Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, who reunites soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan, was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year by Anderson Cooper at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes An All-Star Tribute.
Farthing’s nonprofit Nowzad Dogs, has helped nearly 700 soldiers from eight countries.
“I would really like to thank everybody who voted for Nowzad Charity and [for supporting] what we do in Afghanistan and for believing in us,” Farthing said while accepting his award. FULL POST
In a new installment of her Black in America series, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien uses graphic videos and incisive interviews to show how the lives of young men are fractured by aggressive policing. Her documentary film, BLACK & BLUE, takes us into the lives of men frisked without cause as many as 100 times, and the police officers who insist they're just fighting crime. FULL POST
Airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 PM ET: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Leguizamo, Taye Diggs, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Morgan Spurlock and Questlove
Musical Performances by Trisha Yearwood and Sheryl Crow
Quvenzhané Wallis and Nick Jonas Present Young Wonder Awards
Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show. FULL POST
Co-Production Will Explore Risks and Progress in Battle Against Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases
Theatrical Exhibition Planned for 2015, CNN Films Broadcast Planned for 2016
The deadliest event of the last century was not a major battle nor a terrorist attack – it was the 1918 to 1919 global influenza pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 675,000 Americans died, and around the world, between 30 and 50 million people died – perhaps as much as 5 percent of the world’s population at the time. Yet, this event preceded modern-era advances that could make a contemporary pandemic even more deadly – global air travel, urbanization, antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’– and the intentional distribution of contagions via bioterrorism. FULL POST
Multi-Title Partnership to Launch around IVORY TOWER Premiere
Volkswagen is in the driver’s seat as presenting sponsor for CNN Films, it was announced today by CNN Ad Sales. Spanning several titles and a multi-screen promoted partnership, CNN will kick off the brand’s presenting sponsorship around the anticipated debut of IVORY TOWER, directed by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Rossi, on Thursday, November 20 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern.
Through this first-of-its-kind presenting partnership for CNN Films, Volkswagen will have extensive co-branded presence leading into and within sponsored films, including opening credits branding and custom-produced co-branded creative showcasing the partnership during broadcasts of the films, coupled with the brand’s own creative in the a position of a film break. Negotiated by Volkswagen’s media agency MediaCom, the partnership lasts through the first three quarters of 2015, and will span a number of select films from the CNN Films slate. FULL POST
Stars and Stripes Unite and Rescuing the River Set Stage for the Eighth Annual Broadcast of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
As the winner of this year’s “CNN Hero of the Year” awaits to be revealed during the upcoming global broadcast of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Anderson Cooper will host two special presentations, going in-depth with musician Kid Rock, actor Gary Sinise, comedienne Kathy Griffin and last year’s Hero of the Year.
Just what do Kid Rock, Gary Sinise and Kathy Griffin have in common? Beyond their undeniable talent, it’s their unyielding support for our Veterans. In the half-hour Stars and Stripes Unite: A CNN Heroes Special, Anderson Cooper will take viewers inside their personal and profoundly moving journeys with the troops. FULL POST
Supporters can now contribute to the CNN Heroes’ designated Non-Profit Organizations through Amazon Payments
In advance of the global premiere of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Sunday, December 7th at 8 pm ET, CNN and Amazon have teamed up to enable people around the world to donate to this year's Top Ten CNN Heroes and their causes by using Amazon Payments.
Now, through December 31, 2014, supporters can make online donations to the CNN Heroes' designated nonprofit organizations by clicking the ‘Donate with Amazon’ buttons on CNNHeroes.com and on each of the Top Ten Heroes' individual story pages. Amazon Payments is a fast, easy and secure way to donate online using the payment information stored in a user’s Amazon account. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States. FULL POST
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to Candy Crowley from the campaign trail about his hopes for shifting the balance of power in the Senate towards a Republican majority on Tuesday, the Ebola quarantine, and the 2016 presidential election.
Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.
On the Republican brand’s appeal to minorities: “Our brand is so broken that we can’t even break through that wall that’s out there.”
On President Obama guaranteeing GOP success in the midterm elections: “I think the wind's at our back. I think this election is going to be a referendum on the president. Even he acknowledged his policies will be on the ballot. And he will be indirectly on the ballot and there's a great deal of unhappiness that feels like our country, that he promised he would be beyond things, that he was going to be a uniter, not a divider.”
On campaigning for the GOP: “I won't deny that it would help me if I do decide to run for president, to travel to 32 states and to be part of helping the Republican team on board. But I also do it because whether I run or not - and I haven't decided - but whether I run or not, I do want the Republican Party to be bigger and more successful because I think our philosophy will help the country more.”
On an Ebola quarantine: “the Libertarian in me is sort of horrified at the indefinitely detaining or retaining anyone without a trial.”
A full transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST
Film Slated for 2015 Theatrical Run, Followed by CNN Broadcast
RADiUS and CNN Films have partnered on an as yet untitled film about campus sexual assault, it was announced today. Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Kirby Dick, and Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer Amy Ziering (The Invisible War) will direct and produce the film. RADiUS will distribute the film theatrically and CNN/U.S. has acquired the broadcast rights.
One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual Assault Study of the National Institute of Justice, yet only a fraction of these acts of sexual violence are reported to campus officials and law enforcement and, even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. Besides the terrible, immediate impact these assaults have on the individual survivors, many of the perpetrators remain free to offend again. FULL POST
LeBron James documentary airs on CNN/U.S.
Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET
Before Cleveland Cavalier fans knew him as ‘King James,’ LeBron James was a member of an elite band of young basketball phenoms known collectively as the ‘Fab Four.’ Together, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGhee, and LeBron James were the Shooting Stars – a traveling youth basketball team that began in an Akron, Ohio, Salvation Army gymnasium.
CNN Films Presents: MORE THAN A GAME will air Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S., just prior to the start of the 2014 – 2015 regular season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James returns to the Cavaliers for his very first regular season home game for his former team on Thursday, Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks.
It all began less than an hour’s drive from Cleveland, ‘in a little gym with a linoleum floor on Maple Street…,’ reminds Dru Joyce II, the father of one of the young men. Joyce became coach, mentor, and father figure to the four – and later five – legendary team mates, testing their mettle on the court and, off the court, molding them into men. FULL POST