the news on an international basis.”
“There's not enough praise or admiration we can give Cooper,” proclaimed Robert Redford of exiting festival director John Cooper on the opening night of Sundance 2020 last night.
In fact, followed by a standing ovation from the well-heeled and talent packed crowd at the annual Artist at the Table dinner, the SFF founder's clearly heartfelt remarks weren't the first time that Redford praised 30-year Sundance vet Cooper on Thursday. On stage at the packed Eccles Theatre before opening night film Crip Camp screened, the Oscar winner offered “much love” to his long-time right-hand man. “At some point, the festival became his,” Redford added in what are surely to be the first of many tributes over what will be Cooper's last festival as the head honcho.
After 11 years as festival director and Redford’s public foil, Cooper announced his upcoming exit back in June last year. No replacement has been unveiled yet, but whoever gets the gig is going to be stepping into some pretty big shoes.
With Redford having pulled back as the public face of the festival last year, Sundance eschewed its traditional opening day press conference yesterday, and sent out pre-recorded videos from Cooper as you can see below, Sundance Institute chief Keri Putnam and festival programmer Kim Yutani. iftypeofjQuery=='function'jQuery; jwplayer'jwplayer_GNxvuxCF_GTHRSR56_div'.setup ;
However, Cooper sat down with me to discuss his exit, his relationship with Redford, some high points and low points and what is next for the indie film man.
DEADLINE: Clearly this last Sundance for you after over a decade as director is going to be a long goodbye from Redford and others, but what are you going to miss the most about the gig as a day-to-day job?
COOPER: That's a big one. I think the biggest thing I'm going to miss is the selection of film process, my staff, that is so passionate and intelligent and so pure to this notion we have that really supports not just these artists in particular, but that support this notion of independent cinema and how important it is to culture. I'm going to miss that intensity of us putting together a selection, you know?
I'm going to miss the audiences too, actually. I think we've built such a loyal group of supporters and people that arrive every year. I always make a joke. It's like I'm a wedding planner right now. It's a 10-day wedding, and it's big, and there are so many people, but when the audiences arrive, they revive you.
DEADLINE: How so?
COOPER: They're excited and fresh....
The best part about an indie movie becoming a critical or commercial hit is watching what the filmmaker does next. Do they take that success and use it to helm a big-budget blockbuster? Do they follow up with another personal film? If you’re Academy Award-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, you take the success of the hard-hitting Spotlight and make a detective noir movie for kids co-starring a 1500-pound “pet” polar bear. The result, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a delightful new addition to Disney+ that somehow still makes sense as McCarthy’s next project, and it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Based on the books by Stephan Pastis, the Disney+ Original stars Winslow Fegley brother of Pete’s Dragon actor Oakes as the titular Timmy Failure, a quirky 11-year-old kid who fashions himself as a hard-boiled detective running his own agency in the streets of suburban Portland, Oregon with his partner, Total, a 1500-pound polar bear. Right out of the gate, Fegley’s performance sells the weird premise of the movie by playing it completely straight. Sure, the bear may or may not be a part of his imagination, and no, he isn’t exactly Sherlock Holmes, but what matters is that he’s completely confident that he’s the world’s greatest detective. Fegley addresses his classmates, teacher, and his mom’s new boyfriend with a deadpan manner, allowing the characters around him to play with the kid’s dry wit to hilarious results.
Timmy usually takes on small cases, like a missing backpack, but one day the Segway scooter he uses as his main source of transportation disappears. Timmy immediately suspects foul play, so he draws out a list of suspects that, of course, includes Russian operatives. And so begins one spectacularly weird case that may or may not be all in Timmy’s head.
What makes Timmy Failure special is the way McCarthy and Pastis who co-wrote the script portray Timmy’s imagination. Not only does this provide an avenue for McCarthy to do some experimenting with ambitious and oddball sequences, such as an extended Broadway musical scene, but it also helps add depth to Timmy by showing us how he uses his imagination as a defense mechanism. The film works as a fun caper movie, but also an exploration of how kids process the world before they fully understand it – like how Total enters Timmy’s life and his kitchen just as his dad abandons him and his mom. McCarthy brings his filmmaking crew back together after Spotlight, which serves to give Timmy Failure some gravitas, like the way DP Masanobu Takayanagi shoots the movie with bird’s eye views and tracking shots that help alleviate the concerns from those who scratch their heads at the thought of a Disney+ movie playing at the Sundance Film Festival.
Though the film has a sizable budget $42 million, it quickly...
The Lodge is ready to give you the creeps with a brand new trailer. This genuinely scary horror movie from the directors of Goodnight Mommy traps Riley Keough and two kids in a cabin or lodge, if you will during a blizzard. Almost immediately, things start going wrong – with shocking results. Watch the latest The Lodge trailer below – but be warned: it gives away a few things that might’ve been left as surprises.The Lodge Trailer
I first saw The Lodge almost a year ago, when it played at the Sundance Film Festival. I was completely blown away by how chilling and well-crafted everything was, and when I revisited the film again at the Overlook Film Festival, I felt secure in my declaration that this was a title worthy of the “next great horror film” monicker. This deserves the same amount of buzz as titles like Hereditary and The Babadook. As I said in my review:
It seems like every year, we get at least one film heralded as “the next great horror movie.” Sometimes, that assessment is overblown. But sometimes, it’s spot-on. This year’s next great horror film is The Lodge, and I am entirely confident in that assessment. It’s going to be nearly impossible for any other fright flick this year to top the atmospheric dread and abject terror on display here. An icy cold mix of The Shining and religious mania run wild, The Lodge opens with a bang, and never lets up. Take it from someone who doesn’t scare easy: The Lodge is scary as hell.
The Lodge “follows a family who retreat to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When the father Richard Armitage is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan Jaeden Martell and Mia Lia McHugh in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace Riley Keough. Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace’s dark past.”
There’s a lot more going on in the film than that description says, but the less you know, the better. In fact, I almost to tell you to not watch the trailer, because there are one or two shots that give away some big moments that are better off experienced fresh.
The Lodge opens February 7. Check out the new poster below featuring a quote from me!.