Chris Cornell performed “The Keeper” on the Late Show with David
Machine Gun Preacher Movie Review: Gerard Butler’s Brilliant
When a film covers someone’s real life, oftentimes what audiences see onscreen is far from something that can fit into a neat little box. Life is messy. And, few lives have been quite as chaotic as Sam Childers, the subject of Machine Gun Preacher. Gerard Butler portrays Childers and takes us from his drug-addled past, through recovery, finding God and being moved by a sermon at his church by a minister who had just returned from Africa. Next thing Sam knew, he left his wife and daughter behind and went to Africa to help those in need. What he discovered there would not only change his life, but also save the lives of thousands of children in the Sudan, an area ripped apart by civil war and strife.
FACEBOOK FANS WHO PLEDGE TO SPREAD THE WORD
ABOUT NEW RELATIVITY MEDIA/VIRGIN PRODUCED FILM
WILL GET THEIR NAMES ENGRAVED ON WELLS
Warren, N.J. – Sept. 21, 2011 – Virgin Mobile USA and production company Virgin Produced announced a special program today to support Relativity’s upcoming Machine Gun Preacher, featuring Gerard Butler’s (300) searing performance as Sam Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in this moving story of violence and redemption, directed by Golden Globe-nominated Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball). The program will encourage both college students and Facebook fans at large to pledge their support for the story behind Machine Gun Preacher, which releases theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 23, and in additional markets in the weeks to follow.
Virgin Mobile USA will first ask Facebook fans on their fan page (www.facebook.com/virginmobilelive) to sign a pledge to support this film. This pledge will inspire several ways a fan can support the film’s release, including viewing the trailer or spreading word about the film via Facebook or Twitter. Fans who pledge their support for the film on facebook.com/virginmobilelive during the first two weeks of the film’s release (ending on Oct. 2) will also have their names engraved on one of the wells in Africa. To build awareness and momentum for this effort, Virgin Mobile USA will invade social networks and college campuses with an army of street teams to attract pledges to raise awareness in the New York City and Los Angeles areas. Among campuses targeted are UCLA, USC, Columbia University, NYU, and Baruch College.
Gary Safady is the president and founder of Safady Entertainment LLC. Safady’s latest production, “Machine Gun Preacher,” had its world premiere last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in theaters this month. “Machine Gun Preacher” is the story of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealing biker who turns his life around when he finds God and becomes a mission crusader for thousands of Sudanese children who’ve been forced into war due to the tyranny of the LRA regime. Directed by the critically acclaimed Marc Forster, “Machine Gun Preacher” boasts an A-list cast, with Michelle Monaghan (“Mission: Impossible III”), Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”) and Madeline Carroll (“Flipped”).
Safady is in pre-production on his next film, “Cobra 405,” based on a novel by author Damien Lewis, a thriller about an extraordinary heist involving nine soldiers and $150 million of missing gold, set in the late ’70s in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon.
ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?
GARY SAFADY: I would like to discuss foreign policy with him, specifically on human trafficking issues dealing with children. After learning firsthand about the issues concerning the children of Africa during the filming of “Machine Gun Preacher,” I would talk about the atrocities that are occurring to these children and what we need to do to stop it. I would like him to know that Africa doesn’t need just another hospital or more relief food, it needs a real plan that provides economic stability, which in turn can provide hope and a future.
RB: If you could give President Obama one piece of advice, what would that be?
GS: Have perseverance and long-range plans, not short-term goals for the purposes of appeasing lobbyist groups or for reelection.
RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?
GS: With all of your duties as president, is it hard to find the time to relax or go to sleep?
RB: What book would you offer to lend President Obama? Why?
GS: “A Man in Full,” because it epitomizes how one man, Charlie Croker, who was on top, can’t stay on top after overextending himself. Similarly, the USA, which has been on top for a long time, is now experiencing a steady decline and, like that story, if the USA doesn’t watch itself, it too may fall. My advice in diplomacy is to be humble, because no one likes a “big shot” — so humility is the secret to success.
RB: If you were going to send the president to one place in the United States for one day, where would that be? Why?
GS: I would send him to children’s orphanages and an inner-city public high school. I would want him to address what the future holds for these kids and what can be done to solve the challenges facing our youth today.
RB: Would you ever consider a political career?
Bronk is a seasoned Capitol Hill strategist and advocate. She started her career at The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group for the arts and entertainment industry, in July 1998. During her tenure as CEO, Bronk has taken The Creative Coalition from a New York-based entity to a national organization. www.thecreativecoalition.org
Directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland,), starring Gerard Butler (300), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), with music by Chris Cornell ‘The Keeper’, Machine Gun Preacher is based on a phenomenal true story derived from Sam Childers’ book ‘Another Man’s War’.
‘Another Man’s War’ is “terrorism…against more than 200,000 children in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan.”
Gerard Butler is perfectly cast as Sam Childers, a hardened criminal and ex-biker who “finds Jesus” after almost killing a man while stoned. Following a preacher who recently came back from a mission in Uganda, the born anew Childers decides to go to Africa and put his construction skills to use. While there, he makes a weekend trip to the Sudan. The atrocities he witnesses first hand, committed as a result of the country’s civil war, momentously change him yet again. So moved, Childers takes it upon him self to build an orphanage for the child victims of the war. What he initially thought to be a simple undertaking proves to be much more complex and challenging, especially after a first rebel attack on the orphanage. Luckily, this ex-cons’ particular combination of life skills are very well suited for survival in Sudan.
Relativity Media Teams Up with eBay to Auction off Movie Memorabilia from Machine Gun Preacher for Charity
100% Proceeds to benefit Angels of East of Africa Rescue Organization
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) September 14, 2011– Relativity Media is proud to announce it is working with eBay to auction off premiere tickets, an autographed movie poster, and a custom-built motorcycle from its upcoming release of Machine Gun Preacher. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Sam Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball) moving story of violence and redemption. All proceeds will benefit Childers’ charity.
The online charity auction http://www.ebay.com/machinegunpreacher.com goes live on Wednesday, September 14 when bidding opens for two VIP seats to the Los Angeles Premiere and an autographed movie poster signed by the cast, and closes on Monday, September 19. The premiere tickets’ starting bid is $500, while the starting bid for the autographed poster is $50. Bidding will begin on Monday, September 26 for the 2010 custom-built Rate Bike motorcycle, ridden by Gerard Butler in the movie, through Thursday, October 6. The starting bid is $30,000. The winning bids are 100% tax deductible.
Six Movie Clips from MACHINE GUN PREACHER
by Jason Barr Posted:September 14th, 2011 at 11:44 am
Six new clips from director Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher are now online. Starring Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon, the “based on a true story” pic centers on Sam Childers (Butler), a once upon a time drug dealer who turns his life around and dedicates it to saving kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan. Hit the jump to watch some new footage from the film. Machine Gun Preacher hits limited theaters in the U.S. on September 23rd and opens in the U.K. on November 18th.\
It was the Jerry & Gerry show! “Extra’s” Jerry Penacoli and actor Gerard Butler kicked off the action at the Toronto Film Festival, talking about Butler’s new action flick, “Machine Gun Preacher.”