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News Archive: February 2007
Congratulations to Forest Whitaker!
Posted at 8:33 AM (PST) on Monday, February 26, 2007

Forest Whitaker: The Last King Of Scotland, Oscar-Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role

Academy Award-Winner Forest Whitaker Stars in the Powerful and Shocking Drama The Last King of Scotland; A Visceral and Brilliant Thriller on DVD April 17, 2007 from Fox Home Entertainment, with Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, Casting Sessions and More

Charming. Magnetic. Murderous. Under the mad dictatorship of Idi Amin - phenomenally portrayed by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland - Africa experienced one of its most horrific reigns of terror. Now Amin's gripping tale of ambition and corruption will captivate audiences when The Last King of Scotland debuts on DVD April 17 from Fox Home Entertainment. Based on Giles Foden's award-winning debut novel of the same name and featuring "one of the greatest performances of modern movie history," (Wall Street Journal), The Last King of Scotland stars Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai, Panic Room), who has received multiple accolades - including Best Actor wins at the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and International Press Academy Awards - for his total embodiment of the charismatic, yet psychopathic Ugandan dictator.

Based on chilling, actual events, The Last King of Scotland follows Amin's rise to power and subsequent fall from grace chronicled from the perspective of his personal physician, a young Scotsman blinded by Amin's charisma and who ultimately must confront both the reality of Amin and face the consequences of his own actions. Boasting gritty and realistic direction from documentary filmmaker Kevin MacDonald (Touching The Void, Being Mick) and a versatile supporting cast that includes James McAvoy (The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe), Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") and Kerry Washington (Fantastic Four), The Last King of Scotland is "an intelligent thriller that keeps the audience on the edge of its seat" (Newsweek).

Loaded with powerful special features, The Last King of Scotland DVD includes audio commentary by MacDonald, seven deleted scenes with optional director commentary, a "Capturing Idi Amin" documentary, a Forest Whitaker featurette and much more. Available in both full screen and widescreen versions, The Last King Of Scotland will be available for $16.99 U.S./$30.44 Canada.

The Last King Of Scotland Synopsis:

As Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives "one of the greatest performances of modern movie history" (Wall Street Journal), one that Premiere calls "the most high-voltage performance of his career." This is Amin's incredible story as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who became the volatile leader's personal physician through an unlikely twist of fate. Seduced by Amin's charisma and blinded by decadence, the doctor's dream life becomes a waking nightmare of betrayal and madness from which there is no escape. Inspired by real people and events, The Last King of Scotland is a gripping, suspenseful stunner filled with performances you will never forget.

The Last King Of Scotland DVD is available in both full screen and widescreen versions, and features English Dolby Surround 5.1 as well as Spanish and French Dolby Surround and English, Spanish and French subtitles. Bonus materials include:

*Audio Commentary By Director Kevin MacDonald
*Seven Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Director Kevin MacDonald
* "Capturing Idi Amin" Documentary
*Forest Whitaker On Portraying Idi Amin Featurette
*"Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session - The Last King Of Scotland"
*Theatrical Trailer
*International Trailer

Source: Business Wire

Reminder: UK National Doodle Day, 23 Feb.
Posted at 8:38 AM (PST) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Charity Auction has begun! Click here.

February 23rd is UK National Doodle Day, an annual charity fundraiser to benefit the Neurofibromatosis Association and Epilepsy Action.

Gillian and her daughter Piper have contributed doodles which will be auctioned on eBay on Friday, February 23rd:

Gillian's DoodlePiper's Doodle


Get your favourite celebrity doodle emblazoned on your very own T-shirt, mug, mousemat, pack of coasters or set of postcards! All of the 2007 celebrity doodles are available. All profits made go towards National Doodle Day.

For more information on official doodle day merchandise, click here.

Also, if you're in the UK, you may vote for your favourite celebrity doodle! Voting terms and conditions are available here.

Posted at 10:46 AM (PST) on Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Run4NF is a NF, Inc. project whose mission is to create a team of people who through personal challenges will boost NF public awareness as they fundraise for NF, Inc..

Run4NF welcomes all willing to make a difference regardless of their athletic abilities. No matter how long it takes to finish a challenge,
Run4Nfers are all winners for taking their first step across the start line.

To participate or learn more, please visit the Run4NF website!

Three BAFTAs fro LKoS
Posted at 10:19 AM (PST) on Monday, February 12, 2007

This year's Orange British Academy Film Awards were held on Sunday 11 February 2007 at the Royal Opera House in London. Click here for the full list of nominees with winners in bold.

FOREST WHITAKER - The Last King of Scotland

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock

Outstanding British Film of the Year
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - Andrea Calderwood/Lisa Bryer/Charles Steel/Kevin Macdonald/Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock

NF on TV Tonight
Posted at 9:02 AM (PST) on Wednesday, February 7, 2007

TV show to feature local man's surgery tonight

By Pat Shellenbarger
The Grand Rapids Press
February 7, 2007

WYOMING -- People stared. Even though he couldn't see them, Daniel Strube knew they were looking at him, and the large tumors that covered much of his face.

Sometimes children would ask, what's wrong with that man's face? And he would hear the parents shush them. Sometimes friends and family members would tell him people were staring. He didn't blame them.

"If I had sight and I was on the other side of the spectrum and I saw somebody who looked like I do, I'd probably stare, too," the Wyoming man said. "It was bugging me. I like being out around people, but, knowing how I looked, it kind of made me self-conscious."

Strube, 35, no longer feels self-conscious. Although his face is scarred, the tumors are gone, and, for that, he is grateful to a Chicago plastic surgeon. His surgery is expected to be featured in a program, "New Face, New Hope," airing tonight on The Learning Channel.

Strube said he agreed to allow a TLC crew to spend what seemed like a hundred hours interviewing him and documenting his surgery. He hopes it will remove some of the stigma associated with the genetic disease neurofibromatosis...

He knows the tumors will grow back. There is no cure, no vaccine to prevent it.

"I don't like it, but there's not a lot I can do about it," Strube said. "Do I want to be a victor and an achiever? Or I can choose to be a victim and pity myself. I choose to be a victor."

To read the entire article, click here.

Official Straightheads Trailer
Posted at 2:14 PM (PST) on Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Dan Reed, director of "Straightheads", is promoting the official trailer (courtesy of Verve Pictures) on his blog.

He writes: "I've noticed that on YouTube it's climbing the favourites ranking fast - so the favour I'd like to ask is that as many of you as possible go onto YouTube and add the trailer to your favourites (you have to register for this but it's easy and doesn't cost a penny). The higher we go up the rankings, the more people will see the trailer, the more will come to the movie, the happier we all will be, right?"

Gillian's Latest CD Recommendations
Posted at 11:33 PM (PST) on Thursday, February 1, 2007

Gillian wants you all to know that these are her two current favorite CDs:

The Blue Room
Various Artists, Mixed by Chris Coco and Rob Da Bank
Crash! - Indie Anthems 1982 - 2004 (US) (Canada) (UK)

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 Many of the songs from these CDs are also available on iTunes. When you purchase them through our link, a portion of the cost will benefit NF, Inc.

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