“Extraordinary Measures is the real story of a man who needed a miracle for his sick children and quit his job to work full time on raising money to support the medical research that might help keep them alive. The movie stars Brendan Fraser as the father and Harrison Ford as the doctor. But the real story continues, not only in the continuing fight to help children who struggle with the life-threatening genetic disease featured in the film but in the inspiration that the story has given to others struggling with what seem like insurmountable challenges.
The makers of the film are inviting people to tell their stories on an “inspirational quilt” made from videos. They are looking for “uplifting stories that include themes of triumph over tragedy, overcoming adversity, overcoming illness/disability/injury, acts of altruism, generosity and simple heroism. The Quilt is a community expressing the power of good in the human spirit, and a platform to share and connect stories of hope and inspiration.” If you have such a story, submit a video and you can win $10,000 for the charity you support. Or, visit the site to take a look at the videos uploaded by others and vote for the one you think is most deserving of the prize.
The movie may be good — I will let you know when I see it. But the videos are engrossing, touching, and, yes, inspiring. Take a look and vote for the one you want to support.
The success of “Avatar” has shown audiences how vivid and immersive 3D IMAX movies can be and so I am especially glad to see a wonderful new slate of upcoming 3D IMAX films for 2010 including Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” with Johnny Depp, the animated “How to Train Your Dragon,” and two eagerly-awaited sequels: “Shrek Forever After” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Can’t wait!
I’ve picked up my tickets and will soon be at the Critic’s Choice Awards, to be broadcast tonight on VH1. Participate in the LIVE blog party before and during the show. It will be moderated by VH1 senior staff and representatives from Moviefone, LA Times’ The Envelope, Huffington Post, theFABlife, Best Week Ever, and Refinery29.com will all be participating in the chat. Just visit http://criticschoice.vh1.com and enter your name to start chatting.
LIVE Blog Party Tune-In:
– Friday, January 15th 8:15 p.m. EST on http://www.criticschoice.vh1.com
– Taking place before and during the live broadcast
Red Carpet Pre-Show Tune-In:
– Friday, January 15th 8:30 p.m. EST
– VH1, MTV and http://www.criticschoice.vh1.com
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Tune-In:
– Friday, January 15th 9:00 p.m. EST on VH1 and MTV
Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass died of cancer on Wednesday. His music and his courage and dedication will continue to inspire us all.